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Alumni help students explore career options during innovative Sophomore Connections program

January 24, 2015
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Students and alumni connect for career conversations at Sophomore Connections 2015

It’s never too early to listen for a calling.

Last weekend, Colgate University hosted its award-winning SophoMORE Connections program. It brought nearly 400 second-year students together with 125 alumni who had a single objective: to help undergraduates clarify the path toward employment after graduation.

“We don’t expect that you’re going to know your life plan,” Alumni Council Chair Terry Egler ’77 told attendees. “The whole point of Sophomore Connections is to explore and learn and figure out where your strengths and weaknesses are — what you like and what you don’t like.”

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Keynote address by Kori Strother ’15 at opening ceremony for MLK Week

January 24, 2015
Kori Strother ’15

Kori Strother ’15 speaks at the MLK Week opening ceremony on Monday in Memorial Chapel. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

(Note: This is the student keynote address by Kori Strother ’15 at the January 19, 2015, opening ceremony for MLK Week.)

It was a normal Friday night. Or, rather, it was exactly how you would expect a Friday night to be the week before Christmas. Have you ever thought about how or why everyone is in such high spirits around Christmas? People spend countless hours contemplating what gifts to get for their loved ones and then rush off to every last mall and super sale to snag the perfect gifts. And then money, money is never an issue. People will spend every last penny in their accounts this time of year as if it’s the only way to show people that they care.

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MLK Week remarks by Dean of the College Suzy Nelson

January 23, 2015


(Note: Prepared remarks by Vice President and Dean of the College Suzy Nelson at the MLK Week opening ceremony on January 19, 2015.)

Good afternoon and welcome to this important week, commemorating Dr. Martin Luther king Jr.’s life and his teachings.

In January, we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary.  And it was a milestone for us because we were not sure – especially in the early years of our marriage – if our relationship would endure the tests that we put to it.
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View a digital summary of Sophomore Residential Seminars

January 23, 2015
The image is of a huge table of fresh picked fruits and vegetables

Students in the Hunting, Eating, and Vegetarianism (ENST) seminar visit a co-op. (Photo by Ian Helfant)

Sophomore Residential Seminars provide accepted students with a chance to live and study together, then immerse themselves further in the learning experience through travel with their faculty member. The program, made possible with a significant grant from the Mellon Foundation, is now accepting applications for this coming fall.

During winter break, students in the currently offered seminars were able to travel widely, and some shared their experiences on social media. Here is a quick look at a few of their Instagram photos and tweets, collected by Julia Cooper ’17, social media intern at Colgate.

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Raiders’ Spiro Goulakos ’15 nominated for award recognizing effort on and off the ice

January 22, 2015
 Spiro Goulakos

Spiro Goulakos is an active member of both the Colgate and village of Hamilton communities.

Colgate senior hockey defenseman Spiro Goulakos has been selected as one of 20 candidates for the 2014-15 Senior Class Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. (Read Goulakos’s profile.)

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Speakers reflect on goals, hopes, and dreams of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 20, 2015
Kori Strother ’15

Kori Strother ’15 speaks at the MLK Week opening ceremony in Memorial Chapel. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

The words of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech reverberated in a packed Memorial Chapel during Monday’s opening ceremony for MLK Week.

Kori Strother ’15 delivered the student keynote speech, and in the spirit of King’s mission discussed the tenets of a liberal arts education and how activism comes in many forms.

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Professor Michael Johnston’s studies of corruption featured in Washington Post

January 17, 2015
This is a map of the US showing corruption by state from the Washington Post

A state guide to political corruption

The Washington Post published a “A state guide to political corruption” using some of the research from Michael Johnston, the Charles A Dana professor of political science who is a leading scholar on political corruption.

