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Student-created LGBTQ+ Resource Center Opens


NSF Grant Supports Student Success in Biology


New Frontiers: Bridging Chinese and Western Medicine


BOLD Women’s Leadership Network Awards ColbySawyer $1.1 Million Grant




The Sky’s the Limit: The Summit Scholars Program Shows High School Students Just How Far They Can Go


A Force of Nature: Raptor Research on Cape May


Winds of Change: Remembering Colby-Sawyer’s First Coed Class

Meet a Resident Assistant: Nathnael Feleke ’20


On Location: Colby Picanso ’11 Makes Movie Magic


Jan Wilkins ’41 Leaves Colby-Sawyer its Largest Bequest

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Environmental science major Anna Hubbard ’20 was one of three juniors who accompanied Professor of Natural and Environmental Sciences Nick Baer to Cape May, N.J., in October to band raptors. On the cover, Anna releases a Cooper’s hawk and on this page, a Red-tailed hawk. The raptors were released after the team collected its data to contribute to Professor Baer’s research on flatflies and avian pathogens. Story on p. 22. photos: Michael Seamans

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GREETINGS FROM COLGATE! We’re a very fortunate college community, and I have exciting news to share about how our nimble, forward-thinking institution is acting to ensure a successful future. As you know, New England colleges currently face myriad challenges. In the past year, several institutions have closed or merged, primarily due to high school students’ shrinking demographics: between 2013 and 2032, their number will drop by 18 percent. Looking at the Future To address these challenges, in June 2018, the Board of Trustees engaged Parthenon EY, a worldwide consulting firm with a strong presence in higher education. Parthenon first assessed my team’s assumptions and my operating model and tactical plans to remedy the most pronounced issues of 2016–17. Parthenon found that our model’s assumptions were sound, yet, given the highly competitive marketplace, perhaps insufficient to advance the college effectively. Parthenon recommended that we implement our tactical plan while also thinking boldly about Colby-Sawyer’s future. Between November and February, six trustees; Karen Bonewald, our vice president for Finance and Administration; and I met numerous times with Parthenon to imagine a future that builds on Colby-Sawyer’s history and mission while also distinguishing the college in ways that would help it endure the next 15 years as a standalone institution. Our thoughts soon centered on health professions, the enormous current demand for qualified personnel in those areas, and our existing partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. There is tremendous, immediate need for graduates in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, mental health counseling and other related fields. While the college can’t meet all the demand, we can grow or add a number of academic disciplines that will be consistent with our mission and contribute to our region’s greater good. Colby-Sawyer & Dartmouth-Hitchcock Since 1981, Colby-Sawyer has been Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s nursing school, and our current partnership that enables nursing students to complete clinical rotations at the Major Trauma-III hospital in Lebanon plays a central role in those students’ successes. It’s my honor to share with you that we’ve enhanced and expanded our partnership with D-H to allow greater opportunity for most health science students to have meaningful experiential and clinical opportunities, along with access to high-demand fields once they graduate.

Even with this strategic pivot to the health sciences, Colby-Sawyer will remain committed to a liberal arts and sciences core curriculum while offering majors across the spectrum of disciplines. We’ll continue to emphasize experiential learning and high-quality outcomes across all our fields of study. We’ll also pay close attention to opportunities for meeting regional workforce needs and enhancing partnerships across majors. The Three School Model To assist in addressing current challenges and to streamline our academic offerings, we’re organizing the college into three schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, which includes fine and performing arts, humanities, and natural and environmental sciences; the School of Business and Social Sciences, which includes business administration, social sciences and education, and sports management; and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, which includes athletic training, exercise science, nursing and public health. My thanks to the Academic Council, composed of the department chairs of our existing seven departments, which is working diligently to map out how the college can best transition to the three school model by July 1. Colby-Sawyer has a history of being nimble in challenging times, whether by being first to add programs in medical technology or medical secretarial fields; moving from a two-year model to fouryear bachelor degrees; or going coed in the late 1980s. Pivoting toward the health sciences will enable Colby-Sawyer College to remain a standalone institution, to stay true to its history and mission, and to continue to educate students through a residential liberal arts and sciences–based model that transforms lives. Thank you for your support of Colby-Sawyer during this exciting moment in our history. Kind regards,


Susan D. Stuebner, Ed.D. President and Professor of Social Sciences and Education



Colby-Sawyer Leads Regional N.H. Colleges in Three U.S. News & World Report Categories

Regional colleges focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. Read more at – Kate Seamans

Athletic Training Graduates Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate One hundred percent of Colby-Sawyer’s 2018 athletic training graduates who sat for the Board of Certification passed on their first attempt. By comparison, the national first-time pass average in 2016–2017 was 83.6 percent. All three recent graduates work in their area of study. Amanda Matuszek is an assistant athletic trainer at Community College of Rhode Island and has been accepted into East Stroudsburg University’s M.S. program in athletic training; Bobby Madden is a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of South Carolina; and Evyn Nolette is an assistant athletic trainer at Bridgton Academy.


Colby-Sawyer also scored the #3 spot on the Best Undergraduate Teaching list for its category, the only New Hampshire college to be recognized.


For its list of 2019 Best Colleges, U.S. News & World Report ranked Colby-­Sawyer #7 in Regional Colleges North (the highest in that category of any New Hampshire, Massachusetts or Vermont college) and #5 in the Best Value category, the highest of any regional New England college.

CAMPUS IMPROVEMENTS ENHANCE STUDENT EXPERIENCE Colby-Sawyer completed a number of campus improvements last summer as part of its commitment to the student and community experience. Burpee, Colby and Austin Halls have fresh paint, new carpet and renovated lounges with updated furniture and TVs; apartments in college-owned houses were painted, carpeted and refloored. A new crushed stone base, wider shoulders and pavement improve Chargers Road, the thoroughfare between Ivey Science Center and Mercer Hall. A generous donation made that and other projects possible. “A number of summer projects were completed because members of the Board of Trustees directed gifts to address specific needs,” Vice President for College Advancement Dan Parish said. “The board has been very supportive of the college, contributing almost $1.4 million in gifts as a group last year.”


Other projects included new HVAC units for Mercer Hall and Hogan Sports Center. Colby Homestead was resided and the steam heating plant in Ware Student Center replaced.

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Read more at – Jaclyn Goddette ’16



Student-created LGBTQ+ Resource Center Opens by Jaclyn Goddette ’16 Many public universities have an LGBTQ+ resource center, but they’re less common at smaller colleges. After a year of planning, though, a group of friends opened Colby-­Sawyer’s LGBTQ+ Resource Center in Colgate Hall this spring.

better understanding of LGBTQ+ terminology and relevant issues. The college also implemented policies and procedures to support transgender and gender-expansive community members.

STUDENTS AT THE HELM For creative writing major Cameron Bolling ’20 of Merri“The LGBTQ Resource Center was an entirely student-­ mack, N.H., a room is more than just four walls and a door. driven project,” Professor Farrell said. “They recognized It’s a visible reminder of what the people who congregate the need, put together an action plan, negotiated with the there can share inside, and it can be a marker of an institu- administration, advocated for their vision and created a tion’s values. space to serve the campus.”

“This is a huge example of us as a college living up to our ideals.” “When someone looks at Colby-­Sawyer and asks how dedicated and accepting we are toward LGBTQ+ students, here’s your answer,” Bolling said. “This is a huge example of us as a college living up to our ideals.”

“Often, resources about LGBTQ+ topics are difficult to find or are outdated,” Bolling said. “We want to help educate allies and people in the community who have questions. Now there’s a physical space dedicated to them.” Read more at  ®


The resource center builds on Colby-Sawyer’s longstanding commitment to its LGBTQ+ community members. Other recent efforts include revamping the Safe Zones program and a series of workshops and conversations led by Associate Professor of Social Sciences and Education Kathleen Farrell and the late Jeanine Ruhsam, adjunct faculty in Humanities, that promoted

The resource center houses a meeting room as well as a collection of books, films and other materials that range from fiction that includes LGBTQ+ representation to LGBTQ+ history. Pride flags representing major sexual orientations and gender identities decorate the space. Students, faculty and staff have 24/7 access and can check out resources. Coming soon are movie nights featuring films from the collection. Clubs are also welcome to reserve the space for meetings.



Students Compete, Place in Annual Free Enterprise Marathon Undergraduate Nursing Program Ranked #1 in New Hampshire In March, recognized Colby-Sawyer’s undergraduate nursing program as the best of 15 programs in New Hampshire.

GRAPHIC DESIGN MAJOR Kailyn Lapham ’20 of Medway, Mass., placed third at the Free Enterprise Marathon, in which participants engage in a speak-­ off challenge, held March 1 on New York’s SUNY Plattsburgh campus. With her presentation “Free Enterprise: Why It Is Essential for Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs,” she competed against students from 12 other colleges to take home $600 in prize money. The marathon was created to help high school and college students understand free enterprise.

The annual rankings are based in part on current and past first-time National Council Licensure Examina“Free enterprise is essential for tomortion (NCLEX-RN) pass rates. In 2018, row’s entrepreneurs because it gives for the third year in a row, 100 them the freedom to dream as big as percent of Colby-Sawyer’s undergraduate nursing students passed the they can and then work as hard as they can to get there,” Lapham said. NCLEX-RN on their first attempt. “In my world, graphic design and business are intertwined. People tend to Colby-Sawyer’s nursing program, as think of graphic design as the only described by, way to be creative in a professional “molds nursing students into highsetting, but in reality, business quality nurses who are committed requires just as much creativity. The to improving the quality of care intersection of arts and business is through­out the profession and important because it relates how judiciously use their leadership and people think with the visual elements communication skills to improve comthat attract them.” munity health.” “We are very proud of this recognition,” Joan G. Loftus, dean of Colby-­ Sawyer’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences, said. “The success of our nursing program is built on the foundation of a strong curriculum, highly qualified nursing faculty and exceptional clinical experiences at our Dartmouth-Hitchcock partnership sites.” Learn more at state/new-hampshire/#rankings. – Kate Seamans



Lapham, who took BUS350: Be Your Own Boss with Assistant Professor of Business Administration Loren Wehmeyer, won the class’s competition to represent Colby-Sawyer in Plattsburgh. “This experience pushed me to step outside my comfort zone — I’ve never had to memorize a four-minute speech or talk in front of so many strangers,” she said. “The support of my classmates and professor was crucial to my success.” In the marathon’s creativity and innovation competition, teams create and present an inventive and feasible product. Colby-Sawyer was the only college to field two teams. Read more at free-enterprise. – Kate Seamans Kailyn Lapham ’20, surrounded by proud classmates (left to right) Dibin Sainju ’21, Cameron Lynch ’19, Joseph Cornelio ’19, Patrick Fealy ’19, Aquiles Marcano ’20 and Ken Synvrit ’21.

National Science Foundation Grant Supports Student Success in Biology by Kate Seamans

In March, Colby-Sawyer received a National Science Foundation grant of $648,000 that will focus on Pell-­ eligible students and prepare them for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers and graduate school. “This is a competitive grant process and the college is fortunate to have been selected,” President Susan D. Stuebner said. “Supporting students in STEM fields is critical, and the grant will have an impact not only on these students’ learning but also on filling future job needs.”

“Our science curriculum [enables] students to work with faculty on research projects … the opportunity to target academically talented students who might not otherwise have the chance to realize their potential is exciting.” Leading the project is Professor of Natural and Environmental Sciences Peter White, who is joined by Assistant Professor of Natural and Environmental Sciences Andrew D. Cahoon, Professor of Social Sciences and Education Lynn J. Garrioch and Professor of Natural and Environmental Sciences Semra Kilic-Bahi.

Through the five-year grant, Colby-­ “We’re excited to provide social, acaSawyer will launch the Engage, Mentor, demic and financial support to talRetain and Graduate (EMERGE) ented students and to provide greater Scholars Program to recruit cohorts of opportunity for their success in STEM academically talented students who fields beyond graduation,” said Prowill major in the STEM discipline of fessor White. biology. EMERGE Scholars will be eligible for scholarships in their first and While New Hampshire ranks last in the second years that increase in their nation for bachelor’s awarded in STEM junior and senior years. disciplines, a 2013 report published under then Governor Maggie Hassan The grant will also help establish best indicates that between 2010 and 2020, practices for retaining STEM students N.H. STEM occupations are expected through the critical first two academic to grow at 17.3 percent compared with years, monitor postgraduate employa 10.4 percent overall state job growth. ment and graduate school acceptance, By 2020, STEM jobs will account for 14 and establish an evidence-­­based percent of employment statewide, model for building institutional with nearly half of those positions capacity in STEM instruction. requiring a bachelor’s degree. STEM employers seek reading comprehen“We’ve seen an increase in our alumni sion, active listening, critical thinking going into graduate programs in and active learning in entry-level STEM fields and professional skill proemployees, all hallmarks of a Colby-­ grams,” Academic Vice President and Sawyer education.  ® Dean of Faculty Laura A. Sykes said.

“Supporting students in STEM fields is critical.”



NEW FRONTIERS: Bridging Chinese and Western Medicine by Jaclyn Goddette ’16


ast summer, exercise science major Staffed by international professionals, AMC Katherine Nguyen ’19, who completed sees patients from around the world. Nguyen Colby-­Sawyer’s prephysical therapy treated a patient on the Israel Cross Country track, interned at the American Medical National Team who’s training to represent his Center Sports Medicine Institute in Shanghai country at the next Olympics. (AMC). AMC was the first Western surgery center to specialize in sports medicine and “What I enjoyed most about my experience orthopedics in China. Nguyen, from Lowell, was working with international clients,” said Mass., wanted to observe how China has inte- Nguyen. “Bridging the intercultural communigrated Western medicine into its health care cation barriers was challenging, but it got practices. Add to that the DNA test Nguyen easier as the weeks progressed and I adapted took that showed she had not just Vietto my environment.” namese but also Chinese ancestry, and the result is an internship that showed her both Nguyen learned a variety of physical therapy where she came from and where she’s techniques, such as cupping and acupuncture. heading for a career. Both are common practices in traditional Chinese medicine.

“I long to create a dynamic experience for my patients.”


Nguyen performs the Chinese therapy of cupping on a patient at the American Medical Center in Shanghai. top: Nguyen overlooks the Longji Rice Terraces in Guangxi. After completing her internship, she spent five days back­packing in the southern region of China.


As a physical therapist’s assistant, Nguyen was primarily responsible for consulting with patients and recording their progress. She assisted in patients’ rehabilitation sessions, instructing them in therapeutic exercises. She used physical therapy modalities such as ultrasound, neuromuscular electrical stimulation and heat and ice therapy. Throughout her internship, Nguyen relied on her major’s hands-on lab and clinical courses such as Exercise Prescription and Applied Kinesiology. She also cites her on-campus work as a Resident Assistant and Orientation Leader as instrumental to her internship’s success. Both opportunities enhanced Nguyen’s leadership skills and helped her get outside her comfort zone while living in a foreign country.


Nguyen received a generous grant from the Presidential Initiative to offset her internship costs. After graduating, she plans to earn a doctorate in physical therapy and become a licensed traveling physical therapist; Nguyen’s eager to treat patients globally. Her long-term plans also include working in an outpatient clinic and opening her own clinic. “I hope to take what I’ve learned from Colby-­ Sawyer and my international experiences and incorporate Western and Eastern medicine approaches into my own practice,” Nguyen said. “I long to create a dynamic experience for my patients.”  ® Jaclyn Goddette ’16 holds a B.A. in English from Colby-Sawyer. After nearly three years as a writer in the Office of College Communications at her alma mater, she moved to Virginia and is now a content creator for the American School Board Association.


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BOLD Women’s Leadership Network Awards Colby-Sawyer $1.1 Million Grant by Kate Seamans

This fall, Colby-Sawyer joined Middlebury College, Ithaca College, Rutgers University-­ Newark, the College of Saint Rose and the University of Connecticut as just the sixth active higher education member in the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network, a highly selective national program of female scholars, and was awarded a three-year, $1.1 million grant for scholarships and transformational campus projects.

“We will look to our BOLD Scholars to share their leadership on campus.”

left to right:

Katie Shippa ’20, communications studies, Lebanon, N.H.; Taryn Fairbrother ’20, psychology , Orleans, Vt.; Tianna Sugars ’20, sport management, Oxford, Maine; Jordan Hewes ’20, psychology, Charlestown, N.H.; Lexie Hamilton ’20, biology, Sunapee, N.H.; and Leah Dupuis ’20, exercise science, Claremont, N.H. not shown: Samantha Hardy ’20, public health, New London, N.H. Photo by Michael Seamans


The BOLD Women’s Leadership Network — established by the Pussycat Foundation in the spirit of longtime and legendary Cosmopolitan magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown — is an intergenerational initiative across institutions of higher education led by women presidents that have demonstrated their commitment to collaboration, innovation, diversity and inclusion. The pioneering program cultivates leadership in young women by facilitating opportunities for their career development and networking through financial aid awards, financial support for community-­ based projects and unpaid internships, and fellowship grant funding upon graduation.


Colby-Sawyer’s initial BOLD scholar cohort is composed of seven juniors who, as stipulated by the program, are female or identify as female, are in good standing with the college and are first-­generation students from rural northern New England. “Colby-Sawyer is honored to be selected for the BOLD Scholars program,” President Susan D. Stuebner said. “We will look to our BOLD Scholars to share their leadership on campus, and this program will enable on-­ campus programming that will be open to and benefit a broader student audience.” Jennifer Tockman, Career Development director in the Harrington Center for Experiential Learning, will oversee Colby-Sawyer’s BOLD Women’s Leadership Network. “I am beyond thrilled to be a part of leading this innovative program at Colby-Sawyer that will expose our students to career opportunities and professional connections while encouraging them to be leaders on campus and, later, in their own communities,” she said. “Our cohort will discuss topics in women’s leadership as well as identify and work on a project that connects with their passions and goals.”  ®

MEET A RESIDENT ASSISTANT: Nathnael Feleke ’20 by Jaclyn Goddette ’16

WHEN NURSING MAJOR NATHNAEL “NATE” FELEKE ’20 graduated from his boarding school in Maine and came to Colby-­ Sawyer, he was guided by student leaders — his resident assistants (RAs) — who inspired him to pay it forward. Feleke attended almost every RA program his first year, which helped him get to know his classmates and the college. He started picturing himself as an RA and has just finished his second year as one. While the 26 RAs have their own reasons for joining the Residential Education staff, they all want to create a thriving student community. Each RA hosts nine programs per semester, which are important for first-year students, Feleke said, because “they’re a safe place to intermingle and get comfortable living in your hall.”


Feleke helps new students unpack during Move-in Day with fellow RAs Jessa Kennett ’19, left, and Kenia Maldonado ’20, center.

RAs need to be aware of on-campus happenings, and as a member of the Campus Activities Board, Student Government Association and the Presidential Blue Key Society as well as the Hispanic Latino Club and Feed the Freezer Club, Feleke knows where to point his residents. He also sets a healthy example for first-year students of balancing campus involvement with academics as a student ambassador for the Office of Admissions and a Dean’s List student who received the Junior Class Award. He’s also an Alpha Chi and a Wesson Honors Program member.

