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FALL 2017

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Law of the Land: It’s Never a Dull Day for Conservation Officer Christopher McKee ’06



Forever Bonded: The Class of 2017

More Solar Gain: The Center for Art + Design Boasts Sustainable Features

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‘Inner Visions’ Opens as First Show in Center for Art + Design


The Power of a Gift: Grants Expand Internship Opportunities

Class Notes


Variable Conditions: Carving Careers in the Ski Industry

The Season in Sports


To Be a Nurse and a Teacher



Alumni News





Being Seen as Susan


Sense of Place

Top Charger: Peter Sula ’03 Builds a Dream Team to Transform Boston’s Battery Wharf Hotel

In Memoriam


In Fond Memory





Colby-­Sawyer welcomes letters to the editor and reserves the right to edit and condense them. Please send your letters to or to: Kate Seamans, editor Colby-­Sawyer College 541 Main Street New London, NH 03257

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editor Kate Seamans associate editor Kellie M. Spinney assistant editor Jaclyn Goddette ’16 production manager Edward Germar graphic design Nancy Sepe assistant designer Karen Alcazar ’17 class notes editors Tracey Austin, Mike Gregory printing R.C. Brayshaw & Company, Warner, N.H.

GREETINGS FROM COLGATE HALL, Another academic year begins after a wonderful New Hampshire summer. Having been away for more than 15 years, I had forgotten how beautiful this region is during those too-short months. My family and I enjoyed exploring the area, paddling on the lakes, hiking some of the many trails and getting to know New London traditions such as an evening of theater at the New London Barn Playhouse. Looking forward, we are close to finalizing the strategic plan we began last year. An emerging theme is the sense of place that Colby-Sawyer enjoys. The strong feeling of community, the wondrous beauty around us, and the shared history and partnership with the Town of New London all contribute in important ways to the college’s signature learning environment. Another cornerstone of the college’s experience is our commitment to personalized, integrated learning. This issue of Colby-Sawyer features some students who completed their internships this summer thanks in part to grants made possible by an alumna’s gift [see page 28]. Colby-Sawyer’s required internship enables students to pursue an experience that is specific to their interests and allows them to apply lessons from the classroom and develop professional skills. Our internship program ensures that students augment the personalized education they receive on campus with real-world experience — they have the opportunity to stretch personally and professionally. I am grateful to all those who support these internships by hiring our students, hosting them at their homes to reduce costs or providing financial assistance that enables students of all means to pursue meaningful experiences farther afield than they may have been able to otherwise. Colby-Sawyer’s personalized educational experience yields transformative results. Commencement — my first here — was such a terrific celebration of academic and personal achievement. Our graduates’ confidence and spirit was inspiring. Though the past year involved some challenges, the teaching and learning at Colby-Sawyer remain incredibly strong thanks to our excellent faculty, supportive staff and our generous alumni and friends. cover: Omar Hajajra ’18, a history and political studies major from Plainfield, N.H., was an intern in the Office of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen this summer. “I’m learning more about how to be an agent of change, and to look for opportunities everywhere to make the world safer and better,” said Hajajra. “This internship, and Colby-Sawyer College, have taught me that ambition has no limit.” Hajajra received a grant to help make his internship possible. See story p. 28. this page: Boston is a popular day trip for ColbySawyer students, who can take a coach from New London to South Station, once the world’s largest and busiest train station. The city is home to the college’s largest concentration of alumni, including Peter Sula ’96, general manager of the Battery Wharf Hotel in the North End. See story p. 30. Photos: Michael Seamans

I thank each of you for your support of Colby-Sawyer and our students. Kind regards,

Susan D. Stuebner, Ed.D. President and Professor of Social Sciences and Education editor’s note: To get involved with Colby-Sawyer’s internship program, contact Jennifer Tockman, director of the Harrington Center for Experiential Learning, at or 603.526.3765.

Flexible and Fresh: Parkhurst Dining

THE CAPSTONE’S VALUE The Susan Colby Colgate Scholars’ Symposium in April showcased our seniors’ extraordinary Capstone projects.

Colby-Sawyer has chosen Parkhurst Dining as its new dining services partner. A division of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Parkhurst works with more than 65 private colleges, universities and corporations across the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, and east north-central regions. The college previously partnered with Sodexo, one of the world’s largest multinational corporations.

What was the most valuable part of the Capstone experience? Here are some responses from English and creative writing majors when put on the spot in their Q+A session:


 aving the support of peers H who want to see you succeed and the opportunity to explore something about which you’re passionate.


 aining faith in yourself: G embracing and believing in what you have to say.


 ealizing a project may R transform multiple times, and learning to cope and reset.


“The college remains grateful to the Sodexo team on campus that aligned with its mission of putting students first,” said President Susan D. Stuebner. “As Colby-Sawyer shifts to a four-year residency requirement, though, it’s more important than ever to provide the highest quality experiences for students.”

L earning what you really believe in and gaining strength from the subject.


 utting thoughts on P paper instead of leaving them in your head.


 aving a year to H spend on a subject, then presenting your work and saying you are finished.

A passion for creating and consuming good food drives Parkhurst’s approach to offering meals that are fresh and cooked in small batches. Burgers are handpressed; baked goods are homemade; and pizzas are made with fresh dough. All soups and sauces are made from scratch, entrée meats are roasted in house and fried entrées are hand-breaded. “Parkhurst Dining is committed to providing authentic culinary experiences,” said Bill Albright, vice president of Operations for Higher Education Dining for Parkhurst. “This means offering the freshest ingredients prepared in the most flavorful ways. We look forward to customizing meals specific to our students, faculty and guests at Colby-Sawyer.”

She’s Only Just Begun For her Wesson Honors Capstone project Bathing in Nature: Two Landscapes, Olivia McAnirlin ’17 tested 17 male participants based on her hypothesis that after exercising in an outdoor condition, participants’ state anxiety and cortisol levels would be significantly lower than an inside condition. The exercise science major from Newport, Maine, will attend Miami University in Ohio, where faculty have already encouraged her to continue her research.

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– Kate Seamans

A leader in the dining industry when it comes to sustainability, Parkhurst has been part of the farm to table movement since 2002 when it developed its FarmSource program. The program partners with local growers and family-owned farms within a 150-mile radius of any given site; more than 20 percent of food served by Parkhurst is sourced locally. This percentage is in keeping with Colby-Sawyer’s current level of local sourcing and social awareness in the dining hall; Colby-Sawyer was the first Fair-Trade Certified private college in New Hampshire and implemented the first college-run food recovery program in the state. Parkhurst has been recognized with awards from Food Management Magazine, the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, The American Culinary Federation, FoodService Director Magazine and others. – Kate Seamans


"Wrapped up my last day of #internship today at Senator Shaheen’s office! I won’t miss the commute into Manchester for a month, but I’m still excited to continue my work here next semester too! #colbysawyer #college #thinkoutsidetheclass” ch2468 @ch2468

"Are these trees or veins on this high fire plate? #pottery #plate #highfire #trees #naturepottery #natureinspiration #newengland #glaze #art #veins #collegeart #artist" thepaganpotter @thepaganpotter

"CSC team at the Fed Challenge #colbysawyer #fedchallenge #fedboston #thinkoutsidetheclass #csc #cscteam #businessmajors #boston #federalreserve"

"Breakfast of champions: tea, cookies and the words of Virginia Woolf #womenslit #feministlit" lauronebone @lauronebone

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Gifts Make Major Summer Projects Possible by Lydia Schoonmaker ’19 This summer, the Colby-Sawyer campus hummed with construction projects, the largest of which were repaving The Loop in front of Colgate Hall, completing the Center for Art + Design and developing a cross-country trail in Kelsey Forest.

Morris ’61 to support that vision. The trail concept was part of the student-designed Forest Management Plan submitted to the college last year, and it is exciting to see elements of the plan come to fruition,” said Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies Leon-C Malan.

Thanks to a generous donation by Chair of the Board of Trustees Peter F. Volanakis, The Loop underwent a six-week rejuvenation that began right after Commencement. Andrews Construction oversaw the work, which entailed digging down 18 inches to create a new base and add four conduits, widening the roadway and adding elevation to create a plateau level with the walkway in front of Colgate’s main entrance. Granite Thanks to a gift from Barbara Lewis, whose curbing now lines both sides of the drive to protect the lawn. mother was a member of the Class of 1934, select classrooms in Colgate Hall were renoThe Center for Art + Design is open for classes and exhibitions this fall. The building vated, and the second-floor hallway received includes studios for painting, ceramics, sculpture and graphic design. The John and fresh carpeting and paint. Trustees Deborah Heidi Grey Niblack ’68 Black Box Theater offers a new performance venue, and an L. “Deb” Coffin ’76; Sally Shaw Veitch ’66, art and sculpture yard looking toward Mount Kearsarge extends the facility outdoors. through her family’s foundation, the Harold The secure, climate-­controlled Bill and Sonja Carlson Davidow ’56 Gallery will host W. and Mary Louise Shaw Foundation; and art shows starting in October with “Inner Visions: Selections from the Collection of Volanakis gave funds to replace the server, Beverly Stearns Bernson ’55.” The exhibition will feature some of the world’s most storage and back-up systems for the campus, highly regarded outsider artists, including Martin Ramirez (1895–1963), Bill Traylor which will improve the technology experi(1853–1949) and Nellie Mae Rowe (1900–1982). [See p. 20 for more on the center’s ence. Coffin also provided for air conditioning exciting first show.] units for the main server room in the Susan Colgate Cleveland Library.  ® Construction on a cross-country trail began in Kelsey Forest, which someday could enable Colby-Sawyer to host home meets. “We have a vision for a running trail in Kelsey Forest and a gift from Maryann Walling

Lydia Schoomaker ’19 is a creative writing major from New London, N.H. She was a summer intern in the Office of College Communications.

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sigma theta tau An induction and official chartering ceremony for Colby-Sawyer’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the honor society of nursing dedicated to advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service, took place in April. The Psi Sigma Chapter is the organization’s 544th. Colby-Sawyer will send delegates to the biennial STTI convention in Indianapolis this fall.

“Dartmouth-Hitchcock remains committed to our programs, and Susan’s leadership role there will be pivotal in advancing them.”

Colby-Sawyer Dean’s New Role Strengthens Powerful Partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock by Kate Seamans In June, Susan Reeves ’88, dean of Colby-Sawyer’s School of Nursing and Public Health, became Chief Nursing Executive for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-H). Dean Reeves has long been affiliated with D-H, having served at the medical center in Lebanon in a variety of positions from R.N. to Vice President of Operations. Since returning to her alma mater, she has worked tirelessly to forge a powerful partnership between Colby-Sawyer and D-H. She will retain her title of dean of the School of Nursing and Public Health and continue to assist with navigating the school’s strategic direction, which will further formalize Colby-Sawyer’s connection with D-H. “This is a significant opportunity for Susan and for Colby-Sawyer. She will be able to use, even more, her enormous talents as a nursing professional, administrator and leader,” said President Susan D. Stuebner. “Dartmouth-Hitchcock remains committed to our programs, and Susan’s leadership role there will be pivotal in advancing them.” During her tenure at Colby-Sawyer, Dean Reeves has built an impressive, qualified team of nursing and public health faculty, all of whom share a commitment to high standards and to supporting student success. Learn more at  ®

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THRIVING IN THE ICN: Elizabeth Abbott ’17 by Matthew Nosal ’17 The senior practicum is designed to facilitate the transition from the role of student to graduate nurse. Abbott independently medicated, fed and performed assessments on the infants throughout the day, working to keep them comfortable while also reassuring and educating their parents.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) is home to an Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) with a twist: Among those providing care for the newborns and their parents are a troupe of Colby-Sawyer alumni, faculty and student nurses including, last semester, Elizabeth Abbott ’17. Now, she’s passed her NCLEX-RN and accepted a job in the ICN where she trained.

“What I did during my preceptorship is basically what I do as a full-time nurse,” Abbott “I’ve wanted to work at DHMC since I was little,” said. “I originally wanted to work in oncology, said Abbott, who grew up in Pembroke, N.H. but after my externship in the ICN I couldn’t Her senior practicum at the medical center imagine myself being happy anywhere else.” was the culmination of years of hard work dedicated to becoming a nurse. Abbott was supported in the unit by preceptors Kate Richards ’13 and a clinical professor. The college’s partnership with the medical “What I did during center allows DHMC nurses to be contracted my preceptorship is to teach Colby-Sawyer students and offers budding nurses a gateway for careers in the basically what I do hospital.

as a full-time nurse.”

Abbott thrives in the ICN, a particularly demanding environment due to the fragility of its patients who are either acutely ill or recovering from a premature birth. The chestpiece on the stethoscope she uses to listen to her patients’ hearts is smaller than a grape.

“I always knew I wanted to be a nurse,” Abbott said. “We’re lucky as nurses because we get to be there to take care of people at their most vulnerable and help them and their families.” It’s a bonus that every day feels like a Colby-Sawyer reunion.  ®

Grant-Funded Course Inspired by Trustee Emerita Pat Kelsey Narrative and Community, an integrative studies course funded by a grant from the First Baptist Church and inspired by a bequest from Legend and Trustee Emerita Pat Kelsey, encouraged students to form intergenerational connections within the community and to turn narrative theory into reality. Over the spring semester, 26 students, taught by Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions Susan Reeves ’88 and Assistant Professor of Humanities Paul Robertson, met with 14 church members. The endeavor, said Dean Reeves, was a first-rate example of how Colby-Sawyer’s programs are transformative.

“In the classroom, Paul worked hard to build a strong theoretical base in narrative studies. The class read and discussed advanced material, and he was masterful in assisting the students not only to comprehend it but also to use the theories in practice,” said Dean Reeves. “Concurrent with the class, the students worked with their elder partners to create their narrative projects. The students’ work is impressive, and the appreciation they developed for the contributions and wisdom of their elder partners is extraordinary. We’ve had laughs and tears as these stories came to life.” – Jaclyn Goddette ’16 fall 2017


LAW OF THE LAND: It’s Never a Dull Day for Conservation Officer Christopher McKee ’06 by Kate Seamans “People just don’t know what we do,” said Fish and Game Department Conservation Officer (CO) Christopher McKee ’06, who’s been on the job for more than a decade and a member of the dive team for five years. That changed in March, when “North Woods Law: New Hampshire” debuted on Animal Planet and showed conservation officers working across the state to enforce laws, protect wildlife, aid hikers and recover drowning victims. McKee was a big part of the first episode (fellow CO Geoff Pushee ’08, winner of the 2017 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award, appeared later in the series), but regardless of his airtime, he said, the film crew was on hand for some good cases.


“The best part of our job is it’s always changing,” said McKee, who graduated with a degree in environmental studies and a minor in biology. He also attended the same police academy in Concord state troopers attend: A conservation officer is a full-blown law enforcement officer with statewide jurisdiction and even greater search powers than local or state police.

“My education was outside and hands-on whenever possible.”

In the summer, McKee, who covers 13 towns in southern New Hampshire, is out checking fishermen’s licenses and stocking fish, helping injured or lost hikers, or looking for missing dementia patients. Fall is hunting season, and everyone he runs into is armed. From goose and bear through to deer and moose seasons, he’s walking the woods in a red jacket looking for camouflaged people with guns. He’s well aware they have the upper hand if they’re not in a good mood. “When winter rolls around, we’re checking ice fishermen and are out on the snowmobile trails, which have speed limits, so we put radar on them,” said McKee. “They have to be registered just like a car, and drivers have to have a license. They never stay on the trails, so I get them back on, give ’em a couple tickets.” Other parts of the job require additional skills. As a member of the dive team, McKee is called on for both evidence dives — looking for a safe reportedly dumped in the Merrimack River, for example (he found six, but not the one in question) — and recovery dives. “Recoveries aren’t fun; we know we’re going to find a body, which is like looking for a needle in a haystack,” said McKee, “but it’s nice to bring closure to families. It’s good to bring loved ones home.” A New Hampshire native, McKee grew up hunting and fishing with his grandfather, and they often encountered game wardens who checked their

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“I have a lot of fond memories of Colby-Sawyer,” said McKee. “My education was outside and hands-on whenever possible, and that’s the way I like it — interactive rather than always in a classroom.” Interactive is one way to describe McKee’s job — he’s been shot at and in three fights. The worst was in 2011, when he saw an intoxicated boater knock over a couple of kayaks. When McKee was finally able to board the boat, the boater delivered a punch that broke McKee’s eye socket, and he lost his vision for more than a week. The boater is spending seven years behind bars. “There’s never a dull moment on the job,” said McKee. “My calls could be anything; the other day it was an owl that flew through a window into someone’s house, so I went down to get that, and then I checked fishermen on a local pond. I washed the cruiser, which didn’t make a bit of difference with the salt, but they wanted it washed; then I went home to do paperwork, got a call for a raccoon in someone’s garage and took care of that, went off duty, polished all my gear and then at nine o’clock got called out for a snowmobile accident. Not too long ago we had a drowning, so we went up there to look for the person. It all depends, on any given day.” In 2010, McKee was honored with the Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division’s Life Saving Award for his quick thinking and extraordinary first-aid skills in response to a car accident. Is the life of a conservation officer what he thought it would be? “It’s better,” McKee said with a grin. “And if you do what you love, it’s not work.”  ®

On the Right Pre-Law Track: Jacintha Jackson ’17 by Matthew Nosal ’17 Jacintha Jackson ’17 of London, England, used the skills and knowledge garnered from her studies as a history and political studies major on the pre-law track to make a difference through her internship with the Association for Trauma Outreach and Prevention Meaningfulworld. The international organization has chapters in three countries and works with the United Nations (U.N.) in an effort to heal trauma experienced by victims of war and natural disasters as well as transgenerational trauma. As an intern, Jackson worked at the U.N. headquarters in New York City, where she attended high-level meetings and had the chance to discuss topics such as global education, terrorism and nuclear armament. Jackson, who was born in Sierra Leone, said the internship was a huge step toward the career of her dreams in international human rights law. “I want to work with the U.N. to empower women and enable them to seek an education,” she said. Jackson said all aspects of her major contributed to her internship’s success and noted that she’s learned “laws can produce unintended consequences and can’t always be relied on to tackle social problems.” Colby-­Sawyer courses that discussed U.N. history, as well as that of the relationships between the United States, North Korea and South Korea, proved vital in enabling her to contextualize the meetings in which she participated.


licenses. McKee realized he could earn a living helping people and being outside, and by the time he was a teenager, his mission was to become a conservation officer. He made it happen at Colby-­Sawyer, where he geared his education to meeting his goal. Courses on flora and fauna identification, ecology and animal behavior combined with White Mountain history, English and writing (he cranks out a lot of reports) to create the perfect interdisciplinary background for a multifaceted job that demands critical thinking, clear communication and on-the-spot decision making.

“Laws can produce unintended consequences and can’t always be relied on to tackle social problems.”

“I gained skills to approach diplomats, do grant research, organize interviews with representatives from different countries, and promote the work of the organization I work with,” said Jackson.  ®

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Four Vice Presidents Named to Senior Leadership Team Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Laura A. Alexander ’98 was named Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty after serving in the role on an interim basis for the 2016–2017 academic year. She was chosen as one of two finalists after an extensive search led by Neumann Executive Search Partners. Vice President Alexander came to Colby-Sawyer in 1993 and was director of the Hogan Sports Center until 2006. She joined the faculty in 2001 and transitioned to a full-time tenure-track role in Environmental Studies in 2004. Robert J. “Bob” Campe began his role as Vice President of Finance and Administration on July 10. He brings more than three decades’ experience in financial and soft-fund management, auxiliary and physical plant operations, human resources, general administration and banking negotiations. He was formerly the Vice President of Administration and Finance at Elmira College. Inquisitive by nature, Campe likes to encourage his staff to understand and question processes in order to improve them without forcing change for change’s sake. After two years as Director of Admissions, Anna Miner was named Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid. She oversees a 19-person team that includes admissions counselors; the operations team; and the financial aid

Exercise and Sport Sciences & Athletics Symposium Celebrates 25 Years

office, which every year awards more than $30 million in federal aid, scholarships and grants to provide access to a Colby-Sawyer education. [See p. 15 for more on the impact of institutional aid.] During Miner’s tenure as Director of Admissions, the team worked to include faculty and staff in its recruitment strategy and tripled recruitment efforts in the Northeast as well as turning attention to Southern and Western territories. Last year, Colby-Sawyer partnered with Royall and Hardwick-Day to stabilize enrollment and identify the college’s optimal size. Prior to Colby-Sawyer, Miner worked for a consulting firm focused on Catholic school advancement. She has worked in admissions at Simmons College, Font­bonne Academy and Stonehill College as well as held recruitment positions with companies such as Dell EMC. Dan Parish was named Vice President for College Advancement and began work Aug. 21. Parish was the inaugural director of the Dartmouth for Life program in Dartmouth College’s Office of Alumni Relations after working for 14 years in the Dartmouth admissions office. He has also held posts at Connecticut College and Phillips Exeter Academy.

The 25th Annual Exercise and Sport Sciences & Athletics Symposium, “Exploring Perspectives on Sport Specialization,” was held in March and featured presentations by industry experts on long-term athletic development, early sports specialization in children and peak adolescent sports performance, followed by a question-and-answer session and lunch.

At Colby-Sawyer, Parish is charged with developing and implementing advancement strategies that will help the college to fulfill its mission and aspirations, and he will provide leadership for the communications, development, alumni and community partnership programs. He joins the college during the Power of Infinity Campaign, its third and largest comprehensive campaign. With a goal of $60 million, commitments to date total $36 million.

“The nearly 200 students, educators, coaches and athletic administrators from around New England, many of whom return each year, speak to the symposium’s incredible success, and we look forward to continuing this tradition of excellence for years to come,” said Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sports Science Stacey Watts, the 2017 symposium director.

Parish, whose mother is a member of Colby Junior College’s Class of 1959, said he has long admired the college’s commitment to combining professional preparation, a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, and a powerful sense of community.

Read more at – Kellie M. Spinney

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Board Approves New Academic Programs The Board of Trustees has approved a major in crime and legal studies, as well as a minor in health care management. The crime and legal studies major is in response to sustained interest from prospective students and will delve into the criminal justice system and consider how it applies to ethical and cultural situations, as well as provide the broad perspective of a liberal arts-based education. “We want this major to resonate with Colby-Sawyer’s liberal arts foundation, so it focuses on more than just the criminal justice aspect,” said Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid Anna Miner. “Colby-­ Sawyer’s crime and legal studies major draws on other disciplines to consider not just the crime but also the causes and the effects.” The health care management minor focuses on health care organization operations, financing and the administration of health care service. It can be paired with any major. Read more at – Lydia Schoonmaker ’19

Alumnus Returns as Humanities Scholar in Residence Sean Ahern ’09, this summer’s humanities scholar in residence, directed a renovation of the Baker Communication Center and produced “New London Calling,” a podcast series and accompanying media devoted to telling stories about the college and community. This residency supports new directions for Colby-Sawyer programs in the Humanities Department, which offers majors in communication studies and creative writing as well as minors in American studies, English, film studies, philosophy, and women’s and gender studies. “Sean’s talent and enthusiasm for interdisciplinary work in the humanities make him an incredible resource,” said Melissa Meade, former associate professor and chair of Humanities. “Colby-­ Sawyer’s programs in the Humanities Department not only provide students the tools and wherewithal to adapt and thrive in new media but also provide them key ways of thinking about the vast implications of these new technologies.” After graduating from Colby-Sawyer with a degree in communication studies, Ahern received his M.A. at Bowling Green State University in 2012. He is now a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Buffalo.

class of 2016 enjoys success Colby-Sawyer’s alumni success continues to grow, according to the annual survey on graduate outcomes conducted by the Harrington Center for Experiential Learning, which gathered data from 82 percent of the Class of 2016.

98% of the class are employed and/or enrolled in graduate studies one year after graduation.

232 are employed at All Pets Veterinary Hospital · Aspen Dental Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston Children’s Hospital Brigham and Women’s Hospital Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Granite State Physical Therapy N.H. Lakes Association · NH1 News Network TD Securities · Washington Conservation Corps and beyond.

26 are attending graduate school at Brandeis University · Dartmouth College Emerson College · George Washington University Lesley University · Simmons College University of Notre Dame and others.

51% were offered jobs by their internship sites, an increase of 12 percentage points over the previous year.

63% of employed graduates reported annual salaries of $25,000 or more, with 19 percent earning more than $50,000 per year, an increase of six percentage points over the previous year. Read more at

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BEING SEEN AS SUSAN by Kellie M. Spinney

Susan N.T. Sam-Mensah ’18 is a champion among the approximately 1,100 smart, motivated students who attend Colby-Sawyer College. Setting her apart is her public and conscious journey to shape her identity in a world that attempts to dictate her self-worth.


many ways, Susan’s profile resembles those of many successful Colby-Sawyer students. Inside and outside the classroom, and during her internship with the Colby-Sawyer Archives, the history and political studies major on the pre-law track passionately engages in her academic responsibilities. She has served as an orientation leader, a Community Council Hearing Board member, a student ambassador, and as president of both the Law and the Knitting Clubs. She boasts multiple jobs on her campus résumé, including the ReChargers program coordinator, communications specialist for Campus Safety, and, beginning this fall, teaching assistant.

Susan came to Colby-Sawyer from Ghana’s capital city of Accra, where she was raised by her architect father and businesswoman mother. She felt loved and adored by her parents, three older sisters and younger brother, yet at a young age, she sensed outside messages and attitudes were attempting to sabotage her wellbeing. “I’ve always been the black sheep [in my family], literally, because I’m dark skinned and they are light skinned. It became really challenging for me,” Susan said. “Growing up, people used to ask me if I was the ‘house help’ or ‘Are you even related to them’?”

