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A planetary tour inspired by Star Wars

December 1, 2015

PlanetsofStarWarswebFrom gas-giant Bespin to forest-moon Endor, fictional planets of the Star Wars galaxy have a number of similarities with actual planets in our own universe, and for the next three Friday nights at the Colgate University Ho Tung Visualization Laboratory, the public is invited to join a galactic exploration of how planets in a galaxy far, far, away compare to our own.

The live tour through the universe, titled The Planets of Star Wars: The Search for Another Earth, will be led by Joe Eakin, senior visualization lab designer and technician, who has selected about 12 Star Wars universe planets to compare with known exoplanets orbiting stars outside our own solar system.

“It’s pretty easy to compare Endor and Naboo to other Earth-like planets,” said Eakin. “During the show, the dome of the theater will look like we’re inside an Imperial shuttle, flying to the different planets. It’s a great way to celebrate the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The free shows in the 53-seat full-dome theater are scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Friday, December 4, 11, and 18. Immediately following the show, a holiday-themed musical, titled Let it Snow, will also be played.

$500,000 NSF grant funds sacred forest research in Ethiopia

November 30, 2015
A sacred forest rises from farmland in Ethiopia

A view of a sacred forest in Ethiopia’s northern highlands (photo by Peter Klepeis)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $500,000 in funding to an interdisciplinary team of Colgate faculty, led by Associate Professor of Biology Catherine Cardelús, to continue investigating the status and conservation of sacred forests in Ethiopia’s northern highlands.

Christian Orthodox churches emerged in Ethiopia some 800 years ago. Today, thousands of these sites protect some of the region’s last remaining native forests, which stand out in a landscape otherwise dominated by agriculture and rangeland. Sacred forests have survived in spite of changes in societies and the ways in which humans use their land.

“Priests, monks, school children, and others are constantly walking and working in these forests, using them for everything from worshipping to schooling,” Cardelús said. “I hope to learn from those who already use ecosystems sustainably and leverage their methods to help others.”

To that end, Cardelús has tapped colleagues at Colgate and beyond to conduct an interdisciplinary study that will determine the current ecological health of the forests as well as changes in their structure and the perceptions of nearby populations over time.

She is joined on the project by Peter Scull, associate professor of geography; Peter Klepeis, professor of geography and geography department chair; and Carrie Woods, former visiting professor at Colgate, now visiting professor of biology at the University of Puget Sound. The team has also hired two scholars — Ethiopia historian Izabela Orlowska and Alemayehu Wassie, a forester and Christian Orthodox Tewahido Church priest — to operate full-time in country.

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Interim Provost Constance Harsh invited to White House roundtable

November 21, 2015
Sustainability at Colgate University

Colgate’s sustainability efforts recognized by White House

On November 19, Interim Dean of the Faculty and Provost Constance Harsh participated in a roundtable discussion at the White House to take part in launching the American Campuses Act on Climate day of action.

“It was very good to witness the serious purpose that animated the participants,” Harsh said after the event. “Students have a real sense of urgency about this. Higher education has an important role to play here.”

Harsh joined a select group of higher education presidents, other campus and business leaders, as well as high-ranking government officials, including EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Karen Florini of the State Department, at the White House event.

Colgate has a nationally renowned commitment to sustainability. On Wednesday, Interim President Jill Harsin reiterated our commitment to sustainability in a letter to the White House. Specifically, Colgate’s commitments include:

  • Achieving carbon neutrality by 2019, our bicentennial
  • Making carbon neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational experiences for all students
  • Incorporating sustainable practices in all campus planning and building design from inception to implementation
  • Achieving a minimum of LEED Silver standards for all new construction and major renovations
  • Enhancing teaching and learning, creating long-term economic resiliency, building and restoring robust ecological systems, and supporting a healthier and more just society

“I am proud that Colgate is one of the higher education leaders in confronting climate change, particularly in our pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2019,” said Harsh.

Colgate also participated in the #ActOnCampus hashtag on Twitter, showing some of our sustainability successes.