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Howard Fineman ’70, H’11 takes on global editorial role at Huffington Post

January 16, 2015

Howard Fineman ’70, H’11, speaks at Commencement in 2011. (Photo by Andrew M. Daddio)

Howard Fineman ’70, H’11, one of Colgate’s most well-known alumni in the media field, has been appointed global editorial director at the Huffington Post. Fineman, who was previously an editorial director at the company, will now be in charge of supervising U.S. news coverage as well 13 international editions and others that will come online in the future.  Read more

Colgate prepares weeklong celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 16, 2015
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Colgate will celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

While Monday, January 19, will be recognized nationally as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it will also mark the first day of Colgate’s annual “MLK Week,” celebrating the life and legacy of the civil rights movement leader.

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President Herbst to conclude his term in June 2015; interim president named

January 14, 2015
President Jeffrey Herbst

President Jeffrey Herbst will conclude his term in June 2015. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Colgate University President Jeffrey Herbst today announced that he has decided not to seek renewal of his contract when it concludes on June 30, 2015. The 16th president of Colgate, Herbst has held the office since 2010. Professor of History Jill Harsin will serve as interim president during the search for Herbst’s successor.

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Online course Advent of the Atomic bomb featured in Chronicle

January 13, 2015

Alumni young and old will once again be interacting with each other and with students through an online version of the popular Advent of the Atomic Bomb course taught by Associate Professor of Geology Karen Harpp.

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Denise Battles ’85 tapped to lead SUNY Geneseo

January 13, 2015
Colgate Alumna Denise A. Battles has been selected to lead SUNY Geneseo

Denise A. Battles ’85 has been selected to lead SUNY Geneseo.

A Colgate University alumna with more than 25 years of experience in higher education, Denise A. Battles ’85, will become the new leader of SUNY Geneseo starting in July, the State University of New York Board of Trustees announced today.

Battles, a Central Square, N.Y., native, is currently provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, according to a news release. Battles earned her bachelor’s degree in geology at Colgate, and a doctorate in geology from the University of California.

Read the full announcement here.


Sian-Pierre Regis ’06: In finding a career path, it’s all about how much you hustle

January 2, 2015

As students begin internship and career searches, alumni serve as key resources to teaching the tips and tricks of their own professional success. Back on campus to offer his insights, Sian-Pierre Regis ’06 spoke about how to build a personal brand at the most recent installment of the Thought into Action Summit Series.

Regis is founder and editor-in-chief of Swagger New York, an online cultural magazine for millennials that has developed a huge following. He also is a correspondent for CNN Headline News, appearing on the show weekly. Read more

Colgate University videographer shares his top 5 videos from past year

December 29, 2014

Brian Ness, video journalism coordinator for the university’s Office of Communications, helps tell the Colgate story by capturing moments —  both big and small — from across campus and beyond. His work appears on the university’s YouTube channel and throughout colgate.edu. He shares his five favorite videos from the past year below: Read more

20th anniversary of Women’s Studies Center focuses on challenges, accomplishments

December 24, 2014
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Kay Johnston, professor of educational studies and women’s studies, emerita, speaks during the 20th anniversary event. (Photo by Dylan Crouse ’15)

Looking out into the sea of faces seated in the newly renovated Women’s Studies Center, the previous directors and faculty members integral to the formation of the Women’s Studies Program shared laughs, stories, and occasional tears as they celebrated the center’s 20th anniversary.

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Colgate University photographer Andy Daddio picks his top 10 images of 2014

December 23, 2014

(Editor’s Note: This post is by Andy Daddio, Colgate’s photographic services coordinator.)

Here are ten images from 2014 that stood out when reviewing what I had shot this past calendar year. I wouldn’t say this is a definitive list of my absolute best of 2014, as the picks would probably change if I were to do it on another day, and a third review on yet another day would probably produce a third set of images. But these are some photos that stood out for me, along with info about the shoot, some anecdotes, and geeky technical photography details.

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Professor and chaplain Coleman Brown, a trusted moral voice on campus, passes away

December 17, 2014
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Coleman Barr Brown

Coleman Barr Brown, professor of philosophy and religion and university chaplain, emeritus, died December 14 at the age of 80.

Brown joined the Colgate faculty in 1970 as an instructor in philosophy and religion.  He also served as university chaplain from 1974 to 1989, when he turned to full-time teaching, and assumed the responsibilities of his new appointment as associate professor for the study of education and ethics.
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Professor Aveni co-hosts Stones and Stars symposium

December 17, 2014

Professor Anthony Aveni recently co-hosted a symposium on Native American ceremonial stone landscapes.

