The Colgate Scene
July 1999
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Stephanie Stillman '99 1819
Stephanie Stillman '99 won the 1819 Award at the annual Awards Convocation this spring. A double major in religion and sociology, Stillman was a three-year Dana Scholar and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Her research included an investigation of how the village of Hamilton might better serve the interests of students, staff and residents. A member of the Jamaica study group, Stillman worked with severely handicapped children in Kingston and spent summers with at-risk youths in this country. She plans to spend the next two years with Teach for America in Houston. Stillman was also a head resident, an early supporter of the honor code, admission tour guide and a member of Student Curriculum Initiative discussion group and Gamma Phi Beta.

In the May Scene former Congressman Lou Frey, who wrote about his autumn trip to Vietnam, was improperly identified as a member of the Class of 1950. Frey is obviously much younger and a valued member of the Class of 1955.

In the same issue, in a photo caption (Tributes to a leader) Yale Murov '62 was mistakenly identified as Jay Shaw '76.

Ring return
When Aprile Gallant '88 lost her Colgate signet ring back in 1990 somewhere between New York City and New Jersey, she reasonably figured it was gone forever.

In fact, it has only been missing for nine years.

Late this spring, Associate Director of Alumni Affairs Robin Summers '90 received an e-mail from a woman who had found a Colgate ring inscribed with Aprile Gallant's name on a street in New York City. Summers contacted Gallant with the news.

"I was shocked. It feels like it was a million years ago I lost the ring. It seems like a good sign to get it back," said Gallant, who now lives in Maine, where she works at the Portland Museum of Art.

Back in 1990, Gallant was taking a course in book binding. On her way to class she would take off her ring, which she had worn every day since graduating, and put it in her pocket because the class required using a lot of hand tools.

One day, Gallant apparently had a hole in her pocket, and the ring was lost -- anywhere from Houston Street in New York, where Gallant was taking the class, to New Jersey, where she was living at the time.

"The ring is in perfect condition. It looks great and I am happy to have it back on my finger," said Gallant.

groundbreaking ceremony
A brief groundbreaking ceremony was held while the Board of Trustees were on campus during Commencement Weekend. Turning the sod to symbolically kick off the art and art history building project was Chairman of the Board Wm. Brian Little '64. President Neil Grabois and Judy Little were also on the job site. The approximately 39,000-square-foot building is scheduled to be completed in August 2000.
Campus visitors
Under the auspices of the Center for Ethics and World Societies, writer Iris Chang gave a reading from her New York Times bestseller The Rape of Nanking, and Nobel Prize Laureate Derek Walcott was in residence for a week. During his stay, Walcott participated in class meetings with students and gave a lecture, "Poetry, Politics, and Culture," and reading of his poetry. In honor of Walcott's visit, students from an acting class did a public reading of his play The Joker of Seville.

The geology department's Cooper Lecture Series brought John Drobinski, a major expert witness in the Woburn, Massachusetts Toxic Trial that was the subject of the recent movie A Civil Action. In the trial, Drobinski was employed by Jan Schlichtman as the lead geologist in charge of site characterization and spent about 20 days on the witness stand in Federal District court in Boston. His lecture addressed his experiences and the role that geologists play in understanding environmental problems. Currently a geologist with ERM New England, he has conducted numerous studies and response actions at a variety of sites, from Superfund to industrial. His daughter Kristen is in the Class of 2000.

Rick Pollay, on the Faculty of Commerce at the University of British Columbia, gave the third of a trio of talks sponsored by the annual Wolk Heart Foundation Lecture. An active scholar/researcher, popular public speaker and invited contributor to three Surgeon General Reports that focused on smoking in youth, women, and minorities, Pollay discussed "Kids, Ads, and Butts: The Secrets of Drug Pushers in Suits and Lies." Alan Leshner, director of the National Institute On Drug Abuse, gave a lecture titled "Drugs and the Brain: Can Science Replace Ideology?" Ginna Marston of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America discussed "Does pop culture influence drug attitudes? Drugs, teens, and the media."

The Division of University Studies' Science Perspectives program sponsored the man who gave us the moniker "ET," Dr. Frank Drake. Drake's lecture, titled, "The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe," gave a historical overview of the government funded project, Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI), which grew out of his pioneering concept of listening for radio transmissions from possible habitable worlds orbiting nearby stars.

Two more Fulbrights
Since the May Scene, two more students were notified that they have received Fulbright Scholarships. Eric Alexander Lewin, of Del Mar, California, who graduated cum laude with honors in philosophy and with distinction in the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, will teach in France. Jennifer Lynn Erickson, from Green Bay, Wisconsin, who graduated magna cum laude with honors in sociology/anthropology, will study traditional and scientific healing practices in Trinidad and Tobago.

Faculty fellowships
Michael G. Peletz, W.S. Schupf Professor of Far Eastern Studies, professor of anthropology and chair of his department, received two fellowships that will support his writing of a book on Malaysia's Islamic courts. The National Endowment for the Humanities granted a $24,000 Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars, and the National Humanities Center in North Carolina awarded a $26,000 grant for his residence as a 1999-2000 Fellow during the course of a year-long sabbatical.

Graham Hodges, professor of history, is among 27 scholars to receive the newly established Fellowship in American Civilization from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The grant will support his research for New York City Before the American Revolution, part of a four-volume history of the city that he is working on with three other scholars.

New Trustees
At the May meeting, the Board of Trustees elected eight new members to serve for three-year terms. Stephen Burke '80, J. Christopher Clifford '67, Denis Cronin '69 and Patricia Gumport '80 fill regular trustee positions. Mark Hayes '98 fills the recent graduate trustee position. Andrew Heyward SOF '00 takes the parent trustee role, and Robert J. Jones '61 and Bruce F. Wesson '64 are alumni trustees. In addition, President Charles Karelis fills the trustee position vacated by outgoing President Neil R. Grabois.

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