COLGATE UNIVERSITY NEWS



Tickets available for Sir Richard Branson, April 13
Campus Events
On Colgate Day, Friday, April 13, at 6 p.m., the university will kick of entrepreneur weekend with a public talk by Sir Richard Branson, one of the world’s best-known entrepreneurs. Free tickets may be reserved online and picked up the day of the event at the Colgate Bookstore or the will call window at Sanford Field [...]


Students, staff, and faculty swept away by curling
Students
Curling at Colgate? You bet. Not only is there a longtime student club team that competes, there are faculty and staff members who enjoy the game that is gaining popularity in the States but is still most widely known north of the border in Canada.


Guest speakers add a great deal to classroom learning
First-year reflections
This week I attended a variety of lectures and learned that Colgate never fails to bring great speakers and presentations to campus. On Tuesday, as part of my Challenges of Modernity class, I attended a film screening of Jean-Luc Godard’s Histoire(s) du cinema.


Alumna explores natural earth burials in documentary
Campus Events
The bush of Western Australia and a biology lab serve as the settings of Kathy High’s ’77 latest documentary, Death Down Under, which focuses on eco-friendly deaths.


Sheila R. Johnson-Willis named director for EEO/AA
compliance
Colgate University President Jeffrey Herbst today announced the appointment of Sheila R. Johnson-Willis as director for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, effective in June.


Austin Smith ’12 is finalist for major hockey award
Students
Austin Smith ’12, who led the nation in goals with 36, became the first-ever Colgate hockey player to be selected as a top-three finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, which is given to the nation’s top player.


Colgate helped prepare spy for the Cold War
Alumni
Every day for 26 years, Justin Jackson ’78 may have been “someone else”  —  but he was still a Colgate alumnus.


Army major reports from Afghanistan
Colgate Conversations
When he visited Colgate, Major Fernando Luján, an Army Special Forces officer who has spent time embedded with Afghan National Security Forces, likened his perspective to one of the blind men in the fable who touches — and hence only knows — one part of the elephant. If so, then one could argue that Luján’s hands [...]


Mark H. Murphy ’77 to be 2012 commencement speaker
Campus Events
Mark H. Murphy ’77, president and CEO of the Green Bay Packers and former football captain and athletics director at Colgate University, will deliver the keynote address at Colgate’s 191st commencement on Sunday, May 20, in Sanford Field House.


Faculty help first-year feeling under the weather
First-year reflections
While students made their way back from their spring break locations earlier this week, I remained at home due to feeling ill. Even though I have not been on campus much the past few days, I felt like Colgate was still reaching out to me.


Scholarship behind the scenes
Faculty
Given the frequency and range of public events on campus, it’s easy to miss some of the most scholarly events that take place just under the radar. On March 29, Colgate’s geology department hosted 10 scholars for an interdisciplinary dialogue about the destabilization of ecosystems in the northeastern US, due to human-induced habitat destruction, climate [...]


Peter Balakian receives prestigious social justice prize
Faculty
Colgate professor Peter Balakianhas been named the 2012 recipient of the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance.


Colgate appoints Suzy M. Nelson dean of the college
Faculty
Colgate University President Jeffrey Herbst today announced the appointment of Suzy M. Nelson as dean of the college, effective in June. Nelson, who has served more than 20 years as a university leader, administrator, and instructor, will join Colgate after seven years at Harvard University.


Thought Into Action looks to attract more entrepreneurs
Students
The university’s Thought Into Action (TIA) Institute is looking to attract even more entrepreneurial students as it builds on the success of its inaugural year.


Colgate biologist receives NIH ‘AREA’ grant
Faculty
Ken Belanger, Raab Family Chair and associate professor of biology, has received another prestigious grant that builds on the biology department’s momentum and further expands the research opportunities on campus for undergraduate biology students.


Raiders look to bring home ECAC Hockey trophy
Students
The Producers will be at Atlantic City this weekend, hoping to be a smashing success. No, it’s not an adaptation of the Broadway musical, but rather the top line of the Colgate men’s hockey team that looks to lead the Raiders to the ECAC Hockey championship.


Senior’s gallery talk opens Longyear exhibition
Arts
Rows of textiles patterned with bright chevron stripes and horses hang in Colgate’s Longyear Museum of Anthropology as part of the exhibition Threads of Tradition: Aymara and Quechua Textiles of the Andes.


Alumni to premiere films at SXSW film festival
Alumni
The SXSW film festival opens today and Colgate University will be there with a couple of movie premieres by alumni.


Avicii to perform on campus for springtime celebration
First-year reflections
For students taking midterm exams this past week, several surprises were able to brighten their busy days. For one, the temperatures rose and the sun greeted everyone who took advantage of the fortuitous weather by studying outside on the quad.


Student-athlete’s program raises $22,000 for charities
Alumni
Goals for Good, a charitable organization founded by student-athlete Kevin McNamara ’12, raised $22,000 in its first year of operation.


India faculty share religious dilemma at brown bag
Faculty
After co-leading 27 members of Colgate’s faculty around India for two weeks, Professor Padma Kaimal was all the more convinced that the enterprise would have lasting impact on Colgate.


Picker Institute announces 2012 research awards
Alumni
Two Colgate professors — Rebecca Miller Ammerman, classics, and Randy Fuller, biology — along with seven collaborative partners across the globe, received major research grants from Colgate’s Picker Interdisciplinary Science Institute. Both projects, as envisioned by Harvey M. Picker ’36 when he established the institute in 2006, extend the reach and resources of Colgate faculty members [...]


Biology professor publishes letter in Science
Faculty
“Understanding the role that church forests play in the provision of ecosystem services is critical,” wrote Colgate biology professor Catherine Cardelús and two colleagues in a letter published in Science, the world’s leading journal of original scientific research, global news, and commentary.


Nigel Young receives Dayton peace award
Alumni
An exhaustive seven-year project by Nigel Young, who was Cooley Professor of peace studies and director of the Peace Studies Program at Colgate from 1984 to 2004, has received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, in the Award for Scholarship category.


Performances by guest musicians tie in to core course
Alumni
The Manhattan String Quartet arrived on campus this week to perform for and instruct Colgate students and faculty. The quartet offered several classes for students who were interested in learning about the evolution of classical music.