Using the night sky to explain the culture of different societies is a practice familiar to Professor Anthony Aveni. In early December, the distinguished astronomy and anthropology professor co-hosted a symposium intended to spark a dialogue about Native American sacred sites and exploring their connections to cosmic events. Read more

A step forward for dance at Colgate

December 16, 2014
Colgate Professor Tanya Calamoneri dances during one of her classes

Professor Tanya Calamoneri leads a contemporary dance class. Photo by Andrew Daddio

You wouldn’t expect to walk into a dance class and see 14 men and only two women. But that’s the makeup of Professor Tanya Calamoneri’s Dance Imagery and Improvisation course. Read more

Colgate faculty ‘Yak Back’

December 12, 2014

To quote a recent post on Yik Yak, the notoriously negative mobile application, “Professors have been successfully re-introduced into the Yak environment [and] the ecological consequences should be fascinating.”

Indeed they are.

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Hope for Colgate’s future is key message at candlelight service

December 11, 2014
President Herbst at candlelight service

President Jeffrey Herbst speaks at the candlelight service in Memorial Chapel. (Photo by Dylan Crouse ’15) SEE MORE PHOTOS

Last night’s Candlelight Service of Reconciliation in Memorial Chapel was as hopeful as it was poignant, capping off a turbulent semester that many believe will make Colgate a more inclusive, safe, and respectful community.

The candle-lit event was pitch perfect, from the opening chords of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” to the Colgate Resolutions’ harmonious rendition of Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes.”

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Professor Jason Meyers teaches biology course as part of college-in-prison program

December 11, 2014

A microscope, test tubes, and dissected organs — these aren’t typically found in a prison. But, when Colgate professor Jason Meyers signed on to teach a biology course at a local correctional facility, these learning materials made their way into a rather unlikely classroom. Read more

Event today at 5 p.m.: Our Hopes for Colgate: A Candlelight Service of Reconciliation

December 10, 2014

The image is an invite to the Candlelight Chapel event at 5:00pm on Wednesday December 10th

Today at 5 p.m., members of the Colgate community will come together at Memorial Chapel for a service that is intended to reaffirm Colgate’s hopes for a future in which all community members feel safe and welcome to express themselves freely and openly. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Chaplains.

There will be remarks from speakers including Drea Finley ’13, professors Kezia Page and Frank Frey, University Chaplain Mark Shiner, President Jeffrey Herbst, Provost and Dean of the Faculty Doug Hicks, and Dean of the College Suzy Nelson. Students including Charity Whyte ’16 and Sarah Rende ’15 also will share their thoughts, and students will perform musical interludes. The program also offers moments for reflection.

“At Colgate and across the country, issues of race and class are confronting us all,” said Shiner. “We have suffered anger, sadness, and frustration, and as the semester comes to a close, I hope we all will benefit from a moment of healing. After all, Colgate is our home.”

Professor-student team discuss preliminary research findings on eating local

December 8, 2014
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Sarah DeFalco ’15, Professor Christopher Henke, Stephanie Chen ’16, and Professor April Baptiste

Turns out, it’s more affordable than you would think to be a “locavore” (eating locally produced food), at least in Madison County. This observation is based on preliminary research findings by Professor Christopher Henke, Professor April Baptiste, Stephanie Chen ’16, and Sarah DeFalco ’15.

The group gave a presentation titled “Can Everyone Be a Locavore? Food Access for Low-Income Residents of Madison County” at the Hamilton Public Library on Tuesday, November 18.

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Professor Peter Balakian takes part in cultural exchange about Armenian genocide

December 5, 2014

Colgate Professor Peter Balakian recently joined four other American writers on a U.S. State Department-sponsored trip to Istanbul, Turkey, and Yerevan, Armenia.

The trip, part of the University of Iowa International Writers Program, was a cultural exchange designed to encourage dialogue between the two countries as the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide draws near.

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