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Lights, camera, Colgate internships

February 12, 2016
Actor Michael Shannon prepares for a scene in the filming of Pottersville in Hamilton, N.Y., in January

Actor Michael Shannon (left) prepares for a scene during the filming of Pottersville in January. (Photo by Andrew Daddio)

When actor and director Ron Perlman cast Colgate’s hometown of Hamilton, N.Y., as the setting for his new movie, Pottersville, in January, Colgate film and media studies students were ready for internship opportunities in movie-making magic.

The light-hearted comedy stars Michael Shannon and Judy Greer, and includes the acting talents of Michael Torpey ’02.

The filming was identified by Colgate’s Center for Career Services and film and media studies program as an excellent opportunity for students in the concentration. Within a few short weeks, six internships were established, including everything from managing extras to wardrobe to set design.

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Professor Catherine Cardelús featured in Nature.com article

February 11, 2016
Catherine Cardelús "A Lab in the Canopy"

Catherine Cardelus “A Lab in the Canopy”

Colgate Associate Professor of Biology Catherine Cardelús was featured recently in a Nature.com article called “Fieldwork: Extreme research.”

Nature.com talks about the literal and metaphorical heights to which Cardelús must climb in order to pursue her investigations. According to the article, “[it] requires climbing up ropes while battling jungle heat and fending off biting insects. On each climb, she lugs a heavy pack filled with sample-collecting tags and bags, tape measures, notebooks, walkie-talkies, water, lunch, and other supplies for days of work that can keep her in the trees for up to seven hours at a time.”

Due to the unpredictable nature of the work that Cardelús does in the canopy, “you constantly have to be open to the possibility that you can’t do what you need to do,” she told Nature.com.

To find out more about Cardelús and her research, check out the Colgate Scene feature “A Lab in the Canopy,” written by Sarah Hewitt.

Catherine Cardelús receives interdisciplinary grant
Catherine Cardelús bio
Research opportunities in Biology
Working with Dolphins in the Florida Keys

Ilyasah Al Shabazz gives MLK Week Keynote

February 5, 2016
Portrait of Ilyasah Al Shabazz

Ilyasah Al Shabazz

Ilyasah Al Shabazz, daughter of civil rights leader Malcolm X, spoke to a packed Love Auditorium in Olin Hall last Wednesday, wrapping up this year’s MLK Week celebration.

Shabazz is a community organizer, educator, social activist, motivational speaker, and author. Her most well-known book, Growing Up X, is both a personal memoir and a tribute to her parents.

The keynote address was focused on the Black Lives Matter social movement. Shabazz spoke to the importance of compassion and the idea that hatred is a learned behavior. Read more

From the Colgate Scene: Machine Project and the Hamiltonians

February 4, 2016
Chris Kallmyer adjusts sound levels on his computer while students rake leaves

Regional Raking with Chris Kallmyer from the Colgate Scene (Photo by Andrew Daddio)

Last fall, 11 artists conducted experiments with the Colgate and Hamilton communities, posing philosophical questions that included: What is art?

Machine Project is a Los Angeles–based organization “that works with artists to develop new projects often involving performance or participation with the public,” explained founder Mark Allen. Its troupe has traveled the world, performing in various combinations and sites, but this was the first time they collaborated with a whole town.

Events ranged from interpretive dance, to protest songs, to intuition workshops. “Machine Project is part of a larger genre, which is sometimes called social practice,” said art and art history professor DeWitt Godfrey, who invited the group to Colgate. “Artists use the relationships between people or within communities as a kind of material — not just a setting, but actually how people interact with each other and what that says about who we are.”

As Colgate prepares to celebrate the performing arts during a weekend-long event this March, the Scene features the story of the Machine Project, its artistic interactions with Colgate and the Village of Hamilton. Keep reading to define the undefinable, discover an original duplicate, protest the protest song, and much more.

Related Links
Department of Arts and Art History 

The Arts on Campus

About Hamilton, N.Y. 

