Colgate University has joined the online learning platform edX as a contributing member, through a unique partnership with our liberal arts neighbor, Hamilton College. Colgate’s Douglas Hicks, provost and dean of faculty, and Kevin Lynch, chief information officer, discuss how this collaboration places Colgate at the forefront of utilizing online technologies to enhance our residential liberal arts mission. Read more
Colgate University is conducting Twitter interviews with alumni from around the world. The first interview was Monday with Michael Sippey ’90, an English major who is an advisor to Twitter after having worked there as vice president of product development, and who also worked at SAY Media and at Six Apart.
He writes: “Liberal arts graduates have great basic training for turning an idea into an action. The school from which I graduated, Colgate University, prepared me for the rocky road of entrepreneurship by teaching me to think critically, communicate well, and to ask the question “What if?” I soon learned how to turn the answer into an explanatory framework, also known as a theory.”
(Editor’s note: this article first appeared here, and was written by Matt Faulkner.)
During winter break, the Colgate men’s hockey team welcomed many of the university’s international students to Starr Rink ice in a different type of Learn to Skate program.
The program had a special twist this time as Brooks Herrington ’15 and Julian Fialkow ’17 helped organize the event. They joined head coach Don Vaughan and Assistant Dean and Director of International Student Services Christina Khan to give the students a great experience.
The New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium has been awarded a three-year $1.25 million grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support new collaborations in the areas of globalization and language learning. The six consortium members are Colgate University, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St. Lawrence University, Skidmore College, and Union College.
The New York Six International Initiative will assist the schools in expanding the global aspects of their curricula and engaging students and faculty in the study of global issues, both at the home campuses and abroad.
(Editor’s Note: Colgate President Jeffrey Herbst is a co-signer of this statement.)
We the presidents of the six schools that make up the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium (Colgate University, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Skidmore College, St. Lawrence University, Union College) reject the call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions recently announced by the American Studies Association.
Colgate student researchers met with community members recently to discuss a problem that affects not only the town and village of Hamilton, but the entire nation — the overpopulation of white-tailed deer.
The students presented their findings from a semester-long research project that was an integral part of the Community-based Study of Environmental Issues course they are taking with Assistant Professor of Biology Catherine Cardelus.
What a #ColgateDay — and it’s far from over.
It started with a simple challenge: if we received 1,300 gifts today, an anonymous donor would give $1 million for financial aid.
You crushed it before noon. So two more donors stepped up and added a new challenge: 1,300 more gifts by midnight, and they’ll give an additional $2 million.
You crushed it by 4pm. And now the goal is even bigger: 3,513 by midnight! Watch the home page for hourly updates.
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.”
Last Friday, 5,000 people streamed onto campus to be part of a memorable event: Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered the latest lecture in the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate. Thousands who couldn’t be there streamed the talk to their phones and computers.
President Jeffrey Herbst, who speaks passionately about the importance of retaining a sense of community in the Internet age, had two reasons for hosting the live event on campus. “Our 5,000 guests could have watched Secretary Clinton answer many of the same questions on YouTube,” he told members of the Parents’ Steering Committee who met on Saturday morning. “But the fact that they came together in the field house says something not only about our community, but also about the collective nature of learning.”
He also saw a great lasting benefit for students and faculty. “What is most satisfying is that events like these have ripple effects. The conversations continue late into the night in residence halls, in the classrooms, and elsewhere.”
Not incidental, the conversation continued in the media as well, reaching more than 13 million viewers by Monday. Colgate was mentioned in stories on news websites such as the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog, the Daily Beast, Politico, Bloomberg, Syracuse.com, the German weekly newsmagazine Der Spiegel, and more. Television coverage included CNN and Syracuse Channels 2 (WKTV) and 3 (WSTM), and a host of network affiliates nationwide that picked up the story. Watch below.
A charismatic and larger-than-life personality, Robert Fullilove ’66 visited campus Friday to talk to students about his work in minority health and STD and HIV prevention. Read more
The showing, which is free and open to the public, will feature a lecture by Michael at 4:30 p.m. October 23 in Golden Auditorium in Little Hall. A reception will follow.
This is the seventh exhibition in Michael’s Dimensional Drawing Project, which began nine years ago at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica.
For this exhibition, Michael will collaborate with Colgate students to create a site-specific installation intended to expand definitions of drawing and to understand drawing’s relationship to other marking systems such as musical notation, calligraphy, and choreography.
At the close of the exhibition in January 2014, a musical composition inspired by the works will be performed in the Clifford Art Gallery. Michael will also premiere his new video installation, “Shadows-Speak,” which appears as a subtle play of light and shadow dancing to the taps of a typewriter’s keys.
Triskaidekaphobia be gone. It is the Year of ‘13, and being the 13th of the month, it’s time for another list the length of Colgate’s lucky number. This month we are exploring 13 of the many ways Colgate shows its continued commitment to sustainability.
