Colgate University News Items of interest about the Colgate community Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:27:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Flaherty Film Seminar examines the Scent of Places Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:30:10 +0000 Laura U. Marks with several participants of this year's Flaherty Film Seminar hosted by Colgate.

Laura U. Marks with several participants of this year’s Flaherty Film Seminar

The “scent” of a locality is an invisible, unquantifiable aura that can be difficult to capture on film. Yet, it was the course of study for the 61st Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, hosted by Colgate for the eighth year.

From June 13–19, the seminar brought more than 170 filmmakers, scholars, and programmers to explore documentary and independent films on campus. One reason that organizers keep bringing Flaherty back to Colgate is because of the university’s facilities and equipment, including its dual 35-millimeter projectors.

The Scent of Places theme played out in different films’ interpretations of humanity, place, and the invisible. It was chosen by programmer Laura Marks, the Dena Wosk University Professor in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Because of her specialization in the Middle East, it adapted a heavy focus on Arab cinema.

The Flaherty Seminar is unique in that the program is not announced prior to the onset of screenings. Participants are told the length of screenings and number of films that will be watched, but no other details.

Each year a handful of spots in the seminar are reserved for members of the Colgate community. This year, six faculty members and one student attended.

“We see films, meet filmmakers, and make connections to programmers, and that really enhances the way we teach,” said Mary Simonson, assistant professor of film and media studies and women’s studies, and director of the film and media studies program.

Matt LaPaglia ’17, a history major and film and media studies minor from Cicero, N.Y., was invited to participate by Simonson and Professor Penny Lane.

“As someone interested in pursuing a career related to film, rubbing shoulders with some of the most important filmmakers in the world has been phenomenal,” he said. “[This opportunity is] shaping my perspective on not only filmmaking and global cinema,” LaPaglia added, “but also how I look at the world as a place with vitality and experiences, laughter and sorrow, and history, all seeping from the people who carry stories begging to be told.”


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Katie Fallon ’16 gets the story, runs with it Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:39:29 +0000 Katie Fallon ’16 is spending the summer interning for CBS News in Washington, D.C., and it’s a far cry from making copies and getting coffee for this political science major from Hillsborough, Calif. Read her account of the experience at

Katie FallonLast week, she participated in what is known as the “running of the interns.” Interns of various news organizations wait in the Supreme Court for decisions to be released and then hand deliver hard copies of the news to their media teams. If the decisions are groundbreaking, interns sprint with hopes of being the first to break the news. So they must come prepared — pairing their business attire with running shoes.

The event arises from the strict prohibition of cameras and recording devices inside the court. Often, interns have delivered the news to their producers while justices are still announcing the decision in the courtroom.

Fallon was the intern who ran both the case that legalized statutes of the Affordable Care Act and the decision that legalized gay marriage, meaning that she was one of the first people in America to know the news. Fallon was able to simultaneously be part of a time-honored tradition and the making of history.

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Colgate University’s new athletics facility to be named Class of 1965 Arena Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:00:53 +0000 Members of the Class of 1965 sign a beam to be used in the construction of the Class of 1965 Arena

Members of the Class of 1965 sign a beam to be used in the construction of the Class of 1965 Arena (photo by Andrew Daddio)

Colgate’s new athletics facility, opening in October 2016, will be named the Class of 1965 Arena, thanks to a record-setting gift from the university’s 50th anniversary graduates.

Class members — led by gift chair Jim Himoff, Peter Desnoes, Peter Kellner, John McGonagle, and Robert Forster — offered more than $22 million in support for Colgate to mark their reunion this spring. Their generosity also ensured that Colgate hockey’s home ice, located inside the arena, would be known as the Steven J. Riggs ’65 Rink, in memory of classmate Steve Riggs, killed in Vietnam in 1968. Riggs was team captain and was inducted posthumously into the Colgate Athletics Hall of Honor.

a portait of Steven J. Riggs Sr. ’65

Steven J. Riggs Sr. ’65

While preparing for Reunion 2015, the Class of 1965 set three goals: to have the largest class turnout, the best program and meals, and one of the largest class gifts in university history. They accomplished all three of those goals.

