Downtown Waterville's Hathaway Creative Center project just turned a significant corner with the official purchase of the former Hathaway shirt factory by developer Paul Boghossian, Colby Class of 1976. Recognizing the project's importance to Waterville and the region, Colby has offered a $1-million loan to help finance the development, which will feature both residential and commercial spaces.
Following a national search for a new director of alumni and donor relations, Colby found the best candidate right on Mayflower Hill. Meg Bernier '81, who worked previously as associate director and, most recently, as acting director, was named director in November. Bernier has worked at Colby since 1997 and is credited with developing and managing many programs, including Alumni College and, more recently, the Colby Alumni Network.
Eric Rosengren '79 is affected by the credit crisis caused by the collapse of the subprime mortgage market and the slump in the housing market -- but not in the way most others are. In July he was appointed president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, which not only helps establish monetary policy but plays a big role in New England's regional economy. Read a Colby magazine Q&A with Rosengren.
Professor of Classics Joseph Roisman has been selected to deliver a prestigious lecture series in history at the University of Missouri in 2010. As the Fordyce Mitchel Memorial Lecturer, he will deliver three formal lectures on "The Veterans of Alexander the Great," and the lectures will be published in book form by the University of Texas Press. The 2008 Fordyce Mitchel lecturer is the Regius Professor of Classics at Oxford.
Just before leaving campus for a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal, Jackson Ridd '11 wondered about the food he eats three times a day at Colby. As a podcaster for insideColby, this week Ridd takes listeners behind the scenes in the dining halls. Also, find out which dining hall meals are students' favorites, and listen to student museum docent Julia Bacon '09 deliver a lecture about Winslow Homer's painting "The Trapper."
Distressed by the healthcare situation in Malawi, a group of Colby students recently launched LuziCare, a fund-raising effort to help people with HIV/AIDS and orphaned children. Money raised will go to the Luzi Orphan Care Organization, a Malawi-based outfit established in 1999. LuziCare founder James Goldring '08 and his associates are planning benefit events including a broomball tournament, a three-mile loop run, and a battle of the bands.
Laurel S. Gabler, a member of Colby's Class of 2006 who transferred to Stanford after her sophomore year, has been named a 2008 Rhodes Scholar. Gabler is currently in Thailand as a Luce Scholar, studying traditional Thai medicine, among other things. At Oxford Gabler plans to earn an master's degree in global health sciences and ultimately would like to own a health clinic and run a non-governmental organization in a developing country.
Harold Alfond, founder of the Dexter Shoe Co. and a generous supporter of Colby for more than a half century, died Friday, November 16, at age 93. Alfond's name adorns many buildings at Colby -- including the athletic center and a residence complex -- and across the state. A life overseer at Colby, Alfond received an honorary doctorate in 1980. His late wife, Dorothy "Bibby" Alfond, was a member of the Class of 1938 and their son William '72 is now a trustee. Their nephew Peter Lunder '56 and granddaughter Jennifer Alfond Seeman '92 both serve Colby as overseers. Read the New York Times obituary.
The women's cross country team is off to Minnesota for the NCAA Division III Championships, to be held Saturday at St. Olaf College. The women's team earned an at-large bid for its fourth-place team finish at the New England Division III NCAA qualifier last weekend. On the men's side John Swain '08 qualified for nationals with an individual fifth-place finish at the qualifier. As a team, Colby women have qualified for nationals three of the past four years.
Students at Colby communicate with each other in many different languages, from Hindi and Chinese to Spanish and English. Others rarely find anyone with whom to speak their native language or dialect. The latest insideColby podcast explores languages at Colby. And if you missed them, check out the podcasts on friendships among teammates and the Hill 'n the Ville festival in Waterville -- both produced by students this semester.
Installation artist Amy Stacey Curtis is at it again, placing thousands of pieces into a grid, then asking viewers to interact with her art. Curtis, who is known for her work in abandoned factories around Maine, presents her first-ever museum show this month at the Colby College Museum of Art. In currents4, Colby's fourth annual exhibition showcasing work by an emerging artist, Curtis explores light and the perception of color.
Colby's longtime College physician Clarence E. "Doggie" Dore '39, M.D., died last week and will be remembered at a memorial service on campus November 17. Dr. Dore, the gruff but beloved doctor at Colby from 1949 to 1981, was characterized in the novel MASH Goes to Maine, written by a medical colleague. An obituary and a story about him appeared in the Morning Sentinel.
The Colby community is mourning the death of long-time employee Thomas Kopp, senior associate dean of admissions, who died Saturday in a boating accident on Great Pond. Kopp worked at Colby for almost 30 years, beginning in athletics and, since 1983, in admissions. "Many students now enrolled at Colby, as well as many alumni, will remember Tom fondly as the person whose warm smile and enthusiasm introduced them to the College," wrote President William D. Adams in a statement to the community. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 16, at 11 a.m. in Lorimer Chapel.
Elijah Parish Lovejoy, America's first martyr to freedom of the press, was born on this day, November 9, 1802, and buried on what would have been his birthday 35 years later. The Colby grad (Class of 1826) and abolitionist publisher died defending his printing press from a pro-slavery mob on November 7, 1937. Colby honors Lovejoy annually by giving an award to a courageous journalist. This year the Lovejoy Award went to John Burns of The New York Times.
The Colby College Museum of Art has introduced a series of new programs, ongoing throughout the school year. The events are part of an outreach initiative to introduce Maine residents to the museum and to make them feel welcome. On Saturday mornings children and parents are invited to Story Time in the Museum, Sundays bring guided tours, and on some Thursdays museum staff and Colby faculty members offer noontime art talks. These programs -- and museum admission -- are free.
Following a big upset over Tufts, Colby football takes blue team pride to Brunswick Saturday with the 2007 CBB Championship on the line. Colby and Bowdoin bring matching 2-5 records, each including a victory over Bates, to the final game of the season at 12:30 p.m. at Whittier Field. Dating to 1892, it's the fifth-oldest college football rivalry.
Colby's new policy to replace loans with grants in Maine students' financial aid packages has made headlines around the state -- and beyond. On Maine's National Public Radio affiliate, MPBN, President William Adams said, "We think this will be particularly attractive to students from modest financial backgrounds in Maine, and it's those students that we're really focused on, at least in this initiative, in attracting in greater numbers at Colby." Stories also ran in the Portland Press Herald and the Morning Sentinel, and the initiative was noted in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.
Beginning next fall, Colby will eliminate loans from all financial aid packages for Maine residents, replacing them with grants. The new policy will make it possible for Maine students who earn admission and qualify for financial aid from the College to graduate with no debt from student loans. The initiative is being supported by a lead gift from Maine businessman and Chair of the Board of Trustees Joe Boulos '68 and his wife, Sheri. For more information, click here.
Just as the leaves are falling and the cool air is rolling into Maine, Dining Services is launching a new local-foods initiative. As of Monday, November 12, the salad bar in Roberts will consist entirely of local produce. It may seem like a challenge, especially during the winter, but Maine farmers offer diverse vegetables year-round. Greenhouse-grown lettuces, tomatoes from nearby Madison, and carrots and broccoli from Aroostook County are among the foods to be offered.
For those who missed the speech at Colby by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright last week, it will be featured on public radio Friday and it's available anytime on the Web. On November 2, at 1 p.m., the lecture will be broadcast on the Maine Pubic Broadcasting Network's "Speaking in Maine" program. And, like most Goldfarb Center events, Albright's talk was podcasted and is available on Colby's site.