Colgate University News http://news.colgate.edu Items of interest about the Colgate community Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:39:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A new exhibition, and new opportunities for students, at the Picker Art Gallery http://news.colgate.edu/2016/09/a-new-exhibition-and-new-opportunities-for-students-at-the-picker-art-gallery.html/ http://news.colgate.edu/2016/09/a-new-exhibition-and-new-opportunities-for-students-at-the-picker-art-gallery.html/#respond Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:18:32 +0000 http://news.colgate.edu/?p=21211 Marko Mäetamm, Self-Portrait in the Cage, 2015, cast plastic figure, hair, clothes, and birdcage; 33 1/8 x 17 1/2 x 27 3/8 in. (84.1 x 44.5 x 69.5 cm). Image courtesy of Marko Mäetamm and Temnikova & Kasela Gallery.

Self-Portrait in the Cage, 2015 (Image courtesy of Marko Mäetamm and Temnikova & Kasela Gallery)

Estonian multimedia artist Marko Mäetamm tells stories, both personal and global, in the exhibition I Want to Tell You Something, opening this Thursday at the Picker Art Gallery.

The exhibition features paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, and video installations through which Mäetamm communicates with viewers about his life, his problems, and the world around him.

“For me, making art is always about saying something, or at least provoking communication or dialogue,” said Mäetamm, who is the 2016 Christian A. Johnson artist-in-residence. “If I don’t have anything to say, then I don’t see why I should paint, or why I should do anything.”

Many of the works in the exhibition are intended to provoke conversation about everyday life and cultural issues. The installation titled Bookshelf appears to be a room covered with books, but inside is the video Just Checking if There’s Something New, which shows a man continuously checking his smartphone.

“I don’t know if it’s good or bad,” said Mäetamm, reflecting on social media and texting as new forms of communication, “but it’s different now, and it’s exciting, and that is what interests me: observing it.”

In preparation for the exhibition, Katie Jean Colman ’18 assisted the Picker Art Gallery staff as a summer intern. She wrote an essay for the exhibition catalogue, organized a student event, and started a project with Estonian fashion designer Reet Aus that will provide sustainably sourced T-shirts to complement Mäetamm’s exhibition.

“There is so much that goes into planning and executing an exhibition that I had never thought of until this summer,” said Colman, who is an art history major. “I did all sorts of work during my internship, from curation to collections management. Each day presented something new.”

Colman and other student interns will give remarks and lead mini-tours at the exhibition’s opening reception Thursday at 5 p.m.

Internships at the Picker Art Gallery satisfy the internship requirement of the museum studies minor, a new interdisciplinary program that focuses on cultural property, public history, and museum theory.

In addition to the exhibition at the Picker, a complementary exhibition of Mäetamm’s video art, called Something Moving, is on display at the Clifford Gallery until October 2.

Mäetamm is also teaching an advanced studio art course, presenting a lecture, and completing a project with the theater department during his four-month residency at Colgate.

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Living Writers – an experience for the community http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/living-writers-an-experience-for-the-community.html/ http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/living-writers-an-experience-for-the-community.html/#respond Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:10:07 +0000 http://news.colgate.edu/?p=21179 A photo of four book covers from Living Writers course

Living Writers — one of Colgate’s most popular courses, both on campus and in the wider Colgate community — will return with a new focus next week. Led by English professor Jennifer Brice, the class will feature conversations with authors from a wide range of genres, including journalism and poetry, cartoons and novels, as well as memoirs and short stories.

Online, the course will offer interactive materials for all 10 visiting writers on the ColgateX platform. Videos, podcasts, and Livestream events with the writers, as well as discussion boards with students on campus will also be accessible on the site. As in past years, participants can tailor the course to their own schedules and interests, engaging with as much (or as little) of the material as they see fit. (Enroll here.)

The class format will match each visiting writer with a member of the Colgate faculty. Professor Meg Worley (writing and rhetoric) will discuss the multifaceted approach of cartoons with Lynda Barry, the artist and author behind What It Is. Tim Byrnes (political science) will explore an industry’s exploitation of intellectually disabled men with reporter Dan Barry. The course will also feature Professor Peter Balakian and his Pulitzer Prize–winning Ozone Journal, a book of poems on the Armenian genocide and related topics. Jane Pinchin, who retired from the English department in 2015, will return to dialogue with author James Wood (The Nearest Thing to Life). And English professor Nimanthi Rajasingham will introduce Michael Ondaatje (Running in the Family).

Lessons begin on September 8 with Sundance Film Festival award winner Penny Lane, a documentarian and an assistant professor of art and art history at Colgate, introduced by Brice herself. Clips from Lane’s yet-to-be-released Nuts! documentary will be available to view and discuss online.

