Colby Presents Premiere of Ugly Ducklings

Ugly Ducklings, a gothic thriller about harassment and bullying, will be presented at Colby College, September 15-17. Performances are Thursday and Friday, September 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, September 17, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., in Strider Theater, Runnals Building, on the Waterville campus. Admission is $2 for teens, college students, and senior citizens and $10 for general admission.

Colby Presents Comic Theater in Two One-Person Shows

Physical comedians Julie Goell and Avner the Eccentric will each present one-person shows at Colby next weekend. Goell will present Opening Night Carmen, a one-woman "Mopera," on Friday, September 9, at 7:30 p.m. Avner will perform Exceptions to Gravity on Saturday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. Both shows are in the Strider Theater, Runnals Building, on the Waterville campus.

Colby Announces September Events

Colby College is pleased to announce its September events. All are free (except where noted) and open to the public.

Terry Winters: Prints & Sequences Opens at Colby College Museum of Art on July 27

The Colby College Museum of Art is the sole repository of the entire archive of prints by Terry Winters, and for the first time the museum will present selections from the archive, including more than 150 of the artist’s prints spanning the past two decades. Terry Winters: Prints & Sequences, on view July 27-November 6, 2005, will display Winters's work in a variety of printing techniques -- lithography, etching, aquatint, woodcut, linoleum cut, and Mixografia.

Colby Receives Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization

Colby was one of five U.S. colleges or universities to receive the 2005 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA: Association of International Educators at the organization's annual meeting in Seattle on June 1. The College is being recognized for a broad range of international initiatives. Among them:

Colby’s 184th Commencement Combines Advice and Celebration

ABC News correspondent Dan Harris '93 drew on experiences covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to augment his advice to the Class of 2005 at Colby's 184th Commencement Sunday morning. Student-elected speaker Josh Kahn '05 shared lessons he learned in four years at Colby, and President William D. Adams handed a diploma to each of the 484 graduates as thousands of onlookers cheered.

Guitar Exhibition at Colby College Museum of Art Will Feature Live Guitar Performances

This spring the Colby College Museum of Art will bridge the divide between visual and aural art forms in a unique exhibition of one of the world's most popular and seductive musical instruments -- the guitar. Vintage, rare, and handmade guitars, all with connections to Maine, will be featured in conjunction with live performances of various musical styles. "The Player's Art" will be on display May 7 through July 17, 2005.

Colby Announces May Events

Colby College is pleased to announce its May events. All are free (except where noted) and open to the public.

Colby Announces April Events

Colby College is pleased to announce its April events. All are free (except where noted) and open to the public.

Colby Announces February Events

Colby College is pleased to announce its February events. All are free (except where noted) and open to the public.

Colby Observatory To Open for Venus Transit of the Sun on June 8

The Collins Observatory at Colby College will be open to the public for area residents interested in observing the transit of the planet Venus past the Sun on Tuesday, June 8. The transit begins at 1:15 am while the Sun is well below the horizon, and lasts until 7:25 a.m., when the silhouette of Venus leaves the Sun, according to Murray Campbell, the William A. Rogers Professor of Physics and Astronomy, who will conduct the observatory's open house. The observatory will open 11 minutes before sunrise, at 4:45 a.m. Clear weather is needed to see the transit, and information on viewing conditions will be available in a recorded message at 872-3251 prior to the event. The last transit occurred in 1789, Campbell said. By observing from different geographic locations the length of time that Venus was in front of the Sun, 18th-century astronomers were able to determine the distance from the Earth to Venus and, using Kepler's Third Law, from the Earth to the Sun. Perhaps the best known observer was Captain Cook, who was in Tahiti, but others observed the transit at locations including Hudson's Bay, Canada, the tip of Baja California, Mexico, near Philadelphia. Pa., and in Greenwich, England. An optical problem called the "black-drop effect" limits the accuracy of determining the distance to Venus using data from the transit. Modern astronomers use more accurate radar measurements for the distance to Venus, but observatories around the world will observe the transit optically. No one should look directly at the Sun, Campbell stressed. Looking through unprotected binoculars or telescopes results in instant eye damage and can blind the observer. Colby's Collins Observatory will provide views through safely protected telescopes. Web sites with information about Venus's solar transit include http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/sunearthday and http://www.transitofvenus.org/safety.htm.

