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Author Jonathan Franzen visits Colgate as part of Living Writers course

October 30, 2014
Jonathan Franzen at Colgate University

Jonathan Franzen speaks to students in the Living Writers course.

Our class starts the same way it does on any other Thursday, except this week English professors Jennifer Brice and Jane Pinchin walk in with renowned author Jonathan Franzen. They introduce him and say, “He knows the drill,” which we all know means we get to spend the next 75 minutes asking him any questions we want.

Franzen starts by saying, “I am a writer, and I am alive.”

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Living Writers brings renowned authors to classroom and to campus

September 18, 2014
The Colgate Community enjoys the Living Writers series together

Members of the Colgate community enjoy the Living Writers series together.

The university’s signature Living Writers course brings 10 highly regarded authors to campus every year. The Colgate community is invited to attend their public readings in person or via the web at colgate.edu/livingwriters.
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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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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 Writers’ Conference fosters inspiration and camaraderie

June 26, 2014
Photo by Andrew Daddio

Faculty and participants engaged in lively discussion during daily workshops. Photo by Andrew Daddio

For Katie Rice ’13, last week’s 19th Annual Colgate Writers’ Conference served as a chance to escape noisy New York City and focus on her writing in the summer serenity of Hamilton.

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Summer internship blog series: Editorial intern finds her fit at Forbes

June 11, 2014
Steve Bertoni '02, Natalie Sportelli '15, and Kurt Badenhausen '94 (left to right) in the Forbes library. (Photo by Zach D Roberts)

Steve Bertoni ’02, Natalie Sportelli ’15, and Kurt Badenhausen ’94 (left to right) in the Forbes library. (Photo by Zach D Roberts)

Colgate students are participating in internships in a variety of fields and locations this summer.  This post is by Natalie Sportelli ’15, an English major from Jamesville, N.Y., who is working at Forbes magazine.

This summer, I moved to New York City to work for the editorial department at Forbes magazine. Covering business, politics, investing and more, Forbes Inc. is a dual-platform media company that publishes a biweekly magazine, operates a high-traffic website, and hosts summits where the world’s foremost leaders in their fields come together to discuss topics like philanthropy, health care, and entrepreneurship.

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Jessica Hall ’14 awarded a Fulbright for teaching in South Korea

May 27, 2014

Jessica Hall ‘14, of Gallatin, Tenn., has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to South Korea.

Hall, a double major in English literature and anthropology, has had a strong interest in South Korean music and theater since high school. Her senior thesis in anthropology focused on Korean popular music and the fan communities that have developed around it.

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Emma Ellis ’14 awarded a Fulbright to teach in Mongolia

May 27, 2014

Emma Ellis ‘14, of Northwood, N.J., has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Mongolia.

Ellis, an English major with a concentration in creative writing, was a peer consultant at Colgate’s Writing and Speaking Center, where she found helping students to effectively communicate their thoughts to be inspiring and personally gratifying. Ellis said she hopes to have similar impact on her students in Mongolia.

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Colgate’s Marjorie Bradley Kellogg earns award from NYC Theatre Development Fund

May 15, 2014
Marjorie Bradley Kellogg

Marjorie Bradley Kellogg was honored by the Theatre Development Fund. (Photo courtesy of Live Design)

Marjorie Bradley Kellogg, associate professor of English and scene designer at Colgate, was recently awarded The Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design. The prestigious award was presented by the Theatre Development Fund earlier this month at the Hudson Theater in New York City.

Kellogg was presented with the award by Kenny Leon, the director whose most recent Broadway work includes  Holler If Ya Hear Me, A Raisin in the Sun, and Fences.

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A Dream Play debuts

April 3, 2014
A rehearsal shot from A Dream Play, directed by Simona Giurgea

Rehearsal shot from A Dream Play, directed by Simona Giurgea and produced by English 259: Performance 1 students

How do we interpret and express our dreams? Twelve theater majors have set out to answer this question, among others, with the spring University Theater production of A Dream Play.

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Major grants, Picker Research Fellowships help to support discovery at Colgate

March 12, 2014
Engda Hagos, assistant professor of biology, works with students in his lab.

Engda Hagos, assistant professor of biology, works with students in his lab.

