Richard A. Ammons of Minneapolis, Minn., has been appointed vice president for college relations at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, effective November 1. Ammons brings to Colby more than 20 years of successful experience in development and advancement work at prestigious colleges and universities, most recently as vice president for college advancement at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., where he served from 1995 through 2003. As vice president at Colby he will direct the college's development, alumni relations and communications offices.
"Journalists and their Communities," a symposium organized by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College, will be held Wednesday, October 15, in conjunction with the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Convocation. The symposium will include three panel discussions with national and Maine newspaper editors and reporters and Colby faculty members. All panels will be held in Room 100 of Lovejoy Building on the Waterville campus and are open to the public.
Colby College President William D. Adams has announced the creation of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, an innovative academic initiative designed to engage students and faculty in projects in the local community, the state of Maine, the nation and other countries where they study and work.
On Saturday, September 27, members of Colby's music faculty will perform a concert of solo and ensemble works. The concert, part of the 2003-04 Music at Colby Concert Series, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Given Auditorium of the Bixler Art and Music Center on the Waterville campus. It is open to the public and free of charge.
On Wednesday, September 17, the Colby community received news from the Maine State Police that Dawn Rossignol, a senior from Medway, Maine, had been found dead at a location about a mile from the campus. The police report labeled the death "suspicious" and her death was subsequently ruled a homicide.
Colby College's 2003-04 Visiting Writers Series will include three book readings this fall on the Waterville campus. Each program will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge. A book signing by the author will follow each of the readings. The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by Colby's creative writing program.
Slices of Life, a festival of 10-minute plays, will open the 2003-04 Theater and Dance season at Colby College in Waterville. Performances will be held Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4, beginning at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Strider Theater of Runnals Building on the Waterville campus. The festival will include several short plays by both prominent and promising playwrights. The festival is open to the public and free of charge.
A pair of investigative journalists whose reporting for the Chicago Tribune led to pardons for wrongly accused death row inmates and to a blanket commutation of death sentences in Illinois will receive the 51st Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for journalism at Colby College in Maine. Steve Mills and Maurice Possley will be honored at the annual Lovejoy Convocation at 8 p.m. on October 15 in Colby's Lorimer Chapel, and the public is invited to hear them speak.
Angela "Bay" Buchanan, president of the American Cause and chair of brother Pat's presidential campaigns, will present "The Failures of Feminism" on Thursday, September 18, at Colby College in Waterville. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be in Room 01 of the F.W. Olin Science Center. It is open to the public and free of charge.
On Saturday, September 20, the Portland String Quartet, artists-in-residence at Colby, will present a concert as part of the 2003-04 Music at Colby Concert Series. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus and is open to the public free of charge.
Violinist and violist Mary Jo Carlsen and pianist Cheryl Tschanz will open the 2003-04 Music at Colby Concert Series with a performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 14. The concert will be held in Given Auditorium of the Bixler Art and Music Center on Colby's Waterville campus. Part of the 2003-04 Music at Colby series, the event is open to the public and free of charge.
The Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville will be closed Monday, September 1, for Labor Day. The museum will resume regular hours Tuesday, September 2. Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy is currently on exhibit at the museum.
On Tuesday, August 26, and Tuesday, September 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Colby College will hold a yard sale featuring used household items collected from student residence halls at the end of the school year. The event is open to the public and will be held in the field house of the Harold Alfond Athletic Center on the Waterville campus. Items for sale will include lamps, dishes, clocks, refrigerators, shelving, sporting goods and more.
An opportunity to view Mars during its closest approach to Earth in the last 60,000 years will be offered by Colby College and Northern Stars Planetarium on Tuesday, August 26, at Colby's Collins Observatory. The viewing will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Collins Observatory, adjacent to Coombs Baseball Field on the Colby campus in Waterville. The event is open to the public and free of charge. The public is asked to park in the Harold Alfond Athletic Center parking lot, across the street from the observatory.
The Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville will hold a reception on Wednesday, August 13, for the publication of The John Marin Collection at the Colby College Museum of Art.
The book, which celebrates the 61 paintings, drawings, etchings and
photographs by Marin in the museum's collection, is being published on
the 50th anniversary year of Marin's death. The reception will include
a book signing by author Ruth E. Fine and a concert by internationally
renowned pianist Brenda Lucas-Ogdon. It is open to the public and free
of charge. Copies of The John Marin Collection ($30) will be available for purchase at the reception.
Sharon Corwin will become the first Lunder Curator of American Art at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, on August 1. As curator Corwin will organize exhibitions and educational programs aimed at students, faculty and community members from all disciplines. Corwin is a scholar of American art with an expertise in early American modernism and a deep interest in contemporary movements.
On Thursday, July 17, and Friday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. participants in the 25th annual Piano Institute at Colby summer workshop will perform a concert in Colby's Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. The Piano Institute at Colby is a two-week program of intensive study that includes master classes and private lessons, with emphasis on technique, interpretation and repertoire. The participant concerts, part of a series of events celebrating the institute's 25th anniversary, are open to the public and free of charge.
A series of string quartet concerts will be held July 29 through
August 9 at Colby College in Waterville. Two formal concerts by the
Portland String Quartet are scheduled for July 29 and August 5; two
performances by participants in the 28th annual Portland String Quartet
Workshop at Colby will be presented August 9.
The Colby College Museum of Art will be closed until Wednesday, July 9. Installation of "Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy," an exhibit of treasures from the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, is underway. It is one of the most ambitious exhibitions in the museum's history, and professionals from SPNEA and the museum are busy preparing for the July 16 grand opening of that show.
In celebration of the Piano Institute at Colby's 25th anniversary in July, the institute will present a concert by acclaimed pianist and institute founder Anthony di Bonaventura, a concert by recognized alumni of the institute and a lecture by Boston Globe music critic Richard Dyer.