As we had hoped and anticipated, the past month has been quite busy at the Goldfarb Center. In addition to our day-to-day operations, we were pleased to help sponsor two exciting campus-wide events.
The Goldfarb students, along with several cosponsoring organizations, pulled off an amazing election night party for the campus. They took over the Cotter Union, bringing in three massive television screens and lining countertops with finger food, cookies, and apple cider. Lavish bunting and balloons encompassed rows of seating. More than 700 students attended the event.
Elections are a fundamental part of our democracy, and we believe that these special times should be celebrated. While many were less than pleased with the outcome, the campus certainly rejoiced in the opportunity to select our leaders and to help steer the course of public policy. It was an exciting, inspirational evening and the student organizers should be proud of their success.
The second campus-wide event was the Lovejoy Award for Courageous Journalism. The College was pleased to honor the work of best-selling author and Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward. Woodward's remarks to a packed crowd at Lorimer Chapel focused on the importance of a vigorous free press, and he offered the crowd humorous anecdotes about his experience investigating Watergate and writing 17 nonfiction books.
Prior to the event, the Goldfarb Center organized a panel discussion on the future of investigative journalism. The discussion was moderated by Steve Engelberg, managing editor of ProPublica. The star-studded panel included Matt Apuzzo '00 of the Associated Press, New York Times investigative reporter Jo Becker, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editor Martin Kaiser, and Bill Kovach, the founder of the Project for Excellence in Journalism and 2000 Lovejoy Award recipient.
As you will read, we have been hard at work with other important projects, and the coming weeks look equally fast-paced.
Colby Volunteer Center
The Colby Volunteer Center (CVC) has had an active semester, overseeing 19 regular volunteer programs, organizing a series of one-time volunteer events, and supporting various volunteer initiatives on campus.
On Saturday Nov. 3, 116 students raked leaves, made scarecrows, spruced up entryways, cleaned dorms, and planted bulbs destined to bloom during commencement. Students partnered with Colby's Physical Plant Department to complete the work for Johnson Day, an annual campus clean up which began in 1952. Johnson Day recognizes former Colby College President Franklin Johnson, who initiated the move of the campus to its current location on Mayflower Hill. Former CVC director Richard Schwartz '11 revived Johnson Day in 2011, focusing on the same purpose for which it was founded: a commitment to volunteering and helping to build the Colby community.
Halloween came early to Colby on Saturday, Oct. 27 when the CVC partnered with Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW), a local non-profit, to host the organization's annual Freaky 5K Run/Walk fundraiser. Various Colby sports teams and individuals dressed up in their scariest Halloween costumes to participate and support HGHW. The event was a big success, raising $15,000 to support programming for the organization.
Halloween continued the next day, when the CVC hosted the annual Colby Halloween Extravaganza with the Office of Campus Life. Pulver Pavilion teemed with children from the greater Waterville area who enjoyed treats, face painting, cookie decorating, game playing, and a spooky trip through a haunted house. More than 40 Colby students volunteered to make the event a success.
To find out more about the CVC's programs, one-time events, and other initiatives, please visit the CVC website.
ASB Grant Initiative
The Goldfarb Center will now offer need-based grants for students to participate in an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program. The ASB Program is a CVC initiative that offers students a service and learning opportunity to explore an issue of social relevance both in and outside the classroom. The program, which contains a strong academic component, takes place over one year, but the volunteer component occurs during spring break. All ASB students participate in local volunteer work, faculty-led seminars, student-led discussions, fundraising, and reflection writing on topics pertinent to their trips. Upon their return to Colby after spring break, the ASB groups also share their experiences with the broader community through discussions, presentations, and seminars.
The CVC strives to offer the trips at low or no cost to ensure that every Colby student has the opportunity to participate, regardless of economic means. Consequently, fundraising is an essential element of the ASB experience. Trip costs are sometimes high, and student fundraising cannot always cover them. Many students are able to meet additional costs on their own, others many cannot. The Goldfarb ASB Initiative will allow students to apply for a need-based grant, ensuring all will be able to participate in these important trips.
This year's trip destinations are New York City, the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park, and Nicaragua. These trips address a variety of topics including poverty and homelessness, environmental conservation, community development, and human rights.
To learn more about the ASB program, please visit http://colbyvolunteercenter.wordpress.com/alternative-spring-break/ .
Contact Alice Elliott at the Goldfarb Center, 207-859-5313, to learn how you can support this developing program.