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.

September 2014


New London Day: Soccer and Spirit

Wednesday, Sept. 3 – Kelsey Athletic Campus, 4 p.m.

Two fields, two soccer games!

Enjoy a complimentary food item from the Lil Red Baron caboose, enter a free raffle to win dinner for 2 at the Inn at Pleasant Lake, and collect giveaways while cheering on the Chargers soccer teams as they take to the fields in their first home games of the season.

The men's team (North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship Finalists) will take on Daniel Webster College while the NAC Championship Winners women's team goes up against Norwich University on the Sally Shaw Veitch Turf Field. Only one team will get grass stains, but everyone can have fun.

Free of charge.

The 9th Annual College-Community 5K Dash & Stroll

Saturday, Sept. 13, 9:30 a.m.

Join us for Colby-Sawyer's ninth annual College-Community 5K Dash & Stroll, a non-competitive fun run and walk. Community members of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Registration will take place on the event day on the college's Front Lawn (rain location: Wheeler Hall in Ware Student Center) beginning at 9:30 a.m. The start time for walkers is 9:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. for runners. The route for runners and walkers begins at Colgate Hall and winds through New London's downtown and residential areas and back to campus.

Participation is free of charge. Learn more here.

Summer Music Associates Present New Black Eagle Jazz Band

Saturday, Sept. 13 - Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.

Known for their uplifting and soulful music of New Orleans, the seven-piece New Black Eagle Jazz Band has delighted audiences all over the world with their huge and eclectic repertoire of jazz from the 1920's and 30's. From blues to rags to popular songs of the era, John Wilson of the The New York Times raves the band is "so far ahead of other traditional bands...there is scarcely any basis for comparison."

New Black Eagle has performed with jazz legends including Doc Cheatham, "Kid" Thomas, Benny Waters, Odetta and Milt Hinton, and with symphony orchestras including the Boston Pops, the Scottish National Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony. They have released over 40 recordings (including the Grammy-nominated "On the River") and their music has been featured in Ken Burns' documentaries and on NPR Radio. The band has also been a guest on The Prairie Home Companion.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Summer Music Associates at 603.526.8234, info@summermusicassociates.com or www.summermusicassociate.com.

Favorite Films Series Presents 'Two-Lane Blacktop'

Monday, Sept. 15 — Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 to 10 p.m.
Featuring experts from Colby-Sawyer and their favorite cinematic masterworks, a screening and discussion of the 1971 road movie “Two-Lane Blacktop” is hosted by Assistant Professor of Humanities Mike Jauchen.

The 1971 film, acclaimed as one of the greatest American road movies ever made, stars singer-songwriter James Taylor and the Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson as a wayward driver and mechanic. As the two car enthusiasts navigate a cross-country race for pink slips, Director Monte Hellman uses widescreen composition to artistically explore American male obsession with automobiles and the metaphoric struggle to reach a destination. The 101-minute film is rated R.

Free and open to the public.

'Tomie dePaola: Now'

Opening Reception Friday, Sept. 19 — Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 5 to 7 p.m.
Tomie dePaola is one of the world's most prolific and popular children's authors and illustrators. He has published nearly 250 books and sold some 15 million copies, as well as won many of the genre's prestigious awards. "Now" will coincide with dePaola's 80th birthday and highlight his career from the mid-1970s to the present with fine art and book illustrations.

Following the opening, the exhibition will remain open through Sunday, October 26.
Gallery hours:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday
1 to 4 p.m., Sunday

Free and open to the public.

Faculty Colloquium Series with Professor Rachel Fredericks

Thursday, Sept. 25 — Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 4 to 6 p.m.
Assistant Professor of Humanities Rachel Fredericks presents her research on moral psychology and the role of jealousy in self-respect at the monthly colloquium series. Professor Fredericks teaches courses in philosophy, focusing primarily in the various subfields of ethics, philosophies of feminism, philosophy of mind, and ancient philosophy. Her research specialty is in moral psychology, and specifically the moral significance of emotions and interpersonal relationships.

Free and open to the public.

October 2014


Favorite Films Series Presents 'Videodrome'

Tuesday, Oct. 7 — Clements Hall, Curtis L. Ivey Science Center, 7 to 10 p.m.
Featuring experts from Colby-Sawyer and their favorite cinematic masterworks, a screening and discussion of the 1973 sci-fi/horror “Videodrome” is hosted by Assistant Professor of Humanities Michael Lahey.

Free and open to the public.

Alumni Fall Festival

Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12, Various Campus Locations
Join the Colby-Sawyer College community for a weekend of fun and camaraderie. Alumni and guests renew ties with old friends, explore the campus of today, and enjoy the colorful majesty of autumn.

For more information, visit the Alumni Fall Festival page.

Faculty Colloquium Series with Professor Nicole Heller

Thursday, Oct. 16 — Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 4 to 6 p.m.
Research by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Education Nicole Heller on the rise of opiate addition in the U.S. and the increase of opiate dependency among those of child-bearing age will be presented at the monthly colloquium series. Professor Heller teaches courses in Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Psychology and Life Span Development. Her research interests examine the synergistic impact of adverse prenatal environments and non-optimal postnatal environments on infant socio-emotional development, specifically, maternal-infant dyadic interactions.

Free and open to the public.

November 2014


Favorite Films Series Presents 'The Grand Illusion'

Tuesday, Nov. 4 — Clements Hall, Curtis L. Ivey Science Center, 7 to 10 p.m.
Featuring experts from Colby-Sawyer and their favorite cinematic masterworks, a screening and discussion of the 1937 World War I drama “The Grand Illusion” is hosted by the History Club and the Film Club.

Free and open to the public.

Faculty Colloquium Series with Craig Greenman and Eric Boyer

Thursday, Nov. 13 — Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 4 to 6 p.m.
Research by Associate Professor of Humanities Associate Craig Greenman and Associate Professor of Social Sciences and Education Eric Boyer will be featured at the monthly colloquium series.

Free and open to the public.

December 2014


Eighth Annual New London TubaChristmas

Saturday, Dec. 20 — Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 2 p.m.

Created in 1974 as a tribute to tuba player and teacher William Bell, the first TubaChristmas concert was held in New York's Rockefeller Plaza. It has grown to include more than 250 locations throughout the United States and several countries. The New London TubaChristmas, led by Aarne Vesilind, features tuba, sousaphone, euphonium and baritone horn players from across the nation playing Christmas carols, first with instruments only and then with the audience singing along.

Free and open to the public.