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What’s something you’ve experienced at Colgate that you’d never done before?
“I had never ice- or tree-climbed, written a grant proposal, or presented at a regional conference. Now I do all of these things on a regular basis.”
— Evan Chartier ’14, double major in sociology/ anthropology and women’s studies
“I can weld and bend steel rod and other materials into magnificent things that before I thought were impossible to build!”
— Lauren Burton ’14, a biology major who took the Sculpture I course
“I learned that I love the Russian language. Before coming to Colgate, I would have never expected to so much as learn how to say ‘hello’ in Russian. Now, I am majoring in it.”
— Lauren Tuttle ’14
Back on campus
Real World 2012
HCV=f(k+a+s+m+e1+v+n)*C1. In his introduction to Real World 2012, Bruce J. Crowley ’79, managing director of Frieda Partners, used this formula to explain to Colgate seniors how the modern prospective applicant is viewed by an employer: a combination of assets like knowledge, skills, and motivation that make up what he called a “human capital valuation.” He went on to give more straightforward tips about the job-hunting process.
Brendan Tuohey ’96 (photo by Andrew Daddio)
The keynote speaker, Brendan Tuohey ’96, executive director and co-founder of the nonprofit organization PeacePlayers International, reminded seniors that the skills they need to succeed in life are the ones they learn at Colgate: how to think critically, communicate effectively, reach outside one’s comfort zone, learn new things, and be adaptable.
The turnout of the graduating Class of 2012 was the highest in Real World’s 16 years of bringing alumni back to campus to speak about their paths as well as further extend the Colgate network. Students had the opportunity to practice interviewing, get business cards from alumni during a networking challenge, and learn about business etiquette throughout the conference. Participants were also invited to attend small-group panels to partake in both career-oriented discussions as well as those providing advice for entering the workplace. Seniors learned everything from saving for a retirement account in the Personal Finance panel, to perfecting a LinkedIn profile in Marketing Your Own Personal Brand in the Digital Age, to creating personal success in Taking the Road Less Traveled.
The 110 alumni who attended the conference represented a diverse array of fields varying from the traditional — law, business, finance — to the nontraditional, such as firefighting, offshore oil exploration, and drama education.
— Elizabeth Stein ’12
Aikido for Well-being
“Be calm and at one with nature; let your energy flow,” James Wallace said to get the ki moving at an introductory session on aikido on February 24. Wallace, a Colgate adjunct instructor and psychologist who teaches aikido as a PE class and club sport, then led the students and staff gathered at the brown bag lunch seminar through practical exercises and basic defense moves.
Aikido, a nonviolent Japanese martial art, is a way of life that practices finding harmony with nature. As a peace-oriented self-defense art, it teaches how to transfer the balance of power while cultivating mental and spiritual strength. Wallace explained that, in the modern world, we can use these ancient principles to deal with stressors affecting our relationships, financial security, and immune system. He encouraged participants to challenge themselves in many areas, but not to overextend to the point of threatening their well-being.
The event was hosted by the Shaw Wellness Institute, which encourages the holistic development of students and other members of the Colgate community. Thad Mantaro, the institute’s new full-time director, has been working with its subgroups — residential life, the counseling center, and peer health educators — to promote a broad range of programming this semester, such as workshops on healthy eating, meditation, and acupuncture. Additionally, the institute is planning to revamp a space in Cutten Hall that will be a multipurpose center where students can meet with a dietitian, receive massage or acupunture treatments, and attend additional presentations on positive and balanced lifestyles.
— Elizabeth Stein ’12