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Entertainer Whoopi Goldberg to perform at Colgate

March 26, 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. Tomorrow, Colgate University will call her an honored guest.

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Professor Kiko Galvez fingerprints monstars

March 25, 2015
Kiko Galvez, Charles A. Dana Professor of physics and astronomy

Kiko Galvez, Charles A. Dana Professor of physics and astronomy (photo by Dylan Crouse ’15)

Some people look at the sunlight wandering across the bottom of a swimming pool and see only glare. Kiko Galvez, Charles A. Dana Professor of physics and astronomy, sees the fascinating effect of electromagnetic beams bouncing and sliding through watery matter.

The innate curiosity that leads Galvez to look beyond the obvious has served him well. Last year, for the first time, he and his fellow researchers intentionally created a light pattern known as a “monstar” by polarizing a beam of light and feeding it through a series of carefully placed lenses.

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LGBTQ advocate to visit Colgate in her ‘fagbug’

March 24, 2015
LGBTQ advocate Erin Davies poses with her "fagbug" car.

Erin Davies and her “fagbug” visit campus Wednesday.

A colorful Volkswagen Beetle with a very uncolorful name will arrive at Colgate Wednesday, March 25, to help spark discussion and understanding related to LGBTQ community issues.

“Erin Davies’ fagbug project is a provocative and compelling story of how someone can interrogate an act of interpersonal violence, reframe it, and raise awareness. We hope that students will learn more about social justice issues and how to be active bystanders. Ultimately, we hope it will provide an opportunity for discussion about creating an inclusive community at Colgate, and elsewhere,” said Thad Mantaro, Shaw Wellness Institute director.

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Summit provides constructive atmosphere to address hazing

March 23, 2015

Within the last 15 years, there has been a marked increase in awareness about hazing in college. This year, several reprehensible hazing-related incidents at schools around the country have made national news, and many schools have made a conscientious push to eradicate such damaging behaviors in Greek-letter, athletic, and extracurricular organizations. Colgate uses an educational approach to opening up discussion about the serious problems of hazing.

On February 28, approximately 30 members from all eight of Colgate’s Greek-letter organizations gathered in Olin Hall’s Love Auditorium to participate in the New Member Education Summit. Students discussed what qualifies as hazing, and how to ensure that new members experience a healthy transition into Greek life.

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This week: Cabinet of Curiosities revealed

March 23, 2015

Welcome back to campus! There is a wonderful array of events this week.

On Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., come to Clifford Art Gallery to celebrate the completion of a new installation by Mark Dion.

During the project “Mark Dion: The Phantom Museum — Wonder Workshop,” Dion invited the community at large to create three-dimensional objects based on illustrations of 16th- and 17th-century cabinets of curiosities. The completed objects were installed in a large cabinet specially built for the project.

Earlier on Wednesday, if you walk past the COOP in the afternoon, you’ll see the Fagbug, a Volkswagen Beetle owned by Erin Davies — who was a victim of a hate crime on the 11th Annual National Day of Silence. After the initial shock and embarrassment of finding discriminating graffiti on her car, Davies embraced what happened by embarking on a 58-day trans-American road trip to raise awareness of LGBT rights with the Fagbug.

Kicking off next week, on Sunday, March 29, at 12:00 p.m., A Staged Reading of Black History (Histoire de nègre) will be performed in Golden Auditorium at Little Hall.

Black History is a collaboratively authored, participatory drama performed by and for local audiences throughout Martinique. Originally published in 1972, it combines music, dance, image, and text into a three-act history of African peoples in the New World, from enslavement through neo-colonialism.

The reading by students is among the first performances of this historically important play in English, and the world premiere of the new translation by Professor Andrew Daily.

Daily is an assistant professor of modern French and global history at the University of Memphis and a specialist in French Caribbean intellectual history. He will be a guest at the reading on Sunday as well as the ALST brown bag lunch this Thursday at 111 Alumni Hall.

