Lareese Hall, Director of the Colby Libraries
Future focused—that’s what Lareese Hall will be as incoming director of the Colby Libraries. Hall says academic libraries can be “creative and dynamic collaborative platforms for curiosity and learning.” She comes to Mayflower Hill from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Too Big to Govern?
That’s the question asked by Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross in an op-ed article in the New York Times May 11. More precisely, Gross wrote:
“There are clear economic and military advantages to being a large country. But when it comes to democracy, the benefits of largeness—defined by population or geographic area—are hard to find.”
Downtown Waterville will have free wireless in public spaces downtown, thanks to a partnership between Colby and the Central Maine Growth Council. Who benefits? Local businesses, residents, and visitors.
Faster and Faster
Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik ’19 is the national champion in the 100-meter hurdles. Stokes Cerkvenik bested the field at the NCAA Division III Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse May 26. Running a 14.06, she took the lead at the sixth hurdle and accelerated to the win. Stokes Cerkvenik received her medal from head track and field coach Dave Cusano.
… Comedian Bill Cosby’s honorary degree, conferred in 1992. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to rescind the degree following Cosby’s conviction in April on multiple counts of sexual assault. The trustees also convened a group of students, faculty, staff, and trustees to review its policies regarding rescission of honorary degrees.
Cornel West Says
“I think the most important thing is to cultivate an atmosphere in which people are respected, to cultivate a context in which people feel free and vulnerable enough to speak from their hearts and minds and souls. So before one jumps to an issue of freedom, it’s very much an issue of what kinds of relations and the quality of those relations in the culture.”
—Professor, philosopher, author, and activist Cornel West, interviewed at Colby on the subject of free expression on college and university campuses.
That’s what Sharon Corwin calls the Lunder Institute for American Art all-stars—artist Theaster Gates, Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan, and curator Lee Glazer. Gates, renowned in contemporary art, is the institute’s first distinguished visiting artist and director of artist initiatives—a three-year appointment. Sheehan, currently the William R. Kenan Associate Professor of Art, is the new distinguished scholar and director of research. She will teach courses that support the institute’s mission, and create research opportunities for Colby students. They join Glazer, recently appointed the founding director of the institute.
That’s how Benard Kibet ’18 made it seem as he was named a 2018 Watson Fellow, one of just 40 U.S. college seniors to be awarded a grant to join the prestigious program. The Watson will see Kibet traveling to Ghana, India, Tanzania, and South Africa to study organizations that work with the disabled. This follows two Davis Projects for Peace awards, which Kibet used to bring running water and a renovated school classroom to his hometown in Kenya. And oh, yes, Kibet also raised $15,000 for construction of two additional classrooms at his elementary school. He needed something to do between commencement and leaving on his Watson project.
This year it was Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Travis Reynolds, who is the 26th faculty member to receive the annual Charles Bassett Senior Class Teaching Award.
Starting this fall both will be the menu at 173 Main Street in Waterville, where Money Cat Fried Chicken and Donuts will open—across the street from Alfond Commons. The cuisine is inspired by Thai street food, in which fried and sweet are a delectable combination. Money Cat joins Portland Pie Co. on the ground floor of the Colby-owned office building, part of the ongoing revitalization of the city’s downtown. The mixed-use residential complex opens in August.
AKA a billionth of a second. That’s how long you have to get a look at a carbene, a chemical species studied by Fulbright Global Scholar and Professor of Chemistry Dasan Thamattoor. Thamattoor will do research in Japan and the Czech Republic and teach in Singapore. So how do you get a look? You freeze it to absolute zero.
Proud mom and dad!
David and Adrienne Carmack and their daughter Adrienne Carmack ’18 moments after it was announced that Carmack had won the 2018 Condon Medal for engaged citizenship. Classmates honored the Veazie, Maine, resident for her contributions in a broad range of areas, including racial diversity and gender equality.
Features of the new 350,000-square-foot athletic complex, now under construction and due to open in 2020, are shown in these architectural renderings. The largest project in Colby’s history, the complex will include squash courts, an Olympic-sized pool of the type used in Olympic competition, an interior courtyard, and a multi-level fitness center. The state-of-the-art facilities will be a resource for athletes, the campus community, and area residents.
Four Longtime Faculty Retire
Oak Professor of East Asian Studies Tamae Prindle has retired after 33 years at Colby.
With scholarly interest in Japanese language, literature, and cinema, and particularly feminist perspectives in these areas, Prindle is best known in her field for having introduced Japanese “business novels”—a genre that emerged and grew in the late 20th century—to the United States. She also served as president of the Association of the New England Region Teachers of Japanese Language for 14 years.
Internationally acclaimed scholar of classical literature Hanna M. Roisman, Colby’s Arnold Bernhard Professor of Arts and Humanities in the Classics Department, retires this year after 28 years at Colby teaching, researching, and writing about Greek epic tragedies and lyric poetry as well as Roman drama and the reception of classics in modern drama and film.
She was a teaching assistant at the University of Washington before spending 10 years at Tel Aviv University, leaving with tenure as a senior lecturer. She came to Colby in 1990 and also served as a visiting professor at Cornell University for various terms over the last 30 years. At Colby Roisman was Francis F. and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Classics from 2006 through 2012 before being named to the Bernhard chair. She was promoted to full professor in 1994 after four years at Colby as an associate professor.
Internationally known historian and author Professor of Classics Joseph Roisman retires from Colby this year after teaching Greek, Roman, and Ancient Jewish history and historiography at Colby for almost three decades.
Roisman earned a bachelor’s and a master of arts degree, both magna cum laude, at Tel Aviv University in Israel before earning his Ph.D. in ancient history from the University of Washington in 1981. He was a visiting assistant professor at Washington before teaching at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva, Israel, leaving as a senior lecturer to teach at Colby beginning in 1990. He is the author or coauthor of seven books, including most recently The Classical Art of Command and the forthcoming Lycurgus, Against Leocrates (both Oxford University Press).
Edward Yeterian, Psychology
Professor of Psychology Edward Yeterian retires after 40 years at the College, including a dozen years as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, moving back to the classroom in 2010. At Colby, he held endowed chairs in psychology, and in his administrative role, he oversaw the College’s academic departments and programs, libraries, institutional research, career center, and off-campus study, among others.
Word is Getting Out
The numbers prove it: The demand for a Colby education has never been greater, or more competitive.
“In the past few years we have focused on ensuring talented students from around the world are aware of Colby’s extraordinary programs and that this education is open to the most deserving students regardless of their means.”
— Matthew T. Proto,
Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
“It wasn’t until years later that I realized how you had shaped my way of reading things. You encouraged us to slow down, take smaller bites, and really concentrate on the themes and ideas that were fluttering past our eyes.”
—from a note sent to Cedric Bryant, Lee Family Professor of English, in March from Dana Thompson McCray, who was Bryant’s student in 1984 at San Diego State, four years before Bryant joined the faculty at Colby. McCray wrote, “Without realizing it at the time, you were preparing me for the rest of my academic career (which included a second bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and ultimately my doctorate). … Just thought you should know.”