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Parent & Family Update


Public health

Move to Gate 4

As of Monday, we moved to Gate 4, which has been adjusted by the Task Force on Reopening to match current New York State guidance more closely. We will continue to monitor the data in case they indicate a need to change course, but this move is a tribute to students’ Commitment to Community Health.

Certain elements of campus life remain unchanged, including restrictions on travel and guests, mask wearing, and the definition of a close contact. We will also continue to test 50 percent of the on-campus population every week for the next few weeks, at least.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Last week, students were asked to complete a confidential vaccination status survey. If they have yet to do so, the link can be found on the portal. This is an optional survey, but it’s quick, easy, and we’d appreciate family members encouraging their students to fill it out. The data from responses will be helpful as we make plans for our return to normalized operations this fall.

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Updates From Campus

Programming Group Seeks New Student leaders

The Broad Street Association — a student programming group of residential juniors and seniors who live in the Broad Street houses, university-owned apartments, and townhouses — hosts programming and community building initiatives for residential juniors and seniors. The association is recruiting new student leaders for the 2021–2022 academic year. Info sessions for interested students are being offered this week; the next is on March 26 at 1:30 p.m.

Senior Honor Society Class of 2022 Inductees

In 1934, two secret societies at Colgate, the Skull and Scroll and the Gorgon’s Head, resolved to end their rivalry and joined together to form the Konosioni Senior Honor Society. In light of information suggesting this name is disrespectful to Indigenous communities, and that there are more suitable ways to reflect the group’s commitment to service towards marginalized groups, the Class of 2021 elected to temporarily drop the word Konosioni from the organization’s name.

Nevertheless, the mission of the honor society remains unchanged. Its members strive to:

  • Serve as responsible and respected leaders of Colgate, whether on campus or off;
  • Inspire a connection to Colgate’s campus and the surrounding community by seeking to provide an interface between the community and students;
  • Promote the charitable and philanthropic efforts of area organizations as peer-selected stewards of the greater Colgate community.

Today, the Colgate Senior Honor Society stands as a peer-selected group of 26 students, representing 13 members from each original society. These individuals have been recognized for their outstanding leadership, dedication to service, and preservation of tradition.

Congratulations and welcome to the Senior Honor Society Class of 2022:

Hilary Almanza
Keilani Blas
Gretchen Bowers
Sarah Contento
Rachel Dames
Valerie Deleon
Djibril Diallo
Brissa Gaona
Kirby Goodman
August Halbach
Joakim Jakovleski
Jessica T.E. Johnson
Sukriti Kalra

Larsen Klein
Eliza Leal
Yoonjong Lee
Eliza Lloyd
Teagan Mackey
Vanessa Perez Marquez
Izabel Melgoza
Alex Tran
Jack Underhill
Giovanni Vigilante
Zoe Williams
Flora Zhang
Yiyan Zhao

Senior Class Move-out Deadline Correction

A correction from last Friday’s senior checklist message: All seniors who live on campus are expected to depart their residence by 8 p.m. (not 6 p.m.) on May 9. Special consideration for late departure past 8 p.m. will be granted to those with extenuating circumstances, with prior approval required; details will be shared in the coming weeks. Seniors have been advised to please make their packing and move-out plans accordingly, and take note that family members and guests will not be permitted inside residence halls.



Parents and family members are welcome to join these virtual events!

Paul Ryan HeadshotFormer House Speaker Paul Ryan

Thursday, March 25, 5:30–6:30 p.m. EDT
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives will discuss “The Importance of Bipartisanship.” Presented by the Colgate College Republicans and the Center for Freedom and Western Civilization.



Ataklan portraitCaribbean Heritage Month Keynote Lecture

Wednesday March 31, 6-7:30 p.m. EDT
COVID-19 and the Impact on Caribbean Culture

Join Africana & Latin American Studies and the Caribbean Students Association present music producer Mikie Bennett and recording artist Ataklan, who will speak about their experiences. Cosponsored by the Dart Colegrove Commons.



Student Entrepreneurs Virtual Venture Showcase and Live Shark Tank

Join the celebration of entrepreneurship at Colgate, featuring innovative student ventures and world-renowned entrepreneurs. Engage with promising Colgate ventures during the virtual showcase, and tune in to the live Entrepreneur Weekend Shark Tank.

Virtual Showcase: Launching Monday, April 5

Learn about innovative businesses and inspiring nonprofits being created by Colgate students, alumni, and community members in the TIA Incubator. Watch video pitches for each venture, meet the founders, and connect with them to support their work. Launching Monday, April 5, at

Shark Tank: Saturday, April 10, 1:00‑2:30 p.m. EDT

This exciting event will feature a pitch competition and insights from leading founders and funders. The most recent recipients of Colgate’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award will share their insights during a moderated conversation. Four exceptional ventures from the TIA Incubator will pitch the panel of sharks for cash prizes.


David Fialkow ’81
Co-Founder and Managing Director, General Catalyst
2020 Entrepreneur of the Year

Nick Kokonas headshot
Nick Kokonas ’90
Co-Owner, The Alinea Group; CEO, Tock
2021 Entrepreneur of the Year

Bharat Mediratta ’92
Chief Technology Officer, Dropbox

Deborah Benton P’23
Founder and Managing Director, Willow Growth Ventures

With Pitches by:

  • CLOVO, founded by Monica Dimas ’19 and Megan Martis ’20
  • Dunne Goodwin, founded by Sheila Dunne ’20 and Luke Goodwin
  • GoodWorker360, founded by James Nash ’21 and Seth Tilliss
  • Natural Beauty, founded by Jill Nelson


Learn more and Register



Final Thoughts

Did You Know? Talking with your college student on or just before weekend days could be a relatively simple way to reduce dangerous drinking behaviors. Source: Journal of American College Health, Volume 59, 2011-Issue 6. Find more tips in our Handbook for Talking with College Students About Alcohol.


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Rebecca Downing
Senior Director, Communications and Parent Initiatives

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