The Colgate Scene
July 2002

Around the college

The Manhattan String Quartet, Colgate's quartet-in-residence, was on campus in April and performed twice in Memorial Chapel. The ensemble gave a lecture-recital on Webern's Five Pieces for String Quartet and a full concert featuring the works of Britten, Beethoven and Shostakovich. [Photo by Hope Kinchen]
Credit rating upgrade

Moody's Investor Service upgraded Colgate's credit rating from A1 to Aa3, underscoring the college's underlying financial strength and successful management.

In announcing the upgrade, Moody's cited Colgate's improving student demand and stable enrollments; significant and growing financial resources, with positive investment returns despite recent stock market declines; consistently positive annual operating performance and growing revenue base; and manageable borrowing plans relative to financial resources.

Retiring faculty

Four members of the faculty retired at the end of 2001-02.

Neill Randolph Joy, William Henry Crawshaw Professor of literature, began teaching at Colgate in 1963. He taught American and British literature of the 18th through the 20th centuries, and has written on such figures as Samuel Johnson, Ben Franklin, Henry Thoreau, James Joyce and Joseph Conrad. His work with Case Library's Joseph Conrad Collection revealed it to be one of the most extensive holdings of Conrad's work in existence. His service to the university included many major committees, chair of the English department and director of the humanities division. In 2000 he was named the AAUP Professor of the Year.

Martha Brill Olcott, professor of political science, began at Colgate in 1975. She produced extensive scholarship on political identity and state-building throughout Central Asia, the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia and earned an international reputation in her role as advisor to officials in the U.S. Department of State.

Kenneth Ramchand, professor of English, began teaching at Colgate in 1992. One of the most eminent students of West Indian literature in the world, his teaching specialties were in West Indian and African literature.

Robert L. Rothstein, Harvey Picker Professor of international relations in the Department of Political Science, came to Colgate in 1985. An author of five books and four edited volumes, Rothstein contributed to theory building in international relations and to scholarly dialogue on democracy, conflict and foreign policy in the post-Cold War era.


The Health and Wellness Fair, sponsored by human resources, is open to faculty, employees and students alike and features information booths staffed by campus departments, local health practitioners and vendors; blood pressure, cholesterol and bone density screening; and samples of health foods. [Photo by Hope Kinchen]
New trustees

In May, the Board of Trustees elected four new members: Todd C. Brown '71, Rev. Roger A. Ferlo '73, Richard W. Herbst '69 and Robert A. Kindler '76.

Brown is executive vice president of Kraft Foods North America, Inc. and president of the company's E-Commerce Division. Ferlo is the rector of the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in New York City. Herbst is global head of the Financial Institutions and Governments Group and a managing director of J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. Kindler is global head of the mergers and acquisitions group at J.P. Morgan.

More Colgate students received national fellowships and scholarships this year than ever before. All listed below are from the Class of 2002 unless otherwise noted.

Eight students earned Fulbright scholarships -- one-year grants to study, teach or conduct research in one of 140 countries: Joseph Sabatino, biology research, Germany; Anne Sullivan, teaching assistant, Germany; Timothy Seamans, teaching assistant, France; Lindsay Barton, teaching assistant, Korea (declined); Catherine Griffith, Katherine Leibold, Christina Cardenas and Hilary Placzek, French government teaching assistants in France.

Kristin VanderPloeg '03 received a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship -- $7,500 for sophomore or junior students preparing for careers in mathematics or natural sciences. Nathaniel Lewis '03 was awarded a Morris J. Udall Fellowship -- $5,000 for sophomores or juniors interested in environmental issues.

Thomas J. Watson Foundation fellowships -- $22,000 for one year of independent study and travel abroad -- were awarded to Lesley Thompson for her project "Documenting women in open prisons in Norway, England, Canada and Denmark" and Stentor Danielson for his project "`Real, practicing New Zealanders?': Maori and Pakeha views of archaeology" (Danielson declined in order to attend graduate school).


Sabrina Colie '04 as Lady Anne and Chuck Hooper '03 as Richard, Duke of Gloucester. University Theater's Spring Festival of Shakespeare plays featured excerpts from Richard III as well as Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Measure for Measure and Othello. [Photo by Hope Kinchen]
Moore to head career services

In May, Barbara Moore was named director of career services following a national search.

Moore, who had served as the department's interim director for one year, holds a B.A. in communications from SUNY at Oswego and an M.Ed. in counseling and human development from St. Lawrence University. She first joined the Colgate staff in 1994 as a career counselor. After a two-year stint as assistant and then associate director of career services at Union College, she returned to Colgate as director of parent programs/assistant director of the annual fund before rejoining the career services staff in 1999. Moore was promoted to associate director of career services in 2001.

A Titanic lecture

Bob Ballard, left
[Photo by Hope Kinchen]
Deep-sea explorer Bob Ballard, who discovered the wreck of the luxury liner RMS Titanic and other significant shipwrecks, delivered a Wolk Heart Foundation Lecture and did a book signing in April.

President of the Institute for Exploration in Mystic, Conn. and scientist emeritus at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, Ballard gave a lively talk about the undersea explorations he has made over the last 30 years, including the largest mountain range on earth, which he still finds astounding that no human entered "until after Neil Armstrong did his walk on the moon."

Using advanced robots that he developed to increase the ability to explore the ocean floor, Ballard found the German battleship Bismarck and the US aircraft carrier Yorktown and explored the remains of the Lusitania, the Titanic and her sister ship, Britannic. Of the Titanic, where chandeliers still hang from the ceilings, he said, "I was amazed at its state of preservation. It was like going back in time."

More recently, Ballard has concentrated on the new field of deep water marine archaeology, and he described his discovery of a fleet of ancient sunken ships along the deep water trade routes between Rome and Carthage as well as his current project, a search of sunken vessels that will trace human history to the depths of the Black Sea.

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