It wasn’t until Susan began to spread her wings during a gap-year job with EducationUSA at the U.S. Embassy in Ghana that she began to understand what she had experienced as a child and teenager, and that it has a name: colorism. Defined by writer Alice Walker in 1982 as “prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color,” the bias has existed worldwide for centuries. Its U.S. origins are linked to white supremacy in the form of slavery, while colorism elsewhere manifested itself in class hier­ archy — those with lighter complexions ruled over those with darker skin. As a self-proclaimed “big talker,” Susan is determined to create a dialogue about colorism and hopes to see the topic integrated into more classroom discussions. Meanwhile, she finds opportunities to share her thoughts about colorism with professors, coworkers, friends, family and via social media. On her public Instagram account, Susan posts images that “appreciate blackness and darkskinned beauty in order to get others to appreciate it, too,” and she plans to create a YouTube channel with a similar message. In addition to generating greater awareness of colorism and an appreciation of dark-skinned beauty, Susan’s long-term plans include attending law school in the U.S. before returning to Ghana for a possible career as a human rights lawyer. But before she goes, Susan wants to acknowledge those who have been there for her during her academic and personal journeys. “My professors are my favorite people on campus. They challenge me to think critically and to excel at college, and in life,” said Susan. “The students here are interested in knowing who I am — my race, ethnicity, background, religion and all. I have formed some lifelong friendships with other international students and U.S. citizens alike. I like that at Colby-Sawyer I’m not just seen as another black student: I’m seen as Susan.”  ® Kellie M. Spinney is the communications and web content coordinator in College Communications. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire. Photo: Michael Seamans


a summer intern with the Cleveland Colby Colgate Archives, Susan N.T. Sam-Mensah ’18 was tasked with digitizing yearbooks. While scanning the 1966 yearbook, she discovered Theopista “Theo” Nakafero ’66, whom she believed to be the first black woman to attend Colby Junior College.* Pleased with her discovery, Susan shared it on Snapchat. “I saw a group photo that included a black woman with natural hair,” Susan said. “I posted it on my story so everyone on my Snapchat was able to view it. I got a lot of messages. Everyone was really excited about the picture!” Nakafero, a Ugandan native, pursued general studies at Colby Junior before earning a B.S in business administration from the University of Hartford. Though the college has been unable to contact Theo since 1995, the Alumni Office retains a holiday card from 1970 she sent to President and Mrs. Woodman, in which she wrote, “Just a small note to let you know that I still remember and cherish you all … I want to thank you for all the help I got from you all at Colby. I could never forget.”

If you have any information about Theo, please contact the Alumni Office at or 603.526.3722. *College Archivist Brantley Palmer surveyed Colby Junior College yearbooks dating back to 1950 and was unable to find any other black students before Theo. To the best of his knowledge, and through what resources are available to him, Palmer agrees that Nakafero seems to be the first black student to attend and graduate from Colby Junior College.

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A Hero in the Fight Against Hunger





Sandi Brownell was named a 2017 Hero of Everyday Life for her part in creating and supporting the Feed the Freezer program, New Hampshire’s first certified chapter of Sodexo’s national Food Recovery Network. In June, Brownell was recognized at the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Board Dinner in Maryland where she received a $5,000 grant for the hunger-related charity of her choice.

Theresa Edick ’18 Only Undergrad Chosen for Fellowship

Brownell remains part of the dining services team after the college’s transition from Sodexo to Parkhurst Dining. [See p. 2 for more about the change.]

Environmental studies major Theresa Edick ’18 of Dublin, N.H., was one of 20 scholars from around the world — and the only undergraduate — chosen to participate in a week-long fellowship this spring in San Francisco with The Unschool of Disruptive Design, an international organization that aims to activate positive social change by facilitating experiential knowledge labs.

– Kellie M. Spinney

The Unschool describes the fellowships as “adventures into social innovation and activated change-making.” The programs cover topics such as systems thinking, sustainability, research strategies and cognitive science. When notified of her acceptance, Edick met with her adviser, Jennifer White ’90, assistant professor of Environmental Studies and director of Sustainability. White urged Edick to apply for college student aid. After explaining the fellowship’s benefits to President Susan D. Stuebner and meeting with Financial Services, Edick received the support necessary for her to participate. Unschool also granted her a scholarship.

Senior Selected for State’s Public Health Board The N.H. Public Health Association has selected Emily Bear ’18 to serve as the student representative to its board of directors for the 2017–2018 term. Bear, a public health major from Colchester, Conn., attends monthly meetings, offers input on ongoing public health issues and votes on initiatives presented to the board.

“Only 20 participants are chosen from about 650 international applicants,” said White, “and these individuals are primarily young professionals … with backgrounds as designers, activists, entrepreneurs, educators and change agents.”

“I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve, as it offers a unique chance to engage in the public health arena while learning from experienced members of this field,” said Bear. “I’m sure it will prove to be both a valuable addition to my Colby-Sawyer education as well as to my professional endeavors.”

“It's really cool that Colby-Sawyer helped me do this,” said Edick. “The experience exceeded expectations and expanded my thoughts about design and innovation through the lens of sustainability while allowing me to meet incredible people.”

Emily is drawn to the issues of substance abuse and maternal and child health. She completed an internship last summer at HOPE for New Hampshire Recovery, an addiction recovery network.



– Matthew Nosal ’17

– Jaclyn Goddette ’16

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HEALTH BEYOND THE HOSPITAL: Stephanie Cameron ’11 by Jaclyn Goddette ’16

The health care issues New Hampshire faces are tied up in a complicated knot. Mental health disorders are linked with physical health conditions, and the presence of the former can dramatically increase the severity — and costs — of the latter.

Public health major Stephanie Cameron ’11, a research associate at the Institute for Health Policy and Practice (IHPP) at the University of New Hampshire, knows the best answer is to treat mental and physical conditions concurrently. It’s her job to make sure others do, too.


One of Cameron’s main responsibilities is to manage the IHPP program N.H. Citizens Health Initiative and its Behavioral Health Integration Learning Collaborative, which helps primary care providers and behavioral health clinicians integrate their care of those with mental health and medical issues. “The data show a more significant impact when mental health issues and medical issues are combined,” said Cameron, who joined the IHPP team last August.

Another of Cameron’s projects is the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network, which supports clinicians in improving their quality of care and moving toward a value-based payment model. While at Colby-Sawyer, Cameron developed a passion for expanding preventive care in local communities. After graduating, she joined AmeriCorps to mentor at-risk kids at her former high school, then worked as a licensed nursing assistant and a program coordinator in the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Now, Cameron and her colleagues are resources for providers like the ones with whom she once worked. Read more at

Date Seat App Finds the Right Dining Ambiance It’s one of life’s eternal questions: Where do you want to go for dinner? New Hampshire natives Michael Laskowski ’14 and Jake Hajec created the app Date Seat to help Boston restaurant goers find just the right atmosphere and ambiance based on lighting, interior decor, cuisine, noise level and other criteria. Boston Magazine and The Boston Food Journal featured the app, and it was named one of the Top 5 Tech Startups in Boston in 2016 and one of the Top 50 Boston Startups to Watch in 2017 by BuiltIn Boston. The app is gaining traction outside Boston and launched in New Hampshire this summer. A partnership with OpenTable lets users book a reservation right from the app. Laskowski was a business administration major and an environmental studies minor. Katie Arsenault ’14 is the team’s graphic designer. Learn more at – Lydia Schoonmaker ’19

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Everything I Wanted: Why I Chose Colby-Sawyer I discovered Colby-Sawyer as a junior at a college fair in Baltimore. I pocketed the information collected from the royal-blue booth and pulled it out months later, in the fall of senior year, when I began my early-action application. On paper, Colby-­Sawyer had everything I wanted — a New England location, a creative writing major and small classes. Then my acceptance letter arrived, along with my financial aid award. The college was more than affordable. I scheduled a visit in March. A few weeks before I made the nine-hour drive from Maryland, Associate Professor of Humanities Ewa Chrusciel, a poet and creative writing instructor, called me. Her efforts to gauge where I was in choosing a college turned into a conversation about poetry, our shared love for Elizabeth Bishop, and Bishop’s villanelle, “One Art.” Professor Chrusciel and I exchanged emails and planned to meet when I was on campus. With every step taken on the tour, I fell more in love with Colby-Sawyer. I envisioned myself studying in a library nook and knew I could enjoy living on campus for the next four years. The small class sizes meant individualized attention, and the projects on the Ivey Science Center walls

showed me how much I have yet to learn. My tour guides proved I wouldn’t be just another somebody in the day-to-day, cutting themselves off mid-sentence to say hello to their passing peers. As for Professor Chrusciel, she hugged me the moment I walked into her office; the pieces I’d emailed her were printed and on her desk. She told me about all the things she believed I could do as a Colby-Sawyer creative writing major: secure funding to attend a writing conference; intern with her publisher; work with a native Spanish speaker to translate poetry; create a chapbook and get it published. She even handed me a flyer for a poetry contest sponsored by the Lake Sunapee Regionbased Center for the Arts and encouraged me to enter. I did and earned first place in my category (read the poem at Professor Chrusciel discussed these opportunities before I’d even told her I was committing, but how could I not choose Colby-Sawyer? I’ve wanted to be a writer for so long, and this is the college to prove it’s possible. I submitted my deposit as soon as I got home, and I am proud to be a Class of 2021 Charger. – Kelsi Maddock ’21

data driven — experiential learning

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students completed internships this summer; 11 received grants thanks to an alumna’s gift that let them go farther afield than they would have otherwise. See pps. 28 –29.

members of the ESS Majors Club who volunteered at the Boston Marathon in April.

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towns for which environ­mental science major Owen Krol ’17 mapped resilient lands using GIS technology with the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust.

webcasting stations installed by Humanities Scholar in Residence Sean Ahern ’09 in the Baker Communications Center this summer.

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pounds of food the business club Enactus donated to the Franklin food pantry during the spring semester.

students have completed internships in Washington, D.C., s ince 2011, including Omar Hajajra ’18, who spent this summer working in Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office.

GOING THE DISTANCE: Investing in Students to Make a Private Education Possible by Jaclyn Goddette ’16

“We eventually found out that some private schools offer the most financial aid,” said Lopez, a first-generation student from Lincolnville, Maine, who shattered multiple records on the cross-country and track and field teams. Though Lopez and her mother were nervous about Colby-Sawyer’s apparent cost, Lopez fell in love with the college on a campus tour. She applied and was surprised when Colby-Sawyer offered the best financial aid package — better even than her state’s public schools. Jakob Murtaugh ’18 of Salem, Mass., had a similar experience. Colby-Sawyer was the only private school to which he applied, and it offered him the best financial option. “That was a huge perk,” said Murtaugh, an active campus community member as secretary of the Outing Club and a participant in student government and alternative spring break. Approximately 96 percent of full-time undergraduate students at Colby-Sawyer receive institutional aid. The average amount awarded by the college is $27,822 per year. The college invests more than $30 million a year in its students to ensure their access to a Colby-Sawyer education.


When Emily Lopez ’17 and her mother started the college selection process, they had no idea a place like Colby-­ Sawyer could be even more affordable than a public institution.

Emily Lopez ’17, an environmental science major, went on field studies courses; ran on the cross country and track and field teams all four years; and completed an internship as a park ranger at Two Lights State Park in Maine.

per year in academic and early action scholarships, financial aid can include special endowed scholarships, workstudy, need-based aid and grants. The packages bring Colby-­Sawyer’s net price into line with the cost of New England’s public institutions for many families. Whatever students’ backgrounds, Colby-Sawyer makes sure families know about every opportunity to cover expenses. When Murtaugh’s financial situation changed, he met several times with Assistant Director of Financial Aid Brie Ito to update his FASFA forms.

BRIDGE TO COLBY-SAWYER “She helped me narrow down how to get the most out of Based on an applicant’s GPA, the college rewards high financial aid and what to look for in loans,” said school achievements with academic scholarships for as Murtaugh. much as $26,000 per year, renewable for up to four years. Students who apply by Dec. 1 receive an additional Lopez’s and Murtaugh’s aid processes were as personal$4,000 that is renewable for up to four years. ized as their academic experiences in the Environmental Studies Department. Lopez plans to pursue a career in Director of Financial Aid Beth Renzulli calls these scholarlaw enforcement as a marine patrol officer. Murtaugh is ships the bridge to a Colby-Sawyer education. “If you interested in environmental consulting. invested in yourself in high school, we value that,” said Renzulli. “These scholarships are the roadmap to making No matter what the future holds, the two have big plans a Colby-Sawyer education attainable.” to invest in the college that invested in them.  ® The published 2017–2018 fee for tuition, room and board is $54,836. On top of the potential combined $30,000

Your gifts help make a Colby-Sawyer education possible for our smart, motivated students. Visit

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Jaclyn Goddette ’16

DESPITE THE RAIN, the Class of 2017’s 275 members beamed as they filed out of Colgate Hall. They were well accustomed to New England’s unpredictable weather, and New London’s signature fog was a familiar part of the college’s 179th Commencement. As bagpiper Campbell Webster played a Scottish melody, the graduates joined their loved ones in the tent and took their seats.

“We’re satellites whose orbits have temporarily aligned.”

And though they were all gathered in the same place for the last time, their story with each other, and with the college they’d grown to call home, wasn’t over. “Under the tent with you today are your confidants, your future wedding attendants, your financial advisers, your marital counselors, your life coaches and your future children’s godparents,” said Assistant Professor of Nursing Joan Huber. To prove her point, the Jack Jensen Award for Excellence in Teaching recipient shared that her college roommate and her roommate’s husband, also a classmate, were in the audience to celebrate her award. Just as with Professor Huber and her roommate, the Class of 2017 is forever bonded together. “Colby-Sawyer has served as the crossroads that brought you together from 18 states and 10 foreign countries,” said Professor Huber in her Commencement Address, “All About You.”

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A few minutes later, Senior Commencement Speaker Matthew Nosal echoed that sentiment. “We’re satellites whose orbits have temporarily aligned,” he said, referencing the set of circumstances that brought everyone — students, faculty and staff members — together at Colby-Sawyer. “And yet because we experienced it together, each person in this crowd holds now, in some small way, a shimmering fragment of this hilltop home.” Nosal urged his classmates to stay in touch. His address was a testament to the power of friends staying connected even as their futures pull them in different directions. [See p. 64 for more of Nosal’s message.] “As Matthew said, ‘come home,’” said President and Professor of Social Sciences and Education Susan D. Stuebner following the conferring of degrees. It was a special ceremony for President Stuebner, as the graduates were the first class to which she had the honor of awarding degrees. Her own orbit aligned with Colby-Sawyer last July, when she became the college’s ninth president. “We’ve spent only one year together,” she said, “but you’ve inspired me with your talents. You’ve shared your laughter and energy and lifted my spirits thanks to the incredible promise and potential you each represent.” The talent President Stuebner spoke of was on full display during the ceremony. Vocally Charged, the student a cappella group, opened the program with a spirited performance of the National Anthem, and anyone looking out from the stage would’ve seen a sea of gold tassels and colorful honor cords. In her Charge to the Class of 2017, President Stuebner urged the graduates to see the beauty in the every day, even as their futures take them away from the stunning landscape of the Lake Sunapee Region. She also implored them to speak up and respect other viewpoints in an increasingly information-saturated and polarized world. The graduates will rise to the challenge. As Nosal suggested, the future is bright. And though they have already scattered to different parts of the country and the world, they know they can always come back to the one place they all call home. To read the speeches, learn more about award winners and see photos, go to  ®

Commencement Award Winners President and CEO of the New Hampshire College & University Council Thomas R. Horgan Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Colby-Sawyer’s Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree recognizes an individual of humanitarian character and superior intellect whose life and work have brought about positive, far-reaching consequences for individuals and organizations. Assistant Professor of Nursing Joan Huber Jack Jensen Award for Excellence in Teaching The Jack Jensen Award for Excellence in Teaching is the college’s highest teaching award. It recognizes the fundamental importance of the quality of teaching in determining the value of the educational process. Deepesh Duwadi Colby-Sawyer Award The Colby-Sawyer Award is given to the senior who, in the opinion of the faculty, best exemplifies the ideals of the college in personal dignity, intellectual growth, contribution to campus life and constructive influence on other students. Matthew Nosal Senior Commencement Speaker The Commencement Speaker Medal is presented to a student who represents the character of the graduating class and gives an inspirational and engaging speech that represents the college’s values and learning outcomes. Khang Xuan “Kyle” Vu David H. Winton Baccalaureate Award The David H. Winton Baccalaureate Award is presented to the graduate who ranks highest in scholarship among those in the graduating class. See Baccalaureate and Capstone Award winners at

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To Be a Nurse, and a Teacher by Peter A. Nolette

This year’s graduating nursing students selected Assistant Professor of Nursing and Public Health Peter A. Nolette to be the honored speaker at their Pinning Ceremony in May. Below is an excerpt of his remarks.


y goodness! Can you believe it’s been four years? The memory of our first meeting in NUR203, Introduction to Nursing, seems like it was just last semester. But so much has happened!

When colleagues in clinical practice ask me what it’s like to teach in this program, I use the analogy of a rosebud. Initially, the bud is just a hard little knob wrapped in green. Looking at it, you wonder what color and size it will be, if it will have a fragrance and if it will make you smile. Over time, the bud grows and the tight foliage separates to offer a hint of color. Before long, the covering moves away, allowing the flower to start opening. The days go by, and before you know it, there’s the most wonderful creation in front of you, full of promise, beauty and grace, all of which bring comfort and joy to those who encounter it. Each of you graduating nurses represents one of those rosebuds. You’re all different sizes and colors, magnificently fragrant, and a pure vision of beauty that brings a smile to my heart and face, and to those of the patients you’ve already touched. I’ve watched each of you grow. I’ve been able to see a hint of color forming, then intensify. Our budding nurses have become young flowers, and now you’re ready to be cut away from the parent bush we recognize as the Colby-Sawyer Nursing Program. Each of you will bring joy, warmth and healing to many, many needy faces and souls. I want to thank you for the honor of being the faculty speaker at your Pinning Ceremony. I’m touched. And, I’m remembering the joy and anticipation I felt when I was pinned 40 years ago this month. Never did I imagine I’d be able to relive the experience in such a meaningful way. Talk about coming full circle.

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For nurses, our school pins become part of our identity in the professional world; they help distinguish us within a vast body of people trying to make the world a better place. Wear your pin with great pride. You’ve worked so very hard these four years. I don’t think I’ve ever forgotten what it’s like to be a student: the tears, the laughter, the camaraderie, the late nights with little sleep and plenty of fear and worry. But you’ve persevered, and today, you reap the first reward of that hard work, time and effort. Let your pin be a symbol of that which you’ve accomplished so far. Let it be the symbol of pride in becoming a professional registered nurse. Wear it as a reminder of why you wanted to become a nurse and how you feel about your chosen profession.

There will be some days when you’ll wonder, “What in the world was I thinking by deciding to become a nurse?” You have many other rewards coming your way. You’ve practiced a variety of ways to meet patients and develop a rapport with them. You already have experienced the wonderful feeling that comes with connecting with that human being you’re caring for. And the best is yet to


come: The day that patient looks at you and says, “You’ve made a difference in my life.”

we achieved wasn’t what we planned. Learn from it, and appreciate it as an expression of your ingenuity.

There are also many challenges awaiting you in the wonderful and sometimes crazy profession. Nursing today is like riding in a rubber raft on turbulent white water. You’ll feel a lot of bumps along the way. You’ll often get a full body splash, and you might even fall off the raft a few times. You’ll never lose your paddle, though — we’ve given you the tools to be able to hang on, get back in the raft and continue the journey. There will be some days when you’ll wonder, “What in the world was I thinking by deciding to become a nurse?” But there will be many more days when you’ll think, “I’ve chosen well — I’m making a difference for those who need my help.” And those are the days that will matter the most and that you really will remember — of that I’m certain.

Don’t forget your years here at Colby-Sawyer. They’re part of what’s shaped you into the nurse you are at this moment and the nurse you’ll become. Remember what it felt like to be a neophyte that first day of clinical — the knocking of the knees, the sweaty palms and pits, and that feeling of knowing you might very well throw up. When student nurses arrive on your unit, welcome them with open arms. Let them see and feel that you’re there with and for them. Remember the Golden Rule! Treat them — your patients and their families — with kindness and understanding. Do for them the things we faculty have done for and with you. I promise you this — you will never regret it.  ®

You’ve had the benefit of classroom and clinical instruction from a wide variety of styles, personalities and characters. Each of us has our interests, which we’ve shared with you in hopes we might light a spark that will help you determine your nursing pathway. We’ve shared our tools with you — tools to put and keep in your nursing tool belt. Use them wisely and with fond memory of us.

Peter A. Nolette holds a diploma in nursing from Mary Hitchcock School of Nursing; a B.S. in nursing from Norwich University and an M.B.A. from Franklin Pierce University. He’s a certified woundcare nurse and a certified foot-care nurse, and he’s been employed at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center since 1977, minus a twoyear hiatus. Professor Nolette joined the faculty as an adjunct professor in 2011 and became an assistant professor the next year.

Don’t forget your sense of humor. Keep it in your tool belt. Use it when you feel it’s appropriate. Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself. Every one of us nurses has had a moment when we did something silly or the result

It’s official!


For the second year in a row, 100 percent of the undergraduate nursing students (seen here at their Pinning Ceremony) passed their NCLEX on the first attempt. Most have begun practice at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

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‘inner visions’

opens as first show in center for art + design by Matthew Nosal ’17

left: Genvieve Seille Polygraph 1X, 1995 Mixed media on paper 9 1/2” x 17” below: Unknown artist Kuna Man, date unknown carved and painted wood 6 1/2” x 2 1/2” x 2”


his October, Colby-Sawyer College invites the public inside its new Center for Art + Design to view an extraordinary exhibition composed primarily of outsider art. The Fine and Performing Arts Department is proud to host “Inner Visions: Selections from the Collection of Beverly Stearns Bernson ’55” as the first exhibition in the center’s stunning Bill and Sonja Carlson Davidow ’56 Gallery. An opening reception will be held Friday, Oct. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. during Homecoming.

According to the Sonja C. Davidow Endowed Chair in the Fine & Performing Arts and Gallery Director Bert Yarborough, “Over the past 30 or more years, outsider art has become more prominent in terms of its value, but artists have always valued this kind of work.” The work, he said, is created by people who make art for reasons other than fame or fortune. “They’re often creatively compelled in mysterious ways,” he adds. “It’s work that is utterly truthful.” Outsider artists exist outside the conventional boundaries of the art world. They are often untrained, self-taught visionaries.

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The pieces in the exhibition are on loan from the private collection of Beverly Stearns Bernson ’55, a graduate of the college who began collecting outsider art in the mid-1980s. The exhibition will feature some of the most highly regarded outsider artists in the world, including Martin Ramirez (1895–1963), Bill Traylor (1853–1949) and Nellie Mae Rowe (1900–1982). Ramirez was a self-taught artist diagnosed with schizophrenia and institutionalized at DeWitt State Hospital. Traylor was a homeless man who painted precociously modern representations of life in Montgomery, Ala., from his vantage point on the sidewalk. Rowe, a self-taught African-American artist known for her painting, photography, collage and sculpture, is one of America’s most important folk artists. “It’s a great treat for me and my family for these works to be presented as the first show in the new Center for Art + Design,” said Bernson. “Thanks to everyone at Colby-Sawyer for honoring me in this way. It will be fun to share all my years of collecting.” In keeping with Colby-Sawyer’s dedication to combining experiential learning with professional experience, students played instrumental roles in preparing for the exhibition. Graphic design major John Fownes ’17 oversaw the design of the show’s catalog, which includes artist biographies written by English major Matthew Nosal ’17. Gallery interns and students enrolled in ART 115: Exhibition Foundations helped install the artwork. As well as providing opportunities for students to gain experience working in a gallery setting, the exhibition will allow community members to appreciate and enjoy artwork that, according to Professor Yarborough, has a power and a presence that is compelling and engaging. “As an artist, educator and gallery director,” Professor Yarborough noted, “I thought it would be a great opportunity to show this kind of work in a region where it might not normally be seen.”  ®

THE CENTER FOR ART + DESIGN The Center for Art + Design is a 15,000-squarefoot art facility that offers studios, the John and Heidi Grey Niblack ’68 Black Box Theater, the Bill and Sonja Carlson Davidow ’56 Gallery with views of Mount Kearsarge, as well as faculty offices, a box office and an outdoor sculpture garden. Sustained fundraising efforts made the project possible, and an endowment created through an alumna’s gift will support the building’s operation. The center was designed by the S/L/A/M Collaborative of Glastonbury, Conn., which also designed the Windy Hill School (2010) and the Ware Student Center expansion (2013).

WHAT’S ON: 2017–2018 Exhibitions at Colby-Sawyer Bill and Sonja Carlson Davidow ’56 Gallery Center for Art + Design Inner Visions: Selections from the Collection of Beverly Stearns Bernson ’55 Oct. 13–Dec. 10, 2017 Opening Reception: Friday, Oct.13 Faculty Exhibition Jan. 25–March 9, 2018 Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan. 25 Painting Exhibition March 1–April 30, 2018 Opening Reception: Thursday, March 1 Marian Graves Mugar Gallery Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Center

THE ARTS AT COLBY-SAWYER Studying the arts at Colby-Sawyer is a multidimensional experience that blends a student’s creative talent with professional preparation and opportunities to learn alongside talented faculty and guest artists. B.A. and B.F.A. programs are offered in studio art with concentrations in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture, as well as in graphic design.

