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A step forward for dance at Colgate

December 16, 2014
Colgate Professor Tanya Calamoneri dances during one of her classes

Professor Tanya Calamoneri leads a contemporary dance class. Photo by Andrew Daddio

You wouldn’t expect to walk into a dance class and see 14 men and only two women. But that’s the makeup of Professor Tanya Calamoneri’s Dance Imagery and Improvisation course. Read more


Professor Peter Balakian takes part in cultural exchange about Armenian genocide

December 5, 2014

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.

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Phones beat drones in PCON war-game simulation

November 24, 2014
Jacob Stoil finishes explaining the rules of engagement to the teams

Jacob Stoil explains the rules of engagement to the red team at a PCON war-game simulation. (Photo by Karen Harpp)

Two teams of students, one armed with phones and the other commanding flying drones, squared off in a simulated strategic battle of quick thinking versus in-depth planning and technology at the Colgate Bewkes Center, a space designed for science and study.

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Professor DeWitt Godfrey’s giant sculpture Odin fuses arts and sciences

November 21, 2014
A Colgate alum stands on scafolding during the construction of Professor DeWitt Godfrey's newest sculpture, Odin.

Chase Jackson ’13 stands atop scaffolding during the installation of DeWitt Godfrey’s Odin. (Photo by DeWitt Godfrey)

A confluence of art, engineering, and mathematics led to the creation of Colgate Professor DeWitt Godfrey’s latest sculpture, Odin, a giant steel structure now nestled in the courtyard between Olin Hall and the Robert H.N. Ho Science Center.

The sculpture shares a name with the ruler of Norse gods for a reason. Godfrey’s Odin weighs in at 13 tons, was cut from 38,000 pounds of steel, is 40-feet in diameter, and is composed of 240 unique conic sections, called frustums, held together at 2,500 individual points.

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Seeing the Beast plays with relationship between humans and deer

November 21, 2014
Colgate University Seeing the Beast play

Colgate University Theater performed Seeing the Beast (photo by Gerard Gaskin)

Last weekend, University Theater presented Seeing the Beast, an experimental play that was part TEDtalk, part fairytale, and part nature documentary.

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Institute of International Education ranks Colgate No. 1 for semester-long study abroad

November 17, 2014

The Institute of International Education (IIE) released its Open Doors 2014 data today, and Colgate has again risen on two important lists representing the number of students studying abroad. This news is most welcome as President Jeffrey Herbst and Provost and Dean of the Faculty Douglas Hicks have made study abroad one of several priorities related to globalizing Colgate.

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Longyear Museum presents exhibition featuring Native American baskets

November 12, 2014

The Longyear Museum of Anthropology will celebrate the opening of the exhibition Weaving Identities: Native American Baskets in the Longyear Museum Collection with a reception on Thursday, November 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The reception will feature a Q&A by 15 students who researched the baskets as a project for the course Native Art of North America.

Basket weaving is an ancient Native American art, which has been practiced continuously over millennia and has developed various regional distinctions based on materials, form, and technique.

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Video: Colgate honors veterans and all those who support them

November 11, 2014

This Veterans Day, Colgate is paying tribute to the men and women of America’s armed forces.

The university wants to thank alumni, parents, and current students who have served their country — and the numerous alumni who work on behalf of veterans, helping them transition back to civilian life.

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Colgate’s experimentation with drones highlighted in Chronicle, Huffington Post

October 29, 2014
The Class of 2018, taken from the drone

A photo of the Class of 2018, taken from a drone.

In a Huffington Post story titled “10 Uses of Drones in Higher Education,” marketer Vala Afshar highlights Colgate University’s innovative use of a drone to capture the activity and spirit of the 2013 move-in day, when first-year students arrive on campus.

Here’s the video from that day, captured by a GoPro camera attached to a drone:

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Lauren Yeary ‘15, Farah Fouladi ‘15 organize trip to NYC with other female computer science majors

October 28, 2014
Colgate Women in Computer Science visit tech firms including Facebook

Colgate Women in Computer Science members visit tech firms, including Facebook. View more photos.

During midterm break, Lauren Yeary ‘15 and Farah Fouladi ‘15 organized a tech trip to New York City with nine other female computer science majors who are members of the Women in Computer Science Club (WiCS) at Colgate.

The trip included visits to Bloomberg, Facebook, Shutterstock, ZocDoc, Google, Twitter, and Foursquare. The two-day immersion trip was the brainchild of Yeary and Fouladi, developed while they were interning at tech companies.

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Lounge events showcase students’ talents

October 17, 2014
Bunche House is transformed into a coffee house atmosphere during Lounge, a regular event where students perform and display their artwork. Photo by Nicholas Gilbert '18

Bunche House is transformed into a coffee shop atmosphere during Lounge, a regular event where students perform and display their artwork. Photo by Nicholas Gilbert ’18

Hannah O’Malley ’17 stands in front of Bunche House’s fireplace, which has been transformed by student artwork and white lights strung across the mantle. Before the performances start, she tells the students who have congregated, “Love the people who are performing and show them respect, because it takes a lot of courage to get up here. Let’s make this a safe space.” Read more


Picker Art Gallery unveils Serra and Arbus exhibitions

September 25, 2014

The Picker Art Gallery, which closed in 2012 for an inventory of Colgate’s art collection, reopened last week with two exhibitions of artwork by prominent American artists Richard Serra and Diane Arbus. Read more


Exhibitions featuring works by Arbus and Serra mark reopening of Picker Art Gallery

September 15, 2014
The Colgate Picker Art Gallery reopens Thursday.

