Colby Receives $16-Million Gift to Advance Major Initiatives

Colby College today announced that it has received a $16-million gift from Trustee Marieke Rothschild P’16 and her husband, Jeff Rothschild P’16, in support of three of the College’s highest priorities: financial aid, the arts, and health and wellness. “This is a magical gift,” said President David A. Greene. “It accelerates the implementation of initiatives...

Colby Poll Shows Statistical Dead Heat in Maine’s U.S. Senate Race

Impeachment Vote Resonates Negatively with Voters Sanders Leads in Democratic Primary; Biden Fourth In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s impeachment acquittal, a new poll of registered Maine voters by Colby College revealed a statistical dead heat between four-term Republican incumbent United States Senator Susan Collins and the leading Democratic front-runner, Sara Gideon, the current...

Colby to Create New Arts Collaborative in Downtown Waterville

Major Gift Will Turn Buildings into a One-of-a-Kind Space for Central Maine Building on Waterville’s momentum as a dynamic arts and cultural destination, Colby College today announced that it has received a $3-million gift from Peter H. Lunder ’56, D.F.A. ’98 and Life Trustee Paula Crane Lunder, D.F.A. ’98 through the Lunder Foundation to develop...

Major Gift Supports Colby’s Civic Engagement Initiative

To further integrate civic engagement into the curriculum and community, Colby College has received a major campaign commitment that will endow the College’s director of civic engagement and community partnerships position. The endowment, which will create the Lawry Family Director of Civic Engagement and Community Partnerships, is made possible through the generosity of Colby Trustee...

Maine Restaurateurs Expand to Waterville

New American Chop House to Open on Main Street Andrew and Briana Volk and Colby College today announced that the Volks will open a new restaurant in the Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons on Main Street, Waterville. The restaurant, to be called Verna’s All Day, builds on growing momentum that is making Waterville...

Major Gift Creates a New Arts “Hub” For Waterville

To help advance downtown Waterville’s identity as a cultural destination, Colby College has received a $1-million commitment from Mark W. Hubbert ’79 to name “The Hub,” a dynamic new space at the planned Paul J. Schupf Art Center on Main Street. Serving as a place for the community to come together and connect, The Hub...

Maine-Based Chocolatier Expands to Waterville

New Retail Shop Will Play a Key Role in Building a Vibrant Downtown Colby College and Bixby & Co., a chocolate-confections manufacturer based in Rockland, Maine, today announced that Bixby will open a new retail shop and café in Colby’s building at 173 Main Street, Waterville. The new business is another significant development in the...

Colby Announces New Financial Aid Policy

More Families Now Eligible for $0 Contribution To continue its commitment to identifying and supporting talented students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, Colby College announced it has expanded its financial aid policy so families with a total household income of $65,000 and typical assets will now have a parent or guardian contribution of $0. The policy,...

Colby’s Dare Northward Campaign Hits the $500-Million Mark on the Way to $750 Million

WATERVILLE, ME, November 21—Three years ago Colby College began the largest campaign in liberal arts college history, Dare Northward, with a $750-million goal. On Wednesday the College announced it reached a key milestone, $500 million, with contributions from more than 20,000 donors. Though not yet complete, Dare Northward is having an extraordinary impact on Colby...

Colby Head Football Position Named for Legendary Coach Dick McGee

  To honor a legendary coach who had an exceptional impact on the campus community, Colby College announced that it will name the football team’s top coaching position the Dick McGee Head Coach for Colby Football. A $2-million endowment was raised by a large group of former players to create the seventh permanently endowed position...

Colby Establishes O’Hanian-Szostak Fellows for Civic Leadership

  To help expand its programs to further integrate civic engagement into the curriculum and community, Colby College has received a major campaign commitment to establish the O’Hanian-Szostak Fellows for Civic Leadership. As Colby’s first fund specifically for select student leaders with a significant commitment to civic responsibility, the O’Hanian-Szostak Fellows for Civic Leadership is...

Colby Names New Head of Athletics

Former U.S. Navy SEAL Commander to Lead Opening of College’s State-of-the-Art Facility To continue to elevate its athletic activities and build a premier Division III program, Colby College announced today that Mike Wisecup has been named vice president and Harold Alfond Director of Athletics. Currently serving as Colby’s vice president for strategic initiatives, Wisecup also served...

Colby College Releases Economic Impact Report

Independent Study Shows Partnerships and Investments Are Bucking Statewide Trends To help quantify the impact of its significant investments in Waterville, the region, and the state of Maine, Colby College initiated an independent economic analysis, the results of which it announced today. The study assesses the total economic impact of Colby over the last five...

Diamond Family Funds New Position to Integrate the Arts at Colby College and in Waterville

Through the generosity of the Diamond family—Trustee Robert E. Diamond ’73, P’12, Jennifer Diamond P’12, and Charles Diamond ’12—Colby College is establishing the Diamond Family Director of the Arts to integrate new and emerging arts programming on campus and in the local community, further establishing Colby and Waterville as vibrant destinations for the arts. As...

Colby College’s Lovejoy Award to Honor Journalists Killed in 2018

The memory of Colby alumnus Elijah Parish Lovejoy, America’s first martyr to freedom of the press, will serve to honor the journalists who lost their lives in 2018 as they strove to bring light to some of the most important issues of our time. The special 2019 Lovejoy Award, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m.in Colby’s...

Colby Establishes Jennifer Jahrling Forese Writer-in-Residence Program in Creative Writing

Colby College has announced the launch of a new writer-in-residence program that will bring accomplished writers to campus to support their work, allow them the opportunity to teach and engage with students, and offer public readings and lectures. This program builds on Colby’s strengths in the literary arts and humanities and the College’s long tradition...

Colby Partners with Maine Institutions to Attract $20-Million National Science Foundation Research Grant

Colby College has partnered with other Maine scientific institutions to attract $20 million in research funding to use environmental DNA in the study of lake and ocean water. The National Science Foundation grant, through the EPSCoR program, funds Colby faculty to pursue cutting-edge research using environmental DNA (eDNA)—genetic material that organisms leave behind in the...

Colby Alumni Rally to Name Position for Legendary Basketball Coach Dick Whitmore

Colby College announced today the naming of the Richard L. Whitmore Jr. Head Coach for Colby Men’s Basketball in honor of the legendary coach who led the team to 637 wins in his 40-year career. Former players raised $2.1 million to endow the position in his name. Whitmore, who retired in 2011, ranks seventh all-time among...

Colby College Names Chenel Harris-Smith New Head Women’s Basketball Coach

A standout collegiate coach and decorated student athlete at Kent State has been named the new head coach of Colby women’s basketball. Chenel Harris-Smith comes to Colby from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she was associate head coach. “We are thrilled to welcome Coach Harris-Smith and her family to Colby,” said Jake Olkkola,...

Water Activist Named 2019 Oak Human Rights Fellow at Colby College

Moroccan anthropologist and activist Jamila Bargach has been named the 2019 Oak Human Rights Fellow at Colby College. Bargach is cofounder and director of Dar Si Hmad, a nonprofit that runs the world’s largest fog-collection project on Morocco’s Mount Boutmezguida. Her work is tied to this year’s Oak Institute theme: water. “It is very impressive...