Because RAs uphold college policies, they have to navigate complicated territory, but their training program teaches them how, covering personal development as well as administrative and legal procedures, communication skills, conflict mediation, intervention strategies and student development theory. “We have the Knowing Students pyramid model that looks at the information RAs seek about their residents,” Director of Residential Education Mary McLaughlin said. “The model focuses on understanding students’ goals and connecting them to resources to help them overcome obstacles to meet their goals.” Feleke finds that his nursing major’s teachings of such qualities as compassion and empathy influence his RA work. When he spots a student alone in a common area, he asks if they want to grab a meal. He also has an open-door policy and posts his schedule so residents can find him. Being an RA is a commitment of time, emotion, talent and energy, but one Feleke and others gladly make. In the fall, he will again be an RA for first-year students, the population that he believes gives him the opportunity to make the biggest impact possible.  ®



SENSE OF PLACE Clouds over a steadfast Mount Kearsarge kept it cool for rugby practice behind Ivey Science Center.


Mountain Day was Friday, Oct. 19, ending weeks of speculation as to when the annual climb to the top would take place.

walking our talk

Campus Waste Study Yields Recommendations and Action By Abbie Castriotta ’21 and Kaylin Delaney ’19 Last fall, students from the Principles and Practices of Sustainability class conducted a campus waste study in partnership with the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) with the intention of Colby-Sawyer being the fifth college in the country to commit to the goal of zero-waste. Zero-waste is an increasingly prevalent principle that encourages a system in which waste is prevented and all discarded materials can be repurposed. Colby-Sawyer was chosen by PLAN to pilot the first student-­led campus waste assessment. One facet of the study was a waste audit on 22 campus buildings conducted by Kaylin Delaney ’21, Liam Fleming ’20 and Brooke Vigilotta ’19 that yielded data over a three-week about the number of available waste receptacles and how much waste is generated on campus. The audit was done in tandem with another group of students conducting interviews with departments across campus to gain an understanding of existing policies, awareness and infrastructure regarding waste. The project culminated in a Campus Waste Report and customized roadmap to zero-waste status. Recommendations included an improved surplus program, an updated environmentally friendly purchasing policy and a campus-­ wide compost program. While acknowledging that the class’s work is just the early stages of initiating zero waste at Colby-Sawyer, it was clear that staff and students are eager to get involved in Colby-­ Sawyer’s sustainability initiatives and with a dedicated campus community, the goal of zero-waste can become a reality. Abbie Castriotta ’21 from Barre, Mass., is pursuing majors in environmental studies and studio art. She is a member of the cross country team and Wesson Honors Program. Kaylin Delaney of Lovell, Maine, was a member of the soccer team and graduated in May with her A.L.A. degree.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station by Rebecca Tham ’19 A generous donation from New London Energy Committee members and EV enthusiasts Jamie Hess and Lisa Kendrick Hess ’81 helped fund the installation of an electrical vehicle (EV) charging station next to Sue’s Sugar House. EV charging stations are growing in popularity with universities across New England. According to the International Energy Agency, there were 3.1 million EVs in the world in 2017, up 54 percent from the previous year. Projections suggest that number will reach 125 million by 2030. Colby-Sawyer has purchased 100 percent renewable energy since 2010 and aims to be a carbon-neutral campus by 2050. The college’s contribution to the region’s electric vehicle infrastructure will allow drivers to continue to reduce their own carbon footprint, and will encourage more sustainable ridership in years to come. Rebecca Tham ’19 was a media and communication major.



NEW LEGENDS INDUCTED In October, Barbara Marsh Jones ’53, Cathy Volanakis and chair of the Board of Trustees Peter Volanakis were inducted into the Colby-Sawyer Legends Society, which recognizes those who support the college with lifetime philanthropic gifts of $1 million or more. “For all time, the lives of our students, alumni, faculty and staff will benefit from their connection to a stronger, more challenging, better regarded institution because of the care and dedication of Peter, Cathy, Barbara and all of our Legends,” Colby-Sawyer President Susan D. Stuebner said. CATHY AND PETER VOLANAKIS Incredible generosity, combined with a remarkable understanding of and respect for the transformative educational experience Colby-Sawyer offers its students, has vaulted Cathy and Peter Volanakis into the upper echelons of those dedicated to supporting the college. Since Peter joined the Board of Trustees in 2012, he and Cathy have made strategic and timely gifts directed to growing the college’s endowment and toward capital and other improvements that are critical to recruiting and retaining students, including the Colby-Sawyer Fund, the Center for Art + Design and marketing initiatives. The driving force behind a trustee challenge to build the college’s endowment, Cathy’s and Peter’s commitment to Colby-Sawyer will strengthen its future. Peter retired as president of Corning Incorporated in 2010. He chaired the college’s Presidential Search Committee and the Finance and Enrollment Committee, and he has served on the Board Organization Committee, the Academic Affairs and Investment Committees as well as the Admissions Tuition Pricing Policy Group. BARBARA MARSH JONES ’53 Barbara Marsh Jones fell in love with Colby Junior College the moment she set foot on campus. Years later, the campus drew her in again. Along with her husband, Arthur, Barbara retired to New London and made her home across the street from her alma mater. A private person, Barbara was quiet about her philanthropy. It was not until after her passing in 2015 that the college learned of her extraordinary gift toward the Center for Art + Design and the campus experience for years to come. Barbara was the proud grandmother of Jennifer Richardson and great-grandmother of Elizabeth Paige Richardson. – Kate Seamans



CCNE Accreditation for M.S. in Nursing Program Last fall, Colby-Sawyer’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program was granted accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE’s initial five-year accreditation, the maximum a new program can receive, follows a rigorous process that included submission of a comprehensive self-study, a site visit by the CCNE accrediting team and a thorough review of Colby-Sawyer’s MSN curriculum and processes. Colby-­Sawyer College and the MSN program are also accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. “We are delighted to see our MSN program receive CCNE’s accreditation, which signals to our students’ future employers that they have completed a rigorous curriculum that’s prepared them for success in their organizations,” Colby-Sawyer President Susan D. Stuebner said. “I am grateful to former Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions Dr. Susan Reeves ‘88, Dean Joan Loftus and the faculty for designing such an effective program and navigating the accreditation process. The MSN program is a wonderful addition to the top-ranked undergraduate nursing programs we offer at Colby-Sawyer.” Learn more at – Kate Seamans

ON LOCATION: Colby Picanso ’11 Makes Movie Magic by Jaclyn Goddette ’16

Cinema is like an extended magic trick. Both depend on a suspension of disbelief and a carefully crafted performance to make the pretend seem real. As a location manager, Colby Picanso ’11 finds and manages the sites behind movie magic. Scouting for a location is one thing, but Picanso also manages the shoot after securing the location. He shuts down streets, hires police, sets up tents for makeup and food, and organizes other logistics. Afterward, it’s like his team was never there. During his three years in the industry, Picanso has worked on nearly a dozen television and film productions, including the Oscar-nominated “Hidden Figures,” which landed him an onscreen credit. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Picanso grew up in Raymond, N.H., but now calls Atlanta home. It’s a good place to be because, for the past decade, film and television companies have flocked to Georgia to take advantage of a tax incentive program that’s created many jobs. After receiving his B.A. in communication studies, Picanso fought to break into the movie industry and started with temp work. When Ben Affleck’s “The Accountant” went into production, a family connection led to a phone interview and a flight to Georgia with instructions to meet the crew at 8 a.m. Picanso showed up early and enthusiastic just at the prospect of shadowing the shoot, but by the time it was over, he was the site representative. The location manager told Picanso that if he moved to Atlanta, he’d help him find work. “I didn’t hesitate,” Picanso said. “It was a miracle, and I jumped on it.” Since then, Picanso’s worked on productions including “Fist Fight,” a 2017 comedy starring Ice Cube, Charlie Day and Tracy Morgan, and the reboot of CBS’s “MacGyver.” He uses skills he picked up in his liberal art classes to photograph locations, negotiate with municipal governments and write contracts.

THE BIG PICTURE Picanso cites his professors as fostering his love of film. He took screenwriting with the late Assistant Professor of Humanities Asri-Ambrose “MB” Metzegen-Bundiy, whose enthusiasm for dissecting great movies’ artistry piqued Picanso’s interest in a film career. He also took classes with Professor of Humanities Pat Anderson and costarred on his film review show “Reel Talk.” “Every time I walk onto a movie set, I think of them,” Picanso said. Picanso still takes on projects with the location manager who got him started; crews become like family and try to stick together. Picanso also joined a union, which offsets the instability that comes with freelance work. “My life has become so different,” Picanso said. “You just have to learn to adapt.”  ®




publications, exhibitions and awards


by Kate Seamans Associate Professor of Humanities Ewa Chrusciel was invited to join the editorial board of Yearbook of Conrad Studies. She was also selected as a PEN America Literary Awards judge. A story on Chrusciel aired in October on PBS World Channel in “Stories from the Stage.” Professor Chrusciel’s poems were featured in Poetry Daily, Levure Litteraire (number 14), the N.H. Humanities Newsletter and the literary magazine La Freccia e Cerchio. Her book of poetry, Contraband of Hoopoe, has been translated into Italian and is due out in Italy this spring. History major Eric Ciccone ’10 is lead guitarist with Denver-based Rastasaurus, who this winter for the third time joined the late Bob Marley’s band, the Wailers, for their annual Colorado tour. Rastasaurus also hit the studio to release a third full-length album. The band was voted Denver’s best reggae group in 2017 and has played with Grammy Award-winning Steel Pulse and other renowned Reggae bands. Rastasaurus has headlined theaters and clubs and are beginning to tour the country. They were even able to reunite with friends at shows in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

An essay by studio art major Stacy Hannings ’14 was included in New Hampshire’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology. Her piece, “11.2.16,” reflects on a conversation overheard in a fitting room, and how learning to accept and respect your body is a lifelong process.

Actor Nate Corddry ’00 had a busy 2018 working on three TV projects: as Detective Art Spencer on Netflix’s series “Mindhunter,” directed by David Fincher; as Larry Wilson on Apple’s “For All Mankind,” a period drama about the space race; and as playwright Neil Simon in the FX miniseries “FOSSE/VERDON,” about dancer Gwen Verdon and choreographer Bob Fosse, starring Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams. Ann Bemis Day ’50, an award-winning poet who lives in Peterborough, N.H., published her 13th annual engagement calendar Poetry Through the Year. She also writes a nature column for the weekly Valley Reporter, based in Waitsfield, Vt., and has exhibited her photos in several New England galleries. Last August, Associate Professor of Social Sciences and Education Kathleen Farrell and an adjunct faculty member in the Humanities Department, the late Jeanine Ruhsam, presented at the American Sociological Association — Sexualities Section 2018 Preconference in Philadelphia. Their roundtable session was “Understanding and Supporting Transgender and Gender Expansive Campus Members: Best Practices, Institutional Barriers and Future Directions.” Professor of Humanities Craig Greenman published Restoration: The Notebooks and Selected Letters of John Cook, Revised and Expanded Edition through Concord Humanities Press. His poems “Harpist” and “Traffic” were published in The Big Windows Review, and the poem “Abed” was published in the literary journal I Can Count to Ten. “Junker,” a film directed by Abhineet Kumar ’17 and Professor Greenman, received the Best Soundtrack award and was featured in the “Best Of”event at the 2019 Draft Film Festival in Derry, New Hampshire. “Junker” is the fictional story of a man who collects low-priced antiques, until he finds a true treasure and features The Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss II. Judith Hertog, an adjunct faculty member in the Humanities Department, conducted an in-depth interview with Cornel West that was published in The Sun Magazine.



Last June, Professor of Natural and Environmental Sciences Semra Kilic-Bahi served as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation. In July, she attended the Higher Education Resource Services 2018 Institute and the Luce STEM Program at Bryn Mawr College.

In October, Assistant Professor of Business Administration Jonathan McCosh co-authored with Rivier University Professor Kevin Wayne “Valuing the Goodwill and Intangibility of Employee Assets” and presented it at the Northeast Business and Economics Association Annual Conference in Galloway, N.J. Robert Madden ’18 presented his first published abstract, “Examination of Anger Prevalence In NCAA Division I Student-Athletes,” at the 2019 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Orlando in May. Madden is pursuing a master’s degree in advanced athletic training at the University of South Carolina. Last summer, Associate Professor of Social Sciences and Education Darcy Mitchell presented her research paper, “The role of the parentchild relationship in mediating stressful life events and children’s aggression in families in poverty,” at the National Research Conference on Early Childhood in Arlington, Va. In February, Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences Christine D. Reyes presented at the Athletic Training Educators’ Conference in Texas about a student orientation experience she ran on campus for Colby-Sawyer’s athletic training students in collaboration with 911 dispatcher Nicole Moyer ’12, the college’s sports medicine staff and the New London EMS Department through New London Hospital. The students were thrust into a simulated life or death patient situation in which they had to activate 911, provide CPR and work with EMS on transition of care. They also talked about the opioid crisis and the use of Narcan.


Elizabeth M. G. Krajewski, research consultant and adjunct faculty member in Humanities, published “The Anonymous Life of Cuthbert: A ‘Celtic’ Account of an Anglo-Saxon Saint?” in The Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium in January. Her review of the essay collection Sacred histories. A Festschrift for Máire Herbert, ed. John Carey, Kevin Murray, & Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, is set to appear in the North American Journal of Celtic Studies later this year.

STUDENT-FACULTY DUO PRESENT AT AWP CONFERENCE Meaza Petros ’19 from Boston, Mass., who designed her own major focused on global affairs, presented at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Portland, Ore. in March. Petros shared the stage with Associate Professor of Humanities and poet Ewa Chrusciel; their panel proposal, “Hoopoes and Dybbuks: Immigrant and Refugee Voices,” was one of 500 selected from more than 2,000. “A lot of accomplished writers’ proposals are rejected every year, so I want to emphasize what a great achievement it is for an undergraduate student to present her own voice at this conference,” Professor Chrusciel said. Professor Chrusciel grew up in Poland and is the author of, among other collections of poetry, Contraband of Hoopoe, which explores issues of dislocation, immigration and desire. Petros grew up in Eritrea; her parents were taken as political prisoners and have not been heard from for more than 15 years. In 2009, she and her grandmother escaped the country and sought asylum in the U.S. Their panel considered what stories can be told and explored immigrant and refugee voices, questions of who is able to speak and who speaks for whom, and ideas of (always porous) borders between migrants, communities and narratives.



SNOB Film Festival Features Artistry of Faculty and Alumni


Nursing major Ann Preston Roselle ’98 was twice invited to be guest editor for the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services last year. Her editorial “Using the Patient-Family-­ Nurse Triad to Improve Advocacy and Patient Care” was a first-person perspective on the mental health system. A second editorial, “The Intersection of Social Media, Mental Illness and Responsible Use,” focused on how those with mental illness can use social media without repercussion and how nursing can assist patients to do so. Roselle also has a case report on press with the Archives of Psychiatric Nursing: “Escitalopram related edema in a patient with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis” examines a rare side effect in the patients that psychiatric APRNs treat with a select class of medications. Thanks to a graduate professor’s urging, the spring 2017 issue of Dartmouth College’s Clamantis, the journal of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, included a paper by history and political studies major Jovana Stojanova ’16. “The Idiosyncrasies of Globalization as a Hyperobject” takes a theoretical approach to globalization while attempting to address why it’s so difficult to define and what, exactly, it encompasses.

Ellie Tomlinson ’60 published Molly’s Pal with Archway Publishers. The children’s novel tells the tale of Molly Hobart who, in 1941, finds an abandoned puppy her parents eventually agree she can keep. When a cranky neighbor disrupts Molly and Pal’s adventures, though, there’s no choice but to let Pal be recruited by Dogs for Defense and join the war effort. Inspired by a friend’s childhood story, Molly’s Pal is available online and at The Spirit of ’76 Bookstore in Marblehead, Mass., where Tomlinson resides with her own dog and two cats. Tomlinson was an art teacher for many years and still works in oil, watercolor and acrylic.



This fall’s Somewhat North of Boston (SNOB) film festival in Concord featured three movies with connections to the Colby-­Sawyer community that highlighted the strong sense of collaboration that is part and parcel of Colby-Sawyer’s active filmmaking community. “My Name is Art,” written by Asher Ellis ’06, an adjunct faculty member in the Humanities Department, is a 14-minute long tense science-­fiction thriller about a strange suburban encounter. “Junker,” an 11-minute romance about an aging antique collector, was co-directed by Abhi Kumar ’17 and Professor of Humanities Craig Greenman; Greenman wrote the script. “Abhi and I are very happy that ‘Junker’ is being shown at SNOB, in part because the film was shot in and around the Concord area,” Professor Greenman said. “We were able to have a number of my friends and neighbors involved, and it became a sort of community project.” The festival was also home to the world premiere of “On Main,” directed by award-winning filmmaker Mike Mooney ’02. Associate Professor of Humanities Donna Berghorn, who produced the rock documentary, describes it as a “whimsical story about Vermont rock band Madaila’s 2016 Labor Day concert in Burlington.” “On Main” also features the work of adjunct faculty member Michael Seamans as director of photography, and Victoria Hersey ’13 and Will Peters ’09 as camera operators. “On Main” aired on Vermont Public Television on June 27. The SNOB Film Festival is a grassroots effort to showcase and support independent filmmaking. It strives to bring films to the area that local audiences might not otherwise see. — Michael Jauchen, Professor of Humanities

The time-based media work of Nancy Sepe, senior graphic designer in the Office of College Communications and adjunct faculty member in the Fine and Performing Arts Department, was included as part of the University of Mary Washington Media Wall in Fredericksburg, Va., for the month of November; through October 2019, her work is part of The Cube Art Project, an ongoing outdoor projection event in Lincoln, Neb. Sepe’s multimedia sculpture was part of an exhibit at the Nave Gallery in Somerville, Mass. this spring. below: Stills from Oracle, a three-minute looping animation.


William H. & Sonja Carlson Davidow ’56 Fine Art Gallery

Coming Home: The Ceramic Art of Vivika and Otto Heino August 2 – October 15, 2019 An exhibition of ceramic art made by internationally celebrated New Hampshire and California potters Vivika and Otto Heino. Featuring works from the Forrest L. Merrill Collection of Berkeley CA; organized and co-sponsored with the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. Free and open to the public. Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and weekends by appointment

Vivika and Otto Heino Wood-fired stoneware bottle with expressive brushed slip and heavy ash deposits on the shoulder. 1994.

