From Finger Painting to Art Gallery Owner

Britt Reynolds Bair ’79 realized she loved art when she was in kindergarten. She said, “All the kids were finger painting and I wouldn’t do it because I thought it was messy. Then I tried it and the teacher couldn’t get me to…

Loving Her Alma Mater and Country

Breyon Brown Thomas ’16 always knew she wanted to join the military. Growing up in a family that had multiple members in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, Thomas decided to join the U.S. Army in the spring of 2019. She…

How I Fell in Love With Farming

Just over a month ago, I started working at Siena Farms in Sudbury, Mass., as a farm apprentice. Two months before that, I decided to search for post-grad jobs in agriculture despite my double major in creative writing and communications studies. My interest…

A Given Opportunity

When Bill Foti first set foot on campus 29 years ago, he was in his 20s working as an assistant men’s basketball coach for New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University). He said, “I knew I was ready to become a head…

All About Community

Graduating amidst a pandemic and much unrest in the country, Zachary Allen ’20 knew he wanted to do something to make a difference. He chose to join the AmeriCorps NCCC so he could take advantage of a unique opportunity to serve communities in…

A Lifetime of Baseball

Tom White seems to have been born into baseball. His father played Division I baseball at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and as soon as he graduated, began coaching at UNH. After some time, Tom’s father moved to Lisbon, N.H., and coached…

Committed to Her Students

Exercise and Sport Sciences Professor Jean Eckrich became intrigued with biomechanics when she took a course on the topic and was able to assess her own situation with limited knee movement due to injury. She said, “It really intrigued me and soon became…

A Change of Course

Isabel Price ’18 was lucky to have Professor Lynn Garrioch as an advisor during her time at Colby-Sawyer. “I transferred into the psychology program when I was a sophomore. I felt a bit behind, but the second I walked into Professor Garrioch’s office…

A Second, and Final, Retirement

Assistant Professor for the School of Nursing & Health Sciences Joan Huber knew she wanted to be a nurse at a young age. She said, “As a child I read all the Cherry Ames books and decided that was the career for me.” …

Storming the Art Department

Surrounded by creative and resourceful family members growing up, Loretta Barnett was destined to pursue a career in art. Barnett’s great-grandmother and many of her great-grandmother’s children were very talented fabric artists. Her great-uncle owned a photography studio, and many other family members…

Five Lessons I Learned @ Colby-Sawyer

Here are some of the biggest life lessons I learned during my four years on campus that I continue to practice in my life. Not Everyone Is Going To Like You . . . and That’s Okay I was nervous to come to…

Flying High

Mike Swanson, an exercise science alum from the class of ’16, was 11 years into a construction career that was taking a toll on his mind and body. He decided that he hated his job and did what many of us do to…

A Career She Can Count On

Uyen Nguyen ’18 remembers exactly when she decided to pursue a career in accounting. While attending a leadership program in the summer after her freshman year at Colby-Sawyer, Nguyen met a lot of people in the accounting field. After speaking with them, she…

Remembering a Special Colby-Sawyer Teacher

I had the pleasure of writing about famed children’s book illustrator/author Tomie dePaola, who was my teacher at Colby Junior College (now, of course, Colby-Sawyer) from 1972 to 1974, for the Fall 2016 Colby-Sawyer Magazine. Sadly, Tomie passed away one year ago on…

A Chance Meeting

Sally Williams Cook ’74 started her career writing for newspapers and national magazines, including an Associated Press column titled “Kids.” Her job consisted of interviewing very famous and influential people, such as President Jimmy Carter and actress Meryl Streep. But it wasn’t until…

Bringing Back Normal

Anjali Schutt ’15 spends her days as an occupational therapist (OT) trying to bring a little bit of normalcy back into her patients’ everyday lives after they suffer a debilitative brain injury or disease. She likes the fact that each day is different…

Coffee With a Shot of Serendipity

Jackie Swain Coe ’95 and her husband Shawn Coe ’95 decided to purchase a small-town coffee shop last summer. When deciding on the name, they considered the address of the café – 1 East Main Street. Jackie said, “We were playing around with…

Perfect Balance

Jed Norris ’03 has learned to adapt in his role as the early education program coordinator at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vt., since the onset of the pandemic. Some things are better; some things are more difficult. But one thing remains clear to…

