Complementing Art

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.

Big Green Gift

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.

Global Insight in Jackson Hole

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.

Hot European Artist

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.

The Russo Touch

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.

All-American Lax Power

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 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.

Following Somali Bantus

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.

Class of 2008 Graduates

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.

2008 Commencement Address

"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.

Presidential Yearnings

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."

Award-Worthy Teaching

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.

Academic Discipline

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."

Graduation Goes Green

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.

Freakonomics and Disasters

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."

Class Speaker Elected

The senior class has voted. Patrick C. Sanders of Fairfax, Va., will deliver the class speech at Colby's 187th Commencement on Sunday, May 25. He will share the stage with commencement speaker Robert E. Diamond Jr. '73, president of Barclays PLC. Four people in addition to Diamond will receive honorary degrees: astronaut Sunita Williams, television writer-producer David Simon, energy expert Amory Lovins, and art historian Gabriella De Ferrari.

Siren to Sound

Colby will conduct the second test of its emergency siren on Tuesday, May 13, between 1 and 3 p.m. The test will include loud tones and a voice message that may be audible within two miles of Colby. Tragic school shootings have prompted colleges and universities nationwide to reassess and bolster emergency response plans. Adding the siren broadens Colby's ability to alert students, faculty, visitors and the Colby community of a potential life-threatening emergency.

Colby on NBC Nightly News

Colby was featured prominently in an NBC Nightly News segment about the Davis United World College Scholars program and benefactor Shelby Davis. The story, broadcast Friday, May 9, featured Davis and Qiamuddin Amiry '09, one of more than 165 Davis UWC scholars who attend or have graduated from Colby. Click here to watch the segment. Extended interviews are available here.

Women’s Lacrosse in National Tourney

The women's lacrosse team enters the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Division III national tournament Saturday after winning the NESCAC championship May 4, having first-year coach Karen MacCrate Henning named NESCAC Coach of the Year, and placing four players (including NESCAC Player of the Year Kate Sheridan '09) on the all-conference team. The Mules (13-5), ranked ninth in the nation, play fourth-ranked Hamilton in a regional semifinal Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Hamilton. Coverage of the team's march to the nationals is online.

Big Dreams

Students in this year's American Dreams documentary film course spent the semester getting to know their subjects, conducting interviews, and editing short films on diverse topics. Some of the films look at law enforcement in Waterville, contradancing, drag-queen entertainers, and human trafficking in Maine. In past years one student film became a promotional piece for Maine Handicapped Skiing, another served as a memorial to a fallen soldier in Iraq, and some were accepted for the Maine International Film Festival.

Miracle Mules

After a come-from-behind-victory over Middlebury in the semifinals Saturday, women's lacrosse won the program's first-ever NESCAC championship with a 14-12 win over Trinity College Sunday. Now the Mules (12-5) take on Eastern Connecticut (11-6) at Colby's Bill Alfond Field on Wednesday in the first round of the NCAA national tournament. See a photo with the tournament trophy and full coverage online.