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Fall 2010

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Changing Campus: Diamond Building and Athletics


In the Diamond Building, students are taking advantage of new spaces and opportunities. The state-of-the-art GIS (Geographic Information Systems) lab allows students from disciplines ranging from economics to Jewish studies to use mapping technology to analyze data. Already, environmental studies majors have said they believe they got their first jobs out of Colby because of the skills learned there.

Diamond has also provided the space to facilitate student-faculty relationships. “We’ve now got physical spaces for these students to work in close proximity to their mentoring faculty,” said Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean of Faculty Michael Donihue ’79.



From the perspective of today’s Colby, it seems almost quaint: lacrosse teams practicing indoors, field hockey team playing on a field that had to be mown, the football team running drills on a practice field that, during dry spells, turned hard as concrete, its chalked yard markers erased by pounding cleats. “The thirty-five yard line used to be the oak tree,” said head football coach Ed Mestieri. “It isn’t anymore.”

Colby athletics leapt to the forefront of sports-facility technology during the Reaching the World campaign with construction of the Harold Alfond Stadium, featuring a FieldTurf surface (used in the National Football League) and full stadium lighting, and with the Bill Alfond Field, one of the first synthetic turf fields in NESCAC.

With Bill Alfond Field, a gleaming facility opened in 2004, lacrosse and field hockey teams were no longer at the mercy of the weather. Games could be played under the lights, which shined like a beacon across Mayflower Hill.


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