Colgate Together — Parent and Family Update
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Parent & Family Update


Public health

Return to Gate 4

After favorable results in our public health data on campus, the Health Analytics Team recommended a return to Gate 4, effective last Friday.

COVID-19 Vaccines Updates

With the FDA and CDC having lifted their pause on distribution of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine, Colgate held a clinic for faculty, staff, and students today (April 28). In addition, Moderna second-dose clinics are scheduled for April 30 and May 7.

Voluntary COVID-19 Pre-Departure Antigen Testing

Students seeking voluntary antigen COVID-19 testing before returning home for the summer are being offered clinics. These tests, free of charge, are specifically for anyone who is concerned about exposure. Those whose schedules conflict with the two testing days can contact Student Health Services to make an appointment.

International students needing PCR COVID-19 tests in order to return to their home countries should contact Student Health Services to make an appointment.

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Student Move-Out Process

As students prepare to move out of their campus residences, they have received detailed instructions and guidance, which can be found on the Student Departure From Campus page. The guidance includes the provision that one guest or family member per student is permitted to enter student residences to assist with the move-out process. This permission is subject to change based on the University's Gate status at the time of departure.

Airport Shuttle

Colgate will provide free transportation to Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport, May 2–9, 2021. Students received a link to make first-come, first-served reservations online in Monday's Colgate Together Digest. The deadline to sign up is Friday, April 30.

Textbook Buybacks And Rental Returns

All students have received details about the Colgate Bookstore’s textbook buy-back program, taking place Monday, May 3, to Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at the bookstore and on May 6 and 7 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Donovan’s Pub.

Rented textbooks must be returned to the bookstore either in person or by mail by May 9; past that date, the student will be charged the non-returnable rental fee.

13 Podcast: International Student Life at Colgate

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In this all-new episode of 13 Assistant Dean and Director of International Student Services Kerra Hunter talks about supporting Colgate’s international student population, which currently hails from 44 countries around the world, and the ways the University works to make their transition to studying in the United States as seamless as possible.

Find 13 on your favorite podcast platform, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.



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

What Does the Future Hold?

This series of virtual events, inspired by the article of the same title featured in the Winter 2021 Colgate Magazine, brings Colgate faculty and alumni experts together for a fireside conversation, followed by a Q&A session with attendees.

Artificial, but Intelligent?

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. EDT
Moderated by Sarah Baldwin, storyteller
This event will explore themes around how artificial intelligence has become embedded in our culture, as well as the future of human/machine collaboration. Panelists include:

  • Noah Apthorpe, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Madeline Bayliss ’76, Advocate and Advisor; Director, Future Works Alliance PHL
  • Bob Ghoorah ’93, Founder, Quarry Ventures
  • Gaurav Ragtah ’13, Co-Founder and CEO, CatalyzeX





Examining What Matters: Religion in the Contemporary World

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. EDT
Moderated by Michael Blanding, author and investigative journalist
Alumni and faculty experts will explore themes around how religions inform major cultural movements like Black Lives Matter. Panelists include:

  • Jenna Reinbold, Associate Professor of Religion
  • Teresa Delgado '88, Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, Iona College, Colgate Trustee
  • Dianne Stewart '90, Associate Professor, Religion and African America, Emory University
  • Adam Clark '91, Associate Professor of Theology, Xavier University





What’s War Good For?

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. EDT
This event will explore themes around the strategy behind foreign policy decisions and why world leaders choose to go into war. Jacob Mundy, associate professor of peace and conflict studies and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, will moderate a discussion with:

  • Kathleen Doherty ’85, Ambassador (ret.), Chief Strategy and Retreats Officer, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands
  • LeRoy Potts ’85, Chief, Research Unit, Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations directorate, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security
  • Nmadinobi Chloé Nwangwu ’12, Conflict Mediator, Digital Diplomacy Advisor and Brand Scientist
  • Michael Spivey ’22, CW3, US Army (Retired)




Colgate and Coeducation: The Next 50 Years Insights from Faculty, Staff, and Students

50 Years Women at Colgate

Thursday, May 13, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. EDT
Join us for the concluding virtual event in our 50th anniversary of coeducation series as we explore the impact of coeducation through the eyes of our students, faculty, and staff and look to the next 50 years. Our panelists will touch upon themes around the future of admissions, campus involvement, athletics, student research, and more. 


  • Laura Jack, Acting Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Communications (moderator)
  • Gary Ross ’77, the Jones and Wood Family Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid | Speaking with Sarah Stenovec ’24
  • Dorsey Spencer, Dean of Students
  • Nicki Moore, Vice President and Director of Athletics | Speaking with Morgan Farrah ’22
  • Carrie Keating, Professor of Psychology
  • Additional featured student speakers





Final Thoughts

Academic Advising Meetings: Helping Your Student Prepare


Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be meeting soon with academic advisers in advance of registration for next fall's classes. But there are so many other ways advisers can be helpful. Collegiate Parent’s article “Make the Most of an Advising Appointment” looks at how parents/supporters can help students prepare for an advising meeting ahead of time — and even role play a conversation, if the student isn't confident they'll know what to say.


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

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