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Dick Leonard '52, center, and Ralph Jones '52, right, share stories about their Colgate days with a group of students during a Real World reception in the Hall of Presidents. Real World offers a weekend of practical advice, career workshops and social events where seniors have an opportunity to learn from members of the Alumni Corporation Board of Directors and other alumni. [All photographs by Timothy D. Sofranko]
Anna Quindlen to deliver commencement address
A Newsweek contributing editor since 1999, Quindlen writes a column appearing every other week on the magazine's back page. In her 18 years at The New York Times, during which she won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary, she held several posts, including city hall reporter, "About New York" columnist, deputy metropolitan editor and creator of a weekly column, "Life in the 30's." She also wrote the nationally syndicated column "Public and Private."
Among her best-selling books are Thinking Out Loud, One True Thing and Black and Blue. She was awarded the University Medal of Excellence by Columbia University, was a Poynter Fellow in Journalism at Yale and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1996.
Promotion and tenure
Six members of the faculty will receive promotions, effective July 1.
Beth Parks (physics and astronomy) received tenure and will be promoted to associate professor. A graduate of Princeton University, she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of California at Berkeley and was a post-doctoral associate at M.I.T. A member of the Colgate faculty since 1997, her research interests include electronic properties of solids at microwave and far-infrared frequencies, particularly carbon nanotubes and single molecule magnets. Her teaching specialties include undergraduate physics and energy resources and conservation. Her articles have been published in Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B and other journals. Since coming to Colgate she has received four research grants from the National Science Foundation and one from Research Corporation.
Four faculty members are receiving promotion to full professor.
Jeffrey Baldani (economics), who has served as associate dean of the faculty since 1999, joined Colgate in 1982. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University. In 1990 he was a Dana Fellow at Yale University and he has been the recipient of the Picker Fellowship at Colgate. Along with his research interests in applied microeconomics, his teaching specialties include game theory and mathematical economics as well as microeconomics. The author of business simulation software, the text Mathematical Economics (Dryden Press, 1996) and articles on the behavior of firms for journals such as Review of Industrial Organization, he has served as a consultant for management training programs in Canada and Czechoslovakia.
Caroline Keating (psychology), has taught at Colgate since 1981. She earned her undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees at Syracuse University. Her research looks at the development of nonverbal social skills, social dominance and assertiveness, as well as cross-species cultural patterns of social behavior. Her teaching specialties include cross-cultural human development, social and emotional development and nonverbal communication. She has published articles in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and the Journal of Comparative Psychology, and she is frequently tapped by major national media outlets for her expertise.
Lourdes Rojas (romance languages and literatures), who joined the faculty in 1984, graduated from the University of California at La Jolla and earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from SUNY at Stony Brook. Her research interests are in the areas of feminist literary criticism, Latin American women writers, Caribbean literature, feminism and politics in contemporary Latin America and women writers. Her most recent publications include: "El feminismo humanista de Camila Henriquez Ureña" and "Poder poltítico y poder sexual en La fiesta del chivo" by Mario Vargas Llosa. Her anthology on Hispanic Caribbean women writers is due to appear this spring in Spain. The recipient of a Ford Foundation grant for research and course development, she has also been a Picker Fellow at Colgate as well as a research fellow in Latin American studies at Cornell University.
Allen Strand (mathematics), is a graduate of Jamestown College and earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Washington State University. His teaching specialties include applied mathematics for the physical sciences; real, complex and numerical analysis, precise reasoning and problem solving. He has served as an adjunct course director for the National Science Foundation and as a consultant to Borland International. He is the author of lecture guides and student notes for Stewart's Calculus (1992) and Hungerford's Contemporary Precalculus (1994). He has taught at Colgate since 1969 and was the recipient of the Phi Eta Sigma Professor of the Year Award in 1992.
