program highlights

Winter 2016 Program Highlights

Thursday's Child Dinner

On December 4 Adventures in Learning members and friends gathered at this year's Thursday's Child dinner at the Coach House Restaurant at the New London Inn. Once again AIL is delighted to be part of this program as it brings our members and community friends together for a night of delicious food and good company in support of AIL's Achievement Award Fund. The award provides an annual scholarship to an outstanding Colby-Sawyer College junior. Thank you to all who attended the dinner on December 4, and for your continued support of AIL.

Photos by Maureen Rosen

Adventures in Learning Awarded the Town and Gown Awards

Board members Joanna Henderson, president, and Julie Machen, president-elect, accepted the Town Award on behalf of AIL at Colby-Sawyer College's May 10, 2014, Commencement ceremony. The Town Award is presented to a resident or organization in the New London area that has shown extraordinary involvement in and made noteworthy contributions to the college.

Colby-Sawyer staff members and Program Managers Marianne Harrison and Marianne Harrison accepted the Gown Award for their work with AIL at the college. The Gown Award is presented to an individual or a department from Colby-Sawyer College whose work and contributions in the New London area are extraordinary.

It is an honor and a thrill for AIL to be recognized by the college with the Town and Gown Awards.

2013-2014 AIL Achievement Award Recipient and AIL Board Meet

Shaina Driscoll, the 2013-2014 Adventures in Learning Achievement Award recipient, was welcomed at a reception held in her honor with members of the AIL board of directors on Friday, April 4, 2014, in the Colby Homestead. Shaina, fourth from the left, is pictured with AIL board members, and with AIL President Joanna Henderson. Members of the board had an opportunity to learn more about Shaina in an informal setting, and she learned more about our board members and AIL.

Shaina spoke about her opportunity to spend the first semester of her senior year in Washington, DC interning in Global Women's Leadership Development and taking two courses in this field. The board members in attendance came away extremely impressed with this delightful, charming, self-assured and bright young lady, and is delighted in this year's choice for the AIL Achievement Award.

AIL board members who attended the reception are pictured above from far left: Brenda Watts, Dick Cavallaro, Van Crawford, (Shaina), Joanna Henderson and Chuck Kennedy.

Soups On!

On one of this winter's countless, cold days, participants from Randy Hanson's AIL course on Mexico and several New London town employees were warmed with delicious oxtail soup and cornbread. The soup was prepared and served by Buffy McPhee and course participants in her AIL course "Beautiful Winter Soup." This collaboration of two AIL courses was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone!

Photos by Joyce Kellogg

Thursday's Child Dinner

As the photos reflect, good times were had by AIL members and friends at this year's Thursday's Child dinner at the Coach House Restaurant at the New London Inn. Once again AIL is delighted to be part of this program as it brings our members and community friends together for a night of delicious food and good company in support of AIL's Achievement Award Fund. The award provides an annual scholarship to an outstanding Colby-Sawyer College junior. Thank you to all our members and friends who attended the dinner on December 12, and for your continued support of AIL.

Photos by Maureen Rosen

Lecture Series Trilogy Starts

With perfect weather outside and great anticipation inside, over 150 people gathered in Clements Hall in the Curtis L. Ivey Science Center on the Colby-Sawyer College campus on September 18 to kick off Part I of the Julien LeBourgeois Memorial Lecture Trilogy. Adventures in Learning's multiple-speaker lecture series is one of the innovations championed by Vice Admiral (ret.) Julien LeBourgeois, a principal founder of AIL, who passed away last September. To honor his memory AIL proudly offers this special lecture trilogy on three pivotal epochs in the history of Western civilization. The first lecture series lasts 6 weeks, and is in on the Italian Renaissance.

Adventures in Learning was thrilled to have Julien's wife, Priscilla, and their son, Julien, attend the first class. After a brief welcome by Julie Machen and Morris Edwards, the course moderators, Julien was invited to speak. Morris, the lecturer for the first class, started his session on “Florence and the Medici: Prime Movers of the Renaissance.” At the conclusion of the class, a reception was held on the patio outside Ivey Science Center.

Photos by Maureen Rosen

Hospital Days "Meet the Chamber" Night

AIL Public Relations Committee members Sheldon Boege, Joyce Kellogg and Betsy Boege take a turn “manning” the AIL booth at Meet the Chamber Night which was part of this year's Hospital Days. The New London town green was filled with booths representing various local organizations and businesses who welcomed visitors to their booths.

