Simply Green

Colby is one of the institutions cited for energy-saving initiatives in Monday's Morning Sentinel. Director of Physical Plant Patricia Murphy described several more sophisticated College programs, then added: "We have a very low-tech solution to saving electricity. Two student workers during the winter go to the major classroom buildings and make sure all the windows are closed and doors locked." Read more.

Citing Creative Writing

Colby's Creative Writing Program is one of 200 programs featured in the latest edition of Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers, a book that aims to help creative college-bound students choose the school that's right for them.

Explaining U.S. Elections Abroad

In Canada last week, Government Professor Sandy Maisel spoke to the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver and appeared on television and radio programs to discuss the 2008 U.S. elections. Read more.

Watch and Listen

Looking for something to watch? A new multimedia archive provides many ways to sort and search video and audio content on Colby's Web site. Take a look.

2008 Oak Fellow Named

Afsan Chowdhury, a journalist from Bangladesh, has been named the 2008 Oak Fellow by the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights at Colby. Learn more.

Museum Reaccredited

After a rigorous review, the Colby College Museum of Art recently received reaccreditation from the American Association of Museums. It is one of only 10 museums in Maine with this distinction. Visit the museum online.

Fleming on Film

A new documentary film, Owning the Weather, to be shown at the Maine International Film Festival July 16 and 17, features Colby professor James Fleming, a national expert on the history of weather. Read more in the Morning Sentinel.

Downsizing the Home

As energy costs soar, Elizabeth Turnbull '04 has a solution: build smaller houses. Really small. Read more.

Making Sense of the Money

When Barack Obama announced last week that he would not take public financing for his general-election campaign, calls from reporters poured in to Professor of Government Anthony Corrado. His commentary appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. Read some of Corrado's recent national and international media placements.

Spotted Pig

The Vietnamese pot-bellied pig that made national news when it got away from students and roamed Colby's campus in May has transferred. The Morning Sentinel has a video update of a homeowner near Thomas College, about four miles south of campus, trying to feed the pig in her back yard. Watch it.

Inside Sustainability

From fair-trade coffee to an organic garden to green graduation, Colby students introduce sustainability initiatives and work with the administration to create new programs. Read more on

Trek Time

More than 2,000 cyclists pedaling across Maine to raise over $2 million for the American Lung Association will camp at Colby Saturday night. It's the 21st year that the Trek Across Maine has stayed on campus en route from Sunday River to the coast. Learn more.

Student Wins House Primary

Henry Beck '09 won the Democratic primary in Maine House District 76, which represents parts of Waterville and Oakland. He will run against a 2008 Colby grad, Republican Andrew Kabatznick. Read more in the Morning Sentinel.

State o’ the College

Changes in the curriculum, improving students' communication skills, and academic engagement are on the table in the wake of Colby's self-study for reaccreditation. At his State of the College address during Reunion Weekend, President Bro Adams talked about those initiatives, national issues in higher education, admission of the Class of 2012, and the importance of philanthropy at Colby.

Reunited on the Hill

Reunion 2008 blended new features with old favorites as more than 1,000 visitors connected on Mayflower Hill June 5-8. Among highlights: faculty lectures on topics such as the quest to save China's tigers, the "boy crisis" in schools, and robots with social skills; alumni talks on topics ranging from climbing Kilamanjaro to marine photography in Maine; the presidential golf tournament; a carnival for children with miniature golf, face painting, and more; and oral history interviews conducted by students.

Alumni Influx

More than 1,000 alumni and guests are converging in Waterville this weekend for Reunion 2008. A wide variety of events on campus, from faculty lectures to museum tours, are open to the public, and the College will be celebrating some big news for environmental initiatives and studies as well.

Complementing Art

Fresh floral displays designed to complement art works in Colby's museum are dispersed throughout the collection and paired with paintings or sculptures this weekend. Sponsored by the Central Maine Garden Club, the exhibit Art in Bloom features designs by members of several area garden clubs and is on view through Sunday, June 8.

Big Green Gift

To build on its foundation as a leader in environmental education, Colby will receive $4 million from the Diamond Family Foundation, Robert E. Diamond Jr., president of Barclays PLC and a trustee at Colby, announced June 6 at his 35th class reunion. The donation will support interdisciplinary study of the environment, energy policy, climate change and sustainability. Read more.

Global Insight in Jackson Hole

When Academy Award-nominated director Luigi Falorni was eyeing venues for the North American premiere of his new film Heart of Fire, he chose the Jackson Hole Film Festival, June 5-9 created and run by Eben Dorros '96. The festival's Global Insight Summit unites leaders of the film and television industries and United Nations officials to consider how film can air international issues. Read a profile of Dorros in Colby magazine online.

Hot European Artist

Olafur Eliasson, the toast of the Big Apple with his New York City Waterfalls project, is also newly represented at the Colby College Museum of Art. A series by Eliasson of 15 black-and-white photogravure prints titled Umschreibung, recently given to the museum, is featured prominently in the exhibit Together Anew: Recent Contemporary Acquisitions in Context, which opened June 1.