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Colgate students invited to take part in New York Six research conference

August 19, 2014

Colgate University students are invited to participate in the fourth annual New York Six Undergraduate Research Conference that will be held Saturday, September 20, at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y.

The conference is sponsored by the New York Six, a consortium of upstate New York liberal arts institutions that comprises Colgate, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St. Lawrence University, Skidmore College, and Union College. Read more


Eli Goberdon ’16 brings to light techniques for lighting the stage and the screen

August 18, 2014
Eli Goberdon '16 and Junghyun Seo '16 worked with Professor Elodie Fourquet on a project to improve lighting in 3D environments.

Eli Goberdon ’16 and Junghyun Seo ’16 have been working with Professor Elodie Fourquet on a project to improve lighting in 3D environments.

Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Eli Goberdon ’16, a computer science major from Scranton, Pa.

I have a fascination with storytelling, especially storytelling through the use of computers. One way stories are conveyed through computers is 3D graphics software. Read more


Join the Colgate community for Living Writers on ColgateX

August 17, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, professor Frederick Busch designed Living Writers as a way to bring students together with famous writers.

Today, professors Jane Pinchin and Jennifer Brice continue to teach Living Writers, which they revamped in 2009 for a new generation of undergraduates, and a new generation of online book lovers.

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Professors team up to show Colgate first years The ’Gate Way

August 15, 2014

Some students adjust to college easily and naturally, while others struggle and even falter. A new online non-credit “course,” comprised of 13 short videos made by Colgate faculty, is designed to minimize the mystery about what it takes to succeed. The series also includes many student-produced video responses featuring current students and alumni. Read more


Intern’s research contributes to HIV/AIDS awareness in Tanzania

August 13, 2014

Colgate students are participating in internships in a variety of fields and locations this summer. This post is by Paul Sirma ‘15, a mathematical economics major from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania who is interning with Ifakara Health Institute.

Paul Sirma '15

Paul Sirma ’15 interned with the Ifakara Health Institute in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

This summer, I interned with Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), an independent, non-profit organization that conducts a wide range of health-related research in Tanzania. I first started to develop an interest in public health during my first year at Colgate in my scientific perspectives class, CORE AIDS, taught by Jun Yoshino.  I was fascinated by how little I knew about the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in my home city, Dar es Salaam.

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An easier route: Katie Williams ’15 researches optimal walking tour

August 11, 2014
Katie Williams '15, a history and geography double major from Washington, D.C., leads a tour for prospective students and their families. Williams conducted research for her Geographic Information Systems course to determine the best campus tour route.

Katie Williams ’15 leads a tour for prospective students and their families. Williams conducted research for her Geographic Information Systems course to determine the best campus tour route. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Taking a tour is one of the best ways for prospective students to get a feel for campus, to learn about the student experience, and to discover what Colgate has to offer both inside and outside the classroom. It’s also a bit of a hike.

As a tour guide and summer intern with the Office of Admission, Katie Williams ’15, a geography and history double major from Washington, D.C., decided there had to be a better way for tour groups to tackle Colgate’s legendary hillside.

In true Colgate fashion, Williams turned this question into a research project for her Geographic Information Systems (GIS) course with Professor Peter Scull.

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Jane Trask ’16 studies Colgate’s past to inform future knowledge, as part of summer research

August 11, 2014
Jane Trask's summer research project was titled Colgate Envisioned, studying the university's past in order to inform the future.

Jane Trask’s summer research project was titled “Colgate Envisioned,” studying how the university presented its self-image in the past.

Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Jane Trask ’16, a history major from Springfield, Ill.

This summer, I’m researching Colgate’s self-image through its own published materials from 1832–1908. I’ve spent most of my time in the University Archives examining the course catalogues, yearbooks, viewbooks, photographs, prints, and other documents from this period to explore how Colgate has understood itself as a place and presented this understanding to the public. Read more


Professors lead “Atheism and Other Theisms” workshop for local teachers

August 7, 2014
Professor Patrick Riley leads a humanities worksop in the Case-Geyer Library for local high school teachers. Photo by Andrew Daddio

Professor Patrick Riley leads an arts and humanities worksop for local high school teachers. Photo by Andrew Daddio

Fill a room with teachers, hand them philosophical texts and pose centuries-old questions about the nature of spirituality and religion, and the conversation is bound to get interesting. Read more


Boost Colgate in College Colors Spirit Cup

August 7, 2014

Raider Nation is participating in the 2014 College Colors Spirit Cup program throughout the month of August, and Colgate fans are part of the action.

