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Colgate to open first of four residential learning communities in Fall 2015

April 16, 2015
Curtis and Drake Halls

Curtis and Drake Halls will be home to the university’s first residential learning community.

Faculty directors are actively planning, student community leaders are assigned, the housing lottery is underway for current students, and the Class of 2019 is taking shape. That means things are falling into place for this fall, when Colgate will launch the first of four residential learning communities.

The pilot community — accommodating 200 sophomores and 200 first-year students in Curtis and Drake Halls — will be co-led by Rebecca Shiner, professor of psychology, and Mark Shiner, university chaplain.

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This week on campus: Take Back the Night, Earth Day, and Holi

April 13, 2015
Students celebrate Holi annually at Colgate. This year's celebration is Saturday. Photo by Duy Trinh '14

Students celebrate Holi annually at Colgate. This year’s celebration is Sunday, April 19, at 12 p.m. in the Hall of Presidents. Photo by Duy Trinh ’14

Spring is really coming. While you enjoy the vibrancy and sunshine on campus, check out these events! Read more


Susanna Meyer ’15 awarded Fulbright to teach in Mexico

April 12, 2015

Susanna Meyer ’15, of Philadelphia, Pa., has been awarded a 2015 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Mexico.

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Colgate students meet President Obama

April 10, 2015
President Obama at a podium addressing a town hall event in Jamaica.

A snapshot of President Barack Obama addressing a town hall event in Jamaica. Photo by Stephanie Rameau ’15.

President Barack Obama’s brief visit to Jamaica this week included time to chat with three excited students in the Colgate Jamaica Study Group.

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Entrepreneur Weekend starts today with all-star panel; watch live at 5 p.m.

April 10, 2015

eweekend_storyColgate kicks off Entrepreneur Weekend 2015 today with a panel conversation featuring five all-star entrepreneurs: Jessica Alba, founder of The Honest Company; Neil Blumenthal, co-founder and CEO of Warby Parker; Greg Coleman, president of Buzzfeed; serial entrepreneur and entertainer MC Hammer; and Rent the Runway co-founder and CEO Jennifer Hyman.

The event will be streamed live at colgate.edu.

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Quanzhi Guo ’18 reflects on Benton Scholars trip to Silicon Valley

April 8, 2015
Benton Scholars in San Francisco

Benton Scholars in San Francisco

This post originally appeared on the Benton Scholars blog. Last month, the Benton Scholars traveled to San Francisco to explore innovation in the education and technology sectors. The trip included visits to Khan Academy, Tesla, and the Minerva Project. Guo, who had been accepted to attend the highly selective and innovative Minerva School but chose Colgate instead, reflects on the trip and her college choice. (A longer version of this post is featured at China Personified.)

On the ninth floor overlooking the busy San Francisco downtown, everyone is working on Macs in open-plan stations — the atmosphere feels like any startup in California.

But I am in a school, with no students in sight — Minerva Schools at KGI, a new institution that hopes to shake the whole education sector.

Over spring break, I traveled with an online education-themed Benton trip to San Francisco, where we visited both Minerva and Khan Academy.

The Benton seminar I am taking this semester is called the Advent of Atomic Bomb, which examines the history, science, and ethics behind atomic bomb. My experience had been, so far, bittersweet. While it is interesting and intellectually stimulating to engage with alumni from all age groups and various walks of life online, the workload is heavier. Besides the normal assigned readings and project-based homework offline, we need to watch the lectures online beforehand because class-time is reserved for advanced discussion. So we are expected to master the basics on our own time. This targeted and technology-enhanced blend is challenging and rigorous — it is the way I want to be pushed.

Colgate's Benton Scholars visit Minerva

Benton Scholars listen to a presentation at Minerva in downtown San Francisco.

