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2 Letter from the President 3 Hannaford Charitable Gift 4 Academic Vice President to Retire; Outcomes Success 5 College Plans $7 Million Arts Building 6 Politicians Visit Campus 7 My Slice of the Pie 8 New Vice President for Advancement 9 Colby-Sawyer TEDx Talks; Data Driven 10 Trustees Elect Chair 11 College Elects Three to Board of Trustees 12 Diamond Williams ’18: Learning to Shine 13 Faculty Colloquium Series; Presidential Blue Key Society

14 Celebrating Women Artists 15 Juniors’ Humanitarian Project Wins Support 16 The Dreams and Nightmares of a Social Psychologist 18 School of Health Professions Opens Door to Graduate Programs

FIRST AMONG EQUALS President Galligan Says Farewell

OUT & ABOUT 20 On Top of the World 22 Taking, and Eliminating, Risks: Amigo Khadka ’14 24 Out of the Classroom and into Literary History 26 On the Frontlines of Democracy 27 Alumni Fall Festival 2015 28 Pioneering Revitalization in Franklin Falls 30 Sense of Place 44 Sally Shaw Veitch ’66: Her Legend Grows 45 Portfolio

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The Season in Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

CONNECTIONS 56 A Picture-Perfect Moment 57 Alumni News 58 Class Notes 77 In Fond Memory 78 From the Archives: Presidential Transitions 80 Epilogue: Falling, and Staying, in Love with Colby-Sawyer

| editor’s inbox KEEPING IT REAL This publication continues to be outstanding, with a wealth of information attractively presented. So many interesting articles and insights that speak to the special character of Colby-Sawyer College. It also deals effectively with our challenges, including the leadership transitions, in a positive but real way. Keep up the great work! William E. “Bill” Gundy, Trustee New London, N.H. Colby-Sawyer welcomes letters to the editor and reserves the right to edit and condense them. Please send your letters to or to: Kate Seamans, Editor Colby-Sawyer College 541 Main Street New London, NH 03257 Send address changes to or to: Colby-Sawyer College Office of Alumni Relations 541 Main Street New London, NH 03257

editor Kate Seamans associate editor Kellie M. Spinney production manager Edward Germar class notes editors Tracey Austin Amy Drummond Mike Gregory graphic design Nancy Sepe printing R.C. Brayshaw & Company Warner, N.H.

cover: President Thomas C. Galligan Jr. with Victor the Charger outside the Dan and Kathleen Hogan Sports Center. this page: After a day of hiking that included exploring the Lakes of the Clouds on Mount Washington this fall, the Alpine Communities class headed back to camp via the Boott Spur Link. Photos: Michael Seamans

from the president

DEAR FRIENDS, As I boot up my laptop and begin this letter, I know it’s the last one I’ll write to you as your president. Thus, it’s a bittersweet moment. I’m excited about Colby-Sawyer’s future and its infinite possibilities. I’m honored to have served as your president and proud of all we’ve achieved together, but I’m sad my time with you is drawing to a close.

We’ve loved living in New London and being part of the Colby-Sawyer community. We’ve also loved the ways in which it has changed. We’re a much more diverse and, I hope, welcoming community than ever before. Our diversity makes us stronger, improves our mutual learning, and connects us more deeply and meaningfully to the rest of the world.

One of the first letters I wrote to you was about stars. I wrote about the Galligan family’s arrival in New London in July 2006. We drove into town late at night after a 19-hour trek in two cars with six people and two dogs all the way from Tennessee. I told you that as we got out of our respective cars, Susan and I wandered into the backyard of the President’s House, and we looked up. Neither of us had ever seen so many stars, not even at sea. The sky was aglow with light, beauty and promise.

In January, Professor of Fine and Performing Arts Jon Keenan; my daughter, Aisling; and I traveled with eight students to Nepal — the home of three of our group members. A trip like that wouldn’t have been possible 10 years ago. But it was in the stars, so to speak, and we hope Colby-Sawyer community members have more trips ahead to places around the globe.

Those stars were an incredible start to our 10 rewarding, wonderful years in New London. We’ve worked with so many fantastic, dedicated people that trying to list them all would take pages, and I’d risk omissions because so many have helped in so many ways. From faculty, staff and senior officers to students, alumni and friends both far and near, it’s been a collaborative, invigorating and engaging experience. Of course, there have been challenges. All of us have lost friends and family members during the past decade, and transition gives us an opportunity to reflect on those losses and to know that those folks will always be with us and a part of our Colby-Sawyer family.


We’ve accomplished much, and we’ve succeeded because of what we’ve done together. We haven’t always agreed. But, as I recall looking up at the stars that night and seeing distant galaxies, universes and planets, I know that any planet on which everyone agrees on everything is a boring place where I would not want to live.

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Our Nepal group bonded over our two weeks together, and when we parted, we knew that although we’d have reunions, we’d never be as connected as we were when we separated at the end of the trip. I’m sure you’ve all had similar experiences and emotions. Now, Susan and I feel like that about Colby-­ Sawyer. We’ll keep in touch, and we’ll visit, but it’ll never be exactly the same again. So, as we leave, we say thank you. And we wish all the best to the next president as he or she looks into the New London sky and steers our Colby-Sawyer ship by those fabulous stars. Gratefully,

Thomas C. Galligan Jr. President and Professor of Humanities

Read President Galligan’s farewell interview on page 32.

SNAP THIS ▼ Colby-Sawyer now has two SnapChat geofilters, one bursting with icons unique to the college that offers a sense of place and the other featuring the Chargers logo. Try them out when you’re on campus: Just download SnapChat, allow the app to use your location, and the next time you send a Snap, swipe left to find the geofilter you prefer.




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▲ 3-D LITERATURE: VICTOR AT HALLOWEEN “On mounting a rising ground, which brought the figure of his fellow-traveller in relief against the sky, gigantic in height, and muffled in a cloak, Ichabod was horror-struck on perceiving that he was headless! — but his horror was still more increased on observing that the head, which should have rested on his shoulders, was carried before him ... ” – Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Hannaford Charitable Foundation Gift Supports Sustainability

In requesting the gift, then-Director of Development Glen Kerkian wrote, “There is a synergy between Hannaford’s publicly stated mission of creating healthy communities and its corporate values of community responsibility and environmental stewardship, Colby-Sawyer’s commitment to environmental sustainability — expressed both through our academic offerings and campus facilities and operations — and the college’s mission to provide an accessible, first-rate education.”


Colby-Sawyer received a $10,000 gift from the Hannaford Charitable Foundation to support the purchase of a commercial-size food composter.

Kathy Bonavist, vice president for Advancement, and Peter Monigle, manager at Hannaford in New London.

The $32,000 Ecovim composter was installed in the dining hall in January and can handle 50 percent of the normal vegetable food waste generated in the dining hall in Ware Student Center, which keeps one ton of post-consumer waste every month from ending up in a landfill.

“Thanks to the generosity of Hannaford, we are now able to convert food waste into a usable soil amendment for use on our campus landscape,” said White. “The installation of the Ecovim is a perfect embodiment of Colby-Sawyer’s strategic theme to live sustainably.”

Students in the Principles and Practices of Sustainability class taught by Jen White ’90, director of Sustainability and assistant professor of Environmental Studies, researched organic waste solutions. Those results became the foundation for a Capstone project completed by Pooja Byanjankar ’15. In a presentation to senior staff and the Board of Trustees just before her graduation, she recommended the Ecovim as the best option.

The $10,000 gift from the Hannaford Charitable Foundation follows on the heels of a $5,000 grant that supported building the college’s LEED-silver certified Windy Hill School. – Kate Seamans

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Academic Vice President Deborah A. Taylor to Retire

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by Randy S. Hanson Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty Deborah A. Taylor, Ph.D., will retire in June after 40 years at Colby-Sawyer. Hired in 1976 as an instructor in social and behavioral studies, Vice President Taylor is one of the longest serving faculty members in the college’s history. Vice President Taylor’s teaching shaped the lives of hundreds of students at Colby-­ Sawyer and spanned generations, as the children of some of her former students later took classes with her. She was an innovative, scholarly instructor who developed enduring connections with her students. Graduates still drop by to say hello years after studying with her. A colleague who co-taught with Vice President Taylor emphasized her organizational strengths, her ability to communicate clearly, her warmth for students, her passion for psychology and the academy, and her dedication to preparing students for the workforce and graduate school as the most salient reasons for her success. In 1997, Vice President Taylor received the college’s highest teaching accolade, the Jack Jensen Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 1998, she was honored with the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Outstanding Teacher in Postsecondary Education (EDies Award). During her tenure at the college, Vice President Taylor served in a number of administrative positions that include acting dean

of students, vice president of Student Development, chair of the Department of Social Sciences and Education, academic dean and, finally, academic vice president and dean of faculty. Among her administrative achievements, she oversaw the regular reaccreditation process, the transformation of the curriculum into a four-credit model, multiple revisions and refinements of the college’s liberal arts program, and a tremendous expansion of the faculty: 63 percent of the current faculty was hired during Vice President Taylor’s tenure as AVP and academic dean. For 40 years, Vice President Taylor has been passionately dedicated to Colby-Sawyer. She’s an award-winning educator who, in various roles, has served as a mentor and model for many colleagues while working to enhance teaching and student learning by hiring quality faculty and refining the college’s curriculum. At Commencement on May 7, Vice President Taylor will be recognized for her extraordinary career at Colby-Sawyer with the Susan Colgate Cleveland Medal for Distinguished Service and an honorary degree from the institution she has served so long and so well. editor’s note:

See page 80 for Vice President Taylor’s Epilogue.

Randy S. Hanson, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Social Sciences and Education Department. He joined the college in 1996 and holds a B.A. from Washington University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Indiana University.

Outcomes Report Shows Success The graduate outcomes report for Colby-Sawyer’s Class of 2014 indicates that six months after graduation, 97 percent of the class was either employed or pursuing graduate studies. The annual survey conducted by the Harrington Center for Experiential Learning, with a 57 percent response rate, indicates 77 percent of the graduates were employed; 39 percent of the employed graduates received job offers from their internship site and 82 percent of those graduates accepted the position. Ninety percent of graduates were employed at organizations either directly or somewhat related to their major, an increase of five percent over the previous year. Sixty percent of employed graduates indicated that their jobs had definite career potential. Employment was spread across the country and globe, with 31 alumni working outside New Hampshire and two in Myanmar and Malaysia. Notable employers included Apple, Inc.; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Fidelity Investments; Harvard Business School; J.P. Morgan; Nike; Simon Pearce; State Street Bank; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Wells Fargo.

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Students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees enrolled at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, and others. Three departments boast that 100 percent of their responding graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school: Exercise and Sport Sciences; Nursing and Public Health; and Social Sciences and Education. They are followed by Business Administration at 93 percent; Arts, Humanities and Multidisciplinary Studies at 91 percent; and Natural and Environmental Sciences at 88 percent. Nursing graduates reported a median salary of $50,000. Overall, 34 percent of the employed graduates reported annual salaries higher than $40,000. – Jaclyn Goddette ’16

Colby-Sawyer Plans $7 Million Arts Building In October, Colby-Sawyer’s Board of Trustees approved plans to construct a new arts building sited on the southeast end of campus near the Curtis L. Ivey Science Center. The 15,000-square-foot space will be home to studios, a black box theater, a box office, and a gallery with views of Mount Kearsarge, as well as faculty offices and outdoor art areas. The timeline for the $7 million project will include planning, final design and permitting through July; construction begins in August. “One of the most important factors when high school students choose a college is the space in which their major is housed,” said President Thomas C. Galligan Jr. “Colby-Sawyer has a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts, and this new building will impact every one of our students while also providing a beautiful, functional home for our arts majors. Beyond that, the building will enhance the college’s already substantial role as a hub for performances and exhibitions in the region.” Sustained fundraising efforts mean the college will be able to complete the project without incurring any new debt, and an endowment created through an alumna’s gift will support the building’s operation. “The new arts building will be a tangible example of the college’s continuing enhancement of its facilities to meet the academic needs of its students,” said Tom Csatari, chair of the Board of Trustees, “and the funds raised for the project reflect the commitment of loyal alumni and friends of the college to provide the very best experience for our students.” The building will be designed by the S/L/A/M Collaborative of Glastonbury, Conn., which designed the Windy Hill School and the Ware Student Center expansion. – Kate Seamans


The front of the arts building will face into campus with convenient parking. The entrance is on the far right; trees will be planted in front of the black box theater. middle: The back of the building will face Mount Kearsarge, which will be framed within the large window at the end of the gallery. bottom: The nearly final plans include four studios as well as a gallery, faculty offices, a conference room, and exits into an art yard for outdoor projects and kiln firings. Renderings courtesy of S/L/A/M Collaborative.

SUSAN’S SWAMP Sandip Subedi ’17 of Pang, Nepal, posted this image of Susan’s Swamp on Instagram in November with the comment, “Never realized the swamp could look this beautiful.”

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush held a town hall meeting in Wheeler Hall on Feb. 3. Approximately 250 students, faculty, staff and campus visitors attended.


Colby-Sawyer may be a little off the campaign trail, situated well north of the Manchester media hub, but several presidential candidates and their representatives made the trek to campus to boost their campaigns.

The same day, actress Eliza Dushku (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”) spoke at Lethbridge Lodge in support of presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.).

On Sept. 8, Colby-Sawyer hosted two events: one with Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee, former governor of Rhode Island, and the other with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who spoke on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. A month later, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) joined GOP candidate Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) for a town hall meeting in Lethbridge Lodge. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s campaign representative inquired about a November event, but the candidate didn’t return to the state until December.


Politicos not running for office visited as well. On Oct. 8, former Republican N.H. Governor and White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu discussed his book The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H.W. Bush in an interview held in the Archives Reading Room with Texas attorney Talmage Boston. The interview will be featured in Boston’s next book. On Oct. 19, Colby-Sawyer hosted a presidential primary symposium with N.H. Secretary of State Bill Gardner. He discussed his role in overseeing the primary since the 1970s and maintaining the state’s first-in-the-nation status. Gardner’s visit took place in conjunction with the course N.H. Primary: Marketing the Presidency, a symposium for first-year students taught by Assistant Professor of Business Administration Jonathan McCosh, D.B.A.

Republican Ohio governor and presidential candidate John Kasich held a town hall in December. In January, while students were on break, Republican candidate Carly Fiorina drew a crowd of area residents.

The course covered the history of the primary and marketing strategies of past and present presidential candidates, and it featured other guest speakers such as advocacy group directors, campaign managers, government officials and political experts. On Feb. 2, billionaire environmentalist and philanthropist Tom Steyer, president of NextGen Climate, encouraged students to vote and make their voices heard in the New Hampshire primary. – Kate Seamans

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clockwise from top right: PHOTO: KATE SEAMANS


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Carly Fiorina; Senators Lindsay Graham (l) and John McCain (r); Talmage Boston (l) and John Sununu (r); Jeb Bush.

MY SLICE of the


A slice of this place, a length of white beach, a piazza or carved spires of a cathedral …

by Mathew Nosal ’17 My passion for poetry is surpassed only by my passion for pizza, so I suppose it should come as no surprise that while reading “American Sonnet,” a poem not just by Billy Collins, but by past Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins, I was distracted by these lines: A slice of this place, a length of white beach, a piazza or carved spires of a cathedral ... The poem is about love, longing and postcards as a vehicle for compressed and compartmentalized language. I had the audacity to write to Billy Collins and ask if, when he wrote “a slice of a piazza,” five words on top of each other, he intended for the reader to think about a slice of pizza. I wouldn’t have written to him if I hadn’t been urged to by Professor of Humanities Ann Page Stecker, my instructor for Studies in Literary Theory. When I asked the pizza question in class and she told me to go to the source, I figured what the heck. A postage stamp, like a postcard, costs a couple of quarters. I hastily wrote a letter, signed it MN and dropped it off in the mailroom. I forgot about it for a week or two. And then a white envelope appeared in my mailbox. It was postmarked from Orlando, Fla., and my name was scribbled on the front. It bore an Elvis stamp and BC was the return address. My hands shook as I tore open the envelope. It was blue inside and smelled like the post office. Inside was the letter I had sent Billy Collins with his reply scribbled on the other side. I could practically see Collins leaning back in a bright red armchair, reading my letter, turning it over in his hands and penning a response with nonchalance.

He wrote that he did not intend to reference pizza in his poem, but that he recognized after writing it that “a slice of/a piazza” rings “a pizza bell” and decided to leave it. The lesson to take, he wrote, is that “words in poems relate to the words around them and not just the other words in the sentence in which they play a syntactic role.” Words in a good poem, he said, “appear to be enjoying the company of the words around them, not just those in front or back.” He also told me to say hi to my English professor. Collins’s message about happy words is masterful and invaluable advice for a poet, but it pales in comparison to the greater message I garnered from the experience. Writing to Collins illustrated literature as a two-sided endeavor and showed me that I can become part of literary discourse instead of merely reading about it. When I typed up my question from the safety of my dorm room, I was becoming part of the conversation; I was bridging the gap between hungry college student and illustrious poet. Billy Collins’s poem pierced my life with its existence, and I was able to turn it over, send it back and pierce his, however briefly. That’s a nice, warm, sticky sentiment, albeit a bit cheesy. Sure, I asked an egregiously stupid question. Sure, Collins probably rolled his eyes when he read it. Nonetheless, he took the time to forge a connection by responding, which made quite the impact on me as a student, a reader and a participant in the literary conversation.  ® Matthew Nosal ’17 of Manchester, N.H., majors in English and creative writing.

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◀ I N WITH THE BLUE: The new Chargers mascot went for a walkabout this fall to encourage students to join him in the Hogan Sports Center and support athletics.


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Child Development Program Expands Career Options Child development majors have a new career option thanks to a collaboration with Ready, Set, Connect! (RSC) Autism Treatment Program at Crotched Mountain in Concord and Manchester. Student interns at RSC learn the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis under the close, ongoing supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Child development majors who complete internships with the program are eligible for Registered Behavior Technician credentials and the opportunity to work for RSC in the future. – Diane Edwards, director of Windy Hill School

Tell Me Your Story: Recapturing Colby-Sawyer’s (Oral) History


The Oral History Project — started in 2012 to celebrate Colby-Sawyer’s 175th anniversary — sends students out to interview alumni during Homecoming (previously known as Alumni Fall Festival). The audio recordings help fill gaps in the college’s history, particularly from the sparsely documented 1970s and ’80s.

This fall, Colby-Sawyer appointed Kathleen Bonavist as vice president for Advancement. Vice President Bonavist comes to the college from Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio, where she was vice president for Institutional Advancement. She succeeds Vice President Elizabeth Cahill, who held the position for 13 years.

Oral histories are “a tool to balance the scales,” says Professor and Chair of Social Sciences and Education Randy S. Hanson, “particularly as history and other forms of scholarship move into areas where there aren’t necessarily a lot of archives kept.” Kelli Bogan, college archivist, says it is one thing to review documents from the college’s past and rules in student handbooks; it is another to sit down with alumni who can share anecdotes of how they got around such rules. Bogan hopes that alumni can provide information about lost traditions such as Ski Day. Oral histories, she says, have been helpful in providing more information about this costumed ski day, but it is still unknown how it started or when, what it was like and why it stopped. Bogan also hopes alumni can provide information about Junior Day, another tradition the Archives is rediscovering. To participate in an oral history interview, email or call 603.526.3360. – Aaron Records ’15 8 colby-sawyer magazine

Vice President Bonavist is responsible for the development and implementation of the college’s comprehensive advancement strategic plan and for maintaining the infrastructure that maximizes philanthropic investments in the college’s educational mission. She also participates in college governance while overseeing staff in development, alumni relations, annual giving and the Adventures in Learning program for area residents. Vice President Bonavist joined the college during its Power of Infinity Campaign, the third and largest comprehensive campaign in Colby-Sawyer’s history. With a goal of $60 million, the campaign was launched in April 2015 after a 21-month silent phase. Commitments to date total more than $24 million. “It is an honor to join such a wonderful organization at such an auspicious time — to be able to share in Colby-Sawyer’s traditions and help shape its future through the Power of Infinity Campaign,” said Vice President Bonavist.

Vice President Bonavist has more than 10 years of experience in higher education administration and consulting, most recently at Muskingum, where she raised significant funding for capital projects and increased annual giving. Additional leadership roles in higher education include enrollment management positions at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y.; Paul Smith’s College in Paul Smiths, N.Y.; and The Sage Colleges in Troy and Albany, N.Y. She also has extensive business experience. Vice President Bonavist earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., and she attended the Harvard Graduate School Institute for Educational Management at the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education in Cambridge, Mass. – Kellie M. Spinney

TEDx Talks Come to Colby-Sawyer On Nov. 8, five faculty speakers addressed the theme Youth and Culture at TEDxColby-Sawyer College (TEDxCSC) before an audience of 100 students, faculty, staff and community members in Wheeler Hall. TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but TEDx events are self-organized, though subject to certain rules and regulations. The speakers were President and Professor of Humanities Thomas C. Galligan Jr., Associate Professor of Social Sciences and Education Lynn J. Garrioch, Associate Professor and Chair of the Humanities Department Melissa Meade, Assistant Professor of Humanities Paul M. Robertson and Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Education Omari Jackson Sr. President Galligan spoke last and grabbed the audience’s attention by tossing his notes periodically. He focused on Socrates’ dictum in The Apology: The unexamined life is not worth living. “As an educator,” said President Galligan, “I’m not trying to convince other people to adopt my views. I’m trying to get them to think for themselves and make up their own minds.”

included watching TED Talks over coffee. One morning, they decided they should organize one at Colby-Sawyer. “You do this and I’ll do that and woo! — we’ll be done!” said Stojanova, recalling their early thoughts on the project. It turned out, though, that TEDx had a detailed process for the history and political studies majors to navigate in order to obtain a license. Stojanova, who encountered a barrage of emails, piles of forms and many delays, said it was worth it when they received their license in 2014. Soon after, she left for a semester in Nepal, Manandhar’s native country, and this fall was the last opportunity to use the license before it expired. Manandhar and Stojanova are quick to thank others for the event’s success, and that includes a long list of volunteers as well as Associate Professor of History and Political Studies Eric Boyer, who advised them on speakers; Jimmy Sferes, the college’s audio/visual specialist; and Director of Campus Activities Sarah Braun. Media studies major Abhineet Kumar ’17 will compile the audio and video into different versions of the talks and upload them to – Aaron Records ’15

TEDxCSC was the brainchild of seniors Jovana Stojanova and Pawas Manandhar, whose morning ritual as roommates

YEARS that Colby-Sawyer has hosted the annual 5K Dash & Stroll, an opening week tradition. The noncompetitive fun run and walk, open to students, faculty, staff and community members of all ages, was established by President Galligan during his first year at the college.




TRUCKLOADS of items diverted from landfills thanks to students in the Sustainability Core Club who took on the throwaway culture and salvaged items discarded last spring to sell back to students at the second annual ReChargers Resale in September. See combat-waste.

RANK of Colby-Sawyer on the list of best online colleges in New Hampshire. The website also ranked Colby-Sawyer #2 for affordability.


VOCALISTS in the a cappella group CSC Riffed.See to watch them perform at the Andover Community Coffee House.

STUDENTS in the Investment Management course faced down challengers from some of New England’s most prestigious educational institutions to advance to the final round of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute Research Challenge, a global equity research competition that provides students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis. See


The number of WATER BOTTLES members of the Take Back the Tap campaign would like to see on campus. The group is working to install waterrefilling stations in every residence hall.


NEW FACULTY MEMBERS were welcomed to campus this fall, including four in nursing and public health, one in exercise and sport sciences and a new chair for business administration. See


VETERANS served on Jan. 13 at the 10th Annual Disabled Veterans Dinner sponsored by Colby-Sawyer. They enjoyed good food and met staff, faculty and alumni volunteers who helped serve dinner (prepared by Sodexo chefs) and provided entertainment.


STUDENTS named to the fall Dean’s List.

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NEW LONDON identified as the safest college town in the state, based on its position as the fifth safest place to live in New Hampshire with zero violent crimes per 1,000 people. See

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THINK OUTSIDE THE CLASS For a lot of college students, a classroom is four walls and a ceiling. At, our students show how Colby-Sawyer is so much more.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTS PETER F. VOLANAKIS AS CHAIR by Linda Varnum P’95 “Over the past three years as a trustee, I have developed deep appreciation and respect for the unique role that Colby-Sawyer plays in the New England higher education scene,” said Volanakis. “The faculty, administration and my fellow trustees are all outstanding folks with whom I really enjoy working. One senses a deep pride of association among them, students and alumni. I’m proud to be part of that.”

The Board of Trustees has elected Peter F. Volanakis of Hanover, N.H., as its next chair. He will begin his three-year term on July 1 and succeed Thomas C. Csatari, also of Hanover, who has served since 2011. Volanakis, who retired as president of Corning Incorporated in 2010, joined the board in 2012. He is chair of the college’s Presidential Search Committee and the Finance and Enrollment Committee, and he serves on the Board Organization Committee. In the past, he has served on the Academic Affairs and Investment Committees as well as the Admissions Tuition Pricing Policy Group.

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“Pete will be a fabulous board chair — he brings intelligence, dedication, incredible leadership experience and a great sense of humor to the position,” said President Thomas C. Galligan Jr. “Pete follows a long line of fantastic chairs, and I am confident he will be among the best we have ever had.” A dedicated and enthusiastic supporter of Colby-Sawyer outside the boardroom, Volanakis and his wife, Cathy, have also supported the college with generous gifts to the Colby-Sawyer Fund, the arts building and marketing initiatives. Volanakis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in economics from Dartmouth College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.

Prior to returning to Dartmouth for his M.B.A., he spent three years in consumer products advertising with the Leo Burnett Company in Chicago. Volanakis is a member of the Advisory Board of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, an emeritus director of the Corning Museum of Glass, a former board member of the SPX Corporation, and a former member of the Board of Overseers of the Tuck School. During his 28 years at Corning, Volanakis’s roles included managing director of Corning Germany; executive vice president of Siecor Corporation, a Corning equity venture; senior vice president of Advance Display Products, Life Sciences, Specialty Materials and Central Engineering; and president of Corning Technologies. In 2000, Volanakis joined the Corning Board of Directors and was named its chief operating officer in 2005 and its president in 2007. His service at Corning also included directorships of the Dow Corning Corporation and the Corning Foundation. Volanakis currently serves as a director of the Vanguard Group and as a trustee of Vanguard Mutual Funds.  ® Secretary of the College Linda Varnum P’95 holds a B.S. from Franklin Pierce University.

COLBY-SAWYER ELECTS THREE TO BOARD OF TRUSTEES by Linda Varnum P’95 Colby-Sawyer College’s Board of Trustees has elected Thomas W. “Tom” Hoyt and William T. “Bill” Hopwood as members of the board to serve three-year terms. The board also elected Maria Cîmpean ’13 to serve a one-year term as a Winton-Black Trustee, a distinction usually given to alumni who have graduated between three and nine years prior to election. MARIA CÎMPEAN ’13 Maria grew up in central Romania and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in biology and a minor in chemistry. She studied for one semester in Strasbourg, France; was a Wesson Honors Scholar and a member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society; and made the Dean’s List every semester. An active member of the student community, she served as president of the Cross Cultural Club and vice president of the Biology Club. Maria was also an Admissions tour guide, an orientation leader, a peer tutor, a laboratory assistant for organic chemistry, an international student mentor and a resident assistant. Since graduating, Maria has served as her class’s correspondent and pursued interests in biomedical and translational research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where she is a technical research assistant and studies neurodegenerative diseases. Outside work, Maria volunteers with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and as an English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) teacher at Rosie’s Place, an organization that helps poor and homeless women. Maria resides in Brookline, Mass. William T. “Bill” Hopwood For more than two decades, Bill ran Springhouse Energy Systems, a successful business that provided micro and macro siting to wind energy developers for utility class and commercial wind energy development. The company also worked with photovoltaics and pioneered the grid-connected market for photovoltaics in Pennsylvania and addressed traditional off-grid applications.

Bill is co-trustee of the John M. Hopwood Charitable Trust, which funds a wide range of endeavors with emphasis on environmental and energy programs. He is also president and founder of An Environmental Trust, Inc., whose sole focus is to fund environmental projects. Bill was involved with the startup of the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund and served as a board member and CFO until 2003. He also served on the board of PennFuture, a statewide environmental organization. In 2001, Bill was honored with the Winds of Change Award for lifetime commitment and contributions to renewable energy. Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Nathaniel Hawthorne College in 1973. He and his wife, Jane, reside in Elkins, N.H. They have three grown children. Thomas W. “Tom” Hoyt Tom grew up in Penacook, N.H., and graduated from Merrimack Valley High School in 1980. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business communications from Babson College in 1984. Tom joined Mascoma Savings Bank in New London as business development officer in 2001; he is now the bank’s inaugural public relations and social media coordinator. Prior to his finance career, Tom was a well-known local radio and television personality, and he has served as the public address announcer for Dartmouth College soccer and basketball since the 1980s. Tom is a corporation member at David’s House and Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. He is also a member of the Marketing and Development Committee for the Grafton County Senior Citizens Council and the college’s President’s Community Forum. Tom and his wife, Kimberly Cotton Hoyt, reside in West Lebanon, N.H., and have one son. Kim is an associate director of The Dartmouth College Fund. Both Hoyts are avid golf travelers and have played together at nearly 300 courses in 39 states with a lifetime goal of 500/50.  ®

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Maria Cîmpean, William T. “Bill” Hopwood, Thomas W. “Tom” Hoyt

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iamond Williams ’18 has had one goal since childhood: to become a college graduate. Growing up in Chicago, she attended KIPP Ascend, a public charter school focused on motivating children to see themselves as college bound. Williams took the KIPP message to heart and vowed to be the first person in her family to attend college. After KIPP, Williams attended North Lawndale College Preparatory High School (NLCP). There, she became involved in the Girl/Friends Leadership Institute, which uses art to help teenage girls heal from domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment. Williams’s art is dance, and through Girl/Friends, she participated in One Billion Rising, an international campaign to end violence against women. She paired inspirational movement with powerful words and danced in downtown Chicago as part of the global initiative. After years with the program, Williams was hired by Girl/Friends as a youth director to inspire other girls to use art to heal, inspire and advocate. Together, they held marches to end gender violence; sponsored the Clothesline Project, which displays t-shirts made by survivors of violence against women; and held a “Get Consent” awareness rally. Through her involvement with Girl/Friends, Williams was trained in issues of sexual health and reproductive justice. She was 12 colby-sawyer magazine

skilled at helping people understand and explore their options, and she began to see herself as a leader. She became a resource not only to the girls in the program but also to her friends. As Williams explored her college options, she learned about Colby-Sawyer, which has had a relationship with NLCP since 2009. Williams knew some NLCP students who were studying at Colby-Sawyer and others who had graduated from the college. She contacted Colby-Sawyer and set up an interview with an admissions counselor via Skype. Though Williams had never spoken to the counselor or set foot on campus, she was surprised by how easily the conversation flowed. “We just connected,” Williams says. “She knew where my head was at, and what I wanted to be.” On campus for an overnight visit, Williams saw the annual dance show and could picture herself as a Colby-Sawyer student. She knew she was ready. Williams was offered a space in Colby-Sawyer’s Progressive Scholars Program, which awarded her a scholarship to cover the cost of tuition. She is using the opportunity to pursue two of the passions she developed at North Lawndale: majoring in psychology and staying involved in dance as a performer and choreographer. She is also working to start a dance club that builds on her Girl/Friends experience. Excited about her work in psychology, Williams says her classes have helped her learn a lot about herself. They have also confirmed that she wants a career in psychology. She thinks she might want to work with survivors of rape or other trauma, but one thing is for sure — she knows she wants to help people. In the meantime, Williams is getting all she can from her Colby-Sawyer experience, and with each day she moves one step closer to her goal: graduating college.  ® Mary McLaughlin, M.Ed., is the director of Residential Education.