Provost announces faculty promotions and appointments

February 1, 2016
Flowers in front of the Colgate seal wall by James B. Colgate Hall

Photo by Andrew Daddio

Warm congratulations are making their way across campus in the wake of Interim Dean of the Faculty and Provost Constance Harsh’s January 28 announcement of appointments for promotion and tenure. The appointments were approved by the Board of Trustees during their winter meeting and take effect on July 1 of this year. They include:

Continuous tenure and promotion to associate professor
Ahmet Ay, Departments of Biology and Mathematics
Daniel Bouk, Department of History
Engda Hagos, Department of Biology
Jonathan Levine, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Navine Murshid, Department of Political Science
Illan Nam, Department of Political Science
Heather Roller, Department of History

Promotion to full professor
Barbara Regenspan, Department of Educational Studies

The board also approved additional appointments, made by Harsh and Interim President Jill Harsin in consultation with the Dean’s Advisory Council. Harsh’s announcement to campus read:

Faye Dudden, professor of history, named Charles A. Dana Professor of history
Faye Dudden came to Colgate from Union College in 1982. She holds a PhD in history from the University of Rochester. Her research focuses on a variety of aspects of women’s history in 19th-century America. Faye is the recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships and awards (including ACLS and NEH) and regularly acts as a museum and public history consultant. While she has published seminal articles, she has also recently published a highly-regarded third book, Fighting Chance: The Struggle over Woman Suffrage and Black Suffrage in Reconstruction America. At Colgate, her history department colleagues admire the breadth of her teaching, which includes not only a variety of women’s and local history courses, but also the history of the Civil War. In addition to the courses she teaches, Faye has supervised a number of remarkable honors and high honors theses — including those written when she directed the London History Study Group. Professor Dudden is not only a renowned scholar; as member of the Colgate University, she has contributed to the intellectual depth and sense of community on campus, including serving on the promotion and tenure committee and as chair of the history department.

Nancy Ries, professor of anthropology and peace and conflict studies, named the Christian A. Johnson Chair in liberal arts studies
Nancy Ries, who joined the faculty in 1994, is a widely cited scholar of political culture in Russia from the 1980s to the present, and has been instrumental in developing post-Soviet studies. She was co-founder of Soyuz: The Post-Communist Cultural Studies Interest Group, and co-editor of Cornell University Press’s prize-winning Culture and Society after Socialism series. Nancy has been a tireless university citizen as well: her leadership roles have included terms as chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, as director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, and as chair of the Off-Campus Study Committee, in addition to service on other elected and appointed committees in many areas of institutional life. She is a regular contributor to the Communities and Identities and Global Engagements components of the Core, as well as to the First Year Seminar program. She will begin a three-year appointment as Director of the Division of University Studies on July 1, 2016.

Queen of Soul will headline a celebration of the performing arts at Colgate

January 29, 2016


Legendary vocalist Aretha Franklin will perform on campus as part of the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, in Sanford Field House. A limited number of tickets remain for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents.

Known around the world by her first name, and as the reigning “Queen of Soul,” Franklin’s repertoire spans pop, soul, jazz, rock, blues, and gospel. Her appearance will serve as a highpoint of a weekend-long celebration of the performing arts at Colgate.

Other events will include:

  • a stage production of A Map of Virtue by Erin Courtney, directed by April Sweeney, associate professor of English in the University Theater
  • “Jazz and the Creative Process,” a behind-the-scenes look at how performers acquire the jazz language and the inside game, led by Glenn Cashman, associate professor of music and director of jazz
  • a student dance performance, coordinated by Tanya Calamoneri, visiting assistant professor of English
  • a screening of Round Midnight, the Academy Award-winning film on the life of jazz artist Dexter Gordon
  • a performance by the Colgate Chamber Players, directed by Laura Klugherz, professor of music, professor of Africana & Latin American studies, and director of chamber music

For schedule details, including location and ticketing information, visit colgate.edu/globalleaders.

Franklin was named the #1 Vocalist of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2009. The first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she is the recipient of numerous awards, including 18 Grammys, five American Music Awards, and four NAACP Image Awards. To date, she has received 12 honorary doctorate degrees.

The Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate, sponsored by Colgate’s Parents’ and Grandparents’ Fund, allows the university to invite inspirational leaders like Franklin to campus. Other guests have included Shimon Peres, former prime minister of Israel; Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder; Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state; President Bill Clinton; Russian political activist Gary Kasparov; Tony Blair, former prime minister of Great Britain; Felipe Calderón, former president of Mexico; and the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Thumbs up for NUTS!

January 28, 2016

It’s too early to suggest that NUTS! will be a seminal work in the career of documentary filmmaker Penny Lane, assistant professor of art and art history. But reviews pouring in from the Sundance Film Festival, where Lane recently premiered the story of goat testicle transplant pioneer Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, have roundly praised the movie.

“When I found Brinkley’s story,” Lane told Sundance, “I thought it was readymade for a film. His biography is a tragedy — it’s a classic American story of someone who was born with nothing and, through his own hard work and genius, works his way to the top, then falls in this very spectacular way.”

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Meg Sadera ’18: On SophoMORE Connections

January 27, 2016
Students receive alumni career advice at SophoMORE Connections, January 15-16. (Photo by Andrew Daddio)

Students receive alumni career advice at SophoMORE Connections, January 15-16. (Photo by Andrew Daddio)

From January 15 to 16, the sophomore class got to experience one of the many amazing opportunities Colgate has to offer students when it comes to figuring out what the heck all of us are going to do when we graduate. This weekend to remember was called SophoMORE Connections, during which tons of alumni traveled back to campus completely devoted to helping each and every one of us find our true passion and to bring us closer to figuring out a career path.
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Fair Harbor sails to KickStarter victory

January 25, 2016

A pop-up Fair Harbor shop in 2015

When siblings Caroline ’19 and Jake Danehy ’16 set out to make the eco-friendly clothing line that would eventually become Fair Harbor, Caroline was still in high school, and the idea was firmly rooted in soil, not the sea.

“We had an initial idea called Three R Clothing. It stood for reuse, refresh, and revitalize. We were going to plant a tree with every boardshort sold,” said Jake Danehy, a geography major and Division I athlete from Larchmont, N.Y.

As they started looking for suppliers to manufacture their clothing line, they found a specific fabric directly made from recycled plastic bottles. With that, they decided to go in a different direction. Instead of planting trees, they would turn 11 plastic bottles into a single swimsuit, and would donate a portion of their profits from every sale toward cleaning up beach towns along the east coast.

“For me, I’ve always been incredibly interested in fashion and the environment so this was a perfect combination – a clothing company focused on sustainability and preserving the beach environment,” said Caroline Danehy, who is still considering majors. “For me, starting Fair Harbor has showed me at a young age that, if I have an idea, I can make it happen.”

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Students capture life in new exhibition

January 22, 2016
Photo by Madeline Bailey '18 as part of the Captured by the Lens exhibition, currently on display

A photograph by Madison Bailey ’18 — with the working title Flathands — which is part of the Captured by the Lens exhibition, currently on display.

From family moments, to campus life and selfies, student photography filled a new exhibition, called Captured by the Lens, at Colgate’s Longyear Museum of Anthropology and two other locations. Read more

Colgate joins Beckman Scholars Program

January 21, 2016
Student stands at a lab table, reading notes in Wynn Hall

Photo by Andrew Daddio

Colgate University has been named as a Beckman Scholars Program institutional award recipient for 2016.

The grant, totaling $104,000, will provide multi-year research funding for students majoring in biology or chemistry. Colgate joins a distinguished list of universities that received the award from the Irvine, Calif.–based Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation in 2016 — it includes Emory, Vanderbilt, and the University of Chicago among others.

“We are delighted to have been selected,” said Damhnait McHugh, Raab Family Chair and Professor of biology; director of the division of natural sciences and mathematics. “It offers our top students unparalleled opportunities to engage in extended scholarship.”

