About the Scene

Volume XLVI Number 2

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.


Christopher Hann Profile photo of Christopher Hann

He (“Full-court press”) has written for the New York Times, Art & Antiques, Entrepreneur, Preservation, and many other magazines. A former adjunct professor of journalism at Rutgers University, he contributes regularly to alumni magazines at Sarah Lawrence College, Drew University, and Rutgers. He lives in New Jersey.


Joshua Martin Profile photo of Joshua Martin.

He (“Nature’s way”) is a visual artist based in Miami, Fla. Martin primarily uses photography and cinematography as his medium to tell stories. He believes that stories can help bridge the gap of ignorance and create a space of understanding.



Erin Peterson Profile photo of Erin Peterson.

She (“Better together”) is a Minneapolis-based freelancer who writes for colleges and universities across the country. When she’s not writing, she cheers on the Minnesota Twins. She also parents her very own pair of 5-year-old Minnesota twins, who — like the baseball team — love playing games but are also constantly losing things.


Sally Vitsky Sketch portrait of Sally Vitsky

She (“Better together”) is a freelance illustrator and adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University – School of the Arts in Richmond, Va. She attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. Paper — textured, handmade, and patterned — has always been a passion for her. Inspiring and versatile, it’s the foundation of her 3D illustrations.


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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Looking back: 2016

Top five videos

Take a moonlit canoe ride with Outdoor Education; get a front-row seat to an autumnal art performance; visit the hometown of Steve Riggs ’65, for whom Colgate’s new hockey rink was named; and more.

Editor’s choice

“Brian W. Casey inaugurated as the 17th president of Colgate University”

“Balakian wins Pulitzer Prize”

“Queen of Soul highlights performing arts weekend”

“Lauren Schmetterling ’10 earns gold in Rio”

13 pics

University Photographer Mark DiOrio has selected his 13 favorite pictures.

Fall photo shot of Persson Hall

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The fine print

Notice of Non-Discrimination:
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Title IX notice

In compliance with requirements under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Colgate University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities. Colgate’s Title IX Coordinator is Marilyn Rugg, Associate Provost for Equity and Diversity, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346; 315-228-7288; mrugg@colgate.edu.