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Boosting Our Global Immunity Through Community Resilience



Marina Good ’19: On the Other Side of the Bench

From Scrubs to Sports: The Pulse on Nursing Scholar-Athletes


Colby-Sawyer Celebrates the Power of Infinity



An Internship with a Side of Yogurt


Catching Up with Becky Irving ’42 MT: Forever a Colby-Sawyer Icon

Better Together: Colby-Sawyer’s Partnership with DartmouthHitchcock Health Multiplies Health Care Connections


The Arc of Learning at Colby-Sawyer

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As a nursing major and soccer player, Bryce Capunitan ’21 of Lisbon, Conn., has learned to balance academics with athletics. Hear how Bryce and fellow nursing scholar-athletes find success in their sport and in their scrubs on page 10. cover:

Campus waits for the morning sun to burn off a blanket of heavy autumn fog. Davidow Center for Art + Design, with sculpture bay and outdoor ceramics kiln, in the foreground, Ivey Science Center and the Sustainable Classroom to the left.

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Henrique Plantikow

GREETINGS FROM COLGATE! In April 2015, the college embarked on the Power of Infinity Campaign to prepare Colby-Sawyer for another 180 years of success. Thanks to so many generous donors, I’m delighted to share that we have achieved the campaign’s objectives. Because of this generosity, we were able to build the Davidow Center for Art + Design, establish and raise critical funds for endowed scholarships, introduce endowed and current support for internship grant funds, generate support for field studies experiences, improve our athletic facilities, and maintain and renovate residence halls and other capital spaces that support the student experience. This foundation of success truly sets up the college for infinite possibilities. As we look ahead, Colby-Sawyer will undoubtedly find itself in a climate of intense competition as the number of students enrolled in high schools across New England continues to decline. The Board of Trustees and I want Colby-­ Sawyer to do more than simply “muddle along.” We want this institution to thrive and, fortunately, we’re on a pathway that gives us the best opportunity to do so. In essence, the college will shift its focus to one of health and well-being. Health sciences will play a central role — nursing, social work, mental health counseling, healthcare management and medical laboratory sciences are just some of the fields in which our students can make a significant impact. That said, this model applies to other disciplines as well. Our business students, for example, will have the opportunity to examine the health and sustainability of what makes a good business, what a sound economy looks like, and how as leaders they can promote their organization’s well-being. The college’s focus on health and well-being allows Colby-Sawyer to define itself in a compelling way for the future while drawing on its historical strengths. Earlier this summer, I had a wonderful lunch with faculty emerita Becky Irving ’42 MT, who spoke with me about how she introduced liberal arts courses to the Medical Technology Program early in her tenure as director. Similar to the Med Tech Program 50 years ago, the college’s recently refreshed liberal arts core will be an important component of our future and our students’ successes. Every student will continue to graduate from Colby-Sawyer with a solid liberal education foundation. Colby-Sawyer remains focused on programs that foster meaningful experiential learning for our students and ones that prepare them to make immediate contributions in their professions of choice. Thus, between a refreshed liberal arts approach and an analysis of academic majors that best serve our strategic direction, we can lead by example within a landscape of uncertainty. It’s an exciting time at the college. I thank you for your continued engagement and support. Kind regards,

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

First Dual-Degree Candidate Graduates from Colby-Sawyer, Vermont Law by Kellie M. Spinney


arly Pusateri ’19, a history and political studies graduate from West Boylston, Mass., is the first Colby-Sawyer student to complete the college’s dual bachelor’s and law degree program, earning a B.A. in history and political studies from Colby-Sawyer and her Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School (VLS). Passionate about the environment since childhood, Pusateri entered Colby-Sawyer as an environmental studies major but decided during her sophomore year to focus on how politics affect environmental policy. From there, she switched her major to history and political studies and was encouraged by School of Business & Social Sciences Professor Eric Boyer to consider the dual-degree option.

“I was telling a friend that I switched to history and political studies, and Professor Boyer was walking behind us,” Pusateri said. “He pardoned himself and asked if I knew about the VLS agreement and even offered to be my advisor.” The college’s articulation agreement with VLS allows qualified students to complete a bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor in as few as five years, or a bachelor’s and master’s degree in four. Interested students must apply to the dual-degree program by the end of their sophomore year, and those pursuing the J.D. option must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) by February of their junior year. Master’s students are not required to take a standardized test. For Pusateri, the specialized master’s program seemed like the perfect way to focus on her commitment to fight climate change. “Pursuing a career in this field has never been an ‘if’ for me, only a ‘when,’” Pusateri said. “When I was only 12 years old, I was handed a big red button that said ‘DO NOT PUSH’ when I was told I couldn’t do a project on global warming because it was ‘too controversial.’ Luckily, I had a seventh grade science teacher who told me to push that button. It’s been 10 years since, and my drive and passion for the environment has never wavered. Goals and dreams are ever-evolving, but one thing has always remained the same for me: the environment needs help — my help — and I will stop at nothing to achieve as much as I can in this field.” Pusateri’s junior year experience as an environmental policy intern with Northeast-Midwest Institute in

Washington, D.C. solidified her decision to focus on legislative advocacy for nonprofits, rather than becoming a lawyer. Boyer’s continued support helped guide her toward making a well-informed decision. “The study of, and practice of, the law is not always what students believe it will be, so it is vitally important for an advisor to get a prospective law student some practical experience while they are an undergraduate,” Boyer explained. “If the internship solidifies an interest in the law, that is excellent; it’s even better when this experience reveals that the law is not the student’s passion, as this experience is the beginning of a larger conversation about how the student can do the work they love on a path different from law school. This is why the internship requirement for all Colby-Sawyer students is so important.” With her degrees in hand and a passion that has never wavered, Pusateri plans to return to D.C. to pursue a career in nonprofit advocacy that makes a lasting impression. “I hope to always make a positive impact on my surroundings,” Pusateri said. “I hope to bring an open conversation to the table on these pertinent issues that can seem divisive in our politically polarized communities. I hope to give a voice to those who don’t have a privileged platform and leave the world a better place than what it was when I started on this path.” Kellie M. Spinney is assistant director of Marketing & Communications. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire.

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Boosting Our Global Immunity Through Community Resilience by Jennifer White ’90 Our healthcare system in this country is not well. At the very least it is not affordable, but at most it seems more suited to diagnosing and treating sicknesses than to recognizing and enhancing wellness. It is at its best when we are feeling our worst — during acute care interventions when our life, literally, needs saving and as the long-term management of symptoms becomes a lifetime prescription to medications. As it turns out, if we are not well before we get sick, then the course of our illness can be prolonged and the treatment we receive can be less effective, not to mention more expensive. Deliberately attending to our health before disease strikes allows us to feel better overall and also gives us the reserve we need to recover more quickly. A commonsense shift in focus back to the basics of prevention — getting adequate sleep, exercising, eating well, avoiding toxins, reducing stress, having strong social bonds — strengthens our personal immune response and promotes individual resilience. Because our world’s ecological system is also suffering from multiple maladies and imbalances, not to mention a high fever, our global immunity could also use some support and enhancement. In the midst of the climate crisis, we find ourselves and our cities dealing with one acute, life-threatening emergency after another and, in between, managing the long-term symptoms of a worldwide disease. But there is a shift happening within institutions and municipalities around the country and around the globe — one that proactively and collectively builds our capacity to avoid total catastrophe and lessen the impact of disasters when they occur. Community resilience is a collaborative, holistic approach that seeks to improve the well-being of residents and boost the immune system of whole neighborhoods and towns. Unlike sustainability initiatives, which traditionally tend to focus on carbon emission reductions to maintain equilibrium, resilience intentionally expands the conversation into broader strategies that promote both a thriving populace and regenerative ecosystems. Just as a sensible and effective approach to health should be integrative in order to address all systems in our bodies, a both/and approach



to global well-being should combine multiple perspectives for maximum benefit. We cannot ignore that our choices and lifestyles, as individuals and as communities, factor heavily into the disease that we are experiencing on a personal and a global scale. We can continue to treat the disasters and emergencies that arise, but unless we dig down and focus on finding the cause and a cure, we are going to keep having the same expensive and heart-wrenching problems again and again. Prevention is almost always cheaper than emergent treatment, and it takes longer to recover from a major illness (or disaster) than it does from a minor one. No two communities are alike, so the path to resilience will be different for each. We can nurture social cohesion, support greater equity, and engage our neighbors in the solutions. We can design redundancies and diversity into our energy supplies and food systems. We can conserve resources, financial and otherwise, to save money and reduce waste. And, as we develop innovative, responsible, and future-minded policies, we increase the overall health and happiness of our communities and help lessen the impact of shocks to those systems and increase our ability to respond. Health-enhancing strategies implemented at an organizational and regional scale lead to personal well-being, social justice, economic stability, and ecological balance. As we become more aware of the integration between our mind and body, and ourselves and the planet, we can mindfully leverage those connections for our own wellbeing, as well as for the greater good. In addition to giving us more energy to enjoy our lives, the development of individual and community resilience might actually be able to save it someday.  ® Jennifer White ’90 is the director of Sustainability and Innovation, where she collaborates with stakeholders to implement policies, initiatives, and curricula that promote sustainability and resilience on campus and within the greater community.

COLBY-SAWYER ELECTS NEW TRUSTEES by Kellie M. Spinney Colby-Sawyer welcomed three new members to its Board of Trustees for a term that began July 1, 2019, and ends June 30, 2022. STEPHEN “STEVE” D. BIRGE After graduating from Providence College with a bachelor’s degree in business management, Steve co-founded Black River Produce in 1978, growing the Vermont localfoods movement into an $80 million business and meeting the demand for local food across New England and eastern New York. In 2014, he opened Black River Meats, the largest capacity facility of its kind in New England, followed by Precision Valley Food Specialties in 2016 where he worked with local farmers in the procurement and fabrication of beef, pork and lamb. Steve has been recognized with regional and national small business awards, served on numerous boards and been affiliated with several organizations, including the Ludlow Area Chamber of Commerce, the Ludlow Rotary Club, Leadership Southeast Vermont, the Windsor County Diversion Board, the Cavendish Planning Board, Springfield Hospital, Springfield Medical Systems, and the Southern Vermont Area Health and Education Center. Steve also served as president of the Fletcher Farm Foundation for 17 years. WENDY G. CAREY Wendy’s connection to Colby-Sawyer began with her late father-in-law, Charles “Charlie” Carey, a founder of the Adventures in Learning program.

a nurse at New York Hospital and Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles. She brings her experience and interest in health care to the board, along with extensive volunteer leadership and a commitment to giving back to the community. Wendy served on the board at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, Conn., where she was capital campaign chair, and her husband, Chase, is a trustee emeritus at Colgate University. Wendy and Chase are the sole donors and trustees of the Carey Family Foundation, established in 2004. Wendy also serves on the Future 5 Advisory Board, which helps motivated low-­ income high school students from Stamford, Conn., to realize their potential. Wendy is invested in ensuring that Colby-Sawyer remains a vibrant organization for the health of the town of New London and surrounding communities. SUSAN “SUE” B. POMERANTZ ’70 Following her recent retirement from television production, Sue brings to Colby-Sawyer a big-picture perspective with a focus on operations and storytelling. For more than 30 years, she worked as a producer with ABC, where she focused primarily on “ABC Nightly News” before shifting to Disney ABC Television Group and “The View” during the final years of her career. Sue earned seven Emmy Awards for her production work and plans to donate one to Colby-Sawyer. Following her graduation from Colby Junior College in 1970, Sue earned her bachelor’s from the University of New Hampshire in 1972.

After graduating from Skidmore College in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, Wendy began her career as

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Colby-Sawyer welcomed four new, full-time faculty members this fall, including three to the School of Nursing & Health Sciences and one to the School of Business & Social Sciences. The School of Nursing & Health Sciences added three full-time faculty members to support its distinctive undergraduate program. Faculty instruct clinical courses at the world-class Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) and teach hands-on courses on campus in state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories. Assistant Professor Kimberly Boulanger joined Colby-Sawyer with 21 years of professional nursing experience, including 15 years in the Birthing Pavilion/Newborn Nursery at DHMC, where she supervised junior-level nursing students for seven years. Her additional nursing experience includes adult intensive care and cardiac telemetry. Boulanger earned her B.S. in nursing from Western Connecticut State University and her M.S.N. from Norwich University. She teaches both the classroom and clinical portions of Maternal-Child Nursing. left to right: Ann Fournier, Kimberly Boulanger, Courtney Rogers and Lauran Star Raduazo.


Assistant Professor Ann Fournier holds a B.A. in French/Spanish from Saint Anselm College, an M.S.N. with a specialty in acute care from


Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, an M.S. in healthcare administration from New England College, and a Ph.D. in nursing from Rutgers University. In addition to teaching Community-Based Nursing in the classroom, Dr. Fournier is the clinical instructor for Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing. Assistant Professor Courtney Rogers teaches Health Assessment. She brings 12 years of patient-care experience to Colby-Sawyer, having worked as a staff nurse in the intensive care unit and interventional radiology at Dartmouth-­Hitchcock Medical Center and Concord Hospital, as well as in the perioperative setting. Rogers has special interest in simulation, strategies for developing critical thinking skills, and nursing transition to practice. She earned a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire, an M.B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University, an A.D.N. from New Hampshire Technical Institute, and an M.S.N. from Franklin Pierce University. With the addition of Professor Lauran Star Raduazo, the School of Business & Social Sciences increases faculty to 19 full-time members. Colby-Sawyer’s business administration program is approved by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, where faculty are required to meet rigorous educational standards held by the association. Raduazo instructs Organizational Behavior, Management Principals and Quantitative Management Science. As an international speaker and the bestselling author of Your Power Pivot — Shifting the Paradigm of Work/Life Empowerment, Raduazo brings more than 20 years of experience with Fortune 500 organizations to Colby-­Sawyer. She is especially interested in research around diversity and inclusion, ethical management, and organizational leadership and management within the healthcare and financial industries. Raduazo holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, an M.A. in industrial/organizational psychology with a concentration in leadership and ethics from Argosy University, and an A.B.D. in industrial/ organizational psychology with concentrations in ethics, diversity and social change from Walden University.

Colby-Sawyer Hosts 2020 Presidential Hopefuls Attending college in New Hampshire comes with a unique set of perks. There’s the breathtaking fall foliage and majestic mountain landscapes. But another advantage comes with attending school in the Granite State, and one that’s put in the spotlight every four years as the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Presidential Primary draws nearer — access to the candidates.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic candidate for president, speaks in front of a full house inside Wheeler Hall during a visit to campus in November.

Since mid-summer, presidential hopefuls have made their way to campus to meet with students and community members to better understand the issues that matter most to voters. Democrat and Republican candidates have hosted town hall meetings at a variety of campus locations, providing students up-close interactions they may not otherwise experience at institutions outside the state. Whether it’s a former vice president or a self-made billionaire, politicians of all sorts are getting to know the Colby-­Sawyer community.