Picker Art Gallery, located in Colgate’s Dana Arts Center, reopens Thursday.

Two exhibitions of work by American art legends, Diane Arbus and Richard Serra, mark the first public Picker Art Gallery opening in the Dana Arts Center since staff closed the space in 2012 to embark on a major inventory of Colgate’s collection of 11,000 works of art.

The exhibitions, which open at 5 p.m. Thursday and run through January 10, 2015, feature 27 Arbus photographs from the collection of John Pelosi ’85 and Susan Manly Pelosi ’85, and 23 Serra prints from the collection of Trustee Emeritus Paul J. Schupf ’58. Read more


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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Professors team up to show Colgate first years The ’Gate Way

August 15, 2014

Some students adjust to college easily and naturally, while others struggle and even falter. A new online non-credit “course,” comprised of 13 short videos made by Colgate faculty, is designed to minimize the mystery about what it takes to succeed. The series also includes many student-produced video responses featuring current students and alumni. Read more


Intern’s research contributes to HIV/AIDS awareness in Tanzania

August 13, 2014

Colgate students are participating in internships in a variety of fields and locations this summer. This post is by Paul Sirma ‘15, a mathematical economics major from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania who is interning with Ifakara Health Institute.

Paul Sirma '15

Paul Sirma ’15 interned with the Ifakara Health Institute in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

This summer, I interned with Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), an independent, non-profit organization that conducts a wide range of health-related research in Tanzania. I first started to develop an interest in public health during my first year at Colgate in my scientific perspectives class, CORE AIDS, taught by Jun Yoshino.  I was fascinated by how little I knew about the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in my home city, Dar es Salaam.

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An easier route: Katie Williams ’15 researches optimal walking tour

August 11, 2014
Katie Williams '15, a history and geography double major from Washington, D.C., leads a tour for prospective students and their families. Williams conducted research for her Geographic Information Systems course to determine the best campus tour route.

Katie Williams ’15 leads a tour for prospective students and their families. Williams conducted research for her Geographic Information Systems course to determine the best campus tour route. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Taking a tour is one of the best ways for prospective students to get a feel for campus, to learn about the student experience, and to discover what Colgate has to offer both inside and outside the classroom. It’s also a bit of a hike.

As a tour guide and summer intern with the Office of Admission, Katie Williams ’15, a geography and history double major from Washington, D.C., decided there had to be a better way for tour groups to tackle Colgate’s legendary hillside.

In true Colgate fashion, Williams turned this question into a research project for her Geographic Information Systems (GIS) course with Professor Peter Scull.

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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


Jodi Forward ’15 receives prestigious grant from American Cancer Society

July 21, 2014
Jodi Forward '15 of Colgate University

Jodi Forward ’15 of Colgate University

Jodi Forward ’15, a Sherborn, Mass.,  resident and neuroscience major at Colgate, is working as an intern at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Forward is an American Cancer Society Junior Research Fellow under the guidance of Elisabeth Battinelli.

“I ended up at Brigham and Women’s Hospital through the Fuller Fellowship of the American Cancer Society,” said Forward. “Once I was accepted as a fellow, the program placed me in a laboratory based on my interests. I am from a town outside of Boston, so I was placed in a location near home.”

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Flaherty Film Seminar turns Colgate “Inside Out”

June 26, 2014
Colgate has hosted the Flaherty Film Seminar for seven years.

Colgate has hosted the Flaherty Film Seminar for seven years.

Last week, a different group of students filled Colgate’s residence halls and dining facilities when film professionals traveled from around the world to attend the Flaherty Film Seminar. Read more


Professor Susan Thomson co-writes New York Times op-ed about Rwanda

June 17, 2014
Susan Thomson studies and writes about Rwanda at Colgate

Susan Thomson studies and writes about Rwanda as part of her research at Colgate.

Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies Susan Thomson held numerous events this past semester that examined the genocide in Rwanda that happened 20 years ago.

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Colgate professors create video about benefits of liberal arts education

June 5, 2014

Colgate professors Spencer Kelly and Yukari Hirata have produced the first in what will be a new series of videos designed to communicate the broad societal benefits of a liberal arts education, as well as the particular ways Colgate students learn and grow.

This first episode of the Looking Through the Liberal Arts series addresses “How Learning a Language Transforms You.” Read more


Colgate appoints Rachel Reuben vice president for communications

June 2, 2014

Rachel ReubenColgate University President Jeffrey Herbst today announced the selection of Rachel Reuben as vice president for communications, effective July 28.

Reuben will join Colgate from Ithaca College, where, as associate vice president for marketing communications since 2010, she has overseen strategic marketing and branding of the college, as well as advancement and athletic communications, media relations, social media, digital strategy, recruitment marketing, and editorial and creative services.

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