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Every Day’s an Adventure: Life in (and out of ) a Rocky Mountain Kitchen Growing up in Connecticut, Kate Van Rensselaer Rench ’94 liked to commandeer the family kitchen and pretend to be Julia Child. Now she has her own kitchen as executive chef and co-owner of Café Diva in Steamboat Springs, Colo.


A Conversation with Professor Tony Quinn Tony Librot ’94 sits down with Assistant Professor of Business Administration Tony Quinn for a final lesson before the professor’s retirement.


Anything but Empty: Learning Comes Alive in the Sonoran Desert It is one thing to study desert ecology in a Colby-Sawyer classroom. It is quite another to study that environment in the Sonoran Desert during spring break.

We accept letters to the editor and reserve the right to edit and condense them. Please send your letters to or to: Kate Seamans, Editor Colby-Sawyer College 541 Main Street New London, NH 03257 On the Cover: Kate Van Rensselaer Rench ’94 draws inspiration from the beauty and challenge of the Rocky Mountains surrounding her home in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Photo: Michael Seamans On This Page: For four full days, the Desert Communities class called the 5,500-acre Catalina State Park in the Oro Valley home. Professor of Environmental Studies Leon-C. Malan started each day with a poem and Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies Laura Alexander ended each day with a story beneath the stars. Photo: Michael Seamans

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Editor Kate Seamans Associate Editor Kellie M. Spinney Production Manager Edward Germar Class Notes Editors Tracey Austin Mike Gregory Linda Formichelli Design Harp and Company Hanover, N.H. Printing R.C. Brayshaw & Company Warner, N.H.

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Tomie dePaola Now 10 Jatropha Farming in Nepal 12 New Trustees Elected 13 Portfolio 14 Walking our Talk: Going Local 16 In Sports 18 Chargers Club Change-up 23 The Game Changer 24 Sense of Place 26

A New Beginning for the Class of 2014 50 News From Alumni Relations and Annual Giving 52 Connections 53

On the Hill 2 In the Loop 3 Inbox 4 Data Driven 4 News Round-up 5 Amy Carrier Lyon ’85: Success Takes Grit 7 In Class: Making it Real 8

Planetwide In Research: An Inadvertent Community A Passion for Change: A Trip to Nepal, for Nepal Action for Africa

Class Notes In Fond Memory In Memoriam From the Archives Epilogue

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Dear Friends,

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goal for our students is that they enrich and deepen their selfknowledge. After all, the unexamined life is not worth living. We demand that students constantly question ideas, experiences, and their intentions and actions, as well as those of others. At Commencement, I asked our graduates if they knew themselves better than they did four years ago. I realized I should ask this same question on behalf of the college: Do we know ourselves better than we did a year ago, when the unprecedented challenges facing higher education touched our campus?

There’s a line made famous by Isaiah Berlin that comes to mind: “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Knowing yourself—your strengths and your weaknesses—is the one big thing, and, as in the hedgehog’s case, when outwitting the seemingly more clever fox, it is wisdom that is essential to our ability to survive and thrive. A year ago, after taking serious actions to ensure that we had a balanced budget and zero deficit, we considered what ColbySawyer had to do to preserve its mission and future. We can be proud of the progress we have made in a short amount of time as a result of that examination. And, we have another balanced budget for the 2014–2015 fiscal year. A year ago, we had just welcomed a dean of distance education; this academic year we will offer three certificate programs and four baccalaureate degree programs all online.


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We recognized that we had to balance increasing net revenue per student with meeting the financial needs of those who sought aid; this year, we have reduced the tuition discount rate for the incoming class while keeping the fee increase at just 1.9 percent—the smallest in memory. To generate additional revenue, we opened the campus to private events, and the results have exceeded our expectations. Word is getting out but something I often hear is that Colby-Sawyer is a “secret gem” and “New England’s best-kept secret.” Today, ColbySawyer cannot afford to be a secret. The world needs to know about us! We must work to make the college better known for its inherent qualities to a broader audience—you may know that as marketing—and we are doing just that with great partners who, through focus groups and campus visits, have distilled the essence of the Colby-Sawyer experience and will help introduce us to new markets, and reintroduce us to our own region. It has been a challenging and exhilarating process, examining who we are and who we want to be. Like our students, we are always learning about

ourselves and the world; we are always dealing with new challenges and adapting to change. Getting the word out will require our creativity, dedication and abiding faith in what we do at Colby-Sawyer: Providing our students with the power to make the world a better place through their education. Last year, I wrote that even in the face of all the challenges ahead of Colby-Sawyer, I had hope for the future because of our supportive alumni, our dedicated Board, and our talented faculty and staff. I continue to be impressed —but not surprised— by our faculty and staff’s dedication to the college. Our constant reexamination leads to some fantastic questions that help to galvanize my thinking and reemphasize the work we must do to make sure we live up to the promises we make to our students. The more we know about ourselves and our strengths, the better we can share the story of what makes Colby-Sawyer an outstanding choice— because it is. Sincerely,

Thomas C. Galligan Jr. President and Professor of Humanities

Whoever walked the mountains east And claimed the winter bitter, Knew not the kindly maple tree

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Or her heart of liquid laughter, On a thousand flaming palms she wished Autumn a golden farewell, Now with a thick sweet hymn on amber lips

A fine day for a walk—seven goslings follow Mother Goose back to Susan’s Swamp across from Danforth Hall in late May. Papa Goose, not pictured, was close behind on guard duty.

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Wakes spring from a sleeping spell. — Erin Bennett ’16

A group of Colby-Sawyer students spent their spring break in Miami working with the nonprofit Rebuilding Together. Similar to Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together gives people in need a place to live and call their own that is safe and accessible. Right: Snow stayed late this year, and though some people wondered if it would, it did melt in time for Commencement.

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Bailey Allard ’14 spent her final semester before graduating as an intern at Washington Parks & People in Washington, D.C. The psychology major from Vermont arrived back on campus just in time to surprise her family by singing The National Anthem at Commencement on May 10. Photo: Michael Seamans

Photo: Briana Alexander ’14

Students gathered sap this spring from Colby-Sawyer’s own maple trees and boiled it into delicious maple syrup here on campus in Sue’s Sugar House. The syrup bottle labels were created by our graphic design students and made complete with student poems such as the one above written by Erin Bennett ’16. Sweet local yumminess!

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Laura Alexander won the N.H. Environmental Educator of the Year award in the higher education category. Professor Alexander was presented with the award at the NHEE Annual Conference at the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch, N.H. “The opportunity to help shape someone’s life is the greatest gift of teaching,” she said. “I look for ways to make learning relevant and to entice students to care about places because I believe we are good stewards of places we care about.” Fall 2014


Dear Editor, I just had to send a note after looking over the spring 2014 edition of Colby-Sawyer. It is such a beautifully put together piece and perfect for the Colby-Sawyer community. I was editor of the ’65 yearbook, and if you have access to a copy, you might find that I tried to do something with similar sensibilities. My big disappointment was the publisher’s mistake of making the covers upside down.

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Colby was a wonderful place for me. It allowed me to explore the arts and really open my eyes to the world, although I was a medical technology student who spent many hours in the labs. I not only learned a lot from editing the yearbook, but I was also a member of the performing dance group and the concert choir.


It is such a pleasure to look back at my alma mater through the magazine. Even the choice of paper is perfect, not to mention the interesting articles. Thank you, Jan Sargent Simblist ’66

Other than that, the magazine is good reading and interesting to see how well the students, faculty and alums are doing.

granddaughters into New Hampshire versus Florida!

Sincerely, Anne Lederhos ’73

Editor’s Note: Thank you for writing, Marjorie. Best of luck to your granddaughters with their college adventures!

Editor’s Note: What a surprise it must have been to see that cover! Thank you, Jan, for sharing your editorial adventure and the kind words about the magazine.

Editor’s Note: So glad you were able to attend and enjoy the Alumni Fall Festival last year, and sorry that we were not able to include more reunion photos. Hope to see you at your next reunion!

Dear Editor,

Dear Editor,

My fellow classmate Pattie Crowell Mitchell and I enjoyed the reunion last fall and had a great time. We made sure not to miss having our reunion photo taken with our class banner.

Just a note to tell you how pleased I was to receive your magazine. My Colby Junior College has become such a fine school. I loved it when I was there when Dr. Sawyer was president.

We looked forward to seeing our reunion photo in the magazine and were disappointed to see that only one reunion picture was published.

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It is difficult to believe how well it has grown in reputation—and its location couldn’t be more beautiful! I wish that I could talk my two

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Retention Rate Outpaces National Average Colby-Sawyer has one of the most competitive retention rates in the country, with a first-to-second-year retention rate of 73.6 percent in 2013, more than eight percent higher than the national average for its peer institutions. Official retention rates measure the percentage of students who start in the fall of one academic year and return the following fall. Private colleges rated as traditional enrollment that offer bachelor’s degrees, such as Colby-Sawyer, enroll the majority of their students from the top half of high school classes and have an average retention rate of 65.4 percent. Read more at Retention-Rate.html.

Curricular Conversion Expands Time and Opportunity for Engaged Learning Colby-Sawyer has changed from a predominantly threecredit-per-course model to a predominantly four-credit-percourse model with an increase in both class time and out-of-class work time. The change is intended to better foster engaged learning as well as offer more flexibility for study abroad options and transfer students. “The old model of education-as-information-delivery is outdated,” said Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty Deborah Taylor. “Today, more than ever, a person must be able to analyze, understand, evaluate and apply information in order to be truly educated and must be able to create new information for a rapidly advancing future. Learning to do that takes time—for projects, group work and study, and individual mentoring—and carefully structured learning experiences.” Read more at www.

More Opportunities for Graduate School New agreements guarantee qualified Colby-Sawyer students acceptance to University of New Haven and Wheelock College to continue their studies at the graduate level. Sport management majors with a GPA higher than 3.4 and GRE or GMAT scores above the 60th percentile will

automatically be accepted into the University of New Haven’s graduate program in sport management, which is ranked as the fourth best business-based program in the nation. Wheelock College in Boston will admit Colby-Sawyer graduates with a minimum 3.0 GPA to pursue master’s degree programs in education, nonprofit/organizational leadership, and social work. Read more at www.colby-sawyer. edu/news/New-Haven-Affiliation.html and www.colby-sawyer. edu/news/wheelock.html.

New Academic Offerings Online and in the Classroom Colby-Sawyer College now offers a minor in math and a B.S. in accounting in two venues: in the traditional classroom and online. The major will combine a liberal arts foundation with a thorough business and accounting curriculum. Two additional majors are available for distance learners: business administration and health care management. The three degree programs are offered 100 percent online and feature the same small classes and faculty-to-student and student-to-student interaction that on-campus students enjoy. Classes are limited to 20 students to maintain the college’s close-knit learning experience. Starting this fall, Colby-Sawyer will also offer an online R.N. to B.S. in nursing degree that can be completed in as little as 16 months. The courses emphasize engagement with faculty who are members of Colby-Sawyer’s Department of Nursing and Public Health. The R.N. to B.S. degree offers registered nurses who already hold an associate’s degree or nursing diploma a flexible and affordable way to earn a B.S. degree in nursing. The bachelor’s degree opens doors to opportunities for new roles in a variety of health care settings, including leadership. Read more at news/bachelors-online.html and onlinenursing.html.

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Amanda Kimball ’14 and Norah Snow ’14 had their poster “Are the ACSM Metabolic Calculations for Walking Accurate for College Aged Females?” accepted to the Council on Undergraduate Research’s 18th Annual Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. Their poster was one of 60 chosen from 600 to be presented on Capitol Hill in April. L-R: Norah Snow ’14, Congresswoman Kuster and Their time in D.C. was Amanda Kimball ’14 occupied with sessions, a stop at the White House, and meetings with Congresswomen Ann McClane Kuster (D-NH, 2nd District) and Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH, 1st District), as well as Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). The project began as a fall internship assisting Professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences Kerstin Stoedefalke, but the exercise science majors were able to continue through the spring semester as paid research assistants through a grant made possible by the New Hampshire IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (N.H.–INBRE). “It is a huge advantage having hands-on experience,” said Snow. “Not many undergrads are able to say that.”

Paving the Way for Transfer Students Colby-Sawyer and four colleges within the Community College System of New Hampshire have signed articulation agreements that allow qualified graduates of Lakes Region Community College in Laconia; NHTI: Concord’s Community College; White Mountains Community College in Berlin; and River Valley Community College in Claremont to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program at Colby-Sawyer and finish their undergraduate studies in four years. Read more at

Junior Presents Research at International Political Science Conference in Greece History and political studies major Shangyu Yan ’15 presented a research paper at the First World Congress of the


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International Association of Political Science Students (IAPSS) held in Thessaloniki, Greece, last spring. In keeping with the theme of the limits of global governance, Yan presented his research paper “Fleeing Motherland: The Ethnic Conflicts and Human Rights Violation Toward the Rohingya Muslim Minorities in Myanmar and the International Interventions.” Read more at

Colby-Sawyer Brings Facilities Management In-House Colby-Sawyer ended its contract for the facilities management operations provided by Sodexo effective July 1. These services included the Facilities and Housekeeping Departments, and 40 Sodexo employees became ColbySawyer employees. While the change ends a long-term relationship with that branch of Sodexo, it does not affect the college’s separate contract with Sodexo Dining Services. Read more at

Students Represent Colby-Sawyer at Alpha Chi National Convention Colby-Sawyer was well represented at the 2014 Alpha Chi National Convention in St. Louis in March. Ge Huang ’15, an English major; Aaron Records ’15, a creative writing major; and Jenisha Shrestha ’14, an environmental studies major, presented work in their respective fields alongside more than 260 delegates representing colleges and universities from across the country. Read more at www.

To Lead and To Serve Campus Compact for New Hampshire’s 10th Annual Presidents’ Award Luncheon in April recognized Nichole LaBelle ’15 and Head Baseball Coach Jim Broughton for their outstanding leadership and community service, as well as the American Cancer Society, Colby-Sawyer’s partner in Relay for Life. Read more at www.

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Seniors’ Work Selected for Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C.

Amy Carrier Lyon ’85: Success Takes Grit by Kellie M. Spinney

Lyon has achieved nearly all her long-term goals and continues to challenge herself. The 30-year education veteran is an adjunct professor of child development at ColbySawyer and a fifth-grade teacher in Sutton, N.H. She has earned praise and recognition, but she will be the first to tell you that she did not always have grit. Self-described as “average” in high school, it wasn’t until Colby-Sawyer that Lyon discovered her passion for education. A sophomore-year internship made the difference. “I walked through the front door of the elementary school and smelled paint, glue and crayons, and I thought, ‘This is it. I’m home,’” she said.

Lyon had her goal—to become an elementary school teacher—but there was an obstacle: ColbySawyer certified only preschool and kindergarten teachers. Lyon met with her adviser, who found the missing piece to the curriculum and helped the college expand its offerings. “I found my voice and became a student at Colby-Sawyer,” said Lyon. “My passion was appreciated, supported and honored.” With a classroom of her own, Lyon earned a master’s degree from Dartmouth College and went on to pursue a doctorate in education. Lyon wanted to concentrate on character education for her dissertation but was uncertain of what aspect to pursue. A Colby-Sawyer colleague shared the article “What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?” which introduced her to grit and inspired a new long-term goal. For the next three years, Lyon would research, create and teach a year-long curriculum cultivating the qualities of grit in her fifth graders. The article also introduced Lyon to the research of renowned psychologist

focused on her students. “Being able to offer my students ideas and strategies to become grittier, and then to witness them applying those skills in school or in their lives, is really rewarding,” she said.

and grit superstar Angela Duckworth, Ph.D. Captivated by the University of Pennsylvania professor’s research on the subject, Lyon set her sights on working with Duckworth. Once Lyon had collected and developed specific strategies that could be shared with educators, she contacted Duckworth, and the two began to collaborate. Duckworth recruited Lyon to participate in “Talks for Teachers,” an invitationonly series for K-12 educators. She presented her assessment of grit character qualities—optimistic thinking, self-control and perseverance—and shared strategies on how to develop a curriculum that includes grit concepts and skills. When Edutopia, a foundation founded by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, contacted Duckworth looking for grit in action for its “Research Made Relevant” web program, Lyon and her students were cast. A film crew came to town for three days and taped student and teacher interviews. Although Lyon appreciates the recognition, she is

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Today’s educators believe that perseverance and passion for long-term goals, or “grit,” is key to lifelong success. Research indicates that students who give their all are more successful in both academic and nonacademic pursuits. The challenge has been to construct a teachable model of the concept and share it effectively with students and educators. Enter Amy Carrier Lyon ’85.

“I found my voice and became a student at Colby-Sawyer,” said Lyon. “My passion was appreciated, supported and honored.” Watch Lyon’s Edutopia videos at www.edutopia. org/research-made-relevant-grit-video, and learn more about her work at Kellie M. Spinney, communications and online content coordinator in College Communcations, came to Colby-Sawyer in 2013 with a B.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire. Fall 2014


Making it Real: Client-Based Projects Encourage the Independent Thinking Required in the Workplace by William Spear

The work we do in classrooms and in our jobs generally falls into one of two categories: algorithmic or heuristic. In algorithmic work, an individual follows a detailed set of instructions with standard protocols to achieve predictable outcomes. The rewards in the workplace are typically a compliment or extra pay for good performance. Similarly, students who perform algorithmic tasks receive higher grades for getting the right answers on exams and lower grades for wrong answers. Traditional classrooms, where a professor lectures from the front of class while students take notes, do a good job of preparing students for algorithmic jobs. The problem is that such positions represent only about 30 percent of U.S. job growth. The remaining 70 percent are heuristic jobs, where

recipes and step-by-step instructions do not exist. Heuristic jobs call for the application of knowledge and the synthesis of information to form novel solutions. Heuristic workers must be selfmotivated, independent learners, versatile and resilient. They must be committed to always learning. The work itself is the reward. Heuristic jobs tend to be more rewarding than those that follow a standard process and yield predictable results. To prepare for heuristic jobs, students must learn content in ways that apply to this kind of work. Higher order thinking is required, and classrooms must adapt to make this possible. Client-based projects are a proven method for facilitating this way of thinking. They provide

“Seventy percent of new jobs are heuristic, where…step-by-step instructions do not exist.” — Professor William Spear


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Percentage of employers who want more emphasis on these learning outcomes: Written and oral communication: 89% Critical thinking and analytic reasoning: 81% Applied knowledge in real-world settings: 79% Complex problem solving: 75% Teamwork skills in diverse groups: 71% Creativity and innovation: 70% Information literacy: 68% Quantitative reasoning: 63% Sourced from

students with a safe environment in which to learn and apply knowledge. Such projects are a major component of many of the business courses I teach. By working in groups to solve known client problems or to identify growth opportunities, students learn how to function effectively as a team. The clients are real, and the experiences prepare students for what we frequently refer to as “the real world.” Over the years, students in my classes have completed projects for local companies, mobileapplication developers,

not-for-profit organizations and Colby-Sawyer. This spring, the Consumer Behavior and Marketing Research class (BUS 415) conducted research to explore perceptions of a brewpub on campus. A committee met in February to consider the feasibility of putting a brewpub in Lethbridge Lodge and of offering a supplemental Brewing Science class. The committee wanted feedback from students, staff and faculty, so class researchers used their knowledge of consumer behavior and marketing research

principles to develop and launch a survey using the Qualtrics program. My students analyzed the data and developed the final report. Of 515 responses received, 91 percent thought the pub was a good idea, and 65 percent said they would like to take the Brewing Science course. Students, while excited about the idea of a pub on campus, were sensitive to any initiative that could lead to excessive drinking and the inappropriate behavior that can result. About a third of the survey respondents expressed concerns about underage drinking and the detriments of excessive drinking. The college administration is using the survey results to develop operational and marketing strategies for the pub and the Brewing Science course.

The BUS 415 class undertook a second project this year on behalf of the nonprofit organization Good Beginnings in Claremont, N.H., which provides services to women and children. Its services are partially funded by profits from the organization’s thrift shop, Second Beginnings Children’s Boutique. As a result of increased competition, and possibly compounded by a recent move to another area in Claremont, thrift shop sales and profits are down. The director of Good Beginnings and Second Beginnings asked for our help in determining the cause of lost sales. The class traveled to Claremont to conduct exploratory research through observational case studies. Students spent time at Second Beginnings and at competitors’ sites to compare and contrast facilities, products and pricing. The organization

“By working in groups to solve known client problems or to identify growth opportunities, students learn how to function effectively as a team.” — Professor William Spear will use the findings to identify short-term actions it can take to increase sales. We also shared the research results with Colby-Sawyer Enactus (formerly SIFE), which is considering the organization for its signature project next year. Both projects showcased the strength of clientbased projects. Students gained hands-on experience with consumer behavior and marketing research principles, managing client projects and working in teams. They did so by applying their knowledge in a

real-world setting to find unpredictable results, the very definition of heuristic work. And they did so while reaping a tremendous award: They helped an organization succeed. With every challenge they encounter in the business world, those students will continue to learn and find creative solutions. William Spear, associate professor of Business Administration, holds an M.B.A. from Norwich University and a D.B.A. from Walden University College of Management and Technology. He joined the faculty in 2008. Fall 2014


Tomie Now

by Ruth Graham

“Now” will cover 1975 through the present and include many of dePaola’s familiar children’s book illustrations. The night before I interview artist and illustrator Tomie dePaola, he has a dream about the new arts center he hopes to see built on Colby-Sawyer’s campus. “They had dug the hole,” he exclaims, as we sit down to chat in his spacious barn-turned-studio in New London, N.H. “I was standing there looking at this hole and thinking, ‘Is that big enough for a new arts center?’ I don’t know whether that’s a prophesy or not, but I thought it was very positive.” We are meeting to talk not just about his support for the arts center but also

about his more immediate plans: He’s busy preparing for the second part of what he calls a “double-barreled” exhibit of his work on campus. “Then,” material from his childhood through 1975, was on display last fall. The second show, “Now,” opening a few days after his 80th birthday, will cover 1975 through the present. In the words of Professor Jon Keenan, chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department and a friend of dePaola’s who is working with him on the show, it will serve as “a celebration of his career, his creativity and his generosity of spirit.” The opening reception on Sept. 19 will be sponsored by Ledyard Bank.

“Now” will include many of dePaola’s familiar children’s book illustrations, which have earned him awards including the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for making a “significant and lasting contribution to children’s literature.” He’s probably best known for creating the eponymous pasta maker in Strega Nona, a picture book that garnered a Caldecott Honor Award in 1976, but he’s illustrated more than 200 children’s books over the course of his career. As of May, he was hoping to include in the exhibit the complete set of original artwork for his latest book, Jack. “Now” will also feature many of dePaola’s paintings, which he shows at galleries. He draws inspiration from Mexican folk art, Catholic iconography, and the artists he studied in the 1950s at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. “The older I get, I’m more

and more in love with Matisse,” he says. “And if I see a Giotto or a Fra Angelico that I’ve never seen before, it still catches my breath.” When dePaola talks about his ideas for the upcoming exhibit, it’s impossible to miss the excitement in his voice. “I’ve got energy at the moment, and I’m hoping it will last,” says dePaola, who had a spell of poor health a few years ago. He conceived the idea for “Now” as a demonstration of his long life as an artist: He has a photo of himself at Pratt in the 1950s, posing in front of a painting of an apple. “My first, quote, ‘important painting,’” he says. For “Now,” he recreated the painting. This will be a busy autumn for dePaola. Aside from opening “Now,” he will design the set for the Fine and Performing Arts Department’s production

The author and illustrator turns 80 with the exhibit “Now,” and with an eye on the future of the arts at Colby-Sawyer. 10

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theater students, because it’s all the same kind of education. You learn by actually physically doing, and you need a space to actually physically do it. And then you have to see what everybody else is doing.”

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When dePaola attended the opening of a student art show at Sawyer Center he was reminded again both of the need for a new arts center and of the artistic vitality already thriving on campus.

For “Now,” dePaola recreated a 1950s work depicting apples that he called his first important painting. of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The artist has a long relationship with Colby-Sawyer’s theater department. He designed the scenery for the center’s very first production in 1959—and acted in it. After years of acting and designing, dePaola became technical director of the Sawyer Fine Arts Center in 1972 and taught classes. “If you go through the theater archives, there’s my picture all over

the place—in tights,” he says with a laugh. These days, the artist/writer has another passion— raising money for the proposed new arts center on campus, the one he dreamed about the night before our conversation. “Tomie is a fantastic advocate not just for the arts at Colby-Sawyer but for the new arts center,” says Elizabeth Cahill, the college’s vice president for Advancement, who speaks warmly of dePaola’s

willingness to lend his talents to Colby-Sawyer art workshops, parties and other events.

“The energy was so terrific,” he says. “All those kids were so proud of their work on the walls, and I said, ‘Ah, this is what this campus needs again.’” Ruth Graham is a N.H.– based freelance journalist. She holds a B.A. from Wheaton College and is a frequent contributor to The Boston Globe, Slate, The Wall Street Journal and other publications.

“The [current] building is antiquated,” he says. dePaola envisions a building that houses all arts classes and serves as a campus hub for creativity. “It should be like a little nest, a little oasis. In the arts, especially—and the arts are all related—the painting students can get something out of the

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Jatropha Farming and the Clinton Global Initiative University by Mary McLaughlin

The two business administration majors developed a proposal, “Sustainable Energy Supply and Empowerment: Jatropha Farming,” and applied to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in Phoenix. The initiative brings together top minds from college campuses worldwide to work toward solving issues in education, the environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.


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Shrestha and Subedi were among nearly 1,000 students selected to attend the gathering. The pair further developed their proposal to apply for CGI U’s Resolution Social Venture Challenge, which provides seed money for selected proposals. Though not selected to compete for funding, Shrestha and Subedi were among approximately 50 student teams invited to present their projects in a CGI U exhibit hall. The Colby-Sawyer classmates attended plenary sessions and working meetings and heard keynote addresses by experts on business, nonprofit organizations, politics, education and entertainment during the three-day CGI U program. “That was awesome,” said Subedi. “They talked about education, they talked about new technology, they talked about everything—what we could use in our projects and how we could use it to change the world.” Their greatest inspiration came not from business leaders or political figures, but from their peers. “They were not just there to show their projects,” said Shrestha. “They were there so that they could take

Photo courtesy of Sujan Shrestha ’15

For friends and classmates Sujan Shrestha ’15 and Sandip Subedi ’17, it all began with a conversation about Jatropha farming, which Subedi had heard discussed in a news report. Jatropha, a common plant in Shrestha and Subedi’s native Nepal, yields seeds that can be turned into biofuel. It grows easily in marginal and semi-arable land that is inhospitable to most crops. What if, they wondered, the plant were systematically cultivated in poorer regions of Nepal, like Subedi’s home village of Pang in the Parbat district, where more than half the people live in poverty?

