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The Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to offer many ways for alumni to stay in touch with each other, and with Colgate! E-mail me with questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org. —
Tim Mansfield, associate vice president, institutional advancement; director of alumni relations
Questions? Contact alumni relations: 315-228-7433
2014 Alumni Council Election
The Nominations Committee of the Alumni Council has selected the following slate of alumni for election at Reunion 2014. The candidates, chosen from approximately 300 nominees, have strong records of varied Colgate volunteer service, a consistent history of giving financial support to Colgate, and meaningful personal or professional accomplishments or contributions to the greater community.
Complete information about the election and challenge petition process, as well as full biographies of the nominees, are posted at
. Paper copies are available by calling 315-228-7433, or by sending an e-mail to
Era I: James Aston ’57
Era II: Andrew Roffe ’68
Era III: Claudia Stephan Braden ’80
Era IV: Carmine DiSibio ’85
Era V: Craig Dana Jr. ’91
Era VI: Brian Suiter ’00
Era VII: Taylor Buonocore ’08
At Large: Sean Devlin ’05
At Large: Denniston Reid ’94
RVP Far West: Christian Teeter ’95
RVP Southeast: Lesley McNamara ’01
RVP Southwest/International: Ashley Kepping ’07
Colgate launches Digital Media and Technology Network
Colgate booted up its Digital Media and Technology professional network on November 14 during a launch event at the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif. More than 150 alumni and parents converged on the Silicon Valley landmark to hear from a panel of tech entrepreneurs, moderated by President Jeffrey Herbst.
Jason Rand ’07, a mid-market sales account manager at Twitter, joined other social networking “tweeple” at the launch of Colgate’s Digital Media and Technology professional network in November. (Photo by Charles Barry)
Bharat Mediratta ’92, distinguished software engineer at Google, ribbed Michael Sippey ’90, vice president of product and design at Twitter, about the length of his commentary on the massive transformation to mobile in developing markets (“That was more than 140 characters!”). Later, in response to a question about what technology areas might be unimportant a decade from now, Sippey retaliated with “The whole search thing!”
Julian Farrior ’93, founder and CEO of Backflip Studios, which he recently sold to Hasbro, offered to “take the conversation up a level” — to gaming. Working in the gaming industry today is “rewarding and a great way to teach young people,” he said.
David Fialkow ’81, P’17, principal, partner, and co-founder of General Catalyst Partners, noted that “success in the tech economy requires creative thinking and the ability to overcome obstacles.”
Conversation covered the ubiquity of mobile, threats and opportunities for higher education, the socioeconomic implications of global technology, and the need for Colgate, through internships and other professional means, to expose its students to the West Coast culture of “try and fail.”
Last year, California became the third-most popular state for applications from prospective Colgate students, and the California contingent of alumni and parents is growing. Today, approximately 2,500 alumni live there, with more than 1,200 in the San Francisco club alone. “We want to build a bridge from Colgate to here,” Herbst told the audience.
To watch a video from the event, visit
If you work in the digital media and technology industry and your employment information is current with Colgate, you’re already a member of the network. To confirm membership — or to request it — visit your profile in the online alumni directory at
, click Edit My Account, then select the Professional Networks tab. Or, call 315-228-7433.
A winter break well spent
When they’re not in class, a record number of Colgate students are working with career services to plan a path to employment after graduation.
During this year’s winter break, nearly 300 second-year students met with alumni and parents on campus during SophoMORE Connections. Hundreds of alumni volunteered to host a student in the workplace for the Day in the Life job-shadowing program. Two of the university’s professional networks — the Colgate Entertainment Group and the Real Estate Network — offered immersion programs in New York City, and career services continued its traditional Seniors in the City event, which facilitated networking opportunities between graduates and students heading into their final semester in Hamilton.
Many thanks to all of our volunteers for their time and mentorship. For more information on ways you can network with students, provide internships, and engage in other volunteer activities, visit
Alumni Clubs and Groups
Shaping Your Vision
Beyond the football, fireworks, and bonfire of homecoming weekend, many alumni returning to campus also helped with networking events, including an improved and expanded Shaping Your Vision career workshop.
