New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman will be the featured speaker at Colgate's 176th commencement on May 18. Elected as the 50th governor of New Jersey in 1993, Whitman became the first woman to hold the state's highest office and the state's first candidate to defeat an incumbent governor in a general election.
In her tenure, Whitman has been credited with fulfilling a campaign promise, a year ahead of schedule, to cut the New Jersey state income tax by 30 percent for most families over three years. She also appointed the first African American to sit on the state Supreme Court.
In 1995 Whitman was the first governor chosen to give the formal response to a President's State of the Union Address, and she served as honorary co-chairman of the 1996 Republican National Convention.
The Class of 1997 is the first class in Colgate history in which women outnumber men. "This is a tremendous opportunity for us to see a woman who has done so well in the political realm come and inspire us as we graduate," said Philippe Aba, senior class president, who had made a campaign promise to advocate the selection of a woman speaker at graduation.
The 1997 baccalaureate address will be delivered by American biblical scholar, educator and author Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann, the William Marcellus McPheeters professor of old testament at Columbia Theological Seminary.
Senior Class Day speaker will be Zoe Friedman '89, talent coordinator for the Late Show with David Letterman.
Professor of international relations Robert Rothstein addresses a distinguished panel of scholars gathered for "After the Peace: The Political Economy of Reconciliation."
The two-day event, held in early February, was sponsored by the Dean of the Faculty, Peace Studies Program and International Relations Program.
Sixty members of the classes of 1997, 1998, and 1999 have been named 1996 Dana Scholars. The award, established by philanthropist Charles A. Dana in 1965, recognizes superior academic achievement as well as demonstrated leadership in the college community.
Selection as a Dana Scholar is a significant honor, "perhaps the most significant after Phi Beta Kappa," according to Michael Cappeto, dean of the college. He announced the winners in late January.
Seniors: William Beckler, Kara Cissell, Tania Connaughton, Mary Dispenza, Michelle Garretson, Kelly Gendreau, Subhadeep Gupta, Jeffrey Haeni, Ashley Kayser, David Kirby, Heather Lindamood, Jonathan Lyon, Terence Maikels, Andrea Maldonado, Jessica Maxwell, Mridul Mehta, Angela Morgenstern, Joanna Najarian, Sabrina Price, Kerry Reynolds, Darcy Rollins, Stephanie Rosenbloom, Rachel Stark, Heather Taylor, Jennifer Zale.
Juniors: Meredith Butler, Jana Dimitrova, Rebecca Evans, Timothy Hawkins, Mark Hayes, Ethan Hecht, Abigail Henrich, Munira Khalil, Andrew King, Emily Loeb, Kelly McCrone, Cheryl Meltz, Emily Park, Christina Pavlak, Caroline Reid, Catherine Rottkamp, Cem Varon, Gretchen Ward, Laurent Wiesel, Noah Wintroub.
Sophomores: Tabber Benedict, Rikiya Brown, Adam Burgoon, Kieran Campion, Matthew DeMonte, Matthew Godleski, Nathan Lane, Adam Librot, Marianne Miller, David Mills, Jamie Ostrov, Carrie Schlauch, Manisha Shah, Meagan Smith, Boryana Zamanova.
Spending Time in the Real World
Alumni working in careers from health care and fine arts to education and the environment returned to campus in January to share their experiences with seniors during Real World '97. Joining a panel on careers in communications were (right to left) Kristian Knutsen '91 of the Japan Daily, advertising account executive Brenda Nunez '88, Lilliana Rosenberg '93 of ABC, and Pete Menzies '93 of MTV. Real World brings seniors back to campus just prior to the beginning of spring semester for two and a half days of workshops on life skills. A variety of social events add spice to the weekend. Life skills panels this year included cooking on a budget, buying a car, and tips on insurance, personal finance and taxes. Alumni briefed the seniors on interviewing skills and success in the first year on the job, and hosted roundtable discussions of entrepreneurship, finance, government and politics. On Friday evening the seniors joined members of the Alumni Corporation's board of directors for dinner.
Thirteen to Europe
In June, the Colgate Thirteen will embark on their second tour of Europe. The group will perform throughout England, France, Germany, The Czech Republic and Italy, and plan to promote "the Colgate experience" along the way.
The Thirteen are hoping interested alumni will contact family or friends in Europe who may be willing to host members or arrange for performance venues -- restaurants, bars, churches, sporting events or private functions. In addition, any assistance with marketing or publicity contacts in the hotel, airline, fashion, television production or other related industries would be of significant help. For the Thirteen's 1992 tour, sponsorship from Virgin Atlantic Airlines allowed for a travel discount, and support from AT&T and NBC Sports provided opportunities in Brussels and at the Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. For those interested in helping, please contact Alex Burke, European Tour Coordinator, Box 13, Hamilton, NY 13346; 315-824-7772; 824-7823 (fax); Thirteen@center.colgate.edu.
Race, intellectuals and American public life were among the topics of the university colloquium that was opened by associate professor of English Phil Richards.
Race, Intellectuals and American Public Life
In January, a University Colloquium titled "Race, Intellectuals and American Public Life" examined the cultural, historical and political forces shaping the expression of African American intellectuals in the public sphere.
