Colby Junior Ranks in Top 10 Percent Following Math Competition

Qidong “Schu” He ’21 has proven himself a math prodigy. Literally. He’s ability to solve mathematical proofs quickly and reliably earned him a ranking in the top 10 percent in the 2019 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, the foremost undergraduate mathematics competition in the United States and Canada. Colby’s math whiz is in good company....

Alan Hume, Founder of Colby-Hume Center, Dies at 93

Dr. H. Alan Hume, former Colby medical director and friend of the College, has passed away. Dr. Hume’s generosity led to the Colby-Hume Center on Messalonskee Lake, a beautiful setting that holds a special meaning for the Colby community. Dr. Hume died Feb. 19, 2020, in Augusta, Maine, at 93. While serving on Colby’s Board...

First O’Hanian-Szostak Fellows for Civic Leadership Begin Work in the Community

In November, a gift from Trustee Emerita Anne O’Hanian-Szostak ’72 and Michael J. Szostak ’72 created Colby’s first fund specifically for select students with a significant commitment to civic responsibility. This month, those inaugural fellows began work on projects ranging from documenting the stories of Waterville residents to bringing bereavement support to Waterville schools. These...

Effort to Establish Computing Across the Curriculum Funded by NSF

Writing has long been seen and supported as an essential skill across the Colby curriculum. Computing concepts are next in line.  The Colby Computer Science Department, long a leader in interdisciplinary innovation in the discipline, has, with Mt. Holyoke and Union colleges, received a $344,671 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop ways to...

Maine Huts and Trails is New Client for Colby Student Consultants

Colby’s student consulting team has taken on the task of helping a local nonprofit, Maine Huts and Trails. The project follows last year’s successful consulting project in which students, together with Lisa Noble, director of employer engagement and entrepreneurship and DavisConnects advisor for consulting, conducted extensive market research for Skowhegan-based Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream.  Next...

Sheehan Awarded Boston Medical Library Fellowship at Harvard

Through the Boston Medical Library, the Center for the History of Medicine at Harvard Medical School offers annual fellowships to support research in the history of medicine. Tanya Sheehan, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Art, has been awarded a 2019-20 fellowship to conduct research for her new book on African-American artists and their engagement...

Al LaPan-Tillson Retires Following Forty Years of Making a Difference

Student Post Office Supervisor Allen “Al” LaPan-Tillson has been at Colby since August 1979. Over the years, some met him when they stopped by for mail. Some got to know him through working with him. Others learned about him through his 1001 Smiles Toy Drive, which he managed for more than two decades. Colby Magazine...
Teresa McKinney

Arts and Community Leader Named Diamond Family Director of the Arts

A leader in arts programming and community engagement at the Juilliard School in New York, Teresa D. McKinney, has been chosen after a national search to lead the development of an integrated arts experience between Colby and Waterville as the founding Diamond Family Director of the Arts. McKinney comes to Colby with an extensive record...
Kimberly Flowers

Goldfarb Center Announces New Leadership

Following a national search, Kimberly Flowers, an experienced leader in international development, humanitarian issues, and strategic communications, has been named executive director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs at Colby. A magna cum laude graduate of William Jewell College, Flowers is currently director of both the Global Food Security and the Humanitarian Agenda at...

Trustee Emeritus Paul J. Schupf, LL.D. ’06 Dies

Colby College has lost a loyal and generous friend. Art collector, business leader, and Colby Trustee Emeritus Paul J. Schupf, LL.D. ’06 died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. He was 82. Through his extraordinary generosity, Schupf altered the landscape at Colby with gifts that supported the arts, the sciences, and residential life. The reach of his...

Maine College Students Gather at Colby for Climate Action

Nursing students, leaders of environmental clubs, economics majors—over 100 students from a dozen schools across the state gathered in the Diamond Building for Colby’s Maine College Climate Action Summit on Nov. 9, united by their commitment to combat climate change. “The goal is for this [summit] to have been a starting point for a launch...

First Generation to College? That’s Reason to Celebrate

Fifty-four years ago, the Higher Education Act was passed on November 8—a day that recently gained another meaning as the National First-Generation College Celebration Day. To celebrate its own first-generation to college students, the Colby community came together at the Pugh Center for a day of festivities, including games, food, and a rap performance. “We’re...

Maine Days Initiative Reached over 130 High Schools in Maine

From Robert W. Traip Academy in southern Maine to Madawaska High School up north, and from Fryeburg Academy in the west to Calais High School in the east—all within 48 hours. For the second straight year, nearly 20 staff members from Colby’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid traversed the state of Maine over a...

Khashoggi Murder Explored at Lovejoy Award Panel

The violent murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, shocked the world and sent a terrifying message to other journalists, scores of whom were killed around the world in 2018 alone. “Even for me, I couldn’t believe [Khashoggi’s murder] happened,” said Hala Al-Dosari, a Saudi Arabian human rights...

McClenachan and Other Colbians Coauthor Paper in Fish and Fisheries

Fish and Fisheries published the paper “Shifting perceptions of rapid temperature changes’ effects on marine fisheries, 1945–2017” with Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, as lead author. Coauthors include Ben Neal, adjunct assistant professor of environmental studies, Seabird McKeon, former visiting assistant professor of biology, and Madison Marra ’17. The paper “documents...

Donald Klein ’47, “Father of Psychopharmacology,” Dies at 90

Psychiatrist Donald Franklin Klein ’47, known widely as “the father of psychopharmacology” for his groundbreaking work revolutionizing the understanding and treatment of psychiatric disorders ranging from panic attacks to depression to anxiety, died Aug. 7, 2019, at the age of 90 in New York, N.Y.  Born in 1928, Klein came to Colby from the Bronx,...

Colby College Athletics Welcomes Ahmad Boyd as Student Athlete Experience Intern

Colby College Athletics welcomes Ahmad Boyd as the new student athlete experience intern, a two-year position made possible by an NCAA Women and Ethnic Minorities Grant. In this new role, Boyd will help the department build a comprehensive and sustainable leadership development program for student athletes. He will also develop a strategy for communications and social media that...

McClenachan Coauthors Paper in PNAS on Surprising Ocean Temperatures

Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, coauthored a paper recently published in PNAS. “Challenges to natural and human communities from surprising ocean temperatures” discusses how individuals and institutions will benefit by betting that trends of increasing temperatures will continue, a “strategy [that] represents a radical shift that will be difficult...