Major grants and Picker Research Fellowship awards for 2014-15 are funding dozens of faculty research projects both on and off campus, with subjects ranging from Middle English punctuation to Russian climate science to the creation of an experimental documentary.

For biology professor Endga Hagos, his major grant funding will help continue research into the workings of the cancer-suppression gene Kruppel-like factor 4, a known tumor suppressor that plays a major role in the prevention of colon cancer.

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Gloria Borger ’74, P’10 is named 2014 commencement speaker

March 3, 2014
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Gloria Borger ’74, P’10

Gloria Borger ’74, P’10, chief political analyst for CNN and a member of the first coeducational class to graduate from Colgate, will deliver the keynote address at Colgate’s 193rd commencement on Sunday, May 18, in Sanford Field House.

Borger is CNN’s chief political analyst, appearing daily on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The Lead with Jake Tapper, and across CNN’s prime time programs.

Since joining the network in 2007, she has reported on a variety of political and breaking news topics ranging from the death of Osama bin Laden to the 2013 government shutdown. She was a prominent  analyst during CNN’s election night coverage. She writes a regular column for CNN.com. Read more


English major Michael Sippey ’90 talks Colgate and more in Twitter interview

February 12, 2014

Colgate University is conducting Twitter interviews with alumni from around the world. The first interview was Monday with Michael Sippey ’90, an English major who is an advisor to Twitter after having worked there as vice president of product development, and who also worked at SAY Media and at Six Apart.

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Students and alumni entertainment professionals connect in NYC

January 31, 2014
Colgate students visit the set of Saturday Night Live as part of a recent immersion trip to NYC.

Colgate students visit the set of Saturday Night Live as part of a recent immersion trip to NYC.

On a recent day in New York City, a dozen students from the on-campus Colgate Entertainment Group met Colgate alumni and toured such locations as Viacom and NBC Universal.

The daylong itinerary helped students get great advice and see that a large number of alumni in the entertainment field are part of a strong network living in New York City as well as in California. The trip helped alumni in the entertainment industry connect with the university.

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Howard Fineman ’70 recalls a favorite professor in letter to the New York Times

January 26, 2014

In a letter to the editor in the Book Review section of today’s New York Times, Howard Fineman ’70 recalled the teaching talent and dedication of Fred Busch. The author of The Stories of Frederick Busch died in 2006 and his posthumous collection of stories has received rave reviews.

Fineman, one of Busch’s first students at Colgate, gave a plug to Living Writers, the popular program of the English department that draws leading writers to the university to give public readings and meet with students in the classroom: “He began a visiting writers series — one of the first of its kind — that continues at Colgate to this day, and he left behind generations of appreciative students (and many professional authors, editors, screenwriters and journalists) … ”

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Professor Peter Balakian’s Holocaust essay published in Chronicle of Higher Education

January 24, 2014
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Peter Balakian

Colgate professor Peter Balakian’s essay about the villa where Nazi SS leaders made the plan to annihilate the Jews of Europe was published this week in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The essay comes as events are scheduled around the world in observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is January 27. That day recognizes the date that Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz death camp in Poland in 1945.

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Get to know: Arielle Sperling ’14, double major in environmental studies and English

January 16, 2014
Arielle Sperling '14 worked as an intern in Idaho for the Henry’s Fork Foundation.

Arielle Sperling ’14 worked as an intern in Idaho for the Henry’s Fork Foundation.

Before last summer, Arielle Sperling ’14 hadn’t so much as gone fishing, never mind touched a fish. But during her internship in Ashton, Idaho, Sperling found herself hip-deep in trout. The environmental studies major from White Plains, N.Y., was the only Colgate student in a group of researchers who were looking at the habitat selection of adult rainbow trout.

Every year, Colgate sends a student to intern with the Henry’s Fork Foundation through a fellowship program funded by the late Jeffry Timmons ’64 and his wife, Sara. This year’s group was trying to gain a better understanding of where the fish feed and to determine the water variables (depth, temperature, flow rate, and substrates) of those spots.

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Colgate student shares 13 photos from inspiring trip with classmates to Italy

January 15, 2014

(Editor’s note: Morgan Higgins ’16, of Staten Island, N.Y., who plans on a double major in religion and English, shares 13 photos from a Colgate Newman Community winter break trip to Italy. Higgins was one of 10 students who participated in the trip organized by university chaplain Mark Shiner.)

