Meet the 20/21 Fellows

Regan Bragg

Regan Bragg ’21 of Marshfield, Maine

Fellowship project: Waterville Junior High School Coding Club

Working closely with staff and students at the Waterville Junior High School, Regan Bragg ’21 plans to establish an after-school coding club and project-based curriculum with a focus on collaboration that will better integrate and emphasize the importance of technology. Students will learn the fundamentals of coding concepts through hands-on projects in a collaborative work environment in which they can work openly with their peers and build teamwork skills. Bragg hopes the club will continue as a staple of the school’s computer science program and extend to outside coding-related events in the state, which may include a visit to Colby’s Computer Science Department or a Project>Login coding event in the future. This project comes at a time when learning to code is critical. Today only 24 percent of computer scientists are women; a percentage that will continue to decline if more programs don’t address this need. The biggest drop off of girls in computer science is between the ages of 13 and 17, making middle school an ideal time to create interest in the topic. Bragg’s project was featured in the Morning Sentinel.

Ketty Stinson

Ketty Stinson ’21 of Brunswick, Maine

Fellowship project: Waterville Seed Library

Through partnership with the Waterville Public Library and Caroline Wren ’20, this project was launched last academic year when the library expressed interest in implementing a seed library. Seed libraries have existed in Waterville in the past, and the goal of Ketty Stinson’s project is to re-establish this resource, so that it can be used by the community for years to come. The Waterville Seed Library will provide free, continuous access to seeds for all community members, as well as access to extensive step-by-step information that map out the planting process from beginning to end, including useful tips for Maine-specific growing and programming for all ages and experience levels.

Hannah Southwick

Hannah Southwick ’21 of Wakefield, Rhode Island

Fellowship project: A New Age of Creativity: Picturing Spaces for Art

In a time of physical isolation, people have relied more heavily on visual, digital stories to connect to an increasingly unreachable world. In a two-part project Hannah Southwick ’21 will provide disposable cameras and photography lessons to elderly residents of a local nursing home to empower them to tell their own stories, addressing their need for diverse activity and human contact. Secondly her project aims to collect and digitize family photos from Waterville residents to create a more extensive and sustainable digital archive that can be easily accessed by residents across the community.

Andy Blake 23’ Carlisle, Massachusetts

Fellowship Project: Park Storymap

Waterville is home to numerous unique parks and green spaces. However, many of these incredible parks are not known or used by most of the city’s residents. Through their community partnership with Waterville Parks and Recreation, Andy and Maggie Blake ’23 aim to make Greater Waterville residents and the Colby community aware of these places by creating an interactive story map website with Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping. The website will have a map and brief description of each area, as well as stories from those who love the parks, descriptions of unique features, history, and fun facts.

Maggie Blake

Maggie Blake 23’ Carlisle, Massachusetts

Fellowship Project: Park Storymap

Waterville is home to numerous unique parks and green spaces. However, many of these incredible parks are not known or used by most of the city’s residents. Through their community partnership with Waterville Parks and Recreation, Andy and Maggie Blake ’23 aim to make Greater Waterville residents and the Colby community aware of these places by creating an interactive story map website with Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping. The website will have a map and brief description of each area, as well as stories from those who love the parks, descriptions of unique features, history, and fun facts.

Morgan Honor

Morgan Honor ’22 of Tuxedo Park, New York

Fellowship project: STEM On the Run

Morgan Honor ’22 and Isabel Lobon ’22 are partnering with Waterville High School to provide a formal STEM tutoring program. The program will include enrichment and hands-on activities to spark a love of science and expose students to the wide array of medically related careers. An accompanying lecture series would entail inviting health care professionals and scientists to discuss their career path, why they chose it, and what their job looks like. These talks will provide students with interactive conversations and insight into how science is applied in the world outside of the classroom.

Isabel Lobon

Isabel Lobon ’22 of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Fellowship project: STEM On the Run

Morgan Honor ’22 and Isabel Lobon ’22 are partnering with Waterville High School to provide a formal STEM tutoring program. The program will include enrichment and hands-on activities to spark a love of science and expose students to the wide array of medically related careers. An accompanying lecture series would entail inviting health care professionals and scientists to discuss their career path, why they chose it, and what their job looks like. These talks will provide students with interactive conversations and insight into how science is applied in the world outside of the classroom.

James Kim

James Kim ’21 of Goyang-si, South Korea

Fellowship project: From Pen to Pal

James Kim ’21 is working with Waterville area elementary schools to design a pen pal program. Kim’s project includes the recruitment and training of volunteers who will be matched with local students. The program includes weekly letters submitted by volunteers that are then delivered to the students along with a writing prompt for the classroom. Colby students also will deliver monthly writing workshops to the elementary students to compliment the teachers’ curriculum. The project aims to instill the power of writing and encourage human connection in today’s world of remote learning.

Cheshta Prasad

Cheshta Prasad ’22 of Schenectady, New York

Fellowship project: Music in the Community

To bring Colby music into the community, Cheshta Prasad ’22 aims to create more opportunities for off-campus performances. Working with Bedside Manor, a memory care facility in Oakland, Maine, Prasad hopes to offer online musical performances by Colby students to the facility’s residents. While in-person performances would be preferred, this spring’s performances will likely be conducted live via Zoom or sent as recordings. Starting this project and performing music will allow music to spread beyond campus borders and provide therapeutic benefit to Bedside Manor residents. Prasad hopes to also establish a sustainable project model for Colby volunteers to continue bringing these enriching performances to community members.

Contact Civic Engagement

Bill and Joan Alfond Commons
150 Main Street in downtown Waterville

[email protected]