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Video: Colgate students lend a hand during COVE day of service

September 14, 2014

Giving back to the community often involves application of old-fashioned elbow grease, but sometimes it’s also a good game of kickball accompanied by a big smile and laughter.

A new video captures a few moments during an August 21 day of service in Utica in which nearly 40 first-year students pitched in to help nonprofit organizations through participation in the Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education (COVE) pre-orientation program.

Students painted rooms, cleaned out garages, and played games with children during the daylong outing at six local groups: Hope House, Johnson Park Center, the Thea Bowman House, Emmaus House, the Utica Rescue Mission, and the Neighborhood Center.


New Picker exhibitions and Homecoming fill busy calendar

September 12, 2014

This post is by Jessica Rice ’16

As students are concluding their second full week of school, there are tons of events happening around campus. It’s going to be a busy week at Colgate with Homecoming Weekend around the corner, so here are some of the events you don’t want to miss.

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Addressing race relations in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting

September 11, 2014
Colgate community members collectively put their hands up in a demonstration of their solidarity with Ferguson. Photo by Salote Tenisi '15

Colgate community members collectively put their hands up in a demonstration of their solidarity with Ferguson, Mo. Photos by Salote Tenisi ’15

Editor’s note: This report was co-authored by Hannah O’Malley ’17 and Kellyann Hayes ’16

Colgate has been participating in the nationwide conversation about race relations in response to the death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American who was unarmed when he was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Read more


Natasha Torres ’15 assesses study abroad experiences of students of color

September 8, 2014
Natasha Torres '15

Based on her own experiences studying abroad, Natasha Torres ’15 developed her research project about how other students of color navigated their experiences.

Colgate students are reflecting on their summer research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Natasha Torres ’15, an educational studies major and women’s studies minor from Cleveland, Ohio, who was given an award for outstanding research at the fall student poster session.

My study abroad experience, which included a semester in Italy and extended study to South Africa, was life changing — in far more complicated ways than I had expected. My two experiences were drastically different, but both informed the reasons for conducting my research and are deeply embedded within my project. Read more


Academic year begins with strong message of sexual respect and safety

September 4, 2014
Yes Means Yes training has been held on campus for several years.

Yes Means Yes program training has been held on campus for several years.

The expectations for 2014–2015 are crystal clear: Sexual violence will not be tolerated at Colgate.

As stated in a September 3 campus-wide e-mail signed by President Jeffrey Herbst, Provost and Dean of the Faculty Douglas Hicks, and Dean of the College Suzy Nelson, the administration is “especially keen to bring the issue out in the open … during the first several weeks of the semester, when new students are proven to be most at risk.” Read more


Summer Institute provides invaluable mentorship for first-year students

September 3, 2014
Manny Heredia-Santoyo '14 (second from right), a residential academic coach for the Summer Institute, has served as a role model to this group of first-years.

Manny Heredia-Santoyo ’14 (second from right), a residential academic coach for the Summer Institute, has been a role model for these first-years.

Staying at Colgate for one last summer, Manuel (Manny) Heredia-Santoyo ’14 wanted to bring to the Summer Institute what he learned through his own experience. For five weeks, Heredia-Santoyo lived, ate, took classes, and shared stories with 13 incoming students. As a residential academic coach (RAC), he was a role model in every sense of the word. Read more


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


Video: A special guest joins the Class of 2018

August 29, 2014

Members of the Class of 2018 received a huge welcome during arrival day last Saturday, and Raider was among those who enjoyed the day and shared a big Colgate hello.


Colgate’s Spanish debate team competes in Mexico City

August 27, 2014
The Colgate Spanish Debate team traveled to Mexico for a tournament.

The Colgate Spanish debate team traveled to Mexico to compete in the World Universities Debating Championships.

Competitive debate at Colgate is not limited to English. Nine members of the Spanish debate team traveled to Mexico City this summer to compete in the World Universities Debating Championships, an all-Spanish-language tournament. Read more


Easing the transition for incoming international students

August 26, 2014
Niki Keating, a staff psychologist in Colgate's counseling center, welcomes international students.

Niki Keating, a staff psychologist at Colgate’s counseling center, welcomes international students at the Campus Resources Fair.

From colorful posters providing information like “The Stages of Culture Shock” to homemade cookies and giveaways, various campus departments welcomed the incoming international students last Thursday in O’Connor Campus Center (the Coop). Read more


Shan Wu ’15 finds direction in assisting Professor Kaimal with book manuscript

August 25, 2014
Shan Wu '15 helped Professor Padma Kaimal with her book manuscript as part of summer research.

Shan Wu ’15 helped Professor Padma Kaimal with her book manuscript as part of summer research.

Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Shan Wu ’15, a double major in art history and the classics, from Hangzhou, China.

This summer I have been assisting Professor Padma Kaimal with her book manuscript Many Paths to the Divine. It analyzes one of the canonical monuments of Indic architecture: the eighth-century Kailāsanātha temple in Kanchipuram, a city in India’s southern-most state of Tamilnadu. Read more


Photos: Colgate greets Class of 2018 on arrival day

August 23, 2014

(View more images by university photographer Andy Daddio on the Colgate flickr site.)

Arrival day 2014. (Photo by Andy Daddio) Read more


Career Services provides more support, opportunities for summer internships

August 22, 2014
Alex and Erik Jurado '15 sift dirt for artifacts at an excavation site at Altica, Mexico.

Alex and Erik Jurado ’15 sift dirt for artifacts at an excavation site in Altica, Mexico.*

A Center for Career Services initiative to provide financial support for students on unpaid internships has tripled in size since a 2012 major overhaul to the program.

A total of $472,508 was awarded to 170 students through the Career Services unrestricted internship fund this summer, with an average grant of $2,779. The number of students funded increased 354 percent over 2012, when 48 were awarded a total of $173,192.

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Cheer members of the Class of 2018 as they arrive on campus

August 21, 2014
Cheer for the Class of 2018

Join the cheering section for the Class of 2018!!!

The big day for the incoming Class of 2018 is this Saturday, when first-year students arrive on campus to begin their Colgate careers.

Arrival day typically unfolds with juniors and seniors greeting new classmates with a chorus of clanging pots and pans at the entrance to Whitnall Field, where new students and their families unload their possessions and get help moving into the residence halls.

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Colgate students invited to take part in New York Six research conference

August 19, 2014

Colgate University students are invited to participate in the fourth annual New York Six Undergraduate Research Conference that will be held Saturday, September 20, at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y.

The conference is sponsored by the New York Six, a consortium of upstate New York liberal arts institutions that comprises Colgate, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St. Lawrence University, Skidmore College, and Union College. Read more