The Colgate Scene
July 2008

Around the college

Peter King, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, offers advice to seniors at the Barge coffeehouse. [Photo by Pat Barnosky '09]
Colgate Groove was one of many dance groups performing at the wildly popular annual Dancefest in the Chapel. [Photo by Luke Connolly '09]
Darrell "Coach D" Andrews delivers his keynote speech, "Interaction with Diverse Cultures," at the ALANA Cultural Center's Spring Gala at the Hall of Presidents. [Photo by Barrett Brassfield]
Jenna Marks '10 and Katrina Hale share the slide and a laugh at the third annual Sidekicks Carnival. Sidekicks is a mentoring program that pairs Colgate students with children from the Hamilton community, providing the opportunity to foster a friendship with 5- to 13-year-olds. [Photo by Luke Connolly '09]

The life of an acclaimed sports journalist is filled with many interesting opportunities and experiences, but it would be a mistake to think that these can be achieved without hard work and persistence. That message was emphasized by Peter King, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, who in April spoke to a group of seniors at the Barge Canal Coffee Company in Hamilton.

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The location was a fitting spot for King's talk, sponsored by the Senior Class Council, because his daughter Mary Beth '08 works there. Also, he has raved about the Barge coffee in several of his columns.

King drew heavily upon his own career experiences during the discussion, which was designed to provide an informal dialogue between upcoming graduates and the renowned sports writer. "Show someone that you really want that job, and find a way to make your resume special," he advised seniors.

Perhaps King's most powerful message, though, was his request that students take time to realize how fortunate they really are. He cited a recent United Service Organizations trip where he visited with U.S. soldiers stationed throughout Afghanistan. He said he was moved by the "amazing gratitude of the troops," and the pride that came with giving his time for an important cause. "By giving back to others," King said, "you can end up helping yourself as well." — Dan Fichtler '08

Three longtime members of Colgate's community have retired from their roles.

Associate Dean of the College for Academic Advising Alan Glos M'73 arrived at Colgate 36 years ago, a decorated and recently discharged Air Force captain studying for a master's in counseling and higher education administration, which he earned with distinction. He also earned a full-time appointment in Colgate's administration, where he has been helping students negotiate their undergraduate careers ever since. Through the terms of five presidents and nine deans, Glos often advised more than 1,000 students a year. He also refined and coordinated the judiciary system for 13 years, and shepherded the university's Academic Honor Code. As editor of the Student Handbook, he can literally cite chapter and verse on what the university and its students should expect of each other. Glos has served as acting dean of first-year students and as administrative director of health services. In May, the Alumni Council awarded him a Maroon Citation.

Marty Erb, coordinator of sports medicine services, joined the athletics division in 1973. Two years later he became head athletic trainer and has directed the program ever since. For several years, Erb not only taught physical education, but also biology, educating students in anatomy, physiology, and injury rehabilitation. He certified countless members of the staff and students in life-saving techniques through the American Red Cross. He was instrumental in encouraging the state legislature to pass a bill certifying athletic training as a recognized profession. The former president of the New York State Athletic Trainers' Association, he received their Thomas J. Sheehan Sr Award in 2002. This spring, he received Colgate's Sidney J. and Florence Felten French Prize for Inspirational Teaching. (See also: An extraordinary trainer)

Approximately 40 Colgate diving team alumni recently returned to campus to honor Matt Leone, who has coached the men's and women's diving team since 1981, with a surprise retirement party. During Leone's tenure, Colgate divers won numerous titles at the regional and national levels, making it a nationally recognized program. Leone has been honored several times at the league level, earning Patriot League Coach of the Year accolades for four years, and twice named ECAC Coach of the Year. Leone will continue as director of the Office of Summer and First-Year Programs, director of the Colgate Writers' Conference, associate director of the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Institute, and teaching in the English department.

Between classes, homework, extracurricular activities, and doing the many other tasks that keep college students busy on a daily basis, one thing is clear: Colgate students need their rest. The Wellness Initiative, a campuswide program that provides education and opportunities for personal health, sponsored a series of events to teach students about the importance of sleep and how to get the most out of it.

The Come to Bed event in the Hall of Presidents drew 250 students and included four different sound-specific sleep environments, three biofeedback stations, and a cappella performances by the Resolutions and the Dischords. A special treat was Vice President and Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson reading Goodnight Moon to a group of pajama-clad students who were gathered around her feet.

"National studies of college students as well as our own Colgate-specific studies have shown that students are under lots of stress — there are so many things that they need to do and that they want to do," explained Dr. Merrill Miller, student health services director and Wellness Initiative steering committee co-chair. "Sleep often gets put on a pretty low rung on the ladder of things that they think are important. But if you're not getting enough sleep, you're not functioning as well as you should. We would like to make sure that they learn healthy habits for the rest of their lives."

A lecture at Olin Hall by Rodger Campbell and Frank Kitchen, who both have been involved with residential life on numerous college campuses, provided students with information about the importance of sleep.

Students also participated in a cot contest, in which Wellness Initiative members placed a cot with different facts about sleep in locations across campus, asking students to take pictures of themselves on the portable beds. — Brittany Messenger '10

When Casey Sprock '86 was invited to share with Colgate students his coming out story and experience as an openly gay professional, he jumped at the opportunity. "To see the openness on campus is great," said Sprock, an attorney and adjunct law professor at Syracuse University.