Business administration majors Sujan Shrestha ’15 (L) and Sandip Subedi ’17 (R) presented their proposal to alleviate poverty for rural farmers in Nepal at the Clinton Global Initiative University this March in Phoenix. ideas, make changes to their projects and then go back and apply those changes.” With partial funding from Colby-Sawyer’s Wesson Honors Idea Fund, Subedi and Shrestha are moving forward with their project. Next winter, they’ll return to Nepal to learn Jatropha farming techniques and then spend two weeks teaching those skills to farmers in Pang. Their goal is to make a tangible difference in people’s lives with an innovative plan to

alleviate poverty for rural farmers. Mary McLaughlin, M.Ed., teaches writing and is director of Residential Education. She has a blog, “Mom— Not Otherwise Specified,” and her work has appeared in Gravity Pulls You In: Perspectives on Parenting Children on the Autism Spectrum, the websites Hopeful Parents, Science 2.0 and The Huffington Post, and Thrive magazine. She is working on a book about helping children to understand autism.

Colby-Sawyer College Elects Five to Board of Trustees by Linda Varnum

Colby-Sawyer College’s Board of Trustees has elected Pamela Stanley Bright ’61, Deborah L. Coffin ’76, Gretchen Richter Massey ’82 and Margaret V. Mulley as Board members to serve three-year terms. The Board also elected Jonathan J. Pappalardo ’10 for a one-year term as a Winton-Black Trustee, a distinction given to alumni who have graduated between three and nine years prior to election. Pamela Stanley Bright ’61 Bright previously served on the Colby-Sawyer Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2013. She earned an A.A. from Colby Junior College, and a B.A. in sociology and psychology from St. Ambrose University. In 2003, Bright and her husband, Stan, established the Horace Clough Stanley Scholarship at Colby-Sawyer in her grandfather’s honor. They reside in the Stanley Farm House in New London, N.H.

Deborah L. Coffin ’76 Coffin earned a B.S. in business administration from Colby-Sawyer and an M.S. in human services from New Hampshire College. Coffin served as a therapist in private practice from 1985 to 2010 and counseled patients in the New London area on addiction and relationships. She taught at Colby-Sawyer and Granite State College and worked as the education coordinator for the Enfield Shaker Museum. Coffin also served as secretary of the Colby-Sawyer Alumni Association Board from 1990 to 1993. Currently, she is co-founder and owner of Moose Country Gourmet, LLC, which makes and sells mustards, chocolate sauces, barbecue sauces, syrups and chutneys. She resides in Springfield, N.H. Gretchen Richter Massey ’82 Massey graduated from Colby-Sawyer with an A.L.A. After continuing her education at Saint Michael’s College, Massey devoted herself to family and

community service. She is a member of the college’s President’s Alumni Advisory Council and, with her husband, Paul J. Massey Jr., has hosted several ColbySawyer gatherings. Her mother, Cynthia Halliday Holler, graduated from Colby Junior College in 1957. The Massey family lives in Larchmont, N.Y. Margaret V. Mulley After earning a B.A. in mathematics from Wellesley College, an M.S. in library science from Simmons College and an M.S. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology– Sloan School of Management, Mulley enjoyed a 34-year career with Deloitte & Touche LLP. When she retired in 2012, she was a partner and chief learning officer–Audit and Enterprise Risk Services. Mulley is a certified public

accountant in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and she is a lecturer at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. She and her husband, Albert Mulley, Jr., M.D., M.P.P., reside in Hanover, N.H. Jonathan J. Pappalardo ’10 Pappalardo graduated from Colby-Sawyer with a B.A. in communication studies and a minor in writing. He is a staff writer for the blog “My Kind of Country” and is an assistant for The South Shore’s “Morning News.” In addition, he produces video and visual content at live remote broadcasts that appear on the “Morning News” social media outlets. The Duxbury, Mass., resident is the son of Karen and Trustee Emeritus John Pappalardo. Secretary of the College Linda Varnum came to Colby-Sawyer in 1989. She was in Advancement before joining the President’s Office in 2001. She holds a B.S. degree from Franklin Pierce College. Fall 2014


Associate Professor of Humanities Ewa Chrusciel had two essays published. Her piece on Jorie Graham’s poem “Passenger” appeared on Voltage Poetry in April; read the essay at Her essay “Are her verses alive? How to translate the semblance of felt life” was published on OmniVerse. Read it at Professor Chrusciel also presented on the creative writing process and revision at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University in June, and she read her poetry in Bielsko Biała, Poland, with poet Teresa Cader. Omnidawn Press will publish Professor Chrusciel’s second book in English, Contraband of Hoopoe, this fall. Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts


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Suzanne Delle taught a workshop on Shakespeare to visiting scholars from China and the workshop “Art and Collaboration” to Texas Language Arts teachers at Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas. Professor Delle’s interest in arts education in the Lone Star State started with the 2014 publication of her article “Using ServiceLearning to Strengthen the Magic If” in Texas Theatre Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 1. Assistant Professor of Humanities Mike Jauchen’s essay “Daddy’s Tune: Jackson Browne and the Moment of the Dad”

Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences Darius Kalvaitis contributed a chapter to Teaching in the Outdoors, an ebook from Green Teacher. He tackles a threestep process for preparing classroom teachers and students for the joys and challenges of learning in the outdoors. Professor Kalvaitis was also second author of the article “Teaching evaluations and reflective practice: Strategies for improving teaching skills in adventure education” published in the peerreviewed journal Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership. The work of Artist-inResidence David Ernster, a Newbury, N.H.–based potter, was featured in the June issue of New

Hampshire magazine; see http:// DavidErnster. A juried member of the League of N.H. Craftsmen, Ernster was one of 350 artists accepted to display his creations at the 81st Annual Craftsmen’s Fair held in Aug. at Mount Sunapee Resort.

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was published in The Los Angeles Review of Books. It discusses Browne’s music and how “the dad” appears as an archetype in contemporary culture. Read the essay at DaddysTune.

The League of N.H. Craftsmen featured Department of Fine and Performing Arts Professor and Chair Jon Keenan as a guest artist at the 81st Annual Craftsmen’s Fair at Mount Sunapee Resort in Aug., the oldest continuing craft fair in America. Professor Keenan demonstrated a variety of ceramic hand building and wheel throwing techniques and presented “Getting Centered,” a slide show about his life and work in clay.

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Director of Residential Education Mary McLaughlin’s essay “Zen and the Art of Alzheimer’s” will be included in the 2015 book Anguish, Adaptation, and Acceptance: The Psychological Journey of the Alzheimer’s Caregiver by Dr. Robert Santullir. It was first published on The Huffington Post in December. Her essay “1 in 68,” which puts a personal spin on the Center for Disease Control’s recent autism prevalence statistics, appeared on The Huffington Post in March.

“Soufflé,” a drypoint monotype, by Mary Mead.

Assistant Professor Mary Mead’s print “Soufflé” will be included in the exhibition “Palate to Plate: Boston Printmakers Society” at the Newport Art Museum in Newport, R.I., Aug. 30 – Jan. 4, 2015.

Printmakers were asked to interpret a recipe, and the exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalog that includes the prints and recipes.

Dan O’Brien ’08 has penned The Laughing Farm, a lighthearted tale inspired by his experiences on his grandparents’ dairy farm. It is the first in a planned series of children’s books featuring illustrations by Samantha Madden. June Skinner Peacock ’41 waited until she was almost 90 to tackle her memoirs. Window In The Wall tells the story of her family, from Peacock’s birth in New York City to the two years she spent at Colby Junior College, and beyond.

Strength coach and fitness specialist Anne Poirier presented the Drums Alive program at the N.H. Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference. Drums Alive uses rhythm, movement, music, drumming and a traditional group fitness style to foster fitness and wellness. Poirier is one of only 16 master trainers for Drums Alive on the East Coast. Her classes at Colby-Sawyer have participants who range from 13 to 75 years old. Professor of Natural Sciences Ben Steele presented “Behavioral Ecology of the Common Eider: Darwinian Puzzles” as part of the Tvärminne

Research Seminars at Tvärminne Zoological Station in Finland in June. Associate Professor Bert Yarborough’s artwork is everywhere these days. This spring his work was included in the exhibition “I’ve Got My Back” at McGowan Fine Art in Concord, N.H., and it was displayed at artSTRAND in Provincetown, Mass., in July. His creations can next be seen this Dec. in “Triage II: Collaborative Works with Paul Bowen & M.P. Landis” at Castleton State College in Vermont. Yarborough also taught the workshop “Drawing Through the Figure” this summer at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Professor Bert Yarborough’s work was included in the exhibition “I’ve Got My Back” this spring at McGowan Fine Art in Concord, N.H. Fall 2014


Going Local: A Student-led Initiative by Elaine Edgecomb ’14 and Jacqueline Susmann ’14; photo by Michael Seamans

Colby-Sawyer students are encouraged to take charge of their education and use their knowledge to initiate change. Garrett Dunnells ’15 did just that. The environmental science major worked for more than a year to ensure that 20 percent of the food items offered in ColbySawyer’s dining hall come from local sources.

cage-free eggs are just a few of the local products now on the menu.

In April, 25.7 percent of Colby-Sawyer’s food purchases came from sources within 100 miles of the college. Chicken, pork, beef, soymilk, butter, bread, milk, yogurt and

Dunnells believed he could reduce the environmental impact of Colby-Sawyer’s meals and talked with Director of Sustainability Jen White ’90 about next steps. That led to a

“I took Environmental Issues, and that class really opened my eyes to how people can make a change and what you can do on a more personalized level rather than through political or mass changes,” said Dunnells.

petition, which after just two days had more than 700 signatures—about half the student body— and was presented to the administration. “That petition was the start of an intense effort to figure out how to integrate local foods into our menus,” said Mike Heffernan, general manager of Sodexo Dining Services.

Local Partners, Local Food Dunnells, Heffernan and the Sodexo team looked for local options and worked to figure out how the college could afford to buy locally. Black River Produce, a Vt.–based vendor and a primary supplier for Sodexo at ColbySawyer, had a lot of what they were looking for. The vendor sourced local products, including some meat products processed at its own plant. As a result, much of the pork, beef and chicken offered in the dining hall are from local farms.


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By buying local, ColbySawyer depends less on trucks bringing out-ofseason goods across the country, which reduces fuel consumption. It also minimizes the college’s negative environmental impact while maximizing the food’s freshness, taste and nutritional value. This approach, in turn, strengthens the local economy, preserves open space and lowers the college’s carbon “foodprint.” Executive Chef Henry Doyle played a crucial role in partnering with the local vendors, as well as adjusting menus to accommodate these options. “We’ve been working closely with Jen White, and I have the same passion she has for it,” said Doyle. “If we work with local people, it helps the total economy and keeps people employed. I’m all about keeping it in your own neighborhood.” More changes will come as Sodexo strives to improve the sustainability of the college’s food. “It took a while to get this far, and now we’re reaping the benefits,” said Heffernan. “We’re still looking for what else we can do, though.”

Colby-Sawyer Launches Food Recovery Initiative Colby-Sawyer and its dining services provider, Sodexo, partnered to create the first certified chapter of Sodexo’s national Food Recovery Network in the state of New Hampshire. The Feed the Freezer program recovers surplus food from Colby-Sawyer’s dining hall to donate to three local food pantries. More than 800 individual meals have been donated since January. Sodexo employee Sandra Brownell, the driving force behind Feed the Freezer, saw the opportunity for Colby-Sawyer to do more for its community. “We think that everyone is doing okay because we are doing okay,” said Brownell. “But you cannot see hunger in your neighbor.” Read more at

Sign Me Up: Brewing Science Colby-Sawyer and The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille in New London have collaborated to offer the two-credit elective course Brewing Science this fall that teaches the craft and science of brewing beer. The course reached its capacity of 15 students in 59 seconds during registration.

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The course is taught by Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences Darrell Kuykendall. The Flying Goose hosts the course’s lab component in its solar-powered brewing facility where students can put their new scientific understanding to work while creating their own brews. The class is a prelude to a proposed hyperlocal brewpub in Lethbridge Lodge where student-made beers would be served alongside local brews and foods. The new venture would provide opportunities for students in multiple disciplines, from graphic design, writing and art majors, who could create signage and packaging, to business students and those in the sciences. Read more at www.

Setting the Table Green “Setting the Table Green,” a graphic design exhibition showcasing Colby-Sawyer’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and the community, was unveiled in the dining hall on Earth Day. Eight graphic design students teamed with four creative writing and media studies majors to create the posters to illustrate Colby-Sawyer College’s forward thinking and sustainability initiatives.

Sophia Bachman ’16, Erica Cellamare ’17 and Jenisha Shrestha ’14 teamed up to create this poster on biodiesel fuel for a project in Adjunct Professor Doug Harp’s graphic design class.

Themes include the college’s student-initiated commitment to local food and use of compostable and recyclable goods, using fry oil as bio fuel, the Feed the Freezer food recovery program, and Sodexo’s responsible use of chemicals to run a clean and healthy dining operation. Read more at setting-the-table-green.html.

A Certified Fair Trade College Colby-Sawyer was recognized as a Fair Trade College by Fair Trade Campaigns, a nonprofit partnership advocating Fair Trade for farmers, workers and artisans across the globe. Colby-Sawyer is the first private college in New Hampshire, and the second college in the state, to earn the certification. Business administration major Amigo Khadka ’14 was inspired by Associate Professor of Business Administration Christopher Kubik’s spring 2012 Fair Trade course and recognized that Fair Trade was missing from Colby-Sawyer’s sustainability campaign. He decided to take action on behalf of the college. “While sustainability practices are the epitome of Colby-Sawyer, there is more to it than going green and decreasing our carbon footprint,” said Khadka. “Fair Trade takes sustainability to the next level by adding a social justice component.” Read more at Fall 2014


The Season in Sports 2014 Winter/Spring by Ryan Emerson

(9-25; 5-16 NAC) The Colby-Sawyer baseball team went 9-25 overall and 5-16 in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in 2014 and brought home the NAC Team Sportsmanship Award. First-year student Nathan Frongillo (Haverhill, Mass.) was named NAC Rookie of the Year in a vote by the conference coaches.

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Frongillo, who was also named to the All-NAC First Team, had an impressive first season with the Chargers. He led the team with a .396 batting average, 44 hits, 18 RBI, a .505

Nathan Frongillo hit .396 and was named NAC Rookie of the Year.


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slugging percentage, a .422 on base percentage, seven doubles and six stolen bases. He ranked in the top 10 in the league in nine categories and was second in batting average and hits. Frongillo started in 33 games and recorded 13 multi-hit games. He was named NAC Rookie of the Week twice. Senior Kevin Keith (Quincy, Mass.) finished his illustrious career by cementing himself as one of the greatest pitchers in program history. He leaves ColbySawyer as the all-time leader in earned run average (2.51), strikeouts (208), appearances (44), starts (35), complete games (22), shutouts (7) and saves (5). Keith also recorded 21 career victories, just one shy of the school record. He logged the second most career innings with 233. This season, Keith was tied for 11th in the nation with six complete games. Sophomore Mike Bowse (Merrimack, N.H.) led this year’s pitching staff with a 2.16 earned run average. He picked off a singleseason-record seven base-runners.

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Amazjah Grant was named to the All-NAC Second Team after anchoring the Colby-Sawyer defense.

Women’s Lacrosse (4-13; 1-5 NAC) The Colby-Sawyer women’s lacrosse team reached the NAC semifinals for the second time in three years and played in the postseason for the 13th time in the past 14 seasons. The Chargers were the sixth seed in this year’s NAC Tournament and traveled to third-seed rival New England College for a first-round contest.

Colby-Sawyer avenged a regular season loss and pulled off a 14-10 upset over the Pilgrims to advance to the semifinals. The Chargers’ season ended at Thomas with a 14-6 loss to the Terriers. Senior Amazjah Grant (Syracuse, N.Y.) and sophomore Sara Berry (Bowdoinham, Maine) were named to the women’s lacrosse All-NAC Second Team.

Starting in all of the Chargers’ games this season, Grant earned the all-conference nod as the anchor to the Colby-Sawyer defense. She ranked second on the team in ground balls (47) and caused turnovers (25). Berry garnered All-NAC accolades in her second season with the Chargers. Positioned fourth in the conference in caused turnovers, fifth in draw controls and seventh in ground balls, she led Colby-Sawyer in all three categories. She also placed 31st in the country with 2.33 caused turnovers per game and 52nd with 3.93 ground balls per game. Berry, who earned an NAC Player of the Week award, was third on the team with 29 points on 21 goals and eight assists.

The Chargers closed the season ranked 28th nationally with 25.41 ground balls per game.

Men’s Tennis (14-9; 5-0 NAC East) The men’s tennis team ran the table in the NAC East Division for the third straight season and advanced to the NAC/NEAC (North Eastern Athletic Conference) crossover championship match. The Chargers won the East Division with a 5-0 sweep over Lyndon State in the semifinals and a 5-0 sweep over Castleton in the finals. The Chargers then played the NAC West Division winner, Penn State Abington, in the crossover with a trip to the NCAAs on the line. The

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First-year student Kellie Lander (Ossipee, N.H.) had a solid first season in

goal for the Chargers. She finished the season with 170 saves, ranking her 18th in the nation.

Myles Utell (left) was named NAC Rookie of the Year and Nathan Taschereau (right) earned his second straight Player of the Year award.

Chargers came away with an 8-1 victory over the Nittany Lions for the program’s second-straight conference crown and second trip to the NCAA Tournament. Colby-Sawyer fell to Babson 5-0 in the NCAA First Round to end its season at 14-9. With no seniors on this year’s squad, the team anticipates a third-straight trip to the NCAA next season. Junior Nathan Taschereau (Goffstown, N.H.) was named NAC East Division Player of the Year for the second-straight season. He also earned a second consecutive nod to the AllNAC Singles First Team. Taschereau, who went unbeaten at first singles and doubles in conference play, led the Chargers to their third-straight unbeaten NAC East Division season. First-year student Myles Utell (Bedford, N.H.) was named NAC East Division Rookie of the Year after an unbeaten season playing primarily second singles and first doubles. Utell also landed on the All-NAC Singles First Team and the All-NAC Doubles First Team with Taschereau. First-year student Cass McCann (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) and junior Sergio Spassof (Pallini, Greece) were named to the All-NAC Singles Second Team.

Track and Field The men’s and women’s track and field teams had another record-breaking season in 2014. The women’s team sent 11 student-athletes to the New England Championships at Springfield College, while the men’s team had nine studentathletes compete. Three men and two women also qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Junior Hayden Bunnell (St. Johnsbury, Vt.), sophomore Becca Hashem (Webster, N.H.), senior Ted Paquin (Middleboro, Mass.), first-year student Rachel Quaye (Westminster, Mass.) and junior Jesse Socci (Wilton, Conn.) competed at the ECAC Championships. The women’s team set four records this year. Hashem achieved a distance of 37.94 meters in the discus. First-year student Kylee Parker (Winterport, Maine) set a new standard in the 5,000 – meter run with a time of 19:14.97. The 4x400 record-setting relay team included junior Heather Faasse (Jefferson, N.J.), first-year student Emily Lopez (Lincolnville, Maine), junior Paige O’Malley (Dedham, Mass.), and sophomore Tallon Tomasi (Williston, Fall 2014


High Point Rider at the season’s first show at Middlebury.

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(14-11; 13-5 NAC)

Ted Paquin competed in the decathlon at the New England and ECAC Championships.

The men’s 4x800 relay team of junior Hayden Bunnell, sophomore Ben Bunnell (St. Johnsbury, Vt.), junior Matt Hunt (Milton, Mass.) and firstyear student Brandon Legendre (Waterford, Vt.) set a record with a time of 8:15.57, 45 seconds faster than the previous mark. This spring’s inclement weather forced many schedule changes throughout the Northeast. Despite these challenges, the Chargers put together a successful season, including numerous individual event victories, school 20

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records and personal bests. With the ability to train at the beautiful new Sally Shaw Veitch Track & Field, the Chargers look for continued success.

Senior Abby Pinard (Tewksbury, Mass.) won the Novice Flat in the last ride of her IHSA career at UNH in March. Lovington earned Reserve Champion at UNH.

The team ranked 10th in the nation in steals per game (10.8), 13th in offensive rebounds per game (15.36), 21st in total steals (271) and 22nd in turnover margin (3.7).


Boillotat was the Reserve Champion High Point Rider at the Dartmouth show in November. She tied for High Point Rider at Endicott.

Senior Stephen Thorpe (Chicago, Ill.) was named NAC Defensive Player of the Year. He finished the season ranked eighth in the country in steals per game (2.84) and 12th in total steals (71). Thorpe leaves Colby-Sawyer with the third most steals in

Four riders on the equestrian team, which competes in the fall and spring, qualified for the spring Regional Championship held at Dartmouth. Firstyear student Jenna Boillotat (Etna, N.H.), junior Taylor Decknick (Goffstown, N.H.), sophomore Juli Lovington (Guilford, Conn.) and firstyear student Hannah LaRoche (Kensington, N.H.) each qualified. Lovington made the final cut in the Novice Flat division and placed fifth in the region. LaRoche made the final cut in Walk, Trot, Canter and also placed fifth in the region.

First-year student Tori Delaney (Centerville, Mass.) tied for Reserve

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Vt.). The team combined for a record time of 4:14.38. Lopez was joined by senior Emily Davis (Colchester, Vt.), first-year student Nicole Morris (Salisbury, Vt.) and firstyear student Erica Pantaleo (Pelham, N.H.) for a record time of 10:18.60 in the 4x800 relay.

The Colby-Sawyer men’s basketball team went 14-11 overall and reached the conference tournament for the 19th consecutive season. The Chargers, picked to finish third in the preseason poll, did so with a 13-5 record in NAC play.

Equestrian teammates (L to R) Jenna Boillotat, Morgan Rao ’17 and Juli Lovington.

The Chargers tied a team single-game record with 25 steals against Maine Maritime on Feb. 7.

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(18-10; 15-3 NAC)

Ashley Fruzzetti finishes her career with the second most three-pointers in school history with 194. school history (192) and the eighth most career assists (367). Junior Mike Dias (Carver, Mass.) earned a nod to the All-NAC Second Team and N.H. Division III Basketball Coaches Association First Team. He recorded five doubledoubles and led the team in points (14.2 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg). Dias finished second in the NAC with a shooting percentage of 58.1 and eighth in rebounding average at 6.7 per game, ending the season eighth in career rebounds with 568. Earlier in the season, Dias became Colby-Sawyer’s 15th men’s basketball player to score 1,000 career points. He concludes his junior campaign with a career total of 1,120 points.

The women’s basketball team recorded doublefigure conference wins for the 18th time in the last 19 seasons and reached the NAC title game for the third-straight season. The Chargers finished with an 18-10 overall record and a 15-3 mark in conference play. The team ranked 13th in the nation in field goal percentage defense at 32.7, 15th in scoring defense (52.9) and 17th in threepoint field goals per game with 7.5. Junior Kelsey Cahill (Cumberland, R.I.) and senior Ashley Fruzzetti (Carver, Mass.) earned AllNAC awards. Cahill was named to the All-NAC First Team and N.H. Division III Basketball Coaches Association First Team. She led ColbySawyer in scoring (11.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg). Cahill came on strong at the end of the season, earning back-toback Player of the Week awards and finishing the season ranked in the top 10 in scoring and rebounding. One of the league’s best defenders,

Cahill completed the season with team highs in steals (75) and blocks (51). She recorded six doubledoubles and helped the Charger defense to top-15 national rankings in field goal percentage defense and scoring defense. Cahill also earned a pair of weekly awards from the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) and a Player of the Week from the ECAC.

an NAC Rookie of the Week award.

Fruzzetti earned a nod to the All-NAC Second Team and NH Division III Basketball Coaches Association Second Team after averaging 10.3 points in conference play. She ranked nationally in the top 70 for three-point field goal percentage (34.8) and three-point field goals made per game (2.38). Fruzzetti led the conference in made three-pointers and finished the season with 62, giving her 194 career makes and ranking her second behind Taylor DeSanty ’13 (219) in school history.

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams enjoyed another successful season that sent 24 members to the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships. The women finished sixth and the men eighth.

First-year student Kristin Ellis (South Easton, Mass.) was named two-time NAC Rookie of the Week and poured in a season best 17 points on 8-9 shooting in a win over Green Mountain. First-year student Lexi Iannone (North Haven, Conn.) scored 21 points in her first game with the Chargers and earned

Head Coach George Martin was named N.H. Division III Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year for the eighth time (1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2013).

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The women’s team also sent six members to the ECAC Championships at the U.S. Naval Academy. Participants included sophomore Samantha Dalphond (Chelmsford, Mass.), senior Erin Dunican (Bennington, Vt.), junior Krystyna Estrada (Lebanon, N.H.), junior Jen Gavell (Lebanon, N.H.), sophomore Elaine Miller (Windham, Maine) and sophomore Emma Nagle (Falmouth, Mass.). At season’s end, the women set six school records and the men five records. Estrada led the way for the women’s team, which earned seven meet Fall 2014


Eric Foulds set a school record on the one-meter board on Jan. 18. victories this season. She won 28 events, including 21 individual swims, and helped seven relay teams to first-place finishes. Throughout the year, she also earned three pool records and four school records, three of them at the NEISDA championships. Estrada set records in the 100 IM, the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. The team of Estrada, first-year student Meghan Mamlock (West Barnstable, Mass.), Miller and Nagle set a record in the 400 freestyle relay. Nagle had a record time in the 100 butterfly, while Dalphond had a record score on the threemeter board. On the men’s side, junior Justin Banos (Essex Junction, Vt.) set a new mark in the 50 breaststroke, while the team of senior Keenan Bartlett (East Stroudsburg, Pa.), first-year student Brett Cayer (Newington, Conn.), junior Kyle Harris (New Holland, Pa.) and first-year 22

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student Josh Paszczuk (Newington, Conn.) set records in the 200- and 400-freestyle relays. Bartlett also registered a record time in the 200 backstroke. Senior Eric Foulds (Bradford, Mass.) set a school record in the one-meter diving event (11 dives) with a total of 371.40.

Alpine Skiing Under first-year Head Coach Jake Fisher, the alpine team continued to improve and gain recognition throughout its third season in the most competitive league in collegiate skiing—the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA). This year’s team, made up of young talent and experienced upperclassmen, achieved impressive results for the men’s and women’s teams. The men turned in 10 top-30 finishes throughout the season, while the women had

Four Chargers were selected for the 2014 National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team. First-year students Scott Cooper (Reno, Nev.) and Kenny Wilson (Canyondam, Calif.) represented the men’s team. During a solid first year, Wilson finished in the top 26 on four occasions, including a 16th place finish in the giant slalom at Sugarloaf. Cooper also had several impressive performances throughout the season, including a pair of top-30 finishes at the UNH Carnival.

women’s team. The Chargers’ top finisher on several occasions, MurphyMeyers had consistent performances every weekend. She had three top-30 finishes and made a strong showing at the EISA Championships with a 35th and 37th place. Taylor turned in impressive times in the giant slalom, highlighted by a 20th place at Sugarloaf and a 27th place at Attitash. Ryan Emerson has been sports information director at Colby-Sawyer since 2008. He holds a B.S. in sport management from Western New England University and an M.B.A. from Providence College. Follow the Chargers!

