The Colgate Scene
January 2002

Around the college

The work of Edgar Crispin, dealing with negative space, amused those who attended a senior project show in the Clifford Gallery and Little Hall. Eleven art and art history concentrators exhibited.
BACCHUS wins national award

BACCHUS, the student alcohol/drug peer education group, won the award for best and most creative program in the Health Education Planning category at the BACCHUS-GAMMA General Assembly in San Francisco. Seven students and Jane Jones, staff counselor, attended the conference in November, and this is the first time the group has won national recognition.

Colgate's award-winning program was the Cereal Box Campaign, offered last spring semester during Alcohol Awareness Week. To disseminate information about alcohol to a large number of people in an interesting and innovative manner, the BACCHUS students covered cereal boxes with informative games such as a crossword puzzle, connect-the-dots and a maze, information on alcohol and a want ad seeking peer educators. The theme was continued with small prizes in the boxes, which were also printed with the group's spring campaign slogan, "The Power of Choice. The Power of One."

The BACCHUS members wrote that they wanted students to have facts "from which to fashion healthy decisions about drinking." The campaign had already won the Outstanding Program Award at the BACCHUS-GAMMA Peer Education Network Area 11 Conference last spring.

Dancer and choreographer Tehmekah MacPherson '02 performed with Legacy as part of Dancefest 2001, which also featured Kuumba, the Latin American Dancers, Groove and the debut of Urban Steppers. Senior Josh Kirklin, representing DU, was named Mr. Colgate in the third annual charity event sponsored by the Panhellenic and InterFraternity Councils. The money raised was donated to the Families of Freedom Scholarship.

Al Cleveland plays one of the flutes he makes during the Native American Art and Culture Festival held in November in the Commons. In addition to the crafts for sale, there were music and dance performances, including the Thunder Lizard Singers and the Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers.
Development staff promotions

John Hubbard '72, assistant director of communications and managing editor of the Scene, was promoted to the position of director of development communications in the Division of University Relations.

Hubbard returned to the college in 1979 as writer and photographer in the communications office. In 1994 he was named assistant director of communications and associate editor of the Scene, and in 1996 he took on the role of managing editor. Hubbard's writing and photography have received national recognition from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), including bronze medals in the categories of photographic essays and university photographer of the year, as well as other awards.

For more than 20 years, Hubbard has written about life at Colgate and in the Hamilton area as a weekly columnist for the Oneida Daily Dispatch and The Mid-York Weekly.

As director of development communications, Hubbard will coordinate and oversee all publications, newsletters, videos and photography related to Colgate's fundraising activities and programs and help manage communication programs for alumni affairs.

Murray Decock '80, director of development in the Division of University Relations, has been promoted to the position of associate vice president for development. Decock joined the Colgate staff in 1994. He held the positions of director of class giving and director of reunion giving before becoming director of the annual fund in 1995. In 1998 Decock became director of development, responsible for leading the college's various fundraising initiatives.

Under his direction, Colgate has made significant fundraising accomplishments. Most recently, 2000-2001 was the best non-campaign fundraising year in Colgate's history, with $24,475,849 in gifts to the college, including an all-time Annual Fund record of $8,928,936, more than $1 million in gifts from parents of current and former students, and a record number of members in the Presidents' Club (leadership donor gift society).

A pianist, Decock has also been a piano instructor at Colgate since 1987. He served as assistant conductor and accompanist for Colgate's chorus from 1987 to 1994, and taught music at Indiana University School of Music from 1981 to 1984. He holds an M.Mus. in piano performance and literature from Indiana University (1984) and a D.M.A. in piano performance and literature from the University of Maryland, College Park (1995).

As associate vice president, Decock will focus on the planning phase of the college's next fundraising campaign while continuing to direct the staff and programs that he currently manages.

Dr. John Ratey '70 of Harvard Medical School, leading author and an expert on psychological disorders, spoke at a Hamilton Forum in the fall and spent the day meeting with faculty, staff and students.

Jane Seney '01, center, who wrote the essays for "Life Impressions: 20th century African American Prints from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," the catalogue accompanying the Picker Art Gallery exhibition, gives a tour in the newly expanded space. The show was part of the "Laying Claim" conference that brought together scholars, students and museum professionals from across the country to discuss the expression, criticism and history of artists of African descent in the Americas.

Arthur Miller's All My Sons, directed by Jacques Levy, is a searing study of families coping with lies and greed in a world reeling from war. Among the cast were, from left, John Belding '03, Devon Graham '03, Michael Torpey '02 and Sabrina Colie '04.
Grants to the college

The Fred L. Emerson Foundation of Auburn, N.Y. has awarded Colgate a $500,000 challenge grant in support of the Hamilton Initiative Fund. The Hamilton Initiative, which supports economic development in Hamilton, is funded by Colgate, using contributions from alumni, parents and friends who have an enduring interest in the village.

The challenge grant requires the university to raise, by November 1, 2002, the final $3.5 million towards its goal of $8.5 million to support downtown initiatives that include the new university bookstore and an entertainment venue for students and the community in the Palace Theater. At the time of receiving the challenge grant, Colgate had raised $4.5 million towards its goal.

