A special game appearance

Jim Dickinson ’39 visited with Gigi and Maurie Eaton ’60 at the Colgate vs. University of New Hampshire football game in Durham, N.H. (Photo by Bob Cornell)

Jim Dickinson ’39, a former Colgate professor and administrator, was back in the stands supporting the Raiders in mid-September — approximately 82 years since attending his first football game. The 95-year-old resident of York, Maine, was a special guest at the Colgate vs. University of New Hampshire (UNH) contest in Durham, N.H.
    Dickinson remembered back to his days as a Colgate student when football games were played on Whitnall Field.
    Dickinson’s son, Craig, drove his father to the game and said that, despite the outcome on the field (Colgate fell to UNH, 53-23), the afternoon was otherwise a huge success. The Dickinsons were hosted by athletics director Vicky Chun ’91, MA’94 and football administrative assistant Debbie Rhyde.
    “We had a fabulous time,” Craig said. “Vicky and Deb could not have been nicer, and my father had a blast.”
    Jim again commented on how much things have changed since his student days: “None of us could have imagined that there would ever be a female director of athletics, but we’re very proud that Colgate took the steps to obliterate gender discrimination, and we think the university is better than ever.”
    Jim, who was a Colgate French and Spanish professor, alumni secretary, and the university’s first administrative vice president, still serves as class editor for the 1939 column in the Colgate Scene. While working in the Colgate Alumni Office in the 1950s, he frequently traveled with former football head coach Andy Kerr to visit alumni groups.
    He organized eight reunions at Colgate between 1946 and 1953, including Reunion 1946, which welcomed back the 50-year Class of ’96 — as in 1896!
    “My father has a lot of great Colgate memories,” Craig said. “That Saturday certainly added to the list.”
— John Painter

A family business

Charles ’52 and Nancy von Maur visit the newest location of his family’s department store, Von Maur, at the Eastview Mall in Victor, N.Y. (Photo by Matthew J. Yeoman)

Amid the sparkle of Kate Spade handbags, Under Armour apparel, and Tommy Bahama jackets, the Von Maur department store retains an old-fashioned air of hospitality. Tall vases of flowers and antique wood furnishings are set throughout the displays, while a pianist seated by the first-floor center escalators plays classics that waft through the store. An upstairs ladies lounge welcomes tired shoppers with large easy chairs, tables, and a gracious chandelier.
    The gentility of the place isn’t surprising, given that the longtime co-chairmen of Von Maur are two brothers in their 80s, including Charles “Chuck” von Maur ’52, who’s been in the family business for more than 55 years.
    “My grandfather and his partner came to Davenport [Iowa] and opened a small store in the late 1870s,” explained Chuck. “They were two men of very high integrity. They treated customers and employees extremely well, and by perseverance, they survived.”
    Chuck, along with his brother Dick, has spent his life in Davenport, with the exception of his college years and their two-year stint in the U.S. Army. Both Chuck, at age 83, and Dick, at age 81, are still actively involved in the Von Maur chain.  A conscientious and dedicated businessman, Chuck’s proud of every customer service, from free gift wrapping, free nationwide shipping, and free credit to outstanding customer service and the residential atmosphere of each store.
    When Chuck started in the business years ago, he began in the men’s and home furnishings departments, while his brother started in women’s apparel. They both greeted customers on the floor and worked the cash register, back when it was a cash drawer and sales associates did their own math to make change. As Von Maur expanded, home furnishings were eliminated in favor of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing and shoes.
    The original store in Davenport was known for decades as Petersen, Harned, Von Maur. In 1989, the brothers changed the name. (The other namesakes had long left the business.) Today, Von Maur is 29 stores and counting. “We’re the last, or at least one of the last, truly family owned department store groups in the country,” said Chuck.   
    What’s killed other stores, he said, is lack of continuity. “Younger generations didn’t have an interest, so they sold or merged. And the bigger names (such as Marshall Field’s and Dayton’s) over time were bought and sold repeatedly. When businesses keep changing ownership, they lose their individuality and mark of distinction.” Although Von Maur is often compared to Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor, Chuck considers the world his competition. “Anyone who sells the same merchandise we do is, in essence, a competitor. But you do your own thing — you can’t worry about the guy next door.”
    These days, the brothers — who share the chairman’s title — go to company headquarters three or four days a week. Dick’s son Jim von Maur is the current president and handles day-to-day operations. “We offer advice but we decide things as a group,” said Chuck. “We’re not worried about titles or who’s in one position versus another.”
    Since the mid-1980s, the firm, which employs 4,500 people, has opened one to two stores a year, nearly all in the Midwest. But in October, Von Maur trekked east, with a new location in the Eastview Mall in Victor, N.Y., near Rochester. And in November, the company opened its southernmost store, in Hoover, Ala., outside Birmingham.
    Von Maur also has a burgeoning e-commerce site, and recently started a chain of young women’s stores called Dry Goods. “It’s slow but steady growth,” said Chuck, who has been married to his wife, Nancy, for 56 years. They have two daughters, Heather Tinsman (Colby-Sawyer ’86), and Allison von Maur-Newcomb (Colgate ’89).  
     “It’s been a very satisfying career so far,” he continued. “It becomes so much a part of you that you don’t walk away from it.”      
— Anne Stein