First-year students Morganne Murphy-Meyers (Truckee, Calif.) and Nicole Taylor (Windham, N.H.) were honored on the

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seven top-25 performances, highlighted by a 10thplace feat from sophomore Rainie Hill (Proctorsville, Vt.).

Sophomore Rainie Hill placed 19th in the giant slalom at Attitash Mountain on Jan. 24.

Chargers Club Change-Up by Kellie M. Spinney

Fenton’s devotion to ColbySawyer is anchored to her ties in the region, as was true for the leaders before her. After graduating with a B.S. in child studies, the former Gilford, N.H., resident went into education; Fenton currently teaches first grade at Bradford Elementary School in Bradford, N.H. In 2003, she married Peter Fenton, co-owner of Appleseed Restaurant and Catering and Lake Sunapee Cruises.

Living locally has been beneficial to her Chargers Club leadership, but Fenton’s involvement goes beyond her proximity to campus. “Yes, I’m invested in the larger community, but I also care very much about athletics at Colby-Sawyer,” said Fenton. “For me, the best way to give back to a college that gave me so much is to give my time to the Chargers Club.” Fenton was a volleyball player during her four years at Colby-Sawyer. She remains thankful for her student-athlete experience and wants to ensure that future student-athletes have the same opportunities, that they have proper equipment and facilities, and that they get their due with awards and recognition. “I chose Colby-Sawyer because I could play volleyball at the college level while getting the education that I wanted,” said Fenton. “I had the best four-year experience.” Fenton’s vision for the future of the Chargers Club includes maintaining traditions—like funding the Student Awards Banquet, hosting the annual Chargers Tennis Tournament and supporting alumni weekend events—while mixing in new events. This

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The Chargers Club was founded more than 30 years ago by 10 New London women committed to supporting Colby-Sawyer’s student-athletes. Led by former Colby-Sawyer physical education teacher, Legends Society member and trustee emerita Pat Kelsey and the club’s first chairperson, Gusta Teach (1982-1992), the founders helped student-athletes gain the attention and funding they needed. The Chargers Club has continued to develop under the strong governance of successive chairs Jen Ellis ’85 (1992-2009), Tamsen Bolte Snyder ’04 (2009-2013) and, most recently, Elizabeth “Beth” Sargent Fenton ’94, who took office in spring 2013.

Elizabeth “Beth” Sargent Fenton ’94 gives back to Colby-Sawyer as chair of the Chargers Club. spring, Fenton and fellow board members hosted receptions on the indoor track during women’s and men’s basketball games. “The reception got us noticed, and that is a critical goal,” said Fenton. “We’d like to host additional receptions, perhaps one per season and at a variety of venues, and reach out to more of our studentathletes, parents, fans, community members and supporters.” Another goal for the Chargers Club is recruitment. Fenton encourages friends,

neighbors, alumni and others who are passionate about Colby-Sawyer athletics to join the organization at the level that works best for them. “Being involved with the Chargers Club can mean making a donation, serving on the board, sitting on a committee or flipping burgers during Alumni Weekend,” said Fenton. “We want people to know that our student-athletes are worth it.” To learn more or to join the Chargers Club, visit www.

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Boston College Associate Direc­tor of Sports Medicine Michael Vigneau ’03 mentored athletic training major Zac Kershaw ’16 during preseason training camp for the NCAA Division I football team.

The Game Changer by Kellie M. Spinney

Exercise and sport sciences major Michael Vigneau ’03 and athletic training major Zac Kershaw ’16, from Springfield, N.H., are birds of an Eagle feather. Vigneau is associate director of sports medicine at Boston College and an athletic trainer for the B.C. Eagles’ football team; Kershaw is soaring to new heights thanks in part to a game-changing opportunity from Vigneau. B.C.’s sports medicine team often drafts Boston-area athletic training students to support its August


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preseason camp. When Vigneau had an opening on his 2013 intern roster, he thought of his alma mater and contacted Exercise and Sport Sciences Clinical Professor and Head Athletic Trainer Scott Roy, who had mentored Vigneau during his internship with Dartmouth College’s football team. It was up to Roy to select the student who would be the best fit for the internship. A few came to mind, but he presented the opportunity to Kershaw. “Division I can be

an intimidating environment; hard work and long hours are expected,” said Roy. “I knew Zac would put his head down, work hard, get along with people and be professional.” Kershaw leapt at the chance. “I said yes because it allowed me Division I clinical experience and the opportunity to connect with well-established professionals in my career path, including some of the best-known athletic training names in New England,” he said. “I took advantage of learning from the six certified

“As alumni, it is our responsibility to offer opportunities, when we can, to help students find their direction. And it benefits everyone.” — Michael Vigneau ’03

athletic trainers. I asked questions, and they taught me how to tape ankles, provide select rehab treatments and remove staples. I was able to see injuries and conditions that were new to me.” Kershaw’s impressive performance during his 220.5-hour internship caught the attention of B.C. Head Athletic Trainer Stephen Bushee. As Kershaw prepared to leave camp to begin his sophomore year at Colby-Sawyer, Bushee called him into his office and asked him to consider returning to B.C. in the fall to work all the home football games, including a bowl game, plus two road games. Kershaw clocked 37 hours of Division I game coverage that fall, a proud achievement for the athletic trainer in training.

“I consider myself very lucky to have been able to get a job with Division I football here in Massachusetts,” said Vigneau.

“It was an exhilarating experience. I gained vital information and made connections for my future,” said Kershaw. “But the most significant thing I learned is that you never know who is watching you. It’s important to put effort into everything you do because the people you impress with your work ethic are the people who can provide you with opportunities.” Vigneau is always watching out for Colby-Sawyer students. “As alumni, it is our responsibility to offer opportunities, when we can, to help students find their direction. And it benefits everyone,” he said. “If I’m able to help strong students get good experiences in the field, then they are able to strengthen their reputation, the school’s reputation, and provide greater recognition for Colby-Sawyer and its programs.” During his years at Colby-Sawyer, Vigneau admits he wasn’t sure in which direction to take his career. Returning to his native Millbury, Mass., Vigneau worked as an orthopedic technician at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he met his wife, Shari, and was certified in strength and condition. In 2004, he earned his athletic training certification and became a resident trainer for B.C. football. He was named assistant director for sports medicine in September 2006. During this time, Vigneau earned his master’s degree in education administration from B.C. He was promoted to his current position of associate director

“The people you impress with your work ethic are the people who can provide you with opportunities,” said Kershaw. for football sports medicine in September 2012. Vigneau, a self-proclaimed “Mass Guy,” lives in Walpole with Shari and their sons, Connor and Evan. “Massachusetts is my home,” he said. “I consider myself very lucky to have been able to get a job with Division I football here in Massachusetts.” As for Kershaw, he will start his first clinical rotation this fall with Dartmouth football, just as Vigneau did while at Colby-Sawyer. “I have always known that I wanted to be an athletic trainer,” said Kershaw. “I may pursue graduate studies, physical therapy school, or look into becoming a physician extender, but I know for sure I will become an athletic trainer.”

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Sense of Place Every August, prospective students and their families get to know Colby-Sawyer and its surrounding area during the Admissions event Harbor Days. They tour campus and then head to Lake Sunapee for lunch on the M.V. Kearsarge while they cruise in the shadow of Mount Sunapee, home to Colby-Sawyer’s Alpine Ski Teams. The teams compete in the most competitive league in collegiate skiing, the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA). Photo: Michael Seamans

An Inadvertent Community, and the Continued Salience of Colonialism by Kate Turcotte

The village of Kivalina, Alaska, is a place like no other. Inhabited by Iñupiat who have been in the region for 1,500 years, Kivalina lies on the southern tip of an eightmile spit of land reaching out into the Chukchi Sea, 80 miles north of the Arctic Circle. As of 2010, the population totaled 374. Small homes, often occupied by more than one family, are perched above the tundra; the vast majority of residents are without indoor plumbing. They obtain water from a transmission line and dispose of human waste using “honey buckets,” which are driven to the far end of the village for dumping. No roads link Kivalina to other communities; materials and

The freezing of the Chukchi Sea from October until June protects Kivalina’s vulnerable shoreline from winter storm erosion. Photo: Paul Lawrence


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supplies must be shipped in when the Chukchi Sea is ice-free or flown to the village in small quantities. Residents operate allterrain vehicles in summer and snowmobiles, or sno-gos, in winter. They depend heavily upon these and other tools to engage in activities necessary for survival. As was the case centuries ago, families depend upon so-called “wild” foods, including beluga whale, walrus and ringed seal. The freeze-up of the Chukchi Sea marks the beginning of another long Kivalina winter. Recent decades have seen the period of time during which the crossing can be made lengthen dramatically. At first blush this may

seem to be a positive change, but the freezing of the Chukchi Sea from October until June protects Kivalina’s vulnerable shoreline from winter storm erosion. With ice formations occurring later, residents are more often without this critical barrier. In 2005, a single storm resulted in the loss of 25 feet of shoreline, leaving the village school and central electric supply at risk of collapse. For more than 20 years, residents have voted to relocate their community, at an estimated cost of between $250 million and $400 million. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has conducted a number of studies on the effects and consequences of erosion and flooding in Kivalina and estimates the village will be uninhabitable within the next decade. Residents have selected a number of alternative village locations, and road plans have been developed to transport families and items to a new site, but funds have not yet become available. Researchers, like myself, who investigate Arctic communities use studies such as the Survey of

Living Conditions in the Arctic (SLiCA) to aid in our understanding of demographic, cultural and lifestyle characteristics of Kivalina residents and other indigenous groups throughout the Circumpolar North. SLiCA data indicate that Iñupiat and others feel strong ties to their communities and traditional ways of life. Remedial steps, such as village relocation, would best maintain these and other connections. During the summer and fall of 2010, I traveled by bush plane to a number of villages, including Kivalina, to speak with Iñupiat about their subsistence patterns and lifestyle aspirations. Although the residents provided depth to my work with SLiCA on community connections, I found something quite unexpected when I asked them about the correlation between environmental change and relocation. Many Alaska Native residents argue that the greatest threats to traditional ways of life are not solely due to factors associated with a warming earth and the resulting need for relocation but are instead embedded within

the almost accidental existence of many villages in the region. Like other communities, Kivalina served only as a stoppingoff point for Iñupiat to harvest whale and walrus before moving on to other locations. American missionaries, arriving to the village in the late 19th century and finding the seminomadic Iñupiat in the area, worked to convert families to Christianity by constructing formal schools, “providing” Iñupiat with Christian names, and strongly discouraging subsistence practices. With great resistance, Iñupiat eventually did convert. According to residents, a set of lingering, racist ideologies toward native groups is still salient in Alaska (and ubiquitous elsewhere) and lies almost silently at the heart of the relocation discussion. The refusal of state and federal governments to provide the resources necessary for villages to thrive—even if that means moving them—is rooted in racial oppression and in the not-so-subtle desire for the continued assimilation of Iñupiat and others into Western society.

Over the upcoming year, I will continue to focus on the stainability of traditional ways of life among indigenous groups in Alaska. Currently, I am part of an international group of polar researchers working to secure funding for additional data collection and in-depth interviews. Such information, if obtained, will allow us (and many other researchers) the opportunity to further explore issues related to race, the legacy of colonialism and oppression in the region, and may help Kivalina and other communities more effectively argue for continued viability—whether through relocation or other means. Kate Turcotte, assistant professor of Social Sciences and Education, joined Colby-Sawyer in 2013. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of New Hampshire. Her areas of expertise include Arctic sociology; community; indigenous populations, poverty and stratification; and race and ethnicity. She has traveled throughout the Northwest Arctic borough of Alaska speaking with village residents about individual and community sustainability, health and well-being. Fall 2014


A Passion for Change: A Trip to Nepal, for Nepal by Xiaoxiao Lu ’16

The project began with Nepali students Amigo Khadka ’14 and Nishchal Banskota ’15 and their Pathway classes with Professor of Humanities Ann Page Stecker. She asked them to offer ways to change the world and to consider the resources it would take to realize those

ideas. At first, they proposed projects like internships in Europe. Then they began to consider how to create real change where it was most needed. They looked homeward to Nepal, which ranks 157 out of 187 countries in wealth, and where aid can go a long way. In Nepal, private schools are much better than public, but also more expensive and usually found only in urban areas. MUA founder Manjil Rana wanted to provide free education in exchange for having parents volunteer two days per month. This is such a popular and sustainable model that two other Maya schools have been built. Over the next two years, MUA was selected as the project’s focus, and a trip to Nepal was planned. When it grew to involve non-Nepali students so that it would be a true cross-cultural exchange,

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In January, four Wesson Honors students went to Nepal. Two of them were returning to their homeland; two of them were being introduced to the nation that sends more students to Colby-Sawyer than any other. All of them were there to help provide greater access to free education for rural students at Maya Universe Academy (MUA), three hours west of Kathmandu, by building a bamboo classroom. This two-week journey was intended as a first step toward social entrepreneurship and a long-lasting relationship with MUA.

At Maya Universe Academy, we built a classroom from scratch with bamboo that had to be sliced into thin strips. Kolby Arnold ’14, from New Gloucester, Maine, and I applied to take part and came onboard. Kolby and I are both passionate about volunteer work and experiencing new cultures. I was glad to be able to build on previous volunteer experiences working with rural children at home in China and looked forward to teaching art lessons in Nepal. The four of us worked together to raise money to buy a laptop and stationery for the students. Our time in Nepal was fantastic and thoughtprovoking. Nishchal and Amigo were wonderful

hosts who made the energy and affability of the Nepali culture come alive for me and Kolby. They introduced us to their families, toured us through temples adorned with prayer flags, arranged for an elephant ride through a national park and persuaded us to go paragliding, which really showed us a new perspective. We beat our clothes clean on the rooftop, danced and tried many new foods. When we were somewhat acclimated to our surroundings and the time change, we gathered the tools and gifts we had

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brought and headed for Damauli and the school. We drove on winding roads until the pavement turned to red dirt. Arriving at MUA, we saw many children playing with a soccer ball as chickens wandered around.

The Nepali culture came alive as we toured temples adorned with prayer flags and tried many new foods. (L–R): Nishchal Banskota ’15, Kolby Arnold ’14, Xiaoxiao Lu ’16 and Amigo Khadka ’14. We were thrown into a new environment beyond our comfort zones, but we really had a memorable time living in a rural village, lugging water, taking showers in the open, eating rice and curry vegetables three meals a day, playing cricket and not having Internet access. We rode in packed vans that functioned as public transportation and rode on top of a bus going down a hill where we could feel every bump and had to dodge power lines. At the school, there was much hands-on work to build a classroom from scratch with bamboo that had to be sliced into thin strips.

Photo: Kolby Arnold

While we had somewhat arrogantly declared that we would make an impact on the kids at MUA, the truth was that they, and the whole experience, made a bigger impact on us. Kolby suggests that everyone take a chance and live in a developing country to see what it is like and to experience a new culture.

It was hard to say goodbye to the children, who impressed us with their positive outlook.

The children at Maya impressed us with their positive outlook on everything. They also showed unending appreciation toward volunteers, regardless of how long they stayed, what they were able to contribute, and

Education is a universal goal and dream. whether they had personal interactions. It is a contagious effect, to remember, to value and to be grateful. People tend to take for granted so many wonderful things, but remembering others’ merits is necessary. Our week at MUA was barely time enough to see everything that is going on at the school—and learn all the students’ names! I wish we could have stayed for a month or two, as many volunteers do, but I was content with what we were able to achieve. We made meaningful bonds that will last for a long time, and I will never forget the children who gathered to sing “You Are My Sunshine” and their shouts of “Thank you, CSC!” as we prepared to depart for New Hampshire.

During my time in Nepal, I realized that education is a universal goal and dream that people can contribute in order to better the world. In Nepal, I saw the same kind of energy, enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge that I had seen in the kids I worked with back in China, and it has ignited a grander desire in me to pursue developmentrelated work. I hope that more students at ColbySawyer can find a way to get involved, whether it is going to Nepal or fundraising to improve educational opportunities for children. Watch a video about the trip to Nepal at Xiaoxiao Lu is a history and political studies major.

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Student-Planned Neo Pan-African Conference Urges Action over Discussion by Anurup Upadhyay ’15

development in the 21st century. Through presentations, panel discussions and networking sessions, the conference promoted the ideals of Pan-Africanism and explored ideas for African development. “The possible change of Africa lies in the ability of the African youth to organize on the African continent and the diaspora to take charge of their own destiny,” said Bernard

Botchway ’15, conference director. “[This conference] acknowledged this fact, and so must every stakeholder of African development.” Conference executive board members included Stephanie Afari ’15, Nneoma Aguguo ’14, Nischal Dhakal ’17, Abhineet Kumar ’17, Munaya Sa-eed ’16, Waitta Vainga ’14, Gaelle Wagnac ’15, Michellina Wuddahmartey ’14 and Binyam

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The African Students Association (ASA) at Colby-Sawyer College hosted the Pamoja60: Neo Pan-African Conference in April. About 100 participants from Colby-Sawyer, Wellesley College, University of New Hampshire, University of Rhode Island, Bunker Hill Community College and the New London community attended the three-day conference to discuss African unity and

About 100 participants from New London and colleges across New England attended the three-day conference to discuss African unity and development in the 21st century.


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Yilma ’16. “ASA members, who represent the youth from various African nations, worked hard to ensure that the conference took a multidisciplinary approach to examining African development over the past 50 years and an action-oriented look at moving forward,” said Projects Coordinator Wuddah-martey. “We are among the privileged to be pursuing a college education, and to have this platform to discuss African development,” said Yilma, publicity director. “It is imperative that we aid the reconciliation of varying [African] identities to work toward a shared, progress-oriented vision.” The conference opened with the documentary “An African Election,” about the 2008–09 Ghanaian presidential election. Following the screening, the panel discussion “Pan Africanism in the 21st Century: A Strategic Roadmap for Development” was led

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“The possible change of Africa lies in the ability of the African youth to organize,” said Bernard Botchway ‘15, conference director. Keynote speaker Semhar Araia, founder and executive director of Diaspora African Women’s Network, explained the disconnect between West African countries eager for continental unity, and countries like Eritrea and Southern Sudan that are still growing accustomed to independence.

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by Divine Muragijimana, founder and president of the Council of Young African Leaders; Tom Hull, former U.S. ambassador to Sierra Leone, former deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires in Ethiopia; Priscilla Jeffrey, founder of Community Partnership of Ghana; and Nana Poku and Kwaku Awuah, co-founders of Creative and Media Operating Group. They urged attendees to examine developmental possibilities through both their native African lenses and their experiences in developed nations.

The conference took a multidisciplinary approach to examining African development over the past 50 years and an action-oriented look at moving forward.

Lisa Purvis, educational specialist at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and adjunct Colby-Sawyer faculty member, along with Erwin Boateng, president and founder of Quality Health Africa, led the discussion “Changing Healthcare in Africa,” which focused on cost, access and quality of healthcare on the continent. In a contest for the $1,500 Nkrumah Lumumba Toure-60 Fellowship, brainstorming sessions challenged attendees to develop strategic plans for African development that were evaluated on creativity, originality, scalability, measurability, achievability and passion. The winner was “One-onOne Volunteer Mentoring,” developed by Colby-Sawyer business

administration major Yanick Macuacua ’16 and community members Sidiki Swaray and Nancy Allenby. The W.E.B. Du Bois Award was presented to Akua Dziffa, volunteer at the African Day Parade, while the Patrice Lumumba Award was presented to Gold Label Africa for its success in popularizing African culture. The Kwame Nkrumah Award was presented to Muragijimana, and the Pamoja60 Award recognized ColbySawyer College for its support of the conference. Anurup Upadhyay is a business administration major and a student writer for College Communications.

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EVERY DAY’S AN ADVENTURE: LIFE IN (AND OUT OF) A ROCKY MOUNTAIN KITCHEN by Kate Seamans; reporting by Michael Seamans Photos by Michael Seamans

As a child growing up in Connecticut, Kate Van Rensselaer Rench ’94 liked to commandeer the family kitchen and pretend to be Julia Child. Now she has her own kitchen as executive chef and co-owner of Café Diva in Steamboat Springs, Colo.



Flying back over the mountains to visit her sister and new niece in Steamboat in 2001, for Chef Rench, the feeling of coming home was too strong to deny. She moved there soon after. By the time the lights go down and the candles cast their light on Café Diva, everything is mise en place and ready for the fine dining restaurant’s nightly performance. In the front of the house, it is show time when the first guests enter. Orders in hand, sommeliers and waitstaff ferry bottles and plates from kitchen to table, sliding into the rhythm that will carry them all through the night.

move to Steamboat fed her love of mountains and skiing, and she found work (and her future husband, Craig, a potter and woodworker) at the Ceramics Design Group. Restaurant gigs in Steamboat Springs and Boulder supported her ceramics work, but then Rench found a creative outlet in cooking strong enough to stake its own claim.

In the back of the house, another dance is in progress, and in the close quarters of Café Diva’s galley kitchen, the choreography is tight and efficient. Chef Kate Rench, in black chef pants and jacket, works with her team to plate each dish with an eye toward a balance of colors, flavors and height. If the halo of verjus vinaigrette seems to encircle the lemon, black lentil and burrata salad with an artistic flair, it is because Rench is an artist both in and out of the kitchen.

“I always ended up trading my shifts to cook instead of having to work front of the house,” said Rench. “I really enjoyed it. I asked my mother what she would think of me going to culinary school, and she said, ‘I think that is the best idea you’ve ever had.’”

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Three years in New York City yielded a diploma from the French Culinary Institute and an internship and job at the legendary restaurant Jean-Georges, holder of three Michelin stars, plus corporate experience that pulled her out of the kitchen to supervise a large-scale prepared foods department at Balducci’s, a gourmet food market. “When I went corporate, I missed the banging of pans and

screaming of tickets and the whole feeling of making it through the night,” said Rench. “I missed the camaraderie of the kitchen and how it keeps you going. All I wanted to do was be back in the kitchen.” Flying back over the mountains to visit her sister and new niece in Steamboat in 2001, for Chef Rench, the feeling of coming home was too strong to deny. She landed at Café Diva and has been there ever since. Rench became a business partner in 2004, and the year after that she bought into the place. Café Diva is a 65-seat, fine-dining American fusion romantic getaway at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, 160 miles northwest of Denver. The menu changes with the seasons, and wine dinners are popular. It is regarded as the best restaurant in Steamboat Springs, and Rench’s curiosity, born of her sense of adventure, is the most important ingredient in all the dishes. “All my dishes are creative. What drives me is to make them fun and interesting, not just a plate of food,” said Rench. “I like to take a classic recipe and twist it up or find something that I’m curious about, so I put it on the menu and make it. I read a lot of cookbooks and have every cooking magazine possible sent to me to keep up with trends. I always want to try something new.” While Rench has to outsource most of her ingredients, summer brings a bounty of Colorado peaches and corn as well as other local products she includes in the menu and in an August farm-to-table dinner. The same mountains that attract visitors to Steamboat Springs can jeopardize her supply lines, though. “I can’t stock more than I need on a daily basis, so it’s hard in winter,” said Rench. “I’m usually up in the morning watching the news if there’s a storm coming. If I hear highways are closed, I’m at the grocery store first thing to buy ingredients.”

Speck-wrapped diver scallops served with roasted cauliflower purée, Marcona almonds, apple cider reduction and shoestring apples. “All my dishes are creative,” said Chef Rench. “What drives me is to make them fun and interesting, not just a plate of food.”

To be a good cook, said Julia Child, you have to have a love of the good, a love of hard work, and a love of creating. Life in the restaurant business can mean up to 80-hour weeks in the busy summer and ski seasons, always dealing with the unexpected, and solving problems. A product order coming in wrong is inevitable, but Rench has more to contend with: Hot-water heaters go on the fritz; sink faucets snap off; ovens fail; electricity shuts off; and, sometimes, employees quit in the middle of a shift. “It’s always something,” said Rench. “I’ve learned to be plumber, electrician—whatever’s needed.”

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ALL THE PIECES COME TOGETHER.” — Chef Kate Rench The daily surprises make it hard to get away for long periods of time, even when “Top Chef” comes calling. Rench turned down the chance to appear on the popular television show because they would have needed her for at least six weeks, plus time for promotional events. “I just couldn’t do that, but to be asked was pretty cool,” said Rench. “The day I would have had to go down and interview with them, we got 32 inches of snow overnight. It was the best powder day ever, and I was pretty happy with my decision to pass.” While “Top Chef” may have recognized Rench’s superstar status in the kitchen, she makes no bones about the fact that the restaurant’s success depends on more than any one person’s role.

“In sculpture, it’s really just you and the piece. In the kitchen, it’s more about how all the pieces come together. You can have four people forming one dish, so being a team is a huge part of this restaurant,” said Rench. “It’s not the front of the house versus the back of the house; we all make it happen. It is all about team playing, what you start with and what you end with, and at the end of the night, just enjoying your coffee and being satisfied with the service.” If the thing Rench likes most about being a chef is seeing and hearing how her patrons enjoyed eating at Café Diva, then, long hours aside, her schedule is a close second. Every day, she gets out for a few hours to enjoy the beauty of Colorado before going into work.

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Chef Rench’s lemon, black lentil and burrata salad, served with mâche greens, verjus vinagrette and flatbread, is a delightful fall dish.

“I do a lot of my thinking on my bike or on a hike. I’ll think of recipes or things to do when I’m outside,” said Chef Rench. “Enjoying nature inspires me.” When the sun rises over the Rockies and the hours stretch out before the restaurant beckons, it’s time for Rench to hit the trail, and it doesn’t matter what kind: Snowboarding and skiing, both cross-country and telemark, fill her winter months; hiking and biking the summer and fall. “I do a lot of my thinking on my bike or on a hike. I’ll think of recipes or things to do when I’m outside,” said Rench. “Enjoying nature inspires me. I have a very supportive and loving husband, and two dogs, and we have a very good life. The restaurant is my family; all the boys and girls who work in the kitchen are my children.” And soon, it’s time to head back to that kitchen, where Rench knows that food is just another way to create adventure.

HOW IS FOOD ART? A plate is an empty canvas. When I’m thinking of a new dish, I think of colors and how it’s going to look, what garnishes and oils and reductions to use, and so it’s like painting a canvas. You can always alter your food, you know? I don’t like pastry because it’s so precise; you can’t play. If you paint something and don’t like it, though, you just paint over it. If you make a soup, you can change it—just add something, you know?

WHICH KITCHEN ITEMS CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT? The Cuisinart food processor and the Burr mixer, which is a big wand mixer for soups and sauces. Those two are necessities.


Kate Seamans, senior director of College Communications, grew up in New London and came home to Colby-Sawyer in 2007 after living in Colorado and the Boston area. She holds a B.A. from Colby College and an M.F.A. from Lesley University.

My favorite food is Mexican, so probably a plate of nachos and a beer at the Mountain Sun in Boulder where I used to cook. I’m not a picky eater.

