Alumni Reconnect at Reunion 2016

More than 1,300 alumni and guests stormed Mayflower Hill June 3-5 to reconnect at Reunion 2016. They came, they hugged, they ate lobster rolls. They attended academic talks, they paraded and danced, they reunited with professors and heard from President Greene. And they’ll never let it be said that Mules are sedentary: The fourth running...

Burke on Ephemeral Architecture in A/B Architecture Boston

The summer 2016 issue of A/B Architecture Boston has a feature titled “Now You See It,” a series of vignettes about temporary structures that leads off with Professor of English Michael Burke’s piece called “Season’s Fleetings.” In it Burke describes the pop-up village of ice-fishing shacks that appears each winter on the pond in his...

Matsuura ’16 and Dissanayake Publish on Maine North Woods Park

Assistant Professor of Economics Sahan T. M. Dissanayake and Ryu Matsuura ’16 published an article in the Maine Policy Review on preferences for the proposed Maine North Woods Park. Their research, conducted with Andrew Meyer of Marquette University, contributes to the ongoing public dialogue about the proposed park by analyzing the preferences of out-of-state visitors....

When “The Greatest” Came to Mayflower Hill

As the world remembered heavyweight champion and iconic activist Muhammad Ali, there was talk at Colby’s alumni reunion, June 2-5, of the visit paid to Colby by the great fighter and American public figure. Colby’s copy of GOAT (Greatest Of All Time), the 75-pound Taschen art book tribute to Ali, is on display in Special...

High-Flying Dunk Puts Colby Junior in the Spotlight

The young man in the Colby College jersey stands under the backboard, cradling a basketball and raising one arm high, as if to prove that at 6-foot-2 he is considerably shorter than the hoop. Circling behind the free-throw line, with no visible hesitation, he takes off into the air: legs in full gallop, arms out,...

Janice Liang ’16 and Professors Collaborate on Article about Agriculture and Food in Ethiopia

Janice Liang ’16, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Travis Reynolds, and Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biology Cathy Collins are coauthors on an article published in April 2016 in AIMS Agriculture and Food. The article (online here) is titled “Effects of exotic Eucalyptus spp. plantations on soil properties in and around sacred natural sites...

Students, Professors Collaborate on Ethiopia Church Forests Paper

Two assistant professors of environmental studies, Travis Reynolds and Denise Bruesewitz, and three Colby students have published an article in African Journal of Ecology. The paper, titled “Ethiopian Orthodox church forests provide regulating and habitat services: Evidence from stream sediment and aquatic insect analyses,” is available in an early online version. Sara LoTemplio ’16, an...

Colby to Receive $4.5 Million Gift for Financial Aid

A generous gift of $4.5 million to financial aid at Colby College will help ensure broader access to the transformative education Colby offers. The gift, from Jeff and Marieke Rothschild, bolsters Colby’s strong commitment to access through generous financial aid. The College’s financial aid budget is currently $35 million, and the Colby Commitment, announced last...

Reunion 2016 Is Underway through Sunday

Colby’s annual Reunion Weekend takes place on the Mayflower Hill campus Thursday through Sunday, June 2-5, with more than 1,300 alumni and guests returning to Waterville from 43 states and nine foreign countries. Alumni connections, to one another and to the College, have played a critical role in Colby’s success over two centuries. Now there’s...

Hanlon Considers Ageism in Chronicle Essay

Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon describes many ways he’s mistaken for a younger person, often a student, in his essay “I’m Not a Student, I Just Look Like One” in the May 25 Chronicle of Higher Education. Considering how ageism works, he writes, “I’m also sharing these examples to draw attention to the fact...

Colby Receives $1M Gift to Fund Environmental Studies Research and Resident Lectureship

Colby College’s commitment to providing its students universal access to research experiences will soon be augmented by a $1 million gift honoring Oak Professor of Biological Sciences Russ Cole, who retires this year. The generous gift from Trustee Anne Clarke Wolff ’87 and her husband, Ted Wolff ’86, will fund the Russ Cole Research Fellows...

Huffington Urges Colby College Graduates to Unplug and Get Some Rest

The digital age is making people dangerously tired, and young people have the opportunity to change that for good, Internet pioneer and author Arianna Huffington told Colby College graduates on Sunday, May 22. Speaking to a crowd of about 3,000 at Colby’s 195th Commencement, Huffington, most recently the author of a bestselling book about sleep...

Valerie Jarrett Urges Colby Seniors to Engage and Connect as Citizens

Senior White House advisor Valerie B. Jarrett Saturday urged Colby College seniors to engage, connect, and fully embrace their citizenship in order to have the most impact on the wider world. Jarrett, who has served President Barack Obama throughout his presidency, told students and faculty at the College’s 195th Baccalaureate that, as technology makes the...

Rueger Wins 2016 Bassett Teaching Award

Visiting Assistant Professor of Geology Bruce Rueger received the Charles Bassett Teaching Award May 16 from the Class of 2016.   Since 1993 each senior class has voted to recognize a Colby faculty member with the award, named for the late professor of American studies and English who taught at Colby from 1969 to 2000...

Gross’s L.A. Times Op-Ed Examines Political Imbalance in Higher Education

On May 20 Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times titled “Professors are overwhelmingly liberal. Do universities need to change hiring practices?” The article concludes: “As a rule, politics should play no role at all in academic employment decisions; we should neither keep conservatives out nor fast-track their...

Colby Names Karlene Burrell-McRae ’94 Dean of the College

Karlene Burrell-McRae ’94, currently associate dean of students and executive director of the Center for Identity + Inclusion at the University of Chicago, has been named dean of the College at Colby. In this role Burrell-McRae will have broad oversight of the student experience at Colby and will work to fully integrate Colby’s academic and...

Plesch to Deliver Keynote at Word and Image Conference

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch will be the plenary speaker at the international conference Crossing Borders: Appropriations and Collaborations, held June 29–July 1 at the College of the Holy Cross. Plesch, an expert in Word and Image studies, is currently president of the International Association of Word and Image Studies. This event is sponsored by the international...

Hanlon Considers Free Speech on Campus in TNR Essay

In a New Republic essay, Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon takes issue with a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled “Why Free Speech Matters on Campus” by Michael Bloomberg and Charles Koch. “If Bloomberg and Koch really want ‘robust dialogue with their fellow citizens,’ they could start by acknowledging that they wield more stifling influence,...

Gross Publishes N.Y. Times Essay, “Why Are the Highly Educated So Liberal?”

Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross published an opinion piece in the May 15 Sunday New York Times titled “Why Are the Highly Educated So Liberal?” In it he draws connections between a 1979 book by sociologist Alvin Gouldner, The Future of Intellectuals and the Rise of the New Class, and a recent Pew Research Center...

Fleming to Speak at Anthropology Conference at the British Museum

Dana Professor James Rodger Fleming (science, technology, and society) will discuss anti-skyscapes and anti-soundscapes at the Royal Anthropological Institute conference on weather and climate change at the British Museum in London May 29. “Anti-skyscapes can be gloomy, menacing, and increasingly—in the case of climate change—invisible,” according to a press release on the conference. “Performance artists...