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Author Jonathan Franzen visits Colgate as part of Living Writer’s course

October 30, 2014
Jonathan Franzen at Colgate University

Jonathan Franzen speaks to students in the Living Writers course.

Our class starts the same way it does on any other Thursday, except this week English professors Jennifer Brice and Jane Pinchin walk in with renowned author Jonathan Franzen. They introduce him and say, “He knows the drill,” which we all know means we get to spend the next 75 minutes asking him any questions we want.

Franzen starts by saying, “I am a writer, and I am alive.”

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Professor R.M Douglas’s book about expulsion of Germans wins international accolade

October 30, 2014

Earlier this month, Professor of History R.M. Douglas flew to Germany to accept a prestigious honor for his book Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans After the Second World War.

Awarded by the German Cultural Forum for Eastern Europe, the Georg Dehio Book Prize is funded by the German government and honors exemplary scholarly or literary work that addresses the themes of shared culture and history of the German people and their Eastern neighbors.
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Join Colgate for admission advice during Twitter chat hosted by U.S. News

October 30, 2014
A photo of Karen Long

Associate Dean of Admission Karen Long

Join Colgate’s Karen Long, senior associate dean of admission, for an hour of college application advice during a special U.S. News & World Report Twitter chat at 4 p.m. today.

Long, who has 28 years of experience in higher education admission, will join colleagues from four other colleges during the live Twitter chat to offer advice about essay writing, avoiding typical application mistakes, and what parents can do to help support their children during this exciting time in their lives.

Applications for early decision at Colgate are due November 15, and the regular decision deadline is January 15.


Colgate, village officials mark first use of natural gas for heating campus

October 29, 2014
One of the two new natural gas boilers is seen at the heating plant. (Photo by Dylan Crouse '15)

One of the two new natural gas boilers is seen at the heating plant. (Photo by Dylan Crouse ’15)

A renovated heating plant that for the first time will use natural gas as a fuel option will significantly reduce the university’s carbon footprint and provide increased flexibility for heating campus in the years ahead.

In about two weeks, after a series of diagnostic tests, the university will deploy two new boilers that replaced three units that burned No. 6 fuel oil, one of the dirtiest types of fossil fuels.

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Colgate’s experimentation with drones highlighted in Chronicle, Huffington Post

October 29, 2014
The Class of 2018, taken from the drone

A photo of the Class of 2018, taken from a drone.

In a Huffington Post story titled “10 Uses of Drones in Higher Education,” marketer Vala Afshar highlights Colgate University’s innovative use of a drone to capture the activity and spirit of the 2013 move-in day, when first-year students arrive on campus.

Here’s the video from that day, captured by a GoPro camera attached to a drone:

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Photos: Family Weekend 2014

October 28, 2014

Every fall, Colgate welcome families for a weekend-long celebration on campus. Guests can experience campus life by attending classes, seeing presentations, athletic games, concerts, and more.

Also this year, Family Weekend included a speaker, former Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres, who spoke to more than 4,000 people as part of The Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders series. Here are photos from Peres’s appearance.


Lauren Yeary ‘15, Farah Fouladi ‘15 organize trip to NYC with other female computer science majors

October 28, 2014
Colgate Women in Computer Science visit tech firms including Facebook

Colgate Women in Computer Science members visit tech firms, including Facebook. View more photos.

During midterm break, Lauren Yeary ‘15 and Farah Fouladi ‘15 organized a tech trip to New York City with nine other female computer science majors who are members of the Women in Computer Science Club (WiCS) at Colgate.

The trip included visits to Bloomberg, Facebook, Shutterstock, ZocDoc, Google, Twitter, and Foursquare. The two-day immersion trip was the brainchild of Yeary and Fouladi, developed while they were interning at tech companies.

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La Casa to host special Halloween-themed Lounge event

October 27, 2014

It’s hard to believe that Halloween is this Friday, and that October is already coming to an end. There are still plenty of events to check out when you’re not channeling your favorite superhero this weekend.

On Thursday, October 30, Lounge: Late Night Arts Event, will be having a special Halloween-themed event hosted at La Casa.