Michael Seamans holds a B.F.A. in photographic illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology. He was an awardwinning staff photographer at the Boston Herald from 1996 to 2005 before launching his photography business. His images have been in publications around the world and shown in gallery exhibitions in New York City, Boston and Salt Lake City.

WHAT DISH ARE YOU KNOWN FOR? I won an award for my Peanut Butter and Bacon Sandwiches, which is Asian-braised pork belly on top of a raisin nut toast with a Thai peanut sauce, Srirachi and pea shoots. It’s delicious.

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Professor Tony Quinn Feature

by Anthony Librot ’94

At the end of June, Assistant Professor of Business Anthony N. “Tony” Quinn retired after 23 years at Colby-Sawyer College. I sat down with my former professor before his retirement to learn more about the man outside the classroom. Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your years at ColbySawyer? A: The students. Every one of them. They have great challenges, and I see them grow. It’s very rewarding when I see that. That’s why I’m here. Q: You were a senior member of the sales management organization at IBM. What was it like to transition into teaching?

A: I taught in graduate school, so the transition was perhaps easier than it might have been. At IBM, I managed sales offices as well as some other duties. Motivating and training salespeople is a lot like teaching students. You have to have them grow into the knowledge of business and to understand the importance of timing. They have to understand customer relations, relations with their faculty and with each other, too. Q: Why did you change your focus from economics to sales?

A: When I worked as an economist, I found things moved slowly. I’m not a patient person, and I got bored. So I left the company, which was a good company, and I asked myself what I really wanted to do. I decided I wanted to work outside, not inside. I wanted to work with people, not with things. I wanted to be promoted Professor Tony Quinn was presented with an based on my honorary doctorate of humane letters at Comability. I wanted mencement in recognition of his positive, farreaching impact on individuals and organizations. 40

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to be rewarded based on my productivity. Looked like sales to me. Q: For 23 years, I have wanted to know about a photo you have on your desk of you fly fishing. Who is pictured with you? A: In the center is my best friend. I fished with him for 50 years all over the United States. On the left is my older son, and on the right is my younger son. Both of them are far better fishermen than I am. It turned into a family affair. I intend to do some fishing after Commencement. Q: What are you most looking forward to doing after you leave the college? A: You have to understand that I have one of the best woodshops in creation. You also have to understand I am the worst carpenter in the world. I found that out after 30 days in that woodshop. I’m not capable in that area. Probably what I’ll do is volunteer on projects, because I just can’t sit around and do nothing. I tell people that I’m going to get a job where I don’t have to manage anybody,

and I don’t have to make any decisions. And I don’t care whether I get paid or not. Q: What would your students be surprised to know about you? A: That’s a tough question because I talk a lot. Most don’t know that I spent the first 18 years of my life on a farm. I milked 50 head of cattle night and morning as soon as I was old enough. I am a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. And they probably don’t recognize how proud I am of my family and how close my family is. When I tell stories about my wife,

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Assistant Professor of Business Administration Tony Quinn retired in June after 23 years at Colby-Sawyer. it’s about her teasing me. She is a wonderful lady, however, and I have great kids and grandkids. Q: Besides theory, what is the biggest lesson you try to teach students? A: That they are responsible for their future, and that they should learn to pay themselves first before they pay anybody else. If they do that, and if they save during their process of growing and stepping through jobs, they’ll be comfortable when they retire. That is their responsibility to themselves and to their families. It’s important for them to understand.

Q: How did you feel when President Galligan told you that you would receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters at Commencement? A: Astonished. I didn’t think I was deserving. See, teaching has always been fun for me. I’ve enjoyed every day, and I always tell students, “If you don’t like the work you’re doing, it’s pretty tough to be successful in it.” I enjoyed the kids, I enjoyed my colleagues. The degree was a tremendous honor and a total surprise. Q: You will be missed. The college is losing one of its cornerstones.

A: Nobody is irreplaceable. There will be another who will do what I did and hopefully enjoy it as much. It always happens; somebody else can do the job. Although I jokingly said to the person who’s going to teach economics, “On the first day of class in the fall, I might just put on my suit and appear as a guest lecturer.”

Anthony Librot, CPA, MSF, is a Mass.-based accountant and partner with Waldron H. Rand & Company, P.C. He holds a B.S. in business administration from Colby-Sawyer and a master’s degree in finance from Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management.

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Anything but Empty: Learning Comes Alive in the Sonoran Desert by Kate Seamans; reporting by Michael Seamans Photos by Michael Seamans

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the desert floor, only to shift and pin them to the ground. Inside the pitching tents, the warm, dry desert air filled the lungs of 12 sleepless students on spring break at the end of March. The windy welcome was an early lesson on humankind’s tenuous existence in a desert environment. It is one thing to study desert ecology in the classroom—to read what the desert is, what it looks like, what

people, animals and plants have to do to live there—as the students had done all semester in a Colby-Sawyer classroom. It is another to study that environment in the Sonoran Desert that surrounds Tucson, Ariz., a thirsty city of more than half a million people that receives fewer than 12 inches of rainfall per year. New London, N.H., by contrast, soaks up an average of 42 inches of rain every year, plus 79 inches of snow.

In a field studies course, you become the teacher and the student, because each person has their own expertise. So you’re teaching your classmates, your classmates are teaching you, the teachers are jumping in and assisting you without taking over. That is a really cool feel. You’re kind of in charge of your own education. — Olivia Jones ’16

Since 2002, Professor of Environmental Studies Leon-C. Malan and Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies Laura Alexander have accompanied students to the Southwest every other year to provide an academic alternative to spring break. ENV 366 Desert Communities is the oldest of four field studies courses offered by the department; Alpine, Rivers and Marine Communities round out the offerings. Over and over again,

students report that they enjoy some of their most intense and rewarding learning experiences in the field studies classes. “They read things in the classroom, but when they come out here it’s different,” said Professor Alexander. “No matter how much we’ve tried to prepare them, when they see the place firsthand—when they touch it, when they smell it— that makes it real for them. Many of them have never traveled to Arizona

before. Some have never traveled at all. To watch them light up when they see this environment is really special.” For four full days, the class called the 5,500-acre Catalina State Park in the Oro Valley home. Professor Malan started each day with a poem—Mary Oliver’s “The Summer Day” on the first morning—and Professor Alexander ended each day with a story beneath the stars. They hiked

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together, cooked together, and learned together from each other, their professors and local experts.

Anything but Empty Days in the desert begin with chilly stillness, but as soon as the sun rises over the mountains, the space comes alive with birds’ songs, the rustle of small animals, and the movement of lizards and rattlesnakes that emerge to loll on warming rocks. Author William Least Heat Moon wrote of the desert that “to say nothing is out there is incorrect; to say the desert is

ideas,” said Bronx resident and sociology major Pedro Altagracia ’14. “I saw lots of plants and even flowers, lots of animals, lots of life. There’s a lot of movement going on when I figured there wouldn’t be.”


Teaching and learning is everybody’s responsibility in a field studies class. Long before they departed snowy New London, students paired up and Witnessing that movement—the dove in to become experts in aspects flitting of a Rufous-winged Sparrow, a fox stalking its prey, a jackrabbit of the desert community such as the effects of wildfires and water nibbling on a cactus—requires an usage, the history of early peoples adjustment of pace and attitude. and the region’s geology, “Remember that you knowing they would are in nature and why,” I absolutely love field studies classes. They give you the share that knowledge Professor Malan opportunity to get out and experience the knowledge with their peers in the repeatedly counseled. desert. “Only if you slow down hands-on. That’s one of the best ways I learn, so getting and really look will you out and actually identifying the species of plants and “A field studies class see.” Altagracia animals, asking as many questions as I can, is great. I really puts it more on the heeded that advice. learn by being as engaged as possible, and it’s just an student to do the learnawesome learning experience to be outdoors. ing and the teaching,” “At school, you always said environmental hear the bustle of — Doug Foley ’15 science major and New students, professors Hampshire resident talking, pages flipping. Hannah Raddatz ’15. “We’re given the In the desert, you really have to stingy with everything except space responsibility of teaching our fellow isolate yourself in order to get the and light, stone and earth is closer to students, so that holds us accountgist of what’s going on. The plant life the truth.” Every time the course able for learning the topic we’re and the birds chirping really set you runs, the students’ first discovery is assigned. For my geology presentaapart from society, and it’s then that that the desert is anything but empty. tion with Nabu [Nawaraj Shahi ’17 of you realize a lot about yourself and Nepal], we hiked three hours into the that you’re more connected with this “I always thought that the desert was mountains to a wonderful little oasis world than you thought you were.” a place much like what they showed and showed how geology formed the in the cartoons, where they have a region. That was a cool experience.” From the campground a mile into the bunch of hills of sand and not much life, but going there blew away those park, it is impossible to imagine that Romero Pools and the streams that run through the hills exist, but it is also hard to believe that just across from the park’s entrance there is a Walmart and a four-lane artery lined with strip malls, big-box stores and chain restaurants. The desert, it turns out, is neither empty nor remote. “One of the biggest surprises to me was getting out here and looking at all the development and seeing what people have actually done to this land, which in its natural state is


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Ben Abrahamovich ’15, a history and political studies major from Lexington, Mass., stopped along a birding trail to observe life in the desert. “I’ve taken other field studies courses, and I feel like you get a lot more out of them,” he said. “You don’t stop learning. You’re with your friends. You’re learning about the class; you’re learning about each other. It’s constant.”


The Desert Communities class headed down a trail in Saguaro National Park after Ben Deshaies ’14, a multidisciplinary studies major, and Ben Abrahamovich ’15 presented on prehistoric peoples in the area. “The opportunity to spend five or six days with this group of people and our professors was an awesome experience,” said Deshaies. “I learned a lot.” absolutely gorgeous,” said environmental science major Doug Foley ’15, from Newbury, Mass. “Look at the Santa Cruz River; it’s completely dried up. It used to have fish and be a viable resource, and it’s gone. The groundwater levels have dropped more than 20 feet, and that’s harmed a lot of species, too.”

Not a Drop to Spare Water is always on the mind of Brad Lancaster, a community activist and expert in rainwater harvesting and water management. Lancaster, who runs a permaculture consulting, design and education business focused on integrated and sustainable approaches to landscape design, planning and living, welcomed the Desert Communities class to his home in Tucson. On his one-eighth of an acre lot in the city, Lancaster demonstrated how he harvests 100,000 gallons of rainwater each 46

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year to sustain food-bearing shade trees, gardens and wildlife habitat, which in turn can cool buildings by up to 20° F and reduce water and energy bills. Lancaster has impacted his Dunbar Spring neighborhood by implementing rainwater harvesting and other sustainable measures, such as using greywater from his washing machine to water his garden; installing a composting toilet, solar oven and innovative insulation techniques; and by teaching others how they can reduce their environmental impact. When he moved into the area in the 1990s, curb cutting was not allowed and rainwater rushed down streets into storm drains. He cut his curb anyway to allow the water to irrigate his yard, and the difference in the number of trees and gardens that sprang up was dramatic enough to sway officials to allow the practice with a permit. Now, Tucson curb cutters even get a tax break.

“More rain falls on the surface area of Tucson in the typical year of rain than the entire community consumes of utility water in a year,” Lancaster said in a 2013 interview with Mitchell Riley for “The unfortunate thing is we don’t capture that; the bulk of that leaves, and so then we import…more water from the Colorado [River] or pump from the groundwater. We don’t need to do that to the extent we do, if we capture what we have readily falling for free from the sky.” That fewer than 12 inches of rain a year could sustain the growing city if managed thoughtfully was a revelation to the Colby-Sawyer group. “It astounded me and Professor Malan to learn that enough rain falls in Tucson to support the number of people who live there; we sort of had the idea that that wasn’t true,” said Professor Alexander. “But it’s how we

Green Rock in Catalina State Park offered a refreshing respite from the desert sun.

Brad Lancaster, an expert in rainwater harvesting and water management, welcomed the Desert Communities class to his Tucson home for a lecture. “It was so cool to see Brad,” said Emmy Rioux ’16. “I definitely believe more now that if you’re passionate about something, it’s totally achievable, and that’s a pretty inspiring realization.”

deal with water that is putting pressure on the environment. The way people live there now can’t continue with the amount of rain, but if everybody got on board, there are steps that could make the city more sustainable.” Getting residents to take those steps is no small feat. In a March 2014 interview with Eric Holthaus for Slate, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said that one of the city’s highest priorities is education. “We have a public information campaign: You are in a desert. Peer pressure is something that does come into play here,” said the mayor. Still, many can’t seem to see the desert for the cacti, as the average single-family household in Tucson directs 45 percent of its water to outdoor use. “So many people who live here don’t realize they’re in the desert. I expected that they’d know there was water scarcity and stuff, but they don’t act concerned about it,” marveled Olivia

Jones ’16, an environmental studies major from Biddeford, Maine. “They don’t even realize it, a lot of them. They’re just like, ‘We’re not in the desert, we can each have a pool, and nothing is going to matter.’” The students’ increasing awareness of Tucson’s efforts to educate residents on sustainable living, and their knowledge of what Colby-Sawyer has done to follow through on its own commitment to the environment—including a wind turbine and one of New Hampshire’s largest solar arrays—grew into a question: Why, in the country’s sunniest city, where the sun shines for 350 days of the year, were there so few solar panels on people’s roofs? An answer came on the final day, when the class toured the Tucson Electric Power’s solar test yard: The nation’s infrastructure can’t handle renewable energy beyond a low capacity point.

Ted Hoople ’14, an environmental science major from Alaska, and Professor Alexander consult a field guide near Romero Pools.

As a nursing major, some of the concepts in this course were more new to me than to the bio majors and environmental studies and science majors. We had lectures and learned a lot back in the classroom, and then in the desert we got to apply that knowledge, and it was very physical and hands-on to live it. I expected to learn about the desert animals and plants, but we actually learned a lot about the community and some of the politics of the area, too. In my field, I’ll be working with people from all over, and so I feel like I will relate to that diversity better. This experience gave me a different perspective. I have so many memories with my classmates that I otherwise wouldn’t have had, and I met people I never would have, so the course was a great learning experience and a great social experience. — Emily Johnson ’16 Fall 2014



Field studies classes aren’t offered everywhere, and this was a really great opportunity. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to go, but I was lucky to get one of three scholarships available. Everywhere we went, people taught. People are so eager to share what they have, especially in the environmental studies field. [They’re] really looking to technology to change our future, and you hear about it a lot, but to actually see someone like Brad … and how he’s transformed his neighborhood, it’s pretty inspiring to see that there are actually people out there who are like that. — Emmy Rioux ’16

“We came to understand on this trip that once the utility reaches 15 to 20 percent capacity with renewable resources, the grid is full,” said Professor Alexander. “And so the problem is our country can’t [use

substantial amounts of ] renewable resources because it’s working on an old grid. Until the old grid is fixed to accept renewables, we can’t move forward. That was astounding to us.”

Who will move the nation forward? It may well be ColbySawyer students who see firsthand the pressures humankind places on its environments—desert, marine, alpine and rivers alike—and whose interests are fanned by the passions of activists, experts and faculty who

were generous in their teaching and sharing of knowledge. There’s no doubt in Professor Alexander’s mind about that, and hope is what she takes with her each time she and Professor Malan leave the desert. “When the students think about what they learned in the classroom, and they see what’s on the ground in the desert, and they hear what the speakers say, they mull over some of the ideas with each other about how people are living differently and how people are pressuring the environment, and how some people are making a change,” she said. “They are the ones who are going to do something about this. We’re guiding their education, but some of them will go into careers where they actually invent things that might protect resources or go into planning jobs that might change regulations. They’re our hope.”

The women of the Desert Communities class at Mt. Lemmon, elevation 9,159, the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains.


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A New Beginning for the Class of 2014 by Kellie M. Spinney

rewarded, or that a lack of effort was paired with consequences. Be happy that rigor was the norm in your classes and that merely showing up from time to time was not acceptable. Appreciate the fact that with this comes understanding and caring

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“Appreciate the fact that your absences went noticed and that your efforts were

for each student and their learning. And know that the outcome of this is a greater acquisition of knowledge and further preparation for life outside of college.”

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Colby-Sawyer College celebrated Commencement Weekend on Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, graduating 219 students and recognizing members of the college and the greater community for outstanding contributions to the life of Colby-Sawyer and its students. Along with the Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Graduate Dinner and post-Commencement Reception at the President’s House, the weekend included the Scholars and Leaders Ceremony, which is traditionally held two weeks prior to Commencement. The new schedule created an additional opportunity for family and friends to applaud their graduates’ accomplishments.


Business administration major Nicholas “Nick” Ciarlante ’14 received five awards. At the Scholars and Leaders Ceremony,

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he was recognized for his exemplary leadership in the cocurricular life of the college, as well as his dedication to the college community, with the Barbara Johnson Stearns Award and the Senior Achievement Award. Ciarlante was also recognized with the Business Administration Capstone Award. At Commencement, he received the Colby-Sawyer Award for exemplifying the college’s ideals of personal dignity, intellectual growth, and contributions to campus life. As the student who best represented the character of the graduating class, Ciarlante was also selected as the Senior Commencement Speaker and delivered an engaging speech, “A New Beginning,” which encouraged graduates to push themselves and inspire others while acknowledging their Colby-Sawyer experiences as an integral part of themselves. Lindsey St. Louis ’14, a health care management major from New London, N.H., was recognized at the Scholars and Leaders Ceremony for

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— Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences and Commencement Speaker Harvey J. Pine, Ph.D.

her academic accomplishments with the Health Care Management Capstone Award and Health Care Management Baccalaureate Award. She was also recognized with honor cords from the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society and the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society in Business, Management and Administration. Chosen by the junior class, St. Louis was presented with the Graduate Award for her character and constructive influence on junior class members. At Commencement, St. Louis was awarded the David H. Winton Baccalaureate Award for ranking highest in scholarship among those in the graduating class. Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences Harvey J. Pine, Ph.D., accepted the college’s highest faculty award, the Jack Jensen Award for Excellence in Teaching. His Commencement speech, “A Lesson from a Cane Rat,” encouraged graduates to hold themselves and their peers accountable for their actions, to take advantage of opportunities, and to reflect on how ColbySawyer’s unique learning environment influenced their education and overall preparation for the future.

For exceptional service to adult learners in the New London area, the Gown Award was given to the Adventures in Learning program.

The first Judith Pond Condict ’62 Award for Excellence in Service was presented to Bonnie Lewis ’71 in recognition of her exemplary accomplishments and her outstanding contributions to the college and its mission of educating students. Lewis is the manager of the Colby-Sawyer/ Lake Sunapee Protective Association satellite laboratory and the work-study supervisor for the Natural Sciences Department. An Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters was presented to Assistant Professor of Business Administration Anthony N. “Tony” Quinn in recognition of his humanitarian character and superior intellect, life and work that have brought about positive and far-reaching consequences for individuals and organizations.

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ColbySawyer staff members and AIL program coordinators Marianne Harrison (R) and Janet St. Laurent (L) accepted the award.

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The Town Award was presented to the governing board of Adventures in Learning (AIL) in recognition of the versatile learning opportunities it offers to residents of the region. Board members Joanna Henderson (above, right), president, and Julie Machen (above, left), president-elect, accepted the award.

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Dr. Iris FischerMcMorrow, M.V.B., assistant professor of Natural Sciences, received the Nancy Beyer Opler ’56 Award for Excellence in Advising. A licensed veterinarian in New Hampshire, she teaches courses in anatomy and physiology and advises biology majors as well as those interested in pursuing graduate studies in the health professions. A champion of her students and advisees, she keeps her door open, a teapot and smile at the ready, and goes above and beyond every day.

Janet Udall Schaefer ’52 received the college’s highest award, the Susan Colgate Cleveland Medal for Distinguished Service, for her sustained devotion to the college and community. The daughter of parents who believed in education and sacrificed to make hers possible, she established the Udall Endowed Scholarship in 1990 in their honor. Schaefer also established the Janet U. Schaefer Memorial Fund and has named the college a beneficiary of her estate. In 2005, in recognition of her extraordinary philanthropy exceeding $1 million, Jan was inducted into the Legends Society. The Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Kurt Svoboda ’00, a magna cum laude graduate with a degree in exercise science, for his contributions to his profession and to society. A proud voice for the college who enhances its reputation through his generosity, words and actions, Svoboda is the senior assistant athletics director of Media Relations and Communications at Stanford University. He is the first male recipient of the award. For more on all the award winners, visit Fall 2014



News from Alumni Relations and Annual Giving by Tracey Austin

Come Back for Alumni Fall Festival Colby-Sawyer’s annual Alumni Fall Festival will take place Friday, Oct. 10, through Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. Return to ColbySawyer for a weekend of fun and camaraderie. Renew ties with old friends, and discover the ColbySawyer of today! Reunion celebrations will take place for these classes: 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009. Save the date now for Alumni Fall Festival 2015: Oct. 16–18. If your class year ends in 5 or 0 and you’d like to join your reunion committee, please contact the Alumni Office at (800) 266-8253.

Sincere thanks for your investment in Colby-Sawyer College! The 2014 Annual Report of Gifts is available at www. report/index.html. Colby-Sawyer Party in a Box Are you planning an alumni get-together? Let us know about your event, and we will be happy to mail you the official Colby-Sawyer Party in a Box, containing napkins, cups and other Colby-Sawyer–themed party favors. All we ask in return is two weeks’ notice and a photo from your event. For more information, please visit alumni/party.html. Internships Do you own a business or work for a company that

would benefit from having a Colby-Sawyer student intern? Internships are integral to the professional and personal development of all Colby-Sawyer students. Hosting interns provides employers with enthusiastic and motivated workers/learners and a pool of potential employees. If you would like more information about ColbySawyer’s internship program, please contact the Harrington Center for Career and Academic Advising at (603) 526-3766. Inaugurations Colby-Sawyer alumnae represented President Thomas C. Galligan Jr. and Colby-Sawyer as official delegates to inaugural ceremonies at other colleges and universities in recent months. We are

grateful to those who accepted invitations: Gretchen Garceau-Kragh ’91 at Texas Tech University on Dec. 11, 2013, and Nancy Woodring Hansen ’64 at Keene State College on April 4, 2014. Join Us for a Colby-Sawyer Event in Your Area Colby-Sawyer may be visiting your area soon! Alumni events are a great way to stay connected to Colby-Sawyer and to network with fellow alumni and friends who live in your area. Visit for details. Tracey Austin, director of Alumni Relations, came to Colby-Sawyer in 2001. She holds a B.A. in communications from the University of New Hampshire.

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(Back row, L-R): Donnelle Mozzer Bowers ’96, Sarah Racine Vallieres ’95, Kim Parent ’96, (Front row, L-R): Jen Rowell Pedersen ’96, Kristin Mulready ’96 and Laurie Bowie Foberg ’97 enjoy the contents of their Colby-Sawyer Party in a Box during a get-together.

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Making a Real Impact Connections

Bob and Judith Bodwell Mulholland ’62 by Rebecca Sherman

Judith, in a successful career that spanned nearly 30 years in the printing and publishing industry, retired in 1996 as vice president of technology at The Courier Connection, a division of the Courier Corporation. In 1994, she was the first female inducted into the Printing Hall of Fame. Bob is a former president and chief operating officer of NBC, capping a 25-year career that began as a news writer in Chicago. After NBC, he became a professor and chair of the broadcast department at his alma mater, the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, before retiring in 1993. Judith and Bob came from families of modest means. Judith, who attended Colby Junior College

on a scholarship, always wanted to give back and has long been a supporter of the college. She and Bob also had made plans to give to Colby-Sawyer in Judith’s will. Recently, during a financial review, their financial adviser suggested that they consider the advantages of giving now, rather than later, through a Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT). As a vehicle for philanthropy, a CRUT allows donors to place assets in a trust that produces income during their lifetimes. It also allows donors to designate beneficiaries, often a charity, to receive the remainder of the trust once the surviving spouse passes away. Donors may designate a dollar amount to a certain beneficiary or a percentage of the remaining assets. According to Judith and Bob, the option to establish a CRUT offered them three things: tax advantages while they are alive, payments during their lifetime and the chance to make a gift that will have a significant impact immediately.

became an easy decision and has turned out to be a real win for ColbySawyer and for us!”

That third benefit influenced Bob to change his provision and combine it with Judith’s so that both of them designated funds to Colby-Sawyer as a beneficiary. For Bob, this decision was about ensuring that his giving would make as big an impact as possible. “It became clear to me that the amount of money I could leave might be only a raindrop in a barrel at some places, but that by putting our gifts together and giving to Colby-Sawyer, we could really make a difference for the college,” Bob said. “As we got to know everyone at Colby-Sawyer, and as Bob learned more about the mission of the college,” said Judith, “it was clear that giving to the college was the right decision for us, and the CRUT was the best way to do that.” She added, “When people look at their estate planning, they should be aware that [a CRUT] provides benefits while you are alive and accomplishes what you want to do when you are no longer here. We were amazed by it and pleased to give where it will make a real impact. For us, it

Rebecca Sherman, research and prospect management analyst, came to ColbySawyer in March from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Mass. She holds a B.S.J. from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

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These days, with seven grandchildren often descending upon their Florida home, Judith Bodwell Mulholland ’62 and her husband, Bob, are happy to be known as Nana and Gramps. In their former professional lives, however, they were known by many titles.

Bob and Judith Bodwell Mulholland ’62 established a Charitable Remainder Unitrust and named Colby-Sawyer as a beneficiary because they strongly believe that the college is a place where their gift will make a significant impact.

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Leaving a Legacy Connections

Janet “Jan” Udall Schaefer ’52 by Elizabeth Cahill

Jan Schaefer is a humanist; her compassion for others is inspiring. When she came to Colby Junior College in 1950, her first roommate was Mary Lanius ’52 and her second was Judy Chamberlain Nickerson ’52. Not surprisingly, in the nearly 65 years since then, Jan has maintained these friendships.

support the college, and encouraged them to keep in touch. “We have an enthusiastic group that has returned to reunions many times,” said Jan. “Through the years I’ve even gotten to know classmates I didn’t know well at Colby, and I enjoy their friendship now.” A New Hampshire resident for the past 19 years, Jan spent much of her adulthood in the Mamaroneck, N.Y., area. Regardless of where she was living, Jan has always been an active volunteer in her communities while staying connected to her college and her class. She has graciously offered her perspective on important matters to Colby-Sawyer presidents, and she appreciates that she has known most of them through the years.

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Soon after graduating, Jan became her class’s agent. Over the years she has kept track of her classmates, invited them to

At Commencement in May, Jan Udall Schaefer ’52 received the college’s highest award, the Susan Colgate Cleveland Medal for Distinguished Service.


