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July 2003

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Assistant Professor of Mathematics Aaron Robertson gets a mouthful of cotton candy from his son Quinn at Springfest on the Hamilton Village Green in April. [Photos by Timothy D. Sofranko]
China Study Group recalled due to SARS threat

In early April, heeding advisories against travel in mainland China and Hong Kong due to the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) by the State Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Colgate recalled the nine students and one faculty member of the China Study Group.

"It is a rare and regrettable occasion when we feel compelled to bring a study group back early," said a campus announcement. "Part of the experience of study away from campus is adjusting to world events, but in the case of the China Study Group, the warnings of the State Department and CDC made it absolutely clear to us that the potential risk of SARS was too uncertain to allow the group to continue in China."

The students and Yufan Hao, associate professor of political science, who remained healthy, completed their studies for the spring semester on campus.

Colgate joins Clean Air-Cool Planet partnership

On Earth Day, Colgate joined a growing number of institutions that have agreed to follow an action plan to foster positive changes in the environment when President Rebecca Chopp signed a partnership agreement with the group Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP).

Based in Portsmouth, N.H., CA-CP is the Northeast's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to finding and promoting solutions to global warming. Colgate joined institutions such as Tufts, Bates, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Skidmore and University of Vermont in becoming one of CA-CP's "Campuses for Climate Action." As a new member of the program, Colgate agreed to complete a campuswide greenhouse gas emissions inventory; raise awareness about the importance of addressing climate change within the campus community; adopt a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target; develop and implement a strategic plan to meet the target; and monitor progress over time.

These efforts are being coordinated through Colgate's "Green Strides" program, which was launched at the first Green Summit in January. One initiative adopted by participants at the summit was to pursue ways to reduce campus emissions of "greenhouse gas" -- the byproducts of burning carbon-intensive fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gasoline. As part of the partnership, CA-CP will provide the college with the tools to monitor and identify ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Colgate's Green Strides program and Volunteer Colgate declared Earth Day, April 22, a Day of Action to educate the campus about the issues that face the surrounding community, such as disabilities, hunger, homelessness, health and poverty. The day's events included a barbecue, games and information booths on the quad.
Right: Students enjoy the spring weather and the food.
Kenny Hadden '04 untangles a modest educational display regarding environmental concerns made from construction paper, string and a hanger. A large inflatable globe lingers on the lawn of the Quad
Endowed chairs, presidential scholars appointed

Several members of the faculty were appointed to named professorships, effective July 1.

Susan Cerasano, the Edgar W.B. Fairchild Professor of literature, has been a member of the English department faculty since 1981. Her most recent books include Readings in Renaissance Women's Drama, Renaissance Drama by Women: Texts and Documents, Gloriana's Face: Women, Private and Public in the English Renaissance, Edward Alleyn: Elizabethan Actor and Jacobean Gentleman. She is the incoming editor of Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, a leading journal in her field.

Michael Johnston, Charles A. Dana Professor of political science, has served in his department since 1986. His most recent books include Political Corruption: A Handbook; Fraud, Waste and Abuse in Government: Causes, Consequences and Cures and Political Corruption and Public Policy in America. Johnston has served as department chair and as director for the Center for Ethics and World Societies. He spent the 2002-2003 academic year as an NEH Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.

Scott Kraly, Charles A. Dana Professor of psychology, has taught at Colgate since 1978. His most recent articles have been published in professional journals such as Alcohol, Psychological Review, Nature, Progress in Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, American Journal of Physiology, Appetite and Physiology and Behavior. He has served as faculty representative to the NCAA for a number of years, has been the director of the neuroscience program and department chair.

Margaret Maurer, William Henry Crawshaw Professor of literature, has been on the English department faculty since 1974. She has served as department chair, acting director of the humanities division and director of the university studies division, which houses the Core curriculum. In addition, Maurer co-chaired Colgate's Middle States Steering Committee, served on the Board of Trustees Committee on Planning and has directed the London English Study Group three times. Her most recent article, from Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, is "The Rowe Editions of 1709/1714 and 3.1 of The Taming of the Shrew." In June, she completed her two-year term as the first Christian A. Johnson Professor in liberal studies.

Bruce Selleck, Harold Orville Whitnall Professor of geology, has taught at Colgate since 1974. Beyond serving as department chair, he has served as associate dean of the faculty and as provost and dean of the faculty. In connection with his work with faculty development, he was named the first Thomas A. Bartlett Professor (1999 to 2002). He is currently serving on the Task Force on Campus Culture and has directed both the Wales and Australia study groups.