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Denise Larson ’19: A Letter To My Fellow Second Semester Classmates

January 16, 2016
Photo by Denise Larsen '19

Photo by Denise Larson ’19

Dear Class of 2019,

I had an experience the other day that forced me to think deeply about something that is of immediate importance to us all. I attended a holiday brunch, and my neighbor asked me: “Can you believe you finished your first semester of college?” My answer: “Not at all…I mean kinda yes?” My neighbor probably expected that as a college student I’d be a little more articulate, but as I spoke, that question struck me as surprisingly complex.

It’s a question that we all must consider. Whether or not we’ve realized it, we’re in an odd place. As winter break comes to a close, it’s notable that the last time we were away from campus for this long, many of us had only ever been there on a college visit. Yet, as we flock back to campus with the same magnitude of peers that we encountered on move-in day, we’ve got a full semester under our belt, and that’s significant.

In terms of what this means in regards to second semester, let me break down my disjointed answer to the not-so-simple question.

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Professor Hay earns $500,000 data security contract

January 15, 2016

Professor Michael Hay (Photo by Susan Kahn)

Mining massive amounts of personal data can provide crucial insights into important questions asked by scientists, sociologists, and public policy makers. But behind each data point, there’s a real human, demanding privacy.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Assistant Professor of Computer Science Michael Hay nearly $500,000 to participate in Project Brandeis, a new program that challenges researchers from across the country to develop systems that facilitate data analysis while preserving privacy.

“In the era of big data, there are many examples where data mining technologies have yielded useful insights into messy, complex data,” Hay said. “However, there are also instances where these same technologies are misapplied and even abused.”

Hay’s research is part of a $2.8 million team effort led by scientists at UMASS Amherst. In the months ahead, the team will attempt to build systems that achieve what cryptographers have defined as differential privacy: query results that are statistically true but not precise enough to allows hackers to link real people with otherwise anonymous data points.

Hay and his Colgate undergraduate research assistants will help in designing the system architecture, coding a prototype, and collaborating with other Brandeis Project teams to integrate that prototype into a larger demonstration system.

“The DARPA program is not simply funding research,” Hay said. “Instead, each research group that receives funding is expected to work collaboratively with other research groups and develop experimental systems that bring our technologies together.”

The Brandeis Project taps Hay’s strengths. Using his advanced understanding of computer science, he has already built systems that make it possible for researchers to analyze data while protecting individual privacy.

“We are at a point where there are now many algorithms for doing privacy-preserving data analysis,” Hay said. “However, these algorithms are complex and often require specialized knowledge to apply them correctly — our goal is to simplify this process, providing users with simpler tools that are still effective, both in protecting privacy and yielding useful insights from the data.”

Good Morning, Dolphins!

January 13, 2016
Tori Hymel stands on a platform looking down at a dolphin

Tori Hymel ’16 works with dolphins during an extended study trip to the Florida Keys (Photo by Krista Ingram)

(Editor’s note: Fourteen students accompanied Associate Professor of Biology Krista Ingram on an extended study trip to the Florida Keys during winter break to study marine mammal cognition, behavior, and conservation at the Dolphin Research Center. They chronicled their full experience on the off-campus learning blog — here’s a sample, written by Elly Hilton ’17, Madeleine Tsao ’17, and Lacey Williams ’16 on day two of their trip.)

We began the day as usual with a walk around the docks to each lagoon, waving and saying hello to each dolphin. We were still amazed to see the eagerness with which each dolphin approached us, seeming to recognize us from the day before. From the far side of every lagoon the dolphins would swim over to us as soon as they spied us walking down the docks, swimming the length of the dock and eyeing us with a curious sense of recognition and interest. After the rounds we headed over to the front lagoon to prepare for our second dolphin encounter.

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Hannah Robinson ’11, lawyer without borders

January 13, 2016
Hannah Robinson ’11 stands outside a Mayan steam bath in Guatemala.

Hannah Robinson ’11 outside a Mayan steam bath in Guatemala

From the autumn Colgate Scene:

While investigating human rights cases in Guatemala for the past year, attorney Hannah Robinson ’11 felt somewhat safe as an American citizen — but she did “get nervous every time a motorcycle pulled up next to [her].” With good reason: 26 legal professionals have been murdered there since 2013; the most recent was in June by gunmen on motorbikes.

