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New show begins at Colgate’s Clifford Gallery

December 8, 2016

Sculpture at the Clifford

A new show has arrived at the Clifford Gallery. It’s called Sessile, and it is curated by Josh Minkus. The exhibition includes works by five sculptors: Giulia Cenci (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Rand Hardy (New York, N.Y.), Eva Löfdahl (Stockholm, Sweden), K.r.m. Mooney (San Francisco, Calif.) and Nick Raffel (Chicago, Ill.). Despite their differences in style and approach, these artists all respond to technological innovation and the precariousness born of a rapidly changing environment.

Sessile brings artists into a conversation on a global scale, exploring what is shared and what remains specific to one’s sense of place and the social systems embedded there.

The works explore the formal impulse of modernism and networked infrastructures such as plumbing pipes and TV antennas. The objects in the exhibition also address the environment, science, and issues of taxonomy. The sculptures, Minkus notes, focus on “the use and misuse of materials as they relate to networks, in terms of their everyday social and practical functions.” The plumbing pipes that Nick Raffel repurposes reimagine networked systems, Giulia Cenci’s surfaces of epoxy (better living through chemistry) hold both promises of endurance and the realities of the fallible.

K.r.m. Mooney says, “I am interested in how difference is more present than ever within human and non-human bodies: intersex fish or flowers as interspecies cyborgs.” The work offers up biological models, perhaps posing more questions than our “networked” lives offer answers.

The exhibition is a meditation on biology, interconnectivity, and uncertain boundaries. Where does the stem end and the leaf start? Like many of the exhibitions in the Clifford, this show combines biology with art and even geography. Where does the specific space (the Clifford Gallery) give way to its locale in a university in Upstate New York – and what is the relationship between the sculpture and the orientation of the viewer experiencing it?

The show runs through February 15, 2017, in the Clifford Gallery.

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2011 Senior thesis predicted MLB contract issue

December 1, 2016
Harry Raymond, founder of an on-line app to explore beers, wines and spirits, skateboards through the Colgate University Thought Into Action Incubator, located on Utica Street in downtown Hamilton, NY.

Harry Raymond ’11 worked for a summer in Hamilton, N.Y., developing a mobile app with assistance from the Colgate Entrepreneurs Fund.

Five years ago, on the cusp of a Major League Baseball (MLB) players’ strike, two Colgate students, Harry Raymond ’11 and Ethan Levitt ’11, along with Professor Ken Segall, explored what they determined to be a broken MLB free agency system. That work was published by the Baseball Hall of Fame and was presented at the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

This week, as MLB and the Players Union narrowly avoided what could have been the first strike in 20 years, one of the main issues of contention was the free-agency issue that Raymond and Levitt brought to light in 2011.

“We wrote a paper on reducing draft pick compensation for signing another team’s free agent,” said Raymond. “Using regression analysis to compare the value of draft picks vs. free agents, we urged the commissioner to change the system, because owners would stop signing free agents because draft picks were more valuable.”

According to FoxSports.com, a verbal agreement was made between the two sides with less than four hours left in the contract Wednesday night. Part of that agreement reportedly includes penalties for signing certain free agents to influence a team’s draft order and a hard cap on annual bonus pools for drafted international players.

“It’s pretty cool to see your work hit the mainstream,” Raymond said.

Raymond, a Colgate Thought Into Action volunteer mentor and a past recipient of start-up capital from the Entrepreneurs Fund, has founded a number of businesses including SwigHQ and DrinkEasy. Levitt continues his study of baseball, working as an analyst for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Orpheus: a dynamic democracy

December 1, 2016
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra plays onstage in the Colgate Memorial Chapel

Photo by Zoe Zhong ’17

Democracy — typically applied to politics — has found a place in music. The Grammy Award–winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, famed for its lack of a conductor and uniquely democratic approach to music making, visited Colgate this semester for a performance and discussion about the applications of a collaborative organizational structure.

The New York City–based orchestra was founded in 1972 and was among the first chamber orchestras to function without a conductor. Instead of a top-down structure, the musicians work collaboratively.

“You need many more rehearsals in order for all of the musicians to determine what the interpretation of a work is going to be,” said Marietta Cheng, professor of music and Colgate University Orchestra conductor. “But because there is so much personal input from each musician, you see a greater commitment and devotion. There’s a certain kind of joy and satisfaction the musicians have in dedicating themselves to this collaboration and giving it their all.”

