The Colgate Scene
March 2001
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A model of a fountain that will be the focal point of the Village Green courtyard near the Colgate Inn was unveiled in February by its designer, architect Dudley Breed, and Chuck Fox '70, who is heading up the green's restoration fundraising. The fountain is the gift of the Class of 2000.
All that jazz
Professor emeritus Bob Blackmore '41, who has been collecting jazz since he returned to campus in 1960 to teach literature, donated his vast collection to the university.

     "I had been living in New York City where I could hear all the jazz I wanted. When we moved to Hamilton, if I wanted to hear the music, I had to buy the albums," says Blackmore. And he's put all those purchases to good use. His collection has served as the material of his weekly WRCU radio show "Tippin' On Through" since 1961.

     In honor of the new Blackmore Jazz Archive, a special concert featuring alumni performers will be held April 7. The 1:30 Band, alumni jazz musicians and Professor Dexter Morrill will be jamming at the Edge Café following a banquet.

     The day kicks off with rehearsals in Donovan's Pub beginning at the very un-jazz-like hour of 10 a.m. From 3 to 4 that afternoon there will be a tour of the Blackmore Archive in Case Library, followed by a reception at the Edge with a special appearance by the Faculty Quintet, with Daryl Pugh, Rick Montalbano, Jimmy Johns, Joe Carello and Rick Balestra. The 7:30 banquet will be followed by a jam session lasting until who knows when.


The Rev. Al Sharpton braved a blizzard to speak in the Chapel in February. The lecture, sponsored by the Brothers, centered on police brutality. [IMAGE]

Copies of faces thought to be carved by slaves on the Underground Railroad into a basement passage of the historic Wesleyan Methodist Church in Syracuse were unveiled at the ALANA Cultural Center. A gala opening was held at the center and featured several speakers lecturing on "Rebels, Runaway and Researchers: Routes to Freedom in Central New York."
Named a leader
Colgate has been recognized as a `Leadership Institution' by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) for its "visionary campus-wide innovations in undergraduate education."

     To be considered, Colgate submitted a portfolio describing its longstanding programs and recent innovations in support of integrative learning. AAC&U evaluators then spent two days on campus meeting with students, faculty and administrators and reviewing Colgate's academic offerings and its systematic approach to refining undergraduate education.

     Colgate's strong and skilled teaching faculty and the core curriculum, which demonstrates a commitment to a liberal arts education that is relevant to the contemporary world, stood as significant factors in the AAC&U's decision. The college's extensive off- and on-campus study programs and recent innovations in linked courses were proposed as models of how successful and innovative liberal arts teaching can be put into practice.

     "The evaluators . . . spoke very highly of the comprehensive innovative practices in place to support undergraduate student learning," said Andrea Leskes, vice president at AAC&U and director of the Greater Expectations Initiative. "Colgate has been chosen because of your visionary design to improve achievement for all students."

     More than 70 applicants entered the national search. The 16 schools selected will join the Greater Expectations Consortium on Quality Education and could serve as models of best practice for other institutions. The program is being underwritten by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Carnegie Corporation of New York.


Video artist Mary Lucier opened the first exhibition in the Clifford Gallery, Little Hall. The installation, titled "Forge, Migration, Nesting," followed an artist's lecture in Golden Auditorium. [IMAGE]


Classics collection
The late Professor of Classical Languages Robert L. Murray had a passion for the monuments of ancient Greece that went well beyond the classroom. In his lifetime, he amassed a remarkable private library on the art and archaeology of ancient Greece.

     Murray's collection includes the full sets of volumes for most of the major excavations in Greece, such as those at Olympia and Delphi; the major publications on Greek sculpture; a notable collection of monographs and numerous fascicles of the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum; several major journals; and serial publications such as Antike Kunst and Antike Plastik. Many such items are usually found in a major research library; they are rarely owned by a single individual.

     As well, the collection includes numerous volumes on Greek and Latin literature that once belonged to Murray's grandfather, A.T. Murray, professor of classics at Stanford University and director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, best known as the translator of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey for the Loeb Collection.

     Colgate has now had the good fortune to acquire Murray's collection for Case Library, with the help of a gift from Jim Manzi '73, a grant from the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation in memory of Everett Case, and The Friends of the Library.


Promotions and tenure
In January, Provost and Dean of the Faculty Jane Pinchin announced that the Board of Trustees had approved faculty appointments and promotions, effective July 1, 2001.

     Continuous tenure and promotion to associate professor were awarded to Regina Conti, psychology; Georgia Frank and David McCabe, philosophy & religion; Camilla Townsend, history; and Adam Weinberg, sociology & anthropology.

     Promoted to full professor were Jonathan Jacobs and Steven Kepnes, philosophy and religion; Thomas Michl, economics; Nancy Pruitt, biology; and Heidi Ross, educational studies.

     Promoted to associate professor are Margaret Darby and Victoria McMillan, interdisciplinary writing, and Padma Kaimal, art & art history.


Alumni mount play
"In March, a group of mostly Colgate alumni called the Bobik Theater Ensemble will present Piece of Mind in New York City. Written and directed by Kari Nielsen '00, the play stars Sarah Altman, Ryan Bair, Lilah Fisher '99, Thomas Milsom '98 and Ramon Rodriguez '99. Mounted at the Sanford Meisner Theater, 164 11th Avenue (between 22nd and 23rd Streets), the performances will be held from March 28 through 31 at 8:00 p.m., and at 2:30 p.m. on March 31. Tickets are $12; call 212-206-1764.

     The rest of the ensemble, involved with lighting, set, costumes and stage managing, includes Colgate alumni Mike Favazzo '99, Tara Meddaugh '99, Annie Attina '99, Carrie Flynn '99, Dom Hall '00, Julianna Tassone '97, Chris Torpey '98, Carolyn Fischer '00, Christian Greer '00 and Robb McDonald '98.

     The play, about the relationship between a man with a brain tumor and his nurse, takes place entirely inside the mind of the patient.

     The New York City alumni club will sponsor a gathering after the March 29 performance; area residents will receive a club promotional mailing. Anyone else interested in attending can call the alumni office at 315-228-7439.

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