Colby Reunion Weekend Begins Friday June 6

More than 1,500 Colby graduates from the 1920s to the 1990s will participate in the college's 2003 Reunion Weekend from Friday, June 6, through Sunday, June 8. Saturday, June 7, at 11 a.m. alumni will march in the parade of classes. The following reunion events on Saturday are open to the public free of charge:

Poetry Critic Addresses 497 Members of Class of 2003

"I want to thank Evan for that special time with his ferret," said William D. Adams, president of Colby College, during Colby's 182nd commencement exercises in Waterville Sunday morning. Adams not only babysat "Moose" the ferret while Class Speaker Evan McGee gave his speech, the president had to catch the wayward critter when it escaped on stage while the physics and computer science major from Edmonds, Wash., was talking.

Helen Vendler’s Commencement Address

Thank you President Adams. No one could follow a speech by Evan McGee. I've never had ferrets as a prop before, but happy birthday Mrs. McGee. I am honored to be here today with the other honorary members of the Class of 2003 and it is nice to become a Colby alumna because I've had connections with the College over the years through the English Department.

Scholar and Poetry Critic Helen Vendler to Speak at Colby Commencement May 25

Helen Vendler, the A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard and a world-renowned scholar of poetry written in English, will be the commencement speaker at Colby College in Maine on Sunday, May 25. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on the lawn in front of Miller Library and the public is invited. Vendler will address more than 500 members of Colby's Class of 2003, their families, the faculty and guests.

Colby and Clean Air-Cool Planet Form Emissions-Reducing Partnership

Colby College has become a partner in a region-wide program to reduce the emissions that cause global warming. The College joins more than 60 colleges, universities, communities and corporations in the Northeast working with Clean Air-Cool Planet, the region's leading nonprofit in seeking solutions to global warming. The announcement came at Clean Air-Cool Planet's Climate Solutions for the Northeast conference in Hartford, Conn., on Monday.

Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh Receives Honors

Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh will deliver this year's baccalaureate address at the University of Southern California on May 15 in Bovard Auditorium in Los Angeles. Singh was named the Crawford Family Professor of Religion at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, beginning in the 2002-03 academic year and is chair of the religious studies department at Colby. She is an internationally recognized author and authority on Sikhism, feminist issues and poetics of the Sikh Gurus.

Colby Launches $6.2-million Campus Expansion

With plans to build four new buildings over the next 10 years, all of them across Mayflower Hill Drive from the existing academic quadrangle, Colby College will launch an expansive earthmoving and landscaping project later this year on the east side of its 714-acre campus in Waterville. Colby's Board of Trustees approved spending $6.2 million on the first phase of an ambitious plan to extend the campus, with the centerpiece of the new district to be called the Colby Green.

Colby Volunteers Fan Out for “Colby Cares Day” on May 3

More than 200 Colby College students, staff, faculty and family volunteers are expected to participate in the seventh annual Colby Cares Day, which will take place in the greater Waterville area on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Colby Volunteer Center, which coordinates student volunteer activities throughout the year.

Computer Science Festival at Colby May 6

This year students in Colby College's computer science department have been working on projects in robotics, virtual worlds, interactive art, machine learning and bioinformatics. To show off some of this work, the department will hold a computer science festival from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, on the fourth floor of Mudd Building on the Waterville campus. The festival is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Colby Announces Spring 2003 Visiting Writers Series

Colby College's 2002-03 Visiting Writers Series will hold three readings this spring on the Waterville campus. Each program will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge. A book signing by the author will follow each of the readings. The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by Colby's creative writing program.

Colby VP Randy Helm Named President of Muhlenberg College

ALLENTOWN, Pa.--(March 24, 2003)--Peyton R. (Randy) Helm has been selected to be the eleventh president of Muhlenberg College. He will assume his duties July 1. He is currently a vice president for college relations at Colby College, where he is also a professor of classics.

Seniors Show Art at Colby Museum May 8

Twelve seniors working in the studio arts at Colby College in Waterville will exhibit their work at the Colby College Museum of Art May 8 to 25 in the college's annual Senior Art Show. The students will exhibit paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and digital media. An opening reception will be held Thursday, May 8, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and the public is invited.

Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium May 1-2, Keynote Address April 30

The fourth annual Colby College Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Thursday, May 1, and Friday, May 2, on the Waterville campus. Robert Pennock of Michigan State University will give the symposium's keynote address. His lecture is titled "Attacking Clones and Killer Tomatoes: What Are the Real Ethical Challenges of Genetic Technology?" and begins at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, in Room 01 of the F.W. Olin Science Center. All of the symposium events are open to the public and free of charge.

Faust: A Masked Telling Performed May 1-3

The Department of Theater and Dance at Colby College will present three performances of Faust: A Masked Telling Thursday, May 1, through Saturday, May 3. Performances will be held nightly at 7:30 p.m. in Strider Theater in the Runnals Building on Colby's Waterville campus. Admission is charged.

Colby to Hold Debate on Affirmative Action May 1

A debate on affirmative action in higher education admissions will be held at Colby College in Waterville on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union. Terence Pell of the Center for Individual Rights will call for an end to the use of racial preferences in higher education admissions. Gerald Torres of the University of Texas Law School will support the use of such preferences. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Rodman to Discuss American Nuclear Strategy April 18

On Friday, April 18, Kenneth Rodman, the William R. Cotter Distinguished Teaching Professor of Government at Colby College, will present a lecture titled "Is American Nuclear Strategy Too Unilateral? The Debate Over National Missile Defense and the Bush Doctrine." The event will begin at 4 p.m. in room 14 of Miller Library on the Waterville campus. Part of the Science, Technology and Society Speaker Series, it is open to the public and free of charge.

Colby Wind and Jazz Ensembles Present Spring Concerts

The Colby College Wind Ensemble and the Colby Jazz Ensemble will both present spring concerts in April. The Colby Wind Ensemble will perform "The Large Form" at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. The Colby Jazz Ensemble will present "Strange Bedfellows and Other Eclectic Matters" at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. Eric Thomas will direct both concerts, which are part of the 2002-03 Music at Colby concert series. They will be held in Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus and are open to the public free of charge.