Pondering life “without the game”

November 18, 2015
Lexi Panepinto ’16 kicking the soccer ball in a game vs. West Point

Lexi Panepinto ’16, women’s soccer co-captain and environmental studies major from Buffalo, N.Y. (Photo by Bob Cornell)

Silence is usually described as a feeling of stillness; a state of peace, a split-second of quiet, a season of serenity. It’s harmonious and soothing and usually portrayed by unruffled waters or someone sitting in tranquility. This is what silence looks and feels like to a lot of us most of the time. We long for a moment of silence in this loud and crazy world. We crave it and when it finally comes, we close our eyes and hang on tight to it, for it is ever-fleeting.

But, what if this isn’t what silence always looks like? What if there was a silence that hung around for a little while? A silence that is deafening, unwanted, and conflicted. A silence that looks more like someone struggling to stay afloat in rough waters rather than someone sitting peacefully near unruffled ones. What if silence looked like this instead? What if silence felt like this instead? What if I told you that this type of silence actually exists? Would you believe me?

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Gregory Casagrande ’85 shares experience with students as Executive in Residence

November 18, 2015
Casagrande accepts the Day of Impact Award from the Presidents' Club.

Greg Casagrande ’85 (left) received the first-ever Colgate Impact Award at the Presidents’ Club breakfast during Reunion Weekend. (Photo by Gerard Gaskin)

Social entrepreneur Gregory Casagrande ’85 spent three days this month on campus as the Robert A. Fox ’59 Executive in Residence at the Center for Career Services, sharing his extensive business knowledge with the campus community.

Having provided more than $65 million in micro-enterprise financing and small business training to about 60,000 women through his social enterprise in Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands, Casagrande was awarded the inaugural Colgate Impact Award in 2015.

Casagrande has also been recognized as person of the year in Samoa in 2008, and appointed to the United Nations’ Board of Patrons Global Advisors Group. He has served as director of several microfinance boards, including his current role as chairman of three New Zealand software firms, and is an active angel investor. His past professional experience includes positions within the Ford Motor Company, Mazda Motor Company, and Coopers and Lybrand.

While on campus, Casagrande met with professors, administrators, and students in the Benton Scholars and Thought Into Action programs, and he made time for individual student appointments and guest lectures in three classes — Economics 238: Economic Development; Geography 315: Sustainable Livelihoods in Asia; and Geography 186: The Geography of Happiness.

Read more about Casagrande in the latest issue of the Colgate Scene.


A walk in the woods with Rick Marsi ’69

November 17, 2015
Rick Marsi ’69

Rick Marsi ’69 gives Scene readers a peek into Brier Hill in the fall. As he invites in his book Wheel of Seasons: “Take a walk, a little walk.” Especially in autumn, he adds, “As well as offering the universal lessons inherent in all seasons, it may reveal special ones of its own.” (Photo by Andrew Daddio)

Pausing next to a tamarack tree, Rick Marsi ’69 purses his lips and exhales, “pshhht, pshhht, pshhht, pshhht” in staccato breaths. A male common yellowthroat, wearing a black mask, answers the call and alights on a nearby branch. Marsi — economics major, ornithologist, naturalist, writer, and photographer — is seemingly satisfied.

Crunching through fallen leaves at Brier Hill, his 30-acre property in Vestal, N.Y., on this balmy, mellow Monday, Marsi points out landmarks: a towering white oak that he refers to as “the matriarch,” a grove of red pines that grew from seedlings he and his mother planted in the mid-’60s, and mini-waterfalls created by stones that he and his wife piled in the creek. All the while, his feathered friends warble overhead, and the birdman is always listening.

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Colgate crowned Patriot League Champions

November 16, 2015
A group picture of Colgate's 2015 Patriot League Championship team (Photo by Bob Cornell)

Colgate’s 2015 Patriot League Championship team (Photo by Bob Cornell)

Talk about following in some footsteps.

Colgate’s Dan Hunt matched his mentor Dick Biddle here Saturday when the Raiders outlasted Lehigh 49–42 to clinch the Patriot League championship. Hunt and Biddle both captured Patriot League titles for Colgate in just their second seasons as head coach.

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First residential commons named for Diane Ciccone ’74, P’10

November 12, 2015
Students hold up a sign reading "Welcome to the Ciccone Commons"

Students celebrate the naming of Ciccone Commons (Photo by Nick Gilbert ’18)

Colgate’s inaugural residential commons, which opened its doors on Arrival Day 2015, will be named for Diane Ciccone ’74, P’10. Commons residents made the choice by popular vote after reviewing a slate of important names in Colgate’s history.

