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.
For Peter '56 and Paula Crane Lunder, the gift to Colby of their art collection, valued at more than $100 million, is just the latest in a series of generous gifts. And according to a story in the Maine Sunday Telegram, it will help shape the Colby College Museum of Art and its collection for years to come. Painter Alex Katz, who also donates to the museum, told the paper, "In the next five or 10 years, it's going to explode. ... I have no intention of stopping, and I don't think the Lunders do, either."
The Cotter Union renovation and Pulver Pavilion addition made a more functional space while preserving the integrity of the original building, which was designed by a firm founded by postmodernist architect Charles Moore. The dramatic result, which was formally dedicated last weekend, is described in the Chronicle of Higher Education. "The building was -- and still is -- full of the kind of entertaining details Moore loved: here, giant Ionic scrolls that look like column capitals drawn by Daffy Duck; there, a stairway twisting as it descended, for no apparent reason."
Weekend activities on campus include the dedication of the Pulver Pavilion; the Fall Ball, where trustees invite students, faculty, and staff to the semiformal dance, this year with a masquerade theme; and other activities scheduled around the annual fall trustee meetings. Events related to Friday's Pulver Pavilion dedication are online, and the events calendar also holds three varsity games against Bates on Saturday, and concerts both Saturday and Sunday evening. To read about the addition and renovation in The Chronicle of Higher Education, click here.
In discussing the role of the United States in world affairs on Thursday night, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said that the country must restore its reputation. "The world should know that the best America respects the rule of law, opposes torture, believes in due process, and thinks that everyone -- including private security contractors in Iraq -- should be held accountable for their actions." Albright delivered the third annual Senator George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture in Lorimer Chapel. Listen to it online.
Colby grads Brian O'Halloran '93 and Galen Carr '97 have now been onboard for two World Series wins by the Boston Red Sox. O'Halloran is director of baseball operations and Carr is a professional scout. Read about the pair's start in Boston in a 2004 Colby magazine profile. Mary Schwalm '99 has also been in on the action, as an official photographer for Major League Baseball.
Hundreds of Somali Bantu -- members of a minority group viewed as second-class citizens in their home country -- have taken up residence in Maine. Catherine Besteman, a professor of anthropology and a leading expert on the Somali Bantu, recently appeared on a public television program exploring the Bantu population in Maine. The show, "Maine Watch," is available online with a Web extra -- an additional interview with Besteman.
When Red Sox nation celebrated a dramatic American League championship Sunday night, no one was closer to the action than Mary Schwalm '99. As an official photographer for Major League Baseball, she was a major contributor to photo galleries from all of Boston's ALCS home games.
Thomas A. Betro '81, who is the director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in Washington, D.C., by day, made his television debut Tuesday on the hit CBS show NCIS. The government major and standout soccer player at Colby made a one-line appearance with the show's star Mark Harmon -- enough to get the attention of ETOnline.
Among six Colby students who will speak at the 119th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, October 27-31, is Rachel Daly '08. Daly spent the summer on Maine's Belgrade Lakes doing research about the relationship between atmospheric carbon dioxide and leaf stomatal density. A student-produced video documentary on insideColby.com follows her in the field and in the lab. Other students presenting at the meeting are junior Cassandra Ornell and seniors Sophie Newbury, Bradford Cantor, Samuel Reid, and Kittinger Clark.
This summer assistant professor of East Asian studies Hong Zhang took five seniors to study four of China's fast-changing cities. With a grant from the Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellows Program, the students gained a better understanding of the conflicts and trade-offs as well as the prosperity and promises of China's rapid development and integration with the global economy. A preliminary report about what they found is online.
In his first attempt at running a marathon, Dan Vassallo '07 didn't just win. He set a record, finishing in 2 hours 26 minutes, and 54 seconds at the October 6 event. Reports the Portland Press Herald: "He follows in the tradition of Colby distance runners like Todd Coffin ['83], but until Sunday, Dan Vassallo wasn't a name that carried recognition." Stephanie Crawford '99, who took the women's title, finished in 3:01:16.
Family Homecoming Weekend, October 12-14, is more than just a football game. Scores of events include student performances, academic department receptions, a half-dozen athletic events, special meals, and talks by Robert Bluhm (physics), Phil Brown (economics), and Steve Nuss (music) about their work and interests. More information is online.
Audio from three recent Colby events is posted online for listening anytime. And now, prominent campus speakers and public-affairs programs are finding a wider audience via UChannel, a site that draws together audio and video content from around the world. Search for "Colby" there to find the Goldfarb Center events Richard Clarke, John Burns, and the Lovejoy panel discussion.
A new issue of insideColby magazine is hot off the press, and along with it comes a new addition to insideColby.com: vodcasts. These short, documentary-style videos highlight various aspects of Colby life. The first two vodcasts feature a student research project and a look at the Pulver Pavilion. New vodcasts appear twice a month, and, like everything else on the site, they're produced by students.
Betsy Morgan, a 1990 Colby graduate, is in the news for her impending move from CBSNews.com, where she is the general manager, to chief executive of The Huffington Post. Morgan's move from a traditional media company to an Internet news site, as reported in The New York Times, marks a coming-of-age milestone for new media companies.
Lovejoy panelists Andrea Bruce of the Washington Post, Bill Nemitz of the Portland Press Herald, and Christine Spolar of the Chicago Tribune joined moderator Greg Moore (Denver Post) in telling on-the-ground stories about covering the Iraq war at a Goldfarb Center panel discussion on September 30. "Our concern," said Nemitz, "was that as this rather sizable deployment of Maine soldiers went to Iraq and was absorbed into this huge thing we call 'Operation Iraqi Freedom,' that they, as a unit, would largely disappear from our view."
John Fisher Burns, who spent the last five years covering Iraq for The New York Times, outlined grim choices for America as Congress and the American people weigh whether to stay engaged or withdraw. "Whatever you make of the decision to go to war, we have created the most perfect storm in Iraq," he said, after receiving Colby's Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism Sunday night. Audio of his address and a related panel discussion are online.
John F. Burns, the premier war correspondent of his generation, chief foreign correspondent for The New York Times, and chief of the newspaper's Baghdad bureau for the past five years, will receive the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award and an honorary doctor of laws degree from Colby this Sunday, September 30. A panel discussion about covering the war in Iraq will feature Andrea Bruce of The Washington Post, Bill Nemitz of the Portland Press Herald, and Christine Spolar of the Chicago Tribune.