Colby College Students Enjoy Beer and Wine in Dining Hall

When Catherine Welch, a senior at Colby, returned from studying in Nepal, she felt more aware than ever that college life included two types of drinking: too much or not at all. "Having been abroad, I experienced a different culture -- where it was natural to have a glass of wine or a beer with supper if you so chose," she said. She recalled from childhood seeing adults drinking small amounts of alcohol on occasion and asked, "Isn't there a third option here we're forgetting?"

Colby Researchers to Present Findings in Togus Pond Study

A study of Togus Pond and the environmental factors influencing the lake's water quality will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Fox Glen snowmobile club in Augusta. Colby students, who conducted research and evaluated data over the fall semester, will offer findings and recommendations. The presentation is open to the public and should last about one and a half hours.

Colby Symphony Orchestra Offers Festive Music

The Colby Symphony Orchestra will present its annual December concert on Sunday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. The concert, featuring festive music, is free and the public is invited.

Collegium Musicum Reconstructs 16th-Century Sounds of High Mass

As the holiday season approaches, take a step back in time to imagine the music of high mass at a lavish Renaissance court. The Collegium Musicum, an early music vocal ensemble at Colby College, presents An Imperial Mass for Assumption Day, circa 1510, on Saturday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. The concert is free and the public is invited.

Colby Receives Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

For its outstanding efforts in environmental protection, Colby College in Waterville received a 2004 Maine Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence on November 5 in Augusta. Governor John Baldacci presented the awards to focus attention on the environmental accomplishments of 18 businesses, organizations and individuals throughout the state.

Colby Wind Ensemble Explores Military Themes

In this time of war, the Wind Ensemble at Colby College will explore the military from a different perspective: musical treatments of military themes. The concert, part of the Music at Colby series, will be held on Saturday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. It is free and the public is invited.

Waterville High School and Colby Collaborate on WSHS Social Studies Curriculum

Thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Waterville Senior High School's social studies curriculum will be revamped over the next three years to include a broad, global perspective in history and civilization courses. A key goal is to revise significantly the introductory world history course at the high school, moving from one that focuses largely on European history to one that is global in scope. In addition, the project will provide valuable enhancements for the school's recently created advanced-placement world history course.

Colby Jazz Band Heats Things Up

As the weather cools off with each passing day, spice things up with an energy-filled jazz concert at Colby College. The Colby Jazz Band presents "Good Cookin' Jazz and Spices" on Saturday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. The concert is free and the public is invited.

Colby Art Faculty and Instructors Exhibit Their Work

They spend their time teaching skills to others, but once a year the Colby art faculty and instructors take the spotlight. The Annual Department of Art Exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art opens on Friday, November 12, with a reception at 4:30 p.m. in the museum lobby. Admission is free and the public is invited. The exhibit remains on view through January 9, 2005.

New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson to Speak at Colby

A year after his controversial consecration and weeks after the release of the Anglican Church's Windsor Report, Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire will speak at Colby College on "The Politics of Polarization and the Search for Community." The talk will be held on Thursday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. The event, sponsored by Colby's Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, is free and open to the public.

Emerging Artist Series Debuts at Colby

While the Colby College Museum of Art cherishes its works by renowned artists, it also values cutting-edge artists who challenge conventions. The first in an annual series of emerging artist exhibitions, Currents 1: Julianne Swartz, opens Thursday, October 28, with a lecture by the artist at 4:45 p.m. and an opening reception at 6 p.m. The events are free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain on view through February 6.

Colby Symphony Orchestra Presents Communist Concertos

This year's Colby Symphony Orchestra concerts bring together a remarkable range of music that emerged from composers working in Eastern Europe under Communist regimes. The orchestra's season opener will pair one such work with an orchestral standard to present two sharply contrasting views of the concerto. The concert will be held on Saturday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m., in Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center, on the Waterville campus.

Colby Presents Shakespeare’s The Tempest, November 11-13

William Shakespeare's The Tempest will be performed November 11-13 in Strider Theater at Colby in a production mounted by Colby's theater and dance department. Acted and supported by a dedicated team of 16 Colby students, The Tempest promises a magical evening of poetic language and startling spectacle.

Political Scientist Thomas Mann to Speak at Colby Sunday

Thomas E. Mann of The Brookings Institution, one of the most respected and oft-quoted commentators on national politics, will speak at Colby at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 24, in room 100 of the Lovejoy building. Just a week before the presidential election, Mann's talk will be titled "Countdown 2004: What Will Washington Look Like in the Years Ahead?" The event, sponsored by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, is free and open to the public.

Israeli Refusnik to Speak at Colby

Members of Israel's "Courage to Refuse" movement don't have a problem with defending their country. They do have a problem with the occupation of Palestine. On Friday, October 22, at 12:30 p.m., the Goldfarb Center at Colby College and the Mid-Maine Global Forum present "The Courage to Refuse" with Dani Vos, an Israeli Refusnik, in the Page Commons Room, Cotter Union, on the Waterville campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Colby Announces Faculty Recital

The Music at Colby concert series announces the Colby Music Department Faculty Recital, Saturday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Given Auditoruim, Bixler Art and Music Center, on the Waterville campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Major Photography Exhibition Opens at Colby Museum

The Colby College Museum of Art is expanding its photography collection, and a major exhibition of photographs from Colby's collection and an important private collection is now on display. Photography at Colby: Recent Acquisitions and the Promised Gift of Dr. and Mrs. William Tsiaras '68 features more than 40 photographs from the Tsiaras's collection and others that Colby acquired in response to their gifts to the museum. The exhibit remains on view through February 13, 2005.

Children’s Halloween Extravaganza at Colby

Colby College will hold its seventh annual Children's Halloween Extravaganza on Saturday, October 23, from noon to 3 p.m. The event is free of charge and open to all community children age 2 to 10 years old. Activities will include trick-or-treating, haunted houses, pumpkin decorating, face painting, cookie decorating, games, Halloween crafts and more. Children are encouraged to come in costume. Holiday refreshments will be served.