Photo by Maureen Rosen

Thursday's Child Dinner

AIL members and friends gathered at the Coach House Restaurant at the New London Inn on December 6 to enjoy good food and lively conversation to support AIL and Thursday's Child. The Thursday's Child series is a wonderful way to support local community programs. Adventures in Learning is delighted to be part of this initiative, and is grateful for the opportunity to grow the AIL Achievement Award with support from Thursday's Child. The Award provides an annual scholarship for an outstanding Colby-Sawyer junior. We are grateful to the New London Inn and The Coach House Restaurant for this community partnership and support.

Photos by Maureen Rosen

Sharon Ames Honored at President's Annual AIL Holiday Party

On December 3, 2012, members of the AIL board and committees and their spouses were treated to the annual AIL holiday party hosted by President and Mrs. Tom Galligan at the president's home. This year's gathering included a special recognition of former Program Manager Sharon Ames, who will retire from the college at the end of December. Joining in the festivities were past presidents who served their terms during the time that Sharon was program manager.

Pictured from left to right with Sharon in the photo above are: Art Rosen, sixth president; Charlie Carey, founder and first president; Betsy Boege, fifth president and Morris Edwards, current AIL president.

Photo by Maureen Rosen

2011-2012 AIL Achievement Award Recipient and AIL Board Meet

Ashley Reynolds, the 2012 Adventures in Learning Achievement Award recipient, pictured third from the left in the photo above, was welcomed at a reception held in her honor with members of the AIL board of directors on Friday, April 13, 2012, in the Colby Homestead. AIL board members had an opportunity to learn more about Ashley in an informal setting, and she learned more about our board members and AIL. Ashley spoke to the group as a whole about her major, her plans to spend the first semester of her senior year in Africa, as well as her possible career choices after graduation. The board members in attendance came away impressed with this delightful, bright and impressive young lady.

AIL board members who attended the reception are pictured above from far left: Chuck Kennedy; Morris Edwards; award recipient Ashley Reynolds; Joanna Henderson; Julie Machen; Van Crawford; Joyce Kellogg and Betsy Boege.

A copy of Ashley's thank you letter to the board is viewable below:

Dear Adventures in Learning Board of Directors,

I would like to thank you for the Adventures in Learning Achievement Award scholarship. My name is Ashley Reynolds and I am a junior environmental studies major from New Hampshire.

Colby-Sawyer College has a beautiful campus and a unique environmental studies program that I just had to a part of. This program includes a community-based research project that focuses this year on farming, gardening and agriculture. As a group, the junior environmental studies majors are working with the Kearsarge Area Eat Local (KAEL) campaign to study farming in the Kearsarge area. Ultimately, the information, data and suggestions collected during this project will be used to help the farmers and consumers of the Kearsarge area in terms of local agriculture. How we will accomplish this and what our exact goal is at this point is not clear, but that is part of the fun of this year-long class project!

Although I am not exactly sure what I would like to do in the future, I hope to be an advocate for keeping the environment healthy for many years to come. I would love to visit other countries and study their environmental issues as well. Being passionate about the environment, I was president of Colby-Sawyer's environmental club, Sustainability Core, last year and am currently the secretary. This year I have noticed interest in the environment and our club has increased, which is very exciting! Hopefully we will be able to accomplish a great deal throughout the year.

Additionally, I am al a general member of the Campus Activities Board (CAB) which is great because we put on all types of events on campus. We have coffee houses with musicians, comedians, slam poets, cultural and educational speakers, workshops and a campus-wide favorite, “Wacky Bingo.” I also work as a Resident Assistant (RA) in Austin Hall and have a work study job as a communication specialist in Campus Safety.

This is my 2nd year as an RA and I love it! I get to meet so many people and be a part of their college experience as well as hold social and educational programs. I have been working as a communication specialist going on three years and I enjoy that as well. I get to know the Campus Safety officers and communicate with them through the radio. I also am the friendly face at the Campus Safety Office window if you walk in or on the phone if you call.

I truly continue to enjoy my time here at Colby-Sawyer College and am looking forward to all the opportunities and adventures I will have in the next year and a half. Thank you so much for helping me achieve that goal.