To me, Minerva is exciting. However, while living in six countries (students at Minerva live in a new city each semester) and being one of a select few has allure (last year, the acceptance rate was only 2.8%), I question the real meaning behind it. Does being physically present in a country, spending most of your time taking online classes in dorms, while going shopping and sightseeing on weekends, equate to immersion in a foreign culture? Aren’t existing study-abroad programs, which allow students to take classes in local universities and live in host families, more authentic? For affordability, at least Colgate subsidizes all expenses for students receiving financial aid. Similarly with diversity: Does having a higher number of international students necessarily mean more different perspectives? At Minerva, one can definitely take advantage of urban resources; but how can you truly make use of it in Berlin if you can’t speak German, or Barcelona if you can’t speak Spanish?

Then there was Sal Khan, who sat on an organic-style stool at Khan Academy, talking about how he started making tutorials to improve the accessibility of new information. Thanks to people like Sal Khan, information is becoming more freely accessible, so class time can be reserved for engaged and deeper-level discussions, for skill development and real-life interaction. And I really appreciate how Colgate, too, can offer that — all with classes of size no more than 20.

Colgate students talk to the founder of Khan Academy

Benton Scholars meet with Sal Khan to discuss the future of online education.

When we discussed and shared views over a cup of coffee in the afternoon sun, I realized that what I value after nearly a year at Colgate is the sense of connection. Personally, I hate the panic when my computer breaks down and an online submission is due soon. Also, I don’t want to just “like” my classmate’s answer by clicking a button. I want to give him a pat or high-five with a wide grin. Most importantly, I treasure how my professors interact with me, not just in class or office hours, but how they share with me their life stories over home-cooked dinner, after guests’ lectures, and during trips like this one.

I don’t think that brick-and-mortar universities will be obsolete soon, but it [sic] can definitely become better. Technology is never a substitute, but a complement to make things better.

Read more from other Benton Scholars.


This week on campus: from art to Afghanistan

March 31, 2015
Artist Alexis Rockman, who collaborated with director Ang Lee on Life of Pi, will speak in Golden Auditorium on Wednesday at 4:30. This piece is Newtown Creek 2014, oil on wood, 68x108"

Artist Alexis Rockman, who collaborated with director Ang Lee on the film Life of Pi, will speak in Golden Auditorium this Wednesday at 4:30. This piece is Newtown Creek 2014, oil on wood, 68×108″

Before Passover and Easter celebrations, here are some of the campus events you won’t want to miss this week. Read more


This week: Cabinet of Curiosities revealed

March 23, 2015

Welcome back to campus! There is a wonderful array of events this week.

On Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., come to Clifford Art Gallery to celebrate the completion of a new installation by Mark Dion.

During the project “Mark Dion: The Phantom Museum — Wonder Workshop,” Dion invited the community at large to create three-dimensional objects based on illustrations of 16th- and 17th-century cabinets of curiosities. The completed objects were installed in a large cabinet specially built for the project.

Earlier on Wednesday, if you walk past the COOP in the afternoon, you’ll see the Fagbug, a Volkswagen Beetle owned by Erin Davies — who was a victim of a hate crime on the 11th Annual National Day of Silence. After the initial shock and embarrassment of finding discriminating graffiti on her car, Davies embraced what happened by embarking on a 58-day trans-American road trip to raise awareness of LGBT rights with the Fagbug.

Kicking off next week, on Sunday, March 29, at 12:00 p.m., A Staged Reading of Black History (Histoire de nègre) will be performed in Golden Auditorium at Little Hall.

Black History is a collaboratively authored, participatory drama performed by and for local audiences throughout Martinique. Originally published in 1972, it combines music, dance, image, and text into a three-act history of African peoples in the New World, from enslavement through neo-colonialism.

The reading by students is among the first performances of this historically important play in English, and the world premiere of the new translation by Professor Andrew Daily.

Daily is an assistant professor of modern French and global history at the University of Memphis and a specialist in French Caribbean intellectual history. He will be a guest at the reading on Sunday as well as the ALST brown bag lunch this Thursday at 111 Alumni Hall.

Also on Sunday afternoon, the Society for New Music (SNM) will hold a concert at 3:30 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

Co-founded by Neva Pilgrim, Colgate’s voice teacher and artist-in-residence, the SNM is a 2010 recipient of the American Music Center’s Letter of Distinction and is described as “a driving cultural force for contemporary music in the United States.” During the concert, music professor Zhou Tian will present Morning after the Deluge.

