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Student organizations recognized for year’s accomplishments

April 21, 2014
Students playing board games at an event held by The Game's Afoot

The Game’s Afoot was recognized as the Outstanding Group of the Year for 2013-2014.

“If you are willing to be unapologetically yourself, you will find your people here,” Ian Dwyer ’14 told a crowd gathered in the Hall of Presidents for the Student Organization Recognition Banquet.

Dwyer was accepting the evening’s top award for Outstanding Group on behalf of The Game’s Afoot, a student organization that sponsors events featuring activities ranging from board games, to video games, to large-scale Nerf wars.

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Colgate launches Entrepreneur Professional Network during Entrepreneur Weekend 2014

April 18, 2014
Katie Finnegan '05

Katie Finnegan ’05, chair of the Entrepreneur Professional Network, at the group’s launch during Entrepreneur Weekend on April 11.

There are finals, and then there are finales.

Colgate launched its Entrepreneur Professional Network on April 11, the grand finale in a series of network launches that have taken place throughout the academic year.

The reception took place backstage after Colgate’s Entrepreneur Weekend all-star panel, and hundreds of alumni and guests were in attendance.

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Colgate stages celebration of Holi, the Hindu festival of colors

April 18, 2014
Colgate students celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colors on April 5, 2014

Photo by Ashlee Eve ’14

As festive music filled the air, so did a rainbow of powder when students and community members celebrated Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, on April 5. Dancing on Whitnall Field, participants indiscriminately threw powder on their friends and strangers, covering each other from head to toe. Read more

Introducing the scholars of the Office of Undergraduate Studies

April 17, 2014
Samantha Lee '14 working in an agricultural setting while studying abroad

Click the picture to learn more about OUS scholars like Samantha Lee ’14.

As high school seniors across the country prepare to make a final decision about what college to attend, Colgate is hopeful that a select group who have demonstrated talent, creativity, intellect, and determination in the face of significant challenges will come to the Chenango Valley next year. These prospective students have been invited to join the Colgate Class of 2018 as scholars in the Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS).

Throughout their four years on campus, OUS scholars develop a tight-knit community of some of Colgate’s most active and accomplished students. To highlight the accomplishments of these students, the OUS program has recently tasked its own scholars with telling the compelling stories of their peers.

Their efforts have taken two forms: a professional-grade monthly newsletter produced by Samantha Lee ’14, and a blog of OUS scholar profiles researched and written by Timmera Whaley ’15, Christelle Boursiquot ’15, and Salote Tenisi ’15.

“Writing these profiles has been a great opportunity to showcase the talents and skills of people in the OUS program,” Tenisi explained. Whaley added, “It’s really about highlighting the great things people are doing on campus. They have the opportunity to introduce themselves to the Colgate community.”

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Clay Club students fire up their creativity on alumni-sponsored alternative spring break

April 16, 2014
Avalon Bunge ’15 and Jake Mahr ’17

Avalon Bunge ’15 (Ithaca, N.Y.) and Jake Mahr ’17 (Manhattan Beach, Calif.,) work during spring break at Van Hollow Pottery in Rogers, Ark.

Jake Mahr ’17, a math and chemistry double major from Manhattan Beach, Calif., and Avalon Bunge ’15, a geology major from Ithaca, N.Y., spun their way through spring break.

The Clay Club members visited the home and pottery studio of Jim ’64 and Sarah Young in Rogers, Ark., at their generous invitation. The Youngs are founders of Van Hollow Pottery, offering classes and selling pottery on the shores of Beaver Lake in the Ozark Mountains. Here’s a report from Mahr and Bunge:

For a week we ate, slept, and breathed pottery. We learned new techniques for wheel throwing and slab building, and we used Jim’s hundreds of tools — most of them handmade and unique — to explore stamping and altering wet clay.

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Colgate seniors present research to leading scholars in Japan

April 16, 2014
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Jessica Huang ’14 and Michael Manansala ’14 presented their research at Kobe University in Japan and also had time for some independent travel.

Over spring break, Jessica Huang ’14 and Michael Manansala ’14 put the capstone on a research project that they’ve been working on for much of their Colgate careers. Traveling to Kansai, Japan, the seniors presented their research titled “Does observing or producing different types of hand gestures help second-language auditory learning of Japanese short and long vowels?” Read more

Watch: Julian Farrior ’93, Colgate’s Entrepreneur of the Year, discusses innovation

April 15, 2014

Colgate community supports beloved Frank Dining Hall cashier as she battles cancer

April 15, 2014
Longtime Frank Dining Hall cashier Jean Brooks and Christian Long '13, a former member of the hockey team

Longtime Frank Dining Hall cashier Jean Brooks and Christian Long ’13, a former member of the hockey team

The Colgate community has shown overwhelming support of Frank Dining Hall cashier Jean Brooks as she battles cancer. In the past month, $35,529 has been raised through a GoFundMe.com campaign set up by Christian Long ’13 in order to help with Brooks’s treatment expenses beyond what insurance covers.  Read more

ALANA Spring Soiree recognizes students doing multicultural work

April 15, 2014
Garfield Smith '85 delivered the keynote address and facilitated the awards ceremony at this year's ALANA Spring Soiree.