The workshop is an opportunity for students to establish career connections with alumni visiting campus from all walks of life. It was the result of collaboration between alumni relations, career services, the Alumni of Color organization, and the ALANA Cultural Center.
Alumni with career experience in communications, health care, nonprofits, real estate, education, and business services held a special “speed information” session for students. Students could also talk with Colgate’s alumni employees and with graduates who are now earning advanced degrees.
Tahshann Richards ’99, an attending physician at Union Community Health Center (NYC), was among the alumni who gave career advice to students.
Vonzelle Johnson ’07, DeLand city commissioner and chair of the Volusia County Democratic Executive Committee in Florida, delivered the keynote speech. He spoke of the formative experience he had at Colgate, and how the relationships he developed here helped him make decisions about his future.
The event provided students helpful tips and information about networking and staying connected.
“Alumni have been crucial, from events like these to just running into someone wearing a Colgate hoodie,” said Andrea Finley ’13, who works for Colgate’s Office of Residential Life. “Our relationships with alumni are essential to our relationship with the institution as a whole.”
— Marilyn Hernandez-Stopp ’14
Manhattan film screening redefines “board room”
More than 30 alumni, parents, and friends from the Club of New York City surged into Manhattan’s Cramer-Krasselt ad agency last September when Rob Sobelman ’08 hosted a screening of
When the Waves Call
. The documentary by Alex Agnant ’06 — which won the 2013 Best Short Film award in the Lake Michigan Film Competition — follows three Wisconsin surfers who are searching for a perfect ride on Midwestern waters. After the show, the audience engaged Agnant and fellow filmmaker Joe Ward in a Q&A session on the movie and their professional plans.
A shout-out to Texas from Professor Carrie Keating
I recently returned from a Texas swing, where I gave talks, met new people, and reconnected with alumni in the Club of Dallas. My hosts were wonderful, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. A shout-out is well deserved for the amazing Dr. James Campbell Quick ’68, the University of Texas at Arlington’s 2013 Goolsby Leadership Academy Visiting Scholar and my host. Jim, also a colonel in the Air Force Reserves, marched me through my paces: The UT audience for my talk on leadership was more than 500, and I spoke with a steady stream of interesting and talented people during the three-day tour.
Just when I thought that the colonel had eased the pace, we set off for a night with the Dallas alumni group, hosted by Robert Johnson ’94. I remember Robert, the student, quite well; he was the independent type who talked me into supervising a psychology thesis combining Jung, a color wheel, and multiple personality questionnaires (long story). He also had a quirky habit of delivering required papers at the last minute directly to my house — typically during snowstorms. Perhaps this is why he now lives in Texas.
At a classy clubhouse in Dallas, Robert and his wife, club co-president Kelly Lehmann Johnson ’94, had gathered 40 or so alumni to hear my talk on “The Invention of Lying.” I described research done at Colgate on liars, good and bad, that had aired on NBC’s Dateline. Audience member Vinny Del-Cid ’00 knew all about it: The night the show aired, his brother rang at 2 a.m. from Afghanistan to tell Vinny he was on TV! I thank Vinny again for participating as an experimental subject!
Over the course of three days, I learned about the varied pathways Dallas alumni have taken post-Colgate. For me, mirrored in the eyes of the alumni were my current students, and I felt privileged to bring back to Colgate a glimpse of their future spirit and success. Thank you, Texas!
Get on your bikes and ride
As a veteran lacrosse player, John Donnally ’12 knows the value of warming up. Before he set out on a 4,000-mile cross-country bike ride to raise awareness for Lyme disease, he joined members of the Club of Central New York for a trek through Chittenango on September 14. Former Raider lacrosse players and other alumni cycled with Donnally, who contracted Lyme disease as a child and has battled its symptoms ever since. Visit
to find out more about his cross-country ride, which came to an end in Baltimore, Md., on December 7.