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Internship blog series: asking important questions http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/internship-blog-series-asking-important-questions.html/ http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/internship-blog-series-asking-important-questions.html/#respond Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:15:20 +0000 http://news.colgate.edu/?p=21170 Angelica Greco '18, left, and Julia Feikens stand in front of

Angelica Greco, left, and Julia Feikens in the city of Oswego, where they conducted interviews.

During the summer months, Colgate students fanned out across the globe to apply their liberal arts know-how in a variety of real-world settings. They wrote back to campus to keep our community posted on their progress. Angelica Greco ’18, from Bethesda, Md., and Julia Feikens ’18, from West Nyack, N.Y., described their travels through upstate New York as they investigated the closure of nuclear power plants.

Our research this summer tied into a larger question that our mentor, Professor Dai Yamamoto, has been studying: how does the decommissioning of a nuclear power plant impact the community that hosts it?

With Professor Yamamoto on sabbatical in Japan, we planned, organized, and carried out independent research focusing specifically on the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant, located in Scriba, N.Y., half an hour away from Hamilton.

The FitzPatrick plant, having been unprofitable for the past few years, was scheduled for decommissioning in January of 2017.

For this summer’s research, we gathered qualitative, on-site data by interviewing stakeholders in Scriba and Oswego County. We interviewed people involved in local government and school systems to give us a picture of how the plant’s closure would affect the community from a variety of perspectives.

The picture that emerged during interviews was what we expected: the loss of the FitzPatrick plant would have a serious impact on many parts of the community. In addition to employing 615 people in a county that already struggles with high unemployment and poverty rates, the plant contributes vital revenue to the local school districts, the Scriba town government, and Oswego County.

But getting the information we needed and reaching the heart of the matter wasn’t always easy for us. Having to plan and conduct interviews by ourselves meant that both of us had to sharpen our interview skills. Banal “how do you feel about that?” questions just didn’t cut it this summer.

We asked interviewees about the future — were they optimistic about Scriba and Oswego County? Would the loss of the FitzPatrick plant, a large, well-paying employer, devastate the community? Were people worried about how the decommissioning of FitzPatrick will affect the programs in the local school system or access to municipal services?

The responses fell all across the spectrum: while interviewees were worried about their community’s future, many were also optimistic. People were hopeful that revenue from the Novelis aluminum plant and the two other nuclear power facilities in the area would be able to help make up for the loss of FitzPatrick. Participants were also optimistic about a government plan to subsidize FitzPatrick and other struggling nuclear plants. The subsidies may be enough to keep the plant open.

We learned that the overall situation was more complicated than we initially anticipated. However, this offered us more opportunities to learn about the different dynamics of communities that interact with nuclear decommissioning.

While growing our connections in the area, we also learned more about how nuclear plants affect far more than economies in an area. They aid in social events and support local organizations with time and effort. In order to create a whole picture of Oswego County, it was necessary to learn as much as possible about each facet. Consequently, our research and perspectives improved drastically by looking at every angle the plant’s relationship with the county.

Many of the issues that we asked participants about are delicate, and being caring, sympathetic listeners was very important. While we started this summer with varying levels of interview experience, we both undoubtedly grew as interviewers and researchers.

Related:

Summer internship blog series: a capital experience

Summer internship blog series: little dogs living longer

Career Services: Summer internship funding

Colgate University Center for Career Services

 

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Colgate welcomes the class of 2020 http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/colgate-welcomes-the-class-of-2020.html/ http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/colgate-welcomes-the-class-of-2020.html/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:08:37 +0000 http://news.colgate.edu/?p=21188 Students and parents gather on campus for first-year Move-in Day

Students and parents make their way to residence halls Sunday, August 21, during first-year Move-in Day. (Photo by Andrew Daddio)

Thirty minutes before the doors opened to the James C. Colgate Student Union, a line of first-year students and their families began to form in anticipation of new student registration Sunday morning.

Huashuo Zhang ’20 and Carrie Zhang ’20 were part of the line, waiting to receive information about the next three days of orientation. The two girls, both from China, met during last week’s International Student Orientation, where first-years who hail from outside of the United States learn about on-campus resources.

“I’m excited to start school and begin meeting classmates,” Carrie enthused. She and Huashuo are two of the 77 international students currently enrolled in the Class of 2020.

In addition to International Student Orientation, other first-year pre-orientation programs included Wilderness Adventure, Maroon-News, WRCU radio, Raider Pep Band, Masque and Triangle, and community outreach.

Student-athletes like cross-country runner Emily Peck ’20 also arrived early, in order to practice during the pre-season. “The campus is very welcoming,” she said. “You can tell that everyone’s excited for us to be here.”