Garfield Smith ’85 delivers the keynote address and facilitates the awards ceremony at the ALANA Spring Soiree.

At ALANA’s Spring Soiree, Garfield O. Smith ’85 recognized the contributions of previous Colgate students who have paved the way for current students — including those receiving this year’s multicultural awards.  Read more

Day two of Entrepreneur Weekend expands generous support for Colgate student ventures

April 14, 2014
Students discuss their ventures during day two of Entpreneurship Weekend. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Students discuss their ventures during day two of Entrepreneurship Weekend. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Day two of Colgate’s Thought Into Action Entrepreneur Weekend proved what Friday evening’s superstar panel had already established: Success is not a zero-sum game, especially when the players in question are student entrepreneurs in Colgate’s Thought Into Action (TIA) weekend mentorship program.

In a Shark Tank-like session on Friday night, three student ventures, each with solid potential for success, were deemed worthy of a $5,000 investment from Chegg, via CEO Daniel Rosensweig P’15’17, who also is former COO of Yahoo.

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Stars come out for Colgate’s third annual Entrepreneur Weekend

April 14, 2014
Taking part in the panel discussion are  (from left) John Donahoe, Tony Bates, Ashton Kutcher, Daniel Rosensweig P’15’17, Brian Chesky, and David Faber. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Taking part in the panel discussion are (from left) John Donahoe, Tony Bates, Ashton Kutcher, Daniel Rosensweig P’15’17, Brian Chesky, and David Faber. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Colgate was the center of the entrepreneurial universe for a few hours Friday night, April 11, when more than 2,000 students, parents, and others streamed into Cotterell Court for a frank and freewheeling panel discussion that featured some of the biggest names in the business of disruptive technology.

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Watch: Nation’s top entrepreneurs share tips during Colgate visit

April 14, 2014

This discussion from Colgate’s Entrepreneur Weekend features Ashton Kutcher, actor, director, entrepreneur and investor; Daniel Rosensweig P’15’17, former COO of Yahoo, CEO of Guitar Hero, and now CEO of Chegg; Tony Bates, former executive vice president of development and strategy for Microsoft, CEO of Skype, and head of enterprise for Cisco Systems; Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, one of the most innovative companies to come out of Silicon Valley in the past 10 years; John Donahoe, eBay president and CEO; and moderator Dave Faber of CNBC.

Colgate students get good guidance, funding during Entrepreneur Weekend

April 11, 2014
Ashton Kutcher

Panelists sport new Colgate gear. They are (from left) John Donahoe, Tony Bates, Ashton Kutcher, Daniel Rosensweig P’15’17, Brian Chesky, and David Faber. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Colgate student entrepreneurs, showing the grit that Ashton Kutcher said was vital to success, pitched their ideas Friday night to an A-list of innovators who were on campus for the university’s third annual Thought Into Action Entrepreneur Weekend.

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Tomorrow’s Konosioni Auction will have lasting community impact

April 11, 2014
The 2013 Konosioni Auction at the Palace Theater. Photo by Ashlee Eve '14

The 2013 Konosioni Auction at the Palace Theater. Photo by Ashlee Eve ’14

The Konosioni Senior Honor Society will host its annual charity auction tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Theater. Konosioni holds the auction to raise funds that they allocate to nonprofit organizations in our community the following year.  Read more

Psychology professor Douglas Johnson receives 2014 Balmuth teaching award

April 10, 2014
Professor Douglas Johnson

Douglas Johnson, associate professor of psychology, is the recipient of the 2014 Jerome Balmuth Award for Teaching and Student Engagement. (Photo by Alice Virden-Speer)

Douglas Johnson, associate professor of psychology, has received the 2014 Jerome Balmuth Award for Teaching and Student Engagement. Faculty, staff, students, university trustees, and friends joined the celebration, which took place March 27 at the Colgate Inn.

Established through a gift from Mark Siegel ’73, the Balmuth Award recognizes a faculty member whose teaching is “distinctively successful and transformative.” It is named in honor of the legendary Jerry Balmuth, Harry Emerson Fosdick Professor of philosophy and religion emeritus.

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