Earl Smith worked at Colby for four decades, but his recently released history doesn't focus just on the College. As reported in a Morning Sentinel article, Mayflower Hill: A History of Colby College "melds the story of a small liberal arts school's rise to prominence with a fascinating account of the social and community dynamics that played a major role in that ascent."
As the November 7 midterm election approaches, some students are more vocal about their politics than others. As Fritz Freudenberger '09 found in his recent exploration of Republicans at Colby, some students on the right keep their opinions to themselves. The latest episode of Inside Colby, a student-produced podcast, is now online -- and it includes a survey of student opinion and an all-freshman band performing an original song.
Senator Olympia Snowe and her challengers for U.S. Senate in the November 7 election, Jean Hay Bright (D) and William Slavick (I), shared their views on the war in Iraq, terrorism, education, heathcare, and many other domestic and international issues in a Goldfarb Center debate Sunday night. The event, co-sponsored by the Morning Sentinel and the Kennebec Journal, was moderated by David Offer, executive editor those papers. Details are in the Sentinel story.
Ten years ago Colby opened the Pugh Center in Cotter Union, a hub for programs and activities that promote intercultural communication and understanding on campus. On Saturday, October 21, Colby will celebrate the anniversary with open houses of Pugh Center clubs at 3 p.m. and "Masks as Communication: A Workshop Presenting Ideas from Healing" led by Nigerian healer Oscar Mokeme, at 6 p.m.
More than 300 eighth-grade girls from central Maine spent Tuesday, October 17, on Mayflower Hill learning from professional Maine women about their careers and the education that got them there. The Waterville branch of the American Association of University Women put on the event, Future Focus, which included a keynote address by Peggy Moss, author of Speak Up and Lead, panel discussions, and workshops including the chemistry of making ice cream and self defense.
Brittany Ray '93, an English teacher at Narraguagus High School in Washington County, is Maine's Teacher of the Year. The Milbridge resident was honored October 13 by Gov. John Baldacci, Education Commissioner Susan Gendron, and other officials at a surprise assembly. A Colby magazine profile of Ray is online, as is Boston Globe coverage of the award.
David Brancaccio, host of the program NOW on PBS, examines the so-called Clean Elections movement this Friday, in part by talking to David Donnelly '91, a clean elections crusader. Brancaccio got his start in radio at Colby's WMHB when he was in high school. Donnelly also was the subject of a Washington Post article this week.
David Bodine '76 of the National Institutes of Health has been named to lead the Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute. As part of an effort to translate genomic discoveries into health benefits, his research aims to improve the effectiveness of bone marrow transplantation. Bodine, who has lined up numerous opportunities at NIH for science students and graduates, said, "Gene therapy is still in its infancy, but it has great potential for treating a number of human diseases."
Besides keynote speaker Nick Spitzer of NPR, two people are quoted in a story about the rebirth of downtowns in Maine and Waterville's revitalization. One is Paul Boghossian '77, developer of the Hathaway Creative Center; the other is Karen Heck '74, co-founder of the downtown nonprofit Hardy Girls Healthy Women. "There has been a different spirit in the last two years about downtown," said Heck. "It just seems to me in the 35 years I've been here, there has never been more excitement than there is now." To read the piece, click here.
More students than ever before participated in this year's Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium and associated events, presenting research on topics ranging from alternative medicine to Wal-Mart, climate change to open-source software.
For his efforts leading to the convictions of criminals from the Civil Rights era, including the murderer of NAACP worker Medgar Evers, as documented in the film Ghosts of Mississippi, investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell will receive the 2006 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award from Colby College.
Alex Katz (American, b. 1927)
Oil on canvas, 126 x 96 inches
The Paul J. Schupf Wing
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine
Gift of the artist
For museum visitors who wonder what artists were contemplating when they created their artwork, an upcoming exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art promises a glimpse. Titled The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture: 60 Years, the show, on view July 22 through October 29, also offers an overview of American art from the post-World War II era to the present.
About 1,400 people from 35 states and as far as Japan and Thailand will arrive on Mayflower Hill for the college's annual Reunion Weekend, June 9-11. While visitors will make their way to Waterville's shops and restaurants, local residents also are invited to Colby's campus for a variety of events.
As Colby College honored Trustee Paul J. Schupf for 15 years of service on the Board of Trustees, the philanthropist and astute art collector made yet another gift to the college. At a luncheon in Schupf's honor on May 27, President William D. Adams announced that Colby would receive Schupf's collection of a sculpture and 150 works on paper by renowned artist Richard Serra -- the largest Serra collection outside of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Messages of courage dominated Colby's 185th Commencement Sunday, May 28. Francis Chapuredima left his village in Zimbabwe four years ago and became one of the most admired members of his class, the student-elected class speaker and recipient of the prestigious Condon medal. Acknowledging that this is a time of anxiety for graduates, Newsweek columnist and Pulitzer-prize winner Anna Quindlen used Chapuredima's triumphs to exemplify the importance of confronting -- and conquering -- fears. With Miller Library as a backdrop, President William D. Adams presented the 465 members of the Class of 2006 with diplomas on a glorious sunny day.
A student from rural Zimbabwe will serve as class speaker at Colby College's 185th commencement, and, by coincidence, the benefactors of his scholarship fund will be present to receive honorary degrees. Francis Tapiwa Chapuredima will share the stage with Newsweek columnist Anna Quindlen on Sunday, May 28, at 10 a.m. The roughly 465 seniors in the Class of 2006 elected Chapuredima, an Oak scholar at Colby, to give the address.