For their Colgate performance, Orpheus’s 38 performers partnered with renowned German pianist Christian Zacharias for a dynamic two-hour concert, featuring Mozart’s Overture to La Clemenza di Tito, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Bizet’s Symphony in C Major, and the orchestra’s world premiere of Jessie Montgomery’s Records from a Vanishing City. There were two standing ovations, and the concert was repeated later that week at Carnegie Hall.

Prior to the concert, the musicians (who previously performed at the university in 2008) hosted an open rehearsal followed by a question and answer session with students from the Colgate University Orchestra.

Sponsored by the Christian A. Johnson Fund, the event gave Colgate students insight into teamwork and how collaboration produces better results.

“You can imagine that if you have that many people working together, they’d have little quibbles over different interpretations of tempo, style, phrasing, and dynamics,” Cheng said. “So they have to roll up their shirtsleeves and come to agreement for a successful end result. That’s a lesson that will help students in the long run.”

Rachel Kierstead ’19, a violinist in the Colgate University Orchestra, agreed. “The musicians’ ability to listen to each other and accept criticism before the entire group is a model that we can all learn from,” she said, “whether we’re in music, business, or any other pursuit that involves working with others.”

Something to say

November 30, 2016
Work from Picker Gallery exhibition depicting painted bookshelf with title "All the books I should have read (but I've been doing all the other things instead)

Photo by Gerard Gaskin

Estonian multimedia artist Marko Mäetamm tells stories, both personal and global, in I Want to Tell You Something, an exhibition on display at the Picker Art Gallery through January 8.

Rubbish gets a redesign

November 14, 2016
Photo by Mark DiOrio

During a workshop with visiting artist Reet Aus, Haoqi Xia ’20 works on a project incorporating found objects. Photo by Mark DiOrio.

“Who knew that so many new things could be made from junk?” said Fiona Adjei Boateng ’19, a theater student who was making handbags out of denim pants during an upcycling workshop.

Reet Aus, an Estonian fashion designer and environmental pioneer, hosted the workshop in Clifford Gallery. She is known for upcycling, which is using discarded materials to make beautiful new products. Aus was in residence at Colgate for 10 days — a joint venture with the theater department, environmental studies, film and media studies, the sustainability office, and art and art history.

Photo by Mark DiOrio

Reet Aus (front) upcycles discarded materials into art. Photo by Mark DiOrio

During the workshop, students worked with Aus to transform materials sourced from the Madison County Solid Waste and Recycle facility as well as Syracuse Rescue Mission into usable objects or works of art. They created jewelry fashioned from used metal wire, wearable garments made from leftover cloth, and found art pieces.

In Aus’s lectures on campus and in the screening of her documentary, Out of Fashion, she explained that, to keep up with the fast pace of fashion trends, clothing companies use wasteful manufacturing practices to produce cheap garments. “On average, eighteen percent of the textiles processed in clothing factories are leftovers, and are thrown away,” she said in Golden Auditorium on November 2. These materials end up in landfills, which pollute the air, water, and soil.

“Working with Reet throughout the week was eye opening,” said Adjei Boateng, “I still can’t believe how much waste the clothing industry creates in the manufacturing process, and the impact that it has on the environment.”

To address the problem, Aus and her colleagues designed a software program and certification called Upmade that helps factories reduce waste by upcycling leftover fabric back into the production process. Two major factories in Estonia and Bangladesh have received the certification so far.

“Reet Aus is a true leader and planetary hero,” said John Pumilio, Colgate’s director of sustainability. “She demonstrates how it’s possible to pursue our passions with social consciousness and environmental stewardship as a cornerstone.”

Upcycling goes beyond environmental concerns. Aus also addresses the social and moral implications of fast fashion, noted studio art major Kris Pfister ’17. Pfister’s senior art project uses recycled materials because Pfister was inspired by Aus. Pfister said: “Her work is a tangible force of resistance to the materialism the Western world has become so accustomed to.”

Engineering Club touches the sky (and sea) with weather balloon

November 8, 2016

The Engineering Club members prepare to launch their weather balloon.

Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, a Styrofoam cooler filled with GPS equipment and GoPro cameras floats toward Nova Scotia. The cooler, with a popped balloon and parachute attached, is actually the body of a weather balloon that the Colgate Engineering Club designed and built.

The club launched the balloon on October 5, and they tracked its flight via satellite GPS. It passed within a quarter mile of the Ho Science Center and then drifted east until atmospheric pressure burst the balloon, parachuting the cooler into the ocean 70 miles off Cape Cod.

