The Colgate Scene
May 2002

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Held captive by carrots intending to make her the main ingredient in a rabbit stew, The Bunny (Stefanie Kornfeld '02) frets for her life in the Children's Theater Ensemble's March production of Strangers in Veggieland. Written, designed and performed by Colgate students, the play tells the story of a group of children who can't get along until their pet bunny is taken. The children hatch a plan and embark on an adventure through Veggieland to recover their bunny. Playing the carrots (left to right) are Joshua Sabo '04, Amanda Damon '02 and Mark Iacone '03.
The Scene's new editor

Gary E. Frank Gary E. Frank has been named managing editor of university publications and of the Scene. Frank, a native of Marcy, N.Y., was most recently a writer/editor in the University of Connecticut's communications office. In that capacity he edited UConn Traditions and oversaw its transformation from tabloid to magazine. Previously, he was manager of corporate public relations at Aetna, in Hartford, Conn., public relations officer for the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, creative services manager at CIGNA Corp., reporter for the Hartford Courant and Springfield (Mass.) Union-News and union organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers District Local One in Utica. He is a graduate of LeMoyne College and received his master of science degree from the University of Massachusetts. Frank also is a freelance writer; since 1996 he has written more than 100 music reviews for the Courant.

Senior Arnoldas Pranckevicius has received a prestigious Rotary World Peace Scholarship from Rotary International. He is among only 70 persons so honored worldwide, and this is the Peace Scholarship program's inaugural year. He was nominated by the Rotary Club of Hamilton and endorsed by Central New York Rotary District 7150.

"The fact that he was chosen from nearly 300 candidates attests to the fine qualities that this young man possesses," said Bruce Frassinelli, governor of Rotary District 7150. "There is no doubt that he will not only make substantial contributions to his homeland, but also will further Rotary's goal of achieving world peace."

Arnoldas Pranckevicius
(Photo by John D. Hubbard)
Pranckevicius plans to use his scholarship to earn a masters degree in international relations at Institut D'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Ultimately, he says, he wants to return to his native Lithuania to help with its effort to join the European Union (EU). "The [Sciences Po] graduate program in Paris, capital of one of the main driving forces of the European Union, will allow me to observe closely how European institutions function and how they reform themselves in order to accommodate future [EU] enlargement," he said. "This would be invaluable knowledge to bring back and apply in Lithuania, a would-be EU member."

While still in high school, Pranckevicius served on his local school board and worked to make the post-Russian-occupation curriculum better reflect Lithuania's democratic values. He also was active in youth theater, acting in plays throughout Europe. As a member of the Lithuanian national debate team, he won the European championship and participated in the World Debate Championships in Israel in 1998.

At Colgate, Pranckevicius is majoring in international relations and has written an honors thesis: "Is joining NATO in the national interest of Lithuania?" He is host of The World Matters, a weekly CUTV program that he originated after the events of Sept. 11. He has written more than 250 bylined articles for national newspapers in Lithuania and weekly papers in the United States, has served as an intern in the office of U.S. Senator and Balkan Caucus Chair Richard Durbin (D-IL) and also interned at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Washington, D.C.

"Arnoldas is a treasure, almost literally shining with enthusiasm: for learning, Colgate, international relations; for Lithuania, his homeland; for the television program on world events that he moderates here and the newspaper work he does at home," said Colgate's interim president, Jane Pinchin. "He uses language with precision and, yes, beauty. How lucky we are to have had him here."

Pranckevicius is the son of Algimanta Pranckeviciene and Vilhelmas Pranckevicius of Panevezys, Lithuania.


Stephanie Miller '02 makes a bid on one of nearly 80 items and services donated to the annual Konosioni Charity Auction in April. This year's auction raised a record $9,000 for Madison Family Outreach and the Chenango Nursery School.
Charlie Rose is commencement speaker

Charlie Rose
(Photo courtesy Charlie Rose)
Acclaimed journalist Charlie Rose, who "could draw a fascinating interview from a stone," according to critic Liz Smith, will deliver the address at Colgate's 181st commence- ment on Sunday, May 19. Honorary degrees will be conferred upon Rose and four others for outstanding accomplishments in action, word or deed. They are Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh; Mary Frances Berry, chairperson of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and a University of Pennsylvania professor of American social thought and of history; E. Virgil Conway '51, former director of New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and John M. Buchanan, pastor of the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago.

The Emmy Award-winning Rose has been praised as one of America's premier interviewers. He is the host of Charlie Rose, a nightly PBS program that engages America's best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists and other newsmakers. USA Today calls Charlie Rose "TV's most addictive talk show." Newsday says, "Charlie's show is the place

to get engaging, literate conversa-tion . . . . Bluntly, he is the best interviewer around today." Rose also is a correspondent for 60 Minutes II, on CBS.

Rose has interviewed major international political figures and a variety of renowned personalities from literature, theater, film, dance, fashion, sports, science, medicine and business. His guests have included United States Presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, international statesmen Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev, Nobel laureates Toni Morrison and Seamus Heaney and business leaders Bill Gates and Andy Grove. In the artistic arena, Rose's guests range from actors Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Tom Cruise to musicians Bruce Springsteen, Bono and Yo-Yo Ma. His program serves as a window on cultural areas rarely seen on TV such as architecture, painting, photography and classical music.