“I am humbled and honored with the naming of Ciccone Commons,” Ciccone said. “It not only recognizes my lifetime commitment to Colgate but more importantly it acknowledges the many voices of women and people of color in Colgate’s story — a story that will be woven into the historical fabric of the institution’s commitment to coeducation and inclusion.” Read more

Be the Change symposium connects students and alumni for common good

November 12, 2015
Students and alumni stand together at networking event

Students network with alumni from the Common Good Professional Network during the Be the Change Symposium (Photo by Nicholas Friedman ’16)

More than a dozen Colgate alumni made the trip to Hamilton this October for the first-ever Be the Change: Careers for the Common Good Symposium, sponsored by the Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE) and the Common Good Professional Network. The symposium focused on building alumni-student relationships and advancing careers in the common good sector, which includes nonprofits, education, government, and other enterprises for social good.

“Having the chance to have dinner and great discussions with students was wonderful,” said Susan Retik-Ger ’90, co-founder of Beyond the 11th. “I was delighted with how engaged and thoughtful the students were.”

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“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin to perform at Colgate

November 10, 2015
Portrait of Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

Legendary vocalist Aretha Franklin will perform on campus as part of the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016, in Sanford Field House. Tickets for the Colgate community and the general public will be released in mid-January — watch colgate.edu/globalleaders for details as they become available.

Known around the world by her first name, and as the reigning “Queen of Soul,” Franklin’s repertoire spans pop, soul, jazz, rock, blues, and gospel.

Franklin was named the #1 Vocalist of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2009. The first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, she is the recipient of numerous awards, including 18 Grammys, five American Music Awards, and four NAACP Image awards. To date, she has received 12 honorary doctorate degrees.

The Global Leaders series, sponsored by Colgate’s Parents’ and Grandparents’ Fund, allows the university to invite inspirational leaders like Franklin to campus. Other guests have included former prime minister of Israel, Shimon Peres; Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder; Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state; President Bill Clinton; Russian political activist Gary Kasparov; Tony Blair, former prime minister of Great Britain; Felipe Calderón, former president of Mexico; and the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism.

Related Links
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Students to launch online course for kids

November 6, 2015
BreadX video shoot

Four classmates work to record a video for the BreadX online course.

A lot of science, engineering, artistry, and culture have gone into that piece of crusty, buttered bread devoured at the dinner table. It’s those elements that are the basis for a new open online course, BreadX, soon to be launched by Colgate first-year undergraduates for use by school-age students, grades six and up, worldwide.

Starting November 15, BreadX: From Ground to Global, on the EdX Edge platform, will guide participants in scholarly exploration of one of the world’s most ubiquitous foods and its global connections.

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Raiders rank third for NCAA Division I graduation success

November 5, 2015


Colgate student-athletes improved by one position to third nationally in the latest NCAA Division I Graduation Success Rate release.

The Raiders for the fourth straight year are at 98 percent, placing Colgate alongside peer schools Columbia, Davidson, Duke, Harvard, Holy Cross, Loyola-Chicago, Notre Dame, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale.

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Student helps county earn federal funding for clean wells

November 4, 2015
A GIS map of karst topography in Madison County, N.Y.

One of several GIS maps created by Kayleigh Bhangdia ’16 during her summer internship with the Madison County Department of Health.

Thanks in part to research conducted by a Colgate geography and environmental studies student, Madison County will receive more than a half-million dollars in federal funding for well-water testing and remediation to take place during the next five years.

Kayleigh Bhangdia ’16, of Poughquag, N.Y., worked with the Madison County Department of Health this summer, via Colgate’s Upstate Institute, to examine where private drinking wells may be threatened by known contaminated sites, spills, agricultural runoff, and bulk storage locations.

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A perspective on the importance of Community Reads

October 26, 2015
Photo by Andrew Daddio

Professor Jeff Bary – photo by Andrew Daddio

(Editor’s note: the following commentary is from Professor Jeff Bary on Colgate Community Reads. Kiese Laymon, whose book was an integral part of the program, will be on campus on October 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel.)

