Plesch Receives Bassett Faculty Award at Reunion

During Reunion 2015 at Colby, Professor of Art Véronique Plesch received the Charles W. Bassett Faculty Award. First presented in June 1997, this award recognizes a faculty member whose service to alumni programs, through active participation in regional and on-campus events, is deemed extraordinary. The list of awards includes a link to the citation read for...

Plesch, Coeditor, Publishes New Volume on “The Imaginary”

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch is coeditor of a new book, The Imaginary: Word and Image, published by the Brill | Rodopi imprint in May 2015. Editors Plesch, Claus Cluver, and Matthijs Engelberts have collected an intriguing study of the imaginary, a critical concept that has been theorized in various ways. In this collection the...

Reunion 2015: “Phenomenal Weekend; Enough Said”

“This is a magical community,” David A. Greene said June 6 during a Reunion 2015 conversation with returning alumni. He said his first year in the Eustis corner office brought pleasant surprises: just how strong and unique Colby’s community is, how collaboration rules on Mayflower Hill, and how special Maine is.

Sheehan Speaks at Black Portraitures Conference in Italy

Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan spoke at a major international conference, Black Portraitures II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories, organized by New York University and Harvard University. Held May 28-31 in Florence, Italy, the conference brought together artists and scholars from disciplines including art history, fashion, dance, theater, and studio art in wide-ranging conversations...

First-in-NESCAC Turf Softball, Baseball Fields Under Construction at Colby

Major construction to install turf softball and baseball fields at Colby College is underway, and calling the project merely a win-win proposition is a less-than-full accounting. Both programs will benefit from new fields and related facilities, and there are multiple wins for academics at Colby as well. Harold Alfond Director of Athletics Tim Wheaton points...

Reunion Weekend, June 5-7, Features Public Events

Colby will hold its annual Reunion Weekend Friday through Sunday, June 5-7, and some 1,400 graduates and guests are registered to come to Waterville from around the country and as far away as the Philippines and Finland. Events open to the public include two faculty lectures at 4 p.m. Friday on the ground floor of...

Colby Mourns the Death of Associate Director of Security Jeff Coombs

Colby mourns the loss of Associate Director of Security Jeffrey A. Coombs, who died unexpectedly May 29. Coombs worked in the Security Department for 15 years. His family announced that a funeral service will be held Saturday, June 6, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Oakland-Sidney United Methodist Church on West School Street in Oakland. An...

Bruesewitz Awarded Grant for Catchment Science Conference

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Denise Bruesewitz was selected to attend the Gordon Research Conference “Catchment Science: Interactions of Hydrology, Biology, and Geochemistry” in New Hampshire in June. Bruesewitz was awarded a $600 grant from the Gordon Research Conferences toward conference fees as part of a program to involve researchers from undergraduate institutions. She will...

Assistant Professor Megan Cook Named Rare Book School Mellon Fellow for 2015-17

Assistant Professor of English Megan Cook has been awarded a highly competitive Mellon Fellowship at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. In May the Rare Book School selected its third cohort of 20 early-career academics who will participate in a three-year program, the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography....

Cosgrove ’14 to Publish Honors Thesis

Brendan Cosgrove ’14 had his honors thesis accepted for publication in the August 2015 issue of Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. Titled “The Economic Impact of Shale Gas Development: A Natural Experiment along the New York and Pennsylvania Border,” the article evaluates the economic impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) by using the border between Pennsylvania and New York...

Standout Seniors

In Mayflower Hill classrooms and labs, through research and volunteer work in the surrounding community, and by taking advantage of learning opportunities around the world, the Class of 2015 achieved a collective record of extraordinary accomplishment in the last four years. Approximately 480 seniors—students who came from across the United States and around the globe—will...

Freidenreich Receives Award for Stories of Small-Town Jewish Life

Pulver Family Associate Professor of Jewish Studies David Freidenreich received the 2015 James Phinney Baxter Award, presented by the Maine Historical Society, for his article “Making It in Maine: Stories of Jewish Life in Small-Town America.” The Baxter Award recognizes superior scholarship and quality contributions to the field of Maine history. “Making It in Maine”...

Professor Denise Bruesewitz Collaborates on Study of Algae in Lakes

Denise Bruesewitz, assistant professor of environmental studies, is the team leader on a collaborative study of algae in freshwater Maine lakes as part of a project titled “Understanding Cyanobacterial Blooms in Lakes: Plankton N Cycling and Detection of Cyanobacterial Blooms Across a Gradient of Lake Trophic State.” Bruesewitz and Colby are teaming up with Bigelow...

Josephson to Publish Book on Politics of Everyday Objects

Professor of History Paul R. Josephson has a forthcoming book titled Fish Sticks, Sports Bras, and Aluminum Cans: The Politics of Everyday Technologies. Josephson draws on research, interviews, archives, and journals to study the relationship between technology and society, focusing on interesting meanings behind everyday objects. The book will be published in October 2015 by...

Awards Ceremony Recognizes Achievements, Leadership

The seventh annual Colby Student Awards Ceremony, on May 5 in Lorimer Chapel, recognized Colby students’ academic achievements, leadership, and other contributions to the College. More than 30 academic departments and programs presented awards, as did the Division of Student Affairs, the Athletics Department, the Student Government Association, the Pugh Community Board, the Social Programming...

Memorial Service for Peter Cronkite ’15 Blends Laughter, Tears

As students reached for tissues to wipe their tears, a mildly boisterous sing-a-long of Old Crow’s song “Wagon Wheel” welled up in Lorimer Chapel as hundreds of students, professors, and staff waited for the service to begin. Emotional extremes—carousing and weeping, laughing and grieving—permeated the memorial service for Peter R. Cronkite ’15 as the Colby...

Common Cause: Colby Cares Day Connects Students, Alumni

Colby students and alumni joined forces this spring to serve their communities and strengthen connections within the Colby network. On Saturday, April 25, nearly 300 students volunteered for 28 local organizations as part of the 19th annual Colby Cares Day, and on Saturday, May 2, about 80 alumni in Boston and Washington, D.C., pitched in...

Felix Liang ’16 Named Gilman International Scholar

Felix Liang ’16, a government and East Asian studies major from Boston, Mass., will study Chinese at Peking University in Beijing this summer as a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar. He is also investigating possibilities for an internship while in Beijing. Liang was selected for the competitive Gilman Scholarship Program, which offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students...

CLAS: A Fist Bump for Student Scholars

More than 650 students participated in the annual Colby Liberal Arts Symposium (CLAS). Perhaps more than the impressive numbers, the energy around the symposium tells the story. Christopher Abbott ’15 listing the disciplines applied to his investigation of small-scale grain growing and processing: anthropology as the framework; environmental science; botany and the biochemistry of malting; physics,...

Fleming Honored with Colorado State Outstanding Alumni Award

Professor James Rodger Fleming, director of the Science, Technology, and Society Program at Colby, was honored in April with an outstanding alumni award from the Colorado State University department of atmospheric science. Recipients of the awards are former students who, by their distinguished careers and service to the college, university, state, nation, or world, have brought honor...