From cheering on students as they arrived, to helping move belongings, to answering questions about move-in day and campus life, student workers from Link staff and residential life created this welcoming atmosphere.

“Keeping the mood up and getting everyone excited is our main goal,” said Lila Sullivan ’17, a Link staff member who was posted outside of the student union to talk to students and families. “We make sure we’re a resource for them, like we are during the school year.”

The Class of 2020 comprises 755 students who “truly represent the best of Colgate, not only in their excellent academic record, but also through their demonstrated commitment to community service and making the world a better place,” said Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Gary Ross ’77.

“Every year, the Colgate admission team receives an enormous amount of support from faculty, staff, and hundreds of students, so I am most grateful to the many members of the Colgate community who helped to build this tremendous class of scholars and future leaders.”

Arrival day 2016

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Some early birds might steal the worm http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/colgate-university-biology-professors-publish-research-in-journal-nature.html/ http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/colgate-university-biology-professors-publish-research-in-journal-nature.html/#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2016 20:19:21 +0000 http://news.colgate.edu/?p=21127 New research from Colgate University demonstrates how biologically determined “early birds” are more likely to make risky or unethical decisions in the afternoon, while biologically determined “night owls” often make the same missteps in the morning.

The research, published in the journal Nature (Scientific Reports), titled “Molecular Insights Into Chronotype and Time-of-Day Effects on Decision-Making,” is authored by Colgate biology professors Krista Ingram and Ahmet Ay along with three undergraduate co-authors: Soo Bin Kwon ’16, Molly Gordon ’15, and Angela Escobar ’15.

Professor Krista Ingram sits at her desk

Professor Krista Ingram (Photo by Andrew Daddio)

“It is an interdisciplinary study on how oscillations in our circadian clock genes (and whether we are a morning person or an evening person) affect our ability to make ethical or risky decisions,” said Ingram. “We found that if your clock genes cycle early (morning person), you are more likely to make unethical or risky decisions in the afternoon, while the same can be said about a night owl making unethical decisions in the morning.”

The study included 139 participants, who were split into two groups based on a survey that helps gauge preference for morning or evening hours. Researchers determined the daily RNA profile of circadian clock genes and identified individuals whose clocks cycled early (RNA larks) and late (owls). Participants were then given a risk-taking test and an ethics test.

The risk assessment is known as the Balloon Analog Risk Task. In each round, participants could earn money for pumping up a virtual balloon, but they would lose all of the money from the round if the balloon bursts before taking payout. The ethics test challenged participants to match and add numbers in a time trial, with payments earned for each successful match.

Results show that RNA-determined night owls are more than three times as likely to cheat on the matching test in the morning, compared to their early-bird peers, while early birds are more likely to cheat at night. When it comes to risky decisions and the balloon test, early birds are far more likely to push the envelope in the afternoon, while night owls are only slightly more likely to take more risk in the morning.

“Just imagine a judge or investment banker, who are larks, making their decisions in the late afternoon,” Ingram said.

Related:
Nature (Scientific Reports)
Department of Biology
Ahmet Ay
Krista Ingram

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A senior in the city, preparing for the real world http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/a-senior-in-the-city-preparing-for-the-real-world.html/ http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/a-senior-in-the-city-preparing-for-the-real-world.html/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:56:10 +0000 http://news.colgate.edu/?p=21115 Ryan Diew stands on stage and speaks to panelists

Ryan Diew speaks to a panel of entrepreneur experts at Colgate’s Entrepreneur Weekend 2016. (Photo by Gerard Gaskin)

Editor’s note: Ryan Diew ’17 is already preparing for graduation next May. In a series of posts during the upcoming academic year, Diew will track his progress through the Center for Career Services’ Real World program — signature events and workshops that prepare seniors for life on the other side of the commencement stage. Real World events are also powered by the Colgate Professional Networks.

Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to attend the Colgate Seniors in the City event in San Francisco. Seniors in the City is a networking program — part of the Center for Career Services’ Real World series — that provides students, parents, and alumni with a venue where they can talk and make lasting connections in order to help ease the transition after graduation.

I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area (Oakland to be specific — Go, Warriors!), so I was impressed and incredibly excited to meet so many Colgate alumni who have ventured out west.

I was able to connect with professionals working in careers that intersected with each of my school activities, interests, and experiences: I am a computer science major and a member of the Colgate Men’s Basketball team. I am also a part of Link Staff and Colgate’s Google Student Ambassador. Most recently, I founded my own company, Trippie, through Thought into Action. Trippie is a mobile application that helps travelers better navigate airports. (We expect to be in the App Store this Fall, so be on the lookout!)

