Students Return, Classes Begin Wednesday

Classes officially begin Wednesday, Sept. 5, following orientation for the Class of 2016, which ends Tuesday.  A profile of the incoming class, which arrives as Colby celebrates its bicentennial.

Professor Elizabeth Leonard Interviewed by Civil War Monitor posted a 20-minute video interview with Gibson Professor of History Elizabeth Leonard about Joseph Holt, the subject of her latest award-winning book, and about her approach to teaching the Civil War. is the digital arm of The Civil War Monitor magazine.

Jill Gordon’s New Book on Plato

Dana Professor of Philosophy Jill Gordon's new book, Plato's Erotic World: From Cosmic Origins to Human Death, was published by Cambridge University Press in August 2012.

Trustees Affirm Support for Diamond

Following a meeting in executive session, the Colby Board of Trustees has strongly affirmed its support of Robert E. Diamond as chair.

Business Leader Alums

Two alumni are in the news for the major roles they are playing in different areas of the business world. Read about how Edward Snyder '75 plans to redirect the Yale School of Management (New York Times) and about the dissenting views of Boston Fed Chair Eric Rosengren '79 (Boston Globe).

Katz Receives $312K NSF Grant

Professor Jeffrey Katz (chemistry) received a $312,000 grant from the National Science Foundation including funding for Colby student researchers and their travel to present at national conferences.

Biologist Creates Natural Anesthetic

Working with Colby students, Russell Danner (biology) has developed an all-natural fish anesthetic made of spearmint and wintergreen oils. The Morning Sentinel reports.

Hugh Gourley III, Emeritus Museum Director, Dies

Hugh Gourley, who directed the Colby Museum of Art for 36 years and is credited with building its renowned reputation, died July 25. Read more in this article published at his retirement and in a recent Portland Press Herald tribute.

Writing Project Set to Begin

A new initiative to improve students’ writing skills across the disciplines—the Colby Writing Project—begins with phase one this academic year.

Theater and Dance Featured at MIFF

The Maine International Film Festival, July 13-22, includes a film coedited by Theater and Dance Technical Director John Ervin and Emerita Professor Tina Wentzel. Dreamcatcher is based on a 1995 Colby performance by the same name.

Adams Awards Named Professorships

Four members of the Colby faculty have been appointed to named professorships by President William D. Adams. “It is the highest affirmation that a college can give,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Lori Kletzer.

Fleming Speaks at Cold War Conference in UK

Professor James R. Fleming (science, technology, and society) spoke on "Cold War Technologies for Weaponizing the Atmosphere: From Cloud Wars to Geo-Engineering" at the University of Manchester (UK) June 30, at a conference titled "Cold War/Blue Planet: The Rise of the Environmental Sciences in a Divided World." A report on his talk is online.

Two Alums Named NSF Graduate Research Fellows

The National Science Foundation recently named Benjamin Morse '09 and Alexandra Wesnousky '10  2012 Graduate Research Fellows, providing three years of support for their doctoral studies.

Reunion 2012 Photos Online

Reunion Weekend 2012 drew more than 1,100 alumni to campus May 31-June 3. Highlights included alumni lectures, class receptions and dinners, and the parade of classes. Three galleries of photos are on the reunion webpage.

Colby to Launch Center for Arts and Humanities

Colby will launch a center for the arts and humanities this fall thanks to a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The center will support the curriculum, lectures and events, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Student Coauthors Science Article

Michael Stephens '13 cowrote a Science magazine article about a surprising discovery in the Arctic, and reported on the findings June 11. Stephens made the scientific expedition with Bigelow Laboratory last summer.

Protecting Lakes by Teaching Kids

A two-week program by Colby and the Maine Lakes Resource Center takes middle school students out on the water to learn about watershed science, runoff, and protecting lake water quality.

Amy Walter ’91 Talking Trash on the Hill

Amy Walter '91 is team captain of the Bad News Babes, a press team that takes on women members of Congress June 20 in a benefit softball game for young breast cancer victims.