Alum Behind Big Nate Comics

Lincoln Peirce '85, the author and illustrator behind the Big Nate comic strip, was profiled in the Los Angeles Times March 28. His fourth book was published last week. More in Colby magazine.

Sunil Thakor ’99: Investing in Education

Sunil Thakor '99, who manages a $3-billion global growth fund, explains what he does (e.g. watching Brazilians eat cheeseburgers in the name of research) what's special about Colby grads.

Alums Make Business List

Of 27 "game changers" listed by Business Insider—including the CEO of Twitter and the president of J. Crew—two Colby alums made the cut: Bob Diamond '73, CEO of Barclays, and Betsy Morgan '90, president of The Blaze. Both are Colby trustees.

AP’s Apuzzo ’00 on Surveillance of Muslims

On a recent PBS NewsHour program, AP investigative reporter Matt Apuzzo '00 discusses his reporting, and civil liberties questions, regarding the NYPD's use of "mosque crawlers" and "rakers" to monitor Muslims.

Boyle ’78 in AAA Magazine, Times Three

Crime novelist Gerry Boyle '78 scored a hat trick in the March/April AAA Northern New England Journey magazine. There's a letter to the editor about his recent toboggan-racing article, he's featured in "A Landscape to Die For" about northern crime writers, and that's him in a fedora (from Colby's theater and dance wardrobe) on the cover.

Anthropology Dissertations Make Favorites List

Alumna Laura Eichelberger '99 and Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Studies Karin Friederic both made a list of the top-40 favorite cultural anthropology Ph.D. dissertations on the blog Anthropologyworks.

A Cool Glide Through Maine

Eric Hansen '97 returned to Maine and wrote a Feb. 17 New York Times travel story on skiing the Maine Huts and Trails loop in the Carrabassett Valley, Bigelow, and Flagstaff Lake region.

Tenure Granted to Three

Three professors were granted tenure by vote of the trustees Feb. 4. They are Lisa Arellano (American studies and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies); Adam Howard (education); and John Turner (history).

Record Applications for Admission

The number of applications for admission to Colby grew again this year, driven by a 19-percent increase in Early Decision applications and setting another all-time record.

Heck ’74 Is Waterville Mayor

Karen Heck '74 was sworn in Jan. 3 as Waterville's 52nd mayor. "In order to achieve our dreams, it’s important that we embrace and welcome new ideas,” Heck said in her inaugural address. Read more in the Morning Sentinel.

Mackenzie Receives Fulbright

G. Calvin Mackenzie (government) has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences in Hanoi, Vietnam, this spring, and to assist major Vietnamese universities in developing American studies programs.

Alum’s Van Gogh Bio Another Bestseller

Gregory White Smith '73, who shared the 1990 Pulitzer for biography, is back on the bestseller lists with Van Gogh: The Life, which suggests the artist's death was not suicide.

Diamond Delivers Inaugural BBC Lecture

Bob Diamond '73, chief executive of Barclays, was interviewed on the BBC and delivered the inaugural BBC Today Business Lecture Nov. 3 (transcript online).

A Homecoming State of the College

President Adams told parents and alumni, "There is nothing like the intensity of the experience we provide here ... nothing like the comprehensiveness ... nothing like it in terms of demonstrable outcomes." (Audio online.)

President Adams on Steve Jobs and the Liberal Arts

President Adams finds recent graduates value the intellectual capacities prized at Colby—"the capacity to communicate, to think, to exercise creativity and imagination." His annual report essay goes on to focus on a college dropout.

Family Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 28-30, Draws a Crowd

More than 1,000 alumni, parents, and friends of Colby will return to Waterville for 2011 Family Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 28-30. Many scheduled events are open to the general public, most free of charge.

Alumni Discuss Economy

Despite the challenging economy, there is reason for optimism, according to three alumni influential in the financial sector. The Morning Sentinel reports on the Oct. 20 panel featuring Bob Diamond '73, Tom Riley '79, and Eric Rosengren '79.

Alumna Explains “Single Ladies” Trend

Her cover story in The Atlantic about why some women are choosing not to marry has landed Kate Bolick '95 in the spotlight, including this Today Show interview.

Mike Daisey ’96 on Steve Jobs

Mike Daisey '96, a professional storyteller and iconoclast, opens his newest monologue, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," Oct. 11. He weighed in on coverage of Jobs's death in this New York Times oped.