Shufrin Appointment as Colby’s CIO Covered by Financial Press

The appointment of Deborah Shufrin as Colby’s chief investment officer received national coverage in the financial press, including Pensions & Investments and Financial Investment News. Shufrin will lead the College’s investment office and oversee Colby’s $1-billion endowment.

NewsCenter Maine Shares Colby’s Statement on Spring Commencement

NewsCenter Maine, in an article about commencement plans for Maine schools, reported that “Colby College is committed to ensuring that we can have a wonderful celebration for the Class of 2021 on Commencement Weekend at the end of May,” The article covered schools’ plans across the state in light of Covid-19 developments.

Associated Press Story on Immigration Summit Gets National Attention

President Greene’s participation in the New England Business Immigration Summit was referenced in an Associated Press story that was picked up by media across the country. The article noted his comments on how the northern New England states of Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire face “strong headwinds” that can only be reversed by an infusion of new...

Goh Research Referenced by Seattle Times, Picked Up by Other National Outlets

A published paper coauthored by Jin Goh, assistant professor of psychology, was mentioned in a Seattle Times article about perceptions of sexual harassment victims. The piece was also picked up by multiple national outlets, including the Miami Herald and the Sacramento Bee. Goh’s research on how claims of sexual harassment are perceived based on stereotypical and...

LeVan Weighed in on Portland City Government Restructuring, in Portland Press Herald

Carrie LeVan, assistant professor of government, provided commentary to the Portland Press Herald about the potential outcomes of restructuring Portland’s city government, which is under scrutiny for systemic racism. LeVan, an expert on the intersection of race and politics, said “changing the structure of government can actually have a pretty profound effect on improving racial equality.”

Shea’s Comments on Senator Collins Broadcasted by WMTW and WABI

Professor of Government Dan Shea’s comments about Senator Collins, who received backlash for her vote to convict former President Trump in his impeachment trial, were broadcasted on ABC’s WMTW and CBS’s WABI. Although Maine Republicans criticized Collins, Shea thinks she likely has the public on her side: “About 58% of Americans think that the president...

Courtney Hendrickson ’00 Discusses Innovation at Ocean Spray in Q&A with Forté

Director of Innovation at Ocean Spray Courtney Hendrickson ’00 held a Q&A with the Forté Foundation. When asked what characteristics she needs to do her job, she answered, “Tenacity, scrappiness, resourcefulness, agility. Being able to think differently and move quickly to keep up with consumers and the market, and a desire to keep pushing is...

Morning Sentinel Reports on Colby’s Successful Start to Spring Semester

An article in the Morning Sentinel reported on Colby’s successful start to the 2021 spring semester, which had low COVID-19 numbers. “Colby has a comprehensive plan in place and we take a deep look at the health of our community every day, including thoroughly investigating any positive cases, and this plays a key role in allowing...

Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence featured on NPR’s Marketplace

Colby’s new Davis Institute for AI was featured on NPR’s national show and podcast Marketplace Tech. During the segment, President Greene said how “in 10 years, my sense is if you’re not in AI in a big way, for most colleges it’s going to be very hard to be relevant.” He also commented that for students, AI won’t be...

McFadden says Davis Institute will Provide Meaningful Careers on EdSurge

In an EdSurge article about Colby’s new Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Margaret McFadden, Colby’s provost and dean of faculty, said that AI will aid in “preparing students well for their futures,” providing “lives and careers of meaning and purpose.”

Reisert Weighed in on Impeachment Trial, Legal Implications on Maine Public

Joe Reisert, Colby’s Christian A. Johnson Professor of Integrative Liberal Learning, was a guest on Maine Public’s Maine Calling providing analysis of the legal implications of the impeachment trial on the second day of the Senate hearings. Reisert, an expert on constitutional law and political thought, provided expertise on issues likely to arise during the process.  

Peter Arlein ’07 Business Funded on Shark Tank, Covered in Outside Magazine

In February MountainFlow Eco-Wax, a company founded by Peter Arlein ’07, won funding on the popular show Shark Tank, and Outside magazine covered the story. “What I really liked about Eco-Wax was that it wasn’t petroleum-based,” Shark investor Barbara Corcoran told Outside. Corcoran was also intrigued by Arlein himself. ” He has a ropey mountaineer’s build and a bushy mustache...

Soto Research Highlighted in Psychology Today Article on Skill Building

An article on skill-building in Psychology Today included research by Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto. An expert on personality, in a paper published in Psychology Science, Soto and colleagues argue that “success in life is influenced by … social, emotional, and behavioral skills (SEB skills): a person’s capacities to maintain social relationships, regulate emotions, and manage goal-...

Morning Sentinel Covers $3.35-Million Gift to Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts

An article in the Morning Sentinel highlights the recent $3.35-million gift for the $80-million Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, “designed for innovative teaching, performing, working and creating, the center will foster creativity and collaboration among students and faculty across the discipline and will contribute to a growing robust arts ecosystem in central Maine.”

Forbes Story Showcases Colby’s Bold Stance in Opening Athletics Center

A story in Forbes magazine makes it clear that Colby’s dedication to athletics, and its opening of the new Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center, is bold and defies the approach other schools are taking in the midst of the pandemic. “The athletic facility, now the largest in Division III and in the entire Northeast,...

President Greene Speaks with The Business Journals About Major Developments at Colby

“David Greene wants to modernize the liberal arts model, and a new $30 million artificial intelligence hub is a big piece of that puzzle.” Read more from President Greene’s in-depth interview with The Business Journals, where he discusses the Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the pandemic, Colby’s growth strategy, and investments in Waterville.

Mainebiz Highlights Colby’s Significant Contributions to Downtown Waterville

An article in Mainebiz highlights the dramatic changes on one block of Waterville’s Main Street that in part is being driven by Colby. In the story, Vice President of Planning Brian Clark talks about how bringing older buildings back to life, building new ones, and the activity that it spurs “puts us [Waterville] in a position of...

Colby Alumni Recognized in Sports Media

USA Hockey magazine highlighted the generous gifts from Trustees Jack O’Neil ’77 and Tim O’Donnell ’87 to name the ice rink in the new Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center in honor of legendary Colby hockey coach Jack Kelley. “Ask anyone … and they’d tell you that Jack Kelley is Colby men’s hockey,” commented O’Neil in the page-11...

Philanthropy News Digest Reports on Institute for AI Announcement

Colby’s announcement of the establishment of the Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence was picked up by Philanthropy News Digest. “Scheduled to open in the fall, the first cross-disciplinary AI institute at a U.S. liberal arts college will also support the hiring of six faculty experts in disciplines ranging from computer science and genomics to sociology and English...