It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we mourn the loss of our dear friend and classmate Elizabeth “Liza” Benson. Liza passed away Jan. 27, 2013, in an avalanche ski accident in Jackson, Wyo. In her 28 years on this earth, Liza’s accomplishments were astounding, and her impact on others is touching. As a Colby Mule, Liza was a nationally ranked goalie and trusted leader and teammate. After Colby, Liza sailed across the Atlantic before settling down in the mountains of Wyoming with her family and later her true love, Jason Ray. During her time in UWash’s physician assistant program, Liza provided compassionate, quality care to her patients. Liza will be missed by many who will forever remember her welcoming smile, fierce determination, and kind heart. * In October Laura Keeler became engaged to Vassar Pierce on Hilton Head Island. The proposal featured their beach-crazy golden retriever, Dazee, who barked and wanted to play ball the whole time! They’re planning a May 2014 wedding in South Carolina. * Libba Cox married Sam Burke ’06 at the West Chop Club on Martha’s Vineyard Sept. 22, 2012. In attendance were more than 35 alums (coincidentally, even one of the band members was a Colby grad) ranging from the Class of ’02 to ’09, including wedding party members Liz Morbeck, Tucker Kelton, Jess McNulty, Courtney Drake, Nate Werlin ’06, and Rodney Ames ’06. Allie Libby did a reading at the ceremony. See a photo from the wedding at alumni.colby.edu under the “Stay Connected” tab. * Amy Pendoley (now Amy Cid) got married last March, and she and her husband welcomed their son, Mark Alejandro, to the world Oct. 18, 2012. Carolina Sicard and Mary-Catherine Saraiva Amadu both traveled to Florida to meet their new “nephew” in November. * Carolina Sicard is engaged to David Willette—they are to be married this November in Cancun, Mexico. Carolina also met up again with Mary-Catherine, her husband, David Amadu, and Antonio Mendez ’06 in NYC. * Amanda Vickerson is officially married! She and her wife, Erin Wolfe (USM ’06), made it legal on New Year’s Eve at a small family gathering. A full wedding is in the works for the summer of ’15. In other news, Amanda recently took over the behavior support program at Gorham Middle School. She’s enjoying the challenge of a new age group and the responsibilities that come with teaching. *Lee Kozakiewicz received a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. * Becca Goldstein graduated with a Ph.D. in chemical biology from Boston College in December 2012. * Courtney Goodie got engaged to Patrick Barker in December 2012. The wedding will be May 2014 in Boston. Courtney is graduating from MIT Sloan School of Management this June with an M.B.A. and a concentration in finance. * Anna Bruno is currently in Chile teaching English for World Class Kayak Academy, a private traveling high school with an athletic focus on whitewater kayaking. This year has been spent in British Columbia and Nepal, and they will return to the Pacific Northwest for the spring. * Ross Kaplan and Adam Roslyn did a remarkable job serving as co-best men for the wedding of Jonathan Bandi. Lee Emmons, Trevor Hanly, and Daniel Melega were also in attendance. * Tara Bergin graduated in June from the University of Edinburgh’s vet school with a BVM&S MRCVS (the UK version of a DVM). She now works as a veterinary surgeon in England, treating dogs, cats, rabbits, and the occasional reptile, small furry, or bird! * Cindy Meadow received a master’s in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, last year. She now lives in Brooklyn and works as an editor for Scholastic Early Childhood Classroom magazines.