STUDENTS UNITE TO CELEBRATE DASHAIN In October, members of the Cross-­ Cultural Club and the Interfaith Club welcomed students of all faiths to celebrate Dashain, the most important Hindu festival of Nepal. As is the custom of Dashain, the campus event celebrated the triumph of good over evil while observing the Dashain traditions of enjoying Nepali foods, playing cards and receiving tika and blessings from elders, given by adjunct faculty member Elizabeth Krajewski and Professor Randy Hanson. Wearing traditional Nepali “Kurtha” dresses, nursing major Smriti Sharma Sapkota ’23 guides Elizabeth Krajewski as she offers tika to Dibin Sainju ‘21, a business administration major from Nepal. Photo by Ashley Vajentic ‘21.

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Colby-Sawyer Earns Three Top 10 Rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges Issue

Colby-Sawyer College has once again been recognized as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the region, earning Top 10 rankings in three categories in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges issue.

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Colby-Sawyer ranks eighth in the report’s Best Regional Colleges list for schools in the North, ahead of 37 similarly sized institutions spanning from Delaware to Maine. Of the seven schools to place ahead of Colby-Sawyer in the category, four are publicly funded.

The college bettered its fifth-place standing from a year ago in the report’s Best Value Schools category, earning a fourth-place ranking in the region this year. The category ranks schools based on several criteria, including a quality-to-price ratio, distribution of need-based aid, and overall undergraduate costs covered through scholarships or grant awards.

U.S. News also recognized the quality of Colby-Sawyer faculty through a fourth-place ranking for Best Undergraduate Teaching in the region. The category focuses on schools where faculty and administrators have “an especially strong commitment to undergraduate teaching,” according to the report.

Gifts Support Fitness Center and Varsity Weight Room by Donna Long Thanks to two generous donors, the Elizabeth Kind Van Cise Fitness Center in the Dan and Kathleen Hogan Sports Center received a makeover in May. The fitness center now features an array of new cardiovascular equipment, weight resistance machines and free weights. The upgraded equipment uses pneumatic technology that employs a compressed air system rather than weight stacks for a safer, more powerful and more efficient workout. The new combination strength-training units allow for double the exercise equipment in the fitness center and give more muscle-group options for strengthtraining enthusiasts. Overall, fitness center users now have more room to maneuver. The cardiovascular area and free weights were also included in the recent renovation. The new machines include seven elliptical trainers, five treadmills, three recumbent bikes, two stair steppers, two upright bikes and 13 spin bikes. There are already plans in place to increase the number of spin classes for students and Hogan Center members. The transformation of the Elizabeth Kind Van Cise Fitness Center was completely funded through contributions. Newly elected Colby-Sawyer Trustee Wendy Carey and her husband, Chase, made the generous leading gift in honor of Chase’s father, Charles “Charlie” Carey, who was a great friend to the college and the Adventures in Learning program. Another donor, who is an avid fitness center member, also provided substantial support for the project and is currently offering to match additional gifts up to $15,000 beyond his initial commitment. Donations also led to the creation of a weight room for intercollegiate athletes, with some of the equipment and weights from the fitness center being moved to a newly renovated area for varsity athletes. The designated space, which opened this fall, gives varsity athletes the opportunity to work on strength and conditioning together as a team or in small groups without having an impact on the students and community members in the Van Cise Fitness Center. This valuable asset was made possible due to a generous donation from Jack and Penny Jesser Rohrbach ’62.

Colby-Sawyer College Meets Enrollment Goal for Class of 2023 by Michael Pezone Colby-Sawyer’s enrollment for the incoming Class of 2023 increased by 11 percent from last year despite declining enrollment figures both regionally and nationally at small, private liberal arts institutions. The college met its goal for the Class of 2023 with 292 enrolled students, which features a 26 percent increase in students from New Hampshire, bucking trends nationally where enrollment at nonprofit, Title IV institutions has declined for a third straight year, according to a report released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The report points to a similar decline among private, nonprofit fouryear colleges in the Northeast. Nearly half of Colby-Sawyer’s incoming class is made up of first-generation students, with 100 percent of enrolled students receiving some sort of financial assistance. Statistics compiled by the college’s Office of Admissions highlight a commitment to working with families to ensure an affordable education through payment plans, as well as various scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities. Additionally, 44 percent of the Class of 2023 are recruited student-athletes. Colby-Sawyer offers 23 varsity athletic programs that compete in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), an NCAA Division III conference comprised of 13 member schools located throughout New England. FALL 2019


FROM SCRUBS TO SPORTS: THE PULSE ON NURSING SCHOLAR-ATHLETES Photos by Henrique Plantikow Reporting by Kellie M. Spinney

At first glance, athletics and nursing may seem to have little in common. However, faculty and students will say many of the skills developed through athletics are valuable attributes for a successful nursing career. The development of leadership skills, self discipline, attention to detail, time management, and team and collaborative behaviors are probably only a few of many similarities. These scholar-athletes have learned to handle a demanding training schedule for their sport and apply the same dedication to their coursework. – Joan G. Loftus, DNP, RN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing & Health Sciences

BRYCE CAPUNITAN ’21 lisbon, conn. soccer

“Balancing academics with athletics is all about having a structured schedule and a daily planner. Also drinking lots of caffeine — if you didn’t like coffee before, you will now!”

KRISTIAN VILJANEN ’22 morrisville, vt. baseball

“As a nursing major and student-athlete I get the best of both worlds. Balancing academics and athletics can be difficult, but I plan my weeks and take advantage of study sessions. I also play club hockey, so I’m constantly on the go, which makes planning and studying that much more important.”

SAMANTHA “SAM” MITCHELL ’20 chester, n.h. soccer

“There have been a lot of lessons I’ve learned in the classroom, as well as on the field. Staying active helps me focus, prepare for changes on the fly, and manage my time well … because you don’t realize how fast these days go by.”

DORTHEA “THEA” ALBERTI ’23 wilmington, mass. soccer

“Playing a sport in college is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The faculty and my coaches support me in every way possible — from extending an assignment to having an early morning practice so I don’t miss any classes.”

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south burlington, vt. cross country and track & field

“As a nursing major, I know that at the end of my college career I’ll be able to help people — and as a student-athlete, I enjoy competing and feeling like I am constantly improving.“


BEN JONES ’20 enfield, n.h.

cross country and track & field

“I appreciate all the professors and coaches who have eased the balancing act between academics and athletics. Academics comes first, and I’m given alternate practice times when school commitments arise.”


MARIELLE “ELLIE” DUPRE ’21 sturbridge, mass. women’s volleyball “I’m fortunate enough to have other nursing students on my team who are also some of my best friends. Making memories with them as a team, while also being on an academic journey with them, is rewarding.“

JINNAE JANG ’21 fall river, mass. swimming & diving

“As a student-athlete, I get to do everything I love! Being a part of the team gives me a break from studying and gives me a chance to refocus my energy so that I can be productive when it comes to academics.”

MORGAN FLYNN ’20 reading, mass. women’s volleyball “Being a student-athlete requires time management and organization, two important skills that will help me succeed in my future nursing practice.”

NICOLE MATCHESKI ’21 sanbornton, n.h. women’s volleyball “As an athlete, I’m able to make connections with people outside my major by sharing a common interest in a sport.”

GARRET SCAHILL ’21 manville, r.i.

swimming & diving

“As captain, I have to give more time than the normal swimmer, but staying busy keeps me on top of my work. It gives me chances to be a leader, friend, and a stronger, better person. It also helps me take things one day at a time, reduces my stress and gets me excited for every second in front of me.”

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hen biology major Marina Good ’19 started working in a biosafety cabinet during her internship in the summer of 2018 with biotech company Adimab in Lebanon, N.H., she became acutely aware of how she moved. Cell culture requires sterile conditions, so Good put on gloves, sprayed her hands with ethanol and donned a lab coat before getting to the task at hand. She felt like a giant trying to maneuver around her surroundings the first time, but soon it felt natural.

“You use your hands differently,” Good said. “I’d pick things up with a couple fingers and hold it between other fingers to hold multiple things. Your dexterity increases.” The way Good transferred cells in a pipette is similar to the way a painter might carefully place color on a canvas. It’s a good reminder that there’s an element of physicality and creativity in science.

Colby-­Sawyer and, as a first-year student, reached out to now-retired Professor of Natural Sciences Bill Thomas to get lab experience as early as possible. He connected her with two seniors, and she was a research assistant on their Capstone project. That work gave her a background in tissue culture, which impressed Adimab during her interview.

“It’s ‘come to work and be innovative’ — there’s a focus on discovery.” Good has also conducted research funded by the New Hampshire IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (NH-INBRE), a partnership between Colby-Sawyer and seven other colleges.

In fact, Adimab showed Good the creative potential of her “NH-INBRE was what first taught me that Colby-Sawyer discipline. The company uses yeast and mammalian cells to could help me go anywhere,” Good said. “Colby-Sawyer discover and produce antibodies that have the potential to is a small school, and I liked it that way; I was able to take cure a variety of diseases. Adimab didn’t invent the field of advantage of outside opportunities.” therapeutic antibodies, but it did invent novel procedures and technologies that make it a global leader in the That attitude led her to Adimab, where another Colby-­ industry. Sawyer student had interned previously. It also led her to take courses at MDI Biological Laboratory and Shoals “It’s a different mindset than working in research,” Good Marine Laboratory, where she learned that to answer many said. “It’s not just ‘come to work and do your job.’ It’s biomedical questions, she must work with people who ‘come to work and be innovative’ — there’s a focus on have a variety of perspectives. discovery.” After her internship, Good accepted a part-time job with Adimab has a library of more than 10 billion antibodies to Adimab’s Molecular Core department, which then transidraw on for the discovery of candidates that pharmaceutioned into a full-time role of Predoctoral Research Assotical companies then license to produce new drug theraciate in Antibody Engineering this past May. She plans to pies. While Good did not work directly on projects for work in this role for the next two years before pursuing her Adimab’s partners, she helped prepare the cells used for Ph.D. in a biological field; currently she is interested in campaign production. Her responsibilities included preimmunology, virology or genetics. paring the growth medium, expanding and banking cell lines, aliquoting cells, and performing quality control “You create your own opportunities,” Good said, speaking checks. She also reorganized Adimab’s liquid nitrogen about how she hopes to have contributed to a culture of tanks used to store cells and helped investigate a protocol engaged learning at Colby-Sawyer. “If you want something, for counting cells. go for it.”  ® Good spent much of her internship gaining experience with procedures and equipment she had never used, but Colby-Sawyer set the foundation of her success. Good learned what she calls “lab common sense” at

Good’s internship was made possible in part thanks to a generous gift from the W. Jay Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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Colby-Sawyer Celebrates the Power of Infinity On Oct. 3, Colby-Sawyer celebrated the successful completion of the Power of Infinity Campaign at a community gathering in Wheeler Hall at the Ware Student Center. The evening began with comments from Chair of the Board of Trustees Peter Volanakis and President Susan D. Stuebner and included the induction of four new members into the Legends Society. When Colby-Sawyer launched the Power of Infinity Campaign in April 2015, the college asked its alumni and friends to support an “active, immersive education” that produces “alumni who are ready to participate, to lead and to influence the world in infinite ways.” More than 7,100 contributors answered the college’s call, investing $45 million and making this the largest fundraising campaign in Colby-Sawyer history. Fourteen of the $45 million raised through the campaign supported capital improvements, including renovated residence hall lounges, state-of-the-art classrooms, enhanced athletics facilities and the completion of a new arts center. At the celebration on Oct. 3, Stuebner announced that this important new facility has been named the Davidow Center for Art + Design in honor of William and Sonja Carlson Davidow ’56. “The Davidows are incredible advocates for the arts at Colby-Sawyer,” Stuebner said. “We are grateful for their support of this incredible building and for their decision to establish an endowed faculty chair in the arts.” During the Power of Infinity Campaign, the college added more than $7 million to the endowment and established 40 new endowed funds that will support key initiatives and programs well into the future. Thanks in part to a challenge established by Volanakis, and supported by the entire Board of Trustees, more than 30 of the new funds will support student scholarships. Other funds, including a $500,000 endowment established by John and Heidi Grey Niblack ’68, will support internships, field studies courses and other engaged learning opportunities. “As we close this chapter of the Power of Infinity Campaign, we also begin to look forward to Colby-Sawyer College’s next 180 years,” Stuebner said as she closed the campaign celebration. “I am incredibly thankful for all of you here celebrating what we have accomplished through the Power of Infinity Campaign, and I am tremendously excited about the future of this special college.”



NEW LEGENDS INDUCTED During the celebration of the Power of Infinity Campaign, the college welcomed four new members into its Legends Society, which recognizes donors who have contributed $1 million or more to Colby-Sawyer throughout their lifetimes. Thomas C. and Judith B. Csatari have made strategic and forward-thinking investments in the college, establishing the Gladys A. Burrows Distinguished Professorship in Nursing, supporting the Davidow Center for Art + Design, and naming Colby-Sawyer as the beneficiary of a Charitable Remainder Unitrust in support of the Power of Infinity Campaign. John and Heidi Grey Niblack ’68 have supported Colby-Sawyer’s highest strategic priorities for years, most recently naming the John and Heidi Grey Niblack ’68 Black Box Theater and establishing a $500,000 endowment fund to support student internships and engaged learning opportunities. David B. and Beverly S. Payne have made a significant impact on Colby-Sawyer by investing in a number of capital projects, including the Windy Hill School and the Davidow Center for Art + Design, supporting student scholarships and the Chargers Club, encouraging others to join their support of the Colby-Sawyer Fund, and by making plans for the college to receive a gift through their estate. The Pussycat Foundation awarded $1.2 million to Colby-Sawyer in 2018, in recognition of the college’s selection as one of six members of the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network. BOLD cultivates leadership in young women by facilitating opportunities for career development and networking through scholarships, financial support for community-based projects and internships, and fellowship grants upon graduation.

top to bottom, left to right:

Board Chair Peter Volanakis, Thomas C. and Judith B. Csatari, President Susan D. Stuebner; Director of Development Beth Bryant Camp ’92 with John and Heidi Grey Niblack ‘68; David B. and Beverly S. Payne; President Stuebner with BOLD Scholars Lexie Hamilton ‘20 and Leah Dupuis ‘20.

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AN INTERNSHIP with a Side of Yogurt by Ashley Vajentic ’21


s a human resources intern, business administration major Julia Lanctot ’21 never expected to see the inside of a yogurt factory. But Stonyfield Organic in London­ derry, N.H., stresses firsthand experience with the production process.

“They really are invested in what we do, which is a great feeling.”

