The Colgate Scene
January 2000
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Senior Dave Lazarus, a volunteer member of the Southern Madison County Ambulance Corps (SOMAC) was one of the instructors during a community CPR training session held in December. There are nearly 250,000 sudden cardiac deaths annually in the United States and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), a simple emergency procedure, has been shown to save lives. The program was sponsored by the American Heart Association, Community Memorial Hospital, SOMAC, Colgate and Kappa Delta Rho.
Bartlett chair announced
Bruce Selleck '71, professor of geology, will be the first holder of the Thomas A. Bartlett Chair, named in honor of President Thomas Bartlett, who led Colgate from 1969 to 1977 and has had a distinguished career as a diplomat, public servant, university administrator and leader of higher education associations. The Board of Trustees confirmed the appointment at their October 1999 meeting.

     The Thomas A. Bartlett Chair will be held, for a rotating three-year term, by a senior faculty member who will function as a mentor to junior faculty members. The chairholder will act as a catalyst for innovation through enhancement of programs that support pedagogical and scholarly development.

     Also current head of the Faculty Development Council, Selleck has been on the Colgate faculty since 1974. His teaching specialties include stratigraphy and sedimentation, marine paleoecology, sedimentary petrology and hydrogeology. Selleck served as associate dean of the faculty from 1988 to 1990 and then as dean of the faculty from 1990 until 1994.

Day Without Art
The Picker Art Gallery joined with other museums around the world in "Day Without Art: An International Day of Action and Mourning in Response to the AIDS Crisis" on December 1. In honor of the large number of artists who have been affected by AIDS/HIV, works in the galleries were draped with dark cloths.

Voyage to the bottom of the sea
Assistant Professor of Geology Amy Leventer was featured in an August 14 New Scientist article detailing the search for clues as to why massive ice shelves in the Antarctic Peninsula, some the size of small states, are vanishing.

     A team member on the U.S. National Science Foundation's research vessel, Leventer set up a laboratory to conduct studies on silt samples that are sluiced through pipes pushed through the floor of the Müller Ice Shelf. The composition of the fine sediment reveals a clear picture of the ice shelf's course of destruction.

     When an ice shelf begins to float, the grit and dirt that have accumulated remain locked deep within until it melts free over time. As the ice shelf melts, the sediment sinks, coating the seafloor. The composition analysis Leventer conducts helps generate a map tracking the rate at which the shelf melts, indicating whether rhythms of nature or global warming are responsible for its disappearance. Leventer is slated to return to the Antarctic, where she will explore the icepacks leading to the Larsen Ice Shelf with researchers from the British Antarctic Survey, this summer.

Jeff Fager '77, executive producer of CBS's 60 Minutes II, spoke about journalistic ethics at the Hamilton Forum, an early morning town/gown lecture series at the Colgate Inn. Fager, a veteran newsman, shared his views along with anecdotes of TV personalities. The Hamilton Forum, in its second year, has offered a variety of programs, from high school students discussing their lives to central New York Congressman Sherwood Boehlert.
[IMAGE] Native American journalist Doug George-Kanentiio, a member of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, spoke on Iroquois land claims at the ALANA Cultural Center.

Rock & Roll
John A. Jackson, whose biography of Alan Freed was used as the basis of the movie Mr. Rock and Roll: The Alan Freed Story, delivered a lecture titled "Rock Makers: Alan Freed, Dick Clark and the Rise of Rock and Roll," on November 4 in Lawrence Hall. Jackson's lecture followed a special screening of the NBC movie, which stars Judd Nelson, Paula Abdul and former '50s teen idols Fabian and Bobby Rydell. Jackson served as a consultant on the project.

     Jackson is the author of Big Beat Heat: Alan Freed and the Early Years of Rock and Roll and American Bandstand: Dick Clark and the Making of a Rock and Roll Empire. Both books have won the Ralph J. Gleason Award and the Association for Recorded Sound Collections award for Best Research in the field of Rock, Rhythm and Blues, and Soul. Jackson has lectured extensively on the early years of rock music, most notably at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

     The lecture was sponsored by the interdisciplinary writing department and the Writing Center.

Beta receives award
The Beta Theta Pi fraternity was awarded the prestigious John Reily Knox Award for overall chapter excellence by their national organization. To be eligible for the award a chapter must comply with a rigorous set of requirements that includes a minimum grade point average, community service hours and press releases publicizing community service events, solid financial standing and a recommendation from someone outside the fraternity.

     Only four of the 140 nationwide chapters are selected annually for the award.

A panel of alumni returned to campus to talk about how majoring in mathematics influenced their careers. Sharing the secrets of their successful transitions from college life to the work world were, from left, Michael Murray '94, Gretchen Barkhuff '99, Sue Schoepke Prakken '78, Barbara Zicht Richmond '78, Susan Lavigne '90 and Adam Librot '99. The reunion was coordinated by the mathematics department and the Center for Career Services.
Registration on the web
Last fall, the registrar's office instituted an online process designed to alleviate the long lines and excessive paperwork associated with student course registration.