These are just a few of the many events happening this week at Colgate. For a full listing, check out the Colgate calendar.


Noh performance shows glimpse of ancient Japanese culture

February 26, 2015
Yamai Tsunao,

Yamai Tsunao leads a workshop in Noh theater, a Japanese drama that is one of the oldest theatrical forms in the world. Photo by Nick Gilbert

The curtain in Brehmer Theater opened to reveal Yamai Tsunao kneeling under a single spotlight on stage. He was dressed in a stiff, dark-colored Hakama costume, and his only prop was a brightly colored fan. He sang in a deep, full voice, moving through a series of deliberate, careful gestures.

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C-Span2 Book TV to feature Colgate Professor Nina Moore this weekend

February 24, 2015
Professor Nina Moore speaks about race and the criminal justice system at a recent presentaiton.

Professor Nina Moore speaks in the O’Connor Campus Center. Cameras were on hand to record the presentation for broadcast on C-Span2 Book TV this weekend. (Photo by Zoe Zhong ’17)

C-Span2 Book TV will air this weekend a recent presentation by Colgate Associate Professor of Political Science Nina M. Moore in which she discusses her new book, The Political Roots of Racial Tracking in American Criminal Justice.

Moore’s thought-provoking presentation is slated for broadcast at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, February 28, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1. (EST)

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Visiting artist Mark Dion invites community members to make art with him on campus

February 11, 2015
This is a previous work by the artist Mark Dion.

This is a previous work by artist Mark Dion.

This semester, Colgate welcomes internationally acclaimed artist Mark Dion as the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Artist in Residence.

Starting today until March 23, the community is invited to make art with Dion. Every day from 10:30 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m. and then 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., the Clifford Gallery will be transformed into a “Wonder Workshop” with Dion’s interest in cabinets of curiosities (Wunderkammern) at the core of the new installation to be created in collaboration with the community. Read more


Colgate Speaking Union offers students ways to learn and grow on a global stage

February 8, 2015
The Colgate Model UN Society competed in Peru last month.

The Colgate Model UN Society competed in Peru last month.

Colgate students earned three awards, including outstanding small delegation, as one of just three schools from the United States to participate in the Harvard National Model United Nations of Latin America in Peru last month.

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View a digital summary of Sophomore Residential Seminars

January 23, 2015
The image is of a huge table of fresh picked fruits and vegetables

Students in the Hunting, Eating, and Vegetarianism (ENST) seminar visit a co-op. (Photo by Ian Helfant)

Sophomore Residential Seminars provide accepted students with a chance to live and study together, then immerse themselves further in the learning experience through travel with their faculty member. The program, made possible with a significant grant from the Mellon Foundation, is now accepting applications for this coming fall.

During winter break, students in the currently offered seminars were able to travel widely, and some shared their experiences on social media. Here is a quick look at a few of their Instagram photos and tweets, collected by Julia Cooper ’17, social media intern at Colgate.

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Howard Fineman ’70, H’11 takes on global editorial role at Huffington Post

January 16, 2015
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Howard Fineman ’70, H’11, speaks at Commencement in 2011. (Photo by Andrew M. Daddio)

Howard Fineman ’70, H’11, one of Colgate’s most well-known alumni in the media field, has been appointed global editorial director at the Huffington Post. Fineman, who was previously an editorial director at the company, will now be in charge of supervising U.S. news coverage as well 13 international editions and others that will come online in the future.  Read more


Denise Battles ’85 tapped to lead SUNY Geneseo

January 13, 2015
Colgate Alumna Denise A. Battles has been selected to lead SUNY Geneseo

Denise A. Battles ’85 has been selected to lead SUNY Geneseo.

A Colgate University alumna with more than 25 years of experience in higher education, Denise A. Battles ’85, will become the new leader of SUNY Geneseo starting in July, the State University of New York Board of Trustees announced today.

Battles, a Central Square, N.Y., native, is currently provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, according to a news release. Battles earned her bachelor’s degree in geology at Colgate, and a doctorate in geology from the University of California.

Read the full announcement here.

 


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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