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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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Legal intern fights for clients’ right to fair treatment

July 9, 2014
Joanna Howe '16

Joanna Howe ’16 is interning at Volunteer Lawyers for Justice in Newark, N.J.

Colgate students are participating in internships in a variety of fields and locations this summer. This post is by Joanna Howe ’16, a political science major from Colts Neck, N.J., who is interning with Volunteer Lawyers for Justice.

This spring, I was named a recipient of the Levine-Weinberg Endowed Summer Fellowship. This fund was made possible by a generous Colgate alumnus and has allowed me to pursue an internship at a nonprofit law firm, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice.

The organization works out of McCarter and English, a large firm located in Newark, N.J. Since 2001, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice has assisted economically disadvantaged children and adults by ensuring them equal treatment within the justice system through pro bono representation, free legal clinics and seminars, and by providing other legal advice at no cost to the client.

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Electric vehicle charging station promotes sustainable transportation

July 7, 2014
ChargePoint charging station at Colgate University

A new charging station for electric vehicles has been installed on Colgate’s Lally Lane.

In 2011, Chris Paine ’83 directed the film Revenge of the Electric Car, chronicling the resurgence of electric vehicles (EVs) following their failure to go mainstream early in the century. In recognition of the electric car’s “revenge,” early this summer Colgate unveiled the university’s first on-campus EV charging station.

It was a development that instantly made environmentally sustainable transportation a more viable option on campus.

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Senate intern discovers her natural environment in D.C.

July 2, 2014
Annie Hoefler '15 in front of her workplace, the U.S. Senate.

Annie Hoefler ’15 in front of her workplace, the U.S. Senate. (Photo by Dylan Crouse)

Colgate students are participating in internships in a variety of fields and locations this summer. This post is by Annie Hoefler ’15, a geography major from Anchorage, Alaska, who is working with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

This summer, I have the honor of interning for U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) as part of the Republican staff on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

I first developed a love for the Arctic region while growing up in Alaska, and I have learned about geopolitical issues in the North through my geography studies at Colgate. My internship allows me to pursue my passion for studying the Arctic, while also offering me the opportunity to learn about the plethora of energy-related issues — including energy security and water policy — that the United States and Alaska face.

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Colgate’s Abbott, Eck ’08 named to U.S. National Lacrosse Team

July 2, 2014
Matt Abbott and Chris Eck will represent the United States at the upcoming FIL World Championships.

Matt Abbott and Chris Eck ’08 will represent the United States at the upcoming FIL World Lacrosse Championships.

(This post is by John Painter.)

Colgate congratulations go out to Matt Abbott and Chris Eck ’08 after the two were named to the final 23-man U.S. Men’s National Team roster.

Eck, who starred at midfield for the Raiders, and Abbott, who played collegiately at Syracuse and now serves as Colgate’s volunteer assistant coach, survived the final cut of seven players after having made the 30-man roster in the spring. Now they begin final preparations for the upcoming FIL World Championships, which begin July 10 in the Denver suburb of Commerce City, Colorado.

Eck earned one All-Patriot League first-team selection and two second-team nods while helping the Raiders to the 2008 Patriot League championship. Abbott was an All-America performer at Syracuse and key member of the Orange’s 2008 and 2009 national championship squads.

Abbott helps the Raiders alongside his brother, Mike, who just completed his third season as a Colgate assistant men’s lacrosse coach.

Eck, who plays professionally in Major League Lacrosse for the Boston Cannons, was named to the U.S. National Team as a faceoff specialist. Abbott, who plays for the MLL’s Chesapeake Bayhawks, is a defensive midfielder.

The 2014 FIL World Championships take place July 10-19 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.


Shoot it: Colgate community celebrates with selfies

June 30, 2014
Vicky Chun '91, MA '94 Colgate Athletic Director takes a selfie at the New York Stock Exchange

Vicky Chun ’91, MA ’94 Colgate Athletic Director takes a selfie at the New York Stock Exchange

Today is #CUselfie day at Colgate University. As the Colgate fiscal year ends on June 30, we want to see your selfies. Use the tag #CUselfie and take a picture, wherever you are.

