colby-sawyer events calendar

Upcoming Public Events & Activities

Colby-Sawyer College hosts a wide variety of educational and cultural events that are open to the public. For more information, please call (603) 526-3000. For information about alumni events, visit Alumni & Friends and for athletic events, visit Colby-Sawyer Athletics.

March 2015


Relay for Life of Colby-Sawyer College

Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. through Saturday, March 28 at 7 a.m. - Dan and Kathleen Hogan Sports Center
The third-annual campus event, organized by Colby-Sawyer students, raises awareness and funds for the fight against cancer while honoring cancer survivors and educating participants on how to reduce their risk of cancer. For more information contact Julie Crisafi Lynch, parent and community partnerships coordinator at Colby-Sawyer College, at (603) 526-3978 or jcrisafi@colby-sawyer.edu. Free.

Ablaze Conference Presented by Navigators Christian Fellowship

Saturday, March 28 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The student-run organization hosts a conference to unite and strengthen Christians on campus and the surrounding community. Celebrate the Christian faith with workshops, a worship band from Berklee School of Music, and keynote speakers Beth Kidd, Director of Place of Promise, Lowell Mass., and Rus Willette, Navigators Staff at the University of Southern Maine. Lunch will be provided. Free.

Diversity Dialogue Series Presents a Discussion on Gender

Monday, March 30 - Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 p.m.
Assistant Professor of Humanities Dr. Rachel Fredericks and Colby-Sawyer students Dikshant Rajbhandari and Xu Shulin lead a cross-cultural discussion on gender, differences and stereotypes. Snacks provided. Free.

April 2015


Yoshinori Hagiwara Ceramics Workshop

Wednesday, April 1 - Ceramics Studio, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Internationally recognized, fifth generation Japanese potter Yoshinori Hagiwara presents a demonstration of his techniques. For more information contact Jon Keenan at jkeenan@colby-sawyer.edu or 526-3667. Free.

42nd Juried Student Art Exhibition Presents Diverse Art and Media

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony, Thursday, April 2 – Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 5 to 7 p.m.
The Fine and Performing Arts Department hosts the 42nd Annual Gladys Greenbaum Meyers Juried Art Exhibition featuring students' work in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor and mixed-media selected by faculty based on expressive and technical qualities. The exhibition runs through Friday, April 17. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

The Fine and Performing Arts Department Presents 'Hotel Cassiopeia'

Wednesday, April 1 through Friday, April 3 – Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.
Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts Suzanne Delle directs her students from THE440: The Collaborative Experience in this devised piece paying homage to artist Joseph Cornell. Seating is on-stage; reserve tickets at http://www.colby-sawyer.edu/tickets or through the Sawyer Center Box Office (603-526-3670 or boxoffice@colby-sawyer.edu). Tickets are $10 for general admission or free with a Colby-Sawyer College ID.

Favorite Films Series: 'The Piano'

Monday, April 6 – Clements Hall, Curtis L. Ivey Science Center, 7 p.m.
The Oscar-winning 1993 drama tells the story of a mute woman in the 1850s who, along with her young daughter and her prized piano, are sent to New Zealand for an arranged marriage. The screening and discussion are hosted by film expert and Gibney Distinguished Professor of Humanities Pat Anderson. An expert in American film, international film and the Academy Awards, Professor Anderson is the author of In Its Own Image: The Cinematic Vision of Hollywood, numerous published articles, and regularly presents film lectures and radio reviews. Free.

Local Arts Forum with Author Robert David Booth

Thursday, April 9 – Archives Reading Room, Susan Colgate Cleveland Library/Learning Center, 4 p.m.
Former Special Agent Robert Booth, author of State Department Counterintelligence: Leaks, Spies, and Lies, discusses his career in U.S. counterintelligence. Free.

Comparative Reflections on Italian and American Healthcare

Thursday, April 9 – Wesson Honors Suite, Colgate Hall, 6 p.m.
The Wesson Honors Program hosts a discussion comparing the American and Italian healthcare systems with Associate Professor of Social Sciences and Education Eric Boyer, Assistant Professor and Chair of Business Administration and Healthcare Management Michael Skinner, healthcare management major Sukriti Raut '15 and business administration major Anurup Upadhyay '15. Raut and Upadhyay conducted research in Italy funded in part by a grant from the Wesson Honors Idea Fund that will serve as a backdrop for the discussion. Refreshments served. Free.

Diversity Dialogue Series Presents Discussion on First-Generation Americans

Monday, April 13 - Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 p.m.
Sheraz Iqbal, Residential Education area coordinator, and students Laura Jean and Sukriti Raut, lead a discussion on being torn between two (or more) cultures as first-generation Americans. Snacks provided. Free.

Faculty Colloquium Series Featuring Fine Art Printmaking

Thursday, April 16 – Gordon Hall, Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Center , 4 p.m.
Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts Mary Mead discusses the revolution of contemporary printmaking, including the history of the art, traditional processes and current trends. A printmaking workshop follows the presentation with maximum of ten participants; preregistration for the workshop is required by contacting Professor Mead at mmead@colby-sawyer.edu. Free.

