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Transformative gifts propel Colgate’s strategic internationalization

October 25, 2014

20130826_orientation_03_508.JPGWhen Colgate’s founders carved the Academic Quad out of a Chenango Valley forest, central New York was on the edge of the frontier.

Today, Colgate is in the middle of everywhere, and a new series of gifts is powering the university’s commitment to international engagement, as envisioned in the 2014–2019 strategic plan.

Ed ’62 and Robin Lampert P’10, whose generosity founded the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs at Colgate, have made a $2.5 million commitment to further internationalization, including a specific focus on building global partnerships in five regions of the world: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and South and Central America.

The Lamperts have also offered another $2.5 million in funds to match additional gifts made by other members of the Colgate community. The overall effort will yield $7.5 million for a growing number of international initiatives.

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Colgate hosts Native American Arts and Culture Festival this Saturday

October 16, 2014
The Native American Arts and Culture Festival will once again be held at Sanford Field House.

The Native American Arts and Culture Festival will once again be held at Sanford Field House.

This Saturday, October 18, Colgate will host the annual Native American Arts and Culture Festival. The celebration of American Indian art, music, and dance will be held inside Sanford Field House from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Pamela Druckerman ’91 writes about hyper-parenting in New York Times

October 14, 2014

Author Pamela Druckerman ’91 has again appeared in the pages of The New York Times, this time writing a featured op-ed piece titled “A Cure for Hyper-Parenting.”

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Colgate community comes together for Homecoming 2014

October 4, 2014

The Chenango Valley echoed with the cheers of Colgate faithful during Homecoming 2014, September 18–21. More than 1,000 alumni, parents, and friends came for the festivities, which included sports, a bonfire, fireworks, and receptions.

The keynote address featuring Mark Divine ’85 was sponsored by the Presidents’ Club. A retired Navy SEAL, author, and founder of SEALFit, Divine encouraged students to affirm their core values and work hard every day, tapping their physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual strength to achieve success. He also urged them to sit quietly in this often-noisy and frenetic world, saying that, in silence, you find your reason for being. “If you don’t know your ‘why,’ in the most trying moments,” he said, “you’re going to quit.”

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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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Professor Michael Johnston, Bertram Levine ’63 co-write Washington Post op-ed about corruption

September 9, 2014
Michael Johnston collaborating with Srikar Gullapalli

Michael Johnston is seen collaborating with Srikar Gullapalli ’13.

Michael Johnston, Charles A. Dana professor of political science, has been collaborating with Bertram Levine ’63, now a political science professor at Rutgers, for decades. The two scholars recently co-wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post called “Making campaign contributions anonymous.

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Ben Mandell ’14 spends summer as assistant director/producer of LONEtheater

September 1, 2014
Ben Mandell '14 played a role in the performance titled "Pact," part of LONEtheater, for which he also served as assistant director/producer.

Ben Mandell ’14 played a role in “Pact,” part of LONEtheater, for which he also served as assistant director/producer.

Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Ben Mandell ’14 who, after graduating with a theater major and Spanish minor, discovered a unique type of theater that combined both of his academic pursuits.

LONEtheater was a theatrical experience different than any other. Read more

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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Boost Colgate in College Colors Spirit Cup

August 7, 2014

Raider Nation is participating in the 2014 College Colors Spirit Cup program throughout the month of August, and Colgate fans are part of the action.

Colgate fans, keep showing your colors!

Raider Nation is participating in the 2014 College Colors Spirit Cup program throughout the month of August, and Colgate fans are part of the action. Read more

Slater brothers’ film festival returns to Hamilton for sixth year

July 31, 2014
Hamilton International Film Festival

The General was a hit at last year’s Hamilton International Film Festival.

The sixth annual Hamilton International Film Festival returns to the village of Hamilton today, bringing with it filmmakers, moviegoers, and a dose of cinematic inspiration.

The festival kicks off tonight with the Slater Brothers Social at Good Nature Brewing, followed by screenings of Possessed, Stavros, and Underdog at the Hamilton Theater. All proceeds from this evening’s screenings will be donated to Hamilton Central School.

An opening reception will be held 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Colgate Bookstore, followed by that day’s film selections beginning at 8:15 p.m.

“This event has become a highlight in central New York, attracting world-class filmmakers and bigger audiences every year,” Chuck Fox, manager of the Hamilton Theater, told the Mid-York Weekly newspaper.

Initially created to give back to the community that the Slater brothers — Todd, Grant ’91, and Wade — grew up in, the festival has become a hit and has been applauded for the charm of its small-town setting and the dedication of participants.

“Hamilton is a great place,” said Todd Slater. “We really encourage the filmmakers to participate in all of our functions and enjoy their time in the village. Because it is so easy to get around, we have found that they have really been supportive of each other and the festival in general.”

In addition to film screenings, Saturday’s schedule features a panel discussion at the Palace Theatre at noon titled “The Business of Hollywood.” The festival formally concludes Saturday with a party at the Colgate Inn beginning at 9:30 p.m. But before heading out of town, festival-goers will be able to view additional films on Sunday afternoon, including The Rivalry, a student film from Hamilton Central School.

For a complete listing of all times and locations, please visit the film festival website.

Put on your dancing shoes for Hamilton National Dance Day

July 25, 2014
Terica Adams '12 teaches participants

Terica Adams ’12 teaches participants techniques of a style of dance called Danceball in the first workshop of Hamilton National Dance Day.

Whether or not you’re a dancer, are curious about dance, simply need a fun break, or want to support a good cause, Hamilton National Dance Day (July 25–26) will provide the opportunity to join the nation in dance and support future local dance programs. Read more

Pro cyclist/activist Kathryn Bertine ’97 will compete in Tour de France for women

July 24, 2014

Kathryn-Bertine-WHRecognizing the obstacles facing female cyclists, Kathryn Bertine ’97 is paving a new course for women’s cycling. This Sunday, she’ll compete in La Course — a one-day race for women that is sponsored by Le Tour de France — which her activism group, Le Tour Entier, helped create this year. 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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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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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.