On October 21 Colby trustees voted to divest its only direct investment in Sudan and avoid direct investments in companies that could financially support the Sudanese government. The board agreed that there are some countries whose governments have "crossed a bright line" and engaged in activities that the Colby community declares to be so reprehensible that the College must sever any ties that bind it to those places, and Sudan is such a country.
Every year the Institute of International Education's "Open Doors" survey tracks the number of American colleges students who study abroad. "Open Doors 2006," released Monday, shows Colby as fifth in the nation for study-abroad participation among colleges, the only NESCAC school in the top 20 baccalaureate institutions. Study abroad is just one area where Colby excels in internationalism.
After an election night appearance on CNN that lasted into the morning, former Republican Congressman J.C. Watts, Jr. made his way to Mayflower Hill on November 8 to deliver a speech about American values. Regardless of race, political affiliation, and other factors, he said, "I believe that most Americans [...] that their values are no different from mine and vice versa." Read more in the Morning Sentinel article.
Wondering what Colby's pundits think about midterm election results? Listen online to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network to hear what Anthony Corrado, a national expert on campaign finance, has to say. Meanwhile, Cal Mackenzie, also a government professor, is quoted in a November 8 Boston Globe column about how a midterm shift of power is more a reflection on what Americans don't want.
Following a grassroots fund-raising campaign through which they raised $23,000, six Colby students traveled to Sierra Leone in the summer of 2006. They distributed 2,000 bed nets to help fight malaria, organized educational programming -- and took lots of photos. "The Road to Kendeyama," an exhibition in the Colby College Museum of Art, presents 26 of those images along with an explanation of the project.
As voters prepare to cast their ballots, political analysts are making last-minute predictions about Tuesday's midterm election -- Colby alumni among them. In an article in the Saturday, November 4 Washington Post, two of the three analysts quoted are Colby alums: Stuart Rothenberg '70 of The Rothenberg Political Report and Amy Walter '91 of the Cook Political Report both weigh in on how many seats they expect the Democrats to gain.
The candidates for governor met for their final debate November 2 and discussed issues from stem cell research to energy reform, campaign finance to gay marriage. Students and community members packed into Page Commons for the event, sponsored by the Goldfarb Center. For those who couldn't make it, full audio is available online as part of the new Goldfarb Center Lecture Series podcast. An article about the debate in the Morning Sentinel is also online.
The Alaska Federation of Natives awarded Justin Jones '10 the Roger Lang Youth Leadership Award on Saturday, October 28. Jones was honored in part for graduating with a perfect grade point average from Juneau-Douglas High School, and for volunteering with Tlingit elementary students. Roger Lang, the award's namesake, was a leader in a number of native organizations in Alaska. Click here to see a photo in the Anchorage Daily News.
While on sabbatical this year, Crawford Family Professor of Religion Nikki-Guninder Kaur Singh is working on articles and translations, giving lectures -- and in February she will travel to India with a group of Colby alumni. The prominent Sikh scholar and author of The Feminine Principle in the Sikh Vision of the Transcendent, among other books, is profiled in a recent issue of Sikh Sangat News.
iTunes has labeled Inside Colby, the podcast of Colby students' perspectives, "new and notable," and the series was rated number 18 out of almost 3,000 higher education podcasts. And it's easy to hear why. Now in its eighth episode, it has covered quiet conservatives, Colby-Waterville connections, woodsmen at play, frog in bogs, Poets Rest at Dawn, Cotter Union construction, COOT, and Colby's African community. Find out what the fuss is about.
From a U.S. Senate debate to discussions of terrorism, torture, and human rights, the Goldfarb Center offers lectures and discussions on relevant global topics all semester long. For those unable to make it to Mayflower Hill, these talks can be heard online. A free subscription to the podcast will download lectures to your iTunes account as soon as they become available.
Earl Smith worked at Colby for four decades, but his recently released history doesn't focus just on the College. As reported in a Morning Sentinel article, Mayflower Hill: A History of Colby College "melds the story of a small liberal arts school's rise to prominence with a fascinating account of the social and community dynamics that played a major role in that ascent."
As the November 7 midterm election approaches, some students are more vocal about their politics than others. As Fritz Freudenberger '09 found in his recent exploration of Republicans at Colby, some students on the right keep their opinions to themselves. The latest episode of Inside Colby, a student-produced podcast, is now online -- and it includes a survey of student opinion and an all-freshman band performing an original song.
Senator Olympia Snowe and her challengers for U.S. Senate in the November 7 election, Jean Hay Bright (D) and William Slavick (I), shared their views on the war in Iraq, terrorism, education, heathcare, and many other domestic and international issues in a Goldfarb Center debate Sunday night. The event, co-sponsored by the Morning Sentinel and the Kennebec Journal, was moderated by David Offer, executive editor those papers. Details are in the Sentinel story.
Ten years ago Colby opened the Pugh Center in Cotter Union, a hub for programs and activities that promote intercultural communication and understanding on campus. On Saturday, October 21, Colby will celebrate the anniversary with open houses of Pugh Center clubs at 3 p.m. and "Masks as Communication: A Workshop Presenting Ideas from Healing" led by Nigerian healer Oscar Mokeme, at 6 p.m.
More than 300 eighth-grade girls from central Maine spent Tuesday, October 17, on Mayflower Hill learning from professional Maine women about their careers and the education that got them there. The Waterville branch of the American Association of University Women put on the event, Future Focus, which included a keynote address by Peggy Moss, author of Speak Up and Lead, panel discussions, and workshops including the chemistry of making ice cream and self defense.
Brittany Ray '93, an English teacher at Narraguagus High School in Washington County, is Maine's Teacher of the Year. The Milbridge resident was honored October 13 by Gov. John Baldacci, Education Commissioner Susan Gendron, and other officials at a surprise assembly. A Colby magazine profile of Ray is online, as is Boston Globe coverage of the award.
David Brancaccio, host of the program NOW on PBS, examines the so-called Clean Elections movement this Friday, in part by talking to David Donnelly '91, a clean elections crusader. Brancaccio got his start in radio at Colby's WMHB when he was in high school. Donnelly also was the subject of a Washington Post article this week.
David Bodine '76 of the National Institutes of Health has been named to lead the Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute. As part of an effort to translate genomic discoveries into health benefits, his research aims to improve the effectiveness of bone marrow transplantation. Bodine, who has lined up numerous opportunities at NIH for science students and graduates, said, "Gene therapy is still in its infancy, but it has great potential for treating a number of human diseases."
Besides keynote speaker Nick Spitzer of NPR, two people are quoted in a story about the rebirth of downtowns in Maine and Waterville's revitalization. One is Paul Boghossian '77, developer of the Hathaway Creative Center; the other is Karen Heck '74, co-founder of the downtown nonprofit Hardy Girls Healthy Women. "There has been a different spirit in the last two years about downtown," said Heck. "It just seems to me in the 35 years I've been here, there has never been more excitement than there is now." To read the piece, click here.