Standout Members of the Colby Class of 2014

The Class of 2014 includes talented and accomplished people from all over the world. With 472 graduating students, there are 472 stories, but here are a handful that caught our attention. Kathryn A. Moore (Vienna, Va.) Kathryn Moore, a chemistry-environmental science major and a physics minor, graduated as valedictorian and class marshal. She published scientific...

Last Lecture Offers Humor, Advice to Seniors

Guilain Denoeux, professor of government, received the 22nd annual Charles Bassett Teaching Award by a vote of the Class of 2014. In the recent tradition, he gave the Last Lecture immediately following final exams. Speaking in Ostrove Auditorium May 19, he began his remarks with tongue firmly in cheek: “I’d like to start by recognizing...

Grant To Fund Eight Student Researchers in Ethiopia

Few Western scientists have experienced Ethiopia’s church forests—religious sanctuaries preserved for centuries by the country’s Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the belief that a church site should resemble heaven on earth, the Biblical Garden of Eden. And while Colby student researchers have had just that opportunity over the past three years, as reported in Colby magazine,...

Mitchell Distinguished Lecture Features Tom Daschle, Community Ties

Never was the camaraderie among Colby constituents and community members more evident at a George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture than April 16 this year. Established in 2005 to bring high-profile international leaders to Mayflower Hill and to bridge the Waterville and Colby communities, the 2014 Mitchell Lecture had former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle in...

Four Professors Awarded Tenure

Four assistant professors were granted tenure at the winter meeting of the Colby Board of Trustees. Valérie Dionne (French and Italian) is an author and scholar of early modern French literature, culture, and philosophy. Melissa Glenn (psychology) is a behavioral neuroscientist who studies prenatal nutrition as it affects psychopathology later in life. James Scott (mathematics...

Jan Plan with Difference

Student demand for the Jan Plan course Multicultural Literacy has seen it grow to include five sections with 100 participating first-years—almost a quarter of the class—since its introduction three years ago. And the course’s success carries a promise to change the experience of all Colby students, significantly and for the better, according to students and...

Colby Museum of Art Receives Major Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Colby College Museum of Art, which expanded in 2013 with the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, has received $600,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support its role as a teaching museum. The grant will enhance curricular engagement between the museum and faculty, bolster collaborations with other museums, and implement seminars for faculty at Colby...

Major Gift Supports Financial Aid

An anonymous Colby alumnus who gave $2 million to the College for financial aid hopes his generosity will inspire others, President William D. Adams announced Dec. 17. The $2-million gift will allow Colby to increase the number of students who receive financial aid every year, furthering the College’s commitment to remain accessible to all qualified...

Colby to Receive $10-Million Gift to Support the Sciences

Colby will receive a $10-million gift from the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund supporting a new science building, President William D. Adams announced Dec. 4 at a meeting of Colby’s faculty. When completed, in 2014, the building will house the Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and Psychology departments and provide improved and expanded spaces for...

Boylan Named National Co-Chair of GLAAD

Jennifer Finney Boylan, professor of English and author of novels and bestselling memoirs, has been named the first transgender co-chair of GLAAD, the national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization. “Proud. Excited. Psyched,” Boylan said about her new responsibilities helping to lead an organization with a $6-million annual budget. The naming of a transgender person...