Colgate Professor Peter Balakian recently joined four other American writers on a U.S. State Department-sponsored trip to Istanbul, Turkey, and Yerevan, Armenia.
The trip, part of the University of Iowa International Writers Program, was a cultural exchange designed to encourage dialogue between the two countries as the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide draws near.
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.”
Twenty-five years ago, professor Frederick Busch designed Living Writers as a way to bring students together with famous writers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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) … ”
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.
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.
(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.)
A group photo (excluding three), from the top of Assisi by the castle. Read more
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.