Student Activities’ International & Diversity Initiatives hosted a weeklong series of events in November to celebrate and explore cultures from around the world. It was Colby-­ Sawyer’s sixth year participating in International Education Week, a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare citizens for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States. Campus events included a Diversity Dialogue Series discussion of Navajo history, culture and philosophy with Academic Administrative Assistant Harriette Yazzie-Whitcomb, as well as student-led workshops featuring international dance and language.

This fall, Colby-Sawyer revived the Key Club, an organization established for campus tour guides in the 1940s that was discontinued at the turn of the century. The decision to recreate the organization in a broader capacity as the Presidential Blue Key Society was made to empower student leaders to share their learning experiences with other students, as well as the internal and external community. Members embody and inspire the learning spirit of Colby-­ Sawyer and act as formal and informal ambassadors on campus and beyond. They serve on admissions panels, connect with alumni and offer their perspectives to the Board of Trustees. They are invited to participate in a monthly colloquium series led by campus leaders that provides them with a comprehensive understanding of higher education, and each member is matched with an alumni mentor.

FALL FACULTY COLLOQUIUM SERIES The Faculty Colloquium Series features monthly research presentations by Colby-Sawyer faculty.

The inaugural members, inducted during Alumni Fall Festival, are Asra Batool ’17, a business administration major from Islamabad, Pakistan; Kaitlyn Cahill ’16, a business administration major from Spencer, Mass.; Ashley Cooper ’16, a business administration major from Corpus Christi, Texas; Sonia Diaz ’17, a biology major from Scarborough, Maine; Morgan Forrest ’18, a business administration major from Brewer, Maine; Noorulhuda Ismael ’18, a health care management major from Concord, N.H.; Ben Maines ’18, a biology major from Abbot, Maine; Sharthak Neupane ’17, a business administration major from Sindhupalchowk, Nepal; Mai Nguyen ’17, a business administration major from Hanoi, Vietnam; and Hermella Tekle ’16, a history and political studies major from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In September, adjunct faculty member in the Humanities Department Elizabeth M.G. Krajewski, Ph.D., discussed the written accounts of the lives of saints. Examining the frequent misinterpretation of hagiographical narratives as historical biographies or fanciful folktales, Dr. Krajewski shared her research on early medieval Celtic saints and revealed how Biblical influence, combined with sophisticated storytelling, has created religious narratives of deep spiritual insight. In October, Associate Professor of Humanities Michael Jauchen presented his research on appropriative writing. He highlighted examples of artistic influence and distinguished them from contemporary examples of appropriative writing, which borrows heavily from other sources — often without attribution. Deliberate appropriative writing, he explained, allows authors to closely examine the language we use and challenge notions of literary and social authority.

– Kellie M. Spinney

November’s Colloquium featured Associate Professor of Social Sciences Lynn Garrioch presenting The Dreams and Nightmares of a Social Psychologist: A New Paradigm for Selecting the Perfect Juror. Read about how she rejects the common jury selection process used by trial consultants as biased and unjust, and her alternative, on page 16. – Jaclyn Goddette ’16 et al.


Professor Jauchen concluded his presentation with an excerpt from his appropriative remix response to Sherlock Holmes. His “S/H” applies theories from Roland Barthes to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work to create a mystery composed of sentences that only raise more questions as the text progresses.

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Foundations class participated in every aspect of the process, from organizing artists and their materials to receiving, unpacking and installing artwork and then, when the show closed on Nov. 3, repacking and shipping the objects.

by Kellie M. Spinney


n Sept. 17, the Fine and Performing Arts Department opened its first exhibition under the curatorship of Sonja C. Davidow ’56 Endowed Chair of Fine and Performing Arts Bert Yarborough. “Working Women: 36 Contemporary Women Artists” featured diverse works in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, ceramics and graphic design by 36 nationally and internationally recognized female artists. As Professor Yarborough described it, the exhibition filled the Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery with personal narratives, private fantasies, unexplained mysteries, and beautiful objects created in the pursuit of personal and universal truths in works that ranged from minimalism to realism, from delicate to explosive. In planning his first exhibition, Professor Yarborough was determined to continue the tradition of quality programming realized by the former gallery director of five years, Professor of Fine and Performing Arts Loretta Barnett. In keeping with this vision, Professor Yarborough planned an exhibition that would expose students — the majority of whom are female — to outstanding contemporary work while celebrating women from a variety of backgrounds, ages, races and ethnicities. To make his plan a reality, he drew on connections gathered from his 40-year relationship with the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., where he currently chairs the Visual Committee. 14 colby-sawyer magazine

“The artists are teachers, working professionals, mothers and activists — individuals fully engaged in the world,” said Professor Yarborough. “Such works are not often seen in a liberal arts college setting like ours, and we were fortunate to have such an outstanding group of artists showing in our gallery.” Professor Yarborough also wanted to engage students in hands-on learning opportunities throughout the exhibition process. His gallery intern, Elaine Miller ’16, and students in the Exhibition

Students from Associate Professor Hilary Walrod’s upper-level Publication and Design class participated in a catalog design competition. “Professor Walrod and I juried and selected the winning design created by Ryan O’Donnell ’16,” said Professor Yarborough. “It was a difficult choice to make, as all the students created strong entries. I’d like to thank the Cultural Events Committee and the offices of Advancement and Admissions for their enthusiastic support of the catalog’s production.” As Professor Yarborough plans upcoming exhibitions, he looks forward to the future of the arts at Colby-Sawyer and to breaking ground this summer on the new arts building (see page 5). “This addition to campus ensures the fine and performing arts’ continuing role in the creative education of generations of Colby-Sawyer students,” he said. View the catalog for “Working Women: 36 Contemporary Women Artists” at  ® Kellie M. Spinney is the communications and online content coordinator in the Office of College Communications. She came to ColbySawyer in 2013 and holds a B.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire. Large Bone Spill, Breon Dunigan; It’s Time To Go, Vicky Tomayko; Phoebe Legere, Amy Arbus clockwise from top left:

Juniors’ Humanitarian Project Wins Support by Jaclyn Goddette ’16 Last spring, two students were named finalists in The Resolution Project’s Social Venture Challenge at the Clinton Global Initiative University. Deepesh Duwadi ’17 and Nawaraj Shahi ’17 received a $3,000 grant to implement their Life Free from Lead initiative, which aims to reduce exposure to lead-acid batteries in Nepal. The main source of energy in rural Nepal is solar home systems, which Shahi’s family has used for almost a decade. While the solar panels harness the sun’s renewable energy, they include batteries that expire after five years. Villagers unaware of potential side effects melt the lead in the batteries to make pots and water jugs or dispose of the batteries in rivers. A conversation with his brother about the health hazards associated with using lead batteries inspired Shahi, an environmental studies major from Kaigaun, Nepal, to develop a solution. As the scope of his project grew, Shahi partnered with Duwadi, a biology major from Kathmandu, Nepal. Research in their science courses suggested exposure to expired lead was the cause of a rise in brain damage, cancer and heart disease in Nepali villages. STEPPING ONTO THE WORLD STAGE Encouraged by Sujan Sherstha ’15 and Sandip Subedi ’17, both of whom attended the Clinton Global Initiative University in 2014, Shahi and Duwadi applied for the 2015 conference’s Social Venture Challenge. Established in 2007 by The Resolution Project and in collaboration with President Bill Clinton’s foundation, the Social Venture Challenge provides $100,000 in funding to undergraduate proposals. They proposed to travel to Dunai, Nepal to highlight the hazards of exposure to lead-acid batteries and teach proper disposal methods. The rural village, which is the headquarters of the Dolpa district, has fewer than 2,000 people and relies heavily on solar home systems.

Out of 500 applications, Shahi and Duwadi were selected along with 150 other projects to compete for the Social Venture Challenge during the Clinton Global Initiative held in Coral Gables, Fla., last March, where they were named finalists. “They wanted us to provide evidence our project would succeed,” said Shahi, “but our project has never been tried. I had to convince them that, based on my experience growing up in Nepal, Life Free from Lead would work.” Shahi and Duwadi planned to implement the project this January, but effects of the recently passed constitution and 7.8-magnitude earthquake postponed their efforts. Among other new obstacles, a petroleum blockade in the southern region of the country caused a 30 percent increase in airfares from Kathmandu to Dunai. Despite the setback, Shahi was able to visit Dunai and collect more research for the project. Partnering with Nepali nonprofit organizations, he distributed brochures to the community and produced several public service announcements that aired on a local radio station. Shahi and Duwadi plan to launch the project officially this summer. The next phase is establishing a battery collection center so community leaders will be able to efficiently transport them to the nearest recycling factory in India. “We have made a commitment to the people in Dunai,” says Duwadi. “The messages of support we have received from people there and at Colby-Sawyer indicate we have met our first goal of spreading global awareness.”  ® Jaclyn Goddette ’16 is an English major from Newport, N.H., and a student employee in the Office of College Communications. A recent visitor to Nepal, she vows to return there as soon as possible. Nawaraj Shahi ’17, center to the left of Chelsea Clinton, at the Clinton Global Initiative University in March 2015 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.

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The Dreams and Nightmares of a Social Psychologist: A New Paradigm for Selecting the Perfect Juror by Lynn Garrioch, Ph.D.

Over the past 15 years, my primary interest has been teaching Psychology and the Law and related courses. Then, in spring 2014, I taught Group Dynamics and Processes, an experience that renewed my interest in my own research. As part of the course requirements, my students became mock jurors who watched and then deliberated on an abbreviated trial of a real death penalty case, Ohio State v. Mark Ducic. I watched their recorded deliberations with fascination. Two mock jurors dominated the conversation, though the others vehemently disagreed with them. Those others rarely spoke, but when they did, everyone listened. In the end, my students reached a unanimous not-guilty decision — a verdict different from the real jury. I was left to ponder the group dynamics that led to their contentious agreement. The following academic term, I taught the honors course The Exonerated. In it, students learned about factors that contribute to wrongful convictions. They read research showing that because jurors believe confident eyewitnesses are accurate witnesses, misidentified perpetrators are often convicted. In fact, confident eyewitness testimony is the most powerful testimony in a criminal case, more compelling even than fingerprint and DNA evidence. Toward the end of the course and the emergence of the Black Lives Movement, a black man named Ricky Jackson was released from prison in November 2015 after serving 40 years for a crime he did not commit. It took most of my life for him to be exonerated. As my students and I read the appalling details of Jackson’s case, I became increasingly disheartened about the failures of our legal system. My background led me to reinvest my energy in applied research with the hope of preventing wrongful convictions. THE IDEAL JUROR Since 1970, social scientists, especially social psychologists, have been consulting in trials to construct the profile of the ideal juror in certain high-profile cases. Scientific jury selection 16 colby-sawyer magazine

is the application of social science techniques and research to determine which potential jurors may be agreeably biased to one side (or the other) in a court case. Scientific jury selection remains one of the more flashy and controversial services of the lucrative trial consulting industry. Today, many social psychologists cringe at the use and misuse of social scientific research in this booming industry. For example, a social psychologist might recommend to a defense lawyer that Caucasian men of a lower socioeconomic status are more likely to convict, so the defense lawyer should use peremptory challenges to strike these men. Lawyers can’t strike a potential juror based on race, but many admit they can easily hide that they’re doing so. In theory, peremptory challenges provide a more impartial jury. In reality, lawyers are trying to strike people who will be unsympathetic toward their client regardless of the facts of the case. As I think about the role of peremptory challenges, I’m reminded of infamous defense lawyer Clarence Darrow’s quip about jurors: I try to get a jury with little education but with much human emotion. The Irish are always best for the defense. I don’t want a Scotsman, for he has too little human feelings; I don’t want a Scandinavian, for he has too strong a respect for law as law. In general, I don’t want a religious person, for he believes in sin and punishment. The defense should avoid rich men who have a high regard for the law, as they make and use it. The smug and ultra-respectable think they are the guardians of society, and they believe the law is for them. While Darrow’s clever remarks are meant to amuse, they also bring a chill. Our legal system appears to be a game in which lawyers, with the use of social psychologists’ expertise, find the best pawns to help them win their case. I have nightmares about the dubious role social psychologists play in selecting a biased jury. Based on some preliminary research, however, I’ll offer a different model of selecting the perfect juror. My new model represents my dreams for social psychologists in their efforts to assist and help improve the legal system. Recently, I analyzed the videotaped jury deliberations of Colorado v. Laura Trujillo after a five-day trial. Trujillo, 20 and confined to a wheelchair, fell asleep one night after taking painkillers and woke in the morning to find her daughter, Alize, dead on the floor. Trujillo’s boyfriend, Randy Ramirez, confessed he beat Alize to death and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Trujillo stood trial for also being criminally responsible for her daughter’s death. The coroner deemed it one of the worst cases of child abuse. The prosecutors claimed Trujillo knew Ramirez was abusive and didn’t take reasonable steps to protect her daughter. The real jury deliberated for more than 10.5 hours. The jurors concluded that Trujillo had known about some of Ramirez’s abuse of Alize but had been unaware of the serious abuse. They found her “guilty of child abuse, and her recklessness caused injury other than serious bodily injury to the child.” Trujillo was sentenced to two years in prison.

People with a high need for cognition love to solve puzzles, enjoy debate and engage in analytical thinking. Those with a low need for cognition, however, seem irritated by such efforts and just want to know the answer without working through the problem. It seems problematic to have such people on a jury. The jurists who displayed a low need for cognition throughout the jury deliberations were more likely to engage in negative interpersonal behaviors such as eye rolling, sighing and interrupting. THE JUROR’S CHALLENGE Despite the glitz and glamour of programs such as “Law and Order,” being a juror is not always exciting. It may be for the first hour, or even the first day, but as the trial progresses with complex legal language, and challenging scientific information and testimony, the excitement wanes, especially for those with a low need for cognition. As such, long trials, complex cases and long deliberations can be particularly challenging. This may seem intuitive, but I would argue lawyers do not, but should, seek to eliminate jurors with a low need for cognition. The second personality variable that appeared prominently in the Colorado v. Laura Trujillo deliberations was a high need for closure. Such individuals desire predictability, prefer order and structure, and show discomfort with ambiguity; they are ultimately very decisive and closed-minded. Jury deliberations rarely offer predictability, order and structure. Further, jurors often have to deal with ambiguity and contradictory evidence. A person with a high need for closure would find jury deliberations frustrating and would take many opportunities to minimize discussion. The Trujillo jurors with this need for closure engaged in disturbing interpersonal behavior throughout the deliberations, but especially after the fifth hour. They even engaged in character assassinations of other jurors; one claimed she was horrified by the moral values of many of the


At first blush, this case is remarkable only because the deliberations were taped. The deliberation room is sacred — only jurors enter and leave during deliberations, and there are usually no cameras. This, however, is one of a handful of cases and deliberations that have been taped to help academics understand how jurors make their decisions. I analyzed the recorded deliberations and assessed the themes that emerged based on the positive and negative nonverbal behavior (e.g., rolling of the eyes, banging the table, head nodding), the verbal behavior (e.g., number of times jurors spoke, their understanding of the legal charges) and analytical reasoning strategies employed (e.g., conjunctive decision-making rules, disjunctive decision-making rules). A number of interesting themes emerged, but I was most struck by the jury deliberation length and legal complexity, and how those factors interacted with two juror characteristics (i.e., need for cognition and need for closure). Specifically, as the jury deliberations moved past the five-hour point, jurors with a low need for cognition and high need for closure began to dominate the jury deliberations.

as i watched these jury deliberations, my heart broke

other people in the room. These jurors would interrupt others to shut down their arguments. Further, they would redirect the conversation to how they could end the jury deliberations and get out of the room. As I watched these jury deliberations, my heart broke as I thought about Alize, who had been beaten to death by her mother’s boyfriend, and Ricky Jackson, who spent 40 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. My dream is that we reform our system for choosing jurors. I would offer that lawyers should not look at demographic characteristics such as socioeconomic status, race or gender to assess whether a person is appropriate for a specific jury but rather they should assess people’s ability to deal deliberately with complex, ambiguous legal cases using their high need for cognition and low need for closure. My nightmares are complex and heart wrenching as I think of all the people who have been wrongfully convicted and are still in prison serving time for a crime they did not commit, but my dreams are simple. Social psychologists have the tools to aid the legal system. We simply have to use them for good.  ® Associate Professor of Social Sciences and Education Lynn Garrioch joined the faculty in 2001. She holds a B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia.

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School of Health Professions Opens Door to Graduate Programs by Kellie M. Spinney

It was a banner year for the Colby-Sawyer Nursing Program. In May, the program celebrated its 30th graduating class and equally long partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Then, on Sept. 1, the college announced the establishment of the School of Health Professions. THE SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS represents the realized and anticipated growth in the college’s health professions academic programs and its deepening partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Dean of the School of Health Professions and the Gladys A. Burrows Distinguished Professor of Nursing Dr. Susan Reeves ’88 heads the school. According to President Thomas C. Galligan Jr., the school will better position Colby-­Sawyer to inspire philanthropy to support education in the health professions. “The [school] will enable Colby-Sawyer to further strengthen the partnership with Dartmouth-­Hitchcock as we imagine the potential for cross-appointment of faculty, new collaborations on the use of space and equipment, and the provision of educational opportunities in a variety of health professions for prospective students from both traditional populations and Dartmouth-­ Hitchcock employee groups,” he said.

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In the fall, nursing and public health faculty moved into McKean, formerly the college’s smallest residence hall. They now have private offices, conference and meeting rooms, dedicated space for the Student Nurses Association, and a reception area for current students and prospective families. Nursing laboratories and classrooms were built next door to McKean on Colgate Hall’s third floor with views of the quad and surrounding mountains. In simulated hospital and outpatientclinic rooms, students work in pairs, while faculty members move between the six stations and interact with each team. During off-hours, students have access to the space that is fully equipped with the tools they need for hands-on training. “The new space has been designed to seamlessly combine classroom and lab experiences,” said Assistant Professor of Nursing Mary Scott. “Students can learn material from their lectures and textbooks, then move right into the lab to practice their skills.”

In January, Associate Professor of Nursing and Public Health Joan Loftus, D.N.P., and Assistant Professor of Nursing and Public Health Lisa E. Wilson, M.S.N., accompanied 14 nursing students to Puerto Penasco, Mexico, on a medical mission. The students learned nursing techniques and provided much-needed medical supplies to the community.

MAKING HISTORY: COLBY-SAWYER’S FIRST GRADUATE PROGRAM In collaboration with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and after faculty approval in September of a Master of Science in Nursing degree program, the Board of Trustees approved the program and a revised institutional mission at its October meeting. The M.S.N. will open Colby-Sawyer offerings to a new group of students, especially Dartmouth-Hitchcock employees seeking advanced educational and professional opportunities.

The new nursing laboratory space in Colgate Hall and the dedication of McKean Hall as the home for the School of Health Professions underscore the college’s commitment to current and future academic programs in the health professions, according to Academic Vice President Deborah A. Taylor, who noted that the commitment extends to traditional-age and adult students who benefit from these programs; to the faculty who challenge and mentor students in their intellectual, professional and personal development; and to the communities whose health and well-being is improved through the work of Colby-­ Sawyer’s graduates.

This February, the State of N.H. Higher Education Commission approved the program, leaving just two hurdles to clear. The college has submitted a proposal for substantive change with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) for review at its April meeting of the Commission for Institutions of Higher Education. If approved, the college will begin offering the program this fall and apply for approval with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

As Commencement approaches, the School of Health Professions has even more to celebrate: The Class of 2016 will include the first R.N. to B.S. degree recipients, as well as the most nursing (33) and public health (18) graduates in the program’s history.  ®

“The department grew to the point where faculty members were sharing offices. With the hiring of three new faculty members, and in anticipation of further growth, it became apparent that some creativity was needed to figure out where on campus the department would best fit,” said Dean Reeves. “Several options were considered, but ultimately, McKean Hall met all the criteria.”



A NEW HOME ON CAMPUS For nearly six years, the administrative offices of the nursing and public health faculty were packed into the Caretaker’s Cottage, while the nursing laboratory was located on Colgate Hall’s lower level.

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ON TOP of the WORLD Alpine Communities Class Explores Mount Washington by Carrie Brewster ’16 photos by Michael Seamans

Last fall’s Alpine Communities class studied the geology and flora of New Hampshire’s alpine zone. Going beyond classroom lectures, Associate Professors of Environmental Studies Laura Alexander and Harvey Pine led a dozen students up Mount Washington in the heart of the White Mountains in mid-October. For four days, they camped in Tuckerman Ravine and experienced the beauty of the delicate ecosystem. The class hiked through rain, snow and sunshine, learning about the alpine environment in nature’s greatest classroom.

clockwise from top left: The snowy summit of Mount Washington on the first morning; an Alpine Bluet survives through tough conditions; Professor Alexander points out flora on the trail that was first studied in the classroom.

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▲ clockwise from top left: Rime ice forms in the cold alpine air; stunted krummholz trees shelter Sarah Appleton ’17 of Andover, Mass., from the wind on the summit; a spotted salamander hides in plain view on the side of a trail; Jake Conroy ’17 of Conway, Mass., helps out Emmy Rioux ’16 of Minot, Maine, at the campsite. ◀ T he Lakes of the Clouds are suspended at 5,032’ with a view of forever.

Carrie Brewster is a senior majoring in environmental science from Concord, N.H. After graduation, she hopes to work in conservation, see the world and make a difference.

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Taking, and Eliminating, Risks: Amigo Khadka ’14 by Kate Seamans

It’s noon on the kind of Monday in July that gives Manhattan its reputation for swampy summers, and the sidewalks are filling with office workers hunting lunch. Inside the J.P. Morgan building on Madison Avenue, bankers float down on escalators to the frigid lobby, checking their phones before hitting the streets or pinpointing their lunch delivery person from the lineup outside the security checkpoint. Among them is Amigo Khadka ’14, the only analyst on a new team dedicated to wholesale credit risk regulatory management. For a moment, it’s hard to remember the serious-faced professional was a college student not long ago, but then he pushes through the turnstile and smiles, and it’s Amigo, the energetic summa cum laude business and Wesson Honors student whose contributions are still felt on campus. While completing a four-year degree in just three, Khadka worked to establish Colby-Sawyer as the first certified Fair Trade private college in New Hampshire; was on the 2013 team of student investment fund managers named international champions in the undergraduate Value Investing category at the Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education Forum III; was recognized with his fellow Eco-Reps with the 2012 President’s Leadership Award 22 colby-sawyer magazine

by Campus Compact for New Hampshire; helped plan the 2013 grand reopening of the Ware Student Center and a Relay for Life fundraiser in his event management course; and, along with Nischal Banskota ’15, was a driving force in establishing the college’s relationship with Maya Universe Academy in their native Nepal. Khadka is a long way from home no matter what; it’s a month before he will find his Manhattan apartment, and he’s been commuting two hours each way from Connecticut for more than a year. At J.P. Morgan, though, he’s carving out his own space in new territory for both him and the bank. All day, often 12 hours a day, he throws himself into the task of meeting new regulatory pressures that swept through the banking industry in the wake of the financial crisis. The regulators, he notes, have been trying to limit the number of risky loans and have set measures for each bank. His team was established to look into all the other risk teams that focus on individual industries and make sure their deals — mergers, leveraged buyouts, corporate investments — meet the regulations. “All job descriptions require attention to detail, right?” Khadka says. “Working in a firm like this, I realize what could actually

happen if you don’t pay attention to detail. It’s very easy to skip one minor number or something. My managers — I report to three vice presidents and a managing director — make the decisions, but when I do the work for them, it’s really important to pay attention because it’s also my job to make sure they see those small details that might easily escape. Minor details make a huge impact.” Numbers may be the foundation of the business, Khadka has discovered, but above them are the reading, writing, communication, creative thinking and analytical skills required to consider a decision’s repercussions. “Everything we do is both art and science,” he says. “There’s science in terms of how you quantify things, but there’s also an art aspect to the general quality of judgment that needs to be considered while making every decision.”

I report to three vice presidents and a managing director. They make the decisions, but when I do the work for them, it’s really important to pay attention because it’s also my job to make sure they see those small details that might easily escape. Minor details make a huge impact.

The idea of evaluating risk isn’t completely new to Khadka. He was on a risk team during his internship at GE Capital, which helped set the stage for his current position, but even before that, Khadka was calculating risks — and hoping somebody would take one on him. Growing up in Kathmandu, Khadka knew he wanted to formalize his interest in finance and attend college in the United States. “Coming to the U.S. was a risk, but ColbySawyer had a lot of other Nepalese, so I never even felt homesick,” he says. “I wanted a liberal arts college with a business program, and there actually aren’t many, but even Colby-Sawyer was kind of a risk for me, as I didn’t know about it before. I’m very fortunate I didn’t choose a big university where I probably would’ve been lost in the crowd. That was a huge decision.” Khadka’s biggest risk so far has been turning down two fulltime offers with smaller firms and gambling that the offer of a temporary position at J.P. Morgan, with all its global opportunities and internal mobility, would put him in the right place at the right time for a permanent position. He won that bet.

Nepal,” Khadka says. “Now I have a visa good for up to six years. I was lucky with the visa lottery; some of my friends didn’t get one. And that’s why you have to understand why companies don’t necessarily hire international students: They hire someone, they train them for three months, and then the visa doesn’t work out. It’s not the employee’s fault; it’s not the manager’s fault. But if you were the manager, would you take that risk? Luckily, mine did.” For now, Khadka’s happy to be young and in New York City and to see what happens next. Graduate school awaits, and he thinks eventually he’ll return to Nepal and do something in the education sector there. He’s learned, though, from his compressed college years, not to rush things and to allow for flexibility in the short term while sticking to long-term goals. “Completing my degree in three years seemed like the right thing to do, but I look back and think maybe I should’ve stayed for the full four years,” Khadka says. “But I got scared that if I stayed another year, there might be diminishing returns on what I’d done, and in terms of going out to recruiters, it really shows something if you did in three years what takes everyone else four. So there was a trade-off.” Some close friends who knew Khadka as a student passionate about justice and supportive of social entrepreneurial activities were surprised he’d choose to work in the banking industry, but if he’s made trade-offs to land his position, he’s clear about why he’s there. “There’s a stereotype about bankers, but being in the bank, especially in risk, all we do is make sure that something like the financial crisis does not happen again,” Khadka says. “I’m helping, which is hard for people to digest because when you work in the bank, you’re a banker. But I’m liable for whatever I do, right? So I have to make sure I don’t do anything that’s risky that puts me or the economy in danger.” The lunch hour is over. Packed escalators carry J.P. Morgan employees back upstairs to what will be anything but a warm, sleepy afternoon. “Really, I’m working to change the industry from the inside,” Khadka says, as he swipes his ID and joins them.  ® Editor’s Note: This fall, Khadka welcomed Sujan Shrestha ’15 to his team at J.P. Morgan.

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Out of the Classroom and into Literary History: A Sojourn to Concord, Mass. by Patrick D. Anderson, Ph.D. photos by Michael Seamans

“it is one thing to read about walden pond and have Thoreau describe it; it’s another when you get to walk all along the beach and run into the woods and see where Thoreau’s cabin was.” So wrote one of the students in my course on 19thcentury writers of the American Renaissance after our field trip to Concord, Mass., on a beautiful day in October. About a month into the course, we had already immersed ourselves in the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, two key Transcendentalist thinkers and writers who helped fashion a new attitude toward nature: one more spiritual, personal and positive than that of their Puritan forebears.

holdings include the well-appointed study replete with books and furniture from the Emerson house (which sits just across the street), as well as the few simple possessions — bed, desk, chairs and walking stick — from the cabin Thoreau built on Emerson’s land a couple miles outside town. Soon we were embarking on our own trek to Walden Pond and the site of Thoreau’s place in the woods. Each student spoke glowingly of this experience; one argued that “the study of literature should not be confined to the classroom, but should instead be spent in part amongst nature,” while another claimed he “could now see exactly where Transcendentalists …

The day itself was made-to-order for Transcendentalists: blue skies bathed in warm sunshine while autumnal hues reflected off the pond. We were familiar with the finer points of Emerson’s Transcendentalist manifesto “Nature” and Thoreau’s first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers — which travels as much into young Henry’s mind as it does from Concord, Mass., to Concord, N.H. — when we headed two hours south to see where Emerson and Thoreau lived, worked and socialized with one another. Our first stop, the Concord Museum, oriented us to the town and its illustrious past; the museum’s most significant 24 colby-sawyer magazine

were coming from.” The day itself was made-to-order for Transcendentalists: blue skies bathed in warm sunshine while autumnal hues reflected off the pond. In addition to Emerson and Thoreau, Concord was home — in the mid-19th century — to such notable women writers as Louisa May Alcott and Margaret Fuller, as well as to America’s first important novelist, Nathaniel Hawthorne. In fact, Hawthorne figured into another memorable part of the field trip: our visit to the Old Manse. A venerable 18th-century house

built by the Emerson family in 1770, the Old Manse overlooks the revolutionary battlefield where “the shot heard ’round the world” was fired in 1775. Hawthorne and his bride, Sophia, moved into the Manse after they were married in 1842. Touring the house, we could feel the presence of Concord’s literary icons. The second-floor study features the desk where Emerson wrote “Nature,” and a writing table where Hawthorne penned Mosses from an Old Manse. Perhaps most notably, the Old Manse’s grounds contain the garden Thoreau planted as a wedding gift for the Hawthornes to discover when they arrived home following their honeymoon. It didn’t take long for Sophia Hawthorne to, quite literally, leave her mark on the house as well; with her wedding ring, she etched some lovely passages into two of the Manse’s windows, even getting Nathaniel to write a few words of his own on one of them. I’ve made this trip numerous times now — many alums cite it as one of the highlights of their English major — because, like most experiential learning, it brings authors to life in ways that reading their books cannot. And nowhere does Concord’s literary history come more alive for me than when I’m standing in front of these windows where the romantic Hawthornes stood — more than 160 years ago — and reading their words, still visible on the old panes of glass. We ended our day at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, which — on top of a hill in a magnificent natural setting — serves as the final resting place for Emerson, Thoreau and the Hawthornes. And yet, in the preceding hours, each of them had spoken to us through our exploration of the places that defined them. Walking through the garden at the Old Manse, one student imagined “Thoreau moving about the rows of plants and seeds, which seemed like a better place for him and his words than at a desk or in a parlor … ” For her — and for all of us who left the classroom for a day — this place served as “a legacy its previous inhabitants would have approved of, for, though they are no longer there, we find them in the way the river moved, how the garden grew, and in poetry on windowpanes” — all unexpected discoveries that deepened our understanding of how the place these writers called home shaped some of the most significant texts in American literature.  ® Patrick D. Anderson joined the faculty in 1977 and is the Gibney Distinguished Professor of Humanities. He holds an A.B. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He teaches courses in American studies, American literature, Native American culture, and film. At Commencement on May 7, Professor Anderson will receive the Gown Award.

opposite page: Along the shores of Walden Pond; this page, top to bottom: the Old Manse, home of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne; a passage etched in a window of the Old Manse; a moment of reflection on North Bridge, where the Battle of Concord and the American Revolution began.