Attendance topped out at 125 — nearly 50 percent of living classmates — far surpassing Colgate’s average 50th Reunion class attendance of 84. Members invested heavily in the quality of their program events and fare, and a remarkable 80 percent of the class participated in the gift giving, propelling ’65 into second place in the record books.

During a luncheon on May 30, members of the Class of ’65 signed a beam that will be used in the construction of the arena. Steve Riggs Jr., son of First Lieutenant Steven J. Riggs Sr. and an honorary member of the Class of 1965, was one of those who picked up a pen.

Creating a memorable 50th gift, the Class of ’65 built on its record-breaking 25th anniversary performance. Back in 1990, the university had committed to renovating Starr Rink as its men’s squad skated into the NCAA playoffs and finished number two in the country. The Class of ’65 kicked in with the largest silver anniversary gift seen at that time and named the men’s hockey locker room in memory of Riggs.

“Twenty-five years later, we were planning for our 50th, and there on the board were plans for a new hockey rink,” said class president Lee Woltman ’65. “I was dreaming about naming a major portion of the building for Steve Riggs. Not only were we able to name the hockey rink — we’ve been able to name the whole building. My classmates and I are absolutely giddy at leaving that kind of legacy on campus for the Class of 1965.”

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Zhou Tian’s new violin concerto “The Infinite Dance” delights Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:16:18 +0000 Composer and Colgate music professor Zhou Tian

Composer and Colgate music professor Zhou Tian

What do J.S. Bach’s Partitas and traditional Chinese erhu (violin) music have in common? For one thing, a new concerto, “The Infinite Dance,” called by one reviewer “quite original” with “soaring melodic loveliness” and “magical” effect — a “minor masterpiece.”

But for Colgate music professor and composer Zhou Tian, a deeper commonality served as his inspiration: both are musical forms inspired by dance.

“I am fascinated by the frequently similar energy … even though their musical roots cannot be more different: partitas were composed based on matured Western music theory, while erhu music is often freely improvised,” Zhou explained.

“Being a mixture of cultures myself, I wanted to add a new perspective to the mix, and to convey a sense of continuity of musical ideas from my cultural roots but presented with modern romanticism and energy.” So, he subtitled his concerto “The Infinite Dance.”

Zhou was also inspired by the instrument itself: having always loved its sound, and with his father and his wife both being violinists, “composing this piece felt like a release of that love.”

The 25-minute work consists of three movements, and in addition to the typical string, wind, brass, and percussion sections in the orchestral accompaniment, Zhou’s score calls for instruments heard less frequently in a string concerto, from vibraphone, harp, and glockenspiel to crotales, tam-tam, and snare drum.

Zhou composed “The Infinite Dance” for violinist Caroline Goulding, who premiered it with conductor Stewart Robertson and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in celebration of the orchestra’s 25th anniversary, via a commission underwritten by the Rappaport Foundation.

All four of its premiere performances, in Palm Beach and Stuart, Fla., in mid-April, received standing ovations.

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Kevin Costello ’16: Interning with congressman on Capitol Hill Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:49:25 +0000 Kevin Costello '16 stands in the office of Congressman Hanna on Capitol Hill

Kevin Costello ’16, philosophy, Concord, Calif.

Editor’s note: In this series, Colgate students share stories about their summer experiences in offices, labs, and open spaces across America.

While I’m only in the third week of my internship with Congressman Richard Hanna, Capitol Hill has been incredibly exciting for me so far.

In my first week, the House debated and voted on two pieces of legislation that would grant President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate a trade partnership with other countries, and our office was flooded with phone calls and letters from constituents voicing their opinions.

I was fortunate enough to be able to watch the House vote on these two bills from the gallery and hear the eruption of excitement from the floor once the 218th “Yea” vote was cast.

I knew I wanted to spend the summer in D.C. after an incredible spring semester on Colgate’s Washington, D.C., Study Group. I’ve always been something of a political head, but it wasn’t until last semester, being immersed in the hustle and bustle of American political life, that I really caught the bug.