Fine and Performing Arts Department Presents 'Variations' Dance Ensemble

Friday, April 17 — Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m.
Under the artistic direction of adjunct faculty member Laura Dunlop Shepherd, this two-act evening of dance features original choreography in multiple genres including classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern and hip hop. Tickets are available at http://www.colby-sawyer.edu/tickets or through the Sawyer Center Box Office (603-526-3670 or boxoffice@colby-sawyer.edu). Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children/students, or free with a Colby-Sawyer ID.

Susan Colby Colgate Scholars' Symposium Celebrates Student Scholarship

Tuesday, April 21 – Various Campus Locations, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Colby-Sawyer College community celebrates students' commitment to scholarship at the annual symposium featuring interdisciplinary Capstone projects and undergraduate presentations. Free.

N.H. Clothesline Project Raises Awareness of Violence and Sexual Abuse

Wednesday, April 22 through Saturday, April 25 – Mercer Hall Gymnasium
weekdays | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Saturday | 9 a.m. to noon
Colby-Sawyer's Department of Campus Safety and AmeriCorps host the 2015 N.H. Clothesline Project, a display of T-shirts created by violence survivors and their loved ones to demonstrate the impact of sexual, domestic and mental abuse, for the 20th consecutive year. Free.

Local Arts Forum with MacArthur Fellow David Carroll

Thursday, April 23 – Archives Reading Room, Susan Colgate Cleveland Library/Learning Center, 4 p.m.
Friends of the Cleveland Library present David Carroll, local author, artist, naturalist and MacArthur Fellow, as he recounts his artistic process and current work with the spotted turtle. Refreshments served. Free.

Gallery Exhibition Features Work by Senior Art Majors

Opening Reception, Friday, April 24 – Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 5 to 7 p.m.
The Fine and Performing Arts Department hosts its annual Senior Art Exhibition featuring students' work in various media. The exhibition runs through Saturday, May 9. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

Screening and Discussion of 'The Hunting Ground' Co-Hosted by Crisis Center of Central N.H. and Colby-Sawyer

Friday, April 24– Clements Hall, Curtis L. Ivey Science Center, 7 p.m.
Sponsored by the President's Initiative Fund and the North Atlantic Conference Well Being Grant, "The Hunting Ground" examines sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the social toll on victims and their families. A panel discussion and reception will follow the film. Free.

CSC Singers Perform Two-Act Spring Concert

Friday, April 24 – Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m.
The Colby-Sawyer Singers' spring concert features students and community members in a two-act show. Opening with a set entitled “Poems Set to Music,” the performance finishes with song selections by members of the Class of 2015. Tickets are $5 general admission and free with a Colby-Sawyer ID. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.colby-sawyer.edu/tickets or through the Sawyer Center Box Office (603-526-3670 or boxoffice@colby-sawyer.edu).

Kearsarge Chorale Presents 'This Have I Done for My True Love' Songs of Spring

Sunday, April 26 – Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Center, 3 p.m.
The ensemble's seasonal performance features works with springtime and love themes including choruses from Franz Joseph Haydn's oratorio "The Seasons"; Johannes Brahms' "Liebeslieder" [love song] waltzes with Joe Henderson and Simeon Morrow on the piano; Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Magnificat" with mezzo soprano Paula Rockwell and flautist Nicole Densmore; "Three Marian Antiphons" by Artistic Director David L. Almond; "Ave Maria" by Josquin Des Prez; "This Have I Done for My True Love" by Gustav Holst; and “Easter Hymn” from Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni. No tickets necessary. A $10 donation is requested.

May 2015


Students Recognized at Scholars and Leaders Awards Ceremony

Friday, May 8 – Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Center, 2 p.m.
Graduates and undergraduates are honored and receive Capstone, Baccalaureate and Program Recognition Awards; honor society cords; and leadership and achievement awards. Free.

Colby-Sawyer Celebrates Graduates at 177th Commencement

Saturday, May 9 – Commencement Tent, Front Lawn, 10:30 a.m.
Graduating students and other individuals are recognized for academic excellence, outstanding contributions to society, and service to the college and community. Free.

July 2015


Dance Intensive Summer Camp with Adjunct Faculty Member Laura Dunlop Shepherd

July 27 through 31; August 3 through 7 – Ruth Woodman Dance Studio, Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Center

WEEK I: July 27 through July 31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m
Intermediate and advanced dancers (having completed grades 6-11) immerse themselves in three classes daily with specialized instruction in ballet, jazz and modern. $325 per camper includes lunch and daily use of the pool at Hogan Sports Center.

WEEK II: August 3 through August 7, 9 to 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 to 11:45 a.m
Two morning sessions provide younger dancers with the opportunity to learn and improve technique in ballet and jazz. The 9 to 10:15 a.m. session is offered for campers having completed grades K–2. The second session, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., is for dancers who have completed grades 3–5. $90 per camper.

Laura Dunlop Shepherd graduated from Smith College with a degree in theater and dance. She grew up singing, dancing and acting at the Sawyer Center and the New London Barn Playhouse. These and other early musical experiences launched Professor Shepherd on a lifelong path of performing and teaching. After years of performing in summer stock and professional musical theater, and then in the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” starring the Rockettes as a singer and dancer, her focus turned to sharing the performing arts that have so enriched her life with others through teaching voice and dance.

To register for a dance camp session visit www.colby-sawyer.edu/functions/summer-camps.html.