Bill and Joan Alfond of Boston, Mass., have issued a challenge grant through the William and Joan Alfond Foundation to help Colby raise $2.7 million for a synthetic grass athletic field. The name "Alfond" graces several major facilities at Colby, but this is the first time it will be the name of Bill Alfond, a 1972 graduate of Colby, on the sign. The son of Harold and Bibby Alfond launched Colby's fund raising for the project by promising to give up to $1.35 million, of which $850,000 is in the form of a challenge grant that will match, dollar-for-dollar, every gift Colby can raise for the project.
Master drummer Obo Addy will perform two concerts of West African music at Colby College in Waterville. On Friday, April 2, at 7 p.m. Addy will perform West African drumming and highlife (urban dance/party) music with master drummer Jordan Benissan, an applied music associate in Colby's Department of Music, and Benissan's band Sankofa. The concert will be in Given Auditorium of the Bixler Art and Music Center. On Saturday, April 3, at 4 p.m. Addy, Benissan and Sankofa will perform a second concert in Lorimer Chapel. Both concerts are free of charge and open to the public.
Native American poet, author and screenwriter Sherman Alexie will deliver the lecture "Without Reservations: An Urban Indian's Comic, Poetic and Highly Irreverent Look at the World" on Sunday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at Colby College. The event will be held in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union on the Waterville campus. It is open to the public and free of charge. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Humanitarian, hostage negotiator and former hostage Terry Waite will deliver the lecture "Moral and Ethical Decisions" on Thursday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at Colby College. The event will be held in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union on the Waterville campus. It is open to the public and free of charge. A book signing will follow the lecture.
A panel of state and federal judges, legal experts and attorneys will debate the controversial issue of sentencing guidelines on Tuesday, March 30, at 4 p.m. at Colby College. The event will be held in room 100 of Lovejoy Building on the Waterville campus and is sponsored by Colby's Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. It is open to the public and free of charge.
A scholarship at Colby College in Waterville that gives preference to Maine students from Aroostook or Washington counties has been established in memory of the late Roy A. Bither, a 1926 graduate of the college. The scholarship was endowed by a $200,000 gift from Bither's daughter, Anne Shire, a 1949 Colby graduate, and her husband, Donald Shire, both of Scarborough and Jonesport, Maine, and their son, Andrew Shire of Chatham, N.J., a 1979 Colby graduate.
On Wednesday, March 24, more than 200 leaders from around Maine will convene at Colby College in Waterville to discuss the development and promotion of regional collaborations. The annual Colby Institute for Leadership, now in its 53rd year, will include keynote addresses by John Wood, the New Zealand Ambassador to the United States, and Michael Gallis, a leading expert on regional development.
A $300,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will provide funding for Colby College's new Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. The Mellon grant will be used to fund a series of programs during the first three years of the center's existence.
With an investment of $500,000, Colby College has pledged to join in a partnership with the Kennebec Regional Development Authority (KRDA) and other investors to build a 20,000-square-foot ready-to-occupy building at FirstPark, the regional business park in Oakland.
On Saturday, March 6, Japanese musicians Yoko Hiraoka, Kyokko Suga and Motoshige Kai will perform a concert of Japanese music for string instruments at Colby College in Waterville. The concert, part of the 2003-04 Music at Colby Concert Series, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Paul J. Schupf Wing of the Colby College Museum of Art. It is open to the public and free of charge.
Paul Finkelman, renowned constitutional scholar and Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa College of Law, will present two lectures at Colby College in March. On Sunday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. Finkelman will discuss "The Constitution in the Aftermath of 9/11." The lecture will be held in Room 100 of Lovejoy Building on the Waterville campus and is sponsored by Colby's Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. On Monday, March 15, at 7 p.m. Finkelman will discuss "The 'Ten Commandments' Case in Historical Perspective." The lecture will be held in Room 100 of Lovejoy Building and is sponsored by the Department of History. Both events are open to the public free of charge.
On Wednesday, March 3, at 8 p.m. at Colby College Andrew Sullivan, former editor of The New Republic magazine, will make the case for same-sex marriage in his lecture "Same-sex Marriage in America." The event, sponsored by the Colby Republicans student group, will be held in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union on the Waterville campus. The event is free of charge and open to the public.
Colby College's 2003-04 Visiting Writers Series will hold three readings this spring on the Waterville campus. Each program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Robins Room of Roberts Building and is open to the public free of charge. A book signing by the authors will follow each of the readings.
Our Country's Good, winner of the Laurence Olivier Play of the Year Award, will be performed at Colby College March 12 and 13. It is part of the college's 2003-04 Theater and Dance season. Performances will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Strider Theater of Runnals Building on the Waterville campus. Admission is free.
Colby College and five female student athletes who last year filed a lawsuit against the college under Title IX, the federal act prohibiting gender discrimination in athletics, announced that they have reached a settlement. The settlement ends the case by agreement, rather than having the court decide the issues raised in the lawsuit. The agreement is constructed to ensure equity between men's and women's teams.
Celebrated speaker, writer, and teacher Cornel West will deliver the keynote address of the fourth annual Colby Diversity Conference on Saturday, March 6, at 8 p.m. in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union. The conference, titled "Mosaic: What Do You See?", will be held at Colby College in Waterville on March 5 and 6. All conference events are free of charge and open to the public.
LEWISTON, Maine -- Maine Campus Compact (MCC) awarded the Donald Harward Award for Service-Learning Excellence to three faculty members at three Maine colleges. Susan Fickett, Director of Service Learning and Nursing Faculty at Saint Joseph's College, Mark Tappan, Associate Professor of Education and Human Development at Colby College, and Professor W. Bumper White, Coordinator of Collaborative Learning And School Success Professional Development School Program and Associate Professor at the University of Southern Maine: Lewiston-Auburn College were recognized for their accomplishments in service-learning, an instructional method in which students learn through involvement in service that meets a community need.
She-Who-Loves, the newest production from Maine-based Figures of Speech Theatre, will be performed at Colby College February 26 through 28. It is part of the college's 2003-04 Theater and Dance season. Performances will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Strider Theater of Runnals Building on the Waterville campus. Admission is charged. The production is intended for adult audiences.
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra and the Colby College Chorale will perform on Saturday, February 28, at Colby College. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. Part of the 2003-04 Music at Colby Concert Series, it is open to the public and free of charge.
Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Erskine Patches and pianist Cheryl Tschanz will present "Frédéric Chopin: His Life, his Letters, His Music" on Sunday, February 22, at Colby College. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in Given Auditorium of the Bixler Art and Music Center on the Waterville campus. Part of the 2003-04 Music at Colby Concert Series, it is open to the public and free of charge.