Nancy Capers Mellen began garden design school in August 2010 after retiring from teaching eighth-grade English for 30 years. She graduated in May 2011, and her class was invited to do a garden in the Boston Flower and Garden Show at the Seaport World Trade Center in March. She hopes to see alums there! * Alice Osmer Olson still teaches second grade in Mt. Vernon, Maine. Her small town library, where Alice has been a part-time librarian for more than 20 years, completed automation. She finds it a wonderful way to connect with the community. * Last summer Kathy Muhlhausen McIntyre fulfilled a dream of rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon on an 18-day trip. After that, she and her daughter, 20, traveled in Italy and France for a month before her daughter stayed in Bordeaux for part of her junior year. “It brought back so many memories of my junior year at Caen.” Kathy still teaches ESL at Salt Lake Community College and loves her work. * Pat Mustakangas is in her second six months as the part-time congregational administrator for the local Unitarian Universalist Church. “Great people, great working hours, interesting work.” She plays the French horn in a quintet and two community bands. She reads a lot of history, biography, and fiction, and finds retirement much better than working full time! * Diane Malpass Gloirant, Greta Gordon, and Charlene Rasch Revette have married names, but when they got together last summer at Diane’s in York, Maine, it was like they were foolish freshmen on the second floor of Champlin all over again. “Time is an illusion,” says Char. * It was wonderful to hear from Peggy Zientara Lessard, who will contribute in the future when her life changes. * Bill and Pat Downey Schannen wrote in November from the Galapagos Islands, where they were enjoying every minute of their travels and were planning a visit to Peru and the Sacred Valley. “Retirement is great!” * Carolyn “Lindy” Dewey lives in Montana, where she’s created an elite wellness retreat complete with raw foods, local transportation to Glacier National Park, a broad spectrum of health-building technologies, and bodywork, along with great hikes out the back door! * In 2009 Peter and Pam Mause Vose sold their house of nearly 30 years and built a “green” house in Falmouth, Maine, where Peter teaches high school English. They heat the house using a geothermal system with some assistance from passive solar and wood. Pam retired as an elementary school social worker in Cape Elizabeth in June 2010 and was immediately hired to work part time as a school social worker at the high school. Last June they celebrated their 39th anniversary hiking in Bryce and Zion national parks. Before embarking, they enjoyed a meal with classmates who were in the wedding party: David Belton (and his wife, Susie [Rogers ’73]) and Judy Moreland Spitz. * Christina Belsky Russack says she’s taken a beating with the economy, so no travel to exotic places for a while. “One good thing (and I can’t believe I’m saying this), Social Security kicks in next year.” She’s following the Occupy Wall Street protesters, and it reminds her of Colby in the ’70s. “But at least we knew back then what we were protesting!” * Barbara Senges is in her 38th year as an educator in Connecticut (24 as an administrator), the last five years as associate superintendent of schools in Middletown. Last year she also taught a French I class to eighth graders—her first time in the classroom since 1987. She’s not thinking of retiring soon, as she loves her work. She’s looking forward to our 40th this June. She’s not been to Colby since our 20th. * Let’s all plan to return to Mayflower Hill for our 40th reunion May 31-June 3, 2012. Check out our reunion page on Facebook, Colby College Class of 1972, and post a picture or make a comment.