Celebration and Sorrow Mixed at Colby Commencement

Colby College's 183rd commencement provided a poignant mix of sadness and celebration on Sunday as families, friends and faculty hailed 484 members of the Class of 2004 and mourned the loss of one, Dawn Marie Rossignol, murdered last September in the fall of her senior year. President William D. Adams read a citation and presented a posthumous honorary bachelor of arts degree to Dawn's parents, Charleen and Emilio Rossignol of Medway, Maine, as somber faculty members, classmates and guests listened, some mopping tears, some sobbing audibly. "The Class of 2004, forever diminished by your absence, is nevertheless blessed to have called you its own," President Adams said in his citation addressed to Dawn Rossignol. The mood remained more subdued than usual as graduates crossed the stage one by one, receiving degrees from Adams in the Alfond Athletic Center, where the ceremony was moved because of rain. Before the presentation to the Rossignols, Adams presented honorary doctorates to five distinguished individuals: Shelby Davis, the founder of the Davis Selected Advisers, L.P., and sponsor of the Davis United World Scholars scholarship program; Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Barry Mazur, university professor at Harvard and a renowned mathematician; Bernice Johnson Reagon, historian and founder of the vocal ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock; and Richard Russo, author, Colby professor and father of Kate Russo, who graduated from Colby Sunday. Russo delivered the commencement address, which included "Russo's Rules For A Good Life," which he called "four simple, deeply flawed rules to live by." "Rule number one: Search out the kind of work that you would gladly do for free and then get somebody to pay you for it." Explaining the first rule he said, "While you search for this work, you'll need a job." "Rule number two: Find a loving mate to share what life has in store, because the world can be a lonely place, and people who aren't lonely don't want to hear about it if you are." to which Russo added, "After 30 years, my wife Barbara and I continue to delight in each other's company, and that's astonishing given the number of other people we've grown weary of." "Rule number three: Have children. After what you've put your parents through, you deserve children of your own." "Rule number four: If you have one, nurture your sense of humor." Russo said, "in an age as numbingly earnest as this one, where we're more often urged to be sensitive than just, where genuinely independent thought is equally unwelcome to fundamentalists on both the left and the right, it's laughter that keeps us sane. Indeed, the inability to laugh, at the world and at ourselves, is a sign, at least to my way of thinking, of mental illness." The first student in line to receive a bachelor's of arts degree was the class marshal and valedictorian, Justin Juskewitch of Mercer, Maine. The class speaker, elected by her peers, was Kate Chuprevich of Monmouth, Maine. "It seems I blinked and college is over," she said. "Friends will be more than just an instant message away, but honestly, I've never felt so prepared for the unknown. ... We are leaving now with so much more than we came with." Receiving the Condon Medal for engaged citizenship, the only award presented at commencement, was Jenn Rosenberg of Worcester, Mass., who was director of the Colby Volunteer Center. Transcript of Richard Russo's address is online at http://www.colby.edu/news/detail/488/

“Art In Bloom” Exhibit at Colby College Museum of Art June 3-5

"Art in Bloom," an exhibition pairing works of art from the Colby College Museum of Art with floral arrangements designed by members of area garden clubs and local florists, will be on view June 3-5 at Colby's museum in Waterville. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. A reception to open the show will be held Thursday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and refreshments will be served. "Art in Bloom" will include 40 floral arrangements, each complementing the style and feel of an individual work on display in the museum as part of the permanent collection or in the Tabletop Arenas exhibition. The event is sponsored by the Central Maine Garden Club. Simultaneously on view at the museum will be The Joan Whitney Payson Collection, 21 works including paintings by world-famous Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists (through June 6); Tabletop Arenas, contemporary still-life paintings by members of the national association Zeuxis (through June 13); Contemporary Highlights from the Permanent Collection (through October 31); works by Alex Katz in The Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Art of Alex Katz (ongoing); and American art from Colby's permanent collection, including the John Marin Collection, in The Lunder Wing (ongoing). Colby museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and the museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. For information call 207-872-3228 or visit www.colby.edu/museum.

Colby College Museum of Art Closed Independence Day Weekend

The Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville will be closed for Independence Day on Saturday, July 3, and Sunday, July 4. The museum will be open regular hours Monday, July 5. Currently on display at the museum is Contemporary Highlights from the Permanent Collection. Upcoming exhibits include Sites Unseen: Photographic Visions from the Vernacular Landscape, opening June 20, and Contemporary Painting: Curated by Alex Katz, opening June 27. Colby museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and the museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. For information call 207-872-3228 or visit www.colby.edu/museum.

