Sam Van Aken, 01:15:39:22, 2005, Multimedia installation, Dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist
In Colby's second annual emerging artist exhibition, currents2, installation artist and University of Maine Professor of Art Sam Van Aken creates a multimedia installation exploring his personal and artistic engagement with the 1977 Steven Spielberg film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The exhibition will be on view at the Colby College Museum of Art from November 20 through February 12, 2006.
Renowned mandala artist Losang Samten will spend five days creating a sacred sand mandala in the Colby College Museum of Art, beginning Tuesday afternoon, October 11. The artist will continue his work from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day through the dismantling ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 15. Samten will also give a talk, "Mandala Art and the Preservation of Tibet, in the Colby College Museum of Art on Thursday, October 13, at 7 p.m.
Cynthia Tucker, the editorial page editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will receive Colby's Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award on October 16, President William D. Adams announced. Tucker earned praise from Pulitzer Prize judges "for her forceful, persuasive columns that confronted sacred cows and hot topics with unswerving candor." She will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree and will speak during a formal convocation at 8 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel.
Ugly Ducklings, a gothic thriller about harassment and bullying, will be presented at Colby College, September 15-17. Performances are Thursday and Friday, September 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, September 17, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., in Strider Theater, Runnals Building, on the Waterville campus. Admission is $2 for teens, college students, and senior citizens and $10 for general admission.
Physical comedians Julie Goell and Avner the Eccentric will each present one-person shows at Colby next weekend. Goell will present Opening Night Carmen, a one-woman "Mopera," on Friday, September 9, at 7:30 p.m. Avner will perform Exceptions to Gravity on Saturday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. Both shows are in the Strider Theater, Runnals Building, on the Waterville campus.
The Colby College Museum of Art is the sole repository of the entire archive of prints by Terry Winters, and for the first time the museum will present selections from the archive, including more than 150 of the artists prints spanning the past two decades. Terry Winters: Prints & Sequences, on view July 27-November 6, 2005, will display Winters's work in a variety of printing techniques -- lithography, etching, aquatint, woodcut, linoleum cut, and Mixografia.
Colby was one of five U.S. colleges or universities to receive the 2005 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA: Association of International Educators at the organization's annual meeting in Seattle on June 1. The College is being recognized for a broad range of international initiatives. Among them:
ABC News correspondent Dan Harris '93 drew on experiences covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to augment his advice to the Class of 2005 at Colby's 184th Commencement Sunday morning. Student-elected speaker Josh Kahn '05 shared lessons he learned in four years at Colby, and President William D. Adams handed a diploma to each of the 484 graduates as thousands of onlookers cheered.
This spring the Colby College Museum of Art will bridge the divide between visual and aural art forms in a unique exhibition of one of the world's most popular and seductive musical instruments -- the guitar. Vintage, rare, and handmade guitars, all with connections to Maine, will be featured in conjunction with live performances of various musical styles. "The Player's Art" will be on display May 7 through July 17, 2005.
Students from 33 states and 21 foreign countries will receive degrees at Colby College's 183rd commencement on Sunday, May 23, but there will be no shortage of Central Maine content. Richard Russo, whose award-winning novel Empire Falls is closely associated with the area, is the commencement speaker. The Class of 2004's valedictorian and class marshal is Justin Juskewitch of Mercer, Maine, a few miles to the west. And the class speaker, elected by members of the Class of 2004, is Catherine Chuprevich from Monmouth, Maine.
Graduation ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. on the lawn of Miller Library. Russo, who holds the rank of professor at Colby and taught a fiction class this year, will accept an honorary doctor of letters degree and will be onstage when his daughter Kate Russo receives her bachelor of arts degree from President William D. Adams. The public is invited to attend. However, in the event of bad weather the ceremony may be moved into the field house, in which case tickets are required.