Finding her Path

Before becoming a college librarian, Malia Ebel went to law school and worked as a corporate lawyer. Her pro bono jobs led her to work with and visit libraries, which she realized was her favorite part of the day. Malia decided to switch…

Happy Holidays

Congratulations to this year’s holiday design winner, graphic design major Egann Roberge ’21 for the holiday video and second-place winner, ceramics major Orlando Plagata ’22 for the holiday card. Egann and Orlando were tasked with creating a holiday video for their Motion Design…

Amira Eid `22

As a junior communications major, Amira Eid of Pelham, N.H. has found herself excelling in the classroom and on the tennis court. She began playing tennis when she was only 6 years old because her mom thought she would enjoy the challenge of…

Jamie Trombley Regula ’11

Jamie Trombley Regula’s two passions — wood and art — have collided and created the inspiration for Silvatica Designs. Regula says, “Silvatica Designs is the synthesis of my background in forestry and passion for the arts.” “I initially enrolled at Colby-Sawyer College as…

Preppy Personals

Natalie Ciulla Katz did exactly what she set out to do after graduating Colby-Sawyer with a degree in education in 1999: she became a teacher and elementary school principal. As she was fulfilling her dream of working with children, she also spent time…

Kate Rocheford Ferguson ’04

Knitting and crocheting were always a hobby for Kate Rocheford Ferguson ’04. Learning to crochet 10 years ago from her mother-in-law, Ferguson decided to also teach herself to knit about three years ago. She said, “I loved making items for family and friends…

Continued Support From Friends (and Skunks)

It was a crisp, blue-sky autumn day in September 1960 when Georgia Grant and I left our hometown of Dover, Mass., to arrive by bus as freshmen at the Colby Junior College campus. The tall white spire of the central building rose above…

Thankfulness

This year, Colby-Sawyer’s seniors have faced what seemed to be insurmountable challenges. After living on this campus for three years, their fourth year has looked incredibly different and has required many adjustments. Wacky Bingo is no longer the entire student body packed into…

Feed the Freezer Helps with Food Insecurities

The Feed the Freezer program at Colby-Sawyer began in 2013 when employee Sandi Brownwell formed the group to create a food recovery project in the state of New Hampshire. The purpose was to package meals from leftover food in the dining hall and…

Student-Athlete Feature

Nursing major Sarah Morin ’21 has not only proven herself as a standout in the classroom, but also on the field as a dual-sport athlete. Growing up in Pelham, N.H., Morin started playing field hockey and lacrosse when she was 10 years old…

Will Bennett

“How may I make your day?” Students might recognize this phrase, a staple from Will Bennett, lunch lead for Parkhurst Dining Services. Will celebrated his 10th anniversary at the dining hall last April. In recent years, students knew him best for his presence…

Stay-at-Homecoming 2020

Homecoming Weekend at Colby-Sawyer College looked a little different this year, but that did not stop alumni, parents, friends and students from taking part in our first-ever virtual Stay-at-Homecoming event. The two-day event included many on-demand activities, such as a virtual tour…

Coach’s Corner

Liz Lincoln ’14 entered the tennis game later than usual, but that didn’t stop her from becoming an absolute powerhouse on the court. As a three-sport athlete in high school, playing soccer and basketball and swimming competitively in the summer, Lincoln was looking…

Lady Jane

Jane “Lady Jane” Galpin, front desk coordinator at the Dan and Kathleen Hogan Sports Center, has worked at Colby-Sawyer College for 18 years. She grew up in Goshen, where she still lives, and first heard about an opening at Hogan from her friend…

Spill the Tea

This semester, Colby-Sawyer College’s dining hall had to undergo a few changes in order to accommodate students under Covid-19 guidelines, including single-use to-go containers, plastic silverware and seating restrictions. Nevertheless, General Manager for Parkhurst Dining Services Leslie Ekstrand promises that many things remain…

Spill the Tea

This month’s “Spill the Tea” comes straight from Maggie Raelson, mental health counselor at the Baird Health and Counseling Center. Students can visit Baird for any health concerns including cough or fever, STD or pregnancy testing, birth control, regular checkups, gynecological services, lab…

An Idea Blooms into Reality

The idea for a green space at Colby-Sawyer goes back many years, according to Leon Malan, professor for the School of Arts & Sciences. Many students had expressed interest in growing crops, and this idea, planted as a small seed long ago, has…

