In celebrating the Year of ‘13, we have been posting a story or list that pertains to our lucky number on the 13th of each month. In closing out this special year, this final installment is a list of 13 (in no particular order) of the biggest events from this past year. If you have an idea for this list that you want to share, please use the comments section below.
1) Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton highlighted an impressive list of campus speakers who not only spoke to thousands of people but also met in more personal settings with students. Other campus speakers included Neil deGrasse Tyson, acclaimed astrophysicist; Duncan Niederauer ’81, chief executive officer of NYSE Euronext; Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook executive and author; Ron Paul, former U.S. representative; Felipe Calderón, former Mexico president; and Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani founder and CEO.
4). The Office of Alumni Relations and the Center for Career Services established a new series of professional networks that are strengthening ties between members of the Colgate community. The networks reflect graduates’ commitment to mutual success, and focus on the fields of finance, health and wellness, entrepreneurship, the common good, digital media and technology, entertainment and real estate.
6) A new program — Mellon Sophomore Residential Seminars — brought sophomores together in a unique living-learning environment that included a series of intensive residential seminars and three study-abroad opportunities. The program is funded by a $700,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant.
8) Last year Colgate reduced its carbon footprint by 4.7 million pounds, landfill waste by 30,000 pounds, and electricity by 500,000 kWh. The university’s sustainability program has reduced Colgate’s annual operating budget by over $500,000, according to John Pumilio, director of sustainability. Read more about the university’s green efforts here.
9) Revolutions Per Minute, the first Chinese sound art exhibition staged in North America, was co-curated by Wenhua Shi, assistant professor of art and art history. The exhibition received national and international media coverage as 30 sound artists including Wang Changcun, Yan Jun, and Samson Young performed on campus.
10) Colgate never stands still, and capital projects are one example of that. Completed this year was a major renovation of Lathrop Hall, a mainstay of the Academic Quad. The university’s proposed new athletic facility received final approval from the university’s Board of Trustees to begin the design phase, and work started on a donor-funded project to renovate the lobby in the admission building. The Colgate community also gathered at the Trudy Fitness Center in March to celebrate the building having earned gold LEED certification.
12) More than 2,150 people took part in a new university initiative, called Colgate Reads, that fostered a collaborative literary discussion and provided an opportunity to interact with author George Saunders, who visited campus September 9. Colgate Reads utilized an online forum to engage a wide range of participants, several of whom would later continue the literary discussion in the university’s LW Online program.
13) Colgate went mobile, launching a new app that was downloaded more than 1,750 times in just one month. The app is available for download from the App Store and from Google Play and is part of a university initiative to provide on-the-go information and resources for Colgate communities on or off-campus.