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President Rebecca Chopp and Robert A. Fox '59, who has committed $1 million toward establishing a Mark S. Randall Jr. Endowed Coach for Swimming and Diving position. [Photo by John D. Hubbard]
Three alumni and one Colgate parent have been elected to the university's Board of Trustees.
Eric Cole '93 is a senior managing director at Bear Stearns in New York City. He previously worked for Conseco and UBS. Mark Falcone '85 is a founding partner of Continuum Partners, LLC, a real estate developer in Denver, Colo. Ronald M. Varnum '00 is currently pursuing his law degree at Harvard Law School. Rosalia Gutierrez-Huete Miller, mother of Luisa Miller '06, teaches Spanish, art, and art history at the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C.
Robert A. Fox '59 has committed $1 million toward the establishment of a Mark S. Randall Jr. Endowed Coach for Swimming and Diving position in honor of the late swimming, diving, and soccer coach.
Randall, who died in February at age 93 (Scene, March 2004), was "the quintessential teacher, an inspiring leader who was able to draw out from his athletes their very best efforts," said Fox, a former swimmer at Colgate who is a top-ranked competitor in Master's events.
"He was a coach, father figure, mentor, and friend in many respects. He was just a really neat guy," said Fox, a retired corporate executive who lives in Reno, Nev.
An alumni trustee from 1986 to 1987, Fox previously established the Robert A. Fox Endowed Scholarship and was instrumental in the creation of the Del Monte Scholarship. His commitment covers two-thirds of the $1.5 million cost of endowing the coaching position. Since he announced his intent to commit $1 million, Craig Bollman '59, Ted Gregory '59, and Michael Wolk '60 have each made "very generous" commitments to the endowment, said Fox, bringing the total committed thus far up to $1.25 million.
"We can help to maintain the ideals of a great man, a winning coach, and a lifelong friend," Fox said.
The Class of 1954 gave their alma mater the largest 50th reunion class gift in Colgate history -- $23.4 million. Many class members made significant commitments, and one classmate made an anonymous commitment of $19 million.
"This is going to knock your socks off," class gift chair Gary Chandler '54 told the nearly 2,000 people at the all-class luncheon on Cotterell Court during Reunion weekend.
On behalf of the Class of 1954, Chandler presented President Rebecca Chopp with a symbolic check for more than $23 million, which tripled the previous 50th reunion gift record. The gift represents a five-year cumulative total and includes estate provisions.
The Class of 1954 kicked off Reunion by announcing a $2 million gift to the library endowment at their Thursday night banquet.
A conga line winds around Whitnall Field during a dance lesson session that was part of Spirit Day festivities for members of Colgate's staff and faculty and their families in July. [Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]
Linck Johnson has been named Charles A. Dana Professor of English. A member of the Colgate English department faculty since 1976, Johnson has served as department chair as well as on several university committees. He serves on the Editorial Boards of ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance and The Collected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and is a member of the advisory board of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society. He is the author of Thoreau's Complex Weave: The Writing of "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers"; the historical introduction to A Week in the Princeton University Press edition of The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau; and numerous reviews, journal articles, and essays in books.
Four members of the faculty were named Presidential Scholars in recognition of outstanding scholarly achievement and substantial contributions to the university.
Anne Freire Ashbaugh, professor of philosophy, came to Colgate in 1978. She has served as university professor, coordinator of Latin American Studies, and affirmative action director as well as on several committees including ALANA Affairs. Her publications include Plato's Theory of Explanation and articles in Research in Phenomenology, Man and World, Philosophy Today, International Journal of Philosophy, Revista Latinoamericana de filosofia, Methexis, and Inquiry.
