About 1,400 people from 35 states and as far as Japan and Thailand will arrive on Mayflower Hill for the college’s annual Reunion Weekend, June 9-11. While visitors will make their way to Waterville’s shops and restaurants, local residents also are invited to Colby’s campus for a variety of events.
Friday, June 9
2 p.m. “Little Talks on Common Things”
Special Collections Librarian Patricia Burdick will describe the project that preserved Ernest C. Marriner ’13’s popular radio series “Little Talks on Common Things,” which ran continuously on station WTVL, Waterville, from 1948 to 1982 and addressed a wide range of Maine-related topics.
Robinson Room, Miller Library
3 p.m. Portraits of Colby Women
Maggie Libby ’81 will share her portraits of early Colby women and a short video about the first five women at Colby. Libby sifted through scant archival materials to get a sense of the personalities and characters of these early Colby alumnae.
President’s Room, Miller Library
3 p.m. Tour of the Colby College Museum of Art
Saturday, June 10
11 a.m. Parade of the classes
2-4 p.m. Library tower tours — Meet on the Miller Library steps.
2 p.m. Making Money in Monday’s Market — Old Tricks and New Tips for Investing in a Changing World
J.J. Abodeely ’01 loves investing and wants you to love it too. This talk will highlight important tools and techniques for protecting and building wealth in the 21st century.
Room 211, Lovejoy Building
2 p.m. The Molecular Economy: Global Consequences and Legal Challenges
Over the next few decades, legal and regulatory decisions will affect the development of the controversial technologies of the “molecular economy” — nanotechnology and biotechnology. Greg Beatty ’66 will provide an overview of the new economy and introduce selected legal issues that remain relatively unexamined.
Room 215, Lovejoy Building
2 p.m. Conservation Landscape in Maine
Kevin Carley ’76, executive director of Maine Audubon, will talk about some of the conservation challenges facing Maine, including changes in the north woods and consequences of sprawl and rapidly rising real estate values in the southern part of the state.
Room 100, Lovejoy Building
2 p.m. From Rain to Rhododendrons: Life as a Local TV Meteorologist and Professor
Boston NewsCenter 5’s weekend meteorologist David Epstein ’86 will talk about “Extreme Garden Makeover,” a twice weekly garden tips and help segment, among other things. Bring your plant questions.
Room 208, Lovejoy Building
2 p.m. Turning 50 (And Other Humorous Stories)
Mike Harris ’76 draws anecdotes from his own experiences and shares the humor found in everyday situations. His stories include a touching look at his daughter’s high school graduation and a riotous road trip to the big city of Boston for a concert.
Room 1, F.W. Olin Science Center
2 p.m. Music by Alex Lear ’01 and Scott Friemann ’01
Lear and Friemann were members of the band Waking the Neighbors while at Colby. Lear released his first album, Sandpapered Dreams, last year. Friemann has performed in a number of theater productions, orchestras, and bands.
Patio, Joseph Family Spa
2 p.m. The Mystery of Fiction
Willard Wyman ’56, author of High Country — a fictionalized memoir — explores why so often fiction, not memoir, brings us close to the shared truths of mankind. He continues to try to unravel the mystery of the creative process.
Room 205, Lovejoy Building
3 p.m. Faculty and Student Research at Colby
Professor Catherine Bevier will discuss her research in the reproductive behaviors in frogs, particularly tree frogs in Brazil. Professor Jennifer Yates will share her research in the secondary pathology of central nervous system injury. Their student research assistants will join in the presentations.
Room 105, Keyes Science Building
3 p.m. Presentation of artwork exhibited at the Colby College Museum of Art
Seattle artist Bill Ingham ’66 will discuss the nature of his dreamlike and naturalistic paintings. Exploring form, color, scale, touch, and texture, Ingham’s paintings are exuberant statements created by a former philosophy major.
Davis Gallery, Colby College Museum of Art
3 p.m. The Power of Fiber Optics to the Home
Chris Parker ’86 will discuss technological advances and various “wireline” wireless technologies that have emerged to carry information.
Room 213, Lovejoy Building
3 p.m. Slightly Known People-A Sketch Comedy Group
Slightly Known People features Dan Maccarone ’98, Erik Bowie ’00, and Stuart Luth ’01. One of New York’s top sketch comedy groups, SKP writes and performs original musical and non-musical sketches ranging from the awkward and confusing to the dark and foreboding.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center
3 p.m. Trompe L’oeil Painting
Mary Sue Weeks ’66 will discuss the characteristics and history of Trompe L’oeil painting from ancient times to the present, using examples from her travels and her own work.
Room 203, Lovejoy Building
3 p.m. Colby Author Book Signing with alumni authors Willard Wyman ’56, Joanne Defilipp Alex ’76, Kate Cone ’76, and Wendy Swallow ’76.
Marchese Bluelight Pub, Cotter Union
Sunday, June 11
10 a.m.-noon Library tower tours — Meet on the Miller Library steps.