Multimillion-Dollar Gifts to Name New Home of Colby Ice Hockey the O’Neil | O’Donnell Forum

WATERVILLE, ME, Nov. 18, 2020—Colby College is thrilled to announce multimillion-dollar gifts from Trustees Jack O’Neil ’77 and Tim O’Donnell ’87 for the ice arena in Colby’s new Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center. Their gifts will name the 38,650-square-foot ice arena the O’Neil | O’Donnell Forum and also name the venue’s rink in honor...

Gifted Scholar, Teacher, and Administrator Douglas Archibald Dies at 87

Colby and the Waterville community mourn the death of Douglas N. Archibald, Roberts Professor of English, emeritus, who also served as vice president and dean of faculty from 1982 to 1988. He died at home in Waterville Nov. 13, 2020. Archibald came to Waterville from Cornell University in 1973 when he was chosen in a...

Rabbi Rachel Isaacs Wins Prestigious Jewish Educator Prize from Covenant Foundation

In recognition of her distinctive leadership and innovative approach to Jewish education, the Covenant Foundation has honored Rabbi Rachel Isaacs with a 2020 Pomegranate Prize. Each year the prize recognizes five emerging Jewish educators from across the country whose work the foundation finds influential through bold, inclusive, and creative action. Since her arrival in Maine...

Colby Begins to Lay Groundwork for Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts

Earlier this week, the College began phase one of the new Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts project. The center, planned to be built at the southern gateway to campus, will be a key part of Colby’s ongoing efforts to make the arts a more central component of the student experience as well as...

Colby Contributes Artifacts to New US Olympic & Paralympic Museum

Artifacts relating to Olympic athlete and author James Brendan Connolly from Colby’s Special Collections & Archives are included in the US Olympic & Paralympic Museum, which opened in July in Colorado Springs, Colo. Connolly was the first medalist in the first modern Olympic games of 1896, and the loan includes Connolly’s 1896 silver Olympic medal (hop-skip-jump, now called the triple jump)...

Six Colby Faculty Receive Promotions

President David A. Greene, in consultation with the Committee on Promotion and Tenure and Provost and Dean of Faculty Margaret McFadden, and the approval of the Board of Trustees, has recently promoted six faculty members. Yuri “Lily” Funahashi, music, has been promoted to associate professor while professors receiving a promotion to full professor include James...

Remembering Professor Suellen Diaconoff, Champion of the Humanities

Colby has recently learned that Suellen Diaconoff, professor of French, emerita, passed away Feb. 12, 2020, of heart disease at her home in Santa Fe, N.M. She was 79. During the 20 years she taught at Colby, she was a constant advocate for the humanities who also broadened the French major to include the larger...

The Passing of Legendary Hockey Coach Jack Kelley

Colby mourns the loss of celebrated hockey coach John “Jack” Kelley, who passed away Sept. 16, 2020, in Oakland, Maine, at 93. In the 1950s Kelley transformed Colby men’s hockey into an indomitable force in New England and made a profound impact on the lives of hundreds of players. “The term ‘legendary’ is used too...

Koffman Awarded NSF Grant to Develop a New Approach to “Fingerprinting” Atmospheric Dust

A team of scientists led by Assistant Professor of Geology Bess Koffman has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation Division of Polar Programs to develop a new approach for “fingerprinting” atmospheric dust in ice cores using geochemical processes. Geochemical fingerprinting allows scientists to gain insight into the causes and impacts of abrupt...

Colby Poll Shows Maine Democrats in the Lead, for Now

The current speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, Democrat Sara Gideon, holds a five-point lead against her Republican opponent, four-term incumbent United States Senator Susan Collins, according to a poll conducted by researchers at Colby College. The new survey found that 44 percent of likely voters would support Gideon, 39 percent would vote for...
Jackie Terrassa

Jacqueline Terrassa Named Director of the Colby College Museum of Art

Visionary Leader Brings Deep Experience from the Art Institute of Chicago and Metropolitan Museum of Art Colby College today announced the appointment of Jacqueline Terrassa as the Carolyn Muzzy Director of the Colby College Museum of Art. Terrassa, who currently serves as the Woman’s Board vice president for learning and public engagement at the Art Institute of Chicago, will...

NESCAC Conference Competition for Fall Sports Canceled

Following the recent announcement from the NESCAC Conference that there will be no conference play or championships this fall, Vice President and Harold Alfond Director of Athletics Mike Wisecup sent this letter to Colby’s student athletes: Dear Colby Mules, In April, I wrote to you shortly after we made the transition off campus for the...
Lindsey Mayka teaching at Colby College

Mayka Earns National Recognition from APSA as 2020 Clarence Stone Scholar

Assistant Professor of Government Lindsay Mayka, an expert on Latin American politics, has been named a 2020 Clarence Stone Scholar by the Urban and Local Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, a leading professional organization for the study of political science. THE APSA committee selected Mayka based on her significant contributions in the area...

Migrants’ Rights Activist to be 2020 Oak Human Rights Fellow

The Oak Institute for Human Rights is proud to announce the 2020 Oak Human Rights Fellow: Nasim Lomani, a human rights defender and migrants’ rights activist, who has been working in Greece and across the EU for over a decade, will join the Colby community this fall. As a then 16-year-old Afghanistani, Lomani left for...

Tracy ’19 Co-First Author on Paper in Fish and Shellfish Immunology

Adrienne Tracy ’20, an environmental science and biology double major, was the co-first author as a team member on a recently published paper in the journal Fish and Shellfish Immunology titled “Genome to phenome tools: In vivo and in vitro transfection of Crassostrea virginica hemocytes” Kiara Reed ’19, who also participated in the “Synthetic Biology” Jan...

Colby’s Class of 2024 Breaks Records

Receiving nearly 14,000 applications for the Class of 2024, Colby had the largest applicant pool in the College’s history, showing yet again the continuously growing demand and enthusiasm for a Colby education. Less than 10 percent of the 13,922 who applied were offered admission, and a record number of those students accepted Colby’s offer. “The...

Dave Angelini Elected to Prestigious Professional Biology Society Executive Committee

Associate Professor of Biology Dave Angelini has been named to the executive committee of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB), the largest and most prestigious professional association of its kind. Angelini will serve as chair of the Division of Evolutionary Developmental Biology starting in January 2021. An expert in evolutionary developmental biology (EvoDevo),...

Colby Names Eric Harlow Head Coach of Alpine Skiing

Eric Harlow, director of alpine programs at Sugar Bowl Academy located in Lake Tahoe, has been named the new head coach of Colby men’s and women’s alpine skiing. In his more than 20 years of coaching elite athletes, he has developed and led teams and individuals who have consistently excelled at junior levels, top-ranked NCAA...