Timothy Byrnes, professor of political science, has taught at Colgate since 1992. His most recent book is Transnational Catholicism in Postcommunist Europe, and his articles have appeared in journals such as Political Science Quarterly. He serves as co-coordinator of the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar on Transnational and Transcultural Europe at Cornell University. He leads Colgate's Geneva Study Group regularly, and has served as director of the Center for Ethics and World Societies and of the Distinction component of the Core Curriculum, and as a member of the Task Force on Campus Culture. He received the 2002 Alumni Corporation Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Enrique Galvez, professor of physics and astronomy, has been on the faculty since 1988. His many coauthored articles have appeared in Physical Review A, Nuclear Instruments and Methods, Physical Review Letters, Journal of Physics B, and Journal of the Optical Society of America. He has served as department chair as well as on several committees including ALANA Affairs, affirmative action oversight, interdisciplinary science building, and student rights and responsibilities, among others.
Laura Klugherz, professor of music, joined the faculty in 1988. Her publications and performances include A Bibliographic Guide to Spanish Music for Violin and Viola 1900-97, and recordings on the Centaur, Cap-stone, and Ariana labels. Founder/director of the Chenango Summer MusicFest and Retiro Contulmo (Chile), she is a violin/viola coach for the National Youth Orchestra of Spain and performs solo tours in Europe, South America, the United States, and Mexico. She has served as department chair, acting director of the Division of University Studies, and director of Core Cultures, as well as on several committees.
Teresa Doucet '07, Diana Zeledon '05, and Shannon Rovtar '07 (front to back) make their way to the Great Wall of China on horseback. They were among 19 students on a spring 2004 extended study trip tied to professor John Crespi's Chinese City: Living Beijing course who explored life in the ancient city using modern methods. With video cameras, digital still cameras, audio equipment, and tablet computers, the students documented their trip and created multi-media projects about specific topics of their choosing.
Students visited a junior high school, attended a Beijing Opera performance, learned about the loss of hutongs (distinctive alleyways) in older neighborhoods from a preservationist, and spoke with Chinese art students about their work and impressions of the Beijing media, to name a few activities. Stories, video clips, and electronic text/photo diaries can be found in the news archives at www.colgate.edu. [Photo by Kevin McAvey '05]
Five newly minted Colgate alumni headed to Montreal for the American Geophysical Union's national meeting, which attracts scientists from around the world. The day after their commencement in May, the geology students traveled with Karen Harpp, associate professor of geology, who had worked with them on their research.
Jay Barr (geology), Chris Karmosky (geology and geography), Alison Koleszar (geology and astrogeophysics), Matthew K. Lambert (marine and freshwater science), and Nathan Rollins (math major/geology minor) were accepted for the conference as seniors, having submitted abstracts of their original research last February. Each presented a poster, which is the equivalent of giving a speech at a smaller conference. The opportunity is unusual for undergraduates. Harpp said the abstracts are reviewed and selected by a committee, raising the bar for the level of research required.
The AGU is an international scientific society that advances the understanding of Earth and atmospheric, oceanic, hydrologic, and space and planetary sciences. "This conference is typically dominated by professional scientists and graduate students," said Harpp. "We had a substantial impact at our session because we had a critical mass of students with posters focusing on similar questions. There was definitely a buzz about it."
Lambert presented his research on the origin of the Galapagos Islands platform based on samples collected during a scientific cruise. Koleszar and Rollins worked on lava flows collected in the Galapagos, and Barr presented work that focuses on islands from the northern Galapagos. Karmosky discussed a new class design he and Harpp created for a geochemistry course focused on Onondaga Lake and local environmental issues that they have implemented twice at Colgate.
Harpp noted that at one point during the conference, the students were deeply engaged in conversation with several prominent members of the field. That experience gave Kolezar a huge boost of confidence as she was heading off to Brown University, where she plans to earn a PhD in igneous geochemistry.
"I felt I had learned a lot of skills about research [at Colgate], but once I went to the conference I realized how much we really had learned. We were able to talk to the scientists on almost a colleague level," she said. "That was when I realized we had produced real science. We had read papers written by some of these scientists, and being able to speak with people whose names we'd only seen in print was pretty amazing."
