The Colgate Scene
September 2007

Around the college

Japanese percussionists Taiko Masala performing at the Hamilton Music Mix on the Village Green [Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]

At their May meeting, the Board of Trustees elected six new members. Brion B. Applegate '76, Nancy Serrurier P'09, and Janet Leef Sherlund '77 will fill regular trustee positions. Michael J. Herling '79 and Joanne D. Spigner '76 fill the alumni trustee positions, and Patrick S. Kabat '06 will serve as a recent graduate trustee.

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Moving Pictures
In May, the third-floor lobby of James B. Colgate Hall was transformed from a traditional president's office foyer to a modern gallery.

Applegate is managing general partner of Spectrum Equity Investors, LP, a San Francisco–based venture capital firm specializing in the communications industry. A rugby and varsity football player, Applegate was a member of Konosioni and graduated with a degree in natural sciences. He went on to earn an MBA from Harvard. He has served on Colgate's alumni board and is a member of the Maroon Council.

Serrurier, parent of Kate '09, is a graduate of Brown University and earned an MBA from Stanford. She has served as a trustee for the Menlo Park City School District, where she held the positions of president and clerk of the board. She and her husband, Greg, an investment manager and partner with Dodge & Cox, are members of Colgate's Society of Families Steering Committee.

Leef Sherlund earned a degree in art and art history from Colgate. She has served on the boards of Overlook Hospital and Nantucket's hospital. She has also served on the boards of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Paper Mill Playhouse.

Herling is a partner with the law firm Finn Dixon & Herling LLP. He graduated magna cum laude with high honors in history and later earned his JD from Stanford. He has served on the alumni board and has earned a Maroon Citation. He has served as chair of the board of the Stamford Hospital and president of the board of the Darien Library. He and wife Nancy Campbell '81 have three sons, two of whom are Colgate students.

Spigner is cofounder and partner of the consulting firm VisionFirst. She graduated cum laude with high honors in psychology and went on to earn an MBA from NYU. A founding member and assistant captain of Colgate's women's ice hockey club, she is immediate past president of the alumni board and a member of the Alumnae Leadership Council and the Women's Advisory Council. She has been awarded the Maroon Citation and the Wm. Brian Little Award for Distinguished Service.

Kabat is a law student at Yale University. He graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with honors in history. A Rhodes finalist, Kabat studied abroad in London and Ireland. He re-launched Colgate's debate society, re-invigorated the fencing club, and founded the Student Lecture Forum, which was recently named in his honor by Paul Schupf '58. He was also named the 2006 Schupf Fellow and was named a Cobb Fellow and Dana Scholar.

Dan Stanton (son of Sue Stanton, financial information systems consultant) leaps over Marni Manwarren, admission administrative assistant, while racing through a human obstacle course during Spirit Day 2007, Colgate's employee appreciation day, on Whitnall Field. [Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]

Fiscal year 2007 was the most successful fundraising year in Colgate's history. The details can be read in two ways, depending on which side of your brain predominates.

For those of a right-brain persuasion, the numbers are impressive: Nearly 15,000 alumni, parents, and friends invested $65.8 million in the university, surpassing last year's total by 46 percent and making the inaugural year of Passion for the Climb: The Campaign for Colgate one for the record books.

Colgate made national news with reports of record individual contributions, but the vast majority of this year's gifts — more than 85 percent — were from $1 to $1,000. Many went to the annual fund and laid the foundation for its $7.17 million unrestricted total, which was up from $6.39 million in 2006.

That sustained funding comes primarily from Presidents' Club members: leadership donors who invest a minimum of $2,000 or more each year in the university. The club's rolls included 2,858 names by year's end, and their gifts accounted for $60.8 million of the university's fundraising total.

Colgate also raised the bar with its Parents' and Grandparents' Fund and the 2007 senior class gift — both sponsors of the Global Leaders Lecture Series (GLLS). Parents and grandparents gave $2.86 million, up from $2.45 million in 2006, while an anonymous $100,000 challenge gift propelled the Class of 2007 to record-breaking 88 percent participation.

Beyond private giving, foundations and government agencies provided nearly $2 million in faculty and institutional grants this year. In addition, the Upstate Institute received word of a $600,000 challenge grant from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.

The tangible impact of these numbers will more than satisfy the left-brain segment of the Colgate community: Thanks to unprecedented levels of philanthropy, several students arrived on campus this fall with Annual Fund Scholarships, while hundreds more will receive named scholarships and grants.