1. Carbon Neutral by 2019: In January 2009, Colgate became a signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Since then, Colgate has reduced gross emissions by 20 percent and net emissions to 5,500 tons (one of the lowest of any institutions in the country). Along the way we received the 2011 National Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature.
A Swinging ‘Gates alumna has added an Emmy to her list of accomplishments.
Audrey Morrissey ’89 received the award in September for her work as one of five executive producers of The Voice, a television show in its fifth season on NBC. The show’s producers were given the award for outstanding reality program that uses a competition format.
“Having produced music-based award shows for most of my career, I know the army of talented and dedicated people it takes to mount award-show scale performances week after week. Receiving an award from your peers recognizing the tireless efforts of the team is incredibly humbling and gratifying,” Morrissey said.
The job presents challenges that include thinking of how to keep things fresh without losing the show’s core values, staying on schedule, and finding the right song for each contestant, a critical project that keeps the music department busy for weeks, Morrissey said.
“I think people would be very surprised to know how much time and effort goes into choosing the right song for the contestants to sing each week,” she said.
Her first job after graduation was with MTV, which she landed when her friend and fellow Swinging ‘Gates member Jennifer Dowd ’87 referred her to Douglas Wilson ’88.
Elizabeth Marlowe, assistant professor of art and art history, started with some big questions at a recent colloquium: “What can we learn from a work of ancient art? Will it teach us new things or reinforce what we already know?”
In addressing those questions, Marlowe highlighted the lack of attention paid to the origins of art pieces that have inhabited museums for more than a century, and how that can completely change how we view the artwork.
From Lawrence Hall to Hamilton Central School to a high school in New Jersey, the distinctive black-and-white cover of George Saunders’s Tenth of December seemed to be everywhere this summer — the visual cue to the inaugural Colgate Reads program.
Colgate Reads was simple: read a story, discuss the story. Approximately 2,150 people joined in to read the title story of Saunders’s new collection, surpassing the goal of 2,013 participants. Read more
To celebrate the eight-day Jewish holiday of Sukkot, one of three harvest festivals celebrated in Judaism, a sukkah is taking center stage on the Quad this week. Read more
The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1934, but wasn’t actually built until 1958. The second nine was completed and open for play in September of 1965. Read more
Carol Bleser, the first woman to be a full-time faculty member at Colgate and the first to become a full professor at the university, died last month in Bellport, N.Y.
At Colgate from 1970 until 1985, Bleser was first hired as an associate professor of history. She also would serve as interim director of Women’s Studies.
“Carol was a trailblazer for professional women and mentored many colleagues in pursuit of their educations and careers,” said Douglas Hicks, provost and dean of the faculty.
Members of the Colgate Speaking Union traveled to Madrid, Spain, this summer to compete in an all-Spanish-language debate tournament, representing one of just three schools from the United States at the international event.
Gisselle Perez-Leon ’15, Benjamin Rangel ‘15, and Arlene Robles ’15 spent 11 days in Spain for the World University Debate Championship in Spanish. The annual tournament hosts college students, predominantly from Spanish-speaking nations, to use British-style parliamentary format to debate global affairs issues.
(Note: These are prepared remarks by Mary Ann Calo, Batza Professor of Art and Art History; Director, Division of Arts and Humanities, given at Colgate’s 193rd convocation.)
Greetings to President Herbst, Dean Hicks, my colleagues on the faculty, and of course a warm welcome to the class of 2017, our transfer students and their families.
It is a great honor to stand before you tonight and I want to thank the President and the Dean for this opportunity. You have already spent many hours in conversation with advisors and peers and received extensive orientation to various aspects of life at Colgate. The semester starts tomorrow and my job is to welcome you to our scholarly community—specifically to the classroom and the intellectual adventure you are about to begin. Read more
An Inside Higher Education article titled “Tweet Smart, Tweet Often” talks about the social media strategy for athletes at Colgate University.
“People who use social media should have a goal,” said Colgate’s Manager of Media Communications Matt Hames. “…Use Twitter, use social media in a positive way. Understand that you have a goal. Think of it that you’re marketing yourself, and your goal is to get noticed by recruiters.”
Colgate Reads: read a book, discuss the book. The program is a way of facilitating discussion, sharing thoughts, and sparking literary curiosity. A quick visit to the program’s online forum proves that its goal has been achieved, but you can also see its influence in more surprising venues – Facebook, for one.
Discussion of George Saunders’ Tenth of December has jumped right out of the program’s forum and taken on a life of its own as readers try to gain clarity and a better appreciation for the book. Colgate’s own Class of 2017 group on Facebook has been lively with activity surrounding Tenth of December, the first-years’ assigned summer reading. Among the standard questions about residence hall rooms, schedule changes, and searches for fellow snowboarders, an initial post by Meagan Herlihy ’17 about the book prompted others to respond.