The Colgate Scene first Skyped with Robinson in January 2015, the midpoint of her year in Guatemala, where she was building cases involving genocide crimes. Robinson is supported by a fellowship through Loyola Law School, from which she graduated last spring. She was the first from Loyola to pursue this work — it was her idea and design.

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SophoMORE Connections returns

January 13, 2016
Portrait of Sian-Pierre Regis ’06

Sian-Pierre Regis ’06

This weekend, January 15–16, SophoMORE Connections returns to Colgate. Keynote speaker Sian-Pierre Regis ’06, Swagger founder and pop-culture/social contributor to CNN/HLN, heads a long list of alumni arriving on campus. They’ll talk with students about life after commencement — and how to take advantage of the full suite of Colgate resources between now and then to prepare for a successful career launch.

Sian-Pierre will be joined at the signature Center for Career Services event by fellow grads like Amy Dudley ’06Jon Sendach ’98, Jamil Jude ’09, and many others.

Visit colgate.edu/sophomoreconnections to find out more about the program and to watch the keynote speech live at noon this Friday, January 15.

Dunne ’13 and Smith ’13 make Forbes 30 Under 30

January 5, 2016
Maggie Dunne at Entrepreneur Weekend 2013

Maggie Dunne (Photo by Erica Hasenjager)

Congratulations to Maggie Dunne ’13 and Ryan Smith ’13, each of whom has made an appearance on one of Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 lists.

Dunne, who double majored in Native American studies and religion, founded Lakota Children’s Enrichment, Inc., (LCE) while still in high school. As a Colgate sophomore, she joined the university’s Thought Into Action Institute (TIA) working with alumni mentors to expand her venture and further LCE’s mission to “empower Lakota youth and amplify their voices by providing opportunities in the arts, education, sports, leadership, and mentorship.”

Ryan Smith, founder of EcoCampus LLC, unloading paper at Case Library

Ryan Smith during his days leading EcoCampus, LLC. (Photo by Andrew Daddio)

In 2012, Dunne was named one of Glamour magazine’s Top 10 College Women, eventually being awarded the grand prize of $20,000 for her accomplishments. Before investing the funds in LCE, she was able to triple the amount by asking Sir Richard Branson to match it – which he did while challenging an anonymous alumnus to do the same.

Dunne was also awarded the prestigious 1819 award during graduation weekend, an award given to one senior whose character, scholarship, sportsmanship, and service to others best exemplify the spirit that is Colgate and the value of a liberal arts education. Dunne was named in the education segment of the Forbes 30 Under 30.

Smith, who majored in international relations at Colgate, also joined TIA during his sophomore year. He co-founded the environmentally friendly paper supplier EcoCampus, LLC, with partner Brendan Karson, ’13 and then sold it during his senior year to four juniors — TIA classmates.

As a senior at Colgate, Smith started Trupoly, a crowdfunded real estate investment platform. He incorporated Truoply while in TIA and sold it to RCS Capital Corporation in July 2014. Smith makes the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the enterprise tech category for his company LeafLink.

Thought into Action
Maggie Dunne ’13 triples support for nonprofit with CEO help
Colgate ‘paperboys’ grow green business

Miranda Scott ’18 takes her business to the next level

January 4, 2016
Miranda Scott ’18 stands by a poster at the “Real” Elevator Pitch competition in St. Louis, Mo.

Miranda Scott ’18 at the “Real” Elevator Pitch competition in St. Louis, Mo.

Miranda Scott ’18 launched The Waffle Cookie just last summer, and she’s already learning the ups and downs of running a business. Scott recently participated in the annual “Real” Elevator Pitch competition, where college students present their ideas to investors during elevator rides up the second-tallest building in St. Louis, Mo. Twenty finalists were invited to pitch to 20 judges on December 6. They had 40 seconds — for each of the 10 rides — to earn the judges’ favor. It was organized by Saint Louis University’s John Cook School of Business.