     The new option allows students to select and sign up for their classes themselves via computer by linking to Colgate's Web Banner administrative software, once they have met with their academic advisers to plan the upcoming semester.

     "Students who used web registration were very pleased with the process," reported Registrar Edith Reile. More than 1900 students chose to register via the online option.

Feminism, careers and the family
Colgate hosted the second annual Joseph C. Woodford Forum on Critical Social and Political Issues on Wednesday, December 1. The three panelists, internationally recognized authorities on issues relating to the family, feminism and the effects of the large-scale movement of American middle-class women into the paid-labor market, discussed "Feminism, Careers and the Family: Who has gained? Who has lost?"

     Allan C. Carlson, president of the Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society and general secretary of the World Congress of Families II, is author of four books and dozens of articles on the family and labor policies, and a father of four. F. Caro-lyn Graglia, attorney, author of Domestic Tranquility: A Brief Against Feminism and related articles in The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere, is a mother of three. Katha Pollitt, associate editor and much-reprinted columnist for The Nation and author of Reasonable Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism and numerous articles in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and many other publications, is a leading feminist who has spoken out boldly in opposition to school prayer and in defense of abortion rights.

     During the discussion, co-organized by Barry Shain and Stanley Brubaker of the political science department, the panelists engaged in a powerful but respectful debate about the effects of the movement of women into the world of work, in particular how feminism's simultaneous promise of personal choice and denigration of stay-at-home wives and mothers has affected American children and families, and women who have or otherwise might have chosen to remain outside of the paid-labor force.

     "The goal of the forum is to present to the Colgate community positions about which broad segments of the American population strongly disagree but for which there is little opportunity on campus to hear both sides," remarked Shain. "The speakers had contrasting and overlapping positions that provided provocative challenges to each others' ideas."

     The sponsor of this annual panel, Joseph C. Woodford, is a member of the Class of 1960.

Cicily Wilson '93 returned to campus to show excerpts of An American Love Story and lead a discussion of racial issues at Colgate and within society. The PBS documentary traced her parents' interracial marriage and followed the family -- from Cicily in her sorority house and on the Nigeria study group to her sister's first date.
Konosioni seeks auction items
Konosioni is planning its annual auction to benefit Madison Family Outreach, a local center for the prevention of child abuse. This year's auction is set for March 30. The group is looking for donations to be auctioned off, and hopes that interested alumni, parents and current students will contact Konosioni president Sara Batsell, Colgate University, CU Box A69, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346; 315-228-5030. In addition to saleable goods, past items auctioned off have been dinner cruises on Lake Moraine, use of the dean's parking space for a week, and yoga lessons.

Day of service
Two community service groups, Community Action for Outreach Opportunity (CAn-dOO), which is organized by residents of 'Gate House, and Volunteer Colgate, teamed up for a day of service on November 6. Approximately 75 students raked leaves, cleaned out a basement and did other household chores at about 35 Hamilton residences, in exchange for donations of money or clothes.

     "The students raised $450 and collected literally a mountain of clothes," reported Student Activities Director Marnie Terhune, who said half the clothing was donated locally and half to the Peruvian village of Villa El Salvador, where one of the participating students, first-year Kate Gallagher, has been doing long-term community service. The Hamilton Food Cupboard and Villa El Salvador each received half of the monetary proceeds.

     Concurrently, a group of Colgate seniors held their own community service day. This group spent the fall Saturday raking leaves and doing odd jobs at St. Mary's Church in Hamilton as well as doing chores for several parishioners. A canned goods and clothing drive was also part of the first annual Senior Service Day. The event was organized by seniors Amo Cefalo and Ryan Meliker. The Hamilton Food Cupboard and the secondhand clothing store Worn Again in Hamilton were among the recipients of the hard work and donated goods.

Colgate Seminar
Since 1959, Colgate Seminar has introduced high school students to college-level topics they probably would not experience in secondary school. Several three-week sessions, taught by Colgate faculty members and administrators, are offered every year.

     This year's second session found 153 students from 18 regional high schools on campus Wednesday evenings. On the menu were such courses as "Natural Disasters: The Limits of Prediction and Planning," "South Africa: Contemporary Politics," "Fundamentals of Outdoor Education," "Modern Issues in Computer and Information Technologies" and "Capital Punishment." Classes run from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m., with an hour dinner break at Frank Dining Hall.

Senior Jonathan Lee stepped out of the chorus to conduct one of the numbers in a concert that featured Britten's A Ceremony of Carols plus other traditional carols, seasonal motets and anthems by English masters. The end-of-semester program for the Chorus and Chamber Singers was otherwise directed by G. Roberts Kolb.
     Participating schools provide their own busing and budget for the number of students they plan to send, according to Carolyn Shain, who coordinates the program. A faculty member from each school serves as a liaison, and several accompany the students every week. Each school selects students differently, although Shain says Colgate expects those who are chosen to be intellectually curious and willing to participate in class.