Robert H.N. Ho honored by British Columbia

(Left to right) The Honorable Christy Clark, premier of British Columbia; Robert H. N. Ho ’56; and the Honorable Judith Guichon, O.B.C., lieutenant governor of British Columbia. (Photo by Government of British Columbia)

Robert H.N. Ho ’56 has received the 2013 Order of British Columbia — the Canadian province’s highest citizen award, which recognizes individuals who have greatly served British Columbia or have excelled in a field that contributes to the people’s prosperity. During an investiture ceremony in September, Ho was honored for his philanthropic support of medical and scientific facilities and institutions in British Columbia. Vancouver General Hospital’s Robert H.N. Ho Research Centre provides a state-of-the-art home for three internationally renowned programs: the Vancouver Prostate Centre, the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, and the Ovarian Cancer Research Institute. The interdisciplinary nature of the research center echoes that of the Robert H.N. Ho Science Center at Colgate.
    “The new centre facilitates cross-pollination of ideas between the disciplines, and greater discoveries and developments to further propel BC’s reputation in the global scientific community,” according to the citation, which also noted that the Greta and Robert H.N. Ho Centre for Psychiatry and Education in Lion’s Gate Hospital “expressed a positive and powerful message about mental health.” Also, Ho has promoted and supported academic dialogue on Buddhism at both Canadian and American universities, including the establishment of North America’s first center of Buddhist studies at the University of British Columbia. At Colgate, in addition to providing the lead gift to support the Ho Science Center and funding its Ho Tung Visualization Lab, his many other forms of support include two endowment funds named in his honor — an endowed chair in Asian studies and a fund that supports the study group to China.

