The Colgate Scene
November 2000
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A white pine, symbol of peace and "good mind" for the Iroquois Nation, was planted between Persson Hall and Lawrence Hall. Before the ceremony, Chief Jake Swamp spoke about the Iroquois's philosophy of consoling. At the planting, from left, Associate Professor of Anthropology Jordan Kerber, Associate Professor of English Sarah Wider, visiting professor and Santa Fe Study Group adjunct John Ware, Kim Sacco '93, Jake Swamp, Professor of Religion Chris Vecsey, Liz Obanaswin, Head of Library Collection Development Emily Hutton, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History Carol Ann Lorenz and Peter Cook '02. [Zoom]
Schupf establishes fellowship
Thanks to the generosity of trustee emeritus Paul J. Schupf '58, select Colgate graduates will have an opportunity to continue their education in England as Schupf Fellows at St. Anne's College, University of Oxford.

     Schupf has endowed a $1.5 million fund to support the fellowship program, which will provide opportunities for one to two graduates each year to attend Oxford for further study. Like the Rhodes, Watson, Mitchell, Churchill and Fulbright -- national and international competitive scholarships and fellowships -- the Schupf will send young scholars on journeys abroad to extend and enrich their studies. But unlike the other fellowships, the Schupf will be Colgate's alone.

     Research by the college indicates the Schupf Fellowship is the only annual fellowship for study at Oxford offered at an undergraduate liberal arts college in the United States.

     Schupf Fellows will be appointed for two years of study at St. Anne's College, one of 39 independent, self-governing colleges that make up the core of Oxford. Like most of the other colleges of Oxford, St. Anne's offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees. Fellows may elect to study for a second bachelor of arts degree (known as a "senior status B.A."), or for a graduate degree. All educational costs and additional allowances for living costs and travel to and from Oxford will be covered by the fund.

     Seniors or recent graduates who participate in the nomination process for the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell scholarships will be eligible to compete for the Schupf Fellowship. A special subcommittee of Colgate's Committee on Graduate Fellowships, including the president and provost, will choose the recipients.

     The concept for the fellowship emerged in conversations this spring between Schupf and President Charles Karelis. "Buddy has just completed a successful first year," said Schupf. "This gift is to assist my friend in achieving his aspirations for Colgate."

     Karelis explained that "for 70 or 80 years, Oxford has provided a very meaningful interlude for a succession of young Americans on their way to significant careers. As their outstanding record in open national competitions suggests, Colgate students are well equipped to take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity, and Paul Schupf has had the foresight to recognize that fact and make the fellowship happen. As Colgate continues to focus its energies on academic excellence, there is a fine symbolism, too, about providing an opportunity such as this for our most serious students."


Mary K. Butler from the Department of Justice was a panelist in a discussion on corruption sponsored by the Center for Ethics and World Societies. Also participating, from left, were pollster John Zogby, National Public Radio's Peter Overby and former Congressman Louis Stokes of Ohio.
     Schupf is one of the ten most generous donors in Colgate's history. In recent years Schupf has also given $3.5 million to Colby College in Maine, and more than $1 million to Cazenovia College.

     "Once again Paul Schupf has stepped up and made a very substantial gift to Colgate," the late board chair Brian Little '64 had remarked upon the announcement. "At the same time, this gift is both novel and creative, and will enable Colgate to attract many more outstanding students. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we thank him greatly for his continued generosity."

     Jane Pinchin, provost and dean of the faculty, noted that "Paul Schupf is an American philanthropist who has changed the landscape -- here and elsewhere -- of a uniquely American institution: the liberal arts college. At Colgate, Paul has presented the college with the Paul J. Schupf Studio Arts Center, a wonderful facility where, daily, art is made, and the W.S. Schupf Chair in Far Eastern Studies. Now he turns his lens to the Schupf Fellows -- the vision of two men, Paul and Buddy Karelis, who have together shaped an annual postgraduate award allowing our students to extend their studies abroad, at St. Anne's College, Oxford, an institution that has supported Colgate's efforts with enthusiasm and care. It is a fortunate partnership all around."