Employees from all departments of the organic yogurt company donned hard hats and lab coats and lint-rolled their clothing to code before watching with bugged eyes as Stonyfield’s yogurt came to life. In the wide open warehouse, their bodies sweltered from the heat of the incubator maintaining an optimal temperature. Machinery filled the room in neat lines and sections; a series of metal tubes released yogurt into pints that zoomed down a conveyor belt to receive their lids. Mechanical arms shuttled the yogurt from one area to the next until they were packaged and sent off for shipping. “I think it’s important that Stonyfield shows employees how yogurt is made because that’s what we’re all working toward ­— selling this yogurt,” Lanctot said. When she wasn’t observing the yogurt production process, Lanctot sent emails, organized on-site training, worked on quality control within the plant and planned events. Her main focus, however, was putting together a health and wellness fair for Stonyfield employees. For the fair to come to fruition, Lanctot contacted various vendors to solidify their commitments, and she was adamant about ensuring that the event provide important resources and be anything but boring. When the health and wellness fair rolled around on Sept. 10, her efforts proved worthwhile, with great employee and vendor turnout. She achieved her goal by providing a list of resources to help employees enhance their personal health. In addition, employees

gained a greater understanding of the benefits Stonyfield provides. Lanctot said she came away from the internship with stronger communication skills. “Coming into this internship, I thought I was good at communicating,” Lanctot said. “But when you have to send 50 emails in one day, you don’t have time to sit there and read it over and over. You have to be quick on your toes.” Her interpersonal skills progressed even more through intern outings — after-work events Stonyfield sponsored to foster intern relationships. These experiences, including a trip to the local bowling alley, helped Lanctot connect with her coworkers and build a more empathetic work environment. “A big part of working in this business is getting to know who you’re working with,” Lanctot said. “I think that’s important for companies to look at. We can all think we’re the busiest person, but if you take time to step into someone else’s shoes, you’ll see everyone is busy in their own way.” When it comes to finding an internship, Lanctot stressed the importance of reaching out to Colby-Sawyer’s Harrington Center for Experiential Learning for guidance, something that greatly helped her. Faculty were also invaluable, as she credits Project Manager and Professor Beth Crockford and Assistant Professor Kim France as two of her greatest supporters. “They really are invested in what we do, which is a great feeling, to know that someone’s invested in your future,” Lanctot said.  ® Ashley Vajentic ’21, from Conway, N.H., majors in creative writing and literature and communications studies.

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early four decades have passed since Becky Irving ’42 MT last taught a course at Colby-Sawyer. But even all these years later, the former head of the college’s Medical Technology Program still remembers the majority of students who stepped foot in her classroom. On the off chance she doesn’t remember someone, Irving, who turned 99 in August, has a few keepsakes to help trigger her memory. Neatly tucked away in her residence, just down the road from campus in the lakeside community of Georges Mills, is a list of every student ever enrolled in the Medical Technology Program — a state-of-the-art bachelor’s degree program that prepared students for careers as clinical laboratory scientists. And if that doesn’t do the trick, which it typically does, Irving has grade books from each of the 28 years she taught at the college.

“Once in a while I like to look back to see if I can remember so and so,” said Irving, a member of the Class of 1942 and professor at Colby-Sawyer from 1954-82. “My kids do very well. They contribute a lot of money to the college — and in my name. So it’s nice to be able to look back.” Her “kids,” as Irving calls them, are her former students — though many have since put their own children through college. And that money, mostly anonymous donations made in her honor, has helped ensure her impact on students will continue well into the future. That’s because an endowed scholarship was established in Irving’s name in 2014, dedicated to her many contributions to the college and to her students. Scholarships are awarded annually to enrolled students in a health care related major whose values reflect Irving’s strength and integrity. “Becky is, and forever will be, an icon for those of us who were fortunate enough to sit in front of her in class,” said



Ann Lozier Rohrborn ’71, a former student of Irving’s and a graduate of the Medical Technology Program. “She was clearly behind us, and still is.” That dedication was evident in the time Irving spent lobbying for her students. With a growing Medical Technology Program during a period when clinical placements at hospitals were anything but guaranteed, Irving went to great lengths to ensure her students could fulfill the program’s internship requirement — students had to spend three years taking classes at the college before embarking on an internship at a hospital during their fourth year.

“Becky is, and forever will be, an icon for those of us who were fortunate enough to sit in front of her in class.” “If we couldn’t place the kids, we couldn’t take them in,” Irving said. So, rather than face the prospect of having to turn a prospective student away, Irving wrote, telephoned and even drove to hospitals as far away as Ohio to make the case for her pupils. By the time she retired, Irving had successfully arranged clinical placements for her students at 75 hospitals spanning 23 states.


Becky Irving ’42 MT handles a microscope with a student inside a medical technology classroom in Reichhold Hall in 1982. above, top: Irving as a student in 1942. above, bottom: Irving in 2016.

Irving also played a pivotal role in ensuring that graduates of the Medical Technology Program had a fundamental knowledge in the liberal arts — something the college continues to require of its students today. Looking back, she remembers receiving some pushback on the idea from students who wanted to focus solely on science. “I finally said to them, ‘Look, when you leave here, you’re probably all going to get married, have kids and you’re going to go out during social occasions — to parties or concerts — and not a lot of people are going to want to talk about blood and urine,’ ” Irving said. “I think that just about did it.” For Irving, a fascination with health science began long before Colby-Sawyer.

Her father, Dr. Frederick Irving, was the chief of staff at a state-of-the-art maternity hospital in Boston, and her sister, Frances Irving, worked in the histology lab at Harvard Medical School. Irving said her sister would often bring cut up tissue back to the family’s home, and noticing her interest in her sister’s work, Irving’s father set up a room in the basement with running water and a microscope — effectively creating a laboratory all her own. From then on, Irving said she knew she wanted to pursue a career in medical technology, and began looking at colleges with programs in the field. At the time, only two schools in the country — the University of Minnesota and what was then Colby Junior College — offered degrees in medical technology. “In those days, going to university out in Minnesota was about a six-hour train trip whereas coming up here was about a six-hour drive with at least one flat tire between here and Concord,” Irving said. “I had an automobile and so I decided it would be much easier to come up to Colby.” That decision, as it turns out, has impacted her in ways even Irving said she never imagined. After earning her bachelor’s degree, Irving was called back to campus 12 years later to teach — and eventually head — the Medical Technology Program. In 1978, Irving was recognized with the college’s Alumnae Service Award, and in 2016 — 34 years after she retired — she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of the positive, far-reaching consequences her life’s work has brought to Colby-Sawyer. Even today, through a scholarship in her name and her continued support of Colby-­ Sawyer, Irving continues to inspire future generations of health-science majors — many she’s never even met. Chances are, she’ll learn — and remember — their names.  ® For more information about the Rebecca “Becky” Irving ’42 MT Scholarship Fund, please contact Beth Bryant Camp ’92 at 603.526.3723 or ecamp@colby-sawyer.edu.

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The Arc of Learning at Colby-Sawyer College by Nina Tasi and Abby Hutchinson

Adventures in Learning (AIL) is thriving in its third decade at Colby-Sawyer. The lifelong learning organization, founded in 1998 by a group of local residents and Professor Emerita Hilary Cleveland, has a wellearned reputation for thought-provoking courses and a remarkable sense of community.

“As a student at Colby-Sawyer, I took for granted the beauty of the region. I now absorb all the magnificent landscapes around us. AIL classes are a wonderful opportunity to explore new topics as well as to meet others from the community. From Pre-Raphaelite Art to the Supreme Court, the subjects are stimulating and relevant.”

AIL offers year-round courses and lectures to nearly 500 members, with topics that reflect the interests and expertise of volunteer study leaders. Courses meet in a state-ofthe-art classroom in Lethbridge Lodge, which was named in honor of AIL in 2016 when individual members pledged $42,000 for a building campaign. AIL lecture series are held in Clements Hall, where faculty, staff and students are also invited to attend.

Longstanding AIL member Debra Lamson Perkins ’57, who has never left this quaint college town, agreed.

With its mission to “provide lifelong learning experiences for adults with an interest in the world of ideas and who wish to continue their intellectual growth in an informal setting,” AIL complements the college’s mission to “prepare students for their professions and lives of ongoing learning.” It’s part of what could be called the “arc of learning” at Colby-Sawyer — beginning with Windy Hill School’s early childhood laboratory, extending to undergraduate and graduate students, and later in life with AIL. Who are these lifelong learners? Many are retirees who came to this region because of the recreational, cultural and educational opportunities here, and they include a good number of alumnae. “I truly appreciate being back in New London,” said Nancy Kean Salmela ’67, a member of the President’s Alumni Advisory Council who retired in New London along with her husband for the surroundings and active community.



“Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to expand on a theme or to embrace a totally new concept,” Perkins said. “Lately, I have selected topics I had little knowledge of or really any previous interest in, but something in the course description, or most likely the presenter’s credentials, piqued my curiosity. One of my first AIL courses in 2002 was Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel, and many of us are still meeting informally to share poetry.” After years away, Frances Wilson ’55 also returned to New London, a childhood summer destination and the home of her alma mater where she studied with painter and Department Chair William Holst. Although she spent her career as a psychiatric nurse, Wilson nurtured her lifelong love of painting by encouraging her psychiatric patients to express themselves in ways they never had before. As a study leader, Wilson continues to share her passion for art with AIL members. “As a study leader of courses about historic figures, I have been stimulated to learn not only by extended study, but by visiting places where subjects lived and worked,” said John Roberts, Wilson’s older brother. “Touching base with different cultures widened my horizons and increased my understanding. As chair of the Curriculum Committee,

I experienced real pleasure working with highly motivated, dedicated people who serve their community brilliantly. AIL is a major reason New London remains my happy place.” The connection between AIL and Colby-­ Sawyer includes collaboration with faculty, too. Since 2017, AIL has offered a lecture series in which faculty present a favorite topic. School of Business & Social Sciences Professor Randy Hanson, who has guided this series, said he enjoys teaching in the AIL program because participants are engaged and excited to learn. “AIL students always ask great questions and share thoughtful insights,” Hanson said. “For me, participating in AIL classes is a labor of love.” AIL fosters engagement between the college and community, discussion of important issues, and awareness of history, culture and current events around the world. Study leaders and course participants who begin as acquaintances become friends and the arc of learning grows stronger. Please contact the AIL office if you would like to learn more about this vibrant program: adventures@colby-sawyer.edu  603.526.3690

“AIL vividly demonstrates to Colby-­Sawyer students that learning doesn’t end with college graduation.” – John Ferries, immediate past president and storied study leader, has led, moderated or lectured 16 AIL courses.

“Adventures in Learning, whose motto is ‘Learning Later, Living Greater,’ is an amazing gift to our community for both participants and study leaders. We are fortunate that Colby-Sawyer is an active partner in this organization.” – Julie Machen, past president and board member

“AIL classes, study leaders and members have provided me with intellectual stimulation and treasured friendships, and all on this beautiful campus. How fortunate we are!” – Mary Doyle, founding member and current president

above, left to right:

AIL study leader and former Curriculum Committee chair John Roberts leading his Winter 2019 course, The Two Lives of Eisenhower; Nancy Kean Salmela ’67 with AIL study leader Richard Hesse in his Fall 2019 course, The Supreme Court, The Least Dangerous Branch; Frances Wilson ’55 leading her Summer 2019 AIL course, Summertime is for Painting.

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Better Together:

Colby-Sawyer’s Partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Multiplies Healthcare Connections by Jaclyn Goddette ’16 photos by Michael Seamans

Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:45 a.m., Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Lebanon, N.H., hospital, is awash in a sea of blue scrubs as more than 100 Colby-Sawyer nursing students arrive and disperse to their assigned patient care units. They never quite know what their long days will bring.



During clinicals last fall, four of the seven “I always wanted to be an obstetrics nurse,” juniors completing their obstetrics rotation Gaetjens-Oleson said. “Now that I’m here, witnessed a birth. Afterward, in the small con- I’ve never felt more in my element. I never ference room on Level 5 where they hold want to leave.” debriefing sessions, they buzzed with excitement. Clinical experience also helped Alley Rogers ’19 of Alton, N.H., find her calling. She said “From seven in the morning to the time my she had no desire to work in obstetrics, but patient gave birth, I stood there the entire after witnessing a birth, she decided to make time,” Megan Spainhower ’20 of Northwood, it her specialty of choice. Those life-changing N.H., said. “I haven’t sat down until just now.” moments come to define Colby-Sawyer students’ time at D-H. “You need running shoes,” clinical instructor Kim Boulanger joked. Assistant Professor A COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION Boulanger has worked in the birthing pavilion Under examination, a cross-section of D-H since 2004. reveals a vast network of committed partners. Like the dozen systems working together in Nationally, nursing students have the least the human body, D-H relies on a constellation amount of clinical experience in pediatrics, of organizations, institutions and schools to obstetrics and mental health. Because of perform vital duties. The center’s individual Colby-­Sawyer and D-H’s longstanding partentities rely on it, too. United by shared nership, though, the college’s nursing stuvalues, D-H offers its collaborators a facility dents spend several weeks immersed in and resources to improve the health of each area. In fact, that was the second birth patients who walk through its doors. It’s an witnessed by Imani Gaetjens-Oleson ’20. equitable give-and-take, and the health system/college partnership exemplifies the In the conference room, patient modules are model. updated in real time. As the student nurses talked and watched the medical tracings A long-standing affiliation between D-H and move across the screen, they were reminded the college allows Colby-Sawyer nursing stuof why they chose nursing in the first place. dents unparalleled access to New Hampshire’s

“Now that I’m here, I’ve never felt more in my element.”


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, the flagship of New Hampshire’s only academic health system and Level I trauma center, was named in 2018 as the #1 hospital in the state by US News & World Report. above: The nursing program’s affiliation with DHMC not only gets students face to face with patients, but it also offers them unparalleled access to the simulation lab, where they can apply their training in a real-life environment.

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right: Renovated nursing laboratory space in Colgate Hall and the dedication of McKean Hall as the home for the School of Nursing & Health Sciences underscores the college’s commitment to current and future academic programs in the health professions; to the traditional-aged and adult students who benefit from these programs; to the faculty who challenge and mentor these 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.

only academic medical center. The hospital is home to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as well as the state’s only full-­ service children’s hospital. It’s the perfect match for Colby-Sawyer’s distinctive, top-­ performing nursing program, which D-H considers its own undergraduate program.

“When you look at a nursing program, you really look at the medical center to which it’s attached.”


of 97 percent on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. It’s a testament to the program’s quality, which itself is a testament to the Power of the Colby-­Sawyer/D-H partnership. BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER Colby-Sawyer’s nursing program combines three kinds of teaching: classroom, laboratory and clinical rotations. The clinical education mainly occurs at DHMC, where students put into practice everything they’ve learned by caring for real patients alongside a D-H nurse.

