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Light years ahead: Katie Karnes ’17 studying quasars as part of summer research

July 28, 2014
(L to R): Joshua Reding '15, Zachary Weaver '17, Luna Zagorac '16, Anneliese Rilinger (Williams) '17, and Katie Karnes '17.

Students conducting summer research in Colgate’s Foggy Bottom Observatory (L to R): Joshua Reding ’15, Zachary Weaver ’17, Luna Zagorac ’16, Anneliese Rilinger (Williams ’17), and Katie Karnes ’17. Photo by Matt Johnson ’15

Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Katie Karnes ’17, an astrogeophysics major from Cincinnati, Ohio.

It’s 3:45 a.m. on a Thursday and I’m staring at the four monitors in front of me, trying to focus on saving the files correctly. Although sunrise is still hours away, the sky is beginning to lighten and this night of collecting data is coming to an end. This summer I am spending 10 weeks on campus working with Professor Tom Balonek in the physics and astronomy department. Read more


Chemistry professor Anthony Chianese gets NSF grant for solar energy research

July 25, 2014
Melissa Barnard '15 and Tia Cervarich '16 work in the lab of Professor Anthony Chianese.

Melissa Barnard ’15 and Tia Cervarich ’16 work in the lab of Professor Anthony Chianese.

Colgate chemistry professor Anthony Chianese recently received a $225,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his research into how to convert solar energy into a liquid transportable form like methanol or ethanol.

Chianese and his student researchers are attempting to develop catalysts for chemical reactions that use the sun’s energy to convert low-energy chemical compounds into high-energy compounds that can be used as fuels, regardless of the sun’s strength and presence on a given day.

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Put on your dancing shoes for Hamilton National Dance Day

July 25, 2014
Terica Adams '12 teaches participants

Terica Adams ’12 teaches participants techniques of a style of dance called Danceball in the first workshop of Hamilton National Dance Day.

Whether or not you’re a dancer, are curious about dance, simply need a fun break, or want to support a good cause, Hamilton National Dance Day (July 25–26) will provide the opportunity to join the nation in dance and support future local dance programs. Read more


Fairmount Properties plans village construction

July 24, 2014
Students head to the village green to enjoy a bite to eat in Downtown Hamilton. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Students head to the village green to enjoy a bite to eat in the Village of Hamilton. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

A new residential and retail development is planned for the Village of Hamilton, pending village approvals this month. This is good news for existing retailers and restaurants, as well as residents, as the project will draw students to the village core. The shift will restore quality of life to the neighborhoods and ultimately increase the housing stock available to families and individuals moving to the community.

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Picnic builds departmental chemistry

July 24, 2014
Photo by Andrew Daddio

Photo by Andrew Daddio

Students and professors from the chemistry department put their skills to the test this past Tuesday — although this time, the test was more athletic than scientific. For the 9th Annual Tetrahedrathalon, two teams of chemistry summer research students from different floors picnicked on smoked sausages, hot dogs, and hamburgers fresh off the grill and then competed in soccer, softball, basketball, and volleyball.

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Meet the Colgate Class of 2018

July 24, 2014
Trees blossoming in front of James B. Colgate Hall in the early spring. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Trees blossoming in front of James B. Colgate Hall in the early spring. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Colgate’s incoming Class of 2018 continues a trend of out-performing the previous class in overall academic strength, and increasing economic and cultural diversity.

This class also stands out for receiving the most financial aid ever from Colgate, as 43.4 percent are receiving institutional grant funding, up from 41.6 percent in 2017. The university also continues to meet 100 percent of students’ demonstrated financial need.

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Pro cyclist/activist Kathryn Bertine ’97 will compete in Tour de France for women

July 24, 2014

Kathryn-Bertine-WHRecognizing the obstacles facing female cyclists, Kathryn Bertine ’97 is paving a new course for women’s cycling. This Sunday, she’ll compete in La Course — a one-day race for women that is sponsored by Le Tour de France — which her activism group, Le Tour Entier, helped create this year. Read more


Ieva Steponaviciute ’17 interns with fashion label in Lithuania

July 22, 2014
Ieva Steponaviciute ’17 (left) maps strategy in a photo from the MERAKI Facebook page.

Ieva Steponaviciute ’17 (right) maps strategy in a photo from the MERAKI Facebook page.

Colgate students are participating in internships in a variety of fields and locations this summer. This post is by Ieva Steponaviciute ’17, an undeclared major from Kaunas, Lithuania, who is interning with MERAKI.