Mustard gas and Napalm, submarines and B-52s, A-bombs and Agent Orange, landmines and Star Wars: emblems of human genius and tools of global destructiveness, weapons have profoundly affected the history, politics, and consciousness of the last century. During 2004-2005, Colgate's Center for Ethics and World Societies will focus on the vast topic of "Weapons and War." A yearlong series of public lectures, exhibitions, films, courses, and research projects will explore the meanings, effects and ethics of weapons and war in the world today. Nancy Ries, associate professor of anthropology and peace studies, and Karen Harpp, associate professor of geology, who teaches a course called Advent of the Atomic Bomb, will serve as co-directors.
Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and ambassador of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, opened the series on September 1. "BANG!" - An Art Department Gallery Show of contemporary artists' work on "Weapons and War" opens September 15.
Other confirmed visitors include Sven Lindquist, author of A History of Bombing; Robert J. Lifton, distinguished professor of psychology at John Jay College/CUNY and author of books about nuclear weapons, Hiroshima, the Holocaust, Vietnam, militarism, and empire; James DerDerian, author of Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network; and Romeo Dallaire, former Canadian army general and author of Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda.
Special programs and collaborations include six courses that will focus extensively on the theme, including an interdisciplinary core distinction/peace studies course team taught by professors from three divisions; special activities for first-year students; a collaboration with Hamilton Central School; student event planning board, program co-sponsorship with several interdisciplinary academic programs; and alumni collaborations.
Innkeeper William Eberhardt has signed a long-term agreement to operate the Colgate Inn. Eberhardt, who owns and operates Dining Associates and has been the proprietor of the historic Sherwood Inn on Skaneateles Lake since 1974, assumes management this fall.
In addition to the Sherwood Inn, Dining Associates operates three other lodging properties in the village of Skaneateles, N.Y., and runs several restaurants in Skaneateles and throughout central New York.
The Colgate Inn has been managed by individual innkeepers and, for the past dozen years or more, by various multinational management companies.
"This relationship with Bill Eberhardt brings the highest level of regional management to the Colgate Inn," said David Hale '84, treasurer and financial vice president.
Eberhardt's son Ben has moved with his family to Hamilton to provide day-to-day oversight of the inn as general manager. The Eberhardts announced a plan to appoint a community advisory council that will assist in identifying needs for the inn.
"We are delighted to have this opportunity to become part of the Hamilton community," said William Eberhardt. "The energy and vitality of this community and the university make Hamilton an ideal location for a country inn. Situated as it is on the green, the Colgate Inn plays an important, central role as host to residents and guests alike, and we are eager to make the inn the finest experience possible for our guests."
Geography professor Ellen Kraly proudly displays a Colgate banner upon reaching the summit of Mount Baker in June.
For Colgate president Rebecca Chopp and geography professor Ellen Kraly, a climb up snow-covered Mount Baker in Washington state provided them with an experience they won't soon forget and the ability to contribute more than $18,000 to cancer research.
The three-day hike, which started June 25, was part of the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer. The money raised by the Colgate pair and others went to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, based in Seattle.
This year marks a decade of breast cancer remission for Kraly, who was inspired to take part in the climb by her son, Jim, a graduate student at the University of Washington. Jim and his girlfriend, Karen Seaver, also participated in the climb and the fundraiser.
Kraly and Chopp trained for months before taking on the 10,781-foot Mount Baker. They received help from many at Colgate, particularly Josh and Molly Baker, co-directors of outdoor education. The technical aspects of the climb, which included specialized safety techniques and having to use ropes, crampons, and ice axes to get up a 1,200-foot wall of ice called the Roman Wall, gave Chopp reason to pause at about the 7,000-foot level.
"When you are roped together, you have to be confident that not only can you make it, but that you can save others if they fall," said Chopp. "I did not feel technically competent and wasn't sure I could save someone if they fell down a crevasse or on a wall of ice." Chopp stayed put, taking in views of the mighty mountain and training with another group, as the rest of her nine-member team climbed to the summit.
All the hours and all the hard work were intended for one thing: to help fight cancer.
"Thinking about all the people behind this effort -- Josh and Molly, the folks at Huntington Gym, all the students and student athletes who helped us raise money -- pushed me up that mountain," said Kraly.
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