Stem cells: the upside of fat
People usually come to plastic surgeon Ricardo Rodriguez ’76 to eliminate excess fat — but he will tell you that the lumpy stuff is not all bad. In fact, removing a patient’s fat during liposuction and injecting it back into another area of the body produces rejuvenated, younger-looking skin. The success of these “fat grafts” is due to the restorative stem cells found abundantly in fat tissue. But the real power of these stem cells is not in cosmetic procedures— it’s in their recently discovered ability to treat damaged tissue.
    “The cells have huge potential to revolutionize medicine,” said Rodriguez, who has been developing techniques to help patients with injuries like severe burns and radiation injury.
    Rodriguez, who obtained his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1980, has performed both cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries for more than 25 years. While using fat grafts as a “filler” in cosmetic procedures, he was surprised to find that they improved skin appearance. Then, at a 2007 plastic surgery conference, Rodriguez learned that fat grafts could be used to heal tissue damaged by radiation.
    “That was almost like saying ‘we breathe water,’ it was so nonsensical,” he explained, both because irradiated tissue is severely damaged and because, at the time, fat had a reputation as a very unreliable graft material.
    It turns out, though, that the stem cells that reside in the small blood vessels of fat (adipose) tissue act as an internal repair system. Over the next several years, Rodriguez spent his time outside the operating room learning all he could about stem cells and irradiated tissue. He developed surgical protocols to inject a concentrated form of fat stem cells into patients, and as president of the International Cellular Medicine Society, he is helping to standardize the processing methods used to isolate the cells in order to ensure patient safety.
    Unfortunately, bringing this technology into the clinic has lagged, said Rodriguez, because the Food and Drug Administration requires stem cells — even ones removed from and inserted back into a patient within the same procedure — to be regulated like a drug. This has led to a lot of “legal roadblocks,” he explained, that are currently preventing U.S. clinicians from using the technology. Rodriguez has recruited Mary Chirba ’76 (his friend since Colgate, and now a professor at Boston College Law School) to devise legal strategies to deal with the regulatory roadblocks.
    Until these regulatory issues are resolved, Rodriguez is using his skills to help international patients. He was invited to teach other surgeons to perform both basic fat grafts and the concentrated stem cell technique on an “incredibly fulfilling” five-day trip to Armenia in 2012, where he operated on 14 patients, the majority of whom were young girls with severe burns. In October, Rodriguez returned for another round of surgeries to help patients and educate more physicians.
    Along with Jeff Bulte, an MRI imaging researcher at Johns Hopkins, Rodriguez has been awarded a Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund grant to study the fate of adipose stem cells that are injected into radiation-damaged breast tissue. The trial, in which stem cells are labeled with special molecules called fluorocarbons for tracking purposes, will provide information about how the cells behave, where they go, and how safe they are, said Rodriguez.
    While he enjoys performing cosmetic surgeries, “sometimes, being a plastic surgeon, you wonder, ‘Is what I’m doing worth anything?’” Rodriguez said. “The minute I discovered stem cells, it was like a fairy tale come true. There is such an enormous opportunity to help so many patients.”
— Allison A. Curley ’04

A voice behind The Voice
As executive producer of NBC’s popular TV singing competition The Voice, Audrey Morrissey ’89 knows the importance of votes as she watches contestants advance in the hopes of scoring a record deal.
    In September, Morrissey’s own career got a boost through voting of a different kind — which yielded an Emmy Award for her and the show’s four other executive producers. Now in its fifth season, The Voice won for outstanding reality program that uses a competition format.
    “Having produced music-based award shows for most of my career, I know the army of talented and dedicated people it takes to mount award-show–scale performances week after week,” she said. “Receiving an award from your peers recognizing the tireless efforts of the team is incredibly humbling and gratifying.”
    With a core staff of 300 that balloons to more than 600 on show days, The Voice involves myriad moving parts and people. Morrissey keeps everything running smoothly, whether it’s coordinating schedules, budgeting, booking talent, or considering the big picture.
    “We’re always thinking about how to keep things fresh without losing the core values of the show,” she said. “We never want to take our viewers for granted or be complacent, so we’re constantly challenging the team to make tweaks.”
    From the control room, Morrissey also handles the logistics and technical issues. One sticky situation occurred when the air conditioning blew out during a heat wave, leaving the studio sweltering on a day when pop star Robin Thicke was making a guest appearance. Doused in sweat, Thicke pushed on like a trouper, she said.
    But one of the toughest parts is timing the live shows, Morrissey said. Staying on schedule and ending as close to the last second as possible can be especially difficult during episodes when the contestants who advance are revealed. If the show goes over, there’s the danger of getting cut off before that happens. “If we’re running long, I have to cut elements; if we’re short, I need to stretch,” she explained. “The most nerve-wracking part is the last act, where I have no room for error. It’s like landing an airplane.”
    Morrissey also supervises the music department as they help contestants select the perfect songs to display their vocal strengths. Song choice is key, especially in the blind auditions when contestants are trying to get the judges/coaches — who include Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and CeeLo Green — to spin their chairs around and select them for their team. “For most, this is the biggest moment of their lives and careers, and we take it very seriously.”
    Morrissey said she first gained experience working with singers to produce shows as a Swinging ’Gate at Colgate. After graduating, she landed at MTV, where she spent nine years working on shows like Unplugged, the Video Music Awards, and Spring Break. She later became the head of television for USA Network’s Farmclub.com, where she executive produced episodes of the weekly music series. Then, in 2001, she launched her own company, Live Animals Productions, and went on to executive produce numerous shows including the 63rd annual Emmys and the 2011 MTV Movie Awards.
    Living in Los Angeles, Morrissey also pitches and develops new shows. One pilot she worked on for MTV was about a group of young Latinos who are connected by their love of bachata, a sexy Latin dance. Next up: a two-hour live event about magic, as a companion piece to the History Channel’s Houdini mini-series starring Adrien Brody, coming out next year.
— Omar Aquije

Turning a nightmare into his dream

J.T. Boone ’92 (left) with an actor on the set of Germ Z.