My primary issue of interest is the intersection between policy and small business, so I was ecstatic when I received an offer to intern with Congressman Hanna, an entrepreneur who sits on the House Small Business Committee and specializes in issues relating to small businesses.

I’ve learned a lot about specific issues and the policy process as a whole from an office full of smart and friendly staffers, including a Class of 2014 Colgate alumnus. I’ve also attended a series of lectures and hearings, including a Small Business Committee mark-up of a bill that would extend certain benefits to veterans trying to start their own businesses.

My eventual goal is to attend law school and then work with entrepreneurs in establishing and growing their businesses. This internship opportunity is applicable in more ways than one. I’m gaining additional knowledge of the specific challenges that today’s innovators face, as well as the ways in which current and future policy may assist them in pursuing their business goals. I’m learning about communicating and working with different kinds of people to solve problems. I’ve already gained a whole host of new administrative skills that should benefit me in any work environment. This list of important takeaways is sure to grow as I get further into my internship.

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Overheard at this week’s Colgate Writers’ Conference Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:30:28 +0000 Participants from this week's Colgate Writers' Conference gathered for a reception at Merrill House.

Participants from this week’s Colgate Writers’ Conference gathered for a reception at Merrill House.

Now in its 20th year, the Colgate Writers’ Conference has blossomed into a cooperative literary haven for writers of all ages and literary interests. This past week, more than 40 writers enjoyed workshops, craft talks, and readings. For many, it was the opportunity to return to a collegiate environment (several even experienced an early morning fire alarm in a first-year residence hall) ripe with intellectual sharing and inspiration. They came, they wrote, they collaborated. Here are some reflections:

“It gives me a week to hole up and just write without any interruption.”
– Ginnah Howard, author of three novels, from Gilbertsville, N.Y.

“We’re in it for the people we get to hang out with, and the fascination of telling stories.”
– Leslie Daniels, author, former agent, and workshop leader from Ithaca, N.Y.

“This year, I had about 750 pages [on which to provide constructive criticism]. One of the good things about this conference is that we workshop long manuscripts — very few places do that. ”
– Brian Hall, a visiting professor in Colgate’s English department and a longtime faculty member at the conference

“I talked more about my piece here than I did at my master’s defense.”
– Cody Harris, high school teacher and novelist from New London, Conn.

“I’d heard there was a wide variety [of writers] coming in, but I didn’t anticipate being in a workshop with a high school teacher, a British man, and an older woman. They’re all lovely people and it’s been such a different perspective on writing. Getting your stuff workshopped is the most helpful thing that I know. There’s really no replacement for it.”
– Lee Tremblay ’16, double major in creative writing and social sciences, Colgate Writers’ Conference intern, and aspiring fiction writer from Kirkland, Wa. Tremblay was able to workshop the beginning of a piece that she hopes to transition into a creative writing honors thesis this coming year.

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Chorus and chamber singers tour Europe Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:22:45 +0000 Ryan Endris leads the Colgate University Chorus in Vienna. Photo by Dylan Crouse

Ryan Endris leads the Colgate University Chamber Singers in Vienna. Photo by Dylan Crouse ’15

In May, the University Chorus and Chamber Singers had the opportunity to perform the program for their spring concert in the places where the musical pieces would have originally been heard. During the nine-day tour, we held four concerts: in Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, and Budapest.

The program included Mass in D Major by the Bohemian composer Antonin Dvorak; Two Motets (Op.74) by Brahms, who spent most of his career in Austria; a piece by Hungarian composer Franz Liszt; and three works by American composers as cultural exchange.

“Each concert was a fantastic learning opportunity because we had to make adjustments for each different performance space,” said R. Ryan Endris, director of the University Chorus.

The first concert was held in St. Savior’s Church, the oldest Protestant church in Prague. Although it had been three weeks since the group last rehearsed, everyone was excited and well prepared. “It was great coming back together and singing as a group,” said Amanda James ’17. Approximately 200 people attended, giving the tour a great start.

There was an unexpected hiccup at the Jesuit Church of the Holy Redeemer in Bratislava when our pre-concert recital was interrupted by an unexpected Mass and we had to quietly step out. “I was incredibly impressed by the professionalism of the students,” said Endris, “and their ability to [still] give an outstanding performance.”

