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2015 Alumni Council Nominees

Era I

Alden Doolittle ’67

While studying history at Colgate, Alden Doolittle sang with the Colgate Thirteen and became a Kappa Delta Rho brother. He played football and joined the men’s swim team, receiving the Maroon Key before heading to the University of Pittsburgh to earn his MS. A past chairman of his reunion gift committee, Doolittle has presented at Reunion College and chaired his reunion program committee on multiple occasions. He is a former Presidents’ Club class chair and career services volunteer. In 2012, Doolittle was awarded the Maroon Citation.

Era II

Amr Nossier ’76

Amr Nossier has made a career in finance, working for firms such as Morgan Stanley, Security Pacific Bank, and Citicorp after earning an MBA from Columbia University. In his life as a Colgate alumnus, Nossier served for more than a decade on his class gift committee; he has taken on the role of Presidents’ Club class chair, co-chaired his reunion program committee, and provided volunteer support for career services. An economics major at Colgate, Nossier was a member of Alpha Tau Omega, Konosioni, and the men’s soccer team.

Era III

Debra Duarte ’81

Debra Duarte ’81 has served Colgate in a variety of capacities during the past decade. A member of the Alumnae Leadership Council, she has volunteered for the Office of Admission, earning the 2012 Alumni Admission Chair of the Year award. She has served as a member of the Presidents’ Club Membership Committee, chairing the group’s events subcommittee. Duarte has been a member of the Society of Families Parents’ Steering Committee as her daughter Kristen has made her way toward graduation with the Class of 2015.

Era IV

John Hayes ’88

An MBA graduate of Northwestern University, John Hayes is the president and CEO of the Ball Corporation. As an undergraduate, Hayes was a member of Konosioni, a LINK, and a member of the economics club, the varsity golf team, and Theta Chi. As an alumnus, he has served more than a dozen years on his class gift committee, provided job shadowing opportunities through the Day in the Life program, and offered career advice to undergraduates as a career services volunteer.

Era V

Scott Hague ’96

Scott Hague is a managing director at the brokerage and investment banking firm Stifel. A member of Alpha Tau Omega and a veteran of the London Economics Study Group, he served as the Class of 1996 Presidents’ Club chair and as a longtime member of his class gift committee. Former president of his district club, he has sponsored internships and provided career advising for Colgate undergraduates. 

Era VI

Christian Johnson ’02

Christian Johnson, principal at Freeman Spogli & Co. has been an appointed member of the alumni council since 2013, filling an unexpired term. A past president of his district alumni club, he has served as an admissions volunteer and chairman, a Day in the Life job shadow mentor, as well as a member and co-chair of his class gift committee. While at Colgate, Johnson was a member of Phi Delta Theta, the Newman Community, Konosioni, and the men’s swimming team. His sister, Emily Johnson, graduated with the Class of 2010.

Era VII

Kelechi Oguh ’08

One of Colgate’s first professional network volunteers, Kelechi Oguh is a Presidents’ Club class chair who also provides support for the Center for Career Services. She has served on the Millennium Scholarship Program committee and her district alumni club board. In her student days, Oguh double majored in Africana and Latin American Studies and English. She ran track, traveled abroad with the West Indies Study Group, and engaged in extended study in Zambia. Today, she is a manager for communications and corporate responsibility at the Brookfield Property Group.

Regional Vice President Metro I

Susie Becker Gould ’03

Susan Becker Gould took her Spanish degree and economics minor to PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she works as a human resources senior manager. As an undergraduate, Gould was a member of the Newman Community and traveled with the Madrid Study Group. Since graduation, she has made multiple Real World appearances, served as a Presidents’ Club chair and member of her class gift committee, and volunteered on behalf of the Office of Admission. Gould has also served as a mentor through the career services Day in the Life job shadow program.

Regional Vice President New England

Kaela Mueller ’09

During her undergraduate years at Colgate, Kaela Mueller majored in English and went abroad with the London English Study Group. She played women’s club soccer, sat on the Student Activities Board, volunteered with the Colgate Tutoring Group, and served as an Advocate. Since graduation, she has taken on a leadership role with her district alumni club board and offered her time to the Center for Career Services while working as an operations coordinator at textbook publisher Bedford/St. Martin’s.