This summer, I am interning at a fashion brand called MERAKI in Vilnius, Lithuania. After a long time thinking about where to apply for internships, I decided to find out what it was like to start and run a business. I Skyped with the new fashion label MERAKI after finding out that they were looking for help, and I secured a spot for the summer.

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Jodi Forward ’15 receives prestigious grant from American Cancer Society

July 21, 2014
Jodi Forward '15 of Colgate University

Jodi Forward ’15 of Colgate University

Jodi Forward ’15, a Sherborn, Mass.,  resident and neuroscience major at Colgate, is working as an intern at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Forward is an American Cancer Society Junior Research Fellow under the guidance of Elisabeth Battinelli.

“I ended up at Brigham and Women’s Hospital through the Fuller Fellowship of the American Cancer Society,” said Forward. “Once I was accepted as a fellow, the program placed me in a laboratory based on my interests. I am from a town outside of Boston, so I was placed in a location near home.”

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Brett Christensen ’16 dives into studying barnacles as part of summer research

July 21, 2014
This summer, Brett Christensen '16 has been raising barnacles at various life stages for a biomineralization experiment.

This summer, Brett Christensen ’16 has been raising barnacles at various life stages for a biomineralization experiment.

Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Brett Christensen ’16, a biophysics and philosophy double major from Marilla, N.Y.

This summer, I’m studying barnacles — impressive little organisms that live in the ocean. As a biophysics and philosophy double major, I found an opportunity in the research lab of Professor Rebecca Metzler in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Read more


Parallel awareness: one Benton Scholar’s journey to Korea

July 17, 2014
Hannah O'Malley '17 (first row, fourth from left) and the Benton Scholars in Korea's Demilitarized Zone.

Hannah O’Malley ’17 (first row, fourth from left) and the Benton Scholars in Korea’s Demilitarized Zone.

Standing in Korea’s Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), surrounded by fenced-in landmine fields juxtaposed by sundry tourist booths, I was shocked as I considered the countless human rights violations occurring only a few miles away in North Korea. Read more


New soccer facility named Beyer-Small ’76 Field

July 17, 2014
Beyer-Small ’76 Field (Photo by Bob Cornell)

A view of Beyer-Small ’76 Field. (Photo by Bob Cornell)

When Colgate’s championship-winning soccer teams return to competition this fall, they will play on a new field that reflects their skill and commitment to the beautiful game.

The new stadium, located near Andy Kerr Stadium and Tyler’s Field, also pays tribute to the life-changing connections that can develop between student-athletes and coaches. The latest addition to the Raiders facilities roster, Beyer-Small ’76 Field, will be named for two Hall of Honor members: retired Colgate soccer head coach John Beyer and Colgate trustee Barry Small ’76, a former soccer and baseball student-athlete.

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Computer science major Mike Dunnegan ’16 builds coding skills at BuildingBlok

July 16, 2014
Mike Dunnegan ’16, sporting Colgate maroon, stands with the BuildingBlok team.

Mike Dunnegan ’16, sporting Colgate maroon, stands with the BuildingBlok team.

Colgate students are participating in internships in a variety of fields and locations this summer. This post is by Mike Dunnegan ’16, a computer science major from Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., who is interning with BuildingBlok.

This summer, I am working for a tech startup in New York City called BuildingBlok. BuildingBlok offers a cloud-based construction management application. My job involves writing test code and developing new features for the app.

Technology has always fascinated me, and BuildingBlok is on the cutting edge of the current technological revolution. The app connects construction professionals, making their managerial responsibilities far more efficient than ever before, by organizing invoices, schedules, contacts, and much more.

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Colgate closes Fiscal Year 2014 with 50 percent alumni giving rate

July 15, 2014
aerial view of campus

Colgate alumni are strongly committed to supporting their alma mater. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

 

Fifty percent of Colgate alumni gave to the university in Fiscal Year 2014, even as many colleges and universities around the country see giving rates in stasis or decline.

More than 13,000 graduates were joined by more than 4,500 parents, friends, and current students. Together they provided $66.7 million in total commitments for financial aid, academic programs, and other important initiatives between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014.

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Raiders hockey players participate in NHL development camps

July 10, 2014
Selected Colgate student-athletes are participating this summer in NHL Player Developmental Camps.

Selected Colgate student-athletes are participating this summer in NHL Player Developmental Camps.

Six current members of the Colgate men’s hockey team and one former student-athlete have been participating in 2014 NHL Player Development Camps.

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