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by Jaclyn Goddette ’16


or many, a presidential election overshadows local elections. But for history and political studies majors Meaghan Burke ’16 of Acton, Mass., and Thomas McGrath ’17 of Boston, Mass., local races signify the importance of small-scale democracy, and the opportunity to explore their major through summer internships with the Massachusetts’ Democratic and Republican parties. BEHIND THE SCENES For Burke, working at the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Summer Street office in downtown Boston meant entering data, filing and scanning paperwork, researching news stories and compiling press clippings. “They gave us a variety of projects to see what we were good at and what we were interested in,” said Burke. “The internship exposed me to many types of politics and allowed me to go behind the scenes to see what upholds the party.” One long-term task pushed Burke into new territory. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the MDP launched the 1965 Project to register 1,965 new voters. In typical grassroots fashion, Burke approached people with clipboard in hand, asking if they wanted to register or update their voter information. “It wasn’t in my comfort zone, but it helped me build interpersonal skills,” said Burke. “It was also a project that honors something worth remembering.” Though Burke has always been interested in history and politics, she entered Colby-Sawyer as a nursing major. An introductory history course with Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Education Malachy Flynn changed her 26 colby-sawyer magazine


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direction. “I had more fun in that class,” said Burke. Her internship transformed that fun into passion. “There are 90-yearolds running for office, and 20-year-old delegates,” said Burke. Observing passionate people made her realize she also holds strong opinions. “I didn’t think I would feel so connected to certain issues, but my internship showed me how people debating issues can affect people on the ground,” she said. ACROSS THE AISLE From Summer Street, it is a short subway ride to Merrimac Street, where McGrath interned with the Massachusetts Republican Party. Like Burke, much of McGrath’s work focused on data. His favorite task, however, was writing political updates. A tutor with Colby-Sawyer’s Student Learning Collaborative (formerly the Academic Development Center), McGrath has long considered writing his strongest skill, and the internship helped further develop his abilities. “If someone picks up a mailer, you only have seconds before they throw it away,” he said. “We need to tell people our message in the most direct way possible.” For McGrath, seeing his writing as an official document was evidence that he was applying what he’d learned at Colby-­ Sawyer. “That was my language,” he said with pride. “It was something I wrote.”

Another highlight included meeting Governor Charlie Baker at the Lincoln-­Reagan Reception, an evening celebrating Republican state leaders, after he spent hours calling party members to solicit for the event. The experience exceeded his expectations. “The best and hardest parts of my internship were intertwined,” he said. “At Lincoln-­Reagan, we saw our work come to fruition.” McGrath says his internship is the first step in launching a political career, an interest developed in Associate Professor of Social Sciences and Education Eric Boyer’s course The American Presidency. “I don’t know what office I want to run for,” said McGrath, “but electoral politics fascinate me.” Burke and McGrath returned to campus with stronger research, analytical and communication skills. Their summer experiences also contributed to more focused career goals and a greater respect for their chosen discipline. Burke, once unsure about what she would do with her degree, now feels reassured. “There are definitely opportunities for careers in both history and political studies,” she said. McGrath hints that law school may be in his future, but he, like Burke, is keeping all his options open.  ®

SAVE THE DATE HOMECOMING 2016 New Name, Same Great Tradition Make plans now to be on campus Oct. 14 – 16.

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Members of the Class of 1955 were joined by President Galligan for the wine pairing dinner; Members of the Class of 2005 celebrate their 10th Reunion; (l–r) Jane Hardy Roiter ’65, Ann Hodgkinson Low ’65, Leah Caswell ’65, Chris Murray McKee ’65, Nobuko Nishino Akashi ’65, Tina Biggs Ferraro ’65 and Susan Woodruff Macaulay ’65 enjoy a cocktail party at the President’s House in honor of their 50th Reunion; Alumni baseball players bundled up for their annual game; (l–r) Kelly Griffin ’15, Marion James ’14 and Conley Dion ’16 watch the varsity soccer games from the alumni tent at Kelsey Fields.

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Sustainable Learning Initiative Helps Pioneer Revitalization in Franklin Falls

storm-water management; and expanded bike trails, a kayak park and other outdoor recreation options. More plans include an arts cooperative, a performance center, a downtown with fewer cars and alternative transportation, zero-waste and commercial composting, a food hub and farmer’s market, a holistic health center, and a hostel with function space and a café.

by Jennifer White ’90


he city of Franklin, N.H., just half an hour east of New London, is on the cusp of a sustainable revitalization. And, thanks to broad and emerging community-based partnerships between local organizations and Colby-Sawyer College, our students are positioned to both learn from and contribute to that effort. The vision, spearheaded by Todd Workman, executive director of the nonprofit PermaCityLife, is to create a model for cities to become more self-reliant and to transition away from dependence on fossil fuels. The hope, Workman said, is to “pioneer a new approach to building a collaborative and resilient downtown using the principles of permaculture to differentiate how we derive our livelihood, food supply, transportation, energy, shelter, culture and sense of community.” Our students are already exploring the feasibility and advancement of some of these innovative projects, including a locally themed restaurant and microbrewery; a volunteer-run coffee shop; a co-working space; an art gallery and music venue; multigenerational mixed-use housing; fossil fuel-free energy production; permaculture/edible landscaping; ecologically sound 28 colby-sawyer magazine

The initiative is intended to be flexible and modular so faculty can tailor an existing assignment or entire course to focus on an aspect of the city’s work and planning. In 2014, a small team of faculty and staff at Colby-Sawyer received support through an Innovation Grant from the college, funded by the Davis Educational Foundation, to research, design and implement the Sustainable Learning Initiative at Franklin Falls, a comprehensive curricular program paired with Franklin’s revitalization efforts. It is a model for an innovative, collaborative, interdisciplinary, community-based living laboratory replicable in other locations, and it addresses the financial sustainability of higher education as well as the planetary sustainability of our human institutions. The team is composed of Laura Alexander ’98, associate professor and chair of environmental studies; Jenisha Shrestha ’14, former Presidential Fellow; Pam Spear, director of the Baird Health and Counseling Center; Hilary Walrod, associate professor of graphic design and digital media; and me.


The initiative is intended to be flexible and modular so faculty can tailor an existing assignment or entire course to focus on an aspect of the city’s work and planning. Students have already contributed to Franklin’s master plan, developed company logos, created signage for the bike trail system, constructed an access database for the upcycled art gallery, and conducted a parking inventory for redevelopment planning. Interns are researching IT solutions, creating Geographic Information Systems maps, developing tourism strategies and exploring best practices for commercial compost. Stakeholders have expressed an interest in exploring relationships with Colby-Sawyer’s Sustainable Learning Initiative and include Credere Environmental Associates, Franklin Business & Industrial Development Corporation, Franklin Parks & Recreation, Franklin Regional Hospital, Franklin Savings Bank, Healthy Eating Active Living, Mass Development Group, Nobis Engineering and Watts Water Technologies. And faculty across the curriculum are working on course development in such diverse topics as aquatic species biodiversity, interpersonal skills for physicians, community ceramics classes and student-run art exhibits, exercise prescription using urban green spaces, calculating timed-release of river volumes, efficiency and renewable energy, recreational event planning and best practices for community gardens. A NEW MAJOR: COMMUNITY-BASED SUSTAINABILITY In fall 2016, Colby-Sawyer plans to welcome its first cohort into a three-year community-based sustainability major that creates experiential learning opportunities for students to explore, design and develop sustainable solutions to current and evolving community needs. The curriculum gives students valuable professional work experience while they’re still in school and encourages them to discover and develop their talents and passions. Graduates will pay about 20 percent less for their college education and can start their careers or enter graduate school a year earlier by participating in January and May intensives — students will go “outside the class” and into the businesses and community organizations that are doing the work of energy independence, local food production and zero waste. Whether as part of the major or in a single course, our students can develop relevant skills for creative and complex problem-solving, work directly with regional stakeholders and potential employers and do their part to create a resilient, vibrant, diverse and sustainable community in Franklin Falls. Learn more at  ® Jennifer White ’90 is Colby-Sawyer’s director of Sustainability and an assistant professor of Environmental Studies. She holds an A.A. from Colby-Sawyer College, a B.A. from Colorado College and an M.A. from Naropa University.

Grant Will Support Environmental Stewardship and Service Learning by Aaron Records ’15 Colby-Sawyer received $3,000 as a Campuses for Environmental Stewardship sub-grant from a four-state Campus Compact Coalition. The funds, awarded to the Coalition by the Davis Education Foundation, are intended to train an interdisciplinary team of faculty at each participating campus to design and implement courses which include service-learning components focused on environmental stewardship. Colby-Sawyer’s grant will bolster ongoing innovative projects by students and faculty in its Sustainable Learning Initiative (SLI). The SLI is an experiential learning opportunity for Colby-Sawyer students to explore, design and develop sustainable solutions to real and evolving community needs in the nearby city of Franklin, N.H. This spring, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Harvey Pine will dedicate a portion of the grant to developing a service-­ learning component in Fundamentals of Biogeochemistry. “Students will create presentations and other materials that inform residents about how the program works, potential chemical threats and remediation techniques in an informative manner utilizing easy-to-understand language,” he said. Bill Spear, associate professor of Business Administration, incorporated service learning into Sales and Strategic Marketing last semester; his students worked on marketing for the CATCH Neighborhood Housing Project. This spring, his Consumer Behavior and Market Research students will identify factors for success as CATCH remodels its RiverBend Mill into a 45-unit residential building. Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Education Kate Turcotte will work with PermaCityLife, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving Franklin’s downtown community, the economy and environment, to assess the “intersection of the personal, social, economic and environmental well-being of residents in Franklin.” Her sociology students will visit Franklin and examine its facilities, parks, and other resources, and contribute to the city’s understanding of a broad vision of sustainability that encompasses all aspects of life. Jennifer White ’90, director of Sustainability and assistant professor of Environmental Studies, says the funds will support the college’s evolving SLI. At the end of the spring semester, students will present their results to community stakeholders in Franklin, and faculty will attend a regional best-practices conference in September to relate their experiences.

Aaron Records ’15 is a Presidential Fellow in the Office of College Communications. He holds B.A. degrees in creative writing and philosophy.

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sense senseof ofplace place PUT TO THE TEST In fall 2015, the Colby-Sawyer Testing Center opened in the Susan Colgate Cleveland Library/Learning Center. Staffed by professional proctors and supported by student workers who assist with proctoring and processing tests, the center offers more than 200 state and national assessment examinations, as well as professional certifications and licensures, including the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam for nursing applicants and the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Visit for more info. Photo by Greg Danilowski.

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President Galligan Says Farewell by Kate Seamans with Thomas C. Galligan Jr.

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In February 2015, Colby-Sawyer College’s eighth president, Thomas C. Galligan Jr., informed the Board of Trustees that he would not seek a third term. His ten years of service will conclude on June 30, 2016. A search committee chaired by trustee Pete Volanakis and composed of board members, faculty, staff, a community member and a student worked with the firm AGB Search to identify candidates and manage the process of appointing the college’s ninth president. The Board of Trustees plans to announce President Galligan’s successor this spring.


n this second of a two-part farewell to President Galligan, he goes back to the beginning to consider his path to the Windy Hill and the early days of his presidency, its highs and lows, his philosophy on leadership, his Colby-Sawyer family, and what the future holds.

Based on your history, was a college presidency inevitable for you?

READ PART I of President Galligan’s farewell interview, “Many Adventures Await: President Galligan Prepares to Move On,” at

When I became dean of the law school at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, I went to a workshop for new deans. Another new dean said her goal was to be a college president, and I wondered how she knew that. I had no thoughts about being a college president. I became a dean because I was a professor of law complaining about my dean, and I figured if I thought I could do a better job, I should put up or shut up. Later, I was persuaded to be a candidate for the presidency of the University of Tennessee, and I did pretty well in the process. I’m glad it didn’t go my way, because it wouldn’t have worked out. But it kind of got me thinking. After eight years, I told my boss I wasn’t going to be a dean anymore, and he said I shouldn’t give up the idea of another administrative appointment, and so here is the power of suggestion: He said I’d be a really good college president at a private school or a small state school. Were you familiar with Colby-Sawyer or the area at that point? Our son, Patrick, was a junior at Bates College and our oldest daughter, Sarah, was in her first year at Dartmouth. In the fall of 2005, soon after I got back to Tennessee from visiting them, I received an email from Colby-Sawyer’s search firm that said the college was looking for a president. I called my boss and asked what he knew about the place. He said, ‘What I know is good. I’m going to nominate you.’ He did, and the search firm called and told me to write a letter. I’m a lawyer, so my letter was a paragraph long. They called back and said, ‘You know, that’s a great letter. It’s really short. But this isn’t a law school, so write a longer letter that addresses some of the things the college is looking for.’ I was talking about this recently with Tom Csatari, our board chair; he remembers the letter and thought it was a little long. He’s a lawyer, too. I was invited to interview in Manchester and then to campus. I did the first interview alone, which was great because then I could visit Sarah. Susan came for the second one. We stayed at the New London Inn. We ate at Peter Christian’s Tavern. Nobody knew who we were. It was really nice to be anonymous in New London in the winter. And I knew, for the interview, that I shouldn’t get emotionally involved. The next day, Beth Cahill, our former vice president for Advancement, picked me up at the inn and took me to breakfast. I remember sitting in the Board of Trustees Conference Room in Ware Student Center the next afternoon. I was with Anne spring 2016


Winton Black ’75, ’77, who was the board chair then and the Search Committee chair, and Bill Berger, who was board vice chair. I was talking to them and listening intently, but the window was right there, and snow had started to fall, and I realized right then I was emotionally involved. So, lucky for me, here we are.


What’s the biggest difference between Dean Galligan and President Galligan?

Tom’s Top 5 Films 1 �������������������� “Local Hero” (1983) 2...............“Meet John Doe” (1941) 3 ��������������������� “Ninotchka” (1939)

Oh, gosh, age. But every day you’re learning. So when we say that Colby-Sawyer’s internal mantra is Always Learning, that’s true, and it fits me as much as it fits the institution. I’m the same person, just with more experience. How do you come into a new community — a small college in a small town — and establish yourself as its leader?

4 ���������������“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969)

You hope that people are as nice as they seem, and at Colby-Sawyer, they’re even nicer. At least most of the time. You listen, and you smile, and you absorb.

5 �����������������������“Amarcord” (1973)

There’s something I learned as a dean. When I went to the University of Tennessee, people were so friendly, and everybody wanted to get to know me, and I thought: Wow. When I was a brand-new lawyer, it wasn’t quite like this, and when I was a brand-new professor, it wasn’t quite like this. And isn’t Knoxville a wonderful place? Susan kind of looked at me and said, ‘Don’t you get it?’ Position makes it easy to enter a community. A lot of people want to meet you. So if you’re even a little extroverted, it’s pretty easy. But you’ve got to be careful, and you’ve got to be yourself. I realized early on that I’m just going to be who I am. So it’s going to be Tom Galligan going to the grocery store, and if I’m in sweatpants and haven’t shaved, well, that’s the way it is.

Tom’s Top 5 Books 1 ������������������The Cider House Rules by John Irving 2 ��������������������The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton 3.......War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 4.............. The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It by Lawrence S. Ritter 5.....A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

Favorite Book made into a Favorite Film Bang the Drum Slowly by Mark Harris

What was hardest about the transition? Our youngest daughter, Jennifer, was starting high school and her sister, Aisling, was a senior in high school, and we wanted her to finish in Tennessee with her friends. So, for that first year, Susan and I were in different places. The six of us drove up here to move me in. And then on a Sunday in August, they all went back. I’ll never forget how lonely I was that night. That was rough. I ran around Pleasant Lake three times. It tired me out. I would think so. That’s about 18 miles! It’s funny in retrospect; Aisling was in Knoxville and remembers that Susan came up here at least every two weeks. Jenny and I were in New London, and we remember that Susan was here about a week every two months. I would never want to have that experience again. But at the same time, it was amazing because Jenny and I had this wonderful year that now, when we talk about it, everybody else in the family gags. She and I are probably the two most volatile people in the family, but that year we were so nice to each other. I remember one time we were driving and I said something, and she said something, and we looked at each other ready to explode and then we realized, Oh, we can’t do that; we’re all we’ve got. So, it was a hard year, but it was a really good year, too. There’s that fine line between having your support system and having room to be your new self in a new place, too. Right. And when I arrived, we had missed our goal of recruiting 300 new students and had 238, and I knew nothing about undergraduate enrollment. That was going

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to be part of my learning curve. When my family drove away, I realized I had to deal with that issue, and I had to learn so much in a short amount of time. And that was a pretty lonely feeling, too, but one of the things I learned was that Colby-Sawyer is a really supportive place. People stopped by to see how I was doing and if I wanted coffee, faculty and staff both. But it was a lonely first month. Inside, not the people. What is leadership to you?

Students, faculty and staff come to you with concerns large and small. How do you handle such an influx? I try to be responsive and listen and say yes as much as I can. Mostly, I wish I had more resources with which to fund the wonderful projects people propose. As for complaints, you try to respond to as many as you can and not sound defensive or angry. But in that regard I’m lucky to have great friends who lose sleep for me. Exercise is a great cure for negative energy, too. I recommend it.


I think a leader is first among equals, while some think leadership is something we can bottle and teach. What you really are, when you’re a leader, is a barometer. You have to come up with ideas, but you have to trust not only your own sense of what’s right based on your values and the community’s values but also what you sense the community wants to do, is ready to do and can do.


President Galligan runs down Main Street during the 10th Annual 5K Dash & Stroll last September.

You’ve wanted people to think and act for themselves yet have noted many want to be told what to do, though they’d say otherwise. What do you make of that disconnect? We all think we want freedom, but with freedom comes responsibility, so sometimes it’s easier to be told what to do. Whoever sits in my chair is not an expert at everything. Mary McLaughlin knows more about residential education than I do.

In January, the third group from Colby-­Sawyer went to Nepal to explore the culture and volunteer at Maya Universe Academy. Upon departing Nepal, President Galligan reflected: It will be a long time before we process our experiences in Nepal, but we will not forget how much we have learned about this beautiful, spiritual country, the world and ourselves. I am moved by how much our Nepali students care about their people and want to give back. I am proud of them and all they go through to attend college, and I see how much their families sacrifice to send them to Colby-Sawyer. When I look back on my presidency, I know that this trip — a symbol of what it means to have a diverse, international community at a college — will be a highlight. Left to right, on an island in Phewa Lake: President Galligan, Aisling Galligan, Bibek Thapa ’17, Ayla Cordell ’19, Lauren Morocco ’17, Abhineet Kumar ’17, Deepesh Duwadi ’17, Professor Jon Keenan, Prithul Karki ’17, Will Triebel ’17 and Chris Gagne ’17. spring 2016



THE DIFFERENCE A DECADE MAKES Thomas C. Galligan Jr. is appointed ColbySawyer College’s eighth president.

Adventures in Learning celebrates its 10th anniversary. The college hosts Isaac Nyamongo of the University of Nairobi, Kenya, the college’s first Fulbright scholar in residence.

Seamans Alumni House is burned in a January training operation by the New London Fire Department after it was determined to be a “sick building.”

President Galligan founds the annual 5K Dash & Stroll community event.

The Athletics Hall of Fame is established to honor athletic excellence.


A December ice storm knocks out ColbySawyer’s power and sends students home early with finals to make up in the spring.

Trustees approve a new strategic plan for the college.

2007 Colby-Sawyer receives a grant from the National Science Foundation to incorporate the teaching of basic math and reasoning skills across its liberal arts curriculum.


The college identifies four strategic themes: Engaged Learning, Living Sustainably, Linking to the World, and Dynamic Devotion to Excellence.

President Galligan co-chairs the Gulf Coast Oil Symposium in New Orleans. The symposium, coordinated by the Louisiana State Bar Association, addresses the environmental catastrophe created by the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

President Galligan signs the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, committing Colby-Sawyer to reducing and eventually eliminating the college’s global warming emissions and accelerating educational efforts to equip society to restabilize the Earth’s climate.


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Colby-Sawyer is one of 10 N.H. colleges to receive a National Institute of Health Award for Biomedical Research and receives nearly $1 million in support of research programs.

Colby-Sawyer is named a “2010 Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Global Beginnings launches with students in Strasbourg, France, and Florence, Italy.

Construction begins on the Windy Hill School. The college begins a collaborative process that invites faculty, staff, trustees, students and alumni to have a voice in the college’s priorities and direction.

President Galligan, an expert in maritime law, testifies before the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary and the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary about the complex legal issues arising from the Gulf Coast oil spill. He also testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation regarding maritime liability under the Death on the High Seas Act and the Limitation of Liability Act.

The Windy Hill School opens.

A Bachelor of Science degree in health studies with concentrations in health promotion and wellness, public health, and health care management is established.

Colby-Sawyer launches the Progressive Scholars Program with 19 students from Cambridge Rindge & Latin School and Malden High School to provide educational opportunities for mainly first-generation college students, and to bring more geographic, racial and ethnic diversity to the college.


2011 Trustees approve new Mission Statement for the college.

Colby-Sawyer hosts the New Hampshire Women’s Caucus in November, an event focused on critical issues for women and families.

Colby-Sawyer introduces online summer courses.

Thomas C. “Tom” Csatari of Hanover, N.H., is elected chair of the Colby-Sawyer College Board of Trustees.

Windy Hill School earns Silver LEED certification for green design.

For the first time, gifts to the ColbySawyer Fund exceed $2 million.

Colby-Sawyer installs one of the largest solar photovoltaic arrays in the state of New Hampshire.

Colby-Sawyer launches online certificate programs.


Trustees approve new facilities master plan as well as a new philosophy and values statement.

The Business Administration Department and its student investment fund managers compete against more than 50 student-managed portfolios in five categories and are named international champions in the undergraduate Value Investing category at the Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) Forum III held in New York City.

2014 Colby-Sawyer celebrates the Ware Student Center’s grand reopening.

Thanks to a significant grant, ColbySawyer installs its first wind turbine in front of the Susan Colgate Cleveland Library/Learning Center. The Colby-Sawyer community gathers to dedicate the Sally Shaw Veitch Track and Field and to rechristen the Kelsey Athletic Fields as the Kelsey Athletic Campus.

In light of significant financial challenges and to achieve a balanced budget, the college releases 15 full- and part-time staff members from departments across campus.

The college’s M.S.N. program proposal is approved by the N.H. Higher Education Commission. The next step is a review by NEASC in April, but the college is on schedule for a fall 2016 implementation.

The Board of Trustees approves a new curriculum structure for its undergraduate academic degree program, and the college changes from a predominantly three-creditper-course model to a predominantly four-credit-per-course model.

Trustees approve a brand platform for the college.

Ware Center remodel begins.

Agreements between Colby-Sawyer and the Community College System of N.H. pave the way for bachelor degree completion.

Colby-Sawyer is the first private college in New Hampshire certified as a Fair Trade college.

Colby-Sawyer brings facilities management operations in-house and ends its contract with Sodexo.

A Davis Educational Foundation award encourages faculty and staff to change the landscape of higher education.

Colby-Sawyer introduces its new visual identity, and Colby-Sawyer Magazine is redesigned.

An online R.N. to B.S. in nursing degree is offered.

The graduate outcomes report for the Class of 2014 indicates that six months after graduation, 97 percent of the class is either employed or pursuing graduate studies.

Colby-Sawyer celebrates the grand opening of its freestanding sustainable classroom.

Colby-Sawyer begins celebrating its 175th year as an institution of teaching and learning on July 4 and links all events to the college’s strategic themes.


Colby-Sawyer offers online bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business administration, and healthcare management.

Presidential Fellowship Program launches to kick-start young alumni’s professional lives.


Colby-Sawyer is reaccredited by The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Colby-Sawyer’s Board of Trustees approves plans to construct a $7 million arts building. The board also approves the college’s first graduate program, an M.S.N. in nursing, pending all necessary approvals.

Colby-Sawyer celebrates its 15th Annual International Festival.

The Power of Infinity Campaign launches with a $60 million goal to support scholarships, campus improvements, student research funds and more.

Colby-Sawyer offers a program that locks in tuition, room and board fees at each incoming class’s rate for four years and sweetens the deal with a four-year graduation guarantee.

Colby-Sawyer’s student retention rate increases for the sixth consecutive year to 77.9 percent. Colby-Sawyer establishes the School of Health Professions, housed in a renovated McKean Hall. A new nursing lab and classrooms are built on the third floor of Colgate.  President Galligan announces he will step down after 10 years in office when his second term ends on June 30, 2016.


The Presidential Blue Key Society launches as an expanded version of the Key Club. Ten students are inducted.

Colby-Sawyer’s Board of Trustees elects Peter F. Volanakis as its next chair, effective July 1, 2016.

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George Martin and Bill Foti know more about athletics. Jean Eckrich knows more about exercise science. And so on. The president needs to rely on the experts, empower, ask a few questions, and get out of the way. And the experts need to be aware of how much confidence the president has in them.


How did staying in the classroom affect your presidency, and why was that so important to you? I understand when I’m teaching and the semester is coming to mid-terms or to the end of the year the stress that my students are under and the stress that my faculty colleagues are under. I get a better understanding for the life cycle of the institution. I would never be anywhere as an academic and not want to teach at least some of the time. The reason I got into this in the first place was teaching. The greatest energy in any institution of learning is the classroom, whether physical or virtual. The sparkle of learning when somebody gets it is incredibly infectious and exhilarating. That’s why I love it. I also love to be able to think about whatever I’m teaching. I love the intellectual side of it, and the challenge of trying to communicate it clearly and engage with people to think about it. Teaching lets me know what the typical Colby-Sawyer student is like in a way I wouldn’t if I just sat in this office and met the students who lead the student government or the students who are in trouble or who just want to stop by and introduce themselves. None of them are typical Colby-Sawyer students.


Who is the typical Colby-Sawyer student, then? I’d say it’s someone who has done well in school but has some space between what they’ve done so far and what they can do. They might be a student who went through high school and realized, Gosh, I guess I have to go to college for my career. They get here and are looking four years ahead, anxious to get on with life, but then they realize they’re actually in love with being a student in a place where they can achieve at a level, intellectually and outside the classroom, that they never have before. And so to use a business metaphor, the value added to their intellectual life and their professional life is huge. It sounds like something worth waking up for. Yes, it is. What risks have you taken, and what risks do you wish you had taken? Progressive Scholars was a risk, and I’m really proud of that program. The huge effort to have more students from other countries was a risk, and I couldn’t be more pleased that we took it. It was a risk to borrow money to redo Ware into a student center. It was a risk every year to hire more faculty because the budget is never certain, which is why support from our alumni and friends is so important. Developing online programs was a risk. Sometimes I wish I had pulled the trigger on a few things faster, but then again, things happen when they do for good reason. In terms of my value structure and what I believe about education, Colby-Sawyer was at a crisis point regarding its lack of diversity. In retrospect, I would have loved

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to have gone out to some major foundations and donors beforehand to get some funding for those programs. On the other hand, when you’re living in a global world and you’re three percent nonwhite and less than one percent international, you need to take action. Another risk was changing athletic conferences. That was Shakespearian in its drama, even Othello-like. To have stayed put at the time, though — I couldn’t have slept at night. What role has Susan played in your presidency? A huge role. She’s been incredibly supportive and a part of college events, but she’s also been really active in the community as a volunteer in the Garden Club and was its president. She served on the board of The Fells. She plays tennis. She’s in the Colby-Sawyer College Singers and the Kearsarge Chorale. This year she is chair of the Kearsarge Chorale Board. So she’s been wonderful, and she’s been a great citizen of New London.

Well, the college, really. The memory etched in my mind is seeing the Loop. You go back to points in your life and you can just see it. The Loop will always be crystal clear to me. Driving up Main Street at night in the winter when the library’s lights are on is so cool. Our fields on a clear day, the terraces … those are the most wonderful visions. I remember running around Little Lake Sunapee one Labor Day with Sarah and it started to pour — I remember how wet we were, and it was just so fun to be running with my daughter.


After 10 years in this town, what are some of your best memories?


Susan and Tom Galligan in 2006, soon after they arrived at Colby-Sawyer.

Best memories … whenever I get up in front of a room full of people, I’m nervous. I get butterflies. Even in class a little bit. And certainly when you get up in front of 1,500 people at Commencement — I’m listening to the National Anthem, and I know as soon as it’s done, the first half hour or so is me talking and I feel my knees … but I will never forget how great it feels to be up there — once the knees





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CO2 emissions Institutional budget Retention

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stop shaking — in front of all those people with everybody in caps and gowns. The best part is saying, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, the Class of whatever year it is’ and to hear the eruption. So Commencement will be among my most cherished memories because it’s really fun.


The people, too, you know, the friends that we’ve made. We went on an alumni trip to Spain in 2013 right after really hard decisions had to be made. I remember how great everybody was on the trip. And alumni are key to the support of the school. There have been some incredible leaders and loyal alums. What would be great for the institution is if the group of those involved was even larger, so I envision a great future with more opportunities for recent alumni to keep them connected to Colby-Sawyer. There were some tough times, too. Those hard decisions you mentioned involved the 2013 layoffs of 15 staff members. Was that the low point of your presidency? Oh, absolutely. No question. The reductions in personnel and the affiliated decisions were by far the hardest I’ve had to make. And there were sad times. Corey Worsham was a student and a soccer player who died on Thanksgiving weekend during my first fall. I’ll never forget that. And I don’t want to list a bunch of people, but I think one of the things you get out of this job is a longitudinal history of the institution really quickly, which is great, but you also then deal with transitions of birth and death. And so I remember those times and those people.


Have you had to make sacrifices for this job? No. I don’t think that way. That first year being separated from Susan was really hard. I love movies and haven’t watched as many as I’d like. And sometimes you have to do things that, for various reasons, you’d rather not have done. For instance, somebody might make a decision you wouldn’t have made, but you’ve got to back them up. So there’s a kind of internal cost with that. But I don’t feel sacrifice. I just think I’ve been lucky to have had the job and the opportunity. One of the hard things about these jobs is that sometimes people take your decisions personally, and that’s hard because your relationship or your potential relationship with someone can be adversely affected by that reality. But I would say I’ve made incredibly wonderful friends whom I hope are better at keeping in touch than I am because I’m really bad at that. If they’re good at it, though, they’ll be friends of mine for the rest of my life. What do you love about the law, and how did being a lawyer influence your presidency? What I love about the law is that at the end of the day there are very few set answers — the law is constantly changing. That and the fact that since law touches our lives in almost every way, you need to be conversant in a lot of stuff to be a good lawyer. Sounds like the liberal arts are helpful, right? So, my legal background taught me, in part, how to keep teaching myself. It taught me how to ask questions, and it made me more accepting of, if not always comfortable with, uncertainty.

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What is the place of liberal arts in 21st-century education, and what is its place at Colby-Sawyer? The place of liberal arts is firm. It has to be because it’s the foundation upon which all learning is built. And so STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — is critically important, but science and math are liberal arts. That’s half of STEM. The liberal arts teach critical thinking. The liberal arts teach the ability to communicate. The liberal arts teach the ability to understand somebody else’s perspective. The liberal arts teach us how the great knowledge of our world is, in sum, a mirror. It’s a mirror and a prism at the same time. The liberal arts give us the skill to adapt in our lives. I never took accounting, but I like to think I’m pretty good with a budget. Those are liberal arts skills. I never took public speaking, but I had to learn how to communicate my message. So it’s a liberal arts skill. I appreciate popular culture, but I hope I can relate it back to other things and realize what’s rubbish and what maybe has some enduring value. That’s all the liberal arts, and I think our business graduates will become CEOs because of their liberal arts education. Our nursing graduates are more compassionate and better able to succeed because of their ability to analyze and to write. When I read about the presidential candidates, I’m better able to evaluate my choice based on my liberal arts education. And when I look up at the stars at night, I don’t wonder what they are. I’m amazed by them, but I understand a little how the universe works because of my liberal arts education. So my life is fuller. I don’t think the liberal arts are always going to be the heart of every educational experience, but they’re going to make the other things we do richer because they’re a part of it. But, at the same time, they don’t stand alone. So our philosophy majors have to have an internship, and they put what they learn to work in the field. I see it as part of a wonderful combination. That’s what makes Colby-Sawyer so special — we really do combine the liberal arts with professional preparation. What are your hopes for the college? My hopes for Colby-Sawyer are that it figures out even more ways to emphasize the liberal arts and engage in professional preparation. I hope every classroom is a 21st- and then a 22nd-century classroom. I hope we have even more alternative education models to extend our mission both through the distance medium and maybe through more hybrid programs. I imagine that our graduate programs in nursing will be thriving and that we will have expanded into other graduate programs. I would hope that we are financially strong and stable but still providing opportunity to significant numbers of students who could not otherwise afford a college education. I hope that when we look at the population of our students, they are from all over the United States as well as from New England. I hope we have new majors. It will be great when I come back to visit and can watch a night soccer match under the lights. And I would love, when I walk down Main Street, to see stores that cater to a student population. And I would love, after I went to that night game, to be able to go to some wonderful little place on Main Street and have breakfast at 11 p.m. surrounded by a whole bunch of Colby-Sawyer students.  ® Kate Seamans has been at Colby-Sawyer since 2007 and is the senior director of College Communications. She holds a B.A. from Colby College and an M.F.A. from Lesley University.

