A Dog-Powered Sport
Bailey Friedman '18 Interns at Alaska Heli-Mush

Controlling 30 strong, high-energy sled dogs is an exercise. It is an exercise in flexibility and teamwork, but it’s also just plain exercise. Mushing requires intense and precise physical exertion from both the dogs and people trained to practice Alaska's official sport. This summer, Bailey…

Ready to Research
John Rojas '18 Interns at the National University of Natural Medicine

John Rojas '18 possesses a variety of talents. Last semester, he made the Dean’s List while majoring in health promotion and minoring in psychology and studio art. Outside the classroom, he’s active in the Hispanic-Latino Club and Student Government Association. He’s also known around campus…

Ambition Has No Limit
Omar Hajajra '18 Interns with U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen

For history and political studies major Omar Hajajra ’18, working in the heart of the nation’s capital this summer was his “dream internship. ” As an intern for New Hampshire’s U. S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Hajajra assisted senior staff, completed clerical duties and, most importantly, was…

Business of Care
Brigitte Ruiz '18 Interns with Genesis Rehab Services

Brigitte Ruiz '18 has found a variety of ways to improve the well-being of others at Colby-Sawyer, such as participating in Christian Navigators Fellowship and the Medical Reserve Corps. A health care management major in the Business Administration Department, Ruiz worked at New London Hospital as a…

Stepping Up to the Plate
Chris Hood '18 Interns with the Upper Valley Nighthawks

Baseball is in full swing in the summer. For a lot of students, the season is also the perfect time to complete Colby-Sawyer’s required internship. Chris Hood '18, a sport management major from Goffstown, N. H. , paired the classic summer activities as an intern with the Upper Valley Nighthawks in…

First Exhibition in New Center for Art + Design
“Inner Visions: Selections from the Collection of Beverly Stearns Bernson ’55” Features Outsider Art

Colby-Sawyer invites the public inside its new Center for Art + Design to view an extraordinary exhibition composed primarily of outsider art. Colby-Sawyer and the Fine and Performing Arts Department is proud to host “Inner Visions: Selections from the Collection of Beverly Stearns Bernson…

Renaissance Woman
Morgan Forrest '18 Interns at Royall & Company

As a corporate events intern with the direct marketing agency Royall & Company, Morgan Forrest '18 of Brewer, Maine, had the opportunity to view higher education from the perspective of her business administration major. At Royall’s offices in Richmond, Va. , she worked to improve the performance…

Solid Foundations:
A Colby-Sawyer Couple Builds a Life Together

When David Rosso ’10 turned 18, his girlfriend Lindsey Brown ’12 whisked him away for his first visit to the Big Apple. Navigating New York City’s grid with confidence, she guided him from one landmark to another with unerring accuracy while he shook his head at the roar, stared up at the…

Giving Back with Every Cup
Nishchal Banskota's Commitment to Corporate Responsibility

A cup of hot tea holds more than just a strong, aromatic liquid. In its nearly infinite mutability, the beverage has served as a tonic, a centerpiece to social gatherings and even as the spark of a political revolution. For Nishchal Banskota '15, a cup of his company’s tea holds the product of a…

Research on High
A Season in Phenology

Plant phenology describes the science of annual life cycle phases of plants, and collecting this data can help scientists understand how factors such as climate and elevation in influence those cycles. I’m one of several people who do this work for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), which has…

From Theory to Practice
Aaron Records '15 Reflects After Year One of Law School

Aaron Records '15 majored in philosophy and creative writing and spent a year after graduating as the Presidential Fellow for College Communications before enrolling at Syracuse University College of Law. This summer, he is working for the Hon. Thomas J. McAvoy, senior judge for the United States…

Lobbying on Capitol Hill
Emily Johnson '16 Leads Students

This spring, nearly 200 volunteers with Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) traveled from across the country to Washington, D. C. , to speak with their representatives. The group included two Colby-Sawyer juniors, who lobbied on Capitol Hill for children’s rights. The students, along with the…

Going the Distance
Colby-Sawyer Invests in Students to Make a Private Education Possible

When Emily Lopez ’17 and her mother started the college selection process during her junior year of high school, they had no idea that a small, private liberal arts-based college like Colby-Sawyer could be even more affordable than a public school because of generous institutional aid. …

Challenging Stereotypes
Nathaly Abreu '17 Breaks Away from Misconceptions

Communication studies major Nathaly Abreu ’17, the daughter of Dominican-born parents and a native of the Bronx, has spent most her life defying stereotypes. “As a Latina, people think I’m crazy and sassy. Sure, I can be kind of sassy, but I don’t think that is because I’m Latina,” said…