Also on Sunday afternoon, the Society for New Music (SNM) will hold a concert at 3:30 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

Co-founded by Neva Pilgrim, Colgate’s voice teacher and artist-in-residence, the SNM is a 2010 recipient of the American Music Center’s Letter of Distinction and is described as “a driving cultural force for contemporary music in the United States.” During the concert, music professor Zhou Tian will present Morning after the Deluge.

These are just a few of the many events happening this week at Colgate. For a full listing, check out the Colgate calendar.


Professional network presents Common Good Week

March 21, 2015

Following on the heels of the wildly popular Colgate Day of Impact, Colgate’s first Common Good Week for students takes place March 24–27. The week, sponsored by the Common Good Professional Network, will consist of seminars and speakers, including Colgate alumni who have nonprofit and government-sector experience.

The Common Good Network, one of eight Colgate Professional Networks, connects students, alumni, and parents who are interested in or work for nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or other social good enterprises. It builds crucial professional on-ramps for undergraduates — many of whom already volunteer through the Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE).

COVE director Krista Saleet and career services adviser Kelly Brant developed Common Good Week to educate students on career options within the field.

The week’s events will include:

Tuesday: Discussion of what careers are available in the field of Common Good. 4:15 p.m., 27 Persson

Wednesday: Samantha Darche ’01, chief of staff and legislative counsel for New York State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, will lead a discussion about her experiences working in the government sector. 12:15 p.m., 109 Lathrop

Thursday: Sarah Lange ’87, principal and founder of New Era (an organization that helps nonprofits of all types integrate best practices in the areas of fund development, marketing and communications, board development, strategic planning, and leadership), will discuss her experiences as a consultant for nonprofits. 12:15 p.m., 109 Lathrop

Friday: Corrine Ribble ’97, principal of Riverview Strategies, leads the Nonprofit Leadership Board Workshop. 2:00–4:00 p.m., 107 Lathrop

For more information on the Common Good Network and other Colgate Professional Networks, visit colgate.edu/networks.


Colgate community Hackathon in New York City supports student’s nonprofit venture

March 20, 2015
(Left to right) Thought Into Action founder Andy Greenfield ’74, P’12, digital technology network volunteer Jeff O'Connell ’94,  Amanda Brown ’15, and Thought Into Action Executive Director Wills Hapworth ’07 during Colgate's Hackathon on Saturday, March 14

(Left to right) Thought Into Action founder Andy Greenfield ’74, P’12, digital technology network volunteer Jeff O’Connell ’94, Amanda Brown ’15, and Thought Into Action Executive Director Wills Hapworth ’07 during Colgate’s Hackathon on Saturday, March 14

On a rainy Saturday in New York City, about 40 Colgate alumni and students gathered to spend eight hours together for Colgate’s first-ever off-campus Hackathon, powered by the Digital Media and Technology Professional Network, the Entrepreneur Network, and the Common Good Network. The hackathon was one of many Colgate Day of Impact events held around the country.

Hosted by Jeff O’Connell ’94 at his downtown Maker Studios offices, the Colgate Hackathon involved engineers, computer coders, and technicians who helped Amanda Brown ’15 enhance the web presence of her nonprofit venture, Children & Youth First. Maker Studios, with its casual, loft-style space and multiple conference rooms, provided the perfect backdrop for the Hackathon.

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Raiders head north to ECAC Hockey Men’s Championships

March 19, 2015

There’s still time to hop in the car!

For the fourth time in six years, Colgate is headed to the ECAC Hockey Men’s Championships in Lake Placid. On Friday night at 7:30 p.m. the Raiders — one of the hottest teams in the nation — will face St. Lawrence. The winner will skate again on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. for the tournament championship and the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

Hundreds of alumni, families, and friends have registered so far to attend a free pre-game reception at the Lake Placid Conference Center. More information, the attendee list, and a link to register are here.

Read about the Raiders’ seven-game winning streak, how to watch the televised games, and more here.