Colgate fans, keep showing your colors!

Raider Nation is participating in the 2014 College Colors Spirit Cup program throughout the month of August, and Colgate fans are part of the action. Read more


Lauren Casella ’16 writes news and views for the Colgate community

August 5, 2014
Lauren Casella ’16 pauses outside Merrill House, home to the Colgate Scene and other elements in the Office of Communication.

Lauren Casella ’16, a religion and political science major from Wallingford, PA., pauses outside Merrill House — home base for the Colgate Scene. (Photo by Aleta Mayne)

This summer, I interned with the Colgate University Communications Office. The Communications team is responsible for all print and digital publications that represent Colgate to both our campus and global community. What piqued my interest in the internship was the opportunity to learn how Colgate told its story through its written and visual content.

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Plant power: summer research on traditional medicine

August 4, 2014
Peter Juviler ’15, Mae Staples ’15, and Kelly French ’15,

Peter Juviler ’15, Kelly French ’15, and Mae Staples ’15 in Colgate’s greenhouse, where they’ve been growing plants to study their medicinal properties.

Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Peter Juviler ’15, Mae Staples ’15, and Kelly French ’15, who are being advised by Frank Frey, associate professor of biology and environmental studies.

For centuries, the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people have used plants to treat a variety of physical ailments. We are studying those plants that are native to New York State — specifically their ability to kill certain human-infecting bacteria. Read more


Emily Luba ’16 organizes writing workshop with a social justice focus

August 1, 2014
Students take part in one of the activities at the workshop. (Photo by Hannah O'Malley '17)

Students take part in one of the activities at the workshop. (Photo by Hannah O’Malley ’17)

Learning about and discussing social justice is not what most elementary-age students do during their summer vacations — but that’s just what eight students were recently able to do thanks to the efforts of Emily Luba ’16.

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Slater brothers’ film festival returns to Hamilton for sixth year

July 31, 2014
Hamilton International Film Festival

The General was a hit at last year’s Hamilton International Film Festival.

The sixth annual Hamilton International Film Festival returns to the village of Hamilton today, bringing with it filmmakers, moviegoers, and a dose of cinematic inspiration.

The festival kicks off tonight with the Slater Brothers Social at Good Nature Brewing, followed by screenings of Possessed, Stavros, and Underdog at the Hamilton Theater. All proceeds from this evening’s screenings will be donated to Hamilton Central School.

An opening reception will be held 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Colgate Bookstore, followed by that day’s film selections beginning at 8:15 p.m.

“This event has become a highlight in central New York, attracting world-class filmmakers and bigger audiences every year,” Chuck Fox, manager of the Hamilton Theater, told the Mid-York Weekly newspaper.

Initially created to give back to the community that the Slater brothers — Todd, Grant ’91, and Wade — grew up in, the festival has become a hit and has been applauded for the charm of its small-town setting and the dedication of participants.

“Hamilton is a great place,” said Todd Slater. “We really encourage the filmmakers to participate in all of our functions and enjoy their time in the village. Because it is so easy to get around, we have found that they have really been supportive of each other and the festival in general.”

In addition to film screenings, Saturday’s schedule features a panel discussion at the Palace Theatre at noon titled “The Business of Hollywood.” The festival formally concludes Saturday with a party at the Colgate Inn beginning at 9:30 p.m. But before heading out of town, festival-goers will be able to view additional films on Sunday afternoon, including The Rivalry, a student film from Hamilton Central School.

For a complete listing of all times and locations, please visit the film festival website.


Jessica Capwell ’16 translates French major into summer internship

July 30, 2014
Jessica Capwell ’16 in French Morning's New York office.

Jessica Capwell ’16 in French Morning’s New York office.

Colgate students are participating in internships in a variety of fields and locations this summer. This post is by Jessica Capwell ’16, a French major from Charlotte, N.C., who is interning with French Morning in New York City.

This summer, I’m interning as a journalist at a digital magazine called French Morning. The magazine serves as a news outlet for the French community living in New York City, and it comes in other editions for communities in cities like Los Angeles and Miami. The French-language publication also includes an English translation for American francophiles.

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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