“The balloon reached a height of about 120,000 feet, which is three to four times the height that a commercial airliner flies at,” said physics major Brendan Corrodi ’18 (Medfield, Mass.), the president and co-founder of the club. “If we had the video, you could see the curvature of the Earth.”

The group continued to track the cooler as it floated in the ocean; physics majors Stephen Paolini ’18 (Amherst, N.Y.) and Austin Chawgo ’18 (Oswego, N.Y.) led the mission to recover it. They contacted the Cape Cod Coast Guard for help, and used public-access GPS data to reach out to nearby fishing boats.

“A lot of the boats in the area were commercial non-trap lobster boats,” said Paolini, who is the project manager of the club. “They could potentially sail past and scoop it right up in their nets, but none were near enough.”

The balloon’s GPS stopped transmitting on October 9 and the group abandoned the rescue mission, but they hope that the cooler will make it to the shores of Nova Scotia intact and be found. “My phone number is on the side, so if someone finds it, we might get a nice Christmas present,” Corrodi said.

If the weather balloon makes it back to Colgate, the club will be able to recover the GoPro video footage of its journey and reuse the equipment for another launch. In the meantime, they can use the GPS data to analyze wind patterns, air currents in the jet stream, and even ocean currents.

New research may change how world measures greenhouse gas emission

November 7, 2016
New research finds greenhouse gas emission measurement to be off by 12 to 23 percent

New research finds greenhouse gas emissions from wastewater plants may be underestimated by 13 to 23 percent. (Photo by Christine und Hagen Graf, Creative Commons)

It turns out that everyone may have been measuring carbon emissions incorrectly all along. But not in a good way.

New research led by Colgate Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Physics Linda Tseng, published this week in the journal Environmental Science and Technology and reported in Scientific American, identified an overlooked source of greenhouse gas emission — from wastewater treatment — that may increase current greenhouse gas emission estimates from that sector by 13 to 23 percent.

The international body that recommends guidelines for greenhouse gas emissions accounting does not currently include wastewater treatment plant carbon dioxide emissions because they are considered to be from natural biological sources that are carbon neutral. Tseng, along with colleagues from the University of California–Irvine and the University of Melbourne, found that a fraction of wastewater emissions actually has fossil origin (produced from petroleum) due to the household use of man-made synthetic detergents and soaps.

“We hope this study would promote efforts to quantify greenhouse gas emissions more accurately, matching the increasing global interests to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Tseng. “The results of this research should be seen as an opportunity to reduce and sequester emissions from wastewater treatment, and could help wastewater treatment facilities meet their emission goals.”

Visit Scientific American for more information, or go to the journal Environmental Science & Technology to download the original journal article.

Upcycler, fashion designer, and artist Reet Aus on campus

October 28, 2016

In the documentary Out of Fashion, Reet Aus examines the global consumption fed by the fashion industry.

Over the next few days, environmentally conscious fashion trailblazer Reet Aus is visiting campus. She’ll lead a handful of special events to highlight how she’s been working to make fashion more sustainable.

Her doctoral thesis focused on efforts to incorporate upcycling into mass production, and since 2012 she has been working with Beximco, a major apparel designer in Bangladesh, to make this concept a reality. Aus also teaches at the Estonian Academy of the Arts and is an active costume designer in film and theater. Her visit to campus was brought about as a natural collaboration of multiple departments.

“Reet Aus is a true leader and planetary hero,” said John Pumilio, Colgate’s director of sustainability. “She demonstrates how it’s possible to pursue our passions with social consciousness and environmental stewardship as a cornerstone.”

Aus is also “an eminent theater artist and visionary fashion designer,” added Adrian Giurgea, professor and chair of the theater department, who will engage in a public conversation with her on Monday. This talk will follow Aus’s Friday brown bag lecture for the environmental studies department and an evening screening of Out of Fashion, a film that documents Aus’s efforts to popularize upcycling, in Golden Auditorium. The final event featuring Reet Aus is an art and art history lecture on Wednesday.

See the full list of Reet Aus events.

Professor Rebecca Shiner featured in New York Magazine article on presidential temperament

October 17, 2016
A photo of Colgate's Olin Hall, were Rebecca Shiner is based

Professor Shiner and psychology department are in Olin Hall

When New York Magazine planned an article on presidential temperament, they went to psychology professor Rebecca Shiner, the editor of the Handbook of Temperament for her thoughts on the subject.

The article is titled “What Is ‘Presidential Temperament,’ Anyway?” and it analyzes the history, science — and political implications — of temperament.

