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Sara Reese ’16 named a 2015 Udall Scholar

April 20, 2015

Sara Reese ’16, of Midlothian, Va., is one of just 50 students nationwide to be awarded a Udall Scholarship in 2015.

The Udall Scholarship is awarded to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to the environment or to American Indian nations. The scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on American Indian self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources.

Udall Scholarship recipient Sara Reese.

Sara Reese ’16

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This week on campus: juggling, sustainability, and SPW

April 20, 2015
Photo by Andy Daddio

The juggling club will be turning up their act on Tuesday, adding knives and torches to their repertoire. Photo by Andy Daddio

As the semester winds down, plenty of activity still keeps campus buzzing. Here are the events you won’t want to miss this week

On Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., enjoy the juggling club’s Light ‘em Up show with knives and torches on the Academic Quad.

The Oak Awards (or Oakies) will be presented on Wednesday at the Atrium Cuniff Commons in the Ho Science Center. Formerly known as The Green Awards, The Oak Awards (or Oakies) are presented to students, faculty, and staff have made an impact on campus sustainability. The night of fun and awards is a wrap-up of #13DaysOfGreen.

Also on Wednesday, Daniel Wilkinson will give a talk titled “Against All Odds: The Struggle for Human Rights in Latin America” in Persson Auditorium at 4:30 p.m. The managing director of the Americas Division of the Human Rights Watch, Wilkinson is an expert on Latin America. He has conducted fieldwork and advocacy throughout the region, and authored reports on human rights issues in Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, the United States, and Venezuela. His book Silence on the Mountain: Stories of Terror, Betrayal, and Forgetting in Guatemala won the PEN/Albrand Award for nonfiction.

3LAU and Skizzy Mars will headline Spring Party Weekend, starting at Sanford Field House at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. 3LAU (pronounced “blau”) is an American progressive house and electro house producer, and Skizzy Mars is a New York City-based MC who specializes in melodic, slightly left-of-center rap.

To see more events on campus and in the community, check out the Colgate calendar.


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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Colgate community bids loving farewell to Adam and Eve

April 15, 2015
Swan beside Taylor Lake

Photo by Andrew Daddio

Always known as Adam and Eve, the mute swans that have graced Taylor Lake since 1929 will no longer make their home at Colgate University. The announcement came after the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) published new draft regulations governing their maintenance and care.

“Adam and Eve have been a memorable part of the Colgate landscape for generations of students, alumni, and parents,” said Brian Hutzley, vice president for finance and administration. “They will be missed.”

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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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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.

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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


LGBTQ advocate to visit Colgate in her ‘fagbug’

March 24, 2015
LGBTQ advocate Erin Davies poses with her "fagbug" car.

Erin Davies and her “fagbug” visit campus Wednesday.

A colorful Volkswagen Beetle with a very uncolorful name will arrive at Colgate Wednesday, March 25, to help spark discussion and understanding related to LGBTQ community issues.

“Erin Davies’ fagbug project is a provocative and compelling story of how someone can interrogate an act of interpersonal violence, reframe it, and raise awareness. We hope that students will learn more about social justice issues and how to be active bystanders. Ultimately, we hope it will provide an opportunity for discussion about creating an inclusive community at Colgate, and elsewhere,” said Thad Mantaro, Shaw Wellness Institute director.

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Summit provides constructive atmosphere to address hazing

March 23, 2015

Within the last 15 years, there has been a marked increase in awareness about hazing in college. This year, several reprehensible hazing-related incidents at schools around the country have made national news, and many schools have made a conscientious push to eradicate such damaging behaviors in Greek-letter, athletic, and extracurricular organizations. Colgate uses an educational approach to opening up discussion about the serious problems of hazing.

On February 28, approximately 30 members from all eight of Colgate’s Greek-letter organizations gathered in Olin Hall’s Love Auditorium to participate in the New Member Education Summit. Students discussed what qualifies as hazing, and how to ensure that new members experience a healthy transition into Greek life.

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