Colby Announces 2014-15 Visiting Writers Series

Featuring finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award and winners of the Pushcart and Holmes National Poetry prizes, Colby College’s Visiting Writers Series once again brings acclaimed fiction writers, poets, and essayists to Waterville. Each reading takes place in the Robinson Room, Miller Library, with a book signing and reception following each evening...
President David Greene

Colby Announces Inauguration Details, Honorary Degree Recipients

Colby College will inaugurate its 20th president, David A. Greene, in a formal ceremony Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. on the lawn of Miller Library. At the event, which is open to the public and will be streamed live, Greene will provide his first public address as president. Associated events on Friday, Sept....
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Lovejoy Award Goes to James Risen, Reporter and Author Facing Possible Jail Time

James Risen, an investigative reporter for the New York Times and an author who is currently under threat of incarceration for refusing to reveal his sources of information detailing a botched CIA operation dealing with Iran, will receive Colby College’s Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism Oct. 5 in Waterville, President David A. Greene announced. Risen...

Colby Names New Vice President and Secretary of the College

C. Andrew McGadney has been named vice president and secretary of the College, Colby College President David A. Greene announced July 21. McGadney will come from Clark University in Worcester, Mass., where he serves as vice president for university advancement, a position he has held for eight years. He worked previously at Wesleyan University. At...

Former Colby President William D. Adams Confirmed to Lead National Endowment for the Humanities

The United States Senate today confirmed former Colby College president William D. Adams as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. President Barack Obama nominated Adams in April to lead the nation’s cultural agency. “The endowment plays an enormously important role in the civic and cultural life of the United States,” said Adams, “and...

Meteorologist David Epstein Appointed Vice Chair of Colby College Alumni Council

Meteorologist, author, and educator David Epstein was recently appointed vice chair of the Alumni Council at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. A 1986 graduate of Colby, Epstein has been a member of the Alumni Council since 2006. As vice chair he will assume the position of chair July 1, 2015. “David has been a long-serving...

Colby to Hold 193rd Commencement May 25

Approximately 475 seniors will receive bachelor’s degrees at Colby’s 193rd Commencement, which begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 25. Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick, the first in his family to graduate from college and a champion of education reform, will deliver the commencement speech and receive an honorary degree. The Class of 2014 includes a...

Ugandan Gay Rights Activist Named 2014 Oak Human Rights Fellow

Clare Byarugaba, an award-winning Ugandan human rights defender who works for gay and lesbian rights in a country that recently criminalized homosexuality and the “aiding and abetting of homosexuality,” has been named the 2014 Oak human rights fellow at Colby College. Byarugaba is co-coordinator of the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law,...

Colby Students to Compete for $15,000 in Business Competition

Nine Colby students will make their case for $15,000 in business start-up funds at the annual Colby College Entrepreneurial Alliance business competition on Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m., in Ostrove Auditorium in the Diamond Building. The aspiring entrepreneurs will pitch ideas that include connecting women in Kenya to fair-trade marketplaces and creating mobile platforms...
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Deval Patrick to Speak at Commencement

Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick, a first-generation college student and champion of education reform, will deliver the commencement speech and receive an honorary degree at Colby’s 193rd Commencement on Sunday, May 25. Colby President William D. Adams, who will retire at the end of June, also will receive an honorary degree as is customary for...

Henry Luce Foundation Grant Aids Museum’s Exhibition of Permanent Collection

A $165,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation will help the Colby College Museum of Art reinstall its American art collection. Dynamic new exhibitions will be mounted as the museum transitions from the initial installation in the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion to subsequent exhibitions. “This generous grant will allow us to rethink the installation of our...

Colby Museum of Art Receives Major Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Colby College Museum of Art, which expanded in 2013 with the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, has received $600,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support its role as a teaching museum. The grant will enhance curricular engagement between the museum and faculty, bolster collaborations with other museums, and implement seminars for faculty at Colby...

Major Gift Supports Financial Aid

An anonymous Colby alumnus who gave $2 million to the College for financial aid hopes his generosity will inspire others, President William D. Adams announced Dec. 17. The $2-million gift will allow Colby to increase the number of students who receive financial aid every year, furthering the College’s commitment to remain accessible to all qualified...
The 36,400-square-foot Davis Science Center will include a robotics laboratory, a behavioral neuroscience research suite, and shared classrooms and computer labs. Image: Shepley Bulfinch

Colby to Receive $10-Million Gift to Support the Sciences

Colby will receive a $10-million gift from the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund supporting a new science building, President William D. Adams announced Dec. 4 at a meeting of Colby’s faculty. When completed, in 2014, the building will house the Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and Psychology departments and provide improved and expanded spaces for...
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A.C. Thompson of ProPublica to Receive 2013 Lovejoy Award

A.C. Thompson, a ProPublica reporter whose work led to federal charges against seven New Orleans police officers in connection with the shooting of civilians after Hurricane Katrina, will receive the 2013 Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism Oct. 27. 
David A. Greene (photo copyright Jason Smith)

David A. Greene Named 20th President of Colby College

David A. Greene, an innovative leader at the University of Chicago and a champion of the liberal arts, has been named the 20th president of Colby College, Chair of the Colby College Board of Trustees Robert E. Diamond '73 announced Sept. 10.  
Honorary Degree Recipients, from top left: David Bodine ’76, Eleanor Duckworth ’57, Kenneth Ongalo-Obote ’94, Liz Czernicki Quist ’98, Erik Quist ’99, Pete Rouse ’68, Gregory White Smith ’73, Savas Zembillas ’79

Colby to Hold Bicentennial-Year Commencement Sunday, May 26

Approximately 500 seniors will receive bachelor’s degrees at Colby’s 192nd Commencement, which begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 26. In celebration of the College’s bicentennial year, all recipients of honorary degrees including the speaker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gregory White Smith ’73, are Colby alumni.