|Views from the hill|
What is the most intellectually stimulating paper you’ve written so far at Colgate?
psychology paper I wrote for Professor Carlsmith. We had to talk about
how we saw some aspect of what we’d been learning in our own lives. I
ended up completely messing up the paper and I rewrote it explaining my
previous screw up in terms of cognitive dissonance — which is basically
when you think you can do really well and you can’t, so you rationalize
it away. It was interesting to see how exactly what he’s teaching is
what I’m doing and not even realizing it.
— Bob Komer ’10, psychology major, Greek minor
Writing about standardized English in my writing class — why it’s necessary in society and how it obstructs culture.
— Sumeeta Sankar ’12, considering a double major in biology and anthropology
freshman year, spring semester, I took two classes for an extended
study to Ireland — one was a contemporary poetry class and the second
was medieval Irish literature. At the end, we had to merge the two
classes and do something that related to the ancient texts but also the
contemporary poetry. That was really invigorating.
— Meghan Sheehan ’10, economics and Spanish major
Presidential Search Update
Search Chair Peg Flanagan ’80 and Board Chair Chris Clifford ’67 spent
two days on campus meeting with students, faculty, and staff regarding
the search for Colgate’s next president. (Photo by Andrew Daddio)
we are in the beginning stages of the search for Colgate’s next
president, I am pleased to share an update on where we stand and invite
your input and ideas as part of the process.
As you know from the letter sent on Feb. 21 by Board Chair Chris
Clifford ’67, Colgate Provost and Dean of the Faculty Lyle Roelofs has
agreed to serve as interim president effective June 1, 2009. Lyle has
done an outstanding job overseeing faculty initiatives, the curriculum,
information technology, and instructional budgets since arriving at
Colgate in 2004. We are confident that Colgate will continue to advance
under Lyle’s leadership during this period of transition.
There is a great sense of momentum at Colgate right now, which puts us
in a strong position as we work to build the best possible pool of
candidates. The candidates will closely review our leadership
statement, the document that will articulate Colgate’s aspirations for
its next president. This is a critical document for Colgate, and I will
be looking to members of the Colgate community to express their
expectations and aspirations for a new president and Colgate’s future.
To facilitate this type of feedback, we have established an e-mail
account, email@example.com, and a website,
www.colgate.edu/pressearch, which includes a feedback form and links to
communications that have been sent about the search. While the search
committee’s deliberations around candidates will be necessarily
confidential, I will provide information along the way through updates
posted on the website.
I invite all members of the Colgate community to share your thoughts on
the short- and long-term issues the next Colgate president will have to
address, the qualities of leadership you seek in the next president,
and any other recommendations you may have, including names of
potential candidates. I will respect the confidentiality of your
communications with me, but will ask that you provide your name and
contact information should I have a reason to follow up on your
Since beginning this effort just a few weeks ago, I have been impressed
and inspired by the ways in which Colgate faculty, students, alumni,
staff, and parents have reached out to express their hopes and
concerns, their ideas and suggestions. This is an important search at
an important time for Colgate, and I look forward to many more
conversations about how we can be sure to get the best possible
candidates in line to interview for this outstanding opportunity.
Peg Flanagan ’80
Chair, Colgate Presidential Search Committee
Vice Chair, Colgate Board of Trustees
Go figure –
So long, winter!
10/28/08 first major snowstorm in Hamilton, N.Y.
-11° F low temperature on the coldest day, Jan. 16, 2009
148.4" total amount of snowfall
13.5" highest daily amount of snowfall
9,898.17 tons of woodchips burned to heat campus buildings
27.46 miles from campus to the closest ski hill, Toggenburg Mountain
7,560 cups of hot chocolate poured at Frank Dining Hall
pairs of cross country skis (both classic and skate), 25 pairs of
telemark skis, and 40 pairs of snowshoes available from the Outdoor
Education Program for alleviating cabin fever
*Data compiled from a variety of sources, including Peter Hall, WSTM-TV meteorologist.
“The medium for a poem is the reader’s breath. By the nature of the medium, poetry is on a human scale.”
Robert Pinsky, former poet laureate of the United States and founder of
the Favorite Poem Project, at a lunchtime talk with Colgate students
you sequence the DNA in your cells and sequence the chimps and gorillas
and other apes and other monkeys, no matter how you do it, no matter
which part of the DNA you look at, we’re only 1 to 2 percent different
— roughly 98 to 99 percent similar to chimpanzees. We’re closer to
chimps than any other species are to each other on the planet.”
Donald Prothero, paleontologist, author, and professor at Occidental
College, in his Darwin Week capstone lecture “Evolution: What the
Fossils Say and Why it Matters”
“I just wondered, in
ancient society like the Greek society, the Homeric society, if you saw
the sea as having within it the spirit of the god, you had to placate
it. If you saw the sea not only as a source of life but also as a
source of great power — power that you didn’t want to anger — would you
trash it so easily as we do? This crisis made me reflect on it in a
different way… We always think of those who have multiple gods as less
civilized than us, but maybe this is a more civilized way of looking at
our natural environment.”
Professor Steven Kepnes, talking about how lessons learned in the core
are applicable to solving the global warming crisis, in What’s Core 151
Got to Do With It? The Mess We Are In