Scott and her best friend, Serena Bian (a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania), decided to start a social enterprise during the summer break after their first year. The friends, who met at the Cranbrook Schools near Detroit, felt the weight of the city, even though they were in a suburb. “So we wanted to have our social impact benefit Detroit,” Scott said.

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Colgate Photographer Andrew Daddio: A year in photos

December 30, 2015

(Editor’s Note: This post is by Andrew Daddio, university photographer.)

Each year at this time I am asked to compile a selection of my favorite images from the beginning of the calendar year. I’m always hesitant to call these my “Best Images” of the year, because my choices are culled from anywhere between 40,000 and 50,000 shutter actuations for any given calendar year. And my picks would of course differ depending on the day, the weather, what I had for breakfast, what music I listened to on the way to work, or my dreams from the previous night. Plus art isn’t a horse race with clearly defined winners and losers. But, here are some images that stood out for me after reviewing just under 40,000 files from this past year.

Photo at the top

This image was shot on a very cold morning. I just happened upon this scene. Someone had written “Go Gate” in the frozen snow on the landing of Persson Hall, and signed it with handprints. Using Capture One Pro 8, I was able to bring out and enhance the colors of the sky and trees as well as bring out more of the detail in the snow and brickwork using the “structure” control. I then ran the file through Nik Sharpener Pro 3 RAW Sharpener to finish it off and bring out even greater detail.

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From the Scene: Colgate Folklore, Facts & Falsehoods

December 29, 2015
Man standing on shore while piano sinks into Taylor Lake

Illustration by Jonathan Carlson

From the outlandish to the perfectly plausible, the Colgate Scene explored 13 Colgate legends in hopes of either verifying or disproving the titillating tales that have been told over the years. Read the feature at colgate.edu/scene, test your knowledge, and prepare to be surprised.

For example …

Found at the bottom of Taylor Lake: a piano, cars … and a hatchet


You know the joke: What’s the difference between a piano and a fish? You can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish. However, there may be both fish and a piano in Taylor Lake, according to a 1997 Maroon-News article on Colgate mythology. The authors, Neal Bailen ’99 and Peter Lindahl ’98, cite a source as saying it’s a “credible rumor” that a piano melted through the ice after a winter party and rests at the bottom of the lake.

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Colgate Videographer Brian Ness: My five favorite videos of 2015

December 28, 2015
Colgate Memorial Chapel

Memorial Chapel featured in the video “Colgate from Above”

(Editor’s note: we asked Brian Ness, Colgate’s video journalist, to pick his five favorite videos of 2015.)

Colgate from above
Not long ago, this shot would have involved a lot of equipment and a massive budget. Now it just takes the deft talents of Ahmad Khazaee ’05, a quadcopter flying ace.

Frosty Fall morning
This is the reason I always have a camera in my car. One morning, after I parked, I took a quick walk and grabbed these shots — good way to start the day.

Colgate Fund Journey
With this collection of videos, we decided to not use dialogue, making it an interesting challenge to completely tell a story using just visuals. It really was amazing to work with someone as talented as Allison Spanyer ’16, who is able to communicate so much with just a subtle expression.

Experimenting with Lava
Professor Karen Harpp’s class was experimenting with actual lava in Syracuse. They invited me to come and shoot the results. How often do you get to eat a steak that was cooked over molten rock?

Mark Dion
As the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Artist in Residence during the spring semester of 2015, Mark Dion invited students and Hamilton community members to create their own art. The results were featured in this display, which I filmed. My personal favorite is the jackalope.


Karen Harpp wins the 2015 Balmuth teaching award.
The complete Colgate in 13 seconds playlist.
The Colgate Fund.
The best photographs of 2013



A campus exchange spreading holiday cheer and building community

December 23, 2015
Students in the Hall of Presidents gather to exchange gifts

Students gather for the first Colgate Campuswide Gift Exchange earlier this month (Photo by Anna Heil ’16)

There may be no better feeling than gift giving at the holidays, and with that in mind, Taylor Washing ’18 thought that her fellow students could share in the joy together.