The surprise and confusion in Bratislava was soon washed over by the recital in the Stephansdom, one of the most important religious buildings in Vienna. “It was so cool to be able to sing in such a musically historic space,” said David Wall ’18. Also, the cathedral’s massive scale made the acoustics vastly different from any other place we’d sung in. “It was interesting to experience the acoustics,” said David Huang ’16. “And gratifying, indeed.”

The final concert was held in St. Michael’s Church in Budapest. For Lydia Mesler ’15, this was her favorite concert out of the four, “because the crowd was so great.” The audience gave the chorus slow, steady applause, which, according to our trip organizer in Budapest, represented the highest praise given to a performance.

“We all realized that it was the last time that this group of people would ever sing together,” said Christy Mills ’17. “From that came the drive to do our best.”

A dinner cruise on the Danube after our Budapest concert marked the end of the tour. We gave cheers for friendship and music.

Check out more details on our tour blog, and watch performance videos on our YouTube channel.

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‘Prepare to be inspired': Eddie Glaude’s Colgate commencement speech makes NYT Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:19:08 +0000 Eddie S. Glaude Jr. gives his Commencement address to the Class of 2015, May 17, 2015.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. gives his commencement address to the Class of 2015, May 17, 2015. (Photo by Andrew Daddio)

After combing through many hundreds of commencement soundbites and snippets, editors at The New York Times highlighted the best of the best for their 2015 Cap and Gown blog. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., recipient of an honorary doctor of humane letters from Colgate and professor of religion and African-American studies at Princeton University, appeared at the top of the blog yesterday, above first lady Michelle Obama, television commentators Stephen Colbert and Katie Couric, author Salman Rushdie, and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

The excerpt chosen by the New York Times begins: “In so many ways, colleges and universities are training grounds for citizenship. Here you either cultivate the habits of courage or learn the habits of cowardliness. Over the past year, you have courageously forced this university to look unflinchingly at itself. You have set the conditions for a nobler university for that fourth grader today who, in a not so distant future, will find herself moving about this campus. And, hopefully, she will not have to ask herself if she belongs here.”

Read the full transcript of Glaude’s speech here.


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Downtown incubator abuzz as Colgate Entrepreneurs Fund winners go to work Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:29:45 +0000 Amanda Brown '15 (left) talks to a student at eWeekend. Brown is one of six eFund winners working in the Thought Into Action incubator space in Hamilton, N.Y. this summer.

Amanda Brown ’15 (left) talks with a student at  Entrepreneur Weekend in April. Brown is one of six eFund winners working in the Thought Into Action incubator space in Hamilton, N.Y., this summer.

Being selected for the Colgate Entrepreneurs Fund (eFund) can change everything for a fledgling start-up, especially when combined with incubator space and direct access to Thought Into Action alumni-mentor support for an entire summer in Hamilton, N.Y.

The $15,000 award that comes with selection opens doors for these new ventures. Some use the funding to hire product engineers, web developers, advertising buys, or just use the capital to allow for full-time work on an idea that otherwise would be attended to only after working another job.

The eFund, originally seeded by parent Dan Rosensweig, is now funded by numerous Colgate parents and alumni. Now in its third year, the eFund has awarded a total of $255,000 to 17 ventures since 2012. The mentoring and expertise that the entrepreneurs in the incubator space receive is just as valuable as the funding, they’ve said.  This summer, that mentorship includes advice from alumni including Jason Griswold ’97, Janice Ryan ’94, Amy Jurkowitz ’85, Joey Petracca ’13, TIA Co-Founders Andy Greenfield ’74, Bob Gold ’80, and Wills Hapworth ’07, and many more.

“For most of the eFund entrepreneurs, this is the first time they’ve had the opportunity to spend 100% of their time, focus, and creativity on their ventures. They get to stop moonlighting on their idea, and make a hard push at creating success, with capital and mentorship to accelerate their growth … and we’ve seen it work for many of the teams,” said Hapworth.