I had the opportunity to interact with athletes and fellow entrepreneurs, as well as professionals who have worked for some of the biggest tech companies in the world. In addition, I was able to strengthen connections with classmates who are also interested in starting their professional careers in the Bay Area.

One of the reasons Colgate is so special is because of its amazing alumni network. During my time at Colgate, I have been afforded numerous opportunities and have made many lasting connections. This was reinforced multiple times at Seniors in the City, when an overwhelming majority of alumni encouraged us to reach out to other alumni for opportunities as well as advice. They emphasized that Colgate grads would be more than excited to help if we reached out. A simple LinkedIn message or e-mail introduction could really change a life. Seniors in the City underscored the beauty of the Colgate connection. Colgate alumni really look out for one another.

It’s great to know that, based on conversations I had in San Francisco, I will enter the professional world having forged strong relationships and alliances with those who are also transitioning into the “real world.”

Related:
Center for Career Services
Thought Into Action
Trippie – The Answer to Tired, Hungry and Grumpy

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Summer internship blog series: a capital experience http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/summer-internship-blog-series-a-capital-experience.html/ http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/summer-internship-blog-series-a-capital-experience.html/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:21:16 +0000 http://news.colgate.edu/?p=21110 Doug Whelan '19 in his Washington, D.C. office

Doug Whelan ’19 in his Washington, D.C., office

Colgate students have fanned out across the globe to apply their liberal arts know-how in a variety of real-world settings. They are writing back to campus to keep our community posted on their progress. Doug Whelan ’19, from Webster, N.Y., wrote about his legislative internship in the nation’s capital.

This summer, I was lucky enough to work as a legislative intern in the Washington, D.C., office of my home-district congresswoman, Louise M. Slaughter, gaining valuable experience in government and politics.

I was doubly fortunate to be working in the office of one of the most experienced leaders of the House of Representatives. Representative Slaughter is the oldest woman in Congress and has represented the Rochester, N.Y., area for nearly 30 years. She currently sits as the ranking member of the Rules Committee, which she chaired from 2007 to 2011. During that time, she was instrumental in moving landmark legislation, such as the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, through Congress.

My job as an intern varied from day to day, but primary tasks included answering phone calls; replying to constituent inquiries by researching policy issues relevant to their questions and then drafting response letters; providing tours of the Capitol building to visiting members of the district; and relaying information that I gathered at policy briefings to legislative staffers.

One of the most enriching elements of my time in Washington was the opportunity to listen to famous speakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator Jeff Merkley, and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. At the end of the internship, I completed a research project on a piece of pending legislation of my choice. The project included a set of memos to be delivered to the congresswoman.

While my internship was full of unforgettable memories, I will always remember the days following the tragic shooting in Orlando, Fla., when I sat in the House gallery watching Representative Slaughter participate in the gun control sit-in. It was a rare opportunity to witness civic action firsthand at the highest levels of our democracy.

Spending the summer on Capitol Hill affirmed my commitment to public service as a personal passion and long-term career goal. While I was sad to leave a place that so often felt like the center of universe, I know I’ll be back in the future to build on the experience I’ve gained.

Whelan wasn’t the only person interning in Congress. Here are a couple posts saying thank you to Colgate students for their work during the summer.

Related:

Summer internship blog series: little dogs living longer
Summer internship blog series: Colgate’s back pages
Career Services: Summer internship funding
Colgate University Center for Career Services

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Colgate rolls out new custom cruisers http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/colgate-rolls-out-new-custom-cruisers.html/ http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/colgate-rolls-out-new-custom-cruisers.html/#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:54:48 +0000 http://news.colgate.edu/?p=21124 The new Colgate Cruisers are not making the rounds around campus, and in the Village of Hamilton. The service is free and open to the community.

New Colgate Cruisers are now making the rounds on campus and in the Village of Hamilton. The service is free and open to the community.

If you’re looking to grab a ride on the university’s free shuttle service around campus and throughout the the Village of Hamilton, you’ll need to look for a new color.

White shuttles have been replaced with a new fleet of maroon buses operated by First Transit.

“These new cruisers are all handicap accessible, have bike racks, and are equipped with special route signs above the windshield to make it easier to know whether or not it’s the shuttle you want to take,” said Colgate Director of Purchasing Alan Leonard.

New GPS systems are being installed in the buses to provide more robust route tracking in the mobile app, but that process is ongoing, Leonard said. The cruisers are currently stopping at the same designated pickup locations on and off campus, including the Colgate Bookstore, Parry’s Hardware, and Price Chopper. Visit colgate.edu/cruiser for detailed route information.

