The ’Gate Shopper’s Gift Guide
The Accidental Filmmaker
Work & Play
Passion for the Climb
Life of the Mind
Arts & Culture
New, Noted & Quoted
Get to Know
Alumni Bulletin Board
About the Scene
Marriages and More
Update Member Profile
Questions? Contact the alumni office: 315-228-7433 or
Alumni Council Notes
In August, I attended a party for Washington, D.C.–area students joining the Class of 2014. It was a high-energy affair: the students excitedly sized each other up, while their parents wistfully commiserated about their nests, which were soon to be either empty or down by one. But the folks I most enjoyed watching were alumni of many vintages welcoming the newest members of the Colgate family.
I began to reminisce about my own send-off party back in 1987. We students were just as nervous, the parents just as proud, and the alums just as ebullient. And it underlined something we all know: the connection our alumni feel to the university and to each other, and the kinship we have with current students, sets Colgate apart from its peer schools.
Opportunities abound to connect with Colgate, fellow alumni, and students. On-campus programs like Reunion or Summer on the Hill are fantastic ways to become reacquainted. Away from campus, strong regional alumni clubs sponsor faculty lectures, social events, and philanthropy programs; colgateconnect.org has a calendar of happenings. If you want to do even more, such as facilitating student internships or events in your community (or hosting a Summer Send-Off yourself), check out “13 Ways to Get Involved” at
— Gus P. Coldebella ’91, President
Exploring Our Sense of Place
President Jeffrey Herbst is traveling the country to meet alumni and parents. Keep an eye out for invitations in your area, and visit
for more details.
ColgateAlumni.org is now
. The site still features all of the functionality you’ve come to expect, including our alumni directory, class notes,
, events schedule, community news, videos, and more. Log on, update your profile, and connect with each other and Colgate today!
The alumni office is committed to helping alumni plan and promote events of their own. Our new
DIY Event Kit
gives alumni club leaders the tools they need to organize regional Colgate events. Or, if you’re gathering with a few Colgate friends,
Colgate In a Box
is for you. We send you free stuff, you send us a photo and guest list. Everyone wins! Visit
for more information.
Colgate people never stop learning. Visit
Cruise the Alaskan Passage
July 8–20, 2011
September 14–26, 2011
Summer on the Hill
Mark your calendars for June 22–26, 2011, when Colgate professors will adapt their most popular material for alumni, family, and friends who yearn for a serious academic experience. Registration opens in December at
Live and/or work in more than one location?
Contact the alumni office to receive club mailings for multiple cities.
Alumni Clubs and Groups
(photo by Kurt Kramer ’71)
Club of Chicago
members met at the Art Institute of Chicago last spring for the exhibition Matisse: Radical Invention 1913–1917. Art and art history professor Bob McVaugh opened the event with a discussion on Matisse, followed by a gallery tour and dinner.
A group of 13 gathered for a
Club of Tokyo
event on July 17 in Shinjuku, Japan, where they met with Thomas Cruz-Soto, assistant dean for multicultural affairs and director of the ALANA Cultural Center. Alumni — including a few former ALANA interns — and family members, a current student, and parents were in attendance. They enjoyed connecting with one another, hearing updates from campus, and learning more about the ALANA Cultural Center.
“The first day of the rest of your life…” was the phrase the incoming Class of 2014 read on invitations to their first official Colgate event. Alumni clubs around the nation — together with individual alumni and parents — hosted 39 traditional send-off events over the summer. Here are some highlights:
July is blueberry season, so on July 31,
send-off hosts Polly and Brad Simpkins ’86 opened their berry farm to 18 alumni and incoming students with their families for an evening of berry picking and a barbecue.
–area incoming first-years said goodbye to the surf and sand with a beach party at the scenic La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. Chris Schweighart ’97 hosted the cookout on the beach.
-area Colgate community enjoyed a “grand” party on August 1 when Joseph and Patricia Ruh hosted the western New York send-off at their home in Orchard Park, N.Y. This was an especially important event for them to host because their grandson, Christopher Rider, is a member of the Class of 2014. Thirty-seven attendees enjoyed a picnic supper and had the chance to mingle with the incoming students in attendance.
Gillian Weaver ’14 and Hannah Fitton ’14 were welcomed into the Colgate family at a summer send-off in Milwaukee.
A big thank you to all of the generous hosts! For more information and a complete list of send-off locations, visit the improved alumni website at
We welcome as new alumni club leaders George ‘Mickey’ Warburton ’56 (email@example.com), Club of the Treasure Coast; Jason Rand ’07 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Club of Northern California; Annemarie Sawkins ’88 (email@example.com), Club of Milwaukee; and Evan Ambrose ’04 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Club of Rhode Island.
A special thanks to outgoing club leaders Ben Patt ’56, Club of the Treasure Coast; Rob Gelbach ’03, Club of New York City; Allison Stoloff ’06, Club of Northern California; Ron Kutrieb ’64, Club of Milwaukee; and Kate LaMantia ’04, Club of Rhode Island.
Interested in learning about club events in your neck of the woods? Visit