PRESIDENT GALLIGAN’S NEXT ADVENTURE: DEAN OF LSU’S LAW CENTER On Feb. 4, President Galligan accepted the position of dean of Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center. His role there begins July 1. The LSU post is a homecoming for the president; from 1986 to 1998, he taught at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, where he was named the Dr. Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law and was honored by the students as the Outstanding LSU Professor six times. “When we came to Colby-Sawyer ten years ago, it felt right,” said President Galligan. “Now, LSU feels just as right. It’s where I began my teaching career; it’s a fabulous place with wonderful faculty, staff and students. And LSU has energetic, dedicated leadership focused on the future of higher education.” President Galligan was one of 29 candidates for the position and one of two finalists. “We are pleased to bring Thomas Galligan back to LSU as the dean of the LSU Law Center,” LSU President F. King Alexander said in a statement. “We are seeing more opportunities for our law students than ever before with collaborations across campus, and we feel Tom is the right leader to continue to grow and further these opportunities.” The Law Center dean provides administrative oversight for all aspects of academic life within the center, including strategic planning, fiscal management, personnel development, academic programs, research enterprises and student enrollment. The dean also has primary responsibilities for external initiatives that include community outreach and development. The dean will report to the executive vice president and provost and serve as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Law Center. – Kate Seamans spring 2016


Infinite Impact

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IN APRIL 2015, Colby-Sawyer publicly launched the most ambitious and exciting fundraising effort in our history: the $60 million Power of Infinity Campaign. The campaign acknowledges the strengths and potential of our college, the essential role of our alumni and friends, and the infinite impact that we can have together.



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OUR INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM engages students within and beyond the classroom. Every student completes a comprehensive internship. Whether they train nearby at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, take part in the Colorado River Watershed field study, or intern at a New York City financial institution, our students graduate with real-world experience, ready to make a difference.

COLBY-SAWYER ALUMNI have gone on to some of the nation’s most prestigious graduate programs and have excelled in virtually every arena. Our graduates can be found in Fortune 500 companies and Silicon Valley startups. Among our alumni and faculty are legislators, military leaders, nurses and lawyers, authors, educators, venture capitalists, professional athletes, Hollywood actors and producers, California vintners, human rights and environmental activists, and more.

INFINITE CONNECTION THIS IS A PLACE where students feel at home. Here, they are encouraged to embrace their differences, nurture their talents, forge lifelong friendships with professors and classmates, and become what they are meant to be. Long after they leave our campus, students reap the benefits of their college experience — and take pride in their Colby-­Sawyer connection.

INFINITE OUTCOMES SO FAR, alumni and friends have given nearly $25 million, or about 40% of our goal. Every gift to the Colby-Sawyer Fund also counts toward the Power of Infinity Campaign — and we are infinitely grateful to everyone who has contributed. To continue to support the campaign, simply return the enclosed gift envelope. Or, make your gift online at spring 2016


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Sally Shaw Veitch ’66 recently described in one word how it felt to have Colby-Sawyer’s track and field named after her: weird. “I’m not a big fan of having my name on things,” she said, and laughed. Instead, Veitch prefers to keep a low profile, often conducting her philanthropy anonymously through her family foundation. “I don’t do it to have titles,” she said, but as for the Sally Shaw Veitch Track and Field, which was dedicated in 2013, Veitch acknowledged the title was inevitable. “I guess I’m getting used to it,” she said, before letting loose with another peal of laughter. “They were insistent it not be the anonymous track.” In October 2013, Veitch was inducted into Colby-Sawyer’s Legends Society, which honors donors whose philanthropy at the college equals $1 million or more. While much of Veitch’s support has been directed toward the college’s athletic programs, she was one of the first major donors to support the new art building. Last fall, she made another gift of $1 million to the Power of Infinity Campaign.

Veitch prefers to keep a low profile, often conducting her philanthropy anonymously through her family foundation. Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Veitch came to Colby Junior because of a love of New England, a desire to strike out from the heartland, and because her mother’s close friend thought it would be a good fit based on her own daughter’s experience at the college. She continued her education at the University of Denver and earned a B.A. in history. “I had no grandiose ideas,” she recalled of her time as a student. “It wasn’t like today, when everyone’s so focused and knows what they want to do. I just went to college.” Veitch worked before marrying and devoting herself to raising two sons. Now dividing her time between Colorado Springs, Colo., 44 colby-sawyer magazine


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and Yarmouth, Maine, Veitch sits on the boards of many nonprofits, including Colby-Sawyer. Veitch sees true value in supporting her alma mater. “Most of the organizations our foundation gets involved with,” she explained, “are what I term ‘the little guy’ — they really need the money and do good things with it.” As an example, Veitch mentioned the renovation of the Coffin Field House in the Dan and Kathleen Hogan Sports Center. In 2007, the gym floor was warped, and Veitch realized she had a chance to make a profound difference in students’ lives. Thanks in large part to her generosity, a new floor was soon installed for our Chargers. As a trustee of Colby-Sawyer, Veitch is part of the Presidential Search Committee tasked with identifying President Galligan’s successor as well as the Steering Committee for the Power of Infinity Campaign. She enjoys her frequent visits to campus for board meetings, and with such hands-on involvement in Colby-­ Sawyer’s future, Veitch is bullish about the college’s possibilities. “The board is outstanding,” she said, “with a lot of diverse backgrounds and great ideas, and really positive thinkers. So the future’s good.”  ® Mike Gregory is the director of Advancement Communications. He has been at Colby-Sawyer since 2005 and holds a B.F.A. from Concordia University in Montreal.

In October, Gibney Distinguished Professor of Humanities Patrick Anderson, Ph.D., presented the lecture “Spirit of Place: Native Lands and Cultures of the American Southwest” in Tamworth, N.H., as part of the Mt. Washington Valley’s Community Read program. He focused on the Anasazi culture of such ancient sites as Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, Hovenweep and Canyon de Chelly, where he has done research. Professor Anderson also wrote a piece for In Media Res called “Rocky Rides Again: Creed and the American Dream,” part of the website’s week devoted to the American Dream on Film curated by Ella Tucan ’14.

Associate Professor and Chair of Natural Sciences Nick Baer, Ph.D., received a $3,000 grant from the Charles E. and Edna T. Brundage Charitable, Scientific, and Wildlife Conservation Foundation to study pathogen transport during autumn migration with migratory birds of prey. He is working with four senior biology majors, in collaboration with Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences James Jukosky, Ph.D., to employ molecular sampling techniques aimed at identifying the presence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile virus from samples collected from migratory hawks. Stu­ dents accompanied Professor Baer this fall to band and collect samples as part of the Cape May Raptor Banding Project in New Jersey. Sharon Beaudry, M.B.A, adjunct faculty in business administration, was one of 25 working group members to write and edit A Guide to the Human Resource Body of Knowledge, published in October by the HR Certification Institute. Director of Campus Safety Pete Berthiaume and New London Police Department Chief Ed Andersen presented the program Active Shooter: Prevention, Preparation and Response to faculty and staff and several New London Hospital employees last fall.

University; other readings took her to Manhattan and around New England. Michael Clark, enrollment marketing manager in Admissions, published Orin and the Elementals Part One: Moving Slideways in December. The book, the first of five installments, was edited by Megan Ruggiero ’10, associate publishing manager at Hasbro.

Tim Bradley ’05 directed and produced the documentary “The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow.” See page 75 for more. Associate Professor of Humanities Ewa Chrusciel, Ph.D., published her article in Polish about peer feedback and revision in creative writing as a chapter in Creative Writing in Theory and Practice. Her second book of poems in English, Contraband of Hoopoe, was reviewed by Lynarra Featherly in Tupelo Quarterly. Professor Chrusciel also published selected poems in these anthologies: Scattering the Dark: An Anthology of Polish Women; Poet Showcase: An Anthology of New Hampshire Poets; Devouring the Green; and Anthology of New Writing. She was invited to read her poetry and give a talk on translation at Penn State

Ann Bemis Day ’50 operates her publishing company Raven Croft Books out of her own independent cottage at Rivermead’s Continuing Care Retirement Facility in Peterborough, N.H., where she moved two years ago after more than 60 years at Knoll Farm in Waitsfield, Vt. Her latest book, Poetry Through the Year, is an engagement calendar featuring her photos and poems. Day also writes nature articles for the Mad River Valley’s Valley Reporter and has published several nature books and collections.

Jon Keenan, M.F.A, Joyce J. Kolligian Distinguished Professor and Sonja C. Davidow ’56 Endowed Chair in the Fine and Performing Arts, was at Tokyo University of the Arts in November on a Fulbright Specialist grant as part of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) Program. He presented his methods for wood-firing ceramics with anagama and lectured on the differences between American and Japanese contemporary ceramic cultures.

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Deborah Gould ’67 published her second novel, The Eastern, in July. Set in the early 1800s, the book chronicles five families who settle on the Eastern River in Pittston, Maine. Together, they build an agricultural community based on New England values of cooperation and reciprocity. Maggie Gousse ’13 published the children’s book From Nana’s Window. Incorporating illustrations done by her grandmother in the 1960s, the poetic story tells of native songbirds and their sounds. Gousse holds a master’s degree in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School. Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences James Jukosky, Ph.D., and his research colleagues at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth published an article in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry titled “In vivo Cigarette Smoke Exposure

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Decreases CCL20, SLPI, and BD-1 Secretion by Human Primary Nasal Epithelial Cells.” Associate Professor of Natural Sciences Semra Kilic-Bahi, Ph.D., attended the annual national Joint Mathematics Meeting (JMM) organized by the Mathematical Association of America and American Mathematical Society. As chair of the committee on the Participation of Women in Mathematics, she facilitated its meeting and represented the committee at the Council on the Profession and Joint Committee on Women meetings. Frances King ’67 is a personal biographer who has helped edit numerous memoirs. Among the most recent are Wilber’s War: An American Family’s Journey through World War II by Hale Bradt and Innovation Life Love: Reflections on Living with Mortality by Michael Gollin. Adjunct faculty member and research consultant Elizabeth M. G. Krajewski, Ph.D., will present her paper “Cuthbert and the Gospel of Matthew: Biblical Influences in the Anonymous Life of St. Cuthbert” at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Mich., in May. The paper is a synopsis of a chapter from her doctoral dissertation, which she successfully defended at University of Wales Trinity Saint David in December. Associate Professor of Business Administration Chris Kubik, D.B.A., presented “To the Boardroom and Beyond: An Active Learning Odyssey” at the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Regional Conference in October. As the recipient of the Best of Region award, Professor Kubik will represent Region I at the ACBSP national conference this June in Atlanta. Colby-Sawyer opened its annual Faculty Art Exhibit, featuring recent works by the fine and performing arts faculty in ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture, with a reception on Nov. 12.

Contributing faculty were Professors Loretta Barnett, Jon Keenan and Bert Yarborough; Associate Professor Hilary Walrod; Artist-in-Residence David Ernster; and Assistant Professors Nicholas Gaffney, Mary Mead and Michael Lovell.


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In addition to making substantial progress in his research and development in the use of local sustainable materials in his ceramic processes, Artist in Residence in the Fine and Performing Arts Department David Ernster, M.F.A., again received the Best in Ceramics award at the Living with Craft exhibition at the Annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Fair in August. He was invited to participate in Animals at the Fells at the historic John Hay Estate on Lake Sunapee, where he also demonstrated some of his techniques during Artists Weekend. Professor Ernster’s work was part of the Annual Juried Show at the AVA gallery in Lebanon, N.H., and it was featured in a two-person show at the Zero Celsius micro gallery in New London as well as in the annual faculty exhibition at Colby-Sawyer. He also has work in the traveling show “Insightful,” which features tactile work for the visually impaired. His work was featured in New Hampshire Magazine and New Hampshire Home Magazine, and he was interviewed about his work by The Hippo Press and YCN News.

Highlighted in the exhibit was Professor Lovell’s installation that incorporated scenic painting techniques and set and prop building techniques to make a “sculpture you can walk into.” Professor Lovell came to Colby-Sawyer in 2000 and holds a B.F.A. from Cornell University and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is technical director of the Sawyer Fine Arts Center Theater, directs theater productions and teaches courses in stagecraft. Melissa Meade, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Humanities Department, in her role as research associate for the Library of Congress Radio Preservation Taskforce, gave the talk “The Archive as Community Practice” in February at the conference “Saving America’s Radio Heritage: Radio Preservation, Access and Education” in Washington, D.C. In April, she led the workshop “Freedom Recycling Bin” at the “FemTechNet Distributed Open Collaborative Conference: Feminist > Pedagogy, Technology, Transdisciplinarity” at the University of Michigan. In November, TIME magazine examined “The Hyper-Competitive, Data-Driven Future of Fitness,” and talked with Russell Medbery, Ph.D., professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences, about the gameification of fitness.


with an “Ollie” Award, presented annually by Windsor Community Television to recognize outstanding programming.

Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts Mary Mead, M.F.A., has had a print from her current series of images focused on waves, surf and the ocean chosen for inclusion in the International Print Center New York’s (IPCNY) Winter 2016/New Prints exhibition. Untitled VII is from a three-plate series of spit-bite aquatints. The IPCNY is a nonprofit institution that produces scholarly publications and education programs in the art of the print as well as an ongoing series of exhibitions. It has been described as the “epicenter of the print world.”

Associate Professor of Social Sciences and Education Darcy Mitchell, Ph.D., had her paper “Spilling over: Partner parenting stress as a predictor of family cohesion in families of adolescents with developmental disabilities” accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Research in Developmental Disabilities. Peter Noonan ’95 contributed the illustrations to the first educational children’s book published by Manchester’s SEE Science Center. We thought you’d never ask! is a whimsical exploration of the dinosaur age in which children pose questions to the bygone beasts. In October, health promotion major Sarah Perry ’16 was interviewed in “Penises, pubs and positivity: Tumblr is changing sex ed” by the British online magazine Dazed about her Tumblr blog “Sex Ed with Sarah,” discussing sexual education, reproductive rights and women’s rights. Susan Patricelli-Regan ’64 is the host of the public access TV show “CT Valley Views.” In 2015, the program was honored for the third consecutive year

Stephanie Brown Reininger ’55 taught an all-day watercolor workshop at the AVA Gallery in Lebanon, N.H., in Jan. Her watercolors were also on display at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth College this winter. Along with several colleagues and President Thomas C. Galligan Jr., Assistant Professor of Humanities Paul Robertson, Ph.D., gave the talk “Religion After Religion: Millennials in a Post-Religious Age” at Colby-Sawyer’s TEDx event, which will be published online through TED Talks. (See more about the TEDx Talks on page 9.) Professor Robertson also presented two papers at the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature national meeting in Atlanta: “Construction of Mythical Founders in the Ancient Mediterranean: Paul’s Jesus and Greco-Roman Philosophical Schools” and “Individualized Appellation as Polemic in Late Antiquity.” Director of Student Success and Retention Kim Sauerwein, M.Ed., presented “Metrics for Success: An Assessment Planning Process for Student Success and Retention” at the New England Educational Assessment Network Fall Forum in Worcester, Mass. She also led faculty and staff from around the region in a discussion of measures for institutional and student success and targeted strategies for gathering measurable data. The Colby-Sawyer Plan for Student Success and Retention was highlighted as a model for best practice in higher education. Professor of Natural Sciences Ben Steele, Ph.D., co-authored the paper “Stress hormones mediate statedependent reproductive investment in the face of danger in a long-lived bird.” Published in the Journal of Zoology, the paper pre­sents the results of 10 years of research on the Common Eider in Finland that Professor Steele conducted with his international colleagues.

Professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences Kerstin Stoedefalke, Ph.D., traveled to the University of Exeter in England and Swansea, Wales, to coordinate a nutritional analysis research project. The focus of the research is to evaluate the dietary habits of college-age students through the use of a three-day dietary log. The research will include data collected at Colby-Sawyer and Lincoln University. Bert Yarborough, M.F.A., Sonja C. Davidow ’56 Endowed Chair in the Fine and Performing Arts, was part of the exhibition “Lost Cat” at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, Mass., that ran through mid-January.

Professors of Exercise and Sport Sciences Jean Eckrich, Ph.D., and Russ Medbery, Ph.D., co-presented with recent graduates at the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Conference in Providence, R.I., on Oct. 14. Kaylyn Mitchell ’15 and Brittany Venuti ’15 presented their poster “The Relationship between Balance and Core Stability,” a project they completed with Jackie Keating ’15 and Stephanie Vecchio ’15. Shanshan Chen ’15 and Bryan Vrooman ’15 presented their poster “The Effects of Foam Rolling on Ankle Dorsiflexion Mobility,” their Capstone project they completed with Nick Austin ’15 and Nyok Malwal ’15.

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THE SEASON IN SPORTS FALL / WINTER 2015 – 2016 MEN’S SOCCER (11-8, 8-1, NAC) The men’s soccer team, selected to finish third in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) standings, went 8-1 and earned the third seed in the NAC Tournament, after a tie breaker with two other 8-1 teams. Although the Chargers were upset in the first round, the team made a third straight appearance in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament.

leaders in several categories including sixth in points, 10th in assists and assists per game, fourth in points per game and 11th in total goals.

The Chargers reached the postseason for the 20th time in the past 21 years and a berth into the ECAC Tournament for the fourth time in program history. ColbySawyer finished with an 11-8 overall record to register back-to-back double digit wins for the first time since 1996– 1997. The eight conference wins set a single-season program record.

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First-year student Matt Schiller (Slingerlands, N.Y.) earned a NAC Rookie of the Week award after his game-winning goal in a 3-2 comeback win against Plymouth State. Down 2-0, Colby-Sawyer netted two goals to tie the game, which set Schiller up for the game winner, as he found the back of the net in the 80th minute.

Sexton, who earned All-NAC First Team accolades for the second straight season, led all NAC players with 47 points on 17 goals and 13 assists. He also led the conference with five game-winning goals. In only conference games, Sexton registered a league best 38 points and 15 goals. He was second with eight assists. He finished the year with several single-season records including 18 goals, 13 assists and 49 points. Sexton ends his sophomore campaign ranked second in program history in career points (79), second in goals (30) and third in assists (19). During the season Sexton was named NSCAA Division III National Player of the Week, an NAC Player of the Week and an ECAC Player of the Week.

Junior Andrew Clothier (Matamata, New Zealand) recorded the third most assists in a season with 10. He has 20 career helpers, just two shy of the program record. WOMEN’S SOCCER (13-4-2, 8-1 NAC) The women’s soccer team won its third straight NAC title in 2015 after defeating intrastate foe New England College, 1-0 in the championship match. The Chargers earned the second seed in the NAC Tournament after posting an 8-1 record in conference play. After a 1-0 overtime victory over Maine Maritime in

Junior Rick Prindiville’s (Hooksett, N.H.) defense was instrumental in collecting six clean sheets in 2015, which included five in NAC contests. For his efforts he was one of the four defenders named to the All-NAC First Team. Prindiville also scored two goals in his third season, which included the game winner in a 1-0 NAC victory over Maine Maritime. Senior Zach Anderson (Ipswich, Mass.) was named to the All-NAC Sports­ manship Team. Sophomore Zach Elmore (Berlin, Vt.) finished second on the team with 27 points on 12 goals and three assists. He

The women’s soccer team won its third straight NAC championship defeating New England College 1-0 in the finals.


Sophomore Denali Sexton (Barrington, R.I.) improved upon his remarkable rookie season and has been recognized as one of the top players in the nation. Sexton garnered numerous awards and ranked near the top of the national

Sophomore Denali Sexton ranked sixth in the nation in points, fourth in points per game, 10th in assists, 10th in assists per game and 11th in goals.

earned NAC Player of the Week in the first week of October after scoring all three of the Chargers’ goals in a 3-2 victory over eventual NAC champion Thomas College. He recorded his first career hat-trick lifting Colby-Sawyer to defeat the Terriers for the first time since 2011.

Sexton was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-New England Region Third Team, becoming the fifth Colby-Sawyer men’s soccer player to be honored by the NSCAA and the first since Nic DeZenzo ’08, who was named in 2007.



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First-year student Abbie Sansoucy (Douglas, Mass.) scored the gamewinning goal late in the second half of the championship match against the NEC Pilgrims and was named Tournament MVP. Sophomore Emily Martin (Amesbury, Mass.) sent the Chargers to the championship with the game-winning overtime goal against Maine Maritime in the semifinals and was named to the AllTournament team. Senior Dominique Papa (Farmington, Conn.), senior Karley Hamilton (Bradford, Vt.), and sophomore Corrie Hoyt (Lebanon, Conn.) were also named All-Tournament. Colby-Sawyer is 41-2-2 in regular season conference matches since joining the NAC in 2011. The Chargers, having won 11 of their last 12 matches, drew number 16 Amherst College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The match was evenly played throughout, but Amherst struck in the 80th minute with the game-winning goal to advance with a 1-0 victory and end Colby-Sawyer’s season at 13-4-2.

Hoyt, junior Kelsey Campbell (Upton, Mass.) and junior Rachel Quaye (Westminster, Mass.) earned All-NAC First Team honors for the second straight season. Martin and Sansoucy were named to the All-NAC Second Team. In addition to being named All-NAC, Quaye became the fourth Colby-Sawyer women’s soccer player to earn NSCAA All-New England Region honors. She was named to the third team. Quaye led the team with 19 points on eight goals and three assists to bring her career totals to 18 goals, nine assists and 45 points. Quaye, who was named NAC Player of the Week once, finished with a team best four game-winning goals. She also was named to the All-NAC Sportsmanship Team.

Abbie Sansoucy ’19 scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 triumph over New England College in the NAC Championship and was named NAC Tournament MVP.

Hoyt, the 2014 NAC Rookie of the Year, solidified herself as one of the top defenders in the conference after earning back-to-back nods to the first team. She has started in every Colby-Sawyer match (29) over the last two seasons and has aided the team to 20 shutouts.

Martin, once named NAC Defensive Player of the Week, scored three goals including a pair of game winners. She started in all 19 of the Chargers’ matches and was an instrumental part in the Colby-Sawyer defense that posted 11 clean sheets.

Campbell scored three times in 2015 and was tied for second with two game winners. She has been a consistent scoring option for the Chargers, tallying at least three goals each season.

Sansoucy was twice named NAC Rookie of the Week, and once an NAC Player of the Week and ECAC Rookie of the Week. She finished fourth on the team with 10 points on four goals and two assists, while patrolling the backline for the Chargers’ defense in all 19 matches.

The women’s soccer team supported Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October with pink uniforms in a 3-0 win over Green Mountain College.



the semifinals, and an upset victory by New England College over top seed Castleton State, Colby-Sawyer was the site of the championship match for the fourth straight season.

Colby-Sawyer goalie Hamilton was named NAC Defensive Player of the Week and ECAC Defensive Player of the Week after recording a pair of shutouts in the NAC Tournament. She finished her career as one of the top goaltenders to wear the Chargers uniform. Hamilton ranks first all-time in wins with 45 and goals against average at .72 and ninth in saves with 252. She also holds single-season records in wins (19) and shutouts (16). FIELD HOCKEY (8-9, 2-3 NAC) The Colby-Sawyer field hockey team continued to improve in its fifth year as a varsity program. The Chargers saw an increase in wins for the fourth straight season and finished with a program best spring 2016



sports Senior Brittany Grandbois scored a single-season record nine goals in 2015.

eight victories. The team went 8-9 overall and 2-3 in the conference to earn the program’s first trip to the NAC Tournament.

First-year student Jordan Teixeira (Exeter, N.H.) had the best season in the first five years of the program. She registered single season records in points (22) and assists (6) while collecting the second most goals in a season with eight. For her efforts, Teixeira became the first Charger to be named NAC Rookie of the Year. Teixeira also landed on the NAC All-­ Conference Team. She was also the first Charger to earn Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-Region Second Team accolades.

Colby-Sawyer held the fourth seed in the NAC Tournament and traveled to Husson University for the semifinals where the Chargers fell to the eventual NAC champions. Seniors Courtney Andrews (Bennington, Vt.) and Taylor O’Connor (Franklin, N.H.) were named to the All-Tournament team.

In conference play, the rookie finished the season ranked in the top six in goals (4, t-2nd), points (10, t-2nd), shots (20, t-4th), game-winning goals (1, t-5th), assists (2, t-6th) and shots on goal (14, t-6th). Her game winner came in an essential 3-2 conference victory over Castleton State, assuring its first postseason appearance and first victory over the Spartans. Against UMaine-Farmington, one of the strongest defensive units in the conference, Teixeira found the back of the cage twice, while all other conference teams netted no more than one team goal against UM-F. She also earned two NAC Rookie of the Week honors during the season.


Jordan Teixeira ’19 was named NAC Rookie of the Year, NAC All-Conference and Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-Region Second Team.

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The Chargers outscored their opponents 25-3 in the eight wins, which included a program record six shutouts. The team set single-season records in points (101), goals (39) and assists (23).

Senior goalie Jodi Dumayne (Claremont, N.H.) concluded her career as the best goalie in program history. She earned seven wins in 2015 and had four solo shutouts, combining with senior Kasey Redmond (Germantown, N.Y.) for another. Dumayne is the program leader in wins (21), shutouts (11), saves (539) and save percentage (.783). She earned one NAC Defensive Player of the Week award and was named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week. Dumayne also was named to the NAC Sportsmanship Team.

First-year student Sierra Schuster (Hopkinton, N.H.) earned a NAC Rookie of the Week award during the season. She finished her rookie year fourth on the team with 12 points on five goals, including the program’s second hat-trick, and two assists. Senior Brittany Grandbois (East Barre, Vt.) scored a single-season record nine goals in 2015. She added three assists for 21 points, which is second most in a season. On September 19, in a 4-1 win over Becker College, Grandbois recorded the program’s first hat-trick. She finishes her career with the third most points (29), second most goals (12) and seventh most assists (7). Head Coach Emily Rinde-Thorsen was honored as the NAC Coach of the Year after directing the Chargers to their first postseason appearance since joining the NAC in 2011. WOMEN’S TENNIS (14-2, 7-0 NEAC East) The women’s tennis team earned its fourth straight NEAC East Division title with a 6-0 win over Castleton State. Picked as the preseason favorite once again, the Chargers went undefeated through conference play for the fourth straight year. Colby-Sawyer will face the winner of the NEAC West Division in the spring with a trip to the NCAA Tournament on the line. The Chargers had the best statistical season since the 2008 team recorded winning percentages in singles and doubles above .800. Colby-Sawyer finished the fall with a combined doubles record of 47-9 (.839) and a singles record of 75-18 (.806). The team wrapped up the first semester with an overall record of 14-2 and a conference record of 7-0. The Chargers are 34-1 since joining the NEAC East Division in 2011. The team will resume play in the spring with a few matches prior to the NEAC Crossover Championship on May 7. Colby-Sawyer hosted the NEAC East Tournament where the home team

Evelyn Miller ’19 (left) and Aislinn O’Connor ’19 (right) teamed for an impressive 16-3 record and went 7-0 in conference play. The duo was named Second Team Doubles All-Conference.

cruised to another championship, defeating Johnson State 9-0 in the semifinals and Castleton State 6-0 in the finals. The Chargers and Castleton Spartans have met in the past five championship matches with Colby-Sawyer winning the last four. Senior Ashlyn Ramsay (Barkhamsted, Conn.) was named tournament MVP, while sophomores Evelyn Miller (Smithfield, R.I.) and Ashley Woodside (Hampden, Maine) were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Miller and O’Connor were named Second Team Doubles All-Conference. The duo compiled an overall record of 16-3 and reached the finals of the Flight B championships at the Salve Regina Grass Court Doubles Tournament. The team went 7-0 in conference play. Miller also had a stellar singles year in her first season with the Chargers. She was 13-1 (5-0 in NEAC) and tied for the team lead in wins with Ramsay. Miller earned three NEAC East Rookie of the Week awards during the season.

Ramsay claimed her second straight NEAC East Player of the Year award. The senior ended the fall portion of the schedule as Colby-Sawyer’s all-time leader in career wins (121), career doubles wins (66) and career singles wins (55). She went 13-2 overall and 6-0 in NEAC play at the top singles flight. She was named NEAC East Player of the Week four times and was honored by the ECAC as Co-Player of the Month for September. She finishes her NEAC career with a perfect 23-0 singles record and a 24-0 record in doubles.

Senior Ashlyn Ramsay, the 2015 NEAC East Player of the Year for the second straight season, is the program’s all-time leader in total wins, doubles wins and singles wins.

Head Coach Barry Schoonmaker earned his third NEAC East Coach of the Year award. Since joining the league in the fall of 2011, Schoonmaker has led the Chargers to a 34-1 regular season conference record, four NEAC East Championships, three NEAC Crossover Championships and three NCAA Tournaments. The Colby-Sawyer head coach has also produced four Players of the Year, three Rookies of the Year and 27 all-conference selections.

The women’s tennis team won its fourth straight NEAC East title.


First-year student Aislinn O’Connor (New Fairfield, Conn.) was named NEAC East Rookie of the Year. She posted an overall record of 8-4 in singles action, including a perfect 5-0 record in conference play. O’Connor earned NEAC East Rookie of the Week honors once, became the Charger’s second-straight Rookie of the Year and the third in four years. (Ashley Woodside 14-15 and Ashlyn Ramsay 12-13).

Sophomore Lauren Blanchard (Agawam, Mass.) was named to the All-NAC Sportsmanship team. Blanchard went 10-2 overall in singles, including a perfect 5-0 mark in conference play. She also collected a 12-2 record in doubles and went 4-0 against conference opponents.



Ramsay, O’Connor and Woodside were named First Team Singles All-Conference. Woodside and Ramsay also were named First Team Doubles All-Conference after compiling a 13-3 record with an unblemished conference record of 5-0. The duo teamed for the second straight season at the Salve Regina Grass Court Doubles Tournament, taking top honors in Flight A for the second straight time defeating a team from Holy Cross. Woodside went 10-3 in singles including a 5-0 mark in conference action.

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Junior Emily Lopez (Lincolnville, Maine) and sophomore Lauren Oligny (Plaistow, N.H.) finished second and third, respectively, in 20:36.56 and 20:43.47. First-year student Martha Aschale (Cambridge, Mass.) placed fifth in 21:54.01, while senior twin sisters Jordan Springmann (Mont Vernon, N.H.) and Rachel Springmann (Mont Vernon, N.H.) turned in their most impressive runs of the season to help the Chargers earn the championship trophy. Jordan placed ninth in 22:10.83, while Rachel was close behind in 11th at 22:18.56. Aschale was the top first-year student finisher at the NAC Championship, earning her Rookie of the Year honors. She also earned two NAC Rookie of the Week honors this season. Aschale, Lopez and Oligny earned All-NAC First Team honors for placing in the top-seven at the NAC Championship.