Sprock is one of an increasing number of Colgate alumni lending their voices to the efforts of Colgate's LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) community. During April's Big Gay Weekend, he led a discussion about people who are treated unfairly under the law because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Big Gay Weekend, now in its third year, is a series of workshops and social events connecting Colgate's LGBTQ students and their supporters. The weekend conference is gaining momentum, drawing in students from more than a dozen campuses across New York and neighboring states.

For Joe Madres '08, the increased visibility is the culmination of his four years volunteering with the Office of LGBTQ Initiatives and Advocates, a gay-straight alliance. "Finding acceptance is not always easy, but you have to take on what you believe in," said Madres, who was recently recognized for his activism at Colgate's Lavender Graduation, a ceremony honoring LGBTQ students.

Since 2003, the number of Colgate students who openly identify themselves as LGBTQ has dramatically increased, according to Emily Blake, assistant director for student life and academic LGBTQ initiatives. "The work of our dedicated students and alumni has created a friendlier, caring community," said Blake.

Anna Keegan '08, whose love of adventure led to numerous opportunities during her four years at Colgate, was presented with the 1819 Award at this year's awards convocation. The award is the most selective and prestigious the university gives to a graduating senior.

Keegan graduated with degrees in sociology and anthropology and in Africana studies. Besides the 1819 Award, she also earned the Ramshaw Service Award from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Arthur Schomburg Award for Excellence in Africana Studies.

"I love pursuing adventures, looking at life as full of opportunities," she said. "So when I came to Colgate, I really wanted to make the most of my time here."

She did. After her first year on campus, Keegan received a paid summer internship working for a nonprofit in Boston as part of the Jim Manzi '73 Endowed Fellowship . The next year she worked with the International in Ottawa, and in her junior year she went to Trinidad and Tobago as part of Colgate's off-campus study . Keegan spent the following summer working on the Shala Valley project in Albania, which included four weeks of archaeology work.

"I've always been interested in other cultures and learning about new people," she said. After graduation, Keegan joined the Peace Corps, which she said will enable her to continue her exploration of other cultures and to pursue yet another new experience.

Colgate's AIDS Action Week brought local perspectives and representatives of global initiatives to campus.

Organized by Colgate's Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC), a nationwide student advocacy group focused on ending the AIDS pandemic, AIDS Action Week provided an opportunity for students to collaborate with community members and local activists.

"It's a great initiative for us to take and save our country," said Sarah Looney '10, who will be an SGAC student leader next semester with Sarah McGraw '10 and Andrew Wickerham '10.

The week began with a brown bag luncheon led by a staff member from AIDS Community Resources (ACR), a nonprofit, community-based organization where SGAC members volunteer throughout the semester. ACR provides prevention, education, and support services to those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Later in the week, at the Global AIDS Initiatives at Home dinner, speakers from local nonprofits that address global issues shared their stories. Looney was particularly inspired by Keela Dates, who founded the nonprofit organization Reason 2 Smile after graduating from college and volunteering in Kenya. Dates spoke about the progress being made by her organization, which builds boarding schools in Kenya.

"It's cool to get actual people at Colgate to explain what they're doing, how they're making a difference, and how they started basically the same way we're starting," said Looney.

Another focus of AIDS Action Week was to encourage the practice of safe sex. Throughout the week, condoms were distributed with glow sticks at the Old Stone Jug, with coffee at the library, and with cookies outside of the Coop.

"It's up to students to protect themselves, but we're providing them with the means to do so," said Looney. Although the week's main event, the 3rd Annual AIDS Action Week Banquet, had to be cancelled when keynote speaker Trevor Field became ill, SGAC lost none of its fervor.

"We had a great turnout for our lectures," said Looney. "We also had to order more of our T-shirts because we sold so many." — Brittany Messenger '10

Two separate conferences, both with a global scope, attracted scholars from as far as Norway and as near as Clinton, N.Y., in mid-April.

This year's Peace and Conflict Studies Program conference, Global 1968, commemorated the 40th anniversary of the eventful year in which political unrest and major changes were occurring around the world. Andy Rotter, Charles A. Dana Professor of history, planned the two-day conference that included seven sessions with 13 scholars.

"Without trying to isolate 1968 as much different than other parts of the '60s, there was something especially fraught about that year," Rotter said. "So many things happened that it became an emblem of the entire decade." Global issues addressed included "The Rise and Fall of an International Counterculture" to "African Americans in Ghana: Black Expatriates in the Civil Rights Era." Each session also included a commentary on the topic by a Colgate faculty member.

The last session of the conference was the most well attended and included a look at student movements in America then and now. "It was a good exchange with the audience about the American anti-war movement," Rotter said of the discussion led by Professor James Ferguson from Hamilton College and Professor Mark Lytle of Bard College.

For Rotter, the highlight of the conference was spending time with colleagues to exchange ideas and "talk about the '60s in general."

The same weekend, a different group of scholars gathered at the ALANA Cultural Center for the Celtic Studies Association of North America annual meeting. Associate professor of English Morgan Davies was selected to organize and host this year's meeting.

Scholars from Ireland, Wales, England, Norway, Canada, and the United States delivered presentations on a wide variety of Celtic-related topics. Presentations ranged from a discussion about what is arguably the oldest poem in the Celtic language dating back to 500 B.C. to "Celts in Cyberspace: Digital Humanities and Celtic Studies."

Because Celtic studies scholars are spread out globally and focus on so many different aspects, it was exciting to bring them here to see the campus as well as share their interest in the Celtic land, Davies explained. "I think this helped put Colgate on the map both nationally and internationally among Celticists," he said.

The meeting was sponsored by the English department, the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, the Divisions of the Humanities and University Studies, and the Dean of the Faculty.

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