In September 2014, Colgate students occupied the university’s administration building for 100 hours. They demanded a Colgate for All and offered a list of 21 points that they wanted the university to address in an attempt to improve the situation for students who felt marginalized because of race, gender identity, or socio-economic status.

In the spring of 2015, as the administration continued to address those 21 points, faculty and staff debated about whether or not we should scrap Colgate’s summer book program. Some feared that students didn’t read the book and that we only talked about it in some pseudo-meaningful way for 60 minutes during orientation. We were either missing a golden opportunity or doing something we shouldn’t be doing.

I am a believer in the golden opportunity. Discontinuing the program was especially disconcerting to me in the light of the Colgate for All movement. I remembered going down to the administration building and hearing first-year students speak — students who arrived on campus having just read Freedom Summer, which details the sacrifices that students were willing to make 50 years ago in the name of civil rights.

It was almost direct evidence of the impact that summer books can have on our students and on the Colgate culture. It argued for new ways to strengthen the program, increase student participation, extend the intellectual life of the book, and potentially reach a larger portion of our community.

As interim director of the First Year Seminar Program, I convened an ad hoc committee of like-minded — and maybe not so like-minded — faculty and staff who would be interested in considering what we could do to make the program more meaningful.

Based upon the committee’s work and open forums with faculty, staff, and students, we decided to invite all students to read the book. Instead of discussing it for an hour during orientation, we would develop an interdisciplinary series of events, providing formal opportunities to build a shared experience around the text.

We also significantly redesigned the process for selecting a book, including all faculty, staff, and students in the decision. The community voted on the final selection, which turned out to be Kiese Laymon’s book of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in AmericaHow to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America book cover

This book is not easy. It’s not easy for the majority of our students, who are white, to read a book that was not written for them. They are normally the target audience. Would they take it as a challenge or dismiss it?

During a series of Colgate Conversations for first-year students during orientation, we covered many topics — presentations on Colgate history, issues of inclusion, and our summer reading. I led one of those conversations, and a student said, “You know, I chose to come to Colgate because I was going to fit in and everybody there was going to be a lot like me.” But he said it with a dawning realization that he should try to get out of his own little world and meet people that he’d never met before from places that he’d never visited. He needed to understand how life may be for others and how their experiences could enrich his own.

What will that realization mean to him and to his classmates 10 or 20 years from now? I came away from that conversation thinking, boy, these students were serious, and they did really hard work.

They will continue that work through a schedule of 17 book-related events, from poetry readings to dance performances to film screenings to scientific lectures — all dealing with issues of intergroup dialogue, the black experience in America, and how people who are not from a marginalized group contribute to this culture in which we find ourselves. We’re all part of this. We’re all in this together.

Jeff Bary, associate professor of physics and astronomy.

Related links
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Physics and Astronomy department page
Colgate professor Jeff Bary examines chemical spill affecting thousands in West Virginia
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Get to know Jeff Bary






Debating the Common Core

October 26, 2015
John Palmer, educational studies professor, discusses the Common Core at a public debate hosted by Colgate's Center for Freedom and Western Civilization.

John Palmer, educational studies professor, discusses the Common Core at a public debate hosted by Colgate’s Center for Freedom and Western Civilization. Photo by Nick Friedman ’16

On October 15, a mix of teachers, administrators, parents, students, and citizens from across central New York gathered in a town hall–style meeting to discuss the Common Core. Read more

YouTube battles of David Jordan ’17 powered by art and technology

October 24, 2015
David Jordan

David (D.J.) Jordan takes a photo of a 3D model he created to test for use in his stop-motion animation projects. (Photo by Andrew Daddio)

A studio art major, member of the Colgate Thirteen, and president of the Brothers student organization, David (D.J.) Jordan ’17, of Brooklyn, N.Y. is not only an impressive student, he’s also a bit of a YouTube star.

With more than 9.2 million views and 17,000 subscribers to his PilotTails YouTube page, Jordan has created a cult following of his hand-made, stop-motion homages to all things anime and gaming.

