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Collage and Light Opening Families Enjoy the Spin-Art Activity at Family Weekend. Photo by Julie D'Onofrio.

Parents Weekend Filled with Events

Once again, fine weather graced the Colby-Sawyer campus for the 2006 Parents Weekend Oct. 6-8. Activities for students and their parents and families ranged from wine tasting for parents and exhibitions, a crafts fair and an inflatable playground in the quad.

A women's volleyball game on Friday night, soccer events for both the men's and women's soccer teams on Satudray, and a baseball team vs. baseball alumni game ensured there was plenty of excitement for sports enthusiasts.

For many campus visitors, the evening hour highlights were on Friday night, when the Curtis L. Ivey Science Center hosted both a wine- and a chocolate-tasting and the Dance Club organized a special dance party for younger siblings to free parents for other campus events.

Janet Shapiro Artist Janet Shapero poses near one of her richly colored "rete-chromes."

Collage and Light Opens in Brilliant Color

"Our goal was to host a bright exhibition to welcome [President Thomas Galligan] and to reflect some of the energy he brings to the campus," explained Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery Director Rebekah Tolley. "In so doing, it was important to us to include some local and regional artists as well as artists from outside the area to inspire students and the community in areas that relate to our teaching in the Art Department."

Collage and Light, the exhibition Tolley organized with co-curator Loretta Barnett, professor and chair, Fine and Performing Arts, opened on the evening of Oct. 12 with a well-attended reception. President Galligan was among those who enjoyed the brilliantly colored and technically innovative works.

Artists on view include Wales native Paul Bowen, who creates abstract collage sculptures with driftwood gathered near his Cape Cod studio in Provincetown, Mass., Martha Madigan, who calls her striking photographic collages of human figure and natural forms "solar photograms," and Janet Shapero, professor and head of the Sculpture Department at Utah State University, whose scroll-like "rete-chromes" recall East Asian painted scrolls. Richard Allen, Mark Soppeland and Tomas Vance completed list of artists contributing to the show.

Collage and Light Opening Attendees at the the Collage and Light opening discuss a work.
Collage and Light opening refreshments Art lovers enjoy the refreshments at the Collage and Light opening.

An Old Friend Retires

The college community gathered recently to bid farewell to Chris Otis, who was retiring after eight years with Facilities. Chris was a familiar and kindly face on campus, always ready with a smile and a wave as he drove around delivering packages and picking up the trash from every building.

Doug Atkins, the vice president for Administration, read some of the many nominations for Staff Employee of the Year that Chris received over the years.

“His job may not be glamorous, but he performs his duties with pride and truly cares about this campus and everyone here,” wrote one staff member. Another noted that Chris's “constant smile and good humor bring a ray of sunshine, even on the most difficult days.”

A colleague in Facilities described Chris as an “outstanding employee…who is always ready and wiling to give that extra effort…to stay late to complete any job.” Another person wrote that “Chris is one of the nicest people I have ever met. I truly believe that kindness is one of the most important attributes a person can have.

“We sometimes get so caught up in our jobs and our lives that we forget to simply be nice to each other, but not Chris…This award should go to someone who represents honesty, integrity, high quality work, teamwork, initiative, respect and a sense of humor. Chris represents all these things and more.”

Thomas Galligan and Mr. and Mrs. Chris Otis President Galligan poses with Mr. and Mrs. Chris Otis.