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Colby-Sawyer College Welcomes New Academic Programs and Faculty Members and First Fulbright Scholar in Residence this Fall

NEW LONDON, N.H. – Colby-Sawyer College will introduce new academic programs and faculty members and its first Fulbright Scholar in Residence this fall.

Colby-Sawyer students can now choose from several new academic programs, including majors in Art History, Creative Writing and Environmental Science, minors in Chemistry and Education, and a Coaching Certificate program that can be combined with any major. The new programs, which will augment the college's 12 academic majors and 16 minors, were approved in May by the college's Board of Trustees.

Colby-Sawyer's last new major, Community and Environmental Studies, was created ten years ago and has been renamed as Environmental Studies as part of a new Environmental Studies Department, led by Chair Leon-C. Malan. Malan, who served as chair of the Business Administration Department in 2007-2008, recently completed a doctoral program in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England.

“Our goal is to enhance the college's academic programs and deepen the quality of the educational experience for students, as well as draw on the teaching interests of our faculty,” says Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty Deborah Taylor. “It's desirable to have a larger array of programs, particularly since a number of our students come in undecided about their major.”

Colby-Sawyer also welcomed 13 new faculty members to the college community. The faculty members include two new assistant professors in the Business Administration Department. William Spear, a former adjunct professor at the college, holds a M.B.A. from Norwich University and is the owner and manager of Foresight Consulting and Development. His areas of expertise include marketing, operations and quantitative analysis. Eva Szalvai, an expert in international business, has her Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University and has taught in the Department of Economics at Stetson University.

Harvey Pine has a Ph.D. from Auburn University and has joined the college as an assistant professor in the Environmental Studies Department. His area of expertise is environmental science. The Fine and Performing Arts Department welcomed Assistant Professor Nicholas Gaffney, who will teach courses in photography and new media. Gaffney holds a M.F.A. from Pratt Institute and formerly taught at Gibbs College.

Two assistant professors have joined the Department of Humanities, Christopher La Barbera and Ambrose Metzegen. La Barbera, who holds a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University, is a former lecturer and research fellow at Stony Brook. He will teach courses in philosophy. Metzegen, a former adjunct professor at Colby-Sawyer, will teach courses in the college's Humanities Department. He holds a M.A. from Middlebury College and has taught at Clemson University and New England College, as well as gained experience in teaching and supervising special education in schools in Alaska and Newfoundland.

The Natural Sciences Department has welcomed two new assistant professors, Christine Bieszczad and Linas Kalvaitis. Bieszczad, who earned a Ph.D. from Dartmouth Medical School, is a former adjunct faculty member at Colby-Sawyer and Saint Joseph College. She will teach courses in anatomy/physiology and biology. Kalvaitis, who earned a M.S. in anthropology from the University of New Mexico, will teach courses in mathematics.

The Nursing Department will add one new faculty member, Joan Loftus, as an assistant professor. Loftus, who earned a M.S.N. from Georgetown University, specializes in adult health. Previously she has worked as a clinical associate at Vermont Technical College and as an Intensive Care Unit nurse at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The Social Sciences and Education Department has welcomed four new faculty members who will teach courses in history and government, psychology, sociology and education. Eric Boyer, whose Ph.D. is from the University of Minnesota, will teach courses in history and government. He formerly served as a lecturer at the University of Minnesota and as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Saint Thomas University. Dexter Burley, whose Ph.D. is from the University of New Hampshire, will serve as a scholar-in-residence and teach sociology. He has previously served as the executive director of Massachusetts General Hospital's Geriatric Medicine Unit and as a faculty member at Harvard University.

Additionally, Courtney McManus, who earned a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College, will join the Social Sciences and Education Department as an assistant professor, teaching courses in psychology. McManus was formerly a visiting assistant professor of psychology at Amherst College and Dartmouth College. Dianna Terrell, a Ph.D. candidate at Boston College, has also joined the department, where she will teach courses in education as an assistant professor. Terrell is a former research assistant for the Carnegie Foundation's Teachers for a New Era initiative.

Colby-Sawyer will host its first Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Isaac Nyamongo, associate professor and director of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. An anthropologist with expertise in public health, Dr. Nyamongo will teach and provide lectures and presentations, which will be open to the public.

Colby-Sawyer, founded in 1837, is a comprehensive liberal arts college located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire. Students from 25 states and five foreign countries learn in small classes through a select array of programs that integrate the liberal arts and sciences with pre-professional experience. Visit us on the World Wide Web at

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