Colgate students will encounter fresh ideas at the GLLS, and they will conduct scientific research with professors in the Robert H.N. Ho Science Center. Dozens will register for study groups, and thousands will cheer the Raiders as they defend their new turf fields at Tyler's Field and Andy Kerr Stadium.

In the end, there are no two ways about it. "The generosity of our alumni, parents, and friends," said President Rebecca Chopp, "has transformed a basic liberal arts education into a true Colgate experience."

[Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart]
Martha Stewart touts Colgate's beautiful campus on TV program

Colgate made a special guest appearance on The Martha Stewart Show on July 27.

The university was mentioned in a segment where none other than Martha Stewart herself created a magnetic bulletin board for a member of Colgate's Class of 2011.

The student is the son of a Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia executive, and the lifestyle maven explained at the beginning of the piece that she thought it would be fun to send him off to school with the gift.

She also mentioned how she downloaded a photo of Payne Creek from the university's website and thought it was so pretty she made a bulletin board with that image for herself.

A mini-President Chopp in a Passion for the Climb-themed balloon was the first-place winner of the piñata contest on Spirit Day 2007, whose theme this year was "South of the Border." [Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]

In June, Provost and Dean of the Faculty Lyle Roelofs announced that the Board of Trustees had approved faculty appointments and promotions, effective July 1, 2007.

Continuous tenure and promotion to associate professor were awarded to DeWitt Godfrey, art and art history, and Eliza Kent, religion.

Godfrey has taught at Colgate since 2003. He received his bachelor of arts from Yale University and his master of fine arts from Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a Henry Luce Scholar, Tokyo, Japan; Fulbright Scholar, Edinburgh, Scotland; and Artist Fellow, Japan Foundation, Stone Museum, Aji-cho, Kanagawa, Japan.

Kent has also taught at Colgate since 2003. She received her bachelor of arts from Williams College and her master of arts and PhD from the University of Chicago. Among her distinctions are a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for "Sacred Groves and Local Gods: Religion and Environmentalism in South India," and a CHOICE Award for Outstanding Academic Title of 2004 for Converting Women: Gender and Protestant Christianity in Colonial South India.

On a mid-July visit to Hamilton, Upstate Economic Development Chairman Dan Gundersen praised the Partnership for Community Development (PCD) for its efforts to improve the Hamilton area. Colgate is one of the founders and financial supporters of the PCD, a nonprofit community economic development organization. Gundersen's visit coincided with the annual Hamilton Music Mix, which is sponsored by the PCD.

While in Hamilton, Gundersen spoke with the media, delivered remarks on the Village Green, and met with PCD and local officials, along the way discussing everything from promoting business opportunities at the Hamilton Airpark to outlining how his agency, the Empire State Development Corp., would be restructured to help support small businesses.

Gundersen remarked that the PCD is a state model of municipal/academic collaboration and trumpeted the recently issued Greater Hamilton Economic Development Plan (GHEDP) as a comprehensive and critically important road map for the future.

"What we need to do is create jobs so young people don't have to leave this state, so that they can find opportunity here," said Gundersen. "We'll do that by focusing on existing businesses, helping them to grow, and looking at our agricultural assets. The community has come together and decided their future. I think that's fantastic and it can be a model for upstate communities."

The Longyear Museum of Anthropology's exhibition African Shapes of the Sacred: Yorùbá Religious Art was mounted at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse this summer, running until mid-September. The curator of the exhibition, Carol Ann Lorenz, is senior curator of the Longyear and a lecturer in art and art history, Native American studies, Africana and Latin American studies, and sociology and anthropology at Colgate.

Ninety mostly 20th-century traditional objects such as figures, masks, headdresses, divination trays, staffs, vessels, and shrine furniture were on display. The artworks serve to honor ancestors, venerate the earth, and are used in divinity worship. Divinity pieces are used to communicate and give reverence to specific deities, as well as for shrine beautification, rituals, and festivals.

The Yorùbá people constitute one of the most populous groups in West Africa, numbering more than 20 million people living primarily in Nigeria, as well as parts of the Republic of Benin and Togo. Although the term Yorùbá did not come into use until the 19th century, the people have inhabited this area of Africa since 500 BCE and developed a stable urban life by 1000 CE. The Yorùbá are a prolific art-making society, a cultural feature that also began in ancient times. From approximately the 12th century, some kingdoms produced bronze and terra-cotta sculptures noteworthy not only for their fine craftsmanship and naturalistic style, but also for their articulation of concepts of rulership and religion.