The Harp Collection Sept. 14, 2017–Feb. 16, 2018 Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept. 14 Juried Student Exhibition March 22–April 11, 2018 Opening Reception: Thursday, March 22 Senior Capstone Exhibition April 20–May 12, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 20

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sense of place THE CENTER FOR ART + DESIGN is the region’s newest hub of creativity — a place where the college community, area residents and visitors can experience and appreciate the achievements of talented students, faculty, and guest artists and performers. Join us on Friday, Oct. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the first exhibition in the Bill and Sonja Carlson Davidow ’56 Gallery, “Inner Visions: Selections from the Collection of Beverly Stearns Bernson ’55.” The show runs through Sunday, Dec. 10. – Kellie M. Spinney Photo: Michael Seamans

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The Center for Art + Design Boasts Sustainable Features by Jennifer White ’90

The center features reclaimed materials from Colby Farm (the private, single-­family residence built in 1987 that previously occupied the site and that the college acquired in 2000), energy-efficient heating systems, natural daylighting and ventilation, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, high-­performance low-E windows, occupancy sensors and LED lights, a super-­insulating thermal envelope, and nontoxic paints and finishes. Highlighting the structure are the 228 Q-Cells solar panels, each rated at 300W, that cover the southeast-facing roof. This 68.4-kilowatt grid-tied photovoltaic array installed by ReVision Energy will generate 80,020 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, equivalent to 11 homes’ usage. Four SolarEdge inverters convert direct current generated by the array into alternating current used by the building. A web-based monitoring platform will track the array’s performance. The system represents a CO2 emissions savings of 82,900 pounds and will save the college about $200,000 in utility costs over its 40-year lifespan.

“The project team and our benefactors have worked hard to incorporate a variety of efficient and sustainable measures that underscore and support Colby-Sawyer’s commitment to being good stewards of our environment,” said Bob Vachon, senior director of Facilities and Capital Projects Management. “We’re excited this building is ready for our students.” The renewable energy system was made possible by an anonymous donor. The center itself is the result of more than $7 million in gifts made by alumni and friends of the college. In 2012, ReVision Energy installed four rooftop arrays on campus, a 127-kilowatt project that at the time was one of the largest in the state. That solar energy project generates enough kilowatt hours of electricity each year to offset more than 157,000 pounds of CO2 emissions.  ® Jennifer White ’90 is Colby-Sawyer’s director of Sustainability and an assistant professor of Environmental Studies.

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he Center for Art + Design on the east side of campus is ready for its first exhibition and classes. In addition to providing a state-of-the-art creative learning facility for students, the 15,000-square-foot space is designed to be healthy and comfortable as well as energy efficient and cost-effective to operate.

The system represents a CO2 emissions savings of 82,900 pounds and will save the college about $200,000 in utility costs over its 40-year lifespan.

A RENEWED COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY In February, President Susan D. Stuebner renewed the college’s commitment to sustainability by signing Second Nature’s Climate Commitment, making Colby-Sawyer the 100th college to integrate a goal of carbon neutrality with climate resilience to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. The commitment initiates a multiyear process that includes completing a baseline resilience assessment, developing a college-­ community Task Force to evaluate those results and selecting metrics and benchmarks. The college will also update its Climate Action Plan to incorporate themes that emerge from the college’s strategic planning process and the collaborative resilience work completed by students and local stakeholders. To begin fulfilling the initiatives, 14 environmental studies and environmental science majors in the Community-Based Research Project class conducted a resilience assessment that focused on Colby-Sawyer, New London and the regional food shed. Students have long been the driving force behind Colby-Sawyer’s sustainability initiatives. In 2007, nine students in the Community-­ Based Research Project class encouraged then President Thomas C. Galligan Jr. to become a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. That pledge (now signed by nearly 600 institutions), as well as the 2010 GreenROUTES Climate Action Plan, set the college on its path to carbon

neutrality. In 2015, Colby-Sawyer reached its first goal by achieving a 50 percent decrease in emissions; it also achieved all 43 goals identified for that timeframe related to energy, food, waste, transportation, water, curriculum and more. It is the college’s goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. To that end, in June, President Stuebner joined forces with other leaders in higher education, state and local government, and business to declare continued support for the Paris Agreement by signing an open letter as part of the We Are Still In campaign. The signatories’ participation signals to the international community and the 194 other parties to the Paris Agreement the U.S.’s continued commitment to ambitious action on climate change. In the aggregate, the signatories are delivering concrete emissions reductions to help meet the agreement’s goals. Read more about the college’s sustainability efforts at and about our sustainability studies major at sustainability-studies. – Jennifer White ’90

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Variable Conditions: Carving Careers in the Ski Industry by Kate Seamans photos by Michael Seamans

Colby-Sawyer alumni work in almost every facet of the ski industry, from coaching and sales to ski patrol and program direction. Sport management major Brian Heon ’98 and exercise and sport science major Megan Costello Burch ’01 are among those who constantly think snow. They’ve traversed winding paths back to New Hampshire: Heon is vice president and general manager of Wildcat Mountain in Gorham, and Burch is marketing and sales director at Mount Sunapee, home of the Chargers’ alpine ski program. Both exude passion for the sport and industry that has taken them from college ski racing to working with the biggest boss of all: Mother Nature.

HEON’S WILD(CAT) RIDE When Wildcat Mountain opens for the season, it’s Heon’s call. When a groomer or a cook is out for a shift, Heon will jump into the Snowcat or behind the grill. When the plumbing goes haywire, it’s Heon who has to figure out how to solve the problem. And he wouldn’t have it any other way — Heon knew by age 14 that he wanted to ski competitively and then run a ski resort. He came to Colby-Sawyer to make both those goals happen. “Sport management, skiing and being in New Hampshire were all exciting to me. Colby-­ Sawyer taught me to manage people, to grow as a person, and to be well versed in the liberal arts while specializing in sports management and sports psychology,” said Heon. “I appreciate the education I got.” Heon’s internship in operational management through Disney’s College Program in Florida turned into his first job, and though the experience proved invaluable, he soon missed the mountains. He headed for Utah, where the Disney name opened the door to mountain operations at Canyons Resort. There he met the Mainer he married, and then he started a business brokering house boats on Lake Mead. The 110-degree summers proved too much, though, and Heon took a job with Mount Snow in Vermont for three years before sliding across the border to Wildcat in 2013. He relishes the mountain’s 2,000 vertical feet, long ski season and history. “One of the cool things about Wildcat is a lot of the trails were cut 60 years ago, and back then you cut the trails where the mountain took you, so there are more narrow, windy trails here,” Heon said.

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facing page: Mount Washington provides a spectacular backdrop for the summit of Wildcat Mountain. above: “We pride ourselves on top-to-bottom skiing on opening day,” says Heon. “We want to come out guns blazing — there’s no messing around.” above right: If Mount Sunapee (2,743’) were when the staff tackles their biggest projects, in addition to running a zipline and a person, says Burch, it would be a fun, hosting weddings. energetic, super loyal person you know is going to come through for you. “We’re family oriented but everybody can have fun here,” “It’s a year-round enterprise,” said Heon. “If you’re going to work in the ski industry, you she says. “We offer a really great product and have to have a passion for it or you’ll go crazy.” have something for everybody.”

Snowmaking starts in October, and so do the 80-hour weeks. “The mountain is 24/7 during the winter; this place at four in the morning is booming with snowmaking,” he said. “We have about 50 miles of pipe here that move 2,200 gallons of water a minute.” The mountain staff is a highly trained group operating on a tightly choreographed schedule, but some things are beyond control. “If you lose Christmas and Presidents’ Week, you’re out of luck when it comes to the bottom line,” said Heon. “You can have the best chairlifts and the best snowmaking, but if it’s 48 degrees and raining all Presidents’ Week, it’s really hard to come back from those conditions.” The biggest misperception about Heon’s job is that he has summers off — that’s

BURCH’S ROOTS Burch just marked her first anniversary at Mount Sunapee, but her family’s been in the area since her great-grandparents bought a place on Lake Sunapee. Burch grew up ski racing in North Conway and attended Burke Academy, where she met Jill Firstbrook ’91, then Colby-Sawyer tennis and ski coach and current Alpine Program Director at Mount Sunapee. Firstbrook worked hard to get Burch to Colby-Sawyer, where the ski team became her life and she found her calling — in marketing. “I really believe in the storytelling part of marketing and making that connection and being relatable,” said Burch. “It’s all about how you connect with people. I always tell my interns — I have two from Colby-Sawyer now — to never forget what you’ve done or whom you’ve met.” Burch’s own internship senior year with Völkl led to her first job as marketing coordinator with the company. Head Penn Racquet Sports recruited her for a communications manager position in Arizona, and though she loved the job, she missed New Hampshire. While Burch was home for a wedding, her former boss at Völkl who had moved on to Tecnica asked if she’d return to New England. Burch said yes and was marketing manager for Tecnica Blizzard for six and a half years. Firstbrook told Burch about the Mount Sunapee position and now, Burch lives and breathes the #wearesunapee campaign she helped create. “The campaign just sort of took off, and now my job is to make sure people make trips to Sunapee more than once a year. We have a great team, but the queen is actually Mother Nature — that’s what drives people to ski. If you’re in Boston and you see sunshine and puddles, you’re not thinking about skiing. If a snowstorm comes, the marketing director is a genius, but if it doesn’t … it’s a tough business. But I feel fortunate to have a job I love in an area where I want to live and raise my family.”  ®

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the power of a gift: Grants Expand Internship Options by Jaclyn Goddette ’16


During her first few months at Colby-Sawyer, President Susan D. Stuebner realized that the college’s required internship is a powerful experiential learning opportunity. She was also keenly aware that many students are bound by financial constraints when considering their internship options. When Jean Cragin Ingwersen ’54 of Exeter, N.H., donated $20,000 to support institutional priorities last year, the president decided to dedicate three-quarters of the gift to grants that would defray internship housing and transportation costs. The grants, which ranged from $300 to $2,500, took some of the eleven recipients to D.C. and Virginia. Maliha Azizi ’19, an accounting major from Kabul, Afghanistan, interned in the tax department at PricewaterhouseCoopers in McLean, Va. Her entire liberal arts education was put to use during her internship.


“My business, public speaking, writing and business communication courses helped me perform my job well,” said Azizi.

clockwise from right, this page: Maliha Azizi ’19; Omar Hajajra ’18; Morgan Forrest ’18 opposite, l-r: Christian Hood ’18; Kirsten Shea ’18

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As a corporate events marketing intern with Royall & Co. in Richmond, Va., Morgan Forrest ’18 of Brewer, Maine, had the opportunity to view higher education from a business perspective. Forrest’s time with the direct marketing agency for higher education brought her college experience full circle — the business administration major helped guide prospective students to their future colleges. Omar Hajajra ’18, of Plainfield, N.H., interned in the heart of the nation’s capital with Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office. While most of his time was spent taking calls and registering comments from constituents, Hajajra spent one day shadowing the senator. Sitting in on committee hearings and watching Senator Shaheen ask questions gave the history and political studies major another glimpse into the fast-paced and exciting world of politics. Kirsten Shea ’18, a business administration major from Tolland, Conn., completed an internship in merchandising with Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va.


Three more students made a direct impact in the health care arena.

Several students dove headfirst into the world of athletics. Christian Hood ’18 from Goffstown, N.H., turned his passion for baseball into a professional practice while working as a game-day operations intern for the Upper Valley Nighthawks based in White River Junction, Vt. He relied on his sport management major and business administration minor to promote the Nighthawks’ brand and sell sponsorships. Hood was apprehensive about the public speaking required to call games, but he stepped up to the plate and delivered. A highlight was helping a young fan get his favorite player to sign a baseball. Taking exercise science to a whole new level, Bailey Friedman ’18 of Lowell, Maine, interned as a musher with Alaska Heli-Mush Inc., a glacier dog-sled tour company. Friedman applied principles of human physiology to her 30 sled dogs and traveled off the grid, taking a helicopter to remote Norris Glacier. Athletic training major Amanda Matuszek ’18 of Pawtucket, R.I., put her coursework and clinical experience into action when she interned with the Stanford University football team. Hearing about the grant opportunity reminded Matuszek of a presentation she attended as a first-year student about interning at Stanford. Working alongside the head athletic trainer, she practiced coverage and conducted pre- and post-practice prep. The grant took Colin Turner ’19 all the way to Naas, Ireland, where he got a close look at another country’s health care system. Turner, an exercise science major from Union Dale, Pa., interned at Physiotherapy Works and assisted with physical therapy, personal training and Pilates. He said that learning how to operate various types of equipment for improving his patients’ injuries was excellent clinical experience.

Blen Genet ’18, a health care management major, interned with Yekatit 12 Hospital Medical College in her hometown of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. While working in the quality management department, Genet assessed and analyzed the hospital’s operations. “I am pleased the college supported me with a grant that allowed me to compare my American education with my home country’s health care system,” she said. Brigitte Ruiz ’18 also applied her business and health care finance courses to another country’s health care model. Originally from Bogotá, Columbia, but living with her family in Dedham, Mass., Ruiz wanted to make an impact on yet another community and did so as an intern with Genesis Rehabilitation Service in China’s Hebei Province. She conducted competitive analysis and supported office administrative duties at the health care and wellness organization. In addition to relying on her health care management major, Ruiz used her business and studio art minors to assist with marketing initiatives. Health promotion major John Rojas ’18 was a research intern for the National University of Natural Medicine in his hometown of Portland, Ore. At North America’s oldest accredited naturopathic medical university, Rojas took a course on integrative medicine modalities and conducted his own clinical study. The experience expanded his capability for detail-oriented research. “This hands-on internship really made me understand the research better than I would have in any conventional course,” said Rojas.  ® Jaclyn Goddette ’16 holds a B.A. in English and is a writer in the Office of College Communications.

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Peter Sula ’03 Builds a Dream Team to Transform Boston’s Battery Wharf Hotel by Kate Seamans photos by Michael Seamans


y the time sport management major Peter Sula ’03 gathers his team for its daily 9:30 a.m. stand-up meeting, he’s been awake for almost seven hours. The general manager of the Battery Wharf Hotel in Boston’s North End steps outside his office into the circle of directors. He positions his six-foot-five basketball player’s body into a comfortable power stance, arms crossed, and listens.

The reports roll in on that Monday’s arrivals and departures; the number of rooms sold and what that might mean for rate adjustments; upcoming events and meetings; recruiting updates; a potential airline partnership; and possible entertainment options. He confirms a 10 a.m. walk-through of the property to check the progress on an ambitious list of projects (a new ballroom, coffee shop and spin studio, plus restaurant and lobby renovations and more). Sula mentions that a pipe burst the day before in the parking lot and urges the use of earpieces to facilitate communication between staff during guests’ welcome. The team dispenses a lot of information in nine minutes but still has time for a laugh, to analyze the Celtics’ game the night before, and to share a wistful desire for more coffee. The day’s game plan is set, and Sula briefly returns to his office. After 10 months as the luxury waterfront hotel’s director of sales and marketing, Sula was named general manager (GM) in January. He was recruited from a seven-year post as Liberty Hotel’s corporate travel director.

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He may be selling beds now instead of seats to a sporting event, but Sula’s athletic and sport management background is still in play as he sets his sights on rebranding the hotel into a fun and whimsical lifestyle property with retail components beyond the typical hotel restaurant. “I feel like a head coach here,” says Sula, who, at 36, is one of the youngest hotel general managers in Boston. “There are so many moving pieces. It’s basically a new team; I’ve gone out and picked some of the best people in the city who will fit with what we’re trying to do. I’m coaching these players to get their job done. It’s important to me to create an atmosphere where people can have a good time at work.” Sula was catapulted from a career in sports sales to hospitality by the rare act of actually following up on a chance encounter.

“I feel like a head coach here … I’ve picked some of the best people in the city.” After graduation, he met an early goal of working in the NBA, but after two years in group sales with the Atlanta Hawks, he wanted to return to New England. He sold a package to the Hyatt in Atlanta for a manager’s outing and met the hotel’s GM, who was a Dominique Wilkins fan. “I was able to introduce him to Wilkins and this 70-year-old, who runs one of the largest hotels in the country, basically turned into a kid,” says Sula. “He got very excited and said, ‘If you ever need anything, please let me know. This is the best day of my life.’”

Sula and Caparelliotis on the Boston Harborwalk in front of the Battery Wharf Hotel. Sula calls the hotel’s waterfront location its secret weapon in distinguishing it from other Boston hotels.

A few days later, Sula took him up on the offer with a phone call. He explained he wanted to move back to Boston and inquired about what kind of hotel position might match his skillset. “An hour after we talked, both Hyatt hotels in Boston called,” Sula recalls with a smile. “They flew me up the next day, took me out to a Red Sox game, and wined and dined me. I was like, ‘This is great. Sign me up.’ So I just kind of fell into the industry. I was with Hyatt for three years, then senior sales manager for Starwood Hotels and Resorts for a year before Liberty. It’s really about who you know and who you meet. Just get out there and meet as many people as you can. You never know where your career is going to go.” These days, Sula’s career is going a million miles an hour, and his days are, too. With Operations Manager Dakota Caparelliotis at his side, Sula walks the property, which includes residences (one-bedroom condos start at $1.5 million) as well as 150 hotel rooms. He compares the complex to a small city for which he is responsible, and change is in the seaside air. The Battery Wharf Hotel will, he promises, take on a new atmosphere.

Left, Sula cuts to the chase in a merchandise deal for the coffee shop under construction, right.

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”I want to get to know every employee the way every professor knew me.”

Starting in the hotel lobby, he requests an art installation be disposed of and wonders why bar menus aren’t on the tables so guests know they can be served there as well as in the restaurant. He absentmindedly scoops up a piece of paper from the floor and remarks on the “GM eye” — he sees everything, or tries to. He’s already banished the lobby’s heavy furnishings and replaced them with smaller, more comfortable seating groups. He anticipates the day the lobby will look even more modern with sleek, crisp lines and — because he doesn’t like fabrics — more leather. Swinging through the restaurant, Sula and Caparelliotis discuss the new flooring and darker woodwork that will soon appear, and how best to highlight the bar. The “pizza-chain art” and orange color scheme will give way to a Nantucket-inspired palette. New kitchen equipment is on its way, and so is an updated menu. In the ballroom under construction, Sula’s pleased with the progress made over the weekend but mindful of a wedding booked into the space in just a few weeks’ time — it needs to be done. The GM eye kicks in again as Sula inspects a flowerbed and finds zero cigarette butts. He requests bicycles and seat cushions be set out for the sunny day, points out a light that needs fixing, and mentions that they’re building a dog park, too. He fields a venue rental question, promises a furniture budget to a vendor, and meets with a representative about merchandise for the coffee shop. With all the changes he’s implementing, Sula asserts that his will become one of the top luxury hotels in Boston. When he talks about navigating local politics, meeting revenue goals and satisfying the high-end clientele who live, visit and consume at the Battery Wharf’s universe, it’s clear Sula’s picked up a legal, financial and human resources education along the way, and it sounds an awful lot like a liberal arts education in action.

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“You wear every hat within the hotel industry. I never thought I’d write a menu, worry about a grease trap, or try to find a polka band with 45 minutes’ notice for a Hollywood client. The liberal arts background helps prepare you for all the things you do,” he says. “I never thought I’d do HR or execute contracts or be in construction meetings. Colby-­Sawyer is such a small school and a tight community that you get to know everybody, which is very important and similar to here — I want to get to know every emp­ loyee the way every professor knew me by name, and I encourage managers to have the same philosophy.” Sula’s internship with the Manchester Monarchs was instrumental in sparking an interest in sales and professional sports. “More schools should make you go out and have an internship. You can only learn so much from a book or being in a class,” he says. “You actually need to go out there and see what you want to do. And that led to me working with the Hawks.” Sula, who lives on the property, wakes up at night thinking about everything from new cocktails, music and a hotel boat to revenue goals, his guests’ and staff’s happiness, and his own next steps. “I’m excited to be here. My days go quicker and quicker,” he says, checking his texts. “I wish there was more time in the day to get stuff done.”  ® Kate Seamans is senior director of College Communications. She holds a B.A. from Colby College and an M.F.A. from Lesley University.

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In April, Professor of Humanities Pat Anderson, Ph.D., presented the lectures “Movie Mavericks: Independent Filmmakers Who Challenge the Hollywood System” at the Derry Public Library and “Sennett, Chaplin, Keaton and the Art of Silent Film Comedy” at the Bradford Historical Society. Professor Anderson also served as the scholarly evaluator for a N.H. Humanities program presented in Grantham this spring. Sally Williams Cook ’74 saw How to Speak Soccer, the fourth installment in her How to Speak Sports series, hit the shelves this spring. Soccer is illustrated by Ross MacDonald and published by Flatiron Books, a division of MacMillan. For more info, visit Professor of Fine and Performing Arts Loretta S. Wonacott Barnett, M.F.A., Diane J. Stendahl ’80 and Jesse W. Lane ’00 exhibited their collaborative works at the Alvarez Gallery in Stamford, Conn., in August. Victoria Hersey ’13 documented the process, synergy and working habits of the three artists. “This project demonstrates how our students … become friends and colleagues,” said Professor Barnett. Kathleen Farrell, Ph.D., associate professor of Social Sciences and Education, gave the talk “How Schools Reinforce Gender Roles and Heterosexuality (and why it matters)” in April as part of the Let’s Talk speaker series for Rural Outright. The community group offers support to rural LGBTQIA Granite Staters and their allies. Farrell is on the organization’s executive committee. Her article “Trans and gender expansive students’ experiences in rural schools explored” was published in TransNHMagazine’s May issue.

Tampa-based Jane DeShazo Johnson ’70 is the author of several award-winning children’s books. Her newest is Windermere’s Wish, released in April.

Professor of Natural Sciences Semra Kilic-Bahi, Ph.D., was the interim chair of the New Hampshire Higher Education Leadership Spring 2017 Conference and has been invited to serve as a grant panel reviewer by the National Science Foundation. She was also elected as a board member to N.H. Women in Higher Education Leadership. She and Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences Andrew Cahoon, Ph.D., organized a panel and a workshop for the 2018 Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Diego. Elizabeth M. G. Krajewski, Ph.D., adjunct faculty in Humanities and library research consultant, presented her paper “Kildare and the Kingdom of God: a new reading of Cogitosus’ Life of Brigit” at the Annual Meeting of the Celtic Studies Association of North America in April. An article based on that paper was published in the 2017 issue of Peritia, a Dublin-based journal of Celtic studies. Krajewski’s book, Archetypal Narratives: Pattern and Parable in Three Lives of Saints, will be published this year by Brepols Publishing. In October, she’ll present on “The Lindisfarne Cuthbert: The Celtic Story of an Anglo-Saxon Saint” at the Harvard Celtic Colloquium.

Loretta S. Wonacott Barnett and Diane J. Stendahl ’80 Brain Cantos Passages mixed media drawing 19.75" x 27.75", 2017

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Patrick O’Brien ’17 and Brady Dion ’18 presented the poster “The Validity of the ACSM Walking Equations in College Aged Males” at the New England American College of Sports Medicine. An INBRE grant funded the research and the students’ conference attendance.

Professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences Kerstin Stoedefalke, Ph.D., contributed to the poster “A Randomized, Controlled Trial to Determine the Effects of an Exercise Intervention on Physical Activity during Chemotherapy for Patients with Early Stage Breast Cancer,” which was presented at last fall’s Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society (NNECOS) annual meeting. This research, for which Professor Stoedefalke is a co-­investigator, is being conducted at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The identity system designed by Hilary Walrod, M.F.A., for the Sustainable Learning Initiative at Franklin Falls (SLI@FF) received Awards of Excellence in the Identity Program and Green-Message categories in the annual University & College Designers Association Design Competition. The logo will be exhibited at the annual UCDA Design Conference in Baltimore in October. Find out more about SLI@FF at

The work of five graphic design majors was accepted to the Student Work Exhibit at the Annual Siggraph Conference held this summer in Los Angeles. The videos and animations by Karen Alcazar ’17, Breyon Brown ’16, Thijs Heilbron ’17, Bianca Obi ’17 and Ryan O’Donnell ’16 were viewed by thousands of artists and computer professionals. The students were part of Motion Graphics, a class taught by adjunct faculty in the Fine and Performing Arts Nancy Sepe, M.F.A. Sepe is the graphic designer in Colby-­Sawyer’s Office of College Communications. Siggraph is sponsored by ACM Siggraph (Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques). To see the work, visit

Bert Yarborough Rear View, acrylic, gouache, ink and crayon on wood panel 60" x 47", 2016

In March, Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences Stacey Watts, Ph.D., presented the poster “Perceived Needs for Interscholastic Coaching Education and Continuing Professional Development” at the SHAPE National Convention in Boston. In May, she copresented with Professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences Russ Medbery at the 2017 National Coaching Conference “Coaching Education and Professional Development: The Role College Campuses Can Play.” After reviewing Cameron L. Morrissey’s book The 7 Deadly Sins of Leadership in 2014, Corri L. Wilson, M.S., adjunct faculty in the Exercise and Sport Sciences Department, was invited to be part of the editorial review team for Morrissey’s newest book. The Roadmap: Navigating Your Way to Leadership Success contains actionable advice that addresses critical leadership areas and focuses on putting principles into practice. Kristina B. Wolff, Ph.D., who teaches courses in public health and sociology, was published in the journal Humanities. Read “I Do, I Don’t: The Benefits and Perils of Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage in the United States — One Year Later” at Bert Yarborough, M.F.A., Sonja C. Davidow ’56 Endowed Chair in the Fine and Performing Arts and Gallery Director, was awarded a six-week Civitella Ranieri Visual Arts Fellowship that begins May 2018. Professor Yarborough was one of 31 candidates selected through a competitive jury process from a pool of 147. The fellowship will allow him to concentrate on his work in the company of other fellows from around the world at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation’s 15th-century castle in Umbria, Italy.

Still from Bianca Obi’s Self Portrait, video, 00:45, 2016

Diane Tefft Young ’61 has published her second health-related memoir. In 15 essays, Cancer Hope: Discovering Survivor Skills tells of her experience surviving stage 3C uterine cancer nearly five years after a single lung transplant.

