Same Place, New Look

Less than two weeks after the Class of 2007 moved beyond Colby, alumni are revisiting their college years this weekend for Reunion 2007. Those returning to Mayflower Hill will find new buildings and much growth, including the academic Diamond Building that opened in the spring semester. Activities abound, from golfing and tours to lectures and yoga. A full schedule of events is online.

Teaching for Change

Thirteen members of the Class of 2007 will be back in the classroom next year as members of Teach for America. From New York City to New Mexico and the Mississippi Delta, Colbians once again will make their mark in public schools that lack resources. This year marked the most applications ever from Colby seniors, and 39 percent were accepted -- more than twice the national rate.

2007 Honorary Degree Recipients Feted

On Saturday, May 26, Colby faculty, staff, and trustees gathered for an dinner honoring the five distinguished individuals who would receive honorary Colby doctorates the next day.

Commencement Coverage Online

Check out onlline coverage of Colby's Commencement, which includes audio and video files from each section of the ceremony, photos, citations, and transcripts of the major speeches -- the 2007 baccalaureate address by President Williams Adams, the senior class speech by Kate Braemer '07, and Thomas Schelling's Commencement speech.

Class of 2007 Graduates

Four-hundred sixty-seven members of Colby's Class of 2007 received bachelors' degrees at Colby's 186th Commencement on Sunday, May 27. Senior Class Speaker Kate Braemer, of Philadelphia, Pa., said the last four years had been all about challenge, and she told her classmates, "Colby has taught us not to hold back."

Class of 2007 Graduates

Four-hundred sixty-seven members of Colby's Class of 2007 received bachelors' degrees at Colby's 186th Commencement on Sunday. Senior Class Speaker Kate Braemer told her classmates "Colby has taught us not to hold back," and Nobel economist Thomas Schelling, the Commencement speaker, celebrated almost 62 years since the first and last nuclear weapons were used. See full Commencement coverage online.

Class of ’07 Commences Sunday

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.

Art in the News

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.

Colby College to Receive Major Gift of American Art

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.

A Fulbright in Austria

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.

Digging Into Democracy

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.

Symposium Stats

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.

Research Symposium

"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.

Video of Mandala Online

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.

Degrees of Honor

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.

Global Warming a Hot Issue

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.

Expanded Horizons

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.

Environmental Ed

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.

Students’ Spring Cleaning

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.

Respect Your Mother

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.