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.

April 2015

42nd Juried Student Art Exhibition Presents Diverse Art and Media

Through Thursday, April 17 – Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 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. Free.

Faculty Colloquium Series Featuring Fine Art Printmaking

Thursday, April 16 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student 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 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 or through the Sawyer Center Box Office (603-526-3670 or Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children/students, or free with a Colby-Sawyer ID.

Sustainability Core Hosts Screening of 'Blue Gold'

Sunday, April 19 - Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center , 7 p.m.
Director by Sam Bozzo's award-winning documentary, based on the book Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water by Maude Barlow and Tony Clark, is an in-depth examination of the problems created by the privatization and commoditization of water. Free.

Learn to Grown Mushrooms Hands-on Workshop

Monday, April 20 - Outside the Sunshack, Behind Susan Colgate Cleveland Library/Learning Center, 12:30 p.m.
Mushrooms are a fresh and healthy source of food that are easily grown. Professor of Environmental Studies Leon-C Malan leads a workshop on how to grow Shiitake and Oyster mushrooms. Free.

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.

Read more about the symposium here.

Environmental Studies Expo:Big “E” Environment: Connecting Resource Conservation with Personal Sustainability

Tuesday, April 21 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 p.m.

Discussions about land and energy conservation typically focus on the preservation of ecological systems, but the development of a deep and personal relationship with the natural world can also have an impact on human health and happiness.

Join Dave Anderson and Jennifer White '90 for a thought-provoking conversation that explores how achieving a balanced relationship to both our inner and outer environments might also help mitigate much of our society's disease and dis-ease.

Dave Anderson is the director of Education & Volunteer Services for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Jennifer White '90 is the director of Sustainability for Colby-Sawyer College and an assistant professor in the Environmental Studies Department.

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.

Earth Day Run/Walk: Colors of the Earth

Wednesday, April 22 – Pierce Park, 3 p.m. Join the Student Government Association, Sustainability Core, Tech Club and Eco-Reps for a fun and colorful stroll around campus in celebration of Earth Day 2015 and Colby-Sawyer's commitment to sustainability. Free t-shirts for the first 100 participants. Free.

Screening and Discussion of 'Skin Deep'

Wednesday, April 22 – Clements Hall, Curtis L. Ivey Science Center, 6 p.m.
Academy Award nominated filmmaker Frances Reid explores race relations in this short documentary that follows a group of diverse and divided college students as they awkwardly and honestly confront each other's racial prejudices. A discussion on the reality of race relations in America will immediately follow the film. 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.

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

Thursday, April 23 and 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 each showing. 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.

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 or through the Sawyer Center Box Office (603-526-3670 or

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.

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