This year’s Entrepreneurs Fund winners are:

Children and Youth First USA
Amanda Brown ’15
This U.S. branch of a Nepalese nonprofit organization is dedicated to fundraising for support of marginalized youth and women across Nepal. Currently, Brown is focused on raising funds for the construction of an expanded, safer, and more sustainable Life Vision Academy for 200 students. “The mentorship has been really helpful, both for the logistics advice and their business knowledge,” Brown said. “This is something that really wouldn’t be possible without Colgate.”

Adam Buys ’17, Zy Mazza
Echo is a mobile app that uses geolocational data on your phone to highlight social events nearby. Only interested in free events? Echo can let you filter out any events that cost money. The duo, friends from high school, have submitted their first version to the Apple app store for approval, and they are now working on their first product update. “Being here makes everything easier,” Buys said.

Fair Harbor Clothing
Jake Danehy ’17, Caroline Danehy ’19, Sam Jacobson
One Fair Harbor swimsuit is made from 11 recycled bottles. Combined with donating 5 percent of their profits to clean-water charities, this ecologically minded active lifestyle brand was created by a brother and sister team now selling their products online and in surf boutiques.
“We used our winnings from Entrepreneur Weekend to put our deposit down on our first order, and we’re using our eFund award to pay for the remainder of the order, ” said Jake Danehy.

Brainstorm Technologies
David Myers ’14, Alex Drakos ’16
Drakos said studies have shown it’s possible to boost concentration through gentle electrical brain stimulation. This venture aims to make that concept available to the general public through the creation of a new headset designed to increase mental focus. Drakos and Myers are now working on building a Kickstarter campaign, and they’ve hired an engineer to build a prototype of the product.

Raffi Khatchadorian ’17, Keshav Garg ’15, Matthew Pavia, Connor Lawrence
Winners of a $10,000 Entrepreneur Weekend prize after presenting to an all star–entrepreneur panel, Indify is a platform for record labels to find emerging artists. The team is working this summer to refine the platform in preparation for a beta launch at the end of the year. “TIA has gotten us to a place where we’re comfortable working on this full time,” said Garg. “We’d probably be in my basement working on this without TIA. We might not even be around. Having this support system has made us confident, and it has given us the resources to make it happen.”

Platform Athletics
Alex Relph ’09, Sam Breslin ’09
Started by two former Colgate football players in 2013, Platform Athletics is a web-based training platform designed for high school coaches in the development of student athletes. The system includes online leaderboards, individualized workouts, and a coaching dashboard equipped with powerful tracking tools. Breslin and Relph are using this summer to finalize and launch their 2.0 while retooling their marketing message. “The TIA mentors have been invaluable in helping us look at our message and brand in a new light and develop a message that resonates with high school coaches,” Relph said.

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Colgate’s #2 ranking on economic outcomes continues to pay dividends Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:54:28 +0000 Yesterday Barron’s became the latest media outlet to report the good news about Colgate’s #2 ranking for “value-added” with respect to mid-career earnings. Colgate ranked ahead of MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and many other four-year schools, on the first list assessing a broad array of colleges on economic outcomes for graduates.

The recent report from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program — titled Beyond College Rankings, a Value-Added Approach to Assessing Two- and Four-Year Schools — used a blend of government and private data sources, including LinkedIn and PayScale. It factored in seven quality metrics: curriculum value, percent graduating in a STEM field, alumni skills, graduation rate, retention rate, aid per student, and instructional staff.

Read here for the summary of the report and the list of the “10 universities that will increase your career earnings the most.”

The new ranking has attracted much attention, including coverage in Inside Higher EducationNational JournalCNN Money, cbs.comNational Journal, Fusion, and Huffington Post.


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Exploring the intersection of MoMA’s print and digital marketing Mon, 08 Jun 2015 18:40:56 +0000 Lauren Casella '15 at MoMA, where she is interning for the summer

Lauren Casella ’16 at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, where she is interning for the summer

Editor’s note: This blog post is the first in a series written by students about their summer experiences.

Last week, I started my internship in New York City, working for the marketing department at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Housing collections of architecture, design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and film, MoMA is regarded as one of the most influential modern art museums in the world.