We’ve all awoken from a dream that is so vivid, so seemingly real that we want to write it down. J.T. Boone ’92 did just that — and then he turned it into a screenplay for his new horror movie, Germ Z.
    Boone’s dream about a woman running through the woods evolved into a complex tale about a space-borne epidemic infecting a small town in upstate New York. The two main characters battle their way through an army of cannibalistic townsfolk as they struggle to save themselves and their loved ones.
    For Boone, this nightmarish scenario has played out into his aspiration of writing and producing a movie. By day, he works from Atlanta, Ga., as a corporate lawyer for clients including Amonix, Inc., a solar power system manufacturer and developer in California where Boone previously worked as general counsel.
    Boone began putting pen to paper after graduating from Vermont Law School in 1997. “I’d always wanted to write,” he said. Boone added, in a macabre humor characteristic of a horror movie writer, “I figured I was one day closer to the end and needed to start as soon as possible.” In his free time, Boone taught himself the craft by working on screenplays and a fantasy novel.  
    He began writing the screenplay for Germ Z in 2007-2008 and enlisted the help of his friend John Craddock, who teaches film at Syracuse University.
    They started filming Germ Z in 2009 in the town of Jordan, N.Y., which was more affordable than other options, but presented some challenges, said Boone: “Upstate New York is beautiful in the summer, but it rains an awful lot.” And his cannibalistic characters weren’t the only blood-thirsty ones — the wet, woodsy set also attracted swarms of mosquitoes.
    As co-producer, Boone’s wife, Lynette, was on set daily for five weeks while Boone continued his legal work. In addition to weather, the two faced other adversity in making the film: budgetary overruns, equipment failure, and post-production difficulties. As members of the team faded out, finishing the project ultimately came down to Boone and Lynette. “I truly learned what it meant to believe in something and to do it no matter what,” he said.
    After shopping Germ Z around for a couple of years, Boone secured a deal with Fangoria Films, which set up distribution through Target, Wal-Mart, Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon (among others) beginning in March.
    Now, having left the mosquitoes behind in upstate New York, Boone is working with a different set of bloodsuckers in his screenplay about vampirism, called Taste. In addition to winning the grand prize for horror in the 2011 Hollywood Screenplay Competition, Taste was a finalist for the best unproduced horror script at the 2011 Chicago Horror Film Festival.
    Eschewing modern movies that romanticize vampirism with glamorous outfits, partying, and sexuality, Boone — who recalled devouring Bram Stoker’s Dracula when he was young — returns to the traditional with Taste. “I like a high degree of realism in my stories,” he said. “I want to portray vampirism as a real affliction — an emotional, harrowing journey.”
    Describing Taste as a “thought experiment,” Boone said he always aims to take a different approach to a topic when he’s writing. Instead of presenting a predictable sequence of events, he’d rather not have a neat outcome. “To me, there should always be a question at the end. I prefer my audience to walk away thoughtful about the film.”
— Aleta Mayne

In the know
Easy and healthy: fresh, raw veggie juice

Helen Saul Case ’00, mom, author, and former middle school English department chair, grew up with a carrot juice mustache. The author of The Vitamin Cure for Women’s Health Problems and co-author of Vegetable Juicing for Everyone: How to Get Your Family Healthier and Happier, Faster! offers her tips for adding a healthy juicing component to your diet. Studies have shown that the benefits include weight loss, improved gastrointestinal health, increased energy, preventing infection, relief from psoriasis, lowering cholesterol, and even fighting cancer.

First, get a juicer. Which one? The one you will use. Some juicers cost a pile; others, no more than a month of cable TV. Start with an inexpensive model and then upgrade if the juicing habit catches on. Keep the juicer on your counter, assembled, where you will see it and use it. Stock your fridge with veggies, preferably organic. When organic veggies aren’t available or affordable, peel or wash your produce with soap and water. Add some fruit to the mix
to brighten and sweeten your concoction. The tastier the juice, the more likely you are to drink it.