Associate professors Phillip Richards and Michael Coyle of the English department and associate professor Pete Banner Haley of the history department hosted Adolph Reed, professor of political science at Northwestern University; Eric Lott, professor of English at the University of Virginia; and Martin Kilson, professor of government at Harvard University, for the colloquium.
Among the topics discussed was the complicated role of the "Black intellectual as `village explainer,' who speaks for different constituencies to diverse audiences with varied interests," noted Richards at the opening of the general session.
Evgeny Khaldei returns
A major exhibition mounted in January at the New York Jewish Museum is just one celebration of the work of Russian photojournalist Evgeny Khaldei organized with the help of faculty members Alex-ander and Alice Nakhimovsky. Among other subjects, Khaldei's striking images depict the human side of the ruinous effects of World War II.
In the fall of 1995, the Nakhimovskys organized the first-ever Khaldei exhibition, for which the artist was present, in the United States at Colgate's Picker Art Gallery. They also worked closely with the organizers of a large Khaldei retrospective in San Francisco, and in early March of this year, right after the retrospective's opening, again brought the artist to campus to present a slide show/lecture on his photography. A book on Khaldei's work, which will include some of the photographs Khaldei had donated to Colgate's Russian Studies department last year, will be published by Aperture in the fall. Linda and Jerry Nordberg '57, who have a special interest in Russia, have made a major contribution to fund the Khaldei book and also supported the successful fall 1996 Moscow Study Group.
Sophomore Lilah Fisher's portrayal of Grandma was one of the delights of Student Theater's production of The American Dream by Edward Albee. Directed by Tara Meddaugh '99, the play ran in Little Brehmer.
A week before he was to leave with the Russian study group last fall Noah Wintroub '98 was presented with three large boxes. Inside were 300 pens Noah's father had ordered inscribed with: YOUR FRIEND FROM THE U.S.A./ NOAH M. WINTROUB/ COLGATE UNIVERSITY.
Noah, to please his father, lugged the pens to Russia, where they were like gold. Without any knowledge of the language, Noah found he could get virtually anything he wanted with a smile and a pen. He bribed policemen, gave them out at children's hospitals -- even his boss at IBM (where Noah had an internship) was seen signing documents with the "Friend" pen.
The pens were great icebreakers for Noah and his friends, who had a special way to meet the Russian people.
"The memories, experiences and adventures I had with those pens would require more ink to document than all 300 could hold.
"I'm grateful to my father but I'm glad he didn't include my address and phone number because when they begin to run out of ink a lot of Russians are going to be looking for me."
Chinese cuisine and traditions highlighted a cultural dinner at Frank Dining Hall.
Also held at the Edge Café, the dinners introduce students to a rich diversity.
Last semester, students in the Residential Life Council wanted to do something of lasting substance for the Colgate community. After some brainstorming, the result: a new campus video store, called Raider Rentals.
"R.L.C. was interested in funding different social options," said Barry Robinson, assistant director of residential life and co-advisor to the R.L.C. Raider Rentals found its home in a room in the basement of Curtis Hall, where movie posters and video boxes line the walls. With approximately 300 movies to choose from, patrons hold membership cards, and overnight rental is $1. R.L.C. doesn't expect to profit from this venture, but the residential life office is committed to making sure that Raider Rentals remains a viable social option at Colgate, according to Robinson.
The project became an experience in entrepreneurism as the R.L.C. students discovered how much it takes to start a new business. "At first we thought we could just buy some movies and rent them out," said Jennifer Erickson '99. "But we learned quickly we had to figure out how to handle tax fees and late fines, how to bill for lost movies -- there was a lot more to it than we thought."
At startup early last fall, Raider Rentals was open sporadically, run solely by student volunteers. "It was very difficult to get someone in there every night," said Meredith Rutherford '99, who took responsibility for finding students willing to work in exchange for free rentals. But as of December, Raider Rentals is now staffed by work study students, with regular hours (7-10 p.m. every night). "People are really happy with having it right on campus," said Rutherford. "And we have a great variety -- action, adventure, drama, comedy, horror, -- we even have educational films."
What is Colgate?
On the February 4 broadcast of the popular game show Jeopardy!, the Final Jeopardy! answer was, "This New York university is named for the family whose company was the first to sell toothpaste in a tube." The question, which all three contestants asked correctly, was, "What is Colgate University?" The winner, Brandon Frantz of Michigan, advanced to the semifinal round.
Emerson String Quartet
The world-class Emerson String Quartet gave a Valentine's Day performance of Brahms string quartets in the Chapel, under a grant from the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation.
The Emerson String Quartet has garnered many awards, among them three Grammys, honorary doctoral degrees from Middlebury College, and the Smithson Award from the Smithsonian Institute. They performed at Colgate fresh from a European tour.
Noted author and professor Julius Lester spoke on racism and American life during Black History Month.
Scott Hoekman '98 has launched a project to benefit academic scholarships at Colgate -- a Colgate Cookbook. He urges all Colgate community chefs, cooks and connoisseurs to mail or e-mail him their favorite recipes -- appetizers, drinks, snacks, main and side dishes, and of course, desserts. Hoekman also encourages contributors to add a personal note about the recipes, "to spice them up." All profits from the sale of the Colgate Cookbook would go to the endowment to help with academic scholarships. Please submit recipes and/or suggestions (indicate your connection to Colgate) to: Scott Hoekman, Colgate University Box #N4188, Hamilton, NY 13346; or email@example.com.