During my first two days, MoMA’s staff was immersed in preparation for its annual Party in the Garden. This year’s event, on June 2, honored artists Kara Walker and Richard Serra and featured a performance by popular R&B artist The Weeknd. As the event approached, I received a firsthand look into the marketing initiatives and strategies of MoMA through its various social media channels.

Throughout the summer I will serve as the only intern on the marketing department’s team. I will be studying the intersection of print and digital marketing campaigns as they are planned and implemented on varying scales in relation to upcoming exhibitions, programming, and events.

The formal internship program at MoMA includes 33 students and recent graduates in various departments. On Tuesdays, the interns gather with company executives and artists to learn about the collections, the history of the museum, and the state of the art world as it evolves in an increasingly digital society.

Despite not studying art or art history, I believe that MoMA is a place where I’ll be able to combine my two majors, political science and religion. I will consider the works of art in terms of their societal context and the ideas that drive artists in our contemporary landscape.

As I pursued this opportunity, I frequently corresponded with Pamela Duncan ’14, who provided me insight into her own experience as a MoMA summer intern and is now a full-time member of the special programming and events department.

My experiences as a MoMA intern, as a campus editor-at-large for the Huffington Post, and as an intern for the Colgate communications office during the academic year have allowed me to explore my passion for social media and storytelling. With senior year approaching, I know this summer’s opportunity will help prepare me for my career search.

As I consider my next 10 weeks at the museum, I am humbled to spend time exploring the galleries and studying the brand marketing for such powerful and moving exhibitions.

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Reunion 2015: New leaves, deeper roots Mon, 01 Jun 2015 17:10:14 +0000 Members of the Class of 1950 march during the annual parade at Reunion. (Photo by Andrew Daddio)

Members of the Class of 1950 march during the annual reunion parade. (Photo by Andrew Daddio)

Raider spirit ran high May 28 to 31, as Colgate welcomed the 0s and 5s home to the Chenango Valley for Reunion 2015. More than 2,000 alumni and guests attended, ushering in the summer while celebrating love for their alma mater.

“This is my fourteenth reunion in a row,” said Bart Hale ’04. “I never miss it because it’s full of so many people who love Colgate, and you see lifelong friends across different years.”

Always mindful of tradition, Reunion 2015 included many familiar events such as banquets, concerts, and the Torchlight Ceremony. The weekend also offered special events such as tours of the Colgate Community Garden, a GPS scavenger hunt in downtown Hamilton, and a performance by Juggling Josh.

The Alumni Corporation held its annual awards ceremony in Memorial Chapel, where Interim President-Elect Jill Harsin commended the “sense of purpose, desire to be here, and confidence” of the student body over the 33 years she has taught here. “It’s always fun to see later what they have made of themselves, as well as their love and loyalty to this place,” she added.

Reunion College included intellectually stimulating classes taught by professors and graduates. Topics included Bluegrass Boy: The Music and Life of Peter Rowan ’65; Stars Over the Tents: Deciphering the Celestial Movements of the Stars, Moon, and Sun with Professor of Physics and Astronomy Tom Balonek; and A Tale of Two Sit-Ins featuring leaders from both the 1968 sit-in and 2014 sit-in at Colgate.

Throughout the weekend, the Village of Hamilton buzzed with activity as alumni gathered at old hangouts and enjoyed splendid central New York weather while strolling on Broad Street.

Coming from distances as far as 7,800 miles away, and ranging up to 92 years of age, as is Frank Zabransky ’50, alumni gathered under the tents on Whitnall Field to enjoy entertainment and fellowship.

In keeping with the spirit of times gone by, many alumni opted to stay in their former residence halls. Some meals were also served in Frank Dining Hall. Jean Marie Davis ’85, P’14’16 had the occasion to once again share a Parker Apartment with college roommates Kathy Armata ’85, Kathy Flannery ’85, and Karen (Abeshaus) Bromberg ’85.

“The four of us said ‘hey, it’s our thirtieth anniversary, let’s come to reunion,’” explained Davis. “We have never had the chance to all come back together. At this point in our lives, we’re more available to reconnect. Kathy Armata came from Boston, Kathy Flannery came from California, Karen came from Ohio, and I came from New York City.”