May 23 Colby Commencement Blends Local and International Themes

Students from 33 states and 21 foreign countries will receive degrees at Colby College's 183rd commencement on Sunday, May 23, but there will be no shortage of Central Maine content. Richard Russo, whose award-winning novel Empire Falls is closely associated with the area, is the commencement speaker. The Class of 2004's valedictorian and class marshal is Justin Juskewitch of Mercer, Maine, a few miles to the west. And the class speaker, elected by members of the Class of 2004, is Catherine Chuprevich from Monmouth, Maine. Graduation ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. on the lawn of Miller Library. Russo, who holds the rank of professor at Colby and taught a fiction class this year, will accept an honorary doctor of letters degree and will be onstage when his daughter Kate Russo receives her bachelor of arts degree from President William D. Adams. The public is invited to attend. However, in the event of bad weather the ceremony may be moved into the field house, in which case tickets are required. The Class of 2004 numbers 485 and includes the first group of Davis-United World College Scholars, who came to Colby for four years from countries all over the world*. In 2000 Shelby M.C. Davis and his family offered to pay the full financial need of any student who completed one of the 10 international secondary schools known as United World College (UWC) and gained admission to Colby or to four other American colleges. The Davises now spend approximately $15 million a year on scholarships that send UWC graduates to those colleges and on partial scholarships to 45 other schools. This year they paid the full financial aid for 96 Davis-UWC scholars attending Colby. Davis, the founder of the investment company Davis Selected Advisers, L.P., will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree and will be on hand to congratulate the 13 inaugural Davis-UWC scholars. Others receiving honorary doctoral degrees from Colby will be Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the first African-American to serve as chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Barry Mazur, university professor at Harvard and a mathematician who specializes in number theory and algebraic geometry; and Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of the Grammy Award-winning a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock. Receiving her degree as a member of the Class of 2004 is Ellen M. Corey of China, Maine. The 59-year-old assistant director of donor relations began working in Colby's development office as a temporary secretary 22 years ago. She took classes for credit in 16 of those years and graduates this month with a major in Russian studies and membership in the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa national academic honor society. * Class of 2004 Davis-UWC Scholars are from Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Jordan, Sudan, Macedonia, Zimbabwe, Serbia, Argentina, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand. Information about Colby's commencement, including biographical material on honorary degree recipients, is online at www.colby.edu/commencement. A high-resolution image of Richard Russo is available for publication. E-mail pr@colby.edu to request it .