The Class of 2004 numbers 485 and includes the first group of Davis-United World College Scholars, who came to Colby for four years from countries all over the world*. In 2000 Shelby M.C. Davis and his family offered to pay the full financial need of any student who completed one of the 10 international secondary schools known as United World College (UWC) and gained admission to Colby or to four other American colleges. The Davises now spend approximately $15 million a year on scholarships that send UWC graduates to those colleges and on partial scholarships to 45 other schools. This year they paid the full financial aid for 96 Davis-UWC scholars attending Colby.
Davis, the founder of the investment company Davis Selected Advisers, L.P., will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree and will be on hand to congratulate the 13 inaugural Davis-UWC scholars. Others receiving honorary doctoral degrees from Colby will be Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the first African-American to serve as chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Barry Mazur, university professor at Harvard and a mathematician who specializes in number theory and algebraic geometry; and Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of the Grammy Award-winning a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock.
Receiving her degree as a member of the Class of 2004 is Ellen M. Corey of China, Maine. The 59-year-old assistant director of donor relations began working in Colby's development office as a temporary secretary 22 years ago. She took classes for credit in 16 of those years and graduates this month with a major in Russian studies and membership in the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa national academic honor society.
* Class of 2004 Davis-UWC Scholars are from Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Jordan, Sudan, Macedonia, Zimbabwe, Serbia, Argentina, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand.
Information about Colby's commencement, including biographical material on honorary degree recipients, is online at www.colby.edu/commencement.
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Colby College is gearing up for its annual Reunion Weekend, June 4-6, when Colby graduates spanning seven decades of classes will return to campus with spouses, families and friends. In all some 1,400 visitors from 35 states and three foreign countries are expected in Waterville, and local hotels, restaurants and shops expect to see an increase in traffic around the event, according to Kimberly Lindlof, president of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce. On Friday night Karl Dornish 54, of Winslow, Maine, will receive a Colby Brick award as one of eight people receiving alumni awards. A parade of classes at 11 a.m. on Saturday will proceed through the Ludy and Pacy Levine Athletic Grounds to the gymnasium. Saturday afternoon events listed below are open to the public free.
2 p.m. Saturday, June 5
The People of Townshend, Vermont. Writer and photographer Karl Decker 54 will exhibit and discuss black and white photos from his five-year documentary project, The People of Townshend, Vermont. Room 203, Lovejoy Building
Pets Have a Story to Tell. Cindy Fischer 64, pet-care consultant and author of a holistic guide to the emotional development of pets, will talk about her energy-balancing program for companion animals. Room 211, Lovejoy Building
Quiet Images for Reflection and Healing. Jane Master Rohrbach 69 will show photos from her award-winning book, which pairs images reflecting the beauty of nature with healing thoughts.
Room 208, Lovejoy Building
The History of the New York City Water Supply. Christopher Tompkins 89, author of The Croton Dam and Aqueduct: New York, will talk about his photo history of the construction of the New York City water supply in the early 19th century, a great engineering success story of its time.
Room 215, Lovejoy Building
The Greening of Colby and the New Colby Green. Colby's Physical Plant Department Director Patricia Murphy will talk about construction of the elliptical 75,000-square-foot Colby Green, future site of three new buildings, including the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center.
Room 1, F.W. Olin Science Center
Girlfighting: Distinguishing Reality From Media Hype. Are todays girls really meaner and more violent? Lyn Mikel Brown, associate professor of education and of womens, gender, and sexuality studies, will talk about her recent book, Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection Among Girls.
Room 105, Keyes Science Center
3 p.m. Saturday, June 5
The Wise Management of Grief. Victor Scalise 54, a founder of the National Center for Death Education, will speak about dying, death and bereavement.
Room 205, Lovejoy Building
The Tip of the Spear: Vantage Point in the Drive to Baghdad. Boston Globe reporter Brian MacQuarrie 74 will talk about his experiences covering the September 11, 2001, attacks, the war on terror in Afghanistan and the reconstitution of the Afghan government, and the war in Iraq.