A number of undergraduates assisted the Office of Alumni Relations with Reunion efforts — a special opportunity to connect with those who came before them.

“The alumni were genuinely curious about my endeavors at school and were excited to hear about my interests, as well as share their own,” said Daye Ju ’16. Ju was driving Kate Betteridge ’10 in her golf cart when “very naturally we started to talk about summer, as well as post-graduation plans. This led to a conversation about an internship opportunity. Kate gave me her business card and offered me a paid summer internship with her company!”

The weekend came to a close with tearful goodbyes and see-you-later’s just as rain clouds began to roll into the valley. With new memories made to keep connections alive, just like that, another reunion had come to a close, proving once again that all roads can lead back to Colgate.

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April Bailey ’14 and Professor Spencer Kelly publish in the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior Thu, 28 May 2015 20:52:52 +0000 April Bailey ’14 began studying gender and power dynamics at Colgate, in classrooms and in the lab with Spencer Kelly, professor of psychology and neuroscience. Now a PhD student in the social psychology program at Yale, Bailey has already published the first paper of her career.

Titled “Picture power: Gender versus body language in perceived dominance,” the paper is based on Bailey’s senior thesis at Colgate. It appeared in the April 2015 issue of the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, and was subsequently covered by Psychology Today.

“The upshot of the study is clear,” wrote Susan Krauss Whitbourne, a professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. “For women, if you want to appear powerful, you have not only to walk, but to stand and sit, like a man. It doesn’t take designer clothes, expensive suits, killer heels or even short hair to show that you’re in charge. Your body’s pose will tell it all.”

April Bailey '14

April Bailey ’14, PhD student at Yale

Bailey, first author on the paper, conducted her research at Colgate. Participants were presented with images of men and women in dominant and submissive poses, and then given a word and asked to quickly classify the word as dominant or submissive. The research also measured how quickly participants could make this decision and how many errors were made.

The results showed that participants associated dominant words with dominant poses for both men and women, but when it came to submissive poses, things weren’t as clear. While participants did link submissive words to submissive poses for women, men in submissive poses caused confusion. Participants didn’t always link submissive words to submissive poses for men.

Bailey also presented her research at the Nonverbal Preconference to the 16th Annual Meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology in Long Beach, California, in February 2015. (PDF of poster)

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Colgate honors first-generation graduates Wed, 27 May 2015 18:03:37 +0000 First Generation Lunch photo

Students, faculty, family, and friends gathered at the inaugural First Generation Luncheon last week. (Photo by Daniel DeVries)

It started with one student standing to thank her family for their support at the inaugural First-Generation Luncheon during commencement weekend.

“I think I’m here to thank you, not just for your sacrifices in the past four years, but for everything you’ve done in my life,” said the political science major from the Bronx, N.Y.

What followed was a moving tribute, as more students took the microphone to thank those closest to them for the love and support that culminated in their graduation from Colgate.

At the semi-formal luncheon on the Merrill House lawn, students spoke directly to their families in whatever language was most comfortable — Spanish, English, Russian, or Chinese — in front of a crowd of more than 200, gathered to celebrate the achievements of all first-generation graduates in the Class of 2015.

Vice President of Institutional Advancement Murray Decock ’80, a first-generation college graduate himself, encouraged students to reflect on the moment and on the fact that their achievement goes far beyond receiving a diploma and moving into the workplace or graduate school.

“You’ve been able to alter your family’s story and legacy forever,” Decock said.

Their legacies were forever changed. One student, a peace and conflict studies major from California, told of his family’s difficulties while he was growing up, recounting a time when they were forced to sleep in a public park because of financial problems.

Another student, through tears, thanked her mother for adopting her, and making her the star of their family, while another talked about the sacrifices her parents made after coming to America as immigrants in search of a better life for their children.

Vice President and Dean of Admission Gary Ross ’77 read a portion of the original application essay submitted by one of the students at the event.

