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The Office of Campus Life is excited to be a part of your students experience and to assist your student in making their Colby College experience their own enriching and enjoyable journey. It is our belief in experiential education and student empowerment that drives our work and our approach. We believe that your students are capable of great things and we work to encourage, coach, and support their ideas, failures (a critical part of and not an opposition to success) and successes.
Our strategic goals are to cultivate experiential learning opportunities, foster an inclusive, fun and vibrant community, develop leaders, and promote positive citizenship within the Colby community and beyond. We work toward these goals through four functional areas: Residential Living and Learning, Campus Engagement (programming and student organizations), Leadership Development, and Outdoor Education.
Some of the advice that we frequently offer students is below. As you will see this advice and our approach is motivated by encouraging students to make this experience their own, to try new things, to reflect on who they are and who they want to be, and to begin to build a path toward realizing their greatest potential.
Sample of Common Advice:
If ever there is a time when your student is looking to get involved on campus, has a concern about their living situation, is eager to explore a new idea, or is struggling to connect and feel comfortable here at Colby please encourage them to come see us. We are located on the second floor of the Cotter Student Center. We will also be reaching out to them through programs, discussions, partnerships with student leaders, and programs.
As parents, family, and fellow supporters of your student we are also here to partner with you. Please do not hesitate to be in touch with us with your concerns, comments, and questions. We are reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org and 207.859.4280. Please feel free to stop by our office if and when you are on campus. We look forward to hearing from you.
The Campus Life Team
Sam Helm, Assistant Director of Campus Life
Dan Hirsch, Associate Director of Campus Life for Residential Education
Kim Kenniston, Residential Living and Learning
Ryan Linehan, Assistant Director Campus Life/Director of Outdoor Education and Safety
Jed Wartman, Senior Associate Dean/Director of Campus Life