Room 1, F.W. Olin Science Center
The Renaissance of Craft Brewing and the Shipyard Brewing Company. Shipyard's Bruce Forsley 79 will lead a discussion of microbreweries and a beer tasting.
Room 105, Keyes Science Building
PIGe Bank. Michael Cameron 89 and Brian Murphy 89, entrepreneurs of PIGe Bank, will tell the story of two entrepreneurs, their design studio, a dot com bust, the Russian mob and a pig who wouldnt die.
Room 213, Lovejoy Building
3-4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5, Marchese Bluelight Pub, Cotter Union
Colby author book signing. Cindy Fischer 64 will sign Our Pets Have a Story to Tell ; Richard Friary 64 will sign Skate Sailing: A Complete Guide and Job$ in the Drug Industry: A Career Guide for Chemists; Jane Master Rohrbach 69 will sign Quiet Images; Gregory Pfitzer 79 will sign Picturing the Past: Illustrated Histories and the American Imagination, 1840-1900; Sally O. Lee 84 will sign Lucy, Drageena's New Shoes, Magdalena Finds the Golden Pear, The ABC Coloring Book, Penny's Favorite Holiday, Lucy's Halloween, and Tinkerella and the Blue Door; Christopher R. Tompkins 89 will sign The Croton Dam and Aqueduct; Professor Lyn Mikel Brown will sign Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection Among Girls, Raising Their Voices: The Politics of Girls Anger, and Meeting at the Crossroads: Women's Psychology and Girls' Development; and Professor Elizabeth Leonard will sign Lincoln's Avengers: Justice, Revenge, and Reunion after the Civil War and All the Daring of the Soldier.
On Friday night the Alumni Association will present awards. Reverend Victor Scalise 54 (Brookline, Mass.) will receive the Ernest C. Marriner Distinguished Service Award. Rae Jean Braunmuller Goodman 69 (Annapolis, Md.) will receive the Outstanding Educator Award. Giovanni Apicella (spouse of Libby Corydon-Apicella 74), James Crawford 64 (Richmond, Va.), Linda Johnson Crawford 64 (Richmond, Va.), Karl Dornish 54 (Winslow, Maine), Todd Halloran 84 (Darien, Conn.), Colleen A. Khoury 64 will receive Colby Brick Awards.
For information on activities contact the Colby Alumni Relations Office at 207-872-3190 or visit the reunion Web site at www.colby.edu/alumni/reunion.
The Collins Observatory at Colby College will be open to the public for area residents interested in observing the transit of the planet Venus past the Sun on Tuesday, June 8. The transit begins at 1:15 am while the Sun is well below the horizon, and lasts until 7:25 a.m., when the silhouette of Venus leaves the Sun, according to Murray Campbell, the William A. Rogers Professor of Physics and Astronomy, who will conduct the observatory's open house. The observatory will open 11 minutes before sunrise, at 4:45 a.m. Clear weather is needed to see the transit, and information on viewing conditions will be available in a recorded message at 872-3251 prior to the event.
The last transit occurred in 1789, Campbell said. By observing from different geographic locations the length of time that Venus was in front of the Sun, 18th-century astronomers were able to determine the distance from the Earth to Venus and, using Kepler's Third Law, from the Earth to the Sun. Perhaps the best known observer was Captain Cook, who was in Tahiti, but others observed the transit at locations including Hudson's Bay, Canada, the tip of Baja California, Mexico, near Philadelphia. Pa., and in Greenwich, England.
An optical problem called the "black-drop effect" limits the accuracy of determining the distance to Venus using data from the transit. Modern astronomers use more accurate radar measurements for the distance to Venus, but observatories around the world will observe the transit optically.
No one should look directly at the Sun, Campbell stressed. Looking through unprotected binoculars or telescopes results in instant eye damage and can blind the observer. Colby's Collins Observatory will provide views through safely protected telescopes.
Web sites with information about Venus's solar transit include http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/sunearthday and http://www.transitofvenus.org/safety.htm.