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Collection of short stories by former Colgate professor Frederick Busch wins praise

December 5, 2013

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This past week marked the release of a book of stories by one of Colgate’s most beloved professors, the late Frederick Busch.

The Stories of Frederick Busch was edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Elizabeth Strout, a former visiting professor at Colgate, and features a selection of short stories that focuses on interpersonal relationships between family members.

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Lori Brier Strong ’98 teaches the ABCs of catching ZZZs

December 2, 2013
Lori Brier Strong ’98 is a certified infant and child sleep consultant.

Lori Brier Strong ’98 is a certified infant and child sleep consultant.

(This article was written by Allison A. Curley ’04.)

For many bleary-eyed parents of infants and toddlers, sleep is a seemingly unobtainable goal. Lori Brier Strong ’98, a Certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant based out of Austin, Texas, is helping to change that, one family at a time.

“If the child’s not sleeping well, the family’s not sleeping well,” she said, “and that can lead to such problems when everyone is exhausted!” Strong works with parents to establish a sleep routine that is individually tailored to each family’s situation. She noted that, once they make changes, most see progress pretty quickly.

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George Hudson, longtime professor, study group leader, and university marshal, dies

November 19, 2013
George Hudson

George Hudson, serving as university marshal, leads a procession held during President Jeffrey Herbst’s inauguration weekend in 2010.

George C. Hudson Jr., professor of English emeritus, died at Upstate Medical Center Saturday, November 16, following a long illness.

Hudson was described by colleagues as a “giant at Colgate,” with his contributions to faculty colleagues and to generations of students creating an enduring legacy.

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Emmy-winner Audrey Morrissey ’89 says Colgate has strong presence in entertainment field

October 8, 2013
Audrey Morrissey '89 won an Emmy for her work as an executive producer of the NBC show, The Voice.

Audrey Morrissey ’89 won an Emmy for her work as an executive producer of the NBC show, The Voice.

A  Swinging ‘Gates alumna has added an Emmy to her list of accomplishments.

Audrey Morrissey ’89 received the award in September for her work as one of five executive producers of The Voice, a television show in its fifth season on NBC. The show’s producers were given the award for outstanding reality program that uses a competition format.

“Having produced music-based award shows for most of my career, I know the army of talented and dedicated people it takes to mount award-show scale performances week after week. Receiving an award from your peers recognizing the tireless efforts of the team is incredibly humbling and gratifying,” Morrissey said.

The job presents challenges that include thinking of how to keep things fresh without losing the show’s core values, staying on schedule, and finding the right song for each contestant, a critical project that keeps the music department busy for weeks, Morrissey said.

“I think people would be very surprised to know how much time and effort goes into choosing the right song for the contestants to sing each week,” she said.

Morrissey, a native of Wilton, Conn., was an English major and a music minor at Colgate.

Her first job after graduation was with MTV, which she landed when her friend and fellow Swinging ‘Gates member Jennifer Dowd ’87 referred her to Douglas Wilson ’88.

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Author Zadie Smith talks about life — and death — as part of Living Writers

October 7, 2013
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Author Zadie Smith speaks to the Living Writers class before her public reading in Love Auditorium on October 3. Photo by Andrew Daddio

Although Zadie Smith touched on seemingly morose topics like the certainty of death, the author’s reading last Thursday in Love Auditorium was infused with lighthearted humor.

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Colgate Reads initiative helped spark discussion far and wide

October 2, 2013
Colgate Reads participants shared a conversation around "Tenth of December."

Colgate Reads participants shared a conversation around “Tenth of December.”

From Lawrence Hall to Hamilton Central School to a high school in New Jersey, the distinctive black-and-white cover of George Saunders’s Tenth of December seemed to be everywhere this summer — the visual cue to the inaugural Colgate Reads program.

Colgate Reads was simple: read a story, discuss the story. Approximately 2,150 people joined in to read the title story of Saunders’s new collection, surpassing the goal of 2,013 participants. Read more


Professor April Sweeney performs in Distancia – from her living room

September 23, 2013

April Sweeney, associate professor of English in the University Theater, is in a performance called Distancia, which premiered last week in Buenos Aires.

Sweeney’s part of the performance happened from her living room. Read more