World premiere in the Chapel
On November 10 in the Chapel the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Fabio Mechetti, performed the world premiere of Dexter Morrill's Iron Horse Concerto. Violinist Laura Klugherz, associate professor of music at Colgate, and Jill Timmons, artist in residence at Linfield College, were featured soloists. The concert was supported by the Office of the President.
Morrill, who graduated from Colgate in 1960 and is currently Charles A. Dana Professor of Music, wrote the piece for Klugherz, Timmons, and the Syracuse Symphony. He described the nostalgic nature of the work, which is based on train images.
"I spent my childhood in North Adams, Massachusetts and constantly heard train sounds of the Boston & Maine Railroad quite close to my home," Morrill wrote in his program notes. The piece depicts aural images of train yards and roundhouses, the long string of "Twentieth Century" passenger cars, waiting at the station, and a vivid recreation of a candy-laden freight train that derailed in Hamilton in 1955, spilling its contents, "to the eventual delight of all the kids in the village. The two soloists share the train motion themes, and each has a short cadenza as a lazy rural freight train stops," wrote Morrill.
The orchestra also performed William Schuman's American Festival Overture and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6.
Colgate's endowment increases
In a year when the U.S. equity markets have enjoyed considerable success, the fair market value of Colgate's endowment has also achieved a significant increase - from $228.1 million on December 31, 1995 to more than $263 million as of November 30, 1996 - with a total investment return of almost 16.0 percent. According to Betsy Eismeier, financial vice president and treasurer, the increase reflects the combined effect of investment return and the success of Campaign Colgate.
Fauci delivers Wolk Lecture
On November 3, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading U.S. scientist and government spokesperson on AIDS, delivered the 7th Wolk Heart Foundation Lecture in Olin Hall. An internationally renowned scientist who pioneered the field
of human immunoregulation and developed effective therapies for several formerly fatal diseases, Fauci is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Fauci's lecture centered on the recent advancements made toward the treatment of AIDS patients, including the use of protease inhibitors and new therapies to control opportunistic infections. He also addressed vaccine development as researchers dissect if and how immunity to HIV might be established.
Fauci received an honorary doctor of science from Colgate in 1996.
Chang Rae Lee discussed his book Native Speaker, winner of the 1995 PEN/Hemingway Award for distinguished first novel, with students in Living Writers. After the question and answer session, Lee read from his fiction.
Mosby curates Tanner exhibit
Dewey F. Mosby, director of the Picker Art Gallery, curated an extensive retrospective exhibition of work by Henry Ossawa Tanner mounted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
A painting by Tanner was recently acquired by the White House, the first painting by an African American to hang there. Mosby and his wife Rebekah Presson were invited to a White House reception on October 29 celebrating the installation of the acquisition, where he met with First Lady Hillary Clinton. Mosby presented a copy of the catalogue he prepared for the exhibition to the American people, to be housed in the White House library.
While the exhibition was at the Terra Museum in Chicago, Mosby gave a private tour to the Colgate Club of Chicago.
Spring study groups
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, enrollment in study abroad programs is increasing in record numbers. In 1994-95 Colgate ranked second in the country in number of students from four-year bachelor's institutions who were studying abroad, sending 325, or 12.4 percent, of the student body.
This spring, nine groups totaling 136 Colgate students have embarked on off-campus programs. James McLelland, Charles A. Dana Professor of Geology, is leading a group in Australia at the University of Wollongong. Yufan Hao, associate professor, is with the China Study Group, based in Nanjing. The Dijon Study Group in France is led by Assistant Professor Raymond Bach. Professor H. Jürgen Meyer-Wendt directs the Freiburg Study Group in Germany. The Japan Study Group is in Kyoto under the lead of Assistant Professor Zeljko Cipris. Associate Professor Deborah Knuth leads the London English Study Group. The Wales Study Group is directed by Associate Professor Kenneth G. Valente. Diana Goodrich, a professor at Wesleyan University, leads the Vassar-Wesleyan-Colgate study program in Madrid, Spain. The Washington Study Group is headed up by Professor Stanley Brubaker.
Student Senate denounces U.S. News rankings
Colgate's Student Senate has passed a resolution denouncing the ranking system used by U.S. News and World Report in its Best Colleges issue, in response to a campaign by the Forget U.S. News Coalition (FUNC), a national group of students from approximately 60 colleges and universities.
