|Views from the hill
What’s your favorite thing to do at Colgate in the fall?
“I’m captain of the men’s rowing team, so my favorite thing is our biggest race, which is the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. It’s an international regatta — last year there were boats from New Zealand and China.
“Also, I’m a deacon for the university church, so in October, we always do a big pumpkin picking and hayride in Cazenovia to get to know some of the first-years who are interested in church.”
— Rob Bickhart ’12, geology major from Villanova, Pa.
“A few of my friends and I are planning an ‘explore the county’ drive to see what we can find. I’m in a sorority — I’m a Tri Delta — and we went apple picking with our new members … it was such a gorgeous drive, so we talked about how much fun it would be to just explore the area.”
— Rebecca Silberman ’13, biology major from Somers, N.Y.
“There’s nothing I like doing more on an autumn day than to walk down Willow Path toward town. I’ll then kill an hour or two doing little things: running errands, stopping for coffee at the Barge Canal, a slice of pizza from Slices, and so on. Hamilton has some local businesses that I’ve grown to love, and in the fall, when the leaves turn orange, it sure is beautiful.”
— Christopher Esposito ’14, economics major from Santa Cruz, Calif.
Back on campus
Alumni help students turn thought into action
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” In quoting Theodore Roosevelt, Andy Greenfield ’74 charged the students taking part in this year’s Thought Into Action (TIA) Institute to have resilience and courage as they began their entrepreneurial adventures.
Now in its third year, TIA is a monthly seminar on campus in which alumni serve as mentors to students who spend an academic year turning their business ideas into reality. Greenfield coordinates the program with Bob Gold ’80 and Wills Hapworth ’07. Since it began in fall 2009, TIA has ramped up its momentum — from Greenfield mentoring eight students in the first year, to now more than 20 alumni mentoring 53-plus students.
“The interest from alumni entrepreneurs has been nothing short of staggering,” Greenfield emphasized.
At the first class, on September 3, in addition to the three co-founders, the following came to lend their expertise and guidance: Jason Griswold ’97, Robert Johnson ’94, Kristine Michelsen-Correa ’07, Tim O’Neill ’78, Lynn Plant ’77, Jane Porter ’74, Matt Seconi ’09, Read Wall ’09, Dick Weiss ’73, and Zach Zaro ’07. These alumni have found success in such diverse fields as software (Johnson), textiles (Porter), and journalism (Weiss).
Students’ projects are also wide ranging, from nonprofit ideas — like Kenya BioGas, an effort to install biogas plants in a Kenyan village in order to convert waste to high-energy methane — to for-profit ventures and campus-enrichment projects — such as Notebrush, an online student museum that creates an interactive artists’ community.
Each class begins with a lesson on different aspects of entrepreneurship; the first focused on developing a personal brand and problem solving. After a group discussion, the class breaks up into smaller teams of 10 to 12 students, led by 2 to 3 mentors, to drill down on individual projects. Problems are hashed out and new goals are set by the end of every class.
“What’s amazing is that we’ll start to see that the students have real entrepreneurial reflexes as well,” said Hapworth. “While we try to mentor and point them in the right direction, we first let the students sort out the situation and get input from others in the room. We want them to be the first ones to provide insight.”
To learn more, including how to become a mentor for TIA students, visit www.tiainstitute.com.
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The Colgate Scene
This is the 13th issue since the Scene became a four-color magazine in autumn 2008 — how could we not celebrate with some fun facts on what’s gone into those 13 issues?
21 “Colgate Seen” photos (see Alumni Spotlights for this issue’s selections)
197 alumni profiled
115 alumni-authored books spotlighted
64 Colgate couple weddings announced
529 births and adoptions announced
0.100.65.47 CMYK makeup of Colgate maroon ink
59,403 average words in class news
77 class editors
1909 oldest class represented in class news in the Colgate Scene’s original 13th issue (February 1974)
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