The Women’s Cross Country team secured its second straight NAC crown.

Landing on the All-NAC Second Team were junior Nicole Morris (Salisbury, Vt.), Jordan Springmann and Rachel Springmann. Morris turned in her second top-15 finish of the season by placing 14th in 22:31.59. Junior Lea Taylor (Newburyport, Mass.) was selected to the All-NAC Sportsmanship Team.

time of 19:19.72 on Sept. 19 at UMass Dartmouth and Oligny set a new 6K mark of 23:18.20 on Oct. 17 at Connecticut College. Lyndsay Bisaccio was named NAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season after guiding the team to a second consecutive title.

Two new program standards were set during the season in the 5K and 6K. Lopez came away with a new 5K record

The Colby-Sawyer men’s and women’s teams were the top finishers of competing NAC teams at the NCAA Regional’s hosted by Connecticut College.

Martha Aschale ’19 was named Rookie of the Year at the NAC Championship.

The men’s team saw its top five finishers place in the top-26 of the NAC Championship.



CROSS COUNTRY The women’s team, chosen as the preseason favorites, earned first place with a championship best score of 30 points with five runners in the top 11. The second-place team scored 59 points in the 5K race, which included 106 runners representing 10 schools.

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Senior Ben Bunnell (Barnet, Vt.) placed fourth with a time of 27:36.30 to lead the Chargers. Junior Brandon Legendre (Waterford, Vt.) was the second Charger to cross the finish line in 11th at 28:26.68. Sophomore Kody Frye (Keene, N.H.) was close behind in 17th at 28:51.30, while junior Travis Yandow (Fairfax, Vt.) clocked in at 28:58.21 to place 20th. In his first NAC Championship race, first-year student Bruin Smith (Cohoes, N.Y.) turned in a solid performance with a 26th place finish in 29:17.29 to round out the Chargers’ top five.


Colby-Sawyer finished the season with an overall record of 12-25 and was 6-0 in the NAC to record the program’s fifth straight perfect conference season. Colby-Sawyer has won all 32 of its conference matches since joining the NAC and has won 96 out of 99 sets played.

Senior Ben Bunnell earned All-NAC First Team accolades after placing fourth at the NAC Championship. He is the school record holder in the 6K and 8K.

Bunnell was named to the All-NAC First Team, while Legendre was named to the All-NAC Second Team. Senior DJ Ayotte (East Kingston, N.H.) was selected to the All-NAC Sportsmanship Team. Bunnell, who earned his second straight nod to the All-NAC First Team, earned four NAC Runner of the Week honors during the season. He placed in the top six of four races in 2015, including a win at New England College in early Sept­ ember, which he finished with a 5K school record time of 16:15. The next week, Bunnell set a program record in the 8K at UMass-Dartmouth with a time of 25:29.38. Smith earned an NAC Rookie of the Week award for his efforts at the James Early Invitational hosted by Westfield State on Oct. 10. WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL (12-25, 6-0 NAC) The women’s volleyball team won its fifth straight NAC championship and eighth conference title overall. The Chargers won three Commonwealth Coast Conference championships (1999, 2003, 2005) before moving to the NAC in 2011.

After earning a fifth consecutive numberone seed in the NAC Tournament, the Chargers swept Lyndon State 3-0 in the semifinals. Colby-Sawyer then earned a 3-0 win in the championship match over Maine Maritime for the fifth straight season. Junior Gabrielle Rodriguez (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), who was twice named NAC Player of the Week, earned tournament MVP honors after collecting a match-best 15 kills, three blocks and three aces. Senior Kelsey Sullivan (Laconia, N.H.) had eight kills and eight digs, while senior Kelsey McCulley (Southampton, N.Y.) hit an impressive .467 for nine kills. Both Kelseys were named to the All-Tournament team. The Chargers drew 18th ranked Clarkson University in the program’s eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament. The 28-8 Beavers, who won the regional, came away with a 3-0 win, ending the Chargers’ season. Sophomore Lexi Strong (Somersworth, N.H.) was named NAC Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. She also earned her second straight nod to the All-NAC First Team. After an outstanding rookie season, Strong continued her dominant play during her sophomore year. The defensive specialist led the league in digs (80) and digs per set (4.21), while also earning nine assists and seven service aces against conference opponents. Overall, the 2014 NAC Rookie of the Year and now two-time Defensive Player of the Year recorded 556 digs, averaging 4.41 per set, to go along with 73 assists and 32 service aces. She posted 14 or more digs in 22 of the 35 matches she played in and notched the 20-dig plateau 11 times. Strong

claimed seven NAC Defensive Player of the Week honors, which gives her 12 overall Defensive Player of the Week honors in her two seasons of play. Strong collected her 1,000th career dig in a win at Green Mountain on Oct. 24 and finished her first two seasons with a total of 1,090. Three student-athletes were honored on the All-NAC Second Team. McCulley, Sullivan and first-year student Gabrielle Ratte (Kula, Hawaii) earned their first all-conference awards. McCulley led the Chargers’ offense in numerous matches resulting in a teamhigh 312 kills (2.36 p/s). She was second on the team with 51 aces and 276 digs. McCulley earned one NAC Player of the Week award and ranked toward the top in several categories in NAC matches only, including kills per set, hitting percentage, aces, aces per set, block assists, total blocks and blocks per set. Ratte had a solid first season in a Chargers uniform. She was twice named NAC Rookie of the Week and was an ECAC Rookie of the Week. Ratte collected 327 assists, 196 digs and 111 kills. In conference only matches, Ratte ranked in the top-10 in assists, assists per set, aces, aces per set, block assists, total blocks and blocks per set. Sullivan was an instrumental part of the Colby-Sawyer attack in 2015. She had the second most kills on the team with 276 and led the team with 52 aces. Sullivan also added the fourth most blocks on the team with 36. In NAC matches only, Sullivan ranked second in aces with 19, averaging 1.0 per set, which was fourth in the conference. She also ranked sixth in kills and kills per set, and fourth in points. Sophomore Alli Lahiff (Haverhill, Mass.) was selected to represent the Chargers on the All-NAC Sportsmanship Team.  ® Ryan Emerson has been Colby-Sawyer’s Sports Information Director since 2008. He holds a B.S. from Western New England University and an M.B.A. from Providence College.

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The Colby-Sawyer Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of Colby-Sawyer athletes, coaches, teams and supporters who have advanced the college’s commitment to excellence. Since its establishment by the Chargers Club in 2006, the Athletic Hall of Fame has inducted 40 individuals and teams. Colby-Sawyer honored four individuals and one team as new members of its Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 18, during the Alumni Fall Festival. This year’s honorees were basketball players Ethan Casson ’96 and Michelle Dailey ’99; tennis, basketball and track athlete Lori Monroe Lombardi ’97; baseball player Jon Nicholas ’06 and the 1997–1998 Men’s Basketball Team. ETHAN CASSON ’96 A member of Head Coach Bill Foti’s first recruiting class, Casson helped the Chargers to a 70-31 record in his four years as floor general. Collecting a school best 454 assists, a record he held for 16 years, Casson was also a powerful defensive player with 152 steals, ranking him ninth all-time. His outstanding efforts were recognized with the 1995–1996 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Robbins Scholar-Athlete Award; in 2013, he was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. He has gone on to success in professional sports and is now the chief operating officer of the NFL’s San Francisco 54 colby-sawyer magazine

49ers; formerly, he was vice president of Corporate Sales & Services and Game Presentation for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves. Casson was recognized by Sports Business Journal as a member of the Forty Under 40 Class of 2014. He was previously recognized as a Forty Under 40 by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. MICHELLE DAILEY ’99 During Dailey’s three seasons with the women’s basketball program, the Chargers went 70-14, won three conference championships and made three trips to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament. In 1997 and 1999, Colby-Sawyer hosted NCAA Tournament games, and Dailey was part of the college’s first win in NCAA postseason play for any sport (1999). The sophomore transfer was named Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Player of the Year as a junior and was CCC First Team honoree as a senior. She finished her Colby-Sawyer tenure with 709 points and her collegiate career with 1,078 points. Dailey ranks sixth in program history with 351 career assists. She was invited to try out for the WNBA after her final season. Dailey and her 1998–1999 women’s basketball teammates were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009 in recognition of their outstanding season. Dailey recently accepted a job as head coach of the Easthampton High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team in Massachusetts.



Colby-Sawyer Athletics Celebrates Tenth Hall of Fame Class

LORI MONROE LOMBARDI ’97 Lombardi made a significant mark on Colby-Sawyer athletics as one of the greatest women’s tennis players in program history while competing for the track and basketball teams. Lombardi’s long list of accomplishments includes leading the Chargers’ tennis team to a conference championship each season. She was named New England Women’s Athletic Conference (NEWAC) All-Conference during her first year and earned NEWAC All-Tournament accolades in singles and doubles as a sophomore. As the Chargers transitioned to the CCC in her junior season, Lombardi again led the team to a championship and was the second-flight singles champion. In her final season, she guided the Chargers to a second straight CCC title. She earned a pair of ECAC Robbins Scholar-Athlete Awards (1995–1996, 1996–1997) and added a CCC Senior Scholar-­ Athlete award (1997). She also was named to the tennis GTE All-American Second Team At Large. Lombardi ranks sixth in total victories (88), third in singles victories (49) and eighth in doubles victories (39).


JON NICHOLAS ’06 As a four-year starting pitcher for the Colby-Sawyer baseball team, Nicholas commanded his pitches on the mound, and his unique style made it tough for opposing hitters to succeed. He pounded the strike zone, leading to 144 career strikeouts and ranking him third all-time, and is the program leader in fewest walks per nine innings at 1.79. Nicholas was named the 2004 CCC Pitcher of the Year after going 5-0 in conference play and earned a nod to the All-CCC First Team. During his final

season, he was named to the All-CCC First Team after leading the team in innings (55.2) and strikeouts (43). Nicholas won a school record 22 games and had at least four wins each season. His name appears throughout the college’s baseball record books, including first in innings pitched (241.2), first in appearances (44), complete games (22) and second in starts (35). Nicholas also holds single season records of innings pitched (70.2) and complete games (7) and is tied for second in starts (9) and tied for third in wins (6–3 times). THE 1997–1998 MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM The 1997–1998 men’s basketball team became the college’s first team to capture an ECAC championship. The Chargers defeated Plymouth State 85-84 in the first round, Wentworth 70-63 in the semifinals and Keene State 102-95 in the finals. The team had an overall record of 25-4 and a perfect CCC record of 13-0. Their 25 wins remains a Colby-Sawyer men’s basketball record, while the undefeated conference mark is one of only two perfect seasons in program history. The 1997–1998 team included the following athletes: Shawn Bachelder ’99, Martin Binette ’98, Alexi Bobolia ’00, team captain Nate Camp ’98, Terrell Dozier ’00, Jonathan Edwards ’99, Marc Ferlo ’99, Bill Gallagher ’01, team captain Matt George ’98, Brian Joyce ’98, Patrick Quinn ’98, Michael Spinney ’00, Jim Statires ’01 and Brian Wilder ’99. The team was led by Head Coach Bill Foti, Assistant Coach Josh Pincoske ’97, former Assistant Coach Tom Brayshaw, student Assistant Coach Kyle Battis ’99 and manager Rob Kasprzak ’98.  ®

SWIM TEAM FUELS UP IN FLORIDA In January, the Swimming and Diving teams headed to Islamadora, Fla., to train at the Ron Levy Aquatic Center. Head Coach Signe Linville ’06 invited Executive Chef Henry Doyle along to teach the athletes about nutrition and create well-balanced meals to fuel their workouts. Exercise science students even prepared a presentation on the nutritional value of the meals. “I am a huge advocate for healthy eating and fueling our bodies with the right kinds of foods,” said Coach Linville. “I don’t want my team just to swim, I want them to be #alwayslearning.”

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by Jeff Samoray

What do Salvador Dali, John F. Kennedy, Ella Fitzgerald and Janice Rundle Trucksess ’51 have in common? Famed photographer Yale Joel captured all their images for LIFE magazine and came to Colby-Sawyer (then Colby Junior College for Women) on the hunt for great photographs.

Later, Joel sent a copy of the proposed cover photo to Trucksess. He followed up with a brief note, expressing disappointment that world events bumped the image and the accompanying Mountain Day photos from the magazine. “He said he was really sorry I wouldn’t be on the cover,” Trucksess says. “I was just 20 at the time. It wasn’t a great disappointment, just something that didn’t happen.”

Joel, who worked as a LIFE staff photographer from its inception until 1972, was known for taking extraordinary photos using antique and specially designed equipment and elaborate setups. A shot of the Rockettes’ dance line in perfect formation, a group portrait of all 1,500 Disney World employees, and a photo of Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy Birthday” to President Kennedy at Madison Square Garden are among his famous images.

Joel must have been smitten by Trucksess and her youthful Grace Kelly–like looks. He booked a photo session with her in March 1951 for another proposed LIFE cover shot. The posed images are set in a greenhouse and outdoors, but Trucksess doesn’t recall the details about that day. None of the images made it to print, but the photos from that session and Mountain Day are in Google’s LIFE photo archive (see picture-perfect).

Joel, who died in 2006 at 87, also used his warm, comfortable manner to help his subjects relax on the other side of the lens. “Joel was the kindest, dearest guy in all the world,” says Trucksess, now 85. “He was just a wonderfully nice man and really easy to work with.”

Trucksess’s father, Henry “Skeet” Rundle, also noted her photogenic qualities. As art director for RCA Victor, he placed his daughter in photo shoots that appeared in several print ads for RCA televisions.

Joel and a crew of two arrived on the Colby campus in 1950 to photograph students hiking Mt. Kearsarge on Mountain Day. He shot dozens of black-and-white images — many are group photos of students reaching the summit and enjoying the breathtaking scenery. He also took posed shots of individual students, and more of Trucksess than anyone else.

The photo sessions were a prelude to Trucksess’s modeling career. She joined the Models’ Guild of Philadelphia after graduating from Colby and appeared in ads that featured everything from clothing to cosmetics. In 1955, Trucksess became the first person pictured on the cover of the Philadelphia Yellow Pages.

“At some point before leaving to hike Mt. Kearsarge, Joel was introduced to me,” Trucksess says. “He wanted to feature my photo on the cover of LIFE. I never asked why he picked me. Joel and his assistants came to my room [in Burpee Hall] to help me select clothing. I remember feeling embarrassed because I had only one cashmere sweater.”

“Modeling was great fun,” Trucksess said. “The Yellow Pages ad was seen all over town on the sides of streetcars and buses. I even did some runway fashion shows. I modeled for about 10 years, until my third daughter was born.”




Creativity runs in her family. Skeet Rundle painted the first fullcolor artwork ever used on a record jacket (an RCA recording of Brahms’s Symphony No. 1.) He also designed TV cabinets and transistor radio cases, as well as his mid-century modern home. Trucksess’s daughters also have pursued artistic endeavors: Tanice in architectural design, Elizabeth in modeling and photography, and Kristen in acting and education. Trucksess and her husband, Bill, chairman of the Philadelphia Sign Company, reside in Moorestown, N.J.  ® Jeff Samoray is a Michigan-based writer.

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NEWS from alumni relations Alumni Award Winners The annual Alumni Awards were presented at the 2015 Alumni Fall Festival in October. The Alumni Service Award was presented to Sandra Davis Carpenter ’55 and Patricia Canby “Patty” Colhoun ’60. A longtime supporter of Colby-Sawyer who’s attended many college events, Sandra has volunteered as a member of the President’s Alumni Advisory Council and as class agent, served on various committees, represented Colby-Sawyer at an inauguration and participated in alumni travel programs. Outside Colby-Sawyer, Sandra has a long history of community volunteerism. She’s a former trustee of Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational organization based in Brookline, Mass.; has served as moderator and trustee of her church; and has been an officer with the Council of Aging, a local garden club, as well as the Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts. Patty has been an active and engaged alumna for many years. In June 2014, she established the Patricia Canby Colhoun ’60 Scholarship. She’s also been a longtime class correspondent and sat on several Reunion committees. A strong believer in being involved in her community, Patty has volunteered for the Boothbay Region YMCA in many capacities, including as a board member and the 2002 Volunteer of the Year. That same year, she was also named Maine Pine Tree YMCA Volunteer of the Year. She’s part of the Villages Homeowners Association, was a board member of the Dynamic Dog Club, and has volunteered in her local hospitals. Zanna Campbell Blaney ’00 received the Young Alumni Achievement Award. Since 2013, she has been dean of students at Bedford High School in New Hampshire. Previously, she spent six years at Bedford as a school counselor, worked at the Center for College Planning at New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation and was a Colby-Sawyer admissions counselor. Zanna is on the N.H. School Counselor Directors Board and is a member of the N.H. School Counselor Association. In her current role, she’s been a strong ambassador for Colby-Sawyer, making sure her students know about her alma mater. She has also been an Alumni in Admissions representative and has volunteered at alumni/student networking events. Zanna attends alumni events, has served on Reunion committees and supports the Colby-Sawyer Fund.

HOMECOMING 2016 — New Name, Same Great Tradition Make plans now to be on campus Oct. 14–16 for Homecoming 2016! Enjoy alumni and varsity sporting events, faculty-led workshops and talks, and socializing with old and new friends. Don’t miss this chance to catch up with your classmates and your college home! Reunion celebrations for the following classes will take place during Homecoming: 1936, 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011. INAUGURATIONS In recent months, alumni have represented President Thomas C. Galligan Jr. and Colby-Sawyer College as official delegates to inaugural ceremonies at other institutions. We are grateful to those who accepted invitations: Teresa Meighan Hacunda ’76 ♦ Rhode Island School of Design Marianne Walling Morris ’61 ♦ Drew University Becky Young Robinson ’64 ♦ Marlboro College Gale Spreter ’70 ♦ Marymount Manhattan College

GET YOUR COLBY-SAWYER PARTY IN A BOX Are you planning a get-together with Colby-Sawyer alumni? Let us know about your event and who will be there, and we’ll mail you a Colby-Sawyer Party in a Box, complete with Colby-Sawyer party favors. All we ask is that you provide at least two weeks’ notice and send us a group photo from your event. Visit for more information.

SEE YOUR CLASS NOTES PHOTOS ONLINE Did you submit a photo for the Class Notes section of Colby-Sawyer but didn’t see it in the magazine? We don’t have room for every photo, but you can view all submitted photos at Take a look and keep sending us interesting high-resolution photos with captions!

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MARGARET MORSE TIRRELL Charlotte Shapiro Krentzel sends her best wishes to her classmates. She writes, “I loved my time at Colby. Dr. Sawyer was the best person I ever met. The school helped me become the person I am today because I lived and studied with a mixture of our whole world, people from all over wanting to learn how to live together and learn.”


JEANNE “PENNY” LOSEY BOLE Josephine Decristofaro Accattatis was surprised to hear my voice after 70 years. She is in a 50+ community in Milton, MA, in her own apartment. Her Colby Big Sister lives right down the hall. A son and daughter-in-law have been very caring and attentive. Gloria Hirsch Flanzer still studies at the Botanical Gardens and is a docent at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her weeks are filled with classes in balance—and she still drives in Chicago! She recently spoke with Charlotte Shapiro Krentzel ’43. Joan Sandler Musen still lives in her own home in FL and drives. She has many visits from children and has 19 grands and many greats. Bridge is part of her weekly events. Cynthia Alexander Carlson hoped to get to their winter retreat in FL but her husband had physical problems. Carol Cathcart Hutchins has been in her home for 50 years and has 2 grandsons living with her. She is an avid quilter, a painter in oils and pastels,

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enjoys the senior center, and still drives! Catherine “Kay” English Kipe from PA lives in a retirement community and is happy her family is nearby in MA. Mary Jane Neidner Mason is doing well in a retirement home in New Britain, CT. She has 4 married grandchildren and 1 great-grandson named Craig in memory of a son she lost. Elinor Files Halsted lives alone in a condo in Manchester, CT, and does not drive anymore. Fortunately, she has a son in the same town. Marjorie Allen Wood worked for TWA as a secretary, lived in Italy with her husband for a time, and then in Gander, Newfoundland. She has 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and lives in her own Long Island home. She returns to Martha’s Vineyard each summer and fills her time volunteering for the Red Cross. She sounded wonderful, and this is the 1st time we have spoken since graduation! Betsy VanGorder Minkler is happy in her own home, with a daughter who calls daily and family nearby. She attends book clubs, a Town and Gown club, and still drives. Betsy’s 7th great-grandchild, the oldest of whom is 17, just arrived! I had a wonderful chat with Myrtle Furbush Mansfield, who recently lost her partner. She has lived in Alfred, ME, for 35 years and loves the area. She is a quilter and knitter, which she says keeps her fingers moving. Her claim to having the oldest great-grandson—21, I think—makes her #1 among us! Her 3 children have given her 7 grands—and she is so happy to be in her own home. Ann Norton Merrill lives in her condo and has a longtime companion. He resides in MA but visits often, and they enjoy

dining out, playing bridge with friends, and attending gatherings of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Club (WW2 veterans). Mary Root Mollica ’44 MT in Bennington, VT, volunteers in town, attends weekly exercise classes, and still lives in the 14-room ancestral home, though uses only 8. Her daughter is in Los Angeles and her son is in Pownal, VT. Lila Latham Touhey summers at Lake Champlain and winters in Slingerlands, NY. Jan Peters Gardiner and her husband, Dick, have resided at The Canterbury retirement home in Palos Verdes Estates, CA, for 5 years. One son lives nearby and the other is in VA. Ann Tilton Carpenter plays bridge with a longtime group and still drives, returning to Pittsfield for church each week. Her daughter works in Concord, NH, and stays with her 1 or 2 nights each week. Last summer, Ann was the flag girl at a memorial golf tournament for her husband, Thurston, in ME, driving in the golf cart to take the flag to each hole! Jane MacCabe Kelly travels the States and abroad with her partner, Tim. She still drives and lives between her condo in Gladwyne, PA, and her summer home on Lake Winnipesaukee. Her first grandchild, named for Jane’s late husband, Tom, is an unending joy. Gertrude “Sis” Woods Boyd is happy in her old home, despite the effort to walk, at times. She still drives locally and has a daughter in Philadelphia who comes often to visit. Her son works in Holland and another daughter is in Bellair, FL. After Colby Jr., Margaret Kentfield Burkey went to Mt. Holyoke and then U. of Chicago Theological Seminary. Her job search led her to a 6-church parish in Eastern TN where she met her husband, Oliver. They had 4 sons, all married with wonderful wives, giving her 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grands and 4 great-grands yet to marry. Oliver passed in Sept. 2014, though Margaret recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. She feels blessed to live in the home they built 60 years ago, and she has one of her retired Navy sons living next door with his 5 children. Margaret says, “There is so much to

remember as I live out my life here in my own home! God is good!” As for me, Jeanne “Penny” Losey Bole, my life has changed, too, as I lost my husband of nearly 50 years in 2015. Our family of 2 children and 5 grands has been very supportive and agreed that I should return to our little home in FL for the winter. Be well, each of you, until we next chat!


RUTH ANDERSON PADGETT Kudos to Shirley “Shal” Glidden Splaine, who represented our class at our 70th Reunion. She said there are so many new buildings, it was easy to get lost! Our old gym is now a climbing wall! She interviewed some students from Macedonia and Nepal. There is a large contingent of them and they are really nice. Lots of photo taking, and she was especially honored for being so “ancient” (which no one could believe). She drove from Colgate to President Galligan’s house for a small cocktail party. Suzi Curtis Smythe is at Chaplin House in MD and recently went to NC for her brother’s 98th birthday! Suzi keeps in touch with Mary June Troup Kingsbury, friends after all these years. Nancy Dean Maynard and I have Sept. birthdays one day apart, so we had a great phone session then. Mutual decision is that “old age” sucks! She was going to have a quiet 90th celebration with just her family (but altogether, that is quite a bunch). I, on the other hand, decided to pull out all the stops and catered a BBQ dinner for 60 with an amazing jazz band. The trumpet player had just received a Tony award and was awesome. No presents accepted, but folks were asked to share memories of our lives together. All 4 kids were there and 3 of my 6 grandchildren. That night I didn’t mind being 90! Most of you have been through greatgrandma-hood at least once, so you can imagine my joy at the arrival of my 1st, Jack Duff Padgett. So fascinating to watch a newborn. Congrats to Joy Waldau Hostage and her hubby, Arthur, who

celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Nov. 18. They are active and as well as any 90-year-olds. You all need to take correspondence lessons from June Mitchell Douglas-White. Her note was short, sweet and to the point. She still lives in her home of 45 years on Cape Cod and does Meals on Wheels, theater, writing groups and bridge. Dottie Georger MacConnell sent hellos from ME, where she is on a pond that feeds into Sebago Lake and goes kayaking. She has 7 great-grandchildren and loves her neighbors who gave her a surprise 90th birthday party last summer.


PHYLLIS HARTY WELLS Carol “Shoe” Shoemaker Marck visited Cornelia “Nini” Hawthorne Maytag in Colorado Springs after a week in Snowmass, CO. The Marcks drove west with daughter Christy Marck MacCormack ’82. One night they dined at Nini’s, bringing along their 2 daughters and 2 of their many grandchildren. The Marcks stayed at the fabulous Broadmoor Hotel; those of us in Nini’s wedding will never forget the wonderful Shrimp Louis lunches we had at The Broadmoor Tavern. Nini says Shoe looked wonderful and sported a chic new hairstyle. A fun reunion! If there were a CSC medal for thoughtfulness, it would go to Fran Wannerstrom Clark, who never misses sending me news. Fran had fun summer travels including a catamaran cruise around the Thames River area of New London, CT, that stopped at 8 lighthouses. She took an art tour with a group from the New Britain Museum of American Art. The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, had an amazing Van Gogh and Nature exhibit as well as an exhibit of 25 works by James Whistler, which included the famous painting of his mother. In Oct., Fran was in Winter Garden and the FL Keys for fun with her 2 adventurous daughters! The 3 of them stopped in Miami to visit Fran’s grandson, Joseph. Nancy Hobkirk Pierson

and Jim celebrated her birthday in Sept. with dinner out with 2 of their 5 daughters. The Piersons had a nice summer in VT but returned to Bernardsville for Hob’s natal day and were, once again, settling back into NJ life. Jane Maynard Gibson thought the fall issue of Colby-Sawyer was absolutely beautiful and so interesting. She was happy I was still getting news for our column and thought that, once again, it was the best! Now that she has Jean Klaubert Friend’s new address, she calls her fairly often to chat. Barbara Strauss Lowenbaum’s husband, Bud, died this summer. Bobbie stays busy by keeping her thumb in the real estate business. Carol “Weis” Weissenborn Smith thanked me for doing the class news all these years (1984–2015). She doesn’t know how much longer she’ll play golf due to a bad back. She has joined a bocce ball team and also plays Ping-Pong and pickle ball. Sylvia Jacobs Alden congratulated me for being class secretary for so many years. She feels I deserve a medal! She’s fortunate to be in her own home with all the necessary services close by. She sees her 3 children regularly, as well as her grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Like many of us, she’s given up golf but still walks most days. She keeps busy with church activities, movies, and dinners with friends. She still manages to get to her FL condo once in a while. I told both gals I’ve enjoyed gathering the news for our ’48 column. I do wish I had more who would contact me once in a while. Mase and I are enjoying life in our villa at Oak Hammock at the University of FL. Recent residents are Ann Poindexter Ives ’49 and husband, John. It’s fun having them here as we saw a lot of each other in the Gainesville CC area, where both couples lived for almost 40 years. Ann and I played a lot of golf together through the years. Neither of us plays anymore. I have rheumatoid arthritis and have lost almost all of my rotator cuffs. I had the first of 2 reverse shoulder-replacement surgeries in May. It was successful and I had little pain but I caught Clostridium-­ difficile-colitis, a well-known

hospital/nursing home infection. I was in Oak Hammock’s skilled nursing for more than 3 months plus had 4 hospital stays in Aug. The long stay in skilled nursing caused me to lose muscle tone and the ability to walk. I recently ditched my walker and only use a cane when I leave our house. I plan to have my right shoulder replaced in early 2016. I’m concerned but don’t think I’ll get C. Diff. again! I’m getting back into things at Oak Hammock. A neighbor found out I play with computer graphics and know how to make posters, etc., so I’ve got a permanent job in that field. Sadly, we’ve lost a few of our classmates. Please see In Fond Memory for the list. Remember me when you send your Christmas newsletters, and let your classmates know what you’ve done with your lives.


ELIZABETH REYNOLDS MATTHEWS After last winter’s heavy snow, Priscilla Walton and husband Ed decided to sell their house and move into an independent living situation in South Yarmouth, MA. About 6 months after moving in, Ed died on Oct. 23. Priscilla’s daughter, Nancy, looks forward to retiring as head of the middle school math department in Canton, MA. Son Skip is a physician and in Qatar helping to set up the emergency dept. in a new hospital. Son Bruce is the COO of an engineering company in CT. Priscilla has stayed in contact with Jean Bryant Meyer through the years and is in touch with Sally Nicolosi Rattray through Facebook. She encourages everyone to send in their news, writing, “I’m interested in what my friends of 1949 are up to, aren’t you?”



KATHLEEN VALLIERE-DENIS OUILETTE Ann Bemis Day enjoys her retirement community at Rivermead in Peterborough, NH, and keeps busy with poetry readings, workshops and retreats in NH and VT. She still publishes an engagement poetry/ photo calendar every year and is working on another nature book. Ann had major eye surgery last July and says the ophthalmology dept. at DHMC in Lebanon, NH, was amazing. Her daughter, Deb, 63, lives in Gettysburg, PA, and Deb’s kids: Meg, 43 and Haven, 39, are in Brisbane, Australia, and Seattle, respectively. Meg has 2 children: Reese, 9, and Jodi Ann, 7. Alan Day’s twin daughters, Emma and Ruby, are in NC at Warren Wilson College. They all had a fantastic reunion in Hawaii in June. Bobbie Fetzer Herbert enjoyed our 65th Reunion this fall. She reports, “We only had 5 from our class: Carol Lynch Hermance, Jean Fuller Knowlton, Bobbie Bishop Maclean, Betty Alden Parker and me. Betty and Carol didn’t come to the banquet, and I only saw them briefly at Colgate. It was a beautiful weekend and great to see the lovely foliage, as well as the people.” Bobbie says that after spending 3 winters at her house in Marana, AZ, she decided to sell her house in NJ and move to AZ full-time. Her daughter lives there, and Bobbie has developed some nice friendships. She plays a lot of tennis and enjoys the weekly outdoor wine parties. In May, she and 4 “Singles Club” ladies took a fabulous cruise from Prague to Budapest. In Sept., 6 of them took a Canadian Rail trip; Bobbie loved Lake Louise and Banff. They are planning a cruise in Paris. Bobbie’s granddaughter was married on Oct. 3 at the Trump Winery in Charlottesville, VA. Her grandsons are 11, 8 and 3. Doris Hammond Morgan has sad news: Her husband, Jack, passed away Sept. 22, 2014. Eight months later, their daughter, Cheryl, lost her husband. Cheryl’s only child, Eleanor, accompanied Doris on a recent

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cruise to the Virgin Islands. Doris writes, “We were so stunned by the loss of these 2 wonderful men that time has gone by in a blur since then.” Nancy Frost Smith, in a retirement community in Wolfeboro, NH, with her husband, celebrated their 65th anniversary in Jamaica. They have great-granddaughters and one great-grandson but don’t see them much as they live too far away. Elsie-Joan “E.J.” Martin Albergotti ’51 MT and her husband, Julian, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June. As for me, Kathleen Valliere-Denis Ouilette, I have a busy life. Sometimes my Lyme Disease makes me feel my true 85 years young, but I love to write and, so, here I am still for you!


