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Author, professor Eddie S. Glaude Jr. to speak at Colgate’s 194th commencement

March 3, 2015
Eddie Glaude Jr.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr., the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American studies and the chair of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, will deliver the keynote address at Colgate’s 194th commencement on Sunday, May 17, in Sanford Field House.

Glaude, widely regarded as one of the leading young African American intellectuals in the United States today, is the author of Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America, which won the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Book Prize.

His award-winning book, In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, has been characterized as a tour de force.  He has a new book scheduled to be published during the 2016 election year, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Governs the Soul of America (Crown Publishing).

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Author Janet Mock, founder of #GirlsLikeUs, to discuss womanhood and identity issues

March 2, 2015
Byron Cage at Colgate

Byron Cage performs during last week’s Gospel Fest.

It’s the start of a new month, and Outdoor Education Spring PE sign-up is alive again. From caving and bouldering to kayaking and paddle boarding, classes will begin after spring break. Secure your place today and Tuesday at the Coop from 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. or online at colgate.edu/outdoored before they are all booked!

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Career services gives students a smart start with salary negotiation workshop

March 2, 2015
Real World events designed for the senior class include the Start Smart salary negotiation workshop and networking receptions like this one in the Hall of Presidents. Photo by Andrew Daddio

Real World events designed for the senior class include the $tart $mart salary negotiation workshop and networking receptions like this one in the Hall of Presidents. Photo by Andrew Daddio

Students are learning how to get even. In terms of salary negotiation, that is. Read more


Chemistry professor Jason Keith’s work published in prestigious journal

February 27, 2015
Jason Keith sits on a table in a classroom in Olin Hall.

Jason Keith teaches a chemistry class. (Photo by Gerard Gaskin)

The Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) recently published a paper co-authored by Jason Keith, assistant professor of chemistry. The paper is titled “Covalency in Lanthanides. An X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Density Functional Theory Study of LnCl6x– (x = 3, 2).” It can be viewed at the JACS websiteRead more


Noh performance shows glimpse of ancient Japanese culture

February 26, 2015
Yamai Tsunao,

Yamai Tsunao leads a workshop in Noh theater, a Japanese drama that is one of the oldest theatrical forms in the world. Photo by Nick Gilbert

The curtain in Brehmer Theater opened to reveal Yamai Tsunao kneeling under a single spotlight on stage. He was dressed in a stiff, dark-colored Hakama costume, and his only prop was a brightly colored fan. He sang in a deep, full voice, moving through a series of deliberate, careful gestures.

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Lecture by Juan Williams of Fox News sparks conversation about ‘living history’ of civil rights

February 26, 2015
Juan Williams at Colgate

Juan Williams speaks at Love Auditorium. (Photo by Zoe Zhong ’17)

Journalist and Fox News political analyst Juan Williams spoke on campus recently about the “living History” of the civil rights movement and the relationship between race and police forces in America, which he called one of the most central issues in American life.

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The future of Sigma Chi fraternity at Colgate

February 25, 2015

The Sigma Chi fraternity at Colgate University will be suspended for a five-and-a-half-year period, according to a decision announced today by President Jeffrey Herbst. Last October, the fraternity was found to be in violation of the university’s Hazing Policy, the Student Organizations Relationship Statement, and the Code of Student Conduct. Read more


C-Span2 Book TV to feature Colgate Professor Nina Moore this weekend

February 24, 2015
Professor Nina Moore speaks about race and the criminal justice system at a recent presentaiton.

Professor Nina Moore speaks in the O’Connor Campus Center. Cameras were on hand to record the presentation for broadcast on C-Span2 Book TV this weekend. (Photo by Zoe Zhong ’17)

C-Span2 Book TV will air this weekend a recent presentation by Colgate Associate Professor of Political Science Nina M. Moore in which she discusses her new book, The Political Roots of Racial Tracking in American Criminal Justice.

Moore’s thought-provoking presentation is slated for broadcast at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, February 28, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1. (EST)

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Admiral James Stavridis to discuss 21st century global security

February 23, 2015
Mardi Gras dinner

The Mardi Gras Dinner and Dance was held last week in the Hall of Presidents.

It is the start of yet another snowy and fun week in February, and here are plenty of events to keep you busy.

On Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., there will be an IRC Lecture at Love Auditorium by Admiral James G. Stavridis. The former supreme allied commander of NATO will discuss global security and NATO’s future at the end of its engagement in Afghanistan during this keynote address. Stavridis is now dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

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Pulitzer winner Tracy K. Smith gives poetry reading

February 20, 2015
Poet Tracy K. Smith

Poet Tracy K. Smith visited Colgate last week to read from her forthcoming memoir Ordinary Light.

French philosopher Pierre Hadot believes that an ancient philosopher wasn’t someone who wrote masterpieces, but who lived philosophy as a way of life. Likewise, Tracy K. Smith is a poet who lives a life of poetry. Her experiences, observations, and even her favorite singer have become her source of creation. Read more


Robert “R.V.” Smith, former chaplain and religion professor, dies at age 94

February 19, 2015
Robert "RV" Smith

Robert “RV” Smith

Robert Virgil Smith, Harry Emerson Fosdick Professor of philosophy and religion, emeritus, and a United Methodist pastor for more than 45 years, died peacefully at home on February 12, 2015. He was 94 years old.

Smith joined the Colgate faculty in 1952, serving as university chaplain and teaching in the areas of philosophy of religion, introduction to religion, contemporary Christian thought, and business ethics.

He chaired the philosophy and religion department and directed study groups in Great Britain and Zambia, the January special studies period, and the overseas study group program.

Committed to equality and dignity for all, he took a Vietnamese refugee family into his home in 1979; led the University Church Board in urging the Colgate community to end selective living on campus; and was involved with the Colgate Human Rights Group.

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CUTV, Maroon-News, and WRCU undertake digital initiatives

February 18, 2015
WRCU studio

Alumni like to drop in to the WRCU studio from time to time.

This spring, all three of the major student media organizations are undertaking a digital transformation to push them into the next century—adding a new chapter to their long histories at Colgate.

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Black Student Union organizes Release Night, chance for wide-ranging conversation

February 16, 2015
Colgate Vagina Monologues

Cast members of the Vagina Monologues take a bow after a performance last week.

The past week was filled with a lot of snow, and fun. As you linger on the Valentine’s Day celebration of love, come to the ALANA lounge at 6:45 p.m. on Friday for Release Night, a chance to discuss social, political, and economic concerns swirling in your head.

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Show — and share — your pride on Colgate Day

February 12, 2015

Fun fact: If you get a Colgate Day in February, you get another in March, too!

The first Colgate Day of 2015 arrives this Friday, immediately followed by Valentine’s Day on Saturday. What could be better than infusing tradition with romance on this snowy weekend? (Share your photos via social media: #colgateday #colgatelove)
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Visiting artist Mark Dion invites community members to make art with him on campus

February 11, 2015
This is a previous work by the artist Mark Dion.

This is a previous work by artist Mark Dion.

This semester, Colgate welcomes internationally acclaimed artist Mark Dion as the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Artist in Residence.

Starting today until March 23, the community is invited to make art with Dion. Every day from 10:30 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m. and then 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., the Clifford Gallery will be transformed into a “Wonder Workshop” with Dion’s interest in cabinets of curiosities (Wunderkammern) at the core of the new installation to be created in collaboration with the community. Read more


Colgate’s professional networks give students a sampling of careers in LA, NYC

February 10, 2015
Students on a FOX television set in L.A.

Palm trees in New York City: entertainment group students tour a Fox Television set in LA.

A group of ten students representing the Colgate Entertainment Group explored the worlds of film and television on January 14 and 15 in Los Angeles, while a second group of students learned more about the real estate field in New York City.

Read student accounts of the two trips below.

During the LA immersion trip, alumni explained their paths to their current positions — grads like Stephen Brown ’81, EVP of programming and development at 20th Century Fox Television;  Steven Brookman ’81, head of Motion Picture Business Affairs at the Creative Arts Agency; Eugene Young ’81, president of Ryan Seacrest Productions; and Amanda Brown ’01, vice president of production at Paramount Pictures.

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Reading by Pulitzer-winning poet Tracy K. Smith highlights ‘sweet’ week

February 9, 2015
sky lanterns

Nam Nguyen ’18 took this photo of the As You Wish … Late Night @ the Chapel event I attended. Students sent wishes onto these sky lanterns.

It’s that time of the year again. Look no further but here for the sweetest week at Colgate.

If you are free Wednesday, don’t miss Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy K. Smith’s poetry reading at 4:30 p.m. in Persson Hall Auditorium.