The parade in Hamilton is a popular way to celebrate the Fourth of July. [Photo by Bret M. Wescott]

Lynette K. Stephenson, associate professor of art and art history, received the Rochester Art Club Award for excellence in painting at the 61st Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition. She was awarded $500 for her oil on canvas painting, NOLA drowned.

The juried show, open to artists from a 27-county region in western and central New York, was on view from June 17 until September 2 at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester and featured 31 works of photography, painting, sculpture, and mixed media works by 23 artists.

Stephenson, who earned a master of fine arts in painting and drawing from Georgia State University, has taught at Colgate since 1998. This was her first time participating in the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition.

8,759 applications (50 states, D.C., and 112 countries)
2,234 admitted (25.5%)
751 enrolled (33.6% yield; 48% male, 52% female)

Multicultural students
2,583 applications
637 accepted
179 enrolled (23.8% of the class)

International students
1,089 applications
102 admitted
36 enrolled (16 countries)

Accepted students
SAT middle 50%: 660-750 cr, 660-740 m
ACT middle 50%: 30-33
Average GPA: 3.72 out of 4.0
Public/private high schools: 69%/31%

The Rev. Coleman Barr Brown (center) receives his honorary degree from Ursinus President John Strassburger at Ursinus Commencement 2007, while Associate Dean Annette Lucas puts on his hood. [Photo by Stephen M. Falk, courtesy of Ursinus College]

The Rev. Coleman Barr Brown, professor of philosophy and religion emeritus at Colgate, has received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Ursinus College. Brown, author of Our Hearts are Restless Till They Find Their Rest in Thee: Selected Sermons to the Colgate University Church 1974-1989, spoke at Ursinus's baccalaureate service in May.

Several students and recent graduates earned competitive academic awards this year.

Nicholas Koziolek '07 received the Paul J. Schupf '58 Fellowship for two years of fully funded study in England. The Minnesota native will spend the 2007-2008 academic year at Trinity College, Cambridge, working toward his master of philosophy degree. Once Koziolek has earned his master's, he will return to the United States and begin a philosophy doctoral program at the University of Chicago.

Sarah Dotson '05 has received the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. This competitive award provides funding for tuition, room and board, books, and other required fees for the length of a graduate program, up to six years, with a maximum of $50,000 per year. Dotson will be pursuing her medical degree and masters of public health degree at Dartmouth Medical School. See related story at

Four students were awarded Fulbright Grants — one-year grants to teach, study, or conduct research in one of 140 countries: Michael Bukoski '07, study/research, Germany (declined); Brian Hinrichs '07, study/research, Thailand; Sidney Jones '05, English teaching assistantship, Turkey; and Julie Saiki '06, study/research, Austria.

Colin Twomey '08 received a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship — $7,500 for sophomore or junior students preparing for careers in mathematics or natural sciences — to study computer science/biology research.

Gemina Garland-Lewis '08 received a Morris K. Udall Scholarship, Honorable Mention — a $350 award for the pursuit of a career in the environment.

A Thomas J. Watson Foundation fellowship — $25,000 for independent exploration and travel — was awarded to Adam Hermans '07 for his project "Wise Old Men of the Forest: Films of Primate Appreciation and Conservation."

Colgate Conversations is a series of podcasts that involve faculty members, alumni, administrators, and students talking about research projects, higher education issues, careers, and life on campus.

Recent features include:

  • Bob '83 and Lee '82 Woodruff, authors of In An Instant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing. The couple talks about how the Colgate community helped them as Bob recovered from the traumatic brain injury he suffered while working for ABC News in Iraq.
  • Author and journalist Chris Hedges '79, who won a Pulitzer Prize while working for the New York Times, discusses his latest book, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, as well as the war in Iraq and the shortcomings of mainstream media.
  • Dan Monk, George R. and Myra T. Cooley Professor of peace studies, discusses an international conference hosted by Colgate that examines "forgotten" conflicts. The longtime observer of the Mideast also talks about the Iraq war and U.S. policy.

To catch other latest installments, go to or subscribe through the Colgate Conversations page on iTunes.

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