Over the past few years, the partnership has evolved to accommodate both institutions and their concurrent development. In addition to being the main clinical site for Colby-­ Sawyer nursing students, D-H offers re­sources such as faculty who are also practicing cliniFor many Colby-Sawyer nursing students, cians. In exchange, they’ve been able to hire gaining real-world experience at a Level I a steady stream of highly skilled nurses as Trauma Center as early as their sophomore well as offer continuing education for their year is what drew them to the college. employees. The partnership also recently launched the college’s first graduate program. “When you look at a nursing program, you really look at the medical center to which it’s “Our program’s success is built on a foundaattached,” Molly Schroder ’19 of Woodstock, tion of a strong curriculum, highly qualified Conn., said. “Being able to understand the nursing faculty and exceptional clinical expeworkings of a major medical center really riences, especially those offered by our partattracted me to Colby-Sawyer.” nership with D-H,” said Joan Loftus, associate professor in the School of Nursing & Health And unlike other clinical sites, DHMC receives Sciences. some of the most complicated cases. The high acuity means student nurses develop For the past three years, Colby-Sawyer’s complex skills through exposure to difficult graduating nursing class achieved a pass rate interventions.


“At a higher trauma hospital, you’re automatically learning more advanced lessons,” Allison DiGiovanni ’20 of Salem, N.H., said. “It’s way more beneficial than learning at a lower level and having to catch up.” DiGiovanni could have gone to school in Boston with its many world-class hospitals. The 18 nursing programs there, however, are all competing for the same limited clinical space. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, nursing schools across the country suffer from a shortage of quality clinical spaces. As a result, many schools send their students to several hospitals and rely on community hospitals with less acute cases. Some reduce clinical time altogether.

“I was able to correct a mistake I made in the first simulation during the second simulation,” Ben Jones ’20 of Enfield, N.H., said. “It helps close the loop of learning, so we better remember interventions.” ON THE INSIDE Any good partnership requires that both parties benefit from the relationship. In exchange for the quality clinical site, D-H cultivates a workforce that is familiar with the hospital’s operations on their first day as a professional nurse.

“If our students wish to have a job at Dartmouth-­Hitchcock, most of them have an offer before they finish their final year,” Chief Nursing Executive for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Susan Reeves ’88 said. As former dean of Colby-Sawyer’s School of Nursing & Public That shortage doesn’t apply to Colby-Sawyer, Health, Reeves worked tirelessly to build the and students appreciate the ample access partnership into its most current form. provided by the partnership. Rogers transferred from a private Rhode Island university The numbers speak for themselves: 20 of the because nursing students there were tasked 28 graduates from the Class of 2018 work at with setting up their own clinicals from a D-H; in 2017, 19 of the 28 graduates accepted large pool of institutions. At Colby-Sawyer, positions at D-H. In total, D-H employs she and her classmates spend less time coorapproximately 200 Colby-Sawyer nurses. dinating schedules and filling out paperwork Having spent so much time at D-H, Colby-­ and more time on what really matters: Sawyer graduates orient in less than half the learning to provide the best care possible. time as other new hires, according to Reeves. That’s a real cost savings for the hospital. Other schools offset limited clinical sites by increasing time spent in simulation Those nurses also go on to become integral laboratories. staff members. To date, eight Colby-Sawyer nurses have won D-H’s Areté Award for But Colby-Sawyer’s access to DHMC’s Patient Nursing Excellence. The four most recent Safety Training Center is a great resource winners received their award in 2018, spanused to augment clinical experiences rather ning graduates from 2004-15. Three Colthan replace them. by-Sawyer nurses at D-H have also received the international DAISY Award for Extraordi“We use simulation as an adjunct,” Assistant nary Nurses. Professor and Director of Simulation and Academic Support Services Renee Vebell SHADOWING, CONNECTING said. “So students see patients in the For student nurses, the opportunity to morning, then go to simulation in just a shadow alumni during their clinicals is yet window of their day. It’s the best of both another perk. Spainhower, one of the stuworlds.” dents who witnessed a birth last fall, worked with Naomi Humphrey ’17 while on her In fact, Colby-Sawyer adds a twist to simulaobstetrics rotation. tions: after each one, students switch roles and perform a similar scenario with a dif“You instantly have a connection with Colby-­ ferent perspective. Sawyer nurses,” Spainhower said. “They know

“At a higher trauma hospital, you’re automatically learning more advanced lessons.”

Katie Darak is one of four double graduates from Colby-Sawyer’s nursing programs: She earned her B.S. in 2012 and her M.S.N. in 2018. She immediately experienced professional growth due to her advanced degree and is now an assistant professor at Colby-Sawyer.

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what you’re going through and they can give you advice specific to our program, such as which websites to use for research projects or what to do for your post-clinical.”


“I know firsthand just how much physical and emotional effort Colby-Sawyer nursing students put in to meet the high expectations of the program.” Humphrey said. “So it’s really important to me to encourage students. At the very least, it feels really good to be able to tell them I’m working my dream job, and that it was so worth the schooling.” Humphrey secured a job right after commencement on the birthing pavilion, which usually doesn’t hire recent graduates, but her externship and senior practicum on the floor gave her an advantage over the competition.

Studies show that nurses with a liberal arts foundation have better patient outcomes.

SYSTEMS REVIEW: BEGINNINGS AND FUTURES While Colby-Sawyer’s nursing program has always been associated with D-H since it began in 1981, the institutions were not always as interwoven. Tremendous work on both sides created the symbiotic and growing partnership that exists today. To keep up with the surge in nursing applicants, Reeves worked across campus to strengthen the college’s liberal arts requirements. The program also brought in D-H faculty and other leaders. The college developed an organizational structure to support students through the program. In 2015, it launched the School of Nursing & Health Sciences and eventually created a dean-level position to oversee it. Other distinct staff positions add structural support. Vebell’s job is split between organizing simulation lab experiences and offering academic assistance to the college’s nursing students. And Bridget Mudge’s role as Colby-Sawyer’s clinical coordinator provides guidance to students while they’re on patient care units. No other college with clinical time at DHMC has a position like Mudge’s.



In response to a D-H request, Colby-Sawyer launched an R.N. to B.S. online degree in 2014. The program assists the hospital’s diploma and associates degree-prepared nurses by heightening their critical-thinking and communication skills — studies show that nurses with a liberal arts foundation have better patient outcomes. The program has seen continual enrollment from D-H, with 15 RNs enrolled during the spring 2019 semester. And while nurses from any institution may apply to Colby-Sawyer’s program, D-H employees receive a generous discount. In 2016, after D-H expressed a need for clinical nurse leaders, Colby-Sawyer launched its first master’s program with tremendous success. One hundred percent of the inaugural cohort of Master of Science in nursing students passed the Clinical Nurse Leader certification exam on their first attempt. In December 2018, D-H announced a $130 million expansion. To address a number of the hospital’s critical needs, the plan adds 60 inpatient beds to the existing 396. Growth for the hospital will no doubt mean growth for the Colby-Sawyer nursing program. “Increasing demands for Dartmouth-­ Hitchcock’s specialty and high-acuity care, in all disciplines, requires us to expand our capacity so that patients can access that care in Lebanon,” Reeves said. “D-H will work to recruit staff for the new space, and when the space is in use, it will open up additional training opportunities for Colby-Sawyer students. We know we need to be creative from a workforce strategy perspective, and developing and growing our partnership with Colby-­Sawyer is a critical component of those plans.” As Colby-Sawyer and D-H head into the future, both institutions will solve complex new challenges facing health care and higher education in the best way they know how: together.  ®

portfolio ,

publications exhibitions and awards by Sarah M. Smith

This fall, Professor Patrick Anderson presented “Movie Mavericks: Independent Filmmakers Who Challenge the Hollywood System” in Meredith, N.H., on Sept. 16, and Grantham, N.H., on Oct. 1. The events were sponsored by New Hampshire Humanities. Adjunct faculty member Kim Burwick’s fifth collection of poetry, Brightword, was published in October by Carnegie Mellon University Press. Katie Ford, author of If You Have to Go, says, “Brightword is a stunning lyric meditation forged under the threat of child loss. Her son’s congenital heart condition renders Burwick’s daily ongoings defined by fear and joy, each increasing each. The young boy speaks, he plays, he grows, but ‘nothing yet enters our eyes as answers.’ [...] Transformation is often this terrifying. Yet throughout it all, the child lives in a Brightword way, beseeching-without-beseeching his mother — and you, reader — to risk the same.” School of Arts & Sciences Associate Professor Ewa Chrusciel’s second of three poetry books in English, Contraband of Hoopoe, published in 2014 by Omnidawn Press, was translated into Italian by Anna Aresi and published by Ensemble Press in May. Additionally, Chrusciel was invited to be an associate editor of Poetry in Translation at Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices and participated on the panel “Polish Poetry Since Milosz” at Loyola University during the Catholic Imagination Conference in September. She also spoke at the New Hampshire Humanities’ 30th Annual Dinner in October.

Media studies major Aaron Michael Hodge ’14 and creative writing major Christian Coffman ’15 collaborated and performed a BarnArts outdoor production of Waiting for Godot in June at Fable Farms in Vermont. Creative writing major Eric Bennett ’16 also worked on the production as stage manager and visual designer.

Ann Bemis Day ’50, an award-winning poet, has authored the 14th annual Poetry Through the Year edition for the year 2020, which is at the printers, soon to be distributed. This edition will be available in several Vermont and New Hampshire bookstores. She’s also been exhibiting her photos in several galleries around Peterborough, where she lives. She won second place for her poems, “Brighten the Barn” and “August 1933” and others. Ann has given readings and presentations around Central Vermont and Peterborough. FALL 2019



This fall, adjunct faculty member Rachel Gross’s intaglio and woodblock prints were featured in “Through the Curve,” at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction, Vt. In addition, she’s had solo shows at The Aidron Duckworth Museum, Hooloon Gallery in Philadelphia, Norwich University, Plymouth State University and AVA Gallery in Lebanon, N.H.

For more than 10 years, business administration major Anne Hills Barrett ’83 has presented history lectures, recently adding women-in-history theatrical performances to her repertoire, including Martha Washington, sea-captain wife Mary Chipman Lawrence, and Belva Lockwood, the first woman to be admitted to the Supreme Court bar and an 1884 presidential candidate. Barrett performs for libraries, museums, historical societies, senior and civic groups, and in 2019 has given 70 lectures and/or performances throughout New England.

A poet currently living in Easton, Pa., Juditha Johnson Dowd ’62 has a fifth book of poetry forthcoming from Rose Metal Press. Audubon’s Sparrow, a verse biography, is told in the voice of Lucy Bakewell, the naturalist’s remarkable young wife. Dowd’s poems, short fiction and lyric essays appear in journals and anthologies, including Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Poet Lore, The Florida Review and Spillway, as well as a full-length poetry collection, Mango in Winter, which was published in 2013. The recipient of fellowships from Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, she performs with Cool Women, an ensemble reading in the New York-Philadelphia metro area. Learn more at judithadowd.org. In July, School of Business & Social Sciences Associate Professor Kathleen Farrell became a Certified Trainer for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a national nonprofit that works to make schools inclusive and safe for LGBTQ-identifying students. The certification allows Farrell to train teachers and other school staff on topics including gender, sexual orientation and LGBTQ curricular initiatives. Nursing major Ann Preston Roselle ’98 published “Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: Onset, Risk Factors, and Protective Factors” in the September issue of Journal of Psychosocial and Mental Health Nursing. At the West Virginia Music Teachers Association (WVMTA) 52nd annual conference held at Fairmont State University, Mary Wilson ’59 received the 2018 Teacher of the Year Award. Her students have been state winners on violin in competitions held by the WVMTA and the West Virginia String Teachers Association (WVSTA) for 37 consecutive years.

Anne McKinstry Dunnington ’66 and her husband, Berne Siergiej, recently published Tourists: Travels, Trials & Tribulations and Triumphs!, a book about their travels on a river cruise through Europe. Dunnington contributed photos, while her husband wrote the story. Together they have traveled to nearly 120 countries. The book is available on amazon.com.



In 2018, professional modern dance choreographer Rebecca Rice ’73 was recognized by the American Dance Guild at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre in New York City for her work, “Tribute,” which honors her family’s roots in the Denishawn School of Dancing and Related Arts. The solo was performed by guild company member Whitney Cover to the music of Schubert’s “Impromptu No. 3.” In June, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival presented the solo in the Ted Shawn Tea Garden. An excerpt can be seen at bit.ly/tribute-rice. Rice also created the “Marion Rice Dance Legacy Project” to preserve her family’s legacy in dance that began in the 1920s with her grandmother, Marion Rice, a student and performer with Denishawn founders Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn. Photography courtesy of Rebecca Rice Dance and photo by Yi Chun-Wu.

This fall, graphic design major Jack Tremblay ’94 exhibited his digital collage pieces at the South End Arts and Business Association (SEABA) ArtHop in Burlington, Vt. “My medium is best described as digital collage and gets reproduced as a bright, full-color output on a deckle-edged watercolor paper. Finished images are floated above a color matting and framed in black. Topics tend to echo ideas from literature, philosophy, film, music or art, and range in emotion from love and whimsy to awe and reverence.”

Nancy Sepe’s solo multimedia exhibit, Waking Wonders, was on view at the East Wing Gallery at Mount Wachusett Comm­ unity College in Gardner, Mass. from Nov. 12 through Dec. 9; there was an artist’s talk on Nov. 14. Sepe’s work will be on view at the Newport Art Museum in Newport, R.I. from Jan. 25 to April 26, 2020. Sepe is the senior graphic designer in the Office of Marketing & Communications and an adjunct faculty member in the School of Arts & Sciences. above: Dreamer; metal, wood, fabric, hydrocal, digital video; 32 x 18 x 3 inches.

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SPORTS NEWS FALL 2019 by Ryan Emerson


On the final day of Homecoming Weekend, Colby-­ Sawyer celebrated its 14th Annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony during which five inductees were honored. Established in 2006, 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. Below, left to right, are Cailin Bullett ’13 (Women’s Basketball), Shawn Dunstan ’12 (Alpine Skiing), Allyson Le-Bruno ’14 (Women’s Volleyball), Danielle Shannon ’11 (Alpine Skiing) and Jennifer LaChance Taylor ’10 (Women’s Tennis).

Read more at colby-sawyer.edu/hof19.



CHARGERS GIVE BACK TO BEGIN PRESEASON This fall, Colby-Sawyer’s student-athletes began their preseason in a new way. In August, the Chargers teamed with Special Olympics of New Hampshire and members of New Hampshire Law Enforcement as part of the “To Serve and Protect” and “Fueling Dreams” initiatives to raise funds for Special Olympics.

“They came in numbers, ready to work and with high energy.”