We’ll collect them all and post them in an update.

The Photo Finish campaign is a celebration of student achievement at Colgate. From Financial Aid to Athletics, joining clubs to professional networks, the Colgate experience is passed from alumni to students in the form of your support.

Today, we want to see your #CUselfie so we can recognize you. Take a picture, share it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and tag it #CUselfie.

PhotoFinish_gift-buttonA gift in support of any university initiative has an immediate impact on Colgate undergraduates. Please, visit colgate.edu/makeagift today, and show your support as we bring fiscal year 2014 to a photo finish.

 


Cancer research leads to publication and honors for Colgate students

June 28, 2014
Changchang Liu '15, works with biology Professor Engda Hagos on cancer research during a 2014 summer internship.

Changchang Liu ’15, works with biology professor Engda Hagos on cancer research during her summer internship. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Two Colgate students and their professor have been published in The Journal of Molecular Carcinogenesis for new research into the regulatory processes that maintains genomic stability, which is impaired in cancer cells. This could one day lead to new treatments.

Changchang Liu ’15, Stephen La Rosa ‘13 and Assistant Professor of Biology Engda Hagos received a grant from the Picker Interdisciplinary Science Institute at Colgate. Liu is the first author on the published paper, which Hagos says is huge for a student.

“In this field, it takes at least two or three, sometimes four, years to publish one paper. It’s not easy,” Hagos said.

For her published research, Liu was also one of 10 students nationwide to be awarded a Meritorious Honor at the ninth annual Undergraduate Students Caucus and Poster Competition of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Liu cited making new findings as the most exciting part of her research. “Doing the research and making this discovery is kind of like discovering a secret, like a treasure, that only you know, literally, because you just discovered it.”

In addition to Liu’s earlier research, she is now on campus for her third summer in a row working with Hagos. Under the mentorship of Hagos, Liu and two other students, Margaret Wolsey ’17 and Matt Szuchnicki ’15, are studying autophagy, a process by which a cell eats itself so that it can recycle its nutrients. This process has been implicated in many human diseases including cancer.

“He’s very patient and he really cares how you feel about your project,” Liu said about Hagos. “He makes sure you understand what you’re doing and the concepts behind what you are studying, which really helps me grow as a researcher. The close interaction is what made many of the ideas and the entire project possible.”

Liu will go straight from her research in the lab at Colgate to the world-renowned campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. As part of the Colgate NIH Study Group, Liu will take classes and study cancer cell multi-drug resistance in an NIH laboratory.

Hagos remarked, “She’s doing something important. She is one step ahead.”


Intern harmoniously combines passion for music and writing

June 27, 2014
Zac Lomas ’15 (right) stands with Stephen Harrison, guitarist in the band The Chariot

Zac Lomas ’15 (right) stands with Stephen Harrison, guitarist in the band The Chariot.

Colgate students are participating in internships in a variety of fields and locations this summer. This post is by Zac Lomas ’15, a history and English double major from Buffalo, N.Y.

In the summer of 2012, I interned at a Buffalo-based law firm and promptly learned that I did not want to be a lawyer. However, during one day that summer, I was browsing the Internet for interviews with one of my favorite bands, called Every Time I Die, when I stumbled across a music website called MindEqualsBlown.net, and discovered that it was looking for writers. I sent in an application, wrote several trial pieces, and became a volunteer staff writer that September, thus beginning my journey into the world of music journalism.

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Colgate plans its third century from a position of strength

June 27, 2014
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See more photos and stories about the impact of philanthropy on the student experience. Only three days remain in the Photo Finish campaign!

Financial aid, Division I athletics, off-campus study, internships — which aspects of the Colgate experience inspire you? That’s the question the university has posed every day for the past two weeks as Fiscal Year 2014 comes to a Photo Finish.

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