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Also an active career woman, Jan was executive secretary at an architectural firm in Manhattan and served as president of the New York Chapter of the Architectural Secretaries Association in the 1960s. In 1968, she married Rudolph J. Schaefer Jr.,

former president and chair of the F. & M. Schaefer Brewing Company. After many wonderful years together, “Rudie” died in 1982, and Jan reflected fondly on life with him and her four stepchildren: “My husband was generous … [and] taught me to be generous, too. He took care of family and friends, served on nonprofit boards and was a philanthropist. It’s because of Rudie that I can be generous now.” Though unassuming, Jan makes game-changing differences for the organizations she believes in, and for many people she comes to know. “I appreciate the education young people at Colby-Sawyer are offered today, and I’m pleased to support the college,” Jan said. For those who share Jan’s life in one way or another, she is a confidant and champion and has helped many to achieve their potential. Her investments at Colby-Sawyer are an extension of that compassion and munificence. In 2004, Jan was inducted into the college’s Legends Society in recognition of her extraordinary philanthropy that exceeds

$1 million. Her gifts include an endowed scholarship fund in honor of her parents, longtime New London residents who believed in education and sacrificed to make hers possible. Jan recently increased her estate provisions for Colby-Sawyer. Her legacy gifts will increase her giving manyfold and are unrestricted, allowing the college’s leadership greatest flexibility for the gift’s eventual use. Even so, as a patron and admirer of the arts, Jan is eager to see a new arts center on campus and would be pleased if her contribution helps make it a reality. For more information about the Fine and Performing Arts at Colby-Sawyer and the plans for a new arts center, please contact Director of Development Glen Kerkian at 603.526.3888. Elizabeth Cahill is vice president for Advancement and came to Colby-Sawyer in 2002. She holds a B.A. from Fairfield University and an M.B.A. from New Hampshire College.

If your class does not have a class correspondent, please submit your news directly to the Alumni Office. Email: Online: classnotes.html Mail: 541 Main Street New London, NH 03257

1941 Class Correspondent Needed June Peacock Skinner has written and published a memoir, Window in the Wall, that pays tribute to Colby Junior for the lasting influence her 2 years at the college had on her life. “In 1940 CJC was a junior college for women and in its infancy,” writes June. “Dr. Sawyer was its president and its heart and soul in every way. The book speaks of those early years.” June has enjoyed doing book readings and signings. During the winter, she lives next door to her daughter, Ann Cowperthwaite ’72, in Raleigh, NC, and she returns to her mountain home in Whittier, NC, for the summer. She feels blessed to be 93 and healthy.

1942 Barbara Boyd Bradley 865 Central Avenue, Apt. I-203 Needham, MA 02492-1380 (781) 400-5249

1943 Margaret “Peg” Morse Tirrell PO Box 18 Lower Waterford, VT 05848 (802) 748-8538

1944 Jeanne Losey Bole 72 Old Village Road Shelburne, MA 01370 (413) 625-9730 Life is a coin, and you can spend it any way you wish. But you can only spend it once! News from classmates was not as generous as the last time I wrote, but I am beginning with news across the U.S. Elizabeth VanGorder Minkler in CA is enjoying her 5 great-grands, who spend many hours with her. Betsy also has 2 “casual” boyfriends, one who is 93 years young and one, 86, who is a good dancer. She spent 10 days in HI with her grandson. And now from TN, where Margaret Kentfield Burkey is grateful to still be living with her husband, Oliver, in their own home. Their son and his family live next door. The help of a “home inside” person 3 hours a day makes living easier. I had a lovely phone chat with Alice Crowther Brooks who, with her husband, is living in a life care community in Naples, FL. “Toledo” said that they are holding their own and are happy to live in FL permanently. Also from FL came word from Cynthia Alexander Carlson, who winters in Ft. Myers

with her husband. They were preparing to return to WI after a surprise birthday party in her honor with 60 people! Shirley Merz Bryant in NC states that her life is a most enjoyable rut! For her birthday, she and her daughter went to Cancun, where the highlight was a parasailing adventure. They also sampled most of the exotic drinks and took in the ruins. Mary Root Mollica still lives in her ancestral home in VT. She manages very well alone, remembering the years when she housed medical students who filled the space the large home afforded. Her days are filled with going to the gym and doing lots of volunteering. From ME, Myrtle Furbush Mansfield wrote that her partner of 17 years passed on in his sleep. She has had some surgery and relates that her children are scattered about, but she is very happy in Kenwood Manor. Jane Cooper Fall has had a very active life since her graduation from Colby-Sawyer, volunteering many years in community organizations. She was recently awarded the Cornerstone Award for her commitment, dedication and hard work advancing the mission of the VNA. She has been recognized as a champion of philanthropy, been awarded numerous accolades, and was recognized by the Council on Volunteering as the outstanding adult volunteer of Strafford County. She lives in Rochester, NH, and was the only one from our class to attend reunion 5 years ago. This is a banner year for our class: 70 years since we

graduated! Hopefully some of us will come to Reunion in Oct.

1945 Ruth Anderson Padgett 2535 Ardath Road La Jolla, CA 92037 (858) 454-4623 Because of a miscommunication between the Alumni Office and me, you did not receive a request for news for this issue. For this I apologize. Save everything for next time. Nancy Dean Maynard and Shirley Glidden Splaine and I stay in touch and we are all vertical, ventilating and hoping to hear from you soon.

1946 Ramona Hopkins O’Brien 54 Texel Drive Springfield, MA 01108-2638 (413) 739-2071 Priscilla “Billie” Beardsley Glenn and her husband, Ross, celebrated their 62nd anniversary. They’re doing well, as are their children and grandchildren. Billie and Glenn traveled the globe during their married life, but now they are slowing down. Billie is still a professional artist, is active in a number of art groups, and enjoys showing her work. Charlotte “Bobbie” Knight Carrasco is living in an apartment that’s connected to her daughter’s house in Mount Airy, MD. Her 4 children (who are all nearby), 20 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren take good

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care of her. Bobbie has been spending Jan. in Costa Rica for the last 11 years. This year she fell and broke her femur, which required surgery. Mary Phinney Crabbs lost her husband, Bob, in Dec.; he was 90. He had worked full time at Disney World until a year and a half before his passing, when he was forced to retire due to health problems. Mary keeps busy volunteering at her local hospital and church. Her hobby is dollhouses, and she has quite a collection. Charlene Waugh Jackson enjoys playing duplicate bridge and working in a consignment shop once a week. She also serves as financial secretary at her church. Charlene enjoys reading ColbySawyer and remarked that our class column is nearing the front! Frances “Twink” Randall Wood and her husband enjoy living at Kendal on Hudson, a continuing care retirement community in Sleepy Hollow, NY. They travel to New Zealand once a year to visit their daughter and her family and to MT to see their son and his family. Betty Bauersfeld Söderberg and her husband, Rich, moved to a continuing care facility in Salisbury, NC, 10 days before Christmas. They, along with their dog Spot, are now fully settled and have adjusted to their new home and routine. Barbara Beecher Clark enjoys playing duplicate bridge every week with the Hartford Bridge Club. She says she hopes it’s keeping her brain alive! Fran Wannerstrom Clark ’48, has moved to the same retirement community, and together they enjoy performances at the Hartford Stage and


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TheaterWorks, and they have season tickets to the Hartford Symphony. In Feb., Barbara enjoyed a vacation in San Antonio with her daughter. Each June Barbara rents a cottage in Pt. Judith, RI, so the entire family can gather for a fun time. Beverly “BeBe” Walker Wood had extensive knee surgery last June and spent the summer in rehab. A few years ago BeBe retired her skis but continues to work courtesy patrol at Ragged Mt. in Danbury, NH, where she’s been for 50 years. Her 4 children have given her 10 grandchildren and 2 greatgrandchildren, one of whom has red hair like BeBe used to have! Barbara Arnesen Wheaton lost her husband, Art, in Jan., after enjoying 56 years together. Barbara moved out of their home and into an “over 55” apartment in their hometown. She’s just half a block from her church, near shops and restaurants, and is thrilled that her family, including grandchildren and 3 greatgrandchildren, are nearby. Jean “Schaty” Schabacker Donati from Williamstown, MA, reports that she’s happy, healthy and lucky at nearly 88. She has 4 sons, 2 daughters, 12 grandchildren and a greatgrandchild. Her husband passed away 20 years ago. This spring Schaty enjoyed a 2-week river cruise in Holland and Belgium with her daughters. Dorothy “Hug” Huggins Mannix retired at the age of 86 after 22 years as a medical office manager at Mt. Auburn Hospital. Her mobility is limited and her vision is poor, but she gets along well in her

condo in Cambridge, MA. Hug also shared the following news: Jean Andersen Bazzani died of kidney failure last year. Mary Rose “Mickey” Hennessy Hays is living in a condo in FL near her son. Her knees no longer allow her to play golf, but she continues to enjoy playing bridge. Althea Bennett Hatch is suffering from Alzheimer’s and resides in a nursing home in Haverhill, MA, near her son. Hug writes, “I miss her, as we were traveling companions and went all over the U.S. and Canada and shared many lunch dates.” Jean Arnold Taylor enjoyed a grand family reunion last Sept. at the family homestead in Whitman, MA. More than 40 family members attended from near and far, including Jean’s 3 children, 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Jean keeps busy with elderly affairs and trips, church, card games with friends and tending her gardens. Since Harriet “Willie” Close Skipton lost her husband, Bruce, 2 years ago, she’s been living with her daughter, Ginger, and her husband. Her son, Jeff, and his wife live just down the street, and Willie is fortunate to see her 4 great-grandchildren often. She enjoys yoga, exercise classes, reading and playing bridge. June Taylor Wright and Hank have moved to Fox Hill Village in Westwood, MA. They are there from May–Nov. and winter in Boca Grande, FL, where Hank was the island doctor in Boca for 27 years. This winter a book was written about him, The Wit and Wisdom of the Island Doctor. June stays in touch with Lois

Lippincott Lang and Deane Somerville, hubby of our late classmate Jan Hesse Somerville. Lois and her husband, Richard, left Plainfield, NJ, many years ago and enjoyed life on the shores of Barnegat Bay. As they aged, they decided to move inland to a life care community, Harrogate, in Lake Wood, where they lived for about 2 1/2 years. Dick died about 14 months ago. Jan writes, “I am old enough to have been acquainted with Dr. Sawyer, a fine gentleman. I was chairman of Shepherd Dorm. Dick and I had 2 children, Richard Jr. of Scotch Plains and Suzanne Lippincott Lang of Ithaca, NY. “Suz” never married and enjoys the company of a significant other. Rich and his wife have a son, Ricky, who is a Top Gun Pilot in the U.S. Navy. Ricky graduated from Annapolis and is stationed in the U.A.E.” Sadly, the daughter of Elizabeth Vognild Godfrey wrote to let us know that her mom passed away in Jan.

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1948 Phyllis Harty Wells 5122 SW 27th Drive Gainesville, FL 32608-3979 (352) 376-8475 What would I do without the Christmas cards and notes from my old faithfuls? Fran Wannerstrom Clark spent a glorious day in the Big Apple

on a food tour. In all the years she has gone into the City, this was her 1st tour on a sight-seeing bus. It started on the Upper West Side and covered many diverse neighborhoods where various languages were spoken. Fran spent Thanksgiving with her younger daughter, Margie, and family in Tucson, AZ, and Christmas in New Canaan, CT, with her son and his family. Fran enclosed a photo taken in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She and her daughters were starting another adventure-filled cruise, which included the Panama Canal. Fran and I had a great time during the college basketball season. Her UCONN Huskies and our UF Gators got to the Final Four where the Huskies left UF, and everyone else, in the dust. Madelon “Maddy” Pennicke Cattell apologized for not sending a Christmas card this year, but her eyes are so bad she is almost blind. She’s very happy in her retirement home in State College, PA. She knew Mase and I were moving to the Oak Hammock Retirement Community at the University of FL in the New Year and her comment was, “If your new destination is as wonderful as mine, you will have a ball.” It is. Nancy Hobkirk “Hob” Pierson and Jim are both in great health. Jim goes to work every day and plays golf whenever he can in Bernardsville, NJ, and Dorset, VT. Hob goes up to their lovely farmhouse in Dorset for a couple of the summer months, and Jim drives up most weekends. Their 5 girls are scattered, and they enjoy visiting them whenever they get the chance. Several daughters have houses in VT, so she sees some of her grandkids when she’s enjoying the summer there. Her kids, her paintings, her gardens and friends keep her busy, and she still volunteers and tutors when she’s in NJ. Sarah Hecht Phillips now lives in Wilton, CT.

Sarah was Elizabeth “Liz” Hirstius Pharris’s roommate in Colby Dorm. When she read about Susan “Sue” Hight Denny’s death, she had hoped to send a sympathy note to Sue’s husband, Bob. Unfortunately, Bob died quite a number of years before, and I have no address for either of her sons. Sue and Sarah were close friends at school as both were music majors. Sarah remembered seeing Sue in the chorus of Carol Channing’s “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” while I remember seeing her as the Salvation Army gal, Sarah, in “Guys and Dolls” when it was trying out in Boston. I received a Winter Solstice greeting from Roger and Nancy Dexter Aldrich in Sugar Hill, NH. They enjoyed Christmas with their son-in-law’s family. Both Nancy and Roger have health issues, so neither drives anymore. They have hired a personal driver, who has almost become another daughter, to take them wherever they need to go. She also cooks meals that Roger can heat up later for dinner. The Aldriches’ daughter, sonin-law and granddaughter now run Polly’s Pancake Parlor, but Nancy still likes to sit on her stool and greet the customers as they arrive for breakfast. Roger says they are surviving and are still reasonably happy. I hope some of you saw the nice article on New London and Colby-Sawyer in the March/ April issue of Yankee. Brings back some great memories. [Read it at] When Ann Wyllie Jarrett moved from her Wilmington, DE, condo to her classic cottage in Kendal CCRC in Kennett Square, PA, her kids helped with the move and gave her an 85th birthday party. They had slides that Ann’s husband, Howie, had taken of their early years made into a DVD. Ann loves her new digs, as she has a sunroom for painting and a

lovely garden surrounding her home. She already has one of her paintings hanging in Kendal’s dining room, and 2 of her line drawings have been published in a book of residents’ prose. Ann made a Road Scholar winter trip to Cuba; the program featured Cuban art, dance and music. Ann was amazed to see the number of old American cars that were still in good working condition. Like everyone else who has moved to a CCRC, Mase and I also love our 2-bedroom, enclosed sun porch, den, 2-car garage villa at Oak Hammock at the U of FL. There’s never a dull moment, and the dinner conversations are always interesting. We have people who are well traveled: former professors, military men, pilots, doctors, state department folks, etc. Mase and I try not to eat with the same people each night. We always ask the maître d’ for a table for 4 and to please bring us the next twosome looking for dinner companions. For those of you toying with the idea of moving into a CCRC, do it ... you won’t be disappointed.

1949 Elizabeth Reynolds Matthews 5 Wildflower Lane Bedminster, NJ 07921-1729 (908) 234-9033 Jean Monroe Hanna is still living on Cape Cod, has done some volunteer work, and has several friends. Her 2 daughters and their families live in CT. Jean recently became a great-grandmother! Her husband, Harry, passed away in 2003. Priscilla “Sis” Allen Walton’s family continues to grow, though she writes, “No great-grandchildren yet and, my daughter is getting a little anxious. She says her clock is running out. If hers is, what does she think mine is doing?”

Their middle child is a physician, and his children are off the payroll, with his daughter in her 1st year at U of MI Medical School. He was chairman of Pediatric Emergency Medicine in Royal Oak, MI, and “got the calling” a couple of years ago. He joined the Navy as a LCDR and the Navy shipped him over to Afghanistan from July through March. “Sure is good to have him home,” Sis writes. “Once a mother, always a mother! His wife is also a physician and a member of the Navy Reserve and just retired as a captain. Wonder how he feels having her outrank him?” Sis’s youngest boy is a consultant. He has 2 teenagers in high school. Skiing in VT keeps them busy during the season. Sis writes, “Ed and I are still in our apartment here on Cape Cod. Can’t believe we’ve been here almost 30 years. When you’re here, look us up and we can chat. I do see Shirley Winchenbaugh Raymond when she’s here from FL and have lunch with Jean Bryant Meyer quite often during the winter. Always good to go over old times. Hope you are all well and not fighting the ravages of age too much. Be good and have fun, if you can do both.”

1950 Kathleen Valliere-Denis Ouilette PO Box 841 Skowhegan, ME 04976-0841 (207) 474-5061 Hi, CJC ’50 friends! See all that blank space where your news should be? I’m reaching out and hope you’ll find time during your busy days to let us know what you’re up to. I know that I project so that everyone can hear me, and Gretchen Siegfried Nymoen obviously heard my plea all the way in Saratoga, CA! She writes that she moved into a retirement

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complex there in 2005. Soon afterward, she met her very loving Mr. Nymoen, and they tied the knot. She talks to Lindy Clapp Macfarland occasionally and tells us that they compare their lives at their “old folks’ homes.” She also keeps in touch with Joan Spencer Ranta and Deborah Price Gundersen. Gretchen also gave us the sad news that her CJC roommate, Anne Bailey Shealy, passed away last winter. Barbara “Bobbie” Bishop MacLean’s house in Bridgton, ME, has been sold, and she expected to move to Portland, ME, after May 1. She also planned a trip to Vienna, Budapest, Prague and Salzburg in June with a friend from Tai Chi class. Lew and I, Katie Valliere-Denis Ouilette, eagerly anticipated the 1st week of June. It has become tradition with my son, Russell, and his Bellingham, WA, kids as stepsons Dean, Nick, grandson Matt, NH nephew Kenny Nelson and his son Aden to arrive for an annual fishing trip at Lake Parlin, ME. This year, our daughter-in-law and new 3-time Grandma Donna will come with our granddaughter-in-law Heather and our new great-granddaughter Olive and our granddaughter, Michelle, and her husband, Jason, will join in the family gathering with our great-granddaughter, Kinley, and 2-month-old great-grandson Caden. Add that to the 70 family members we hope will reunion here when fishing is over. The kids don’t get here except once a year, so a family gathering is always in order. On March 22, the Skowhegan Heritage Council (I’m chairperson) greeted more than 50 attendants to a 1st Celebration of the Life of ME’s Governor Abner Coburn. He was an extraordinary man, born in Skowhegan in 1803. In 2015, our CJC founder, Dr. H. Leslie Sawyer, who grew up in Madison, ME, will


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be celebrated on one of the programs that I produce/direct for Madison Community Access TV. Hope you all had a great summer!

1951 Roberta Green Davis 107 Columbia Avenue Swarthmore, PA 19081 (610) 543-6688 Roberta “Bobbie” Green Davis is happy with hubby number 2. He is 80 and still working as a mechanical engineer in a large engineering firm. He and Bobbie are both healthy. “I am in an art workshop doing watercolors,” Bobbie writes. “I am having 2 art exhibits in May and June. My hubby frames my paintings. I’m a program person in a senior club. I have finished with my volunteer work.”

1952 Marilyn Woods Entwistle 16 Cooks Mill Road Naples, ME 04055 (207) 693-3503 Hi, everyone! I’ll start with Ingrid Mellgren Davidge’s family gathering last Dec. for her 1st grandchild’s wedding to his college sweetheart (he’s a mechanical engineer, and she had just received her master’s in counseling). They live in Seattle, but she is Hawaiian, so all the festivities were held near Honolulu. Most of the family stayed through Christmas visiting Maui and Kauai. Several months before, Ingrid enjoyed lunch with Noel Henriques Brakenhoff and got some inside information about HI, as Noel has a daughter living there. After 42 years in FL, Ann Doyle Gramstorff moved back to Long Island to the independent living section

of a continuing care retirement community in South Setauket near her oldest daughter, son-in-law and 2 granddaughters, whom she now enjoys seeing regularly. Although this past winter was “a bit much,” she is very happy with her move. Here are a few snippets from the “I have no news” group: Elizabeth “Betty” Carlson Salomon advises, when planting roses, that you add a banana peel. Joanne “Judy” Fowle Hinds wintered in the Bahamas, as usual, and then she pursued her usual summer doings in NH, adding a trip to London and Scotland and a visit with her daughter and her family in OH. Mary Jane “Fritzie” Fritzinger Moeller spent the spring rehabbing her shoulder after surgery while happily watching all the ice melt. She writes, “Except for the morning she chewed up my hearing aids, we have a delightful new dog, a 4-year-old black lab called Kelbee, the Arabic word for ‘my dog’. She was named by our granddaughter, Laura, who completed an 8-month scholarship in Oman learning the language.” Janet Holmes Thompson sent an email about her husband, Kenn, and the goal his family set for him due to his waning health. After a big party in June 2013 for their 60th wedding anniversary, his new goal was to be around for the birth of their 1st great-grandchild. He lived until Feb. of this year but knew his great-grandson would arrive in May with the middle name of Kenneth. Fond regards to all!

1953 Nancy Ober Batchelder 7 Jilma Drive South Dennis, MA 02660 (508) 385-5100 Huge thanks to those of you who were able to respond to

my 1st request for class news. I am delighted to see that this won’t be as daunting a task as I had imagined. Great to hear from you! Polly Black Koerner, living in Cazenovia, NY, has kept in touch with Ingrid Mellgren Davidge ’52 and Mary Anne Lutz Mackin ’52 through the years. Because she and Jack spend a great deal of time in the Lake George area, she has been able to make frequent jaunts to Colby-Sawyer. Barbara Young Camp lives in the beautiful woods of Charleston, PA, isolated from the din of city life. She has only 2 neighbors, neither of whom she can see; one is her youngest daughter with 5 grands. She sees Ann Radcliff Stephenson and Barbara “Bobbi” Johnston Rodgers a couple of times a year for a catch-up luncheon. Jane Borden Brogden is in the process of selling her home in Manasquan, NJ, and moving back to Naples, FL. She writes, “I can’t seem to stay warm in the North anymore!” Jane and Grant were to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in Aug. and have just added twin great-grandsons to the celebrations. Billie Sweigard Carroll and her husband, John, are planning their move to a life care center next year. She wonders if anyone has news of Joanne Graff Fells. Billie found Joanne in South Africa but has heard nothing for more than a year. Audrey Davis Walker keeps active in the continuing education program at Marist College. She’s a member of the Board of Greystone, where her autistic daughter is a resident. Her grandson continues to make his summer trip from Singapore to her home. Many thanks to Jane Pearl Dickinson for the years she committed to the news. Jane writes that she left New England as a result of widowhood and the cold weather. She keeps in touch with Hannah “Nan” Langdon Darche, Marina Filides Latchis

and Janet Arminio Connolly. Janet Binney Cofran is very happy in a 55+ community in Mashpee on Cape Cod. She is now a great-grandmother for the 3rd time. She was off at Easter to meet her new greatgrand and then to Napa Valley for a taste of wine! Joan Vincent Donelan still loves year-round Cape Cod living. She has 8 children and 11 grandchildren. Most of her children live close by, but one daughter lives in Switzerland. Martha “Marty” Funk Miller keeps in touch with her old roommate, Cathy Oberrender Von Glahn. Her family lives nearby, which keeps her connected and up to date with the goings-on of her 16-year-old grandson. Carol Jones Balch in Hingham, MA, has a large family to enjoy: 4 children, 7 grands and 3 greatgrands, plus a daughter-in-law who graduated from ColbySawyer in ’87. Congratulations, Carol, for being one year out of Stage 4 lung cancer, thanks to MGH and your fighting spirit! Mary Heinrick Curran shares her time between Naples, FL, and Canandaigua Lake with her husband, Bob. Her family is scattered, but she manages to keep her 8 children and 12 grands close. After Colby, Mary went on to Syracuse U and taught special ed in Bedford Hills, NY. Trish Dobbs Montgomery writes, “The troops are moving on...a granddaughter is in Nepal and India with Youth With a Mission for 2 years, and another granddaughter is in Scotland doing social work and finishing up her master’s at U of Edinburgh.” Carolee Chisholm Miller has been married for 58 years, lives in the same house in Georgetown, MA, and, while they have enjoyed traveling adventures in several states and continents, finds that the “joy of flying” is fading. They are blessed with 2 sons and daughters-in-law, and 3 grandchildren who are involved in triathlons,

pentathlons and marathons. Sad news from Jane Carpenter Patterson: Her twin sister, Edyth Carpenter Sapp, passed away Feb. 5 in CO. Jane and her husband, Ken, are enjoying life in New Smyrna Beach, FL. They took a one-month house-sitting gig in Mystic, CT, last Oct. and saw their daughter and their young family, with 3 small grandchildren to enjoy. Sonia “Sonny” Collom Oram writes that they are fine and enjoying their 2 daughters, one in AZ, and one in NC. They’re happy with their decision to live at The Landings in GA, and are still able to enjoy their little home in NJ, which escaped the damage of Hurricane Sandy. Jean Krupinsky Kennedy’s husband, Bill, let me know the sad news that Jean passed away Aug. 2, 2012, from complications caused by Alzheimer’s. Vaughan Peters Rachel in San Diego is happily involved with her family, all of whom live nearby in the Los Angeles area. She reports the Feb. 2013 death of Naomi Nylund Ogden due to cancer. As for me, Nancy Ober Batchelder, Earle and I are still living on Cape Cod, buoyed by the frequent presence of our 4 sons and their families. We sometimes think of moving but so far haven’t found anything that will improve on what we have! Thank you all for writing.

1954 Jo-Anne Greene Cobban 9 Mayflower Drive Keene, NH 03431 (603) 352-5064 I thought the hot, humid 2013 summer weather was slowing me down more than usual, but exams showed a heart valve needed repair. After surgery and a homecoming just before Christmas, I gained my energy back and have continued with

my regular activities. Jane Doherty Johnson writes, “I am a volunteer driver for a local senior group, taking people to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping and social events. I’m serving as president of Friends of Family Hospice (my husband died at their Inpatient Unit), and working on fundraising events and community awareness of this amazing organization.” She has 3 children with spouses and 8 grandkids living all over the country, and since Pittsburgh has been a very good place to live, she plans to stay there. Glenice Hobbs Harmon and Vic were in Austin, TX, from Jan. to March visiting family, and she doesn’t think she’ll make it to Reunion this year. We teamed up a few times in the past to attend activities, and I will miss her. “It has been over 40 years since I have sent any information to the Alumni Office,” writes Mary “Jackie” Jaxon Burson. “I wonder if anyone remembers me because all my close friends at Colby have passed away, including my roommate, Patricia “Pat” Sweet Gavin.” Jackie had taken a bookkeeping class at Colby with Mr. London and became a bookkeeper for an accountant. After a divorce in 1974, she and her best friend, Carole, both with 4 children, moved in together and started up an electrolysis business that lasted 18 years. After retiring, they moved to CT, then traded for a motor home to travel the U.S. for 2 years. They then settled down in Hendersonville, NC, where they are active in the community. They have a combined 13 grandchildren and have 4 graduations to attend in 2014, plus a wedding in 2015. Shirley Wright Cantara and Bill have spent some winter time in Naples, FL. They moved from ME to Plymouth, MA, but they had been driving back and forth to Old Orchard Beach, ME, to prepare their condo for

summer rental. She added that both are fortunate to be in good health. Ann Rosenbach Scott and her husband left the New England winter behind by enjoying a 28-day Hawaiian cruise. “The next cruise will include more time. We’ll leave Boston for Greenland, Iceland, Scotland and Norway and other islands,” Ann writes. “We may encounter some more cold weather, but it should be interesting.” Ann has a granddaughter in the New London school system, a short distance from her home in West Ossipee. Anne Dwyer Milne writes, “My youngest grandchild is a freshman at CO U - Boulder. What better reason to pay a visit to Margot Thompson in Denver, besides ski weeks as in past years? She is the perfect hostess to drive around to the various things on my CO bucket list.” Margot reports that she and Anne had a nice time in Boulder, where Anne’s grandson showed them around the campus and the area. Margot writes, “Busy now with gardening, volunteering and several short trips. Summer always goes by too fast. I will not be at our 60th and am very sad. I will be in Italy most of Oct. and just couldn’t fit in Colby. Will miss seeing the campus and those of you who make Reunion.” Annette Nilsson Connor continues to care for her mother in Kansas City, MO.