The Fred L. Emerson Foundation is a private foundation that focuses its grant-making efforts on private institutions of higher education, social service and youth organizations, community funds and cultural programming in central New York.

The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties has given Colgate substantial funds to help establish a service learning project in nearby Utica. The $75,500 grant, from the foundation's Harriet T. McGrath Fund, will support the university's new Utica Field School. The university will dedicate similar funding to the project, which will allow students to conduct summer fieldwork in support of community service organizations in Utica.

The Utica Field School will be administered at Colgate by the Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education (COVE), whose co-director, Associate Professor of Sociology Adam Weinberg, is working with Utica not-for-profit organizations to design projects that will both assist the organizations and provide research experiences for Colgate students. Each student will conduct 10 weeks of fieldwork during the summer and will present project findings to the sponsoring organization.

The Picker Art Gallery was awarded a grant for general operating support from the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS). The Picker is among only 178 museums nationwide that were selected to receive grants, which totaled $15.44 million. The institutions were cited by the IMLS for "outstanding performance in all areas of museum operations."

The Picker is the only public fine arts facility in Madison and Chenango counties. Each year, hundreds of area residents, including many school groups, visit the museum for special exhibitions and to view its permanent collection. Dewey F. Mosby, the museum's director, said, "The Picker Art Gallery is devoted to service to art and art history students, general students, scholars and the community at large. It is an educational institution for all levels of learning about the visual arts."

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is a federal agency that "fosters leadership, innovation and a lifetime of learning by supporting the nation's 15,000 museums and 122,000 libraries."

Robert Jay Lifton, who founded The Center for the Study of Violence and Peace Making at Harvard, delivered the Terrence Des Pres Memorial Lecture on "Terrorism and Response: Americans as Survivors."

Jeff Fager '77 (with Interim President Jane Pinchin), executive producer of the CBS program 60 Minutes II, returned to campus in November to talk about news coverage post-Sept. 11. The veteran journalist showed taped excerpts from Ground Zero and Pakistan. Perhaps the most poignant segment featured the children of victims of the attacks.
Colgate community walks for heart

A group of Colgate staff, faculty and students will participate in the 27th annual American Heart Association Heart Run & Walk in Utica on February 23. Colgate community members have participated in the Heart Run & Walk for many years; the first official Colgate team was formed by Janice Holt, secretary in the biology department. In 2000, the Utica area's event was the first in the nation to raise more than $1 million for the association's fight against heart disease, the number one cause of death in the United States.

The event's Team Challenge puts area colleges in competition with each other; two years ago, Team Colgate won the division's highest average pledge award. Last year, Team Colgate's 52 participants raised more than $6,500, but were edged out by the Utica College team.

This year, Team Colgate will walk in memory of Wm. Brian Little '64 and Volker Tuettenberg '03, who both died of heart conditions last year. The team will hold a registration on February 19 at Reid Athletic Center, and the human resources department sponsors a bus to and from the event.

For more information, contact co-captains Margie Bikowsky (315-228-7466 or and Heather Payne (315-228-6693 or

State champs

Professor of Computer Science Chris Nevison, who coached the Hamilton High School girls' soccer team to a state championship last fall, has been named New York State Coach of the Year in Class D.

Nevison began coaching at the school in 1998 and has compiled a record of 67-17-2. Last fall, the team got off to a rocky 5-6 start but made a remarkable turnaround and then played stifling defense through the postseason to win the title.

The New York Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports also honored Emily Murphy, daughter of Colgate Athletic Director Mark Murphy '77, naming the midfielder second team all-state.

A CD in the works

The Resolutions are Colgate's original co-ed a cappella singing group and this year marks the tenth anniversary of co-ed a cappella on campus. The Resolutions has been a family to those men and women who love arranging and performing a cappella music. To commemorate the anniversary, the group is planning to record a new album at the end of this year. If you are interested in learning more about this upcoming album, or wish to purchase it or any of the Resolutions' previous three albums, contact Chris Reid at

Cartoonist Aaron McGruder, whose comic strip The Boondocks uses boyz in the `burbs as a vehicle for social commentary, met with students before a lecture on how the Sept. 11 attacks have changed his work.
A reading

Chris Hedges '79, who is writing a book on the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, read from the work-in-progress during a December campus visit. In her introduction of Hedges, a former student, Professor of English Margaret Maurer told the audience in Golden Auditorium, "It's a complicated thing, getting an education that will prepare you for this world, so pay attention to Chris Hedges."

A reporter for the New York Times who has covered a dozen conflicts worldwide, Hedges spent Sept. 12 at Ground Zero in New York, then visited refugee camps in Gaza and outside Paris, where four million Muslims live in hideous conditions.

"We face a new terrorism," read Hedges, who has written about amorphous groups and transnation-als who "burrow into cultures they seek to eradicate." He went on to caution his readers about "absolutes" and how the mission of the terrorists "fills a black hole of despair."

The author further warned against a war of revenge. "We possess great power but less and less knowledge of our place in the world."

Read Hedges, "Our biggest enemy at the moment is abstract thinking."

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