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THE SEASON IN SPORTS WINTER/SPRING 2016–17 ALPINE SKIING After a successful season in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA), the most competitive league in collegiate skiing, the alpine team sent a racer to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships for the 1st time since Shawn Dunstan ’12 in 2012. First-year student Fredrik Maurstad (Oslo, Norway) earned one of the East’s 16 invitations to the NCAA Championships by collecting 3 top-10 finishes in giant slalom (GS), including 5th at Stowe, 6th at Cannon and 8th at Middlebury Snow Bowl during regular-season competition. Maurstad finished 21st in GS and 26th in slalom (SL) and became the 3rd Charger to compete at the championships. First-year students Sarah Auer (Big Bear Lake, Calif.) and Katy Harris (Breckenridge, Colo.), sophomore Shelby Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) and senior Morganne Murphy-Meyers (Truckee, Calif.) represented the women’s team on the 2017 National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team, as announced by the U.S. Collegiate Ski Coaches Association. Murphy-Meyers was honored for the 3rd time, while Kantor earned her 2nd straight award. The men’s team was represented by seniors Scott Cooper (Reno, Nev.) and Kenny Wilson (Canyondam, Calif.) and first-year student Cody Wilson (Canyondam, Calif.). Kenny Wilson and Cooper were honored for the 4th straight year. Auer had her top finishes of the season at Stowe, placing 29th in SL and 35th in GS. Harris collected 5 top-30 finishes highlighted by a 21st place in GS at Whiteface. Kantor also achieved a top finish of 33rd in GS at Stowe, as did Murphy-Meyers with 26th in GS. Kenny Wilson, the 2017 Senior Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award recipient, led the Chargers with an impressive 8 top-21 finishes. He finished 13th in the SL at Cannon and in GS at the Middlebury Snow Bowl. Cooper turned in 5 top-25 performances in 2017. His top finish of 16th place came in SL at the Dartmouth Skiway. Cody Wilson recorded his best finish in the season’s opening weekend with 30th in SL at Whiteface.


Fredrik Maurstad represented the Chargers at the National Collegiate Skiing Championships at Cannon Mountain.

Three records were set by men at the NEISDA Championships. Seniors Jameson Ploch (Old Town, Maine), Josh Paszczuk (Newington, Conn.), Brett Cayer (Newington, Conn.) and junior Mason Amitrano (W. Greenwich, R.I.) combined in the 800-freestyle relay to break a 9-year school record with a 7:32.42 mark. Cayer broke a 12-year record in the 100 freestyle with a 49.94 time. Paszczuk broke the 100 backstroke record with 56.12. He also earned All-New England honors in the 50 backstroke after finishing 6th in 26.34. Ploch earned All-New England honors for placing 7th in the 400 IM. After posting a time of 4:38.98 in the prelims, he came away with 4:34.01 in the finals. Amitrano took home a pair of All-New England awards in the 50 and 100 breaststroke. He finished 6th in the 50 with a 28.32 time and 8th in the 100 with 1:02.65. Senior Anna Zdziarski (Southfield, Mass.) set a record in the 100 breaststroke, won the B Final to finish 9th overall in 1:11.52 and

The men’s team recorded the program’s best finish, placing 4th on 2 occasions in GS at Cannon and Middlebury. SWIMMING AND DIVING In her third and final season as head coach, Signe Linville ’06 led the men’s and women’s swim teams in a successful season that saw 14 members, including all 5 seniors, compete at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships.

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Anna Zdziarski broke a record and collected a NEISDA Swimmer of the Week award.



by Ryan Emerson

Association (NEWBA) Rookie of the Week twice and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Week once.

MEN’S BASKETBALL (12-14; 9-9 NAC) Without any seniors, the Chargers earned the 6th seed in the NAC Tournament to reach the postseason for the 23rd straight season. Lexi Iannone made 160 career three-pointers to rank 5th all-time.

was named NEISDA Swimmer of the Week for her performances at the North Country Invitational. Junior Makenzie Welch (Torrington, Conn.) led the Chargers with 3 All-New England honors. She placed 5th in the 100 backstroke in a 1:01.62 time and 8th in the 200 backstroke at 2:14.84. She also placed 8th in the 100 IM with 1:05.16. Senior Meghan Mamlock (W. Barnstable, Mass.) had a pair of All-New England performances. In the 200 freestyle, Mamlock finished 5th with a 2:01.36 time. She followed with another award-winning swim in the 1650 freestyle, finishing 8th. Sophomore Kate Tremblay (Simsbury, Conn.) was named to the 2016–17 NEISDA All-Academic Team. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (18-9; 12-6 NAC) The Chargers are now 80-28 in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) since joining in 2011. The team had 4 4-game winning streaks throughout the season and an impressive 10-2 record at home, reaching the postseason for the 24th straight time before falling to the eventual champion in the NAC semifinals. First-year student Lexie Hamilton (Sunapee, N.H.) and senior Lexi Iannone (N. Haven, Conn.) were named to the All-NAC Second Team. Iannone also represented Colby-Sawyer on the NAC Sportsmanship Team. She led the team with 11.6 points per game and was 3rd with a career-best 5.1 rebounds per game. She finished her career with 160 3-pointers to rank 5th all-time. Iannone made at least 25 treys in each of her 4 seasons and poured in a career-high 29 points in a win against Green Mountain. Hamilton finished 2nd in points per game with 10.2 and led the team and conference in assists with an impressive 158. At season’s end, Hamilton was 8th in the nation in total assists and 9th in the nation with 5.9 assists per game. She set a program record with 16 assists in a win over Green Mountain, the most in a DIII women’s game in the season. Hamilton was named NAC Rookie of the Week 4 times, New England Women’s Basketball

First-year student Dana Bean (Franklin, N.H.) was named 2016– 17 NAC Rookie of the Year and All-NAC Second Team. He became the 5th Charger in program history to be named conference rookie of the year and the first since Koang Thok ’15 in 2011. Bean finished the NAC regular season ranked 4th in rebounds (165; 9.2/game), defensive rebounds (110; 6.1/game), offensive rebounds (55; 3.1/game) and field goal percentage (56.6%). In conference play, he tallied 301 points (16.7/game), 19 blocks and shot 80.2% from the free throw line. In all games, he finished 2nd on the team in scoring with 14 points per game and led with 9.1 rebounds per game. He recorded 8 double-doubles, a teambest 28 blocks and shot 54% from the field. He earned 4 NAC Rookie of the Week awards, one NAC Player of the Week honor and was selected ECAC Player of the Week once. At Johnson State, Bean grabbed an impressive 18 rebounds to come within one of the program’s single-game records. Sophomore Jourdain Bell (Manchester, N.H.) garnered All-NAC First Team and ECAC Division III New England First Team honors. He became the 8th Charger to be honored by the ECAC and 1st since Peter Donato ’16 was named to the 3rd team in 2014–15. Bell led the team with 20.1 points per game to tie for the 5th highest average in a single season in program history. He was 5th in the NAC at 17.8 points per conference game. Bell also led the team with 54 steals and was 2nd with 97 assists. He was near the top of the league leaders in minutes (3rd), steals (5th), assists (7th) and free throw percentage (8th). Bell ranked 18th in the



Senior Kristin Ellis (S. Easton, Mass.) led the team with 6.7 rebounds per game and finished her career ranked 9th in career blocks with 97.

Dana Bean earned the program’s 5th conference Rookie of the Year award.

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Senior Michael Fazio (Auburn, Mass.) earned an NAC Pitcher of the Week honor after tossing a complete game at Husson. He scattered 9 hits, gave up just 1 run and struck out 5 in an 8-1 conference win over the Eagles. Fazio finished the season with 3 wins, 2 complete games and a 3.45 ERA. He wraps up his career tied for 2nd in saves with 4.


Nathan Frongillo finished his career ranked 7th in hits with 140.

nation in minutes played and was 40th in total points. He registered career highs of 34 points and 8 assists at Husson. Junior Evyn Nolette (Sanford, Maine) represented Colby-Sawyer on the NAC Sportsmanship Team. He played in 21 games and poured in a career-high 9 points on 3-of-3 from beyond the arc at Castleton. Nolette was named to the NAC All-Academic Team for the 2nd straight year. BASEBALL (19-19; 11-13 NAC) The team saw an increase in overall and conference wins for the 2nd straight season. Junior Doug Avellino (Woodstock, Vt.) was named All-NAC First Team for the 2nd year in a row, while junior Brendan Thurber (Ashland, Mass.) earned All-NAC Second Team honors. Avellino, who was also tabbed an ECAC DIII New England AllStar, was tops on the squad in batting average (.365), hits (46), runs (23), RBIs (26), triples (2) and stolen bases (18). He was 4th among all conference players in hits and batting average. Avellino was the 37th toughest batter to strike out in DIII after fanning just 6 times in 126 at-bats. He was twice named NAC Player of the Week. After 2 seasons with the Chargers, Avellino boasts the 5th highest career batting average at .350.

Senior Justin Devoid (Quechee, Vt.) was 2nd on the team with a .328 batting average and led the team in doubles (10), total bases (60) and slugging percentage (.504). He was also tied for the team lead with 3 home runs. Devoid finished his career with a .310 batting average and ranks 2nd in career fielding percentage (.991), 2nd in career chances (767) and 2nd in career putouts (703). Junior Chris Hood (Manchester, N.H.) led the pitching staff with a 1.59 ERA in 22.2 innings of work. He went 3-1 and struck out 17. Senior Chris Mitchell (Avon, Mass.) threw 50.1 innings and recorded 6 wins in 9 starts with a 3.55 ERA. Sophomore Ryan Glendye (Litchfield, N.H.) and junior Andrew Carbone (Lynnfield, Mass.) had 3 saves apiece to tie a team single-­season record of 6 saves with the 2011 squad. Glendye led the team in innings pitched with 51.1 and won 4 times. He also collected 5 complete games, which ranked him 20th in the nation. Juniors Brady Dion (Sabattus, Maine) and Bobby Madden (Malden, Mass.) garnered NAC All-Academic awards for the 2nd straight season. MEN’S TENNIS (14-11; 6-0 NAC EAST) The team won its 6th straight NAC East Division title, 5th consecutive NAC/NEAC crossover championship, and earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament for the 5th time in program history.

Thurber had his best offensive year at the plate in 2017. He was tied for the team lead with 3 home runs and was tied for 2nd with 18 RBIs. Thurber also ranked 2nd on the squad with a .484 slugging percentage to go along with his 28 hits and 5 doubles. He played and started in 29 games. Junior Andrew Pratt (New Sharon, Maine) was named to the NAC Baseball Sportsmanship Team. Pratt played and started 21 games as a catcher; he finished the season with 13 hits and 5 RBIs and threw out 7 would-be base stealers. Senior Nathan Frongillo (Haverhill, Mass.) led the Chargers with 131 at-bats in his final season. He also was tied for the team lead with 3 home runs. He was 2nd in doubles (7), tied for 2nd in RBIs (18) and tied for 3rd in hits (33). After Frongillo’s impressive 4 years at Colby-Sawyer, his .329 career batting average is tied for

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Ryan Sawyer receives his NAC Tournament MVP award from NAC Commissioner Marcella Zalot after the Chargers won their sixth straight title.



10th highest in school history. He ranks 7th in career hits with 140 and is tied for 7th in doubles with 26. Frongillo is 5th in games played with 127, and 10th in total bases with 186.


Colby-Sawyer finished the season 14-11 overall and went undefeated in conference play for the 6th straight season. The Chargers are 34-0 since joining the NAC in 2012. They won the NAC East Division with a 9-0 victory over Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the semifinals and a 6-0 sweep over Thomas in the finals. Senior Ryan Sawyer (Edgartown, Mass.) was named NAC East Division Tournament MVP, while senior Dean Boodakian (Burlington, Mass.) and junior Ryan Broderick (Londonderry, N.H.) earned nods to the All-Tournament Team.

Tori Delaney was one of seven Chargers to compete at the IHSA Regionals this year.

The team went on to play NAC West Division winners Penn State Berks and won 9-0 to advance to the NCAA Tournament. coming in the 2nd position and a victory at the top spot. For the 2nd season in a row, the Chargers were in a lengthy 1st round matchup before falling to Baruch 5-3 to end the season at 14-11. Junior Gustav Jigrup (Gothenburg, Vastra Frolunda, Sweden), sophomore Alex Wright (St. Austell, Cornwall, England) and Boodakian each won singles matches against the Bearcats. Jigrup was again named NAC Player of the Year. Jigrup, Wright and Boodakian were named All-NAC First Team Singles. Jigrup and Wright earned All-NAC Doubles First Team accolades along with Boodakian and Sawyer. Sawyer also garnered All-NAC Second Team Singles honors. Broderick was named to the NAC Sportsmanship Team. He went 9-3 in singles and won all 3 conference matches. Jigrup continued to have a positive impact on the NAC’s East Division, earning back-to-back conference Player of the Year honors. He led the squad with a 16-8 singles record, while also going 4-0 in conference action at the top flight. In NAC East doubles competition, he went 4-0 with a 3-0 record at No. 1 and 1-0 at No. 2. During the fall season, Jigrup earned the B Singles title at the Nichols College Tennis Invitational, winning both of his matches in straight sets over players from Clark and Nichols. Wright and Boodakian tied for 2nd on the team with 15 wins apiece. Wright played at the top 3 spots throughout the season with 10 wins coming at No. 2. He went 3-0 in NAC matches at the 2nd flight and dropped only 3 games total. Boodakian saw action in the 2-5 slots during the season and won all 4 of his NAC matches in straight sets. He went 4-0 at No. 3, 4-1 at No. 4, 1-0 at No. 2 and 6-3 at No. 5. He finished his career tied for 4th in total victories with 88, 3rd in doubles wins with 45, and 7th in singles victories with 43. Jigrup and Wright combined for a 10-5 doubles record at the top spot throughout the season. The duo won all 3 NAC matches without dropping more than 1 game. Boodakian and Sawyer led the Chargers with 15 wins on the season. The seniors went 3-0 in NAC matches with 2 wins

Sawyer finished his career ranked 10th in doubles victories with 35. First-year students Cam Lynch (Haverhill, Mass.) and Matt Burke (Milford, Conn.) each earned NAC Rookie of the Week awards. EQUESTRIAN The team, which competes in the fall and spring, had 7 riders qualify for the spring Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) Regional Championship: seniors Tori Delaney (Centerville, Mass.), Kristin Lambert (Lyman, Maine), Hannah LaRoche (Gilmanton, N.H.), Stephanie Raffa (Rye, N.H.) and Anna Werge (N. Grosvenordale, Conn.); junior Emma Schick (Newfields, N.H.); and sophomore Maggie Kinder (Pike, N.H.). Delaney ranked 10th overall in the open division. She placed 4th in intermediate fences and 6th in intermediate flat. Werge placed 5th in intermediate flat, while Schick placed 6th in novice fences. Many riders came away with impressive results throughout the season. At the opening show hosted by Middlebury, LaRoche

EQUESTRIAN TEAM HAS NEW HOME After four years of training at West Meadow Stables in Bradford, N.H., the equestrian program has signed an agreement with Twin Ridge Farm in Warner, N.H., to become the Chargers’ home facility. “The team looks forward to operating out of our new home at Twin Ridge Farm,” said Head Coach Pam Payson. “Owner Jeri Nieder is known for the excellent care she gives all the horses at the farm and for providing a top-notch facility. We’re excited by the prospect of working indoors in a heated facility this winter. Beautiful new footing and lots of outdoor riding both in and out of the ring will be positive additions to our experience.”

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was tied for Reserve High Point Rider. She was 1st in novice fences and 2nd in novice flat. Senior Maddy Dionne (Candia, N.H.) took home a blue ribbon after winning beginner walk, trot, canter.

Colby-Sawyer finished the season ranked 15th in the nation with 15.53 draw controls per game and 23rd in the country with a .484 free position percentage.

At the University of Vermont show, Schick earned Reserve High Point Rider accolades and took top honors in novice flat and novice fences, while LaRoche won the novice flat.

Sophomore Brittany Ireland (Amherst, N.H.) was named Rookie of the Year.

Delaney was the Reserve High Point Rider at the team’s home show and earned a blue ribbon in the intermediate flat, which qualified her for regionals. She also placed 2nd in intermediate fences. Kinder pointed up to novice after a 4th in advanced walk, trot, canter and qualified for regionals. Schick took 1st in novice fences. First-year student Delia Denelle (Duxbury, Mass.) led the Chargers in their 1st trip to the Dartmouth Riding Center. She was 1st in novice fences and 5th in novice flat. Dionne pointed up to the advanced division after placing 2nd in beginner walk, trot, canter. At UNH, Denelle and Schick were 1st in novice fences, while firstyear student Kassi Hyde (Kensington, N.H.) won the novice flat. Denelle continued her impressive run at Endicott and took 1st in novice fences for the 3rd straight show. The team ended the fall with a great showing at Dartmouth before returning in the spring for the regional championship. WOMEN’S LACROSSE (10-7; 6-3 NAC) The Chargers reached the postseason for the 13th straight season and appeared in an NAC semifinal for the 4th straight year. The Chargers went 10-7 overall and 6-3 in conference play to earn the NAC tournament’s 4th seed. They cruised to an 18-12 victory over Husson but fell to eventual champion Castleton in a 15-13 semifinal matchup. Senior Meghan Castellano (Wallingford, Conn.) and junior Nicole Lavigne (Berlin, Vt.) were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Lavigne was named to the All-NAC First Team for the 3rd straight season. Ireland, junior Courtney Lampert (Derry, N.H.) and sophomore Sierra Schuster (Hopkinton, N.H.) earned All-NAC Second Team accolades. Sophomore Bethany Fennessey (Windham, N.H.) represented the Chargers on the All-NAC Sportsmanship Team. Ireland became the 2nd Charger to garner conference rookie of the year honors and the 1st since Becky Shaffer ’06 in 2003. Ireland finished 3rd on the team with 45 points on 30 goals and 15 assists. She also was 3rd with 52 ground balls and 4th with 35 draw controls. The sophomore standout finished the conference regular season with 26 points on 17 goals and 9 assists to go along with 25 ground balls, 19 draw controls and 7 caused turnovers. She started in all 9 conference games, while tallying at least 3 points in 5 games and posting a notable 93.1 shots-ongoal percentage. The rookie scored 2 or more goals in 5 conference matchups, including 4 games in which she found the back of the net at least 3 times and 6 games in which she dished at least 1 assist. Ireland was selected twice as NAC Rookie of the Week and once as ECAC Rookie of the Week. In addition to being named to the All-NAC First Team, Lavigne was named to the ECAC Division III North Women’s Lacrosse First Team. Lavigne continued her ascent up the all-time program ranks and is now 6th in career points (184) and goals (154). She recorded the 3rd most points in a season in 2017 and led the Chargers with 83 and tallied the 2nd most goals in a season with 68. The junior collected team-highs in ground balls (54) and draw controls (88). She ranked 15th in the nation in goals, 14th in free position goals per game (1.29), 17th in free position percentage (.647), 21st in goals per game (4.0), and 40th in points, and was twice named NAC Player of the Week.


Schuster was 2nd on the team with 58 points, 52 goals and 64 draw controls. The sophomore recorded a remarkable 6 game-winning goals. She also led the team with 41 caused turnovers and ranked 50th in the nation with 2.41 per game. Schuster tied Lavigne for the team lead with 54 ground balls. Schuster ranked 6th in conference games with 30 goals and tied for 4th in all games. She also ranked in the conference’s top-10 in other categories including points (8th, 35), ground balls (7th, 33), draw controls (5th, 41) and caused turnovers (4th, 27). Schuster was named a NAC Player of the Week.

Meghan Castellano is the all-time leader in wins with 32.

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Lampert started in all 17 games as one of the Chargers’ top defenders. She was 4th on the team with 13 caused turnovers and ranked 5th with 23 ground balls. She added a career best 4

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL AND WOMEN’S RUGBY COMING IN 2018–19 The Athletics Department is pleased to announce the addition of men’s volleyball and women’s rugby to its varsity sport offerings, which will begin competition in the 2018–19 academic year. These additions increase Colby-Sawyer’s varsity sport offerings to 23. Colby-Sawyer’s move to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference in 2018 coincides with the decision to add men’s volleyball. Rugby as a club sport has been a staple at Colby-­ Sawyer since it was established in 1998 and has seen much success. The team, which boasts a 75-48 program record, is affiliated with the New England Rugby Football Union and has won 5 conference titles. Colby-Sawyer also has 5 divisional second place finishes and 5 nonconference spring 7s championships. Read more at

goals this season. Her best statistical game came in a 19-1 win over Johnson State when she had 2 goals, 4 ground balls and 4 caused turnovers. Fennessey played in all 17 games and earned 9 starts. She ranked 4th on the team with 35 ground balls and 5th with 12 caused turnovers. She picked up a season best 6 ground balls in victories over Lyndon and Thomas and added an impressive 6 caused turnovers at Thomas, the most by a Charger this year. Castellano, who was named a NAC Defensive Player of the Week, improved her program record win total to 32. She also moved into 6th in career saves with 335. Junior Molly Mulcahy (Nashua, N.H.) moved into 9th in career assists with 35. She was 3rd on the team this season with 12. First-year student Grace Vosburgh (Ludlow, Vt.) earned an NAC Rookie of the Week honor after recording 7 points on 5 goals and 2 assists in the season’s final week. She helped the team earn an 18-12 win over Husson in the NAC Quarterfinals, scoring 3 times, while adding an assist, 5 ground balls and a caused turnover. Lavigne, junior Carli Chiodo (Madbury, N.H.) and junior Jesse Murch (Poland, Maine) were named to the NAC All-Academic Team for the 2nd straight season, while Fennessey earned her 1st nod to the team.

INDOOR/OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD Colby-Sawyer showcased its talent throughout New England with an indoor season that set 11 women’s records; the men broke 10 records. During the outdoor season, both teams were named conference champions for the 2nd straight year, and Rasheed Foster (Sandy Bay, Hanover, Jamaica) competed at the NCAA Championships for the 2nd straight year. Twelve men and 8 women went to the New England Indoor Championships. The men included Foster, seniors Brandon Legendre (Waterford, Vt.), Scott Shaw (Norfolk, Conn.) and Semaj Spence (Fort William District, Highland, Scotland); juniors Matt Carl (Kingston, N.Y.), Kody Frye (Keene, N.H.), Karl Nyholm (Concord, Mass.) and Curtis Warren (Morrill, Maine); and sophomores Kyle Diezel (Pittsford, Vt.) and Alex Wright (St. Austell, Cornwall, England); and first-year students Michael Bullen (Franklin, Mass.) and Liam Fleming (Orford, N.H.). The 4x400 relay team of Legendre, Frye, Diezel and Bullen posted a 3:37.79 school record. Legendre came away with an individual record in the 800m run. He finished 8th in a new fastest time of 1:57.47 and earned All-New England honors. Foster earned a pair of All-New England honors in the 60m and 200m dashes. After posting the top time of 7.01 in the 60m prelims, he followed with a 7.03 time in the finals to place 4th. He then finished 2nd in the 200 at 22.33. Carl competed in the heptathlon and set school records in points (3,960), the 60m hurdles (9.38) and tied the 1.75m high jump record. Representing the women’s team were seniors Emily Lopez (Lincolnville, Maine), Rachel Quaye (Westminster, Mass.) and Kylee Parker (Winterport, Maine); sophomores Johanna DeVries (New Braintree, Mass.), Michaela Peabody (Jefferson, Maine) and Alley Rogers (Middleton, N.H.); and first-year students Alison Fairbairn (Dover, N.H.) and Nia Fraser (W. Hartford, Conn.). The 4x800 relay team of Lopez, Parker, Rogers and Fairbairn broke the previous school record by 20 seconds to finish with a 10:32.93 combined time. Quaye collected an All-New England award by placing 5th in the shot put with a 12.13m distance. Seven Chargers competed at the ECAC Championships: Carl, Foster, Legendre and Nyholm represented the men, while the women’s team sent Lopez, Parker and Quaye. Nyholm and Quaye turned in All-ECAC performances in the shot put. Quaye finished 6th with a 12.21m distance, while Nyholm placed 7th with a 15.17m distance. Lopez beat her own school record in the 800m run with 2:21.65. Foster finished 2nd out of 21 in 22.30 in the 200m dash and finished 4th in the 60m dash in 7.00 to earn All-ECAC honors in both events. Students set several program records throughout the regular season in addition to a great postseason. Foster set records in the 60m and 200m dashes and a meet record in the 200. He

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broke the 60m dash record with a 6.99 time to finish 3rd and won the 200, setting a school record time of 22.18. Lopez set a record in the 1,000m run with 3:17.09. Fraser improved her own school record in the long jump to 4.98m. Nyholm broke the weight throw record with a new mark of 13.34m. The 4x800 relay team of Legendre, Wright and sophomores Matt Royer (S. Burlington, Vt.) and Bruin Smith (Cohoes, N.Y.) set a record with an 8:43.99 time. Legendre also came away with a 1:10.94 record time in the 500m. Parker set a program record time of 5:31.04 in the mile, broke her own school record in the 5k with an 18:49.38 time, and set another record in the 3000m with 10:52.94. Fraser lowered her school record time to 8.55 in the 60m dash, while DeVries posted a record 2.95m height in the pole vault and set a triple jump record with 9.99m. Spence set a new standard in the 400m dash with a 53.39 time. The Colby-Sawyer men and women won back-to-back NAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Sally Shaw Veitch Track & Field. The men compiled 216 points to win by 89 points, while the women edged 2nd place over Husson by half a point. Junior Emmani Robinson (Newburgh, N.Y.) won the shot put for the 3rd straight season with a meet record distance of 12.81m and was named All-NAC. Fraser posted a school record distance of 5.17m to win the long jump and earn All-Conference honors. Sophomore Amanda Martin (Amesbury, Mass.) also earned a school record in the triple jump with a winning distance of 10.64m. She was named All-NAC for her performance. Parker won the 1500m in 5:05.54 and 5000m in a meet record time of 19:36.87 to earn All-NAC honors in each event.

