It's the end of the third fund-raising quarter for presidential candidates, and that means Professor of Government Anthony Corrado is in high demand. Public radio has aired his insight on campaign finance three times this week, on Morning Edition and twice on Marketplace. And, as usual, he is quoted in many newspapers.
Amazon.com has added yet another product to its site: digital music downloads. And the person in charge of this new initiative? Colby alum Bill Carr '89. Carr, vice president of digital music and video download businesses, was interviewed for a September 25 National Public Radio broadcast that called Amazon's endeavor perhaps the first to compete with the iTunes store, despite the many sites that sell downloadable music. A Colby magazine story about Carr is online.
Three members of the faculty addressed the biggest myths about Colby and offered advice to first-year students during orientation. Tips from Assistant Professor of Economics Phil Brown: "When you're at Colby, work hard and take risks. When you're not ... make a point of going to the North Street Dairy Cone ... and climb Mt. Katahdin at least once before you graduate." A video clip with links to panel discussions by faculty members and alumni is online.
Rain kept attendance down at the Hill 'n the 'Ville festival, but the event designed to get Colby students to downtown Waterville was still a big success. The Morning Sentinel covered the event and quoted Ryan Collins '08, who said: "We'd always felt that there was a need to bring Colby and the community together. Why not start the year out on the right note, and put faces to names?"
The Web site Environmental Economics recently learned of Mitchell Family Professor of Economics Tom Tietenberg's impending retirement and posted Colby's job search under the headline "Is Colby College the Dolphins after Shula or the Cowboys after Landry?" John Whitehead, who posted the item, added: "Almost everyone who teaches environmental economics begins with Tietenberg's book. If you are bold enough to attempt to replace a legend, the ad is below."
The insideColby podcast, produced by students, is noted in this week's Chronicle of Higher Education. In episode 16 Martin Connelly '08 explored "Colby's Dress Code." Among other interesting observations -- of all the different types of clothing on campus, one crosses all social barriers: Crocs. Asked about his report, Connelly told the Chronicle reporter: "They clash with everything," and, consequently, "You can wear them well with anything."
Nancy Sanchez, an activist working to address human rights abuses in Putumayo, Colombia, is the 2007 Oak Human Rights Fellow. Sanchez documents and denounces political violence and supports efforts to create networks among women, indigenous people, and Afro-Colombians. Her work has played a critical role in Colombia and in policy debates in the United States. On campus for the fall semester, she will continue her research, work with students, and organize programs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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 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.