Alum Blasts Off

The space shuttle Endeavour took off early March 11 with a former Colby student on board. On this, his fourth mission, astronaut and veterinarian Richard M. Linnehan '80 will conduct three of the five spacewalks, reports The New York Times. One of his trips involved upgrading the Hubble Space Telescope.

Ice Mules Wrap Strong Seasons

Women's ice hockey beat first-seed powerhouse Middlebury in overtime Saturday to earn a spot in the championship round of the NESCAC tournament, which eventually was won by Amherst. Men's ice hockey finished the regular season with the best record in NESCAC. Senior TJ Kelley was named NESCAC player of the year and head coach Jim Tortorella is NESCAC coach of the year, and Colby dominated the first-team conference all-stars list.

All-American Skier

Vincent Lebrun-Fortin '11 earned All-America honors in slalom and giant slalom at the NCAA Skiing Championships in Montana. He placed fifth in the slalom event, for first-team All America honors, and seventh in GS, for second-team All-America. Also at the skiing nationals, the eastern champion Colby men's Nordic team placed sixth in the 10K freestyle, best among eastern schools, and 12th in the classical race. See the athletics site for complete sports coverage.

Women’s Hockey Finals Online

Women's ice hockey will play for the NESCAC championship at 1 p.m. Sunday, after defeating Middlebury 3-2 in overtime on Saturday. Watch the action live at www.d3cast.com. In other sports news, Vincent Fortin-Lebrun '11 earned his second All-America honor finishing fifth in the nation in Division I slalom. See all sports news at www.colby.edu/athletics.

Mules on Ice Online

Men's and women's NESCAC ice hockey tournaments will be Webcast this weekend, with Colby men and women both playing at 1 p.m. Saturday. The women play Middlebury at Middlebury; the men are hosts for their final-four tournament and take on the Trinity Bantams at Alfond Rink. Other semifinal games, both at 4 p.m. Saturday, also will be webcast. Winners will meet in the finals at 1 p.m. Sunday, with live webcasts. Follow the link from Colby's athletics page or go straight to www.d3cast.com.

Verma Performs on 207

The evening before his concert at Colby, sarod player and music artist in residence Aditya Verma will appear on WCSH-6's "207," Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m. A disciple of the legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar and renowned sarod master Aashish Khan, Verma will offer a concert of traditional North Indian music on Saturday at 7:30 in Lorimer Chapel.

Diamond Is 2008 Commencement Speaker

Robert Diamond '73, a world leader in international finance, will deliver the commencement address at Colby's 187th Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 25. An economics major and one-time university instructor, Diamond is president of Barclays PLC and chief executive of Investment Banking and Investment Management for the London-based bank. He is the architect of the strategies that have produced record performances for Barclays across these divisions, and he will be a Colby parent when his son Charlie joins the Class of 2012 next fall.

Afghan Embassy Credits Qiam

Qiamuddin Amiry '09 caught the attention of the Afghan embassy with a scholarship program he established at Gould Academy in Maine. An article titled "Afghan Student Pays Good Fortune Forward" describes his efforts to bring two top Afghan students to the U.S. Gerry Boyle's earlier column in Colby magazine described the sometimes tense negotiations required in Kabul.

Another Look insideColby

The latest issue of insideColby magazine, with articles and photos by Colby students, is now online. Feature stories explore the faculty resident program, Colby's a cappella phenomenon, Carter Professor of Mathematics Fernando Gouvea's unique style, and senior Christina Feng's work to encourage financial literacy in Maine. And, of course, it's full of photos showing campus life (and more). Check it out at insidecolby.com.

A Sly Approach to Smart Growth

"Maine's northern forests are unlike other large open lands in the lower 48 states," writes Peter Sly, Mellon Fellow in Environment and Justice, in the March 4 Morning Sentinel. After outlining questions and controversies raised by a land development company's plans, he urges partisans in the debate to "focus on interests and not positions," and to "listen very carefully, particularly to those with whom you generally disagree." He also plugs a related Goldfarb Center conference March 13-14.

Hockey Teams Triumph

Because it finished the regular season with the best record in the conference, the men's ice hockey team will play host to the NESCAC final four tournament March 8-9 after defeating Wesleyan 4-1 in a quarterfinal match Saturday. The Mules face sixth seed Trinity at home in the Alfond Rink Saturday at 1 p.m. Women's ice hockey also advanced to the NESCAC final four with a 3-1 win over Conn College and will play Middlebury at Middlebury March 8.

Concert Postponed, Games On

With a winter storm delivering a foot of snow to Maine, the Colby Jazz Quartet concert with Mark Tipton originally scheduled for Saturday night has been postponed. Women's and men's NESCAC quarterfinal ice hockey games are still on for Saturday afternoon at the Alfond Rink. The jazz concert will be rescheduled, with a new date to be announced next week.

Student-Produced Online Tour

The award-winning insideColby team recently launched a new student-produced online video tour of Colby's Mayflower Hill campus. The eight-minute video hits highlights from an admissions tour, with Joel Pitt '09, Katie Bizier '08, and Gen Triganne '08 as online tour guides.

Mind, Body, Health

After 20 years of studying women's health issues, Alice Domar '80 has some advice for women: Stop trying to be perfect. Domar, who was profiled in the Feb. 25 Boston Globe, is executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health in Waltham, Mass., and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. "I work with a lot of cancer patients, and they don't sweat it if there are dishes in the sink or they gain 5 pounds," she told the paper. "But you shouldn't have to go through something like that to wake up."

Mule Performances Peak

As winter varsity seasons wind up, men's hockey got big wins this weekend, including Coach Jim Tortorella's 200th victory, which clinched first seed in the upcoming NESCAC tournament. Men's Nordic skiers won the Eastern Championship freestyle race, Christian DeRoo '09 won the New England DIII title in the 600-meter run, Kelly Norsworthy '08 won NESCAC championships in the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke, and Kelsey Potdevin '09 won NESCAC's 50-yard backstroke title. All sports news is online at www.colby.edu/athletics.

Live from Lovejoy

When Dana Professor of Government Anthony Corrado appeared on The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer on Feb. 19, live from Colby's new video studio in Lovejoy, it was the first time that the video service provider ever provided a live feed to network television using Internet Protocol (IP), as opposed to fiber-optic cable. "It's definitely a cutting edge form of transmission," said a representative of VideoLink, the company that manages the studio remotely from Newton, Mass. Corrado's interview with Judy Woodruff, about super delegates, is online.

Migrants in Maine: Documented

Migrant workers come to Maine from Mexico, Canada, and beyond to harvest blueberries, vegetable crops, and more. Tennessee Watson '03, a documentary teacher and producer at Duke University, chronicled their experiences with photojournalist Earl Dotter. The result of their work, "Farmworkers Feed Us All," is on display at the Maine Cultural Building in Augusta, Feb. 20 through March 8. An opening reception with remarks by Watson will take place Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Colby on Maine Watch

The television show Maine Watch, on Maine Public Broadcasting, has featured Colby faculty members for two consecutive weeks. First, Sharon Corwin, museum director, discussed the installation in the Colby College Museum of Art by emerging artist Amy Stacey Curtis. This week, Professor Anthony Corrado looks back at Maine's historic caucuses and at what's ahead in presidential politics. Archived episodes are online.

Revamping Social Studies

Two years ago, Colby and Waterville High School launched an effort to revamp high school social studies, and a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation made the initiative possible by allowing teachers to take courses at Colby. This Friday some 40 high school history teachers from around Maine will come to Colby for a day-long conference, led by Professor of History James L.A. Webb, to share in the outcomes of the initiative.