Maine’s Teacher of the Year: Brittany Ray ’93

October 19, 2006

Maine Governor John Baldacci went to Narragaugus High School in Harrington last Friday to present Brittany Ray ’93 with the 2006 Maine Teacher of the Year award.

Ms. Ray is a graduate of Colby College and is currently enrolled in the Graduate Education Program to obtain a Master’s in Counselor Education at the University of Maine. She has taught English at Narraguagus High School since 1995.

“I would like to thank Ms. Ray for doing her job so well and with such passion,” said the Governor.

Read more on the State of Maine Web site: Maine.gov: Government: News

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Colby Starts Podcasting

October 12, 2006

Colby has started podcasting from high atop Mayflower Hill. Currently there are three podcasts available, but that number will surely grow.

The first podcast to launch was InsideColby [RSS | iTunes], a student persepctive of life on campus. This bi-weekly (for the most part) show released its fifth episode today, with a feature story about the woodsmen’s team produced by Rose Long ’10, and a short story written and read by Shelley Payne ’09.

Additionally, the Goldfarb Center has begun making audio of some of its lectures available through the Goldfarb Center Lecture Series [RSS | iTunes] podcast, and president Adams is making his speeches available through his The President at the Podium [RSS | iTunes] podcast feed.

More: Colby Blog and Podcast Directory


Catch her in Kissehman: Erin Rhoda ’06 blogs from Ghana

October 12, 2006

“Erin Rhoda graduated from Colby in May and is now co-running a youth program in Kissehman, Ghana through a nonprofit called the Maine-Ghana Youth Network. Read about her adventures with tro-tros, lots of children, learning the language Ewe and working in a building that has no ceiling or floor.”

Via: Maine Coast NOW


Gentlemen, Start Your…Legs?

August 22, 2006

Erik Balsbaugh ’01 and Jon Natkin ’01 are have embarked on their 6000 mile fund-raising trek  (see here, and here) for Reach Out and Read. They are more than half-way to their financial goal of $6000. If you would like to make a donation, or just check out what they are doing, visit their Ride for ROR blog.

We here at Not the Cheese wish them the best of luck.


If you’re going to be in Hawai’i this week…

August 21, 2006

…Mark Panek ’90 will be autographing copies of his new book, Gaijin Yokozuna: A Biography of Chad Rowan, at several locations around Honolulu. The Honolulu Advertiser has a review of the book, along with a schedule of Mark’s appearances.

Of the book, the article says:

Not content to simply chart Rowan’s rise to the highest rank of the sport, Panek presents an intriguing study of Rowan as a outsider whose deft cultural performances evoked the Japanese identity so central to sumo’s ages-old identity.

The article gives an interesting look into Mark’s post-Colby life, as well:

After earning a degree in history from Colby College in Maine, Panek bought a one-way ticket to Hawai’i, arriving in Honolulu with just $500 and a surfboard.

Panek spent his days at the beach and worked nights as a waiter. It was a comfortable life for a 23-year-old college graduate, but Panek knew it wasn’t what he wanted to be doing in 10 years. When a friend from the bar circuit who was moving to Japan asked Panek if he wanted to come along, Panek jumped.

Read the article: Gaijin connection

Gaijin Yokozuna
is also one of the books by Colby College authors featured in the upcoming issue of Colby magazine.


“Magical” Professor Albert Mavrinac Dies

July 31, 2006

Albert Mavrinac, who was the chair of the government department at Colby from 1958 to 1982, died last Thursday at Thayer Hospital in Waterville.

“Of all the teachers I ever had, he was by far the best,” [Doris Kearns] Goodwin said in a phone interview last night. “He had this magical way of teaching that made us feel that if we could truly understand what he was saying — he was always a step beyond us — you would understand truth and justice.”

Read the Boston Globe article: Albert Mavrinac, 83; professor inspired students for 3 decades


An Interview with Oklahoma State Senate Candidate Andrew Rice ’96

July 19, 2006

The Yellin Report, a daily political ‘zine, is doing a series of interviews with young political candidates, and the first in the series is with Andrew Rice ’96, a democratic candidate for the Oklahoma State Senate.

In response to a question about where and when he got involved in politics, Rice responded, “I first became in involved in politics through activism in college. I was very active in a group that was concerned with financial aid issues at our college, which was Colby College in Maine.” Rice goes on to say, “I was in college during the Clinton years, so there was some apathy that came with the prosperity and peace time.”

“My decision to run [for office] was very personal. I left grad school and made a documentary and moved to New York to work on documentaries. My sister Amy already lived there, and about a year after I moved there my older brother David moved there from Chicago. David was transferred there by his investment firm and they had an office in the World Trade Center. He was killed on Sept. 11th, he worked in the North Tower.”

Read the Colby magazine article about Andrew Rice’s post 9/11 experience: From the Ashes
Read the complete The Yellin Report interview: Interviews With Young Candidates – Andrew Rice, Oklahoma