Marilyn Thie, Christian A. Johnson Professor in liberal studies, has been on the philosophy and religion department faculty since 1974. Her most recent publications include articles in Hypatitia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Vincentian Heritage, New Scholasticism, Process Studies, Living Light, Probe and New Directions for Women. Thie has served as department chair, co-director and director of the Core distinction program and director of women's studies. In addition, three members of the faculty were named presidential scholars in recognition of outstanding scholarly achievement and substantial contributions to the university.

Joscelyn Godwin, professor of music, has taught at Colgate since 1971 and has served as chair of the music department. His most recent publications include a translation of Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and J.F.H. von Dalberg (1760-1812): Schriftsteller, Musiker, Domherr as well as numerous articles in Music and Letters, Musical Quarterly, Hermetic Journal, Studies in Comparative Religion, Temenos, American Theosophist, Gnosis, Aries, L'Initiation, Theosophical History and Alexandria.

Takao Kato, professor of economics, has been on the faculty since 1986. His most recent publications include book chapters in Labor Markets and Firm Benefit Policies in Japan and the United States; Paying for Performance: An International Comparison; Human Resource Development of White Collar Workers; and The Japanese Business and Economic System: History and Prospects for the 21st Century. He has served as department chair and received an Abe Fellowship to conduct comparative field research on the recent transformation of employment practices in Japan and the United States.

Paul Pinet, professor of geology, has taught at Colgate since 1978, and has served as department chair and as director of the Center for Ethics and World Societies. He has published articles in Geology, Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Journal of Geologic Education.

Flutist Carla Jones '05, right, performs Poulenc's Allegretto malincolico during a Luncheon Musicale in the chapel in May, accompanied by Kerry Koen '74, staff accompanist in the music department.
Colgate receives New Media Center designation

The New Media Consortium has awarded Colgate's department of information technology membership into its organization as a "New Media Center."

Institutions are selected for this designation in recognition of their leadership in the application of technology to teaching, learning, research or creative expression and in demonstrated innovation in the use of technology. Chief Information Technology Officer David Gregory attributed this designation to the "excellent work" and "commitment to applied technology in support of the academic mission" at Colgate.

The New Media Consortium (NMC), based in Austin, Texas, is a nonprofit organization that brings colleges, universities and museums together with high-tech corporations for collaborations in a non-competitive environment.

Chopp receives honorary degree from Lafayette

Lafayette College awarded President Rebecca Chopp the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity at its 168th commencement exercises in May. Chopp delivered the baccalaureate address, which was titled "One Word, Two Stories and a Blessing."

Balakian receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Peter Balakian, Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor in the humanities, received an Ellis Island Medal of Honor at an awards ceremony on Ellis Island in May. The award is given by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) to individuals in recognition of "exceptional humanitarian service and professional contributions" to the United States.

This year, 120 recipients were selected from a pool of more than 10,000 nominees. Previous medal recipients include Elie Wiesel, Muhammad Ali, Madeleine K. Albright, Joe DiMaggio and President Bill Clinton. With more than five million members, NECO serves as an umbrella group for 275 organizations that span the spectrum of ethnic heritages, cultures and religions. The coalition was formed with the intention of educating and encouraging cultural unity.

Sofranko wins NPPA award

Timothy D. Sofranko, photographic services coordinator, won first place in the sports category of the National Press Photographers Association Region 2 March 2003 News Clip Contest for a photograph that appeared in the March Colgate Scene.

Titled Diving In, the image depicts Alice Garnett '04 and other backstroke swimmers as they launch off the starting line in a meet between Bucknell and Colgate at Lineberry Natatorium.

The NPPA Region 2 covers Africa, the Mideast, New York, Ontario, Quebec and Western Europe. Only those who are NPPA members, with photos that have been published by a commercial (including nonprofit) enterprise are eligible for the contest. Winning photos are published on the organization's website.

Chili Wagon wins Business Plan Competition

Chili Wagon, a traveling food venue that serves top-of-the-line chili and non-alcoholic beverages, was the winning concept in the second annual Business Plan Competition, organized by the Office of Career Services. Budding entrepreneurs Benjamin Krause '03, Christopher Hooper '03 and Jonathan Edwards '03 competed against nine other student teams, five of whom moved on to a semi-final round to make presentations to the panel of judges in April.

The competition is designed to encourage students to push their intellectual curiosity to new heights, and to demonstrate that a liberal arts education fosters the entrepreneurial spirit. Warren Adams '88, founder of the competition, matched each team with alumni mentors from the business world, who consulted with the students.

Workshops that covered key areas of creating a business plan, including marketing research and analysis, financial projections and business presentation skills, were introduced this year to add an educational component to the program.

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