Professor of Natural and Environmental Sciences Ben Steele returned to Finland last spring to continue research on the sea duck, Common Eider, with Finnish colleagues. He captured, weighed, marked and measured more than 300 ducklings and observed them on the water. He is also preparing a manuscript on nest site selection in this species. Professor Steele retired this spring. Last August, Professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences Kerstin Stoedefalke, Assistant Professor of Natural and Environmental Sciences Chery Whipple, Associate Professor of Natural and Environmental Sciences Jamie Jukosky and Professor of Natural and Environmental Sciences Ben Steele attended the 2018 New Hampshire IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (NH-INBRE) Annual Meeting. They were accompanied by 10 students who presented the results of their summer research in oral and poster sessions. Read more at


THE SKY’S THE LIMIT: The Summit Scholars Program Shows High School Students Just How Far They Can Go by Lynn J. Garrioch, Professor of Social Sciences and Education

Director of Student Success and Retention Erica Webb and a group of urban high school students trek the half-mile trail to Clark’s Lookout in New London. They hear something. “What’s behind that tree?” a jumpy student asks. “It’s probably a squirrel,” Webb assures him. “No, I think it’s a bear,” another student says. IMAGINE BEING TRANSPORTED from noisy city streets to that rural New Hampshire trail, where a sound is so amplified it seems threatening. For the past three summers, urban high school students have joined Webb and her college student mentors on the jaunt to Clark Lookout for a picnic and views of Lake Sunapee and Mount Sunapee. Those high school students are participating in Colby-­ Sawyer’s five-day Summit Scholars program and, more than nature, they’re discovering opportunities for a college education. About five years ago, four faculty and staff members, including Webb, were awarded a Davis Foundation Grant to create an intensive summer program for select high school academic leaders from urban areas, first generation college students and other underrepresented populations in higher education. These students, Webb says,



experience more culture shock than others when they come to Colby-Sawyer. Webb became the architect of the program that works with qualified rising seniors at risk of not attending college and provides them with the basics to succeed if they choose to attend. The program is showing great success: As a result of the 2018 summit, 19 of the 24 participants applied to Colby-Sawyer. While here for the summit, students from Chicago and New England cities live together in a residence hall and immerse themselves in college life. Associate Professor of Social Sciences and Education Eric Boyer opens the academic sessions with a keynote workshop that asks them to contemplate the relevance of a liberal education. They analyze clips from a British game show, participate in a simulation of a prisoner’s dilemma, and explore moments of radical change to emphasize that a liberal education allows one to see the complexity hidden within the familiar. The workshop sets the tone for the next few days. Each day is packed with academic adventures. Scholars have collected and examined insects from Susan’s Swamp with Natural and Environmental Sciences Professor Nick Baer. They’ve explored the intersection of math and art with Professor of Fine and Performing Arts Loretta Barnett and Professor of Natural and Environmental Sciences Semra Kilic-Bahi. They’ve explored history with Associate Professor of Social Sciences and Education Kraig Larkin, and they’ve harvested organic vegetables and learned

about food with Professor of Natural and Environmental Sciences Leon-C Malan. Research consultant and adjunct faculty member in Humanities Beth Krajewski has helped the scholars learn to meditate. The scholars end their program with Professor of Humanities Tom Kealy and contemplating what it means to be human.

“The summit helped me find my dream college and prepared me for the next four years of my life.” Academics are only part of the college experience. Outside of classes, they learn about financial aid, campus life and other topics from campus experts. “You not only get to spend time with current students and find out what it’s like to attend Colby-Sawyer, but you also get to sit in on a variety of classes,” said child development major Kyle Carl ’22, of Gardner, Mass. “I am thankful for the program because it made my adjustment to Colby-Sawyer much less stressful; I already knew many faces on

campus, and I knew where to go if I needed help. Having those connections prior to attending was really helpful.” The summits are increasingly popular, especially as scholars who enrolled at Colby-­ Sawyer realize the impact of their experiences and share their stories. Anamarija Brozovic ’21, a nursing major from Manchester, N.H., participated in the first summit, was a student mentor last summer and plans to be one again this year. “As a Summit Scholar, I realized how important it is to choose the college best suited to you. I wanted to attend a bigger nursing school, but after the summit, I wanted a smaller college that would allow me to make closer connections with professors and the community,” Brozovic said. “I still talk to the professors I met during the program. The summit helped me find my dream college and prepared me for the next four years of my life.”  ®

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A Force of Nature: Raptor Research on Cape May by Kate Seamans photos by Michael Seamans

There comes a time when it’s time to go. The landscape empties of warmth, the light changes, and the wind carries a cool urgency to get moving. Change has crept into what was home so imperceptibly that all of a sudden, it seems, everything’s changed. It’s time to fly. The feeling is unshakeable. above:

Third-year environmental science majors Anna Hubbard, Taylor Spadafora and Taylor Devaney survey the field station on Cape May where they spent 2.5 days banding raptors and collecting data with Professor of Natural and Environmental Sciences Nick Baer as part of Spadafora’s internship. “I went into this internship with almost no knowledge on the subject of raptors. I was amazed at how quickly I was able to learn to identify the species, age and sex of the birds. I also learned how to measure wing chord, tarsus length, and how to put the bands on the raptors,” Spadafora said. “Another important skill I learned is how to work with others in stressful and rushed situations.”



And so, following their instincts, 50,000 raptors (birds of prey that include eagles, falcons, hawks, ospreys and harriers), having summered in Canada and New England, follow a flight path that pours them down the East Coast. They ride the autumn northwesterly winds and funnel down to the peninsula of Cape May, N.J., hop the daunting Delaware Bay and fly as far south as Argentina. The journey is fraught with danger, though; obstacles range from bad weather and predators to tall buildings and other manmade objects, exhaustion and starvation. If there’s any kindness in migration, it might be in the unlikely act of being delayed in a field on Cape May by some Colby-­ Sawyer students and their professor for research and admiration.

THE PROJECT More than two decades ago, a friend invited Professor of Natural and Environmental Sciences Nick Baer to help with the Cape May Raptor Banding Project. While birds were banded, Baer was hooked. He’s been volunteering with the project ever since on its mission to conduct long-term monitoring of migrating raptors’ status and trends. “Big birds of prey are exciting to me,” Professor Baer said. “They are magnificent creatures.” He has shared that enthusiasm with more than a dozen students; last year, Calum Dixon ’18 was awarded the Nellie Johnson Baroody Award for the best student presentation at the American Ornithological Society’s annual meeting for his poster presentation, “Examining Temporal Changes in Morphology, Population Dynamics and Wind Migration Patterns of Raptor Species Migrating Through Cape May, New Jersey.” This year, Professor Baer invited environmental science major Taylor Spadafora ’20 of Strafford, N.H., to work as his intern researching flat flies and avian pathogens. Flat flies spend their whole life cycle on a bird and feed on its blood; to test the fly for West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a noninvasive way to test the birds. above:

Professor Baer points out the dark patagial, the membranous fold of skin between the wing and body, which help identify this raptor as a Red-tailed hawk. The yellow irises will darken with age to reddish-brown when the bird matures. left:

Professor Baer and Devaney set up a row of mist nets, which resemble a volleyball net and safely catch the raptors. “Nick was my academic advisor my sophomore year, and despite his sabbatical this year, he has maintained an influential role in my, Anna’s and Taylor’s lives,” Devaney said. “Every time we see his van in the Ivey parking lot, we make an effort to stop into his office and say hi. Nick consistently provides advice, laughter and guidance.”




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Banding requires time, patience and vigilance in watching for birds. The camaraderie between Professor Baer and his students made both the waiting and the action educational and interesting. “Nick is much more than just a professor; he is a friend, mentor and sometimes even a counselor,” Hubbard said. “First semester last year, the three of us took his Water Resources class and realized it was easy to go to him with questions. Soon we were spending more and more time in his office, which became a place where I knew I would always be heard and given honest feedback. His passion for environmental science, biology, and all things outside radiates to anyone around him through his excited smile.” below, right:

A male Cooper’s hawk gets its band, engraved with a unique number that can researchers track a bird’s flight patterns and lifespan..


Spadafora’s internship responsibilities began After a lesson on the data sheets they’d be last summer when she and Anna Hubbard ’20 using and a tour of the plywood blind, the of Marlow, N.H., spent three days setting up crew settled in to wait. A downpour moved the banding stations. “Professor Baer had through, followed by a peregrine, and two explained the banding stations with their mist each of eagles, ospreys and kestrels. nets, bow traps and Dho-Gaza nets, but I couldn’t grasp how they would work until we “Free bracelets!” Eli offered. “Get your bird set up the stations,” Spadafora said. “I also bling here!” The birds stayed high and away put together flat fly collection kits, entered from the station with its array of bands data and conducted additional flat fly engraved with numbers that can be tracked research.” when a bird is captured and provides data on how long a bird lives and how far it migrates. In mid-October, during raptor migration, Card games, lunch, homework and conversaSpadafora and Hubbard joined Professor tion broke up the waiting game. Baer and his son, Eli, on the cape, along with Taylor Devaney ’20 of Highgate Center, Vt., Then, amid talk of packing it in, a male sharpfor banding and data collection. shinned hawk, the smallest of the forest hawks but the ultimate songbird killer, flew WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS into the mist nets. Whooping, Professor Baer Thursday dawned gray, humid in the mid-70s, grabbed a small gray can to transport the with unfavorable winds from the south-south- bird into the blind. With his students gatheast, but nothing could dampen Professor ered around, he taught them what the body Baer’s enthusiasm. “Every day, there’s a lot of feathers revealed about age: It was a potential,” he said, looking to the sky. hatching year bird, on its first journey but “There’s a few birds around, so that’s good. already banded with a “Cape May handcuff.” We just have to catch one.” Its bright yellow eyes that would darken to orange and eventually red with age didn’t By 8:45 a.m., he’d introduced the students to blink as he recorded its weight of 100 grams, the mist nets and showed them how to set up measured its tarsal and wing chord, and the traps. Two Cooper’s hawks and an eagle checked for flat flies. AT&T, as Professor Baer floated in the distance. called his student trio, were giddy as they held and then released their first raptor.


“He’s so passionate about what he teaches,” Hubbard said of her professor. “He makes us feel like teammates who are working with him on research. It’s important to learn through experiences like this. We really do think outside the classroom at Colby-Sawyer.” Friday held the promise of cool sunshine and favorable winds. Seated in the blind by 8 a.m., Hubbard took the luring seat. “You want to be relaxed but deliberate,” Professor Baer told her. “Keep your hands low. The most important part is knowing how to center the bird in the net.” Two minutes later, the first of the day’s 38 raptors touched down under a bow trap and Hubbard pulled the trigger. The male Cooper’s hawk carried four flat flies and had no crop — a hungry raptor. “It’s designed to hunt birds; look at its gyroscopic head,” Professor Baer said, before whispering to the hawk, “You’re incredible.” “This whole experience taught me I have more patience than I thought I did,” Hubbard said later. “It took a lot of courage to pull the trigger line to have the trap snap shut and to handle the birds for processing. The amount of information on birds of prey that was thrown at us was immense, and to think there is this amount of information for every other animal on the planet is overwhelming, but it made me realize I could pursue many niches for my career in field work or animal rehabilitation.” Spadafora took the luring seat after the fourth bird and immediately landed a fifth, another hatching year male Cooper. “This is never going to get old!” she said. Ten minutes later, a 1,300 gram Red-tailed hawk had everyone’s attention. top:

Spadafora double checks her data.“I love the Environmental Science program at Colby-Sawyer. I feel very lucky to have such incredible professors that provide me with so many unique learning experiences,” she said.

bottom: Here, Devaney prepares to release a female Cooper’s hawk (yellow can), a male Cooper’s hawk (blue can) and a male sharp-shinned hawk.



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Spadafora admires her first raptor, a male sharp-shinned hawk with its gyroscopic head. It was the only bird caught on the first day. The eyes have it — in some species, eye color can indicate age, typically getting darker as a bird matures. from top to bottom, below: hatching year; after hatching year; adult.

“Holding the Red-tailed hawk was the most enjoyable part of the banding experience for me,” Devaney said. “The size and beauty of the bird can really only be understood up close.”

gathered data on two Merlins, two Red-tailed hawks, a kestrel and a Northern Harrier, six Sharp-shinned Hawks and 26 Cooper’s hawks.

By late afternoon, the raptors were coming in from all angles and everyone was comfortable in their roles; at day’s end, they’d

Kate Seamans, former Senior Director of College Communications, was with Colby-Sawyer from 2007 to 2019. She holds a B.A. from Colby College and an M.F.A. from Lesley University.

More than that, the trio of environmental science majors had affirmed they were on the Spadafora agreed. “I will never forget howI right flightpaths for their own futures as they felt when Professor Baer passed the Redbonded even more with the professor who’d tailed hawks to me. I was amazed by their size, invited them to New Jersey and housed, fed and by how beautiful and powerful they were,” and taught them about much more than just she said. “The size of their talons and beak raptors. made me a little nervous, though, too. When the birds flapped their wings, I could feel just “Nick is not only our professor but our mentor, how strong they were.” and it’s important to take advantage of all the opportunities offered in college,” Devaney Bird #17 was a Merlin that was very vocal said. “I’ve never heard of friends at other colabout the twist on its day. leges who have been invited to travel with their professors, or who would want to spend “We’re lucky to catch a Merlin, as they move 10-hour days in a little box watching birds so fast and usually pass through the station with their teachers.” before you have time to react,” Professor Baer said. “Look at the strong beak designed Hoisting the last Cooper’s hawk of the day to break its prey’s spine. This is a good day.” into the air for release, Professor Baer offered his benediction: “Buddy, I wish you the best If Merlins are the speed demons of the sky, of luck. You’re gonna do just fine.” their cousin the American Kestrel has the prettiest feather patterns, he contends, while It sounded a lot like what he’s told students the Northern Harrier, also known as the gray for the past 15 years as they set off into the ghost, is one of the coolest to see as it teeters world.  ® in the wind low over fields while hunting.



THE COLBY-SAWYER TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHIP CHALLENGE: MEETING OUR MOST CRITICAL NEED Colby-Sawyer awards more than $25 million in funding to students each year, making scholarship support a top priority of the Power of Infinity Campaign. Last May, the Trustees of Colby-Sawyer committed $1 million in matching funds to establish endowed scholarships to support current and future students.

“The Trustee Challenge has allowed us to add $25,000 to a scholarship that Stan and I established in honor of my grandfather, Horace Clough Stanley. He was a graduate of Colby Academy and served for years as a trustee of Colby Junior College. The scholarship has already supported more than 20 deserving Colby-Sawyer students and will be able to do even more for students in the years ahead.”

“With the support of the Brights, I’ve been able to participate in the Cape May Raptor Banding Project, join my classmates at a regional social innovation challenge, and explore my love of outdoor recreation.” – Anna Hubbard ’20

– Pam Stanley Bright ‘61

The Trustee Challenge has already helped create 22 new scholarships that help students like Anna. Contact us today if you’d like to find out how you can help! 603-526-3426



Remembering Colby-Sawyer’s First Coed Class by Donna Long

Colby-Sawyer’s Class of 1994 arrived on campus in the aftermath of sit-ins and rallies that protested historic change: a return to coeducation. Those students became the college’s first official coed class. Since then, these 85 women and 35 men have scattered to 26 states (and Hong Kong). As their 25th reunion app­roaches, we celebrate Colby-Sawyer’s quarter century of graduating coed classes.

IN THE 1980s, all-women’s colleges had a grim outlook as they competed with coed schools for students. The Board of Trustees and then President Peggy Stock faced difficult decisions about Colby-Sawyer’s future. A task force researched similar institutions that had gone coed and chose its path. Beth Bryant Camp ’92, now a Senior Gift Officer in the Office of Advancement, was a first-year student when she sat in Wheeler Hall with the rest of the college community to hear the news. “I still get goosebumps when I remember President Stock telling us [we were] going coed,” she said. “We were shocked.” It took a year to make the changes necessary to welcome men. Dorms were reconfigured, men’s basketball and soccer teams were established, and professors promised to continue the institution’s commitment to women’s education by ensuring that men wouldn’t dominate the classrooms. “There were a lot of conversations about why this change was important,” Professor of Humanities Pat Anderson said. “The process was inclusive, and I admire Peggy Stock and the administration for saving the college.” When men arrived, most students were ready to accept the coed environment. “The campus became more active. I remember the guys playing Frisbee on the Quad; I’d never seen that,” Camp said. “The women kept to themselves through the week and socialized on the weekends. When the men arrived, there was a social life all week.” “It was a good change,” Professor Anderson said. “[We could offer] more real-world experiences by having men and women together. It allowed a diversity of perspective.” Let’s see where a few of those ’94ers have landed after college. For more on the changes during the Class of 1994’s campus tenure, see page 54. The 120 members of the Class of 1994 are spread across the country in the 26 states shaded gray, plus Hong Kong.



THEN & NOW: THE CLASS OF 1994 ANTHONY H. “TONY” LIBROT ’94 came to Colby-Sawyer because he wanted a place where people would know him — and all these years later, many people on campus still do as a frequent guest speaker in business classes who’s conducted mock interviews with seniors. In 2015, he was elected to the Board of Trustees, a position he describes as difficult, but incredibly rewarding. As a student, Librot was one of the first men initiated into the Key Association. He was Student Government Association co-president and helped launch the men’s varsity tennis team. Today, Librot is the COO/CFO at AAM 15 Management, LLC. He resides in Sharon, Mass., with wife Susan and sons Brandon, 5, and Harrison, 11. How is the Class of 1994 special? I don’t know if it was because we were the first coed class or because it’s an incredible mix of men and women, [but] we’ve all stayed close. ELIZABETH “BETH” SARGENT FENTON ’94 chose Colby-Sawyer for its early childhood program and gained experience in the Kearsarge Regional School District as a student teacher and during her senior practicum. She’s taught first grade in the district for more than 20 years and lives in Bradford, N.H., with husband Pete. Fenton played varsity volleyball for four years and club softball for three. She’s stayed involved with the Chargers Club as a board member and past president. Why did you love Colby-Sawyer? Because of its feeling. People knew your name and made you feel you were where you were meant to be. What was special about your class? We had lots of firsts and traditions. It’s the relationships we built and the camaraderie we felt. We continue to be a tight-knit group. MATTHEW “MATT” REED ’94 has been spending so much time on campus that he jokes he should get his old dorm room back. He doesn’t need it though — he can just visit his son’s. Jamie ’21, a communication studies major, got to know Colby-Sawyer while accompanying his dad to reunions. Matt also has a college-age daughter, Alyson. He lives in Danvers, Mass., with wife Corey and is a graphic designer for Enterprise Bank. What’s your favorite Colby-Sawyer memory? When I hear the first few notes of Beck’s “Loser” or the closing credits of “Saturday Night Live,” I feel like I’m back at Colby-Sawyer with people who mean so much to me. The bonds of love and affection are what I remember most. What don’t your classmates know about you? I like to wander cities alone in the early morning. It’s the best time to get a feel for a place.




