Student Affairs

Student life at Colby is centered on the notion that learning extends beyond the classroom into all aspects of the college experience. As shaped by the College’s mission and precepts, a Colby education is characterized by academic rigor, a strong community, a friendly campus atmosphere, global reach, and active engagement with diversity of thought and human difference.

Student Affairs Mission Statement

Colby’s Student Affairs Division exists to support and enhance the College’s mission to provide students a broad acquaintance with human knowledge designed to enable each student to fulfill his or her own unique potential. The student affairs staff provides instruction, advice, and support to help students become critical thinkers, effective communicators, ethical leaders, engaged citizens, and creators of knowledge with broad exposure to and understanding of human difference and diversity.


Class of 2019: The Class of 2019 arrived on campus on September 1. I want to thank all of the returning students (CAs, COOT Leaders, SGA, SPB, and other volunteers) who came back early to help welcome the 507 new Mules into the Colby family. Your enthusiastic presence and hard work made arriving at Colby a truly special experience for new students and their families.

Roberts Renovation: The Roberts renovation is complete and students will be living the newly renovated rooms on the second and third floors beginning this fall. The Roberts residences include a mixture of standard rooms (singles, doubles, and triples) and multi-person suites, and they feature some of the most interesting student rooms, welcoming community gathering spaces, and best views on campus.

  • Other Construction and Renovations: As long as we're talking about physical improvements to campus there are a couple of other projects of note to students.

  • The Health Services office also underwent a renovation this summer to improve traffic flow and update to the appearance and feel of the space.

  • Work on the new Baseball/Softball complex is progressing rapidly. Located on the site of the old baseball field, observatory, and band-shell, the new field-turf fields will be plow-able in the winter and fully lit making them usable year-round—temperatures notwithstanding.

  • The observatory has been relocated to Runnals Hill.

  • Mary Low Coffee House has been renovated and re-furnished. Watch for increased programming and events starting this fall.

Counseling Services: Changes in Counseling Services include renovated and expanded offices (on the 2nd floor of Garrison-Foster), new staff, and a streamlined and improved procedure for scheduling appointments. Staff additions include Alissa Benziger, administrative coordinator, and Megan Brunmier, advanced practicum trainee. Beginning this fall, students interested in scheduling a counseling appointment may either call the office at 859-4490 or stop in to Garrison-Foster 205 to get set up. As in the past, email inquiries can be sent to

Staffing Updates: There have been a number of staffing changes in student life of which you should be aware.

  • Tashia Bradley, Ph.D., has been promoted to senior associate dean for diversity, inclusion, and equity student programs. In this new role Dr. Bradley will oversee and coordinate diversity, inclusion, and equity programs for the Division of Student Affairs including the Pugh Center, international student programs, first generation to college student programs, and multicultural education programs. She will continue to provide senior oversight to the Gender and Sexual Diversity program, chair the Bias Incident Prevention and Response team, and serve as an advising dean.

  • Erika Lamarre has joined the Colby staff as the new associate dean of students/director of Campus Life. Dean Lamarre will provide senior leadership to the Campus Life program including residential education, housing, student engagement and campus programs, and orientation. She comes to Mayflower Hill after ten years at Brandeis University where she served in a variety of leadership roles including director of student conduct and development, director of community living, and most recently director of academic integrity and special programs.

  • Gines Satchithanandam is the new associate director of Campus Life for residential education and living.Gines will work closely with the student hall staff (CAs and ARDs) to support residential education programs.

  • Faith Kagwa has been promoted to assistant director of Campus Life for student engagement and campus programs. Faith will work closely with the Student Programming Board (SPB) and other student organizations to support social and co-curricular programming on campus.

  • As a reminder for those who may have missed the previous announcement or were away last spring, senior associate dean of students Jed Wartman's responsibilities have shifted a bit. Dean Wartman now oversees student accountability programs and the Student Conduct Board in addition to providing senior oversight of Campus Life, Religious and Spiritual Life, and Outdoor Education.

  • Additionally, the position of assistant director of the Pugh Center for diversity, inclusion, and equity program is being added to the Pugh Center staff. The search to fill the assistant director is underway and we hope to have someone on board sometime this fall.

Colby Art Museum: The featured exhibition, Brand New and Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950's, that opened in July and runs through October 18 is garnering rave reviews from major publications across the country including The Boston Globe and The Washington Post. Be sure to make time to see it.


Jim Terhune
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students