1955 Gretchen Davis Hammer 210 Winter Street St. Johnsbury, VT 05819 (802) 424-1221 My goodness, it was a long winter here in the Northeast Kingdom of VT. Hope you all came through it well! Nice to hear again from Stephanie Brown Reininger in Lyme, NH.

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She kept busy throughout the winter by continuing watercolor at ILEAD in the Upper Valley. She claims that this forces her to actually practice and produce, which, she adds, was a way for her to maintain her sanity during the too-long winter! Nancy Sellers Mion is delighted to be planning her trip to New London for Reunion Weekend. She’s looking forward to joining Sara Hay Nichols ’54 and her husband, Barry. Nancy and John traveled to China about a year ago to visit their son, his wife and their 2 little boys. Nancy and John have 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and she reports that “life is good!” She hopes to see many other classmates at Reunion. Rosie Carhart Keenan spent the month of March in FL with a couple of her grandchildren and her son and daughter-inlaw. She reported that it was cooler than usual there but was considerably warmer than home in NY! I had a delightful surprise via Facebook in early April when I received a note from Joanne Faragher Weppner ’56, my CJC “little sister.” We hadn’t been in touch since my graduation! She said that if I were ever in Boca Raton to please give her a call. Well, I was leaving the very next day for 3 weeks in Boca! But she had to make a sudden trip to OH as her brother died, so we will get together next year. She’s been living in Boca for 45 years, and I’ve been going there every April for about 35 years! This column is short this time because I didn’t receive the email about the deadline, probably because I was away. All is well now in our home, though my husband had a skiing accident in early March and now has a pin and a plate in his left leg—the same one that received a new knee a year ago! Best wishes to each of you. Please do keep me updated on what you are doing.


Deal of ME; and Diane Shugrue Gallagher of Boston. Love and peace to all!

1958 Cynthia Grindrod van der Wyk 16444 Bolsa Chica Street, SPC 97 Huntington Beach, CA 926492660 (714) 846-6742

1959 These ladies enjoyed a lunchtime gathering in Harpswell, Maine, in June. Pictured are (L–R) Charlotte Recknagel ’17, Joan Potter Nelson ’54, Ruth Davis Nies ’54, Connie Foster Henry ’46, Sally Bassett Howe ’54, Helen Johnson ’40, Nancy Morris Adams ’56, Nancy Hoyt Langbein ’56 and Judith Gilmore Getchell ’59.

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1956 Nancy Hoyt Langbein 25 Thornton Way, 233 Brunswick, ME 04011-3267 (207) 729-3879

Boulder; Suzanne Vander Veer of Philadelphia; Elaine Mckenzie Kutrosky of Los Angeles; Kim Yaksha Whiteley of York, PA; Janice Eaton Atkins of San Antonio; Emily Barry Lovering of Boston; Elizabeth Grayson

Marsha Halpin Johnson 346 Lakeshore Drive Post Office Box 265 Elkins, NH 03233-0265 (603) 526-4506 Jane Bruns Lenher 9508 E Riggs Rd., Unit B228 Sun Lakes, AZ 85248-7548 (480) 883-1096 Marilyn Winn Goodwin writes, “It is with a heavy heart I share with you the news that my younger son, Mark, lost his

1957 Jill Booth Macdonell 1303 8th Avenue Sacramento, CA 95818 (916) 446-3927 Hello, classmates of ’57! Popular award-winning juried artist Mimi Barclay Johnson chose to sing mezzo-soprano for years and came full circle to art while with, among others, the Opera Company of Philadelphia. We’re proud of you, Mimi! Janice Eaton Atkins in San Antonio hosted 10 alums in April for 5 days: Robin McDougal of Denver; Lois Hanewald Ward of Boulder; Jill Booth Macdonell of Sacramento; Deborah Kent Springer of

Janice Eaton Atkins ’57 of San Antonio, Tex., hosted several of her 1957 classmates for a mini-reunion in April. Pictured at The Alamo are (L–R) Robin McDougal, Lois Hanewald Ward, Jill Booth Macdonell, Deborah Kent Springer, Suzanne Vander Veer, Elaine McKenzie Kutrosky, Kim Yaksha Whiteley, Janice Eaton Atkins, Emily Barry Lovering, Elizabeth Grayson Deal and Diane Shugrue Gallagher.

battle with a rare cancer last Oct. He was 43 years old and leaves his wife, 2 children, a brother and a sister. We miss him every day, but Mark will always be in our hearts. On a brighter note, I am selling my lake cottage that we have owned for 46 years. It is bittersweet, but it’s time to have only one property to deal with. Lots of wonderful memories there. We were lucky to spend many summers enjoying Lake Winnipesaukee.”

1960 Patricia Canby Colhoun PO Box 743 East Boothbay, ME 04544 (352) 751-1040 Sue Frank Hilton has completed the 7-day Stephen Ministry Series Leader’s Training Course and is now a leader as of Jan. Susie and her husband, Dick, went to the Augustiner-Keller Beer Garden in Munich in Sept. ’13. My roommate, Gale Hartung Baldwin, completed the Stephen Ministry course many years ago. Gale has undergone 2 major surgeries for lung cancer and no longer needs chemo or radiation. Great news! Gale is celebrating the birth of a 2nd grandson, daughter Emilie’s 1st child. Congratulations on all counts. Ann Hoar Floyd actually graduated in ’61 as a Med. Tech, but she came in with us so we’re glad to claim her. She is impressed by the engaged learning program [Adventures in Learning] at the college. She’s still working with the Marine Communities program that she and 2 professors started 6 years ago. Eleven to 12 students participate every other year and stay on Ann’s property on Chappaquiddick in MA, to study the marine environment. She enjoys being an involved grandmother, spending time

with her husband and dealing with life in general. She welcomes visitors. Sharley Janes Bryce went to see Char Wolcott Gray and Dick and Barbara “Bobbi” Taeffner Kulp and Tom in MI this summer. Sharley’s youngest daughter was married in Aug. ’13, giving her 2 more (step) grandchildren in St. Helena, CA. Sharley’s other daughter is getting her MS and will intern as a registered dietitian. Sharley and Graham enjoy Portland, OR, in the summer and Tucson in the winter. Charlotte Heyl McLaughlin loved seeing the photo of the Monotones, which brought back fond memories. She wishes everyone a healthy and full life. Anne Bishop Yetman likes being retired so she and Norm can travel. They spend winters in Los Angeles near her daughter and family. They’ve attended the Salzburg Global Seminar for the past 8 years, and they spend 2 months in Stone Harbor, NJ, in the fall. Sarah “Sally” Stevens Rood writes from Concord, MA, that she watches her 3-year-old granddaughter once a week so that daughter Kate can do computer work for clients. Sally enjoys her time with Della, who loves mud puddles. She was happy to read online about the food “recycling” that the ColbySawyer dining hall is doing and hopes other schools will follow suit. A note from the “Colby Chicks,” Carol Sherman House, Meri Skeels Nielsen, Carol Whittemore Todd, Claire Lippincott Flowers and Judy Provandie Johnson—they’ve been getting together every few years since 2004. They went to CO with Claire as hostess, and it was just like old times. Judy hosted everyone in Belgrade Lake, ME, and the gals saw lots of the state. I, Patty Canby Colhoun, was in touch with Linda Read Stewart as I saw her son’s photo in DownEast magazine. Andrew has sold the

general store in Hope, ME, and is now the director of Hope Elephants. Yes, elephants in ME—look up Hopeelephants. com. Linda is on 3 curling teams. Linda and Anthony spent Christmas in Hope. My news is that I am becoming a mother-in-law and grandmother all at once. My son CB and Kendra were engaged in Feb. at Disney World. Kendra has a son, Isaiah, 16, and a daughter, Naomi, 13. CB and Kendra came for a short visit. My daughter, Ann Dushane, came for a week in March and my sister, Sally, came for a long weekend in April. I went to ME in mid-May and Scotland in July for a week and will be headed to Denver for Thanksgiving and a riverboat cruise at Christmas. May everyone continue in good health and happiness. Next year is another reunion year for our class, so hope to see you Oct. 16–18, 2015!

1961 Susan Olney Datthyn 56 Pressey Court New London, NH 03257-1018 (603) 526-2283 The 2013 holiday party at the home of CSC President Tom and Susan Galligan was lovely. It was fun catching up with staff, graduates and guests. Had a nice chat with my roommate Martha Clark as well as Barbara Swanson Smith ’60 and her husband, Lyman. Marilyn Adams writes, “Lynne Merrick Esmay hosted a brunch at her home in Nyack, NY, with Linda Stiles, Judy O’Grady Gordon, their husbands and me—great conversations and memories! I am living on Capitol Hill and still practicing acupuncture. My 4 children are married and living in CA (Berkeley, Palo Alto), MD and Ethiopia, and there are 6

very special grandchildren!” Linda Peterson Colby and her husband have moved to the New London area—welcome back! It was great to hear from Ginny Fitz Loeffler, who writes, “Still teaching skiing full time at Vail Resorts. Next year will be my 25th and I’ll get my lifetime pass. Spending my summers working among flowers in my gardening business in Vail. I finally was blessed with a grandson last July 4, and a granddaughter was added at the end of Feb. Sending a big hello to all my Colby-Sawyer friends.” Our condolences to Anne Mansell Moodey on the death of her mom in March. As always, I hope this issue finds you all well. Please feel free to drop a line or any updates to me—would love to hear from you!

1962 Gail Graham Lee 49 North Shore Road Pocasset, MA 02559 (239) 947-3285 Daphne Dodge Walker wrote in our 50th Reunion Memory Book that she has been married 3 times and has 3 children, 2 stepchildren, 9 grandchildren (6 are hers) and a great-grandchild. She and her husband volunteer at their 2 churches, Meals on Wheels and the Ringling Museum. They were fortunate enough to go on a world cruise in ’01 and treasure those memories. Diane Randall Wells has 2 children. Her son is a graduate of UNC with a master’s in urban design and development, and her daughter lives in MA and has her own business, Bright Lights Little City. Diane is very involved with the DAR in New Canaan, CT, loves genealogy, keeps busy gardening and going to tag sales, volunteers for Meals on Wheels and at Stamford

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Hospital, and plays the guitar for children at the local library. Jane Howe Trainor and her husband, Bob, love the weather in SC, play golf most of the year, and love not having to scrape snow off the cars. They’re busy volunteering and skeet shooting (Bob) and are looking forward to visits from son Scott from MA and daughter Beth from MN. Sally Mollenberg Lawlor travels to Puerto Adventures in Mexico a few times a year with Carol Earley Adams. They also went to AK and the Canadian Rockies last June. She’s retired from GE Healthcare and now has time to see her UT grandchildren, who are 10 and 6. Merle Rockwell-Modell and her husband moved to MD’s eastern shore 6 years ago, where they live on the headwaters of the Wye River. While semiretired, they are both professional mediators, credentialed executive development coaches and group facilitators, and continue to work in those areas part time and on their own schedules. They’re active in environmental issues and local politics. Between them, they have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. Life is good! Susan Shonnard Brenner broke her foot last summer, but that didn’t stop her from taking a Rhine River cruise with her husband, Albert. They traveled from Nuremberg, Germany, to Basel, Switzerland. They are still in Los Angeles but moved to new digs. Joyce Rogers Harrington is semiretired and still in Clearwater, BC. When she isn’t cleaning friends’ houses or house-, dog- or catsitting, she tends her yard, weaves, sews, knits, reads, walks, rides her bike, cross-country skis, snowshoes, attends the theater and symphony and generally has a wonderful time. She and her daughter recently visited ColbySawyer. She writes, “My, how things have changed and yet somehow stayed the same. It


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was a wonderful trip down memory lane.” Pam Proctor Makin and her husband are in Naples, FL, full time but frequently go back to NJ to see their 3 children and 6 grandchildren. They keep busy playing golf and bridge and getting together with friends. Wynne Jesser McGrew and her husband, Tom, purchased a winter getaway condo in Vero Beach, FL. Her brother and his wife, as well as her cousin, Penny Jesser Rohrbach, also live there. Penny sent me a wonderful Christmas card filled with pictures of her 5 children and their families. I think I counted at least 15 grandkids! Edie Moser Apostal has been a downtown Chicagoan ever since graduating from Northwestern U. Her husband is a real estate manager, so she went from teaching high school history to real estate sales. They are both semiretired and traveled to Mexico, Turkey, Greece and Austria last year. They also spend more time at their 2nd home in Lake Geneva, WI. They hosted a gathering in their home last Sept. when President Tom Galligan and Allison Faccone were in Chicago, as did Judy Bodwell Mulholland in Naples, FL, in March, which I attended. As for yours truly, we are getting ready to head north to Cape Cod for the summer months and plan to return to paradise in mid– Oct. As always, stay healthy and have fun!

1963 Donna Dederick Ward Meadowood Farm 557 Bennett Hill Road Shaftsbury, VT 05262-9214 (802) 442-2440 Dear classmates and friends— almost a year has passed since our 50th Reunion. We had a wonderful time there refreshing

changed except gray hair and wrinkles. We’re in Portland, OR, in the summer to spend time with our daughter and family.” Patty Thomson Russell writes, “Bill and I will be going to Paris for 2 weeks this summer to celebrate our 50th anniversary. It’s hard to believe that that many years have gone by, sort of how I felt when our 50th Reunion rolled around!”

Lee Norris Gray ’64 and with her sons (L–R) TJ, Mark and David.

friendships. All of us had changed so much, but not at all. Cliff and I still have our B&B in VT, but this year we really enjoyed winter in Islamorada, FL. Such island fun, fishing and great weather. Our kids and grands visited to take in the tropical life. We’ll go again next year to fish, relax and be happy. Lee Montgomery writes, “Life continues to be full with daughters and their families. I celebrated my 70th with my daughters in NY City in Nov. It was enormous fun. Ski season has been good. I am looking forward to the end of winter and heading off to my favorite spa in Mexico and then in Sept. taking a 2-week whitewater rafting trip down the CO in the Grand Canyon. I still enjoy competitive dog agility with my cocker spaniel, Lydia.” Gwen Warner Kade and I have been trying to get together in Naples, FL for about a year. I plan on being there in Nov., so maybe we can do it. She’s a new resident and is enjoying the sophisticated yet casual life. Sandy Newbert Fitts took their gang of 11 kids, spouses and grands on a Disney cruise for their 50th. They had a wonderful time. Cheryl Gemberling Kozloff writes, “Chick and I spend the winter months in FL, as do many of our college friends. Not a whole lot has

1964 Kathrine Conathan Reardon 1040 General Lafayette Blvd. West Chester, PA 19382 (610) 738-4982 The weekend of Oct. 10–12 is our 50th Reunion. We hope many of you have marked your calendars and are planning to come. It looks to be a great weekend, a fun time to both renew friendships and enjoy a beautiful fall in New London. Marianne Olmsted will not be able to join us, though. She’s retired from Met Life and enjoys life in NY City. She volunteers at a local hospital and is very active in her church, Unity of NY. Marianne escaped the horrible winter by vacationing with friends in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and then spent time in West Palm Beach. Alyce Cushing Stick and her husband, Howard, are enjoying their 4th year of retirement. They’re keeping busy with family and garden projects in Gladwyne, PA; Sugar Hill, NH; and the family farm in Bucks County, PA. Alyce is also president of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia. She and Howard are avid travelers; the highlight was a safari to East Africa this past year. They also have trips planned to Peru and the Caribbean. Liz Ridley Mills is loving retirement. They spend 3 winter months in SC, and the remainder of the year in NH. Their

Susan Patricelli-Regan ’64 with her sons (L–R) Craig, Christopher and Colin.

older son works in Australia, and they look forward to visiting him and his family. Her younger son is an accountant in NJ and lives in NY with his family. Lee Reisner Murray keeps busy babysitting for 5 of her 7 grandchildren, who live nearby. She’s still involved with figure skating, and in her spare time likes to sew and putter in the back yard. She just added a room over her garage for her sewing projects. Lee’s daughter Barbara is teaching accounting at Drexel U, and daughter Julie is a programmer for a mutual funds company. Youngest daughter Susan and her husband have begun farming nearby. Leslie Kreitler Stauffer and her husband, John, are living in Tampa, FL. She’s retired from all volunteer work and taken up fox hunting, which has taken her to England, France and all over the Southeastern U.S. She’s also active in a group that works to save wild horses in the U.S. John still practices medicine, and they have 6 grandchildren living close by. They take breaks in Basalt, CO, where they enjoy fly fishing and skiing. Lee Norris Gray’s husband surprised her for her 70th this March with a visit from her sister and brother-in-law for 5 days. Then her 3 boys arrived on their doorstep in FL at 10 p.m. on a Friday night: TJ from NH, Mark from Seattle and David from Savannah. It was

the 1st time since ’94 that she and Rick have been alone with their 3 sons. It was a short visit, but a very special time. Diana “Dini” Tripp writes, “I enjoy the dance my art takes me on. I love the creation, the display and the selling of art.” She’s teaching pastel classes and working with some new gallery options in Boulder, CO. Since some of her favorite landscapes are fall foliage scenes, she’s often sweetly reminded of her Colby days. Patricia Halbleib Werth and Dick are well and busy. Their 3 children and 7 grandchildren, all under the age of 8, live near them in Portland, OR. Patty enjoys all the babysitting, plus they’re avid gardeners with many fruit trees. They enjoy getting away in their camper, especially to the Northwest. Patricia won’t be able to join us for our Reunion, they’re having a special birthday party for her mother. Jean Berry Weber is living in VA Beach with her grandchildren and their parents only 6 miles away. She keeps busy with family, golf and occasional trips to the casinos with her husband. Sheri Harding Stoesser is living in Northern NJ with her husband, Joel. She now has 2 grandchildren, one who lives close by. She keeps active and rides her horse every day. Judy McGregor Caldwell is in Philadelphia. She’s a painter and finds she enjoys her art more every day. She spent April in South Africa with her sister. Joelle Hodgson Bentley is selling real estate in Stamford, CT, for Sotheby. She has 2 fabulous grandchildren, 11 and 9. Both Joelle and her sister, Julie, will join us at Reunion. Sarah Caldwell Anderson had a trip of a lifetime to Africa with her whole family; she also will be at Reunion. Susanna Adams lives in Berthoud, CO. She’s an artist who works in clay, metal, glass and fiber. Judy Curtis Zscheile is living in central CA

and is a retired medical secretary. Her husband is also retired, and they have a busy and active life. It was fun reminiscing with Judy about meeting many years ago, before Colby. Our fathers were classmates at Dartmouth (’35), and we met at their 25th reunion. Hedy Ruth Gunther and her husband, Bruce, had a great cruise to the Caribbean in March, along with a family trip to Mexico in Jan. She’s looking forward to our 50th, as is Ann Franklin Ewig. Susan PatricelliRegan’s son, Christopher, is in NY pursuing IT development expansion after a 3-year stint with HBO; Colin is head coach for the men’s varsity crew at the U.S. Coast Guard in New London, CT; and Craig is graduating from TX A&M and wants to serve in the community service/political arena after 5 years in the Navy. They have 3 Irish Wolfhound puppies and 2 Yorkshire terrier puppies, which they’ll breed. They’ve won 3 firsts and one 2nd place at regional AKC dog shows in the terrier puppy classes. Susan also just acquired her latest polo pony to add to her string. She’s busy with her corporate career with DIAGEO and continuing as host of the public access TV show “CT Valley Views,” which she and her husband have done for the past 4 years as independent producers.

1965 Christina Murray McKee 518 Burpee Hill Road New London, NH 03257 (603) 526-4226 Barbara Frank Guilford lost her husband to cancer in ’11 after 30 years of marriage. After 40 years in Miami, she relocated to Vero Beach, FL, to be near her son and grandsons, 16 and 13. Barbara’s daughter has a

business in W. Palm Beach, about an hour and a half away. She writes, “This is truly paradise, and I invite any classmates who visit the East Coast of FL to give me a call, and I will do my best to welcome them.” Barbara keeps busy playing tennis and golf, walking on the beach and tutoring reading in her daughter-inlaw’s 3rd grade classroom. She had breakfast with Allison Faccone from Colby-Sawyer in March, who brought her up to date on all the exciting things happening at Colby-Sawyer. Leslie Seymour Wears writes, “Linda Marshall Dygert and I just got together for the 1st time in about 20 years. Had a wonderful visit catching up and plan to do it again on their next trip through OH. Lin still works part time in her husband’s medical practice.” Leslie and Ken are both retired and enjoy the freedom to travel; they’ve visited their son Ty in AZ and son Grey in CA, plus relatives in CT. Grey has recently moved to HI, so a visit there may be in order! Linda Lambert Palmer lives in Sparta, NJ, and is working very part time managing the front desk at the Sparta Athletic Club, where she’s worked for the past 20 years. She writes, “I played tennis during most of that time, but now my knees don’t like to run, stop and start that much anymore.” Her husband, Larry, still loves working as a civil engineer, also part time. They’re able to travel, mostly visiting the grandchildren in IL. Their daughter, Jenny, lives in Northbrook, so they get to Chicago a bit. Their son is in LA managing the Standard Downtown hotel. Linda and Larry have cruised to AK and Quebec and enjoyed both; they also travel to FL at least twice a year to visit friends and family. Leah Caswell now lives in New Castle, NH, and runs her company, Liberty Design, while “on the slow slide into

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Ruth Elliott Holmes ’65 and daughter Sarah Holmes Tucker ’95 are a dynamic duo at Ruth’s consulting firm, Pentec, Inc.

The WONder Woman Ruth Elliott Holmes ’65 Ruth Elliott Holmes ’65 is one of the top handwriting and document examiners in the country. Based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Holmes launched her forensic handwriting consulting firm, Pentec, Inc., in the mid-1980s. Her daughter, Sarah Holmes Tucker ’95, joined the business after she graduated from Colby College in 1997, and they have been a motherdaughter team ever since. Holmes has been profiled twice before in this magazine, most recently in 2003. Since then, she has become president of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) – Michigan, an organization advancing leadership roles for women across careers, cultures and continents, and served as a delegate at the spring conference in Germany, attended by more than 900 women from 45 countries. In 2010, she was named Innovator of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners, which represents the interests of more than 10 million women-owned businesses. In April, she was honored by the Women Officials Network (WON) as one of the WONder Women of 2014. “It was a complete surprise and a lovely honor,” said Holmes, about her most


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recent accolade from WON, an organization supporting women as leaders in the public sector. The WONder Woman Award recognizes women “who have improved the quality of life in Southeast Michigan through their civic, philanthropic and professional accomplishments.” As a successful businesswoman who deals with individual and corporate clients, and who is a court-qualified expert witness in federal, state and local courts, a speaker, media guest, writer, jury and trial consultant, Holmes has built an impressive and distinguished career. Holmes credits her time at Colby-Sawyer with instilling in her the value of community, a love of political activism and the confidence to forge an unusual career. She recalls with fondness the guidance of her adviser, Hilary Cleveland, and her internship building churches in Puerto Rico with religion professor Frederick Denny. — Mike Gregory Mike Gregory, assistant director of Advancement Communications, came to Colby-Sawyer in 2005. He holds a B.F.A. from Concordia University.

retirement.” Her son and granddaughter and her fiancé live in Portsmouth just over the causeway. Kayaking, sailing, golf, travel and skiing are still her passionate pastimes. Leah has a special message: “Kahren “Muffy” Nottage Miller was visiting this summer, and we were scheming about the forthcoming 50th Reunion. We think it would be fun to bring together the rowdy gang from Burpee basement. This would include not only the class of ’65 but also ’64 and ’66. We might rent a house on Lake Sunapee to kayak, swim and do some general deck sitting with the requisite glass of wine. Anyone who is interested can contact either Muffy or me at leah@” Kate Earl Kostamo still enjoys working full time as a senior wine consultant (“I think that refers to the number of years I have been involved with wine...not my age,” she writes.) for a wine store in Fort Worth, where she matches wines with personality and palate. Kate’s sister, Connie Earl ’62, lives nearby. Kate says her door is always open to anyone passing through Fort Worth! Tina Biggs Ferraro went sailing in the leeward islands of the Caribbean. She joined Georgie Sawyer Hutton at her golf club in Vero Beach, FL, for a 2-day member guest golf tournament. She writes, “Georgie has a great game and she carried me for 2 days.” Tina is on the Colby-Sawyer Board of Trustees and very excited about the direction the college is going. She’s also enthusiastic about the upcoming 50th Reunion! She and Ann Hodgkinson Low and I are starting to make plans for that. We have some good ideas up our sleeves about fun activities and events we might be able to make happen. We’re hoping we’ll have a lot of us to commemorate that amazing milestone! Please shake your memory banks and see what

comes out and encourage your friends to join us. We have an enthusiastic contingent from Burpee! McKean will be well represented. How about others? Let us know your thoughts and plans so we can plan some great events! Lois GilbertFulton spoke with Sue Wells Ferrante. They plan to meet soon. Lois retired in ’10 but is still teaching nursery school 2 mornings a week. “Can’t resist those little munchkins,” she writes. She swims laps 3 mornings a week and is involved at church as a reader, usher and helping to feed the homeless.

1966 Susan E. Weeks 3 Winona Circle Lebanon, NH 03766 (603) 448-6962 When Kathie Kock Hewko moved to SF in ’76, she did her 1st swim under and across the Golden Gate Bridge. She completed her 90th last year, in 38 consecutive years. No one else even has 70 swims, she reports. Her goal is to complete her 100th on her 70th birthday in ’16. She writes, “It’s a good life!”