DAWN REID ’94 entered Colby-Sawyer when it was all women and then took a year off. When she returned, she was part of the Class of 1994. “My first day back, I was helping the Residential Education staff welcome students and their families,” she said. “I remember thinking the men were not only starting a new chapter in their lives but doing so with all eyes on them. I could only imagine what that felt like.” Reid earned her business administration degree and has enjoyed a marketing career. She spent 20 years at companies such as Monster, Open Text and Philips Lighting but left that world to join nonprofit Year Up, Inc. as a special projects manager for its national marketing department. Reid lives in Weston, Mass., with her blind-but-fearless cat, Homer. She enjoys paper arts, which she combines with her love for cooking by creating handbound cookbooks for friends.

“Colby-Sawyer allowed me to realize what’s important in life.”

What’s your favorite Colby-Sawyer memory? Any time I spent with Ann Page Stecker — she was the first person to believe in me. Several years after graduating, I was still living in New London and stopped at the post office. My sister had sent me a birthday present — a signed copy of Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon. I sat in my car, holding this book, thinking, She touched this. As I drove by the college, I saw Ann Page’s car out front. I went to her office and handed her the book. She said, 'She touched this!' And I thought, Yes. Not only do you get me, but you helped me become me. Athletic training major JAY GEIGER ’94 felt like a pioneer as a Class of 1994 member but has discovered one downside: “When I come back to campus, I’ll always be one of the oldest men in the room!” he said. Geiger was a men’s basketball team member for its first year and played soccer for four. “It was weird being captain all four years since freshmen aren’t usually in that position,” he said, “but we all got along, and that’s half the battle in college athletics.” Geiger directs sports medicine at the University at Albany, SUNY. He resides in Latham, N.Y., with wife Lisa and daughter Averi, 7. He is part owner of the racehorse Untamed Domain, who placed second in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 2017. What was the most valuable part of your Colby-Sawyer education? It allowed me to realize what’s important in life — people’s health and safety. Dealing with our student athletes’ serious health issues makes it easy for me to decide what is and is not a big deal. It’s probably why I don’t let little things bother me. Favorite thing about Colby-Sawyer? The people. At some point, you realize that the people around you are most important. I might not have realized it then, but I do now. College should be the best time of your life, and I made the right decision by attending Colby-Sawyer.



“The bonds of love and affection are what I remember most.”

PATRICIA “PATTY” RANDALL BERRY ’94 was looking forward to attending a women’s college, but Colby-Sawyer’s coed switch didn’t alter her decision. Good thing — at the Freshmen Seminar, she sat next to DANIEL “DAN” BERRY ’94, who would eventually propose to her on campus. Both were active students. Dan was an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team, worked in the intramural sports program, performed in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and was the first president of the Sports Science Major’s Club. Patty was a resident assistant for three years and was involved in campus community activities, intramural sports and the Key Association. She was also a teaching assistant, writing tutor, computer lab monitor and a Psychology Program student researcher. But Dan and Patty still found time to date. Patty remembers, “One late night while walking, when the campus was quiet, we witnessed the northern lights. It was breathtaking.” Today, Dan is the South Shore YMCA’s executive director. Patty is a part-time student on the Pastoral Ministry Track in the Master of Divinity program at Boston University School of Theology. She also teaches and preaches at local churches. They live in Mattapoisett, Mass., with Margaret, 16; Thomas, 13; and Henry, 10. What don’t classmates know about you? “I believe napping, cooking and drinking red wine are good spiritual practices,” Patty said. What’s your favorite Colby-Sawyer memory? “The friends I made are like family. I’m as close to many from my class now as I was 25+ years ago,“ said Dan. “I met the love of my life … Patty and I look back fondly on our memories from there.” Will you come to your 25th reunion this fall? “Absolutely, and we can’t wait to see everyone!”  ® Donna Long is the Communications & Marketing Coordinator in the Office of Advancement. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Syracuse University.



THE SEASON IN SPORTS FALL 2018 FIRST FULL GNAC SEASON The Colby-Sawyer Chargers began their first season as a core member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) and showed they belonged as they performed up to, or even exceeded, their preseason rankings.

Chargers finished 5-1 against their Tier 2 opponents, with a loss to DI Sacred Heart but with one win each over Molloy, LIU Post and Bowdoin, and two against Castleton. The Chargers ended the season by defeating Bowdoin 18-10 at home on Mercer Field.

The women competed in cross country, field hockey, soccer, tennis and volleyball, while the men competed in cross country and soccer. The lone fall sport GNAC offered in which the Chargers didn’t compete was men’s golf.

The season’s other losses came against Tier 1 teams Norwich and American International College (DII). First-year Bailey Burt (S. Burlington, Vt.) led the Chargers with six official tries and a conversion. Earlier in the season, Burt was highlighted by The Rugby Breakdown as a September Standout. In late December, she attended the USA Rugby All-American Winter Camp.

At year’s end, GNAC will hand out its annual Commissioner’s Cup, which recognizes the member institution that achieved the highest level of athletic success. Using a point system, standings are determined by percentages that reflect the number of GNAC sports each member sponsors. Schools receive five points for winning a Championship, four for advancing to a conference title game, three for competing in a Semifinal, two for qualifying for a Tournament, and one point for sponsoring the sport.

Junior Jordyn Enos (Salinas, Calif.) contributed a pair of tries, while senior Acadia LeBlanc (Salem, N.Y.), junior Olivia Randlett (Brentwood, N.H.) and first-year Bre Scott (Santa Monica, Calif.) had one apiece. First-year Julia Anhalt (Littleton, Colo.) added a penalty kick and a conversion.

After the fall season, the men were atop the standings by earning eight out of 10 possible points. The women were in third place with 16 out of 25.

MEN’S SOCCER (7-8-2, 6-3-2 GNAC) In its first season with the GNAC, the men reached the semifinals before falling to nationally ranked Saint Joseph’s (Maine).

WOMEN’S RUGBY (5-3 NIRA) In 2018, the team competed in its first varsity season. Colby-Sawyer became a member of the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA), which is divided into two tiers featuring teams from all three National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) divisions. The

Colby-Sawyer, selected sixth in the GNAC preseason poll, went 6-3-2 in conference matches to earn the fourth seed and the right to host a GNAC Tournament quarterfinal contest. The team welcomed fifth seed Albertus Magnus and defeated the Falcons 2-0 to advance to the semis. ColbySawyer then traveled to top seed Saint Joseph’s for a

Jordyn Enos ’18 runs away from a defender in the team’s season opener.



by Ryan Emerson




Lucas Boetsch ’22 makes one of his eight saves to preserve a clean sheet against Lasell.

semifinal match. The team battled for 90 minutes but fell to the eventual GNAC champion 2-0. Senior midfielder Noah Camelo (Salem, Mass.) and first-year goalie Lucas Boetsch (Rockport, Maine) earned All-Tournament honors. Boetsch went 6-2-1 in net for the Chargers. He earned three shutouts, ranking him fourth among conference goalies. He also ranked third with 12 goals against, third with a .813 save percentage and fourth with 1.28 goals against average. Camelo and senior Yannick Gonsalves (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) were named to the All-GNAC Third Team. Senior Alexi Taliadouros (Winchester, Mass.) represented the Chargers on the All-GNAC Sportsmanship Team. A team captain, Camelo led the Chargers with six goals and two game-winners. He finished his career with 42 points on 19 goals and four assists. Camelo was also instrumental in helping the team post three GNAC regular season clean sheets and another in the postseason. In his final season, Gonsalves played and started in all 17 Colby-Sawyer contests. The midfielder was a major contributor at both ends of the field and finished the year with a pair of goals and an assist.

FIELD HOCKEY (14-5, 5-2 GNAC) The team turned in a record-setting campaign, going 14-5 overall to register the program’s most wins in a season, which included a record 8-game winning streak. ColbySawyer also posted a 5-2 mark in its first season with the GNAC and reached a conference semifinal game for the fourth straight season. The team set a single-season record with 12 defensive saves, tying the most in the GNAC. Colby-Sawyer earned the GNAC Tournament third seed and hosted sixth seed Anna Maria in the first round. The team protected its home field and won 4-1 to advance to the semis. Unfortunately, Colby-Sawyer’s best season came to an end at second seed Lasell, 5-1. Senior Jordan Teixeira (Exeter, N.H.) and sophomore Abby Ladd (Colchester, Vt.) were named to the GNAC All-Tournament team. Teixeira and senior Colleen Burke (Orange, Mass.) earned spots on the All-GNAC First Team. Junior defender Kailyn Lapham (Medway, Mass.) was named to the All-GNAC Second Team. Senior Sierra Schuster (Hopkinton, N.H.) represented the Chargers on the Sportsmanship Team. Teixeira led the Chargers with 29 points on 12 goals and five assists. Four of her goals were game-winners to give her a program record 10 for her career. She was in the top-10 in several categories for conference games, including goals (4th, 6), assists (8th, 3), points (6th, 15) and game-winning goals (2nd, 2). Her best game of the season came in a 5-3 GNAC win over Regis when she scored twice and added an

Jordan Teixeira ’19 led the field hockey team with 29 points on 12 goals and 5 assists.

Taliadouros played in all but one game as a starting defender. He was an integral part of the team who allowed 1.38 goals per conference game, which ranked fifth among GNAC teams.


Three first-year students also made major contributions. Tim Driscoll (Framingham, Mass.) led the team with six assists and was third with eight points. Mason Galbato (N. Easton, Mass.) was fourth on the team with seven points on three goals and an assist. One of his goals was a double overtime game-winner in a pivotal match at Regis. Ryan Kresco (Moultonborough, N.H.) started in every match and was second on the team with 10 points on five goals. SPRING 2019


Junior Rachel Fisher (Lynn, Mass.) was third on the team with 17 points on eight goals and an assist. She vaulted into a tie for sixth in career goals with 13, and ninth in points with 28.

In her final season, Burke started in all 19 games patrolling the midfield. She posted a personal season best three goals, including the game winner at Thomas. Burke added a pair of defensive saves against Saint Joseph’s (Maine) and Lasell.

WOMEN’S TENNIS (10-2, 7-0 GNAC – FALL 2018) The team won Colby-Sawyer’s first GNAC Championship. Picked as the preseason favorite, the Chargers won all seven of their conference matches and recorded a perfect mark for the seventh straight year.

Lapham led the Chargers’ backline with three defensive saves. She ranked third among GNAC players in all games in that category and was first in GNAC contests with two. After three seasons, Lapham is tied for first with five career defensive saves. Her stout defending also helped the Chargers record three shutouts. Schuster showed her versatility this season by playing multiple positions. In addition to achieving two goals and three assists, she tied for second on the team with a pair of defensive saves. She finished her career ranked in the top-five in points (4th, 49), goals (4th, 19) and assists (3rd, 11). Ladd was twice named GNAC Goalkeeper of the Week and earned a nod to the Synapse Sports Weekly Honor Roll. In the postseason victory over Anna Maria, Ladd became the program’s all-time leader in wins with 22. After two seasons, she ranks second in career saves, save percentage, goals against average and shutouts. Junior Alie Jones (Cape Neddick, Maine) led the team with a single-season, record-tying six assists. She was second on the team with 28 points and 11 goals. Jones tied Teixeira with four game-winning goals. After three seasons, Jones is the all-time leader with 35 goals, tied for the lead with 84 points and is second all-time with 14 assists.

The Women’s Tennis team won Colby-Sawyer’s first GNAC championship in its first season with the conference.



Colby-Sawyer was the top seed and defeated fourth seed Regis, 6-1, in the semifinals. The Chargers then earned a 5-0 win over the two-time defending champions of third seed Johnson & Wales. Sophomore Yashu Yang (Kunming City, China) was named Tournament MVP after winning all four of her matches. Senior Hilary Boucher (Presque Isle, Maine) and first-year Anna Kopituk (Morristown, Tenn.) also earned All-Tournament honors. The team went 10-2 overall and was 7-0 in conference action. The Chargers have won championships in three conferences in the past 10 seasons: the Commonwealth Coast Conference in 2009, the North Atlantic Conference 2012 through 2017, and this year’s GNAC triumph. The team resumed play in the spring with a few matches prior to competing in the program’s seventh straight, eighth overall, NCAA Tournament in May. Highlighting this year’s GNAC All-Conference selections were Yang and Kopituk. Yang was named Player of the Year, while Kopituk was honored as Rookie of the Year. They both garnered All-GNAC Doubles First Team accolades. Yang was named to the All-GNAC Singles First Team, along with seniors Maddy Gemerek (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) and Aislinn O’Connor (New Fairfield, Conn.). Kopituk earned All-GNAC



assist. Teixeira finished her career as the all-time leader in assists (22), tied for first in points (84) and second in goals (31).

Yang (last year’s NAC Rookie of the Year), went 6-0 at No. 1 singles and 7-0 in doubles (6-0 at No. 1) in GNAC matches. Her singles victories, all in straight sets, included a 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) win over the top player from DII Southern New Hampshire. Yang and doubles teammate Kopituk picked up a signature win at the Grass Court Doubles Tournament held at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. They defeated a duo from DI Holy Cross 8-4. Yang was twice named GNAC Player of the Week. She finished the fall with an 11-2 singles record and a 12-5 mark in doubles action. Boucher went 4-1 in GNAC singles matches and a perfect 5-0 in doubles action. She added a pair of doubles wins at the GNAC Tournament to push her season record to 10-2. Boucher also won a singles match in the GNAC Semifinals to finish the fall with an 8-3 singles record. Boucher and doubles teammate Alexa Conlin (Westborough, Mass.) earned a signature win over a Babson duo at the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament. Kopituk went 6-0 in GNAC singles and 6-0 in GNAC doubles matches in her first season. She and Yang won a pair of doubles matches in the GNAC Tournament to help the Chargers take home the championship. In addition, Kopituk went 7-1 at No. 4 singles during the season, including a 6-4, 6-2 victory over the No. 4 player from DII Southern New Hampshire. Kopituk was named GNAC Rookie of the Week three times during the season. She finished the fall with an 8-4 singles record and an 11-5 mark in doubles. Gemerek was named to a conference singles first team for the second time in her career. She went 5-2 in GNAC singles matches and 6-1 in GNAC doubles matches. She and O’Connor picked up an important point in the conference title match with an 8-2 win in doubles. Gemerek moved into 10th in career doubles wins with 48. O’Connor was recognized with All-Conference singles honors for the fourth time in her career. She went 7-0 in GNAC singles play and 6-1 in GNAC doubles matches. She added a singles win in the GNAC semifinals. In the GNAC title match, O’Connor and Gemerek gave the Chargers a point with an 8-2 win in doubles. O’Connor clinched the championship with a 6-3, 6-3 win at the third flight and finished the fall with an impressive 13-1 singles record, including an 11-match winning streak, and a 9-7 doubles record. Her lone singles loss came against the No. 3 player from DII Southern New Hampshire, who went 11-3. O’Connor moved into a tie for third place with Lauren Blanchard ’18 in career wins with 117. She also ranks fourth in singles wins with 53 and third in doubles wins with 64.

Peter Bakker ‘20, here on ColbySawyer’s Morris Trail, led the Chargers with four top-4 finishes this season, including a win at the Runnin’ Monks Invitational.


Singles Second Team honors. Boucher represented ColbySawyer on the All-GNAC Sportsmanship Team.

CROSS COUNTRY The men’s and women’s teams enjoyed a successful first GNAC season. The men took the top spot at the GNAC Championship, while the women finished fourth out of 12. Colby-Sawyer started the season hosting its inaugural Charger Invitational at the new Morris Trail in the Kelsey Athletic Campus. At the GNAC Championship, the men recorded 28 points as five runners placed in the top 14 to take home the crown. Suffolk placed second (64 points) and Emmanuel third (74). The women recorded 99 points to place fourth. Leading the way for the men was junior Peter Bakker (Barkhamsted, Conn.). He finished fourth out of 84 with a time of 27:43 on the 8k course. Junior Ben Jones (Enfield, N.H.) placed sixth with 28:17. Crossing the finish line right after Jones was junior Liam Fleming (Orford, N.H.), who clocked in at 28:18 to place seventh. Bakker, Jones and Fleming earned All-GNAC First Team honors for finishing in the top-7. Sophomore Kyle Hajj (Methuen, Mass.) placed 13th with 29:04, while senior Bruin Smith (Cohoes, N.Y.) rounded out the top-five Charger finishers in 14th with 29:14. Hajj and Smith earned All-GNAC Second Team accolades. Junior Alison Fairbairn (Dover, N.H.) led the women on the 5k course with 21:38 to place 14th out of 89. She earned AllGNAC Second Team accolades. SPRING 2019


Colby-Sawyer hosted sixth seed Simmons in the GNAC quarterfinals and defeated the Sharks 3-1. The team then traveled to Nashua to face second seed Rivier. The Chargers won the first set, but Rivier rallied to win the next three.



The team reached 20+ wins for the first time since 2014 and finished with a 21-11 overall record. The Chargers reached at least a conference semifinal for the 12th year in a row. Colby-Sawyer ranked 10th in the nation with 298 aces.

In her first collegiate race, Hannah Giesing ‘22 led the Chargers with a fourth place finish at the inaugural Charger Invitational held at the new Morris Trail.

Junior Hannah Barrett (Topsfield, Mass.) and sophomore Amanda Boyd (Dedham, Maine) finished in 20th and 21st, respectively, with 22:08 and 22:13. The fourth Charger to cross the finish line was junior Megan Spainhower (Northwood, N.H.), who placed 23rd with 22:18. Junior Bryanna Parker (Winterport, Maine) came away with a time of 22:51 to place 26th and round out the top-five ColbySawyer scorers. First-year Hannah Giesing (Newbury, Vt.) turned in a solid performance, finishing 39th with 23:30. Senior Alley Rogers (Alton, N.H.) represented Colby-Sawyer on the All-GNAC Sportsmanship Team. The women’s team received the GNAC Institutional Sportsmanship Award. Earlier in the season, the men won the Runnin’ Monks Invitational hosted by Saint Joseph’s (Maine). The Chargers had all five scoring runners in the top-12 to finish with 32 points. Bakker claimed the individual crown after touring the 8k course in 27:52.4, nearly 20 seconds in front of the second place finisher. Jones finished third, while Fleming placed fifth. Hajj and Smith turned in solid races to finish 11th and 12th, respectively. At season’s end at the NCAA Regional, the men finished 30th out of 58 with 835 points, while the women placed 35th out of 57 with 1047.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL (21-11, 10-2 GNAC) The team was picked sixth in the GNAC preseason poll and finished 10-2 in conference action to place third in the standings. 36


First-year Maddie Bromley (Truckee, Calif.) earned GNAC All-Tournament honors after posting 26 kills and 25 digs in a pair of matches. She was twice named GNAC Rookie of the Week. Bromley had an impressive first season with the Chargers as she led the team with 288 kills and 2.59 kills/set. Bromley posted a season-high 20 kills in a pair of 3-2 victories over Regis and Norwich. She was second on the team with 58 aces and 319 digs. Senior Courtney Murray (Quincy, Mass.) was named to the All-GNAC Second Team. Juniors Naarah Cox (Boston, Mass.) and Morgan Flynn (Reading, Mass.) were named to the All-GNAC Third Team. Senior Nicole Olivieri (Salem, N.H.) represented Colby-Sawyer on the All-GNAC Sportsmanship Team. Murray was second on the team with 240 kills and 2.16 kills/ set. She led the squad with a .213 hitting percentage and finished second on the team with 42 blocks on 10 solos and 32 assists. In conference matches only, Murray ranked ninth with 112 kills, 14th with 2.49 kills/set and 14th with a .273 hitting percentage. She reached double-digit kills in 11 matches, highlighted by a 15-kill performance in a 3-2 win at Emmanuel. Murray finished her career ranked ninth in kills (873) and seventh in attempts (2,738). Cox was third on the Chargers with 183 kills and 1.81 kills/ set. She led the team with an impressive 88 total blocks on 28 solos and 60 assists. Among conference players in all matches, Cox ranked second in block assists and total blocks. She ranked third in block solos and blocks/set and posted a remarkable 11 blocks to tie a single-match record, in a 3-2 win at Emmanuel. After three seasons, Cox ranks seventh in blocks/set (.73), eighth in total blocks (217), ninth in block solos (70) and ninth in block assists (147). Flynn led the team with 454 digs and 60 aces, the latter ranking her 40th in the nation. She posted a career best 32 digs in a 3-2 win at Emmanuel. After three seasons, Flynn ranks 12th all-time with 996 career digs and fifth with 3.15 digs/set. Flynn recorded the third most digs among conference players and posted the fifth most in conference matches with 182. She was fourth in the GNAC in total aces and fourth with 27 aces in conference matches. Flynn


Maddie Bromley ‘22, the two-time GNAC Rookie of the Week, led the Chargers with 288 kills and 2.59 kills/set.

earned one GNAC Libero of the Week award during the season.

