The Colgate Scene
September 2002

Around the college

Students from Bronx Preparatory Charter School react to a volcano demonstration on the quad. More than 25 pupils from the school spent two weeks at Colgate this summer, taking classes in the academic buildings, sleeping and eating in the Delta Kappa Epsilon house, playing sports in the athletic facilities and meeting Colgate professors and students. The program was initiated and directed by Denniston Reid '94, who teaches at the school. [Photo by Karen Harpp]
Presidential appointments

In August, President Rebecca Chopp announced that Jane Pinchin, former interim president, has accepted the position of vice president of academic advancement and will also hold the Thomas A. Bartlett Chair in the Department of English. As vice president for academic advancement, Pinchin will provide a link between the Division of University Relations and the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty. Pinchin began her new position in August, but will spend the fall 2002 semester on sabbatical, returning in spring 2003.

Chopp also announced that Jack Dovidio, who has served as interim provost and dean of the faculty since the summer of 2001, will continue this year as provost and dean of the faculty.

Fulbright record

In addition to the eight reported in the July Scene, two more students have received Fulbright scholarships, bringing to ten the number of Ful-brights received by Colgate students this year. This is a record for the college, and an extraordinary num-ber for a school of Colgate's size.

Jeffrey Steinbrink '02 will serve as a French government teaching assistant in France, and Gillian Genrich '02 will be performing research related to AIDS in Trinidad and Tobago.

Inauguration webcasts
The inauguration of Rebecca Chopp as Colgate's 15th president will take place during a weekend of on-campus events, September 28 and 29 (Homecoming). Two of those events, an inaugural concert given by the Colgate University Orchestra and the Colgate University Chorus on Saturday evening at 9 p.m., and the inauguration ceremony itself on Sunday, September 29 at 1:30 p.m., will be broadcast live from Memorial Chapel over the World Wide Web. Visit to access the events. You can test your computer's capability to access the web-casts at any time prior to the events.

To be produced by I2 Sports, the webcasts will be archived for future viewing as well.

Jenny Servedio, left, and Joelle Faulks, right, both of Information Technology Services, burst into laughter after fighting for a seat in a round of musical chairs during Spirit Day, Colgate's annual staff appreciation day. [Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]
Colgate top producer of physics grads

In an "Enrollment and Degrees Report" issued this summer by the American Institute of Physics (AIP), Colgate is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the nation in number of physics bachelors degrees granted per year. In terms of the percentage of physics graduates to the total number of students per institution, Colgate is the leader in New York State.

The report, issued by the Statistical Research Center of AIP, lists the "top bachelors-granting departments averaging 10 or more physics bachelors degrees per year, classes 1998, 1999 and 2000." Only 29 U.S. colleges and universities, including Colgate, met this qualification. The survey included 770 universities and colleges, with a 98 percent response rate.

There were 3,894 physics bachelors degrees conferred in the class of 2000 nationally. These degrees account for a small fraction (0.3 percent) of the overall bachelors degree production in the nation. However, the number of degrees conferred in 2000 increased by seven percent from 1999.

New campus bookstore

After months of construction, the Colgate Bookstore, which has moved to downtown Hamilton from its previous location in the O'Connor Campus Center, opened to the public on August 12. Housed in the refurbished Sperry Building at the corner of Route 12B (Utica Street) and Lebanon Street, the full-service bookstore offers music, clothing, gifts, computers and books for adults and children as well as textbooks and Colgate insignia items.

Far left: Part of the first floor in the new Colgate Bookstore.

Left: David McCabe, associate professor of philosophy, reads to his children, Calvin and Frances Lucey-McCabe, in one of the bookstore's comfortable sitting areas.

[Photos by Timothy D. Sofranko]

With approximately 12,500 square feet of retail space as well as meeting rooms for author appearances, children's programming and many other activities, the bookstore is focused on serving both the university and the community. It spans all four floors of the building, offering a music/coffee bar wing lined with listening stations, comfortable customer seating and lounge spaces and high-speed public Internet access throughout the store.

As the area's largest bookstore, the Colgate Bookstore stocks a diverse selection of quality general books including fiction, poetry, philosophy, literary criticism, cultural studies, history, education, religion, travel, cookbooks and computer books as well as a large children's book collection. Between 60 and 90 author signing events and extensive children's programming are planned for the next year.

The bookstore is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the official grand opening scheduled for the weekend of September 20 and 21. For additional information, call 315-228-7480.

Summer research seminars

Over the summer, a new series of seminars brought together students and faculty from across the disciplines for discussions under the theme of "Ethics and Research." Sponsored by the offices of Undergraduate Research and the Dean of the Faculty, the lunchtime series was open to all interested students, faculty and staff. Each year, approximately 100 students spend the summer on campus, working full time in collaboration with one or more faculty members on various research projects.

According to seminar organizer Tom Balonek, professor of physics and astronomy, the series was a big hit, attracting 50 to 60 people each time, the bulk of whom were students. "The students found it exciting because the discussions were on issues that go beyond standard courses," he said. "There was a lot of interaction and spirited discussion. We plan to do this again in the future."

For each of the four sessions, participants were asked to read and be ready to discuss the ideas presented in short essays that have appeared in various scientific journals. Topics included "Promises and Issues of the New Genetics," led by Ashwin Lall '03, Laura Simmons '03 and Barbara Hoopes, associate professor of biology; "Moral Calculus and the Bomb," led by John Chaklader '03, Mike Kelly '03 and Karen Harpp, assistant professor of geology; "Is There Such a Thing as Knowledge We Should Not Seek?" led by Julie Landa '04 and Jeff Buboltz, assistant professor of physics and astronomy; and "Is Human Genetics Disguised Eugenics?" led by Jason Williams '03 and Paul Pinet, professor of geology.

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