Greg Mortenson, subject and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace. . .One School at a Time, will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Colby's 188th Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 24, 2009.
Anne Hull, a national enterprise reporter for The Washington Post who reported the story that exposed the Walter Reed Army Medical Center neglect scandal in 2007 and has spent her career telling the stories of the voiceless and the vulnerable, will receive the 2008 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award from Colby College on September 28.
The Diamond Family Foundation has made a $4-million donation to Colby College to support interdisciplinary study of the environment, energy policy, climate change and sustainability. Colby is a pioneer in
environmental studies as an undergraduate discipline and a national leader in environmental and sustainable campus initiatives. The gift will help to build the college's strengths in these areas.
About 1,100 people from 36 states and as far as Japan and the United Kingdom will arrive on Mayflower Hill for Colby College's annual Reunion Weekend, June 5-8. While visitors will make their way to Waterville's shops and restaurants, local residents also are invited to Colby's campus for a variety of events.
The ability to compete and willingness to take risks are two keys to success, commencement speaker and Colby alumnus Robert E. Diamond, president of Barclays PLC, told graduates of Colby's Class of 2008 Sunday, May 25. "Most importantly," he said, "find that place, find that spot, find that organization that has values that match your values."
Robert E. Diamond Jr., Colby Class of 1973, president of London-based Barclays PLC, will deliver Colby's commencement address on Sunday, May 25, just weeks before his company opens a customer care center that initially will bring 50 jobs to Wilton, Maine.
Colby College will conduct the second test of its new emergency siren on Tuesday, May 13, between 1 and 3 p.m. The test will include loud tones and a voice message that is expected to be audible within about two miles of Colby. It may sound multiple times.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named Colby College the 2007-08 Individual Conference Champion for purchasing more green power than any other school in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). EPA has been tracking green power purchasing among collegiate athletic conferences through its College & University Green Power Challenge, which concluded April 28 with 40 schools and 18 conferences participating nationwide.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute today announced that it will award $60 million in grants to 48 of the nation's best undergraduate institutions to help them usher in a new era of science education. Colby College will receive $1 million to improve undergraduate science education by bolstering support to students and reaching out to local schools.
Beginning April 28 Colby's Seaverns Field and Alfond Track area will be closed for construction. The college is rebuilding the track, installing an artificial turf field, putting in lights for the football field and track area, and working on adjacent track-and-field event areas. The facility, which is popular with walkers, will be closed to the public through late August, reopening in late summer in time for Colby's football season.
The Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema, who sentenced 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui to life in prison, will receive the 2008 Brody Award Sunday, April 6. Brinkema, a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, will deliver the Brody address at 7:30 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium of the Diamond Building. The public is invited.
Colby College will conduct a preliminary test of its new emergency siren on Wednesday, March 26, between 10 a.m. and noon. The test will include a loud tone or tones and a voice message that is expected to be audible within about two miles of Colby. It may sound multiple times.
Robert E. Diamond Jr., who majored in economics at Colby and has become a leader in international finance through his work at Barclays PLC, the London-based financial services firm, will deliver the commencement address at Colby's 187th Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 25, at 10 a.m.
Colby's first-ever solo music artist in residence, Aditya Verma, will present an evening of traditional North Indian music on Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. This and all Music at Colby concerts are free, and the public is invited.
Colby's Diamond Building has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 53,000-square-foot academic building for social sciences and interdisciplinary studies opened in February of 2007.
The One That Gets Slapped -- a "circus-cabaret-drama" -- will be presented at Colby College, Feb. 8-10. Performances are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m., in Strider Theater. Admission is free.