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Colgate launches Entrepreneur Professional Network during Entrepreneur Weekend 2014

April 18, 2014
Katie Finnegan '05

Katie Finnegan ’05, chair of the Entrepreneur Professional Network, at the group’s launch during Entrepreneur Weekend on April 11.

There are finals, and then there are finales.

Colgate launched its Entrepreneur Professional Network on April 11, the grand finale in a series of network launches that have taken place throughout the academic year.

The reception took place backstage after Colgate’s Entrepreneur Weekend all-star panel, and hundreds of alumni and guests were in attendance.

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Young alumnae in film and media careers talk about life after Colgate

April 10, 2014

“[A] cosmic Colgate connection is how I found myself working [in the film industry after college],” remarked Carolina van der Mensbrugghe ’10 during a Film and Media Studies Brown Bag luncheon last Friday. Read more


Colgate launches professional network for alumni working toward the common good

April 7, 2014
Common Good Network Launch

Alumni gather at the LongView Gallery in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the launch of the Common Good Professional Network on April 1.

Colgate introduced its sixth professional network on April 1 during a reception at the Longview Gallery in Washington, D.C. The Common Good Network, representing alumni across the nonprofit and public service sectors, is the fourth network launched this academic year, following on the heels of finance, digital media and technology, and health and wellness.

The evening’s program included a conversation with an uncommonly good panel, moderated by President Jeffrey Herbst. It featured PeacePlayers International founder Brendan Tuohey ’96, Lakota Children’s Enrichment founder Maggie Dunne ’13, and former Senate Parliamentarian Alan Frumin ’68.

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Rebecca Murphy ’14 reflects on the Common Good Professional Network launch

April 7, 2014
Rebecca Murphy ’14

Students at the launch of the Common Good Professional Network in Washington, D.C., on April 1.

Editor’s note: This post was written by Rebecca Murphy ’14

On Tuesday, April 1, I had the pleasure of traveling to Washington, D.C., to attend the launch of Colgate’s newest professional network, the Common Good Network. The event, which was held at the LongView Gallery, was a wonderful opportunity to learn about careers in the nonprofit/government sectors and speak to alumni within those fields.

As an intern at Colgate’s Center for Career Services, I had been hearing a lot about the launch. Knowing that I had an interest in the areas within the Common Good Network, my supervisor, Teresa Olsen, invited me to attend the event with members of the Career Services staff. I was thrilled to be given the chance to work at the event.

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PayScale survey ranks Colgate highly in return on investment, alumni salaries

March 26, 2014
Digital technology panelists

Michael Sippey ’90, a consultant to Twitter; Bharat Mediratta ’92, distinguished software engineer at Google; and Julian Farrior ’93, founder and chief executive officer of Backflip Studios (left to right) speak at the launch of the Colgate Digital Media and Technology Professional Network.

The value of a Colgate education is evident through the alumni success stories that ripple through multiple career fields. One more indicator of the power of a Colgate degree is a survey released today that examines the return on investment at 911 colleges and universities.

Colgate was ranked sixth among 139 liberal arts institutions in the PayScale study that examined the total cost of attending each school and alumni earnings.

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Colgate to host Innovation + Disruption symposium on May 5 in New York and via Livestream

March 18, 2014

innovation and disruption symposium
On May 5, Colgate University will host Innovation + Disruption, a symposium about technology, the liberal arts, and preparing graduates for the future.

Clayton Christensen, Kim B. Clark professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School and co-founder of the innovation consulting firm Innosight, will tee up the event with a keynote address titled “The Innovative University.”

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Bates, Chesky, Kutcher, Rosensweig to headline third annual Entrepreneur Weekend

March 10, 2014

Entrepreneur Weekend

Innovators upend traditional routines. Colgate is celebrating and invoking that spirit during its third annual Thought Into Action Entrepreneur Weekend, April 11–12. The result promises to be an exciting and informative experience for the university’s community of entrepreneurial students, parents, alumni, and faculty.

Entrepreneur Weekend begins at 6.p.m. on Friday in Cotterell Court with a panel conversation on founding, funding, building, and scaling the most innovative companies in the world. Not one, but four superstar entrepreneurs will share the stage this year.

The panel includes Tony Bates, former executive vice president of development and strategy for Microsoft, CEO of Skype, and head of enterprise for Cisco Systems, as well as Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, one of the most innovative companies to come out of Silicon Valley in the past 10 years. Chesky, one of Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40, is considered a leader of the new sharing economy, and his company is disrupting the hospitality industry.

Bates and Chesky will be joined by Ashton Kutcher — actor, director, entrepreneur, and investor. Kutcher recently portrayed Apple legend Steve Jobs, in the movie Jobs. Kutcher and his partner, Guy Oseary, founded a leading early-stage investing firm, A-Grade Investments, and have invested in important companies like Airbnb, Spotify, Warby Parker, and Sound Cloud. Daniel Rosensweig P’15’17, former COO of Yahoo, CEO of Guitar Hero, and now CEO of Chegg, rounds out the panel, which will be hosted by David Faber of CNBC Squawk on the Street fame.

