Focus on International Diplomacy

Students and community members packed into Ostrove Auditorium Oct. 21 for the annual Mitchell Lecture, this year delivered by Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg. Remarks from Special Envoy George Mitchell preceded the talk, which was covered by the Morning Sentinel.

Colby Mourns Death of Bassett

Colby is mourning the death of Emeritus Professor of English and American Studies Charles W. Bassett. In a letter to the community, President Adams pointed to Bassett's many contributions to Colby, including his work building the American Studies Program and the impact he had on students.

New Offerings for Jan Plan

New Jan Plan courses on ocean science, live performance and digital media, sustainable agriculture, ecology in the Galapagos, reading and writing graphic novels, and pastoral writing in India are among the offerings for 2011.

Zimbabwean Human Rights Crusader

Oak Fellow Jestina Mukoko, a human rights activist who was detained and tortured by Zimbabwean secret police in 2008, is on campus to teach and raise awareness this semester. The Oak Institute is holding a special event titled Zimbabwe in Maine on Oct. 16. Read more about Mukoko.

Comparison by Cunkelman

Senior Nick Cunkelman, back on campus after studying at Oxford, has an essay in the Sept. 26 Boston Globe Magazine comparing higher education in the U.S and the U.K.

Entrepreneurial Outreach

Colby's new Entrepreneurial Alliance and a collaborative community effort, the Kennebec Valley Entrepreneurial Network, hold promise for students and the area economy, the Morning Sentinel reports.

Mackenzie Testifies in Impeachment

Prof. G. Calvin Mackenzie, an expert on presidential appointments, is set to testify at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the U.S. Senate impeachment trial of G. Thomas Porteous, a judge from Louisiana. The trial is being covered live by C-SPAN3.

Student Speaks on Sustainable Food

Environmental activist Michelle Russell '11 will join two food-service professionals to speak about creating a sustainability plan using local foods at a national conference in New Orleans Oct. 16-19.

Gordon Judges Judges

Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy Jill Gordon was appointed to the Maine Judicial Responsibility and Disability Committee, which investigates complaints of misconduct against Maine judges.

RESCUE Mother Earth

Each fall Colby has a yard sale for incoming students with items left behind the previous spring. The RESCUE program was named an EPA "best practice." This RESCUE video tells the tale.

New Green Guides

New 2010 versions of the Green Living Guide and Green Purchasing Guide from Environmental Studies Program are now available as PDF files on the resources section of the Green Colby site.

Campaign Success in Recession

Successfully completing a capital campaign on time is a challenge in this economic climate. But Colby did it, reports Inside Higher Ed, raising $376 million by the June 30 target.

Hockey Alumna

Reagan Carey '01, a former captain of women's ice hockey who spent the past nine years working for the National Hockey League's Atlanta Thrashers, has been named USA Hockey's director of women's hockey.

Carleen Nelson — 50 Years

July 28, 1960, was the day Republicans ended their convention nominating Nixon to run against Kennedy. It was also the day that Administrative Assistant Carleen Nelson started work in the Office of Admissions. Congratulations on 50 years in the job.

Amy Walter to ABC

Analyst Amy Walter '91 will become political director for ABC News beginning in August. She will guide editorial content of political news and appear on programs including World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, and Nightline.

Presenting Research

At this year's Colby Undergraduate Summer Research Retreat July 22-23, students will present work on topics ranging from development in the Belgrade Lakes to the effects of a potential leukemia drug on cells. Almost 100 students are participating in the annual retreat. Read about last year's retreat.

Barnet Steals Show

An art review in the Portland Press Herald praises all of Colby's summer exhibitions, and continues, "Considering the star power of Colby's other exhibitions, I was surprised to be most impressed by a small exhibition of sketches along with related prints and copper plates made by Will Barnet in the 1930s." Read more.

Arts and Technology

Theater and Dance Professor and Chair Lynne Conner is among contributors to ArtsJournal's latest group blog, "Creative Rights & Artists." The conversation, which takes place July 19-23, focuses on issues of culture and technology and policies and laws being written that may affect the work of American artists.

Documenting Lunch Break

An exhibit of photographs documenting the lunch breaks of workers at Bath Iron Works and other industrial sites, factories, and farms in Maine opens July 10. Sharon Lockhart: Lunch Break also includes a film titled Maine, screened July 10 at 2:30 p.m. The show runs through Oct. 17.

H-Bomb Light Show

For NPR's All Things Considered, Robert Krulwich asks why the United States used a nuke to try to blow up the Van Allen belts in 1962. "The answer," he says, "comes from science historian James Fleming of Colby College."