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

Colby-Sawyer Currents

Welcome to Colby-Sawyer's online news magazine, which seeks to inform the campus, alumni
and friends about the people, ideas, places and events that shape the college community.

The Cross Cultural Club's International Festival was enormously successful and attendees enjoyed delicious samples of ethnic foods cooked by the students, an international fashion show with traditional clothing and a talent show.

Seven percent of Colby-Sawyer's student body is from countries other than the United States. Students representing more than 25 countries created table displays to share their homelands' culture, traditions and foods, followed by a fashion show that displayed traditional clothing from around the world.

A special presentation in honor of the local Friendship Families thanked them for their involvement with the college's 100 international students.

Remembering Scholar in Residence Dexter L. Burley

Dexter L. Burley, Scholar in Residence in the Social Sciences and Education Department, died peacefully at home from leukemia on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 15, at age 68.

Pioneering Alumna Fought for Women's Rights

An editorial in the Concord Monitor on Nov. 20, 2012, lauded Marilla Ricker, an 1861 graduate of Colby Academy, as a pioneering feminist who for 50 years advocated for women's right to vote and hold public office.

Ideas In Action

Future veterinarian Kara Loiselle '14 used her Wesson Honors Program Idea Fund grant to research career options.

Mountain Day 2012

Colby-Sawyer College celebrated Mountain Day, one of our oldest and most beloved traditions, in which community members hike up the mighty Mt. Kearsarge.

Remembering Susan Morrison Mayer '50

Susan Morrison Mayer of Newbury, N.H., an alumna of the Class of 1950, a trustee emerita and a beloved friend of the college, died on April 16, 2012 at the age of 81 after a brief illness. College community members are invited to attend the memorial service and reception on Saturday, April 28.

Boyer Wins N.H. Excellence in Education Award

The N.H. College and University Council has named Asst. Professor of Social Sciences & Education Eric M. Boyer the recipient of the N.H. Excellence in Education Award for Higher Education for 2012.

The Final Show for Senior Student Artists

Senior artists will exhibit their best work across many different art media in their final show of their college career.

A New Film Festival Celebrates Professor's Legacy

Windcrossing: A Festival of Sight and Sound will be presented on April 28 in celebration of the legacy of Professor Emeritus Donald E. Coonley, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and beloved teacher and mentor. The festival, created by the college's alumni, faculty, students and friends, restores a tradition begun by Professor Coonley of featuring students' original filmmaking.

Education Is Not for the Elite

In an editorial published in the April 5 edition of the Concord Monitor, President Tom Galligan argues that education is the foundation of an informed citizenry – and that everyone who wants to should be able to seek education beyond high school.

Colby-Sawyer College to Host Spring Dance Ensemble, 'Transitions in Two Acts'

Colby-Sawyer's Fine and Performing Arts Department and Dance Club present the spring dance ensemble, “Transitions in Two Acts,” a combined performance with two distinctly different shows sharing the stage back to back. “Transitions” will take place at the Sawyer Center Theatre on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m.

Region's Sodexo Chefs Meet the Culinary Challenge

Sodexo chefs from colleges across the state and region gathered at Colby-Sawyer College recently to show off their creative menus and bring in nutritious, locally sources foods. Everyone in the dining hall was a winner that day.

Two Webcams Record Ware Center Expansion

Site work has begun to prepare for the expansion of the Ware Campus Center, which will add seating in the dining hall, an elevator in the building, bathroom facilities, and more space for classes and student organizations. Two webcams have been installed to allow the community to watch the progress of the construction project.

Everyone's Invited: Spring Events on Campus

With art exhibits, Earth Week events, a dance show, Colby-Sawyer Singers concert and more, the campus is hopping this spring and everyone's invited.

A President, a Prime Minister, a Powerful Spring Break

Nick Ciarlante '14, president of Colby-Sawyer's Student Government Association, represented the college and New Hampshire at the American/Israel Policy Conference (AIPAC) in Washington, D.C., held March 3-6, 2012. After hearing speeches by leaders of both nations, he knows what he wants to do.

Previous Issues

Where a Colby-Sawyer Education Leads: To a Doctoral Program in Forensic Psychology

Soon, Lisa Giordano '08 will be Dr. Lisa Giordano. She earned her master's degree in Forensic and Counseling Psychology in 2010 with a concentration in Latino Mental Health, and will receive her Psy.D. next year. She says Colby-Sawyer's Psychology Program prepared her well for graduate school.

2012 Faculty Awards Announced

Assistant Professor of Business Administration Jody E. Murphy has been selected as the recipient of the Jack Jensen Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor of Natural Sciences William "Bill" Thomas is a cellular and developmental biologist and winner of the Nancy Beyer Opler '56 Award for Excellence in Advising.

