The Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to offer many ways for alumni to stay in touch with each other, and with Colgate! E-mail me with questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Tim Mansfield, associate vice president, institutional advancement and alumni relations
Questions? Contact alumni relations: 315-228-7433 or email@example.com
Hockey spirit anything but placid
When the men’s hockey team took their A game to Lake Placid for the ECAC finals in March, nearly 400 alumni, parents, and friends traveled with them. Fans enjoyed tailgates and plenty of Colgate spirit before game time in 1980 Rink Herb Brooks Arena.
“The energy in the rink from the Colgate faithful was great — it was like having an extra man on the ice,” said head coach Don Vaughan. “The celebration from our players and fans following the overtime-winning goal in the semifinals will be burned in our collective memories forever.”
Raider on the road
Raider took a trip downstate on April 24 for a Colgate visit to the Big Apple. Stops included Grand Central Station, Times Square, and the Today Show’s front doorstep.
Thankfully, our beloved mascot remembered his smartphone and his camera. He documented his (mis)adventures over the university’s Twitter feed and on video — so you can relive it whenever the Colgate spirit seizes you.
A Colgate hello to new professional networks
In alumni history, 2013–14 will be known as the year of the professional network. Between last September and April, Colgate launched five new groups designed to connect alumni across broadly related industries, provide a conduit for jobs and internships, and raise support for the university’s career services efforts.
Most recently, the Common Good Network came to life in Washington, D.C., at the Longview Gallery in April. During a panel conversation moderated by President Jeffrey Herbst, attendees heard from PeacePlayers International founder Brendan Tuohey ’96, former Senate Parliamentarian Alan Frumin ’68, and Lakota Children’s Enrichment founder Maggie Dunne ’13.
Noting the support she received from the Colgate community, Entrepreneur Network chair (and Hukkster co-founder) Katie Finnegan ’05 said, “I’m excited that this network will assist alumni elsewhere. With the excitement we’ve already seen, I know it’s going to be a huge success.”
Welcome home to Hamilton
Much may have changed since your last visit to Colgate, yet so much remains the same. Nestled into the quiet countryside, Hamilton and its surrounding communities offer dining, lodging, specialty shops, and recreation.
The burgeoning arts and cultural scene features live music, national and international lecturers, film festivals, local artists, and galleries. The Village Green is a hot spot for concerts, socializing, and shopping at one of the oldest farmers’ markets in New York State.
If you are planning to come “home,” the Hamilton Initiative’s professional concierge service now offers customized travel packages. Call 315-824-1063 or visit hometohamiltonny.com for information.
Faculty members were out in force during the spring, visiting with alumni across the country. Mary Ann Calo (art history) toured the Guggenheim Museum with the Club of New York City, and Peter Balakian (English) discussed his book Black Dog of Fate with the Club of Philadelphia.
Meanwhile, the Club of Rochester hosted Mark Stern (education) for a conversation on “Normativity, Nationalism, and Neoliberalism,” and Tim Byrnes (political science) recapped current events with the Club of Chicago.
Check the events calendar at colgate.edu/alumni for more opportunities to interact with Colgate faculty members as they travel to your city, state, and zip in the upcoming academic year.
Homecoming 2014 — save the date!
Homecoming Weekend 2014 is September 18–20. Mark your calendar, and make plans to reconnect with Colgate, cheer on our student-athletes, and meet up with old friends. The weekend kicks off on Thursday evening, when the Presidents’ Club (celebrating its 50th anniversary) will present a keynote event featuring Mark Divine ’85, founder and CEO of SEALFIT and the author of Unbeatable Mind. Other events include:
- Bonfire, pep rally, fireworks, and entertainment by Waiting For Henry, the band that features Dave Slomin ’87, Dave Ashdown ’90, and Michael Chun ’88 (read more about them).
- Networking reception for alumni and students powered by Colgate’s professional networks.
- A pre-game tailgate on Saturday before the field hockey team takes down Holy Cross at 11 a.m. and Colgate football rocks Cornell at 1 p.m.
- Shaping Your Vision: the Alumni of Color organization will host this annual event to help students with career and personal development.
Details will be posted to the homecoming website as they develop, and we’ll see you here in Hamilton this fall. Go, ’gate!
An ALANA meet-up
On May 13, associate dean Thomas Cruz-Soto met up with members of the Alumni of Color organization in New York City, bringing a touch of maroon to the Bamboo 52 Sushi Bar.
According to Cruz-Soto, the meeting was both entertaining and informative. “We’re galvanizing alumni to connect with the university — we’re exploring their interests and asking questions, letting them know that their time, energy, and ideas are important.” He will take his outreach efforts to Atlanta and southern California in the months ahead. Watch your inbox for details.
Don’t worry, be app-y
Thanks to the power of the Colgate mobile app, connecting with fellow alumni is as easy as 1-2-3! Download the app, open it up, then tap the mobile alumni directory to expand your professional network and meet with grads nearby — in Paris, N.Y., or Paris, France. While you’re at it, read the latest university news, cruise our social media feeds, and much more. Click here to learn more.
Internship fund in the spotlight at Presidents’ Club celebration
A dazzling New York City sunset over the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers illuminated an event that raised nearly $70,000 for the Career Services Internship Fund, which helps students with financial need accept unpaid or underpaid internships.
Employers are demanding that undergraduates augment their academic work with real-world experience. But even though the university is expanding access through financial aid, many students on aid cannot afford to take rewarding — but unpaid or underpaid — internships.
This spring, although the center was able to award a record $472,508.40 to 167 students, more than 280 had requested nearly twice as much in internship support. Presidents’ Club members took action to close the gap at their annual celebration in New York, which attracted more than 600 people, on May 1.
“We are putting a major emphasis on internships,” said President Jeffrey Herbst, “because once these tremendous students come to Colgate and receive an education that is second to none, we want to launch them into a successful career.”
Alumni Council call for nominations
The nominations committee of the Alumni Council seeks recommendations for this 55-member volunteer board. Each year, 11 to 13 positions are filled. See a full list of qualifications.
The awards committee also seeks nominations from the classes ending in 0 and 5 for awards to be presented at Reunion 2015. See a full list of categories.
Send nominations by Sept. 1, 2014, to: Tim Mansfield, executive secretary, Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346. See guidelines and more information.
Living Writers Series on Colgate X
During the fall of 2014 elements of Colgate’s legendary Living Writers course will be offered as a free online course via the ColgateX platform, open to alumni, parents, community members, and friends. The online series will feature authors Nadifa Mohamed, Jonathan Franzen, Marjane Satrapi, and Martin Ames.
Click here to learn more about Living Writers on ColgateX.
Alumni Corporation Awards: recognizing dedication and service
Distinguished Teaching Award
Ann Yao ’80 Young Alumni Award
William Brian Little ’64 Alumni Award for Distinguished Service