Temperament is an issue in this election because, during the first debate, Donald Trump suggested his “winning temperament” was his biggest asset, yet many people have asked whether his temperament makes him unsuitable for the Presidency.

The author of the New York Magazine piece, Drake Baer, thinks temperament isn’t a new consideration in U.S. Presidential elections: “The discussion of ‘presidential temperament’ is long (it goes back to the country’s founding) and weird (because the political usage doesn’t match up with the scientific understanding, except when it does).”

Drawing on her research on personality development, Shiner offers insights into how temperament is expressed and its role in shaping life outcomes. The Handbook of Temperament considers “… the pivotal role of temperament in parent-child interactions, attachment, peer relationships, and the development of adolescent and adult personality and psychopathology.”

As the 2016 election comes to a close, the expertise of Colgate professors continues to inform students and the media.

Read the full article at New York Magazine.


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Colgate media panel explores future of journalism

October 6, 2016
The Colgate Media and Communications in the 21st Century was one of several inauguration-week events.

Members of the Media in the 21st Century panel talk to a crowd in Olin Hall, September 30. (Photo by Gerard Gaskin)

When asked to talk a bit about the thought process that goes on behind closed doors at some of the nation’s most elite media organizations, CBS 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager ’77 summed it all up in a single sentence: “We try to shed light in dark places.”

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Peter Balakian reads from his Pulitzer Prize-winning text during Living Writers event

September 30, 2016
Peter Balakian is seated a table teaching an English class in Lathrop Hall

Peter Balakian teaches an advanced writing class at Colgate. (Photo by Andrew Daddio)

Living Writers — one of Colgate’s most popular courses, both on campus and in the wider Colgate community — featured Pulitzer Prize-winning professor Peter Balakian as part of inauguration week festivities at Colgate.

Balakian, the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor in humanities, professor of English, and director of creative writing at Colgate, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Ozone Journal, a collection of poems.

Here is a replay of his reading and talk.

Balakian is also the inaugural poet and will be featured at the inauguration ceremony today, September 30, at 4:30 p.m. The ceremony will be streamed at Colgate.edu and archived at Colgate.edu/inauguration.

Read more about Balakian’s Pulitzer victory.

Balakian is the fourth Living Writer in the 10-week online experience. People can still join for free and watch videos, listen to podcasts, and relive the Livestream events with the writers who have already appeared. There are deep discussion threads about Balakian and the other authors that involve students, faculty, and the Colgate community.


A new exhibition, and new opportunities for students, at the Picker Art Gallery

September 13, 2016
Marko Mäetamm, Self-Portrait in the Cage, 2015, cast plastic figure, hair, clothes, and birdcage; 33 1/8 x 17 1/2 x 27 3/8 in. (84.1 x 44.5 x 69.5 cm). Image courtesy of Marko Mäetamm and Temnikova & Kasela Gallery.

Self-Portrait in the Cage, 2015 (Image courtesy of Marko Mäetamm and Temnikova & Kasela Gallery)

Estonian multimedia artist Marko Mäetamm tells stories, both personal and global, in the exhibition I Want to Tell You Something, opening this Thursday at the Picker Art Gallery.

The exhibition features paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, and video installations through which Mäetamm communicates with viewers about his life, his problems, and the world around him.

“For me, making art is always about saying something, or at least provoking communication or dialogue,” said Mäetamm, who is the 2016 Christian A. Johnson artist-in-residence. “If I don’t have anything to say, then I don’t see why I should paint, or why I should do anything.”

Many of the works in the exhibition are intended to provoke conversation about everyday life and cultural issues. The installation titled Bookshelf appears to be a room covered with books, but inside is the video Just Checking if There’s Something New, which shows a man continuously checking his smartphone.

“I don’t know if it’s good or bad,” said Mäetamm, reflecting on social media and texting as new forms of communication, “but it’s different now, and it’s exciting, and that is what interests me: observing it.”

In preparation for the exhibition, Katie Jean Colman ’18 assisted the Picker Art Gallery staff as a summer intern. She wrote an essay for the exhibition catalogue, organized a student event, and started a project with Estonian fashion designer Reet Aus that will provide sustainably sourced T-shirts to complement Mäetamm’s exhibition.

“There is so much that goes into planning and executing an exhibition that I had never thought of until this summer,” said Colman, who is an art history major. “I did all sorts of work during my internship, from curation to collections management. Each day presented something new.”

Colman and other student interns will give remarks and lead mini-tours at the exhibition’s opening reception Thursday at 5 p.m.

Internships at the Picker Art Gallery satisfy the internship requirement of the museum studies minor, a new interdisciplinary program that focuses on cultural property, public history, and museum theory.