ROBERTA GREEN DAVIS 107 Columbia Avenue Swarthmore, PA 19081 610.543.6688 Marguerite Cline Almy and Charlie spend 6 months in South Dartmouth, MA, and 6 months in Savannah, GA. Last winter, Charlie was hospitalized after a bout of cellulitis; he is doing PT and trying to walk with a cane. When Marguerite is in MA, she kayaks on Buzzards Bay, enjoying the sea birds. In GA, she rides her bike, though not as fast or for as long as she used to. She takes adult ed courses and attends 2 weekly discussion groups on current affairs. The next 3 generations are doing well and she sees them often. MaryEm Bodman Kenner was awarded the Margaret Rolph Sustainer Award for being an active sustainer who has made an extraordinary contribution to her community for 15+ years. Maryann Henry von Dwingelo lives independently and is thankful for her health and family. She has granddaughters in Boston, Atlanta, NYC, Boulder, and Redding, CT, plus grandsons in USCG/VA, US Army/OK, Denver, Atlanta, UCONN and St. Lawrence U. Mary Jane Critchett

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Lane lives in Rockport MA, with Charles, her husband of 64 years. They have 11 grandchildren and 4 greats, and all their 6 children and spouses are not far away. They go to FL every winter and write, “We ride around on those wonderful Disney scooters so we can still take in everything. Shuffleboard is always on the agenda in FL, as well as a special card game called Pegs and Jokers, played all the time in FL clubhouses.” Mary Jane takes painting classes and Charlie gardens. Their son Ken runs the family farm with his wife, Regina. Youngest daughter, Jeannie, manages the farm stand that sells Ken’s organic vegetables. Mary Jane adds, “I will never forget my years at Colby Jr. They laid an educational foundation for life and introduced me to best friends forever.”


MARILYN “WOODSIE” WOODS ENTWISTLE Betty Carlson Salomon has been wearing Keds sneakers for many years. In Oct., she was delighted to hear from Haley, her 17-year-old granddaughter, that they are “in” and that she is cool, whereupon she packed up several pairs and flew to CO to visit her brother and family, who live in a beautiful area in the Denver foothills with spectacular scenery and all kinds of wildlife, where cool Betty wearing her “in” Keds did lots of hiking. Sally “Itchie” Hueston Day says her family news is graduations, master’s degree ceremonies, and the great relief that her 27-year-old grandson has recovered from a stroke. Her regular schedule is visiting Richard in his “fabulous facility,” volunteering at an art gallery where she takes lessons and keeping up with the grandkids. They insisted she tube down a gentle river and whitewater raft down a less gentle river, but they can’t talk her into hot-air ballooning. As she says, “I can swim but not fly.” Nancy Angell Turnage and Bob had a fun bus trip with their 50-member church group to the Billy Graham Center near Ashville,

NC, where they enjoyed the beautiful mountains and the “always great speaker.” Nancy and Bob square-dance every Thursday, and Nancy listens to historic books while walking every day. Margaret “Marny” Scruton Green had a great time at her 65th HS reunion last summer, though only 9 of 92 showed up. Every Jan., a driver takes her car to Key Largo, and in March, she drives back to Oakville, Ontario, with a stop to see her son in Chicago. Some sad news from Janet Holmes Thompson that her sister Shirley Holmes Dunlap ’47 passed away April 1. The families gathered again when the husband of sister Jean Holmes Duffett ’50 passed away in August. Per Jean, her adorable 18-month-old great-grandson helps keep her focused on the future. In keeping with a long family tradition of having Labs, Mary Jane “Fritzie” Fritzinger Moeller has adopted one named Betty. But most of her news was about her 2.5 weeks in HI at the Halekulani Hotel where she and Walt honeymooned in ’54. The hotel, originally 2 stories high, is preserved in an area within the new much larger hotel. The stairs she and Walt once climbed to their room are still there. Her 2 sons were with her for the first 12 days and joined her on a week-long cruise around the islands, and then a friend came to enjoy the balmy breezes around the pool and an amazing helicopter tour. They were awed by the sight of Pearl Harbor.


NANCY OBER BATCHELDER Billie Sweigard Carroll has moved into a life care center in Newtown Square, PA. She is feeling at home and enjoying new and old friends. Claire Smith Siragusa was proud that her youngest grandson graduated from Vanderbilt and is heading to med school. Claire attended Barbara Bush’s 90th birthday (a celebration of literacy—Mrs. Bush’s idea). Vaughan Peters Rachel has moved to Seacrest, a Jewish independent living community in Encinitas, CA. She says it is

her first communal living since her Colby days. She is enjoying the spread of generations with her 2 granddaughters (6 and 9) and her grandsons, one an engineer and one entering law school. Barbara Fenn Wysession continues to make music for “fulfillment and employment.” She has added the viola da gamba to her talents. So sorry to read that Maureen Maroney Kenney lost her husband, Frank, in Sept. 2012. After 57 years of marriage, 5 children, 13 grands and many years of golf and travel together, they certainly were blessed. Diane MacKenzie Griffiths ’53 MT remains active in Wellesley, MA. Her daughter lives in Seattle. Her son has 2 children whom she keeps a prideful eye on. One granddaughter is at Trinity College in CT, and the other is at BU School of Public Health. Vicki Sawdon Banghart has lived in the resort area of Elkhart Lake, WI, for 18 years and is amazed at how quickly her grandchildren have become young adults. She says, “It seems like a few weeks ago we were babysitting for them, and now perhaps in a few weeks they will be babysitting for us!” Jane Carpenter Patterson writes with sadness that her twin sister, Edyth Carpenter Sapp, passed. I remember the 2 of you leaving your different dorms for breakfast, both wearing the same outfits. On the good news side, Jane has fully recovered from triple bypass surgery and is primed for another 100,000 miles. Tracy Rickers Siani is proud to introduce her first great-granddaughter, Cecila. Tracy enjoys opera at the local theater and attends a great books course at FL Atlantic U Lifelong Learning which “keeps her brain alive.” She continues to take weekly water samples for the Loxahatchee River Wildpine Lab, snorkels whenever she can monitor their fish population for REEF, and keeps track of the invasive Lionfish. Joanne Holden Miller ’55 lives in New London. She writes, “Though only 3 of us showed up for our 60th reunion, I was so impressed with the enlargement of the campus. A very lively place with plenty to offer.” As for me, Nancy

Ober Batchelder, Earle and I continue to enjoy “the good life” on Cape Cod. We have an active social life, which involves a lot of theater. We enjoy frequent get-togethers with our sons and their families and are fortunate to have friends with whom we socialize and sometimes travel, even off Cape! Thanks to all for your correspondence. In the future, please include your maiden name so I can be sure to identify you properly.

taking two exercise classes early in the day. Vic will soon be 90, and I am thankful to be able to assist in his care and also handle the driving. Our daughters, Val and Doreen, and the grandkids are doing well.” I, Jo-Anne Greene Cobban, also feel well enough to continue gardening, painting fences and sorting through and donating long-held collections after the loss of Jim in June.



JO-ANNE GREENE COBBAN Upon receiving the Alumni Fall Festival 2015 program in the mail, I was called to return. I visited with college archivist Kelli Bogan and donated a blue blazer, a mug and the Buzzin’ Dozen musical disc. I then visited the new sites and activities with a family member. Anne Batchelor De Grazia is in Alpharetta, GA, near their youngest son, Bill, and family; she takes exercise classes and enjoys the services provided by the assisted living facility. Barbara Rogers Berndt writes, “After moving from NC to CT to be closer to family, my husband, Ed, died Aug. 15. I’ve decided to remain in the apartment at Spring Meadows, a senior living facility in Trumbull, CT. Not looking forward to the cold and snow, but I do enjoy seeing my children, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren more often. Only my youngest son, his wife and 16-mo.-old grandson are at a distance in Atlanta.” Margo Thompson had a great trip to Norway in Aug. She writes, “I have wanted to do a boat trip to see the coast and towns for a long time. Prior to boarding the ship, we spent time in Lapland with Santa and hundreds of his reindeer.” She planned to spend a few days in Dec. in Santa Fe, NM. Helen Johnson Sargent and Dick enjoyed a river cruise along the Elbe from Prague to Berlin and then traveled by train to Copenhagen to visit with 20 Lindholm cousins. Once home, it was time to pack for SC for winter and the holidays. Glenice Hobbs Harmon writes, “My husband and I are still in our home he built. I’m still singing in the choir at church and


I understand that the Alumni Fall Festival in Oct. was a big success, although not many from our class attended. I have received very few messages from class members since the last column. I hope this does not mean lots of you are experiencing poor health, but that you are all busy, happy and healthy! I was on my way to our 60th Reunion when I began to feel unwell and decided it would be best to return home. That turned out to be a wise decision, but I was saddened not to attend. Congratulations to Sandra Davis Carpenter who received the prestigious Alumni Service Award. Knowing Sandy and how hard she worked as a student, and how much she has done as a volunteer for Colby-Sawyer, I know this award is well deserved. Elizabeth Gunter Visvis is pleased that ground will be broken for the new arts center this summer. She writes, “My art studio was on the 3rd floor of Colgate with one teacher, Herb Holtz. His belief was that we should learn how to paint abstractly first and then on to realism. I certainly understand that now after more than 40 years of painting and experimenting! I am sorry President Galligan is leaving but fully understand his wishes. He will be missed by many.”




Joyce Carron Hall writes, “Barbara McIntire Haskins passed away Feb. 12, 2015. It saddens me greatly, and I miss her weekly calls. Although I live in NJ, I would stop by her home in MA for lunch on my way to my farm in NH. I spend 4 months there every summer. Barbara would visit me there, and we would take yet another tour of Colby-Sawyer. She loved Colby-Sawyer and was so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of its wonderful college family.” Gale Gilchrest is still in beautiful Southampton, NY. She has retired from advertising and retail venues and leads a serene life. She plays duplicate bridge 2–3 days/week and walks the beaches as weather permits. In Sept., Marsha Smoller Winer and Nate embarked on a Crystal Cruise in Amsterdam for 16 days of sightseeing in England, Scotland, Ireland, Iceland and Newfoundland. In Aug., Sandy Liberty attended a beautiful memorial in Hingham, MA, for Bev Rounds Stanley, who died in Aug. 2014. Sandy has kept in touch with Bev and Ann Brown Williams (her roommate) since graduation. Sandy has a daughter in MA and a son in Christchurch, New Zealand, plus 3 grandchildren. She hopes to see her son and family this summer in the U.S. Sandy and her best friend of 60 years took a road trip to Albuquerque in Jan. In early Aug., Ed and I, Nancy Hoyt Langbein, took the 2nd half of our Mississippi River Cruise from St. Paul to St. Louis with interesting stops in between. A special treat was meeting up with a couple of Army friends we had not seen since 1965. In Oct., we made our annual trip to Colby-Sawyer to attend 2 special events. The campus looked great and the foliage was spectacular. I know I speak for the college and our class when I give a big thank you to Sonja Carlson Davidow, who has endowed chairs in the Fine and Performing Arts, and to Nancy Beyer Opler, who for several years has given an award for Excellence in Advising.

Adelaide “Happy” Anthony Griffiths and her husband, Clark, had a nice visit with Suzanne Vander Veer and her husband, Gary, in NH this summer. Happy is on the President’s Alumni Advisory Council. She writes the meeting is “a full day of hearing what the college is doing, always very interesting. We still live in the house we bought 56 years ago and still cut wood from our property and cook on a wood stove (in the winter).” Patricia Kelley Lovering writes, “I sure wish I could see Colby. I hope to make it back to see all that has transpired since 1957. I wound up in Morro Bay, CA, overlooking the bay and ocean. I am thankful that church, books and life by the sea are all I need at this age.” Robin McDougal traveled to Italy in Oct. She spent 3 days in Venice and then embarked on a bike and barge trip to Mantova, riding 25 miles each day. Elaine Mecca Madden was president of the Top of the Hill Gang of New England, a ski and sports club for athletes 50+. Find out more at Liz Thatcher Rafloski has relocated to Duxbury, MA, and wonders if anyone is near her. Diane Shugrue Gallagher went with 25 other Peace Corps members to Cuba in Oct. She writes, “Lovely parks, stunning churches, clean streets, no graffiti, no trash in streets, but when it rains, it floods, calf-high water, so we just took our shoes off and waded to the next restaurant. What the Cubans have: great heart, amazing soul, fabulous music—music comes out of every single doorway and all smile with the beat. Delicious food, great houses with amazing bright colors, vintage cars that look brand new. The people are friendly, they are open, and they love Americans. Go before it is too late, before ATMs come, Starbucks, credit cards (none accepted). The island country does get into your soul and you look back at their great courage and guts, pluck, and we all marvel, and so we should.”



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TELLING A “VANISHED” FATHER’S STORY Mimi Baird ’58 Mimi Baird grew up knowing her father, Perry Baird, was an accomplished doctor who graduated at the top of his class from Harvard Medical School, but she knew little more — he essentially vanished from her life when she was six years old. Fifty years later, a series of coincidences led her to a manuscript he’d written that revealed a long-hidden truth. That discovery was the catalyst for her own remarkable book. He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter’s Quest to Know Him, published in 2015, is both a daughter’s search for her family history and an absorbing look inside a brilliant yet broken mind.


Dr. Baird, his daughter came to understand, had not vanished but had been institutionalized against his will for what was then called manic depression. “He was a victim of both his disease and the stigma surrounding it,” she writes.

… there was no medication at that time, it’s pure manic writing, and it is a huge teaching tool for doctors and caretakers.

Baird was keen to bring her father’s writing to light, and He Wanted the Moon contains both the doctor’s memoir and Baird’s account of researching her family history. His manuscript, penned while he was in a psychiatric hospital, is a memoir of a man trying to making sense of his illness. In it, he even advances the theory that manic depression is a biochemical, rather than a psychological, illness. While Australian psychiatrist John Cade was credited with this discovery in 1949, Mimi Baird’s father wrote about it years earlier. “My father’s writing is so beautiful,” said Baird. “Because there was no medication at that time, it’s pure manic writing, and it is a huge teaching tool for doctors and caretakers.” Baird has two hopes for her book: that it will help erase the stigma of mental illness and that it will inspire others to learn about their own families. Both hopes seem on their way to reality. The Washington Post named Moon a Notable Book of the Year, and it has received rave reviews from the New York Times and other major media outlets. Now, it has been optioned by a film production company. “The most gratifying thing,” said Baird, “is that so many people have come out of the woodwork who have had problems in their families. This book has opened up many people’s family histories.” – Mike Gregory, director of Advancement Communications

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CYNTHIA GRINDROD VAN DER WYK In mid-Oct., Sally Heyn Short and her husband, Phil, returned from ME via Andover, MA, to see her dear friend Sandy Powell Durling and her husband, Art. Sally writes, “Sandy fixed a delicious lunch, and we had a wonderful visit with them. We were nowhere near done talking when we had to leave!” Linda Holland Pelletier has attained her B.A. in English from the U of Phoenix. She says, “I will proudly march on May 14, 2016, at the Central Florida graduation ceremony in Orlando. It takes some of us longer than others to get there!”


MARSHA HALPIN JOHNSON Mary Cummins Wilson reports that her son Peter is in the US Marine Band and plays violin at the White House. He played for the president of China and his wife (a famous opera singer) when President Obama hosted a state dinner. The wife began singing when Pete played the famous Chinese folk song “Jasmine Flower.” President Obama was pleased that Pete had thrilled her. Mary Joyce Klapproth Forsyth ’59 MT has moved to the senior residence Blakehurst and is happy. She writes, “I volunteer in the small shop here and in the assisted living facility and call Bingo once a month. I am active in a Garden Club close to where I lived for 40 years and belong to a Woman’s Club that has been around since 1896. I also play bridge every Friday. My daughters are scattered from Seattle to Boston with only one here in Baltimore. I have 2 grandchildren: Cameron is in his second year at Western WA U studying the body and kinetics; my granddaughter is a senior in HS hoping to go into nursing. I hope to return soon to another reunion.”


PATRICIA CANBY COLHOUN Sharley Janes Bryce saw Charlene “Char” Wolcott Gray in Seattle. Their granddaughters had been in band together. Sharley was spending her 13th winter in Tucson and saw her daughters on the way. One lives in Napa and the other in Thousand Oaks, CA. She was expecting her 5th grandbaby, a girl, in Feb. Charlotte Heyl McLaughlin and her husband have a town home in Elkhorn, ID, and would love to have visitors to the Sun Valley area stop by. Suzanne Drake Thrun and Wolfgang have been married 53 years as of Nov. They live on the Monterey Bay Coast close to daughter Michelle, her husband Jim and 2 grandchildren: Sawyer, 13, and Eva, 11. Their son Jeff lives in Maui. Suzanne and Wolfgang are involved with their church and have served on the deacon’s board. Sue is still in touch with Barbara Bruce Welt and Margie Embich Fortune. Classmates who returned for our 55th reunion included Judy Butler Shea, who is as active as ever and has been spending time with her grandchildren in Park City. Barb Swanson Smith and her husband, Lyman, have settled into their condo in New London, not far from the college. Her guests for reunion were Ellen Cook Barnes and a friend. Ellen had been hobbling, so hopefully surgery helped. Hannah “Haydi” Caldwell Sowerwine and her husband, Dave, combined 2 reunions by going back to Dartmouth as well as CSC. They run their nonprofit, Village Solutions, and returned to Nepal in Dec. Haydi shared that after reunion she and David met up with her former roommate Ann Hoar Floyd ’60/’77 MT. Ann was sorry to miss the reunion but can’t leave her husband for long these days. Sue Barto Monks came and told our student guide about Sue’s Sugar House. She and I, Patty Canby Colhoun, shared a room over reunion and had a good time catching up. Sue closed her summer cottage the weekend after, which brought back

memories. She traveled to London in Dec. I was humbled and honored to receive the Alumni Service Award. My life has been a big flip as I have sold my FL home and have moved back to ME permanently. I went to Sebring, FL, for a rug hooking school with 5 friends from ME, then to CO for Thanksgiving with my son, and France for Christmas with my daughter. I am sorry we did not have more at our reunion, but there is always the 60th—plan ahead! Ann “Meri” Skeels Nielsen wrote from VT that she has a granddaughter who visits. Sorry, Meri, but I have misplaced the rest of your note. Carol Sherman House took a wonderful Mediterranean cruise from Athens to Rome, Monaco, France and Spain. Nancy Lucas Sheridan sent news last spring that told of her riverboat cruise from Budapest to Bucharest. She and Jim have 4 grandchildren in college. Julie Dougherty Egenberg took a 10-day trip to the Netherlands and saw 5 members of her host family from when she was there 58 years ago. She would love to see CSC visitors in Naples, FL, or Stowe, VT.

being in the “best club on earth!” She and her husband are healthy and happy in Weston, VT, and 3 labs keep them hopping! In March 2015, Sally Mollenberg Lawlor and Carol Earley Adams vacationed in Naples, FL, with Judy Park Kukk, and they are planning a cruise to Tahiti and the Society Islands. Joyce Rogers Harrington keeps busy with gardening, her fiber arts group, spinning, weaving, biking and cross-country skiing. Marcia Mayer Snyder, Pat White Nash, Ellen Forbes, Jill Schofield Wainwright, Anne Miller Reed ’63 and I enjoyed our semiannual luncheon last fall and plan to meet again this fall. Speaking of Jill, she has the travel bug and went on safari to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Cape Town last fall; toured Belgium and the Netherlands in the spring; and enjoyed a tour of Italy. Dick and I spent last summer on Cape Cod, him fighting lymphoma and me being the designated driver to Boston where he was being treated. Hopefully, we will head to FL this winter after hearing that wonderful word remission. As always, stay well and have fun!



Grace Fischbeck Riker has lived in Sarasota, FL, for 30 years. While at Colby she lived in Bermuda and after her marriage moved to MD then to Okinawa, Japan, and then to FL. She has 2 daughters and a son. Grace spent many years as a columnist and proofreader for a local newspaper and has been an active volunteer for several local organizations. Other interests include oil painting, gardening, boating, golf, bird watching, yoga and singing in a choir. She keeps in touch with Gwen Harris Ruppert. Anyone who knew her mother will be pleased to know that she is now 101 and still enjoys a gin martini every night! Vicky Clark Linville and husband are happy to announce the birth of their 1st grandchild in Brooklyn, NY. Vicky knows almost everyone has had grandkids for years, but they love

Hello, classmates! At the end of Oct., the deadline for class notes blindsided me and I was not able to ask you all for news. I’ll do better next time. Tell me what’s going on when I ask in April. I’m recovering from foliage season at the Farm— we were busy with our wonderful guests here to enjoy the delightful summer and see the beautiful foliage. It was a good year. Autumn in VT was unseasonably warm and sunny. As the temperatures drop, Cliff and I are getting ready to go to Naples and Islamorada, FL, for the winter.




KATHRINE CONATHAN REARDON Nancy Woodring Hansen’s granddaughter Elizabeth was married in Keene, NH, on Sept. 26. The happy couple lives and works in Portsmouth, NH. Nancy’s oldest granddaughter, Ashley, was married Feb. 6, 2015, to her high school sweetheart. Roger and Nancy had an interesting and wonderful trip last fall to Prague, Germany, and London. They learned much about Eastern Europe and its history. Susan Patricelli-Regan’s public access TV program “CT Valley Views” is in its 6th year and has increased viewership by 30% during the past year. To learn more, visit Susan’s sons, Colin, Craig and Christopher, continue to make headway in their respective careers: varsity crew coach at Williams College; graduate of Texas A&M/Ex-Navy service/ Texas National Guard member/ political community coordinator in TX; and IT senior consultant and teacher in New York City. Susan enjoys working with her 3 polo horses. She was delighted in 2015 to donate an oil still-life painting by her mother to Colby-Sawyer. See her extraordinary accomplishments and internationally acclaimed collection of paintings at Since losing her husband, Leslie Henchey Kehoe downsized to a townhouse condo

Advancement Officer Beth Bryant Camp ’92 and Director of Annual Giving Luke Gorman paid a visit to Susan Patricelli-Regan ’64, who donated this still-life oil painting by her mother to the college.

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in Hingham, MA. She loves not having the worries of managing a large house and an acre of land. She spent a week last Thanksgiving visiting Rose Meloro Prescott in Naples, FL, where Rose lives in a condo. Leslie misses having her near but is glad she is happy. Leslie occasionally talks with Mary Miller Johnson, who still lives in Denver. Pat Donahue Jones remarried in 1999, this time to her college sweetheart, Dick Jones, who graduated from Princeton. She is still the compliance officer of a financial services firm in Boston but is cutting back her hours with the hopes of retiring by the end of the year. Pat and Dick spend Feb. and March in Naples, FL, and last summer enjoyed hosting most of their children and grandchildren in Chatham on the Cape for several weeks. Pat plays bridge and enjoys gardening. She spends time researching genealogy, and in recent years, she and Dick have traveled to France and the Netherlands to hunt down “ancestral homes” and “relatives.”


SUSAN WOODRUFF MACAULAY After many years as class correspondent, Chris Murray McKee will step down after this column. We thank her for her dedicated service and welcome her successor, Susan Woodruff Macaulay. Would you believe that Nobuko Nishino Akashi flew all the way from Japan to join us for our 50th reunion? Kahren “Muffy” Nottage Miller came from HI. Susan Woodruff Macaulay and her intrepid husband, John, came from TX. Georgie Sawyer Hutton came from FL. Tina Biggs Ferraro, Jane Hardy Roiter, Ann Hodgkinson Low, Chris Murray McKee and Leah Caswell came from all over New England. President Tom Galligan presented a dynamic update on the college’s past and future. One classmate said she was “awed” by the changes. The weather was great and the foliage really put on a show.

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We were blown away by the new buildings, sustainability goals and career-oriented courses. The student-­managed investment fund is an amazing avenue for students to learn about the world of finance. The sustainability classroom is a student-designed and built “green” classroom that reflects the college’s commitment to sustainability. The nursing program has blossomed and is now part of the School of Health Professions, which soon will offer the college’s first master’s program. Lethbridge Lodge has a new gathering place for students in a pub atmosphere — they even serve beer (to those 21+) that a class brews. There is a sugar house on campus, a wind turbine, many solar panels and several permaculture gardens that produce food for the dining hall. How far the college has come! A requirement for graduation is an internship somewhere. Almost 100% of graduates get jobs or go to grad school right out of college, often in the place where they interned. Some of us decided to re-create Mountain Day and climbed Mt. Kearsarge, and it snowed! Another fun thing was a dinner cruise on Lake Sunapee. Weather was predicted to be terrible and rainy and cold, but it cleared up and was fabulous. What a setting to reestablish connections! The best of all was sitting around reminiscing and reconnecting. And we all feel enriched by the experience. How special our Colby-Sawyer days were. Here is some other news; my apologies if some seems old, but it didn’t make the deadline last time. Darcy Holland lives in her wonderful “Marsh Cottage” on a small island in the middle of the Great Marsh, protected from the Atlantic by Plum Island. She endured an unbelievable winter in 2015 with a record-breaking 114 inches of snow in one month’s time. Her eldercare management business of 17 years is winding down as she prepares for full retirement. Darcy continues to work part-time at a boat house, making mast hoops for wooden sail boats. She also sings in the Newburyport Choral Society and performed at Carnegie Hall in June. Ruth Elliott Holmes keeps busy with her business, Pentec, which

she runs with her daughter Sarah Holmes Tucker ’95. Learn more about their work at It was great to reconnect with Leah Caswell at our 50th reunion. Her news missed the last issue, but she has a new grandson, Finn Kenneth Caswell, who was greeted with great joy by his sister, 6-year-old Helen Piper (aka Pip). Last winter, Leah skied in the Alps as much as possible at Chamonix. Her company,, continues to take some of her time from play. Caroline “Bunny” Stancliff Fazekas has lived in Harpswell, ME, for 8 years and hopes to begin wintering in Stuart, FL. She recently drove to VT, passed the exit for New London and thought sometime she should stop and see what has happened on campus in the past 50 yrs. Since a new grandson is expected in VT in June, she may be able to make that happen. Tina Biggs Ferraro, Jane Hardy Roiter and Georgie Sawyer Hutton got together for a day of “shop ’til you drop” last winter in Vero Beach. It was very successful, and they finished with an early dinner and lots of catching up. Jane had not seen Georgie for at least 20 years. The same group, plus Ann Hodgkinson Low and Chris Murray McKee, all from McKean dorm, explored some of the shops in New London during reunion. Great fun!


SUSAN E. WEEKS It was nice to hear from so many of you in response to my email asking for just a “hello” and what dorm you were in. I’m organizing your responses by dorm. Just a reminder that 2016 will be our 50th reunion, so I hope to hear more stories about all of you for the next issue of the magazine (deadline is May 1). ABBEY HALL: Perry Crouse Jeffords writes, “Heading from PA to Vero Beach, FL, after a magnificent fall”; Debbie Pellington O’Hara; Ann Parks; Janet Sargent Simblist ’66 MT; Cindy Pond Barnard. AUSTIN HALL: Joyce Chapman Cerney ’66 MT writes: “My husband and I have been busy traveling and spending time with children

and grandchildren. In Nov., we are meeting my roommate Molly McAdams Morizon ’65 in Paris and will enjoy a few days with her. We will go to Bonaire in Jan. and Feb. and then out to CO in March to ski with my husband’s daughter.” BEST HALL: Dorothy Wolcott Stockman writes, “I’ve never been able to get back for a Colby-Sawyer Reunion but will have a minireunion with 7 others from Best in June. We thought it was time to get together and celebrate our 70th birthdays on Cape Cod.”; Mary Cook Millard writes, “Still in Bristol, RI, with husband; Chuck, Leo the cat; and both daughters with their families in town. I have 4 grandchildren…1 grandson (16) and 3 granddaughters (2 are 13; 1 is 11)”; Marcia Quimby Troy; Kay McDowell Nicklas; Ruth Hanchett Sinclair-Stephens; Judith Merritt; Barbara Jackson Wade. BURPEE HALL: Nancy Smith Whelan writes, “Haven’t been on campus since graduation, although I passed by when my son was at Dartmouth getting his MBA. Since college, after living in Boston; Scarsdale, NY; Fairfield, CT; Miami; Dallas; Hingham, MA; and Boston (again), I moved to Chatham, MA, with my 2nd husband 12+ years ago. We are blessed with 4 grown children, their spouses and 9 wonderful grandchildren;” Susan Richman Gouldman writes, “Have lived in Charlottesville, VA, since 1968. One of my good friends is Linda Barnett Beights ’68”; Natalie Rice Ireland; Susan Gibson Jackson; Susan Follett Galvin; Linda Nielsen Kindig ’66 MT; Jane Cox Larsen ’66 MT; Elizabeth Scott Pine. COLGATE HALL: Linda Brooks Hiross writes, “I’m still in VA, enjoying semiretirement and my 3 grandsons, whom I see quite often. Summers often find me in CT and MA visiting friends and family, and I find other destinations when the opportunity arises. A 2-week cruise of the Baltic Sea was a highlight, stopping at St. Petersburg, Russia, to see the Hermitage, and then to Sweden for tea with the US Ambassador at the Embassy where my travel companions had connections. I continue to be involved with our community government, and I volunteer to do

genealogy research, all of which makes boredom impossible.”; Judith LeBeau; Bonnie Brown Mathews; Sandy Scott Fullerton; Sue Chapman Melanson; Dale Thomson Milne; MCKEAN HALL: Carolyn Humphrey Brown shared, “In Aug., we flew to Longyearbyen to join Quark Expeditions’ artic/ polar trip to Scalbard/Spitsbergen (Norway), Greenland (Denmark) and Iceland. Our 230 ft. ship carried 75 passengers from around the world, and we were exposed to dramatic scenery and memorable conditions, including glaciers, huge icebergs, sea/pack ice and terminal moraines, all of which presented us with ample photo opportunities.” Closer to home, they hike and sail from May through Oct. in NH and ME. Carolyn volunteers at the local library, the historical society and the NH Humane Society; Susan Weeks; PAGE HALL: Linda Redland Klemmer and her husband visited New London last summer. They loved seeing the campus and the town; Anne McKinsey Dunnington; Karen Class Roberts. SHEPARD HALL: Susan Carlin went to Colby Jr. for one year (1964– 1965) and then transferred. She loved the sticky buns you could buy next door from the wonderful ladies who ran a cafe in their home; Carolyn Ayer McKean wrote, “My 15-year-old granddaughter, Allie, was at Colby-Sawyer for a sports event this fall. She couldn’t wait to get home to ask me if McKean was named after me. She was disappointed when I said it wasn’t. We don’t live far from the college, so I have always enjoyed taking my grandchildren through the campus

Barb Crockett Collins ’67 and her family at her son’s wedding.

to show them where I went to school;” Sandra Richards Johnson; Shannon Finnegan Huff; Jean Henderson Wegener; Carol Hewitt Bitter. I also heard from Sandra Carr Miller, who resided in New London while she attended Colby. In July, Susan Chapman Melanson completed her certification as a grant writer. It was on her bucket list, and she is finding her services in demand. So great to hear from all of you. Isn’t this more interesting than me rambling on about what I did in the past 6 months? I look forward to seeing many of you in Oct. for our 50th Reunion!


