About the Scene

Volume XLVI 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.


Mark DiOrio

Mark DiOrio“Photography has been a way of life for me since I was a child,” said Mark DiOrio, who joined our staff as university photographer in August. “At the age of five, I purchased a plastic 110 Kool-Aid camera for a dime at a thrift sale. Once I started clicking, there was no turning back.” Originally from Utica, N.Y., he previously worked as photo editor of the Observer-Dispatch. “I’ve learned a lot from the people I’ve photographed,” he said. “They’ve helped me to broaden my understanding about life and what’s important.”


David Plunkert

David PlunkertDavid Plunkert’s illustrations “Generation WHY” have been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, and Time magazine as well as in ad campaigns for Motorola, Nike, and Gatorade. He has received gold medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York and a best film poster award from the SXSW Festival. He is the creator of Heroical, an ongoing superhero anthology, and in 2015 he illustrated and designed Edgar Allan Poe: Stories & Poems for Rockport.


Lee Tremblay ’16

Lee TremblayHailing from Seattle, Wash., Lee Tremblay ’16 was one of our summer interns who wrote pieces including “Oh, baby — O. Henry!” and contributed to longer articles like “Generation WHY”. Over the summer, she also helped out with the Colgate Writers’ Conference and assisted with preparations for Living Writers, for which she is currently a teaching assistant online. The English major is back in her hometown now, fostering a love of language with the younger generation as a GED and ESL teacher.


Scene Team

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

Interim Vice President for Communications – Rebecca Downing

Managing Editor Aleta Mayne

Editorial Director – Mark Walden

Creative DirectorTim Horn

Senior Designer & Visual Brand ManagerKaren Luciani

Senior Designer – Katherine Laube

Production Assistant Kathy Owen

Contributors: Daniel DeVries, Admission Marketing and Media Relations Manager; Matt Hames, Communications Strategist; David Herringshaw, Digital Production Specialist; Jason Kammerdiener ’10, Lead Information and Digital Architect; Brian Ness, Video Journalism Coordinator; John Painter, Director of Athletic Communications; Gerald Gall, Freelance Designer

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What’s online

Watch Colgate make history

The university inaugurated Brian W. Casey as its 17th president on September 30. Watch the ceremony, view photos, and much more via our inauguration website.

Picture this

From arrival day to Australia semester abroad, our Flickr photostream captures Colgate spirit.

Student posing with a sleeping Koala bear in a tree

Core strength

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