Ashley Reynolds

Adventures in Learning's Thursday's Child

photo by Maureen Rosen

On November 17, 2011, over 90 members and friends of Adventures in Learning gathered for a sumptuous meal and friendly conversation at Rockwell's at the New London Inn for AIL's Thursday's Child dinner. Proceeds from the evening help provide scholarship assistance to a deserving and outstanding Colby-Sawyer College student through the Adventures in Learning Achievement Award. Seated at one of the tables left to right are Sheldon Boege, Joy Kubit, Joe Kubit, Sue Buehler, Nick Buehler and Joyce Kellogg.

Adventures in Learning Achievement Award 2011-2012

Ashley Anne Reynolds, a junior this year and member of the class of 2013, is from Merrimack, New Hampshire. Ashley is majoring in environmental studies. She is a member of the Wesson Honors Program which offers academic, cultural and social opportunities for the most highly motivated and capable of Colby-Sawyer's students who combine a solid work ethic and natural ability with intellectual curiosity.

In the spring 2011 semester, Ashley was inducted into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society. To be eligible for membership, students must rank in the top ten percent of the junior or senior class. In addition to the recognition of academic achievement Alpha Chi provides, Ashley has also been named to the Dean's List following both her spring and fall 2010 semesters.

When not involved in her academic work, Ashley enjoys participating in the Sustainability Core Club, and is currently the club's secretary. This organization encourages student activism and active participation in the advocation for and the implementation of environmentally sustainable practices at Colby-Sawyer. She is also a member of the Campus Activity Board which—through collaboration, teamwork and dedication—provides entertainment and educational programs to the campus community as well as the community at large.

Ashley plays a leadership role on campus serving as a Resident Assistant (RA). These students assist in the management of the resident hall by working to create a community atmosphere based on trust, respect and adherence to the Code of Community Responsibility. The RAs primary goal is to get to know each resident and then to help residents get to know one another.

This year, Ashley received scholarship funds in the amount of $1,300 from the Adventures in Learning Achievement Award. ~ Sharon Ames

Summer Fare with Opera North

Opera North's Young Artists perform at Colby-Sawyer College on July 23, 2011

Following a warm welcome by Adventures in Learning President, Morris Edwards, and an introductory statement by Colby-Sawyer President, Tom Galligan, the audience at the Sawyer Fine Arts Center at Colby-Sawyer College was treated to an evening of the magnificent voices of the Young Artists of Opera North. There were arias from Donizetti, Rossini, Menotti, Puccini and Mozart, among others. In between the featured acts, Opera North Artistic Director, Louis G. Burkot presented background information and stories surrounding the music and the artists. The post performance reception featured meeting, greeting and conversing with the Young Artists while partaking of iced refreshments and sumptuous pastry. It was truly a lovely evening enjoyed by all in attendance. The net proceeds from the evening will benefit Opera North and the Adventures in Learning scholarship fund.

Spring 2011 Term

Reception Held to Honor Adventures in Learning Scholarship Recipient, Kimberly Arena '12

Members of the Adventures in Learning Board joined the AIL staff at an informal reception held on Friday, April 29th in Colby Homestead to meet this year's recipient of the Adventures in Learning Achiement Award, Kimberly Arena '12. The reception allowed Board members, the AIL staff and Kimberly to get to know one another better and to continue to build a tie between the Board and their scholarship recipient. The event was a resounding success and everyone agreed that Kimberly will be a tough act to follow in years to come.
Kimberly is surrounded in the photo above from left to right in the back row: Sheldon Boege, Dick Cavallaro and Chuck Kennedy; front row: Betsy Boege, Joanna Henderson, Art Rosen, Kathy Caroll, Joyce Kellogg and Julie Machen.

Fall 2010 Term

Changing of the Guard in AIL Leadership

Sharon Ames, on left, former AIL program manager for 12 years, hands over the Adventures in Learning banner and the reins to Kathy Carroll, the new program manager as of October 2010. Kathy, along with her responsibilities in AIL, will continue her grants and development work for Colby-Sawyer. Sharon's role at the college is now exclusively in donor stewardship programs. AIL extends a sincere thank you to Sharon for her years of service to the program and offers a warm welcome to Kathy.

Fall 2010 Term

Kimberly Rose Arena, a member of the class of 2012, is this year's recipient of the Adventures in Learning Achievement Award. She is from Abington, Massachusetts, and is majoring in psychology. In order to have a concentrated program of study in addition to her major, Kimberly is pursuing a minor in education. She has also been a member of the Dean's List.

