Hugh Gourley III, Emeritus Museum Director, Dies

Hugh Gourley, who directed the Colby Museum of Art for 36 years and is credited with building its renowned reputation, died July 25. Read more in this article published at his retirement and in a recent Portland Press Herald tribute.

Writing Project Set to Begin

A new initiative to improve students’ writing skills across the disciplines—the Colby Writing Project—begins with phase one this academic year.

Theater and Dance Featured at MIFF

The Maine International Film Festival, July 13-22, includes a film coedited by Theater and Dance Technical Director John Ervin and Emerita Professor Tina Wentzel. Dreamcatcher is based on a 1995 Colby performance by the same name.

Adams Awards Named Professorships

Four members of the Colby faculty have been appointed to named professorships by President William D. Adams. “It is the highest affirmation that a college can give,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Lori Kletzer.

Fleming Speaks at Cold War Conference in UK

Professor James R. Fleming (science, technology, and society) spoke on "Cold War Technologies for Weaponizing the Atmosphere: From Cloud Wars to Geo-Engineering" at the University of Manchester (UK) June 30, at a conference titled "Cold War/Blue Planet: The Rise of the Environmental Sciences in a Divided World." A report on his talk is online.

Two Alums Named NSF Graduate Research Fellows

The National Science Foundation recently named Benjamin Morse '09 and Alexandra Wesnousky '10  2012 Graduate Research Fellows, providing three years of support for their doctoral studies.

Reunion 2012 Photos Online

Reunion Weekend 2012 drew more than 1,100 alumni to campus May 31-June 3. Highlights included alumni lectures, class receptions and dinners, and the parade of classes. Three galleries of photos are on the reunion webpage.

Colby to Launch Center for Arts and Humanities

Colby will launch a center for the arts and humanities this fall thanks to a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The center will support the curriculum, lectures and events, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Student Coauthors Science Article

Michael Stephens '13 cowrote a Science magazine article about a surprising discovery in the Arctic, and reported on the findings June 11. Stephens made the scientific expedition with Bigelow Laboratory last summer.

Protecting Lakes by Teaching Kids

A two-week program by Colby and the Maine Lakes Resource Center takes middle school students out on the water to learn about watershed science, runoff, and protecting lake water quality.

Amy Walter ’91 Talking Trash on the Hill

Amy Walter '91 is team captain of the Bad News Babes, a press team that takes on women members of Congress June 20 in a benefit softball game for young breast cancer victims.

Alumni Return for Reunion

More than 1,000 alumni arrive at Colby this weekend for Reunion 2012, which includes social events, faculty and alumni lectures, and wine tastings. Many of the events are open to the public, and the schedule is available online.

Freidenreich Named NEH Summer Scholar

Pulver Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies David M. Freidenreich was selected as a summer scholar for the National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute, “Networks and Knowledge: 
Synthesis and Innovation in the Muslim-Christian-Jewish Medieval Mediterranean.” The institute will be held in Barcelona July 2-27.  Freidenreich plans to research the attitudes toward Christians and Muslims expressed in Jewish legal literature from Christian Spain.

Seven Students Named 2012 Fulbright Scholars

Seven seniors who graduated May 20 received grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to spend the coming academic year abroad as English Teaching Assistants.

Gouvêa Article in Best of 2012 Anthology

An article by Carter Professor of Mathematics Fernando Gouvêa, "Was Cantor Surprised?" will be included in Best Writing in Mathematics 2012, to be published in November by Princeton University Press.

Sadoff’s “Self-Portrait” Chosen as Poem of the Day

 "Self-Portrait," a poem by Ira Sadoff (English) was selected by the Academy of American Poets as the poem of the day May 21. Other poets featured in May included Whitman, Rossetti, and Lowell. "Self-Portrait" is from Sadoff's new collection, True Faith.

Adams Cites Social Media, Key Abilities in Baccalaureate Address

In his May 19 baccalaureate address to graduates, President William D. Adams discussed the significance of social media in the lives of the Class of 2012—and the importance of old-fashioned “social knowledge,” which he said seniors learned at Colby. Read more.

Commencement Weekend Arrives

Commencement 2012 has it all: a distinguished class of 465, a stellar weather forecast, and an address from a former world leader. Those who cannot be on campus can follow #ColbyGrad on Twitter for updates and photos.