The Colgate Scene
July 2004

Around the college

"We must hold [federal] judges accountable for the difference between what they say is constitutional and what actually is [constitutional]," former UN Ambassador Alan Keyes told a crowd in Love Auditorium in April. Keyes's speech, titled "The Role of Religion in American Public Life," was sponsored by the dean of the college and dean of sophomore year offices and the Center for Freedom and Western Civilization. [Photo by Aubrey Graham]

Five people were recognized at commencement on the occasion of their retirements.

Robert Arnold, professor of biology, emeritus, joined the biology department in 1976 as a mycologist, and most recently has studied seed germination in snapdragons. He taught the full range of biology courses and spearheaded the modernization of the curriculum by designing, teaching, and promoting new courses in cell biology, biostatistics, and genetics. He was also a participant in Colgate's Science and Mathematics Initiative, helping students make the difficult transition to college-level science.

O. Nigel Bolland, Charles A. Dana Professor of sociology and Caribbean studies, emeritus, became internationally recognized as the leading scholar in the historical sociology of labor and labor movements in the Caribbean region. On the faculty since 1972, Bolland was cited for excellence in scholarship and teaching, leadership within his department, and his role as an architect of Colgate's Caribbean studies program. Among his many awards, he received the Order of Distinction of Belize. His eighth book was published this spring.

George DeBoer, professor of educational studies, emeritus, joined the Colgate faculty in 1974 and was instrumental in integrating the education program more deeply into the liberal arts curriculum. He was cited for his scholarship, expressing his expertise in scientific literacy and issues of student achievement in science and mathematics with his book A History of Ideas in Science Education, and contributing to programs of the National Science Foundation and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science.

David Hughes, associate professor in the university libraries and head of reference services, emeritus, served as head of interlibrary loan, liaison to the English department and peace studies program, information literacy instructor, and leader of many library committees. A library faculty member since 1987, Hughes was cited for providing outstanding service to researchers and faculty members.

Dewey F. Mosby, director of the Picker Art Gallery, emeritus, served as director for more than 20 years. Mosby earned international recognition as an expert in 18th- and 19th-century French art, and in late 19th- and early 20th-century African American art. He was cited for enhancing Colgate's reputation through the gallery's exhibitions and holdings and with his own scholarly achievements, and for enriching Colgate through his long-term commitment to diversity.

Conservative firebrand and lawyer Ann Coulter came to campus to deliver a talk in April, sponsored by the College Republicans. [Photo by Aubrey Graham]

Co-captain Heather Payne, capital support assistant in the development office (foreground, right), sports her Team Colgate sweatshirt while she and Leigh Cuttino '06, Kaitlyn Wood '05, Dan DiCesare '05 (right to left), and others gather outside of President Chopp's office for the presentation of a plaque by Jeff Owen of the American Heart Association. A record 111 members of the Colgate community participated in the 2004 America's Greatest Heart Run and Walk held in Utica in February, raising $14,000. Team Colgate was awarded first place for highest total pledge in the Colleges and Higher Education team category. [Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]
Underwater volcano discovery

A Colgate professor and her student researcher are part of an international team of scientists who found what they believe is an active and previously unknown volcano on the sea bottom.

Amy Leventer, associate professor of geology, and Jimmy Maritz '05 were working in the waters off the Antarctic Peninsula with the group, led by Hamilton College professor Eugene Domack.

The discovery came as an unintended bonus from a research plan to investigate why a massive ice sheet, known as the Larsen B, collapsed and broke up several years ago.

The researchers mapped and sampled the ocean floor and collected video and data that indicate a major volcano exists on the Antarctic continental shelf. On May 5, they sent a dispatch about the discovery from the research vessel Laurence M. Gould, which is operated by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Domack said the volcano stands 2,300 feet above the seafloor and extends to within roughly 900 feet of the ocean's surface. By comparison, Mount Erebus, a known active volcano on Ross Island near McMurdo Station, NSF's main Antarctic research center, is approximately 12,400 feet above sea level.

Besides researchers from Hamilton and Colgate, the team comprised scientists from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, Montclair State University in New Jersey, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and Queens University in Canada.

The Palace Theater was sold out for singer-songwriter Keller Williams's CAB Music-sponsored performance in April. His one-man jam band show attracted Colgate students, local residents, and fans from across the northeast. [Photo by Aubrey Graham]

On the evening of April 21, students as well as faculty and staff members participated in "Take Back the Night," a march to spread awareness about sexual abuse and violence. The march was followed by a "speak-out," where those who wished to could find a safe place to break the silence about sexual abuse. [Photo by Aubrey Graham]
Geology garners significant external funding

It was a banner year for several faculty members in the Department of Geology, who received nearly $650,000 in external funding for research and equipment from major granting organizations, including several from the National Science Foundation.

Professor Art Goldstein, Assistant Professor William Peck, and Bruce Selleck, Harold Orville Whitnall Professor of geology, received $238,426 from the NSF for their project "Integrated Strain and Fluid Composition, Temperature, and Pressure Histories of Orogens." Their research works to further understand the process behind the formation of mountains at the edges of continents through tectonic shifting and compression, with a current focus on the Taconic mountain region in the eastern United States. Goldstein received an additional grant of $50,000 for the same project, from the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society. The two grants will support a total of 12 research assistantships for Colgate geology students to work alongside the three faculty members during the next three summers.

Selleck also received a $154,700 NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program grant for the acquisition of a scanning electron microscope for exclusive, intensive use by the department. This piece of equipment further enhanced the department's state-of-the-art instrumentation. In 2002, Peck had received a grant of $150,000 from the NSF that funded the purchase of a stable isotope mass spectrometer. Colgate student researchers in geology are trained to use both the mass spectrometer and the electron microscope, an unusual opportunity for undergraduates, according to Selleck.

