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Colby-Sawyer College will celebrate its 178th Commencement on Saturday, May 7, graduating approximately 270 students and recognizing them and other individuals for academic excellence, outstanding contributions to society, and service to the college and community.

Colby-Sawyer junior Mardia Cooper of Chicago, Ill., won first place in the inaugural New Hampshire Writer's Project (NHWP) student essay contest. Cooper attended Writer's Day in Manchester, N.H., on Saturday, April 23, where she was notified of her win and awarded a $1,000 prize.

Colby-Sawyer College sophomore Theresa Edick, a resident of Dublin, N.H., has been named a 2016 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a Boston-based not-for-profit focused on public service and higher education. Edick will receive a certificate of accomplishment and gain access to the Newman Civic Fellows online network, which will connect her to 217 other fellows from institutions around the country.

On April 4, Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students David Sauerwein shared with the college community news that a member of our Colby-Sawyer family, Melissa Molin ’16, passed away that evening due to injuries sustained in a single-car accident.

Colby-Sawyer College and Vermont Law School (VLS) have signed an articulation agreement that allows Colby-Sawyer students to complete their bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor in as little as five years, and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in four.

Colby-Sawyer College will host Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham on Thursday, April 14, for a reading and discussion of her work in the Archives Reading Room of the Cleveland Library. The event is free and open to the public. 

The fourth annual Relay for Life of Colby-Sawyer College event will be held at the Dan and Kathleen Hogan Sports Center beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, and running through 5 a.m. on Sunday, April 3. All are welcome to participate.

Colby-Sawyer College has received a $10,000 gift from the Hannaford Charitable Foundation to support the purchase of a commercial-size food composter.

Susan D. Stuebner, Ed.D., has been named the ninth president of Colby-Sawyer College.

Colby-Sawyer College hosts the Exercise and Sports Sciences Symposium Athletes First: Components of Effective Coaching on Monday, March 7, at Wheeler Hall in Ware Student Center. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lectures are free and open to the public with a reservation required by Friday, Feb. 26. Lunch with presenters and Exercise and Sports Sciences faculty is also available for a cost of $12.50. For more information and reservations, contact Academic Administrative Assistant Terri Hermann at or 603.526.3616.

The Colby-Sawyer College Board of Trustees has elected Peter F. Volanakis of Hanover, N.H., as its next chair. He will begin his three-year term of service on July 1, 2016, and succeed Thomas C. Csatari, also of Hanover, who has served as chair since 2011.

At its Feb. 12 meeting, the Colby-Sawyer College Board of Trustees approved a three-year Bachelor of Science degree in community-based sustainability that will launch in fall 2016. The major was developed as a result of an innovation grant that the college received from the Davis Educational Foundation.

Colby-Sawyer College has signed an agreement with St. Johnsbury Academy allowing junior and senior academy students to take college-level courses on location at St. Johnsbury Academy in St. Johnsbury, Vt. 

Catrina Hood of East Barre, Vt., has been selected for the 2016 NH-INBRE Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. A member of the class of 2017, Hood is a pre-med student majoring in biology.

Colby-Sawyer is pleased to announce it has received a $3,000 Campuses for Environmental Stewardship sub-grant from a four-state Campus Compact Coalition. These funds, awarded to the Coalition by the Davis Education Foundation, are intended to train an interdisciplinary team of faculty at each participating campus to design and implement courses which include service-learning components focused on environmental stewardship.

Colby-Sawyer College, a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation, is proud to announce that students from its Investment Management course faced down challengers from some of New England’s most prestigious educational institutions to advance to the final round of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge, a global equity research competition that provides students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis.

Yesterday afternoon, President Thomas C. Galligan Jr. accepted the position of dean of Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center. His role there begins July 1.

Colby-Sawyer College’s Fine and Performing Arts Department presents “Unassigned,” an exhibition of independent works of art, craft and design by practicing designers and design instructors. Invited artists hail from across the country and will exhibit experimental videos, photography, books, posters, collages, prints, letterpress broadsides, installations and systems.

Colby-Sawyer College’s Board of Trustees has approved plans to construct a new arts building sited on the south-east end of campus near the Curtis L. Ivey Science Center.

Joyce J. Kolligian Distinguished Professor and Sonja C. Davidow ’56 Endowed Chair in the Fine and Performing Arts Jon Keenan is at Tokyo University of the Arts this November on a Fulbright Specialist grant as part of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars Program.

Colby-Sawyer College’s Board of Trustees elected William T. “Bill” Hopwood as a member of the Board at its Oct. 16 meeting to serve a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2016.

Colby-Sawyer College hosts a New Hampshire presidential primary symposium with New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner on Monday, Oct. 19, at 12 p.m. in Room 201 of the Curtis L. Ivey Science Center. Gardner will discuss his role in overseeing the primary since the 1970s and maintaining the state’s first-in-the-nation status. The event is free and open to the public.

Colby-Sawyer College is pleased to announce these students have been selected as inaugural members of The Presidential Blue Key Society (PBKS): Asra Batool ’17, a business administration major from Islamabad, Pakistan; Kaitlyn Cahill ’16 a business administration major from Spencer, Mass.; Ashley Cooper ’16, a business administration major from Corpus Christi, Texas; Sonia Diaz ’17, a biology major from Scarborough, Maine; Morgan Forrest ’18, a business administration major from Brewer, Maine; Noorulhuda Ismael ’18, a health care management major from Concord, N.H.; Ben Maines ’18, a biology major from Abbot, Maine; Sharthak Neupane ’17, a business administration major from Sindhupalchowk, Nepal; Mai Nguyen ’17, a business administration major from Hanoi, Vietnam; and Hermella Tekle ’16, a history and political studies major from Ethiopia. The 10 students, chosen to embody and inspire the learning spirit of Colby-Sawyer, will be formally recognized at the Presidential Blue Key Society Induction Ceremony during Alumni Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Colby-Sawyer College’s student retention rate has increased for the sixth consecutive year to 77.9 percent, a 2.2 percent increase from 2014.