     "I have witnessed many generous gifts in my seventeen years at Colgate," said Robert Tyburski '74, vice president for university relations, "but this contribution is truly remarkable in terms of amount, timing and purpose. It represents a great partnership with a dedicated alumnus and philanthropist who wants to help the college take a major step forward in advancing academic opportunities for its students. Paul has once again inspired us to pursue lofty ambitions, and I am confident his commitment will motivate others to support Colgate generously."


Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, a victim of a hate crime, spoke in the Chapel. The event was part of an annual week of programming titled "Justice For All: Challenging Assumptions, Assuming Responsibility" September 25 through 29. The Colgate Activities Board joined the campus life staff (ALANA Cultural Center, fraternity and sorority affairs, residential life and student activities), the Rainbow Alliance, Advocates and dean of the college, to sponsor the events. [IMAGE]

The Panhellenic Council sponsored "Colgate for the Cure," a 5K walk and run fundraiser to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. More than 200 people participated in the early September event, which raised approximately $2,000. [Zoom]
Urton takes Dana chair
Provost and Dean of the Faculty Jane Pinchin announced that Gary Urton, professor of anthropology and director of the Division of Social Sciences, has been appointed to a Charles A. Dana Chair. The professorship fund established by the Charles A. Dana Foundation in 1966 provides partial salary and research support for six distinguished members of the Colgate faculty.

     In early October Urton told an overflow crowd at his University Colloquium lecture about the quipu, an ancient system of dyed, intricately knotted strings used by the Incas for record keeping. Afterwards, a reception in his honor celebrated Urton's appointment to the Dana Chair as well as his MacArthur Fellowship, the "genius" award for "imaginative and groundbreaking work," which he received in June.


Journalist, professor and author of Within the Veil: A Black Journalist in a White Media Pamela Newkirk spoke about the issues facing African Americans in the media. [IMAGE]

Thirteen leader Campbell Stewart '01, left, greets leader of the free world President Bill Clinton at the Syracuse airport. The Thirteen sang the National Anthem for the Clintons, who were in central New York for a short vacation. [Zoom]
Class of 2001 Gift
For its class gift, the Class of 2001 has chosen to fund an exterior feature related to the construction of Little Hall. Two major walkways will lead to the new art and art history building, from Dana Arts Center and from Case Library. The class hopes to raise a record $65,000 to fund the project.

     Rarely does a senior class have the opportunity to see its gift to the university completed before graduation. In this case, because the walkways were already approved as part of the entire Little Hall plan, completion is expected by commencement weekend, when a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held.


[IMAGE] The Madison County skyline changed dramatically this summer with the addition of seven windmills, the first of their kind east of the Mississippi. Madison Windpower, part of PG&E National Energy Group, sells the wind-generated electricity into the Northeast power grid. The windmills are on two plots of land owned by Harley (B&G) and Brenda Mason and the family of Vicky Stone, both of the alumni affairs office.


Folger Institute residency
Professor of English Susan Cerasano will hold a residency at the Folger Institute in Washington, D.C. for the spring 2001 semester. A leading center for advanced study and research in the humanities, the institute is sponsored by a consortium of 38 universities and the Folger Shakespeare Library, the home of the largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works as well as a significant collection of other rare Renaissance books and manuscripts touching a variety of disciplines.


Neptune's Horn, on the quad between Hascall Hall and Olin Hall, catches the eye of students. The piece, by sculptor Jonathan Kirk, longtime manager of Sculpture Space in Utica, is the first of what promises to be a collection of public art purchased for outdoor display on campus.
     Folger Institute programs are conducted as gatherings of mature scholars oriented toward common goals rather than as formal graduate courses. Cerasano will direct a seminar titled "Rewriting the Elizabethan Stage" that will make extensive use of the Folger's manuscript collection. The author of four books and numerous articles on Renaissance theatre history, she is currently writing a biography of the actor-entrepreneur Edward Alleyn.


Konosioni Citation
The Konosioni senior honor society has announced the creation of the Konosioni Citation. To be bestowed once each semester to six members of the Colgate community, the citation will acknowledge exceptional efforts of students who contribute to the success of an event or a student group on campus.

     "It is a chance for us, as leaders, to acknowledge those who have helped us to further the well-being of the Colgate and Hamilton communities by playing an active and a central role in helping us to fulfill our goals," wrote Konosioni Citation chairs Janna Pistiner '01 and Lauren Esposito '01. Recipients will be selected by the members of Konosioni following an open nomination process.

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