Maddie Lambert ’21

The official Mountain Day 2020 T-shirt was designed by graphic design major Maddie Lambert ’21. When the Student Activities Office (SAO) asked Maddie to create the new logo over the summer, a simple mountain scene appeared in her mind: tall peaks topped with…

New Director of Athletics

Director of Athletics Mitch Capelle joined the staff at Colby-Sawyer in the midst of a pandemic. Dealing with the unknown has been the most challenging aspect for him as he tries to navigate his new position. “You need solid information to make sound…

Belonging to a Revolution

Nathnael “Nate” Feleke ’20, winner of the Barbara Johnson Stearns Award and Commencement Speaker Medal, recently gave the student address at the 2020 virtual Commencement ceremony. His speech, titled “Belonging to a Revolution,” touched on the trials and tribulations to the Class of…

What Does Admissions Look Like this Summer?

I was lucky to return to Colby-Sawyer in the beginning of July to work as a student ambassador for the Office of Admissions. Among a handful of other jobs, I have worked as a student ambassador for the college for the past 7…

A Bright Future

First-year student Roosevelt Harris-Williams arrived at Colby-Sawyer hitting the ground running. Since his arrival, he has made the most of the opportunities he has been given and has numerous ambitious goals he hopes to accomplish. Harris-Williams first visited Colby-Sawyer in the summer of…

The Show Must Go On… Eventually

The arrival of the coronavirus immediately brought everything to a standstill. Businesses closed, schools sent students home and most nonessential employees began working remotely. There was a “new normal,” and even Hollywood felt the sudden change…

Finding Her Voice

Nichelle Cousin ’20 entered Colby-Sawyer College nervous about making friends and getting involved. She had attended a small charter school in Cambridge, Mass., and was hoping the limited class sizes at Colby-Sawyer would allow her to reach her full academic potential. It did…

I Was Tested for COVID—19

My mom, Wendy Vajentic, works as an administrative assistant for Ceramco, Inc., in Center Conway, N.H. Her job is considered essential and she has continued working at the office throughout the pandemic. After experiencing constant headaches and with some insistence from her sister…

The Difference a Year Makes

A year ago, nurse resident Paige Andrews ’19 had just completed her Colby-Sawyer education and was ready to start a career in nursing. She was eager to start working at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). She was looking forward to starting life as a…

Saying Goodbye to an Icon

School of Arts & Sciences Professor Pat Anderson arrived at Colby-Sawyer in September of 1977. He immediately fell in love with the college and enjoyed raising his children in New Hampshire. When an opportunity presented itself to teach at his alma mater –…

CSC Community Connecting Despite COVID-19

Colby-Sawyer converted to remote learning as a result of COVID-19 at the end of March. Since then, faculty adapted to virtual teaching, students engaged in Zoom lectures and online testing, and staff learned how to do their jobs remotely. Through it all, the…

Staying Positive During the Pandemic

Karen Kotopoulis Koutsavlis ’02 has always had a passion for wellness and nutrition. Graduating with a degree in exercise and sport science in 2002, Koutsavlis gained experience immediately after leaving Colby-Sawyer working for corporate wellness and the food industry representing farmers. She soon…

Closing the Door on 40 Years of Academia

The sun spills through the large windows of a cozy office as the old heat register gently clatters in the background. Hundreds of books line the wall, housed in custom made bookshelves, and several brightly colored paintings from Mexico tell a silent story…

Once a Charger, Always a Charger

What do 26 years of memories look like? They look like eight championship balls (seven basketball and one volleyball) neatly arranged in order, multiple plaques and recognitions lining the walls, numerous cassette tapes, VHS tapes and DVD’s with each and every game coached…

Parallel Experiences Prepare New Dean

Dr. Kevin Finn’s experiences as an athlete, athletic trainer, professor, department chair and associate dean have prepared him for his new role as Dean of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences and Director of Clinical Partnerships at Colby-Sawyer College. He says, “The…

A Flourishing Future

“One of my professors told me, ‘Maybe not having a style is your style,’” said Maddy Beaulieu, a senior graphic design major. It wasn’t until her sophomore year of high school that Maddy discovered her first passion. She picked up a job at…

Love Charging Through

Over the years, Colby-Sawyer College has welcomed many faculty and staff couples. Some see each throughout the week. Some meet for lunch every day. Some cross paths once in a while. The following CSC couples sat down with us to share their stories…

Pressure Makes Diamonds

The love story of Casey Gunter ’14 and Marc-Andre Parent ’16 begins with a game of humans versus zombies, an interruption to a psychology project and three words that would be etched in their minds forever – pressure makes diamonds. On a fall…

The Arc of Learning at Colby-Sawyer College

Adventures in Learning (AIL) is thriving in its third decade at Colby-Sawyer. The lifelong learning organization, founded in 1998 by a group of local residents and Professor Emerita Hilary Cleveland, has a well-earned reputation for thought-provoking courses and a remarkable sense of community. …

Catching Up with Becky Irving ’42 M.T.

Nearly four decades have passed since Becky Irving ’42 M.T. last taught a course at Colby-Sawyer. But even all these years later, the former head of the college’s Medical Technology Program still remembers the majority of students who stepped foot in her classroom. …

Steve Hash '07

As soon as Steve Hash got word he’d been tasked with presenting his company’s work at a conference in Western Massachusetts, the Littleton, Colo., resident was sure of at least one stop he’d have to make while in New England. Hash, a graduate…

Two Alumni, One Destination

Rayla Putnam ’18 and Acadia LeBlanc ’19 share the same vision – to promote sustainability and environmentally focused living. The two friends left on Jan. 12 to embark on a life-changing journey and begin their training as Agriculture Extension Volunteers in Ghana, West…

Keeping Things Clean

In May of this year, Donna Marszalkowski will celebrate her 15 years of service to Colby-Sawyer College. She says, “It’s been phenomenal. I’ve had so much fun. My students are my top priority, and my job is my top priority.” Donna’s role as…

Spill the Tea

Welcome to our first ever “Spill the Tea” feature. Each month, I will dish out some “tea” from different departments on campus. This month, I had the pleasure of sitting down with members of Residential Education (Res Ed) to talk about what has…

Winning this Holiday Season

Each year, Colby-Sawyer College sends original holiday cards to our alumni, friends, families and community members. This year is no exception, thanks to our two holiday card winners: Kailyn Lapham ’20, and runner-up, Erin Chute ’20, both graphic design majors. Kailyn’s digital design…

Following a Dream

A young Elizabeth Krajewski remembers being in church and sitting quietly in the pews with her family. Looking at the priests, she believed they had the most important job in the world. However, there were no women who ran the church. This sparked…

One Goal Leading to a Different Outcome

On September 3, 2010, after convocation had ended and I said goodbye to my parents, I began new student orientation with one goal in mind—transferring to Boston University the following year. BU was my dream school and having been denied admission to a…

A Lifetime of Service

Senior nursing student Dan Gillis ’20 believes, “Life has a way of steering us in certain directions.” If this is the case, then life definitely steers Dan in the direction of serving other people. He says, “If we have a calling, then that…

Finding New Opportunities

Justin Gordon ’22 believes that everything happens for a reason. He says, “I never regret anything I do in life. Everything I’ve ever done, has led to something else.” And right now, Justin is enjoying his life at Colby-Sawyer College. Justin graduated from…

Making a Difference

“My daily routine is to get up, cook breakfast, go to school, then come home and lesson plan for the next day,” says Marc Flaherty ’19. Marc is currently teaching English to high school students in Ethiopia, and living in a region called…

35 Years of Beautiful Friendship and New Ones Just Beginning

Sally Peper Tompkins ’88 and Sudie Brown Danaher ’87 met while they were living on the third floor of Abbey Hall in the late 80’s, and they have been best friends ever since. Now, three of their children are following in their footsteps…

Bronsen Stevens ’20

What would it feel like to enter your senior year of college with a job already lined up after graduation? Senior business administration major Bronsen Stevens can speak to this experience, “It feels really great. It’s the affirmation that my investment in college…

Who Designed It?

Lining up to receive a damp white t-shirt, students are often too preoccupied with their tie-dye game plan to wonder who created this year’s Mountain Day t-shirt design. After the rubber banded shirts have been precisely dipped, sprayed, and splattered; after they have…

The Man Behind the Bell

Every Colby-Sawyer student knows the cupola bell on top of Colgate Hall rings three times a year: Commencement, Convocation and Mountain Day. The college community is aware that the sound of the bell indicates the start of each of these momentous occasions. What…

An Adventure to Remember

Dyan deNapoli ’81 and Suzanne Snyder Johnson ’82 never imagined they would embark on a journey of a lifetime together when they were friends at the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Mass. At sixteen and fifteen years old, Dyan and Suzanne shared very…

Discovering New Passions at 60

Long before “The Bucket List” movie was released, I had complied a list of travel destinations which included a safari in Kenya and Tanzania. But for all my dreams and planning, I could never have imagined just how much of an impact the…

Cheyann Ellis ‘20

Tell us a little about yourself. I am a senior, child development education prep major with a minor in sociology. I am from Brookline, N.H. and am a student ambassador and a resident assistant. I work in the President’s Office and at the…

Meagan McCoy ’19

Meagan McCoy’s new life starts today as she walks across the stage to receive her degree in nursing from Colby-Sawyer College. She says, “I know this is what I was meant to do. It is a way for me to give back to…

Chris LaPietra ’08

Becoming a nurse was an easy decision for Chris LaPietra ’08. At the age of 10, Chris was diagnosed with cancer. He says, “My doctors were amazing, but the people that I saw take care of me day-in and day-out were the nurses…

Phuong Vo ’17

When Phuong Vo ’17 was applying for colleges from her home in Vietnam, she was immediately intrigued by the picturesque views she saw of New London on the Colby-Sawyer website. She says, “I thought the calm and serene environment at CSC would help…

Kristen Booker Tasker ’92

My entire career has been focused around the heart. We had a telemetry rotation at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on the step-down unit - during my junior year at Colby-Sawyer. I still vividly remember looking up at the bedside monitor at the ECG rhythm…

Makenzie Welch ’18

Makenzie Welch has known her entire life that she wanted to be a nurse. After graduating last year, Makenzie has followed that dream and is currently a registered nurse (RN) in the emergency department at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). Choosing Colby-Sawyer…

Chris Beaudet ’05

Ever since Chris Beaudet was a young boy, he knew he wanted a career in medicine. “My mother said I would walk around the house saying I was Dr. Beaudet. When it came time to start my training, my mother, who is also…

Ann Preston Roselle ’98

Ann Preston Roselle ’98 chose a career in nursing thanks to her high school nurse, Nancy Wible. Ann says, “I really loved and respected how the students at my high school responded to her compassion and empathy. I entered nursing school fully intending…

Teresa Meighan Hacunda ’76

Things have a way of coming full circle for Teresa (Terri) Meighan Hacunda ’76. More than 40 years have passed since Teresa graduated from Colby-Sawyer, but she is still involved in the college as a member of the President’s Alumni Advisory Council (PAAC)…

A Very Sweet Company

Ellen Lampman Reed ’03 had a sweet upbringing in Charlotte, Vermont. When Ellen was just a toddler, her father, Jim Lampman opened Lake Champlain Chocolates and Ellen began working for the company at their retail stores during high school. Now, Ellen and her…

Colby-Sawyer College Love Stories

Dan Berry ’94 and Patty Randall Berry ’94 Patty and Dan met freshman year at Colby-Sawyer. They both lived in Best residence hall and sat next to each other in their freshmen seminar class. They shared the same group of friends and…

Molly Jaeger-Begent ’65

Molly Jaeger-Begent ’65 ran a construction company with her husband for over 30 years before opening her own nonprofit art gallery in Ramona, California called 2Create Gallery. She spoke with us about the switch from construction to art, her time at Colby-Sawyer, and…

Jillian Jacobs ’16

As a special education teacher, Jillian Jacobs ’16 works with severely traumatized students. It was her Colby-Sawyer experience as a business major that prepared her for this tough job. What are you doing these days? I’m currently a special education teacher for…

Brendan Carney ’02

Brendan Carney ’02, an acupuncturist in Newton, MA, recently traveled to Italy to study the Stecco Fascial Manipulation style of manual therapy. What was your major at Colby-Sawyer? Exercise and sport science with a concentration in sports management. What is your chosen profession? …

Morgan Wilson ’17

In 2014, Colby-Sawyer College established the Colby-Sawyer Presidential Fellowship program to provide recent graduates with gateway positions to their careers through roles within the college's administration. Fellows gain work experience, develop professional skills, provide quality contributions to the work of the college, and…