Down East Magazine Interviews Student Musical Producers

Students Katie Monteleone ’18 and Josua Lutian ’18 talked to Down East magazine about the creation of their musical Lost With You, which they workshopped in New York during Jan Plan. The two met as first-year students in a singing group and now, as juniors, are debuting the play they wrote together. How are they feeling about the...

Media Coverage of Lunder Institute Announcement Has Broad Reach

Colby’s Feb. 2 announcement of the establishment of the Lunder Institute for American Art has gained media attention from media outlets and art organizations. Here is the coverage to date: Colby College Museum of Art given 1,000-work collection Feb. 18, 2017 The Art Newspaper Gift adds more than 1,100 artworks to the Colby College Museum of Art’s...

President Greene Statement and Student Protest Covered in Local Media

A story in the Central Maine Newspapers covered activities at Colby that followed the travel order by President Trump. On Sunday, Colby’s President David A. Greene issued a statement reaffirming the College’s obligation to protect and support faculty, staff, and students from other countries. “I want to be clear about Colby’s values and obligations to...

Innovative Artist Condron ’92 Receives $30,000 Pollock-Krasner Grant

Jim Condron ’92, an American painter and assemblage artist, received a prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant for $30,000, one of the largest awards this year. Named for the abstract impressionist Jackson Pollock and his wife and fellow abstract painter Lee Krasner, the grant gives Condron “time, studio space, and materials to make his works, which could be...

President Greene Affirms Colby’s Commitment to Global Education

Colby President David A. Greene reaffirmed the College’s obligation to support and protect all members of its community, in light of a White House order banning most citizens of seven countries from entering the United States. In an email, Greene stressed the importance of higher education in a democratic society—and the world—citing the leading role of...

Mainebiz and Morning Sentinel Zoom In on Waterville

Maine’s business magazine Mainebiz is the latest publication to feature the revitalization efforts in downtown Waterville. The cover story on their Jan. 23 issue is titled “Colby College’s master plan for reshaping downtown Waterville” and reports on not just the broad plan for the city but specifics on current projects. A Jan. 23 story in the Morning Sentinel...

Sheets Receives Spencer Foundation Grant

Erin Sheets, assistant professor of psychology, received a Spencer Foundation grant to continue her research on social belonging. The grant is titled “Evaluating a Brief Group Intervention to Improve Social Belonging, Mental Health, and Academic Performance in Disadvantaged College Students,” and Sheets was awarded approximately $50,000 for a three-year period. Her work on this grant...

Tate Elected to Waterville City Council

Winifred Tate, associate professor of anthropology, was elected Waterville’s City Council representing Ward 6, the Morning Sentinel reports Jan. 17. Tate, a nine-year resident of Waterville with two children in public schools, said she was raised to value public service. She’s also “concerned about how to balance the needs of all community members and manage the city’s...

Allbritton Coedited Book Performance and Spanish Film Published

Assistant Professor of Spanish Dean Allbritton’s coedited volume Performance and Spanish Film has been published with Manchester University Press. Coedited by Alejandro Melero (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) and Tom Whittaker (Liverpool University), Performance and Spanish Film is the first book to provide a detailed study of screen acting in Spanish film. With 15 original essays by leading...

Museum of Art Reviewed in Portland Press Herald

Art historian Daniel Kany reviewed the Colby Museum of Art in the Sunday Portland Press Herald Jan. 8, in which he examines the “museum’s status as a cultural leader.” Kany recognizes Colby as not just the largest museum in Maine, but “among the most significant and largest college art museums in the United States” and thus...

Fleming Teaches, Lectures, and Writes in Sweden

Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming will be a guest of Linköping University, Sweden, in January and will present a seminar on “Climate Engineering: Barking Mad, WEIRD, and Male Dominated.” Fleming was part of a proposal-writing team that garnered more than 50 million SEK ($6 million USD) for the...

Article by Fleming Published in Physics Today

An extensive article on the Swedish meteorologist Carl-Gustaf Rossby by Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming was published in the January 2017 issue of Physics Today. Fleming traces Rossby’s career from its start at the Bergen School of Meteorology through the establishment of Stockholm’s International Meteorological Institute and to his involvement in the International...

WCSH TV Features Downtown Revitalization Update

A seven-minute story on downtown Waterville revitalization efforts—and Colby’s leading role in the effort—aired on WCSH (Channel 6) Jan. 4. Host Rob Caldwell spent time with President David A. Greene and Mayor Nick Isgro on Main Street discussing the progress to date as well as plans for the future. Caldwell says, “there’s never been anything...

Reynolds Article Featured on Cover of Ecography

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Travis Reynolds and Janice Liang ’16 published an article in the journal Ecography illustrating how sacred natural sites can inform ecological theories on habitat fragmentation in developing countries. The research, conducted in collaboration with Assistant Professor of Biology Cathy Collins and other U.S. and Ethiopian partners, combines remote sensing data...

Weitz Featured in Asia Society Video

Ankeney Weitz, Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jette Professor of Art and co-curator of No Limits: Zao Wou-ki, is featured in a video showing the painting that inspired the exhibit currently on view at the Asia Society in New York. In the two-minute video, produced by the Asia Society, Weitz explains why the painting Traces dans la ville (Tracks of...

Plesch Lectures via Skype at University of Coimbra, Portugal

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch delivered a lecture via Skype titled “Words, Images, and Materiality in Early Performance” for students in the advanced studies in the materialities of literature Ph.D. program at the School of Arts and Humanities and the Centre for Portuguese Literature, University of Coimbra. Plesch’s Dec. 20 lecture is part of a seminar...

Soto’s Personality Test Featured in New York Magazine Interactive Article

A New York Magazine interactive article highlights research by Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto. The Dec. 21 article summarizes research by Soto and others investigating the “big five” personality traits: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and open-mindedness. It also asks readers to predict their own scores on these traits, then take a personality test developed...

Fleming in TIME Helps Define When Winter Starts

As the winter solstice approached, TIME turned to scientists, including Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming, to point out that “the idea of the first day of winter is more complicated than you may think.” Meteorological winter differs from astronomical winter because “the alignment of the Earth’s axis doesn’t line...

Rabbi Isaacs Gives Invocation at White House Reception

At a White House Hanukkah reception, Rabbi Rachel Isaacs delivered an invocation with President and Mrs. Obama on either side of her. The President introduced Isaacs and called out Colby and Waterville’s Beth Israel Congregation, where Isaacs is spiritual leader. Isaacs spoke of Hanukkah as a “festival that teaches us it is always darkest before the...

Benissan and Students Prepare West African Dinner as Prelude to New Restaurant

Opening a Tongolese restaurant has been a dream of Director of African Drumming Messan Jordan Benissan’s for years. A dinner that he and students Tristan Friedman ’17 and Theo Satloff ’19 prepared for the Wiscasset (Maine) Area Chamber of Commerce members Dec. 8 took the entrepreneur one step closer to achieving that dream. The dinner...