All eight fall teams participated in the event, which took place at four locations. Chargers at the Common Man Roadside rest areas in Hooksett, on Interstate 93 north and south, were joined by New Hampshire State Police, Hooksett Police and Concord Police. At Jake’s Market & Deli locations in New London and Enfield, Chargers teamed with Special Olympians.

the Jake’s locations in Enfield and New London helped raise over $5,000 in just four hours. It was a great fundraising day thanks to our law enforcement partners, our athletes, The Common Man, Jake’s and the energy and dedication of the Colby-Sawyer student-­­athletes.” New Hampshire State Police Capt. Greg Ferry echoed that sentiment. “The Colby-Sawyer student-athletes were phenomenal,” Ferry said. “They came in numbers, ready to work and with high energy that made all the difference. This was a record-breaking day for us, more than doubling our previous best day. I’ve been doing this a number of years and the way the student-athletes embraced the day directly resulted in great success. I can’t thank Colby-Sawyer and the student-athletes enough.”

At each site, volunteers helped pump gas, wash windows and spread the mission of the Special Olympics.

Colby-Sawyer Director of Athletics Bill Foti said he was proud of the athletes’ hard work. “This was a great event to be a part of to start “The students of Colby-Sawyer Athletics came the 2019 fall season,” Foti said. “All the stuout in full force for our Aug. 17 To Serve and dent-athletes were enthused and engaged Protect event,” Special Olympics of New throughout the day. We look forward to conHampshire Director of Development Carol tinuing this fruitful partnership with the Cray said. “Their enthusiasm and drive at both Special Olympics.” Common Man rest stops on Interstate 93 and FALL 2019


news from alumni relations DATE E H T E V A S


Join fellow alumni, parents, families and friends for Colby-­ Sawyer’s annual Homecoming festivities. Enjoy time on the hill, tour campus, reconnect with favorite faculty and socialize with new and old friends. Milestone reunion celebrations will take place for class years ending in 0 and 5. Visit colby-sawyer.edu/homecoming for more information.


In recent months, several alumni represented President Susan D. Stuebner and Colby-­Sawyer as official delegates to inaugural ceremonies at other institutions. We are grateful to those who accepted invitations: Karen Craffey Eldred ’86 at Marymount University on March 28, 2019 James Daley ’08 at Endicott College on Sept. 27, 2019 above, left to right:

President Susan D. Stuebner with award recipients Deborah Coffin ’76, Jean Cragin Ingwersen ’54 and Nicholas Ciarlante ’14.


During Homecoming festivities in October, the college honored three alumni for their accomplishments, service and commitment to Colby-Sawyer. Deborah Coffin ’76, a member of the Board of Trustees and a generous benefactor, received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Longtime supporter and volunteer Jean Cragin Ingwersen ’54 received the Alumni Service Award. The Young Alumni Achievement Award was presented to Nicholas Ciarlante ’14, a Winton-Black Trustee who serves as the Budget Director & Investigations Coordinator for the House Permanent Select Committee on Capitol Hill. Read more about the award recipients at colby-sawyer.edu/news/alumni-awards.



Lauren Campiglio ’10 at Saint Anselm College on Oct. 17, 2019 above:

James Daley ’08 representing Colby-Sawyer at the Endicott College inaugural ceremony.

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CORRESPONDENT NEEDED Jane MacCabe Kelly and Jeanne “Penny” Losey Bole enjoyed an afternoon together in New London in July. Jane and her daughter, Barbara, traveled from Wolfeboro, NH, and Penny and her daughter Gretchen, traveled from Shelburne, MA. The ladies stopped on campus to say hello to friends in the Alumni Office before having lunch at Peter Christian’s.


RUTH ANDERSON PADGETT ruthlajolla@aol.com Hey all you 45ers, where are you? We don’t need big news, just a, “Hi, I’m still here,” would be great. I did receive a great email from Doris Peakes Kendall, who spelled it out for all of us. She goes to bed early, sleeps late Jane MacCabe Kelly ’44 (l) and Jeanne “Penny” Losey Bole ’44 (r) stop by to say hello to friends in the Colby-Sawyer Alumni Office.

and is happy. She lives alone, is still driving, and enjoys volunteering. A nice shout out from Ruth Wilgus Rockwell in Atlanta. She would love to hear from Colby-Sawyer friends. Elizabeth Bryant Parker has moved from CT to an assisted living facility in Keene, NH, close to her daughter. She also would be happy to hear from old friends. Speaking of which, what a blessing it is to have such precious lifelong friends. I had a wonderful phone conversation with Shirley Glidden Splaine. We have been close forever and once again find ourselves on the same page with our 2 (each) grandchildren. They are about the same ages, and we love to brag about them! We covered every area possible and I had to hang up because she had to go to bed. I always forget the 3-hour time difference! Stay well and happy and hope to hear from you next time.

out while I tried to get him off the floor. Mase had A-FIB for more than 25 years and unfortunately it caught up with him during the fall. He never responded after several days on heart medication and oxygen. Our family decided that the 6 attending doctors were most likely right when they felt this was enough time to think he was most likely brain dead. Being a Navy wife for over 33 years, I was often alone from 6 to 9 months at a time. I think that kind of life made me a stronger person and I came to grips with the fact he was ready to go. Just before Mase died, one of my fellow “Oak Hammockers,” Roger Curtis, had a nice visit from his sister, Louise Curtis Hahn. Louise’s home is in Honeywood, Ontario, Canada. Between my appointments with my oncologist and radiologist, I never got to see Louise during the very few days she was here. I was disappointed as I missed her visit a few years back after Mase and I moved to Oak Hammock. As so often happens, when you live in a CCRC you may meet many people at the dinner hour. Mase and I had just happened to have dinner with Roger one night and during our conversation, he

Louise Curtis Hahn ’48, who resides in Honeywood, Ontario, Canada, during a visit with her brother Roger Curtis in Gainesville, Fla.

was flabbergasted that I knew Louise was his sister. He recently sent me some photos of the two of them while taking a walk on the Oak Hammock campus. After I sent Janet West “Westie” Williams something I’d read about New England, I received a reply from her that read, “All my family came from New England and I spent many glorious summers at various camps, not to mention attending Colby-­ Sawyer then Colby College in Maine.” Every other year Westie goes to her family reunion, which is always held at Twin Lake Villa in New London. She says it’s still a beautiful place and just right for any age, including herself at 90! I

Patricia “Pat” Bentley Nye ’48 (center) with Peg Rogers Andrews ’85 (left) and Pat’s daughter, Debbie (right), during a summer visit to campus.


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PHYLLIS “LES” HARTY WELLS lesmase17@gmail.com I lost my husband, Mase, 93, in late March. In spite of using a walker, he had begun falling a lot inside and outside our Oak Hammock villa. In late March, he fell 2 evenings in a row. The 2nd day, the 2nd fall of the evening was really bad and he passed

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remember Mase and I stayed there for our 5th reunion. Frances “Fran” Wannerstrom Clark was glad to see I was back on the computer and bringing “smiles and laughs” into my friends’ lives! Her last out-of-state trip was to her daughter Cathy’s home in FL for a fun-filled Christmas, which included a visit to Disney World! Fran and her 2 girls had planned to take their 2nd “mini cruise” to the Bahamas this spring (their 1st was around the same time last year). Unfortunately, a member of their family became seriously ill, so they cancelled. Recently, Fran enjoyed a series of secret global luncheons through her retirement community. Fran and a friend were lucky to sign up for several, but never knew until they were on the bus what country of origin and where they would dine. In May, Fran, Cornelia “Nini” Hawthorne Maytag, and several others sent me Mother’s Day greetings. Nini enjoyed Mother’s Day lunch on the Royal Gorge train. The train travels through a canyon surrounded by 360-degree views of nature’s most stunning natural wonders. You’ll find a lunch that jives with the location and the love for all things Colorado. The scenery and service aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad are second to none. West of Canon City the Arkansas River cuts through a high plateau of igneous rocks forming a spectacular steep-walled gorge over a thousand feet deep. At its narrowest point, shear walls on both sides plunge into the river creating an impassible barrier. A must see if you go to CO. I’m sorry to report that Louise Cornish Creel passed away on Nov. 30, 2018, Dorothy Kentfield Blackwell on


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April 25, 2017, and Madelon “Maddy” Pennicke Cattell on Feb. 7, 2019. Please write; we need more news!




KATHLEEN VALLIERE-DENIS OUILETTE nanapa@beeline-online.net


ROBERTA GREEN DAVIS 117 South Chester Rd., Unit 307 Swarthmore, PA 19081 Lynn Healy Nichols spends her winters on Manasota Key off Englewood, FL, on the west coast. She frequently gets together with Sheila Francis Dow, who lives on Siesta Key. They share a lot of laughs, reliving old times at wonderful CJC. Lynn recently enjoyed a Viking River Boat cruise on the Druro River in Portugal with her 2 daughters, Amy, who resides in Lynn’s hometown of Waverly, PA, and Katie Wesley ’74, from Virginia Beach.


MARILYN “WOODSIE” WOODS ENTWISTLE mainewoodsie1@gmail.com Janet Holmes Thompson is living very happily in Groton, MA, with her large family nearby. Their family gatherings usually number 20-36 people. She has 2 great-grandchildren, ages 5 months and 5 years, plus 11 grandchildren ranging in age from 9-46, including identical twins whom Janet still can’t tell apart. Janet takes part in local senior activities, such as the Interfaith Council at the Groton Temple and a bone building group that strengthens bones and improves balance. Nancy “Shum” Shumway Adams is very proud of her magnolia tree with unusual yellow blossoms (most magnolias have white flowers). When she is not bragging about her magnificent tree or playing tennis twice a week, she and Roger are planning a cruise around the New England


Islands. My roommate, Nancy Angell Turnage, had a rude awakening recently. She got out of bed when hearing an odd sound and found she was standing on a very wet floor, caused by a faulty bathroom valve that had been leaking all night, causing extensive damage throughout her lovely ranch home. Fortunately her daughter lives nearby, where she was able to stay while repairs were completed. Our other roommate, Elizabeth “Betty” Carlson Salomon, continues exercising and walking 4 miles a day. She is determined to regain her normal walking gait without her knee stiffening when it is immobile, especially when she is driving with her good right leg. She stops and walks a bit to loosen up her knee. If you are in NJ and see a blonde old gal walking along the side of the road, stop and say hi; it might be Betty! Some of you may remember me writing about Margaret “Marny” Scruton Green and all the miles she drove every winter going back and forth between Canada and FL. Well, she was on the road again last winter, traveling 3,500 miles with a side trip to see her sister-in-law. She will fly to FL and rent a car this winter. Our traveling classmate, Sally “Itchie” Hueston Day, is into all kinds of things, especially a “Wee House” 14’ high by 40’ long that can be delivered to her property. Unfortunately there are all kinds of complicated city and state regulations that keep it in the thinking stage only. Itchie’s grandson graduated from NYU and will be traveling to the Ukraine with the Peace Corps. We all know who his 1st visitor will be! Another grandson will be in Australia! I’ll end with a challenge: Let’s amaze people with how many 90 year-olds show up for our 70th Reunion in 2022!




JO-ANNE GREENE COBBAN jjcobban@ne.rr.com Thanks to all who sent greetings and sweet memories, Janet Hoffman Hansen and her husband enjoy summertime, which takes them to Harbor Springs, MI, to their home built in 1894! “The change in seasons means bike rides everywhere in town, catching up with the town residents, and enjoying friendships.” After their bike rides they return to relax on their front porch and enjoy the overlook of the lake. Dorothy Colburn Holstine and Jon relocated to a vibrant retirement community in VA, with a view of woods and walking trails about 2 hours from DC. Her granddaughter Sage and sister Matanah attend college in ME, while Rosamund is in MA and 8-year-old Harold lives close by. Last winter was quiet for Margot Thompson, who fractured a vertebra before Christmas. She traveled to Cape Cod in July. In Sept., she traveled to France, taking a boat out of Paris north with many stops, then a bus to Normandy. Margot was thrilled, as she’d always wanted to visit that area. Ann Rosenbach Scott’s 3 daughters live in NH. One is a flight attendant for Delta in Boston. Ann’s son is a pilot in Atlanta for Delta and on Mother’s Day he surprised her by being the captain on her flight from Orlando to Boston. Ann’s husband, Roger, was a captain for Delta in 1990. They were married for 61 years before he passed away and together enjoyed cruises to other countries. Ann has continued to enjoy river boat cruising in the USA. Frances “Frannie” Pryor Haws recalls the “great times in her life, friends made and the athletics we did together.” She lives in HI in a small upper unit in Yacht Club Terrace with a view of Kaneohe Bay and the Koolaw Mountains on Oahu. A daughter lives down the road and another one on Matti. Her son resides in CA. Fran and Bob have 6 grandchildren, and Fran says, “A few of them have my rascally side … poor mother.” Shirley Wright Cantara’s family is scattered

across the country, with daughter Laura living in FL and her son, Stuart, in Las Vegas, NV. Grandson Brandon is in the Air Force, Jordan is in the Coast Guard and the youngest, Cameron, attends Rowan Univ. in NJ. Instead of her usual winter months spent in FL, she remained in ME with her 14-year-old Jack Russell Terrier companion. I’m (Jo-Anne Greene Cobban) a gardener and enjoy nature more than driving, but will ride off to enjoy what New England has to offer. I keep in touch with a few CJC mates by phone or by note. A club and society member, I keep active by serving in small ways. I’ve enjoyed reading the 65-year-old stories that were shared and suggest that we share more.


GRETCHEN DAVIS HAMMER gdh777@earthlink.net Sadly, I have heard from very few classmates over the last few months, which concerns me. I hope that you are all well and busy with grandchildren, travel, family events and other positive, happy things. Rosie Carhart Keenan has been in touch a few times since our last column. She is as funny and delightful as she was when we were living in Burpee – such a positive outlook on life! Eloise Hamel Becker is

in CA, enjoying her now not-sonew home. The Nationals and the Olympics keep her interest focused on ice and blades, with wonderful commentary occasionally on what is happening. Judy Engel Hunter sent a note to the Alumni Office sharing that she and her roommate, Ellie Faulkner Jones, met in Chester, CT, for lunch when Judy was on the East Coast from her home in CO. Ellie lives in a delightful retirement village. Judy’s oldest daughter, Christy, lives in VT. A former environmental attorney, she now writes children’s books. Judy’s 2nd daughter, Deb, lives on a ranch in CO and is a retired insurance claims specialist. Youngest daughter Roberta is a college professor at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. Judy has 2 granddaughters. The oldest is a junior at Dartmouth College, and the youngest is a senior in high school. Stephanie Brown Reininger juried and showed her work in “Wild About Watercolor,” which ran from Oct. 18-Nov. 30. Ken and I (Gretchen Davis Hammer) still love VT and the 250+ snow that fell on our ski mountain last winter. What glorious skiing it provided – the best season yet! We are both retired, yet don’t seem to have enough time to do all we want to do! We did spend the month of April in

Marsha Smoller Winer ’56 (l) and Nancy Hoyt Langbein ’56 (r) at their husbands’ Bowdoin College reunion in June.

