Colby College is gearing up for its annual Reunion Weekend, June 4-6, when Colby graduates spanning seven decades of classes will return to campus with spouses, families and friends. In all some 1,400 visitors from 35 states and three foreign countries are expected in Waterville, and local hotels, restaurants and shops expect to see an increase in traffic around the event, according to Kimberly Lindlof, president of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce. On Friday night Karl Dornish 54, of Winslow, Maine, will receive a Colby Brick award as one of eight people receiving alumni awards. A parade of classes at 11 a.m. on Saturday will proceed through the Ludy and Pacy Levine Athletic Grounds to the gymnasium. Saturday afternoon events listed below are open to the public free.
Saturday, June 5
The People of Townshend, Vermont. Writer and photographer Karl Decker 54 will exhibit and discuss black and white photos from his five-year documentary project, The People of Townshend, Vermont. Room 203, Lovejoy Building
Pets Have a Story to Tell. Cindy Fischer 64, pet-care consultant and author of a holistic guide to the emotional development of pets, will talk about her energy-balancing program for companion animals. Room 211, Lovejoy Building
Quiet Images for Reflection and Healing. Jane Master Rohrbach 69 will show photos from her award-winning book, which pairs images reflecting the beauty of nature with healing thoughts.
Room 208, Lovejoy Building
The History of the New York City Water Supply. Christopher Tompkins 89, author of The Croton Dam and Aqueduct: New York, will talk about his photo history of the construction of the New York City water supply in the early 19th century, a great engineering success story of its time.
Room 215, Lovejoy Building
The Greening of Colby and the New Colby Green. Colby’s Physical Plant Department Director Patricia Murphy will talk about construction of the elliptical 75,000-square-foot Colby Green, future site of three new buildings, including the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center.
Room 1, F.W. Olin Science Center
Girlfighting: Distinguishing Reality From Media Hype. Are todays girls really meaner and more violent? Lyn Mikel Brown, associate professor of education and of womens, gender, and sexuality studies, will talk about her recent book, Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection Among Girls.
Room 105, Keyes Science Center
Saturday, June 5
The Wise Management of Grief. Victor Scalise 54, a founder of the National Center for Death Education, will speak about dying, death and bereavement.
Room 205, Lovejoy Building
The Tip of the Spear: Vantage Point in the Drive to Baghdad. Boston Globe reporter Brian MacQuarrie 74 will talk about his experiences covering the September 11, 2001, attacks, the war on terror in Afghanistan and the reconstitution of the Afghan government, and the war in Iraq.
Room 1, F.W. Olin Science Center
The Renaissance of Craft Brewing and the Shipyard Brewing Company. Shipyard’s Bruce Forsley 79 will lead a discussion of microbreweries and a beer tasting.
Room 105, Keyes Science Building
PIGe Bank. Michael Cameron 89 and Brian Murphy 89, entrepreneurs of PIGe Bank, will tell the story of two entrepreneurs, their design studio, a dot com bust, the Russian mob and a pig who wouldnt die.
Room 213, Lovejoy Building
Saturday, June 5, Marchese Bluelight Pub, Cotter Union
Colby author book signing. Cindy Fischer 64 will sign Our Pets Have a Story to Tell ; Richard Friary 64 will sign Skate Sailing: A Complete Guide and Job$ in the Drug Industry: A Career Guide for Chemists; Jane Master Rohrbach 69 will sign Quiet Images; Gregory Pfitzer 79 will sign Picturing the Past: Illustrated Histories and the American Imagination, 1840-1900; Sally O. Lee 84 will sign Lucy, Drageena’s New Shoes, Magdalena Finds the Golden Pear, The ABC Coloring Book, Penny’s Favorite Holiday, Lucy’s Halloween, and Tinkerella and the Blue Door; Christopher R. Tompkins 89 will sign The Croton Dam and Aqueduct; Professor Lyn Mikel Brown will sign Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection Among Girls, Raising Their Voices: The Politics of Girls Anger, and Meeting at the Crossroads: Women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development; and Professor Elizabeth Leonard will sign Lincoln’s Avengers: Justice, Revenge, and Reunion after the Civil War and All the Daring of the Soldier.
On Friday night the Alumni Association will present awards. Reverend Victor Scalise 54 (Brookline, Mass.) will receive the Ernest C. Marriner Distinguished Service Award. Rae Jean Braunmuller Goodman 69 (Annapolis, Md.) will receive the Outstanding Educator Award. Giovanni Apicella (spouse of Libby Corydon-Apicella 74), James Crawford 64 (Richmond, Va.), Linda Johnson Crawford 64 (Richmond, Va.), Karl Dornish 54 (Winslow, Maine), Todd Halloran 84 (Darien, Conn.), Colleen A. Khoury 64 will receive Colby Brick Awards.
For information on activities contact the Colby Alumni Relations Office at 207-872-3190 or visit the reunion Web site at www.colby.edu/alumni/reunion.