Department of State Under Secretary to Speak at Commencement

The current Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and former president of Discovery Communications, Judith McHale, will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Commencement May 23.

Maine’s Environment 2009

Coastal and marine management, rivers and dams, organic agriculture, and sustainable communities are topics examined in the State of Maine's Environment 2009 report, completed by students in ES493 in fall 2009.

Helping Haiti

Colby's student-led fundraising initiative for victims of the earthquake in Haiti, which includes T-shirt sales and a benefit dinner later this month, is featured in the Feb. 7 Maine Sunday Telegram.

EcoReps Push Green Agenda

A program to establish EcoReps in residence halls will promote sustainable living and encourage environmentally friendly habits on campus, the Colby Echo reported in November.

Elizabeth Hanson Scholarship

Elizabeth Hanson '02, a CIA agent killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan Dec. 30, will be remembered with a scholarship fund at Colby in her name established by her family.

A January Week

In the new Week in the Life video series on, Carla Aronsohn '13 follows Molly Rogers '13 to wilderness training class, through the arboretum on cross-country skis, and more.

Newly Tenured

Five assistant professors were granted tenure at the Jan. 23 Board of Trustees meeting. Click to read about Phil Brown (economics), Walter Hatch (government), Arne Koch (German), Tilar Mazzeo (English), and Philip Nyhus (environmental studies).

Diamond in Davos

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Bob Diamond '73, president of Barclays, challenged the notion that "large is bad." Read more in the New York Times or watch the interview at

Robert B. Parker ’54 Dies at 77

Novelist Robert B. Parker '54, author of more than 60 books including the popular mystery series about a Boston private detective named Spenser, died Jan. 19 at age 77.

Students in Haiti OK

Colby seniors Yanica Faustin and Jessica Frick, who were visiting Haiti when the Jan. 12 earthquake struck, have contacted their families and say they are safe.

Professors Publish

New books by Anthropology Professor Catherine Besteman and Art Professor VÌ©ronique Plesch, along with others by alumni authors, are highlighted in the latest Colby magazine.

On the Death of Elizabeth Hanson

The death of Elizabeth Hanson '02 was a tragedy felt throughout the Colby community and, most acutely, by her friends and family. President Adams has communicated with her family on behalf of the College and expressed our deepest sorrow and sympathy. College faculty and administrators will discuss in the coming days the most appropriate way for Colby to honor her life and memory.

Alumna Killed in Afghan Bombing

CIA agent Elizabeth Hanson '02 was one of seven killed in a suicide bombing at a CIA base in Afghanistan Dec. 30. Read more in the New York Times.

A Professor’s Sermon

Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, who is also assistant pastor at Union Baptist Church in Cambridge, Mass., had a sermon published in The African American Pulpit. It originally was delivered at Spelman College's baccalaureate.

Nickerson ’05 Shoots for Vancouver

Warner Nickerson '05, an All-American skier at Colby, has been chasing the Olympic dream. After a strong fall he recently earned a starting spot for the U.S. team Jan 9-10 at Adelboden, Switzerland. Read more.

Brown and SuperFreakonomics

SuperFreakonomics cites research by Assistant Professor of Economics Phil Brown and Jess Minty '06 about the effects of media coverage on philanthropic giving following natural disasters.

The “Doomed” Generation

In a Chicago Tribune op-ed, former Echo editor Suzanne Merkelson '09 challenges the notion that the Class of 2009 is doomed. "Maybe it was the worst year to graduate college, but at least my peers and I had the privilege to go to college. Maybe we're lucky to have the chance to help remake the nation. Maybe we should all stop freaking out for a second."

Too Big to Get Wrong

Robert E. Diamond Jr. '73, chair of Colby's Board of Trustees and president of Barclays, addressed the Council on Foreign Relations Dec. 14 in a talk titled "Too Big to Get Wrong," and CFR posted video of his talk.

Bob Diamond ’73 on HuffPo

Robert E. Diamond Jr. '73, chair of Colby's Board of Trustees and president of Barclays, writes on Huffington Post that transatlantic relations are "too big to get wrong."

A Vast Oceanic Lab

Researcher Emily Lyczkowski '08 is featured on the Bigelow Laboratory's home page for her work on board the RSS James Cook, currently sailing from the UK to Chile for "biological, chemical, and physical oceanographic research."