First Transit, which is also providing Colgate’s separate on-demand shuttle service to local airports, train stations, and nearby cities, is now staffing an office on campus to help assist with the community’s bus needs. For questions about service, call 315-228-4287 during regular business hours. For after-hours assistance related to the on-demand service, call 315-269-3874.

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Lauren Schmetterling ’10 earns gold in Rio http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/lauren-schmetterling-10-earns-gold-in-rio.html/ http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/lauren-schmetterling-10-earns-gold-in-rio.html/#respond Sun, 14 Aug 2016 20:58:54 +0000 http://news.colgate.edu/?p=21104 Lauren Schmetterling '10 (forth from left) earned gold in Rio on Saturday as part of the US Women's Rowing Team.

Lauren Schmetterling ’10 (fourth from left) earned gold in Rio Saturday as part of the US Women’s Eight team.

RIO DE JANEIRO – The United States Women’s Eight and crew member Lauren Schmetterling ’10 won the gold medal Saturday morning in the 2016 Olympic Women’s Rowing final.

“All of Colgate is extremely proud of Lauren for this great accomplishment,” said Colgate Vice President and Director of Athletics Victoria M. Chun ’91, MA’94. “Lauren is a great example for our student-athletes. She has put in the time and work necessary to reach her dreams. It has been fun cheering along with the races and it was truly inspiring to see the nine members of the boat come together and perform so well on their way to victory.”

The Americans finished the race in 6:01.49, defeating silver-medalist Great Britain by 2.5 seconds at Lagoa Stadium.

Schmetterling became the first Patriot League student-athlete to win an Olympic medal in the 26-year history of the league.

Schmetterling is also the first Colgate athlete to win a gold medal at the Olympics, and third overall Olympic medal winner since Frank Castleman won the silver medal in the 200-meter hurdles at the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri and Dick McGlynn won a silver medal with the United States Hockey Team at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan.

For Schmetterling, it is her first Olympic appearance after winning gold medals at the 2013 and 2014 world championships.

The United States Women’s Eight have now won three straight gold medals dating back to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and four overall gold medals in the event.

Women’s Eight Final Standings
1. United States 6:01.49
2. Great Britain 6:03.98
3. Romania 6:04.10
4. New Zealand 6:05.48
5. Canada 6:06.04
6. Netherlands 6:08.37

(Editor’s note: This post, by Kevin Noonan, originally appeared on Gocolgateraiders.com.)

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Summer internship blog series: little dogs living longer http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/summer-internship-blog-series-little-dogs-living-longer.html/ http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/summer-internship-blog-series-little-dogs-living-longer.html/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2016 19:55:46 +0000 http://news.colgate.edu/?p=21057 Colgate students have fanned out across the globe to apply their liberal arts know-how in a variety of real-world settings. They are writing back to campus to keep our community posted on their progress. Josh Winward ’18, from Scarsdale, N.Y., wrote about his research.
portrait of Josh Winward ’18

Josh Winward ’18

I am on campus conducting research with Professor Ana Jimenez on the effects of oxidative stress, which scientists believe is one of the leading causes of aging in animals. This is a fairly new topic of study, because scientists did not connect oxidative stress to aging until the late 2000s.

Oxidative stress deals with the balance between pro-oxidants — molecules that damage cells and membranes — and antioxidants, which stop damage. Both are produced during cellular respiration, the main mechanism by which bodies turn food into energy. When the process works correctly, it produces antioxidants, but less than 2 percent of the time it produces pro-oxidants instead.

Our research deals with oxidative stress and aging in dogs. Small dogs tend to live longer than large dogs, even though small dogs have slower metabolic rates and in almost every other mammalian species, animals with slower metabolism have shorter lifespans than animals with faster rates. We believe oxidative stress is behind this aging anomaly.

The summer was split into two parts. During the first two weeks, my lab partner, Alex Ionescu ’19, and I familiarized ourselves with mountains of journal articles on oxidative stress and its effects. We also asked vets from central New York for dog skin samples.

The second part of our summer has consisted of lab work. When we receive a sample from the vet, we isolate the primary fibroblasts (connective tissue cells) in our lab. Fibroblasts are easily manipulated. By using chemicals to break the tissue into a solution, we can then use a centrifuge to separate those cells from everything else. We then plate the separated cells in specialized flasks and incubate them to grow for a week before we analyze them.

Once we have enough cells, we run different tests to measure rates of oxygen consumption and glycolysis, antioxidant content, pro-oxidant content, and amount of membrane damage. All of these measurements help us to determine what it is about small dogs that let them live longer than large dogs.

As a rising junior, I am grateful for the opportunity to do primary research, and this experience has made me want to continue down this path after I graduate.