1967 Sis Hagen Kinney 1731 Land Harbor, LLH Newland, NC 28657-7917 (843) 607-7556 Prudence Hostetter is happily ensconced in a rental home in a neighborhood with lots of dogs, cats and good people. “So totally different from the farm,” she writes. “It’s close to the train stop for my son for school and also within 6 miles of his father...but I have only one small dog (a corgi) ... no horses, cats or other animals. It

(L–R) Dianne Wilson Wiggins ’67 MT, Susan Ittner Rock ’68 MT and Diane Stentaford Davison ’66 enjoyed lunch together in Lancaster, PA, in March.

is nice not to have to fix fences and trim palm trees, etc.” Prudence is involved in her church and her son’s school. She goes to the beach and visits friends and says, “I feel almost like a normal person, and I only moved about 15 miles SE!” She’s busy with the junior year push for colleges, applications, interviews and visits. She planned to travel a bit in June when her son went to the U.S. Naval Academy for a week. Susan Ittner Rock ’68 MT writes, “My Abbey roommate Diane Stentaford Davison ’66, Abbey friend Dianne Wilson Wiggins ’67 MT and I met for our 2nd annual lunch to reminisce about our days at Colby and to catch up on family news. It was a wonderful way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon in March, and we are already looking forward to our next get-together.” As for me, Sis Hagen Kinney, after I retired in Aug. ’13, my husband and I became residents of NC and spent our 1st winter here at Linville Land Harbor. It was quite a winter! Lots of cold and several beautiful snowfalls. Now, of course, we’re looking forward to outdoor activities, such as kayaking, hiking, golfing and just enjoying life as retirees. Please send me news of what you are doing!

1968 Class Correspondent Needed

Christine Ade would love to find out where classmates are and how they are doing. She’s living on Cape Cod and recently retired. She’s excited for this new chapter in her life.

year, they plan to go to Niagara Falls, then to NH for a knitting conference, followed by a trip to Savannah, GA. They also keep busy on their chestnut tree farm. “During the spring, we are fertilizing and in the fall, we are picking chestnuts off our 800 trees,” she says. “We do all this ourselves, no help. We are members of a co-op, which helps sort them, yeah!”

1970 Gail Remick Hoage 64 Valley Road New Durham, NH 03855 (603) 859-3241



Deborah Adams Johnston 5 Net Menders Loop Saint Helena Island, SC 29920 (704) 542-6244

Ellie Goodwin Cochran 58 Heather Street Manchester, NH 03104 (603) 626-5959

Carol Church Bishop retired in Feb. ’12 and immediately started to travel. She and her husband, Bill, went to NC several times to ride motorcycles in the mountains. In ’13, they traveled to HI, New Zealand and Australia for 5 weeks. They went back to NC and then down to Orlando to spend time with their grandchildren. This

It’s always fun to hear from classmates, and sometimes it is a real blast from the past! This time around I heard from Kathy Blackwood McFarland, who is also a grammar school classmate I hadn’t seen since graduation. Kathy is widowed and retired in Placerville, CA, where she enjoys volunteering and keeping up with her children, Andrew, 28, and Molly, 25. Mary Lou Sibley Wolfe and her husband, Cory, are recent empty nesters; their son Alex is studying at the U of WA-Seattle. Mary Lou is semiretired but looking for something to keep her busy as Cory has another 20 years to work. Her background as a high school English teacher and construction operating engineer give her options. They’re living in Sammamish, WA, on Lake Washington. Mary Pat Desmond Cox ’70 and her ColbySawyer roommate Jane Kernan Sayed, have stayed

Carol Church Bishop ’69 at the zoo in Sydney, Australia.

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alumnae through my church: Suzanne Smith Wasson ’60 and Virginia Hooper Purinton ’53 are part of a Stephen Ministry at our church. Imagine our surprise when we discovered our Colby-Sawyer connection! Hope you all are doing well! Looking forward to more news from you all! Lesley MacVane ’71 in her Easter bonnet with granddaughters Layla and Harper.

connected. Mary Pat lives in Syracuse, and last summer she and her husband drove to Ann Arbor, MI, to visit Jane and see her beautiful gardens. In Feb., Jane was recognized by Fine Gardening magazine, and her photos can be seen online. Mary Pat reports that her gardens are works of art. Maybe I can get her to come to NH to help with mine! They are one of my retirement projects. Lesley MacVane loves being a grandmother to Layla, 6, Harper, 2, and Sebastian, 1. She retired in Dec. and sometimes wonders how she ever had time to work! She writes, “Thankfully the schedule is on my time, and I find the projects I am working on keep me interested and engaged in what is happening in our community and give me more time to spend with Dave.” Lesley is co-chairing the 50th anniversary of The Derryfield School, where she was in the 2nd graduating class. She’s had fun connecting with the visionary families who founded the school and reconnecting with alums. She also worked at Derryfield for 17 years, so it’s been very comfortable returning. “As a parent, I was thrilled when our son, Andrew, and his wife continued in the tradition and served as the Alumni Fund chairs this year,” she says. “I guess the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.” I look forward to hearing from more of you next time.


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(L–R) Nancy Bianchi Miller ’72, Deborah Ross Chambliss ’72, Jane MacCabe Kelly ’44 and Linda “Kelly” Graves ’72 at the wedding of Kelly’s son in December.

1972 Linda Kelly Graves 880 Tannery Drive Wayne, PA 19087 (610) 688-0230 Many thanks to all who responded to my pleas for news! Nancy Schaffer vonStackelberg has co-founded a new firm, Radius Wealth Management, in Braintree, MA. She lives in Duxbury and sees Cindy Warren Kelley in the summer (Cindy lives in Vero Beach, FL, during the winter). Nancy has a son in London and another in Singapore. Lee Sherman Wainwright responded to the inquiries of her dorm mates in our last column and has reconnected with Serena Alber Watson and Faye Hooker Keller. Lee has been in MI for the past 30 years but frequently visits Martha’s Vineyard. She worked with adults with developmental disabilities for many years and is now retired. A granddaughter, volunteering, and training a new dog to be a therapy dog are her latest passions. Had a long email exchange with Jane White Ward, who is still in Elko, NV. She and her family have lived all over the world with her husband, a Navy MD. He’s retired, and Jane does dressage and painting. She has one son

in Chicago and one in NYC. Jane gets to see Annie Butler McNerney, who has 3 sons; Theresa O’Brien Golden, who just got her master’s in nursing; and Cindy Sawyer Campbell. Jane also sees Katie Cherry Rousey, who lives in Sun Valley, ID, once a year. Jane tells me that Karen Anderson Harvey and Bonnie Sklar Weinstein both have children living in NYC. I think Jane wins the award for having the scoop on the greatest number of classmates! Lisa Feldmeier Clark has retired from the day-to-day of the family yogurt manufacturing business. She has 6 grandchildren to dote on between winters in Naples, FL, and summers in the Adirondacks. She would like to hear from her roommate, Beverly Gosselin Bundy. Lindsey Stewart survived the winter in Chicago. She’s no longer in real estate but enjoys visiting their cottage in Belize as often as possible. Her children are all grown and live in Chicago. There was a mini Colby reunion in OK City in Dec. when Nancy Bianchi Miller and Deborah Ross Chambliss braved the potential weather issues to join my mother, Jane Maccabe Kelly ’44, and myself in celebrating the marriage of my son, Robin. It was a grand party with great weather. I have encountered 2

1973 Nancy R. Messing 908 Ponce de Leon Drive Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 779-7449

1974 Susan Brown Warner 48 Spring Street, Unit 7 Greenwich, CT 06830-6176 (203) 629-1454 Susan Smart Ferguson’s daughter, Sarah, became an officer for the KS City Police Department in Dec. ’13. On April 5, she married Art Baldwin, surrounded by family and friends at the historic Stanley in Lee’s Summit, MO. Susan’s son Andrew started his own digital media marketing company last year, Havik Marketing. Susan and her husband, George, are blessed with 3 grandchildren: Helena, 6, Breck, 4, and Gavin, 14 months. They all live nearby and keep them busy. Susan continues to work for the Blue Springs School District, beginning her 15th year. Susan and George will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in Sept. She enjoys keeping up with her Colby Dorm friends, Holly Hurd DiMauro and Debbie Lawrence Forman, on Facebook. Emilie “Pete” Daniel has been living in Randolph, VT, since ’07, after having lived quite happily in Panama since ’79. She’s the executive director

of her town’s senior center. It’s a part-time job, yet keeps her very busy. On the weekends, she travels to VT and NH to go trout fishing. Emilie also works for a VT tour company. She keeps up her Panama contacts and visits every Feb. Emilie shares that she’s on Facebook if anyone wants to connect.

1975 Jill McLaughlin Godfrey 19500 Framingham Drive Gaithersburg, MD 20879 (301) 926-7164 Chris LoBello lives on Hilton Head Island, SC, and works for the Heritage Classic Foundation, a nonprofit. They’re the general sponsor of the RBC Heritage golf tournament on the PGA tour. Chris, who is single, misses New England and her family and hopes all is well with everyone. Shelley Baird Mathias ’73, ’75 and her husband divorced but are still friends. Her oldest, Chris, is married and he and his wife, Katie, are the parents of Theo, Shelley’s only grandchild so far. Theo was born 12/12/12! Chris is the chief academic officer for the State of ID; they live in Boise. Shelley’s daughter, Megan, lives in Reno, NV, and is in management at a credit union. John is working, going to school and is very involved in comedy improvisation, both performance and teaching. Her youngest, Mary, graduated from UVM and works at Fuse Marketing, a company that targets youth markets. Shelley has changed careers, moving from private industry to public education. She earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy from UVM. Shelley is an elementary school principal in Burlington, VT, and lives in South Burlington. She goes to boot camp 4 mornings a week.

Summers are spent biking, kayaking, hiking and hanging out on the shores of Lake Champlain. She’s also been a goalie for 13 years and plays with 3 groups, including Vintage Vermont, a team of 50+ players. They won the USA Hockey Championship for 50+ Women’s Recreational Teams. She writes, “If anyone is taking a trip up, be sure to look me up. I’d be happy to show you around the Queen City (aka Burlington).” Anne Boynton Hilton lives in South Newbury, NH, and works in New London as a meeting planner and copy editor. She has 3 kids, 5 grandkids and “4 equine 4-leggers.” Bradley Nevins Olufs reports, “I find myself in an interesting stage of life: managing the changing needs of my elderly mother, helping my adult daughters survive and cope with today’s economy, and finding time for me.” After 30 years of gutting their houses, she and Dave are planning to finally build their home from the dirt up. “We will soon be Wisconsin Cheeseheads!” she says. Caryl Diengott (McKean ’73–’75) has been a medical social worker for almost 35 years and returned to school when she was 39 to complete her master’s degree. She sings in her choir and travels extensively with her husband. She would love to hear from all friends, especially Amy Schimelfenyg.

1977 Wendi Braun 5 Carnegie Place Lexington, MA 02420 (781) 863-1502

1978 Jody Hambley Cooper PO Box 1943 New London, NH 03257 (603) 526-4517


Debra Bray Mitchell 17 Rope Ferry Road Hanover, NH 03755-1404 (603) 643-6536

1980 Natalie Hartwell Jackson 866 Audubon Drive Bradenton, FL 34209 (941) 730-2353

1981 Pamela Aigeltinger Lyons 436 Round Hill Road Saint Davids, PA 19087 (610) 989-0551

Mary Kyle Dyer-Martin is busy in her medical practice in the Albany, NY, area. She’s served as the class agent for several years and would like to encourage everyone from the Class of ’81 to participate in the ColbySawyer Fund at whatever level they can.

1982 Class Correspondent Needed

1983 Gail Smart Scibelli 1 Seal Harbor Rd., Apt. 815 Winthrop, MA 02152-1026 (516) 767-5154

1984 Lisa Reon Barnes 1354 Honokahua Street Honolulu, HI 96825 (978) 443-6816

1985 Class Correspondent Needed

1986 Class Correspondent Needed

1976 Janet E. Spurr 52 Rowland Street, Apt. 1 Marblehead, MA 01945 (781) 639-1008 Kathy Burke and I met for dinner while in NYC. It was wonderful to catch up. Kathy’s daughter was married last year in a beautiful wedding. Katey Long Holtgrave ’88 with her husband, Bob, and their sons, Mark and David.

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Kym Printon Fischer 10 Gordon Road North Reading, MA 01864-2014 (978) 664-4048

Janette Robinson Harrington 13 Sherwood Road Hingham, MA 02043 (781) 749-2571

Elizabeth Bryant Camp PO Box 671 New London, NH 03257 (603) 526-2563


Hello, classmates! I hope all of you are well. Alison Lambert Vernon lives in New London, NH, with her husband, Mark. They have 2 grandbabies, Magnolia Kor Vernon, born in Jan. ’13, and Atticus Vernon Justice, born in Aug. ’13. She thinks being a grandmother is the best. Her spouse retired in Aug. ’13, and Alison renewed her lease for her gallery and moved her art studio into her home. They’re pinch-hitting as babysitters and help their son on the farm, all while planning their next road trip. Alison had classmate Kendall Perkins ’86 spend the weekend; they caught up on news and hiked the glorious hillsides, including Mt. Kearsarge. Eileen Cremin Urquhart spent the weekend at the home of Therese Zimmer Farid in Chatham, NJ. They had a great time catching up and reliving memories from their Colby-Sawyer days. Nancy Moniz Kenyon is grandma to a beautiful toddler and in graduate school getting her master’s after all these years. Three of her daughters are also in college. It’s a busy but wonderful time for her. Please contact me if you have any news! I would love to hear about your new job, new house, new family member or a visit with a classmate. I’m on Facebook and my email address is

Jennifer Barrett Sawyer 57 Field Road Marstons Mills, MA 02648-2108 (508) 428-9766

Catherine Hood-Pittenger 117 Deer Hill Road Irmo, SC 29063 (803) 945-4449

1989 Carolyn Cherubino McGraw 311 Mountain Cloud Circle Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 (720) 344-2612 Allison Cunningham Abreu and Paul are still enjoying life in Norton, MA. They celebrated their 10th anniversary in Aug. They have 2 daughters who keep them busy: Lillian, 7, and Caroline, 4. Allison is involved with the MOMS Club of Norton and has enjoyed being a Daisy Girl Scout leader for the past 2 years. She just ran her 1st 5K in May and can’t wait to do another! She runs her custom picture framing business, The Swallow’s Nest, out of their barn. In 2015, her youngest daughter will be in school full day and she hopes to take her business to the next level as they celebrate its 10th year.

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1991 Gretchen D. Garceau-Kragh 315 Adams Street San Antonio, TX 78210 (210) 226-7079

Jenn Barrett Sawyer reports, “I am proud to say I have a former CSC Charger coaching my daughters in soccer— Meghan Fligg ’10 coaches in Barnstable, MA, and contributes to UKSD, which helps make soccer accessible to all children! All is well on ole Cape Cod. Rebecca Brown Lucarelli ’90 and I talk about our backyard chickens via Facebook now and again. I’m in touch with the usual suspects: Amy Koskey Kurja, Janel McDonald Lawton, Alexis Trowbridge Scavetta ’95, Robyn True and Alycia Colavito Parkes. We’re hoping to gather in ME this summer.

1993 Dawn K. Hinckley 986 Briarcliff Drive Santa Maria, CA 93455-4152 (618) 719-7184

1994 Julie A. Camp 254 Mill Rd Hampton, NH 03842 (603) 601-2322 Stacey Banks Nieman 8192 Settlers Way Nashville, TN 37221 (757) 416-1203

Class of ’94, 20 years later ... hope to see many of you at Alumni Weekend in Oct. Holly Long Maturo spent some of Feb. break in FL and was able to meet up with classmate Susan Ehlers Scully at Universal. This was their 1st time getting together since college, and they had a great time. Holly has also spent time with Tammy Hoyt Wysocki ’91 and Marc Wysocki ’94 in the youth hockey circuit with their kids. She’s hoping to run into Jenn Hollingsworth D’Orazio as their kids also share a love of hockey. Jack Tremblay and his wife, Heather Quigley Tremblay ’95, are doing well, juggling the schedules of their 4 kids and still trying to have enough time in the evening to catch up on “Orange is the New Black” or “Weeds” together. Springtime means archery, drum and fife corps, and the start of baseball season. Jack is in his 13th year at Direct Design in Burlington, VT, while Heather is a dedicated homeschooling mom and summer camp nurse at Aloha Hive Camp in Fairlee, VT. Matt Reed wrapped up a season as an assistant basketball coach for his daughter’s team. It was a lot of fun working with the kids and helping them improve. He and his wife, Corey, also took a couple trips down to NYC; they went to Central Park and Rockefeller Center to see Jimmy Fallon when he was still doing “Late Night,” and saw the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. In June Andrea Hammond Burke ’95 and her husband, Jeremy, relocated their family from NH to southern OH! They wanted to be closer to family and have more space for their children, Eliana, 14, Makenna, 12, Zane, 9, and Galen, 6, and their Happy Acres Farm! It was hard to leave her job as an early intervention speech pathologist, and family and dear

has been working in the City of Durham’s fire department for 14 years. He lives in Youngsville, NC, with his wife and daughter. Mark has been producing artwork and was recently accepted into an art showing.


Jamie Gilbert Kelly 10-2 Countryside Lane Middletown, CT 06457

Caroline Miriam Herz 20 East 35th Street, Apt. 7H NY, NY 10016 (646) 387-8946

Christopher G. Quint 130 Granite Street Biddeford, ME 04005 (207) 232-6470

Christopher “Koz” Kozlowski writes, “The boys got up skiing a bunch for their 1st time this year. They had a blast and found their sport. We all got down to visit my brother in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. The kids brought back a suitcase full of beads since he lives right on the parade route. Hope to see more CSC alumni soon. Also, I would like to bid [Professor] Tony Quinn farewell. He was one of the most influential people in my life, and much of what I learned from him, I still use in business today. Christen and I both wish him luck in his retirement.”

Hello, everyone. I want to encourage all of you to send along your updates. Together, we can make this column one that our fellow classmates want to read and will look forward to each and every time it hits our mailboxes. You can email your update to me or hit me up on Facebook. I look forward to hearing from you all. I continue my work at the ME State Employees Association, SEIU Local 1989, as the executive director. I recently had a chance to spend an evening in Portland, ME, with Jake Fish, Brian

Dyer ’99, Steve Townsend and Brian Karbel ’99. Jamie Gilbert Kelly loves being a mom to her son and spending as much time as she can with her family while working as an internal loss prevention investigator at Banana Republic. Amy Carroll and Danielle Rychalsky Conrad spent some quality time together in sunny Georgetown, Grand Cayman. By the look of the picture, it was paradise. Jodi Lambert Meader reports that 2013 was not a good year. In April ’13 she was diagnosed with Stage IV uterine cancer. She had surgery and was in the hospital for 11 days, then started chemo for 27 weeks. After many complications, Jodi ended up going into remission and is, at the time of writing, almost 6 months post-chemo and feeling well. She had wonderful support from family, friends, church, school and the local community, plus an incredible medical team. Jodi is now out of work on disability but spends time with family, friends and, most important, her kids. She writes, “Thanks to my CSC friends Corenna Reeves and Rachel Bratter ’00, who came to visit me throughout my journey! I am presently captain of a team for Relay for Life in Augusta, ME, Surviving Divas June ’14, and will also be participating in the Dempsey Challenge in Oct. ’14. Looking forward to a great year and more to come.” Mark Macenas

Danielle Rychalsky Conrad ’98 (L) and Amy Carroll ’98 (R) during a recent vacation to the Grand Cayman Islands.

(L–R) Hillary Andrus Dalton ’01, Katie Keazer Parker ’02, Jaime Babine Wetmore ’01, Julie McFarland Casey ’01, Kim Morrison Miller ’01, Amanda Rucci Lessard ’01 and Megan Smith ’01 gathered in Vermont for Julie’s baby shower.

boys’ activities and was even an extra in a locally filmed movie. The ‘6-pack’ gets together at least once a year as a full crew, and we remain in close contact. Everyone is doing well!”

Christopher “Koz” Kozlowski ’95 and Christen Wallingford Kozlowski ’95 celebrate in New Orleans.

friends in NH, especially Beth Sargent Fenton!

1997 Class Correspondent Needed


1999 Class Correspondent Needed

2000 Tara Schirm Campanella 1223 Mission Drive Lemoore, CA 93245-4726 (252) 626-4655 Jennifer Prudden Montgomery 147 Grove Street Melrose, MA 02176 (978) 852-2601 Hi, all! I, Jen Prudden Montgomery, am still living in Melrose, MA, and teaching 3rd grade in Andover, MA. My son, Davis, will be 2 in May. I can’t believe how fast the time has flown! I had a chance to meet Jessica Dannecker Gullo’s daughter, Lucia, when she was home in New England to visit. Jess and her husband, Fred, live outside Chicago. Zanna Campbell Blaney, Katie Sykes Follis and I spent a great girls’ weekend at the Woodstock Inn

1996 Class Correspondent Needed Kristin Sneider Mulready reports, “All is well with Josh and me. We are married 16 years this year, and our boys are 14 and 12. I am program management director at ImmunoGen. Josh works per diem, volunteers with a variety of the

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in VT and had a blast! Zanna is busy as the dean of student services at Bedford (NH) High School. Her boys, Cavot and Merrick, are getting big and are very into horses! Katie is busy with Caroline, 6, and Carter, 3, and continues to work for Merial. I also ran into Ari Lombardi Willey ’99 at a Travis Roy fundraiser in Boston. It was fun to see her and catch up. Please remember to send updates. It’s been a while since we’ve heard from many of you!

Sera Parent Anderson ’99

Sera Parent Anderson ’99 will make as many as 50 appearances and raise money for the Vermont Cancer “I hadn’t realized there Center as Mrs. Vermont. was a pageant for married women, the older kind,” will shave her head. Attending a said Anderson. “It’s not just glamour head-shaving charity event a few years and makeup and cattiness,” she said. ago gave Anderson the idea to host a As the reigning Mrs. Vermont, Anderson similar event to raise money for the will make up to 50 appearances through- charity she believes in so strongly. out the year and raise money on behalf In August, Anderson was off to Arizona of the Vermont Cancer Center. Within to compete in the nationals. A month that broad platform, she is particularly after that, she’ll be bald: On September compelled to support children with 27, Anderson will host her fundraiser at cancer and pediatric initiatives. the Arrowhead Golf Course in Milton, Vt., with entertainment for the whole Cancer is all too close to Anderson. family, and she will publicly shear the Her dear friend and Colby-Sawyer hair that helped her earn a crown. roommate, Nicole Lafitte ’99, passed away from cancer in 2002. A few years To learn more about Sera Anderson’s ago, Anderson’s mother-in-law also fundraiser, visit the event page at succumbed to the disease. Anderson’s hope is to raise $25,000, and to help reach that goal, she has committed to — Mike Gregory doing something unusual for a beauty queen: If she reaches her goal, she 70

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2001 Photo: Jonathan Couture Photography

At the age of 12, Sera Parent Anderson ’99 entered and won her first beauty pageant title, Little Miss Vermont. Soon after graduating from ColbySawyer, she entered the Miss Vermont pageant, but she did not place. After a professional career including stints at Pfizer, the Burlington Free Press, and her own delicatessen in Burlington, Anderson became a mother in 2012 and decided to devote her time to her family. Encouraged by friends, though, Anderson entered her third pageant this spring and was crowned Mrs. Vermont America 2014.

Kimberly Morrison Miller 8113 Rhudy Place Raleigh, NC 27612 (919) 788-9336 Thank you to everyone who sent updates; it was great to hear from each of you. Sara Hammond is still working at the Middlesex Probate and Family Court in Cambridge and living in Boston. Travis Dunbar is teaching Functional Life Skills at the Minot Consolidated School in ME and lives with his girlfriend, Dawn Jill Simard, and his 2 children, Ethan and Emily. Travis is 2 classes away from completing his master’s degree in education and special education administration. He’s also racing the Autism Awareness #6 stock car on the Pro All-Star Series circuit in the New England region. Jennifer Pesare tells me that after 8 years teaching elementary students with behavioral and emotional disorders, she’s made the leap to teaching 3rd grade regular education. She is excited about this change— congrats, Jen! She was looking forward to the beach this summer and hopefully seeing Missy Brown Kane and Kristy Meisner Ouellette. Amanda Rucci Lessard’s daughter, Lauren Elizabeth,

was born May 28, 2013. Congrats, Amanda and Joe! As for me, I was fortunate to see Julie McFarland Casey, Megan Smith, Amanda Rucci Lessard, Jaime Babine Wetmore, Katie Keazer Parker ’01/’02 and Hillary Andrus Dalton for Julie’s baby shower in VT this winter. As usual, it was great to catch up with old friends!

2002 Nicole Fowler Martin 26 Pine Crest Drive Spofford, NH 03462 (603) 363-2011 Cheryl Lecesse Richardson 429 Cabot Street, Number 1L Beverly, MA 01915-3153 (978) 998-4886 Heather Billings Flock and Derek Flock continue to live in RI. Derek has gone back to school to get his PTA (Physical Therapist Assistant) degree and will finish in Sept., while Heather is now an official LICSW. They had a great time at the wedding of Matt Danahy ’05 and skiing at Mt. Sunapee with fellow alumni. Jennifer Buck Carney and Brendan Carney welcomed their 2nd son, Tristan Kendall, on Nov. 13, 2013. They bought a home in Topsfield, MA, and Jennifer started a job as art director for a small direct marketing company called Direct Associates. Nikki Fowler Martin, her husband, Ben, and son Sam welcomed Thomas Alexander to the family on Nov. 10, 2013. Brad Bennett still loves the Northwest. He and his family live in Seattle, WA. Briana Angelone Lepore lives in CT with her husband, Anthony, 19-month-old son, Caleb Anthony Lepore, and 2 dogs, Molly and Mia. Briana works as a market development manager for J.B. Hunt Transports

Christine Symmes Lucius ’02, standing fourth from left, travelled to England in April as the athletic trainer for the U19 Essex County Bulldogs, a MA-based rugby club, for a tour through London. The group is pictured in Twickenham Stadium, home of England Rugby.

Dedicated Division and is enrolled at Nichols College to get her MBA in marketing. Kevin Maccioli writes, “Last Sept., Kelly Raiano Maccioli ’03 and I welcomed an incredible set of twins. Nicholas and Juliette were almost 2 months early and spent several weeks in the hospital before joining their big brother, Daniel, at home in time for Halloween.” Christine Symmes Lucius traveled to England in April as the certified athletic trainer for a local U19 rugby club out of Essex County, MA, on a rugby tour. Cheryl Lecesse Richardson married Scott Richardson

Cheryl Lecesse Richardson ’02 (center) is joined by alumni friends (L–R) Christine Symmes Lucius ’02, Christopher Roofe ’01 and Grace Gravelle ’01 on her October wedding day.

on Oct. 26, 2013, at Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown, MA. Since Aug. ’12, Cheryl has worked as news editor for The Salem News. The couple lives in Beverly, MA. Amanda Goodell reports, “My partner, Caitlin Murphy, and I purchased a home in Concord, NH, this past Aug. I still work with Riverbend Community Mental Health’s Children’s Intervention Program. I will attend graduate school at Antioch U New England this fall for Applied Behavior Analysis. We continue our side project of painting murals under the name of Arterior Motifs N.H. while spending our remaining time with NH Roller Derby.”

Amanda Goodell ’02 (R) and her partner, Caitlin Murphy, enjoy competing with N.H. Roller Derby.

