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Sugaring Time Again; Former President Writes Autobiography; Alum Signs with Baseball Team; News from the Nursing and Business Administration Departments and more.

Making Their Mark

Learn about how our community members engage in writing, presentations and exhibitions.

Past as Prologue

Explore Haystack, a portal to the history of Colby-Sawyer College.

Colby-Sawyer Courier

Keep up with campus news from students' perspectives through the Colby-Sawyer Courier.

Solidus

This new literary magazine features creative writing in many genres by current students and alumni, faculty and staff, and a few friends and partners.

Q&Alumni

Find out what Colby-Sawyer alumni have been up to since graduation.

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Kris Ramsey '08

B.S., Environmental Studies Administrator of Orleans Conservation Trust, Orleans, Mass.

Recipient of a Sawyer Fellowship Award and the Environmental Studies Baccalaureate Award for demonstrating the highest degree of dedication and excellence in his field of study

I took honors classes at my Maine high school, but for a long time I had no desire to go to college. A friend went to Colby-Sawyer, though, and invited me to visit. It was beautiful, and I like small communities where you know a lot of people, so I applied.

I'm the administrator of the Orleans Conservation Trust, a nonprofit whose goal is to preserve open space. I'm the only full-time employee, but my work is overseen by a board of trustees. I write grants; raise funds; create land management plans; negotiate land acquisitions; work with local, state and federal agencies; clear trails, manage volunteers and steward the land. I'm proud of how our educational programs have grown and that our membership has doubled since I started.

I am always interacting with the public, and having a liberal arts education has been a real benefit. I used to question some of the required classes; at the time you can't envision how they might help, but in the end, you can communicate with people who have a wide variety of interests. Every day I use business skills, history, politics, economics, science, communications, even law. You have to be versatile.

With regard to the major, the third-year project is the heart of the program. My class conducted a year-long, community-based research project to develop a plan to green Colby-Sawyer. The work continues to influence the future of the college. All the pieces of my education have come together: My Capstone project was to develop a land management plan and now I often craft land management plans for properties that OCT intends to acquire.

I had some stand-out professors at Colby-Sawyer, like Professor Laura Alexander, who was also my advisor. She could see what would be best for me professionally. I remember complaining, “Why do we have to do this GIS mapping course, I'm never going to use this.” Well, guess what—I use it every day.

Looking back, the only thing I would have done differently is study abroad for at least a semester. I wish I'd done that. Make sure you do.