     "We treat it as a senior honors program," said social studies teacher Richard MacAlpine of Oneida High School. "Candidates are recommended by their junior-year teachers. We look for maturity and motivation." Oneida has participated in the program since its beginning. Said MacAlpine, "It's an opportunity for students to see how professors handle teaching differently from high school teachers."

     In that light, Patrick Sanger, a senior from Oriskany who also attended Colgate Seminar last year and is taking the "South Africa" course this year, observed: "The professors know absolutely everything there is to know about their subjects." Norwich student Matt Nasser felt "they're more laid back, but very professional."

     At Morrisville-Eaton, students are usually chosen through the school's Aristotle Program for gifted and talented sophomores, juniors and seniors. "When it comes to seniors, though," said liaison Tony Gera-kopoulos '70, "we consider the experience to be so good we don't limit it to the Aristotle program." Morrisville has also participated since the program's beginning.

     Gerakopoulos said Colgate Seminar helps his district meet a strong need: "One of our big concerns is to prepare students from a small town to compete with students from big-city schools. They run the risk of being a big fish in a small pond in high school, and then feeling lost at college. Colgate Seminar gives them the opportunity to walk on a college campus, get their feet wet and feel more secure."

     "It's very important to us to offer our students classroom opportunities outside our school," said Sandy Sampson of Norwich High School, "We feel very strongly that it's a unique program that provides a college atmosphere and classroom discussion that we can't necessarily offer our students."

World Expo celebrates Colgate's diversity with global entertainment (including the Nagina dancers), cultural exchanges and food from many lands.
     Other participating high schools this year include Hamilton, Holland Patent, Madison, New York Mills, Notre Dame, Oriskany, Otselic Valley, T.R. Proctor, Rome Free Academy, Sauquoit, Sherburne-Earlville, Stockbridge Valley, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.

     Bruce Selleck '71, professor of geology, has led numerous seminars over the past 20-odd years and says he sees it as a good public service. He taught the "Natural Disasters" class, illustrating the range of natural geologic phenomena that are a hazard to people, such as landslides, volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.

     "My goal is to have students develop a thorough understanding of a specific case like the Mt. St. Helens eruption of 1980 or the Northridge earthquake, of its geologic scientific background, and its impact on humans," Selleck explained.

     And one can't ignore that the kids also say, "Another plus is the food." The dinner hour gives the students the opportunity to mingle and interact with students from other school districts as they experience what college dining hall meals are like.

     "I wanted to get a taste of college," said Laura Holmes from Norwich. "I've been kind of worried about whether I'll be prepared. This has made me more comfortable." The third session begins February 2.

J. Pierrepoint Finch always reached for the stars and Steve Hurlburt '01 captured that essence in Student Musical Theater's production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Jamie Schoer '00 directed The "players of English 460 and sundry others" performed selected plays from the York Cycle as part of a Medieval Pageant titled From Creation to Creation. Janet Godwin directed. Above, Adam and Eve get the word from on high.

Mr. Colgate Pageant
The first annual Mr. Colgate Pageant, a tongue-in-cheek parody of beauty contests that entertained a crowd of nearly 800, raised close to $4,000 for charity on November 15.

     The evening marked the establishment of a joint Panhellenic and InterFraternity Council fund to benefit children of Madison County. Area families in need will be able to apply for aid, and subsequent fundraising events will be planned.

     The pageant was hosted by Assistant to the President Gary Ross and junior Liz Scattarella of Kappa Alpha Theta. Eleven contestants participated in three rounds of open competition: an answer to a random question, a talent competition and an "evening wear" round. The winner was chosen from five selected finalists after each answered the question: "What would you say if you had 13 minutes to tell James B. Colgate about the Colgate of today?"

     "Mr. Beta Theta Pi," senior Rory McLeod, was crowned as the winner.

     The inaugural proceeds were donated to the family of Zachary Strain, a 1-year-old Madison County boy who was infected with the polio virus.

No, there isn't a campus crackdown on speed walkers. This mobile unit has been popping up to remind motorists of various speed limits on college byways, which are now patrolled by officers who can give tickets.
Colgate adds director of media relations
Sarah Jarvis has joined Colgate's Office of Communications in the new position of director of media relations. She will coordinate efforts to tell Colgate's story through the local, regional and national press.

     Jarvis's experience in public affairs includes two years at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and the past eight years as manager of media relations for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

     The staff of six in the Office of Communications, an arm of the Division of University Relations, manages the college's publications and public information and produces the Colgate Scene.

Seeking old photos
Carl Peterson, special collections librarian at Case Library and university archivist, is working on a book, Photographing the Students, detailing local photographic history as it revolves around photographing students and faculty of Colgate and its precursor, Madison University.

     Peterson hopes that anyone who owns any pre-1856 daguerreotypes of Madison University students or professors, any "cased images" of Madison University students or professors, any Madison University student from a graduating class between 1864 and 1870, or any class group photograph before 1890, will contact him with regard to possibly reproducing them in the book. Copy photographs of such items would also serve his purpose. Please note that this is not a gift solicitation. Contact Carl Peterson, Case Library, Colgate University, 13 Oak Dr, Hamilton, NY 13346; 315-228-7305;

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