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Colby's Environmental Leadership

June 9, 2017

Dear Colby Community,

The College’s solar array is taking shape on Washington Street as you approach Mayflower Hill. This initiative builds on Colby’s extraordinary commitment to environmental sustainability on campus and the significant investments we have made to ensure Colby leads liberal arts colleges in the study of the environment and climate change.

These investments include the recent establishment of the Buck Lab for the Environment and Climate Change and the Russ Cole Research Fellows Program and Resident Lectureship, which provide our students with unparalleled opportunities for research, internships, and global experiences related to environmental issues. They include the creation of the Environmental Humanities program, offering exciting scholarly opportunities and attracting environmental leaders from a range of fields to Colby. They also include the hiring this year of five distinguished faculty who work on issues related to environmental science and policy and new partnerships with Allen Island, the Up East Foundation, and the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.

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Opening of the Academic Year

September 5, 2017
Dear Colby Community, The challenges of our world can seem overwhelming: natural disasters, global conflicts, and violence in our communities; anger, ignorance, and bigotry; gross disparities in the human condition; and leaders across sectors acting in narrow self-interest instead of furthering the commonweal. These are challenges that can erode our hope and sense of possibility. […] Read more
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A Remarkable Gift from Jim and Andrea Crook

June 1, 2017
Dear Colby Community, Later today we will publicly announce a gift of $8.3 million to Colby by Trustee Jim Crook ’78, P’11 and his wife, Andrea Crook P’11. This remarkable expression of support for the College’s direction includes a significant contribution to the Colby Fund and will name the basketball arena in the new athletic […] Read more
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A Remarkable Gift From Joe and Sheri Boulos

February 23, 2017
Dear Colby Community, It is a great pleasure to share the news that Joe ’68 and Sheri Boulos have committed $10 million in support of the new athletics complex. The gift is the largest in the couple’s history and represents their commitment to strengthening the College community and the student experience. The fitness center, which […] Read more
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Reflections on Current Events

November 21, 2016
Dear Colby Community, At our opening convocation this fall, I spoke of the political environment in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s and how the discontent of that period – a time of racial discord, insecurity about our country’s place in the world, widespread economic uncertainty, and distrust of government – was echoing […] Read more
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Economic Development and Innovation in Waterville

December 9, 2015
Dear Colby Community, Earlier today, along with key partners, we announced the creation of 200 high-quality jobs in Waterville through the opening of a subsidiary of a Massachusetts-based IT consulting company. This is the result of many months of effort to attract Collaborative Consulting to Waterville as part of our partnership with the city to […] Read more
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Thoughts on Recent Events

November 18, 2015
Dear Colby Community, As we look toward a holiday week, my thoughts are very much on the tragic events taking place around the world, on the unrest at many American campuses, and on the strengths and challenges of our community here on Mayflower Hill. This week alone we have had many community gatherings and honest […] Read more
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New Initiatives to Strengthen Colby

November 13, 2015
Dear Campus Community, I recently announced that I would be appointing task forces that will recommend ways to strengthen our commitment and programs related to diversity and inclusion as well as to globalism. I write today to provide details on those task forces and to announce a community forum to discuss issues of diversity on […] Read more
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Opening of the Academic Year

September 9, 2015
Dear Colby Community, For my family and me, there is no better sight than the Colby campus filled with students, faculty, and staff. The arrival of new and returning members of the community over the last several days has lifted our spirits and filled us with excitement about the year ahead. It also reminds us […] Read more
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Colby's Board-Chair Elect

September 4, 2015
Dear Members of the Campus Community, I am pleased to report to you that yesterday evening the Colby College Board of Trustees unanimously voted Eric Rosengren ’79 as its next chair. Since he joined the board in 2010, Eric has displayed the integrity, values, and leadership abilities that will be tremendous assets to the board […] Read more
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