Prestigious Condon Medal Winner Announced at Student Awards Ceremony

Hannah Johnson, a senior from Lancaster, Pa., has been named the winner of Colby’s 2021 Condon Medal. President David Greene presented her with the medal during a virtual ceremony May 11. The Condon Medal honors a senior who exhibits the finest qualities of citizenship and has made the most significant contribution to the development of...

Two Seniors Win Prestigious Fulbright Grants to Teach English Abroad

Sally Simpson ’21 of Rockville, Md., and Cassandra Winkelman ’21 of Wellesley, Mass., have been awarded prestigious Fulbright grants to teach English in Europe. Simpson will spend the 2021-22 academic year in Austria; Winkelman will be based in Germany. Simpson initially began studying German to fulfill Colby’s language requirement. “I quickly came to love the...

After Chauvin Verdict, A Call to Action

More than 300 members of the Colby community gathered Tuesday shortly after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd and were implored to see the case not as a victorious endpoint, but as a marker in the ongoing effort to bring equality to a country long marred by racism. “We had...

Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Nicholas Rohrman Dies at 83

The global pandemic has claimed one of Colby’s former professors. Nicholas Rohrman, an experimental psychologist who reimagined and strengthened Colby’s Psychology Department, passed away Dec. 26, 2020, from COVID-19 at his home in Saco, Maine. He was 83. Rohrman came to Colby in 1977 from Florida State University “at a time when the department needed...

Visionary Professor and Leader of Education Program Marilyn Mavrinac Dies at 93

Colby remembers the life of Marilyn “Lyn” Sweeney Mavrinac, associate professor of education and history, emerita, who died Nov. 29, 2020, in Milwaukee, Wis. A dedicated teacher, scholar, and activist, Mavrinac provided the vision and leadership that broadened Colby’s Education Program into its current liberal arts-based exploration of education and its role in society. “Lyn...

More Than 15,700 Students Apply to Colby Amidst the Global Pandemic

In the midst of the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Colby received the largest and most competitive applicant pool in its history, reflecting a significant demand for the distinctive elements afforded by a Colby education.  More than 15,700 students from around the world applied for admission to the Class of 2025, resulting in a...

Colby Ensembles Ready for Virtual Performance

String members could rehearse masked, divided into small groups and socially distanced. The winds couldn’t make music in the same space at all. The same went for the Collegium. And yet, for the Department of Music, the show—ensembles concerts typically scheduled for live performances on campus post-Thanksgiving—must go on. “We wanted to make sure the...
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Colby College’s Campaign Surpasses $563 Million from 22,500 Donors

WATERVILLE, Maine, December 7, 2020—Colby College’s Dare Northward fundraising campaign surpassed $563 million from 22,500 donors and positioned Colby within reach of its $750-million goal, the largest in liberal arts college history. In 2019-20 11,200 donors made $86 million in new commitments and provided $72 million in cash and assets, the third highest year-end total...

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...