All-GNAC Third Team. Martin also represented ColbySawyer on the Sportsmanship Team.

Olivieri tied for the team lead in sets (111) and matches (31) played in her final season. She was fourth on the team with 32 aces and posted a career-high eight kills in a 3-2 win over Baruch.

Fields led the Chargers with 23 points, 10 goals and three assists. She recorded a pair of game-winning goals against Saint Joseph (Conn.) and Anna Maria. In conference games, Fields ranked in the top 10 in points (7th, 19), goals (6th, 8) and assists (9th, 3). She finished her two-year Colby-Sawyer career with the 10th most points in program history with 53 on 21 goals and 11 assists.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (7-8, 7-5 GNAC) Under the direction of first-year Head Coach Gene Smith, the team went 7-5 in conference play to finish in sixth place in its first GNAC season. The Chargers fell to Johnson & Wales in the GNAC Tournament quarterfinals to end the season at 7-8. Colby-Sawyer has made a postseason appearance in eight straight seasons.

Martin, a team captain, was second on the team with 14 points on six goals and two assists. She scored the game-­ winning goal against Simmons. Martin played and started in all 15 team contests. She finished her career with 43 points on 15 goals and 13 assists. The 13 assists rank tied for seventh all-time.

Seniors Hannah Fields (Shapleigh, Maine) and Amanda Martin (Amesbury, Mass.) were named to the All-GNAC Second Team. Seniors Morgan Keene (Barre, Vt.) and Abbie Sansoucy (Douglas, Mass.) were named to the

Keene was an impact player on the backline for the past two years. She was an instrumental reason the Chargers recorded four shutouts this season. Keene also contributed a goal and two assists. PHOTO: JOHN QUACKENBOS

Senior Hannah Fields ‘19 cracked the top 10 in career points in just two seasons with the Chargers.

Sansoucy, also a team captain, ranked third on the squad with 13 points on five goals and three assists. She notched a pair of game-winning goals against Suffolk and Rivier and finished her career with 44 points on 18 goals and eight assists. Five of Sansoucy’s career goals were game-winners. Senior co-captain Maddie Chamard (Portsmouth, R.I.) contributed a pair of goals and two assists on the season. She finished her career with 13 assists to rank tied for seventh all-time.  ® Ryan Emerson is Colby-Sawyer’s Sports Information Director. He holds a B.S. from Western New England College and an M.B.A. from Providence College.



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news from alumni relations COLBY-SAWYER HOMECOMING FRIDAY, OCT. 4 – SUNDAY, OCT. 6, 2019

Join alumni, parents, families and friends for Colby-Sawyer’s annual Homecoming festivities. Enjoy time on the hill, tour campus, reconnect with favorite faculty, and socialize with old and new friends. Milestone Reunion celebrations will take place for the following classes during Homecoming: 1939 · 1944 · 1949 · 1954 1959 · 1964 · 1969 · 1974 1979 · 1984 · 1989 · 1994 1999 · 2004 · 2009 · 2014 For more information, contact, call 603.526.3886 or visit

Join Us for a Colby-Sawyer Event Near You President Susan D. Stuebner looks forward to connecting with Colby-­ Sawyer alumni across the country in the coming year. Visit colby-sawyer. edu/alumni/events for details about upcoming events where you can meet President Stuebner and hear the latest updates about the college. Colby-Sawyer gives great thanks to our recent event hosts:

Tara Steward Darak ’08 (left) and Kristin Costello ’08 enjoy Alumni Ski Day at Mount. Sunapee on March 9.



Sonja Carlson Davidow ’56 Woodside, Calif. Ginger Gault Donaher ’79 Westport, Conn. For more information about hosting a college event in your area, please contact the Alumni Office.

Refer a Student to Colby-Sawyer As a graduate, you know firsthand the impact of a Colby-Sawyer education. The college relies on alumni to be among our best advocates. If you know a high school student who would benefit from a great Colby-­Sawyer experience, please let us know by contacting the Admissions Office at or 603.526.3700. Thank you, in advance, for supporting your alma mater by spreading the word about Colby-Sawyer and helping us recruit the next class of Chargers!

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CORRESPONDENT NEEDED Barbara Parker Emmenegger’s daughter sent a note that let us know the following: Barbara Parker Emmenegger married Ed Emmenegger, a Navy man from Monroe, WI (he passed away in 1981). After living in a few Midwestern locales, including Chicago and Oak Park, IL, they moved to the Chicago suburb of Roselle, had 6 children and then were off to La Grange, IL, in 1958, where they had one more child. Barbara has resided in Western Springs, IL, since 1994 and is still there in her own home. She spent much of her adult life raising the family but also worked part time at La Grange Public Library and volunteered at a Community Nurses Association thrift store for many years. Along with her 7 children, she has 12 grands and 10

great-grands. Barbara and her family used to visit her parents, Grandma and Grandpa Perkins, in Claremont, NH, almost every summer. Though they grew up in the Midwest, they all came to love New England and consider it their 2nd home.


CORRESPONDENT NEEDED Priscilla Coan Barnes writes, “I have fond memories of dear Dr. Leslie Sawyer; handsome Dr. Woodman, who later became president; and many others whose names have left me. Mt. Day was fun. At 95, my balance has left me because of a stroke in 2017. I depend on my walker to get around Go Ye Village, where I’ve resided for 13+ years. To God be the glory for His protection. My Jim has been in heaven for 9 years.”




RUTH ANNE PADGETT Hello out there! Where are you? I’m baffled that you haven’t written with news for this issue! I hope you liked last edition’s column, as many of you responded. I love to write and make up things, and I could add something to your name that you wouldn’t like (such as, “Caught dancing on table in the bar!”), so next time send a note if only to say, “Hi, I’m still here.” That’s news! I spoke to Ruth Wilgus Rockwell, who invites any of you visiting or passing through Atlanta to drop in and see her. Jan Davis Keegan and her hubby live in a retirement home in Man­­chester, NH. Shirley Glidden Splaine spent an early Christmas with her 3 greatgrands, then left the cold and snow for FL. Her little ones are each a year older than my 2 little guys, so we have a great time comparing. We’ve been in touch many times recently because we lost our dear friend Nancy Dean Maynard on Sept. 19. Nan and I have been birthday buddies all these years since Colby Jr., and she waited a day after her birthday to go. She was our 3rd musketeer. News here is that I stopped driving and gave my fire engine-red Lexus convertible to my daughter. I don’t miss driving, but I sure miss my sweet car!

Barbara Perkins Emmenegger ’39 at her 100th birthday celebration.

Marilyn Belding Hilly ’48.

Jane MacCabe Kelly ’44 and Betty VanGorder Minkler ’44


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PHYLLIS “LES” HARTY WELLS In spring 2018, Frances “Fran” Wannerstrom Clark enjoyed a Nassau cruise with her daughters. They had a great time as their group was surprised with frequent traveler perks on Royal Caribbean Lines. They had a beautiful suite with gratis cocktails and appetizers each day in a delightful bar with a great view! An Aug. note from Fran said CT was having an unusual summer, with rain every day and heat so intense that it felt like the tropics. It didn’t stop her from enjoying life, with the continued array of fun things at Covenant Village CCRC of Cromwell, CT, such as theater, symphony and concerts in the events center. She also finds interesting things to do at the Cromwell Senior Center (a 6-week informative computer course) and at the Cromwell Library’s wonderful lecture series. CVOC is very exercise oriented, so she signed up for 6 weeks of Tai Chi. Aug. brought the first meeting of the UConn Women’s Basketball team boosters’ group, Chris’s Kids, named for Chris Dailey, assistant to Coach Geno Auriemma. Fran hopes for an exciting season with another national



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championship! Fran spent Thanksgiving in Tucson, AZ, with daughter Margie and her family. All 3 unmarried grands were home from CO, TX and FL! Christmas was in Orlando with older daughter Cathy and her daughter and their significant others. Fran doesn’t think she’ll ever be a great-grandma because all the “kids” love to travel just like her! I enjoyed several phone chats with Nancy “Hob” Hobkirk Pierson in the spring and summer. NJ jumped right into a hot summer and Hob was not liking it, although the flowers were magnificent. Her tutoring was winding down for the year and she was about to go to her VT farm and cooler weather. VT is the limit of her travels these days as she has several daughters there. Husband Jim continues to work every day but eventually ends up in VT, where he enjoys golf at the Dorset Field Club. Cornelia “Nini” Hawthorne Maytag and I also had several phone chats this year. Winter arrived in CO in early Oct, so Nini spent a day cutting dozens of roses from her beautiful garden, then wrapped the bushes in freeze resistant gauze. It was 22° that day with an expected overnight of 17°. She wished she had a lot of electric blankets to help save her beloved garden. An interesting fact is that Hob and Nini are the only two women in my bridal party still alive and kicking - none of my husband Mase’s 6 ushers or best man are still alive. I always knew we Colby gals were a tough lot! Barbara “Bobbie” Hamilton Hopkins, our ’48 class president, wrote several weeks after I had sent in the last news. Her letter was so full of news that I hated to delete any of it! She

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wrote, “The latest issue of Colby-­ Sawyer Magazine is dynamite in my book! And, your class notes were outstanding! I am one of those who also live in a CCRC, Edgehill, in Stamford, CT. There aren’t enough hours in the day to partake of all the offerings, particularly concerts, lectures and movies (all in-house) with wonderful and enthusiastic attendance! We have independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care. I am fortunate and still drive the 4+ hours to New London and our house, ‘Windy Top,’ that overlooks Kearsarge, and I still have my real estate license. I now have many friends who also have moved to Edgehill. I enjoy my 8 grandchildren, plus one now that we’ve had our first wedding: Charlie Hopkins married Jennifer Kish last Sept. at the Ausable Club in the Adirondacks. I anticipate our 2nd wedding in Jan 2019 in Woodstock, VT! My children live within a manageable distance: Montpelier, VT; Longmeadow, MA; and Moorestown, NJ. My grandchildren live and work all over the place; Rutland and Burlington, VT; Boston; Philadelphia and Jackson, WY.” Bobbie had hoped to get a few of us to go to our 70th Reunion. She offered to take charge if any of us could get to New London. No one inquired so I felt most were too old to make the trip. However, I heard that Mary Jane “MJ” Thompson O’Hare ’86, brought her mom, Barbara-Jane “BJ” Smith Thompson, to New London for our 70th Reunion. Many thanks to MJ; it’s nice to know someone represented our class! In mid-Oct., I heard from Marilyn Belding Hilly’s oldest daughter, Meg, who helped her write news. Marilyn enjoys summers in Waitsfield, VT, with Meg. She gardens, does puzzles, swims and has PT regularly. In the fall, she spends a few months in Nashville with her son, Jed, and his family, including college-age grands Charlie, Anabel and Bailey. In Jan, she goes to Park City, UT, to visit daughter Rebecca and grandson Wyatt, where she enjoys time on the slopes at age 90–wow! Fellow


Floridian Jane Maynard Gibson emailed me now and again. This summer, she was rereading and loving The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher, and she sent her love to the class. Jane was looking forward to grandson Harry’s wedding, but I heard from her daughter, Susan, that Jane passed away in Oct. The Alumni Relations Office sent news that Barbara Cassky Raitto passed 2/19/18. Right after Thanksgiving, I had a surprise note from Beverly Johnson “Bev” Bitner. She’d finished reading the most recent Class Notes and marveled that I’d been carrying on since 1983. She also wondered how many of our classmates are still alive. Bev still lives in her Ft. Lauderdale condo on the top (19th) floor. It is 2 blocks from the beach and has a spectacular view of the Atlantic she can see from both bedrooms, the kitchen and living room. Her condo association is about to start a capital improvement project. The windows will be replaced with impact glass and the balcony tiles will be replaced, among other improvements. She’ll have to move out while the work is done and plans to stay with daughter Judy. At Big Birthday Time, Bev was in MA feeling very special, as she and most of her family celebrated for 3 days at the Chatham Bars Inn. The New England air was delightful, but when she returned to the FL heat, she had trouble breathing and had to use oxygen 24/7. She’s still dragging her oxygen coils and finds it best to stay home. She lost her husband, John, in 2005. Sons, ages 65 and 60, are nearby, as is Judy, and they’re attentive, which keeps her spirits up. One of her grandsons was about to graduate from UF’s School of Engineering in Gainesville, where Bev and John lived when their brood was at UF. She sent warm wishes to the Class of ’48. Mase and I, Phyllis “Les” Harty Wells, are doing well for a 90and 94-year old. We have our ups and downs in our Golden Years but always manage to recover and enjoy life once again at Oak Hammock CCRC, here in

Gainesville. As the Wells family grows and scatters, it’s getting harder to plan the holidays – we had 3 Christmas celebrations this year. It’s hard to believe we’ve lived in FL 42 years, the longest time anywhere. My best to all the class, and if you can still write legibly, write. If you can’t write legibly, send an email!


KATHLEEN VALLIERE-DENIS OUILETTE Ann Bemis Day lives at the Rivermead Retirement Community in Peterborough, NH. She’s published 13 annual poetry journals, is working on another Nature of Things book and is active with the NH and VT Poetry Societies. Ann has also been writing nature articles for the Valley Reporter for 48+ years. She had a gallery show of her photos in the fall. She’s on the board of the Monadnock Writers Group and is on the VT Poetry Society council. Ann had emergency surgery in June and had a long recovery in nursing care at Rivermead. Ann’s daughter Deb lives in Gettysburg and works with the Strawberry Hill Nature Center. Ann has 4 grands: Emma is in DC and working toward a nursing degree; Ruby bought a house in Asheville, NC; Emma is in Brisbane, Australia, where she has an excellent job working with refugee children; and Haven moved from Seattle to Maine with his girlfriend.


MARILYN “WOODSIE” WOODS ENTWISTLE I’ll start with Sally “Itchie” Hueston Day, our still-on-themove traveling classmate, this time to Boston to celebrate Thanksgiving with family, including 3 of her youngest great-grands. She has 7 more, ranging from 3 months to 22 years. Off the road, she wrote and published the book Remembering Sherman 1932 – 1980, a small valley town near the CT/ NY border where she grew up. It’s an interesting read about how the young and old blended so well in the town. Resident celebrities Lowell Thomas and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale were treated as regulars. All’s well with Joanne Fowle “Judy” Hinds, except for a large boot she’s wearing because she fractured her tibia. She received a national hospice award as 2018 Volunteer of the Year. She still enjoys being a volunteer and a professional after 30 years; the same holds true for her bereavement work. She looks forward to spending her 30th year at her 2nd home in the Bahamas, which will include a visit from her daughter and 3 grands for spring break; she says, “You can’t get better than that!” Sarah “Sae” Bond Gilson says that although she hasn’t solved the woes of the world, she and Ben are still having fun, especially on a recent boat trip along the west Norway coast. Elizabeth Carlson “Betty” Salomon has finished rehab for the femur she fractured just before Christmas last year. She’s doing home exercises and walks 4 miles a day on the NJ beach. I had a nice conversation with Natalie “Nat” Clarke Jones about people we grew up with and how she enjoyed her son’s wedding this summer in MN. It was a grand, well-attended and beautiful outdoor ceremony. She was happy she had time to visit with her brother’s family before she left town. Now, I (Marilyn “Woodsie” Woods Entwistle) won’t say that I that I can keep up with Itchie, but I’ve done some traveling. I’ve told you about

going to NJ to check up on Betty, who was doing well. Then I went to VA to celebrate “a life well lived.” Grand Bev, as she was called, became a big part of our family as we shared 3 grands. It was a grand celebration to match her name. Then, it was off to ski Alta in UT, where my granddaughter goes to school. She skis at recess and can ski circles around me, as can her mom, Rosie, who basically runs the lodge there and, of course, Ruby’s dad, my son, Mike, who is the best skier in our family. They all patiently skied around with this old gal – what fun! On Mother’s Day, my son Bert gave me a round-trip ticket to Olympia, WA, where I had a delightful visit with Cam, my 1st cousin once removed; her husband, Kevin; and their ever-growing family who are 2nd, 3rd and 4th cousins of mine (with several removals attached). Cam drew a chart for me so I can figure out how many generations (removals) there are for each one. They own a wonderful marina that has free ice cream cones. When I told my grands, they decided it must be the best place in the world. On the way home, Bert had arranged a side trip for me to LA so I could see my brother in a nursing home and visit my niece, Cori; her husband, Scott; and my adorable grandniece, Inara. Before I sign off, ladies – do be careful. Judy has a boot, Betty is still working on her injured femur, and late news from Mary Jane “Fritzie” Fritzinger Moeller is that she tripped over her feet, fell on her side, and now has a giant hematoma that is slowly going away. Fond regards to all.


CORRESPONDENT NEEDED Lois Enman Marshall has moved to Havenwood, a retirement community in Concord, NH.


