From fair-trade coffee to an organic garden to green graduation, Colby students introduce sustainability initiatives and work with the administration to create new programs. Read more on insideColby.com.
More than 2,000 cyclists pedaling across Maine to raise over $2 million for the American Lung Association will camp at Colby Saturday night. It's the 21st year that the Trek Across Maine has stayed on campus en route from Sunday River to the coast. Learn more.
Henry Beck '09 won the Democratic primary in Maine House District 76, which represents parts of Waterville and Oakland. He will run against a 2008 Colby grad, Republican Andrew Kabatznick. Read more in the Morning Sentinel.
Changes in the curriculum, improving students' communication skills, and academic engagement are on the table in the wake of Colby's self-study for reaccreditation. At his State of the College address during Reunion Weekend, President Bro Adams talked about those initiatives, national issues in higher education, admission of the Class of 2012, and the importance of philanthropy at Colby.
Reunion 2008 blended new features with old favorites as more than 1,000 visitors connected on Mayflower Hill June 5-8. Among highlights: faculty lectures on topics such as the quest to save China's tigers, the "boy crisis" in schools, and robots with social skills; alumni talks on topics ranging from climbing Kilamanjaro to marine photography in Maine; the presidential golf tournament; a carnival for children with miniature golf, face painting, and more; and oral history interviews conducted by students.
More than 1,000 alumni and guests are converging in Waterville this weekend for Reunion 2008. A wide variety of events on campus, from faculty lectures to museum tours, are open to the public, and the College will be celebrating some big news for environmental initiatives and studies as well.
Fresh floral displays designed to complement art works in Colby's museum are dispersed throughout the collection and paired with paintings or sculptures this weekend. Sponsored by the Central Maine Garden Club, the exhibit Art in Bloom features designs by members of several area garden clubs and is on view through Sunday, June 8.
To build on its foundation as a leader in environmental education, Colby will receive $4 million from the Diamond Family Foundation, Robert E. Diamond Jr., president of Barclays PLC and a trustee at Colby, announced June 6 at his 35th class reunion. The donation will support interdisciplinary study of the environment, energy policy, climate change and sustainability. Read more.
When Academy Award-nominated director Luigi Falorni was eyeing venues for the North American premiere of his new film Heart of Fire, he chose the Jackson Hole Film Festival, June 5-9 created and run by Eben Dorros '96. The festival's Global Insight Summit unites leaders of the film and television industries and United Nations officials to consider how film can air international issues. Read a profile of Dorros in Colby magazine online.
Olafur Eliasson, the toast of the Big Apple with his New York City Waterfalls project, is also newly represented at the Colby College Museum of Art. A series by Eliasson of 15 black-and-white photogravure prints titled Umschreibung, recently given to the museum, is featured prominently in the exhibit Together Anew: Recent Contemporary Acquisitions in Context, which opened June 1.
Sales of A Healing Touch: True Stories of Life, Death and Hospice soared after Pulitzer-prize winning novelist and former Colby English professor Richard Russo, who edited the book, spoke with Scott Simon on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday May 31. The book combines the work of six Maine writers, all with Colby connections, to tell stories of loss and inspiration. The authors receive no royalties; instead, the money goes to Waterville Hospice.
Kate Sheridan '09 was named the national Division III Midfielder of the Year and four Colby players earned All-American honors from two national organizations on May 28. Sheridan is a first-team All-American with both womenslacrosse.com and Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). Jamie Enos '08, Becky Julian '09, and Caroline Duke '10 also were All-America for both organizations (see details). The Mules (13-6) went to the National NCAA DIII tournament earlier this month, falling in the semifinals of the regional round. Read more in Colby magazine.
Students in Professor Catherine Besteman's course titled Maine's Somali Bantus spent the spring semester interviewing Somali Bantu refugees about their lives in Africa and, subsequently, in Lewiston, Maine. They created a Web site with photos, audio clips, family histories, resources, and more. This fall an exhibition documenting their experience will hang at the Colby College Museum of Art.
The ability to compete and willingness to take risks are two keys to success, commencement speaker Robert E. Diamond '73, president of Barclays PLC, told graduates of the Class of 2008 on Sunday, May 25. "But most importantly," he said, "find that place, find that spot, find that organization, that has values that match your values." Student-elected speaker Patrick Sanders '08 delivered the class speech and was a recipient, along with Laura Perille '08, of the Condon Medal for distinguished service. Full coverage, including video, is online.
"Take risks," Robert E. Diamond '73, president of Barclays, told 521 graduating seniors at Colby May 25. "Some of the best lessons we get are from our most difficult situations." Speaking outdoors, Diamond talked about recruiting employees from a very impressive global talent pool, and then told graduates they should enter that pool with confidence. "Coming from Colby and you're very, very well prepared." Full commencement coverage is online.
In his baccalaureate address to the Class of 2008 Saturday, President William Adams confessed to harboring a lifelong desire to be Tom Waits and eight-years longing to enter the Mr. Colby contest. In the 20-minute talk, which was a hit with students and parents, Adams praised the soon-to-be grads for being "smart, engaged, articulate, thoughtful, and able to think critically and creatively... the most valuable attributes in any kind of work."
Each year the senior class votes to recognize an outstanding teacher on the faculty with the Bassett Teaching Award, and this year's winner was Professor of Education Mark Tappan. Tappan addressed the Senior Class Dinner May 19 (audio here) and asked students, "What is the most important thing you learned?" In his 17 years at Colby, the most important thing he's learned is about privilege, he said.
After more than a week of study period and final exams, underclassmen are packing and seniors are gearing up for commencement. Professor of Government Joe Reisert has enjoyed watching students devote themselves entirely to their studies, he wrote in a recent Morning Sentinel column. "Exams are to schoolwork what meets and matches are to sports: They are an opportunity to demonstrate excellence and to be rewarded for it."
Commencement 2008 will be Colby's first Green Graduation. Alaina Clark '08 developed the idea as part of a senior project, and the College has worked for months to implement new sustainability initiatives. Among them: minimizing the use of plastics, reducing electricity use, increasing composting, serving sustainable foods, and reducing paper use. The Green Team, a group of Colby students and employees, will staff information tables and assist visitors with composting and other greening efforts at events.
Professors and students frequently co-write academic papers at Colby; it's not as common that they get cited in mainstream media. In 2006 Professor Phil Brown (economics) and Jess Minty '06 published results of their study, "Media Coverage and Charitable Giving after the 2004 Tsunami," with The Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan. On May 13 it was quoted in the New York Times "Freakonomics" blog, which asked, "How Pure is Your Altruism?" and on May 16 Brown discussed the study on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."