175 Ways to Benefit our College and Community

175th Parade

Parade Photo Gallery

Colby-Sawyer College and many of our community members and organizations joined New London's 88th Hospital Days Parade on Aug. 4, 2012. View the parade photos.

Schedule of Events

View our schedule of events in celebration of the college's 175th Anniversary.

175 Ways to Benefit
our College and Community

In honor of our 175th anniversary year, the Colby-Sawyer College community is engaged in a variety of initiatives that will benefit the college and the community. Learn more and get involved. Learn more.

175th Years of Teaching and Learning

Explore our fascinating evolution--from a college preparatory school to junior college and on to a baccalaureate college--through our interactive timeline.

In honor of our 175th anniversary year, the Colby-Sawyer College community is engaged in a variety of initiatives that will benefit the college and the community. These initiatives reflect the college's Four Strategic Themes of Engaged Learning, Living Sustainably, Linking to the World, and Dynamic Devotion to Excellence. The themes represent the college's highest priorities and focus our community on our strengths and our aspirations.

Planting 175 Trees

In cooperation with our Departments of Environmental Studies and Natural Science, the college has launched an effort to plant 175 native trees on campus and in the community. The effort kicked off during Earth Week in the spring of 2012 and will continue this fall, culminating in the celebratory planting of a maple tree on Sargent Common in New London during the “Celebrating 175 Years Together” event on Friday, Oct. 12.

The landscaping plan for this 175th anniversary initiative falls into these four categories of plantings:

  • replacing trees such as our sugar maples on the front lawn that were lost due to weather damage;
  • establishing the GreenROUTES Sustainable Living Laboratory, Permaculture Garden and Food Forest;
  • creating a living landscape to screen less appealing features on campus such as generators; and
  • planting native species to increase biodiversity, promote healthy ecological systems, enhance the soil, provide food and increase aesthetic value around campus.

This initiative, led by Professor Leon-C. Malan, chair of Environmental Studies, focuses on our themes of Engaged Learning and Living Sustainably. For more information, contact Professor Malan at lmalan@colby-sawyer.edu.

175 Acts of Community Service

The college community is invited to participate in 175 Acts of Service, an initiative coordinated by Student Development. We are challenging our students to complete a Year of Service in honor of their college's anniversary, and faculty and staff are also invited to join the effort. We've identified potential service opportunities for each month through May 2013 on campus and in the local communities.

If you have an idea for a service project you would like us to include, please contact Associate Dean of Students and Director of Citizenship Education Robin Burroughs Davis at rdavis@colby-sawyer.edu.

Colby-Sawyer students, faculty and staff can log in here for more information on how to participate in the monthly activities that celebrate our college.

This initiative focuses on our themes of Engaged Learning, Living Sustainably, and Linking to the World.

175 Faces of Colby-Sawyer College

The 175 Faces of CSC is a poster project that seeks to visually capture the changing face of Colby-Sawyer today as a global and diverse college community. Today Colby-Sawyer students come from 25 U.S. states and 32 countries, and our community represents many different cultures, religious and ethnic backgrounds, as well as many, many perspectives.

This fall roving student photographers from the Student Diversity Council, a student organization on campus, will ask students, staff, faculty and alumni to pose for portraits. Those photographs will be collected and will become part of large posters that feature 175 Faces of CSC. The posters will be displayed around campus as a way to celebrate the growing diversity of our college community.

Through this effort, we wish to embrace and celebrate our diversity, which strengthens our college community and prepares our students to live, work and thrive in global societies and workplaces. This project directed by the Student Diversity Council and the Office of International and Diversity Programs.

The 175 Faces of Colby-Sawyer College initiative highlights our themes of Engaged Learning and Linking to the World. For more information, please contact Associate Dean of International and Diversity Programs Pamela Serota Cote at pamela.serotacote@colby-sawyer.edu.

Colby-Sawyer's Dynamic Devotion to Excellence drives our strategic themes and requires us to build on the college's strengths and traditions and move toward our long-term goals. Our 175th Anniversary provides unique opportunities to reflect on our evolution as an institution of teaching and learning, and also to articulate our new identity and convey who we are and what we value as a college community.