Progress on Waterville Revitalization to Add Jobs, Parking, and Retail in Historic Downtown

Important progress is being made in the revitalization of downtown Waterville, as Colby College prepares to restore a historic building for up to 200 new high-tech workers and create new sites for future development where vacant and damaged buildings now stand. The College is also working to ease parking challenges on Main Street’s north end...
Alex Katz, Ada (wind-vane), 2016. Porcelain enamel on steel with powder-coated steel base, 145 x 58 in. (368.3 x 147.3 cm). Colby College Museum of Art. Gift of Robert Lococo and Alex Katz, 2016.152

Alex Katz’s “Ada Vane” Installed at Colby College

WATERVILLE, Maine—A 12.3-foot-tall steel wind vane with a spectacular female portrait is being installed on the campus of Colby College. The “Ada Vane” is the latest in a series of important acquisitions for the College’s world-renowned museum of art. The 2016 sculpture by Alex Katz—informally called the “Ada Vane” because it depicts the artist’s wife, Ada,...

Six College and University Art Museums Form New Media Arts Consortium

A group of six northeast college and university art museums have formed a collaborative partnership, the New Media Arts Consortium, to jointly acquire and share ownership of digital, interactive, and new media works. The partner museums are the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine; the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine;...

Colby Receives $1M Gift to Fund Environmental Studies Research and Resident Lectureship

Colby College’s commitment to providing its students universal access to research experiences will soon be augmented by a $1 million gift honoring Oak Professor of Biological Sciences Russ Cole, who retires this year. The generous gift from Trustee Anne Clarke Wolff ’87 and her husband, Ted Wolff ’86, will fund the Russ Cole Research Fellows...

Colby Names Karlene Burrell-McRae ’94 Dean of the College

Karlene Burrell-McRae ’94, currently associate dean of students and executive director of the Center for Identity + Inclusion at the University of Chicago, has been named dean of the College at Colby. In this role Burrell-McRae will have broad oversight of the student experience at Colby and will work to fully integrate Colby’s academic and...

Colby to Honor Class of 2016 at 195th Commencement May 22

President David A. Greene will present bachelor of arts degrees to approximately 500 seniors at Colby College’s 195th Commencement Sunday, May 22. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will begin at 10 a.m. in front of Miller Library and will be webcast at colby.edu. Members of the Class of 2016 came to Colby...

Colby College Trustees Elect New Leadership, New Members

At its April 2016 meeting, the Colby College Board of Trustees elected Eric S. Rosengren ’79, P’12 as its new chair. Leslie Dougherty Biddle ’89 and Jeffrey N. Packman ’88 were elected vice chairs, Richard M. McVey P’12, ’16, and John “Jack” O’Neil III ’77 were elected to join the board, and five current or...

Construction of Colby’s 1.9-Megawatt Solar Electricity Project Gets Started

More than 5,000 solar panels will be installed on Colby’s campus with site work beginning in May as the College launches a 1.9-megawatt photovoltaic energy project. The photovoltaic panels will be arrayed on nine acres of land between Washington Street and Interstate 95 around the storage building and Colby community gardens at the southwest corner...

Innovative Leader in Community Building Joins Colby as Director of Commercial Real Estate

Contact: Kate Carlisle, 207-859-4369 Paul Ureneck, a longtime project manager and developer known for his community-building and place-making achievements, will become Colby College’s first director of commercial real estate, as it partners with Waterville to revitalize Main Street. Ureneck most recently served as partner and senior vice president at CBRE/Boulos Asset Management and has more...

Renowned Artist and Architect Maya Lin to Speak at Colby College

Maya Lin, the world-renowned artist and architect whose work includes the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala., will give the Miles and Katharine Culberston Prentice Distinguished Lecture at Colby on April 19 at 7 p.m. She is the first in a new artist-in-residence series spearheaded by Colby President David A....

Colby to Honor Distinguished Scholars and Leaders at Commencement

Influential leaders in the fields of digital media, economic dynamics, national policy, and functional genomics will receive honorary degrees from Colby College at the College’s 195th Commencement on Sunday, May 22. Arianna Huffington, cofounder of the Huffington Post, will deliver the commencement address, and Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, will speak to...

Cofounder of Huffington Post and Author Arianna Huffington to Speak at Commencement

Arianna Huffington, whose Huffington Post website boldly led the way into the digital media age, will deliver the address at Colby College’s 195th Commencement on Sunday, May 22. She will be awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree at the ceremony. Cofounder of the namesake news site, Huffington closely oversees what has become the model...

Valerie B. Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, to Speak Commencement Weekend

Valerie B. Jarrett, who, as senior advisor to President Barack Obama, has shaped national policy and the administration’s legislative agenda, will address Colby seniors at the College’s baccalaureate on May 21, the day before they graduate. She will be awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Colby during the ceremony. A trusted confidante to...

Boston Fed Chief to Discuss Monetary Policy

President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Eric Rosengren will address the future of U.S. monetary policy in a lecture at Colby College next week. Rosengren, a 1979 alumnus of Colby and chair-elect of its Board of Trustees, will deliver a talk titled “Prospects for Returning to More Conventional Monetary Policy” on...

Colby to Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. with Events Jan. 13-23

Colby College in Waterville will commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with public events and community service opportunities beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13, and including a public keynote address on Monday, Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The theme for the series of events is “Reflecting on the Movement: Mighty Causes...

Rare Audubon Bird Prints on Public Display at Colby

Birds captured more than 150 years ago are coming to life at Colby. A rare 1860 edition of John James Audubon’s Birds of America is on public display at Colby College through the summer of 2016. The Bien Edition of the iconic work was published between 1858 and 1860. This large-format edition features life-size portraits...

Colby College Names Position for Legendary Hockey Coach Jack Kelley

OCT. 29, WATERVILLE, MAINE — Colby College announced today the naming of the Jack Kelley Head Coach for Colby Men’s Hockey in honor of the legendary coach who turned Colby men’s hockey into a New England powerhouse in the 1950s and made a profound impact on the lives of hundreds of players. The endowment will...

Colby’s Lovejoy Award Goes to Katherine Boo Oct. 5

Katherine Boo, an award-winning author and New Yorker writer, will receive Colby College’s Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in Colby’s Lorimer Chapel. Boo will deliver the 2015 Lovejoy Convocation address at the ceremony, which is open to the public. She will receive an honorary doctoral degree along...