Carol Kinne (art and art history), who has taught at Colgate since 1980, will assume the rank of associate professor. She graduated with a B.F.A. from Hunter College and earned an M.A. from Bennington College. She teaches basic studio, digital studio and drawing and has special interest in political and collaborative contemporary art, as well as computer arts. She has held a number of solo and group exhibitions, including at the Munson-Williams-Proctor-Institute, H.F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, AIR Gallery and 22 Wooster Galleries in New York City and ARC Gallery in Chicago. She has served as an official observer at the New York State Governor's Conference on Art and Technology and served on the New York Foundation for the Arts Computer Arts panel in 2001. In spring 2002, she curated the exhibition "Meta Forms: NYFA 2001 Computer Arts Fellows" in the Clifford Gallery, Little Hall.
A new award for student volunteers has been established by the Southern Madison County Volunteer Ambulance Corps (SOMAC). Titled the Merrill L. Miller, M.D. Distinguished Service Award, it will be awarded yearly to a student (or students) who have shown exemplary service to SOMAC.The award honors Dr. Merrill Miller, who has been director of Colgate's student health services and team physician since 1981 and has served on the SOMAC board of directors since 1986.
Recognizing the service of students, the SOMAC board of directors wanted to establish a way to honor them. Currently, more than 20 Colgate students volunteer for the ambulance corps. The first recipients are student coordinator James Skiba '04 and training coordinator Kevin Collopy '04.
"The students are an integral part of our community and play a major role in the operation of SOMAC," said David Felton, president of SOMAC and CEO of Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton. "We're very pleased and proud to have established the Merrill Miller Award because of Merrill's long service to SOMAC and the community and her commitment and connection to students."
Last fall, the student alcohol education group BACCHUS received two awards at the organization's national assembly for BACCHUS-GAMMA.
The first was a programming award for the group's Friends campaign, which used the characters of the popular television sitcom to encourage students to use, and to volunteer to be, designated drivers.
The second award was for best mocktail (non-alcoholic cocktail) in a field of 18 schools. Judging involved presentation, recipe and enthusiasm of the students. "Our drink was a Tootsie Roll made up of non-alcoholic white crème de cocoa and Sunny Delight," said BACCHUS advisor Jane Jones, coordinator of alcohol and other drug education. "They were absolutely fantastic."
BACCHUS has a strong presence on campus by offering mocktails at various events; during the fall 2002 semester, the group served more than 5,700.
Syracuse area folk artists Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman performed at the Barge in late January.
What's up, Doc?
After 22 years with Colgate, university physician Merrill Miller has again expanded the university's health consciousness -- this time, through the airwaves. Miller's radio show, "What's Up Doc?" began airing Sundays on WRCU last fall.
Miller hosted a news radio show in college, and thought that radio would offer the Colgate and Hamilton community a new mode of communicating about health. After presenting the idea to WRCU and agreeing to a Sunday 8:00-9:00 p.m. time slot, Miller came up with the show's witty title.
Each show begins with a discussion about upcoming events related to health, such as CPR training or that week's disability studies film. The show then delves into its topic for the night. The topics are listed on the radio show's website; students can e-mail or call Miller ahead of time with questions. At times these topics cater to campus events -- for example, anxiety around finals week. However, because WRCU
is not just a student station and reaches an extended community, topics are not solely geared toward students.
Guests, including students and faculty, often appear on the show. In the past, members of SOMAC have spoken about emergencies, and this year's coordinator of Colgate's AIDS Task Force led a show discussing the disease.
Miller is open to discuss any question, and has found that students inquire about many valid topics related to themselves or friends and family. The show ends by answering additional questions. Miller assessed the show's success: "My guests and I have gotten wonderful feedback from students and townspeople, telling us that they learned new information by listening to the show. And I have received increasing numbers of questions to add to the agenda of future shows. I have enough topics to go for years and years!" -- Sarah Towers '03
Mansfield receives book prize
Professor of Physics and Astronomy Victor Mansfield has been awarded the 2003 Scientific and Medical Network Prize for his book, Head and Heart: A Personal Exploration of Science and the Sacred (Quest Books, 2002).
The Scientific and Medical Network is an informal international group of scientists, doctors, psychologists, engineers, philosophers and therapists. The Network Book Prize is awarded annually to the most seminal books written by network members during the past year.
Mansfield's research explores the relationship between science and psychology and religion, physics and philosophy, theoretical astrophysics, general relativity and computer science. His book Synchronicity, Science, and Soul-Making (Open Court Publishing, 1995), is now going into its sixth printing.
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