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, the...

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...

Colby College Prepares to Build Downtown Hotel: The Lockwood Hotel

Colby College is preparing to begin construction of a hotel on Main Street, to be called The Lockwood Hotel, drawing on Waterville’s rich history of industry and innovation and signaling the strength of the city’s future. The Lockwood Mills complex, located across Spring Street from the site of the new hotel, was the first major...

Colby College to Receive $2-Million Gift from Colby Parent, Trustee

The commitment, from Rick McVey, will support the creation of a multidisciplinary data science initiative and the College’s championship women’s lacrosse team A $2-million commitment to Colby College is enabling the launch of a new initiative that will integrate data science into the curriculum across the disciplines, from social and natural sciences to the humanities....

Colby College to Receive $2-Million Gift from Colby Parent, Trustee

The commitment, from Rick McVey, will support the creation of a multidisciplinary data science initiative and the College’s championship women’s lacrosse team A $2-million commitment to Colby College is enabling the launch of a new initiative that will integrate data science into the curriculum across the disciplines, from social and natural sciences to the humanities....

Colby Admits Class of 2023

Colby has offered admission to 1,295 students for the Class of 2023. They were selected from a total applicant pool of 13,584. “The quality and competitiveness of this year’s applicant pool made selecting the Class of 2023 especially challenging,” said Director of Admissions Randi Arsenault. “The students we admitted will bring an exceptional diversity of...

Colby College Announces Architect and Operator of Forthcoming Downtown Hotel

Plans for Colby College’s hotel in downtown Waterville are moving forward with two leaders in hotel design and management. Nationally ranked architecture and interiors firm Baskervill is designing the new building, which will be located on the south end of Main Street. With more than 120 years of experience, the firm is one of the...

New Middle-Income Financial Aid Program Makes Colby Among Most Affordable Colleges in the Country

With the announcement of a new financial aid fund that caps middle-income families’ parent/guardian contribution—added to an existing program that eliminates the parent contribution for families earning $60,000 or less (with assets typical of that income range)—Colby College has become one of the most affordable colleges in the country for approximately 85 percent of American...

Colby Announces New Financial Aid Fund for Middle-Income Families

Through one of the largest gifts toward financial aid in its history, Colby College has created a new fund aimed at making it more affordable to middle-income families. The Fair Shot Fund will ensure that talented students from families in the middle-income brackets will have access to Colby’s extraordinary educational opportunities by capping the parent/guardian...

Lunder Institute Names Torkwase Dyson as Fall 2018 Visiting Artist

Torkwase Dyson, a painter whose explorations of visibility, environment, science, and migration have particular resonance at this moment in history, is the fall 2018 visiting artist at the Lunder Institute for American Art. She is also showing a new body of site-specific work in the exhibition Nautical Dusk, on view through Jan. 6, 2019, at the Colby College Museum of Art. During her Lunder Institute tenure, Dyson...

Colby Expands Access to Cutting-Edge Science Through Establishment of Linde Packman Lab for Biosciences Innovation

Programs supported by gift will create pipeline for the next generation of scientific leaders Colby College has received a major contribution to support programs that will prepare the next generation of innovators in the sciences through funded experiences at renowned partner institutions on the leading edge of discovery. The initiatives funded by Karen Linde Packman...

Colby Opens Mixed-Use Residential and Retail Facility on Main Street in Downtown Waterville

The 100,000-square-foot complex is the first College-owned residence downtown since Colby’s move to Mayflower Hill in the mid-20th century Marking an important moment in the history of Colby College and the City of Waterville, the Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons, housing 200 students, faculty, and staff, opened this month in downtown Waterville. Part...

Colby Names Elizabeth Jabar to Lead Civic Engagement Program

Elizabeth Jabar, an artist and educator who helped create a public engagement curriculum  at Maine College of Art in Portland, has been named director of civic engagement and community partnerships at Colby College. In this new role, Jabar will work with professors, students, and local organizations to integrate projects with Colby’s academic programs. Civic engagement...

Colby Names Notre Dame’s Jesse Woods as Head Baseball Coach

A Notre Dame coach has been named the next head baseball coach at Colby, College officials announced today. Jesse Woods has coached at the NCAA Division I and III levels, first as an assistant at Wheaton College, then at Boston College, and for the past eight years at the University of Notre Dame. “Jesse quickly rose...

Colby College Board of Trustees Elects Five New Members

Colby College has announced the addition of five dynamic individuals who recently joined its Board of Trustees. Three corporate trustees and two alumni trustees bring new perspective and expertise to the College’s board. Corporate trustees Miguel Leff ’98, Carl “Chip” Smith ’91, and Laura Ward P’19, ’22 will serve four-year terms while alumni trustees Nancy...

Colby College Museum of Art to Acquire Jackson Pollock’s Composition With Masked Forms

Masterpiece of American Modernism Will Be a Linchpin of Colby’s Collection The Colby College Museum of Art is pleased to announce the major acquisition of Jackson Pollock’s Composition with Masked Forms (1941), a critical painting that reflects a watershed moment in the artist’s stylistic transition to Abstract Expressionism. It is the first major work by Pollock...

Lunder Institute Receives Mellon Foundation Grant to Support Inaugural Programming

Colby College has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the Colby Museum’s Lunder Institute for American Art and its inaugural programming. The award will add depth to the institute’s programs, which have already made an impact on Colby students and faculty, Waterville school children, and visiting artists. In...

Free Wireless Will Make Waterville’s Downtown Among Most Connected in Maine

Through a partnership between Colby College and the Central Maine Growth Council (CMGC), Waterville will soon have free wireless in public spaces downtown, making access to the Internet available to all. The investment is designed to support local businesses and attract new ones, enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors to downtown, and...