JO-ANNE GREENE COBBAN So nice to hear from classmates across the country and as far south as the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas. No matter how far apart in distance, many of us

have kept up relationships with other classmates, and through this column, many more. Mary Balzac writes from Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands. She’s blessed with terrific daughters, 5 delightful grands and a 1-year-old great-grand. The daughters are involved with tourism, real estate and the environment. She keeps busy painting in watercolors and oils, showing, selling locally and participating in local art shows. Shirley Wright Cantara lives in Old Orchard Beach, ME, but spent the winter in FL. She took along her 14-year-old Jack Russell Terrier to visit with friends and family, and allow time for the healing of skin cancer on her right hand by MCHS surgery. She keeps in touch with Barbara Dennett Howard and Percilla Horridge Savacool. Janet “Hoffy” Hofmann Hansen writes that she and husband Toby live in a condo in CA and spend the summers in Harbor Springs, MI, where they have a house built in 1899. Their daughter lives close by in Encinitos, CA, with 2 daughters; their son lives in Bozeman, MT, and has a son and a daughter, both in college. From Traverse City, MI, Emily Spencer Breaugh writes, “I have not recovered from my fall down the stairs in 2014. I’ve been home since 2015 and doing quite well. I am still unable to see clearly to paint or sew, but I enjoy listening to books on tapes. My husband, Neal, is taking wonderful care of me and a caregiver assists by taking me to luncheons and other events with ladies who also live at the Woodcreek Home Community.” She added they enjoyed a cruise to the Bahamas in spring 2018. They have 6 children and 8 grands. Arline Soderberg Ely has been keeping score of the national park walking tours with No. 20 being in Maine’s Arcadia National Park. Plans for 2019 include a trip to Costa Rica with a male friend, plus a visit to Paula Biagi Migliaccio in Barrington, RI. She keeps in good health with yoga and working out at the gym twice a week. Helen Johnson Sargent and husband Dick’s most special activity has been

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working toward a goal of visiting all the presidential libraries and/ or museums or homes. They have 14 to go. She writes, “The library we enjoyed most was Reagan’s Simi Valley in CA. The Johnson and Bush libraries in TX were a challenge since they are about 400 miles apart. Our trip to the Midwest covered 7 libraries in 11 states.” She rec­ ommends the quest to all as a rewarding and patriotic adventure. After the loss of husband Roger, Ann Rosenbach Scott traveled around the country on river cruises that included the Snake and Columbia, the Hudson and part of the Mississippi. She writes, “This would be followed by the Chesapeake Bay. The small ships allowed us to meet more people and it was more fun.” My daughter, Melissa, a flight attendant, and her family and I spent a weekend at the Grand Canyon. My son, Greg, a captain with the same airline, flew over the South Rim at the same time the family was lunching on the porch. His text sent ahead read, ‘Do you see me?’ We did not, but it gave me goosebumps.” Glenice Hobbs Harmon, once a choir member, returned to NH to visit with family as they gathered for one of her sisters’ funerals. She enjoyed a visit with daughter Doreen before returning to Austin, TX. I (Jo-Anne Greene Cobban) began studying my ancestry years ago and after discovering my line goes back to the Pilgrims, I became a member of the NH Mayflower Society and soon held an office. The NH membership began with a small group of people in 1930. As I collected archives and reviewed the



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Colby-Sawyer sunglasses were a necessity as these ladies enjoyed an annual luncheon in Harpswell, Maine. Pictured are (front row, L to R) Nancy Hoyt Langbein ’56, Judy Gilmore Getchell, Joan Potter Nelson, (back row, L to R) Prudence Jensen Heard ’60, Robin Tobin Dwyer ’84, Patty Canby Colhoun ’60, Betty Boyson Tacy ‘56 and Judy Tinsman White ’56.

contents, among the original records was the name Herbert Lewis Sawyer, transferred August 1930 into NHMS from Maine. He died Feb 1966, too early to ever meet him and discuss his ancestry.” Note that we have 2 mates that live on an island, one in the Atlantic and one in the Pacific, where Frances “Frannie” Pryor Haws has called home since 1963. She has 4 great-grands; the oldest has graduated high school. She and her husband are doing well and plan to attend his 65th Yale reunion. “I am keeping my feet on the ground rather than riding and tennis at 84 years old,” she says.


NANCY HOYT LANGBEIN Ed and I were pleased to sit with Nancy Morris Adams and Carol Molander Linsley on our trip to New London for Homecoming weekend in Oct. Nancy is enjoying many college activities, plus traveling to see children. Carol and I chatted about family and classmates. Carol has a sister in New London and visits her frequently. Email from Marilyn Stott Smith tells of her roomy apartment at a senior complex 20 minutes from her daughter in Ashburn, VA. She’ll still summer at the Long Island beach house as long as they’re able. Marilyn was surprised to meet a neighbor from 30 years ago in the same complex. At Homecoming, I met Nancy Woodring

Hansen ’64, the sister-in-law of a friend living in my complex. Another “small world” story. Marilyn has good advice for us seniors: while coping with our health issues, have a sense of humor and add exercise, if possible. Marilyn is grateful to have celebrated 62 years of marriage. This past summer, we had our usual “Colby-Sawyer Lunch Bunch” with 14 attendees in Harpswell, ME. Elizabeth “Beth” Bryant Camp ’92 joined with a positive update on college happenings. We all look forward to this annual event. Betty Boyson Tacy, Judy Tinsman White and I represented our class. George Martin and his Colby-Sawyer women’s basketball team competed in a Round Robin Tournament at Bowdoin in Nov. Ed and I were happy to host the team supper before their return to New London. What a nice bunch of women we have representing our college. CSC beat Colby College but lost to Bowdoin. Sonja Carlson Davidow hosted an alumni gathering at her home in CA. Arlene Annan DeMoss came from San Jose to attend. Please do attend an alumni event in your area. They’re a great chance to meet the president and maybe connect with gals one hasn’t seen in years. Do please support the Colby-Sawyer Fund that helps today’s students have the opportunities we all had back when. Keep the news coming, as I can’t report it if I don’t have it!


JILL BOOTH MACDONELL Editor’s Note: Apologies to Jill Booth Macdonell for indicating that she was a medical technology graduate in the last issue. Ellen Fotter Jamison writes that her friend Eric from Kenya visited this year for the 2nd time; she hopes to go over there in March. Sr. Jane Davis ’58 MT writes that she moved this year. Carolyn Woodward Newton passed away 5/18/18. Rest in peace, dear soul. Diane Shugrue Gallagher was on “the tron,” a big screen at the Red Sox’s Fenway Park on 7/12/18. I continue to work on a plan to bring Haven For Hope, an empowering model from San Antonio of helping the homeless/unhomed, to Sacramento. Please send your news.


CYNTHIA GRINDROD VAN DER WYK As my 80th birthday in April approached, I took up target shooting, which has been on my bucket list. When I was 12, I attended summer camp in Burlington, VT. They offered instruction in riflery. I joined the NRA and became a marksman with a .22 rifle. I now use a .22 pistol, which is much harder but I’ve had 4 bullseyes! In celebration of my 80th, Mr. Bill and I enjoyed a 3-week cruise to Hawaii.

Diane Shugrue Gallagher ’57 appeared on the jumbotron at a Boston Red Sox game in July.

Cindy Grindrod van der Wyk ’58 has taken up target shooting.


PATTY CANBY COLHOUN Ann Parsons Klump enjoys traveling, including a 14-day cruise to 9 islands. She’s very happy having her grands (ages 12, 14, 16 and 17) nearby. She’s amazed that one is driving and another will be soon. Toni Davis Randall has a new email, available on request. Sue Barto Monks spent most of the summer at her CT shore house with visiting family and friends. In Sept, she went to a ME family island for 10 days. It was very relaxing to live off the land, as all meats, milk, eggs and vegetables are raised/grown on the island. Sue went to Chicago in Oct to a showing of her granddaughter’s photography. Sue is very proud of her granddaughter, who’s a college senior. Sue had family from Denver come for Thanksgiving and spent Christmas in Denver. She looks forward to an Oct river cruise. Barbara “Barb” Swanson Smith went to a 60th reunion with Elizabeth “Betsey” Foss Dinsmore, who was having knee problems. Betsey’s husband, Pete, is recovering from a stroke; we wish him well. Ellen Cook Barnes visited at the Marblehead and New London reunions. Charlotte Heyl McLaughlin, Sandra “Sandy” Martin Pedrick and I

attended our 60th reunion as well. Susan “Susie” Frank Hilton reported that her mother, Joan E. W. Frank, passed away at the age of 104 in Oct. Our condolences to Susie and to the family of Mary Ann Lanning Monheimer, who passed away 11/16/16. Sally Biever-Ward writes, “Over the years, I’ve visited all 7 continents. I had a wonderful career in the financial field. I was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table for 30 years and served as president of its foundation with 17,000 international members. I’m retired; my husband, Peter, and I travel, ski and teach pickleball. We love Reno!” Marianne Olmsted writes, “I was a member of the Class of 1960 and loved my time there. I went on a Mediterranean cruise in May, which was fantastic. We went to various Spanish ports and ended up in Barcelona. We sailed with Royal Caribbean; the food was great and the weather was perfect.” I’ve been busy as senior warden for St. Columba’s Church in Boothbay Harbor. I also work with 2nd grade students in reading at the elementary school, volunteer at our local nonprofit movie theater and at the Y. Still love to design and hook rugs. As part of a local group of friends, we went to the Olde Cape Cod Rug School in Hyannis in Nov. I had Thanksgiving in Denver with my son and his family, and Christmas in Paris with my daughter (that trip included a visit to Normandy). My roommate, Gale Hartung Baldwin, came with me to Homecoming in Oct, where we attended the President’s Alumni Advisory Council meeting, the scholarship luncheon and a women’s rugby match. We had dinner with Barbara “Barb” Swanson Smith and husband Lyman. Gale and I also attended the brunch and induction ceremony for the Athletic Hall of Fame, where Gale presented my induction – it was awesome. Many thanks to Elizabeth “Beth” Bryant Camp ’92, who nominated me. I’m going to Paris in early April for the consecration of the new Episcopal Bishop of Europe at the American

Cathedral where Bishop Michael Curry will attend. My daughter and I will explore the towns and state parks of Canby and national parks in May. It’ll be a rapid excursion. In Oct, I’ll take a riverboat cruise with Sue Barto Monks, leaving from Prague.


CORRESPONDENT NEEDED Susan Heath Bint writes, “We have had an exciting year with a granddaughter’s marriage and the arrival of our 1st great-grand, a boy named Jude. We’ve been renovating our Cape house with all the chaos that goes with it! I was terribly saddened last Christmas to learn of the passing of my dear roommate and maid of honor, Sally Reynolds Carlin. She was a very sweet and special friend who will be missed.”


CORRESPONDENT NEEDED Karen Loder Davis lives a nomadic life. Her legal address is with family in Stafford, VA, where she spends parts of the spring and fall. In the summer, she stays with her brother and niece in Brewster on Cape Cod. She winters in Dunedin, FL. Karen feels lucky to be in good health and enjoys traveling and volunteering. Barb Russell Williams enjoys writing articles for The Dover Tidings, a newsletter produced by the Dover Historical Society in her MA childhood hometown. Read Barb’s articles in the fall and winter 2018 issues at


KATHRINE CONATHAN REARDON Nancy Woodring Hansen attended the Colby-Sawyer President’s Alumni Advisory Council meeting in Oct. She writes, “Everything looks good on the campus, and I learned a great deal about how everything is going at the college. The new art building is wonderful and the Fine and Performing Arts Department is very pleased. If any of our classmates are in the area, take a swing around the town and campus. You can even

request a tour if you call ahead.” Nancy’s family continues to grow. Sonja, her oldest, has been a math teacher at Keene High School for 30 years. She’s the department head and loves her job. Her husband, Shawn, retired from the Keene Police Dept after 20 years. Nancy’s 2 oldest granddaughters have settled in Keene, where they grew up, and both married hometown boys. Nancy shares, “Ashley, our oldest granddaughter, is a nurse at the hospital and has a daughter, 6, who’s losing teeth and looking like a real kid. She also has a daughter who’s 2 and a sweetheart. Our 2nd granddaughter, Elizabeth, is a physical therapist and has an adorable boy who is almost 2. He’s a busy guy and has fun with his cousins. Our son, Chris, and wife Lynn live in Chelmsford, MA. Chris is the computer guy at the Lahey Clinic and Lynn works at Lowell General Hospital in the Physician Hospital Organization. Their daughter, Laura, is a special education teacher in Denver. Their son, Kyle, is in his 3rd year at Mass. Maritime. Our daughter, Inga, moved back to Keene to be with the family after 19 years in CA, though she still works for her company there. She’s involved in Rotary and is a Keene School Board member. Roger’s retired from being a doctor but is now the board president at the Keene hospital and active on the Dartmouth Alumni Council. My favorite thing now is going into Julia’s school to read with the kindergarteners. It is so much fun! It is wonderful to have everyone so close!” Martha Andrews Locke wrote, “Randy and I celebrated our 52nd anniversary. We try to drive to New England each summer to maintain our Yankee roots and smell the ocean. Glad and proud to see a fellow Minnesotan as president of CSC.” Susan Patricelli Regan has established fine arts scholarships in memory of her mother, an internationally acclaimed artist. The scholarships benefit senior high school students pursuing careers in a creative field, one in West Hartford, CT, another in Granby, CT. You may see Susan’s

mom’s work at sylviadavisart. com; her first exhibition was opened by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in Hartford. You can hear Mrs. Roosevelt’s speech on the site. It would be great if we heard from some more classmates for the next publication! Pat Donahue Jones shares, “My Christmas card this year to Jerry Swanson Landt was returned as undeliverable. I was surprised and curious because I hadn’t heard from her at Christmas as usual. After determining that her email address and cell phone number were no longer operating, I Googled her and found that she died 4/18/18. The online obituary didn’t provide a lot of info but mentioned she’d been a 10-year breast cancer survivor, which I knew. I don’t know if the cancer returned or if there was another cause of death. Jerry was my roommate in Page Hall our 2nd year. I transferred to BU after receiving my associate’s degree, but Jerry stayed and received her MT bachelor’s in 1966.” Pat also reports that after 51 years in the financial services industry, she retired from her position as a compliance officer for a Boston financial services firm in 2018 and doesn’t miss her 3-hour round-trip commute. She’s so busy that she’s not sure how she had time for work, with Zumba 3-4 times a week, bridge with 2 groups she’s been in for 40 years, and caring for her grandsons (3 and 6) on early release school days. “I communicate with ‘cousins’ from around the world through my genealogy research,” she says. “My husband and I plan to increase our travel time. We spend a week in Phoenix every April and every



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Oct. We spend July on the Cape hosting our children and grands. Last Aug, we took a Viking River Cruise on the Danube from Budapest to Passau, followed by a trip to Prague and then to Amsterdam to visit a grandson. This year we’ll be on a longer Viking River Cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg. We attend many Princeton minireunions throughout the country for my husband’s Class of ’65. We’re involved in planning for the 150th anniversary of the 1st college football game (Princeton vs. Rutgers, 1869). Part of the celebration is the Princeton vs Dartmouth football game on Nov 9 at Yankee Stadium with a weekend of events planned around it.


SUSAN WOODRUFF MACAULAY I wish I had more news to share. I know you lead busy lives, but your classmates would sure like to know what’s happening in your life! “Make my day,” as they say, and email me your news. Molly Jaeger-Begent is retired from the family construction company and running a nonprofit art gallery in Ramona, CA, which means she’s not really retired! She writes, “I have 4 grandkids, which is a lot of fun since there is nothing like seeing

your children having their own children and becoming parents. We could use a little rain in Southern CA, so any of you classmates who would like to send a bit our way, feel free!” John and I spent 19 days in Ireland in May with mostly terrific weather. What special places are the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland - we recommend this trip! Our summer was full of travels to OH, IN, MA, VT and CO. We spent a few days in San Antonio in Oct. We have a special relationship with 2 international grad students at UT at Dallas. A Christian organization on campus, International Friendship Partners, links students with families from area churches. I have a PhD candidate in electrical engineering from Xian, China. John has a master’s degree candidate in business analytics from India. We have introduced them to our Episcopal Church and subsequent activities, including Thanksgiving. We’ve paired with prior students and found the relationships to be meaningful and fun.


SIS HAGEN KINNEY I didn’t hear from many of you this time, but Frances “Francie” King said her 1st full year away from BU has been lovely, but in

(L to R) Betty Bland Homeyer ’67, Georganne Hoffman Berry ’68 MT and Sally McCracken Smith ’67 were together for a 3-day reunion at Castle in the Clouds in Meredith, N.H.


general, she’s “flunking retirement.” She indicated that she left the “hurdy-gurdy” of the city to return home to her own study, and that her 11-year-old personal biography business HistoryKeep has ramped up. She said, “People really do want to tell their stories for posterity, and I love every minute of it.” Their rescue pup from Alabama is the “sweetest-tempered pooch I’ve had and a wonderful daily office companion (she’s a feisty mix, a Southern small-animal hunting dog, about a year old).” She also said having a puppy is like having a kid in the house again (but we all know that!), and that business in their B&B ( is brisk despite cooler weather. In closing, she said they “welcome any and all Colbyites to Marblehead” and that “New England is beautiful any time of year, and Marblehead just gets better and better!” I received a photograph from Elizabeth “Betty” Bland Homeyer, who indicated that she, Georganne Hoffman Berry ’68 and Sally McCracken Smith had a 3-day minireunion at Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, NH. The last person I heard from was Meredith Jones, who had been hiking in the Dolomites. She said she had a “much deeper appreciation for how Europeans (especially the Italians we met) view the US.” She “entertained questions about our president and our attitude about the issue of healthcare” and suspects “we’re finding more common ground as a nation about the importance of affordable health care, and surely the proverbial long arc of justice will point us to clearer consensus about our shared values as a nation.” She noted that the mountains of northern Italy are stunningly beautiful and definitely challenging; after 8-10 miles of hiking per day at altitudes a mile high+, she came as close as possible to feeling like she was living “The Sound of Music!” She ended her note with, “Here’s to good health and happy hiking.” With extreme sadness, we report Prudence Hostetter’s son,

Adam Hostetter Kelly, 22, died in Nov. Pru, please know we hold you in our prayers for God’s healing grace. As for me, we’re well on our way with building our new house and by the time this gets to y’all, we might even be residing there. We had some major delays and it seems everyone here in western NC works on “mountain time,” but I’ve been able to visit with children and grands throughout the summer and fall. Please let me know at any time what you’re up to. We love to hear about our classmates and friends, so keep those cards and letters coming!


DEBORAH “DEBI” ADAMS JOHNSTON After living in ME for the last 45 years, Torrey Smith Joy has returned to her home state of VT. She and husband Dave decided to be closer to family after the birth of their grandchild and purchased a house at the foot of the Green Mountains in Bristol, only 6 miles from her 93-year-old mother, who still lives on her own and is going strong. Torrey has retired from 17 years in the medical technology field, followed by 23 years of teaching science and GT. Dave is a retired architect. In Sept, Torrey enjoyed a visit from Georganne Hoffman Berry ’68 MT, who was in the area for a Girl Scouts event. They hadn’t seen each other in years but picked right up where they left off. Please make plans to attend Homecoming at Colby-Sawyer, Oct. 4-6, in celebration of our 50th Reunion!


