Gate 2, Wastewater Testing, Tolerating Uncertainty, and more
Colgate University Parent & Family Newsletter Summer 2020

Parent & Family Update


Greetings; with apologies, due to an error in the registration link for the Career Services Event on October 7, we are re-sending this week's Colgate Together update with the corrected link.

Public health

Gate 2

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Colgate arrived at Gate 2 yesterday, which allows for visits to common rooms in other residence halls. (CLs and residential life staff will have specifics, because every residence is built differently.) Trudy Fitness Center and Lineberry Pool will open for the campus community. Read more Gate 2 details.

Icons for face coverings, hand washing, commitment, distancing, and cleaning

Wastewater Testing Explained

Worker testing wastewater

Biology professor Geoff Holm, co-chair of the Colgate Task Force for the Reopening of the Campus, explains Colgate’s wastewater testing strategy, a facet of the University’s strategy to detect signs of SARS-CoV2 on campus.

Flu Shot Clinics

The first round of on-campus flu clinic registrations filled up in a flash, but Student Health Services is working on setting up additional clinics with our local pharmacy partners. Information will be shared soon!


Updates from Campus

Tolerating Uncertainty

Our current times present so much unpredictability — and everyone will react differently. Prof. Rebecca Shiner recently wrote about the psychology of uncertainty in Colgate Magazine. Her insight may help you in discussing coping strategies with your student.

Employee Volunteer Effort:
Colgate Together

Staff delivering meals from truck

Did you know Colgate employee volunteers delivered more than 55,000 meals to students during the universal quarantine? According to Yariv Amir, senior associate athletics director and coordinator of the volunteer effort, from Aug. 3 through Sept. 28, 398 people worked a total of 2,671 shifts in support of our students. Learn more

Opportunities for Support and Connection

We are creating even more opportunities and options for student support and connection. This week, Dean of Students Dorsey Spencer Jr. and the dean of the college division is hosting listening sessions to collect students’ ideas for potential events and programs. Students received registration links as well as a suggestion form via email last week.


We’ve added new express Cruiser routes from the townhouses and apartments to the bookstore for early morning classes, and have increased the frequency of several other routes. Students can find updated time tables on the website. Cruiser information is also available on the Transloc app, accessible via the Colgate mobile app.



Fall 2020 Parent & Family Programs

Because we cannot safely gather for an in-person 2020 Family Weekend on campus, we are offering virtual programs and events for parents and family members in the coming days and weeks. Here are the first events; stay tuned for more.

Webinar: Student Engagement With Career Services

Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.

Join Assistant Vice President for Career Initiatives Teresa Olsen for a brief overview of how we recommend that your student engages with Career Services throughout their time at Colgate. We'll cover specific ways that family members can support students in this process, and walk through the core resources that students can leverage to explore, plan, and pursue their career areas of interest.


Off Campus Study Information Sessions

Friday, October 9, 4:00 p.m. EDT — For Parents and Guardians of First-Years and Sophomores

Learn about the programs and opportunities offered by the Office of Off-Campus Study (OCS) at Colgate. Director Joanna Holvey Bowles and other members of the OCS team will cover the application process and deadlines, and how this fits into the degree process and use of financial aid. In addition, we will address the way in which COVID-19 has impacted international and domestic programs.


Friday, October 16, 4:00 p.m. EDT — For Parents and Guardians of Juniors and Seniors

Learn about options available to students later in their degree program. For some, they may be only now exploring this option before they graduate. For others, their plans may have been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Joanna Holvey Bowles, director of the Office of Off-Campus study, and other members of the OCS team will present the process and the advice our office can offer your students.


Academic Events

Did you Know? The Colgate events calendar lists a wide variety of intellectually stimulating virtual events offered at the University that are open to the public — including parents and family members. Find upcoming events hosted by the Arts & Humanities Colloquium Series, Center for Freedom and Western Civilization, Forum on Race and Public Policy, Living Writers Series, and more.


Final Thoughts

Aprendiendo al aire libre.

Students working outside

Contemporary Spanish Literature: From Dictatorship to Democracy, Wednesday, Sept. 23.

“We were reading a complex play from the ’60s in Spanish,” said Professor Marta Perez-Carbonell. “I thought everyone could do with a bit of a lighter class! So we went outside and I brought Isla, my dog, who you can see was also very interested in the play.”


How to reach us
Rebecca Downing
Senior Director, Communications and Parent Initiatives

Parent and family resources

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