But you’ve heard juice has too much sugar and not enough fiber.
Glycemic index reflects how much your blood sugar rises after you eat a specific food. Some root vegetables (like carrots and beets) are fairly sweet, but consuming more vegetables of any kind, in any form, virtually guarantees a lower glycemic index than eating carbohydrates or fruits, juiced or otherwise. And yes, fruit has more sugar, but if a little fruit in a veggie drink gets it down, add it. Of course, if you are diabetic or have other blood-sugar issues, you should work with your doctor. As for fiber, fresh, raw veggie juice does contain quite a bit, both soluble and insoluble.

Experiment with flavors. One of my favorites is a combination of carrots (about 5-6), beets (1), cabbage (1/4 of a head), and a handful of cilantro. Another goodie — and my husband’s fave — is a mixture of kale, cucumber, carrot, and cabbage, with an apple thrown in for a little extra sweetness. Add some ginger for a kick.

Make the time. The busier you are, the more stress you are under, so the more you need to juice, not less. Give your body the advantage with an abundance of nutrient-rich veggies that can help support your immune system. The government recommends that half of our plates at a meal should be fruits and vegetables — and drinking is faster than chewing. From start to finish, it takes me about 15 minutes to make a couple of pints of juice. Add four seconds, the time it takes to down a glass, and I’m done. Or, get another family member in on the action. Nothing saves time like having someone else do it for you.

Give it the ol’ college try. Don’t think you can? Try juicing an 8- to 16-oz glass once a day for a week or two and see how you feel.

What do you know? If you’re an expert in an area of your field or avocation and would like to share your sage advice, e-mail scene@colgate.edu or write to the Colgate Scene, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346.

Digging for the truth
Corruption in the judicial system, toxic air surrounding schoolyards, fraud after Hurricane Katrina, ethically questionable government practices — one thing’s for sure, Brad Heath ’00, an investigative reporter for USA Today, isn’t afraid to go digging for a story that exposes injustice.
    In fact, the organization Investigative Reporters and Editors recently gave him one of their highest honors, the Tom Renner Award. The award recognized his series Locked Up, which led to the release of more than 30 men wrongly sent to federal prison in North Carolina on gun charges.
    Heath had received a lead to the story while working on a separate case in 2012. A tip led him to the fact that more than 60 men had been incarcerated as felons for gun possession — but as it turned out, they were innocent of a federal crime. While studying court records and interviewing government officials and attorneys, Heath suddenly found himself pursuing what would become his award-winning series uncovering these injustices.
    Most of the inmates had no knowledge of their innocence, only that they had possessed a gun and that their lawyers had advised them to plead guilty. Even more surprising, most of their public defenders did not realize that their clients were innocent of a federal crime, either.
    In fact, it was Heath himself who, over the phone, told some of the prisoners of their innocence. He noted that being the one to make that call was surreal — but it’s those cases with blurred lines that most interest him. “It’s sort of morally ambiguous,” he explained, citing the legal principle of no punishment without law — that, a person cannot be charged with an offense that was not a crime when it was committed. “On the other hand,” he said, “they had done something deserving punishment. It was just maybe a different thing.”
    Many of the cases Heath covers are extremely complex, due to the fact that many are investigations into legal, rather than factual, issues. As with the Locked Up series, Heath has written about myriad people who were incarcerated through questionable police methods and victims of wrongful conviction — including “guys who are sitting in prison knowing they didn’t commit a murder.” Having earned a law degree at Georgetown University Law Center, Heath is able to use his legal knowledge to supplement his reporting and research.
    Heath knew he wanted to be a journalist even before coming to Colgate, so he cut his teeth as a reporter for the Maroon-News, digging his nose into issues around campus, the local police force, and recent arrests.
    A political science major, Heath noted that the Washington Study Group set him on his career course. As an intern for both the White House and Congress, he actually met some of the USA Today people he now works with. Before becoming an investigative reporter at USA Today, he covered daily case news for papers such as the Detroit News and Press & Sun Bulletin (Binghamton, N.Y.). That work, he recalled, could be emotionally taxing at times. “To be in somebody’s house on the day their kid had died is just horrible,” he said.
    Although he became licensed to practice law in 2011, Heath decided to stick with investigative reporting. “It’s something that I really like doing and see a lot of value in,” he said. “I feel good about the work that I get to do.”
— Kellyann Hayes ’16