Colby Reunion Weekend Begins Friday

Colby College is gearing up for its annual Reunion Weekend, June 4-6, when Colby graduates spanning seven decades of classes will return to campus with spouses, families and friends. In all some 1,400 visitors from 35 states and three foreign countries are expected in Waterville, and local hotels, restaurants and shops expect to see an increase in traffic around the event, according to Kimberly Lindlof, president of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce. On Friday night Karl Dornish ’54, of Winslow, Maine, will receive a Colby Brick award as one of eight people receiving alumni awards. A parade of classes at 11 a.m. on Saturday will proceed through the Ludy and Pacy Levine Athletic Grounds to the gymnasium. Saturday afternoon events listed below are open to the public free. 2 p.m. Saturday, June 5 The People of Townshend, Vermont. Writer and photographer Karl Decker ’54 will exhibit and discuss black and white photos from his five-year documentary project, “The People of Townshend, Vermont.” Room 203, Lovejoy Building Pets Have a Story to Tell. Cindy Fischer ’64, pet-care consultant and author of a holistic guide to the emotional development of pets, will talk about her energy-balancing program for companion animals. Room 211, Lovejoy Building Quiet Images for Reflection and Healing. Jane Master Rohrbach ’69 will show photos from her award-winning book, which pairs images reflecting the beauty of nature with healing thoughts. Room 208, Lovejoy Building The History of the New York City Water Supply. Christopher Tompkins ’89, author of The Croton Dam and Aqueduct: New York, will talk about his photo history of the construction of the New York City water supply in the early 19th century, a great engineering success story of its time. Room 215, Lovejoy Building The Greening of Colby and the New Colby Green. Colby's Physical Plant Department Director Patricia Murphy will talk about construction of the elliptical 75,000-square-foot Colby Green, future site of three new buildings, including the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center. Room 1, F.W. Olin Science Center Girlfighting: Distinguishing Reality From Media Hype. Are today’s girls really meaner and more violent? Lyn Mikel Brown, associate professor of education and of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, will talk about her recent book, Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection Among Girls. Room 105, Keyes Science Center 3 p.m. Saturday, June 5 The Wise Management of Grief. Victor Scalise ’54, a founder of the National Center for Death Education, will speak about dying, death and bereavement. Room 205, Lovejoy Building The Tip of the Spear: Vantage Point in the Drive to Baghdad. Boston Globe reporter Brian MacQuarrie ’74 will talk about his experiences covering the September 11, 2001, attacks, the war on terror in Afghanistan and the reconstitution of the Afghan government, and the war in Iraq. Room 1, F.W. Olin Science Center The Renaissance of Craft Brewing and the Shipyard Brewing Company. Shipyard's Bruce Forsley ’79 will lead a discussion of microbreweries and a beer tasting. Room 105, Keyes Science Building PIGe Bank. Michael Cameron ’89 and Brian Murphy ’89, entrepreneurs of PIGe Bank, will tell the story of two entrepreneurs, their design studio, a dot com bust, the Russian mob and a pig who wouldn’t die. Room 213, Lovejoy Building 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5, Marchese Bluelight Pub, Cotter Union Colby author book signing. Cindy Fischer ’64 will sign Our Pets Have a Story to Tell ; Richard Friary ’64 will sign Skate Sailing: A Complete Guide and Job$ in the Drug Industry: A Career Guide for Chemists; Jane Master Rohrbach ’69 will sign Quiet Images; Gregory Pfitzer ’79 will sign Picturing the Past: Illustrated Histories and the American Imagination, 1840-1900; Sally O. Lee ’84 will sign Lucy, Drageena's New Shoes, Magdalena Finds the Golden Pear, The ABC Coloring Book, Penny's Favorite Holiday, Lucy's Halloween, and Tinkerella and the Blue Door; Christopher R. Tompkins ’89 will sign The Croton Dam and Aqueduct; Professor Lyn Mikel Brown will sign Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection Among Girls, Raising Their Voices: The Politics of Girls’ Anger, and Meeting at the Crossroads: Women's Psychology and Girls' Development; and Professor Elizabeth Leonard will sign Lincoln's Avengers: Justice, Revenge, and Reunion after the Civil War and All the Daring of the Soldier. On Friday night the Alumni Association will present awards. Reverend Victor Scalise ’54 (Brookline, Mass.) will receive the Ernest C. Marriner Distinguished Service Award. Rae Jean Braunmuller Goodman ’69 (Annapolis, Md.) will receive the Outstanding Educator Award. Giovanni Apicella (spouse of Libby Corydon-Apicella ’74), James Crawford ’64 (Richmond, Va.), Linda Johnson Crawford ’64 (Richmond, Va.), Karl Dornish ’54 (Winslow, Maine), Todd Halloran ’84 (Darien, Conn.), Colleen A. Khoury ’64 will receive Colby Brick Awards. For information on activities contact the Colby Alumni Relations Office at 207-872-3190 or visit the reunion Web site at www.colby.edu/alumni/reunion.

Colby Announces November Events

Colby College is pleased to announce its November events. All are free (unless otherwise indicated) and open to the public.

Family Homecoming Weekend at Colby, October 1-3

Family Homecoming Weekend will be held at Colby College in Waterville Friday, October 1, through Sunday, October 3. The Alumni Relations Office reports that 1,400 visitors—alumni and families of current students—are registered to participate in weekend activities. Events listed below are open to the public and admission is free unless otherwise noted.

Colby Announces October Events

Colby College announces its October events. All are free (unless otherwise indicated) and open to the public.

Alum Journeys into the Music

Bluegrass musician Tim O'Brien '76 rallies audiences with his spirited tunes on CDs like his latest, "Traveler." Now he takes his talent from the stage to the big screen, in Bluegrass Journey, a documentary that's touring the country and recently played at the Maine International Film Festival. Dubbed by Variety as "a genuine crowd-pleaser," the film explores the culture around the music featuring top musicians, O'Brien prominent among them.