Hill ‘n’ the ‘Ville

Colby students and Waterville Main Street joined forces to organize "Hill 'n' the 'Ville" -- a festival this Saturday designed to familiarize students with downtown Waterville. Live music, entertainment, food, games, and walking tours are all part of the event, which runs from noon to 7 p.m. and features the reggae band John Brown's Body.

Middle East Expertise

In a report on elections in Morocco, the Christian Science Monitor turned to Professor of Government Guilain Denoeux for a view of the Islamist-inspired PJD party's failure to make broader gains in parliament. Denoeux has studied Moroccan government and politics as an academic and as a consultant. Colby magazine recently looked at links between his work in academe and in the real world.

More Distance from Rankings

Colby has joined 18 peer institutions in a new effort to provide institutional information and data to prospective students and to the public, and the colleges have agreed not to promote their place in rankings such as U.S. News & World Report's. In the future, easy-to-understand information will be readily accessible on the college's Web sites. Read the statement signed by President William Adams and 18 other presidents here.

First-Year Assembly

On Tuesday, September 4, on the eve of the fall semester, incoming Colbians got some real hints about the intense four-year experience that awaits them. After they filed into Lorimer Chapel, President William D. Adams asked the 468 first-years, "What is it that we hope and expect for each of you? . . . a sense of intellectual empowerment, a sense of community, and a sense of place." To listen to the convocation speeches, click here.

Mind the Gap

Colby President Emeritus William R. Cotter charges philanthropists to mind the "evaluation gap" as they consider how best to allocate international assistance. Cotter, who began working in Africa in 1962, has written an opinion piece for the Chronicle of Philanthropy urging tough questions and rigorous third-party scrutiny to prove what works as foundations and individuals pour millions into alleviating hunger and poverty in the developing world.

07-08 is Underway

The 2007-08 school year is off to a strong start at Colby, with first classes scheduled for Wednesday. The Class of 2011, 468 first-year students, are completing a week-long orientation, including an exploration of the concept of "good work" and small-group orientation trips around Maine. Government professor and Morning Sentinel columnist L. Sandy Maisel, who helped design the new orientation program, noted that incoming students put "the federal government" high on the list of institutions in which they have lost faith. His report on the program is online.

Rowing the World

Margaret Duggan '06 was named to the U.S. National Rowing Team and is currently competing in the 2007 FISA World Rowing Championships in Munich. On Thursday, August 30, her lightweight quad scull made the finals by placing second to China in a semifinal heat. Duggan rows for the New York Athletic Club.

First Steps

On their first day at Colby, August 28, members of the Class of 2011 congregated in front of Miller Library -- the same place they will meet for commencement. President William Adams, Dean of Faculty Ed Yeterian, and Dean of Students Jim Terhune welcomed the 468-member first-year class and spoke about the strength of community on Mayflower Hill, about finding one's intellectual passion, and about how to make the most of life at Colby. Among the advice from Terhune: "Do your laundry."

Students Get Centered

Pulver Pavilion opened for the arrival of the Class of 2011 on August 28. The new center for student life was built to bridge the two wings of Cotter Union and includes a vast barrel-vaulted ceiling, copper walls, comfortable seating surrounding a plasma TV, a caf̩, and a lounge complete with a fireplace.

Managing myColby

With the start of school Colby has launched myColby, a new Web portal to help students manage academics, extracurricular activities, and more. The new system allows students to access personalized information about classes, clubs, College-related financial reports, and schedules, and provides online tools for communicating with professors and classmates.

Focus on Art

Longtime Colby supporters Peter ('56) and Paula Lunder, a life trustee, amassed one of the country's most impressive private collections of American art -- and gave it to Colby. But, as the August 19 Boston Sunday Globe reports, they prefer the focus of their philanthropy to be on the art and the institutions they support, not on them.

An Alumna on Iraq

Karen Keithline Diop '78, vice president of the Iraq program for America's Development Foundation, recently returned from that country after shutting down the NGO's operations for lack of funding. She told NPR's All Things Considered that, "At some point, [Iraq] is going to fall apart. What we're trying to do ... is to get people to a point in Iraq where they're going to be able to cope with that point and help it move forward." The interview is online.

Downtown Art

Downtown Waterville will be alive with music and art today at an event sponsored by the Colby College Museum of Art. The event, from 2-6 p.m., will include work by more than 30 artists including Abbott Meader, professor of art emeritus. Two new businesses -- a jazz bar and a cafe -- will also be featured. Read more in the Morning Sentinel.

Waste Not

When Colby renovated Roberts Dining Hall, sustainability was a major factor, and that meant more than just using recycled materials. Preparing food on demand means less pre-consumer waste. Smaller trays help to keep students from taking more food than they can eat. Durable furniture means less frequent replacement, saving money and wood. These and many more sustainability initiatives are highlighted on the Chronicle of Higher Education's Web site.

Honor Society Honors

First Stacey Dubois '08 was accepted as a member of Psi Chi, the national psychology honor society. Then she won first place in the Psi Chi J.P. Guilford Undergraduate Research Award Competition. Her paper, "Stereotype Threat Affects False Memory Susceptibility in Younger and Older Adults," was named overall best research paper. In July she presented the research, from her junior year, at the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition meeting at Bates.

Bird Songs Analyzed

While some Colby researchers are spending the summer in the lab, two biology research assistants and Professor of Biology Herb Wilson have spent a good part of it in Colby's Perkins Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, quietly recording -- then analyzing -- the songs of the red-eyed vireo. InsideColby podcaster Martin Connelly '08 took a walk through the arboretum with Wilson in July and talked with Andrew McEvoy '09 and Josh Lord '08 about their analysis. Listen at insideColby.com.

Colby-Community Connections

Since the College moved from downtown Waterville to Mayflower Hill more than a half-century ago, both entities have worked together to benefit the community. But it's not always simple or easy. The latest issue of Colby magazine explores the ups and downs of this complicated relationship.

Professor Photographer

Frequently quoted in the media, Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government G. Calvin Mackenzie is known as an expert on the American presidency. But when Mackenzie isn't teaching, writing, or commenting on national affairs, he is traveling the globe -- camera at the ready. Colby magazine asked him to provide a few of the thousands of photographs he has taken, and 10 of them appear in the latest issue.

Colby Jack Coombs Enshrined

Baseball legend John "Colby Jack" Coombs and his nephew are featured in a new museum exhibit in their hometown, Kennebunk, Maine. As a rookie for the Philadelphia Athletics just after graduating from Colby in 1906, Jack pitched and won a 24-inning game and was featured on sports pages in a photo from his Colby days, earning the nickname. The exhibit of rare photographs, clippings, video, vintage baseball memorabilia, and personal ephemera, runs through December at the Brick Store Museum.

Call to Action

Potential effects of climate change range from severe hurricanes to drought -- and a new study outlines economic implications. A report issued July 11 by the Union of Concerned Scientists predicts that Maine's timber, fishing, farming, and ski industries are in jeopardy. Mitchell Family Professor of Economics Tom Tietenberg, a contributor to the Northeast report, told the Portland Press Herald, "The economically prudent decision is to take action now."