In addition to the exhibition at the Picker, a complementary exhibition of Mäetamm’s video art, called Something Moving, is on display at the Clifford Gallery until October 2.

Mäetamm is also teaching an advanced studio art course, presenting a lecture, and completing a project with the theater department during his four-month residency at Colgate.

New agreement launches Singapore exchange program

June 24, 2016
A new agreement between Colgate University and the Naitonal University of Singapore will create new off-campus study options in 2017.

Representatives from Colgate University and the National University of Singapore sign a memorandum of understanding creating a new student exchange program in 2017. (photo by Alice Verdin-Speer)

Students looking for a dynamic off-campus experience that also allows them to engage in scientific research will have more options in 2017, thanks to a new agreement between Colgate University and the National University of Singapore (NUS).

After more than a year of exploration and development, representatives of Colgate and the NUS signed a memorandum of understanding June 7, creating a new exchange program to benefit students from both institutions, and to act as a catalyst for future faculty collaboration.

The agreement affords new research options for students in the departments of mathematics, computer science, biology, chemistry, and physics & astronomy. Jason Meyers, associate professor of biology, will lead the first group of Colgate students to Singapore in the fall of 2017, but unlike other full-semester study groups, Meyers will accompany students for just a few weeks before returning to campus in Hamilton, N.Y., to teach.

In the spring, NUS students, already acquainted  with students from Colgate, will then come to Hamilton, N.Y., to take courses, conduct research, and experience the liberal arts.

“We really wanted to build on the successful National Institutes of Health program in Washington, D.C., in which students take two courses and independent research for credit,” said Nicole Simpson, professor of economics and associate dean of the faculty for international initiatives. “Undergraduate research isn’t common at large institutions internationally, so there was a short list of places that are rigorous and strong in the sciences, but that also applaud undergraduate research.”

Simpson said that, because NUS has existing relationships with Yale and Cornell universities, their faculty and administrators are already familiar with the liberal arts, and their curriculum has rigorous standards akin to Colgate’s.

The new partnership was developed, in part, thanks to Ed ’62, P’10 and Robin Lampert P’10, whose generosity supported the founding of the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs at Colgate. The Lamperts have made a $2.5 million commitment to internationalization, and they also offered to match additional gifts of $500,000 up to $2.5 million for international initiatives.

NUS Professor Roger Tan, vice dean and faculty of science, education and special duties, said he hopes this new endeavor will create more opportunities for cooperation in the future between the two institutions of learning.

“[NUS] students will certainly benefit from your broad-based liberal arts education,” Tan said during a visit to Colgate earlier this month. “I hope we give them an unforgettable experience.”

Professor Damhnait McHugh, Colgate natural sciences and mathematics division director, said that when she visited NUS with Meyers, Simpson and four other faculty in the natural sciences on their fact-finding mission this past January, it became abundantly clear that the university had extensive support systems and a strong commitment to welcoming international students.

“We want our students to really make the most of their social and cultural experience as well, and we hope for international faculty collaborations to develop in the coming years,” McHugh said. “We are very excited about the possibilities.”

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An immersion in public arts and humanities

June 8, 2016
group portrait of students, faculty, and alumni standing on the Highline in New York City

(L to R) FRONT: Bonnie Zhou ’18, Chelsea Mohr ’17, Jane Trask ’16, Kate Dugdale ’16, Monica Hoh ’16 MIDDLE: Elizabeth Johnson ’16, Woohee Kim ’18, Miranda Gilgore ’18, Emily Wong 18, Professor Claire Baldwin, Jason Alexander ’17, Bennie Guzman ’17 BACK: Julia Wolf ’17, Jim Smith ’70, Robert Dorf ’80, Professor Georgia Frank (photo by: a kind stranger on the Highline)

Editor’s note: Last spring, Miranda Gilgore ’18 took part in Colgate’s public arts and humanities immersion trip to New York City. As she prepares for her summer months as a camp counselor in the Adirondacks, Gilgore reflected on the experience and how it has changed her outlook on her majors, her hobbies, and her long-term career planning.

A marble-tiled museum, a pretty show with nice music and gorgeous costumes, an old house that used to belong to a wealthy family. That’s what a lot of people would probably think of when they heard a definition of ‘public humanities,’ the work of individuals and organizations to provide community access to the arts, history, philosophy, and more.