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Shimon Peres discusses ISIS and democracy during Global Leaders lecture

October 25, 2014
Shimon Peres and Bob Woodruff '83 talk on stage at Sanford Field House. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Shimon Peres and Bob Woodruff ’83, P’13 talk on stage at Sanford Field House. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

There may be no direct flights from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Hamilton, New York. But that didn’t prevent Shimon Peres, former president and prime minister of Israel, from logging thousands of air miles to engage in conversation with Bob Woodruff ’83, P’13 during the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate.

More than 4,000 students, parents, alumni, and community members watched the discussion tonight in Sanford Field House. A standing ovation greeted Peres and Woodruff as they climbed the stage, and the responses that Peres supplied to Woodruff’s wide-ranging questions drew further applause from the crowd.

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Transformative gifts propel Colgate’s strategic internationalization

October 25, 2014

20130826_orientation_03_508.JPGWhen Colgate’s founders carved the Academic Quad out of a Chenango Valley forest, central New York was on the edge of the frontier.

Today, Colgate is in the middle of everywhere, and a new series of gifts is powering the university’s commitment to international engagement, as envisioned in the 2014–2019 strategic plan.

Ed ’62 and Robin Lampert P’10, whose generosity founded the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs at Colgate, have made a $2.5 million commitment to further internationalization, including a specific focus on building global partnerships in five regions of the world: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and South and Central America.

The Lamperts have also offered another $2.5 million in funds to match additional gifts made by other members of the Colgate community. The overall effort will yield $7.5 million for a growing number of international initiatives.

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Konosioni looking to revive Colgate Hello tradition

October 22, 2014

Konosioni, the university’s senior honor society, is working hard this week to bring back the Colgate Hello tradition. Members have distributed nametags through student mailboxes and at tables in the O’Connor Campus Center. You can follow the society’s efforts on its Facebook page and on Twitter by using the #ColgateHello hashtag.
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Students share experiences, including internships, from off-campus study programs

October 21, 2014
Students in the Manchester Study Group visit Wales as part of their two-week course "Technology, Science, & Culture in the History of Manchester. (Photo by Ashlee Eve)

Students in the Manchester Study Group visit Wales as part of their two-week course Technology, Science, and  Culture in the History of Manchester. (Photo by Ashlee Eve)

Dozens of flags representing countries around the world hung from the balconies of the Ho Science Center atrium during the Study Group Fair held earlier this month. Hosted by the Office of Off-Campus Study, the fair featured poster presentations for each of the 19 Colgate-sponsored study groups.

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Appearances by Shimon Peres and Jonathan Franzen highlight busy week on campus

October 20, 2014

In the midst of midterms, and with Family Weekend right around the corner, here are some of my highlights from what’s happening at Colgate this week. With several well-known speakers on campus, there are plenty of things to do with your parents when you’re not going to as many restaurants as possible while they are here.

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Lounge events showcase students’ talents

October 17, 2014
Bunche House is transformed into a coffee house atmosphere during Lounge, a regular event where students perform and display their artwork. Photo by Nicholas Gilbert '18

Bunche House is transformed into a coffee shop atmosphere during Lounge, a regular event where students perform and display their artwork. Photo by Nicholas Gilbert ’18

Hannah O’Malley ’17 stands in front of Bunche House’s fireplace, which has been transformed by student artwork and white lights strung across the mantle. Before the performances start, she tells the students who have congregated, “Love the people who are performing and show them respect, because it takes a lot of courage to get up here. Let’s make this a safe space.” Read more


NBC.com covers Colgate’s ‘Yes Means Yes’ positive-sexuality program

October 16, 2014

As a new affirmative-consent law took effect this month in California, schools across the country are scrambling to create programs to educate students and administrators about the new standard: that both partners need to enthusiastically agree to every step of a sexual encounter.

Not so at Colgate, where an extracurricular program, “Yes Means Yes,” has been in place since 2010.

NBC.com covered the program today, describing participants as “rugby players, theater kids, frat brothers, and hipsters — of all races, sexual orientations, and genders,” together on an otherwise-typical Wednesday night, calmly discussing sex.

The program, developed from a senior thesis by Jaclyn Berger ’09 , is based on a 2008 anthology called Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape. The six-week-long course, which earns physical education credit for participants, is one of many initiatives at Colgate designed to promote healthy sexuality on campus.

Watch the video below, which features Emily Hawkins ’15, Caroline Hurwitz ’17, and Nicholas Yap ’16, all who serve as “Yes Means Yes” facilitators. Read the full story at NBC.com.