This fall, Kimberly was inducted into Psi Chi Honor Society, a national honor society in psychology. Members must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in that major and must rank in the top 35 percent of their class. The overall mission of Psi Chi is to produce a well-educated, ethical and socially responsible member committed to contributing to the science and profession of psychology and to society in general. She also received the Ann Gulick Award in the fall, which is presented each year to the rising junior student who best exemplifies, through voluntary service, the qualities of reliability, loyalty and unselfishness.

At the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year, Kimberly participated in the college's New Student Orientation Program, serving as an Orientation Leader. Orientation leaders are instrumental in this transition process for new students and are committed to providing them with the tools and knowledge they will need to manage the challenges and rigor of college life and to develop a sense of citizenship in the campus community. In addition, Kimberly is a member of Key Association which allows students to play a crucial role in the admissions process. By being campus tour guides the members are the visitor's most direct contact with the campus. Students involved with the Key Association are enthusiastic, energetic and sincere about their positive feelings for Colby-Sawyer.

Kimberly's academic record, her volunteer experience at Colby-Sawyer, and her leadership qualities make her an excellent choice for this year's award, which is made possible from Adventures in Learning's endowed gift to the college, the proceeds from Adventures in Learning's Thursday's Child Dinner and individual donations to the Adventures in Learning Achievement Award. Congratulations, Kimberly, and thank you to the community for your support of Adventures in Learning.

Fall 2010 Term

Outstanding Trip to the Peabody Essex Museum

An enthusiastic and energetic group of AIL members participated in the Peabody Essex Museum trip on December 1st. The trip sold out in less than 48 hours and, from all reports, was a huge success. Kudos to Pat Stewart for all her efforts in coordinating this memorable day for so many AIL members.


Adventures in Learning Thanks Dick and Nancy Cogswell

Dick Cogswell was thanked recently by Art Rosen, president of Adventures in Learning, and Morris Edwards, vice president, for his years of dedicated service and support of the Adventures in Learning program. Describing Dick as “Mr. Everything” is no exaggeration as he served as the program's fourth president, has been a Board member, the Treasurer, a member of the Curriculum and Long Range Planning Committees, the facilities coordinator and a study group leader. How he found time to take the number of courses that he did is hard to imagine. Nancy, Dick's wife, is not far behind in the number of courses she has taken over the years. The Cogswells are moving to Portland, Oregon, to be closer to family. The Adventures in Learning program will miss them and we wish them well. We have to imagine that if an adult education program exists in Portland, Dick and Nancy will be as active there as they were here.

Summer 2010 Term

Bryan Jones, moderator for the summer 2010 course, “The American Revolution: American Independence and the Creation of a Nation”, is shown presenting T-shirts to the course lecturers. The T-shirt features a quote from Benjamin Franklin which reads:

“Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

From L: Charlie Foss, Bryan Jones, Tom Galligan, Dick Pearson and Dick Cogswell

July 2010 Gala Evening with Opera North

On Saturday, July 31, 2010, the Young Artists of Opera North presented an evening of song and drama at Colby-Sawyer's Ware Campus Center. The concert featured arias and selections from musical theatre as well as scenes from operas, including several from this summer's Opera North productions, “La boheme” and “Don Giovanni.” The evening concluded with a dessert reception where those in attendance, numbering approximately 160, mingled with the performers. Proceeds from the event benefit the Young Artists and the Adventures in Learning scholarship award for a Colby-Sawyer junior. The Young Artist's program brings exceptional singers to Opera North every summer to study and perform. Adventures in Learning, sponsored by Colby-Sawyer College, is a community-based program of educational enrichment for adults living in the Kearsarge-Lake Sunapee region.

Summer 2010

Marianne Harrison joined the Adventures in Learning staff in April as a Program Assistant. Marianne's roots are in education, having taught at Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut. After serving in several positions in the private sector, she came back to education as the assistant to the Director of Development at Fairfield Country Day School in Fairfield, CT. She is delighted to be working again in the field of education and looks forward to this new “adventure” of her own.

Marianne and her husband, David, who serves on the Colby-Sawyer Chargers Club board and works for GrassrootSoccer in Norwich, VT, moved to New London five years ago after what they call their “interim period,” living in Sarasota, Florida, for five years. Their move back to the northeast was to be closer to their son, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren who live in Wellesley, MA. That move for these happy, active and loving “grands” has proven to be all that they hoped for and more.

Marianne looks forward to working with everyone at Colby-Sawyer as well as with the dedicated volunteers in the AIL Program.

