From The Director
Nearly like the flip of a switch, spring has transformed Mayflower Hill. Piles of snow have given way to green grass, blooming lilacs, and budding maples. The season also signals transition of another kind — the campus is now lively with preparations for commencement, and we begin the bittersweet process of ushering a new class of Colby graduates into the world.
I am struck with both pride, having finished a very successful year, and a deep sense of gratitude for the hard work of our staff and our many new collaborative partners. Beth Christopher, our administrative secretary, did a superb job her first year. Thank you, Beth, for catching on quickly and for helping with a number of our high-profile events. Lori Morin and Moira Bentzel had yet another great year with Colby Cares About Kids, and Amanda Cooley and Alice Elliott continue to amaze me, and others on campus, with their commitment to excellence. We have been fortunate to have on board this year AmeriCorps VISTA member Emily Manahan, who developed several promising new programs during her tenure. Sahan Dissanayake, our associate director, will be stepping away for his pre-tenure sabbatical. His energy and insights will be missed, but we wish him well on his year away from Colby.
We worked with many new partners this year, leading to a host of novel programs. In particular, we teamed up with Kerill O’Neill and his colleagues at the Center for the Arts and Humanities on several programs. The center has surely hit the ground running, and it was great to be working with such a committed team.
This was also President Greene’s inaugural year, and we were fortunate to have him join us at several events. His energy and enthusiasm for creating innovative programs and pushing Colby to a higher level is infectious. We’re thankful to have such an inspiring and astute leader at the helm. We all know big things are in store!
Finally, I extend special thanks to the many alumni and friends of the center who helped make the year such a success. You have made a big difference in so many ways.
Daniel M. Shea
Seminar Series Addresses Women’s Workplace Issues
The release of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s 2013 bestselling book Lean In sparked new conversation surrounding issues women face in the workplace. Data indicate women continue to earn less than their male counterparts for the same work, and they report less confidence in their ability to land their ideal job compared with men.
In her work as a career counselor in Colby’s Career Center, Sarah Whitfield ’09 recognized a need to provide awareness and training to address these complex issues. Funding through the Goldfarb Center’s mealtime seminar program allowed Whitfield to develop a flexible, multifaceted program that delved deeply into specific themes and provided hands-on opportunities for Colby women to learn new business skills.
A group of 26 students participated in the semester-long program, tackling topics including negotiation techniques, the confidence gap, stigmas surrounding the feminist movement, and the portrayal of women in the media. Discussions were facilitated by women in leadership roles on campus.
A “mocktail” session provided the students with a chance to polish their networking skills and receive feedback. They spent an afternoon at the Waterville Country Club learning the basics of navigating a game of golf — often the site of formal and informal business — and also where young women are visibly underrepresented.
Briana Guillory ’16 said she signed up for the program because she saw it as a way to gain insight into workplace conditions for women and to enhance her leadership abilities. “I was attracted to the focused, practical approach of this program,” said Guillory, an environmental science major and anthropology minor. “Women are in the minority in most STEM fields, and to get feedback on things like my elevator pitch and to know the basics of golf has been really empowering.”
Goldfarb Students Receive Top Honors
The Goldfarb Center recognized several students at the Student Awards Ceremony May 5. Alexa Williams ’15 and Emily Paulison ’15 were awarded Goldfarb Student Service Awards for their outstanding leadership and service to Colby Cares About Kids. Grace DeNoon ’15 was awarded the Maine Campus Compact PILLAR Award, given annually to one student from each Maine college campus who supports the civic efforts of others and takes leadership roles in addressing and finding solutions to problems that face their communities.
Nine Colby Cares About Kids mentors in the senior class (listed with photo) were awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, a national award given to citizens who display a high level of commitment through service hours spent in their community. Those students received certificates, medallions, and congratulatory letters from the president of the United States.
Recap of Goldfarb Center Events
The Goldfarb Center ended its programmatic year with a host of diverse events highlighted below.
The Goldfarb Center partnered with the Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Alfond Youth Center to develop a program that empowered local fifth graders to explore their worlds through photography. Inspired by Colby’s 2015 humanities theme, Migrations, the students produced photographs over two months that addressed how they imagine the idea of “journeys” through movement, foreignness, travel, and transportation. Their work was celebrated April 24 with an exhibit opening and artists’ reception, where the students shared their work with members of the greater community.
Did someone say burritos?! On April 28 the Goldfarb Center hosted a lunchtime talk with the co-owners of Rolling Fatties food truck, Polly and Rob MacMichael, who discussed why they make sourcing ingredients from Maine a priority. Afterward, students got to sample some of their delicious creations.
Colby Cares About Kids hosted its biggest and best end-of-year barbecue yet on May 1. More than 400 mentees joined their mentors for an action-packed afternoon that included delicious food, fun activities, and plenty of bonding time before parting ways for the summer. The barbecue’s “heroes” theme provided attendees with an opportunity to meet people who are committed to making a difference in their community, including military veterans, EMTs, National Guard members, and even Warden Kris McCabe from Animal Planet’s hit television show about Maine game wardens.
Oak Institute Announces New Fellow
The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights at Colby College is pleased to announce the selection of Jodi Koberinski of Canada as the 2015 Oak Fellow. Learn more here.