Alumni Taylor ’77 and Beck ’09 Give Commencement Addresses in Maine

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and historian Alan Taylor ’77 gave the commencement address at the University of Maine Farmington May 14. Taylor, a Maine native, teaches in the Corcoran History Department of the University of Virginia, where he holds the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair. He is the fourth person to win two Pulitzer Prizes for American history...

Ali Offer ’12 is Adweek‘s 2016 Rising Star

Ali Offer ’12, recently promoted to associate media director at the advertising agency Assembly, was named the Rising Star of Adweek‘s 2016 Media All-Stars and is featured in Adweek‘s May 9 cover story. The art and anthropology double major told Adweek, “I studied people, image and culture, how they interact with each other and how...

Gift of Picasso Etchings Attracts National Attention

Media outlets nationwide, including the New York Times, shared the news of the gift of 100 etchings by Pablo Picasso made to the Colby College Museum of Art. More than two dozen newspapers from California to Florida posted the Associated Press story, as did Maine Public Broadcasting. Of the etchings in the Vollard Suite, “You often see the artist...

Colby Solar Panel Project Gets Broad Press Coverage

News of construction of Colby’s nine-acre solar farm, just underway, caught the attention of media outlets around the country. “Electrical work for the project will be done between now and August,” Kevin Bright, Colby’s sustainability coordinator, told the Portland Press Herald May 4,”and structures that hold the solar panels will be installed sometime after that.” WABI-TV...

Gross on Higher Ed and Political Partisanship on NPR

NPR’s Politics desk quotes Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross on his research about the effects of higher education on political attitudes in an April 30 story titled “Why Are Highly Educated Americans Getting More Liberal?” The NPR article, reporting on Pew Research Center findings that there is a wide partisan gap between highly educated...

Kletzer Interviewed by NPR about Wage Insurance Proposal

Provost and Professor of Economics Lori Kletzer was interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition April 29 for a story titled “Economists Say Trade Is Good, As Long Resources Are Refocused On Workers.” She advocates a program of wage insurance to close the wage gap and provide training when new jobs don’t pay as well as jobs...

Foreign Correspondent Gerry Hadden ’89 Wins Medals at New York Festivals

Gerry Hadden ’89, writer and foreign correspondent, and Armando Guerra won a silver and a bronze world medal April 19 from the New York Festivals Competition for their documentary Reinventing Cuba: A documentary from CCTV America. The competition honors the world’s best in television and film from more than 50 countries. Hadden has been a journalist and author...

Randy Papadellis ’79 on Future of Cranberries in Boston Magazine

All eyes are on Ocean Spray CEO Randy Papadellis ’79, P’14, ’18, as the cranberry business faces tough obstacles from an overabundance of cranberry concentrate and a federal antitrust lawsuit. Boston Magazine‘s April issue profiles Papadellis, who saved the cranberry business in 2005 and runs the company as an agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 grower-owners. “As the...

Gulf of Maine Research Institute Honors Colby’s Fish Choices

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute recognized Colby Dining Services and Sodexo for their use of underappreciated species from sustainable fisheries. Kyle Foley ’05, GMRI’s sustainable seafood brand manager, presented an award in April and is quoted from the institute’s press release praising the College for using 100-percent Gulf of Maine responsibly harvested whitefish in...

Soren Hanson ’16 Profiled in Boston Globe

Baseball team captain Soren Hanson ’16 tells the Boston Globe in a Q and A that he has a job teaching English in China when he graduates—if he doesn’t end up playing professional baseball. The mathematics major from Billerica, Mass., who has minored in Chinese, says, “I’ve had a calling to go to China. I definitely...

Fleming in NY Times on Weather Service Dropping Uppercase

Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming is a source in an April 13 New York Times story titled “National Weather Service Forecasts Will No Longer Scream in All Capital Letters.” Fleming, who recently published the book Inventing Atmospheric Science (MIT Press, 2016), explained that the use of telegraph technology to collect...

Corrado Analyzes Primaries for Scores of Media Outlets

Professor of Government Anthony Corrado, a national expert on campaign finance, has provided commentary about current presidential primaries for scores of media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, CNBC, The Economist, The Atlantic,  an Associated Press story that ran in the New York Times as well as media in Canada and Latin...

“Out & Allied Youth Theater” Has Broad Colby Connections

A new initiative and troupe in Waterville that’s focused on community theater and social justice has partnerships with at least four organizations on campus, and Lily Fernald ’17 is the Out & Allied Youth Theater’s artistic director, the Portland Press Herald reports.

Scott Shirey ’98 Named Commencement Speaker at Hendrix College

Founder and executive director of KIPP Delta Public Schools Scott Shirey ’98 will address the Class of 2016 at the Hendrix College commencement in Conway, Ark., May 14. In 2002 Shirey founded the KIPP Delta College Preparatory School—named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2008—and the fourth KIPP Delta School opened eight years later. Shirey received the...

Gross in Inside Higher Ed Article on “Passing on the Right” Study

Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross was quoted in a March 30 Inside Higher Ed article about a new book, Passing on the Right, a study of the challenges of being a conservative professor in the humanities and social sciences. Higher Ed reports “Gross said he disagreed with the book’s premise that social science would ‘be...

Colby’s Maine Concussion Management Initiative Expands

Getting concussions recognized and properly treated is the goal of the Maine Concussion Management Initiative based at Colby, WMTW television reported March 24. The ABC affiliate interviewed Hannah Willihan, administrator of the MCMI, who said, “We got DHHS funding last school year to start heading into every school in the state.” See the MCMI website.

Reagan Carey ’01 Leads U.S. Women’s Hockey Team in World Championships

Reagan Carey ’01, director of women’s hockey and general manager of the U.S. National Women’s Ice Hockey Team, is helping prepare the team for the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship tournament, which starts March 28 in Canada, the Lewiston (Maine) Sun Journal reports. In a feature profile, Carey, a Mexico, Maine, native,...

Wilson on Irruption of Bohemian Waxwings on Campus

Ornithologist and Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences Herb Wilson looked no farther than Mayflower Hill for his latest column on birds and birding. Eagerly awaiting the late arrival of Bohemian waxwings, he was pleased on Feb. 18 to see thousands of them—”by far the biggest group of Bohemian waxwings I have seen on campus...

Corrado on Trump, Campaign Finance, and Maine House Race

Professor of Government Anthony Corrado offered insight on various political issues recently, from Donald Trump and campaign finance to super PACS to the Republicans hoping to run against Maine Representative Chellie Pingree. WWL Talk Radio with Tommy Tucker (March 10): Donald Trump and Campaign Finance Associated Press (March 16): Super PACS Spend $300 Million but...