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Meet the Colgate Class of 2018

July 24, 2014
Trees blossoming in front of James B. Colgate Hall in the early spring. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Trees blossoming in front of James B. Colgate Hall in the early spring. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Colgate’s incoming Class of 2018 continues a trend of out-performing the previous class in overall academic strength, and increasing economic and cultural diversity.

This class also stands out for receiving the most financial aid ever from Colgate, as 43.4 percent is receiving institutional grant funding, up from 41.6 percent in 2017. The university also continues to meet 100 percent of students’ demonstrated financial need.

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Brett Christensen ’16 dives into studying barnacles as part of summer research

July 21, 2014
This summer, Brett Christensen '16 has been raising barnacles at various life stages for a biomineralization experiment.

This summer, Brett Christensen ’16 has been raising barnacles at various life stages for a biomineralization experiment.

Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Brett Christensen ’16, a biophysics and philosophy double major from Marilla, N.Y.

This summer, I’m studying barnacles — impressive little organisms that live in the ocean. As a biophysics and philosophy double major, I found an opportunity in the research lab of Professor Rebecca Metzler in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Read more


Parallel awareness: one Benton Scholar’s journey to Korea

July 17, 2014
Hannah O'Malley '17 (first row, fourth from left) and the Benton Scholars in Korea's Demilitarized Zone.

Hannah O’Malley ’17 (first row, fourth from left) and the Benton Scholars in Korea’s Demilitarized Zone.

Standing in Korea’s Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), surrounded by fenced-in landmine fields juxtaposed by sundry tourist booths, I was shocked as I considered the countless human rights violations occurring only a few miles away in North Korea. Read more


Raiders hockey players participate in NHL development camps

July 10, 2014
Selected Colgate student-athletes are participating this summer in NHL Player Developmental Camps.

Selected Colgate student-athletes are participating this summer in NHL Player Developmental Camps.

Six current members of the Colgate men’s hockey team and one former student-athlete have been participating in 2014 NHL Player Development Camps.

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Electric vehicle charging station promotes sustainable transportation

July 7, 2014
ChargePoint charging station at Colgate University

A new charging station for electric vehicles has been installed on Colgate’s Lally Lane.

In 2011, Chris Paine ’83 directed the film Revenge of the Electric Car, chronicling the resurgence of electric vehicles (EVs) following their failure to go mainstream early in the century. In recognition of the electric car’s “revenge,” early this summer Colgate unveiled the university’s first on-campus EV charging station.

It was a development that instantly made environmentally sustainable transportation a more viable option on campus.

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Student volunteers lend a hand in Colgate’s newly located community garden

June 25, 2014
Student volunteers help out at the community garden.

Student volunteers help out at the community garden. (Photo by Quincy Pierce ’16)

More than 30 summer interns conducting research and working on campus got a chance to get their hands dirty last week at a volunteer party for Colgate’s recently relocated community garden.

Community garden interns Alex Schaff ‘16 and Quincy Pierce ‘16, under the guidance of garden manager Beth Roy, are working hard in the summer heat and rain to prepare the garden for the upcoming school year. The two interns organized the June 18 garden party and interns from the sustainability office also provided tours and instruction.

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Summer internship blog series: Editorial intern finds her fit at Forbes

June 11, 2014
Steve Bertoni '02, Natalie Sportelli '15, and Kurt Badenhausen '94 (left to right) in the Forbes library. (Photo by Zach D Roberts)

Steve Bertoni ’02, Natalie Sportelli ’15, and Kurt Badenhausen ’94 (left to right) in the Forbes library. (Photo by Zach D Roberts)

Colgate students are participating in internships in a variety of fields and locations this summer.  This post is by Natalie Sportelli ’15, an English major from Jamesville, N.Y., who is working at Forbes magazine.

This summer, I moved to New York City to work for the editorial department at Forbes magazine. Covering business, politics, investing and more, Forbes Inc. is a dual-platform media company that publishes a biweekly magazine, operates a high-traffic website, and hosts summits where the world’s foremost leaders in their fields come together to discuss topics like philanthropy, health care, and entrepreneurship.

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Video: Torchlight time-lapse is a must-see

May 19, 2014

Torchlight is one of Colgate’s most time-honored traditions. See it in an all-new light in this time-lapse video by Brian Ness.


Class of 2014 members to wear recycled bottles for commencement

May 14, 2014

(Note: The following was written by John Pumilio, director of sustainability at Colgate.)

When Carly Keller ’13, Sarah Vondracek ’13, and Sarah Cochran ’14 enrolled in Community-Based Study on Environmental Issues (ENST 390) with Professor Christopher Henke during the fall of 2012, they devised a strategy to move Colgate toward a zero-waste commencement. Read more


Colgate honors sustainability award winners

May 12, 2014

Sustainability awards at Colgate University

The end of the academic year means award season at Colgate, where students and faculty receive recognition for their hard work.

At the 4th annual Sustainability Awards, the university celebrated students, staff, and faculty who were recognized for their efforts to make campus a more sustainable and environmentally friendly place. Read more


Class of 2014 gives Senior Class Award to cafe employee Patti VanVoorhis

May 8, 2014
Patti Van Voorhees. Photo by Andrew Daddio.

Patti VanVoorhis received the Senior Class Award. (Photo by Andrew Daddio)

(Editors’ note: The following was submitted by Lindsey Skerker ’14, senior class vice president.)

On Sunday, May 4, the Class of 2014 and their torch medal recipients attended the Senior Class Brunch, a time-honored tradition at Colgate. One of the highlights of the brunch each year is the presentation of the Senior Class Award. This year’s award was given to Patti VanVoorhis.
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Evan Chartier ’14 earns academic accolades, including 1819 Award

April 30, 2014
Evan Chartier '14 accepts the 1819 Award from President Herbst at the Senior Awards Convocation Ceremony. (Photo by Duy Trinh '14)

Evan Chartier ’14 accepts the 1819 Award from President Herbst at the awards ceremony. (Photo by Duy Trinh ’14)

Few in attendance were surprised when Evan Chartier ’14, a sociology and anthropology and women’s studies double major from Oak Park Ill., was called to receive the 1819 Award, Colgate’s most selective and prestigious recognition.

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Awards convocation to recognize students’ academic achievements

April 27, 2014

This Tuesday at 11:15 a.m., Colgate’s annual awards convocation will take place in Memorial Chapel. During this ceremony, some of Colgate’s top-performing students will be recognized for their academic achievement.

Honors such as the prestigious 1819 award and national fellowships will be presented by faculty and senior administrators. To help recognize these students for their outstanding endeavors, be sure to stop by the Chapel! If you can’t attend, watch the ceremony live.

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Former GW basketball player Kye Allums promotes self-love at Colgate

April 25, 2014
Kye Allums delivers the keynote address for Queerfest at Colgate

Kye Allums, the first Division I openly transgender athlete, delivered the keynote address for Colgate’s Queerfest.

“There’s so much negativity in the world. … Do something that makes you smile — anything,” Kye Allums said in his keynote address kicking off Queerfest at Colgate. Allums, a George Washington University graduate, made national headlines in 2010 for being the first Division I openly transgender athlete. Read more


Gate-Town Connection brings together Colgate and community

April 23, 2014

Pie-eating contest at the Gate-town Connection in Hamilton, NY
With their faces covered in whipped cream as they eyed their opponents, Hamilton Mayor Margaret Miller, Colgate students, and local community members sat side by side in a race to finish their pie first.
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