New system recovers helium for laboratory use

March 19, 2015
Matt LeGro ’15 and Professor Ken Segall are using helium in their research studying the behavior of Josephson junctions (small electrical circuits) to see if they can model neuron behaviors in the brain. Photo by Andrew Daddio

Matt LeGro ’15 and Professor Ken Segall are using helium in their research studying the behavior of Josephson junctions (small electrical circuits) to see if they can model neuron behaviors in the brain. Photo by Andrew Daddio

Party balloons can no longer be taken for granted: there’s a worldwide shortage of helium. Prices quadrupled between 2000 and 2012, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. But a new helium-recovery system will put Colgate’s science laboratories at the forefront of efforts to conserve the dwindling supply of this increasingly expensive gas. Read more


Professor Eddie Watkins publishes paper in journal with current student, alumnus

March 17, 2015
Researchers hold the fern they discovered

Rehman Momin ’15, Professor Eddie Watkins, Caridad Zúñiga Calvo, and Weston Testo ’12 (left to right) holding the fern named after Caridad. (Photo by Jarmilla Pitterman)

Colgate professor Eddie Watkins published a new paper in the journal Brittonia with Rehman Momin ’15, Wes Testo ’12 and Jarmilla Pitterman, a professor at UC Santa Cruz. Brittonia is a specialized botanical journal managed by the New York Botanical Garden. The article outlines the discovery of a rare new hybrid fern in Costa Rica. Read more


Sohee Ryuk ’15 wins prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

March 16, 2015
A photo of Sohee Ryuk ‘15

Sohee Ryuk ’15 wins Watson Fellowship

Sohee Ryuk ’15 is one of just 50 students awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel outside of the United States on a self-designed topic of their choosing. Ryuk receives $28,000 for the 12-month fellowship beginning in July, 2015.

Including Ryuk, 70 Colgate University nominees have received this prestigious fellowship since it was established in 1968.

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Admiral James Stavridis, former NATO commander, advocates use of ‘smart power’

March 14, 2015
Retired Admiral James Stavridis speaks at Love Auditorium.

Retired Admiral James Stavridis speaks at Love Auditorium. (Photo by Dylan Crouse ’15)

Centering his presentation on the idea of “building bridges rather than walls,” retired Admiral James Stavridis spoke about current challenges to global security and opportunities for international collaboration during his recent visit to Colgate.
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Superstar entrepreneur panel to headline Colgate’s 4th annual Entrepreneur Weekend, April 10–11

March 13, 2015

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Colgate University will kick off Entrepreneur Weekend 2015 on Friday, April 10, with a panel conversation featuring five all-star entrepreneurs: Jessica Alba, founder of The Honest Company; Neil Blumenthal, co-founder and CEO of Warby Parker; Greg Coleman, president of Buzzfeed; serial entrepreneur and entertainer MC Hammer; and Rent the Runway co-founder and CEO Jennifer Hyman.

Panelists will launch the university’s annual celebration of entrepreneurial spirit, offering insights that they have gathered as they have built businesses across an array of industries. Colgate trustee and Chegg! CEO Dan Rosensweig P’15’17 will moderate the discussion.

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More than 1,500 pledge positive impacts for Colgate Day

March 13, 2015

Colgate Day of Impact

Today is Colgate Day of Impact. There is still time to register at Colgate.edu/DayofImpact.

Below is a list of some of the 1,500+ events that are happening today.  View them all here.

Abigail Gilman ’19, an incoming first-year student registered and wrote:
“For my first Colgate Day (Class of 2019!) I will be donating blood for the first time.”

Student highlights:

Hope Di Paolo ’17
“I wrote positive messages on chalkboards.”

Grace Mulligan ’17
“Bring coffee or a snack to a friend who is pulling an all-nighter.”

COVE Colgate Buddies
Eight students volunteered with intellectually challenged adults in Hamilton planning activities.

COVE Friends and Mentors
10 students do activities with the teenage girls at the Madison group home, a home for young girls that are placed there for behavioral and family issues.

COVE Habitat for Humanity
Seven students are going to Amarillo, TX, for Habitat over spring break.