Colby-Sawyer College to Show Peter Shaffer's 'Black Comedy'

“Black Comedy” is the story of artist Brindsley Miller's night of triumph, which ends when a blown fuse in his apartment unravels his and his girlfriend's celebratory plans and results in the worst night of their lives. Produced by Michael Lovell and directed by students as part of a collaborative effort of the Performing Arts Department's directing workshop.

Colby-Sawyer College to Host Annual International Festival

Colby-Sawyer will host the annual International Festival in celebration of its culturally diverse population on Thursday, April 5, from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Windcrossing Film Festival to Honor Don Coonley

Windcrossing: A Festival of Sight and Sound, created by students and alumni, is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Donald Coonley. It will take place Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in the Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Colby-Sawyer College Juried Student Art Exhibit 2012

The Fine and Performing Arts Department hosts its 39th annual Gladys Greenbaum Meyers Juried Student Art Exhibition through April 13, displaying students' latest work in graphic design, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, watercolor, painting, photography and integrated media.

Colby-Sawyer College to Host Photographer John Shearer

Photographer John Shearer, founder of the Photography and Design Program at Columbia University's School of Journalism, will give a public lecture and discuss his work. He will also introduce the new BBC film, “America in Pictures, The Story of LIFE Magazine," where he was part of its staff of extraordinary photographers.

College, Town Libraries Share Resources

Effective March 1, 2012, Colby-Sawyer and the Town of New London have partnered to increase the library resources available to town residents and college employees.

Series Features Poet, Artist and Storytellers

The spring Books Sandwiched In series features renowned poet and Dartmouth College Professor Cleopatra Mathis, artist and business owner Cindi Best, and a class of digital storytellers.

Poster Prodigy

Graphic designer Michael Lepore '12 is exhibiting 174 posters he has created over four years for college departments, offices and organizations. The exhibition in Reichhold Hall is part of his Honors Capstone project and reveals his range, creativity and commercial appeal as an artist.

Service with a Smile

Kelley Perron, administrative coordinator in the Baird Health and Counseling Center, was named the 2011 Staff Employee of the Year in a Celebration of Service that also recognized the extraordinary dedication of Colby-Sawyer staff and faculty.

Exhibition Features Prints by Two Colby-Sawyer Artists and Professors

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction, Vt., is hosting an exhibition of prints by Mary Mead and Bert Yarborough, who teach in the Fine and Performing Arts Department. The exhibition runs through March 31.>

Mike Bernard '99 'Crashes' SuperBowl XLVI with Two Commercials

Video editor Mike Bernard '99, a Communication Studies major, has written and produced two Doritos commercials for Superbowl XLVI, as well as two commercials for last year's big game.

Farris Wheels Through a Homerun of an Internship with Red Sox Affiliated Team

Ryan Farris '12, a Sport Management major with a Business Administration, shares his experience as a media/public relations intern with the Nashua Silver Knights Collegiate Baseball Team, run by Red Sox Class A Affiliate, the Lowell Spinners.

Finding Passion and Purpose in Africa

When Jeanne Clark '11 spent a semester studying in East Africa, she found her best and hardest teacher. There is something about living abroad, she says, that makes you see every layer of yourself.

Nursing Program Prepares for Re-Accreditation

The Nursing Program has grown and changed dramatically since the last time it was accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 10 years ago, but now it's time for them to prepare for the process again. College community members, alumni and others are invited to provide comments as part of the process.

Donald Campbell: A Retrospective of Selected Works

The Fine and Performing Arts Department will host “Don Campbell: A Retrospective of Selected Works (1957-2000),” featuring the ceramics, drawings and photography of a professor emeritus who taught at the college from 1960 to 1990. The exhibition opens with a reception on Thursday, Jan. 26.

In Memory of Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts Julie Vogt

Professor Vogt died peacefully at home, at age 39, after a months-long struggle with cancer. In her all too short tenure at the college, she made a big impact on the college community through her buoyant personality, love of teaching, and passion for theater.

Logan Scores Big with Irish Football Internship

Andrea Logan '12, a Sport Management major and Business minor with a concentration in coaching from Eliot, Maine, spent the summer in Dublin, Ireland as an intern with the Football Association of Ireland.

West Meets East

When Marsha Johnson '59 and Duong Ngoc "Zui" Nguyen '11 were brought together through Colby-Sawyer, their families and cultures connected.

Out to Sea and into the Mountains

Andrea Melville '79 moves from an actor and dancer on the stage to producing Emmy Award-winning documentary films for television.

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