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Parents and Family Newsletter

Success on Campus

A Conversation on Social Life: College Ready

College Ready 2020 logoSocial Life

In this episode, host Andrea McCarren explores how parents and their students can get on the same page regarding their student’s college social life. Guests include Angelica McLean, assistant director for parent and family programs at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis, and Dr. Betsy Chapman, PhD, executive director of family communications at Wake Forest University.

College Ready 2020 is a free podcast series for parents and family members hosted by award-winning broadcast journalist Andrea McCarren. Each episode helps parents of college students prepare for the logistical challenges and the emotional rollercoaster ahead, whether or not their student is going to college for the first time or returning for their senior year.

New Colgate Program Supports First-Generation Students

RaJhai Spencer headshotFollowing a successful five-year pilot study, Colgate has launched First@Colgate, a program to provide essential support and resources for undergraduates who will be the first in their families to attain a degree from a four-year higher education institution.

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When Winter Weather Strikes

Winter scene on Colgate campus

Tips from our Environmental Health and Safety team about Colgate’s practices and how students can embrace all that Mother Nature provides our campus.

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Colgate Awarded Seal of Prevention

Staff members in the Shaw Wellness Institute and across the Dean of the College division have worked to create a safer, more inclusive campus through comprehensive, evidence-based digital prevention education on issues such as sexual assault, alcohol misuse, mental health, and discrimination. Their efforts have been recognized by the online education company Everfi, which awarded Colgate an inaugural Campus Prevention Network Seal of Prevention this week.

Free Newspaper Access

Students can sign up for access to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times free of charge. The WSJ is sponsored by the Alan Greene ’51 Investment Studies Program, and the Times is covered by the Student Government Association and Center for Leadership and Student Involvement. Students can sign up today and find out “How to be happy” or read up on Mack’s new electric trash truck.


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Meet Dr. Ellen Larson ’94, University Physician

Ellen LarsonAs her normal routine at the University’s Student Health Services turned upside down due to the COVID-19 crisis, Dr. Ellen Larson ’94 spoke to Colgate Magazine in the spring. Learn more about Larson — an alumna; University staff person; Hamilton, N.Y., community member; and parent — who cares for students’ health during unpredictable times.

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Important To-Dos and Dates

October 26 – 29: Senior Portraits for the 2021 Salmagundi yearbook, professional networking, and job search sites in Parker Commons; $15.00 (pay with ’Gate Card only). Students can schedule an appointment at, using school code 87189. Portraits will be taken in business attire, as well as cap and gown (provided). Questions? 1-800-687-9327 during business hours.

Week of November 9: Spring 2021 course registration. A financial hold for an overdue balance on a student’s account will prevent participation in the registration process, so timely resolution is important.

First Week of December: Spring semester billing notifications will be shared from Student Accounts; payment due approximately January 8, 2021.



Mental and Emotional Health Panel Discussion
Tuesday, October 20, 4:30 p.m. EDT

As developing adults, college students face a variety of experiences, opportunities, and challenges that can affect, or be affected by, their mental and emotional health. Join our panel of experts — Dawn LaFrance, director of Counseling and Psychological Services; Pilar Mejía Barrera, co-director of Hancock Commons and senior lecturer in Spanish, and Mark Shiner, associate university chaplain, Catholic campus minister, and co-director of Ciccone Commons. We will discuss common concerns and coping strategies, how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting student well-being, the resources available at Colgate, and how parents and family members can support their students. Rebecca Downing, senior director of communications and parent initiatives, will moderate.


Student Engagement With Career Services

Did you miss our October webinar for parents and family members? Find a link to the recording on the Parent & Family Resources page — and follow Career Services for all the latest updates.

Twitter: Colgate CCS
Facebook: Colgate University Career Services
Instagram: ColgateCareerServices

Off-Campus Study Information Sessions

Did you miss our October information sessions for parents and family members? Find links to the recordings on the Parent & Family Resources page.


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

Parent and family resources

For urgent concerns
→ Concern about a student’s well-being
→ Campus safety Emergency: 1-315-228-7333

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