SIS HAGEN KINNEY Francie King has edited 4 personal histories this year through her company (visit, including a 3-volume boxed set called Wilber’s War: An American Family’s Journey Through World War II. She continues to work for the BU campaign and indicates that when the $1.5 billion goal is met, she might consider retiring. She also keeps busy with her B&B, Chestnut Sweet. Pat Maher Christodoulou and her husband enjoy city life in NY. She’s still very involved in her real estate staging company (see and enjoys seeing some beautiful apartments. She’s hoping to connect with Joyce Wilkinson Oesch, Sigrid Thorne Lewis and Nancy Keister Wellington. Suzanne “Zan” Reber Merriman and her husband, Paul, started retirement planning years ago by buying a 2nd home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and after visiting for 10 years while retaining their home on Bainbridge Island, WA, they have decided to consolidate in the Northwest. She has rejoined the community by becoming a board member of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust. Zan enjoys gardening and clay sculpture. Barb Crockett Collins has taught biology and chemistry at Brimmer and May School (Chestnut Hill, MA); taught skiing in both Leysin, Switzerland, and Telluride, CO; and eventually

settled in WA with her husband and 2 children, where she opened the Spectrum Center School of Massage in 1981, which she ran and taught for 25 years. Her passion has always been Morgan horses; she started breeding her Morgans to Friesians to have a “slightly larger horse with similar conformation.” Barb is the registrar of the Moriesian Horse Registry. She rides in interesting places, visits her children—her daughter and 3 grandchildren live in Dharamshala, India, while her son and his wife live in Mexico City— as well as her 94-year-old mother on the East coast. In Aug., Beth Holloran Bourguignon welcomed her 1st grandchild, born to her daughter and son-in-law. Beth and her husband, Ty, are grateful to live nearby. She works part-time as director at the Needham Children’s Center, where she has been for 35 years, and her colleagues include Susanne Day Teachout ’01 and Carolyn Day Reulbach ’09, who were once her students. I am in contact with Whitney McKendree Moore and Margaret “Ginger” Mueller Rundlof from time to time. Whitney and her husband, Barry, are contemplating a move to get away from the lovely New England winters! Ginger moved from The Woodlands, TX, to Richmond, TX, to be near her sons and daughter. She continues to drive an hour to The Woodlands each week to lunch with 3 grandchildren at their school and to shop and visit friends. She invites anyone in the Houston area to look her up. Edith Parker Posselt and her husband have moved from Canterbury, NH, to Portsmouth, NH. She has retired as a psychologist but is leaving all options open. Heidi Eddy Riggs and her husband have had a personal garden documentation accepted by the Smithsonian for inclusion in the Archives of American Gardens (AAG). It’s the 1st garden in Scottsdale to be accepted into the AAG. This garden has been on tour in 2012 for Maricopa County Master Gardeners and in 2015 for Patrons of the Desert Botanical Garden. It has been written about in Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine as well as The Arizona Republic. Nancy

Belt Wilson and her husband, Chuck, went to Honolulu in April. She writes, “From our room in the Pink Palace, we enjoyed watching an Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn for kids, age 3–5.” As for me, Sis Hagen Kinney, retirement continues to be wonderful! My husband, Bobby, and I were able to visit our newest grandchild, Kilby Marah Gower-Kinney, son of our daughter and daughter-in-law, in Williamsburg, VA, shortly after his birth. I spent about 10 days babysitting in Oct., when maternity leave ended. Bobby and I enjoyed our summer in the beautiful NC mountains. We drove to Sea Isle City at the NJ shore in July and spent a week with a cousin and her husband and rode bikes. In the mountains, I enjoyed “senior” yoga, water aerobics, Mexican train dominoes and then hiking, golfing and kayaking with Bobby. We rescued a shepherd and golden retriever mix in late Aug. and have enjoyed the company. Daily dog walking is routine now. We returned to our new house in Fuquay-Varina, NC, in mid-Nov., where we enjoy being closer to the grandchildren who live in Durham and Youngsville, NC, and in Williamsburg, VA. I would love to have correspondence from Jane French Rieck, Judy Stronach Sauer, Nancy Hess Coleman and Leslie Williams MacFarlane. Class notes will continue to be due May 1 and Nov. 1. When you send me an email, please remember to include your maiden name so I can correctly identify you in the column. Keep the news coming!



Suzanne Kurtz Klorig is having more fun than ever in the Pacific Northwest. She volunteers twice a week at Navy Relief, plays Mahjong regularly with a large group, is active in a wonderful spouse group, has season tickets to 2 theater groups, hikes, camps, is a member of 2 book clubs, does a fair amount of stained-glass work, and has a semiretired husband to travel with (Iceland in Nov.). Susan Austin Kraeger and her husband, Tom,

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Judy Leeming Thompson ’68 with her husband, Mike, and their grandchildren on an Alaskan cruise in 2015.

welcomed their 1st 2 grandchildren last spring, just 31 days apart! She retired in June 2014 and has been enjoying extended summers in NH. The rest of the year finds the Kraegers ensconced on St Croix. Susan continues her work in Ghana with World Class, where they build sanitation facilities and bore wells for villages with limited access to clean drinking water and no latrines. She visits Ghana annually to dedicate their most recent project and vet the next big project. Her time at home is taken up with volunteer work, beach time, cooking, and supporting their island farmers and local sustainable agriculture.


DEBORAH ADAMS JOHNSTON After working with seniors for almost 20 years, Ruth Rhodes Nahm retired just after losing her husband, Eric, of 43 years to cancer. She has 3 daughters. The oldest, Kristin, and her husband, Douglas, have just finished almost 2 years of cycling. They started in Seattle, came across the US and Canada, headed for Europe, Africa and Asia. Ruth has 2 granddaughters and a grandson who keep her busy. She keeps in touch with her freshman roommate, Susan Loeckler Burns.


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Since moving to Tucson, AZ, 20 years ago, Bonnie Beehler Corey has led field trips with her husband for the Nature Conservancy and Audubon. As a docent at the Desert Museum she’s privileged to handle, hold and interpret the Sonoran desert flora and fauna, from the saguaro cactus to Harris Hawks and tarantulas. She also teaches classes in prehistory and ancient southwest technologies. If you did not make it to the 45th Reunion (like me), you missed a fabulous time! Val Turtle reports, “What fun so many had at our 45th reunion. It was terrific to see so many people we haven’t seen in years, catch up, meet new friends, and laugh and laugh. What a simply wonderful weekend! Please mark 2020 on your calendar for even more fun at our 50th! The weekend started out at a nearby lake house rented by Susan Pomerantz, Beth Constantinides Meurlin, Deb Marcoux Deacetis, Karen Dunnett and Val Turtle, with a dinner provided by Beth, but with everyone pitching in to bring something to share. Coming all the way from CA were Joanne Peterman Torre and Beth Roland Hunter and her husband, Phil. Stephanie Wilson Ablondi joined us from Cape Cod, as did the ‘locals,’ Martha ‘Muffy’ Clark Faucher, Nancy Teach and Suellynn Stark. There was a contingent of our classmates who went on for their med tech degree who attended, including from MI the Reverend Barb Cavin ’71 MT; Jane Kernan Sayed ’71 MT with husband, Joe; Ann Lozier Rohrborn ’71 MT with husband, Bob; and Bonnie Adamski Lewis ’71 MT, who recently retired from Colby-Sawyer. Bringing husbands named Dave were Mary Pat Desmond Cox from Upstate NY, and Nancy Connolly Johnson from MA. We also enjoyed seeing Laurie Rendall Coursin ’69 from VT. Also seen on campus during the weekend were Heidi Rice Lauridsen and Jackie Feldman. Activities that classmates enjoyed included an

Alumni Mountain Day hike up Mt. Kearsarge, campus tours, programs hosted by the college, a wine-pairing dinner, shopping, foliage viewing, and just plain reminiscing. A highlight was Mary Pat reading a letter she sent to her freshman year roommate, Jane, who had kept this item all these years. Those listening had side-splitting laughter, and we hope the letter is read again at our 50th! The 45th Reunion Committee of Susan, Beth, Deb, Karen, Val and also Gail Remick Hoage and Lynn Winchester (who couldn’t attend) thought we would have a super weekend, and they were right! An email list has been started to keep in touch, so if you want to be part of it, or want to get in touch with others, contact our class correspondent, Gail, or the Alumni Office.”

goes to UW while living at Pi Kappa Alpha. Robin Ranallo Boucher enjoyed reading Colby-Sawyer Magazine and think it’s a nice representation of CSC. After a 45-year career in the life insurance industry, she retired in 2014. She still lives in RI and loves life without a work schedule. Candice Corcoran Raines qualified for the Olympic Trials in Target Archery. The event at Texas A&M featured 50-mph winds, temps 100+ and thunderstorms. It was the most challenging shoot she has done. Candi serves as a Lt. Colonel in the VT State Guard. The Guard participated in a FEMA disaster drill this fall, which simulated an ice storm event. I’m sorry I didn’t hear from more of you and hope you will share next time. I continue to enjoy my hectic “retired” schedule and midweek skiing.





Mary Lou Sibley Wolfe loves living just east of Seattle and Lake Washington. She can go 30 minutes east and ski in the Cascades Mtn. Range of the Rockies, or 20 to the west and sail on Puget Sound between the Olympic Peninsula and Seattle. Her husband, Cory, will be at Boeing for the rest of his working days, and their 20-year-old son

After 39 years in HR and training with Heritage Bank in Salem, MA, Jean Brasier Kavanagh has taken on the job of relaxation, redecorating, and grandchildren caretaking. She and her husband sold their house and moved to Danvers, MA, to be closer to their sons’ families. Jean’s husband is a retired police lieutenant and keeps busy working

This happy group of alumnae gathered in New London to celebrate their 45th Reunion in October. Pictured are (back row l to r) Barbara Cavin ’71 MT, Muffy Clark Faucher ’70, Nancy Connolly Johnson ’70, Bonnie Adamski Lewis ’71 MT, Mary Pat Desmond Cox ’70, Jane Kernan Sayed ’71 MT, Ann Lozier Rohrborn ’71 MT, Stephanie Wilson Ablondi ’71 MT, Suellynn Stark ’70, (front row, l to r) Laurie Rendall Coursin ’69, Deb Marcoux Deacetis ’70, Susan Pomerantz ’70, Beth Roland Hunter ’70, Nancy Teach ’70, Beth Constantinides Meurlin ’70, Val Turtle ’70 and Joanne Peterman Torre ’70.

A reading of “Black Butterflies” by Marylou Di Pietro ’74 (center) was presented Dec. 7 in NYC. Marylou cast the son of Sally Williams Cook ’74 in one of the roles. The ground-­­­ breaking play is based on the life of Rose Williams, sister and muse to Tennessee Williams. See to learn more.

for a friend’s battery and lighting company as manufacturing manager. They try to travel at least twice a year (HI, AK, CA, WY, MT, AZ and TX; up and down the East Coast; the Caribbean; and many other places so far). Her oldest son, Shane, is a police detective for the Town of Wenham and resource officer to the local schools. He and his wife have 2 beautiful children: Alyssa, 14, and Cameron, 8. Jean’s youngest son, Ian, is an engineer at Microsoft in Cambridge, MA. He and his wife just brought baby boy, Jackson, into the world. She maintains contact with her Shepard friends: Beth Bladen Norcross, Wendy Parsley Haupt ’73 MT and Nancy Lee Smith ’73 MT. Lindsay Henes O’Donovan, who lives in Cambridge, MA, with husband, Brian, writes, “Getting ready for our big show that he is the host of with WGBH, ‘A Christmas Celtic Sojourn.’ We will tour New England with several shows at the Emerson Cutler Majestic in Boston. I am the pianist and co-producer of the show. Also busy with co-hosting with Brian traditional Irish concerts at The Burren in Somerville. Just back from a trip to St. Paul, where our eldest daughter Aoife O’Donovan co-hosted ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ on which she has been a frequent guest performer!” Kate Dixon-Rose writes that her business, Cooking at Kate’s, is getting some press. Visit to watch a segment that ran right before they opened their doors in Oct. They are also open for summer rentals and intimate weddings. Nancy Bianchi Miller completed a 5K in Washington, DC, to raise money for the Lungevity Foundation, the leading private research provider for lung cancer. Nancy walks 4 miles daily, so I am sure she lapped all the other participants! Lucy Main recently returned from a cruise to Turkey and Greece, a good escape before winter settled in to Malone, NY. I had a fun evening with Deborah Ross Chambliss when she was in Philadelphia on business. A 3-hour dinner spent catching up on life felt great! Lydia Biddle Thomas continues to expand her business in NYC, helping people organize and remove the clutter in their homes and lives. She recently took a side trip to Venice, Italy, while on her way to Switzerland to attend a friend’s birthday party; she and a small group kayaked through the canals. Ann Cowperthwaite is a sculptor, teacher and co-owner of Eidolon Designs in Raleigh, NC; she specializes in custom-­ designed, high-quality furniture, special architectural projects and millwork. Thanks to all who shared their news–let’s hear from the rest of you!


SUSAN BROWN WARNER Lisa Burke Hennessy recently reconnected with freshman roommate Kathryn Roberts McMullen on Cape Cod. They both spend time there in the summer and always look forward to catching up. Lisa’s twins, Andrew and Brooks, are juniors in HS. Husband Peter works in real estate in NYC. They have a horse farm, Stony Creek Farm, in North Salem, NY, and Lisa continues to pursue an interest in decorating homes for clients. Kathryn Roberts McMullen winters in Naples, FL, and summers on Cape Cod. She is still at the Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples, planning meetings and events from Oct. to April, then dallying on the grounds crew



In October, Janet Spurr ’76, Anne Tilney Brune ’76, Lynn Esler Vail ’76 and Cabby Herr ’76 reunited over lunch at Lehigh University to cheer on Lynn’s son, who plays for Lehigh.

at Cape Cod National Golf Club all summer where her husband, Frank, is the chef. Their son Miles is in his 2nd year at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, where his daddy is an alum.


JILL MCLAUGHLIN GODFREY While only a few people attended the 40th reunion of the Class of 1975, it was still a huge success. The timeless and easy camaraderie we found ourselves with set the tone for the entire weekend. Arden Avedisian and Amy Schimelfenyg arrived tanned and beautiful from their fun life in FL. Suzanne Quimby Reed and Jill McLaughlin Godfrey, Nancy McIntire Zemlin, Sandy Comstock enjoyed the pristine fall colors, wining and dining, and seeing wonderful Colby women again.

Susan Sherry Barnett has lived in many places since graduation but has called Charlotte, NC, home for the past 20 years. She and her husband (a high school sweetheart) work in real estate. Their 2 sons’ colleges have them cheering for SEC football and ACC basketball to keep things interesting and fair. Besides work, Susan stays busy with gardening, traveling, reading and exercising. A group of Burpeeites had a minireunion in Newport, RI, in Sept. 2014: Caren Demoulas Pasquale, Diane Remondi De Falco, Lisa Hammond Carvalho, Alice “Mari” Hanabergh O’Sullivan, Sue Chapman Warren, Meredith “Missy” Craig Davis, Ellen Fitzpatrick Criscione, Martha Colinan Ellicott ’81 along with Susan. They had not seen each other in a while but picked up where they left off. Gotta love our CSC friendships! Heidi Caswell Zander lives in her hometown of Rockport, MA, where she owns the Tidal Edge Gallery (TidalEdge featuring her artwork. Heidi paints primarily with oil, and the local seascapes and vistas are her subject matter. After graduation, Carla Schmelzer Meyers went to UNH School of Law and then practiced in Concord, NH, for 12 years. She met and married Dan Myers, and they have 2 sons: Daniel, 27, and Mathew, 26. When Dan’s job moved them up and down the East coast, Carla started


JANET E. SPURR In Oct., Lynn Esler Vail visited from Laguna Beach, CA, to see her son, who attends Lehigh University, win a soccer game against BU. Anne Tilney Brune joined from VA, as well as Holly Hexner Giampapa ’75, Katherine “Cabby” Herr and Heidi Scheller ’75. The group had lunch and dinner and then cheered at the game.

Carla Schmelzer Meyers ’79 and her Morgan horse, Gracie.

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daughter Erica is a sophomore at UC Davis majoring in bio systems engineering and playing D-1 lacrosse. Robin keeps in touch with Shelley Clark Ott ’79 and Lynne Atkinson Florian ’79 and is on Facebook with Edie Peach Mauser ’80 and many others. Robin says, “We need to get the Best Dorm crew together in 2016, as there are several of us who live in CT.” Sue Copeland Taylor ’84 (2nd from left) with her daughter Jesse (far left), daughter Sam (2nd from right) and husband Mike (far right).

volunteering for the National MS Society, Forever Morgans and the Museum of New Art–Portsmouth. Her passion is riding and showing her Morgan mare, Gracie. Last year, the 2 were Reserve World Champions. Carla keeps in touch with Ann Venie Fitzgerald, Sareen Sarna, Janet Mahon Vinzce ’78 MT, Margaret Murphy Crossen ’78, Sue Eilertson Haber ’78 and Karen Wessel Cohen ’80. Karen Hill Maloney and her oldest daughter, Lauren, own a gym on the water on LI. Karen has 3 other children, Breanna, Ryan and Maclain, who love snowmobiling and quad riding at their homes in Wilmot and Sutton, NH.


PAMELA AIGELTINGER LYONS Stephanie Clarke lives in Woodbury, CT. She is still involved in the horse world but has taken it to the backyard, recently purchasing 27 acres. She is refurbishing a 1760 cape and building a barn. She hopes to do a little antiques business, as well as a layup and rehabilitation center for horses. Robin Mohn Ely has been married for 26 years and moved to Ridgefield, CT, from NJ years ago. She worked on Wall Street for 25 years as an institutional equity sales trader and is currently a financial adviser with Merrill Lynch in Ridgefield. Robin is active with her local regional hospice and is involved with the Girl Scouts of CT. Her

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SUSAN HOLDERNESS CUSACK As the foliage peaked in New London, the scenery was especially beautiful for the Alumni Fall Festival weekend. On Oct. 17, my husband, Noel, and I, Susan Holderness Cusack, attended the Saturday Night Social in Ware Student Center. It consisted of music presented by two DJs, dancing under disco lights, a fabulous dessert buffet and a full bar. As the hour got late, there was stiff competition on the dance floor with one large alumni group performing an impressive, enthusiastic, interactive reenactment of Meatloaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Lights.” We especially liked it when the students and dining and catering staff joined us. Earlier that evening, we attended a concert of the Timbre Drums Ensemble, an interactive event of African and Afro-Cuban drumming, song and dance led by Grace Grasmere Schust ’83 and her daughter Lindsey. Grace and her family make African-style hardwood drums, ashikos and djun-djuns. Grace has studied African percussion since 1983 and now teaches drumming. You may remember Grace from the Studio Art Department. She continues to make art and especially enjoys drawing and painting. It was fun catching up with her!



DIANE PLACE STATKUS Michelle Dulany-Spidle wrote, “For the past 20 years I have been in Montessori education. Founded a private Montessori school in Bath, ME, where I administrated and taught from 1999 to 2007. Moved back to Central FL and founded a new Montessori school in 2007, where I have also been teaching children and leading the school. After CSC, I received my M.Ed., K-12 Administration. Concurrently, I have written a proposal for and founded a public Montessori Charter School for K-8, and I have one year to go before I graduate with a doctoral degree in education. My retirement plan is to teach early childhood education courses at a college. I’ve been busy! I have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren! I live in Winter Garden with my 2 charming standard poodles.” Barbara Woodbury Marzelli ’85 sees best friend Margaret Coulter regularly. Barbara writes, “We never really strayed too far from CSC and the community…I am doing well in Newbury, NH, married with 2 children. Our oldest had a heart transplant just over a year ago. It’s been an 18-year roller coaster ride. He’s doing well, and we are working hard as a family to find our balance.” About 4 years ago, Margaret Coulter started the nonprofit Road To Independence on a farm in Goshen, NH. They offer a nonriding equine-assisted learning program and a farm-based learning program for individuals who are differently abled. She writes, “We are one of a very few programs who work with donkeys in an equine-assisted program. We started and maintain a garden and run a booth at the weekly Newport Farmer’s Market and bring our veggies and donkeys there. In addition to working on a variety of farm projects, we participate in a number of area parades with the donkeys and compete in a few donkey shows. We also take our donkeys visiting to 2 memory-care residences and an adult day program. Currently we are an all-volunteer, part-time pro-

gram and I write numerous grants to maintain our funding. It is wonderful to have the support of Barbara Marzelli ’85, who is a board member and an enthusiastic volunteer. I invite all to visit our Facebook page and look under Road To Independence to learn more.” In Jan. 2002, Marion Quinn McElwee and her husband, Brian, founded the company easyBackgrounds, a provider of background screening services. Quinny writes, “We are based out of Newfields, NH, and have 25 employees. Our business is internet-based and our background checks are done nationwide. As far as family, Brooke is 26 and Jack is 22; he will graduate in May from Roanoke College in VA. Brooke is a photographer and a world traveler. Brian and I have been married 29 years and have lived in Newfields for 17.” Amye Jarnes Newhall is an instructional designer for Fidelity Investments. She lives in Marblehead, MA, with her husband, W.F. Their daughter, Piper, is a freshman at the U of DE. Sue Copeland Taylor says, “I’ve been married to my husband, Mike, for 25 years, and we have lived in Essex, MA for 23 of them. We have 2 daughters: Jesse, who graduated from George Mason U, is 22 and lives in Arlington, VA; Sam, 20, is a sophomore at UCLA. After being a stay-athome mom and sports coach for 15 years, I have been working for the past 4 as the water/sewer billing clerk for the town of Manchesterby-the-Sea. We love to spend time on our boat going to the back side of Crane Beach. Some things never change!” Frances “Cammie” Pur-

Amye James Newhall ’84 with her family.

Living in SoCal is a huge culture change for this NH girl, but my husband, Kenzie, and I have adapted. He purchased a Yacht Brokerage here and we work as a team to grow that little business.”

1988 l to r Marty Cross ’85, Jeanne Baldwin Richards ’86, Alice Wright Goodrich ’85, Sandra “Sofa” Couch-­Kelly ’87, Liz Dumas Morris ’88 and Fredericka “Freddie” Gibbons Kerr ’85 enjoyed some girl time at Peter Christian’s Tavern while in New London for Alumni Fall Festival.

cell lives in Potomac, MD, with the love of her life, Terry. He’s retired military and a small-business owner. She has been doing ultrasound for the last 30 years. They are building a log cabin on a lake in VA, which will be home when they retire!



Stephanie Browne Brightman writes, “I sold my house in North Reading, MA, and moved to North Hampton, NH. I am never moving again! What a beautiful town; my son and I are so happy with my husband, Tom, and stepbrother and sister, Chas and Briette.”

CATHERINE HOOD-PITTENGER Melissa Clemons Russell and her husband, Bruce, are blasting off to FL, somewhere near Jupiter! Bruce has accepted a job that will provide more balance between work and play. They will rent until their house sells in WA, and then they will put down roots. Melissa says they have always wanted to live and retire in the tropics. She and Bruce look forward to friends and family visiting! Christina Pascual Colon ’89 recently returned from Puerto Rico, where she and her daughter Stephanie participated in the Olympic qualifiers for women’s soccer. If the team made it through the second round, they were to play the US in Feb. Christina hoped to be on the sideline photographing the team. Her daughter Jackie is deciding which college to attend in the fall. Christina hopes she chooses one where she can play soccer!


JANETTE ROBINSON HARRINGTON Alison Lambert Vernon is now the proud owner of 2 consignment shops in New London: Go Lightly Consignment for Women and Go Lightly Consignment for Kids. Life has given her many crazy and joyful turns, the best of which are 3 grandbabies! Be sure to stop by her shops when visiting town. Becki Brown Lucarelli enjoyed a hike up Mt. Kearsarge over Columbus Day weekend with her youngest, along with her sister and niece. It was a beautiful day, and a very busy one at the mountain! She enjoyed the drive through New London past Colby-Sawyer and wishes they could have had lunch at PC’s. Becki’s family still lives in Chatham. Her 21-year-old son, a commercial fisherman, still comes home to do laundry. Her 19-year-old daughter is a sophomore at the Xavier U School of Nursing in Cincinnati. Her 16-year-old son is close to getting his driver’s license and is considering the Marines, and her 10-year-old son, Michael, loves 5th grade. Becki has been a chocolatier at the Chatham Candy Manor for 20 years. Her husband is a commercial lobster fisherman.




Lisa “Karyt” Garrett writes, “For the last 10 years, I’ve been teaching animal science at Norfolk County Agricultural HS in Walpole, MA. I’m heavily involved in coaching basketball, running my own program the Mass Wildcats, and, of course, finding time to get together with old Colby-Sawyer friends. After CSC, Robin Rainie-Lobacz completed her master’s as a physician assistant in sports medicine. She writes, “I am in my 13th year treating the US Marines at Camp Pendleton’s School of Infantry for all their musculoskeletal injuries.

Susan Trainer Russell reports, “We had a great turnout for our annual #wearejustherefortheparty weekend in New London, not coincidentally held the same weekend as the Alumni Fall Festival. Laura McGuinn McCarthy and I hosted a house full of lunatics—I mean, fellow alums, including Liz Toole Witham ’94, Rick Ellis ’95, Maria Sinacola Borland ’94, Matt Reed ’94 and Corey, Chuck Rodgers ’94 and Erika, Dave Morin ’94, Sara Hodgkins Morin ’95, Jen Deasy ’94 and Tony Librot ’94. Ally Goff Shar ’94 and her clan joined us for tots in the caf on Sunday. Missing in human form but with us


back row (l to r) Jen Bradley Petersen ’87, Laura Hower ’89, Lisa Garrett ’87, front row (l to r) Kelly Bryant Belanger ’87, and Whitney Holloway ’87 enjoyed the contents of the Colby-Sawyer Party in a Box during their last get-together.

l to r Blair Talcott Orloff ’91, Carla Gordon Russell ’91, Greta Sanborn Shepard ’90, Rachel Urban Tassone ’91, and Erin Kelley-Ernst ’91 enjoyed a recent visit to New London, where they checked out their old stomping grounds and visited Professors Donald Campbell and Loretta Barnett.

in pumpkin form (don’t ask!) was Melissa Forsythe Tucci ’87. There was much merriment, mirth and a memory or 3 had by all. Liz taught us all how to make apple cider sangria, and we shall return to the same house next fall with, we hope, an even larger bunch of lunatics and a larger pitcher.” Robyn Keating Ladd lives in Epsom, NH, and has been married for 18 years. Her oldest son, Derek, is a junior at Pembroke Academy, and Austin is in the 8th grade at Epsom Central. They are involved in 4-H and do projects such as woodworking, ceramics and community service in the area. The boys also show their working steers at many fairs over the summer. Robyn met up with her roommate, Lindsey Yandow ’94, in York, ME, last summer. They had a great visit and shared lots of memories.


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JULIE A. CAMP STACEY BANKS NIEMAN Becka Yturregui lives in Waban, MA, with her husband, Che Eagle; their 13-year-old son, Harris; their 9-year-old daughter, Meredith; and their 2 Border collies. She loves her job at Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston. Becka keeps in touch with Heather Stockford, Charlotte Tims, Sarah Clements Yoslov and Brooke Scarpa Salsbury. “I think Heather was the only one of us who matriculated at CSC, but we sure formed a solid friendship while there,” she writes. David Morin and Sara Hodgkins Morin ’95 enjoyed visiting with ’93–’95 classmates in Oct. Dave shares, “It has quickly become a tradition among our group of friends to get together on this weekend, tour campus, then retire to off-campus rentals for socializing and merriment. We cap off the weekend by brunching in the dining hall on Sunday morning and marveling about how dramatic the changes are since we were students 20+ years ago. Mike Heffernan continues to show us the family-style hospitality that made us feel so at home back then by rolling out the red carpet and serving us our beloved tater-tots.”


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Friends unite over a beer during the Alumni Beer Tasting event at the new pub on campus. l to r: Hillary Woodward Pincoske ’96, Kyle Battis ’99, Josh Pincoske ’97 and Kim-Laura Boyle ’98.


CAROLINE MIRIAM HERZ Heidi Stevens Freeman and her family moved to Holland in July, where she and her husband, Justin, teach at the American School of The Hague. Heidi loves being part of the international community and has 16 1st-graders from 13 countries. Heidi’s own girls (Iris, 9, and Sage, 7), have settled in well. Heidi writes, “We are taking advantage of our European location and traveling as much as we can. We went to Austria in Oct. and have plans for Switzerland in Feb. and Norway in April. The downside is there is no snow here in the Netherlands, so we have to go out and find it on our vacations! We love the biking way of life here. We have no need for a car and have adapted to getting around without one.”

to quote you from Facebook and Twitter. Rachel Anderson Dodge and her husband celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary this year. They have 4 sons ages 8, 6, 4 and 2. Rachel is an RN at FL Hospital on the Rapid Response Team, where she logs many steps in the 1,863bed facility. The family is preparing to move to ME this summer, so she may make it to next year’s reunion. Things are going well for Laura Powell in Ardmore, PA. She works at The Junior League Thrift Shop in Ardmore and completed her 10th marathon in Oct. Stephanie Peterson Racine is a middle school science teacher in Central Falls, RI. In June she won a STEM Lab renovation sponsored by National Grid and the Boston Celtics. Members of the Celtics came to her classroom to award and open the space. The prize included new computers, huge monitors, a touch-screen projector, Vernier science equipment and more! She and her students met Isaiah Thomas and Dana Barros and heard their inspirational stories. Search Stephanie’s name on YouTube to see her winning video. Amie Pariseau and Donna Studley had a great time over Fall Festival weekend, taking a running tour of campus, catching up with “Marriott Mike,” eating at Pizza Chef, hanging out at the pub in the Lodge (!), and celebrating Lori


AMIE PARISEAU DONNA M. STUDLEY LAUREN CALVARESE TAUSCHER Hello, Class of 1997! Amie Pariseau, Donna Studley and Lauren Calvarese Tauscher have been working to reestablish our column in Colby-Sawyer. We’re pleased to share the following updates and hope to hear from more of you for the next edition, or we’ll be forced

Donna Studley ’97 and Amie Pariseau ’97 stopped by the tennis courts during Alumni Fall Festival.

Rob Gagnon ’98 and his daughter spending some quality time together.

Monroe Lombardi’s induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame with her family and Sarah Holmes Tucker ’95. Lauren Calvarese Tauscher lives in AZ and has been watching her 4 boys play a variety of sports.


JAMIE GILBERT KELLY CHRISTOPHER G. QUINT After 10 years in the banking industry, Kate “Irish” DelliColli has embarked on a different journey and taken a job with Smuttynose Brewing Company in Hampton, NH. “I’ve been having the time of my life combining my analytical mind with my love for beer,” she writes. Over the summer, she and husband Jeff DelliColli ’95 caught up with friends at the home of Chuck Morrison and Sophie Reist Morrison ’00. Other alumni present were Brian Carriere ’99, Chris Carriere ’99, Pete Bourgoin, John Eaton and their families. Kate and her daughter Kaylee enjoyed some concerts this summer at the House of Blues in Boston. Ryan Baker works there, so Kate was able to catch up with him a few times. Kate and Jeff had a great time at his 20th CSC reunion. Kate writes, “It was nice catching up with my soccer girls, Kim-Laura Boyle and Amy Potter Drummond ’00. Our buddy Don Varnum ’95 and his wife, Kerry, were there with their adorable brood. We also had a blast catching up at the new pub with Amie Pariseau ’97 and Donna M.



These future Chargers pose for a photo with Colby-Sawyer’s mascot, Victor, during Alumni Fall Festival. The parents of the children in the photo include Jen Prudden Montgomery ’00, Katie Sykes Follis ’00, Matt Follis ’99, Zanna Campbell Blaney ’00, Tracey Guarda Perkins ’01, Keith Perkins ’99, Abby Lefebvre Crowell ’01, Ben Crowell ’03 and Megan Costello Burch ’01.