Related:

Summer internship blog series: Colgate’s back pages

Summer internship blog series: Colgate’s third culture kids

Career Services: Summer research funding

Colgate University Center for Career Services

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Summer internship blog series: Colgate’s back pages http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/summer-internship-blog-series-colgates-back-pages.html/ http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/summer-internship-blog-series-colgates-back-pages.html/#respond Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:57:44 +0000 http://news.colgate.edu/?p=21072 Portrait of Brynne Becker ’17

Brynne Becker ’17

Colgate students have fanned out across the globe to apply their liberal arts know-how in a variety of real-world settings. They are writing back to campus to keep our community posted on their progress. This article was written by Brynne Becker ’17, an English and history double-major from West Chester, Pa., conducting research in preparation for Colgate’s bicentennial celebration in 2019.

I first became interested in the history of Colgate while writing about the topic for a paper in my history workshop class in 2014. In the process, I discovered how little I knew about the past of the place that I have called home for the last three years.

Now, I’m working with a team of researchers, including Emily Wong ’18, Professor Jennifer Hull, Professor Jill Harsin, and James Allen Smith ’70, to help tell the history of Colgate in a way that includes people, trends, and events that may not have appeared in traditional stories of the university.

This position provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about Colgate’s past, while simultaneously improving my research skills. I am focusing particularly on the history of coeducation and Title IX at Colgate. It is fascinating to learn about the history of women who have made a difference at this school — to my surprise, it begins far earlier than the official advent of coeducation at Colgate in 1970.

There are too many to single out any one of them as “most important.” Through my research, I have met individuals like Mabel Dart Colegrove, Colgate’s first official coed, who attended Colgate during the 1880s; veterans’ wives, who took classes after World War II; and the women in the graduating class of 1974, who were the first women to start as freshmen at Colgate and graduate from the school.

I have encountered members of the Women’s Coalition, Women at Colgate, and the Women’s Caucus of the 70s and 80s; members of the women’s hockey team in the 90s, who sued the university for violating Title IX. I have learned about the female faculty members and administrators who worked to turn this school from an all-male university to a coed institution — then, from a place where female students felt marginalized, to a school where I have never questioned my place or rights as a student.

Aside from conducting interviews and working on a few other projects, I do most of my research in the Special Collections and University Archives section of the Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology. My work involves identifying, summarizing, and organizing documents of interest that are found either in the archives or through Colgate’s digital collection.

This is a process that requires a lot of patience and perseverance. There are times when it is very difficult to find information on particular topics, and sometimes the information in these documents differs from what I thought I might find. However, this is also what makes this work so interesting and rewarding.

Working in the archives is like trying to put together a puzzle without having seen the illustration on the front of the box. In the end, I hope that the rest of the team and I can piece together these documents into a narrative that sheds light on an important part of Colgate’s past.

Related:
Summer internship blog series: (NBC)Universal skills
Summer internship blog series: Colgate’s third culture kids
Career Services: Summer Internship Funding
Colgate University Center for Career Services

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Class of 2015 reports strong one-year outcomes http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/class-of-2015-reports-strong-one-year-outcomes.html/ http://news.colgate.edu/2016/08/class-of-2015-reports-strong-one-year-outcomes.html/#respond Mon, 01 Aug 2016 13:00:30 +0000 http://news.colgate.edu/?p=21060 Tenth-grade student Radha and Amanda Brown '15 pose for a photo at Life Vision Academy in Nepal.

Tenth-grade student Radha and Amanda Brown ’15 pose for a photo at Life Vision Academy, which is supported by the non-profit Children and Youth First, in Nepal.

A non-profit in Nepal is the recipient of a $10,000 KIND Cause award, thanks to the efforts of a Colgate alumna and a little help from the Colgate community.

Children and Youth First USA Executive Director Amanda Brown ’15 said that the funds won in the KIND contest will help her organization launch a new science, technology, engineering, and math program for women and girls in Nepal.

“This grant enables us and our partner, Women in STEM Nepal, to provide free coding classes to hundreds of girls and women across the Kathmandu Valley,” said Brown, who helps run the organization dedicated to assisting children and youth from marginalized families in Nepal.

“The winner was determined by online voting, and the Colgate community was a huge help in securing this win. Colgate also helped make this happen by coaching our organization when I was part of the Thought Into Action program,” Brown said.

Brown is just the most recent example of post-graduation success for the Class of 2015, as newly released first-destinations data collected by Colgate’s Center for Career Services shows remarkable outcomes for students just one year after graduation.

With an 85-percent response rate, 96 percent of graduates in the Class of 2015 report being employed, admitted to graduate or professional school, or awarded a national or international fellowship.

Top graduate schools for the class include Harvard, Yale, Columbia University, and Boston University. Graduate school enrollment one year after Colgate is at a four-year high, with 14.9 percent saying that they are working on an advanced degree.

