Colby Mourns the Loss of Trustee William Oates ’65

William “Billy” A. Oates Jr. ’65, current trustee and member of the Colby Museum of Art Board of Governors, died Feb. 14, 2017, at age 74. Oates, from Dedham, Mass., was an investment advisor and founding partner of Northeast Investment Management in Boston, where he managed Northeast Investors Growth Fund for more than 30 years....

Yossi Roisman’s New Book on Greek Commanders Published

Joseph “Yossi” Roisman, professor of classics and expert on Greek and Roman history and historiography, has a new book out. The Classical Art of Command (Oxford University Press, 2017) examines the career of eight prominent Greek generals, including the Spartan king Leonidas and the Athenian leader Themistocles. “Bringing together extensive use of ancient sources and modern scholarship...

Cote ’95 Receives Meritorious Service Medal

Adam Cote ’95 received the Meritorious Service Medal for his service with the Maine National Guard. “The honor recognizes Cote’s leadership in organizing and carrying out numerous projects of the 133rd Engineer Battalion in communities throughout Maine, from as far north as Houlton to as south as Acton, in 2016,” Foster’s Daily Democrat reports Feb....

Men’s Ice Hockey Season, Coach on WGME TV

Colby’s men’s ice hockey team is kicking ice this year, and WGME-TV caught up with coach Blaise Macdonald and the team at the University of New England. The Mules have been nationally ranked for most of the season, WGME’s Dave Eid reports. “I think when you look at our program, it’s a lot like farming,”...

Ardam Essay in Los Angeles Review of Books

An essay by Visiting Assistant Professor of English Jacquelyn Ardam appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books Jan. 10. Her essay on the podcast My Favorite Murder helps her cope with the memory of the shooting at UCLA, where she studied and taught. “My Favorite Murder feels like a support group for anxious people who are calmed, if not satiated,...

Harkett Coedits New Book on Horace Vernet

Visiting Associate Professor of Art Daniel Harkett has coedited, with Katie Hornstein, Horace Vernet and the Thresholds of Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture (University Press of New England, 2017). This collection reconsiders the life and work of Emile Jean-Horace Vernet (1789–1863), presenting him as a crucial figure for understanding the visual culture of modernity. The book includes work by...

Josephson Publishes eBook and Articles; Lectures in Zurich and on BBC

Professor of History Paul Josephson has been busy writing and lecturing since October. Here are his recent accomplishments: October 2016 A lecture on “Chernobyl’s Fallout in the World of Nuclear Energy Production—Thirty Years On” in Barcelona, Spain. January 2017 A talk on “Heroism and Secrecy Across the Arctic: Building Industry in the Dark and Cold” at...

Chapter by Plesch Published in The Routledge Research Companion to Early Drama and Performance

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch’s chapter “Word and Image in Early Performance” in The Routledge Research Companion to Early Drama and Performance (Ed. Pamela King. Abingdon: Routledge. 99–117) is now out. The volume’s editor, Pamela King, writes in her introduction: “Aptly the first chapter here [referring to the book’s Part II: Modes of Production and...

Maisel and Sheehan Receive Faculty Honors

In January Provost and Vice President for Faculty Lori G. Kletzer announced honors given to faculty members L. Sandy Maisel and Tanya Sheehan. Both scholars received new titles: Maisel was appointed the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government and Sheehan the William R. Kenan Jr. Associate Professor of Art. Sandy Maisel is a renowned...

WGME TV Reports on Alumni Business in Portland, Maine

The story of Fork Food Lab, a shared kitchen space in Maine’s largest city, was covered by WGME TV13 Jan. 18. Cofounded by Nick Spillane ’08 and Eric Holstein ’08, the collaborative kitchen allows food producers to pay rent to “gain access to industrial commercial kitchen equipment in a shared space,” WGME reports. Recently, the...

Genius Envy by Paliyenko Published by Penn State University Press

A new book by Charles A. Dana Professor of French Adrianna Paliyenko was recently published by Penn State University Press. Genius Envy: Women Shaping French Poetic History 1801-1900 reveals how female poets of the time, dismissed by thinkers, critics, and literary historians, “invigorated the debate about the origins of genius and garnered considerable recognition in their time...

Plesch Speaks at Scripps College on 15th-Century French Manuscript

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch was invited to deliver a talk at the Department of French at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. She spoke Jan. 31 on “Des tréteaux à la page d’un manuscrit français du 15e siècle” or “From the Stage to the Page of a French 15th-century Manuscript.”

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...