FL, where we were fortunate enough to be close enough to see our 2 younger, delightful granddaughters. Our 2 grandsons came to visit for a few days, too. A lively, wonderful time with everyone! Please remember, our 65th reunion is coming up in Oct. 2020. Before then, I would love to hear from more of you with updates on what you are doing, where you are living – all your news that’s fit to print!


NANCY HOYT LANGBEIN enlangbein@gmail.com Augusta “Gussie” Crocker Stewart and Dick are waiting on an apartment at North Hill. A lot of their furniture and household goods are stored at their son Hal’s home in Dover, NH. Joyce Carron Hall spent the holidays cooking dinner for her family. Three of her grandchildren are in college now, so it’s especially nice at holiday time. Carol Molander Linsley had another quiet year, but fortunately a healthy one. Occasional trips to Quechee, VT, being their only long outings. Guilford is a nice quiet town to be “old” in … easy to get around, close by shopping and activities, super emergency medical help. Ralph still uses Planet Fitness daily, and Carol uses the Westbrook YMCA for aqua exercise and swimming laps. She has a fun weekly bridge game at the Community Center. Their kids are busy with their jobs and lives but they manage to visit periodically. Grandkids are growing up into interesting adults. Riggs is a ski instructor at Vail, CO; Curtis a mechanical engineer in Farmington, CT, with Canada as one of his territories; Paige is serving an internship in Madrid; Catherine is hoping for medical school next year; Tren is still in college; Grey and Wilson are at Columbia Middle School in NYC. Arlene Annan DeMoss and Rich have been traveling all over CA, seeing the sites and visiting grandchildren. 2018 was a good year for Elizabeth “Betty” Coleman Lincoln. In the fall she spent some time in Washington, DC, where she enjoyed the many attractions. In the spring she

Suzanne vander Veer ’57 poses for a photo in front of the original Colby Junior College for Women sign during a summer visit to campus.

attended her grandson’s graduation from the College of Charleston in SC. Betty had never visited Charleston before and thoroughly enjoyed the lovely city. Sandy Fishbein Channen had lived in Haverhill, MA, for 78 years, until 4 years ago when she broke her hip and her sons moved her to Brightview Retirement Home in North Andover. She is in independent living and continues to drive. Sandy has 3 sons and 5 grandchildren, all of whom live nearby. Sandy feels blessed to be in good health and going strong every day. She would love to hear from fellow CJC classmates. Ed and I, Nancy Hoyt Langbein, enjoyed a week driving trip to see our daughter and son-in-law in Colchester, CT. Our daughter, Susan, spent a week in England visiting her son, John, who is getting his master’s at the University of Sussex.


JILL BOOTH MACDONELL jillphotoart@yahoo.com Suzanne Vander Veer is active in many activities in her community and also in Philadelphia. She has chaired and been a board member of many different groups, including the Junior League, the Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia and The Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, and she has been a docent for the

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MARSHA HALPIN JOHNSON marnamhj@gmail.com


Marsha Halpin Johnson ’59 enjoys a summer visit from her Friendship Family student Thinn Thinn ’14.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. Elaine “Buzzy” Mecca Madden’s favorite hobby is playing duplicate bridge. She is a member of one of the oldest bridge clubs in New England, The Puritan Bridge Club, Braintree, MA, which was formed in 1920. She recently became manager of the 848 member club. Buzzy’s bridge roots go back to 1955, playing in Burpee Butt. What fun we had! News from Colby-Sawyer of the passing of Janice Lancaster Bastow, Faith Hirsch Rogers, Helen Harvey Proulx and Sheila “Mickey” Rooney (see In Fond Memory). Their faces are vivid in my memory. Rest in peace, dear classmates. I, Jill Booth Macdonell, continue to help plan the Haven for Hope, San Antonio, model, empowering the homeless in Sacramento. You can see on the web what they do down in Janice Eaton Atkins’ neck of the woods. Send news! See me on Facebook!


CYNTHIA GRINDROD VAN DER WYK cindyinhb@hotmail.com

PATTY CANBY COLHOUN pccolhoun@gmail.com Anne Bishop Yetman wrote from Paris where she and her daughter, Jill, were visiting her granddaughter, who was spending a semester with a group from NYU. Anne never thought she would be spending most of her life in KS. Her husband, Norm, is a retired professor who taught for 50 years at the Univ. of KS. Anne sold her store, the Bay Leaf, after more than 25 years. Anne and Norm divide time with Jill in LA, a son in Denver and their home in Stone Harbor, NJ. She is grateful for her wonderful life. Charlotte Heyl McLaughlin and George are now residents of Marco Island, FL, where they will spend Nov. and Jan.-March. She says there are Princeton and Harvard groups in Marco, so why not Colby-Sawyer! The McLaughlins spend their summers in Sun Valley, ID, another beautiful location. They have 7 granddaughters who love ID. Sally Stevens Rood had just visited with Bobbie McCabe Warner in Wallingford, CT, and saw Bobbie’s daughter, Debbie, and the Choate School. They remembered many details of growing up on and around the Choate campus in the 40s and 50s. Susie Frank Hilton’s mother Joan passed away at the age of 104. Sue and Dick’s independent travels took them to Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen from July 31 to Aug. 23. They had an 8-day tour of the Geiranger Fjord and Majestic Railways. Their eldest granddaughter, Taylor Steiner, graduated with highest honors is attending the Univ. of FL and plans on medical school and a future in oncology. Ann Hoar Floyd reported that the Colby Marine Communities study group spent a wonderful time at Martha’s Vineyard last fall. She gets her science fix and return to college life through this group! She is happily living in a fully handicap accessible home built on her “farm” on


Chappaquiddick. It is designed in an H shape with separate living spaces. The planning was exciting and daunting. One unusual aspect is that she and Tom will be sharing the home with her first husband’s 2nd wife and her amazing husband. Bobbie Taeffner Kulp and Tom live in Yardley, PA, where they have been since 1977. She and Tom are retired, traveled for a while, and are now considering other options. They are busy with church, nonprofit work, golf and enjoy an active social life. Bobbie keeps in touch with Charlene Wolcott Gray and Sharley Janes Bryce, as they meet with their husbands every year or 2 and talk as much as they did when they were in Page. Betsey Loveland Wheeler celebrated her 80th birthday in April. Betsey graduated from CJC with a BS in medical records administration in 1961. In 1963 she married Rich Wheeler, eldest son of Wayne and Alice Wheeler for whom Wheeler Hall is named. Sadly, Rich died in 2003. Betsey has 2 sons, Carl and Chris, along with 5 grands, ranging in age from 12-24. All her family is in the New England area. Betsey makes trips to New England yearly, specifically Cape Cod, where they share a family home. She has volunteered at the Strong Memorial Hospital for 12 years and at the Highland Hospital for 6 years. She is a member of P.E.O. and a deacon in her church, which she finds rewarding. Judy Johnson Gibbs wrote as she was packing her bags to go to Crooked Island in the Bahamas for fishing with friends. She and her husband, Gerry, have an active life in ME, including fishing, biking, hiking with their dog Jack, snowshoeing, kayaking, gardening and time with friends. Judy has been taking piano lessons for 2 years, which she really enjoys. They have 2 grandchildren in CO and 3 in MA. All are very active in sports. Judy loves to travel and they visited the Canadian Peninsula in New Brunswick and PEI. I, Patty Canby Colhoun, enjoyed a crazy RV trip with my daughter, Ann, who lives in Paris. We hit 10 states, driving 4,221 miles in 13

days. It was amazing! Great weather, fantastic country! We saw Canby, MN; Canby, OR; and Canby, CA; along with fantastic National Parks, landscapes, wildlife and friends. A once-in-alifetime trip. We will finish it next year by renting a car and staying in hotels. There is Fort Canby State Park still to see. I also spent a week in Paris for the consecration of the European Episcopal Bishop at the American Cathedral. Ann is on the vestry and I had the honor to usher at the service. Bishop Michael Curry was amazing as he did the Sunday service. Needless to say, I was devastated by the fire in Notre Dame. My roommate, Gale Hartung Baldwin, called me with the news just after the fire had broken out. My life in Boothbay Harbor continues to be busy as I am the Senior Warden for St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, work once a week with 2nd graders in their reading programs, volunteer at the YMCA and serve as a ticket seller at our nonprofit movie theatre weekly. I play Mah-Jongg and Quiddler weekly. I enjoy designing and hooking rugs. I was honored last fall to be inducted into the Colby-­ Sawyer Athletic Hall of Fame. Wow! It really hit home when I entered the Hogan Center and saw my name on the large plaque! Gale came to do the introduction. Sorry to miss Alumni Weekend but Sue Barto Monks and I are taking a Vik Riverboat Cruise. Our condolences go out to the families of Nancy Phillips Decker and Barbara Bruce Welt. Always hoping to hear from more of the Class of 1960. Thanks to those who responded this time. 






DONNA DEDERICK WARD meadowoodfarm@comcast.net



KATHRINE CONATHAN REARDON kathyr1230@aol.com Susan Patricelli Regan and her husband, Bill, were featured in the April 2019 issue of Granby Living. The article focused on the Regan’s Foxfield F.A.R.M. project, an equine therapy program for veterans and first responders dealing with PTSD. For more information, visit foxfieldrecoverymission.org.




CORRESPONDENT NEEDED Editor’s note: Special thanks to Susan Woodruff Macaulay, who served as class CORRESPONDENT from 2015 – 2019. Treacy Hickok Malloy lives in the San Francisco Bay area and is retired after 13 years as a disaster planner for the University of California. She continues to be an active member on the Board of Directors at the YWCA Berkeley-Oakland. Treacy is married to the love of her life and best friend, Jim. They have a son, daughter-in-law with a granddaughter (7), who live just minutes away. The Malloys like to travel and Jim sails competitively. Treacy writes, “I’d like to enthusiastically report that I am still above ground, and life is good.” John and I, Susan Woodruff Macaulay, have a full life with our church activities and long-time friends. Sometimes it Forever friends Meredith Jones ’67 (l) and Edith Parker Posselt ’67 (r) at the Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut in April.

Beth Halloran Bourguignon ’67 with her daughter, Amy, and grandson, Drew.

is difficult to balance that life with our new life at Highland Springs in Dallas. We are very fortunate to be in good health with energy to spare! Our year continues to include much travel. Last Feb. we were in Bradenton, FL. In May we traveled to the eastern shore of MD to spend a few days with John’s siblings and spouses, a yearly occurrence somewhere in the lower 48 states. In June we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) in San Diego with members and long-time friends. John and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary this year with our children on an Alaskan cruise tour from Vancouver, BC, to Fairbanks. From there we were off to CO and then on to New England to visit all my relatives. To round out the year, we will travel to Amsterdam, Netherlands, for an IMA Global Board meeting, the organization for which John served as chair of the board. While in Europe, we will take a Rhine and Mosel river tour from Antwerp to Basel, Switzerland.

SIS HAGEN KINNEY kinivan06@gmail.com Sis Hagen Kinney was recently appointed editor of her community’s monthly newsletter, “Harbor Lights.” She also edits the “Weekly Briefs,” which markets events that are occurring in the community. Francie King’s company, History Keep, specializes in creating personal biographies of individuals and families in the form of hardcover legacy books. Among her favorite recent book projects was the story of an extraordinary gentleman named Vincent St. Onge. A French Canadian by birth, he grew up in a family of mill workers in a cold-water flat in upstate NY, and ultimately became a president of GTE-Sylvania, an industrial lighting giant. His story, audiotaped and then written over a year’s time, was one of growth and change, wisdom and humility. The book is titled Vincent St. Onge: My Life. Mr. St. Onge passed away in Aug. 2019. Beth Halloran Bourguignon lost her husband, Ty, in Dec. 2018, 3 years after he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Though she retired in 2017, Beth continues to work 10 hours/week at the Needham Children’s Center. She works with Susanne Day Teachout ’01 and her sister, Carolyn Day Reulbach ’09. Beth’s daughter Amy, her husband, and 4-year-old son Drew live in Woburn, MA, and Amy works in HR for CDM Smith in Boston. Beth’s son, Greg, works for SunLife Financial in Wellesley, MA. Last summer Beth, Amy and Drew spent time in Moclips, WA, with Ty’s sister and family. Beth spent the month of Aug. in Long Island, ME, in Casco Bay.





Kate Balcke ’74 celebrates at the summit of Hunter Mountain in the Catskills after completing the Northeast mountain peaks over 4,000 feet.


GAIL REMICK HOAGE gail@michaelsschool.com


ELLIE GOODWIN COCHRAN elliegc51@gmail.com I, like many of you, recently celebrated my 50th high school reunion and it was great fun! We all commented on our pleasure in reconnecting and I hope that will be true for all of us in 2 years when we celebrate our 50th at Colby-Sawyer. From Southern California, Nancy Bokron Lavigne reports that she hopes to travel more since her husband recently sold his business. She is still in real estate, though she says she’s now working with only the people she likes! She keeps in touch with Sally Leyland Barlow and Nancy Gardner and they enjoy mini reunions. Mary Lou Sibley Wolfe is enjoying empty nesting in the Beaver Lake area of WA. They enjoy biking and hiking. I’m sorry to report that Sarah McCanna passed away on Dec. 28, 2018. I hope you are all enjoying work, family, travel, retirement, or whatever you are up to, and feel free to share that with your classmates. I could go on forever about our grandson and our latest travel adventure.

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LINDA KELLY GRAVES dikeroka@aol.com Susan Erhard Todd has been living in Sarasota, FL, since her husband, Robert F. Todd, III M.D., PhD retired in 2015. They were on Longboat Key for the 3 previous years. They spend 4 months in the summer on Rangeley Lake, ME. Susan keeps in touch with Elizabeth “Betsy” Monagan Heitz and her big family. Susan would love to hear from any Colby-Sawyer alums in the area. I am sure there are a good number of you there, if even just in the winter months. I know Lucy Main lives part of the year in the St. Petersburg area. I, Linda Kelly Graves, caught up with Deborah Ross Chambliss recently. We had a fun, martini free, 3-hour lunch catching up on everything and everyone. I also had a pleasant visit with my 1st college roommate, Nancy Bianchi Miller, in NH. Always fun to catch up with her, too. I would love to hear from others! I was recently on campus and, as always, came away incredibly impressed with all that is done on that campus and how the college and its leadership continues to find opportunities to enhance the Colby-Sawyer experience for its students and the community. I am nothing but grateful for all that Colby-Sawyer brought to my life, and am so proud of all our alma mater does to educate and provide a path to the future for its students.


NANCY MESSING nrmessing@aol.com


SUSAN BROWN WARNER warners@optonline.net Katie Balcke attended a ceremony in April to receive a certificate and patch for completing the North East (ME, NH, VT and NY) mountain peaks over 4,000 feet. The club is called the North East 111 Club, although you have to climb 115 peaks to become a member. Amy Taylor Davis retired as a vice president and trust officer for PNC Wealth Management in Aug. 2018. She

is thoroughly enjoying retirement, taking classes at the University of Delaware’s Academy of Life Long Learning, and looking forward to traveling extensively.


