Reunion 2011 Events, June 2-5

Colby will hold Reunion Weekend 2011 June 2-5, when graduates, families, and friends of the college—some 1,200 visitors from around the country and as far away as the People’s Republic of China—are expected in Waterville.

Ultimate Frisbee Reaches DIII Nationals

With a spring-season record of 17-2, a win at sectionals, and a close second-place finish at regionals, Colby’s Ultimate Frisbee team, received its first invitation to the national USA Ultimate DIII College Championships this year.

Strahorn ’02 New Men’s Basketball Coach

Damien Strahorn ’02, who played under Colby’s legendary men’s basketball coach Dick Whitmore and was his assistant, will take over as the new head coach of the Colby men’s basketball team.

Focus on Now

Soccer standout Su-Lin Del Guercio '11 chose to focus on the present and future, not her dramatic past, as she made her way through Colby. She only recently decided to tell her story.

Philosophy Prof’s Advice: “Plastikos”

Professor James Behuniak Jr. (philosophy) invoked a classic word of advice to seniors heading out into the world: "Plastics." But the Senior Class Bassett Teaching Award winner's counsel came with a philosophical twist.

Colby Friends Make Impact

What began as a freshman-year friendship has become a philanthropic venture in which Qiamuddin Amiry '09 and John Campbell '09 bring Afghan students to the U.S. for high school and college. Read more in the May 13 Boston Globe.

Schwalm ’99 Shoots NFL Photo of the Year

Mary Schwalm '99, of North Andover, Mass., took photo-of-the-year honors in the 43rd annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Photo Contest for a shot from the New England vs. Green Bay game Dec. 19.

Three Fulbright Fellows

Three seniors were awarded prestigious Fulbright fellowships and will put their German language skills to use teaching in Germany and Austria after graduation.

Profile: Gerry Boyle ’87, Crime Novelist

While working at Maine newspapers, Gerry Boyle '78 collected inspiration for the characters he creates. Now the editor of Colby magazine, Boyle simultaneously writes mystery novels which have earned national acclaim.

Farm Projects Win Funding

My Fresh Co., LLC, a website to connect Maine farmers and consumers, won $10,000 in start-up capital at the first Colby Business Competition Saturday, the Sentinel reports. An urban gardening startup in Chicago received $5,000.

Wall Street Dealmaking in Classroom

New York Times "DealBook" reports on Christina Feng '08 using Wall Street deals to teach finance in her Synergy M&A class in New York City, with mention of a guest lecture by Bob Diamond '73, head of Barclays.

Competition: Five Minutes, $15K

After members of the Colby Entrepreneurs Alliance make five-minute pitches, angel funders will invest $15,000 to get the most compelling business idea(s) off the ground. The premise and proposals (PDF) for the 2011 Spring Business Competition.

How Slavery Really Ended

A New York Times Magazine feature, "How Slavery Really Ended in America," suggests that Civil War Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler, Colby Class of 1838, took a crucial first step on the road to emancipation.

Reviving Johnson Day

Johnson Day, a Colby tradition from the 1950s and '60s where students cleaned up campus and planted trees, is being revived starting Saturday, April 2.

Ongalo-Obote ’94 elected to Uganda Parliament

Kenneth Ongalo-Obote ’94 has been elected to represent his people of Kalaki constituency in the parliament of Uganda for the next five years beginning in May when the term of the current parliament expires. “The constituency poses serious challenges to any representative, among which are the worst education standards in the whole country and the...