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Work co-produced by professor Joel Sommers featured in Technology Review

October 22, 2015
This is a map of the US with red dots representing hubs of the internet

A map of the U.S. Long-haul Fiber-optic Infrastructure

Even though the Internet is a critical tool for the U.S. economy, no one had ever mapped the cables that help the data flow. One problem is that the cables that power the Internet are owned by many different companies including AT&T and Level 3. Because the information is in many places, the system powering the Internet hasn’t been mapped – until now.

Working with a team of researchers, Joel Sommers, associate professor of computer science, changed that paradigm by creating a map of the cables. The work was featured in Technology Review Magazine, and the paper is available to read as a PDF file.

“Other researchers have tried to map the Internet,” says Sommers. “However, all of those attempts have tried to do it by taking traffic measurements or using other measurement tools to try to build a picture of the Internet from the top down.”

The problem with previous attempts is that they see a virtualized topology — not the real physical infrastructure.

Through painstaking work of putting together ISP maps then cross referencing against a massive set of public records, uncovered through lots and lots of manual work, the team was able to create one of the first maps of the Internet’s long-haul fiber-optic infrastructure in the United States.

Sommers explained that understanding the topology of the Internet can help protect it. There was a well-publicized case a few years back when a tunnel fire in Baltimore melted fiber-optic cables causing Internet outages. Having a picture of the Internet’s topology can help engineers understand the potential impact of such events on other portions of the network.

Related links:
Computer Science at Colgate
Q and A with Vijay Ramachandran, associate professor of computer science
Lauren Yeary ‘15, Farah Fouladi ‘15 organize trip to NYC with other female computer science majors
Joel Sommers looks to identify Internet ‘attack traffic’



Dean Suzy Nelson on living the liberal arts

October 21, 2015
Members of Colgate's first Residential Commons gather for a presentation on arrival day.

Members of Colgate’s first residential commons gather for a presentation on arrival day. Photo by Nicholas Friedman ’16

Editor’s note: The following op-ed was first published in the Huffington Post.

Last year, students at my college staged a 100-hour sit-in to call for a more inclusive campus community. After sitting for hours in the lobby of the main administration building, listening to stories of students feeling isolated and marginalized, I knew we had to do things differently.

Where to begin? We could draw on our own extensive research about what are known in higher education as “campus climate” challenges. For example, we had conducted a campus-wide survey and found great encouragement for changing the student residential experience. We learned of the desire to break down barriers where first-year and sophomore students lived “up the hill,” and most juniors and seniors lived “down the hill.”

A group of professors, staff members, students, and alumni later met to connect these recommendations to a residential program that might begin to make a positive difference for all students. A plan we call “Living the Liberal Arts” emerged as the framework that would put students at the heart of these changes. The goal is to help all students feel they belong, and experience stronger academic and co-curricular connections, from the very first day they arrive on campus.

The biggest change to date: Beginning with 200 members of the Class of 2019 who moved in in August, we are rolling out a Residential Commons Program. These students have a ready-made group of staff, student-leader, and faculty affiliates who will participate in naming the space, developing traditions, selecting a mascot, and choosing unifying colors and symbols. They’ll establish intramural teams, plan social outings, and arrange for gatherings throughout the year. And while this group of first-year students will live “up the hill” in two connected residence halls, they will also be affiliated with a house “down the hill,” as part of the same commons with sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

To reinforce the effort to build community and a sense of belonging, events will take place in both campus locations, and we are also connecting academic and co-curricular life in more meaningful ways. Each commons residence has a classroom, where first-year seminars will be taught. Also, each commons will have a sophomore residential seminar embedded into the community. Every Friday afternoon, the faculty directors of the first commons are hosting a tea for members of the community, and weekly dinners featuring scholarly topics are hosted in the common’s house on Broad Street for students, faculty, and alumni guests.

We’ve also renovated living spaces. We wanted to create welcoming gathering areas for student-led activities, so there are new kitchens for communal cooking, new televisions, fresh carpet, and, of course, paint. Additional renovations and new construction are planned for each year of the five-year residential commons rollout.

The residential commons concept isn’t new, and many students find their place in a club or group that becomes part of their social foundation. What is new is the inclusivity of the program, with faculty, students, and staff participating.

In a traditional residential system, that effort is seldom deliberate. It’s very transitory. Maybe somebody knows your name, maybe they don’t. Students move in and move out. We learned that we needed to do more. We want each student to be part of a community with an immediate sense of place, and a home to return to as graduates.