Studley ’97. It was an ironic twist catching up with Beth Bryant Camp ’92 and Sara Bryant Grant ’95, learning that they grew up in the tiny town of South Hampton where Jeff and I now live.” After graduation from CSC, Jacob French worked in the Physical Therapy Dept. at York Hospital before entering a radiologic technology program at NHTI. He’s been working at Wentworth-Douglas Hospital for 9 years. Plans include PA school once his children enter middle school. Jacob and his wife of 13 years, Rene, are parents to daughters Erin, 9, and Mia, 6. From time to time, Jacob sees Keven Kenny, Gary Kennedy, Corenna Reeves, William “Woody” Wolthuis and Kristin Kolonski Wolthuis. Over the years Jacob gave up his soccer

cleats for running sneakers. He ran his first ½ marathon in ’06, and in ’09, he ran in Boston, his 1st full marathon. He plans to compete in a full Ironman in Sept. in TN. Sarah Wall had her own mini-reunion weekend in Kansas City, MO, during Alumni Fall Festival. She was expecting Hilary Waldbaum ’94 and was thrilled to see Alison Norton, too, who was in town to visit her brother. Sarah enjoys her career in medical trade publishing at Anthem Media in Leawood, KS, and life with 11-year-old Abigail.


Kurt Svoboda ’00 (far left) and some of his team from the University of Michigan on the set of ESPN College GameDay, which broadcast from Ann Arbor on Oct. 17, 2015.

Hilary Sherman Hawkins is the interim trauma program manager for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. In her spare time, she is a teaching assistant for the MBA program at GWU, as well as a clinical expert and animation specialist for Elsevier Publishing. Her husband is the Chief CRNA, with 40 CRNAs under him. Their 3 sons, who are all married, have made them proud grandparents of 6 grandchildren. Skyler is a sophomore at the U of UT and Zylis is at Killington Mountain School working on his free ski competitions.


TARA SCHIRM CAMPANELLA JENNIFER PRUDDEN MONTGOMERY It was so great to see some of you in Oct. for our 15th reunion. Nothing like a nice cold day in New London to remind you of some of the best years of your life! I, Jen Prudden Montgomery, still live in Melrose, MA, and teach in Andover. Son Davis, 3, and daughter Taylor, 8 months, keep us busy! During reunion, I got to spend time with Katie Sykes Follis, Matt Follis ’99, Zanna Campbell Blaney, Abby Lefebvre Crowell ’01, Megan Costello Burch ’01, Tracey Guarda Perkins ’01 and our collective 13 kids! “Marriot Mike” really took care of us during lunch in the dining hall. We also got to be there when Zanna Campbell Blaney received the Young Alumni Achievement Award this year. Congrats, Zanna! It was great to catch up with Alexi Bobolia, Mike Spinney, Mike Hachey, and Chris Fitzpatrick and his wife, Lynette. Congratulations to the 1997–1998 men’s basketball team on their induction into the CSC Athletic Hall of Fame. Here’s what I heard from other classmates: Ryan Smith and his wife, Jen, welcomed baby girl Sofie by adoption in Dec. Kurt Svoboda accepted a position at the U of MI,

Jennie Cocchiaro LaBranche ’01 in Nepal with her family.

where he oversees external communications and PR for the athletic dept. He writes, “It was a difficult decision to leave Stanford, but the early returns have been wonderful. Aside from the professional opportunities for me, there is a vibrant music scene at U-M and in the town of Ann Arbor for my wife, Joanna, who is a flutist. Our son, Jaxon, is now 5 and, like his mother, is passionate about music. I continue to treasure my brief summer reunions with classmates and hope to see additional friends throughout my travels!”


KIMBERLY MORRISON MILLER Abby Lefebvre Crowell writes, “Ben Crowell ’03 and I have been busy building a barn this summer that I intend to fill with ponies. Ben would prefer to fill it with ‘horse power!’” Their children, Corbin (5), Hadley (3), and Tanner (1), love getting together with the overwhelming herd of CSC alum children around the New London area! The crew includes Matt and Megan Costello Burch, Alex Darrah ’04 and Jessica Price Darrah ’04, and Matt Hagerty ’02 and Hillary Cross Hagerty ’02 plus many others! Megan Costello Burch and her family live in Elkins, NH. She loves being Mom to 6-year-old Grady and 3-year-old Leela. Megan

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JUST ADD THE ONES YOU LOVE The best days of your life happened at Colby-Sawyer. Let us help you create new memories at the place you already love. ♦ 603.526.3720

Ellie Scuccimarra Hawes ’02 with her daughter, Stella.

is the marketing director for Durgin and Crowell Lumber, and she and Matt run Kearsarge United, a youth soccer club they started in 2012. Sara Hammond is an assistant judicial case manager at the Essex Probate and Family Court in Salem, MA, and lives in Boston. Nichole Lord Hay and Greg Hay ’03 welcomed a son, Keegan, on Aug. 23. Scott Lavigne completed his 2nd Ironman triathlon in July in Lake Placid, NY. In Aug., he bought a house and got married in Sept! He and his wife had a great wedding weekend at Mt. Sunapee and were able to spend time with Dave Lindberg, his wife, Tina, and their son. Emily Minor Hayes and her family have moved to Maryville, TN, and built a house, and she has accepted a nurse specialist position at the Heart Lung Vascular Institute at the U of TN Medical Center. In May, Katrina Ryan transitioned from sales rep to sales engineer at Citrix in Raleigh. Katrina and Kim Morrison Miller meet for walks around

Neill Ewing-Wegmann ’02 with his daughter, Penelope.

the neighborhood or state park every now and then. Steve Robinson created Mr. Berries Boxer Briefs last year—visit mrberries. com for more details on his men’s apparel designed, cut and sewn in the USA. Ero “Roula” Rallis Iordanou and her husband were the general contractors for their custom home. Roula put her project management and CSC business skills to good use on this effort, and I’m certain Professors Milan and Quinn would be proud! Jennie Cocchiaro LaBranche and her family have moved to Kathmandu, Nepal. She and her husband work for the US Dept. of State and love living abroad. As for me, Kim Morrison Miller, life in Raleigh is pretty much the same. The kids are 9 and 5, and I cannot believe we are old enough to have kids this age! As a family, we have been trying to spend the month of July in NH to see friends and enjoy the cooler summers. Typically, I get to meet up with the old gang, including Hillary Andrus Dalton, Julie McFarland Casey, Amanda Rucci Lessard and other local friends! I know many of us are so fortunate to have such long-lasting CSC friendships!


NICOLE FOWLER MARTIN CHERYL LECESSE RICHARDSON Beth Burnham ’03 has left VT to fulfill her dream of teaching internationally. Beth writes, “I live in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where I teach grades 2 & 3 learning support at the American International School of Dhaka. I have already had the opportunity to vacation in Koyao Noi, Thailand, and am headed to Oman, Beijing, Sri Lanka and Nepal within the year.” Lucia Savage Reeder is working at a group private practice in Salem, NH, doing mental health and substance abuse counseling. Courtney Norris Francisco is no longer at The Children’s House Montessori school in Traverse City, MI. She shares, “I will now be staying home during the

day and being a mom! Jimmy has been so busy with his market and deli and his real estate office that we just had too much going on. So now I get to run the house and try to keep up with our 3 busy boys: Parker, 8; David, 6; and Adam, 3.” Prior to leaving The Children’s House, Courtney enjoyed having her sister’s (Barbi Norris Downer ’01) youngest daughter, Geneva, in her class. After 8 years of working in the CSC Office of Admissions, Hilary Cogen Ryan was sad to leave her position, but it was time for a change, and she was eager to cut her commute and work closer to home in Concord, NH. As a result, she took a position in the Admissions Office at St. Paul’s School in August ’14 and is happy to have a job where she can spend summers off with her family. Liam started kindergarten this past fall at St. John’s School, and her 3-year-old son, Brennan, is at a nearby preschool. Neill Ewing-Wegmann recently donated a painting and attended an art auction at a gallery in Portsmouth, NH, to raise money for PLAN (an organization whose goal is to have zero waste on campuses). Neill connected with PLAN through board member Mike Mooney. Neill writes, “I had my largest art showing this past spring and summer at Think Tank in downtown Portland, ME, with 34 works on display.” Neill’s daughter is in 1st grade and his son, Shane, is in 6th. Ellie Scuccimarra Hawes and her husband, Jonathan, welcomed baby Stella on July 15. Ellie left her job as marketing manager for Lucky Strike in Boston after 9 years to spend time at home with her daughter.


LISA NOYES HARDENBROOK Alexis Miranda Coleman married Kevin Coleman on May 23 at Sapphire Estate in Sharon, MA. Casey Bump Natrella and Katie Harringan Holley ’05 were bridesmaids, and Leah Doyle ’04 attended. Alexis is celebrating her 10-year anniversary at MEDITECH, where she is a supervisor in the

Beth Burnham ’02 outside her classroom in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

development division. Jessica Kelleher Foss and Jen Foss ’02 welcomed daughter Mackenzie Margaret Foss on June 17. Bailey Thompson and her husband, Jeremy, welcomed daughter Talullah Bee on June 27, the very same day that Kerstin Swenson Flavin and her husband welcomed daughter Clancy Lee. Gregory Hay and Nichole Lord Hay ’01 welcomed son Keegan Gregory Hay to their family on August 23. Beth Morel Blair and David Blair ’02, along with their daughter Ariana, welcomed Eleanor Rose on Sept. 23.


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2004 connections

ERIC J. EMERY Angela D’Onofrio has published her 1st novel, From the Desk of Buster Heywood.

2005 Allison Kelly Salem ’05 and her husband, Paul, welcomed son Parker James on Nov. 7, 2015.

Zachary Ackles ’07 and Kimberly Simard Ackles ’08 with their children Gabby and Hazen.

MONICA MICHAUD MILLER Kristin Green Cheeks and her husband welcomed son Alexander Bennett in April. Jen Haagensen resides in Baltimore, MD. She is a 3rd-year resident in neurology at the U of MD Medical Center. Lauren Hallworth Wallis and her husband, Tim, moved to Amsterdam in Dec. for her new role as senior product manager of running apparel at Asics. Lauren was sad to miss our reunion, but she was looking for a new place to call home. Elaine Sczurek Lawless caught her up with photos from what was a fantastic weekend. Ellen Kirsch has had a pretty busy year. She is now a 4-sport coach for Special Olympics in CT: track, bowling, bocce and alpine skiing; she has also been certified to coach croquet. She continues to fundraise as well, participating in the Penguin Plunge and recently Over the Edge, where

Nicole Kenney ’07 with Team Noreen participating in the Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in October 2015 in Durham, N.C.

she rappelled down 34 stories at Mohegan Sun to raise money for the Special Olympics.


STEPHANIE JAQUES GUZZO MELISSA FERRIGNO PAGE ASHLEY HELEN RODKEY In Sept. 2015, Nicole Kenney completed her 4th year as an RN at Duke U Hospital. She works in the radiation oncology department as a lead RN for the orthopedic oncology/sarcoma team, a preceptor to new RNs, and a charge nurse. Nicole saw Kristine Prioli over the summer, and it was great for them

to be reunited again! In Oct., Nicole completed her 6th annual Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in memory of her mom, who lost her battle to leukemia in 2013.


SARAH HEANEY PELLETIER After quitting his day job in 2014, John Bosse continues to grow his bodybuilding/powerlifting equipment and apparel company, John was a groomsman at Ian O’Leary’s ’09 wedding last summer. Amanda Kowalik Sarno and Courtney Wright DeTore ’02 graduated from Rivier U in May with their M.S. in nursing education. John O’Neil is head baseball coach at the U of MD Eastern Shore and one of the youngest NCAA Division I coaches in the country. Kimberly Simard Ackles and Zachary Ackles ’07 welcomed son Hazen in July. John Bryan and Aleshia Carlsen-Bryan met up with Molly Muldoon Dunholter last summer to celebrate Molly’s 30th birthday. Stephanie Shamel Watson and Nick Watson ’09 welcomed son Gavin in May.

CLASS OF 2006 These alumni from the Class of 2010 pose for a 5th reunion photo during Alumni Fall Festival in October. Pictured are (back row, l to r) Ariana Coleman, PJ Hammerle, Albert Torres, Mark Nailor, Terri Duffy, Sarah Zirnkilton, Brittany Mailman, Shayln McEntire Johanson, (front row, l to r) Elaina Kennedy, Adrienne Peters, Liz Cotreau and Abbie Morse Roop.

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Diana Lewllyn Stango and her husband, Nick, welcomed daughter Savannah on April 24. Diana is an RN at Yale-New Haven Hospital in the surgical and trauma intensive care unit. Kristina Casper-Wilson and her husband, Steve, welcomed daughter Addelyn Jean Wilson on April 15. Nicole Poelaert Costanzo started Sunshine C Photography. Aubrey Thomas finished her master’s at Emerson College in Dec. 2014 and is now a development associate for the vp for development at Northeastern U in Boston, MA.


BRITTANY JUDITH MAILMAN Corey Rondeau and Rachel Kuiken Rondeau ’13 moved back to Burlington, VT, after spending the year in CO. Rachel is practicing nutrition therapy, and Corey began a job in Oct. with Burton Snowboards as a production artist. They were married in Burlington over the summer with very close family and friends in attendance. Albert Torres moved to Boston after completing his MBA at Wilkes U. He lives in the South End and works for a private aviation brokerage firm, Magellan Jets. After graduating from Northeastern, Jess Galaid was offered a job at Whidden Hospital in Everett, MA. She loves being a nurse in the emergency department. Jess and her boyfriend, Brent, bought a house in Pelham, NH. After graduation, Mary Francis began building her business as a personal shopper and stylist. She decided it was time for a change of scenery and moved to NYC in fall 2014. In one short year, she joined an incredible team as a fashion executive for an elevated contemporary line, L’AGENCE. Each day, Mary is challenged, inspired and opening new doors to endless possibilities. Liz Cotreau started a job as a recruiter in Portland, ME, at Premium

FILMING A LOVE LETTER TO HOME Tim Bradley ’05 Tim Bradley ’05 grew up in Western Massachusetts and has long been inspired by the region’s natural beauty and cultural richness. His 2015 short documentary “The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow” serves as a sort of love letter to his childhood home. Chronicling five singer-songwriters who come together in a collaborative band, the film overflows with haunting performances set in the rustic wilderness and has garnered much acclaim at film festivals across the country. A communications major, Bradley has built a successful career in the world of corporate video. After cutting his teeth as a freelance videographer for ski resorts and action sports athletes, for the past five years he has overseen video services for Matter Communications, a public relations and social media agency based in Newburyport, Mass. As fulfilling as he found his work, Bradley’s desire to make something more personal persisted. That desire was kicked into action after he worked on the documentary “100: Head/ Heart/Feet” by Mike Mooney ’02 and Will Peters ’06. Inspired by the duo’s dedication and work flow, Bradley set out to make his own documentary, “The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow.” “One of the bandmates is a childhood friend,” Bradley said, explaining how the project gelled. The five musicians played together during a four-night string of shows, performing each other’s songs collectively, and Bradley shot what he dubs “pseudo music videos” as well as interview footage. The film was accepted to 17 of 35 festivals Bradley submitted it to, which is, as he is quick to point out, an exceptional success rate. Ultimately, the film won five Best Short Documentary awards. “I attribute a lot of what I know to Don Coonley,” said Bradley, invoking the late communications professor who mentored so many budding filmmakers over the years. Bradley hasn’t decided what his next project will be. “You can’t force the subject,” he said.






Tim Bradley’s film won five Best Short Documentary awards.

“The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow” can be viewed at – Mike Gregory, director of Advancement Communications

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Consulting. She enjoys working in downtown Portland and spending more time with her CSC friends who live in ME! Amanda Kruszkowski Ramunto and Beau Ramunto ’12 bought a home in Southern NH in Aug. She works as a business manager at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.


JOHN CHARLES MCCARTHY Alison Eko has been working at The Timken Company for 4 years as the organizational advancement, health and safety manager. She is also pursuing an MBA with a concentration in human resources. Ashley Sievers beat cancer this year and is finally back to work as a behavioral tech at the Trudeau Center in RI. After working in the Office of Admissions at Colby-Sawyer for more than 3 years, Anup Nepal has joined the full-time MBA program at the U of Tampa.


COURTNEY ELEANOR PIKE KASSANDRA LOUISE PIKE Kimberly Shaughnessy graduated from the UNH School of Law in May 2015 as a member of the Daniel Webster Scholar program. She was sworn into the NH Bar, as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of NH Bar. Kimberly resides in Concord, NH, and is an associate attorney at Crusco Law Office, PLLC, where she focuses on family law. She enjoys getting outside to hike, snowboard and play co-ed soccer. Since graduating, Chelsae Crowe Conners married her HS sweetheart, settled into a new home, and welcomed a beautiful daughter! She spent 3+ years as a staff nurse at Dartmouth-Hitchcock on a medicine unit but transferred to the intensive care unit in early 2016.

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Megan Perry Oman ’13 and Phil Oman ’12 were married on July 25, 2015. Colby-Sawyer alumni in attendance included (back row, l to r) Alicia Pinette ’13, Tory Rennie ’14, Erica Pentony ’13, Gage Bensley ’12, Katelyn DuCharme Bensley ’12, Philip Robert Oman ’12, Megan Perry Oman ’13, Aimee Morin ’13, Kim McNally ’13, Allysen Hicks ’13, Madeline Venezia ’14, Abigail Delvecchio ’13, Christina Winnett ’13, (front row, l to r) Kevin Molinaro ’13, Carly Strathdee ’13, Tony Salvatoriello ’13, Craig Yonge ’13 and Karen Fondoules ’13.


MARIA CÎMPEAN Congratulations to Megan Perry Oman and Phil Robert Oman ’12, who married on July 25 with several CSC alumni in attendance. Congratulations also go to Christina Fulford Alterisio and Michael Alterisio, who welcomed twin girls, Ayla Rose and Ariya Grace, on Aug. 7. Pengxiang “Sean” Ding graduated from Bentley U with his MSA in May 2015, and is now a SOX and Internal Controls Auditor at PerkinElmer, Inc. Michelle Wakefield is an account coordinator at Spectrum Marketing Companies in Manchester, NH. She keeps in touch with professors and classmates, especially the rugby team.



Jayme Severance ’12, ’14 had a personal essay published for an organization based in Ireland— read it at smoke-and-mirrors-by-jayme-severance. In addition to his job as a sustainable science proofreader, he is doing copywriting for a job placement and recruiting start-up that plans to donate most of its proceeds to charitable organizations. Brandon Chase is attending New England Law | Boston and is a candidate for a J.D. in 2018. Fan “Aaron” Feng resides in Brooklyn, NY, and works in Manhattan as a graphic designer for a tech-based real estate company.

Jackie Keating coached volleyball at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, MA, this fall. This past season NDA won the Division II State Championship. She is now coaching a club at SA Mizuno and waiting to hear back from graduate schools to pursue her doctorate in physical therapy.  ®



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| in fond memory 1931 Caroline Phillips Williams January 1, 2011 1932 Florence Spitz Leventhal June 25, 2008 Lois Kennedy Archer April 20, 2015 Alice Todd Castello October 4, 2015 1937 Jean Huckins Hawkes November 26, 2012 1938 Betty Denson Sleath July 1, 2015 Barbara Rounds Carson November 3, 2015 1939 Elizabeth Higgins Hassell October 15, 2015 1940 Eloise Gedney Lawson November 11, 2015 1941 Dorothy Camann Goodman December 26, 2011 Margaret Turner Kezer March 14, 2015 Bernice Axford Paley May 17, 2015 Kathryn Ketchum Coleman August 12, 2015 1942 Barbara “Bobbie” Boyd Bradley October 26, 2015 Virginia “Ginny” Newins Blondell December 2, 2015 1943 Norma “Nicky” Miller Roth March 17, 2012 Barbara Buck Lipes September 16, 2015 Doris Douglas Butler December 2, 2015 Sally King Cramer January 2, 2016 Jane Corliss LaRock January 5, 2016

1944 Ann Bayer Birmingham July 15, 2015 Shirley Merz Bryant August 24, 2015 Priscilla Bullock Bubar November 21, 2015 1945 Audrey Barrett August 20, 2015 Jean Shanley Puckhaber November 13, 2015 1946 Dorothy Huggins Mannix February 21, 2015 Jean Goubert Sisley July 10, 2015 Janet Reynolds Crandlemire July 15, 2015 Anne Stedfast Jacobs November 3, 2015 Barbara Bingham Day November 25, 2015 Suzanne Carpenter Kemp January 3, 2016 1947 Olga “Oggie” Wells Dalton August 8, 2015 Nancy Williams Siddons August 19, 2015 Judith Hidden Lanius September 6, 2015 Elizabeth “Betsey” Boykin Guy November 28, 2015 Joan Watson Krumm December 2, 2015 1948 Ione “Deddie” Elisabeth Denny September 18, 2015 Ruth Dresser Paulson February 24, 2015 Sara Ackerman Frey January 11, 2016 1949 Mary Gesen Carroll November 22, 2013 Barbara Conkey Armstrong February 13, 2014 Helen Gardner Pugh June 29, 2014 Madeleine Lougee Lovewell July 11, 2015 Carolyn Chase Hatch October 25, 2015 Althea Currie Barker February 1, 2016

1950 Nancy Riley Doescher January 12, 2016 1951 Ingrid Reichhold Wagner October 9, 2015 Ellen Duane Stumpf January 1, 2016 1952 Lois Rogers Manning August 7, 2015 Corinne Smoller Goldstein December 10, 2015 Marilyn Moore Maslow January 9, 2016 Virginia Kurtz Bonney January 12, 2016 1953 Janet Hunt Murphy August 4, 2009 Janet Keith Eaton May 16, 2012 Carol Jones Balch December 12, 2014 Joyce Luckett Sturdy August 12, 2015 Barbara Johnson Craig September 24, 2015 Barbara Marsh Jones October 14, 2015 Sally Hurl Phelps November 22, 2015 Lois Holt Rodenburg January 30, 2016 1954 Deborah Howe Pashley December 14, 2014 Mary Lou Schneider Crowell August 20, 2015 Elizabeth Margeson Harrison October 7, 2015 Constance Malley Callaha January 14, 2016 1955 Polly Parsons Nash July 16, 2015 Patricia Wray Lovelace October 18, 2015 1956 Shelia Thorpe Miller October 14, 2013 Joanne Axtell Page April 13, 2015

1957 Janice Mahoney Amidon June 24, 2015 Eva Lorange Mitchell October 17, 2015 1958 Janet Logan McCaffrey November 7, 2013 1959 Nora Snyder Hassloff August 15, 2011 1960 Julie Dornemann Steck December 1, 2015 1961 Jane B. Holliday September 7, 2015 1962 Ann “Tay” Whittlesey Clark September 11, 2015 Jane Howe Trainor September 22, 2015 1963 Nancy Ketchum Young May 5, 2015 1968 Joan Von Maur Holcomb December 8, 2015 1970 Sheila Flynn Davis March 22, 2010 1978 Roxane Roethlisberger Prins June 3, 2014 1982 Kathleen A. Brough December 24, 2015 1983 Joyce Greenlee-Haug May 13, 2015 1986 Diane Fontana Brown January 22, 2014 1992 Lynne D. Howard July 17, 2015 FORMER FACULTY Bryant E. Hoffman October 4, 2015

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PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITIONS: Fond Farewells and New Beginnings archives

by Kelli Bogan


s President Galligan prepares to move on this summer, the campus begins its own new chapter, and it’s only natural to remember past presidential transitions.

President Galligan’s 10 years of service is matched by President Everett M. Woodman’s and exceeded only by President H. Leslie Sawyer’s 33 years of leadership; Sawyer began his tenure in 1922 and oversaw the institution’s transition from academy to college. President Galligan notified the board of his decision in February 2015, allowing plenty of time to manage and prepare for the transition. The college hasn’t always been so fortunate. On July 1, 1955, Eugene M. Austin became the second president of Colby Junior College, lauded and recommended by H. Leslie Sawyer, his predecessor. During his seven-year service, Austin continued the work Sawyer had begun, shaping it to fit his vision for the college’s future. He immediately initiated a 10-year plan of physical growth that included the construction of the Sawyer Fine Arts Center, the Reichhold Science Center, and the Health and Exercise and Sports Sciences Center (HESS, now Mercer Hall), the addition of the portico to Colgate Hall, the renovation of the Old Academy Building (now New London Town Offices) and the conversion of the old gym into a dormitory (now Austin Hall). He also recommended that the college make gifts toward town endeavors that included the construction of King Ridge Ski Area and New London Hospital. Beyond his vision for the campus’s and town’s infrastructures, Austin made major improvements for the faculty by expanding the sabbatical program, establishing a tenure program in 1959, and increasing faculty salaries by more than 50 percent in the first five years of his presidency. A Baptist minister, Austin also carried on the school’s religious tradition by continuing the 78 colby-sawyer magazine

twice-weekly required chapel attendance, expanding the Colbytown Camp summer program for refugee/underprivileged children, and appointing the first Chaplain of the College in 1960. In 1955, Colby Junior College became one of the first junior colleges to subscribe to the College Scholarship Service, a needand merit-based financial aid service. Austin was a strong supporter of the arts and funded lectures and concerts at the college, and he participated in and developed activities in New London that included founding a men’s choir in which he played piano and sang. These acts, and countless others, endeared Austin to the students, staff and New London community. Many of these initiatives, especially the building projects, were in progress in May 1962 when President Austin was diagnosed with acute leukemia. Just a month later, he passed away, leaving the Colby Junior College and New London communities saddened by the loss of a great friend and leader. The college needed someone who could not only step into the role but would also respect and carry out the late president’s legacy. The Board of Trustees turned to a man already familiar with Colby Junior College, Everett M. Woodman, who was married to Ruth Randolph Woodman ’40 and had taught at the institution before and after World War II. Woodman, a New Hampshire native, Dartmouth graduate, Naval officer and diplomat, accepted the challenge. He left his post as a cultural affairs officer for the U.S. Information Agency and as acting public affairs officer for South India to return to the college. Founding family descendant Susan Colgate Cleveland, in her introduction of President Woodman at 1962’s convocation, said, “More than half the school knew and loved Dr. Eugene Austin as president of Colby. He will never be forgotten by his many friends in the school, in the town, and on the Board of Trustees, but we hope that you will transfer, as we have, the loyalty and devotion you gave him to the man we have chosen to succeed him.” In his convocation speech, President Wood­ man echoed this respect for his predecessor, stating, “To Dr. Eugene Austin, who, in seven years continued to build and strengthen [Colby Junior College], whose departure leaves us deprived, but whose courage and faith, even to the moment of his going away, leaves us with an inspiration and example which we can only try to deserve.” With these words, Woodman picked up Austin’s torch and saw his vision through to the end. HESS was completed in 1963, as was the restoration of the Old Academy Building. With HESS built, the old gymnasium was renovated into the dorm Austin had envisioned, and it was dedicated in his honor in 1965. With Austin’s legacy in place, Woodman went on to create his own legacy, one with a global perspective influenced by the time he spent in India. He led the college through one of its opposite:

the presidents of the college H. Leslie Sawyer · 1922–1955 Eugene M. Austin · 1955–1962 Everett M. Woodman · 1962–1972 Louis C. Vaccaro · 1972–1978 H. Nicholas Muller III · 1978–1986 Peggy A. Stock · 1986–1995 Anne Ponder · 1996–2005 Thomas C. Galligan Jr. · 2006–2016

most socially turbulent time periods as the Civil Rights and feminist movements reached Colby Junior College’s campus. Chapel requirements and other outdated traditions disappeared as the college increased its course offerings and international endeavors with programs like Crossroads Africa. Austin and Woodman had very different tenures as president, but both led our students, faculty and staff through distinctive times in American history and, despite the tragic circumstances surrounding the end of Austin’s term, it seems the right president was in place for each time period. This serendipity reminds us that the strength of our institution goes beyond any one person, and that we should remember President Austin’s own words, written in his journal from his hospital bed on June 3, 1962, the day of Colby Junior College’s 125th anniversary and Commencement celebration: Today is Commencement Day. It is cool, the sky is cloudless and it must be perfect on New London Hill … It’s all one, and I am glad to have had a part in it. If memories get confused and images of people fade, what matter? Just so young people come always to this place to find themselves, see a larger world and get some things to hold to; so long as teachers find here a good place to live and teach; so long as classes meet and bridges of understanding are thrown across the chasms of fear and ignorance — this is enough. Let it be a place where people strive for wisdom, love and beauty.  ® Archivist Kelli Bogan holds a B.A. from the University of Vermont, an M.A. from Boston College and an M.S. (LIS) from Simmons College.

President Eugene M. Austin (l) and President Everett M. Woodman (r)

spring 2016


by Deborah A. Taylor, Ph.D.

IN MY 40TH AND FINAL YEAR here at Colby-Sawyer, I’ve reflected on my arrival all those years ago when, as our president, Tom Galligan, is fond of saying, “dinosaurs roamed the earth.” I have always loved learning and being in school — in some ways, since I started school at four and a half, I have never left. My formative and college years were ones of great personal growth, to be sure, but also ones of great social change: the Civil Rights Movement, the women’s movement and the anti-war movement, just to name a few. In the academic environment, I was able to examine critically all sides of those important issues, and to reflect on and develop my own sense of social responsibility. So when it came time for me to consider my profession, and my first job, I was clear about two things: I wanted to do something that really mattered and that made a positive difference in individual lives and in the community. Being an educator was the very best way for me to do both. After completing my doctoral program, I received an invitation to interview at Colby-Sawyer, and I went looking for information about the college. On my map, I found Colby Junior College. In the library, I found materials on Colby College — N.H. But I found precious little about Colby-Sawyer anywhere. My interview happened on a crisp and cold March day, and I was dazzled by the people I met as well as by the physical beauty of the college and the area. When I accepted the faculty position in psychology, I was delighted. But, in all honesty, I came to Colby-Sawyer thinking I might be here for a few years and then move on to the next stage of my career. But I was mistaken. I fell in love with this place. And I have stayed in love. I’ve been lucky to have many roles here — faculty member, dean of students, department chair, academic dean, and my current role as academic vice president and dean of faculty. My children are alumni of the Windy Hill School. I’ve seen the 80 colby-sawyer magazine



Falling, and Staying, in Love with Colby-Sawyer

institution change and grow from a women’s college granting mostly associate degrees to a baccalaureate women’s college, to a coeducational college, to a college contemplating graduate programs. But the essence of Colby-Sawyer has remained the same — it’s an environment in which faculty, staff and students teach, learn, develop and explore together freely. I cherish so many memories from my years here. One of the most personally meaningful among them was speaking at Commencement while my father — who also had been a professor — was in the audience. We’ve accomplished crucial pieces of work together, from hiring excellent faculty and staff, to graduating talented students, to curriculum changes, to accreditation reviews. Tom Galligan is the fifth of Colby-Sawyer’s eight presidents with whom I have had the pleasure to serve. But I have to say that when I see former students return to us as accomplished alumni, parents of new students, faculty members, staff members and as trustees, that’s the purest demonstration of the value of what we do here. So, I thank all of you for the friendship, support and professional guidance you’ve given me, and for your deep caring for this college. The things we do here are so very meaningful, and I’m honored to have been a part of our accomplishments for four decades.  ® Deborah A. Taylor is, until June 30, the Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty. She holds an A.B. from Cornell University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. At Commencement on May 7, she will be recognized with an honorary degree and the Susan Colgate Cleveland Medal of Service for her 40 years at Colby-Sawyer College.



THE COLBY-SAWYER FUND supports everything on campus, from financial aid and academic programs to outstanding faculty and athletic experiences. What inspires you to support Colby-Sawyer?


of entering students receive financial assistance



of our graduates complete an internship; 39% are hired by their internship sites.


We have students from 29 states and 33 foreign countries.

THANKS TO YOU Colby-Sawyer is preparing our students for lifelong success. To make your gift to the Colby-Sawyer Fund, visit or use the enclosed envelope.




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