Rasheed Foster at the starting blocks of the NCAA Championship 100m dash.

Lopez was an All-NAC honoree after winning the 800m run for the 2nd straight year with a 2:20.41 time. Sophomore Shari Rainville (Highgate Center, Vt.) crossed the finish line first in the 100m hurdles in 17.49 to give the Chargers 10 points and placed 2nd in the pole vault to be named All-NAC in both events. Quaye earned All-NAC accolades for winning the javelin for the 3rd time with a 35.48m mark. Also earning All-NAC honors for finishing either 1st or 2nd in an event at the NAC Championship were Fairbairn (3000m steeplechase) and the 4x100m relay team of junior Kate LaPorte (Montpelier, Vt.) and first-year student Alexis LaPointe (Abington, Mass.), Rainville and Fraser. Warren took the top spot in the pole vault for the 2nd straight year with a school record mark of 4.30m and placed 2nd in the 110m hurdles in 17.39 to earn All-NAC awards in each event. Foster earned a pair of victories and All-NAC honors for the Chargers in the sprints with meet records in the 100m dash (10.98) and the 200m dash (22.46). Diezel posted the top time in the 400m dash for the 2nd year in a row. He finished with a meet record time of 51.27 and earned All-NAC accolades. Legendre won the 1500m for the 2nd straight season in 4:16.31 and came in 2nd in the 800m with 2:00.46 to garner All-NAC awards in each event. The Chargers won both relay events. The 4x100 team of sophomore Eric Morin (N. Sutton, N.H.), Diezel, Spence and Foster clocked in at 43.77, while Diezel, Morin, Frye and Legendre teamed to win the 4x400 in 3:33.44. Each team was named All-NAC. Nyholm won 2 events for the 2nd year in a row. He took the top spot in the shot put with a 14.70m mark and followed with a meet record distance of 39.89m in the discus. In addition to AllNAC awards in the shot put and discus, Nyholm was recognized for a 2nd place in the hammer. Fleming took top honors in the 3000m steeplechase in a 10:43.86 time and was named All-NAC.


Also earning All-NAC honors for the men were Spence (200m), Shaw (5000m, 3000m steeplechase) and junior David Meola (Barneveld, N.Y.) in javelin. For the 2nd year in a row, Foster was named NAC Track Athlete of the Year, while Nyholm was named NAC Field Athlete of the Year. Head coach Lyndsay Ostler was chosen as the men’s Coach

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of the Year and women’s Co-Coach of the Year for the 2nd time after leading both squads to back-to-back championships. Carl and Parker represented the Chargers on the All-NAC Sports­ manship Team.

Nyholm collected 12 top-4 finishes, including 5 victories, in the discus, hammer and shot put events. He was the NAC Field Athlete of the Week for all 5 weeks the award was given and earned 3 ECAC DIII Field Athlete of the Week awards. Colby-Sawyer had 7 individual and 4 relay entries at this year’s New England Outdoor Championships. Highlighting the Chargers’ efforts was the 4x400 men’s relay team of Carl, Diezel, Morin and sophomore Chris Martin (Bristol, Conn.). The team set a school record with a 3:27.12 time to break the previous mark of 3:28.27 set earlier in the year. Robinson turned in an All-New England performance in the shot put, placing 2nd out of 25 with a distance of 12.71m. Nyholm collected 2 All-New England honors in the shot put and discus, finishing 7th in the shot put with a distance of 14.48m and 7th in the discus with a mark of 41.94m. Colby-Sawyer had another successful trip to the ECAC Outdoor Championships in 2017. Foster ran to a school record time of 10.60 in the 100m dash prelims and won the finals with 10.61 to earn All-ECAC honors. Warren also collected All-ECAC honors after achieving a 4.15m height to finish 5th in the pole vault. Quaye placed 6th in the javelin with a 35.06m distance for an All-ECAC performance. Shaw clocked in at 34:07.64 to finish 4th in the 10000m run and earn All-ECAC accolades.


Foster, who was named NAC Track Athlete of the Week and ECAC DIII New England Track Athlete of the Week 4 times throughout the season, totaled 5 wins in the 100m dash and 4 victories in the 200m dash against competitors from around New England. Nia Fraser jumps to a school record at the NAC Championship, won by the Chargers.

their heat and finished 4th overall with a season best time of 42.65 to earn All-ECAC honors. Foster represented Colby-Sawyer for the 2nd straight season at the NCAA Division III National Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He earned a spot in the 100m dash and was seeded No. 10 in the prelims with a 10.61 time. Foster posted the 10.60 school record time in the prelims and won the event with 10.61 in the finals. At nationals, Foster finished 17th with 10.84. At the conclusion of the indoor season, Foster and Nyholm earned United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region honors. Foster earned a pair in the 60m and 200m, while Nyholm was honored for the shot put. After the outdoor season, Foster added All-Region accolades for the 100m and 200m. Nyholm and Robinson garnered honors for the shot put. Prior to the outdoor postseason, the Chargers posted several school records in the weeks prior. DeVries achieved a school record height of 2.80m in the pole vault at Smith and Fitchburg State. Parker came away with school records in the 5000m (18:34.72) and the 10000m (39:53.94). Nyholm set a new standard in the discus with a 43.92m toss. Parker and Quaye were named NAC All-Academic for the 2nd straight season. Sophomores Natalie Ellard (Rockland, Mass.) and Martin were honored for the 1st time.

Robinson won the shot put event and earned All-ECAC honors with a school record toss of 13.64m. Quaye also collected AllECAC honors by finishing 7th with a distance of 11.72m.

Warren represented the men’s team with his 2nd straight NAC All-Academic honor.  ®

Nyholm finished 5th in the discus with a distance of 42.10m and 7th in the shot put with a distance of 13.96m to earn All-ECAC awards in each event.

Ryan Emerson is Colby-Sawyer’s Sports Information Director. He holds a B.S. from Western New England University and an M.B.A. from Providence College.

The 4x100 relay team of Diezel, Foster, Spence and Morin won

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alumni news

news from alumni relations COLBY-SAWYER COLLEGE

Homecoming october

13 – 15, 2017

Join your fellow alumni, parents, families and friends on the beautiful Colby-Sawyer campus for Homecoming. Enjoy alumni and varsity sporting events, faculty-led workshops and talks, Alumni Mountain Day, and socializing with old and new friends. Don’t miss this chance to catch up with your classmates and your college during this fun fall weekend in New London! Reunion celebrations for the following classes will take place during Homecoming: 1937, 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012.

To All of Our Loyal D onors, Thank you for making Colby-S awyer a priorit y in your philan throp ic giving this year. Your support help s us make a difference in the lives of our st uden t s. We hope you think of us in the fu ture as well. Thank You!

JOIN US FOR A COLBY-SAWYER EVENT NEAR YOU President Susan D. Stuebner looks forward to connecting with alumni across the country. Visit alumni/events for details about where you can meet President Stuebner and hear the latest updates about Colby-Sawyer. Colby-Sawyer thanks our recent event hosts: Sandra Couch-Kelly ’87 Falmouth, Maine Heather Melanson Stiles ’90 New London, N.H. Joe Doud ’09 Burlington, Vt. Susan Carroll Hassett ’79 Marblehead, Mass. In June, local alumni spoke at a pre-orientation event for incoming first-year students. They emphasized the value of internships, the sense of community at Colby-Sawyer and the importance of taking advantage of all the opportunities that the college offers. back, l – r: Elizabeth Abbott ’17, R.N. at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Jon Nicholas ’06, director of Sales Operations at Red River; Katelyn Stravinsky McPherson ’11, assistant athletics director for Peak Performance at Dartmouth College. front, l – r: Kassie Pike ’12, CEO/ Founder of KPike Consulting Solutions; Rachel Quaye ’17, operations manager at New London Outing Club; Jenisha Shrestha ’14, community development assistant at PermaCity Life; Sean Ahern ’09, scholar in residence at Colby-Sawyer and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Buffalo.

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Constance Alley French was inspired by the college’s new Center for Art + Design to share about her life. After graduation, she went to Scott Carbee School of Art in Boston, then worked as a greeting card artist until she married. She’s had several art shows with the Chatham Art Guild and Beverly Art Society. Her daughter, Laury Priest Lacy ’62, also studied art and worked as the art director for Teton Data Systems in Jackson, WY. Constance, who lives with her daughter in VT, says, “I am 101 and still doing artwork – cards for Christmas every year and painted stools for grandchildren.”


RUTH ANDERSON PADGETT Good to hear from all those still standing (or not). When asked for news, just send us a simple hello, which tells us you’re still here! Susan Roberts Bean keeps in touch with Jane Seccombe Rice and Ruth Wilgus Rockwell, who enjoys life in an Episcopal retirement home in Atlanta. Susan writes, “On a visit last fall to our son in Norwich, VT, we had the surprise good fortune to visit Colby-Sawyer on Homecoming Weekend.” In May, Susan and Ed moved to Wheelock Terrace in Hanover, NH, and they welcome visitors. Elizabeth Bryant Parker says hello from her retirement community in Windsor, CT. She has family in Keene, NH. Joan “Smitty” Smith McIver from Rochester, NY, is still functioning and with 95-yearold hubby. Congrats to you on that! She was looking look forward to her first great-grandchild. Nancy Dean Maynard is getting as many cortisone shots as the doctor will give

her. She has lots of family nearby and quotes her late mother-in-law: “Old age ain’t no bed of roses.” Amen! Nancy Teachout Gardner has moved back to MA to be near family, including 3 greats. Shirley “Shal” Glidden Splaine spent a good winter in FL but arrived home in NH the day of a foot of snow. It was just waiting for you, Shal, so you wouldn’t forget what it looks like. Shal has 2 of the cutest, smartest great grandboys! I’ll put my 2 right up there as well.


CORRESPONDENT NEEDED After 45 years with Acorn Manufacturing, Martha T. Klenk retired last April. She now goes to Mansfield Senior Center for exercise Mondays and Wednesdays. She has 2 great-grandsons who live in Conway, NH. Cornella Fay Wilder writes, “There are not many of us now contributing to Colby-Sawyer, which we so enjoyed and benefited from during the years it was Colby Junior College. Those steady contributors so enjoy talking with me as their agent. We love hearing about those of us who are still here, now thinking about how to be ready when we are called for our next great adventure up in the clouds. We are still a happy group of Colby Junior students of long, long ago. We want everyone to enjoy the college as much as we did.”


PHYLLIS “LES” HARTY WELLS As the seasons go by, our column gets smaller and smaller. Winter usually brings a lot of cards, but we received very few this time. Jane Maynard Gibson wished me

Christmas greetings and thanked me for keeping the news going for almost 35 years! Fran Wannerstrom Clark sent a photo of the beautiful snowy woods behind her apartment. One reason she relocated to Covenant Village in Cromwell, CT, was for her balcony’s unobstructed view! She enjoyed another vacation at her FL daughter’s home, The Nesi Resort. While there, she was invited to join her daughter and son-in-law on a tour of Prague and Salzburg in May. She said the quickest yes ever! Great news from Ann Wyllie Jarrett, who reached 5 years of being cancer free! Her 1/4 mile swimming laps have accumulated to 56 miles, and she is sure that swimming and hiking have health benefits that soothe the soul. Ann and her daughters had heard the raves about the musical “Hamilton” and plunked down $177 each for seats. They had prepared by reading Ron Chernow’s book and listening to the CD. Seeing the original cast was thrilling. In Feb, Ann and friends took a 2-week painting trip to Folly, SC. They enjoyed their beach cottage and were mesmerized by the ever-changing Atlantic Ocean. They worshipped in the Mother Emmanuel church and found the congregation welcoming, loving and forgiving. Ann also had a special experience with members of her Wilmington church when they joined a pilgrimage to Iona, a small island off the western coast of Scotland considered one of the world’s holiest places. After an overnight flight, 2 buses and 2 ferries, they finally arrived. This trip had been on Ann and Howie’s “bucket list” for years. Like most of us, Ann recently celebrated the big 89–she’s in good health, knock on wood! She was about to leave for Amsterdam with son Bill and his family. They’ll meet up with 2 couples who went rafting through the Grand Canyon with them in 1989. They’re also renting a boat and boatman to take them through major and minor canals. Her “kids” will bike one day while she paints, and she remembers having great fun once biking with Howie in the Netherlands. Cornelia “Nini” Hawthorne Maytag had her usual super busy Christmas. We had fun emailing back and forth about

some of the crazy songs we loved while at CJC. Among them, “Celery Stalks Along the Highway” (Nini still has the record!), “Hoodle Addle,” and Ted Weems’s “Heartache.” I can remember that most of the dorms’ living rooms were “dance halls” many afternoon and evenings! Mase and I, Phyllis “Les” Harty Wells, still love life at Oak Hammock CCRC. There’s never a dull moment. Several of the younger women in their 60s/70s have great, imaginative parties for most holidays, and for anything else that comes to mind! It’s late April as I write this, but summer is upon us with temps in the low 90s. The seasons switch very fast in FL, so just about the time I decide to clean out our garage, it changes to the 90s. I’m foiled most every year. Wouldn’t you think I’d have learned by now?


ELIZABETH REYNOLDS MATTHEWS After a lengthy hospital visit and recovery from a torn aorta, I’m ready to receive news from my classmates – what are you doing? I spent time with 2 daughters in CO while my youngest, Ellen, battled brain cancer. I left in April following a memorial in Boulder. This past winter I spent 3.5 glorious months in Grand Harbor, Vero Beach, FL. My sister Joan Reynolds Irish ’50 and I volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, marking goods at the ReStore. Joan and husband Peter live in Harbor Links in Grand Harbor a good part of the year. My second daughter, Gigi, and husband, Bob, abandon Dillon, CO, in the chilly months and are remodeling a condo in Long Boat Key, FL. In March, they and my son Richard visited to celebrate my brother Chuck’s 90th birthday on Marsh Island, FL. Susan Wilbur Caruso ’83 wrote to pay tribute to her mother, Nancy Nespor Wilbur MT, who passed away March 7, 2017. Susan says, “She was the reason I attended Colby-Sawyer and the reason I’m a med tech at Concord Hospital today. She was an active role model to many, including her 3 beloved granddaughters. She set

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high standards as an athlete, sports spectator and especially as a volunteer right up until she passed. She was an avid golfer and curler and the best cribbage player I knew. One of our favorite CSC events was attending the celebration of Rebecca “Becky” Brewster Irving ’42 MT with many other med techs. She made great friends and lasting relationships at Colby Junior College and always had a special place in her heart for the great experience she had there. Cheers to you, Mom!”


ROBERTA GREEN DAVIS 107 Columbia Avenue Swarthmore, PA 19081 Barbara Mandelstam Depaolo writes, “My second husband passed away in 2011. I met my significant other, Donald, in June 2016. After 2 hip replacements and cataract surgery, I found love again.” Ruth Gray Pratt’s husband, Paul, died at home on Feb 1, 2017. She says, “I was blessed with a wonderful husband for 58 years! Paul enjoyed going to our class reunions and became our mascot. In June, my neighbor at Hilltop, Mary Loudon Eckert and I will meet for lunch halfway between New London and Scarborough, ME. Mary continues to be independent despite serious vision loss. Joan White Snively lives at Piper Shores. We 3 enjoy a friendship that has grown since we left Colby Jr.”

Susan Wilbur Caruso ’83 and her mother, Nancy Nespor Wilbur ’49 MT, who passed away March 7.

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MARILYN WOODS ENTWISTLE Once again, Sarah “Sae” Bond Gilson was first with news, this time about her and Ben’s plans to visit Scotland and England in May. Mary Jane “Fritzie” Fritzinger Moeller had some “health bumps,” then went to Honolulu in April with daughter, Jeanne. It was Jeanne’s turn to repeat her 2 brothers’ trip of 2015, staying in the Halekulani resort, a family tradition dating to the 1900s. As part of their trip, they toured the islands aboard the Princess of America. Sally “Itchie” Hueston Day went to Chicago to see her beautiful 7th great-grandchild born in Dec, then headed to NYC to see her adorable 8th great-grandchild born in Feb. Itchie has 9 grandchildren spread around the world, and they know Gram loves to travel and visit. When I called, she’d just returned from England and Scotland; Itchie is itching to go everywhere! Sylvia “Dickie” Cookman Hnat, still enjoys Naples, FL. She’s recovering from some major “health bumps” (to use Fritzie’s words) and is active in the FL Colonial Dames. She often heads north to visit her 8 grandchildren in NJ and MA and to familiar vacation spots in ME. My old roommate Nancy Angell and her Bob live a quiet life in AL while still square dancing and belonging to what turned out to be the “Too-Late-at-Night-Supper Club” that soon changed to a much livelier “Lunch Bunch.” They looked forward to seeing granddaughter LeAnne receive her doctorate in physical therapy from the U of North GA. Nancy “Shum” Shumway Adams heard from Jane “MJ” Montgomery, who called after reading about Shum’s accident. Shum told her she was doing well, living in a condo in Pine Hills in Plymouth, MA. Betty Carlson Salomon and Shum came here in March to continue our pact to keep skiing. The weather gave us only one good day. On the first run, Shum got off the lift and lost her balance in some deep, soft snow. Three nice old guys got off the lift, picked her up and brushed her off, ending with one commenting

politely, “If you don’t mind, I’ll brush off your tush, too.” When I saw him later, I told him he was going to be in my magazine column. I’ll end this by urging you all to come to our 65th Reunion, Homecoming Weekend, Oct 13 –15.


JO-ANNE GREENE COBBAN Greetings to all, and special thanks to those sending news. One can’t step away from this loyal group that shows continued interest in the college and support for Susan D. Stuebner, 9th president of CSC! Barbara Rogers Berndt welcomed great-grandson Andrew in March. His mom is a nurse at Mass Gen Hosp, and Barbara’s granddaughter is studying to be a nurse practitioner. Louise “Weezie” Moser Stoops has lived in her house in New Canaan, CT, for 47 years. She has 3 children close by with 4 grandchildren. Four other grandkids live with Weezie’s oldest daughter and their dad, where all enjoy 6 months in Hilton Head together. Glenice Hobbs Harmon spent the winter in Austin, TX, with her oldest daughter, Valery, and family. After a brief return to NH to enjoy the ocean, she’ll return to a warmer climate, her exercise classes and other activities. Anne Batchelor De Grazia lost her husband a year ago. She will remain in GA, as her health is good and her youngest son and family live nearby and visit often. Shirley Wright Cantara lost her husband, Bill, in April while living in Plymouth, MA, and is considering moving to ME. Anne Dwyer Milne reports, “CSC sponsors continuing education through a program called Adventures in Learning, and I enjoy taking at least one course each season. The courses are very good and well worth my hour drive to New London.” Helen Johnson Sargent writes, “We spend summers in ME and the rest of the year in SC, with a mix of domestic and European trips each spring and fall. We traveled to San Diego this spring for our 10th anniversary, and Portugal in April to mark our 65th high school reunion from Wellesley High in MA. Whew – time flies. Plans are in the

works for Kiev and Odessa for 2018. It’s such a delight to keep in touch with the activities of my 9 grandchildren and soon an 11th great-grandchild. Dick and I remain healthy and superhappy. Life is good!” Margot Thompson began her spring travels visiting friends in Ashville, NC, and had a mid-summer visit to Cape Cod: “After growing up in New England, I’m finally getting to that area 50 years later.” Joan Potter Nelson writes, “I have 3 grandsons from my son Bill and 2 children from Suzie: a son who lives in Charleston, SC; and a daughter who graduated from Bowdoin, worked in China for 3 years and returned to Duke to attend business school. She has just graduated and is employed by Goldman Sachs in NY.” In May, Barbara Dennett Howard’s grandson Matthew earned his master’s in business and marketing from Endicott College; he’s accepted a position with Everquote in Cambridge, MA. Janet Hofmann Hansen and husband Tobey continue to be healthy and happy in Carlsbad, CA. She loves volunteering at the Carlsbad Flower Fields. They spend summers in Harbor Springs, MI, for 4 months. Agnes Lind Werring writes from Norway, “In my 85th year, I still take care of house and garden. I also have a cottage in the country where I have fruit trees and berries! Do a bit of embroidery as well. Just got a new hip, which works wonderfully! Love to all.” I, Jo-Anne Greene Cobban, have lived in my Keene, NH, home for 51 yrs. I attended my 35th reunion (Class of ’82) at Keene State College, enjoy classes at the Cheshire Academy of Lifelong Learning, and had a spring visit to the New London Historical Society and the CSC campus, where I saw the Class of 1954 articles on display in the archives.


come back for your 65th reunion oct. 13–15!


GRETCHEN DAVIS HAMMER It has been a joy to hear from all who wrote! Judy Engel Hunter was coming east in May to attend her granddaughter Abigail’s graduation from Northfield Mount Hermon. Abigail will attend Dartmouth, the third generation to do so. After graduation, Judy was off to CT for an overdue reunion with Ellie Faulkner Jones. Rosie Carhart Keenan, who always has news, claims to have none – now, that IS news! She is busy with high school reunions and being her high school class agent. Marcia Symmes Harmon sold her house in Kennebunkport, ME, in April. Liz Gunter Visvis and her husband, Chris, plan to attend Homecoming in Oct and especially look forward to the opening of the new Center for Art + Design. Art has been a passion for her, starting during her first year at Colby, and she’s thrilled this building is now a reality. The opening exhibit will be part of Beverly Stearns Bernson’s art collection, curated by CSC professor Bert Yarborough. Beverly writes, “It’s a great treat for me and my family. Thanks to all at Colby-Sawyer for honoring me in this way. It will be fun for me to share all my years of collecting. A catalog is being put together with the help of students. See you in Oct!” Stephanie Brown Reininger must also be looking forward to the opening of the new art center. This summer, she led 2 watercolor weekends in her garden and around the village of Lyme, NH – one for Osher at Dartmouth and another for AVA. This spring, Stephanie had a showing at Long River Gallery in White River Junction, VT; in June, she was headed to Ireland to join a Smithsonian group. Her website is Nancy Mudge Sycamore and Hugh have moved to Heritage Heights in Concord, NH, a retirement community they love. They spent 6 weeks in Denver this spring, where she celebrated a birthday with family and friends. Their younger daughter, Kristen, came from Seattle to join the festivities. Another daughter, Beth, is in Chicago with her husband (who commutes to Krakow,

Poland!). Son Jonathan and his family live in Windham, NH. All together, Nancy and Hugh have 1 granddaughter and 4 grandsons, all growing up fast! My roomie Eloise Hamel Becker wrote a very l-o-n-g email with all kinds of wonderful news. A year ago, she sold her home and moved closer to daughter Nancy, where she enjoys walks on the beach. She still has a passion for ice skating and has worked with skaters for several years coaching, judging, etc. She’s “retired” now and enjoys volunteering in her local hospital. This has been a different year for Ken and me, starting in the fall when I had to have surgery, I recovered quickly and enjoyed the holidays while listening to Ken asking, “When is the snow going to come?” Two months into his skiing, he broke his femur in 3 places, and now both femurs sport titanium rods! His physical therapist thinks he can ski next year, though he didn’t consult me before he said that! I hope to hear from you all prior to the next column – meanwhile, stay well!


NANCY HOYT LANGBEIN Betty Coleman Lincoln doesn’t feel that old, despite being 80! This fall, she goes with her cousin and niece to New Brunswick, Canada, to visit relatives. Alice Taeffner Schauf had a busy 2016: Her children threw her a surprise 80th birthday party in Sept, including grandchildren seen on Skype, as college had begun. A fractured hip in the summer meant surgery and rehab. Alice is thinking of a retirement community, but moving all her stuff is daunting. Being clerk of the vestry and president of the altar guild keeps Alice active in her church, as does a knitting group that provides shawls, hats for the homeless and baby blankets for the just baptized. Sarah Rudy Terhune and Frank were in New London in early Oct but were sorry to miss our 60th reunion. They planned train trips this summer: Chicago in June and Austin in July, to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. Gussie Crocker Stewart has campaigned well for CSC’s much-needed new art and design

center, which will be dedicated in Oct. Gussie, an artist, believes the center will bring new visitors to the campus – let us all celebrate the arts! Ed and I, Nancy Hoyt Langbein, had dinner with Gussie and Dick at the Wayside Inn in fall ’16, along with Elinor “Daisy” DeFord Crane ’54. Great conversation and lots of laughs. Betty Boyson Tacy celebrated her 57th wedding anniversary in April. She writes, “Life at Goose Rocks Beach, ME, is wonderful. Couldn’t have made a better move than to here from New Jersey!” Joyce Carron Hall spends half the year in NJ and half in NH, where she grows a large organic vegetable garden and does lots of cooking for grandchildren and friends who visit. Marsha Smoller Winer was sorry to miss the 60th reunion; she and Nate were returning from Italy. In Jan, they were in Boston for a family event and were going to ME in June for Nate’s 60th Bowdoin reunion. They looked forward to visiting with Nancy and Ed in Brunswick. Marcie Copenhaver Barrere participates in the Coco Village Terrific Yarn Shop charity knitting program, making items for local organizations that help those in need. She enjoyed a concert at Carnegie Hall with her son in celebration of her 80th birthday. Marcie is grateful to have children Willie and Kathy close to help. I had a nice chat with Sally Marker Hayward on her birthday. She said the winter was so cold she went into hibernation. Edie Braman spent Thanksgiving with her niece and Christmas at home. Marian Babor Pearce loves living in Westerly, RI, a short drive from her children and 7 grandchildren. Barbara Bradway Stone and Harry celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in March. They have 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; they feel very fortunate. Phyllis Leader Paladino still enjoys being a flight attendant, especially since her route is to Paris.


