About the Scene

Volume XLVII Number 1

The Colgate Scene is published by Colgate University four times a year (autumn, winter, spring, and summer) without charge to alumni, parents, friends, and students.


Natalya Balnova

natalya balnova(“Applying themselves” illustration) is a New York–based illustrator, designer, and printmaker. Her clients include the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Village Voice. She has been recognized by American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators, and Art Directors Club, among others.



Renée Olson

renee olson(“Great ’Gate Gifts”) is a word person for print and digital work and owner of Squint, an award-winning consulting firm. Determined to stay in school as long as possible, she has one too many bachelor’s degrees and a master’s from Indiana University and University of Illinois. She also loves to shop.



Clare Owen

clare owen(“Journey to me” illustration) is an illustrator from Bristol, U.K., with clients including Penguin Random House, Oprah, and EOS lip balm. When she’s not making art, she loves exploring Bristol by bike, binge-watching TV shows, and eating good food.



Scene Team

We welcome your thoughts about the Colgate Scene. You can contact us at scene@colgate.edu or 315-228-7415

Vice President of  Communications – Laura Jack

Managing Editor Aleta Mayne

Editorial Director – Mark Walden

Assistant Editor Rebecca Docter

Creative DirectorTim Horn

Senior Designer & Visual Brand ManagerKaren Luciani

Senior Designer – Katherine Laube

Junior Designer – Katriel Pritts

University PhotographerMark DiOrio

Production Assistant Kathy Owen

Contributors: Gordon Brillon, Web Content Specialist; Daniel DeVries, Media Relations Director; Matt Hames, Communications Strategist; David Herringshaw, Digital Production Specialist; Jason Kammerdiener ’10, Web Manager; Brian Ness, Video Journalism Coordinator; John Painter, Director of Athletic Communications

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