Pukkila Publishes Book on Harry Potter

Scholarly Resources and Services Librarian Marilyn Pukkila’s book The Skill of a Seeker has been published. It is about the nondenominational religious and spiritual content of the Harry Potter series and the ways in which people who were children in 2001 use the series as a safe lens through which to view religious and spiritual questions....

Community Convenes to Condemn Bigotry

  More than 500 members of the campus community—students, faculty, and staff—gathered outside Cotter Union Thursday, April 16, to hear from President David A. Greene and show solidarity for students who expressed feeling unsafe after anonymous racist comments appeared on the social media platform Yik Yak. The message from Greene was clear. “Those who raise...

Katz Named Cottrell Scholar

Associate Professor of Chemistry Jeffrey Katz has been named a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The honor was given to the top 50 faculty, or about 3 percent, of the previous recipients of the Cottrell College Scholars Award, which was awarded to faculty in the fields of chemistry and physics at predominantly...

Students Mull Strategies to Slow Green Crab Invasion

Connor O’Neil ’15, who grew up catching green crabs on the shore near his Freeport, Maine, home, is the winner of a contest calling for ways to mitigate the impact of the destructive invasive species. Sponsored by Colby’s Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, the contest was judged April 3. Eleven teams presented...

Amelia Swinton ’10 Receives Fulbright Teaching Fellowship

Amelia Swinton ’10 received a Fulbright to teach in Mexico for the coming year. Swinton graduated cum laude in 2010 with honors and distinction in her Latin American studies major and with distinction in her anthropology major. Since graduation she has lived in Seattle, where she worked at a nonprofit for community change, Solid Ground,...

Leonard to Speak at Two Conferences, Deliver Phi Beta Kappa Lecture

Elizabeth Leonard, Colby’s John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History, is an invited speaker at two conferences associated with the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. She will speak about the Lincoln assassination and its legacy for the nation’s history at both the Pejepscot Historical Society’s “Legacies of the Civil...

Sheehan Receives Smithsonian’s Frost Essay Award

Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan received the 2014 Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award for her article “Confronting ‘Taboo’: Photography and the Art of Jacob Lawrence.” The article was published in the fall 2014 issue of American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s peer-reviewed journal for new scholarship. The Frost Award recognizes outstanding scholarship in...

Goff ’98 Wins Edith Patch Award

Faculty Fellow in Economics Sandra Hughes Goff ’98, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maine, won the university’s Edith Patch Award in March. An honor given by the Friends of Dr. Edith Marion Patch, the award is presented each year to graduate and undergraduate women to acknowledge distinguished work they have accomplished at the University of...

Plesch to Talk about Graffiti at Columbia University

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch has been invited along with five other international specialists of early modern graffiti to speak at the workshop “From Sgraffio to Graffiti: Archaeology of a Gesture in the Early Modern Period.” The workshop will take place at Columbia University on April 3. The event is organized by Columbia University Professor...

Vox Populi Publishes Series of Blevins Essays

Vox Populi, a forum for the discussion of contemporary politics through poetry, prose, and video, is publishing a series of essays by Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins. Blevins’s topics range from her love of the sentence in English to the purpose of literature to “the bodies of grown men.” The most recent essay, “Of Madmen and Spies,” is...

Plesch to Guide Alumni at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

On Saturday, April 4, Professor of Art Véronique Plesch will give a guided tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Colby Club of New York. “The Marvelous and the Convulsive: Surrealism in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Collections” will explore the many facets of this 20th-century artistic movement. Plesch is currently teaching a...

Collins Publishes Article on Habitat Fragmentation

Cathy D. Collins, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biology, is among 24 scientists to contribute to an article on habitat fragmentation published in March in the journal Science Advances. The research concluded that 70 percent of remaining forest in the world is within a kilometer of the forest’s edge and exposed to the effects...

Plesch Presents in Colby Parent Homes

On March 25 and 26 Professor of Art Véronique Plesch spoke in Texas at events hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations at the homes of William and Maria Boyce P’16 in Houston and Michael and Barbara Lynn P’09 in Dallas. In her presentation, titled “The Real Thing: Teaching in the Museum,” Plesch discussed how...

Expanding Possibility: Q&A with Watson Winner Sujie Zhu ’15

Sujie Zhu ’15 won a 2015 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, a $30,000 stipend to spend a year traveling the world for independent study outside the United States. She will embark this summer on a project titled “Expanding Possibility: Exploring Cross-Cultural Improvisational Performance.” She plans on researching performing arts in Senegal, Japan, India, and Eastern Europe....

Students Secure One Watson, One Fulbright, and Two Projects for Peace

Sujie Zhu ’15 is a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Kara Witherill ’15 is a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, and Guillermo Sapaj ’15 and Benard Kibet ’18 both won Davis Projects for Peace grants. All were announced in March. WATSON Sujie Zhu ’15 won a 2015 Watson Fellowship, a $30,000 stipend to spend a year traveling...

Association for Jewish Studies Publishes Freidenreich Essay

Pulver Family Associate Professor of Jewish Studies David Freidenreich published an essay, “Flipping a Jewish Studies Classroom,” on the pedagogy website for the Association for Jewish Studies on March 19. The essay explores Freidenreich’s process of revising his Conceptions of Jews and Judaism course, in which he introduced technology to ensure students’ comprehension of the...

Nature Photographer Cites Wilson’s Article on Eurasian Collared Dove

Noted Maine nature photographer and bird enthusiast Robin R. Robinson referenced Professor of Biosciences Herb Wilson’s article on the Eurasian collared dove in a recent MAINE Birds Facebook thread. The conversation began with a picture of a Eurasian collared dove spotted in Colorado and continued with a discussion concerning whether or not the species is...

Giving Day Breaks Records

Last year the Colby community came together for Giving Day and raised more money by midnight on Feb. 27 than ever before. This year, they took it to the next level. Celebrated on the anniversary of the College’s 1813 charter signing, Giving Day is dedicated to fundraising and highlighting the role gifts play in the...

Hunsicker ’15 Wins Eastern Sociological Society Poster Award

Madeline Hunsicker ’15 is one of six undergraduate winners of the Eastern Sociological Society‘s Undergraduate Poster Session Award for her honors thesis in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Her project, titled “Swipe: Affective and Experiential Implications of the First Sex Act,” was chosen from a pool of approximately 150 posters. She presented her poster at the annual...

Colby Second in Sustainability in North America

Colby has the second-highest sustainability rating among 260 schools rated in the premier sustainability tracking system in North America. Of the 77 schools to earn gold ratings, only Green Mountain College, a school of 826 students in Poultney, Vt., has a higher Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) rating than Colby’s 75.65, according to...