Colgate University Parent and Family Newsletter
Colgate University Parent & Family Newsletter Summer 2020

Parent & Family Update


Public health

Gate 1 Opens

Universal quarantine ended Friday morning (Feb. 5) at 7 a.m., with Gate 1 allowing for in-person classes to begin on Monday (Feb. 8). The University was able to make this move with the support of the Health Analytics Team, Emergency Operations Center, and Task Force on Reopening, based on an analysis of all 2,459 results from the 7-day arrival testing.

“These numbers show that we had a successful Universal Quarantine,” President Brian W. Casey told the community as he announced the opening to Gate 1. “Colgate’s proactive plan works. It has kept us safe and it keeps us here . . . For all Colgate students, faculty, and staff, thank you, thank you for working so hard in these really challenging times. That was a remarkably successful Universal Quarantine and a great start to this semester.”

Check out the Health Analytics Dashboard, which is continuously updated.

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

Surveillance Testing Begins

Mandatory surveillance testing began this week. Colgate is testing 50 percent of the on-campus population of students and employees every week during Gates 1 and 2. Students receive sign-up emails, and as part of their Commitment to Community Health it is essential that they sign up for — and keep — their appointments. Those who miss their appointments risk being transferred to remote status.


Updates From Campus


Relay runner

The latest issue of Colgate Magazine is out. In the feature article “Undeterred,” students share how they made it through the fall semester, with its universal quarantine, reopening “gates,” and travel restrictions. As family members well know, it wasn’t easy, but they did it together.

New to the Colgate Libraries

The meeScan app allows students to check out library books using their own device or one of the kiosk stations located at the Case and Cooley circulation desks. They just have to download the app from Google Play or iTunes. Of course, librarians are always available to help students navigate the more than 1 million items in the libraries’ collections.

A Message From the Student Newspaper: Subscribe Today

The Colgate Maroon-News

The Colgate Maroon-News staff would like to invite you to order a subscription to Colgate’s student newspaper, the oldest college weekly in America. We ask that you pay $23.00 for 10 issues for the spring of 2021.

The Maroon-News provides an account of what is happening on campus and a chance to hear the voices of the Colgate community. The paper covers Colgate events and news, opinion pieces, feature stories, and articles on both Colgate and national sports. In addition, special edition issues are published each semester, which allow subscribers to receive a more in-depth understanding of the ideas and opinions of Colgate students, faculty, and alumni.


Thank you for your support!


Lauren Hutton ’21 and Emily Rahhal ’21
Editors-in-Chief 2020–2021

Safe Zone Training for Students and Employees

Safe Zone Training provides an educational environment to learn about and discuss sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ+ topics. Students and employees are welcome to take part in this virtual training. Attendees should come with an open mind and a willingness to engage with their privilege and oppressed identities to expand not only individual understanding of systemic oppression but how we as a community can work to dismantle it.

New Live Fitness Classes

The recreation department had added new live fitness classes via Zoom in celebration of Gate 1. Students can build strength and reduce stress with traditional Vinyasa yoga with Kate: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5 p.m. or join Assistant Director of Recreation C.J. Molina for beginner’s boxing, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in February at 4 p.m.



Gloria Borger

A Conversation With Gloria Borger ’74, H’14, P’10 and President Brian W. Casey
February 13, 2021
1:00 p.m. EDT

CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger will speak with President Brian W. Casey about her time at Colgate as part of the first coeducation class to graduate from Colgate and her illustrious career in journalism.




Final Thoughts

Contestant Congratulations

Getting creative while getting outdoors inspired students to take advantage of Central New York’s recent — and plentiful — snow and ice. Congratulations to the winners, and all who took part.

Winter Wonderland Photo Contest Winner

Students rock climbing in the snow

“As COVID-19 disrupted normal life, it drove the Colgate community to rediscover its roots. For Colgate Outdoor Education, this meant replacing the Adirondacks with Colgate’s own wilderness. As we climb the very rock that built East and West halls, we deepen our connection to the place we call home here in Hamilton.” — Sean Kennedy ’23

Snow Sculpture Competition Winner

Students with snow sculpture shaped like a turtle

First place: “Turtle Supreme,” created by Sean Kennedy, Adam Limoges, Noelle Harrington, Richard Casey, Victor Nino, Nicholas Blake, Chris Maffeo, Vani Kanoria, Paul Criscione

“After decades of pollution and plastic waste destroying their habitats, the famed Loggerhead sea turtle was forced to migrate from its historical feeding grounds and take up a new home in Hamilton, N.Y. Our sea turtle sculpture doubles as a fully functional quinzee, or snow hut. Either sit on the nearby snow couch and admire the beauty of the turtle or keep warm from inside.

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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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