JILL MCLAUGHLIN GODFREY Jillgodfrey25@gmail.com


JANET E. SPURR spurr1@msn.com Kristen Dabrowski Gould lives in Kennebunk, ME, and recently retired from a career as an adaptive riding instructor for children and adults with physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities. She volunteers for the Southern Maine Agency on Aging as an instructor of Tai Chi for balance and health. Other activities include pleasure riding and occasional showing with her Morgan mare, Maine Lee Valencia; spending relaxing time at her camp in Dallas Plantation near Rangeley, ME; biking, swimming, kayaking, her 2 herding dogs – a Corgi and a Collie – and playing tennis in the summer and paddleball in the winter.


CORRESPONDENT NEEDED Margery Hudson Dumaine was the 2018 national winner of the “Picture Perfect” contest for employees of Lifetouch Inc.’s School Portrait division. Margery’s winning entry was a short video featuring a super-hero, “The Comb,” who flies to the rescue to fix hair emergencies, ensuring picture perfect photos. After 38 years as a librarian in schools and public libraries, Margery is enjoying retirement and a part-time position with Lifetouch.




DEBRA BRAY MITCHELL dbraymitch@gmail.com Paula J. Magnanti MT (ASCP), Founder & CHSO, VP IT, Ophthalmic & Innovative Solutions for


Anne Tilney ’76 (l) and Barbara Carroll ’76 (r).

Strategic Healthcare Solutions brings more than 25 years as a health care executive leader and award-winning board advisor, driving innovation. On Sept. 27, she was inducted as the 1st VP at the newly formed Sudbury Charter Lions Club in Sudbury, MA.




PAMELA AIGELTINGER LYONS pamalyons@verizon.net






DIANE PLACE STATKUS d.statkus@comcast.net Kim Fish Rumrill and Pam Birnie Spearing, roommates and best friends from their days in Burpee dorm, met in Portsmouth, NH, in the summer of 2018 and enjoyed a cruise together. In Oct., Kim was on campus for Homecoming, where she offered a workshop on forensic biology, calling upon her years of experience as a forensic criminologist for the NH State Police Crime Lab. While on campus, she enjoyed catching up with Margaret Coulter and Barbara Woodbury Marzelli ’85.

Kim Fish Rumrill ’84 (l) and Pam Birnie Spearing ’84 (r) got together in Portsmouth N.H. in 2018.






KYM PRINTON FISCHER mkjfischer@yahoo.com




CAROLYN CHERUBINO MCGRAW mcgraw.carolyn@gmail.com


JANETTE ROBINSON HARRINGTON janetteharrington13@gmail. com


GRETCHEN GARCEAUKRAGH redsoxfan78210@yahoo.com


BETH BRYANT CAMP ecamp@colby-sawyer.edu JENNIFER BARRETT SAWYER jjmasawyer@comcast.net


DAWN HINCKLEY Prettygyrl911s@gmail.com


Hillary Woodward Pincoske ’96 (l), Josh Pincoske ’97 (center) and Lori Monroe Lombardi ’97 (r) ran into each other at The Community Oven in Hampton, N.H.


JULIE CAMP camp_julie@hotmail.com STACY BANKS NIEMAN sniemana@gmail.com Heather Stockford Sade works for Cox College in Springfield, MO, as the chair of online learning & general education. She and her husband, Steven, live just outside the city with their 2 dogs.


ALLISON LATHAM HOSGOOD ahosgood13@gmail.com Kristen Bitler’s daughter, Emily, recently transferred to Colby-­ Sawyer as a junior psychology major. Kristen is very excited that her daughter is a new addition to the CSC family. Amy Henderson has covered auto racing for over 15 years as an accredited member of NASCAR Media. Her writing has been featured in the Athlon Sports Racing Annual, as

(l to r) Kyle Battis ’99, Kevin Flynn ’00, Rob Kasprzak ’98, Ryan Morley ’99 and Lahn Penna ’99 got together recently for some axe-throwing fun.

well as Frontstretch and other sports outlets. In 2017 she won her 5th National Motorsports Press Association writing award. Amy has won awards for her coverage of the NASCAR national series in both race coverage and column categories for her work at Frontstretch.com.






JAMIE GILBERT KELLY kellynewhouse2015@gmail. com CHRISTOPHER QUINT christopher.quint@gmail.com

Old and new friends enjoy a visit to the Ice Castles last winter. Amie Pariseau ’97 (front), Lori Monroe Lombardi ’97 and her daughter, Victoria (l), and Donna Studley ’97 and her son, Austin (r)


CORRESPONDENT NEEDED Shane Hoover has been employed by GFA Federal Credit Union for 7 years as AVP, residential lending officer. He recently passed the CUNA exam, adding BSA compliance specialist to his accreditation. Kyle Battis shared that his digital marketing agency, NH Strategic Marketing, recently celebrated 8 years in business. The company helps small businesses with their online marketing. This year they launched a NH-based media site called www.HereInNH.com. Check it out to get the inside scoop on NH-based businesses and events.

Meg Dougherty Purdy ’95 with her husband, Dan, and their daughters, Elizabeth (l) and Stella (r) in Sunapee Harbor.

TARA SCHIRM CAMPANELLA taracampanella@gmail.com JENNIFER PRUDDEN MONTGOMERY Jenpmontgomery1978@gmail. com Colleen Octeau Balzotti has been working as the graphic design manager for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce for 14 years. This fall she added professor to her title, as she is teaching 2 night classes at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Conway, SC: Design 1 and Computer Graphics 1. Her sons, Dominic and Thomas, began 3rd and 6th grade.




NICOLE FOWLER MARTIN nicole.martin3@gmail.com CHERYL LECESSE RICHARDSON cheryllecesse@gmail.com


LISA NOYES HARDENBROOK litha81@hotmail.com


ERIC EMERY ericemery6@msn.com


MONICA MICHAUD MILLER michaud_monica@hotmail.com Jen Haagensen visited the White Mountains of NH with her fiancé, James, and his family in Aug. They made a day-trip to Colby-Sawyer. Jen recently completed her epilepsy fellowship and has accepted a position as an epileptologist and assistant professor with Medstar Georgetown University/Franklin Square Hospital.


ANN COULTER anne.marie.coulter@gmail.com

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Jen Haagensen ’05 atop Victor the Charger during a visit to campus.


ASHLEY RODKEY rodkeyah@yahoo.com STEPHANIE GUZZO stephanie.guzzo@gmail.com Ben Warnick married Lauryn Bennett in Oct. 2019. The wedding took place at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute. Sarah Dow-Fleisner completed her Ph.D. in social work from Boston College in 2017. She was recruited to join the faculty in the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia in Canada. She and her husband, Shawn Fleisner ’06, moved across North America to British Columbia in 2018. As a professor at UBC, she teaches at the graduate level and is developing a research program focused on maternal and child health and wellbeing. Sarah has presented her research at numerous peer-review conferences and published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals. A recent article she co-authored was highlighted by the local media, and she gave a live interview on the local CBC radio station. Sarah is a co-investigator on a major Tri-Counsel funded grant, examining the relationship between organizational environment and practice model on client outcomes in child protective service agencies.

Ben Warnick ’07 married Lauryn Bennett in Oct. 2018. Joining the bride and groom on their wedding day were Ryan Willis ’04, Nate Duncklee ’07, Erin Stepro Duncklee ’07, Mike Croatti ’05, Amy Richards Howse ’07, Jay Howse ’07, Ellen Naughton ’09, Tom White ’09, Anna Clark Ramsay ’07, Brian Haddad ’07, Kris Ramsay ’08, Kevan Donovan ’07, Greg Genest ’06, Jackie Sullivan Genest ’06, Justin Sakovitz ’08, Chris Woods ’04, Chris Gaeta ’09, Ryan Connelly ’08 and Dan O’Brien ’08.


SARAH HEANEY PELLETIER sh.heaney@gmail.com Geoff Pushee was named the Shikar-Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year for 2018 and was promoted to Sergeant last Sept. with NH Fish and Game. Steph Shamel Watson gave birth to a baby girl, Aurora Maeve, in July 2018.


ELIZABETH CRESSMAN ecressman1986@gmail.com NICOLE POELAERT COSTANZO npoelaert@yahoo.com Elizabeth Cressman continues her work with at-risk children and families. She volunteers at her church as the chair of the community outreach team, where she heads up a number of community service projects. Kristen Romanko Read opened a nursery school at her house this past spring. Aubrey Thomas is the secretary of the finance committee in Shirley, MA. She works as a development associate for corporate and foundations relations at Northeastern University, where she is also taking classes toward her master’s degree in public administration.


BRITTANY MAILMAN bjmailman@gmail.com Eric Ciccone, lead guitarist for the Denver, CO, based band Rastasaurus, joined Bob Marley’s band the Wailers for the 3rd year in a row for their annual CO tour in Jan. In March, the band opened for 8-time Grammy winner Stephen Marley. They are currently in studio to release a full length album, adding to 2 previously recorded EPs. The band was voted as Denver’s best reggae band in 2017 and has played with the UK-based, Grammy award winning band Steel Pulse, Vermont jamband giants Twiddle, and other renowned reggae bands Midnite, the Melodians, Barrington Levy and Stick Figure. They have headlined theaters and clubs in CO, NM, WY and MO, as well as starting to tour the country and reuniting at shows with CSC friends in MA and NH! David Fleishman, principal and director of accounts and site services for BBK Worldwide, was named one of the 100 most inspiring people in life sciences by PharmaVoice magazine. The award recognizes David for his influence as a corporate leader and his positive impact on the industry.


JOHN MCCARTHY johnmccar.11@gmail.com


Dr. Sarah Dow-Fleisner ’07 and Shawn Fleisner ’06 at Sarah’s graduation from Boston College, where she received her Ph.D. in social work in 2017.


KASSANDRA PIKE kassandra. pike@gmail.com COURTNEY PIKE cpike@corpedgroup.com


Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Maria Cimpean, who served as class correspondent from 2013 – 2018. Maggie Gousse Wood started a new job last spring at Grove Collaborative in Portland, ME, a San Francisco-based e-commerce startup that sells natural home, beauty and personal care products. She helps customers make conscientious choices for their home, their family and the planet. Check it out at  www.grove. co! Dan Mawhinney graduated in May ’18 with a master’s in social work from the University of Central FL and soon thereafter started working as a medical neglect child advocate for the Osceola County Children’s Advocacy Center in Kissimmee, FL. This represented a return to his ’16-’17 internship site. He is currently working toward becoming a licensed clinical social worker.


STACY HANNINGS stacyhannings@gmail.com


MOLLY PAONE mollypaone1109@gmail.com Christi Wilson works full time for

Geoff Pushee ’08 was named the Shikar-Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year for 2018.

Spurwink Services as a foster parent support liaison for the York County, ME, DHHS Office of Children and Family Services. She also began as an organizing intern at Maine People’s Alliance for her MSW program at UNE. Ha “Windy” Pham received her master’s degree in 2018 and began working at Encore Boston Harbor in Sept. of that year. She serves on the opening team, who hired over 5,000 employees from the region. Windy manages the company’s partnership with local charitable organizations, volunteer events and foundations. Last year the Encore team donated 4,000 volunteer hours in the local community. Two years ago, Morgan Allen became a teacher-naturalist for CT Audubon, working for the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center in Old Lyme. She was involved in the group process of re-writing the NGSS, Next Generation Science Standards, for 6-8th grade for CT. This fall Morgan returned to school for her master’s in environmental education at Southern CT State University. Morgan continues her love of art, ceramics, paintings, and doing Henna. You can find her online at Henna Designs by Morgan. In Aug., Greg Barlow received his master’s in science in communications: public relations from La Salle University. He achieved this while working 60-hour weeks as the assistant

Zac Kershaw ’16 and his bride, Emilie, enjoy the company of Colby-Sawyer friends at their summer wedding in Lyme, N.H. Joining in the festivities were Taylor O’Connor ’16, Michael Bowse ’16, Chris Finlay ’16, Jodi Dumayne ’16, Patrick Wyman ’16, Jay Laviolette.

director of communications for the American Athletic Conference in Providence, RI, one of the most prolific Division I intercollegiate athletic leagues in the country. Greg recently transitioned away from athletics and now works on the campus of UMass Amherst as the associate director for communications and engagement for the Law and Society Association. However, he remains active in the sport realm and stats football and hockey games for the College of the Holy Cross on weekends. 


HERMELLA TEKLE-SHIRLEY hermella.tekle@gmail.com My husband, Andrew, and I, Hermella “Ella” Tekle-Shirley, had our traditional Ethiopian wedding on May 12, 2019, at Adulala Resort in Debrezeit, Ethiopia. It was the most memorable and

happiest day of our lives! We are grateful for our families and friends who traveled from all over the world to be part of our big day! CSC alumna Kaho Onomichi was my maid of honor.


MORGAN WILSON morganwilsonportfolio@gmail. com


CORRESPONDENT NEEDED Megan Pickett has begun her 2nd year as a Ph.D. candidate at the School of English, Creative Writing and American Studies at the University of Hull in Hull, England. Ariana Russo is a master’s student in the occupational therapy program at the University of Southern Maine. Since graduating from CSC, she has been working as a behavior health professional for KidsPeace, an agency that provides home and

Megan Pickett ’18 is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of English, Creative Writing and American Studies at the University of Hull in Hull, England.

Hermella “Ella” Tekle-Shirley ’16 and her husband, Andrew, at their traditional Ethiopian wedding in May.

community therapy to children and families that have experienced trauma. She writes, “This has been an extremely rewarding job and I have learned so much that I will take with me into my master’s program.”