COVE Pet Pals
30 students exercise, groom and socialize the animals at Wanderer’s Rest and Spring Farm Cares and provide general shelter help.

Colgate Impact is Global:

Zora McGinnis ’11
“I will be volunteering at Surfrider Oahu’s beach cleanup of Waimanalo Beach Park.” (Hawaii)

Qamar-ul Huda ’90
“Connecting Afghan middle-school students from a village outside of Herat with students in Sydney (Australia) and Cleveland (USA) using a teleconference devise to teach modern politics and conflict resolution.”

Greg Casagrande ’85
“Help poor but aspiring women micro-entrepreneurs on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.”

Catie Murray ’12
“I’m a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa. On Friday, I will be working at fair/workshop organized by fellow volunteers for women’s empowerment.”

David Choi ’13
“I will be at the youth group meeting of the Korean expat church I attend here in Egypt, where I am a teacher. I try to be someone who helps these young people, just like how many helped me while I was at Colgate.”

Colgate Jamaica Study Group
“As a group, we will be traveling to Liberty Hall in Jamaica. Once there, we will be working with inner-city children to assist them with their schoolwork.”

Ned Collins-Chase ’11
“I will be doing arts and crafts projects with local children in the village where I am posted in the Peace Corps in Chicumbane, Gaza Province, Mozambique. I’ll also be doing activities to teach them about malaria prevention as part of the Peace Corps’ Stomp Out Malaria program.”

More impact:

Bob Glendening ’71
“I’ll be flying through airports on Colgate Day. I’ll find some military service members and will buy them a cup of coffee or beer and explain why as I thank them for their service. I do this on a regular basis when I go through airports – maybe I can “treat” 13 military people on 13 Mar 2015.”

Colgate Career Services
This office will be offering pro bono individual resume critiques for members of the Hamilton, NY community and surrounding area on Friday between 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Public Library.

Amy Palmer-Ellis ’95
“I will provide legal services pro bono to my local Community Chest organization.”

Clarissa Shah ’10
“I will take the initial steps in implementing a student-run Chinese language clinic that is accessible to students in St. Louis metro area.”

Robert Wright ’60
“I will visit a World War II vet living in a senior home who flew a P 38 over Germany taking photos of Hitler’s war machine. He likes to go for a car ride so he can smoke a cigar.”

What are you doing? Add your act of impact in comments, and be sure to register at Colgate.edu/DayofImpact.


Professor Peter Balakian tours U.S. in advance of 100th anniversary of Armenian genocide

March 11, 2015
Peter Balakian is seated a table teaching an English class in Lathrop Hall

Peter Balakian teaches an advanced writing class at Colgate. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

On April 24, 1915, the arrests of 250 cultural leaders in Constantinople/Istanbul set in motion the mass-killing of more than a million Armenians in Turkey. The Armenian genocide became the template for genocide in the 20th century.

Peter Balakian, Colgate’s Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the humanities, a leading international expert on the subject, has discussed the genocide on The Charlie Rose show and on 60 Minutes with Bob Simon. He is the author of numerous books including The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response, and Black Dog of Fate, both New York Times “notables” and best sellers.

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Cuba analyst Ann Louise Bardach speaks Wednesday on campus

March 9, 2015

I know this is the week before spring break, but as you cram for exams remember to take advantage of a needed diversion now and again and enjoy an exciting event on campus.

On Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Ann Louise Bardach will discuss “With or Without Fidel: What’s Next for Cuba?” at Love Auditorium.

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Celebrating Paradise Lost during the “Miltonathon”

March 9, 2015
Photo by Zoe Zhong '17

For more than eight hours, students and professors took turns reading from John Milton’s 10,000-line poem Paradise Lost. Photo by Zoe Zhong ’17

Devil’s food cupcakes with red, orange, and yellow “tongues-of-fire” frosting, chili said to be hotter than Hell, and Adam’s apple turnovers were just a few of the extra touches that brought the story of Satan, Adam, and Eve to life during the reading of Paradise Lost on March 1. Read more


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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