I did, too, before going on the public arts and humanities immersion trip to New York City, sponsored by Jim Smith ’70 and Robert Dorf ’80, during Spring Break 2016. From March 13 to 16, I traveled with 11 other Colgate students and two professors to NYC in order to bridge the gap between our academic experiences in the humanities and the “real world.” Prior to departure, we had a seminar class to discuss articles and case studies regarding nonprofits related to the arts and humanities, and we also met to discuss trip logistics.

Thinking deeply about dance performances, museum exhibitions, archive center holdings, theater performances — all of which we did in fact deeply engage in during the trip — opened up the doors to some amazing discoveries.

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Colgate hosts 73rd professional network event

April 29, 2016
Panelists on stage discussing the changing media landscape with Jeff Fager '77, executive producer of 60 Minutes.

Panelists discuss the changing media landscape with Jeff Fager ’77, executive producer of 60 Minutes. (Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)

Colgate University launched its professional networks to promote alumni engagement, cultivate new professional opportunities for members, and support undergraduate career development. Since then, thousands of alumni, parents, and students have engaged with professional networks by attending online, regional, and on-campus events.

Colgate launched the new Marketing, Media, and Communications Network and brought alumni, parents, and students together to discuss the state of journalism in the digital world — the professional network program’s 73rd event.

Jeff Fager ’77, executive producer of 60 Minutes, moderated a panel of alumni and parents that featured Joey Bartolomeo ’95, executive editor, SeventeenDina Dunn ’88, P’19 founder and general manager, Blink, LLC (and Thought Into Action mentor); Andrew Heyward P’00, faculty associate at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and principal at Heyward Advisory LLC; Todd Larsen ’88, chief executive officer, Blurb, Inc.; and John Martin ’84, managing director, NASCAR Digital Media.

Students who attended the event were able to hear from seasoned communications professionals and network with an even broader range of people.

Alumni talking

Alumni make connections at the Colgate Professional Networks’ 73rd event. (Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio)

“I really enjoyed attending the marketing, media, and communications launch because of the emphasis the panelists placed on creating and building your own personal brand,” said Kerry Houston ’16. “I found their experiences and insight on this constantly changing and evolving industry to be very helpful in learning how to successfully market myself and my skills.”

The 10 different professional networks offer students (and parents) a chance to glimpse a roadmap to a desired career and learn from smart alumni about topics specific to their industry. They also allow alumni to network together.

“Every Colgate grad knows the power of our network, but to see it in action is palpable,” said Sian-Pierre Regis ’06. “Some of the biggest names in media showed up to the MMC event, dropping serious knowledge on the shifting state of the industry — to be able to get intel and then dive deeper in follow-up conversations is invaluable.”

While this event was a panel discussion, many professional networking events are not. Online events like the one on Colgate Day, are an opportunity for alumni to connect with each other wherever they live and work. On-campus events like SophoMORE Connections connect alumni, faculty, and students. For a list of upcoming events, visit colgate.edu/networks.

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Syllabus: Silent Warfare

April 21, 2016
Persson Hall

Photo by Andrew Daddio

Editor’s note: Wondering what’s happening in the classroom at Colgate? Here’s a real-time glimpse into academic life on campus — a syllabus from a course underway this semester.

POSC 390 Silent Warfare: Intelligence Analysis and Statecraft
Danielle Lupton, Assistant Professor of Political Science
MW 1:20-2:35, Persson 133

Course Description:
This course introduces students to the complex and crucial process of obtaining, analyzing, and producing intelligence in the making of American foreign policy. We cover subjects including problems with the structure of the intelligence community, covert action, psychological and bureaucratic constraints on analysts and policy makers, and how the intelligence community has responded to key threats. This course also explores the ethical issues raised by intelligence gathering, such as the use of enhanced interrogation techniques, the role of whistleblowers, and accountability of the intelligence community.

Key assignments/activities:
There are three central written assignments. The first is an analysis of an intelligence agency, where students identify challenges facing an agency and provide solutions. The second is an active learning assignment in which students conduct research on themselves based on publicly available data and write a report regarding the ethics of open-source intelligence based on their findings. The final paper for this course is an in-depth investigation into a major intelligence failure, its causes, and ways to prevent such failures in the future.

The main text will be Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy (6th Edition) by Mark Lowenthal.

The professor says:
“Students will gain a deeper understanding of the inter-workings of foreign policy by analyzing the value of information and how it supports the policy process. We engage with critical issues that affect not only policy makers, but also each of us as individuals, such as the use of drones to combat terrorism, the rise of increased domestic surveillance, and the ethics of enhanced interrogation techniques.