GAIL REMICK HOAGE I’d like to give thanks to friendship, especially those I made at Colby - friendships that have lasted into my adult life. Thank you for the education, Colby, but also for such lasting friendships that are very important in my life. Once a year, I meet up with Deborah “Deb” Marcoux Deacetis, Susan “Sue” B. Pomerantz, Beth Constantinides Meurlin, Lynn Winchester, Karen Dunnett and

These ladies from the Class of 1970 enoyed some time together in Rye Beach, N.H. (L to R) Beth Constantinides Meurlin, Karen Dunnett, Sue Pomerantz, Gail Remick Hoage, Lynn Winchester, Deb Marcoux Deacetis and Valerie “Val” Turtle.

Valerie L. Turtle for some vacation time to reminisce, have fun, and see where our lives have taken us. It reminds me of Adam Sandler’s movie “Grown Ups!” Thank you, ladies, and thank you, Colby. It’s been a great ride! Please check out Facebook and Wendy Hazen Designs ( for her calendars and cards. They are just so beautiful. The collected works of artist Sarah Haskell were on view at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland from 11/3/18 to 3/3/19 and at The Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, MA, from 11/3/18 to 12/22/18. Check out her Facebook page to learn more about this interesting multimedia artist in our midst. Karen Dunnett bade farewell to Fidelity Investments and moved from Boston to Newburyport - retirement! Enjoy! We’re excited for you and your new adventures. Jane DeShazo Johnson (Abbey) is an author of children’s picture books. Find her on Facebook or visit From IL, she now lives in Tampa. Lynn Winchester, former social worker for the state of VT, has retired. Her Facebook page has beautiful pictures of her

granddaughter, Charlotte. Add Susan Pomerantz, associate director at ABC, to the list of retirees. Enjoy! Some of us are still diehards and working, right, Val Turtle? In Oct, the keynote speaker at the Colby-Sawyer scholar/donor luncheon was our own Beth Constantinides Meurlin! With great sorrow, Nancy Connolly Johnson reports her beloved husband, Dave, died. He loved our Colby family! Mary Pat Desmond Cox and husband David; daughters Megan Marx and Katie Glass; Jean Broderick Warren ’71 and her husband, Kip; Cindy Lawrence and Laurie Rendall Coursin ’69 all provided extraordinarily thoughtful support to Dave and Nancy during Dave’s illness and to Nancy now as she navigates life without him. Their unwavering efforts define the true meaning of friendship. In addition to making special trips with her family, Mary Pat wrote and presented Dave’s eulogy, which perfectly described Dave and how he impacted all our lives. Jean and Kip kept the home front functioning and the lights on. Cindy and Laurie kept in frequent contact. Nancy is extraordinarily grateful for her Colby family! Please write me some news to share with old friends. Sending love and friendship to all of you.


ELLIE GOODWIN COCHRAN I hope you all had great holidays! We enjoy it so much more with the addition of our grandson. Karen Siney Fredericks heard from Nancy Gardner in Chicago, who connected Karen Karen Siney Fredericks ’71 and Nancy Bokron Lavigne ’71.

with Nancy Bokron Lavigne in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Karen is in Irvine, so they can get together. Karen stays busy in CA and traveling to CO to see her daughter and her growing family. Bev Bethell Dolezal and husband Ed celebrated 46 years of marriage in Dec. They’re enjoying life in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and have 3 kids and 7 grands in FL. Bev teaches water aerobics and Ed teaches Tai Chi and Ci Gong in an effort to keep up with the grands. Thanks for keeping in touch - keep the notes coming! I know more’s going on with downsizing, travel, retirement, family and fun!


LINDA KELLY GRAVES Another year has begun and as you read this, spring should be here. As I write, though, Christmas is just around the bend. Hope this column finds you and your loved ones happy and healthy. Lindsey Stewart is retired and both her children are married. She manages an apartment building that she and her husband own in Chicago, and they have a lake house in Saugatuck, MI. She’d love to hear from any classmates who live in those areas. I now have the happy occasion every 4-6 weeks to visit my son and family at Ft. Drum, NY, where they’re stationed for the next 3 years. As I drive, I find myself reflecting on friends from our CSC days who lived in that area. Elisabeth “Betsy” Barker comes to mind as hailing from Syracuse. I know Lucy Main has been in Malone, NY; we almost got a chance to rendezvous a few weeks ago but it didn’t work out. Lucy is about to move into a wonderful condo in St. Petersburg, FL, and become a state resident, with Malone as her summer retreat. If any classmates are still in the upper NY/Adirondack neck of the woods, let me know; I’d love to catch up. Stay healthy and practice your writing to me!

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NANCY MESSING Julie Fagan went on to earn a B.S. at Syracuse U (1975), an M.S. in exercise science at UMass (1977) and a Ph.D. from U of Arizona (1983). She did a 3-year post doc at Harvard Medical School before taking an assistant professorship at Rutgers U in 1986, where she’s been since. Julie’s YouTube channel is and many full-length papers accompany each video. Katie Balcke completed her 115th highest 4,000 ft hike in the Northeast on 10/26/18. She’s applied for the North East 111 (115) Club and is an Adirondack 46er Club and the White Mountain 4,000 Footer Club member. Katie attended Colby Junior in 1972-73 and returned to complete her A.A. in 1977 before earning her B.A. at U of Arizona in 1982.


SUSAN BROWN WARNER Greetings, all! Huge kudos to Ann Woodd-Cahusac Neary, who earned the coveted National Board Teaching Certification. It was a grueling process, which few achieve on their first try, but Ann did! In fact, she was the only teacher in CT to earn the certification this year. Extremely hard work, dedication and teaching talent combined to result in this prestigious honor. Congratulations, Ann! Eleanor Cummings Bowe showed her affection for our alma mater when she named her beautiful



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rescue dogs Colby and Sawyer. Last summer, the 3 posed in front of the college during the family’s annual NH vacation.


JANET E. SPURR Dottie “Dar” Rush Sullivan and her husband became grandparents for the 3rd time: Harlow Rose Sullivan joins her brothers Caden (4) and Brecken (2). The Sullivans live in Rochester, NY, and spent 6 months last year at their home on Martha’s Vineyard. Many friends and family visited! Barbara Carroll shares, “Another exciting trip to Africa is on the horizon. I have become aware of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, based in Namibia. They have a US presence in Alexandria, VA. Their premier research center in Namibia is involved in education, research and conservation of the cheetah. I attended their fundraising gala in Oct and met fund founder Dr. Laurie Marker. I’ll share an update after I visit the Namibia location in person!”


DEBRA BRAY MITCHELL Not much to report this time … next time you get an email from CSC or me, respond right away. Respond faster if it comes from me! We all want to know what you’ve been up to for the past 40 years! That’s right, it’s been 40 years since we left New London. That means we have a reunion coming this Oct. Mark your calendars, come back to CSC and see all the wonderful changes, as well as some of the brick and mortar of our campus days, perhaps a visit to meet students in your old room! The fall foliage, a meal at Peter Christian’s Tavern, sporting events, cocktails, maybe even a ’79 Pontoon boat ride on Pleasant Lake – all these opportunities await! Call your roommate and other besties and make our 40th reunion a special event. Search Facebook for Colby-­Sawyer College and you’ll see results for both the Colby-­ Sawyer College page and the Colby-Sawyer alumni page. It’s great to see what President Stuebner and the students are up to in New London. Please find me on Facebook under

Eleanor Cummings Bowe ’74 and her beautiful dogs, Colby and Sawyer, enjoyed a walk around campus during an annual summer vacation in N.H.

Debra Bray Mitchell as well. Molly Cutting Werner and husband Paul have left their 200-yr-old home in Hunterdon County, NJ, for a new build in Rehoboth Beach, DE. They’re loving retired life and wonder if any other alumni are in the area! Karen Hill Maloney and daughter Lauren are in their 13th year of running Fitness Reality, a personal training gym on the water in Bluepoint, LI. They teach clients how to eat healthy and exercise to avoid illness as they age. They specialize in strength training and keeping the heart healthy.


NATALIE HARTWELL THRASHER It’s been more than 20 years since I was back in NH and on campus. What a thrill it was to see the changes! Tracey Austin from Alumni Relations was a great tour guide; she took me back in time and showed me the incredible ways CSC has evolved. The new Center for Art + Design has amazing courses in theater, digital arts, pottery and a sound studio that thinks outside the box. It was a treat to have my husband join me on the tour and see our wonderfully sustainable college, which is competitive in arts and education. Classmates, please let me know how CSC has been a foundation in your life and what you’ve been doing since graduation. So exciting to read about others. Now it’s your turn.


SUSAN HOLDERNESS CUSACK We received happy news about Martha Cassidy Shilstone, Joanna Perez Schaffer, Debbie Keiver McIlroy and Kate Ewing ’81, who’ve continued their friendship since leaving CSC. Twice a year, they get together for a long weekend somewhere in New England, and on milestone birthdays they take longer trips. Martha and husband Jon live in CT, where they’ve raised 3 boys. Martha loves her job as a


Karen Hill Maloney ’79 and her daughter Lauren.

student counselor at the local high school. Debbie also lives in CT with husband Dave. They have 3 daughters, the youngest a freshman at UNH. Debbie has been in the hospitality industry for 25+ years. Joanna and husband Rick recently moved to Falmouth, MA, after getting their 2 sons through college. As well as staying busy with boating, fishing, bike riding and golfing, they manage a successful recruiting business Joanna launched in 2007. Kate lives in southern NH with her husband. They raised 3 boys and are blessed with 6 grands. Kate has had a wonderful 34-year career in sales in the life sciences industry. They also own a home in Hampton, NH. It’s wonderful to hear that these alumni have treasured their friendships for 40+ years!

Natalie Hartwell Thrasher ’80 enjoyed a visit to Colby-Sawyer in October.

tion Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service by the USMC for my outstanding service. That was the 2nd such medal I was awarded, the first being in 2013. I was aware of only 2 other such medals awarded to medical providers at Camp Pendleton, so it is a rare and honorable distinction.” Congratulations, Robin!

1991 (L to r) Martha Cassidy Shilstone ’82, Joanna Perez Schaffer ’82, Kate Ewing ’81 and Debbie Keiver McIlroy ’82 enjoy a day together on Martha’s Vineyard in October 2018.


CORRESPONDENT NEEDED Lucinda “Cindy” Balser-Eaton lives in Bristol, VT, and works in Burlington for a locally owned pet food store. She and Tim have been married 33 years; kids Justin and Molly are both married with 2 boys and 1 due any day! Cindy writes, “We feel blessed. Looking forward to retirement, travel and grandparent time!”


KYM PRINTON FISCHER Robin Rainie-Lobacz retired from her USMC position as a Sports Med PA after 15 years. She writes, “On Aug 29, I was awarded the Navy Commenda-

GRETCHEN GARCEAUKRAGH Kimberly “Schroeder” Steward married Keith Force on 9/8/18, at her family’s log cabin in Newbury, NH. The couple live in Intervale, NH, with their rescue dog, Mia. Schroeder serves on the Colby-Sawyer College President’s Alumni Advisory Council. She also shared, “On 10/12/18, as a Justice of the Peace for the State of NH, I officiated an elopement/wedding ceremony for Alice Balmforth Tanguay and Ben Trussell. They were married at the Orford Town Gazebo on a crisp fall day. I had been at CSC earlier in the day for a meeting and so it was an honor and seemed appropriate to venture north from the campus to officiate for these two. Wishing them much happiness.”

Over the summer, Karen Ray Johnston ’92 completed an 85-mile hiking challenge in Alaska.


BETH BRYANT CAMP JENNIFER BARRETT SAWYER Hello, Class of ’92! Thank you to all who took the time to share their news. I, Beth Bryant Camp, had a great time catching up with Kelly Lynch Collins at the CSC event in Woodside, CA, hosted by Bill and Sonja Carlson Davidow ’56. Kelly is working at Facebook, on the Oculus team, handling CRM and email marketing. Her wanderlust is still in full effect as she was in India for Thanksgiving for a whirlwind trip through Delhi, Agra, Amritsar, Jaipur and Bengaluru. Bucket list item Taj Mahal = check! She spent Christmas in CA with her parents, then headed to Egypt to check the pyramids off her bucket list. Karen Ray Johnston received her master’s degree and has become a nurse practitioner. She works in Skagway, AK, at the remote Dahl Memorial Clinic; the closest hospital is 110 miles by ferry or plane. It’s quite an experience. Last summer, she participated in a hiking challenge sponsored by a local outdoor shop, completing 85 miles on 12 trails between 5/1 and 9/30, including the infamous Chilkoot Trail that brought the Gold Rush folks into Yukon Territory, a 33-mile trek. Her clinic serves the people of Skagway (off-season pop. of ~1,000). Over

Shannon Poitrast Adamo ’99 and Zeke, her Great Dane mobility dog.

the summer, the clinic saw 1.3 million visitors from cruise ships. “I’m loving it in AK, and loving the work we do here at the clinic!” she said. As for me, Beth, I’m enjoying my 20th year at CSC in the Development Office and life in New London with my husband, Nathan Camp ’98, and our 2 daughters, Ellie (10th grade) and Caroline (9th grade). Both girls keep us busy as 3-sport athletes at Kearsarge Regional HS.


CORRESPONDENT NEEDED Laura Powell continues to live in Ardmore and works at The Junior League Thrift Shop. She ran the New York City marathon for the 2nd time. It was her 13th marathon overall.


JAMIE GILBERT KELLY CHRISTOPHER QUINT Rob Kasprzak, wife Danielle and son Parker (8) moved from MA in 2014 to Leesburg, VA. Rob accepted a job with Amazon Web Services to lead continuous improvement activities in the space. He’s been at Amazon for 4.5 years and in Oct was promoted to director. In this role, he’s responsible for global operations activities. Danielle is a high school math teacher and Parker is in 3rd grade.


CORRESPONDENT NEEDED Shannon Poitrast Adamo and Zeke, her Great Dane mobility service dog, celebrated 3 years together in Oct. Shannon teaches part-time and Zeke helps her maneuver through life full-time.


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class notes Molly Mullen Rose ’08 married Nick Rose in May.

Holly Tumiel Stevens ’08 married Chad Stevens in August.



LISA NOYES HARDENBROOK My husband, Adam, and I welcomed our 2nd daughter, Molly Alexis Hardenbrook, on 11/9/18. She joins big sister Lucy, who turned 4 at the end of Nov. We’re doing well and adjusting to life as a family of 4.


ASHLEY RODKEY STEPHANIE GUZZO Laura “Lauri” Baudanza Dublikar and husband Dominic welcomed Francesca “Frankie” Kay Dublikar on St. Patrick’s Day 2018. Ben Warnick and his wife Lauryn married in Oct. 2018. Alicia Harris completed her HR management certificate from Bryant University in Aug. In Dec she starred in a production of “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” at the Attleboro Community Theater.


SARAH HEANEY PELLETIER Molly Mullen Rose was married on 5/19/18 to Nick Rose in Falmouth, MA. Jimmy Giddings ’07 was a groomsman and Stephanie Kimball made the beautiful wedding cake. Holly Tumiel Stevens was married to Chad Stevens on 8/4/18. Holly is in the ABSN nursing program at UNE and set to graduate in May.

ELIZABETH CRESSMAN NICOLE POELAERT COSTANZO Lauren Wasiczko Lair and husband Wayne welcomed their daughter, Victoria Anne, on June 17 – Father’s Day.


BRITTANY MAILMAN Magbè Savané is the founder of a growing organic food and beverage company called Makomas ( Devin Maye Zylak and husband Donnie are excited to announce the birth of their daughter, Dakota Jayce Funk, on 10/2/18. Shayln McEntire Johanson and husband Max welcomed their daughter, Everly Susan Johanson, on 12/27/17. Amanda Kruszkowski Ramunto and Beau James Ramunto ’11 Lauri Baudanza Dublikar ’07 with her husband, Dominic, and their daughter Frankie.


Lauren Wasiczko Lair ’09 with her husband, Wayne, and daughter Victoria Anne.

Shayln McEntire Johanson ’10 and Max Johanson ’10 and their daughter, Everly.

welcomed Carter Beau into their family in Aug. Big sister Madison turned 2 in Nov. Beau’s restaurant, Granfanallys Pizza Pub in Salem, NH, was recently featured on Phantom Gourmet and was voted the Dish Worth Driving To out of 20 other pizzerias. In July, Abbie Morse Roop and husband Dan welcomed daughter Riley Mae.

health. She lives in Underhill, VT, with husband Justin Jaskiewicz ’08 and daughter Fiona (3). Patrick Gamble and Elise Tremblay Gamble were married at a small beach wedding in Gloucester, MA, in early Oct.


JOHN MCCARTHY Ashley Godin has finished school and now works at MGH in Boston as a cardiac sonographer. Nicole Morin Jaskiewicz completed her doctorate in biochemistry and a minor in college teaching at the UNH in June. She’s a postdoctoral researcher in the Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department at UVM, investigating molecular mechanisms related to female infertility and ovarian

Abby Morse Roop ’10 with her husband, Dan, and their daughter, Riley Mae.


MARIA CIMPEAN Mallory Hebert Caforia married Joe Caforia ’05 in Sept. 2017 and has been working at Keurig Dr Pepper as a graphic designer for a year+. Greg Desgrosseilliers married Barbara Champoudry with several alumni in attendance, including Abhiyan Thapaliya, Matthew Wahlgren and Rainah Goguen ’15. The couple moved to GA, where Greg works as a senior operations manager for FedEx.


