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

Parent & Family Update


Public health

President Casey Featured in National Public Health Campaign

A new national public health effort created to foster vaccine education and to combat misinformation has selected Colgate President Brian W. Casey as one of the leaders featured in the group’s social media awareness campaign. Dubbed ‘Count Me In,’ the education project features dozens of leaders from business, media, healthcare, and education, providing individuals and organizations with information to build confidence in authorized COVID-19 vaccines, and to motivate and inspire people to collectively fight the pandemic.

Read the article.

Insight on COVID-19 Vaccines

Last week, for the benefit of the Colgate community, University physicians Dr. Merrill Miller and Dr. Ellen Larson '94, and professor Geoff Holm, a virologist and co-chair of Colgate’s Task Force on Reopening the Campus, participated in a discussion about COVID-19 vaccine science and the vaccination process. As moderator Laura Jack, VP of Communications, described, “Dr. Larson put the perfect bow on an insightful chat. I asked when everyone thought life would return to normal, and she said, ‘Longer than we want, but hopefully sooner than we think.’”

Watch the discussion.

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


Updates From Campus

Break Day Added to Spring Calendar

The Student Government Association recently submitted to the Academic Affairs Board a “Resolution to Alter the Currently Established Days Off” to promote student welfare. After giving careful consideration and attention to the resolution and to the voices of the elected body, including students, the Academic Affairs Board voted to add a third break day to the spring 2021 academic calendar: Tuesday, April 13.

Dining Updates

Frank Dining Hall is now open an hour later, until 11 p.m., Mon–Thurs. (Closing will still be at 10 p.m., Friday–Sunday.)

For students with Premier Meal Plans, Dining Services is extending the coupon redemption date for pop-up dining venues on campus (Colgate Inn at Merrill House, FoJo at the Coop, Ray Brothers BBQ at the Hall of Presidents, and Royal India Grill in the Case-Geyer parking lot) through Friday, March 19.

Read More about Dining Services

New York Times Accessible to Students

Thanks to the Colgate University Libraries, Purchasing Office, and Center for Leadership and Student Involvement, all Colgate students have online access to the New York Times.

Congratulations to Women’s Hockey

Women's Hockey players celebrating

Colgate captured its second ECAC Hockey women’s regular season championship in the last four seasons. The Raiders fashioned a 13-6-1 overall record and were 8-4-0 in ECAC play despite COVID-related stops and starts throughout. But Colgate persevered, and now the Raiders will host the conference semifinals this Friday on ESPN+ against an opponent to be determined. Colgate also would host Sunday’s championship game, should the Raiders advance.



Gloria BorgerA Conversation With Gloria Borger ’74, H’14, P’10 and President Brian W. Casey
March 13, 2021 (Rescheduled)
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.




Data-Driven Decision-Making: The Global Pandemic on a Local Scale
March 19
3:30 p.m. EDT

The Division of Natural Sciences Colloquium Series and CORE Scientific Perspectives present the panel discussion Data-Driven Decision-Making: The Global Pandemic on a Local Scale.


  • Geoff Holm, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Ellen Larson, Physician
  • Juliana Smith, Deputy Athletics Director
  • Priscilla Van Wynsberghe, Associate Professor of Biology

Moderator: Krista Ingram, Division Director & Professor of Biology

You will need a registered Zoom account, but do not need a Colgate account.



Final Thoughts

image of Daniel Benton with 13 podcast logo

On the most recent episode of Colgate’s podcast, 13, Dan Benton ’80, H’10, P’10 shares why he gives to Colgate, as well as what inspires him about The Third-Century Plan and a related series of initiatives designed to bolster arts, creativity, and innovation. He’s joined by professors Cushing and Simonson. To listen, follow the links.


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

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