Ben Lowry recently attended a red-carpet event and premiere of the movie The Giver, based on the book by his mother, Lois Lowry. Ben spent time with many of the stars, including Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. His mom worked closely with Jeff, who had been trying to get the movie made for 18 years. Ben reports, “After 45 books, it was fun for me to share in my mother’s big night.” Photos of the event are on the “Stay Connected” tab at colby.edu/alumni. * Gretchen Bean Bergill dropped her son, Nik, off for his first year at Bowdoin. She plans to sport lots of blue and gray at any and all Colby-Bowdoin athletic contests! * College roommates and longtime friends Chris Murphy and Steve Reed both have sons, Tanner Murphy and Carter Reed, who are freshmen at the University of Miami. * Tom Menzies’s youngest son is a freshman at the College of William and Mary, and their oldest son, Matt, graduated from James Madison University. Their middle son, Chris, headed off to study abroad “and pub-crawl” in London, “just like his old man did 30 years ago.” * Chris Lebherz sent his twin girls off to college: one at Suffolk University and one at Quinnipiac. His older daughter is 21 and also attends Suffolk. Chris has been trying cases and playing golf and plans to take his father, George Lebherz ’52, to Paris this October. * Rick and Kathryn Clarke Anderson’s daughter, Emily ’14, graduated from Colby in the spring and celebrated with her grandparents, including Dick ’55 and Jean Hawes Anderson ’55. Rick and Kathryn joined Ann-Meg White and Sean Padgett and Stefan and Gretchen Bean Bergill at the Sturbridge lake house of Steve Reed and his wife over Labor Day weekend. Sean and Ann-Meg’s daughter, Cat ’17, is a sophomore and helped Kathy Hughes Sullivan move her son, Slater ’18, into his dorm at Colby. * Kevin Bruen’s son, Conor ’17, enjoyed playing football and baseball at Colby despite the fact that his first five home baseball games had to be played away due to snow! * Carolyn Currie released her fifth CD, Echolocation, in June. The CD, recorded in Nashville, hit number seven on the folk charts for the month of August. It was played on NPR and won songwriting awards at the Wildflower Music Festival and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. Carolyn lives in Cumberland, Maine, with her husband, Doug, and two kids. Her son is a junior at Kenyon College, and her daughter is a senior in high school. * Barb Knox teaches English as a second language to adults at Alameda Adult School and City College of San Francisco. Barb’s daughter is a high school junior, and her son, Dylan, is a junior playing DI soccer for Santa Clara University. * Julie Briggs’s husband, Brent, has played men’s volleyball against Vlad Dorjets ’98 and his team in the Chesapeake Region of USA Volleyball for several seasons. Julie no longer plays but serves on the board and is adult program director for the region. * Melinda Griggs Underwood is a vision rehabilitation therapist covering southeastern Vermont. She ensures that those who have lost or are losing their vision have the skills and equipment they need to function independently. “It is a challenging and rewarding job.” * Matthew Smith is starting a nonprofit, gap-year program in Park City, Utah. The organization, Park City Scholars (PCS), is centered in national parks, uses experiential pedagogy, and focuses on science, mathematics, humanities, arts, leadership, and service. Program participants strengthen their sense of self, citizenship, and leadership within a framework of academic rigor, collaboration, and exploration. Matthew will pilot the program this fall and begin full programming in 2015. * Tom Claytor’s team won the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand. The tournament raised more than $1 million for elephant conservation. Photos are on the alumni website. * It was so great to see and catch up with Mary Beth Boland Haut and Kathy Sullivan Hughes as we dropped our kids off to start their first year at Colby. The campus looked as beautiful as ever! * Class president Swing Robertson aims to contact each classmate personally to encourage attendance at our 30th reunion. He’s challenged the Class of 1990 to another softball game, not forgetting that our class won the game at Reunion 2010. “I can’t wait to take them down in a rematch,” Swing says. Save the date for our 30th June 4-7, 2015.