A Nobel pursuit
The Higgs boson, also known as the “God particle,” may not look like much — in fact, as a subatomic particle obeying the laws of quantum mechanics, it’s essentially invisible and can only be conveyed by plots of statistical distribution in a computer program. But this tiny building block of subatomic architecture means so much to our understanding of the universe that European governments spent about $10 billion to find it, constructing a 17-mile-circumference particle collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland. Their investment paid off when CERN scientists announced last year that they’d finally isolated the particle — and the theorists behind the project, Peter W. Higgs and François Englert, were soon awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. Ben Cerio ’07 played a role in the discovery.

Ben Cerio ’07 in front of the ATLAS detector — weighing as much as one hundred 747 jets, it’s an enormous detector that is designed to take snapshots of proton collisions at a rate of 1 billion times per second. He is one of 3,000 scientists who work with the ATLAS.
    Currently a physics PhD candidate at Duke University, Cerio has spent large chunks of the past three years at CERN in a collaboration of 3,500 scientists. The institutional-scale approach to physics at CERN is a long way from Newton sitting under an apple tree or Einstein sketching out thought experiments. The Large Hadron Collider at CERN features the world’s largest computing grid, which is necessary to store and analyze the data from the approximately 1 billion proton collisions per second. Much of Cerio’s work involves parsing massive amounts of data from these collisions.
    “My training is essentially in data science and statistical approaches,” Cerio said. “On a day-to-day basis, I use ideas from those fields more than actual physics ideas.” In fact, the machine-learning approaches he uses are the same employed by Silicon Valley companies like Google and Netflix to make sense of the huge quantity of data generated by the Internet every day.
    Not in a flash of inspiration but by dint of exhaustive analysis of data and probabilities, Cerio’s team was able to confirm the existence of the Higgs boson with a statistical significance of “5-sigma,” meaning the likelihood that their findings are a fluke is about one in a million. “Because it’s such a fundamental thing, and because it’s so intimately related to all particles in the Standard Model of particle physics, I’d say it’s probably the most important discovery in particle physics, maybe in science, in 50 years,” he said. “But, of course, I’m biased.”
    Cerio’s journey to CERN began at Colgate, where he majored in physics while in his spare time drumming for bands with names like High Pot Noose and The Gibbs (the former is a pun on the longest side of a right triangle, the latter a reference to famed theoretical physicist Willard Gibbs). He credits Colgate’s focus on science communication with preparing him for large-scale professional collaborations like CERN. “You have to give a lot of talks and be a good, clear communicator, or you’ll slip through the cracks,” he said. (He still jams with other physicist-musicians at CERN and in North Carolina, where he plays with a band called Rhythm Method.)
    Cerio and his colleagues have been celebrating the discovery of the particle for more than a year. But with the recent announcement of the Nobel prize, he said, “I think it’s wonderful that this science has caught the imagination of the public.”     
— Mike Agresta

I teach high school English, and when I’m doing a unit on Romeo and Juliet, I ask my students two questions: do you believe in love at first sight, and do you believe in fate?

    I then tell them my story. I tell them that I believe in love at first sight. And I believe in fate, because it happened to me.
    A few weeks after I arrived on campus, I was at a party, and across the room, I saw a boy. I vividly remember seeing his face amid a crowd, and it was as if a light were shining down on him. I later realized we were both taking Intro to Psychology, so we’d walk to class together.
    I remember our first kiss. His fraternity was having a party, and I spied him standing alone, swaying to the music. I took his hand and we started to dance. When I was ready to leave, I couldn’t find my coat. He told me to wait for a minute and he ran upstairs. When he came back down, he was holding his own coat. We went out on the porch and he put it on me, lifted the hood over my head, and kissed me while the snow fell lightly down around us in the cold November air. I remember thinking that someday I’d tell my children that was our first kiss.
    Twenty-four years later, that boy is my husband and the father of my three children. When I’m sitting in class with my students, and an earnest 14-year-old with a dog-eared copy of Romeo and Juliet says gently, “But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?/ It is the East, and Juliet is the sun,” the language still thrills me, the way it did more than 20 years ago in Margaret Maurer’s Shakespeare class. And when my husband walks into a room, I still see the boy I loved at first sight, all those years ago.
    It’s all true, I tell my hopeful students. Believe.
— Kara Raezer Vicinelli ’92 (and Paolo Vicinelli ’91)

