Kate Braemer '07, captain of Colby's championship women's woodsmen's team, and Nobel laureate economist Thomas Schelling will speak at Colby's 186th Commencement, beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday in front of Miller Library. The public is invited to the ceremony, which caps a weekend of commencement events. Details on events and speakers are online and the ceremony will be Webcast in real time.
The major gift of art promised to Colby by Peter and Paula Lunder has made headlines from New York to San Francisco (and, of course, Maine). Many have hailed the Lunders as important international collectors, and they have drawn praise for their decision to keep the collection in Maine.
A stunning collection of American art is being donated to the Colby College Museum of Art by Peter and Paula Lunder, President William Adams announced in May. He hailed the gift -- more than 500 objects, with 464 works by American masters -- as one of the most important American art collections ever donated to a liberal arts college. It includes works by Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, and more than 200 prints by James McNeill Whistler and is the largest gift in the history of the College.
Suzanne Swartz '07, who graduates with a major in German studies and history next week, received a Fulbright stipend to teach in Oberosterreich, Austria, next year. Swartz studied in Konstanz and Tubingen, Germany, during her junior year.
Graduating seniors Alec Worsnop and Kelly Benvenuto will serve as paid interns at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Washington, D.C., this summer. Competing for two of just eight positions against college graduates and graduate students nationwide, Worsnop and Benvenuto will join NDI's Middle East program to work on the Maghreb, the Machrek (Levant), and the Gulf. The NDI is a nonprofit organization working to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide.
The eighth annual Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium wrapped up last week with three full days of presentations including 111 oral presentations and 99 posters representing 233 separate authors and co-authors. There were 27 departments and programs and 72 different faculty mentors involved. Abstracts for scores of projects are online. Additional creative projects are listed on the Celebration of Scholarship site.
"It All Started With Some Drunk Mice: AQTL Analysis of the LxSRI Panel." Huh? This physics project is one of hundreds of research topics to be explained at the Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium. Interested in elephant and bat interactions? How about African-American influences on barbershop harmony or implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act in Maine? Ever wonder if lobsters use chemical clues to detect other lobsters? Learn from Colby's student experts May 2-4 in Roberts.
More than 2,500 people visited Colby's museum to watch former Buddhist monk Losang Samten create The Wheel of Life sand mandala in February. For those who missed it, a video is now online. Using grains of colored sand, Samten created this elaborate circular "painting" that symbolizes of the cyclical nature of life, and after it was finished he swept it into a pile. Watch the video.
At Commencement, May 27, five distinguished individuals will receive honorary degrees while some 475 Colby seniors get their bachelors' degrees. One honorary recipient is saxophonist Sonny Rollins, who was profiled on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday. More details on Commencement are online.
Wondering what you can do to help combat climate change? Don't bother, says former University of Connecticut physics professor Howard Hayden, who spoke at Colby on April 24. His argument, that humans contribute minimal carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, sparked debate between leaders of the Colby Republicans, who sponsored the speaker, and the Colby Democrats. Read more in a page-one Morning Sentinel article.
A column in Tuesday's Morning Sentinel describes the extraordinary facilities and programs associated with the new Diamond Building, dedicated earlier this month. David Offer writes that the dedication brought into focus the fact that "we seldom think about what a great asset the college is to Maine -- especially central Maine." Read more.
Students from Colby's senior seminar in environmental education will lead a variety of environmental education activities on campus for children ages 8 to 14 on Saturday, April 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. Children should check in at the Diamond Building atrium before 1 p.m.
Colby students work in the community all year long, but every year, around Earth Day, they put forth a special effort to help with spring projects around Waterville. On Saturday, April 21, students involved in Colby Cares Day engaged in activities ranging from cleaning fire trucks and Castonguay Square to working on the playground at the Maine Children's Home. An estimated 200 students dispersed to more than a dozen locations as part of the Colby Volunteer Center effort. Read more in the Morning Sentinel.
Earth Week is in full swing at Colby. Students have organized many events, such as the Green House ("GoHo") barbeque on Friday and a three-mile walk/run on Sunday to benefit the Penobscot River Restoration Trust. Trayless days in the dining halls on Thursday and Friday are expected to save thousands of gallons of water -- and to remind students to only take what they can eat.
Professor of East Asian Studies Hong Zhang and five students won an ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Research award of $29,846 to conduct fieldwork research in China this summer. With projects around the topic "Tradition, Transition, and Modernity: Reconfiguration of Public Spaces in a Globalizing China," Zhang and students Robert Ferriter '08, Thomas Huff '08, Stella Kim '08, Keane Ng '08, and Jessie Tang '08 will spend a month working in four Chinese cities.
A Weather Channel series running this week called "100 Biggest Weather Moments" will feature Colby Science, Technology, and Society Professor Jim Fleming describing five of the weather events. The show started April 15; Fleming's appearances are scheduled for April 17-19 and provide the commentary for events number 50, 40, 23, 8, and 3.
While at Colby for the Diamond Building dedication on Friday, Dan Harris '93, anchor of ABC's World News Sunday, talked with an anchor at the Portland station where he worked early in his career. Viewers in Maine can tune into WCSH-6's "207" on Monday at 7 p.m. to hear Harris share his thoughts on Iraq, on helping to bring a young Iraqi to college in the U.S., and on what it's like to be a national TV anchor.
Writer Jane Brox '78 was one of 189 artists, scholars, and scientists selected this week for a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship Award from among some 2,800 applicants. Brox, who has written about family farms in books and in Colby magazine is a nonfiction writing faculty member in the low-residency M.F.A. program at Lesley University. The title of her Guggenheim project is "A History of Controlled Light."
Science, technology, and society Professor Jim Fleming has an article, "The Climate Engineers," in the spring 2007 Wilson Quarterly. Fleming, a historian of meteorology and of climate change, provides historical perspective for the radical notion that, since politicians and bureaucrats are unable to deal effectively with greenhouse gas emissions, we need a "technological quick fix for global warming."
The National Academy will honor prominent arts figures Alex Katz and Peter and Paula Lunder next month in New York at the Academy's Beaux-Arts mansion on Fifth Avenue. Katz will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lunders will be recognized "for their contribution and commitment to the study, preservation, and exhibition of American art."