“In class, we focus our discussion on dissecting problems facing the intelligence community as well as providing solutions to those problems. Using this problem-based approach, students can apply the skills developed through course discussions and written work to any area of analysis in the future.”

Colgate senior wins Rangel Fellowship

April 18, 2016
Ranissa Adityavarman ’16, has been named a a 2016 Rangel Fellow.

Ranissa Adityavarman ’16 has been named a 2016 Rangel Fellow.

Ranissa Adityavarman ’16, an international relations major from Manlius, N.Y., is one of just 30 students nationwide to be named a 2016 Rangel Fellow, which provides financial and professional development support for graduate studies and to help facilitate entry into a career with the U.S. Foreign Service.

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program, formed in 2002, is a unique partnership between Howard University and the U.S. Department of State; its goals are to promote greater diversity and excellence within the U.S. Foreign Service.

“I decided to take this path because working for the Foreign Service can be, in my mind, one of the most important ways to influence foreign policy in our country,” Adityavarman said. “We are always going to have foreign policy decisions to make, and I want to be one of the people on the ground, lobbying for what is best not only for our national interests but also the interests of the countries with which we’re working.”

At Colgate, Adityavarman studied abroad as a junior with the Geneva study group, is an economics minor, and a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Adityavarman also spent time volunteering at the Bumi Sehat Foundation in Bali, Indonesia, thanks to a COVE Levine-Weinberg Fellowship.

“This is a wonderful accomplishment, and I’m really proud of Ranissa,” said Kim Germain, Colgate’s Assistant Dean for Fellowship Advising. “She is poised to begin a great career in the Foreign Service, and winning the Rangel means that she will have strong support and mentorship throughout her journey there.”

Rangel Fellowships provide funding for two-year graduate programs in international affairs (up to $47,500 annually), arrange a mentor within the State Department for each fellow, provide paid internships and other professional development, and facilitate entry into the U.S. Foreign Service.

“I’ve been interested in foreign relations and politics for longer than I can remember, and working for the Department of State is a surefire way to get involved in both,” Adityavarman said. “Colgate’s Geneva Study Group was extremely influential… Working for a large humanitarian organization like CARE International, as well as meeting U.S. diplomats — who are foreign service officers — in their respective organizations was both humbling and inspiring.”

Two seniors awarded Fulbrights to Germany

April 12, 2016

Two Colgate students will teach English in Germany for a year thanks to being awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships.

William Andrews ’16, a German and international relations major from of Richmond, Va., and Carolyn “Cara” Skelly ’16, a German and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies double major from Wellesley, Mass., will be helping students to learn the English language while also serving as ambassadors of American culture.

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Professors showcase work in on-campus exhibition

April 6, 2016
Corden steel sculpture by Colgate Professor DeWitt Godfrey

Luttel, a steel cylinder sculpture by Professor DeWitt Godfrey. Photo by Mark Williams

With varying styles, materials, and scales, the work of Colgate’s studio art professors has filled Clifford Gallery — giving visitors a glimpse at what they do outside of the classroom. Read more

Konosioni to hold 19th annual auction on April 8

April 4, 2016
From travel aficionados to baseball fans to supporters of the local food movement, bidders showed their spirit at the 16th-annual Konosioni Charity Auction. The senior honor society’s largest annual public event — whose theme this year was “’Tis the Spirit that is Colgate” —raised $20,000 that will be used to give funding to local nonprofit organizations in Madison County. Items for the auction, which was held on Friday, April 12 at the Palace Theater, were donated by local businesses and Colgate students, parents, professors, and alumni. The wide variety of offerings ranged from gift baskets, handmade crafts, and jewelry to yard work and other services, dates with Konosioni members, and a Common Thread Community Farm Share. Among the big-ticket items were a weeklong stay at a Paris apartment and seats at several New York Mets, Yankees, and Boston Red Sox games. In the hours before the auction, Konosioni held a Spirit Festival that showcased student and local talent, with performances at various locations across campus and in downtown Hamilton. The festival was meant to demonstrate not only the Colgate spirit but also that of the surrounding community, said Konosioni member David Esber ’13, through the participation of residents, and local business owners. The Konosioni Charity Auction raises funds to be distributed to nonprofit organizations in Madison County.

The Konosioni Charity Auction raises funds to be distributed to nonprofit organizations in Madison County.

The Konosioni Senior Honor Society will host its 19th annual charity auction on April 8 at 8 p.m. in the Hall of Presidents. Proceeds from the auction will benefit nonprofit organizations in upstate New York via Madison County Gives.