JILL BOOTH MACDONELL Pat Kelley Lovering sent a heartfelt letter in which she identified with author Judith Viorst’s funny book on being 80. Pat’s thoughts about hitting this milestone: “Loss of jar-opening strength…love those pickle spears. Loss of memory, having been so detailed all my life. Loss of companionship of old friends. Loss of losing weight. Loss of hearing and being hampered socially with others, including at church. Loss of financial stability … where’s my SS increase? Loss of doctor/ friend after 40 years … new one doesn’t know who I am. ‘Single level,’ shout my children. ‘You’re old and something could happen to you on those stairs’ (which overlook the bay, dunes and ocean). What’s happened to their generation, which seems so self-absorbed? I’m still here, your mother, grandmother to your children, who cannot hold it together like before. It’s the pits. The plus side is faith, unexpected blessings, 4 pills a day, no more dentist (call me gummy if one more breaks off), peppy new used car (a Mini Cooper Countryman), pictures of new grandson in NYC who will visit in Sept, attitude of gratitude for all that God has done for me and mine.” Lois Hanewald Ward is keen to meet CSC’s


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new president and hopes she’ll come to CO to meet a lot of alums. Lois was glad to hear about the new Center for Art + Design. She writes, “Wish I could contribute some watercolors, since Mr. Holst at Colby launched my painting career.” Debby Kent Springer, in Boulder, recently finished heading a program feeding, clothing and counseling the homeless in her church one day a week. I, Jill Booth Macdonell, continue to photograph our homeless/unhomed brothers and sisters to raise community awareness. I hope you'll send your news, ideas, experiences on being 80, as Pat did.


CINDY GRINDROD VAN DER WYK Sandy McBeth enjoys being a snowbird; she spends 6 months at Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, FL, and 6 months in Wolfeboro, NH. For 7 years, until last year, Sandy has gone on her “Grand Tour” each Nov, visiting with friends farther south in FL, including Carol Diem Recht in Boynton Beach. Sandy writes, “Carol has a big project each year for us to tackle, sometimes redoing the kitchen or master bath. Maybe we have run out of projects!” Another reason her Grand Tour has ended: Her family has now moved away from the Jacksonville area, with Greer accepted at Penn Law, Livie at school in Ashville, NC, and Matt at Andover Academy in MA. Her son Greg is studying for the Episcopal Ministry at St. Simons Island, GA, and son Brad is a professor at Cornell. I, Cindy Grindrod van der Wyk, love my new, easy life in Henderson, CO. In some ways, it reminds me of New London!


MARSHA HALPIN JOHNSON Ginny Dana Windmuller retired in 2004 from her post as an elementary school nurse, but she returns once a week to read to students. She volunteers for Rainbows, a program for kids with a loss through death or divorce. She visits her son and family in Hoboken, NJ, and recently enjoyed a trip to Victoria,

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BC. Sounds like retirement suits you well, Ginny. This spring, Bruce and I, Marsha Halpin Johnson, took a 3-week trip to the Balkan states, a part of the world we knew little about but truly enjoyed.


PATRICIA CANBY COLHOUN Sue Barto Monks spent last Thanksgiving and Christmas in Denver, surprising her daughter Sandy for her 50th birthday, before taking her annual theater trip to London for 10 days in Jan. Additional travel included a 10-day Icelandic cruise in July and an Oct trip with her granddaughter, 14, to Churchill, Manitoba, to see the polar bears! Judy Butler Shea enjoyed skiing at Whiteface, where she often saw Alex Littna Heuston ’61. Judy is finishing her last year of watching her grandsons’ successful soccer, hockey and high school golf seasons. She and Jim enjoyed a first-time FL beach vacation with their daughter Sarah and friends. Judy recommends we read Keeper of the Olympic Flame by Michael Burgess, about her father-in-law, gold medalist Jack Shea. Sharley Janes Bryce reports that her family is happy. One granddaughter heads to college in the fall and another turned a year old. They winter in Tucson and summer in OR, stopping to see family on the way. In July, Sharley and her husband traveled to HI to celebrate their 50th anniversary. She plans to see Char Wolcott Gray and Bobbi Taeffner Kulp in the fall. Birgit Rasmussen Talbot reconnected with her high school sweetheart, Larry. She hadn’t seen him for 58 years. Larry lives in FL in the winter and in upstate NY in the summer. She lives in VT. She and Larry are spending part of the summer in VT, and Birgit spent some of the winter in FL. Many surprises in our later lives! In July, Carol Whittemore Todd took a QM2 cruise from NY to Southampton, UK, with a week in London. Her last QM2 trip took her to Paris in 2014, a fabulous retirement gift to herself. On this trip, she hoped to disco until 1:30 each morning. Her knees must be in good shape! This spring, Susie Frank Hilton and her

This photo originally appeared in the Boston Daily Record on April 1, 1958, with this caption: Colby Jr. College girls, from New London, N.H., during afternoon of skiing and snowshoeing, stop off to enjoy maple sugar party in snow. l – r: Rachelle Morency College ’60, Edith Rosenberger Davis ’60, Marybeth Lutz Dawson ’59, Karen Jorgensen Lewis ’59 and Marsha Halpin Johnson ’59. Thanks to Marsha for bringing the photo to our attention!

husband, Dick, spent a month traveling France by car. They started in Paris, and their itinerary included Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Dordogne, Carcassonne, Provence, the Luberon, the Verdon and the French Riviera. Charlotte Heyl McLaughlin lives in Princeton, NJ, and isn’t ready to downsize. Her daughter lives nearby and is the executive VP for Princeton U. One son lives in Ecuador and has a company exporting flowers; the other is a TV screenwriter and producer in Pasadena. She has 7 granddaughters, ranging from 11 months to 23 years Charlotte met an impressive CSC student from Vietnam who was an intern at Princeton and thought our alma mater was lucky to have her as such a good ambassador. Charlotte misses her roommate, Julie Dornemann Steck, who passed away from a stroke in Dec 2016. Sally Stevens Rood visited CSC with her daughter, and there were so many changes. She’ll hang on to her memories. She does a lot of reading, knitting and cooking over the winter and wished everyone a good spring. Hannah “Haydi” Caldwell Sowerwine and her husband, David, went to Nepal in Dec with 5 grandchildren (26, 18, 15, 15 and 12) and 3 parents. It was successful and hopefully gave the grandkids a new understanding of those who are less fortunate, as well as a wonderful glimpse of Nepal. When they returned home, they skied with 2 sets of

grandchildren in WA and ID. David and Haydi were able to see the Sun Valley grandchildren compete, as they are serious skiers/snowboarders. In March, they joined Haydi’s NH brother on his sailboat in the Caribbean. David was having knee replacement surgery, and then they were planning their summer camp in their backyard with students doing software coding for Looma, their educational device for the developing world. Judith Gemmill D’Errico and her husband Bob have been married 25 years. Judith worked in foster care in NYC, and Bob worked with people with disabilities. Their daughter, Robin, is an attorney. Judith remains in contact with Ellen Boldt Kaiser and Katherine Batchelder Gibson. I, Patty Canby Colhoun, lost my black lab, Charlie, to cancer just a month into our working with first graders. Very sudden, but the issue was how to tell the kids. Now I have a “work in progress”: Daphne is a 4.5-yearold white standard poodle who came from a golden doodle kennel. She’s delightful but knows no commands. I finished a hooked dining room rug for my daughter based on her china pattern. I continue to volunteer for the YMCA, serve as vestry clerk, play mahjongg and Quiddler, and do a lot of walking.


Patricia Faragher Sahm and husband Walt have lived in Boca Raton, FL, for 30 years, then moved to The Villages in FL in 2008 after retirement. Patricia taught PE in the Palm Beach County Schools for 25 years. Patricia enjoys tennis 3-4 times a week, walking, biking and swimming.


DONNA DEDERICK WARD I have more time to enjoy life, and so do many of you. You travel, pursue new activities and strive to stay healthy. Tell us about it for the next magazine! Patty Thomson Russell and her husband, Bill, have been traveling quite a bit. Last Aug, they had a great time in Ireland; in Oct, they joined many of Bill’s Dartmouth classmates and their families in Santa Fe, NM, to celebrate their significant birthdays; in March, they went to Iceland with a group from Dartmouth. “What an interesting and beautiful place, and not too terribly cold,” writes Patty. “We did get to see a sliver of the Northern Lights on our last night there. Amazing!” Mary Lee Burnham Scalise went hiking in Sabino Canyon, Tucson, AZ, with her “forever pal” Connie Rogers Sweet. Marion Ahbe Lord and her husband enjoyed a 7-day New Year’s western Caribbean cruise with 2 other couples. They also did a 10-day southern Caribbean cruise in March with her sister. In April, they traveled with another couple to the Umbria and Tuscany regions of Italy. They stayed in a medieval castle for 7 days and on the Amalfi Coast for 3 days. They flew home to FL and then moved to their home in NC to enjoy the cooler summer and beautiful fall. Marion is in touch with her roommate, Betsy Smith Budelman, who lives in NH and

recently became the grandmother of a beautiful baby girl. Frances “Lee” Montgomery writes, “My big news is that I had a total knee replacement in early April. I am still recovering, but the PT is going fairly well and I look forward to being able to pick up my regular activities: long walks and agility with my fast dog, skiing, hiking, working out and yoga. Could not ski at all this past season, and it turned out to be a good one. While this is not a surgery for sissies, I encourage anyone who qualifies to take it on sooner rather than later!” Carol Davis Bonazzoli sends greetings from Captiva Island, FL, where she and Fred spent last winter. As for me, Donna Dederick Ward, Cliff and I are preparing for another great season at Meadowood Farm. Due to our proximity to Bennington College, we host folks throughout the year for graduation, parents’ weekend, conferences, etc. Now we have reservations during the summer, fall, and winter months, so in 2018 we’ll be able to spend only two months in FL. Our plans to relax, fish and get away for next winter will take us to North Port and Little Gasparilla Island. LGI has no cars, no stores, no restaurants, no kidding; just beaches, boats, fishing and the Gulf. Can’t wait!


KATHRINE CONATHAN REARDON In the last issue, we mistakenly listed Rosemarie Meloro Prescott as deceased. In fact, she is alive and well in Naples, FL. We very much regret this error. Hamilton Rising and Doug, both retired from their family business, celebrated their 50th anniversary last Sept. They often see their 3 children and 5 grandchildren and enjoy boating on Long Island Sound and gardening.


They winter in Port St. Lucie, FL. Bonnie has fond memories of Colby, especially the good times with her roommate Linda Bailey Schneider. Lee Norris Gray spent the winter in Bonita Springs, FL. She and Rick celebrated their 50th anniversary this summer by renting a home on Lake Winnipesaukee for their whole gang of 14. Ann Wardwell Tanner retired after 38 years with the Chicago Public Schools. She lives in Oak Park, IL, not far from her 2 children and 2 grandchildren. Ann rescues birds in the Chicago Loop during spring and fall migration seasons as a member of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors. Ann used to work the CJC main switchboard in Colgate and recently saw the same model displayed in a museum; she showed the curator how it was operated, because no one could figure it out! Betsy Myers Hunnewell and Bob moved from Sudbury to a condo in Plymouth overlooking the bay. They’ve been busy renovating and plan to take golf lessons. Moving was a challenge, but Betsy found her Monotones photo. In Jan and Feb, they stay in a condo on Singer Island, FL. Roommate Laura Whittemore, who lives in Basalt, CO, visited last Feb. Betsy and Bob love spending time with their son and daughter, plus their 5 grandchildren. She’d love a get-together with nearby classmates. Ann Franklin Ewig writes, “Our son Alex remarried in late March. Second grandson Charlie graduated in June and is off to Wake Forest in Sept.” Susan Prentice Brainard loves her active community in CO and being near 2 daughters and their families. Susan Patricelli-Regan’s veterans equine therapy foundation ( had a great year, adding a new barn and a dog therapy program. Susan’s public access TV program, “CT Valley Views,” is in its 7th year. Susan’s sons Colin, Craig and Christopher are busy with their respective careers in NY, Philadelphia and Texas. Susan sends a special hello to her roommate Elizabeth “Lee” Reisner Murray and her daughters.


SUSAN WOODRUFF MACAULAY I’m delighted to have received great news from classmates, some of whom have never sent any! Devona Langley Kahler is happy and healthy. In 1965, she married Bill, who passed away in 2010. She’s lived in the same house for 52 years and loves to garden; last year, she redesigned her flower garden. Dev has a home at Killington but has reluctantly stopped skiing. She often sees her daughter and 2 grandchildren, who live in Salem, MA, and her son and his wife, who live outside NYC. Recently, Dev took her best girlfriend to Paris for a week! It’s a city she knows well, since her daughter worked for Euro Disney for a few years. Dev had wonderful news about Karen Swenson Hart, who lives with her husband, Ed, in a lovely Swedish-style home in Steuben, ME, and also has a home in Palm Coast, FL. Karen is a wonderful seamstress and makes intricate doll outfits she sells online. Ed enjoys church work and hobbies such as restoring cars and woodworking. They’ve taken their entire family on many cruises and are enjoying their retired years. Caroline “Bunny” Stancliff Fazekas says, “Life is an adventure!” After Colby, she went to Case Western Reserve U and “Forever pals” Connie Rogers Sweet ’63 and Mary Lee Burnham Scalise ’63, hiking in Sabino Canyon, Tucson, still laugh about good times at Colby Junior after more than 50 years.

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earned a degree in economics. For most of her life, she says, she has served others. She’s now living on Saddleback Mountain in Rangeley, ME, waiting to figure out what’s next. Elisabeth Barnes retired 5 years ago from Westinghouse and has a very satisfying life in Glen Burnie, MD. She enjoys church volunteer work. She had a private pilot’s license 1968-1996 and had 250 flying hours flying friends hither and yon. Dana Brough Boyce lives on Nantucket with her husband and has a condo in Boston. They have been in real estate since the mid-’90s. Two wonderful grandchildren are on the West Coast. Dana was excited to be going to Bermuda this year for America’s Cup. Carole Woodbury O’Brien and her husband, David, have 3 children and live in Montgomery Village, MD. For 24 years, Carole has been the administrator of a local Presbyterian church. Jane Baird moved to the DC area in 1974 and has lived in Alexandria, VA, since 1977. She stays busy volunteering, primarily with her church. In Aug 2016, Jane visited with Joyce Starratt Galliher ’64 and Ron in South Weymouth, MA. “I finally completed a bucket-list item and took a ride on the 1877 Swan Boats in Boston Commons,” said Jane. After CSC, Penelope “Penny” Odell went to Rollins College and received a B.A. in theater and English. She retired after 20 years as a HS theater and English teacher. Penny lives in Newtown, CT, with her significant other. She has 4 children and 4 grandchildren and visits FL frequently to see them.

She traveled to Germany last summer. Elizabeth “Beth” Donovan Ripple is exuberant about her life in Gainesville, FL, and about Sweet Adelines, an international women’s barbershop group. She has been in the local group for 39 years and the director for 22 years. After 26 years, she retired as a 4th grade elementary school teacher. Beth graduated from the U of FL following CSC and was married for 45 years to her husband, Bob, who passed away in Dec. Carin Chapman West was a one-year student at CSC before going to Lindenwood College in St. Charles, LA, and then earning her master’s at USC and almost a doctorate from Columbia U. She spent her entire career as a training specialist and retired from GE Aerospace. She and her husband moved to Hillsboro Beach, FL; he passed away in 2010. Carin had a TIA stroke in 2015, then was diagnosed with lung cancer. She had surgery in 2016 and is now cancer free. Carin is doing fine now, thank goodness. I, Susan Woodruff Macaulay, recently celebrated my 5th anniversary of being cancer free from triple negative breast cancer, which resulted in a double mastectomy. I have terrific doctors here in Dallas and am very blessed. We traveled to San Diego in Feb, spent 3 weeks in FL in March, and cruised the Baltic Sea in May. I thank my classmates for sharing their news. I hope you will step up and let me know about your life so that the class can read about it. Everyone has a story!

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l – r: Suellyn Stark ’70, Lynn Johnson Pettingill ’69, Martha Halloran McLaughlin ’69 and Julia Strimenos ’69 spent several days at Martha’s house in Falmouth, MA.


SUSAN E. WEEKS Hello to all my classmates. Our 50th reunion has come and gone and we’re still here alive and kicking! I feel our generation is taking better care of itself and because of that, we’re enjoying our senior years to their fullest. Here in NH, spring was slow to come, but as I write in late April, the daffodils are starting to come up. I lost my cherished black Lab this week to old age. She had just turned 14 but was looking forward to helping me in the garden again this year. If you wanted a serious hole dug for a perennial, she was there to help. She will be greatly missed. Here are notes from classmates – enjoy the upcoming year and don’t forget to send in your comments or thoughts at any time. Glad to read them all whenever you send them. Last Aug, Tina Hewitt Morrison and her husband, Ian, enjoyed a 3-week trip to Namibia in southern Africa. They had a private guide, who was a big-game hunter. The Morrisons “hunted” only with their cameras, but they learned much about the local animals, plants and history. Tina is active with senior volleyball and competed in the 65+ bracket at the National Senior Games in Birmingham in June. She enjoys the team camaraderie, as they visit different cities and botanical gardens! Hilde Body Clark is grateful that her family is well and healthy. She lives in CA and says that being there has made her understand how a diverse population can live together peacefully.

Hilde writes, “My mind, eyes and heart have been opened to the goodness of everyone – each person, no matter his or her economic situation, can contribute in some way to the greater good.”


SIS HAGEN KINNEY By the time you read this, our 50th Reunion will be right around the corner. I’m hoping to see a lot of people from our class! Edie VanderWolk Stevenson and her husband, Jim, celebrated 50 years of marriage in July. They have 2 great daughters and 5 wonderful grandchildren. They spend half the year in Melvin Village, NH, and the other half in FL. She keeps busy playing tennis, bridge and a little golf. Edie sees a lot of Joan Harwood Hazleton, as they live near each other in the summer, and hopes to catch up with Paula Ickeringill. Thanks for the update, and I hope all of y’all will be able to attend the 50th Reunion, Edie! Beth Holloran Bourguignon remembered serving as class correspondent shortly after we graduated when fold-over post cards were used! Yeah, that’s how it was when I started doing this, too. Beth will be at the reunion and remarked that the majority of us will be celebrating our 70th birthdays, as well. So yeah


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– we’re all “of a certain age” now, aren’t we? Beth is going to celebrate her 70th in May by retiring! She plans to continue with some administrative work for Susanne Day Teachout ’01 and Carolyn Day Reulbach ’09 at Needham Children’s Center and said it is hard to make a complete break after 37 years. Beth’s husband, Ty, retired a few years ago, but keeping a few accounting clients has been a plus for him, so she’ll follow suit. Beth’s daughter Amy, her husband, Mike, and Beth’s grandson Andrew (Drew) live close by. Drew attends Needham Children’s Center, so she sees him every day and brings him home with her most afternoons. At nearly two years old, he keeps them well entertained and hopping! Beth said her son Greg is also in the area, so family time is abundant. Beth didn’t ski this winter because she had a fall in Jan that resulted in an injury. She plans to be on the slopes next winter for sure. The Bourguignons spend Augusts on Long Island in Casco Bay, ME, a lovely retreat for all of the family, including the dogs. Ellen Warren Gerard and her husband, Ron, are retired and divide their time between Sarasota, FL, and Damariscotta Lake, ME. Their 2 daughters, Trissi and Janet, live in Sarasota, and their boys, Garrett and Grant, live in ME and MA, so they enjoy the best of both worlds. When in Sarasota, Ellen volunteers at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and is an active member of the First United Methodist Church Choir, which has the reputation of being one of the best choirs in FL. Ellen keeps up with her Colby roomie, Janet Sawyer Campanale, as well as Dorcas Sheldon Adkins, on Facebook. She’d love to add more Colby friends. Allison Hosford enjoys farming and painting and said “I’m a ‘fartist’!” – which, she says, is a FARmer arTIST and was a little Allison humor! In April, she was waiting for the first lambs of the year to be born and had torn up and totally rebuilt their strawberry patch. She was also planning to transplant several hundred seedlings in their greenhouse, plus they were expecting onions and 600 Christmas tree seedlings to arrive. Allison invites classmates to check

out their website: twopondfarmnj. Deborah Brakeley is working part-time as a therapist and collaborative divorce coach. She’s quite involved with the Vancouver Association of Collaborative Family Law Practitioners. She resides in Vancouver and travels to visit her 4 children and 7 grandchildren, who live in the States. Deborah enjoys skiing at Whistler in the winter and paddle boarding in the summer. Three years ago, Emily Waterman Mooney retired from full-time teaching after 40 years but admits she has no idea what retirement is all about. During the winter, she is a full-time ski instructor at Suicide 6 in Woodstock, VT, and from spring through Thanksgiving she runs her own gardening/property maintenance business in the Woodstock area. She also teaches driver education part-time, with a class in the fall and one in the spring. “Basically, my only time off is a week in the summer when I head out to Cuttyhunk Island, MA, where I relax on the beach with a good book,” she says. Emily finds time to play tennis and is still fairly quick on the court! Ellen McDaniel Wilsey ’67 MT has lived in Albuquerque, NM, for 20 years and loves the climate. As a 6-year retiree of one of the national labs, she enjoys many outdoor activities, including hiking, biking and golfing 10 months of the year and skiing for 2-3 months. She explains that skiing in the mountains of NM is fabulous compared with the East’s icy conditions. Ellen has taken up country western dancing and kicks up her heels a few times a week. She does enjoy being active! Ellen looks forward to receiving and reading Colby-Sawyer to keep up with the changes and advances the college is undergoing. She finds CSC students to be top-notch and high achieving, and she is proud to be an alumna. If there are any alumni in NM, she’d love to connect with them. Whitney McKendree Moore lives in Old Saybrook, CT, but she and her hubby spent the winter on Hilton Head Island. She said it was the best getaway ever, as they simply moved into a condo, enjoyed morning walks and spent afternoons reading (and patting dogs)

at the beach, all without alarm clocks. They looked at a lot of real estate and put their house on the market. Whitney’s son is at Columbia in NYC, which is just a train-ride away from their home in Old Saybrook. After reaching out to Karen Kaiser Falone, she indicated she’d need to look at her fall teaching schedule before she’ll know whether or not she can make it to the Reunion. She said it’s about an 8-hour drive from where she lives to New London, but that it would be fun to see everyone! Hope you can make it, Karen! Babs Huntington Larsen won’t be able to attend the Reunion due to other obligations in MN. However, she forwarded two black-and-white photos and thought they might be something fun to remember for the Reunion. One is of the 1966-67 field hockey team, coached by Barb MacDonald, and the other is of the production crew of the 1967 “Arms and the Man” spring production. Thanks for forwarding those, Babs, and sorry you can’t make it to Homecoming. As for me, Sis Hagen Kinney, my husband and I are back in the beautiful NC Blue Ridge Mountains after spending Dec. through March in Fuquay-Varina, just south of Raleigh. We’re going to continue to enjoy our retirement in this beautiful part of the country by hiking, playing a little golf, kayaking, reading, playing Mexican Train Dominoes, and sitting on our big back deck enjoying the company of friends and neighbors as we take in the fabulous view! We absolutely love living here, despite our teeny-tiny cottage; but the deck is where we spend most of our time in

the spring, summer and fall. I’ve got 2 reunions this year: a first-ever family reunion in Aug in our “ancestral home” of Deerfield, MA, and of course, the Colby Junior Class of 1967 reunion in Oct. So, I’ll see “all of y’all” at the Reunion! Thanks to everyone who sent news; keep it up! And, I’m still hoping that Leslie Williams MacFarlane and Nancy Hess Coleman will respond to my email and join us at Reunion!


DEBORAH ADAMS JOHNSTON Greetings to my fellow CJC 1969 classmates! Retirement and older age has put us in a sharing mood. I’m glad to hear from more of you with each issue. Sadly, we’re also at that stage when we’re beginning to lose some of our old friends. I am sorry to share that in Nov 2016, we lost Jennifer Lawrence Braverman. After CJC, Jennifer attended U Mass and then studied for a year in England. She was passionate about painting, cartooning, diving and animal welfare. She leaves behind her husband, Stanton (at home in Charlottesville, VA); her children, Megan and Jonathan; and their spouses; her stepson Kenneth (she was predeceased by her stepson Daniel); 5 grandchildren; 2 brothers and a sister. In March, Marion “Yahee” Fernandes-Baxter lost a brief battle with a rare cancer. Yahee was the 5th of 10 daughters from Marion, MA. She was one of the first 70 women admitted to Dartmouth, the 1st African-American cheerleader and the 1st woman to pledge a fraternity, Phoenix. She married Gregory Baxter and had 2

Terri Reynolds McKeon ’69 and her family at her son’s wedding.

