EcoReps Find Opportunities in Waste Audit

“On Nov. 11 Lidia Henderson ’16 and Shannon Oleynik ’16 donned protective gloves and goggles to root through 25 bags of trash and recyclables from three residence halls. Their objective: to determine how effective students are at recycling. Their goal: to improve Colby’s recycling rate. Henderson and Oleynik are EcoReps”student environmental leaders who work to...

As Classes End, Research Presentations Proliferate

RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS SPAN THE DISCIPLINES Among many presentations of scholarship, December 2013 saw Theater and Dance: Architectural imaging project exhibition in Runnals lobby through January. Environmental Studies:  Presentations on “Missing Players in Environmental Governance in Ethiopia” and “The Importance of Headwater Streams in Preserving Water Quality: A Case Study of the Kennebec Highlands and Long...

Statement on Colby Rugby

After many productive and thoughtful discussions with students and alumni of the rugby program, it has become clear that both the College and the supporters of club rugby at Colby could benefit from further discussions about the future of the program. Accordingly, I have recommended to President William D. Adams that we extend our commitment...

Renard Releases Album of Romani Music

Faculty Music Associate Stan Renard and the Bohemian Quartet will release an album of traditional Romani music at a special event and concert in Providence, R.I., Thursday, Dec. 5.

Solar-Powered Parking Lot Lights Tested

Colby installed solar-powered parking-lot lights in a new parking area adjacent to the soccer/lacrosse field and is evaluating their performance this fall. The two units use highly efficient LED lamps powered by photovoltaic cells located at the top of the fixture. During the day the photovoltaic panels convert sunlight to electricity, which is stored in...

Boylan Named National Co-Chair of GLAAD

Jennifer Finney Boylan, professor of English and author of novels and bestselling memoirs, has been named the first transgender co-chair of GLAAD, the national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization. “Proud. Excited. Psyched,” Boylan said about her new responsibilities helping to lead an organization with a $6-million annual budget. The naming of a transgender person...

Lovejoy Winner A.C. Thompson Exposes Truth, Makes Enemies

His focused energy captivated the audience in Lorimer Chapel, and his story left student journalists inspired and encouraged. A.C. Thompson, an investigative reporter for ProPublica, was given the 2013 Lovejoy Award this year for courage in journalism. His work led to federal charges against seven New Orleans police officers for shootings of civilians in the aftermath...

Respite from Burma’s Violence

Colby's 2013 Oak Fellows faced jail and prosecution as they worked to stem ethnic and religious violence. "You can be attacked at any time," said Maung Maung "Tony" Than.

LED Lighting Retrofit at Hockey Arena

The Alfond Ice Rink has new, more efficient, LED lights that improve illumination, save energy in a couple of ways, and reduce maintenance costs.

Students Queue for 13th RESCUE Sale

One student’s trash is another’s treasure. Colby has taken advantage of this since 2001, when it established the RESCUE (Recycle Everything, Save Colby’s Reusable Excess!) program. This year's sale was another big success.

Mazzeo’s Widow Cliquot Bio Goes to Hollywood

Professor Tilar Mazzeo's The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It has been picked up by Hollywood producer Taylor Hackford for a film version.

Gastaldo Addresses Brazilian Geology Congress

Robert Gastaldo, Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, is a keynote speaker at the 23rd Congresso Barsiliero de Paleontologia Oct. 13-18 in Gramados, Rio Grande Sul, Brazil. He will lecture on his research in South Africa.

Mandolfo Elected to Editorial Board

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Carleen Mandolfo was elected to the editorial board of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, the magazine of the Catholic Biblical Association of America. Her official four-year term begins Jan. 1, 2014. The Quarterly, the official organ of the CBA, first appeared in 1939. It carries scholarly articles and notes in Scripture and related fields, an extensive book review section, news of the association's annual meeting, and other pertinent notices.

Gubernatorial Candidate Cutler Cites Student Research

Colby students' environmental studies research is cited by Eliot Cutler, independent candidate for governor of Maine, in the book he published this month to support his candidacy (see page 15 in A State of Opportunity online.) Credit is given to Professor Philip Nyhus's students: "The State of Coastal and Marine Management in Maine," Chapter 1, The State of Maine’s Environment, Colby College, Environmental Policy Group, Environmental Studies Program (2009)."

Paliyenko to Publish on French Women Poets

Penn State University Press will publish Charles A. Dana Professor of French Adrianna Paliyenko's forthcoming book Genius Envy: Women Shaping French Poetic History, 1801-1900. The work will be published in 2014 or 2015.

School Year Begins with Address, New Developments

President William D. Adams welcomed the Class of 2017 at a formal assembly Sept. 3, and several campus construction projects and other developments were completed for the start of the new academic year.

Wilson Attends SABR Conference

Arey Professor of Biosciences Herb Wilson participated in the 43rd annual convention of the Society for American Baseball Research Aug. 1-3 in Philadelphia. Wilson serves on the education, science and baseball, and statistics committees of the society. He will teach The Science of Baseball (Biology 123) in the fall and Science and Baseball (Biology 223) next spring. At the convention he met Jeff Schatzki '87, SABR director of operations.

Welcoming the Class of 2017 with Ceremony, Flags

The Class of 2017, arriving at Colby Aug. 27, comprises students of 41 countries and 34 states—including a Coloradan interested in the flags of all their nations and states. 

In D.C. Fleming Speaks on Geoengineering

Professor Jim Fleming, a leading scholar of climate geoengineering, will speak at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., Sept. 10. The panel discussion is titled "Blocking the Sun: Will Solar Geoengineering Research Increase or Decrease the Risk of Climate Change."  Update September 2013: The event attracted an audience of 500 and was covered in the Sept. 24 entry of the Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy blog.  Fleming is professor of science, technology, and society at Colby. This Oct. 7-9 he is convening an international conference on technology and public policy at Colby supported by the Goldfarb Center. In 2009 he organized an international conference, Climate and Cultural Anxiety, which brought 32 international scholars to Colby to discuss historical perspectives on climate change.