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Colgate Speaking Union offers students ways to learn and grow on a global stage

February 8, 2015
The Colgate Model UN Society competed in Peru last month.

The Colgate Model UN Society competed in Peru last month.

Colgate students earned three awards, including outstanding small delegation, as one of just three schools from the United States to participate in the Harvard National Model United Nations of Latin America in Peru last month.

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Entertainer Whoopi Goldberg to perform at Colgate

February 5, 2015
Whoopi Goldberg

Actor and comedian Whoopi Goldberg will perform at Colgate on March 27.

The New York Times has called actor and comedian Whoopi Goldberg uncategorizable and compelling. This spring, Colgate University will call her an honored guest.

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Konosioni Senior Honor Society set to induct newest members

February 3, 2015
Konosioni

A block party in the village of Hamilton was one way that Konosioni contributed to the local community.

Since 1934, the Konosioni Senior Honor Society has recognized students who have exhibited outstanding leadership, dedicated service to the community and the preservation of tradition.

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Colgate network gets Jimmy DeCicco ’15 a super spot working at Super Bowl XLIX

February 2, 2015

Jimmy DeCicco ’15 had one of the best seats in the house for Super Bowl XLIX.

Thanks to a Colgate connection, DeCicco worked as an NBC Sports production assistant for the game that will long be remembered for its wild finish that resulted in a 28-24 win by the New England Patriots over the Seattle Seahawks.

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Colgate University Board of Trustees approves construction of new Center for Art and Culture

January 30, 2015
Model of the Center for Art and Culture

An aerial view of the new Center for Art and Culture, designed by architect David Adjaye

The Colgate University Board of Trustees has given final approval for project costs to build a new Center for Art and Culture (CAC) in the Village of Hamilton. The $21-million center — designed by renowned architect David Adjaye — will feature a new 17,000-square-foot structure consisting of three connecting “volumes” that will be used as flexible and spacious galleries. A sculpture court and walkway will connect Utica and Madison streets to the site, which will be in the space formerly occupied by Parry’s hardware store (18-20 Utica Street), across the street from the Colgate Bookstore. Ample parking will be ideal for attracting visitors, residents, and members of the Colgate community.

Trustee approval came during the board’s winter meeting last weekend, and included authorization to purchase property at 22 Utica Street, which had been listed for sale privately by the owner. Currently home to the Utica Street Café, this building will connect to the CAC and will house a community room, CAC offices, and a new café.

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Colgate’s Center for Art and Culture receives $750,000 in state regional development funding

January 30, 2015
Rendering of the new Center for Art and Culture

A conceptual view of the Center for Art and Culture, designed by architect David Adjaye

Colgate University is poised to prove that regional development can have an international reach.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, through his Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative, has awarded $750,000 to Colgate, supporting the university’s efforts to relocate the Picker Gallery of Art and the Longyear Museum of Anthropology from campus to the new Center for Art and Culture in the Village of Hamilton.

“On behalf of the Colgate community,” said President Jeffrey Herbst, “I want to thank Governor Cuomo and his administration, Senator David Valesky, Assemblyman Bill Magee, the entire Central New York REDC, Madison County Board of Supervisors Chair John M. Becker, Hamilton Mayor Margaret Miller, Hamilton Town Supervisor Eve Ann Shwartz, and everyone who endorsed our application for this grant.”

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Colgate provost announces latest faculty promotions, appointments

January 29, 2015

Colgate Memorial Chapel
Douglas Hicks, Colgate provost and dean of the faculty, announced that the university’s Board of Trustees approved several appointments and promotions for faculty members.

“I ask everyone to join me in congratulating these highly valued colleagues for their significant professional accomplishments,” said Hicks.
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Colgate to sell five acres to Good Nature Farm Brewery to benefit local economy, tourism

January 28, 2015

At its January 25 meeting, the Colgate Board of Trustees approved the sale of five acres of land to Hamilton’s Good Nature Farm Brewery & Tap Room (GNB), owned by Carrie Blackmore ’08 and husband Matt Whalen. GNB will construct new facilities on the site, which is located on Route 12B and is part of a 25-acre parcel known as the Snyder property. Colgate has owned the property since 2012.

After examining GNB’s plans and seeing the significant financial support from the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council, Board Chair Denis Cronin said the trustees believed the transaction and the resulting project will benefit members of the community, the local economy, and the university.

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