First off, on behalf of the student body, the CVC wants to thank all of Colby’s PPD staff for the amount of work they put in every day to make this campus a home for each and every one of us. This event would not have been possible with out the help of Pat Whitney and Don Zavadil, along with all the staff that participated this morning.

On top of having beautiful weather, we had roughly 80 Colby students show in Pulver this morning to work with their PPD staff. After enjoying some coffee and donuts the students broke out into specific groups dedicated to raking leaves, painting residence halls, washing windows and cleaning entryways, and even planting a special 2012 surprise.

Our raking groups were able to clear huge sections of campus of the recently fallen leaves and then turn their hard work into fun by building scarecrows. Check out some of their amazing handiwork. All clothes were purchased at Ken-A-Set, a local thrift store in downtown Waterville.

Some of the lucky members of the senior class were able to participate in some long-term beautification with the help of their assigned PPD staff member, Justin. He was very impressed with the turn out and hoped to see more events like Johnson Day in the future.  The seniors planted white and yellow daffodils in the shape of 2012 that will sprout in the spring, just in time for graduation. Make sure to keep your eye out next semester near the lacrosse field for this lovely surprise.

After all the physical labor students and staff members migrated over to Dana Dining hall to share a well deserved meal. This day of appreciation of our home was a great way for both students and staff to get to know one another and appreciate how much work is involved to create our beautifully groomed campus.

If you want a little more history on where the event originated check out the Echo article featuring Richard Schwartz ’11, who revived the event last year, or their article that explains the goal of the event. Also, thanks to Special Collections, specifically Pat Burdick, you can also head over to the first floor of Miller to see a display with selected photographs, clippings and information about the history of Johnson Day.

Thank you to everyone who participated! We hope you enjoyed your time! Also, there will be another post coming shortly with more photos.


– The CVC

Johnson Day is  a time to thank PPD for all of its hard work and for Colby students to give back to their Colby community.  On October 15th, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, Colby students will be working with PPD staff members to help beautify the campus through a variety of activities.  Colby students participated in Johnson Day from 1952 to 1964, and the CVC looks forward to continuing this tradition, which was revived this past spring.

To sign up for Johnson Day, please use the following link:

To read more about Johnson Day Spring 2011, please go to:

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By clicking on the link below, you can access a more complete job description and an application form. Applications are due on Wednesday, October 5th. Please email applications and questions to

Welcome back to the hill! All of the CVC Staffers have been working hard all week to get the office back in order. We’ve had some really productive meetings with community members. For example, Amanda and I met with Nancy Long at the South End Teen Center on Wednesday. She is really excited to get some great events for the kids there this semester and we are ready to support her.

We also presented to all the first-year students before they went out on their C2IT day. Our goal was for them to leave the presentation excited about civic engagement and ready to not only serve their new community that day with their COOT groups, but also throughout the rest of their Colby career.

We will be at the Campus Expo on September 13th and will be hosting our Info Session on the 15th. Please check back for more information soon! We can’t wait to start the year off strong.

– Dana, Director of the CVC