By 2020, all of our first-year students will have started their college experience in one of four residential commons.

Professor Rebecca Shiner, co-leader of our first commons, told me about students’ responses to the question, “Why are you excited to be part of the commons?” The responses included: “Intellectual community,” “Aspire to help out younger class years,” “Direct connection to the Class of 2019,” “Community and friendship,” “Free shirts and food,” and my favorite, “Leaving a legacy.”

I am looking forward to the traditions that they will add to the history of this almost 200-year-old college. The reality is that higher education — especially on a residential campus — was never intended to be confined to the classroom.

Learning happens everywhere: in the residence hall, on an athletic team, in student organizations, and especially in the relationships that students develop with professors, staff members, and other peers. Students are looking for a home away from home and an enriching experience. What better way to help than to provide the best tools they need to build that community, beginning with where they live?

Related links:

Residential Commons
Commons FAQ
Commons 2019 launch
Class of 2019 Arrival Day

Colgate takes next step on international journey

October 20, 2015

It was a Colgate Hello that could be heard around the world.

On October 15, Colgate ushered in a new era of internationalism and officially celebrated the opening of the Center for International Programs (CIP). The center will serve as a hub for the university’s numerous global initiatives, conducted by faculty and students.

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Colgate celebrates groundbreakings for Benton Hall and Class of 1965 Arena

October 8, 2015

Colgate University community members came together last week to break ground on two facilities that will transform students’ experiences in two key areas: preparation for success after Colgate and athletics. In separate ceremonies held on Friday afternoon, students, faculty, staff, trustees, and other supporters turned shovels and applauded the creation of Benton Hall and the Class of 1965 Arena.

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Activist Bree Newsome talks to students about social justice

October 6, 2015
Bree Newsome, activist, filmmaker, and musician, visited Colgate at the end of September. She's pictured here at Spelman College's celebration of art and activism.

Bree Newsome, activist, filmmaker, and musician, visited Colgate at the end of September. She’s pictured here at Spelman College’s celebration of art and activism.

Nearly three months after climbing up a flagpole in South Carolina to remove a Confederate flag, Bree Newsome sat surrounded by Colgate students last Tuesday during a brown bag luncheon in the Center for Women’s Studies. Read more

Actor Josh Radnor offers perspective to students

October 5, 2015
How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor spoke to Professor Greg Ames's English class. Photo by Andrew Daddio

How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor spoke to Professor Greg Ames’s English class. Photo by Andrew Daddio

A student of the liberal arts himself, actor, writer, and director Josh Radnor stopped by to share his experiences with the Colgate community on Sept. 24. The How I Met Your Mother star first visited with English professor Gregory Ames’s Advanced Workshop class before hosting an event at the Palace Theater in the village that night. Read more

Students benefit from internship advice and access

October 1, 2015
Emily Bradley ’10 stands with the press corps outside the White House

Emily Bradley ’10, pictured here during her internship with the White House press corps, recently returned to campus to give advice to students.

“Connect with a real live human being – be more than a piece of paper and a GPA.”

This was just one piece of advice offered by Emily Bradley Greenfield ’10, the keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Internship Banquet, hosted by the Center for Career Services (CCS) on September 29.

The banquet allowed first-year students and sophomores to sit down with upperclassmen, who were readily prepared to provide advice about how they landed their internships, catalog tricky questions they’ve encountered in interviews, and describe the day-to-day life of an intern.

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Helping refugees to new beginnings

September 30, 2015
Students pitched in to help Utica residents

Students pitched in to help Utica residents as part of a first-year pre-orientation program.

The news has been inundated with stories about refugees — in the United States and abroad. With a burgeoning refugee community in Utica (approximately one-fourth of the population is made up of refugee families), which is located less than 30 miles from the Colgate campus, students and professors are finding ways to help.

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Colgate joins Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success

September 28, 2015


A world-class education has been a Colgate hallmark for nearly 200 years, and now the university aims to make this life-changing experience even more accessible thanks to joining the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success.

The new coalition brings together more than 80 public and private colleges and universities across the United States in an effort to streamline the college application process for all students, with an increased focus on helping those from underrepresented groups, including low-income and first-generation households.

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