13 Bits of Colgate News

Summer 2019

Benton Hall earned LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. 

Michael J. Herling ’79, P’08, ’09, ’12 is the new chair of Colgate’s Board of Trustees.

Peter Balakian, Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor in humanities and professor of English, received the 2019 Jerome Balmuth Award for Teaching.


Balancing out STEM: In the 2019 graduating class, more than 50 percent of physics and astronomy majors are women.

Illustration of planets with female symbol

Illustrations by Toby Triumph

Thanks to the NFL, Thomas Ives ’19 headed back to his home state after graduation. Ives, who’s from Hinsdale, Ill., signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent.

This year’s Spring Party Weekend Kick-off Barbecue was a zero-waste event featuring biodegradable plates and utensils and post-consumer composting.

Illustration of grill with globe design

Case calculation: There were 587,440 total visits to Case-Geyer Library over the past year.


It may be just a myth that Taylor Lake is shaped like a shamrock, but it’s true that it’s the work of the Irish. Lant Gilmartin and his team of Irish workers turned the Payne Creek marsh into Taylor Lake, according to Jim Smith ’70.

Illustration of boat rowing on shamrock-shaped pond


The SGA began selling subsidized menstrual cups for $5 as a sustainable initiative advocating for period destigmatization.


End-of-the-year food donations from students totaled 149 boxes that were delivered to the Hamilton Food Cupboard.


Rapolas Ivanauskas ’21 scored the Riley Wallace Award, given to the top transfer student-athlete in Division I college basketball.


Concussion Survival Kit, a venture by Chris Cervizzi ’19, won first place in the pitch contest during Colgate’s Entrepreneur Weekend organized by TIA.


Social skills: The University’s Instagram account reached 13,000 followers in April.

Illustration of numeral 13,000 with social media icons