Everything I Wanted
Why I Chose Colby-Sawyer

I discovered Colby-Sawyer as a junior at a college fair in Baltimore, Md. I pocketed the information collected from the royal-blue booth and pulled it out months later, in the fall of senior year, when I began my priority application. On paper, Colby-Sawyer had everything I wanted – a New England…

Leader of Change
Theresa Edick ’18 Selected for Emerging Leaders Fellowship

Environmental studies major Theresa Edick ’18 of Dublin, N. H. , was one of 20 scholars from around the world – and the only undergraduate – chosen to participate in a week-long fellowship this month in San Francisco with The Unschool of Disruptive Design, an international organization that aims…

On the Right (Pre-Law) Track
Jacintha Jackson ’17 helped trauma victims heal

Jacintha Jackson ’17 of London, England, is a history and political studies major and is on the pre-law track. She used the skills and knowledge garnered from her studies at Colby-Sawyer to make a difference through her internship with the Association for Trauma Outreach and Prevention (ATOP). The…

In the Students' Service
Doug Atkins Reflects on 30 Years of Service

My earliest recollection of being cognizant of Colby Junior College was when I was 10 years old and in New London visiting my grandparents. It was June, and with the house full, my bed was on their porch. At eight o’clock in the morning, I was awakened by the carillon that used to play from the…

Health Beyond the Hospital
Stephanie Cameron ’11 Helps Health Care Leaders Collaborate

The health care issues that New Hampshire faces are tied up in a complicated knot. Mental health disorders are linked with physical health conditions, and the presence of one can dramatically increase the severity—and costs—of the other. Ideally, treatment should address issues in…

Law of the Land
It’s Never a Dull Day for Conservation Officer Christopher McKee ’06

“People just don’t know what we do,” says Fish and Game Department Conservation Officer Christopher McKee ’06, who’s been on the job for more than a decade and a member of the dive team for five years. That may start to change Sunday, March 5, when “North Woods Law: New Hampshire”…

Thriving in the ICN
Elizabeth Abbott ’17 Provides Care for Newborns and Their Parents

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) is home to an Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) with a twist: among those providing care for the newborns and their parents are a troupe of Colby-Sawyer alumni, faculty and student nurses, including Elizabeth Abbott ’17. Now, she's passed her NCLEX-RN and works…

A Smuggler's Poetry
An Interview with Ewa Chrusciel

Associate Professor of Humanities Ewa Chrusciel’s whirlwind of a sabbatical took her to many European countries, including her native Poland. It also gave her the opportunity to put the finishing touches on her book, Contraband of Hoopoe, released in 2014. …

Mind Games
Brandon Legendre '17 Explores His Interests in Psychology and Athletics

Psychology major Brandon Legendre ’17 of St. Johnsbury, Vt. , was an intern this summer with the Psychology Department at Columbia University in New York City. There, the captain of Colby-Sawyer’s track and cross country teams was able to explore the intersection of his interests in psychology…

Anything But Empty
Learning Comes Alive in the Sonoran Desert

After the coyotes sang a lullaby and the cloudless sky filled with constellations, the wind blew down from the Santa Catalina Mountains that first night with such fierceness that it lifted the tents until they threatened to snap their tethers to the desert floor, only to shift and pin them to the…

A Dash of Confidence
Developing Self-Esteem Through Fitness

Running has been an emotional outlet for exercise science major Olivia McAnirlin ’17 of Newport, Maine, since she was 10. “I started running because I had a lot of problems with self-esteem,” she said. “I wanted to better myself and found that exercise is really good for that. ” …

No Dream Too Big
Aaron Feng '14 Finds a Home for His Dreams as a Graphic Designer

Aaron Fan Feng ’14 is a graphic designer at Compass, a high-end real estate brokerage that trades in luxury and the promise of guiding buyers home. He’s based at the Fifth Avenue office, where he works on print and digital pieces with marketing and product managers and agents throughout the…

The Highest Court
Ashley Woodside ' 18 Interns at the International Tennis Hall of Fame

If Ashley Woodside ’18 is not studying, she’s on or near a tennis court – and that includes during her internship this summer at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R. I. …

From the East Coast to the Far East
Jon Keenan's Sabbatical Journey

Jon Keenan peered into his wood-fired anagama kiln as the star-filled September sky erupted with plumes of smoke. The hand-built kiln, modeled after the natural firing environment of sixteenth-century Japanese potters, was the centerpiece for the final night of the semi-annual ceramics firing at…