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Colgate launches Health and Wellness Professional Network

February 21, 2014
Dr. Ken Sands

Dr. Ken Sands ’81 speaks at the launch of the Health and Wellness Network in Boston on February 19. (Photo by Alex Jones)

A tale of three cities unfolded in Boston last Wednesday as Colgate launched its newest professional network for alumni and students: the Health and Wellness Network.

More than 75 graduates working in a wide variety of health-related fields attended the event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and it was up to Colgate staff members to link them with their alma mater in Hamilton, N.Y. — city number one. Michael Sciola, director of career services, did so by reminding everyone of why they were there.

“Most institutions have a legacy of connecting alumni either by professions, geographic locations, or nostalgia. Instead, we are finding complementary professions so we can bring alumni together in mutually beneficial ways,” Sciola said. “What you see tonight is an example of how we’re starting to think differently about how we interact with alumni and how we can continue a 70-year dialogue after graduation.”

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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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Career Services brings alumni and students together at SophoMORE Connections

January 22, 2014
Lexi Panepinto ’16

Lexi Panepinto ’16 and classmates at SophoMORE Connections, January 17.

Sophomore Lexi Panepinto could have been home in Buffalo, NY, last Thursday, making the most of the final days of winter break. Instead, she and nearly 400 other sophomores joined 100 alumni on campus for the kickoff of SophoMORE Connections, the annual event that helps second-year students explore career opportunities through inspirational conversations with Colgate graduates, faculty, and staff.

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10 SophoMORE Connections tips from Lisa Hillenbrand ’79, P’16, director of global marketing at Procter & Gamble

January 22, 2014
Lisa Hillenbrand ’79, P’16, director of global marketing at Proctor and Gamble

Lisa Hillenbrand ’79, P’16, director of global marketing at Procter & Gamble

Here are 10 tips from Lisa Hillenbrand ’79, P’16, director of global marketing at Procter & Gamble. She delivered the keynote address at SophoMORE Connections 2014, speaking to a capacity crowd of second-year students, alumni, faculty, and staff in Huntington Gymnasium on Friday, January 17.

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Students and alumni connect via the Colgate Real Estate Council in NYC

January 21, 2014
Colgate students on a two-day Colgate Real Estate Council Immersion Trip to New York City listen to a presentation at Westfield.

Colgate students on a two-day Colgate Real Estate Council immersion trip to New York City listen to a presentation at Westfield.

Eight Colgate students spent two days in New York City to learn about careers in commercial real estate from Colgate alumni working at some of the industry’s biggest firms.

On January 15 and 16, the Colgate Real Estate Council hosted an introduction-to-real-estate trip, which consisted of 10 sessions with professionals who spoke about different aspects of the industry and how they launched their careers.

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Colgate career services center’s innovative approach highlighted in Atlantic article

October 31, 2013
Many seniors wore the No. 13 on their mortarboards throughout commencement weekend. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Michael Sciola and the Center for Career Services have refocused how they support students and graduates.

In an Atlantic magazine article titled “A New Goal for Colleges: No One Moves Back Home After Graduation,” Michael Sciola, director of the university’s Center for Career Services, says he agrees with that goal.

“By the time you’re a senior in college, you’re the best at your profession. Nobody’s better at being a student than a college senior,” says Sciola in the article. “Then in May … we lay you off.”

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Internship blog: Former Chegg intern enters real world with confidence, full-time position

September 20, 2013
Jess Halter ’13 (right) having fun on the job while promoting Chegg.

Jess Halter ’13 (right) having fun on the job while promoting Chegg.

Colgate students, who interned last summer at companies such as NBCUniversal, Hukkster, Nike, and Facebook, are sharing their experiences. This post is written by Jess Halter ’13, who spent her summer with Chegg — an internship experience that connected her with a full-time career opportunity.

This summer, I interned in the communications and social media department at Chegg, a company that specializes in online textbook rentals, homework help, and providing academic scholarships. During my work experience, I learned important workplace skills, got connected in the tech world, and jump-started my post-Colgate life in the Bay Area.

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Internship blog: Max Shacknai COVE associate director builds on undergrad service with the center

September 16, 2013
Griffen O'Shea ’13 in Kenya

Griffin O’Shea ’13 on a trip to Kenya

Colgate students, who interned last summer at companies such as NBCUniversal, Hukkster, Nike, and Facebook, are sharing their experiences. This post is written by Griffin O’Shea ’13, who spent his summer with the Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education – an internship that transformed into full-time employment.

The Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE) was an essential part of my undergraduate Colgate experience, and now, as a graduate, my relationship with the center continues as its interim associate director for the fall.

This semester, I’m coordinating all five — potentially six — Max Shacknai COVE alternative break service trips, including a newly introduced education-based trip to St. Kitts and Nevis. These alternative break programs offer life-changing travel opportunities for students to serve both domestically and internationally during breaks with the trips focusing on social enterprise, special needs programs, and disaster relief. I’ve greatly enjoyed getting in on the ground floor of new projects that may be staples for years to come. Read more