Morse ’09 Sets Skills, Zeal to Work against Ebola

Benjamin Morse ’09 has spent much of the past year in West Africa, where the Ebola virus has infected more than 26,000 people and killed more than 10,000. He’s been administering surveys door to door for a nonprofit in an effort to figure out why Ebola spread so fast. The answer? Distrust of the government...

Top Ski Photographer Selkowitz ’88 Reveals His Secrets

Famed ski photographer Jonathan “Selko” Selkowitz ’88 may have just shot his last season on the World Cup circuit. With print publications facing challenges in the Internet era, money for editorial work has dwindled. “It’s been harder and harder to sell pictures of ski racing,” Selkowitz said. But it’s been a magical journey. Selkowitz began...

Redford to Colby Grads: Keep Hope Alive, Collaborate

Actor and filmmaker Robert Redford told the more than 480 graduates of Colby’s Class of 2015 that they are the ones to retell the world’s story, through collaboration and hope. “You’re stepping into a world that’s, well, pretty rough. It’s pretty chaotic, pretty divisive,” Redford told graduates at the ceremony on Miller Library lawn Sunday,...

Summer Visual Arts: Katz as Curator at Colby Museum of Art

On May 18 painter and Maine summer resident Alex Katz came to the Colby College Museum of Art to curate one of the museum’s summer exhibitions, An Artist’s Gift: Acquisitions from the Alex Katz Foundation. Through the foundation, Katz has donated more than 450 modern and contemporary artworks to the museum since 2004. About 70...

President Emeritus Adams: College Is about More than Getting a Job

President Emeritus William D. Adams, now chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, writes about giving the commencement address at Miami Dade College, one of the nation’s largest and most diverse community colleges, and a demonstration of patriotism at the ceremony that moved him. He goes on to say that the experience underscored his...

Tortora: Why Hollywood Should Take Notice of Anglo-Cherokee War

In this blog post, Assistant Professor of History Daniel Tortora makes a case for Hollywood to put the Anglo-Cherokee War on the big screen. He asserts that a film depiction could promote a more accurate understanding of Native Americans, offer a realistic, nuanced view of race relations in the 18th century, clarify southeastern origins of...

Colby Museum of Art Presents Young Curators Exhibition

On view at the Colby College Museum of Art May 20-July 12, Young Curators: Art in the Making will feature original artworks by Waterville and Winslow high school students. The exhibition is the result of the museum’s Young Curators program, which provides local students with immersion in museum practice. Participants in the program met at...

Wilson: Do Birds Arrive Earlier Today than a Century Ago?

Professor of Biosciences Herb Wilson researched whether or not birds arrive earlier in the spring now than they did 100 years ago, as he supposed they would. What he found, however, is that there is no significant change in arrival dates for most birds, but 20 species actually seem to arrive quite a bit later...

Museum’s Katz Exhibition Among Boston Globe Summer Picks

Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s is among Boston Globe art critic Sebastian Smee’s summer picks. The exhibition, on view at the Colby Museum of Art July 11-Oct. 18, will feature 65 paintings, cut-outs, and collages made by Katz in the ’50s, a breakthrough period in the artist’s career. Additionally, Smee picked the...

Corrado on Campaign Finance and the “Age of the Megadonor”

Government professor and political-finance expert Anthony Corrado commented on campaign finance in this article about returning to the days of unrestrained fundraising. “You can really say we have entered the age of the megadonor,” Corrado said. As recently as 2008, he noted, candidates focused on building large donor bases. President Barack Obama was especially adept...

Summer Katz Exhibit at Colby Museum

The Colby College Museum of Art’s summer exhibition Brand New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s will highlight Katz’s early work to illustrate how his signature style evolved. Curator Diana Tuite said the show takes its title “from Katz’s 1961 manifesto, ‘Brand-New & Terrific,’ which affirmed his intentions to find the contemporary in the...

Stillman ’92 Marks 10 Years of Vet Practice

Veterinarian Norm Stillman ’92 will celebrate 10 years of his practice, Court Street Animal Hospital in Plymouth, Mass., this year. Known locally as the “dog and cat whisperer,” Stillman lets his patients roam around the large exam room while he talks to the owners to find out what’s wrong and how he can help. As...

Colby Ramps Up Efforts to Track Student Concussions in Maine

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative, based at Colby, is trying to increase data on student concussions in Maine through an outreach effort called the Hit Program. Project Administrator Hannah Willihan plans to visit every high school in Maine this year to meet with athletic staffs and school nurses. The Hit Program will track sports injuries...

New York Times: Food World’s ‘Mad Scientist’ Dufresne ’92 Ponders Next Steps

After closing his NYC restaurant wd-50 last year, Wylie Dufresne ’92 is at a crossroads, pondering a new restaurant location and working on his first cookbook. Dufresne is often dubbed the “mad scientist” of the food world because of his creative, boundary-stretching cooking techniques that involve transforming common ingredients into new shapes and textures. “Wylie...

Allen ’10 Hired as USM Women’s Basketball Coach

Samantha Allen ’10 was hired Tuesday, May 12, as the women’s basketball coach for the University of Southern Maine. She served as assistant coach last year and will be the only women’s head coach younger than 30 in the competitive Little East Conference. “She’s intelligent, is a good teacher of the game, and has a...

Class of 2019 Student Wins Scholarship for Summer Study in Korea

Bradley Lloyd ’19, who will enroll at Colby in the fall, received a 2015-16 National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship. Lloyd will spend late June to early August in Jeonju, South Korea, where he will learn about Korean culture and language through total immersion, including living with a host family for the entirety of...

2015 Oak Fellow Koberinski Is Advocate for Organic Farming, Food Sovereignty

Recently selected as the 2015 Oak Fellow at Colby’s Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights, Jodi Koberinski is an internationally known organic-farming activist, critic of monoculture and pesticide use, and leader in the global food-sovereignty movement. “There are untouchable conversations,” Koberinski said, “like the assumption that the economy is the way that...

Vassallo ’07 Wins Portland Sea Dogs Mother’s Day 5K

Dan Vassallo ’07 of Peabody, Mass., won the 15th Portland Sea Dogs Mother’s Day 5K on Sunday, May 10, in an expected field of 3,000 runners. A former Sea Dogs intern, Vassallo finished in 15 minutes and 43 seconds, 24 seconds ahead of his closest competitor. Proceeds from the event benefit Maine breast cancer patients...

Book Review: Boyle ’78 Hooks Readers with Once Burned

In his 10th Jack McMorrow mystery, author and managing editor of Colby Magazine Gerry Boyle ’78 hooks readers with “a well-written, suspenseful thriller,” weaving “his double-plot story with skill until all lines cross,” according to reviewer Lloyd Ferriss. The plot follows journalist-turned-sleuth McMorrow as he investigates a series of arsons and tries to protect his...