Only 1.6 percent of students report that they are still in transition or seeking new jobs — the second-lowest rate in five years.

Top employers of the Class of 2015 include the National Institutes of Health, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Google Inc., EY, Deloitte Consulting LLP, PwC, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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Summer internship blog series: Colgate’s third culture kids http://news.colgate.edu/2016/07/summer-internship-blog-series-colgates-third-culture-kids.html/ http://news.colgate.edu/2016/07/summer-internship-blog-series-colgates-third-culture-kids.html/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:40:42 +0000 http://news.colgate.edu/?p=21035 8 Mariam Nael Headshot

Self-described Third Culture Kid and researcher Mariam Nael ’18

Colgate students have fanned out across the globe to apply their liberal arts know-how in a variety of real-world settings. They are writing back to campus to keep our community posted on their progress. This article was written by Mariam Nael ’18, a women’s studies major from Singapore, completing a student-initiated research fellowship with the university studies division. 

My parents are Pakistani, but I have lived in Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, and New York City. The way I see myself has changed a little since I arrived at Colgate — I think my race and ethnicity have become stronger facets of my identity.

One day, I was chatting with some friends from high school about our cultural identity, and I realized that studying the shifts would be an interesting summer research project. Luckily, Colgate has a great program to conduct student-initiated summer research (with funding).

I quickly reached out to Meika Loe, professor of sociology and women’s studies. She helped me focus my idea and supported my proposal, and, fortunately, my proposal was accepted.

According to sociologist David Pollock, a Third Culture Kid (TCK) is defined as someone “who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside [their] parents’ culture.” The “third” culture refers to the mixing of the host country’s culture (the country in which he or she lives) and his or her parents’ culture.

The purpose of my research is to learn about how Third Culture Kids form their personal and cultural identity, especially in college, and whether they experience a shift in the way they self-identify. Additionally, I am interested in whether there is a difference in the formation of identity with non-white TCKs and white TCKs.

Throughout the last month, I have been conducting 45 to 90 minute interviews in Singapore with Third Culture Kids between the ages of 18 and 24. Additionally, I have begun transcribing interviews and systematically coding them for themes. The next step is to analyze them and write a research paper.

It has been fascinating hearing their stories and seeing the similarities and differences not only between the interviewees, but with my own experience as a TCK.

This has been a tough, but valuable, learning process. I wish to continue studying TCKs and identity formation throughout the next few years, hopefully using different methods as well. I am planning to write a research paper, and hopefully, down the line, will try to present or publish it.

Related links:

Summer internship blog series: (NBC)Universal skills

Summer internship blog series: a relentless pursuit of justice

Career Services: Summer Internship Funding

Colgate University Center for Career Services

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Summer internship blog series: (NBC)Universal skills http://news.colgate.edu/2016/07/summer-internship-blog-series-nbcuniversal-skills.html/ http://news.colgate.edu/2016/07/summer-internship-blog-series-nbcuniversal-skills.html/#respond Thu, 14 Jul 2016 20:51:32 +0000 http://news.colgate.edu/?p=21007 Beni Geisler '18 at NBC News Group headquarters in New York City.

Benji Geisler ’18 at NBC News Group headquarters in New York City.

Colgate students have fanned out across the globe to apply their liberal arts know-how in a variety of real-world settings. They are writing back to campus to keep our community posted on their progress. This article was written by Benjamin Geisler ’18, an art and art history major from Groton, N.Y., interning at the NBC News network.

This summer, I am working at NBCUniversal in New York City as a creative marketing intern for the NBC News Group. (Even though technically I am an intern for NBC News network, I often work on projects for MSNBC as well.)

As a creative marketing intern, I get to work under the creative directors, producers, and editors in the NBC News and MSNBC marketing departments to help produce promotional spots for television. These are the videos – aired on NBC News and MSNBC – used to advertise upcoming programs, network specials, and more.

The two programs I primarily work with are the TODAY show and Nightly News with Lester Holt. It is my job to pull specific archival footage at the request of the marketing producers for upcoming spots. I also log the programs and create written transcripts that can be used to recall specific segments or moments of the show, and their respective time codes, when looking for future promotional material.

One of the best parts of my job is getting to see the finished spot on television once it has been delivered. Working under so many different producers and editors for various programs means it can be hard to keep track of every project, but it is really rewarding to see an NBC News or MSNBC spot on television knowing I helped produce it.

It is an incredibly exciting time to work at NBCUniversal, especially with the News Group, this summer. Between the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio (to which NBCUniversal has exclusive rights), MSNBC’s twentieth anniversary, the political conventions, and the presidential election, there is a lot of material to cover, market, and produce.