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sons, Whitney and Ryan. She was such a presence at CJC, and I’ll bet you all remember her, especially for her singing voice. After Dartmouth, she attended Smith, where she earned a master of arts in teaching. Yahee went on to become an entertainer both on and off Broadway; she played the role of Star Stoner/ Wilson for five years on “The Edge of Night,” and she appeared in more than 150 television commercials and radio voiceovers. After careers in NYC, Santa Fe and Los Angeles, Barbara Baumann and her husband, Johan, sailed their boat, DeVrijheid, to the Sea of Cortez in Nov 2016 to begin a new chapter living in La Paz, BCS, Mexico, and sailing the sea and beyond… vida buena! Fair winds and following seas, Barb! Terri Reynolds McKeon and her husband of 44 years, Jack, live in Minneapolis, are retired, and spend the winters in Santa Barbara. They spend summers at their cabin in northern MN and travel a lot (mostly to Cuba). All 3 of her sons are married, 2 just this year. She has 2 granddaughters, 10 and 14, by her oldest son (a finance professor at U OR) and loves being a grandmother! Suellyn Stark ’70, Lynn Pettengill, Martha Halloran McLaughlin and Julia Stoddart Strimenos spent several days at Martha’s house in Falmouth, MA, last summer. Lynn lives in Concord, NH, with her husband and dog. She’s doing a fair amount of traveling thanks to the wanderlust of her 3 children. Her youngest daughter

is studying in the Netherlands, her son and daughter-in-law live in FL, and her oldest daughter is always planning a getaway with her mom. A lot of traveling for someone whose first plane flight was spring break to Bermuda while at CJC with Ms. Rae as a chaperone! Julia lives in Castle Rock, CO. She and her husband love it there, but the population and traffic growth in the last 18 years have dulled the dream. They’re retired and spend a lot of time traveling; national parks are a favorite, and they take at least one international trip a year. Lucky grandparents, they have 2 grandsons—and 2 sons--living in CO. Lynn Pettengill shared that Sue Baroni Hilbert and her husband moved from Ithaca, NY, to West Chester, PA, where they are 10 minutes from their son, daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren. Their son and daughter-in-law run Open Connections Home Schooling Resource Center. Sue is a partner in, and commutes frequently to work for, another son’s company in Portland, OR: Deviation Ski and Snowboard Works. Her daughter-in-law in Portland runs Red Duck Ketchup, so Sue gets to provide a fair amount of childcare for her grandchild while she’s there. Sue and Steve spend a winter vacation in Hilton Head, SC, and their summers in Eagles Mere, PA. I, Debi Adams Johnston, am still here on my tiny island outside Beaufort, SC. My “kids,” with my grandchildren, are still in Naples, Italy; Amersham, and London, UK; and one in LA (might as well be

l – r: Deb Marcoux Deacetis, Susan Pomerantz, Gail Remick Hoage, Lynn Winchester, Karen Dunnett, Beth Constantinides Meurlin and Val Turtle, all from the Class of 1970, enjoyed lobster at Karen’s summer cottage at Rye Beach, NH.

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across the pond). I envy those who have children and grands nearby. Check out my daughter’s blog,, to see my island life. She comes home almost every 2 months to do a piece on the Lowcountry. Her European readers have become huge fans of this area and my 2 golden retrievers. Thank you to those who replied and shared news and pictures! Hopefully, as the Class of 1969 retires, you will find more time to correspond and maybe even rediscover some old friends. Please keep in touch.


GAIL REMICK HOAGE Beth Roland Hunter recently reunited with her Colby little sister, Sara Warner Blackburn ’71, thanks to Facebook. Turns out one of Sara’s sons lives 5 miles from Beth. Sara and Beth met for coffee and caught up on the 40 years since they’d last had contact. Beth celebrated her 65th birthday by going to Antarctica. They enjoyed seeing the hundreds of thousands of penguins and elephant seals bigger than an SUV. For Phil’s 65th, they went to China and saw the Great Wall and the terra-cotta warriors, plus they squeezed in a quick trip to Tibet to climb to and walk through the Portola Palace. Beth and Phil keep busy with volunteer work, and after 4 hand surgeries to treat her arthritis and carpel tunnel, they hope to return to the golf course and ski hills. Martha “Muffy” Clark Faucher has been touring Taurumina, Sicily. Sue Pomerantz enjoyed an adventure with Debbie Miller in the Arctic Circle! They went snowmobiling across a frozen river looking for the Northern Lights and dogsledding with their own team of dogs. Sue said dogsledding was an experience; she had to bail out when her sled went one way and the dogs the other. She ended up in 3 feet of snow! Sue said, “A musher, I will never be.” Talented and imaginative Barbara Fletcher had her work displayed in May in an exhibit called “Dreamscapes: Land & Water” in Lowell, MA. Deb Marcoux Deacetis and her handsome German Shepherd, Izzy, returned to NH from her winter stay in FL with her husband,

Beth Roland Hunter ’70 (R) reunited with her Colby little sister Sara Warner Blackburn ’71 (L).

Ang. Now there’s a golfer! The retired Lynn Winchester is busy waitressing part-time and spending the rest of her time with her beautiful 2-year-old granddaughter, Charlotte. Beth Constantinides Meurlin spent most of her summer entertaining and with family at her beautiful VT lakehouse. I was happy to hear from Jane DeShazo Johnson for the 1st time! Her brother recently moved to Norwich, VT, so she found herself interested in the New London area again. After Colby, she graduated from BU and had a long career as a teacher in the Tampa, FL, school system. She has 2 children: Kristina, a top-ranked WTA tennis professional, and Stephen, who works in NYC Tennis Operations. Jane also has 2 young grandchildren. She’s the author of several award-winning children’s books, which are available on Amazon. Her newest is Windermere’s Wish. She’d love to keep in touch, so please find her on Facebook. I look forward to more news from more classmates. Otherwise—hoping your summer was as magnificent as mine; I traveled with the Magnificent 7 on our way to Susan Pomerantz’s house for a little R & R.


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ELLIE GOODWIN COCHRAN Greetings and thanks for all the news. Sara Warner Blackburn visited her son, his wife and 4-year-old son in Danville, CA, and caught up with her CSC big sister, Beth Roland Hunter. Sara’s other son lives in Wilmette, IL, with his wife and 2 sons. Sara and Ted have been married for 42 years and go between homes in VT and Islamorada, FL. They’re retired but stay active in their communities. Nancy Blake Baldwin and her husband, Don, live on Hilton Head and run Baldwin Aviation. They aren’t ready to retire and have taken some interesting trips to Belize, Machu Picchu and Iceland, among other places. She enjoys volunteering for the Boys and Girls Club and traveling to their cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ann Grinnell and her longtime partner, Marge, married in Denmark and moved to Kittery Foreside, ME. They built a net-zero home and enjoy walks into Portsmouth, NH. Ann retired from teaching swimming after a 50-year career. Now, she volunteers with Partners in Development out of Ipswich and has traveled with them 8 times to Haiti. Medical problems made for a trying year for Nancy Bokron Lavigne, but, thankfully, they’ve been resolved. Nancy’s husband sold his business and they’re still getting used to his retirement. Nancy enjoyed a great trip visiting a friend who built a fabulous home on the ocean in Punta Mita, Mexico. Living on the West Coast makes it easy to travel to Mexico, so, since they have more time, the Lavignes bought a timeshare in Cabo San Lucas. Nancy still sells real estate but is more selective with clients, so she also enjoys more free time. June Bates Imo married her longtime boyfriend, Davis, last July. They met online in 2010 and she flew to Dubai to meet him several times; he finally came to the States in 2013. After many years of back and forth, they’re happy to be married and are working on getting his green card. They enjoy spending time in Naples, ME, and in their home in Norton, MA. June works at Beckman Coulter as an application

specialist in health care, which requires much travel. I always enjoy hearing from everyone and know we’re all busy. So many of you end your notes by saying, “Life is good,” and I couldn’t agree more! My husband, Dave, had both his knees replaced this winter and we became grandparents for the first time to our son Andrew and his wife Kristen’s son, Owen. It’s just the best! I stay involved in the community, and we always look forward to a great summer at the lake. We renovated our lake home this winter—since we couldn’t travel at the time—and can’t wait to get settled back in. Keep your notes coming!


LINDA “KELLY” GRAVES Hoping this finds you all well. Want to remind everyone that our 45th reunion will take place Oct 13-15, 2017. It’s the peak of fall foliage, and I hope many of you will make the time to revisit the site of many good memories and to see that the essence of Colby-Sawyer is alive and well! I received an email from Jane Haslun Schwab ’73 telling me that a few years ago, she and 13 girlfriends rented Kate Dixon-Rose’s house on the Cape for a “girls’ weekend.” They loved the house with its large living spaces, great bedrooms and bathrooms. They had a terrific weekend and encourage others to consider renting it. Kate also emailed to let me know that one can rent the house for the weekend and have gourmet cooking classes while staying there. These weekends, known as “Cooking at Kate’s,” have been quite popular. For more info, visit and Had the pleasure of sharing a long weekend in Sanibel, FL, with Nancy Bianchi Miller, care of our host, Deborah Ross Chambliss. I got out of Philadelphia 12 hours before a big winter storm crippled the Northeast. Lucy Main was hoping to join us from Malone, NY, but they were hit with 36” of that white stuff, so Lucy didn’t get anywhere! It was so nice to get out of town and not to have to shovel the drive! Nancy spent the first week of March visiting Paris with a friend, then came home to

go to Sanibel, was home 2 days before she flew to DC, to await and greet her grandson, Miles. A busy month! On a somber note, I learned of the passing of Elizabeth Roy Davis on March 25 in Franklin, MA. I didn’t know Liz well but remember her as a gentle soul who always had a warm smile. Our condolences to her family and friends. Liz worked for many years as a finance manager for Children’s Hospital in Boston and was the former owner of the Book Peddler shop in downtown Franklin. She will be missed.


NANCY R. MESSING Wendy Phillips Barrett, Liz HoughHarden, Susan Scribner Jaccoma and Phoebe Orr-Richardson joined Anne Winton Black ’73,’75 at her home on Harbour Island in Narragansett, RI, for a long weekend. The classmates hadn’t been together since our 25th Reunion in 1998! Lots of fun, including a day trip to Block Island and hours of catching up. Many laughs and memories were revisited, while also catching up on each others’ lives more than 40 years after our college days. They are grateful to Colby-Sawyer for connecting them in 1971. Marjorie “Marge” Newman White’s 2nd grandchild, Hailey Noa, was born April 2. Her proud parents are Allison and Jeremy Michaelson. Hailey has a brother, Zachary Elan. Jennifer Tugeau Tranter lives in Southfield, MA, with her husband, Brian, their dog Rem, and Tilly, their cat. She is semiretired and teaches part-time at The Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT. CT is just across the street from her house! Jennifer’s children are young men: Brian Jr. is an auto mechanic and Hunter is a mechanical engineer. Jane Haslun Schwab has been enjoying retirement and had a busy summer traveling with her sister Nancy to FL, Chatham, Falmouth and Newport! Her grandchildren, ages 3 and 1, live close by, so she gets to spend a lot of time with them. She has enjoyed having her younger daughter home with her since Jan 2015 before her husband passed away. That daughter is now engaged and moving back to

These members of the Class of 1972 hadn’t seen each other since grad­uation when they met for lunch on Newbury Street in Boston. l – r: Sally Cary Lemelin, Cindy Sawyer Campbell and Martha Cary Shuster.

San Diego, where her fiancé lives. Jane will just have to make many trips out there! Fortunately, Jane has a good support group of family and friends and stays busy. Gail Spaulding York and her husband, Don, have 5 sons, 3 daughters-in-law, and 7 grandchildren. The first 4 grandchildren were girls so quite a change from her 5 five boys! The last 3 are boys so the pendulum has swung again. Gail and Don live in Bedford, NH, and their youngest is a senior in college. The Yorks own 2


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businesses, Indian Head Athletics and Screen Printed Special T’s in Manchester. The entire family started another business called York Athletics Mfg. Look for its performance footwear! Gail attends the President’s Alumni Advisory Council meetings at CSC and says, “I have enjoyed connecting with other alumni and the college has many exciting things happening. It has been a pleasure meeting President Stuebner, and I am sure she will be a great asset to the college.” Marjorie “Marge” Newman White has moved to my neck of the woods in Ft Lauderdale. She has taken up running and loves competing in 5k races. Her running shoes will come in handy because Margie and her husband, Bob, have welcomed their 2nd grandchild, Hailey, who joins Zac, 3. Janet Gilfoy Stark lives on Boston’s North Shore and is an RN in the ER at The Lahey Clinic in Burlington. As you know, RNs do a lot of walking. Well, Janet had surgery on one knee and was laid up for 6 weeks. Of course the other knee felt left out, so that one decided to fall apart, and Janet is trying to be nice to both so she can get up and do her usual miles every day. Over the past two years, Cathy Moore Pomeroy has retired from working in the public schools with students who had learning differences and significant emotional issues. At the same time, she stopped working with youths (12-18) in the correctional facility. There has been a lot less stress since! Now, Cathy is involved with the Women’s Foundation of CO, where she’s lucky enough to

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review grant requests for programs that support young women, and she teaches them how to earn a livable wage. She and Ted have been traveling abroad quite a bit, including to Costa Rica, South Africa and Japan. They stayed close to home for several years, so they’re now exploring new places. Cathy is playing tennis, skiing, fly fishing, etc., however, she claims to have no golf skills. They love CO but return to the East Coast annually for family and red leaves. As for me, we took a 4-day trip to Havana in March and immersed ourselves in a fascinating culture. We stayed in Old Havana and explored everywhere in the city, dined in paladars, took a Salsa lesson and had a captivating vintage car tour around the city. Unfortunately, my Dad passed in May at age 94.5. He led a full life and was sharp right up to the end. He leaves 6 children, and we all have many fond memories. My summer has been busy taking care of business. I’m active in my Rio Vista Civic Association in Ft Lauderdale, and the Council of Ft Lauderdale Civic Associations. I spend some time each summer in Chatham, MA, and always look forward to hanging out with Cindy Knight, who lives year round in that beautiful town. Please send along your news!


SUSAN “SUE” BROWN WARNER Emilie Daniel has been living in Randolph, VT, since 2007. She enjoys working part-time as the executive director of her local senior center. Emilie spends a lot of time outdoors taking photos of wildlife/ birds, traveling around VT & NH, trout fishing, and listening to the blues. This summer, she planned to concentrate on paddling a kayak and visiting friends on Cape Cod. Emilie invites former classmates to connect with her on Facebook; she’d love to hear how everyone is doing. P.S. Yes, Emilie still visits Panama--once a year in dry season! Sally Williams Cook’s How to Speak Soccer (Flatiron Publishing 2017) hit the shelves this spring and has been well received. Sally was

Anne Winton Black ’73, ’75 hosted a min-reunion of ’73 classmates at her home on Harbour Island in Narragansett, RI. l – r: Phoebe Orr Richardson, Susan Scribner Jaccoma, Liz Hough-Harden, Anne Winton Black, Wendy Phillips Barrett and Cathy Moore Pomeroy. Hats feature the Harbour Island logo designed by Anne’s husband, Rick, and cutting boards are from his firm, Black Forest Custom Woodworks.

the featured author at the NY Film and Entertainment Soccer Tournament this year. This book is the fourth in her How to Speak Sports series. The others cover baseball, golf and football. Sally regularly attends book festivals and visits schools. For more info, you can visit

Cumberland Island, which is home to wild horses and beautiful beaches. New England will always be our roots but the snow just was getting too much. Our adult children and granddaughter still live in NH so we will be back for visits.”


JANET E. SPURR In Jan, I had dinner at Katherine Burke’s apartment in Manhattan. She was my dorm adviser and we’d had chances to catch up at reunions. It was a blast to see KB and Ted, her husband. We had a relaxing evening and laughed most of the night.

JILL MCLAUGHLIN GODFREY Helen “Hells” Poummit Curhan is very happy in Santa Barbara and urges classmates to visit anytime. She’s doing nutrition, biking up a storm, skiing in the winter and happily ran into Tori Trolley! Nancy McIntire Zemlin and husband Ray, along with Marsha Meyer Hall and husband Steve are enjoying retirement! The Halls are expecting their first grandchild. Jill McLaughlin Godfrey is interning at the Office of the Public Defender in Maryland in a final chapter for her social work degree. Sandra “Sam” Comstock is still enjoying Portland, ME, and daughter Hallie is busy at Roger Williams U in RI. Hallie is studying for a semester in Bermuda for her degree in marine biology. Sandy is planning a long visit. Janet Lochhead Sullivan writes, “I have recently moved with my husband, Dennis, to a warmer climate making St Marys, GA, our new home. It is a wonderful community on the coast of GA and the gateway to



DEBRA “DEBBIE” BRAY MITCHELL Elizabeth “Betsy” Johnston Schneider from St. Paul, MN, and Naomi Northrop spent a weekend together in Manchester last fall. They had a great time catching up on fun times at CSC and life since. Annchen Gager Brown and Phebe Cox Condon still try to get together yearly. Last year, they met in Phebe’s home state of CO and snuck in a day of skiing at Copper Mountain, bringing back memories of great days on the slopes at King Ridge. This year, they’re planning for sun, not snow, when they meet on Martha’s Vineyard.


NATALIE “LEE” HARTWELL THRASHER Maureen Dunn, Abbey dorm, completed her bachelor’s in human services, cum laude, at the U of CT in 2006. She has since moved around a bit, from Baltimore to Stamford to Schaumburg, IL, and back to RI. Maureen lives in a renovated 1800s mill. She yearned to be closer to her family, including her parents (her mother is Mary-Cliffe Killion Dunn ’53). She continues with her consultancy, Gateway Executive Search Global, which she founded in 1991. Maureen shares happy news of her son, Dan, a graduate of ME Maritime Academy, who will marry in June 2018 at Sea Bright Beach Club in NJ. She has a 4-footed companion named Kit, a sweet Brussels Griffon Terrier mix rescue pup she found online through Friends of Homeless Animals. Maureen says she’s a pure pleasure and a bundle of joy. Speaking of bundles of joy, I, Natalie “Lee” Hartwell Thrasher, welcomed 2 this past year! Grandson James and granddaughter Ava Ann are the best additions to the family, and I’m enjoying every minute with them. Practice at Windy Hill helped! Thank you CSC.


SUSAN HOLDERNESS CUSACK This June, we attended a reception for President Susan D. Stuebner hosted by Heather Melanson Stiles ’90 and Jake Stiles. Their home sits atop the summit where King Ridge Ski Area once operated. Jake graciously showed us around the grounds. Jake, Heather and their family still venture down some of the old runs on skis and sleds! The reception was stupendous, not just for the views, but because I had an opportunity to meet even more local alumni living in the Kearsarge-Sunapee area. I met an alumna from the class of 1955 who lives just a “stone’s throw” away. Two graduates from the ’60s who came to the reception were once college roommates. One alumna related to me that she recently returned to New London and now

lives on the farm in which her great-grandfather was born. This is the second time I’ve had an opportunity to meet and chat with President Stuebner. Her presentation was delightful and informative, as was the lively Q&A session that followed. I’m impressed with the revitalization of our campus and the college’s ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. As an art major, I look forward to touring the new Center for Art + Design this Oct. during Homecoming. Joy Kerkhoff Wasz and husband love being “seasoned empty-nesters” in Simsbury, CT, with a son in CA; another in Danbury, CT; and a daughter in VA. Joy enjoys her artwork, traveling and golf, and she has become active in the Selamta Family Project, a humanitarian nonprofit that helps rebuild lives. Through that organization, Joy has visited Ethiopia several times, including with her dear friend Debra Bray Mitchell ’79. She writes, “If classmates would like to find out more about Selamta, get involved or even take a trip with me, check out for more info.” In other news, my husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary at LA Burdick in Walpole, NH. LA Burdick, the worldclass chocolatier, has a restaurant, café and factory in Walpole, two shops in Boston, one in NYC, and an online business.


DIANE PLACE STATKUS Hello, classmates! I would love to hear from more of you! I know that Facebook can be a wonderful venue for connections, but many folks choose not to go that route for news. Many of us still prefer the phone, email or even the alumni news in our magazine! I appreciate those who take a few minutes to send their news for all to see. So please consider next time you receive an email request from CSC. If you don’t get one, remember the Alumni Office needs to know where to find you, so be sure they have your email address. Michelle Dulany-Spidle shares, “I cannot believe it’s been 33 years since we were students! I work as an administrator

and teacher at West Orange Montessori School, the 4th school I have successfully launched during my 25-year career.” Michelle plans to be married this fall to a man who served 23 years as operations chief for the NASA Space Shuttle Program. They’ll reside in Winter Garden, FL, until Michelle retires, then move to Cocoa Beach. Lisa Reon Barnes moved back to MA after spending the last 4 years in HI. She was happy to send a photo of Abbey friends who got together in April in Wellesley, MA. Marion “Quinny” Quinn McElwee and her husband took on the grand adventure of hiking the Appalachian Trail.


JANETTE ROBINSON HARRINGTON I was so happy to hear from Kristin Mason Fagone! She was married Sept 23 to a wonderful man named Mark. They have 5 children between them. Kristin’s son Anthony is a recent college grad with a great job at PXG. Her daughter Sophie graduated HS in June 2016 and attends community college. Her youngest, Emma, is a HS sophomore. Kristin now has 2 more children: Matthew, who’s in the Navy, is stationed in MS; and Kami lives and works in Virginia Beach. Kristin never imagined being a mom of 5! She’s a

nurse and lives in Naples, ME. Please contact me via Facebook or email with updates. I love hearing news about our classmates.


BETH BRYANT CAMP JENN BARRETT SAWYER Kirsten Girard Soroko writes, “My life is beautiful chaos.” Daughter Emily, 15, is a 3-sport athlete at Pinkerton Academy; son AJ, 14, is a member of the Honor Society and plays AAU Basketball year round; Brooke, 9 months, is a 22lb gorgeous healthy baby who talks nonstop. Kirsten coaches teachers at Pinkerton Academy, helping to design curriculum and implement best instructional practices. Kelly Lynch Collins is at Adobe but now does email marketing in the education sector. She spent the winter skiing in Lake Tahoe, traveled to Miami and Dubai, and has trips planned to Italy, Switzerland and Monaco. Kristi Dyer is loving her 2nd season of women’s 3.5 USTA tennis. In Feb, she left her longtime position at Trader Joe’s and returned to her dream job as bodyworker/therapist, both as a sole proprietor and as a contractor at Mountain Spirit Integrative Medicine. Kristi feels blessed for beating Lupus a few years ago. She enjoys

A group of Abbey friends gathered to send off Marion “Quinny” Quinn McElwee ’84, as she and her husband prepared to hike the Appalachian Trail. Front row, l – r: Marion Quinn McElwee ’84, Cindy Elder Latham ’82. Back row, l – r: Lisa Reon Barnes ’84, Amye Jarnes Newhall ’84, Alison Higgins DiPanfilo ’84 and Theresa Grella ’84.

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hiking with her dog, Mollie; spending time with friends at local restaurants; and playing as much tennis as possible. Brenda Manus White is in Hopkinton, NH, with her 2 children, Jay and Sloane. Jay graduated from Merrimack College in May 2016 and plans to go to grad school for PT or chiropractic medicine. Sloane finished her sophomore year at Syracuse U. Brenda and husband Dave celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Their home-based baking business, Blakeney’s, is thriving, and Brenda enjoys her work at Windy Hill School. Kendall Crowley Quackenbos enjoyed weekends skiing Mt. Sunapee with her family. Her kids, Layk and Boden, are growing up fast, and she and husband John are trying to enjoy as much as they can. As for me, Beth Bryant Camp, I enjoy work at Colby-Sawyer and life in New London. My husband, Nathan Camp ’98, coached the Kearsarge Boys Varsity Basketball team to the first ever state championship in school history. It was a special season and wonderful for the entire Kearsarge community. Our daughters, Ellie, 14, and Caroline, 13, keep us busy between their lacrosse, club soccer and basketball games. I look forward to seeing everyone for our 25th reunion during Homecoming Oct 13-15! Jonathan Brooks ’98 and Kerri Tuite ’97 remain deeply in love, years after meeting on their first day at Colby-Sawyer.

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AMIE PARISEAU DONNA M. STUDLEY LAUREN CALVARESE TAUSCHER We hope to see you at Homecoming, Oct 13-15, to celebrate 20 years. How is that possible?!


JAMIE GILBERT KELLY CHRISTOPHER QUINT Ann Preston Roselle finally hung up her lab coat and left hospital/academic medicine at the end of 2015 to join a private psychiatry practice as nurse practitioner. This fall at Rush U in Chicago she begins a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. After 12+ years in NYC, Melissa Morgan moved to Boston in Jan, where she is a therapist at a counseling firm. Jonathan Brooks and Kerri Tuite ’97 met on the first day of school at CSC. They write, “Every once in a while, you get shown the light in the strangest of places, if you look at it right. The story of an everlasting love cannot possibly be captured in a few words, but true love from an everlasting friendship will last forever. We connected more intensely than either could ever have dreamed. This naturally unfolded over the past two decades, and today we feel inspired to share with you all just how wonderful it is to be totally in love with your best friend.” Mark Macenas has had his printmaking work in several gallery exhibitions this year. He is training for his 7th triathlon in Sept 2017. Last year Christopher Quint started his own political and government relations consulting firm. He spends his free time coaching Little League baseball and softball and training for his first 100-mile ultramarathon. Jamie Gilbert Kelly has been a certified paraoptometric at an optometry office for more than a year. Owen, 4, keeps her busy. Jamie is in touch with Lisa Lachesky LeBlanc, who lives in Saugus, MA, with her husband and 3-year-old son.

Charles Bazdanes ’04 and his family enjoying some beach time.


TARA SCHIRM CAMPANELLA JEN PRUDDEN MONTGOMERY jenpmontgomery1978@gmail. com Robin Deverill Croteau writes, “I am in my 15th year teaching science at ConVal High School in Peterborough, NH, and completed my master’s and principal certification from Keene State College in June! I look forward to a relaxing summer playing with my 2 little girls and escaping to the Galapagos Islands for a few weeks in Aug! Julie Longtin Morales starts nursing school at Maria College in Albany, NY, in the fall. She’s enjoying school the second time around. Daughter Payton starts middle school in the fall and Hannah will be in 5th grade. I, Tara Schirm Campanella, have been busy with work, a preteen, and a zany 9-year-old. Hope everyone is well! Jennifer Prudden Montgomery and I hope to hear from you all soon! It’s great seeing what everyone is up to, so please keep us posted.


KIMBERLY “KIM” MORRISON MILLER Brooke Morin Black and family love Charleston, SC, where Brooke teaches US History at Wando High School. She’s head coach of girls’ lacrosse, which is #1 in the state and headed into the final round of playoffs! Krissi Dyer plays in a duo and a trio; she books gigs in the Sugarloaf area and around the state and works in a restaurant. Celia Lozeau Goodman is a part-time charge nurse for Houchin Community Blood Bank and an acting single mom while her husband works in Kuwait. She writes, “We look forward to visiting him there and in future years meeting him in other countries.” Ali Wamboldt is in Rochester, NY, and is membership director for Total Sports Experience. As for me, Kimberly Morrison Miller, life is pretty good. We are in NC and spend summers in North Conway, NH. Thank you to all who sent updates.