CORRESPONDENT NEEDED After graduating, Tanisha Clark moved back home and worked over the summer while applying for athletic training jobs. In July, she accepted a position as an assistant athletic trainer at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT. She lives on campus and is a dorm advisor in an all-female freshmen dorm. Jourdain Bell joined the investor relations team at Alumni Ventures Group, one of the world’s most active venture capital firms, 3 months after graduation. He works as an investor’s main point of contact for investment closings, liquidation processing, and general inquiries, etc. Ashleigh Wilson started a job at Gordon Research Conferences as a conference operations associate. Alton Rorick is living in Japan and working as an English Teacher with the JET Program. He works with elementary and middle school children. He says, “Adjusting to a different culture is a bit difficult, but I’m giving it my all.” Meagan Thomsen is working as a psychiatrist assistant at Maine Behavioral Healthcare.  ®

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in fond memory 1937 Virginia “Ginny” Enslin Fagan April 28, 2019 Alice Chase Taylor September 23, 2019 1940 Jean Porter Broders June 21, 2019 1941 Arlene Bernardi Vecchi October 22, 2017 Isabelle Duffett Langner March 26, 2019 1942 Helen “Anne” Jillson Hilt September 12, 2002 Sara Felton Bruins March 26, 2018 Peggy Irwin Shattuck April 4, 2019 Betty Carmody Giddings July 3, 2019 Lois Wetsel Schweizer July 7, 2019 1943 Janet Fisher Bockus March 9, 2015 Shirley Hobbs Craven April 4, 2019 Julia Ann Keeney Walton July 16, 2019 1944 Catharine “Kay” English Kipe March 18, 2016 Joan Sandler Musen April 5, 2019 Nancy Walker Guernsey April 26, 2019 Elinor Files Halsted September 25, 2019

1946 Penny W. Richards September 4, 2015 Lois Lippincott Lang May 31, 2019 Jane Hatch Benson August 24, 2019 1947 Thelma Bergman Parker August 11, 2014 Renee Goldblatt Gilbert December 22, 2018 Polly White Phillips May 17, 2019 Barbara Lindgren Maki July 10, 2019 Emily Hartshorn Godfrey September 10, 2019 1948 Jane Luce Russell February 5, 2019 Camilla Lanzafame Magnoli April 12, 2019 1949 Charity Phillips Wolfe July 2, 2005 Audrey Nead Smith June 2, 2009 Iva Roberts Duffett September 11, 2010 Sally Woodbury Korn March 7, 2014 Susanne Neiley White March 10, 2015 Patricia Vollmers Elliott February 18, 2017 Beryl Greenwald May 27, 2017 Jean Foster Shugrue November 27, 2017 Anne Hull Sargent March 16, 2019 Antoinette “Toni” Brevillier April 15, 2019


1950 Patricia Vaughn Hatch November 19, 2018 Virginia “Ginny” Colpitts Bowers March 6, 2019 Jean Wheeler Blackmur June 27, 2019 Virginia Hall Cameron July 19, 2019 Nancy Beals Tuccillo August 5, 2019 1951 Janet Ten Broeck Pierce July 5, 2015 Nancy Atwood Hutchinson November 30, 2017 Joan White Snively March 5, 2019 Anmarie Roessler Smith April 2, 2019 Joan Hadley Lena April 17, 2019 Joan Litzebauer Brubaker July 23, 2019 1952 Margaret “Peggy” Fifield Fife March 15, 2013 Marcelle Masson McAloon September 1, 2014 Nancy “Ann” Schwarzman Thomas July 3, 2019 1953 Mary “Phyllis” Coppeto Mischou September 27, 2018 Carolyn Nagel Kaufman March 15, 2019 Darthea “Dottie” Wells Hunt March 27, 2019 Barbara “Bobbi” Howe Tucker June 19, 2019 Nancy Prann Segee June 20, 2019

1954 Joan Thornburg Evans May 4, 2012 Margaret Pepper McGovern June 28, 2014 Barbara Ritter Peterson November 1, 2014 Joan Chance Hallberg January 4, 2015 Ruth Levy Schultz April 19, 2016 Virginia “Ginny” Sbarra Boeck July 12, 2017 Kendall Passmore January 1, 2018 Carol Nelson Reid November 24, 2018 Earlene Thomas Babbitt January 4, 2019 Virginia Schlicht Neumann January 13, 2019 Carol Crocker Rice March, 24, 2019 Marilyn Talbot Gast April 11, 2019 Barbara Rogers Berndt June 17, 2019 Diane Worth Marks September 8, 2019 1955 Joan Piatt Fisher December 31, 2018 Susan Litchfield Rogal April 19, 2019 Marinda “Mindy” Helmer Beinert April 21, 2019 Ann Whaley Hosted April 21, 2019 Ruth Houston Fowler July 9, 2019

in memoriam 1956 Joan Privette Painton January 2, 2019 Susan MacKey Gallic March 15, 2019 Marianne Riley Coulthurst May 30, 2019 Sibyl Sutton Strickland June 17, 2019 Barbara Brown Barrett August 9, 2019 1957 Sandra Palmer Jack December 8, 2010 Joan Guthrie Domian December 17, 2017 Janice Lancaster Bastow December 11, 2018 Diana Huxley Pfister February 22, 2019 Nadine Nellis Glover March 2, 2019 Charlotte Dorney DiMartinis July 25, 2019 1958 Judith Cutler Rayno April 1, 2019 Elisabeth Jones King April 26, 2019 Edith M. Radley May 21, 2019 1959 Thrude Saylor Breckenridge February 6, 2019 1961 Betsy Rockwell Bartholomew June 2, 2019 1962 Alice Bash Weygandt April 14, 2015 Janice Norvig September 8, 2019 1963 Susan V. London April 20, 2015

1965 Patricia Voight Ziegner July 22, 2018 Deborah Holloway Kelley August 6, 2019 Jill Barry Hodsdon August 15, 2019 1966 Anne Ashenfelter Savona October 12, 2018 Ann Dickerson Swanson June 27, 2019 1967 Gail Mattson Colls June 9, 2012 1969 M. Carlyle Brady February 4, 2014 1975 Laurie C. Zeiser September 16, 2019 1976 Lynn Lukas Harvey December 25, 2018 Janet F. Halpin April 13, 2019 1979 Janet Head Gustafson January 22, 2014 Kathleen Gray Castellano August 26, 2016 1983 Doireann Sargent May 19, 2019 1994 Andrea Hammond Burke December 28, 2017 2002 Steven Brooks Chaffee April 19, 2019 2011 Ashley A. Sievers December 6, 2018

Robert A. Schwartz Legends Society Member Robert “Bob� A. Schwartz, 76, a resident of Grantham, N.H., died on Nov. 7 after a brief illness. He was born in Norwalk, Conn. Bob was a life-long learner. He received a B.S. in economics from the University of Bridgeport, a degree in business and entrepreneurship from Sacred Heart University and, later in life, he attended Yale Law School. He was an avid reader and particularly liked to read about world affairs. He and his wife, Mauri, have always had a passion for education and were inducted into the Colby-Sawyer Legends Society in 2006 for their planned estate gift to the college. Bob had a long career in aviation that began in 1963 with his role as a jet mechanic crew chief in the United States Air Force. He later became manager of the Bay Bridge Airport in Stevensville, Md., where he was a Gold Seal Flight Instructor and Certified Aviation Weather Reporter. He was later employed at FlightSafety International in New York as a flight instructor. Bob flew for 14 years and was a Boeing 727 pilot for United Airlines, Braniff International and American Airlines. Following his time in the aviation industry, Bob had a variety of successful careers and was an avid businessman. He worked at Marine Contracting International where he designed and managed underwater construction projects, received his commercial real estate license and opened RAS Realty in Norwalk, Conn., and designed and made specialized sporting goods carrying cases for W. Waller and Son. Later in life, Bob moved to Grantham, where he worked part-time for the Grantham Police Department for more than 25 years. Bob also had a love for animals and cars. Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Mauri (Dibner) Schwartz of Grantham; children, Constance and Ryan Lewis of Pittsburg, Pa., Darcy and Nicholas English of Virginia Beach, Va. and Donna and Greg Morneau of Grantham; and two grandchildren, Kylie Lewis and Nate Morneau. Read more at chadwickfuneralservice.com/obituary/ robert-schwartz.

A Look Back at the Health Sciences by Brantley Palmer


ith the college’s renewed focus on the health sciences, it’s only fitting to take a look back at how the medical field has long played an important role in the history of Colby-Sawyer College.

below: Colby Junior College students examine X-ray images of a human hand inside a laboratory in Reichhold Hall sometime in the 1940s or 50s. The college offered its first medical technology course in 1938. right: Medical technology students are seen in a laboratory in Reichhold Hall sometime in the 1960s or 70s. Colby Junior College was granted permission by the New Hampshire Legislature in 1943 to offer Bachelor of Science degrees to students who successfully completed all four years of the program.

The beginning of the college’s implementation of academic programs tied to the health sciences can be traced back to its first president, H. Leslie Sawyer. Sawyer, who began in 1922 as the principal of Colby Academy, oversaw the transition to a women’s junior college, first to Colby School for Girls and then to Colby Junior College. At his encouragement, in 1938, a curriculum was established in medical technology, a field in its academic infancy. During this time, most hospitals hired employees with a high school diploma and then trained them on the job. In fact, in the 1930s, only three other higher education institutions in the United States offered programs in the emerging field of medical technology. The first medical technology course at Colby Junior College was offered in 1938 and the curriculum for the program first appeared in the College Bulletin, the school’s catalog, in the 1939-40 edition. During the early years of the program, the college established a loose affiliation with Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, N.H. (now Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, which relocated to Lebanon in 1991). The idea for the program was that students would have three years of study at Colby Junior College and then a fourth year of clinical experience in a hospital laboratory. With the Mary Hitchcock affiliation, many graduates of Colby Junior College went on to do their fourth-year clinicals at the nearby hospital. In 1943, five years after the first medical technology course was offered, the college was allowed — by an act of the New Hampshire legislature — to offer Bachelor of Science degrees to students who successfully completed all four years of the program. The first class to be awarded these degrees was the Class of 1943. In addition, the Board of Trustees retroactively awarded Bachelors of Science degrees to all students who had successfully completed the program between 1938 and 1942. The Medical Technology program at Colby Junior College hired its first alumna professor in 1945, when Ms. Sally Kleindienst Fifield ’45 returned to teach at the institution.



She held her faculty position until 1954, when she resigned and Rebecca Irving ’42 MT took her place. This marked a 37 year span in which the Medical Technology program was directed by its own graduates. While originally focused solely on medical technology, in 1952, the college expanded health-related programs with Medical Records Administration. In 1972, a third bachelor’s degree program was established in orthoptics. All three of these programs, MT, MRA, and OT, came to be known collectively as the Medical Programs. In 1958, the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association increased the academic requirements for registration as a registered medical technologist from a three year to a four year bachelor’s degree. Colby Junior College was a step ahead, already offering a four year bachelor’s degree — three years of on-campus curriculum and a one year internship — to all medical technology students. In 1963, President Everett Woodman appointed Irving as coordinator of the Medical Programs, a title she held until her retirement in 1982. Through the late 1950s, students easily acquired internships for their fourth clinical year. However, as more colleges and universities began to add medical technology programs and allied health grants became available, there were more students than available internships. This required the college to become actively involved in

placing students by using influence and networking to help students secure internships. By the late 1960s, internships had become increasingly difficult for students to obtain. To help alleviate the problem, the college introduced a plan to pay hospitals $500 for each student they accepted into a clinical internship. This fee was only to be spent by the hospital for the educational purposes of the student interns. This effort was a success and resulted in every academically qualified student from 1955-82 receiving an internship. In 1973, Colby Junior College, soon to be known as Colby-­Sawyer College, became a four-year institution and developed a number of bachelor’s degree programs. In addition, between 1977 and 1980, the college introduced the Nursing and Sports Sciences programs. Both of these programs had a precipitous effect on the Medical Programs at the college, which came to an end after the 1982-83 school year. In looking at the college’s history of educating students in the health sciences, it is easy to see the impact it had in setting the foundation for a continued relationship with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and for Colby-Sawyer’s renewed focus on the health sciences.  ® Brantley Palmer is the college archivist. He holds a B.A. from Keene State College and an M.L.I.S. from Simmons College.

FALL 2019


As Teaching Changes, Colby-Sawyer Faculty Lead By Example by Ben Steele


eflecting on my 30 years working at Colby-Sawyer College, I am struck by the changes that I have seen. When I first arrived in 1988, Colby-Sawyer was a women’s college, enrolled fewer than 400 students and had budget problems. At the time, higher education was highly regarded and affordable for most families. But the changes that are most striking as I look back are in the area of pedagogy — how professors teach in the classroom. One of the most enjoyable aspects of teaching is thinking about how to be a more effective teacher. When I started teaching, I taught in the same way I had been taught: I had notes on the topics and I explained them clearly with drawings and outlines on the blackboard. Students took notes, studied them and reiterated the information on exams. It was easy for me once I knew the content, and when I taught the same course again, I just dusted off my notes and repeated the process.

“Professors at Colby-Sawyer all teach in this creative, engaged way.” Now, however, my creative energies go into how to make each class different and more effective. I think of activities that will force students to be active, to use the information they are learning and to be fully engaged. I think carefully about the skills I want a student to have after a class, how I can teach them those skills, and how I can gauge the extent to which they can be successful. This takes much more time than dusting off my notes. Not only do I have to come up with the idea (or find it online) and design the activity, but I also have to prepare directions, create



an assessment assignment, and put all the documents on the Web-based class management program called Moodle, where there are multiple opportunities to get things wrong: the due date and time (and year), the number of points awarded, the category, etc. Professors at Colby-Sawyer all teach in this creative, engaged way, so it irks me that U.S. News & World Report still ranks Ivy League colleges high in undergraduate teaching when I know that much of the teaching done there is by the lecture model I experienced in 1970. They are very talented professors and great lecturers, but much of their imaginative thinking goes into their research, not into teaching. Working interactively with students on activities means that we see the progress and growth in our students firsthand. One of the advantages of a small institution is that we teach some students in multiple classes. We know their learning strengths and weaknesses and see changes in one semester and throughout their four years at Colby-Sawyer. This is probably the piece that I will miss most in my retirement: the connections with students as they progress through college and go off into their careers.  ® For more than 30 years, Professor Benjamin Steele has shared his passion for ecology, evolution, animal behavior and environmental studies with Colby-Sawyer students, often incorporating the natural environment of New London and the surrounding area into his lessons. As an expert in bird behavior and population studies, he regularly engages students in summer research trips to study Common Eiders in Finland. In 2012, he was named the M. Roy London Endowed Chair, held by a faculty member whose work and vocation combine excellence in teaching with an influential and attentive persona on campus and in the wider community. Professor Steele, who holds degrees from Harvard, Utah State and Dartmouth, leaves Colby-Sawyer with faculty emeriti status, a well-deserved honor bestowed in recognition of his lifetime contributions to Colby-Sawyer and his field.

PLANNED GIVING “The Heritage Society has kept us connected to Colby-­Sawyer and represents part of our on-going support of the college as an important part of our local comm­ unity and our belief in the value of education.” – Jeanine & Bill Berger

“My husband was busy “My four years at Colby-­ setting up giving in honor Sawyer prepared me not of his parents at a different only for graduate school, school and I decided I but for both my professionwould like to do the same al and social life. By for Colby-Sawyer. I also including Colby-Sawyer believe that keeping the in my estate planning, I buildings and grounds in am ensuring that future good shape helps sell the generations of students college to prospective have the same experience students.” I had — if not better.” – Catee Gold Hubbard ’59

– Nicholas “Nick” A. Ciarlante ’14

“Making a planned gift through my IRA and a charitable gift annuity is an opportunity to give back as the college gave so much to me as a student, Board member, volunteer and an alumna. I am helping provide an education for the next generation.” – Eleanor “Ellie” Morrison Goldthwait ’51

For more information, or to create your own bequest, contact Peg Rogers Andrews ’85 at plannedgiving@colby-sawyer.edu or 603.526.3726.




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