The Colgate Scene
November 2003

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Four-year-old Bennett Pelino cries on the shoulder of his mother, Megan Pezzuti Pelino '89, after the dedication of a new gateway to Van Doren Field. The gateway was erected in memory of his father, Todd Pelino '89, and two other Colgate soccer players, David Retik '90 and Scott Coleman '94, who perished in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, as well as other members of the community touched by the tragedy. [Photos by Timothy D. Sofranko]
Colgate strong in graduation rates

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During her 41 years at Colgate, ticket manager Charlotte Crane has watched generations of sports fans pass through the maroon double doors.
Words from talks given on campus by William H. Willimon, Abdullahi An-Na'im, and Mike Reiss.
New figures revealed that Colgate University is one of only four colleges and universities in the United States that graduate at least 90 percent of their entering black students within a six-year period, according to the Sept. 11, 2003 Journal of Blacks in Higher Education Weekly Bulletin. Colgate, Harvard University, and Princeton University all have a black student graduation rate of 92 percent, just behind Amherst College, which leads all institutions of higher education with a rate of 95 percent. The JBHE also noted that Colgate, along with Mount Holyoke College and Macalester College, actually has a higher graduation rate for black students than that of white students.

In the athletics arena, Colgate tied Lehigh University and University of Dayton for the fourth-highest student-athlete graduation rate in Division I-AA as tracked for this year's USA Today/NCAA Academic Achievement Awards. Colgate's student-athlete graduation rate of 86 percent was based on the NCAA survey for athletes who entered as first-years in the fall of 1996. Rankings are determined by federal graduate-rate forms used by schools in Division I, Division I-AA, and Division II.

Administrative appointments

Director of Development Programs Patricia Caprio, who has worked at Colgate for 31 years, has taken on the additional duties of director of the Presidents' Club, the university's leadership donor organization.

In the communications office, Charles Melichar is the new director of media relations, representing the university to members of the local, regional, and national news media.

In the dean of the college division, Kayoko Wakamatsu has joined the staff as dean of administrative advising, Jennifer "Jaime" Nolan has been named director of the ALANA Cultural Center, and Corey Landstrom is the new director of the Center for Leadership and Student Involvement.


Karin Thul '02, an information analyst for Johnson and Johnson, and John Cooney '01, an actor and producer, were part of a panel of alumni who discussed their experiences and career paths as former Asian studies majors. The panel was part of a celebration marking the tenth anniversary of the Robert Ho Chinese Studies Center in Lawrence Hall. The center, established in 1993 through the generosity of Robert H. N. Ho '56, includes classrooms and a reading room with Asian architectural features complemented by artwork; computer and audiovisual equipment; and newspapers, journals, reference materials, and an expanding collection of books on China.
Bolland receives international awards

O. Nigel Bolland, Charles A. Dana Professor of sociology, is the recipient of several international awards. While attending the Caribbean Studies Association Conference in Belize City in May, Bolland received Belize's Medal of Distinction, presented by the country's prime minister. The government of Belize gave Bolland the award in recognition of his work in the field of education, which has included the writing of school texts on the history and culture of Belize, scholarly texts on similar subjects, and the creation of a radio series on Belize history. The U.S. ambassador as well as other international diplomats and more than 300 scholars attended the awards ceremony.

Bolland was also awarded the Elsa Goveia prize by the Association of Caribbean Historians in April at that organization's meeting in Puerto Rico for his book, The Politics of Labour in the British Caribbean (Ian Randle Publishers Ltd., 2001). This award is given every two years to a book judged best among all books published during the preceding two years focused on a topic related to Caribbean history. Having also received the Gordon Lewis Prize for Excellence from the Caribbean Studies Association (Around the college, November 2002 Scene), Bolland's book is the first ever to receive both of these prestigious book awards.

Pianist Richard Goode, acknowledged as one of the leading interpreters of Beethoven and Mozart today, performed the inaugural concert on Colgate's new Steinway concert grand piano in early September.
AIA recognizes Hamilton Initiative project

The American Institute of Architects, Central New York Chapter awarded the Hamilton Initiative project a rare 2003 Outstanding Design Award for Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse.

The Hamilton Initiative is a limited liability company (LLC) funded by Colgate with the support of alumni and friends who have an interest in contributing to the vitality and quality of life in the village. With the goal of restoring the façades of the buildings while renovating or reinventing interior spaces to encourage business, the Hamilton Initiative purchased and renovated six properties in downtown Hamilton. The buildings house several university operations including the Colgate Bookstore and the development staff, as well as privately run retail shops, restaurants, and apartments. The renovations were designed by architecture firm QPK Design of Syracuse.

The awards jury was composed of members of the Buffalo/Western New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The purpose of this awards program is to bring public recognition to outstanding architecture, and to honor works of distinction by its members. Awards for "outstanding design" are seldom bestowed.

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