Even working in 30 Rockefeller Plaza, surrounded by some of the most talented professionals in media and entertainment, has been a great opportunity. Just this Monday, I had the chance to hear Colgate graduate and president and CEO of NBCUniversal Steve Burke ’80 speak and give professional advice.

My work as a creative marketing intern at NBCUniversal has provided me with a great insight into the creative production processes behind television marketing. This is only my first summer at NBCUniversal, but I would love to return sometime in the future, possibly as a page.

Related links:

Summer internship blog series: a relentless pursuit of justice

Summer internship blog series: 4th down and 24 hours to go

Colgate University Center for Career Services

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Flaherty Film Seminar shapes Colgate classroom experience http://news.colgate.edu/2016/07/flaherty-film-seminar-shapes-colgate-classroom-experience.html/ http://news.colgate.edu/2016/07/flaherty-film-seminar-shapes-colgate-classroom-experience.html/#respond Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:54:17 +0000 http://news.colgate.edu/?p=21003 Flaherty Film Seminar participants sit outside and engage in conversation

Conversations that begin at the Flaherty Seminar will continue in Colgate classrooms (Photo by Amy Jenkins, courtesy of The Flaherty)

They came. They saw. They confabbed — on culture and identity politics, the ethical responsibilities of a documentarian, and the proper balance of race and ethnicity in a program lineup. Then, the 170 attendees of this year’s Flaherty Film Seminar, held at Colgate from June 18 to 24, disbanded.

For the university — Flaherty’s home base during the past nine summers — that’s just the trailer. The full story plays out during the fall and spring semesters, because six to eight Colgate professors have also had the opportunity to attended the seminar each year, meeting filmmakers and broadening their understanding of the international documentary film landscape.

“We’re using those contacts to integrate film into our courses,” said Mary Simonson, assistant professor of film and media studies and women’s studies.

Simonson, for one, uses the Flaherty submission Lovely Andrea, by Hito Steyerl, to engage students in conversation about intellectual property and ethics. Flaherty films also end up exactly where you would expect: in courses like introduction to film and media studies and The Documentary Impulse, taught by Ani Maitra, assistant professor of global film and media.

“I’ve used astounding shorts and features that my students and I would not have seen otherwise,” Maitra said. “These ongoing conversations [at the Flaherty Seminar] have proven to be very rewarding, both in terms of future programming at Colgate and my own research on transnational and diasporic visual cultures.”

“Flaherty extends the boundaries of our documentary knowledge,” Simonson added. “For example, watching the curators’ approach has changed how I think about gender and race representation when programming Colgate’s Alternative Cinema and Friday Night Film Series,” Simonson said.

The university also provides scholarships for one to three high-achieving film and media studies students interested in participating in the seminar. Dan Kwartler ’15 was on hand in 2013 and now works as an editorial coordinator at TED.

“Flaherty was my first experience at an academic conference,” Kwartler said. “Coming out the other side intact played directly into my remaining time in the film and media studies department, which I spent pursuing a thesis outside of department mandate and working with Professor Penny Lane on her (now award-winning) film Nuts!”

Consequently, Kwartler’s first academic conference wasn’t his last. “My time at Flaherty helped prepare me to present one of my papers at the annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference at Notre Dame,” he said. “I likely wouldn’t have pursued speaking at the conference had I not seen the value of hearing from the wonderful media academics who presented at the Flaherty.”

Matt LaPaglia ’17, a history major from Cicero, N.Y., was around the Flaherty table in 2015. “I came to understand that, by pursuing filmmaking, I would not only be entering into a profession or an industry,” he said, “but I would also be entering into a community of brilliant people.”

That community has come home to Colgate every summer since 2008, drawn in by the combination of technology resources, human capital, and scenic beauty that attracts many undergraduates. Colgate maintains the 8mm, 16mm, and 35mm projection equipment that the seminar needs for its screenings. It features an IT staff that can provide constant support. And the Chenango Valley is a perfect setting for inspiration, reflection, and conversation.

“Part of the allure of the seminar is that you’re taken out of your normal context, and you can focus on the movies and people around you,” said Lane, who was attending the seminar even before she joined the Colgate faculty.

The last frames in the 2016 seminar showcase didn’t end the Flaherty’s connection with Colgate this year. Thanks to the Colgate/Flaherty Distinguished Global Filmmaker Residency program, Flaherty programmers will be back on campus during the fall semester, accompanied by filmmaker and 2016 fellow Sandra Kogut. Together, they will engage with students in classroom conversations, film screenings, project critiques, dinnertime discussions, and more — making the reach and impact of the Flaherty/Colgate partnership even more real.

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