2003 Lisa Noyes Hardenbrook 18 Hampton Towne Estates Hampton, NH 03842 (603) 292-6964

2004 Eric J. Emery PO Box 8 Quechee, VT 05059 (603) 359-9844 Erin Sawler Massa completed the Mountain Mucker at Mount Sunapee in May with

Tamsen Bolte Snyder ’04 conquers Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Matt Danahy ’05 and his bride, Amanda, pose with their Colby-Sawyer friends on their wedding day. (L–R): Rob Buckley ’02, Ann Tigani, John Perkins ’05, Scot Turner ’05, Amanda Schalk Danahy, Matt Danahy ’05, Heather Billings Flock ’02, Derek Flock ’02, Debbie Panza Brenner ’02, David Brenner, Brad Bennett ’02, Matthew Sweeney ’02 and Alyson Theeman Sweeney.

Stacy Fraser-DeHaan and Natalie Fox Gehrig. The race was fun with challenging obstacles and a whole lot of mud! After the race the group met up with the “Mucker Man” himself, Chris Reed, and Micah Gehrig. Courtney Stevens left Baltimore, where she taught for the last 4 years, to begin teaching 4th grade in MA. She also bought her 1st home in Holden, MA. Courtney regularly sees Natasha Deane O’Donnell ’03 and Kayde Czupryna Gower ’03, whom she last saw at Kayde’s baby shower. Stacy Fraser-DeHaan had her 1st anniversary as co-director of the Ipswich Museum. She and her husband, Justin, welcomed a daughter in May and look forward to attending our 10th Reunion in Oct. They recently attended the 15th anniversary of the CSC Rugby Club, where they hosted Jason Feitelberg, Jenna Feitelberg, Erin Sawler Massa, Eric Massa, Tim Morin and Tina Morin at their parents’ lake house. Stacy is looking forward to repeating the Alumni Mountain Day hike at our Reunion. Rebecca Brault Bearce and her husband, Michael, bought a house in Duxbury, MA, and welcomed their 2nd child, Brooke, in Sept. Tia Holt got together


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with a group of alums for the Wachusett BBQFest. Melissa Leitch was married July 5 in Aspen, CO. Tamsen Bolte Snyder traveled to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with her father and brother. They summited Sept. 16, 2013, via the Western Breach. The 8-day climb was followed by a safari in the Serengeti!

2005 Monica R. Michaud 184 Whitney Street Auburn, ME 04210 (207) 577-7372 Matt Danahy is happy to report that he married Amanda Schalk on Nov. 9, 2013, at Zorvino Vineyards in NH. Along with his family, he has purchased 2 bowling alleys in Kingston, MA (Alley Kat Lane and Kingston Ten Pin), and invites alums to visit for some fun! Trevor Dorian and his wife, Cortney, welcomed their 2nd child on Dec. 3, 2013, a girl named Quinn Noel. Congrats! Tony Giroux and Meghan Gately Giroux welcomed Elliot George on Dec. 19, 2013. After an amazing 9 years in CO, they’ve made the move back to ME

James Thorpe ’06 with his wife, Allyson, and their 15-month-old daughter, Matilda Grace.

and look forward to reconnecting with CSC friends. Jake Meyer and Nicole Smart live in a condo in Pembroke, NH, with their 2 dogs, Bella and Cooper. They celebrated their 10th anniversary and were excited for motorcycle season to do some traveling on their Harley and Can-Am Spyder with the dogs. Jake works for Walgreens Pharmacy in Londonderry, NH, and together they operate J & N Services, which specializes in data entry projects for larger companies.

2006 Douglas B. Cote 12866 Wishing Well Way Bristow, VA 20136-2541 (703) 751-0276

Stephanie Guzzo ’07 and her nephew, Brennan, in picturesque Monument Valley in Arizona.

James Thorpe writes, “Allyson and I live in East Concord, NH. I teach high school English at The Longview School. I also own and operate my own landscaping business called East Concord Grass Roots. Ally is an incredible mom. She teaches dance at Creative Dance Workshop in Bow, NH. Matilda Grace is our happy 15-month-old. She loves dancing, basketball (of course) and asparagus. Ha! She hates sleeping.”

2007 Stephanie Jaques Guzzo 23243 Rosewood Court, Apt. 1025 California, MD 20619-4077 (603) 465-9580

Sarah Dow Fleisner ’07 and Shawn Fleisner ’06 were married on April 13, 2013. Celebrating the nuptials are (L–R) Matt Payne ’06, Mike LaFave ’06, Chris Pugliese ’05, Travis Jalbert ’06, Shawn Fleisner ’06, Matt Pallotta ’06, Maritza Salema Connors ’08, Graham Connors ’08, Casey Scarry ’09, Ariel Thibault ’09, Allison Locke Pallotta ’06, Kevin Crotty ’06, Sarah Dow Fleisner ’07 and Pete Mailloux ’06.

(L–R) Amy Janiak ’07, Jessica Kingsbury Austin ’07, Kristin Deree-Travers ’05, Kristina Garrison ’07, Krystal Heins ’06, Jennifer Madigan ’07 and Kristin’s two sons enjoy getting together every few months.

Celebrating the marriage of Mallary Blair Crossman’08 and Robbie Crossman are (L–R) Lyndsey Feliciano ’09, Patrick Benson ’09, Michael Feener, Kelly Sullivan ’08, Dustin Virgilio, Raina Ferguson Virgilio ’08, Mallary Blair Crossman ’08, Robbie Crossman, Stephanie Kimball ’08, Mallory Jaracz ’08, Mike Callinan, Matt Parker ’08, Emma Rounds, Phoebe Wolcott-MacCausland ’08 and Alex Williams.

Melissa Ferrigno Page 288 Cornish Turnpike Newport, NH 03773-2307 (603) 763-1018 Ashley Helen Rodkey 56 Meetinghouse Road Pelham, MA 01002 (413) 253-7867 Stephanie Guzzo is still in MD working as an athletic trainer. She’s taken on being an athletic trainer ambassador for XLNTbrain, a concussion management program. Laura Sawyer Lambert and husband, Adam, welcomed son Collin Edward Lambert on Dec. 12, 2013. Adrienne Robbins Deters and her husband, Levi, moved to Spokane, WA, last fall.

2008 Sarah Heaney Pelletier 3 Birch Lane Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816 (603) 930-5433 Class of ’08, I hope this finds you well! A big thank you to everyone who sent updates! Malcolm Smith moved to Albuquerque, NM, and is a season ticket and group sales rep for the Albuquerque

Brittany Butterworth Schauer ’08 married Scott Schauer on July 19, 2013.

Isotopes baseball team. Holly Tumiel works at Southern ME Healthcare as a crisis therapist in the ER. Mallary Blair Crossman married Robbie Crossman on Oct. 5, 2013, and their wedding was attended by many CSC alums. Brittany Butterworth Schauer married Scott Schauer on July 19. They were in LA for 6 years but moved back to MA this spring. Elisabeth Novak graduated from MCPHS U in Dec. with a master’s in Physician Assistant Studies. Shortly after, she accepted a position as a PA at Dartmouth Hitchcock in Dermatology. Sarah Heaney Pelletier and Adrian Pelletier ’07 welcomed a little girl, Madison Ann, on Dec. 18.

Montego Bay, Jamaica, provided a beautiful setting for the wedding of Chelsea Catanzarita Daneault ’11 and Josh Daneault ’09. Alumni in attendance included Alison Eko ’11, Sara Norris ’11, Aimee Cates ’11, Laine Margolin ’11, Chelsea Catanzarita Daneault ’11, Josh Daneault ’09, Anna Skilton ’12, Sean Carr ’09, Amanda Wasel ’09 and Zachary Decocq ’09.

2009 Nicole Poelaert Costanzo 261 Forest Street Pembroke, MA 02359-3315 (339) 244-4473 Elizabeth Mary Cressman 11 Worcester Street, Apt. 8 Grafton, MA 01519-1560 (978) 828-4414

completed the leadership program associated with her company and looks forward to the opportunities that may arise from it.

2010 Neil Mark May 1 Valley Street Derry, NH 03038 (603) 425-6727

Nicole Poelaert Costanzo, Katey Kimball and Zoe Porter ’12 joined forces and made new friends while helping to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis at Austin’s Ride in Colebrook, NH. Elizabeth Cressman

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Meghan Fligg ’10 Meghan Fligg ’10 majored in English and played varsity soccer during her four years at Colby-Sawyer. This February, the Cape Cod native who is a high school teacher and soccer coach there applied those skills to another worthy cause as a member of United Kingdom Soccer Development (UKSD) when she accompanied a group of high schoolers on a community service trip to the West Indian island of Dominica. Before they left the States, they shipped thousands of dollars’ worth of donated soccer gear to the island.

“It was one of the most amazing things I’ve done,” said Fligg of the experience, in which she and seven students spent a week coaching soccer, tutoring in schools, and working on service projects. “The poverty there is so evident. A lot of the kids didn’t have any equipment.” The American students visited a school, where they tutored children in math and English, before playing a big game of soccer. “They were all wearing the equipment we had shipped down. It was very humbling to see that,” said Fligg. Besides soccer activities, the group spent time helping to build a bus stop and visited a home for specialneeds children.

Photo: Lee Docherty

“I feel that a major component of my ability to participate in such an incredible service trip is due to my experience as a Colby-Sawyer student and women’s soccer player,” said Fligg, who was pleased to be able to share the experience with students. “It was important for them to see what poverty looks like and how they could help.” For more on UKSD, visit Meghan Fligg ’10 (R) spent a week in Dominica coaching soccer, tutoring in schools, and working on service projects.

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John Charles McCarthy 1220 W Roscoe St., 2nd floor Chicago, IL 60657 jmccarthy.07@ Emily Dionne and her mom opened Sweet Temptations Cafe & Bake Shoppe in Mechanic Falls, ME, in Feb. Emily’s family has been renovating the 3-story building (which is 160 years old) for more than 2 years. It was previously the town’s public library. Nicole Morin Jaskiewicz was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Fellowship for her biochemistry doctoral research. The award will provide her with a yearly stipend, full tuition and health insurance, as well as several travel and educational opportunities for the next 3 years of her degree. Her research focuses on utilizing analytical glycomics and proteomics techniques to answer biological questions pertaining to immune system evasion mechanisms in cervical cancer cells. She will complete her work under the guidance of Associate Professor David H. Townson in the Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Science Department at UNH.

2012 Courtney Eleanor Pike 1703-B Route 5 North Norwich, VT 05055 (802) 522-0711 Kassandra Louise Pike 1703-B Route 5 North Norwich, VT 05055 (802) 522-0158 After graduating, Justin Janssen moved home to MI, where he got a job as an appraisal


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manager for Harvest Mortgage. He was also hired by his former high school as the freshman soccer coach and the ski team’s assistant coach. He writes, “We were able to get 2 athletes to the state finals, where our female athlete finished in the top 3 and our male racer ended up winning the state final.” A little over a year ago, Justin left Harvest for Amera Mortgage, where he services the loans the company holds, works in cash management and runs the company’s payroll. Soon Justin will take the test to become a loan officer, and then he’ll begin to originate loans for Amera. He also plans to take the Series 7 examination within the next year. As of the beginning of ’14, he worked part time doing the accounting for Kensington Properties LLC. Most recently, Justin, his father and 3 brothers started the Kathy Ann Janssen Foundation in memory of his mother, who passed away in Jan. The foundation’s mission is to provide financial assistance to causes that captivated Kathy during her life: secondary education opportunities at Lakeland High School and assisting uninsured/underinsured cancer patients with treatment costs. In addition, the foundation will aim to fund cancer research efforts and/or endowments at the U of MI. To date they’ve raised more than $35,000. Courtney Pike works at Dartmouth College in the Alumni Relations Advancement Department, where she works with the director for the Dartmouth for Life program planning and hosting alumni events. She has assisted in establishing the 1st-ever Dartmouth Alumni Career Webinars, which offer advice for alumni looking for a career change. Courtney graduated in June with a master’s in higher education administration. She’s applying for her Ph.D. in education and is the co-owner

Michael Alterisio ’13 and Christina Fulford Alterisio ’13 were married in Sunapee, NH, on June 1, 2013.

of an early-stage startup company with Kassie, her twin sister. Kassie Pike also works at Dartmouth College in the Development Office, while working full-time with Courtney on their business. They hope the company will bridge the gap between businesses and higher education institutions and other nonprofits to help meet fundraising goals in higher ed. Kassie graduated in June with her master’s degree in higher education administration. Shortly after, she was in DC to meet with a member of the board of directors for the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network to discuss their business concept. Brittany Ploof was accepted into graduate school at the University of VT. Sarah Raiche started working toward a master’s degree in art education at the NH Institute of Art in April. She is very excited to be moving forward in her life and career and also loves the fact that she gets to play with clay again.

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Sonja Paquette Brassor ’13 and Richard Brassor ’11 are surrounded by their Colby-Sawyer friends on their wedding day. Pictured are (back row, L–R) Allysen Hicks ’13, Aimee Morin ’13, Erica Pentony ’13, Doug McLaughlin ’11, Moriah McGlenn ’11, Corey Vancura ’12, Kevin Molinaro ’13, Katherine Lee ’11, Stefanie Turner ’11, Jocelyn Cassidy ’13, Allison Greco ’13, Hannah Fairbank ’13, (front row, L–R) Alicia Pinette ’13 Sonja Paquette Brassor ’13, Richard Brassor ’11, Leslie Dunn ’10, Liz Williams ’11, Megan Perry ’13 and Phil Oman ’12.

Christina Fulford Alterisio married Michael Alterisio on June 1, 2013, in Sunapee, NH. Allysen Hicks reports, “On Dec. 28, 2013, Sonja Paquette and Richard Brassor ’11 got married in beautiful Burlington, VT. Many CSC alumni attended the event.” Morganne Sterl is enjoying her job as the PPE Center Manager for Fairfax County’s Fire & Rescue Department in northern VA. Fairfax County will host the World Police & Fire Games in the summer of ’15, and Morganne is serving as the sports coordinator for the Motocross event, which will be held at Budds Creek, MD, next June. Check

out the event at! Michael Bacote is pursuing sculpture and ceramics at the SF Art Institute. James Brown is an engineering recruiter in Hartford, CT, and a 2nd Lieutenant in a Bostonbased infantry unit. Pengxiang “Sean” Ding worked at the Trading Room at Bentley U, the largest academic institutionrun trading facility, and spent the summer as an internal auditor at a public company in the greater Boston area.

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Margaret “Margie” Carter Colony—January 12, 2014 Elizabeth Kleppinger Cargill—May 2, 2014 Lucille Woodman Palmer—June 7, 2014 Frances Smith Dennett—April 15, 2014 Lucille Clark Taylor—December 29, 2012 Jane Hamlin Horton—December 18, 2013 Suzette Van Daell Douglas—January 14, 2014 Dorothy Lunde Johnson—March 18, 2014 Elizabeth “Patsy” Leonhard Miller—December 14, 2013 Mary Percy Vaughan—December 24, 2013 Shirley Tunison Eustis—December 25, 2013 Louise “Lou” Fiacre Krauss—January 8, 2014 Ruth Forbes Tudeen—February 9, 2014 Irene Chamberlain Smith—February 25, 2014 Miriam Kirven Sweetland—March 7, 2014 Jean Andersen Bazzani—June 7, 2013 Elizabeth Vognild Godfrey—January 29, 2014 Shirlee Woodman Colcord—January 30, 2014 Janet Bromage Rogers—February 26, 2014 Lindsey Cochrane Burdick—January 15, 2014 Leona Fine Vetstein—April 24, 2014 Joanne Murch Perry—January 26, 2014 Helen Starbuck Moore—May 1, 2014 Mary Lane Webster—January 12, 2014 Penelope Morse Bolton—April 4, 2014 Jane Cluff Pickering—April 15, 2014 Margot Hageman Smith—April 26, 2014 Jeanne Smith Griffith—June 20, 1997 Anne Bailey Shealy—October 19, 2013 Helen Taylor Dodd—February 28, 2014

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Nancy Tobey Williams—January 17, 2014 Joan Howie—February 1, 2014 Patricia Pearson Wingard—February 21, 2014 Joan Booth Adams—May 13, 2014 Ann Ludlow Jackson—February 21, 2014 Jean Krupinsky Kennedy—August 2, 2012 Naomi Nylund Ogden—February 8, 2013 Suzanne “Susie” Betts Burrell—January 21, 2014 Edyth Carpenter Sapp—February 4, 2014 Enid Karmazine Shocket—March 15, 2013 Cornelia Norris Durham—December 5, 2013 Nancy Peterson Haggett—June 9, 2014 Ruth Rissland Kreuter—November 1, 2013 Patricia Lowry Keeley—January 5, 2014 Joanne Rowland Osgood—May 28, 2013 Phyllis Jackson Kluborg—January 31, 2014 Catherine “Kitsy” Baird Smith—June 3, 2014 Susan Little McIntyre—September 17, 2003 Holly Williams Enderlin—April 8, 2014 Mary-Jane Riley Poirier—September 14, 2012 Elizabeth Bacheler—July 25, 2012 Marilyn Brand—February 12, 2014 Sarah L. Cribb—January 2, 2013 Donna Laubenstein—June 21, 2014 Holly Cross—January 23, 2014

Former Faculty Rosamond Dauer—April 23, 2014 Joseph Hruby—June 4, 2014

Trustee Emeritus Richard H. “Dick” Hinman In Memoriam

by Kate Seamans


rustee Emeritus Richard H. “Dick” Hinman passed away on Feb. 2 at his home in New London, N.H., with his family by his side. Dick served on the Colby-Sawyer College Board of Trustees from 1971 to 1976. He was a

Richard H. “Dick” Hinman served on the Colby-Sawyer Board of Trustees from 1971 to 1976. member of the Bylaws Committee and the Development Committee during those years of transition as Colby Junior College for Women grew into Colby-Sawyer College in 1975.

“Dick was a board member during a critical period during the college’s history and played a significant role in ensuring that the institution would make the changes necessary to survive during an uncertain time in higher education,” said President Thomas C. Galligan Jr. “His work’s value is clear, and today we continue the conversations he was once part of to make the best decisions for the college’s future. His legacy lives on in our students, and in his family, which includes four alumnae: his wife, Barbara ’49; daughters (Mel) Pfeifle ’70; and (Tia) Pullen ’73; and niece Sarah Hinman ’75.” Dick was born on May 14, 1923, to John H. and Jennie (Drew) Hinman. He attended the Colonial School in Pelham, N.Y.; Westmount High School in Montreal, Quebec; and Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H. He served his country during World War II as a member of the U.S. Air Corps. After completing Cadet Pilot Training, he became a second lieutenant, a pilot and an

instructor on B-25s and crew training on B-24s and B-29s. After his service, Dick returned to Hanover, N.H., and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1945, and the Thayer School of Engineering in 1946. In Hanover, he met Barbara (Dent) Hinman. They were married on June 21, 1948. Dick had a distinguished career at International Paper Company. In 1957, he became manager of bleached board sales in its New York office, and in 1960, he became manager of sales in its Chicago office. In 1976, he joined Boise Cascade’s New York office and worked there until his retirement in 1993. Dick, also known as “Bull,” was a true outdoorsman. His passion and expertise for hunting, skiing and fly fishing were handed down to him from his parents,

and he, in turn, shared these gifts with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Nothing made Dick happier than a run down Sugarloaf Mountain, casting on a salmon river with his wife, or having a dog on point in the woods of Maine. Dick was predeceased by his parents and his brothers, Howard D., Edward B., and Crawford H. Hinman. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a sister-in-law, Doris F. Hinman; and five children and their spouses—John and Mary Ellen (Mel) Pfeifle of Bradford, N.H.; Paul and Patricia (Tia) Pullen of North Hampton, N.H.; Thomas Hinman and Susan Britt of North Yarmouth, Maine; Drew and Laura Hinman of Holderness, N.H.; and Rand and Julie Hinman of Bradford, N.H. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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From the Archives

The Colby Voice in the by Kelli Bogan

Photo: Ernest Brooks/Imperial War Museum

On Sept. 10, 1914, the Town of New London dedicated the Soldiers’ Monument as a tribute to the men who “marched at their country’s call to lay down their lives” in the Civil War (The Colby Voice, Dec. 5, 1914). Colby Academy students and townspeople attended the ceremony unaware that new names would soon be etched in the granite in memory of those lost in the First World War. Though a month prior President Woodrow Wilson had declared staunch neutrality in the conflict then known as the European War, academy students and alumni volunteered with organizations such as the YWCA, YMCA and Red Cross to aid the battling nations. Alongside these efforts, the academy’s official stance reflected that of the country’s—neutrality and compassion—and was echoed in the student newspaper, The Colby Voice. One editorial advised:


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As this is written the nations of Europe are in the midst of a terrible struggle, as cruel as it is unbelievable .... Our country is on friendly terms with all the nations now at war and whatever the outcome may be, let us rejoice that our beloved land will keep her banner spotless and undefiled. In the meantime, let us as individuals pursue the same course which we as a nation are fortunately able to maintain, one of absolute neutrality. Let us have our own opinions but keep them to ourselves for in every American community, however small, are loyal American citizens who still regard with affection and reverence the distant land which saw their birth. While we deplore the flower of the young manhood of Europe is being offered to the cannon and sabre and pray unceasingly that the war will soon end, let us not forget that each soldier on either side is responding to what seems

to him to be the call of his country in the hour of her need and her suffering (The Colby Voice, April 17, 1915). After America joined the war in 1917 and Academy alumni were thrust onto the battlefields of Europe, attitudes changed. In a letter from overseas published in The Colby Voice, one alumnus wrote, “Who would have dreamed while we were conjugating French verbs up in the classrooms of our school days that the knowledge would be useful under circumstances such as these?” He added, “I suppose I may run into any of the old ’13 and ’14 bunch right around these hills and digg’ins here” (The Colby Voice, June 17, 1918). Female Academy students also did their part. “The girls in school have adopted various forms of activity, linking themselves up to the Red Cross work and also engaging in setting up exercises and marching. Colby’s motto, Parati

Servire [Ready to Serve], is being emphasized every day as our attention is brought to the desirability of having adequate training for body, mind and spirit” (The Colby Voice, April 23, 1917). Many alumnae even served in support roles at the battlefront. The war had become America’s just as much as Europe’s, and as the list of the dead began to grow, including members of both the New Hampshire regiment and Colby Academy, the school intensified its support of the war effort. Home economics classes gave exhibitions on war breads, cakes and pastries. The Colby Voice sent copies overseas to keep alumni up to date on the academy and fellow alumni in battle. The academy participated in the national Wheatless Wednesday and Meatless Monday campaigns, and treats were made without scarce sugar. Powdered eggs became a mainstay. Newspaper articles reminded students of

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to the national well-being in this time of crisis?’ If he is unable to answer that question to his own satisfaction he should consult some member of the Committee of Public Safety, either local, state or national. It is to be expected that every true Colbyite will respond promptly and will continue to render effective service in the one endeavor which he selects (April 23, 1917).

the many small ways they could help the cause: Don’t snack between meals; to save coal, don’t leave the radiator escape open full-blast while in class; turn off lights before leaving a room; reduce the number of lights in communal spaces. The Colby Voice reported: It has been determined to put in crops on every available plot of land the Academy owns and to enlist the assistance of available students for the

planting, cultivation, and harvesting of these crops. A canvass is to be made to secure pledges from individual students and local citizens as to the definite contribution which each is willing to make in the way of food production for the coming season .... The girls will render their contribution by canning food products in the summer and fall. It is for every individual to ask himself the question ‘Along what line may I most effectively contribute

Some did not agree with the United States’ entry into the war, but tolerance and patriotism was the Voice’s recommendation. Editors suggested that even if one did not agree with what Washington was doing, one should support the troops.

our work, play, and in fact, in every phase of occupation in which we are employed. This spirit of unrest has crept into our schools, and, as a result, students and teachers have not always been able to cooperate in the right manner as in the past, and as a result, the standard of the American schools, particularly those of the preparatory order, have suffered (Oct. 15, 1920). In response, Colby Academy students rallied and stood as one against this new threat, stronger and ready to face an uncertain future. Kelli Bogan has been the Colby-Sawyer College archivist since 2008. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Vermont, an M.A. in English from Boston College and an M.S. in library science from Simmons College.

When the war ended in 1918, the academic world felt its effects. One Colby Voice editorial stated: The whole nation has just begun to recover from a great conflict, the World War—a conflict which has spread a feeling of unrest in all parts of the world: the spirit of unrest more commonly being known as Bolshevism. We have experienced the feeling in

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Queen of the Naïve by Jacqueline Susmann ’14


had nine years before I learned of humanity’s staggering power to hurt and destroy.

I was in fourth grade when my mom picked me up from school and told me to pray that my father had made it out of the Pentagon alive. After we spent three endless hours pacing next to the telephone and staring at the television as it broadcast the Twin Towers falling over and over again, our prayers were granted. I closed my eyes that night only to see planes crashing into towers and people jumping from windows. Eleven years later, as a college junior, I spent a semester in Prague. My first week there, I met a tall Serbian boy with a guitar who loved beer just as much as he loved the Beatles. Misha and I gallivanted through the cobblestoned streets, exploring music shops and absintheries. We spent


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late nights in the park singing and exchanging stories. In three short weeks, we became best friends. I was enamored of the shiny newness his perspective had to offer, and I thought he felt the same. His eyes widened every time I started a conversation with someone on a bus or a train, or with a Roma woman panhandling in the street, and I felt emboldened by his admiration. For three weeks, we felt as though the pulse of the city was in our footsteps echoing under the Charles Bridge. We became the reason Prague existed at all. As fast as it formed, our closeness disintegrated when bombs exploded during the 2013 Boston Marathon. “Only three people died. Do you know how many people die in my country every day?” he said, after I told him how scared I was for my country and my family.

We spat verbal daggers at each other for an hour. I questioned his sanity, and humanity, while he crowned me Queen of the Naïve. I was distraught over his lack of empathy. He was annoyed that I wouldn’t acknowledge his reality, that he didn’t have nine years before he learned what terror meant, that not everyone had the illusion of safety I’d enjoyed for at least a little while. Misha’s childhood was littered with bombs and gunfire. The Yugoslav Wars raged from 1991 to 1999 while Misha grew up in a bunker waiting for peace. When it didn’t come, his family sent him to Ireland, where he learned of the casualties in his country from afar. Like me. But not like me. Misha saw my American life as a cakewalk. September 11, 2001, to him, was that one time when Americans were actually scared. That it happened again, albeit on a smaller scale in Boston, felt fitting to him. Maybe now

American children would grow up with half the knowledge he had. Misha’s eyes weren’t wide with admiration, but with judgment. When I reached out to strangers in my new world—his world—he saw a foolish American who was out of touch with reality. My nine years of innocence allowed me to see strangers as people just like me. Misha had no time to learn that just because one small group can destroy so much, it doesn’t mean the rest of humanity is hiding an ulterior motive behind the smiles they flash from across a train. His eyes were wide shut. We were worlds apart, and our friendship never recovered. Jacqueline Susmann holds a B.A. in creative writing. She was an intern with College Communications before graduating in May and now is the public information coordinator at USDA Rural Development in Vermont.

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