The resolution states that "the rankings create a misperception that the nation's top institutions can be distinguished by a mathematical equation" and that the "essence of a college education cannot be quantified into a single number." It is also the senate's opinion that "the unique nature of Colgate University makes it especially difficult to quantify."
The resolution calls for U.S. News to instead provide an alphabetical list of schools that would rank only specific areas, such as student/faculty ratio; use standardized questionnaires for all institutions; and create a system of auditing all figures published.
The senate also requested that Colgate's administration reconsider the university's involvement in U.S. News' current ranking system.
FUNC was founded at Stanford University by senior Nick Thompson. At least 17 other schools have passed resolutions similar to Colgate's.
Sir Martin Gilbert
Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Sir Winston Churchill and a major contributor to the study of Jewish history, delivered a Peace Studies lecture in Persson Hall Auditorium titled "Why Revisit the Past?" on November 5.
Gilbert's volumes of the Churchill biography have established him in the Guiness Book of World Records as having written the longest biography in publishing history. He has also written three other books on the Holocaust and is a pioneer of the use of maps in bringing history to life. He has created 12 historical atlases, and in 1993 published Atlas of the Holocaust, which traces the fate of Jewish communities throughout Europe during Nazi rule through maps, text, and illustrations.
On Capitol Hill
A major component of the Washington Study Group, the oldest of Colgate's off-campus programs, is two six-week internships - one with the executive branch and one with Congress. This semester, three Colgate students landed positions at the White House - David Lewis '98, Andy King '98 and Christopher Anderson '98 - and Kristen Dowd '98 will be at the Supreme Court.
These are only a few of the prestigious full-time internships Washington Study Group students will hold - others include spots in the departments of Commerce, Justice, Health and Human Services, Education, Interior, the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
"The Washington Study Group is highly selective and our students have achieved an excellent track record," said Professor Stanley Brubaker. "So Washington offices, including the White House, are eager to have other Colgate students work for them. I don't see how Washington could operate without us."
A second Hamilton-area Habitat for Humanity home is under construction, bringing together students, townspeople and puppies. Simon found the styrofoam foundation forms a comfortable place to snuggle. By the end of the year the 1100 square-foot house was under roof, thanks to the efforts of between 50 and 60 volunteers, half of whom were students. The three-bedroom home should be completed by early summer.
Recruiting on the rise
The number of employers recruiting Colgate students is "up substantially," according to Lee Svete, director of career services. In the last three years the figure rose from 42 in 1995 to 171 in 1996 to an anticipated 225-250 in 1997. This fall, seniors attended career informational sessions and interviewed with AlliedSignal, Andersen Consulting, Educational Resources Group, Susquehanna Investments, Wasserstein & Perella, Teach for America, the Peace Corps, and numerous investment banks.
The reasons for the increase are many. For one, Colgate has placed a greater emphasis on preparing students much earlier than in the past. A number of seniors who got the jump on their resumes have second interviews scheduled for winter break, with groups like Merrill Lynch's Private Client Program and the U.S. Department of Justice. On January 10, 50 seniors will attend a major job fair in Boston, where 45 organizations will be represented. Of Colgate students who submitted resumes, 84% were selected for interviews at the fair, up from 71% last fall.
Svete also cited the Colgate connection. "Alumni and parents continue to be the key in our success in connecting students with full time opportunities and internships," he remarked. In addition, recent graduates who perform admirably in their first jobs pave the way for others - recruiters return to schools that yield talented employees.
Svete was also excited to report the Jan Plan internship program reached almost 100 placements this year, with students going to AT&T, the television show ER, the Manhattan Institute, Wildlife Conservation Society, New York Times, Goldman Sachs, Smith Barney, Mademoiselle magazine, the Geraldo Rivera Show, Bank of Boston, the New York State Department of Health, Edelman Public Relations, the MTV Network and many more.
"As we head into spring, not since the late 1980s will Colgate have such a strong recruiting season," said Svete. Students will also participate in job fairs with pre-arranged interviews in New York, Washington, D.C., Syracuse and Chicago involving Fortune 500 companies and organizations recruiting in the communications industry.