Finding Her Passion
Meghan Andersen ’03 Makes Her Professional Dreams a Reality

In January 2016, Meghan Andersen ’03 was named creative director at The Boston Beer Company, parent company of Sam Adams, Twisted Tea and Angry Orchard brands. With that promotion, her ultimate professional dream came true. Getting there, she said, was “a very cool progression. ” …

Richard M. Damas '17
Moving Closer to His Goal

Richard Martin Damas ’17 is a communication and media studies major who wants to be a sportscaster on ESPN. Through Colby-Sawyer’s affiliation with the Washington Internship Institute, he had a semester-long internship as a field producer with WJLA-TV ABC7 News Channel 8 in Washington, D. C. …

Siembra Hoy y Cosecharas Mañana
What You Plant Now, You’ll Harvest Tomorrow

Kevin Salazar ’17 has heard this saying all his life. “My mother used it as a motivation for me,” he said. “She always told me that the hard work and dedication put in today will pay off later. ” …

Robin L. Mead ’72
Lifting up the Student Experience

Gone is the (text)book store of yore that was tucked away in the basement of Colgate Hall and managed by an external partner. In its place is a student-centered, college-run store that offers high-quality branded items and products selected by students, including international foods that meet the…

Lindsey Hebert '17 Travels to Thailand as Elephant Sanctuary Volunteer
Helping an endangered species through hands-on learning

This summer, Lindsey Hebert ’17, a biology major with a pre-vet concentration, spent two weeks in Thailand helping animals and learning hands-on what it’s like to be a veterinarian. Hebert, a resident of Parker, Colo. , was part of a small volunteer team that provided care at a dog shelter for…

The Unconquerable Folk Heroes and Saints of the One Story

James Joyce called it the monomyth. Mythologist Joseph Campbell popularized the term in his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which I read in my 20s and loved. Campbell’s premise is simple: Every culture has its Hero Myths, and every hero pursues a quest that is as symbolic as it is…

A Newfound Authority
Travis Yandow '17 interns at engineering firm BSC Group

Travis Yandow ’17 of Franklin, Vt. , chose to major in environmental science because of his passion for the great outdoors. This summer, he completed an internship as an environmental monitor for BSC Group, which gave him the opportunity to enjoy nature while working to keep it unpolluted. …

The Next Generation of Leadership
The Investiture of President Susan D. Stuebner

When Susan D. Stuebner, Ed. D. , talks about the impact of higher education — especially the transformation that students can experience in their time at a small, liberal arts-based college like Colby-Sawyer — she gets actual goose bumps. …

Sweet Summer Research
Students Partner with NH-INBRE to Bring Bees to Campus

In fall 2014, a black bear cub graced our campus. It materialized out of nowhere like a swath of New London mist before loping across the Quad and up a tree. We peered at it from our classrooms in Colgate Hall and took blurry iPhone photos. …

The Dreams and Nightmares of a Social Psychologist
A New Paradigm for Selecting the Perfect Juror

Over the past 15 years, my primary interest has been teaching Psychology and the Law and related courses. Then, in spring 2014, I taught Group Dynamics and Processes, an experience that renewed my interest in my own research. …

A Sojourn to Walden Pond
Out of the classroom and into literary history

“It is one thing to read about Walden Pond and have Thoreau describe it; it’s another when you get to walk all along the beach and run into the woods and see where Thoreau’s cabin was. ” So wrote one of the students in my course on 19th-century writers of the American Renaissance after our…

Filmmaker Tim Bradley ’05
Inspired by alumni friends, Bradley creates an award-winning love letter to home.

Tim Bradley ’05 grew up in Western Massachusetts and has long been inspired by the region’s natural beauty and cultural richness. His 2015 short documentary “The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow” serves as a sort of love letter to his childhood home. Chronicling five singer-songwriters who come…

First Among Equals
President Galligan Says Farewell

In February 2015, Colby-Sawyer College’s eighth president, Thomas C. Galligan Jr. , informed the Board of Trustees that he would not seek a third term. His ten years of service will conclude on June 30, 2016. …

Taking and Eliminating Risks
Amigo Khadka ’14

It’s noon on the kind of Monday in July that gives Manhattan its reputation for swampy summers, and the sidewalks are filling with office workers hunting lunch. …

Martha's Vineyard
A Marine Community Pulled by the Past, Pushed by the Future

Millennia before the first wave lapped the shores of Martha's Vineyard, glaciers did their work. The last continental ice sheet ground down over Canada and across Cape Cod, pushing along rocks and boulders, sand and gravel, fossils and sediments from what author Norman Maclean calls the basement of…