Konosioni is excited to welcome alumni, Colgate community members, and residents from the area to this event. Items of all kinds, from vacation escapes in Jackson Hole, Wyo., to baseball tickets and home-cooked meals, are available for bidding. The $25,000 raised during last year’s auction benefited a diverse group of seven charitable organizations, reaching a wide group of needs and populations throughout Madison County.

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Colgate students teach coding at local elementary school

March 18, 2016
Colgate Women in Computer Science students help teach coding to local elementary school students.

Samantha Braver ’18 helps teach computer coding at Hamilton Central School as a member of the Colgate Women in Computer Science club. (Photo by Andrew Daddio)

Little fingers tapped away at computer keys after school at Hamilton Central School (HCS) on a recent sunny afternoon, but instead of manipulating blocks in Minecraft or posting to Facebook, they were busy writing computer code.

The afternoon coding class for students in grades three through five is the creation of Colgate’s Women in Computer Science club, whose members decided to share the skills learned in their college classrooms with the eager elementary school students.

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English department hosts Miltonathon

March 18, 2016
The serpent cake the English department served during Miltonathon.

Let them eat snake: English department serves a serpent-shaped cake during its Miltonathon

On Sunday, March 6, the English department hosted a live reading of the epic poem Paradise Lost, by John Milton.

Volunteers sat around the big oval table in the Fager Lounge and read the more than 10,000 lines from 12 books.

“The Miltonathon, which began last year, is a tribute to my late friend and colleague Professor George Hudson, who taught Milton at Colgate for over forty years,” said Professor Deborah Knuth Kleck, who now teaches the Milton course at Colgate, and started this event.

Marathon readings of Paradise Lost at other colleges exist, but Kunth Kleck has never heard of one that has the reader play parts. Participants at Colgate divided up roles as they read, so sometimes the narrator had only a couple of words — like “she said” — before a speech resumed. “Professor Judith Oliver, emerita professor of art and art history, for example, got to be God!” reported Kunth Kleck.

The day included a snake cake (pictured above, designed and executed by local baker Sharon Stevens) and live tweeting on Colgate’s Twitter feed. Every tweet was written by English major Emily Daniel ’18.

See all the posts below, including a video by Lizzie Souter ’16 and revised for 2016 by Dylann McLaughlin ’18.​

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Applying lessons from the Sophomore Residential Seminar experience

March 11, 2016
Members of the fall 2015 Sophomore Residential Seminar course Immigrant and Sexual Cultures on location in San Francisco in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

Members of the fall 2015 Sophomore Residential Seminar course Immigrant and Sexual Cultures on location in San Francisco

As spring break approaches, the fall seems like a very long time ago. For members of the five Sophomore Residential Seminars (SRS), this is especially true, since the intensive learning, community-building, and travel experiences of the first semester have given way to a comparatively quiet second semester.

SRS remains present in our everyday lives, however, because the lessons we learned in the fall are meant to be applied to the new classes and spaces that we find ourselves in now.
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Wolk conference explores health care challenges and opportunities

March 2, 2016
Wolk Medical Conference attendees ask a question of Michael J. Wolk '60.

Michael J. Wolk ’60 takes questions from the audience at the 2016 Wolk Medical Conference on campus

Students seeking their vocation in America’s challenging health care system could benefit from a liberal arts mix of biology, economics, and philosophy.

Kicking off the 2016 Michael J. Wolk ’60 Conference on Medical Education last month, the nationally renowned cardiologist and conference namesake stated that just five percent of the population consumes 50 percent of the health care spending in the United States.

“We also need to address the fact that one percent of drugs account for 33 percent of pharmaceutical spending,” Wolk said.

These and other sobering statistics, which show the United States lagging behind other developed countries in health care outcomes while outpacing them in spending, highlight the difficult problems facing providers in the years to come. That’s why Wolk returns to Colgate every two years to help current students explore the industry on which he has made an indelible mark.

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Buzzer beater by Austin Tillotson ’16 makes ESPN SportsCenter

February 22, 2016

Sunday’s men’s basketball game was a senior day to remember for Austin Tillotson ’16, from York, Pa. Tillotson’s family was at the game, his younger sister sang the national anthem, and his late-game heroics were hailed on SportsCenter as the top highlight of the night, caught by Bob Raiber ’68, P’02.


As tradition dictates on senior day, Tillotson’s career was celebrated before the game, along with fellow senior Alex Ramon (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain), who posted a career-high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Read about the lead up to the game on the Colgate athletics game report, or watch the highlights below.

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