Are you a married Colgate couple? If so, we want to hear your love story, whether you had your first kiss on Willow Path or didn’t first meet until years after graduation. Tell us your story in 400 words or less, and send a (current or past) photo to the Colgate Scene at scene@colgate.edu or 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346.

Colgate seen

Alumni can be seen sporting their Colgate gear here, there, and everywhere around the globe. Send your sightings to scene@colgate.edu.

In September, Rick Marsi ’69, P’01 fished and photographed along 250 miles of Alaska’s Inside Passage. His Beta Theta Pi brother Dave Knauer ’69 took this photo. “We were somewhere between Juneau and Petersburg — not off the grid, but darned near the edge of a beautiful world,” said Marsi.

Andrew Project ’05 brought some color to the rocky landscape while deployed in Afghanistan.

Jeremy Striffler ’04 (left) and Andy McCarthy ’04 at the Tough Mudder Philadelphia last June.

Claire Foussard (daughter of Phillip ’82 and Jeanne Cunniff Foussard ’82; sister of Danny Foussard ’16) hasn’t made her college choice yet, but she’s proudly donned Colgate maroon her whole life. She’s pictured here in Mongola Juu, Tanzania, where she went with a youth group to teach English.  

Maroon'd... in Singapore

Betsy Ross Zink ’83 has lived in Singapore for three years. Having journeyed to 10 countries in their 25 years overseas, she and her husband, Michael, and their four children are enjoying this multicultural island nation.

For retail therapy… Orchard Road, named for the fruit orchards it used to link, is now the epicenter of retail in Singapore. Swanky shopping malls, eateries, and world-class hotels surround this 1.5-mile street. Clothing, jewels, and electronics abound!

For fresh air… Botanic Gardens — Singapore’s last remaining green escape. Take a jog, join a tai chi class, or visit the Orchid Garden with an astounding 1,000 species. If you are up for more vigorous exercise, grab your runners and a taxi to Mac Ritchie peak. Jog along the tree line with stunning tropical jungle views and city skylines.

For a night out… Try a cocktail at the top of the Marina Bay Sands, the world’s most expensive standalone casino (pictured above). Or, go for less-pricey beers at one of the bars along the water at Clark Quay.

For culture… The Peranakan Museum tells the history of the Peranakans, the descendants of China’s early traders and local Straits Settlement women. Grab a cab to see Arab Street, Little India, and China Town, as well.

For eats… The Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center is a must-do for dining. Bordered with stalls, you can sample every imaginable traditional Asian dish under one roof. Be sure to try laksa, the traditional Singaporean coconut curry noodle dish.

Have tips for people who might be maroon’d in your area? Write to us at scene@colgate.edu and put Maroon’d in the subject line.

Shirt tales

Larry Geller ’67 doesn’t just wear T-shirts that make a fashion statement — his cotton correspondences leave lasting impressions and lessons with kids.
    At Camp Fiver, run by Tom Tucker ’67 in Poolville, N.Y., just a few miles from Colgate, Geller wears a shirt with a different motivational saying every day. As a swimming and public speaking teacher, Geller works with kids from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to teach them valuable life skills while building character.
    Geller, who started working at the summer camp in 2003, said he first came up with the idea for the shirts when he realized that the kids saying “Yes I can” would be more effective than him constantly telling them “Yes you can.” This led to his first interactive lesson coupled with a shirt: “Sí se puede” (“It can be done”) on the front and “Yes I can” on the back.   
    Geller teaches a different lesson each morning, coupled with a messaged shirt, helping the kids learn self-confidence, public speaking, and other important life skills. “It changes people,” he said of Camp Fiver. Every year he sees kids graduate from the 10-year program as self-confident young adults — and that’s enough for him.
— Kellyann Hayes ’16