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What is the best summer job you’ve ever held?
I worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA as an intern with the supplier outreach and process control assurance department in 2007. I got to talk to the suppliers of the materials for the satellites, rovers, and spacecrafts used for the different missions.
— Tsune Brown ’13, studio art major, from Pasadena, Calif.
I worked on a farm in Hamilton my sophomore summer. We did odd jobs like building haystacks, painting fences, and cleaning chicken coops.
— Andrew Nairin ’14, environmental geography major, from Los Angeles, Calif.
Being a camp counselor for Brewster Day Camp. Last summer, I was the field sports head, so I was working with all ages and taught them different sports. This year, I am the LEAP [Learning, Exploring, and Playing] head, so I’ll work with toddlers to young kids. I’ll teach them the values of courage, hope, good spirit, and peace.
— Kelly Cattano ’12, double major in Spanish and English with an emphasis in creative writing, from New Providence, N.J.
Back on campus
More than 1,500 alumni gathered under the tents on Whitnall Field in celebration of Reunion 2012 in early June. In addition to catching up with old friends, alumni and their families participated in dozens of intellectually stimulating and entertaining Reunion College sessions.
The Colgate Thirteen’s 70th Reunion (photo by Natalie Sportelli ’15)
Alumni of various class years discovered the art of connecting via social media in a lecture about building your personal brand, delivered by Internet networking guru Juston Payne ’02, business developer for the location-based social networking company foursquare. Payne helped the audience navigate through the torrent of emerging, and sometimes confusing, popular consumer platforms like LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter while instructing them on how to promote their businesses and themselves.
In recognition of the late Colgate icon Andy Rooney ’42, his longtime friend (and boss) Jeff Fager ’77, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of 60 Minutes, led a conversation about Rooney’s legacy and presented a film honoring his life and career.
In his lecture “American Comedy in the Sixties,” Mel Watkins ’62 provided the laughs as he discussed how events in the late 1950s and early 1960s were shaped by previous generations and how they contributed to the emergence of the satiric edge of African-American humor.
Past and present Colgate Thirteen members celebrated the a cappella group’s 70th Reunion with a concert, delighting the standing room–only crowd with songs representing each decade.
In commemoration of their centennial anniversary, more than 100 Theta Chi brothers gathered at their fraternity house to enjoy a pig roast, live music, and other festivities.
Also celebrating an anniversary was the London Economics Study Group, which honored their 50th with a discussion and reception.
“Education is my mother and father.”
— Gabriel Bol Deng, a Lost Boy of Sudan, spoke in Love Auditorium about the importance of education for Sudanese children as well as his nonprofit organization Hope for Ariang.
“Anti-Muslim bigotry is not a Muslim problem. It’s an American problem.”
— Reza Aslan, religious scholar and best-selling author, during his lecture “Islamophobia” in Love Auditorium
“I wouldn’t say ‘race over’… but it may well be the beginning of the end of race as we have known it.”
— Glenn Loury, prominent author, economist, and social sciences professor at Brown University, in a conversation with President Jeffrey Herbst about the future of race relations
“It’s all about deviating from tradition, and breaking the rules.”
— Calvin Wiersma, a violinist with the Manhattan String Quartet, spoke about the evolution of classical music to students in Core 152: Challenges of Modernity.
13th Every Friday the 13th is Colgate Day
2007 First year Colgate Day was celebrated
3 Colgate days in 2012; each separated by 13 weeks. This only happens every 28 years.
200 Approximate number of attendees who reveled at Bar 13 on 13th Street during a Colgate Club of New York City alumni event on January 13
300+ Meals given out to hungry and homeless men, women, and children in lower Manhattan by students led by Bill Powers ’73, in celebration of April’s Colgate Day
50 Dancers escorted Sir Richard Branson into Sanford Field House before his speech for the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate on April 13
6,290 Miles from Colgate to Samarkand, Uzbekistan, where associate dean of admission Katryna Swartwout Ryan sent Facebook greetings on Friday, April 13
1 p.m. Shotgun start time for the Annual Alumni Golf Tournament on July 13