The Colgate Scene
March 2000
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Gordon Miller '56
John McCain to speak at commencement 2000
Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator John McCain will address the graduating Class of 2000 at the university's 179th Commencement on Sunday, May 21.

     Prior to officially entering into politics, McCain was a career Navy man. While serving in Vietnam, he was shot down during a bombing mission over Hanoi and was held as a prisoner of war for 5 1/2 years. Upon his release, he returned to his work as a Naval Officer and it was through serving as a U.S. Navy Liaison Officer to the U.S. Senate in the early '80s that McCain became interested in serving a political life. He retired from the Navy and then ran for and was elected to the United States House of Representatives from the state of Arizona in 1982. Four years later, he ran and was elected to the United States Senate.

     While on the campaign trail, McCain said, "The opportunity to address Colgate's graduating class is a privilege and an honor. I look forward to celebrating with the faculty and students of Colgate their personal achievements, while reflecting on the critical role education plays in personal success and the success of our nation economically, intellectually, civically and morally."

Real World
Gordon Miller '56 was the keynote speaker, kicking off Real World 2000 with a high-energy talk. "What turns people on in the real world is learning and growing. You are prepared for that. What is the real world? You'll figure it out. What you have to determine is what you want your real world to be," Miller told seniors. President Charles Karelis opened the weekend session that included information panel discussions about career and post-Colgate life. The president offered seniors advice, drawn from The Graduate, Plato's Republic and skiing.

     "I'm with Plato. Liberal education doesn't template onto the real world in a week. But in a year, the advantage starts to show. What looks like innocence in the new graduate gives way to a far deeper understanding of the real world than would be possible without education. Message? Take re-entry slowly, don't respond to the perception that you are innocent with either arrogance or alienation like Benjamin Brad-dock (The Graduate) does, and trust that in a short time the advantages will be evident to you and everyone else."

"Marketing Mamas: The Provocative Woman in French Poster Art," an exhibition of 30 posters dating from 1897 to 1988, is running in the Picker Gallery through March.
A Day in the Life
A new internship program sponsored by the Center for Career Services gave students a chance to explore career options by shadowing Colgate alumni and parents on the job for a day during the recent winter break.

     Eighty-four students participated in A Day in the Life, which replaces the former, longer, Jan Plan programs. In cities across the country, the students were able to experience a typical workday with volunteer alumni and parents in many different fields, including communications and publishing, banking, finance, law, health care, education, sports, the nonprofit sector, and others.

     "It's great to see how much alumni and parents want to share their jobs," said Kathy Paulsen, coordinator of the program, who explained that the single-day format of the new program makes it easier for volunteers to commit. "About 150 people responded to our mailing for volunteers, which provided a great range of choices for the students."

     Emily Fries '00 spent the day with Michael Lassell '69, articles director for Metropolitan Home magazine. "He went through page by page with me to show what goes into putting together a magazine," said Fries, who plans to pursue work with an international magazine. "I liked the fact that he was honest about the perks as well as the cons of working in this field."

     "I think the program is great simply for the encouragement it provides," said Sheila Norman-Culp '80, a news editor for the Associated Press who hosted Kirsten Galisson '01. "When I was Kirsten's age, I knew no one in news and was not considered for any internships because I wasn't from a journalism school."

     "It was great to hear about Sheila's life experiences and how she moved from Colgate to the news editor desk at the AP," Galisson remarked. "It was also exciting to see how news is actually made. I got to attend all the major news meetings of the day and witness firsthand the pivotal decision-making process that ultimately determined what the top stories of the day were going to be. The next day I was actually able to read the stories Sheila had edited during my visit."

     For those interested in volunteering for the A Day in the Life program, contact Kathy Paulsen in career services at 315-228-7381 or

Professors, from left, Gary Urton, Joe Amato, Kay Johnston, Margaret Maurer, Roy Bryce-Laporte and Robert Garland took part in a Humanities Colloquium titled "Colgate 2001."
[IMAGE] Rev. Eugene Rivers III, left, pastor of the Azusa Pentecostal Church in Boston, gave the third annual W.E.B. and Shirley Graham DuBois Lecture, speaking on "God vs. Gangs: Resurrecting Hope For Our Children." Rev. Rivers talked about New Jack City, the elitism of churches and the role of fatherhood in a powerful and provocative address. The event was sponsored by the Africana and Latin American Studies Program as part of Black History Month.

     The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. H'98, right, returned to campus in early February to deliver the "For God and Truth" lecture in the Hall of Presidents. The head of the Trinity United Church of Christ, Rev. Wright was joined by the Sojourners, Colgate's gospel singers, and the University Church "house band."


Outdoor Association
Outdoor Education has added a popular new component to its programming: the Outdoor Association.

     "Our goal is to facilitate the formation of a community of students who can share their interest in the outdoors," said Josh Baker, co-director of Outdoor Education. Begun in February, the Outdoor Association has already attracted more than a hundred students.

     The Outdoor Association is meant for students who wish to go beyond the introductory level of outdoor-oriented physical education courses but who are not interested in the commitment level of the intensive seven-month Outdoor Education staff program.

     A core of four required Outdoor Association workshops -- "Leave No Trace," "Back Country Basics," "Trip Planning" and "Leadership and Safety" -- provides students skills and safety savvy and earns them one physical education credit. "We really stress self-responsibility and peer leadership," said Baker.

     The association makes Colgate's OE facilities more accessible to greater numbers of students.

