Alumni Return for Reunion

More than 1,000 alumni arrive at Colby this weekend for Reunion 2012, which includes social events, faculty and alumni lectures, and wine tastings. Many of the events are open to the public, and the schedule is available online.

Freidenreich Named NEH Summer Scholar

Pulver Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies David M. Freidenreich was selected as a summer scholar for the National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute, “Networks and Knowledge: 
Synthesis and Innovation in the Muslim-Christian-Jewish Medieval Mediterranean.” The institute will be held in Barcelona July 2-27.  Freidenreich plans to research the attitudes toward Christians and Muslims expressed in Jewish legal literature from Christian Spain.

Seven Students Named 2012 Fulbright Scholars

Seven seniors who graduated May 20 received grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to spend the coming academic year abroad as English Teaching Assistants.

Gouvêa Article in Best of 2012 Anthology

An article by Carter Professor of Mathematics Fernando Gouvêa, "Was Cantor Surprised?" will be included in Best Writing in Mathematics 2012, to be published in November by Princeton University Press.

Sadoff’s “Self-Portrait” Chosen as Poem of the Day

 "Self-Portrait," a poem by Ira Sadoff (English) was selected by the Academy of American Poets as the poem of the day May 21. Other poets featured in May included Whitman, Rossetti, and Lowell. "Self-Portrait" is from Sadoff's new collection, True Faith.

Adams Cites Social Media, Key Abilities in Baccalaureate Address

In his May 19 baccalaureate address to graduates, President William D. Adams discussed the significance of social media in the lives of the Class of 2012—and the importance of old-fashioned “social knowledge,” which he said seniors learned at Colby. Read more.

Commencement Weekend Arrives

Commencement 2012 has it all: a distinguished class of 465, a stellar weather forecast, and an address from a former world leader. Those who cannot be on campus can follow #ColbyGrad on Twitter for updates and photos.

Debra Spark Publishes New Novel

For characters in The Pretty Girl, a new book by Debra Spark (English), it's the journey not the destination.

A Special Wedding Gift

Lauren Henderson '04 and Brad Seymour '04 met at Colby and rekindled their friendship at Reunion 2009. When wedding bells chime in June, they want guests to celebrate by making a gift to the Colby Fund.

Strong Response from Admitted Students

After receiving a record number of applications for the Class of 2016, Colby saw an increase in the number of admitted students accepting the College’s offer of admission this year—and qualifications of matriculating students are as strong as ever.

The Winning Pitch

Economics major Matthew Boyes-Watson ’12 presents his plan for RentPrefs, a web-based service connecting renters, property managers, and realtors, at the second Colby College Entrepreneurial Alliance business competition. He will receive $15,000 in seed money for his project, courtesy of Colby philanthropists.

A (Real) Virtual Community

Lots of people like Colby. More than 7,000 of them. The Colby Facebook page is attracting followers in droves, as alumni from across the decades join in conversations, comment on campus photos, answer questions from current students, and leave posts for the College community. “It’s a great way for people who can’t be here to...

President Adams as Art Curator

College presidents are expected to have diverse skills. Curating art exhibits isn’t one of them. So when Sharon Corwin, director and chief curator of the Colby College Museum of Art, asked President William D. Adams to curate the second installment of the museum’s Rediscoveries series, he was “surprised, not to say astonished,” he said at...

Show by Mike Daisey Creates Nationwide Controversy

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, a monologue by Mike Daisey ’96 that this magazine covered in the winter 2012 issue, captivated audiences, Apple customers, and the media. Daisey’s masterful oratory condemning Chinese factories where Apple products are made, which saw an extended run at the Public Theater in New York, also landed...

Presidential Preview

No need to leave the Colby network to get an inside look at the political questions of the day. At a March 22 alumni event in Washington, D.C., two of Colby’s most prominent alumni in political analysis, Amy Walter ’91 and Stuart Rothenberg ’70, joined Colby parent Geoffrey Garin to share insight on the upcoming...

Spike Lee Does the Colby Thing

Spike Lee’s February 24 speech felt more like a candid conversation—his small frame leaned against the podium rather than standing behind it—focused on the virtues of making a passion into a profession. “A lot of students choose majors based on how much money they’re gonna make. Terrible mistake,” said Lee. “If you don’t love something,...

Green’s Photographs on Display

Photographs taken by Assistant Professor of Art Gary Green in the 1970s and early 1980s are featured in an exhibition at Phantom Gallery in St. Louis. Babylon's Burning: Images from the Punk Rock Era is on view through May 20. More about Green's photography is available at Phantom gallery specializes in contemporary art, contemporary, and vintage photography.