Andrew Heyward
CBS News President and Colgate Trustee Andrew Heyward P'00 spoke at Colgate last month on "The missing intern and the lost boys: TV news meets reality after 9/11." Heyward's talk was part of an informal series of lectures sponsored by the Office of the President that has brought representatives of several major media outlets to Colgate to discuss the ramifications of the terrorist attacks. Heyward said Sept. 11 may have been a turning point for news programs, many of which had spent prior months covering the disappearance of Congressional intern Chandra Levy. "I feel bad that she's missing," Heyward said, "but I don't feel bad that she's missing from network news." Heyward showed a 60 Minutes II story on the "lost boys" of Sudan, who spent most of their childhoods walking throughout east Africa, caring for each other and looking for refuge from the civil war that destroyed their families. Heyward called their story "Lord of the Flies in reverse" and said the 60 Minutes II account represented "network news at its best."
2002-2003 budget set

The board of trustees approved a $108.4-million operating budget for the 2002-2003 fiscal year. The budget, approved in March, includes funds for several new and ongoing initiatives, such as hiring additional faculty, sustaining a strong financial aid program and supporting curricular innovation.

The trustees also set student charges (tuition, room and board and student activity fee) for the 2002-2003 academic year at $35,130, a 4.9 percent increase over 2001-2002. Representing a higher percentage increase than those of recent years, the charges reflect both Colgate's need to respond to current economic circumstances and its commitment to providing a diverse student body with the best possible educational experience.

Although Colgate was among the few private colleges that avoided losses in their endowments last year, growth was modest compared to the gains of the late 1990s. The university structured a zero-sum budget for the 2002-2003 fiscal year, continuing its long history of maintaining a lean administration while dedicating resources to the needs of students and faculty.

Several curricular initiatives are funded in the 2002-2003 budget, including a program launched this past year that takes on-campus academic endeavors beyond the borders of Hamilton. Academic classes visit major northeast urban centers, e.g., New York City or Toronto, as well as many regional upstate cities to pursue a variety of educational opportunities.

Karen Harpp
Karen Harpp
In March, Assistant Professor of Geology Karen Harpp told a Congressional subcommittee that National Science Foundation grants are critical to faculty at small colleges as they seek funds for research and teaching.

Harpp testified before the Subcommittee on Research of the House Science Committee. "Undergraduate institutions provide the essential link between research and education," Harpp said. "Here, students get their first taste of real science and take their initial steps toward successful careers as scientists and informed citizens." Harpp said that NSF funding has helped enrich the experience of science students at Colgate. Without support, she noted, her students "might be sitting in a classroom in upstate New York listening to me talk about volcanoes rather than joining me as colleagues in research on the flanks of volcanoes, both in the [major research instrumentation] equipped lab and during our trips to the Galapagos."

Because of an NSF "career grant," Harpp's students have designed research projects based on environmental problems of significance to people in the region and have conducted an outreach program to local schools to expose children to more hands-on science experiences. And the influence extends beyond the Colgate years. "I have tracked students who have participated in my NSF-funded programs over the past four years," Harpp said, "and three are in K-12 teaching, four in industrial careers and about 16 in or moving toward graduate school with intentions to pursue educational careers."


Tracie Dahlke '02 appears as Hon. Gwendolyn Fairfax and Michael Torpey '02 as John Worthing, J.P. in a scene from the University Theater's production of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest in Brehmer Theater of the Dana Arts Center in March. According to director David Pinner, The Importance . . . is arguably the "wittiest and most perfect comedy in the English language." In 1895, Wilde described the play as "exquisitely trivial, a delicate bubble of fancy."
Alumni help with new career programs

This spring, alumni have been active volunteer participants in, and supporters of, several new career programs for students, organized by the career services office, with assistance from the university relations, dean of the college and undergraduate studies offices and others.

During Spring Break in March, the first annual Career Exploration Program matched up 15 students of color with alumni for a job shadowing experience based upon their fields of interest. The goal was to give sophomores and juniors insight into the activities and responsibilities involved in a particular field, as well as an awareness of the skills required for that field. The alumni who served as sponsors work in areas ranging from finance, technology, law, government and public policy, to communications, education and pharmaceuticals.

"I now have a very good idea of what [my sponsor] and workers like him do on a daily basis," wrote one participant after his experience, "and am better able to judge my level of potential interest when I see job descriptions."

Members of the Alumni of Color organization joined to present "Living Dream Catchers," a program and networking reception at the ALANA Cultural Center in March. Students gleaned insight from ten alumni who brought their expertise and perspectives on sales management, nonprofit social services, human resources consulting, finance, medicine and other fields as well as graduate school in areas such as law and history.

The new "Conversations on Careers" program series uses an Internet-based application called Blackboard to host threaded discussions between students and alumni on career topics. Over the course of several weeks each, the first three Blackboard conversations were held on finance, environmental studies and communications.

Senior J.P. Johnson and junior Josh Cohn won the first annual Colgate University Business Plan Competition. The competition is designed to encourage students to push their intellectual curiosity to new heights, and to demonstrate that a liberal arts education fosters the entrepreneurial spirit.

Spearheaded by entrepreneur Warren Adams '88, the competition was run by the career services office. Alumni, faculty and community members served as judges.

Participants spent the fall and winter researching and refining their proposals. Along the way, each team was allowed to consult online, using Blackboard, with alumni mentors in the business world. Four teams made it to the final phase of the competition, where they presented their plans to the panel of judges.

Johnson and Cohn's winning plan is for a company that would develop software to be used by the healthcare industry in the billing of AIDS treatments. The pair, who called themselves Team Stix, are both tennis players and refer to their racquets as "stix." In April, they received $4,000 each as a summer internship stipend and $10,000 for operational and set-up funding, to advance their plan to the next level.


Correction

In the March Scene, Professor Christopher Vecsey's name was misspelled in an "Around the College" item. We regret the error.

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