“Even while being the first person in my family to go to college, I know that I will be able to break even more borders with that degree in my hands,” Ross read from the essay of the student from California who would graduate with honors as a double major in Spanish and sociology and anthropology. “I know now that anything is possible as long as we put our heart and soul into it.”

With admiration for the students attending the lunch, Ross said, “Most, if not all of you, knew your journey through college would not be easy. However, you considered academically demanding colleges and universities like Colgate not because you thought it would be easy, but rather because of the fact that you knew it would be hard. You, too, were ready to pour your heart and soul into the journey.”

Slideshow photos by Tommy Brown ’79.

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Colgate University celebrates 194th commencement Mon, 18 May 2015 22:00:44 +0000 Graduation cap from Commencement 2015 reading "Fortune favors the bold."

Photo by Andrew Daddio

During commencement exercises yesterday, Colgate University extended congratulations to the Class of 2015, family members cheered, and seniors enjoyed one final class together as undergraduates.

The lesson came in three parts. First, President Jeffrey Herbst reflected on America’s cultural obsession with being busy and asked students to reconsider how they answer the simple question, “How are you?”

“When asked how you are, never say ‘busy,’ Herbst said. “Rather than expressing to others the velocity at which you are doing things, why not discuss what you are doing?”

Taking this approach serves two purposes, Herbst said. It fosters a deeper connection with the person asking the question, and “will require you to reflect on whether what you’re doing has meaning.”

Lesson number two for the Class of 2015 was a demonstration — the conferring of honorary degrees on seven individuals whose lives, full of meaning and connection, exemplified Herbst’s message. They included emeritus Colgate computer science professors Elizabeth and Thomas Brackett; former Washington University Provost Edward Macias ’66; Rev. Gay Clark Jennings ’74, president of the Episcopal Church House of Deputies; Harvard sciences professor Naomi Oreskes; and Princeton religion and African American studies professor Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Board of Trustees Chair Denis Cronin also stepped forward to award an honorary doctorate to President Herbst, who leaves his post as the university’s chief executive this July.



The third and final lesson of the day came from Glaude. In a commencement address titled “Turning Our Backs,” he focused attention on the future of “a world that is,” he said, “quite ugly in its details.”

As Herbst had spoken of right action and attention to the nature of being busy, Glaude asked, “How will you orient yourself to the ‘fierce urgency of now?’”

According to Glaude, “It is the power of a true liberal arts education to ruthlessly expose you to ideas that will shift the ground beneath your feet.” That process teaches students to question basic assumptions and to reexamine the way we treat our fellow human beings.

“Members of the Class of 2015, will you do the work to free up your imaginations to dare to believe that this world can be different?” he asked. “All possibilities, even in the darkest of times, reach us through our imaginations.”

Glaude urged students to turn a critical eye on the world’s ugliness and take action to ensure a brighter future for humanity. He noted that hundreds of students began that process last fall when they occupied the administration building for 100 hours to demand a Colgate for all — an academic home where every student feels equally welcome and valued.

“You and I must seize hold of the idea that a different arrangement of things is possible,” he said. “And you must do so with passionate intelligence, in which you bring the fullness of what you have experienced and learned here at Colgate to bear on the world.”

He warned of the long road ahead. “Your commitments to improving Colgate, our country, or the world can’t be fleeting,” he said. “Those commitments don’t work like a tweet or a post on Instagram or comments on Yik Yak. They ought to animate the spirit of a life lived over time.”

Earning a Colgate degree is no easy feat; just ask class valedictorian John Robert Murphy or salutatorian Ariel Elizabeth Sherry. In classrooms and labs, on athletic fields and the artistic stage, students constantly challenge themselves. Glaude encouraged his audience to continue in that mindset.

“Members of the mighty Class of 2015, you must challenge yourselves; you must continue to challenge Colgate; and you must challenge this nation not only to be better, but to do better,” he said. “It is your inexhaustible voice, to paraphrase William Faulkner, your ‘spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance’ that is the only possible salvation we have now. It is in your hands.”

The Class of 2015 rose as one to applaud the sentiment, then individually received the diplomas that they worked so hard to earn, before walking out of Sanford Field House — into the life that awaits them as Colgate’s newest alumni.

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