STACY HANNINGS Ashley Miller earned her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Antioch University New England in May 2018. She’s pursuing counseling licensure and is in her 5th year working as a crisis counselor at a public high school in NH. Last summer, she walked 573 miles in 42 days on the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage through France and Spain. I, Stacy Hannings, was selected to sell my handmade dried flower ornaments at the Sharon Arts Center, a fine craft store in Peterborough, NH. The ornaments are made with flowers and herbs

Jess Galaid Long ’10 married Brent Long on July 14, 2018. Pictured are (front row, L to R) Amanda Kruszkowski Ramunto ’10, Elizabeth Perrino ’10, Jon Chaloux ’10, Sandra Guglielmi McLeod ’10, Jess Galaid Long ’10, Brent Long, Danielle Bowen Huyler ’10, Rachel Bourne Tremblay ’10, Liz Cotreau ’10, Matt Tremblay ’09, (back row, L to R) Beau Ramunto ’11, Kim Shannon ’10, Lindsey Brown Rosso ’12, Dave Rosso ’10, Chris Cox ’10, Julie Madden Cox ’11 and Chris Huyler ’09.

grown and harvested organically from the Monadnock Region of NH. They’re also available at


HERMELLA TEKLE-SHIRLEY After 2 years with Colby-­Sawyer’s Office of College Communications, Jaclyn Goddette accepted a position as communications coordinator for the National School Board Association in Alexandria, Va. She was also published in Good Fat Poetry Zine, an anthology featuring creative work by artists from NH and beyond, and The Financial Diet, a popular personal finance website. After earning her master’s in strategic public relations from the George Washington University, Hermella “Ella” Tekle

worked as communications director for a Congressional campaign, media relations consultant for a nonprofit and communications strategist for EducationUSA at the George Washington University. She now works for the Institute of International Education, where she’s a comm­ unications and project manager. In addition, Ella’s taking an online graduate certificate program in strategic management from Harvard U. Ella and husband Andrew Tekle-Shirley live in Houston, TX. Michael Tillman completed a yearlong management program as an operations manager with Aramark through its Accelerate to Leadership program for its 3M World Headquarters account in MN. After graduating, while gaining the experience of

Last summer Ashley Miller ’14 walked the Camino de Santiago, a 573-mile pilgrimage through France and Spain.

managing a $14m corporate account, Michael accepted a corporate leadership position within Sodexo. His responsibilities include starting up and managing multimillion-dollar accounts for Sodexo across the US. Although traveling can be tiring and intense, Michael is grateful for the opportunity. With his new experiences and responsibilities, he has begun applying to MBA programs with a focus in operations management. Thinking back to his senior year, Michael says he never would’ve thought he’d be using standard deviations in his career. He thanks Professors Kathleen Farrell and Omari Jackson for not allowing any shortcuts! Menbere Wendimu is a 3rd year Ph.D. candidate at the U of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Although her doctoral degree is in pharmaceutical and biomedical science, she’s pursuing a graduate certificate program in bioinformatics. Menbere’s Ph.D. thesis focuses globally on identifying molecular drug targets that can be used to inhibit inflammatory mechanisms contributing to neurodegenerative diseases. While most of her time is dedicated to research, she’s been assisting in teaching a graduate PharmD course in drug compounding. Upon completing her Ph.D., Menbere plans to step into a postdoctoral research position for further exposure to translation research and to qualify for academic teaching positions. Binyam Yilma works in a predominantly translational research laboratory at Dana Farber Cancer Institute on 1) using a functional profiling assay to prospectively assign treatment on native and resistant/refractory acute myeloid leukemia patient derived xenograft models (mice models injected with human cancer cells) and 2) on a drug screening study to find an agent that acts on a metabolic target in triple negative breast cancer cells, to use in combination with standard chemotherapy in the clinic. Shangyu Yan has begun his career in real estate investment this year in DC. Earlier this year, he co-founded King’s

Landing Properties, LLC, after a successful series of fundraising and undertook a restoration and renovation project of a nearly century-old DC rowhouse. Shangyu and partner Artie are working hard to bring back the glories of this house with restored Federal-style architectural details and modern interior designs


MORGAN WILSON Thanks to the sponsorship of her employer, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Phuong Vo became a US citizen in Oct. She sends her deepest gratitude to the School of Nursing and Health Professions for helping her to achieve her dream of becoming a hematology/oncology nurse, and for paving the way for her to reach her American Dream!



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in fond memory 1936 Virginia Anderson Pratt June 1, 2015 Shirley Stiles Paull May 12, 2018 1937 Eleanor Rich Brothwell April 14, 2018 1939 Virginia Mahard Phaneuf July 29, 2015 Natalea G. Brown June 15, 2018 1941 Jacqueline Sipley Cotter July 22, 2018 1942 Constance Colby Shelton September 10, 2018 Nancy Nelson Price October 28, 2018 Marcia Barnes Shaw-Straube January 21, 2019 Barbara “Bobbie” Molander Warner February 15, 2019 1943 Barbara Ann Lutz Moore March 17, 2011 Priscilla Parker Craig November 7, 2011 Betty Jane Goss Conant August 28, 2015 Jean Spencer Brown July 13, 2016 Jean Wackerbath Hadidian October 20, 2017

1944 Elaine Atwood Smith July 21, 2010 Ruth Eberhardt Mason September 1, 2011 Ruth Burnett Macanespie November 10, 2011 Kathleen Howden Shellington February 4, 2015 Mary Jane Niedner Fletcher July 11, 2018 Jane Cooper Fall October 18, 2018 Carol Cathcart Hutchins December 6, 2018 Janet Colby Gordon February 2, 2019 1945 Grace Bourget Leavitt October 2, 2016 Janet Bailey Bishop July 30, 2017 Nancy Dean Maynard September 19, 2018 1946 Priscilla Beardsley Glenn December 22, 2017 Frances Wilde Boynton July 26, 2018 1947 Marcia “Pete” Jacobs Adam September 28, 2018 Martha Turner Klenk February 14, 2019 Margaret Fish Langa February 22, 2019


1948 Dorothy Kentfield Blackwell April 25, 2017 Jane Maynard Gibson July 26, 2018 Louise Cornish Creel November 30, 2018 Madelon Pennicke Cattell February 7, 2019 1949 Nancy Day Henderson October 12, 2016 Jean Larkum Hardcastle October 26, 2017 Margaret Monroe Mink November 16, 2017 Mary Ann Hamilton July 29, 2018 Elizabeth Quinlan Munro November 29, 2018 Doris Semisch Shearer January 15, 2019 1950 Jean Finley Doughty October 5, 2018 Elaine Condos Polley October 16, 2018 Mary “Aggie” Stanton Tullis December 16, 2018 1951 Preble White Bailey May 17, 2012 Patricia Ford Labalme March 14, 2014 Barbara Alpaugh Bull April 30, 2018 Dorothy Newton Shaw February 17, 2019

1952 Gail Shawcross Colella December 29, 2016 1953 Linda Wessel Wagner March 27, 2011 Nancy Lee Carter Eaton June 24, 2018 Jane Bingham Fawcett July 15, 2018 Jane Carpenter Patterson October 2, 2018 Barbara Fenn Wysession December 29, 2018 1954 Suzanne Curley Price February 1, 2018 Katherine Marvin Manzano January 19, 2019 Barbara Barselle Dye February 3, 2019 1955 Dawn Sass Borwell Ellis August 29, 2015 Elizabeth Debenham Haag June 19, 2017 Ann Shouvlin Bryan January 1, 2019 Barbara “Bobbie” Hill Gallup February 2, 2019 1956 Carol Hannah Calloway November 20, 2017 Judith Johnson Catmur November 27, 2017

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1957 Sandra Kuechler Perkins August 15, 2013 Helen Harvey Proulx March 5, 2018 Faith Hirsch Rogers October 21, 2018

1971 Sarah A. Mccanna December 28, 2018

1959 Suzanne Luce Twitchell June 1, 2018 Judith Sisley Vosbeek November 12, 2018

1977 Cynthia Diers Smith December 1, 2018

1960 Nancy Phillips Decker July 2, 2016 Barbara Bruce Welt August 22, 2018

1975 Martha Bramhall October 8, 2018

1982 Dorothy “Dotsi� Eden March 3, 2015 1998 Christopher Cousins August 15, 2018

1961 Vivian Shoares Calder December 31, 2018

2005 Erin L. Mclaughlin October 27, 2018

1963 Carolyn Fritts Meehan January 18, 2019


1964 Karen Braden Foley February 5, 2019 1965 Carin Chapman West February 13, 2018 1967 Carolyn Grant October 16, 2018 1968 Kathryn Fleming-Blake March 5, 2016 Lee Cushman Lee December 19, 2018

Henry Wing November 18, 2018 Donald L. Campbell December 16, 2018 Joyce H. Blood December 26, 2018

Adjunct Faculty Member Jonatha Jeanine Ruhsam Jonatha Jeanine Ruhsam, 64, died March 13 when her heart gave out while skiing. Known as Jeanine to friends and colleagues and JJ to family, she was born Jonathan Levering Ruhsam to Harry and June Ruhsam, both deceased. She was a gourmet cook, an avid reader and a brilliant conversationalist who loved books, music, her dog, good wine and Mother Nature. From the age of three, Jeanine felt she was female. High school was difficult, but horses saved her; she was an exercise rider and a winning steeplechase jockey. She and her first wife, Diana Ripley, had two daughters. Jeanine was a thoroughbred horse trainer until she became disillusioned with the industry and began building her sailboat Waterfilly. The family sailed to St. John, where Jeanine designed and built high-end homes. With the advent of the internet, she discovered others struggling with their gender identity and began focusing on transgender issues. In late 2004, still Jonathan, she married her second wife, Alexandra Julia Matthews of Harrisburg, Penn. There, she built their home and many others. After the 2008 recession, Jeanine earned a Ph.D. from Penn State University in American Studies. She led TransCentralPA, an advocacy group for transgender people, and established the Keystone Conference. She became legally female in fall 2013. Jeanine began her academic career with a year at Mt. Holyoke, then taught for a year at UMass Amherst. It was at Colby-Sawyer, however, that she found her true academic home. She leaves her wife, Alexandra Julia; daughters Heather Ruhsam and Rebecca Ruhsam Reinbold and her husband Chris; grandsons Hunter and Kai; brother Harry and his wife, Donna; sister Josephine and her partner, Jim; nephew Mark and his wife, Page, along with friends, colleagues and students. Read more at /jonatha-ruhsam.




THE PATRIARCH: Professor Emeritus Donald Campbell by Blair Talcott ’91 with contributions from Erin Kelly Ernst ’91, Carla Gordon Russell ’90, Greta Sanborn Shepard ’90 and Rachel Urban Tassone ’91


have a memory of a crisp morning, the light filtering through the painted trees of a northern New England fall. There were butterflies in my stomach as I awoke for my first day of classes at Colby-Sawyer, and I could barely eat breakfast in the dining hall before making my way to the Sawyer Center. I flew down the spiral staircase for my 8 a.m. studio ceramics class with Professor Donald Campbell.

I don’t remember many other details of that day, except the speed at which I grew comfortable in my new environment and the excitement of that first lesson at the pottery wheel. On that day, my college career began with a lump of clay and a professor who understood the anxieties of a first-year student. Little did I know it was the beginning of a friendship that would span nearly three decades. Donald and his wife, Adrienne, had an unshakable bond and were partners in every sense of the word during their 57-year marriage. They were active community members, and I’d often see them driving around town in their yellow Pinto with its distinctive AC/DC license plates. In addition to his role as a college professor, Donald was a ceramicist and author; Adrienne was an illustrator, calligrapher and photographer. They were also historians, musicians and world travelers. Together, their accomplishments rivaled those of internationally known professionals, yet their humility was their defining characteristic.



IN MEMORIAM Professor Emeritus Donald Campbell Donald Campbell, 90, resident of Elkins, N.H., passed away there Dec. 16. He was a Colby-Sawyer faculty member from 1960 to 1990, teaching studio courses in ceramics, design and drawing, and art history. He also served as Fine and Performing Arts Department chair. Born in Fort Wayne, Ind., Donald loved to draw as a child and discovered ceramics at Indiana University, where he earned a bachelor of arts and master of teaching degrees. He went on to Tulane University, where he earned a master of fine arts in ceramics and art history.


The Campbells with alumni at a 2005 dinner. Professor Campbell in Paris in 1990.


The Campbells hosted frequent dinner parties complete with entertaining slide shows of their most recent travels, stimulating conversations with wonderful friends, Adrienne’s unforgettable food and delicious wine. Their son, Ian; extended family; friends and students were always a priority, and their doors were always, always open. I had the incredible good fortune to take part in a studyabroad program, joining Donald, Adrienne and five classmates on a trip to Paris. We studied famous artists and the language, ate the fabulous cuisine, and immersed ourselves in the culture. As our tour guides and host parents, Donald and Adrienne introduced us to every corner of the city. Their local knowledge and warm hospitality made us feel at home in a foreign country. We were a family in Paris, and that feeling remained long after we returned home. Those of us who knew Donald will remember him as a wise mentor, trusted advisor, tough critic, staunch advocate and devoted friend. His and Adrienne’s gifts of friendship, guidance and support are treasured by many and recognized as a hallmark of our liberal arts education.  ® Blair Talcott ’91 holds a B.S. from Colby-Sawyer and an M.Ed. from Lesley University. She lives in New York City and is a public relations, event and design consultant.

After completing his academic studies and a stint in the Army, Donald arrived at Colby Junior College for Women in 1960 just after the Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Center was completed. He designed the college’s first ceramics studio and created its ceramics program. Sabbaticals in Denmark, the Netherlands and France enabled Donald and his family to travel, pursue ideas and develop artistic skills. After retiring in 1990, Donald and his wife Adrienne, an extremely talented artist in her own right who passed away in 2017, continued their travels and artistic studies in China, Europe and the United States. Donald exhibited around the U.S. and in the Netherlands. He won several awards for his ceramics, and his work resides in the permanent collection of the Currier Gallery in Manchester, N.H., and the Boymans Van Beuningen Museum of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. He also taught at the University of New Hampshire, New England College, Tulane University, Murray State University and the Worcester Craft Center. Donald is survived by his only son, Ian, and his granddaughter, Jada, who reside in California.




IN A FEW MONTHS, Colby-Sawyer will host Homecoming, and among the milestone classes, the Class of 1994 will celebrate its 25th reunion. The 120 graduates included 33 men to form the first coed graduating class in Colby-Sawyer College’s history as a higher education institution.

CHANGE WAS IN THE AIR: The Class of 1994 Transforms Colby-Sawyer by Brantley Palmer

Marshals from the Class of 1995 lead the procession as Commencement for the Class of 1994 begins.



For more than 60 years, Colby-Sawyer was an all-women’s college, but in the late ’80s, President Peggy A. Stock, often called “the president who saved Colby-Sawyer,” urged the Board of Trustees to return the institution to its coeducational roots, and they voted do so in 1989. By the fall of 1990, men again became a regular part of the student body. The Class of 1994 arrived on campus on Aug. 31, and, in addition to being the coed trailblazers, they witnessed much change during their four years at Colby-Sawyer. On Sept. 4, the college held Convocation and dedicated the Library-Commons building to Judge Martha Ware ’37 and her parents, Samuel and May, as the Ware Campus Center (now the Ware Student Center). Ware earned an associate’s degree in secretarial science at Colby Junior College before going on to Boston University and Portia

In a spectacular finale for senior members, the equestrian team earned its second Intercollegiate Horse Show Association national championship at Texas A & M University in 1994.

Law School (now New England Law/Boston). She was the first woman to serve on the bench in Plymouth County, Mass., and she stayed devoted to Colby-Sawyer. In 1983, she established the Samuel L. and May D. Ware Memorial Scholarship Fund, and she served as a Trustee from 1988 to 1997. Fall 1990 also saw the arrival of men’s sports with the inaugural men’s soccer team, followed by men’s basketball and ski teams. The men’s tennis team was added the next year; the Class of 1994 just missed the start of the men’s baseball program and track and field. To enhance all college teams’ training and development, the Dan and Kathleen Hogan Sports Center was dedicated on May 10, 1991, just as the Class of 1994 was finishing its first year on campus. Dan Hogan was a World War II veteran, Yale University graduate, a founder of the Fortune 600 company Standex International, and a Colby-Sawyer trustee. He passed away six months after the dedication. Besides returning Colby-Sawyer to a coeducational institution, as it had been in its academy days (1837-1928), as sophomores, the 94ers revived the student newspaper. The Colby-Sawyer Courier hadn’t been published since 1969, and no student newspaper had been printed since 1982, when This Week stopped its presses. The first issue of the new Courier landed on Oct. 23, 1991, and, as she is today, Professor of Humanities Donna Berghorn was the faculty advisor. As the 1992 election season ramped up, Colby-Sawyer welcomed a number of political candidates, including Jerry Brown, Pat Buchanan and Dick Swett. Ralph Nader also visited, not to campaign but to deliver a lecture entitled “Growing Up Corporate.” As the Class of 1994 wrapped up its second year, one of the strangest episodes in Colby-­Sawyer history took place. Early on the morning of April 14, 1992, unidentified students broke into President Stock’s office and locked a seven-week-old piglet named Cleopatra in the president’s dog kennel to protest the departures of two staff members. The students referred to themselves as the

Tribal Porcus Patriots; Cleopatra was supposed to represent a piggy bank and staff departures due to inadequate compensation. To cap off the class’s final year, the equestrian team returned from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association championship at Texas A & M University as two-time national champions (having won its first in 1989). Three 1994 team members – Lauren Smyrl ’97, Mary Lewis ’96 and Alexandra MacKenzie ’96 – also won individual championships at nationals. The first graduating coed class in Colby-­Sawyer College’s history saw a number of changes during their time on campus and ushered in some of its own. These students helped revitalize the college’s coeducation tradition and safeguarded its future.  ® Brantley Palmer is the college archivist. He holds a B.A. from Keene State College and an M.L.I.S. from Simmons College.



$2.5 Million is First Portion of Colby-Sawyer’s Largest Bequest by Kate Seamans

FROM SMALL NEW ENGLAND TOWNS came Colby-­ Sawyer’s biggest supporter, and from our small college came a groundbreaking attorney and public servant who never forgot her alma mater in New London.

majority of the gift is unrestricted, and I will work with the trustees to ensure Jan’s substantial gift is used in a way that has the greatest impact on preserving and enhancing a high quality educational experience for our students.”

Almost a year after her death in July 2018 at the age of 96, the generosity of former trustee Janice H. Wilkins ’41 is more evident than ever as Colby-Sawyer becomes the appreciative recipient of half her estate. This thoughtfully planned gift, the first part of which is a $2.5 million distribution, brings her lifelong commitment to nearly $4 million and makes Wilkins one of the college’s most generous donors.

Wilkins was born in Brewer, Maine; her family moved to East Walpole, Mass., in 1923. At Colby-Sawyer, Wilkins discovered her talents, developed her abilities and adapted to change as she earned an associate’s degree in liberal arts and sciences; her yearbook describes her as an intriguing mix of “dependable, reserved and fun to know,” a kind woman with a sense of humor and lively mind who delighted in history, literature, politics, sports and world affairs. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in history and government from the University of Maine and a law degree from Boston University.

Wilkins’s support included stock gifts; resources for faculty enrichment and, through the bequest, faculty housing; capital projects such as Lethbridge Lodge; and unrestricted gifts that enabled the college to attend to immediate needs and initiatives while allowing it the opportunity to plan for the future. She considered Colby-Sawyer her family in the truest sense of the word and hoped her gifts would ensure that the values of excellence, responsibility, community and connectedness she learned here would be available to future generations of students. There is no doubt that her bequest is transformative and will impact the college for years to come by funding new initiatives and the highest priorities of the board and president. “Jan Wilkins blazed new trails as a professional, and her generous gift to Colby-Sawyer will enable the college to invest in our path ahead,” President Susan D. Stuebner said. “A portion of the gift will support faculty’s access to affordable housing that is integrated into campus life. The



Wilkins was admitted to the bar in 1947 and was an intellectual property lawyer for Walpole’s Kendall Corporation. In 1953, she was the first woman to run for and be elected a selectman in the town (and one of the first in the state). She served 10 terms and was involved with Walpole’s Salvation Army Fund and Girl Scouts Council; she also wrote the articles of incorporation for the town’s first Little League. In 1963, Wilkins moved to New York City to take a position in trademark law with the American Cyanamid Corporation. She then joined the Olin Corporation, and through its subsidiary, Squibb, turned her focus to international trade law before returning to Massachusetts and the Kendall Company as head of its trademark department, where she worked until she retired at age 80.  ®


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