“Every winter my K–12 school would have a gift exchange,” said Washing of Vail, Colo. “It was a great event that brought everyone in my school together, and I hoped it could do something similar at Colgate.”

Washing applied for funding from the Colgate Activities Board (CAB) to host a new campuswide gift exchange. CAB approved, and Washing set out to organize the secret exchange, where participating students only knew for whom they needed to get a present, and nothing else. Each person wrote the gift recipient’s name on the gift, and then their own name inside.

Students, from first-years to seniors, gathered at the Hall of Presidents on December 10 for the exchange, some holiday snacks, and a lot of smiles as they searched for their gifts.

Nicole Lue ’18, a neuroscience major from Rowayton, Conn., said the exchange was an awesome event.

“I was assigned a first-year girl I did not know and ended up making her a ‘finals survival pack,’ made up of a variety of snacks for those late nights during finals,” said Lue. “I received a great gift filled with candy and a holiday themed mug.”

Students gathered at the Hall of Presidents on December 10 for the gift exchange.

Students gathered at the Hall of Presidents on December 10 for the gift exchange (Photo by Anna Heil ’16)

She also gave credit to Washing and CAB for spreading holiday cheer. “Taylor and the rest of CAB did a really fantastic job organizing the event, ordering food, and creating a warm environment that enticed a lot of people to stay to talk, eat holiday cookies, and meet new people,” she said. “The event put everyone in the holiday spirit.”

For Washing, it was exactly what she had in mind.

“Colgate has a supportive community overall, but just like any other campus with busy college students, people tend to get wrapped up in their lives,” Washing said. “This event brought together people from all parts of campus, different activities, and grades to meet others and make someone’s day.”

Kiplinger ranks Colgate for value

December 18, 2015
(Photo by Andrew Daddio)

(Photo by Andrew Daddio)

A new list released by Kiplinger this week ranks Colgate University 10th among the top 100 best values in liberal arts colleges, and 19th overall among all schools ranked for value.

Kiplinger’s rankings system is entirely data driven, and their report cites Colgate’s student performance for median earnings 10 years after graduation ($61,500), low student debt, a high average need-based aid award, and a 90-percent four-year graduation rate. Additional metrics include admission rates, average SAT and ACT scores of incoming first-year students, and the school’s retention rate.

“Neither our opinion nor anyone else’s affects the calculation,” Kiplinger’s website states.

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Professor Heather Roller rethinks Native Amazonian histories

December 18, 2015
Portrait of Assistant Professor Heather Roller

Assistant Professor Heather Roller

In the Brazilian Amazon, rural communities are being threatened by outsiders who want to invalidate their claims to territory. Colgate history professor Heather Roller provides important insight into the issue. Her book Amazonian Routes: Indigenous Mobility and Colonial Communities in Northern Brazil (Stanford University Press, 2014), recently earned the Howard Cline Memorial Prize, which is awarded biennially to the book or article judged to be the most significant contribution to the history of indigenous people in Latin America.

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Jeffrey Sumber ’92 offers relationship advice

December 17, 2015
Jeffrey Sumber ’92 stand in front of a cityscape

Jeffrey Sumber ’92

As you gather together with your family for the holidays, check out this alumni profile from the autumn Colgate Scene.

Jeffrey Sumber ’92 is encouraging couples to take responsibility for their own happiness with his new book, Renew Your Wows: Seven Powerful Tools to Ignite the Spark and Transform Your Relationship.

At Colgate, Sumber double-majored in peace and conflict studies and political science. Now a licensed psychotherapist, university professor, and relationship consultant, he also has a master’s in theological studies from Harvard University and a master’s of transpersonal psychology from Southwestern College. Sumber’s premise for healthy relationships is that we must embrace the power of personal responsibility as the counterbalance to projection. “If we want to be happy, we can’t look across to our partners and blame them for our own lack of engagement, passion, and sense of gratitude,” he said. Here are his tools to transform our relationships with ourselves and shift our relationships with others. Keep reading.