     Once the core courses are completed, OA members can take advantage of a variety of planned seasonal outings; "we have an amazing calendar of events," marveled Baker. Current offerings include telemark and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice climbing, among others.

     "People are excited about getting outside."

Professor of Music Dexter Morrill '60, left, and soloist William Harris exchange congratulations following the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra's mid-February campus performance of Morrill's Trombone Concerto 1999. Morrill returned to composing for orchestra "after working for many years with computer generated sounds and pieces with solo performers and loudspeakers." The six "song movements" were influenced by Tommy Dorsey, the marches of Morrill's youth and the idea an instrument should "sing."
Balakian delivers Rebar lecture
Peter Balakian delivered the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar inaugural lecture February 7, on the topic "The first U.S. international human rights movement: American women in the 1890s and the crusade to save Armenia."

     Balakian, a professor of English, was named the first holder of the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Chair in the Humanities. On the faculty since 1980, he has served as director of Core Distinction and was 1998-99 director of the Center for Ethics and World Societies.

Friends of Bill W.
Jane Jones of the college's counseling staff is looking for alumni who are in recovery from alcohol or chemical addictions to establish a volunteer network that will provide support for students. Jones, who will maintain a confidential list of alumni volunteers, anticipates that most contacts will be relatively brief and done by phone. "Alumni who are willing to talk about their per-sonal experiences, or simply provide information about the support re-sources available in different areas, can aid our students immensely," she said.

     Jones said typical questions might include:

     "Will employers in your profession support my efforts to establish a recovery program?"; "I have an interview scheduled in your area; can you tell me where the self-help group meets?"; "Is there anyone in your area who could provide a sounding board for me during my internship?"

     When a student requests assistance, Jones will identify an appropriate volunteer and ask permission before releasing a name and phone number to the student. Subsequent contacts will be determined by the volunteer and the student and kept confidential.

     Volunteers are asked to contact Jones at 315-228-7385 or

Development staff changes
Donald Martin, director of planned giving and senior development officer in the division of university relations, was recently promoted to the position of director of capital and planned gift development, having been given the added responsibility for managing the development office's capital support staff. After working in financial aid at Colgate from 1972 to 1975, Martin, who received B.A. and M.Ed. degrees from St. Lawrence University, return-ed to Colgate in 1983 to work in development, where he has since been a key member of that staff.

     Karl Clauss '90 returned to Colgate's staff in February to serve as a regional development director in the Far West and Midwest regions. A member of Colgate's development operation from 1993 to 1998, Clauss directed the Parents' Fund in the Annual Fund office, moving later to a position in the capital support area. Since leaving Colgate, Clauss has worked for Lynch Miller Moore O'Hara, a corporate recruiting operation in Chicago, and as a fundraiser for the Rocky Mountain Institute, an environmental think tank in Snowmass, Colorado.

Trustee Jim Manzi '73, left, was inducted into the James B. Colgate Society during a celebratory dinner in New York. Overseeing the induction were Chairman of the Board Wm. Brian Little '64, second from the left, and President Charles Karelis. Glenda Manzi was also recognized. Other inductees included Douglas G. Campbell '50, Alan I Greene '51, G. Kirk Raab '59, Donald M. Rebar '55 and Richard S. Weiner '68. The James B. Colgate Society, which recognizes those who have contributed a million dollars or more to the university, has 41 members.
Faculty promotion and tenure
In January, Jane Pinchin, provost and dean of the faculty, announced that the Board of Trustees had approved promotion to full professor for Gloria Bien, East Asian languages and literatures (Chinese); Deborah Knuth, English; and Robert Turner, economics. Continuous tenure and promotion to associate professor were awarded to Richard Braaten, psychology; Fernando Plata, Romance languages & literatures (Spanish); and Nancy Ries, sociology and anthropology.

Ernest Cross retiring

Ernest Cross, vice president for administrative services, has announced his retirement as of July 31, 2000. Cross joined Colgate's administration in 1985 after serving as chief of staff/deputy to the superintendent at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, in addition to more than 20 years of experience in managerial and administrative positions with the U.S. Army.

     "Ernie has nurtured the preservation and enhancement of Colgate's extraordinary campus," wrote President Karelis in a memo to the community, "while expecting nothing but the highest levels of service from the administrative and support operations in his division, which include the bookstore, buildings and grounds, purchasing, mail services and printing, food services, telecommunications and human resources. All this is accomplished with care and concern for his staff and for Colgate that is hard to match."

     "A theme of mine is that service is our product," Cross explained. "I've tried to direct our departments in a way that's collegial and sensitive, taking pride in what we do, and building a rapport with the people with whom we work and whom we serve."

     President Karelis noted that Cross "will be remembered as the vice president who guided the college through its most active period of building and renovation." Some of the major projects completed during Cross's tenure include the construction of Persson Hall, Sanford Field House, the ALANA Cultural Center, the Dunlap stands, Tyler's Field and Drake Hall. Major renovations have included Curtis Hall, the Wm. Brian Little Fitness Center and Juice Bar, the Edge Café, Paul J. Schupf Studio Arts Center and many others. "He is also responsible for the development of the Lower Campus Plan which includes the new art and art history building currently in progress, the expansion and renovation of Case Library, the construction of the new Lower Campus Terrace, and a rebuilding of the campus road network."

     "I've had the support not only of my staff, but also my colleagues in the administration and the Board of Trustees, and the financial resources have been made available," remarked Cross. "All of these have worked together to make it a wonderful period of growth for Colgate and a wonderful experience for me."

     A national search for Cross's successor is underway. RAC

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