At Large

Gregory Threatte ’69

Dr. Gregory Threatte earned his MD at SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1973 after graduating with a degree in astronomy and physics from Colgate. In the intervening decades, he has served as an admissions and career services volunteer as well as a member of his class gift and reunion gift committees. An AOC Living Dream Catcher participant, he has presented at multiple Reunion College and Real World events, earning the Maroon Citation in 1999. Threatte is an emeritus member of the Colgate University Board of Trustees.

Bob Fenity ’06

Class editor and four-time Real World participant Bob Fenity is the executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party. He graduated with a degree in political science while serving as a LINK and rowing with the varsity crew team. A member of Sigma Chi, Fenity has been an admissions volunteer, class secretary, and president of his district alumni club. In 2011, he received the Ann Yao ’80 Young Alumni Award for Distinguished Service.


Alumni Council Accomplishments

Young Alumni Connectedness

The Council has been generating ideas to help recent graduates feel more connected to Colgate, finding ways to meet their needs, get them involved and keep their voices heard in the dialogue. A measure of success will be increasing young alumni participation. There have been many ideas generated and implemented including young alumni events and “Welcome to the City” receptions.

Volunteer Leadership Summit I and II

Leading Colgate volunteers, representing Admissions, Advancement, Area Clubs, Colgate Affinity Groups, and other volunteer groups, joined the Council in brainstorming new and better ways to connect alumni to Colgate and to one another. Great ideas and new energy were abundant as the Council received front-line critique and advice from some of Colgate’s top volunteers. The Council is committed to inviting key volunteers on a regular basis at future meetings.

Maroon-News

In every edition of the Maroon-News, there is an alumni column and volunteers from the Alumni Council frequently author these articles. The topics vary considerably and provide a forum for our alumni and another means of raising student awareness of their involvement with Colgate.

Student Networking and Mentoring

The Alumni Council meets with hundreds of students over the course of the year, hosting networking receptions and inviting student panelists and presenters to committee meetings. Council members also find informal time on and off campus for individual and small group meetings with students.

Real World

Each year, the Alumni Council meetings coincide with this important program for seniors at Colgate. A series of seminars and workshops is planned to help students adjust to life after Colgate and to be successful in their job search. Members of the Alumni Council play a critical role in the success of this program by helping to plan it, by moderating and appearing on the dozens of panels that students attend, and by networking with students between panels. Real World is a signature Colgate program, and the participation of Colgate alumni differentiates it from programs offered by peer schools.

Financial Participation

The Council understands the importance of investing in Colgate’s future, as generation of alumni have done in the past. While the size of members’ gifts vary greatly, 100% of the Council makes annual gifts to Colgate.

Annual Fund Outreach

The Council often offers to help the Advancement team in the home stretch of Annual Fund solicitations. The goal is to bring in an additional 1% participation—which would have a material effect on Colgate’s US News and World Report ranking—by having each willing Council member contact five alumni who have not yet given this year.

Rowdy Raiders

This program—through distribution of T-shirts and hosting of special events before games — encourages greater fan participation at sporting events. Council members initiated this program and continue to provide financial support.

Communications

Each Alumni Council member reaches out to his/her personal network to share information about Colgate and act as the liaison with the university. They played a critical role in the development of the alumni websitealumni directory, and also serve as advisors on the Colgate Scene, e-communications and other publications.

Partnership for Community Development  and Hamilton Initiative

This non-profit organization was established in 1999 to “enhance economic opportunity and community vitality in and around Hamilton, New York.” The PCD has been instrumental in the revitalization of Hamilton and the Alumni Council provided financial and professional support during its formation. A major fundraising effort of the past few years, the Hamilton Initiative was founded to revitalize the downtown buildings owned by the LLC. In recognition of the importance of this project, the Alumni Council demonstrates its commitment and 100% of the sitting board made a financial commitment.