Colby Expands Opportunities for Lower-Income Students by 72 Percent

A progress report just released by the American Talent Initiative (ATI) indicates that despite the global pandemic, Colby is one of the country’s top schools in overcoming national trends and expanding its commitment to enrolling and retaining lower-income students. Colby has shown a 72-percent growth rate in Pell grant enrollments from 2015 to 2020, according...

Emmanuel Sogunle ’21 Receives Franko-Maisel Prize for Public Policy

Emmanuel Sogunle ’21 has been awarded the Franko-Maisel Prize for Public Policy, which recognizes an outstanding senior committed to public affairs who intends to pursue a public policy-related career. The $5,000 cash prize is made possible by longtime faculty members Patrice Franko, the Grossman Professor of Economics and Global Studies, and Sandy Maisel, the Goldfarb...

Russian Human Rights Lawyer Named 2021 Oak Human Rights Fellow

The Oak Institute for Human Rights has named Olga Sadovskaya, a Russian human rights lawyer, as its 2021 Human Rights Fellow. Sadovskaya, vice chair of the Committee Against Torture, the largest and most notable anti-torture organization in Russia, has worked on issues surrounding torture for more than 18 years. In 2017 she was shortlisted for...

200th Commencement Highlights Connections, Creativity, and Courage

Colby’s Mayflower Hill campus teemed with energy during its 200th Commencement May 23, an event rich with original poetry and music, distinguished guests, and immense pride for the Class of 2021. A cohort of 513 talented, driven, and capable individuals, today’s graduates leave a legacy of courage and resiliency as leaders who conquered the challenges...

At Baccalaureate, Class of 2021 Encouraged to Give Back, Take Risks

The 200th Baccalaureate, held May 22 on Miller Lawn, brought together students and faculty to mark the end of the academic careers of the Class of 2021 and celebrate a year that included extraordinary sacrifices by the entire Colby community.  “As you reflect on this journey,” President David A. Greene told the students, “I hope...

Professors Fleming and Maisel Retire after Mentoring Generations of Students

James R. Fleming, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society (STS), and L. Sandy Maisel, the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government, are retiring from the College following decades of research, teaching, and service on Mayflower Hill. These distinguished teachers and scholars will both receive emeritus status. Jim Fleming joined Colby...

Huan Bui ’21 Named Class Marshal with Highest GPA

Huan Bui ’21 will have the honor of leading the Class of 2021 in its commencement procession this Sunday, May 23, as class marshal, the student with the highest grade point average. Bui, hailing from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, is a physics and mathematics major with a minor in statistics. “He’s the most...

In Last Lecture, LeVan Draws on Personal Narrative in Response to Moment in History

Carrie LeVan, the Montgoris Assistant Professor of Government and winner of the 2021 Charles Bassett Teaching Award, framed the nation’s current moment in time by drawing on her personal story during the Last Lecture, delivered May 19 in Lorimer Chapel. The 29-year-old tradition brings together seniors and the teaching award winner, chosen by vote of...

Two Colby Tennis Players Selected to Compete in NCAA Tournament

Carly Levitz ’22 of Chappaqua, N.Y., and Jan Wenger ’23 of Pfeffingen, Switzerland, have been selected to play in the 2021 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Singles Tournament May 28-30. “It’s nice recognition for where our program is going and has come,” said Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach Adam Reeb. “We’ve been...

Prestigious Condon Medal Winner Announced at Student Awards Ceremony

Hannah Johnson, a senior from Lancaster, Pa., has been named the winner of Colby’s 2021 Condon Medal. President David Greene presented her with the medal during a virtual ceremony May 11. The Condon Medal honors a senior who exhibits the finest qualities of citizenship and has made the most significant contribution to the development of...

Two Seniors Win Prestigious Fulbright Grants to Teach English Abroad

Sally Simpson ’21 of Rockville, Md., and Cassandra Winkelman ’21 of Wellesley, Mass., have been awarded prestigious Fulbright grants to teach English in Europe. Simpson will spend the 2021-22 academic year in Austria; Winkelman will be based in Germany. Simpson initially began studying German to fulfill Colby’s language requirement. “I quickly came to love the...

After Chauvin Verdict, A Call to Action

More than 300 members of the Colby community gathered Tuesday shortly after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd and were implored to see the case not as a victorious endpoint, but as a marker in the ongoing effort to bring equality to a country long marred by racism. “We had...

Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Nicholas Rohrman Dies at 83

The global pandemic has claimed one of Colby’s former professors. Nicholas Rohrman, an experimental psychologist who reimagined and strengthened Colby’s Psychology Department, passed away Dec. 26, 2020, from COVID-19 at his home in Saco, Maine. He was 83. Rohrman came to Colby in 1977 from Florida State University “at a time when the department needed...

Visionary Professor and Leader of Education Program Marilyn Mavrinac Dies at 93

Colby remembers the life of Marilyn “Lyn” Sweeney Mavrinac, associate professor of education and history, emerita, who died Nov. 29, 2020, in Milwaukee, Wis. A dedicated teacher, scholar, and activist, Mavrinac provided the vision and leadership that broadened Colby’s Education Program into its current liberal arts-based exploration of education and its role in society. “Lyn...

More Than 15,700 Students Apply to Colby Amidst the Global Pandemic

In the midst of the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Colby received the largest and most competitive applicant pool in its history, reflecting a significant demand for the distinctive elements afforded by a Colby education.  More than 15,700 students from around the world applied for admission to the Class of 2025, resulting in a...

Colby Ensembles Ready for Virtual Performance

String members could rehearse masked, divided into small groups and socially distanced. The winds couldn’t make music in the same space at all. The same went for the Collegium. And yet, for the Department of Music, the show—ensembles concerts typically scheduled for live performances on campus post-Thanksgiving—must go on. “We wanted to make sure the...