Fall 2009 Term

In the splendid setting of the Cleveland Colby Colgate Archives at Colby-Sawyer College, David Bisno leads an Adventures in Learning class through the nuances of a complex case soon to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Each fall, Dr. Bisno is privileged to join Supreme Court litigators, journalists and professors at a symposium at the Law School of the College of William and Mary where the Supreme Court's upcoming cases are discussed. What he learns there infuses both his presentations and the animated class discussion.

Fall 2009 Term

Arranged by Adventures in Learning study leader Jim Broadhead, past chairman and CEO of FPL Group and its main subsidiary, Florida Power & Light Company, guest speakers in a recent session of the Our Energy Challenge course were Mano Nazar, Chief Nuclear Officer of FPL Group and Edward Metcalf, Operations Manager of Seabrook Station. The course, which is providing a review of alternative approaches to the production and use of energy resources, focused this particular session on the rewards and risks of nuclear energy. Addressed by the guest speakers was the American public's growing support of clean, safe nuclear power as well as a number of misperceptions associated with its use, including the management of used fuel and security issues. One member of the class said, “The course has been amazing. Where else do you get a former CEO like Jim as your study leader and guests like these?”

Summer 2009 Term

Art Rosen leads a determined Adventures in Learning class through the wilds of The Fells as they search for the 'Red Eyed Bug' by J. Nooney.

Thursday's Child

This year the Adventures in Learning program was pleased to be invited by Rockwell's at the New London Inn as one of the local organizations to benefit from their Thursday's Child Dinners. On March 5, our designated Thursday, many of our members enjoyed a fabulous meal from Rockwell's menu while supporting Adventures in Learning's new endowed scholarship fund.

At the end of the evening, as is the Thursday's Child custom, Rockwell's donated 50 percent of the evening's proceeds to the Adventures in Learning Achievement Award. This scholarship, established in 2008 in honor of the program's 10th anniversary, will provide an award each year for a junior student at Colby-Sawyer College whose achievement in scholarship demonstrates the potential for lifelong learning and whose commitment to the college demonstrates the potential for lifelong contribution to the college.

Many sincere thanks to all who participated in the Thursday's Child dinner benefiting Adventures in Learning. We hope to make the inaugural scholarship award to a deserving student in the 2009-2010 academic year.

Winter 2009 Term

The Genius of Jim Bowditch and Edgar Allan Poe

The joy of lifelong learning is contagious and as the newest member of the Adventures in Learning team, I took the opportunity this term to enroll in Jim Bowditch's "The Genius of Edgar Allan Poe" class. Jim, who holds a "Distinguished Study Group Leader" title, has taught 17 courses for the program. I was not disappointed! Jim leads a lively discussion and makes you think about aspects of the writings you would not have otherwise considered. The class participation and insight was also terrific.

February 12, 2009

Still Teaching at 90

Jim Moore recently set a new benchmark for longevity by becoming the first 90-year-old to lead a course at Adventures in Learning. To commemorate the occasion, Betsy Boege, President of Adventures in Learning, surprised Jim by bringing a birthday cake into his class on climate change on February 12, three days after his 90th birthday. After leading a chorus of "Happy Birthday," Betsy thanked Jim for the many courses he has given and congratulated him on his longevity, saying that he was a testament to the fact that "you are never old until you stop learning."

Jim has given six courses for Adventures in Learning. He also took part in last fall's course on "The Greatest Generation," reminiscing about his experiences during World War II.

Congratulations, Jim.

Fall 2008 Term

The Greatest Generation

Local veterans of World War II are reminiscing about their wartime experiences in a course entitled, "The Greatest Generation," offered by Adventures in Learning, the lifelong learning program administered by Colby-Sawyer College.

Each Wednesday morning, the veterans will gather at the Historical Society meeting house in New London to provide a first-hand account of what fighting was like in the European and Pacific theaters of war. The two-hour classes are organized by service branch, with Navy veterans leading off on October 8, followed in successive weeks by veterans from the Army, Air Corps and Marines. In the sixth and final week, the veterans will share their experiences in returning to civilian life after the war.

In the opening class on Wednesday, October 8, Mike Pride, former editor of the Concord Monitor, gave the keynote address based on his newspaper series, "My War." For the series, he interviewed veterans throughout New Hampshire to create an oral history of World War II. He was followed by Vice Admiral Julien LeBourgeois (retired), who gave a personal account of America's amazing build up to war from less than a standing start. Finally, former Army military intelligence officer Bill Sullivan provided a context for the war stories to come by presenting an overview of the war's major battles and milestones.