A Homecoming State of the College

President Adams told parents and alumni, "There is nothing like the intensity of the experience we provide here ... nothing like the comprehensiveness ... nothing like it in terms of demonstrable outcomes." (Audio online.)

President Adams on Steve Jobs and the Liberal Arts

President Adams finds recent graduates value the intellectual capacities prized at Colby—"the capacity to communicate, to think, to exercise creativity and imagination." His annual report essay goes on to focus on a college dropout.

Family Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 28-30, Draws a Crowd

More than 1,000 alumni, parents, and friends of Colby will return to Waterville for 2011 Family Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 28-30. Many scheduled events are open to the general public, most free of charge.

Campaign Finance in the News

With the recent release of presidential fundraising numbers, reporters looked to campaign finance expert Anthony Corrado (government) for analysis. This week he appears in the Economist, USA Today, BusinessWeek, and other publications.

NPR’s Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson Wins Lovejoy Award

Despite surviving a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan and a warrant for her execution in Iraq, Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson concluded, "It’s been worth it, both for myself and those informed by my work." Story, transcript, audio online.

Chemical Factors in Obesity Examined

Environmental health experts at an Oct. 14 conference titled “Chemicals, Obesity and Diabetes: How Science Leads Us to Action” said eating too much and exercising too little are not the only causes of a growing obesity epidemic.

Alumna Explains “Single Ladies” Trend

Her cover story in The Atlantic about why some women are choosing not to marry has landed Kate Bolick '95 in the spotlight, including this Today Show interview.

Sustainability Report Highlights Green Initiatives

Colby's Sustainability Report 2010-11 samples green initiatives, starting with the new biomass heating plan and ending with charts showing a 45-percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions since 2002.

Artful Message on Mountaintop Removal

Using an intricate 20-foot mural, activist artists from the Beehive Design Collective pointed to social, environmental, and cultural implications of mountaintop removal in southeastern Appalachia at an event in Page Commons Oct. 4

Earthquake Damages Building, Spares People in Kalimpong

An earthquake in northeastern India Sept. 18 prompted concern in the Colby community about the welfare of Gandhi Ashram School in Kalimpong, where Colby students have taught Jan Plans every year since 2007, and where structural damage is reported.

Wildlife Scientist on the Future of Conservation

World Wildlife Fund's Eric Dinerstein, one of the world's visionaries in conservation, gave students cause for alarm and reasons for hope regarding looming environmental challenges.

Alum Featured in Documentary

As a nurse who cares for homeless people in Boston, Catherine McDonough '99 is featured in the film Give Me a Shot of Anything: House Calls to the Homeless, which premiered at the Boston Film Festival Sept. 19.

Rising Star in Our Midst

Assistant Director of Admissions Bill Jack will receive the highly competitive Rising Star Award from the National Association for College Admission Counseling at NACAC's national convention in New Orleans Sept. 24. NACAC is a major organization of admissions professionals, secondary school counselors, and community-based organizations that includes more than 11,000 members worldwide. The qualities for which Jack was nominated are qualities he also displays at Colby: “He’s ambitious, committed, thorough, motivated, and a team player,” wrote nominator Elizabeth Cheron of Northeastern University, chair of a New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) committee on which Jack serves. Fellow NEACAC member Mary Bellamy, college counselor at Cape Cod Academy, agrees. “In all that he does, Bill attends to the details, goes where he is needed, and gives 100 percent,” she wrote. Jack has served on NEACAC committees and is the chair of the Communications Services Committee. He joined Colby's Admissions staff in 2008, the year he graduated from Bates College.

Leonard and Shettleworth to Appear on C-SPAN

Professor Elizabeth Leonard (history) and Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth '70 will appear on a live C-SPAN broadcast of The Contenders Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. The focus is James Blaine, a Maine senator who was the Republican nominee in 1884. Online video at http://thecontenders.c-span.org/Contender/3/James-G-Blaine.aspx

Bible Scholar Elaine Pagels Gives Inaugural Lecture

Renowned Bible scholar Elaine Pagels took her audience through the Book of Revelation in an animated and illustrated talk Sept. 14—the inaugural Compagna-Sennett Religious Studies Lecture.

Colby Community Marks 9/11 Anniversary

Students, faculty, and staff marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks with on-campus events aimed at honoring victims and eliciting questions.

Oak Fellow Fights India’s Caste System

Fatima Burnad's battle for human rights for the Dalit people of India has led to more than one incarceration -- and to her being named Colby's 2011 Oak Human Rights Fellow.

Remembering September 11

The Colby community will mark the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, with a candlelight memorial, a worship service, and a read-in that is the first in a year-long series of interdisciplinary events titled Reflections of Terrorism.

Adams Addresses Assembly for New Students

"Engage, explore, listen," President William D. Adams advised at Colby's 194th Assembly for New Students, a formal academic convocation Sept. 6.

Conservation Partners: Colby in the Belgrade Lakes

The Maine Lakes Resource Center officially opened Sept. 2 with three lead partners participating in the ceremony: Colby, the Belgrade Lakes Association, and the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance.