Challenge Accepted

Every December, Gretchen Garceau Kragh ’91 attends a competitive cookie exchange held by a friend. And every year, she arrives at the party with a different themed cookie. Once it was the Grinch, another time it was Christmas in Texas (the Alamo, cactus…

The Life of a Storyteller

I walked into the ceremony racing against the clock. The usher handed me a program and I found a seat close to the front. I opened my notebook to a blank page and began to write feverishly as speaker after speaker honored the…

Julianna DeGray ’24

I guess the saying is true. Time really does fly by. I can’t believe I’m going into my junior year of college. The last two years have been memorable, to say the least. The friends I’ve made and the people I’ve met…

Accessing Accommodations on Campus

At Colby-Sawyer College, one of the tools available for students to succeed is in the form of the Office of Access Resources. According to Director of Access Resources Katie Vedova, “Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, it’s a requirement that there are accommodations…

The Voice of Students

On Tuesday evenings during the academic year, Colby-Sawyer’s Student Government Association (SGA) gathered in Ware 005 to discuss the latest happenings on campus. As president, senior Amira Eid led the weekly meetings, listening to reports from senators in the group. As the end…

Just Keep Swimming

Helaina Sacco, head coach of Colby-Sawyer College’s swimming and diving team, has always been near the water. Growing up on the south shore of Massachusetts, Sacco said, “My parents wanted us to be water safe, which led to swim lessons, and then that…

Design with CAUSE

Michael Lepore ’12 has always been interested in art and drawing. As a child, Lepore enjoyed learning photo editing software and programs such as Paint. As a freshman in high school, he excelled in an applied art and graphic art/printing course. He remembered…

One Family, Three Generations

In honor of Mother’s Day, we would like to celebrate a family with three generations of women that have called Colby-Sawyer College their home. Mary Loudon Eckert ’51, Marcie Eckert Stockwell ’86 and Maggie Stockwell ’20 all attended, loved and graduated from CSC. …

Destiny Cruz ’25

Destiny Cruz ’25 has not been on campus long, but she has already made a big impact. Destiny has just been elected president of SGA, was selected for the Presidential Blue Key Society (PBKS), is a member of the women’s field hockey team…

Ahead of His Time

Colby-Sawyer College became a coeducational institution in 1990. Before this, there were a handful of men who took classes at the all-women’s college. One of the men who blazed the trail for generations of men to come was Dick Baynes – the first…

Home Sweet Home

After Colby, I finished my medical technology training in DC. It was an exciting place to live during the 1960’s. My husband was finishing up a masters in clinical psychology as I worked in Childrens Hospital doing iron deficiency research and clinical work…

Commitment to Family

The people. The character. The network. These are some of the reasons Colby-Sawyer College holds a special place in Collin Bray’s ’06 heart. Bray also fondly remembers wonderful mentors he had while he was here, including Teresa Gallagher (Mama T.), Coach Bill Foti…

For the Love of Dance

Dance Club is an extremely popular organization on campus with several dozen members that join each year. The number grows every year, and the joy of dance brings the campus community together. Dance Club allows students to express themselves through dance. It…

Presidential Blue Key Society

When students search for colleges, a school’s clubs and organizations can be a big draw in choosing a particular school. Colby-Sawyer has a wide variety of options for its attendees, ranging from Student Government to Anime Club. But one organization that is unique…

There's No Stopping this Show

Although delayed by wintry weather, PRIDE’s spring drag ball went off without a hitch on Saturday, Feb. 26. The club holds two drag balls each year. In the fall, they host a Halloween themed ball, and in the spring, they hold one with…

From Student to Safety Officer

Aaron Hodge ’14 never anticipated working for Colby-Sawyer College. A media studies major from Colchester, Vt., Hodge is once again back on campus, this time in a much different role: campus safety officer.After graduating from the college, Hodge launched himself into a variety…

Molly Clough ’22

Senior business administration student Molly Clough’s college story is not your typical one. Molly is from a small New Hampshire town called North Haverhill. Growing up, she envisioned herself on a pre-vet track at the University of New Hampshire. It seemed like the…

One Step at a Time

Most people spend a lifetime waiting for the perfect opportunity to do something they have always wanted to do. Sarah Auer ’20 decided to put her dreams into action as soon as possible. She did something she had wanted to do for as…

African Student Association

On a typical Thursday night at Colby-Sawyer College, the African Student Association (ASA) can be found in Ware Student Center having their weekly meeting. Led by President Ameesah Cotton ’24, the club always has something interesting going on. Some nights it’s a screening…

All You Need is Love

Colby-Sawyer College offers a multitude of things to its students — a solid education, lifelong friendships, and a strong foundation to begin their adult lives. But for these three couples, CSC also gave them the gift of love. …

Farms to Fiction

Adjunct Professor Megan Baxter’s love for writing started at an early age. She was a very creative kid who loved writing and, during a period of time when she was what she refers to as “a Victorian child” due to illness, her father…

Giving Back

Jack Tremblay ’94 recently turned to his graphic design background to support his alma mater. He said, “I was looking for a specific way to give back to Colby-Sawyer in a way that used my CSC education. I’m certainly not in any position…

Spill the Tea with Sarah Fields

Sarah Fields ’16, who graduated as a multidisciplinary studies major, is back on campus, this time as the program manager for Student Activities and Orientation. Before returning to the Colby-Sawyer community, Sarah had a handful of other jobs, including working as a custom…

Favorite Decorations

What’s your favorite holiday decoration and what does it mean to you? December is the heart of the holiday season, and it brings a wide variety of traditions and festive fun no matter which holidays you celebrate. Part of the holiday season…

Designed to Win

Every year a graphic design class is tasked with creating a holiday card for the college. This year, the students were instructed to work with a partner to create an illustration and a motion graphic. Their work was critiqued and reviewed by President…

The Taste of Africa: A Celebration of Culture Through Fashion and Food

On Friday November 19, 2021, Colby-Sawyer’s African Student Association (ASA) Club held their annual Taste of Africa event in Wheeler Hall. The event features a fashion show with members displaying their unique streetstyle and formal wear, along with traditional foods originating across the…

Cracker Jack

If you’re looking for an interesting read this holiday season, look no further than Professor Asher Ellis’s '06 latest thriller novel, Cracker Jack. The book tells the story of ex-safecracker Jackson Phillips, who has abandoned his life of crime to work…

An Evening of Dance

On a Friday night, students, faculty and family gather in the Sawyer Center auditorium. Chatter dies down as the Dance Club’s officers appear onstage. After a short introduction, club president Sierra Lemieux-Rossi ’23 encourages the crowd to cheer as loud as they can…

From Clubs to Career

As a former student, Connor Delaney ’15 brings an interesting perspective to the office of Student Activities. Connor graduated from Colby-Sawyer as a biology major with a minor in chemistry. Initially coming to the college to become an optometrist, he realized after finishing…

How Do You Show Your Gratitude?

Thanksgiving is a time to take a step back to reflect on what we have and what we’re thankful for. Things we tend to stress over don’t feel as big, and we realize it’s the little things that mean the most. The common…

The Art of Activism

On Monday the 18th of October, students took their seats in the black box theater for a unique event. Organized by Professor Jon Keenan, Professor Donna Berghorn and Meredith Ellis ‘23, Portsmouth, N.H.-based artist Richard Haynes gave an hour-long presentation of his life…

Fall Freak Out

The last week of October is always an exciting time for the Colby-Sawyer community. As the chill of autumn settles in the air, students are met with a plethora of exciting activities as part of the college’s annual Fall Freak Out event. …

A Race for a Cause

Colin Bellavance ’09 recently took part in the Killington, Vt., Spartan Ultra Race to recognize the sacrifices made by first responders, military members and their families. The following is a narrative written by Colin describing his incredible experience. The race was…

If Not Me, Then Who?

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, and people around the country remembered the victims of this tragedy in a variety of ways. For Colin Bellavance ’09, it meant honoring the sacrifice of the 343 FDNY firefighters who perished…

Making Merry on Mountain Day

Every fall, Colby-Sawyer students eagerly await the ringing of bells on Mountain Day. A tradition dating back to the early days of the academy, Mountain Day is a celebration of the college’s history and a day of fun. For some students, however, the…

Design in Mind

The Mountain Day shirt is the emblem of Mountain Day here at Colby-Sawyer College. But who is the artist to credit behind the shirt worn by hundreds of students, faculty and staff this year? This year, Sierra Lemieux, a junior graphic design major…

A Fresh Perspective: Getting Started

September 3, 2021: A day I knew was coming, but could never have prepared myself for. I don’t think I fully realized that I was actually going to college until I pulled up to Lawson Hall, upperclassmen started cheering, and they took all…

Sewing Up Scares

On a chilly autumn day in New London, one can find Sarah Trout ’24 sewing their newest creation in their dorm. Sarah is a sophomore creative writing major with a minor in studio art, and during their free time they like to create…

Teach – In Every Sense of the Word

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “teach” as “to instruct by precept, example or experience and ... any manner of imparting information or skill so that others may learn.” And in her 28 years of service to Colby-Sawyer College, Nancy Teach ’70 spent most…

Stacked Against the Test of Time

Mark Cassinelli ’95, Kevin McGovern ’95, James Gowell ’96, Andy Ferguson ’95 and Mike Sansonetti ’98. These alumni live in different states and have followed different paths since graduation. They have had triumphs, defeats and everyday wins and challenges. But over the past…

Combining Two Interests

On the two days following my graduation from Colby-Sawyer College, I drove 934 miles to Luzerne, Mich., a town I had never heard of in a state I had never thought of visiting. My dorm room was packed hastily into boxes in the…

A Valuable Education

Paula Magnanti ’79 has had many work and volunteer experiences throughout her career. But it is her Colby-Sawyer education that she attributes to her ongoing success. She said, “I went on to medical laboratory science and medical technology at Northeastern University. However, the…

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…