NICOLE “NIKKI” FOWLER MARTIN CHERYL LECESSE RICHARDSON Brett Gaede lives in Boston and is head tennis pro at The Country Club in Brookline, MA. This summer, he’ll head up to Acadia National Park to be the tennis director at The Harbor Club in Seal Harbor, ME. Mike Derr visited the New London area several times last winter and was promoted to associate at work. He writes, “I was named Young Engineer of the Year for the Lehigh Valley Section of the PA Society of Professional Engineers. I also organized an awesome event for Engineers Week where we showed an informative Imax movie (“Dream Big”) about what engineers do for society to more than 1,200 students and engineers. Now just having fun coaching my son Owen’s soccer team and trying not to kill anyone on the golf course.” For the past 2 years, Beth Burnham has taught at the American International School of Dhaka in Bangladesh. During that time, she’s traveled to 16 countries and is grateful for the opportunity to explore and interact with beautiful scenery and fascinating people. She writes, “Some of my favorite memories are hiking in the Faroe Islands; trekking with friends in Nepal to Annapurna Base Camp; weekend trips to Thailand; going to Oman for a swim meet and India for a soccer tournament; Indonesia for beaches and volcanoes; China for a conference; Myanmar; Ghana to see friends; exploring Iceland; Paris; Ireland with my mom; and Norway for cycling with my brother and shooting the Northern Lights on Christmas Day together. What a great 2 years! I hope to see everyone at our 15th reunion in Oct.”


LISA NOYES HARDENBROOK Krista Owens Soverino and her husband, Jason, had a son, Ashton Jay, on Dec 1, 2016. He joins his big sister, Chloe.


ERIC EMERY Jim Blundon completed his bachelor’s of manufacturing management in May from the U of MN Crookston. Charles Bazdanes completed a mission-critical position for the USAF at Holloman Air Force Base, NM. He was promoted to an analyst position for the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command at

Norfolk Naval Station, VA, and had the opportunity to support rescue efforts for the lost ship El Faro. On the home front, they’ve been raising their 6 children—Kaylee, 9; Arthur, 8; Aubrey, 7; CJ, 4; Landon and Kennedy, 2—as first-time homeowners in Chesapeake, VA.


MONICA MICHAUD MILLER Nicole Smart and Jacob Meyer live in a renovated mill in Pembroke, NH, but hope to move to FL to be closer to family. Nicole writes, “We will celebrate our 14th anniversary in Oct. Colby-Sawyer will always be special because it’s where we met and made lifelong friends. We are

enjoying riding our motorcycles this season and look forward to summer trips to the Adirondacks and VT. Jake is enjoying his Harley Davidson V-Rod and I am enjoying my Can-Am Spyder, which has been modified with a tiptronic transmission, handbrake, and to carry my wheelchair. Even our dogs, Cooper and Bella, enjoy riding on it with their Doggles to protect their eyes. I’m coming up on 13 years since the car accident that left me paraplegic, but it hasn’t slowed me or Jacob down a bit.”

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KARA JEAN BORDEAU ANNE COULTER Marthe Fidler Teixeira and family moved to Charleston, SC, where they love the Southern lifestyle. She’s getting her real estate license. Anne Coulter moved to the southern ME coast and enjoys running into other alums. Kristen Pobatschnig was named one of the top 11 artists to watch in 2017 by NH Magazine. Check out her work, and a link to the article, at femmefataleart. com. Nicole Eaton Desjardins bought a house in Oakland, ME, where she and her husband will raise their family! Nicole was promoted to production manager at Center Point Large Print; she oversees the typesetting, proofing and printing of 30 large-print books every month. Beth Norris Gildea and Sean Gildea ’07 had a daughter, Rita, and adopted a son, Jack. They’re about 10 months apart.


STEPHANIE “STEPH” GUZZO ASHLEY HELEN RODKEY In Oct 2016, Thomas “T.J.” Coffrin was promoted to store manager at Walgreens. He recently returned from his third trip to Italy and plans to go again next year with family. Beth Norris Gildea ’06 and Sean Gildea ’07 with daughter Rita and son Jack.

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Sharon Belden Collins is working on her B.S. in healthcare administration with a concentration in health informatics. She plans to graduate next spring. Emily Birkhead ’09, Nicole Horgan, Nicole Berthiaume ’08, T.J. Coffrin, Katherine Davis ’08, and Betsy Berkenbush ’08 had a reunion at Peter Christian’s Tavern in New London. Janine DeSerres Tadakowsky works for the Richards Group, a VT-based HR consultancy, as an accounting manager and technology analyst. She heads their Concord, NH, location. In May, Colin Malone received his master’s in counseling from the U of Southern ME and is now a certified school counselor for the state of ME.

Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. This summer, he was a scholar in residence at Colby-Sawyer.


SARAH HEANEY PELLETIER Noelle Surette is Colby-Sawyer’s assistant women’s basketball coach and also coaches HS varsity field hockey and softball. This summer, she was the waterfront director for the New London Rec Dept. Kelly Grant is the military graduate academic adviser at SNHU, supporting veterans advancing in their careers post-military.

BRITTANY MAILMAN Adam Clay is a pediatric nurse practitioner in the cardiac intensive care unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. He lives in Nashville with his fiancée, Stephanie, and their 2 cats. Sarah Zirnkilton bought her first home this year in Portland, ME. She looks forward to hosting CSC reunions on the deck! Amanda Kruszkowski Ramunto and Beau Ramunto ’12 are excited to announce the birth of their first daughter, Madison Elizabeth, on Nov 2, 2016. Rachel Bourne started a new position at Ariett Business Solutions, helping develop a cloud-based paperless payment solution for mid to large market companies. Devin Zylak Funk earned a doctorate in physical therapy and is assistant manager at Coppola Physical Therapy and Fitness Gym in Candia, NH. She married Donovan “Donnie” Funk, on Nov 11, 2016, in Jamaica. Lauren Wasiczko Lair ’09 was a bridesmaid.




NICOLE POELAERT COSTANZO ELIZABETH MARY CRESSMAN Elizabeth Cressman combines her passions for working with young children and helping others as the family childcare home monitor in a human services agency. Her work combines teaching and social work with clients who are homeless or involved in DCF, and she finds it rewarding to help ensure that vulnerable children have adequate childcare. She also volunteers with Horizons for Homeless Children, helping to staff a playspace for children in a homeless shelter. Kristen Romanko Read and her husband, Ben, welcomed their first child, James Patrick, on March 17! He was 8 lbs, 6 oz, and 20” long. Sean Ahern is working on his dissertation proposal while teaching communication classes at

JOHN MCCARTHY Jackie Brambilla Balaga and her husband bought their first home and welcomed their 2nd child, son Aaryan, in Jan. Alexandra Frisch bought a house in Park City, UT, and lives with Frankie, the happiest bulldog. Since 2011, she’s been writing for a local, award-winning magazine. Elise Tremblay graduated from Endicott College in Dec 2016 with a dual master’s in special ed and applied behavior analysis. Andrea Hoyt is a licensed elementary teacher working in the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District in MA. She started an afterschool enrichment writing program for K-5. Xanthe Hilton accepted a job with the Foxcroft School, an allgirls school in Middleburg, VA, 50 miles outside DC. She’s finding Colby-Sawyer connections everywhere; recently, by happenstance,

Devin Zylak Funk ’10 married her husband, Donovan “Donnie” Funk, on Nov 11, 2016, at a destination wedding in Jamaica.

she met Beth Kouns Lamond ’63. Xanthe would love to connect with other DC-area alums!


COURTNEY PIKE KASSANDRA PIKE Leah Hodder-Romano writes, “I landed a job at Discovery Channel as the executive/development assistant to the EVP of Production and Development. I assist in all programming for the network as well as shows in development.”


STACY HANNINGS Brandon Chase is a certified student attorney in MA. He writes, “I have been representing clients in a plethora of legal matters inclusive of divorces and restraining orders. I am finishing my 2nd year of law school with one more to go before I graduate and receive a Juris Doctor.” Devin Rowe is executive director for the nonprofit Partnership for a Drug-Free NH. Erica Bradley is finishing her first year of grad school at Simmons School of Social Work. She’ll intern with Old Colony Hospice, providing bereavement and support services to clients and families. Ashley Wall is a childcare specialist at a residential

facility. She graduated in May from Lesley U with her master’s in clinical mental health and a specialization in expressive arts therapy. Her goal is to teach art as a form of expression in the juvenile justice system. Since 2014, Caitlynn Doocey has been a staff manager at Soluna Garden Farm, a tea, herb and spice shop in the Boston Public Market. Taylor McCarthy is raising her 2 children on her farm in FL while writing and creating art. Ashley Miller writes, “After graduation, I took a 6-week road trip across the country and started work as a student support counselor at Stevens High School in Claremont, NH. Heading into the final year of my master’s program in clinical mental health counseling at Antioch U and traveling as much as possible. Lucky to have visited Nepal, Peru and Australia in the last 2 years!” Stacy Hannings is managing Rosaly’s Garden, an organic vegetable farm in Peterborough, NH. She’s traveled the past 3 winters doing work trade/volunteer opportunities across the West Coast, HI and Costa Rica.


MOLLY PAONE After completing her master’s in social work from Springfield College, Cara Shaw is excited to start this fall as a geriatric psychotherapist at Northeast Senior Options, LLC, a private practice based in Peabody, MA. Cara will help develop and direct a program for dementia patients, as well as train other clinicians on how to work with clients with memory impairment. Carl “CJ” Harris works in sales and marketing for 2 growing NH businesses: Hasseltine Builders, as an assistant and bookkeeper; and Concord-based Celeste Olivia, selling infused olive oils and vinegars at farmers’ markets and events. The highlight of CJ’s year was officiating the wedding of his sister and best friend on April 8 in Pelham, NH. Kate Vickery lives in Orange County, CA, with her fiancé. She works for a drug and alcohol treatment center, developing graphic designs and social media content for their marketing team.

She finds CA life exciting and her work rewarding. Ian Whippie is pursuing a marketing career in Cleveland, OH, after completing a temporary assignment as a marketing manager for a restaurant and concert venue. This fall, Kelsie Coccia moved to Kent, CT, to take her “dream job,” head of learning support at South Kent School, an all-boys boarding school.


HERMELLA “ELLA” GIRMAY TEKLE hermella.tekle@my.colby-sawyer. edu Alexandria Dumont started work at Bonney Staffing Center as a talent and training coordinator while waiting for Jameson Ploch ’17 to graduate and move to Southern ME. She writes, “Always remembering to #StayRed, you are forever in my heart, Melissa Joy Molin.” Ashley Cooper is working at Flag Hill Winery and Distillery in Lee, NH, learning about wine making, distilling, and wine tasting. She’s the brand ambassador for various wine and spirits at Next Level Marketing. Ashley was a state finalist for Miss New Hampshire USA 2018! Brianna DeFilippis is a nurse at New London Hospital. She’s also working on her goal of visiting 30 countries before turning 30. Anh Duong completed her master’s in accountancy from Notre Dame in May 2016 and joined Ernst & Young in their Manhattan office. Caitlyn Durant is a mobile crisis clinician in Portland, ME. She works with stabilized at-risk community members who are suicidal, homicidal, severely mentally ill and misusing substances. Her job motivated her to enroll in an accelerated nursing program. During the summer, she went on a rejuvenating backpacking trip on a Portuguese island. After graduation, Helena Hamilton took a year to figure out her passion and started an accelerated BS in nursing at MA College of Pharmacy and Health Science. She writes, “I am beginning the pathway to becoming a nurse and hope to continue my education after that and become a nurse practitioner for obstetrics and infertility.” Holley Humberd took another internship

In April 2017, Carl “CJ” Harris ’15 (center) officiated his sister’s wedding in Pelham, NH.

at Walt Disney World before coming home to work as a relationship banker with Rockland Trust in Mashpee, MA. She’s applying to Bentley U for its master’s in taxation program. Nicole McDonald is an in-home therapist for at-risk children and families in western MA while working on her master’s in mental health counseling. Nicole also bought her first home – lucky girl! Rachelle Pierre is a mental health counselor and attends San Jose State U in its public health grad program. Michael Sheridan worked as a certified athletic training intern in the sports medicine department at Stanford U for the

2016-17 school year. After his internship, Michael was hired by Stanford as a FT assistant athletic trainer. Jovana Stojanova is working on her master’s in liberal arts at Dartmouth in a globalization studies track. She’ll complete her graduate studies in the next 2 years as she’ll be working as an educational consultant in Dubai. After graduation, Hermella “Ella” Tekle moved to Washington, DC, to work on her master’s in professional studies in strategic PR at George Washington U. She works as a logistic and communication coordinator for the provost for international enrollment at GW.  ®

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in memoriam

in memoriam Campus Safety Officer Thomas W. Bates

Faculty Emerita Barbara J. MacDonald

Thomas W. “Tom” Bates died peacefully at home on Saturday, May 27, at the age of 48.

Barbara J. MacDonald died April 21 at the age of 82. She joined Colby-Sawyer College in 1962 and taught courses in physical education, health and sport management until 1991. She also coached tennis, skiing and field hockey during her tenure. Barbara was beloved and respected by her students, who remember her as a strong, independent woman of style, class and wit who was “tough but fair,” “no-nonsense and supportive,” and incredibly caring.

Tom came to Colby-Sawyer in May 2012 and was recognized with the 2017 Judith Pond Condict ’62 Award for Excellence in Service Award. Students described Tom as selfless and personable, caring and approachable, hard working and supportive, inspiring and amazing, a father figure. He described them as family, even considering some his adopted children. Since Tom was diagnosed with melanoma in January, he was there for his Colby-Sawyer family as much as they were there for him. He faced his diagnosis with his hallmark positivity and faith, asking only for prayers and reminding everyone to celebrate life. More than 100 people turned out for a surprise party for him in February, and his friends rallied to send Tom and his wife, Nancy, on a Florida vacation where they could spend time together. Tom was born July 5, 1968; grew up in Salem, Mass.; and graduated from Merrimack Valley High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force Security Police and worked as a police officer, dispatcher, salesman and roof consultant. Tom was a man of great faith and strove to live a life that reflected that faith. He often reached out to community members in any kind of need. He was also a Christian Fellowship adviser at Colby-Sawyer. Tom is survived by his wife, Nancy (Benward) Bates; son John Bates; parents William and Loretta Bates; and siblings David Bates, Amy Cushing and Becky Smart.

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Barbara was born in Flint, Mich., on April 24, 1934. She earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Bowling Green State University in 1957 and a master’s degree from Michigan State University in 1969. She taught at Ottawa Hills High School in Ohio from 1957 to 1962. Barbara was active in her town of Sutton, N.H., and was a lifetime member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She volunteered for the New England Handicapped Sports Association as a ski instructor, coached at the organization’s national championships and authored several skiing articles. She represented the state on the National Institute on Girl’s and Women’s Sports Development Committee and served on the National Intercollegiate Ski Racing Committee. Barbara is predeceased by her longtime friend, Reva Bailey. She is survived by her sister, niece, nephew, grandnieces and grandnephews; a great grandniece and great grandnephews; her close friend and caregiver, Mary Goodell; and her mini dachshund, Marta.

in fond memory 1938 Shirley Sumner Daley November 19, 2000

1946 Marie Meder Grout January 10, 2012 Marilyn Clark Gerhach January 9, 2015 Ann Johnston Bunis June 7, 2017

1939 Ai-Li Sung Chin April 25, 2017

1947 Helen L. Kaplan January 16, 2008

1940 Jean Hill Lambert October 17, 2016 Marjorie Sullivan Farrar January 31, 2017

1948 Grete Hansen Dainiak March 23, 2009 Emily Lu Simson Croke April 28, 2016 Dorothy Sanborn Breed January 17, 2017 Elizabeth Barnes Carpenter April 28, 2017 Eleanore L. Hodson June 23, 2017

1941 Margaret Scott Cikins April 30, 2014 1942 Phyllis Latham Ide July 25, 2015 Barbara Dewey December 22, 2016 Katherine Gindele Schmidt January 11, 2017 Marion Huggins Brown February 13, 2017 Katherine Gordon Ridgway February 18, 2017 Eleanor Brown Pearce May 18, 2017 Normajane Copeland Wittner May 26, 2017 1943 Elizabeth “Diddy” Godfrey Brown December 26, 2016 Virginia “Ginny” Davis McGlynn February 3, 2017 Margaret “Peg” Morse Tirrell April 17, 2017 1944 Jessie Nye Hazen September 18, 2015 Josephine DeCristofaro Accattatis February 2, 2017 Elizabeth “Betsy” Garretson Ross April 17, 2017

1953 Billie Sweigard Carroll January 17, 2017 Barbara “Bobbie” Knutson Coletti January 29, 2017 Elizabeth Walker Brainerd February 16, 2017 Harriet Minchin Esposito February 18, 2017 Marcia Springer Saltmarsh March 21, 2017 1954 Abigail Miller Andersen March 22, 2017 1955 Margaret “Peggy” Foster Houtchens February 13, 2017 Barbara Beecher Clark March 12, 2017

1949 Nancy Nespor Wilbur March 7, 2017

1956 Lynn Shepherd Nichols May 2015

1950 Nancy Kerr Day December 20, 2016 Carolyn “Minty” Jones Brooks February 2, 2017

1957 Nancy Tyrrell Klein October 12, 2016 Nancy Eagan Grant December 7, 2016 Myra Coon Gove May 10, 2017

1951 Caroline Regan Lassoe September 27, 2016 Nancy Wallace Ashton October 16, 2016 Margaret “Shelley” Bindloss White December 12, 2016 Helen Simms Alberti January 12, 2017 1952 Betty Bailey Collins October 11, 2014 Beverly Casey Uzanas December 20, 2015

1959 Anne Whitbeck March 8, 2017 E. Dorsey Boyce Baron March 22, 2017 Louise Bergan April 1, 2017 1960 Elizabeth Abel Lane April 11, 2017

1964 Diana Tripp October 27, 2016 1966 Emily E. Smythe October 11, 2013 Jeanne Mahoney Durham-Foley December 11, 2016 1969 Marion “Yahee” FernandesBaxter March 30, 2017 1970 Wendy A. Jones de Geofroy February 15, 2017 1972 Elizabeth Roy Davis March 25, 2017 1974 Elizabeth “Betty” Daley May 31, 2017 1993 Jeanne Rodriguez Schiller March 1, 2017 1998 Christopher S. Ormsbee February 15, 2017 2000 Todd M. Gully June 16, 2017 FORMER FACULTY Barbara J. MacDonald April 21, 2017 STAFF Thomas W. Bates May 27, 2017

1961 Mary Gilroy Cogen October 13, 2015 1962 Joan Truex Barton December 7, 2016 Virginia Ryan Joffee April 21, 2017

CORRECTION: Rosemarie Meloro Prescott ’64 is alive and well, contrary to her name’s appearance on this page in the spring 2017 issue.

fall 2017


in fond memory

1934 Miriam Wilson Morrow January 15, 2016


world war I centennial:

Mather Cleveland and His Service by Brantley Palmer

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in World War I, it is only fitting to look back and honor a member of Colby-Sawyer College’s founding family who served in that war.

Mather Cleveland, above center, flanked by letters he wrote to his family from Over There.

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ather Cleveland was born in 1889; he graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in 1911 and an M.A. in 1914. Cleveland enrolled in the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons to earn an M.D., but before completing it, he left to serve a tour of duty with the Harjes Ambulance Corps in France. Of note is that Cleveland did so more than two and a half years before the United States entered the conflict on April 6, 1917. He returned home and completed his medical degree only to return to military service when America joined the war effort. Cleveland kept a journal of his time with the French Ambulance Corps from Oct. 10, 1914, until Jan. 6, 1915. We’re fortunate in the Cleveland Colby Colgate Archives to have a photocopy of his wartime journal, as well as the original letters he sent home. From the beginning of his time with the French military, Cleveland was cognizant that he and his family couldn’t disclose much to one another. In a letter dated Oct. 7, 1914, while still traveling by boat to Liverpool (before moving on to London and then Paris), Cleveland wrote, “Remember that your letters to me may possibly be censored, opened and read before they reach me. So a strictly neutral stand is the only attitude. The best policy will be not to discuss the war at all.” Cleveland arrived in London the following day and in Paris on Oct. 12, but the hospital where he was stationed turned out to be just outside the city. In a letter to his father on Oct. 16, he confided this information and assured him that they all felt safe with German forces being a good distance away. Nevertheless, he felt it prudent not to worry his mother: “I did not tell you this in my letter from Paris because I knew that Mother would worry. I am sending this to your office and will continue to let her believe I am still in Paris, not because I think it would be any safer there than just outside the town.” Just two days later, Cleveland began his work, and his first patients were German soldiers. He wrote that the “poor fellows were just about worn to skin and bones. They needed rest + quiet as much as anything else. It will be months before these fellows get well … ”

Cleveland seemed to have a distaste for war, or at least the carnage it created. In a letter from Nov. 9, 1914, less than a month into his first tour, he wrote, “Peace can’t come any too soon for me. If you want to be cured of war, you have only to see the wounded and watch them die.” After his tour with the French Army, Cleveland returned to finish his medical degree and began practicing medicine. On Nov. 30, 1917 (just five months after marrying his wife, Susan Colgate Cleveland), Cleveland was assigned to active duty and ordered to Fort Riley, Kan., for training camp. On Jan. 15, 1918, he was ordered to Evacuation Hospital #10, which took him to France once more; he was there when the war ended on Nov. 11, 1918. In a letter dated Nov. 23 to his father, he wrote, “Well, Dad, the curtain has been rung down on the final act over here. The villain [sic] has skulked off the stage, baffled, and Right has triumphed as it should in any well-ordered play.” Cleveland, by then a major, served overseas until July 1, 1919; he was discharged on July 15. Later that year, he was appointed to the Officers’ Reserve Corps, in which he stayed until resigning his commission in 1938. Cleveland again served his country in World War II, from 1942 to 1945. Shortly before being discharged, he earned the rank of colonel. For his service in World War I, Cleveland was awarded a number of medals, including the Chevalier Legion of Honour Award, the Medal of French Reconnaissance, and the American Volunteers with French Army Medal. Mather Cleveland died in 1979. He and Susan had six children, including U.S. Congressman James Colgate Cleveland, husband of Professor Emerita Hilary Cleveland. If you’d like to see more of the Mather Cleveland Collection, the Cleveland Colby Colgate Archives will host a WWI exhibit in conjunction with the New London Town Archives beginning in August and continuing through the fall semester.  ® Brantley Palmer is the Colby-Sawyer College archivist. He holds a B.A. from Keene State College and an M.L.I.S. from Simmons College.

fall 2017


So Come Home epilogue

by Matthew Nosal ’17

I’M BARELY OUT OF SCHOOL, but I already miss talking about literature in a classroom. So I’d like to flex the analytical skills I developed at Colby-Sawyer and do a close reading of a poem. The poem in question was published on Twitter. It was written by Jonathan Sun, a Twitter writer I analyzed in my Capstone about the literary potential of social media.

effort to maintain the facade of a student who had anything at all under control. And I felt it during rough a capella rehearsals that made me wonder why I chose to pursue leadership in a musical club when I’m too tone deaf to hit a note with a sledgehammer. I know we’ve all experienced struggles that were even more alienating and difficult to endure. When these tragedies occurred, I think we did the only thing we could: We went home. Home was a phone call to our families. Or video games with our roommates. Or a walk to Bucklin Beach. Home was late-night conversations in the dining hall, or the Hogan swimming pool, or a trusted professor’s office. Our undergraduate challenges have been preparation for those we’ll face for the rest of our lives. Some will be heartbreakingly difficult. Many will seem impossible.

It’s not exactly Infinite Jest, but the tweet orbited my mind as my time at Colby-Sawyer drew to a close. It reminded me of freshman year: I remember watching from within the hollow silence of my dorm room as my parents walked away; I stared out the window paralyzed by fear and loneliness for longer than I’d like to admit before going outside to try my best to make friends. I don’t know when I began to call this hill my home. At some point, our dining hall became my living room. One day, the track was my backyard. It probably happened in stages, like the moon growing full. And I don’t know where my next home will be. Like the astronaut in Sun’s tweet, I’m torn between what I know and what I dream of. When we graduated high school, the idea of Colby-­ Sawyer seemed equally alien. From some home before this, we looked up and hoped we might be happy here. We hoped Mountain Day tie-dye would stain our fingernail beds, and that the stars over New London would provide a stable backdrop for our astronomical dreams. And somehow, they did. This college has become our home. But only by being, at times, difficult to bear. The fear and loneliness of my first day regularly returned. I felt it at three o’clock in the morning now and again as I wrote papers due the next day in an

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The students, faculty and staff who made Colby-­ Sawyer a home for us will never all be collected in one place again. We’re satellites whose orbits temporarily aligned. But because we experienced it together, we each hold now a shimmering fragment of our hilltop home. Like stardust. Or scrap metal. So when those challenges become overwhelming, let’s come home. Let’s write to each other. Or meet up to talk about how things have been. The stars, metaphorically, are far from lifeless. Eight years down the line, we’ll miss where we’ll be four years from now. Our one small step across the Commencement stage signified one giant leap into a new life. Each one of us is off to find a new home. We’ll fall in love with a new stream of faces. New places will swell explosively with memories until, like on Commencement, the fuse is lit and we blast off again into the future. All human beings are astronauts, propelled by what we love into the great unknown. The future is bright. Ground control will be waiting to hear about our travels. So come home.  ® Matthew Nosal ’17 holds degrees in English and creative writing. He was selected as the Senior Commencement Speaker and this essay is an adaptation of his address “So Come Home.”

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