Associate Professor Karen Harpp has received notification of a $133,536 grant from the NSF for her project on "The Timescales of Magmatic Differentiation and their Relationship to Eruptive Style," in collaboration with a colleague at the University of Idaho. The grant will support her research at Hekla Volcano, one of the most active volcanic centers in Iceland, and will enable her to bring student researchers with her on two fieldwork trips to Iceland.

The Antarctic research done by Amy Leventer (previous story) was supported by a $72,000 grant from the NSF. The total NSF funding for the five collaborating institutions on that project came to $855,140.

"It was a good year for the department," said Selleck, who serves as chairman. "NSF funding, for example, is very competitive. Typically only 4 out of 10 -- or fewer -- proposed major research and instrumentation grants are awarded. These grants have a significant impact not only on the ability of our faculty to conduct their research, but also for undergraduates to participate with their professors on that research."

A new work of art in Olin Hall, created by members of the biology honor society Beta Beta Beta, was unveiled at the entrance hall to the biology department in front of a standing-room-only crowd in April. Eight senior Tri Beta members developed and painted the mural with the help of Frank Frey, assistant professor of biology, as well as members of the buildings and grounds staff. Elements of the mural represent the areas of faculty expertise in the department as well as specific research the students conducted with their professors. The group hopes that each new class of Tri Betas will create their own mural. [Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]
2004-2005 budget set

The Board of Trustees approved a $119.8 million operating budget for the 2004-2005 fiscal year. The budget continues the university's focus on providing students with an intensive learning environment that is broad in its offerings while intimate in its delivery. The trustees have established student charges (tuition, room and board, and student activity fee) for the 2004-2005 academic year at $39,060.

"A central theme of Colgate's strategic plan is bringing students and faculty together in a variety of ways," said David Hale, financial vice president and treasurer. "Initiatives already underway include increasing the number of off-campus study programs led by Colgate faculty members, the launching of an innovative residential education program that is receiving national attention, and the introduction of institutes of advanced study."

The budget includes important updates to the university's information technology infrastructure and makes accommodations for steep increases in the costs associated with employee healthcare, liability insurance, and utility costs. Colgate will also continue its commitment to providing generous financial assistance to all students who have demonstrated a financial need.

Director of facilities named

In May, Jonathan Ryan was named director of facilities, replacing Norm Kuklinski, who retired after more than 16 years of service to Colgate.

Previously, Ryan was assistant vice president, facilities, planning, and development at City College of New York. In nine years at Stanford University, he planned and directed a wide range of capital projects, including research laboratories, residence halls, and libraries. In addition, he directed academic and medical projects as an architect and project manager for the firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill, and designed laboratories, airports, hospitals, and high-rise office buildings as a senior architect for Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum. He received his BA and master of architecture degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

New division director

Michael Johnston, Charles A. Dana Professor of political science, has been appointed director of the Division of Social Sciences. Johnston served as chair of the political science department from 1993 to 1996, and has been the chair of Colgate's research council. During the 2002-2003 academic year, he was a member of the School of Social Science, and an National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton University.

DeWitt Godfrey, assistant professor of art and art history, installed "Picker Sculpture," a temporary exhibition outside of Dana Arts Center in early May. Twenty-nine steel tubes, ranging in diameter from 20 inches to nine feet, are bolted together in a "semi-predictable way," according to Godfrey, as well as to the two pillars outside the building. Godfrey refers to the sculpture as a "crude living organism" whose flexible pieces "work together with their context to find their form." The sculpture will remain in place until July 31, when it will be reborn in new environs at the Black & White Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y. [Photo by Tom O'Keefe]
Student Forum resurrects academic papers

A sophomore who wanted a chance for students to share the ideas and motivations behind papers they wrote for specific courses created an event to do just that.

As a first-year student, Pat Kabat '06 had enjoyed writing a textual exploration of the 1999 movie Fight Club and how it reflected the works of Nietzsche, Joseph Conrad, and others, for Professor Robert McVaugh's The Challenge of Modernity class.

But once he turned the paper in, Kabat was at a loss. Although it was an important part of his coursework, he felt that it "just died." He talked to other students who had similar feelings. With encouragement from McVaugh and Dean of the College Adam Weinberg, he created the Student Lecture Forum.

"I wanted to create a way that students could present their ideas to the community and be engaged beyond the deadline of the paper," said Kabat. "Colgate students will go to lectures, but we have ideas, too, and they need to come out."

Professors nominated papers that deserved recognition; students also submitted papers. A review committee including Kabat, Weinberg, McVaugh, Ben Opipari, director of the Writing Center, and Jill Tiefenthaler, associate dean of the faculty, considered approximately 30 submissions.

The first event was held in April at the Colgate Inn. Three students were selected to present formal 10-minute presentations about their papers. Sarah Compter '04 discussed "Legitimizing Feminist Performance Art"; Stephanie Davis '04 talked about "A Misled Attempt to Mitigate Poverty"; and Matthew Kroll '07 presented "Size as a Factor in the Development of the Deer Tick."

"It was really wonderful to see so many faculty and students having dinner together on a Sunday night, sharing a meal and intellectual conversation," said Weinberg, who noted that the forum also provided a lesson in the importance of speaking and writing clearly and concisely. "It was a real challenge for them to take a 30-page paper and boil it down to a 10-minute presentation."

President Chopp, who attended the dinner, said the quality of the presentations "was excellent and the questions to the presenters were insightful."

Kabat, who is a history and political science major, said there will be another forum next semester, and he hopes to establish it as a Colgate institution, with increased input from fellow students.

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