Colby will hold its annual Reunion Weekend 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.
Among events planned on campus are sessions open to the public Friday and Saturday afternoons featuring talks by distinguished alumni and college officials. Thomas Betro ’81, who spent 27 years at NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service), including a stint as director, will give a talk titled “The Real NCIS” Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Diamond Building. Betro will receive the college’s Distinguished Alumnus Award Saturday.
Speakers Friday between 2 and 5 p.m. include Museum Director Sharon Corwin on the future and imminent expansion of the art museum, Chemistry Professor Whitney King on his research cruise with Bigelow Laboratories, Dean of Admissions Parker Beverage on 26 years in the admissions office, Dean of Faculty Lori Kletzer on her transition from labor economist to college administration, Economics Professor Jim Meehan on the economics of baseball, Chemistry Professor Kevin Rice ’96 on engaging students in the sciences, and Government Professor Sandy Maisel on the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.
Saturday talks between 2 and 5 p.m. will cover the future of biodiesel, financial planning, causes of the Great Recession, anti-stress research, and the real NCIS, and there will be authors’ talks and book signings by Gerry Boyle ’78, Bill Wyman ’56, Steve Weinberg ’06, and Robert Weinstein ’76.
Beth Pendleton Clark, Class of 1935 and a Winslow resident, will be on campus to celebrate her 76th year since graduating. Ninety-nine members of the Class of 1961 are registered for their 50th reunion.
On Saturday afternoon Karl Dornish ’54 and Jane Millett Dornish ’55 of Winslow will receive the Ernest C. Marriner Distinguished Service Award and the late Dean Marriner’s son, Ernest Marriner Jr., will receive the award in absentia. Dean of Admissions Parker Beverage of Waterville will receive the Charles Bassett Distinguished Faculty Award.
For information including descriptions, times, and locations of events open to the public is on Colby's reunion website.