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Office of Communications

Members of the communications team steward Colgate’s reputation and identity and help tell the Colgate story across all media platforms.
We curate and create content for the award-winning Colgate Scene magazine, for digital outlets that include a new mobile app, social media, and responsive-design website, for admission and advancement publications, and through media relations campaigns.

How Can We Help?

Staff members can provide strategic guidance on a range of campus issues including social media practices, marketing campaigns, graphic design projects, and any number of digital projects. We also work closely with journalists seeking information or a faculty expert.

Communications office members are listed below. If you are not sure who might best assist you, please contact Kathy Owen, senior administrative assistant, at 315-228-7407 or

Resources and Tools

The university strives to maintain a consistent public identity and high standards for all communications. We offer the following resources to assist members of the campus community in this important university-wide effort.

Rebecca Downing
Rebecca Downing
Interim Vice President for Communications

During the last 19 years, Rebecca has held numerous positions on the communications staff, most recently as managing editor of the Colgate Scene, as well as having worked in advancement and admission marketing as well as internal communications and media relations. She provides strategic leadership to ensure the continued success of the division at a key moment in Colgate’s history.

Phone: 315-228-7415  E-mail:
Kathy Bridge
Kathy Owen
Senior Administrative Assistant

Kathy is our go-to person for administrative support. She maintains the office budgets, manages meeting requests, and monitors the campus online calendar. She also serves as production assistant for the Colgate Scene, organizing class news and maintaining the mailing list.

Phone: 315-228-7407  E-mail:

Content Strategy

The content strategy team creates and shares the Colgate news that is most relevant to prospective families, alumni, and the wider public. The team also works with journalists and social media influencers to generate coverage of Colgate newsmakers, and successes.
Dan DeVries
Dan DeVries
Admission Marketing and Media Relations Manager

Dan manages content strategy and creation for Colgate’s main external reputational audiences, including admission prospects and the national media. His responsibilities include media relations, publicity, and crisis communications, and he will serve as a liaison to the Office of Athletic Communications.

Phone: 315-228-6395  E-mail:
Matt Hames
Matt Hames
Communications Strategist
Matt is responsible for the planning, measurement, and dissemination of university communications, including digital and social media. He partners with colleagues across the university in incorporating digital strategy into content development.

Phone: 315-228-6637  E-mail:
Aleta Mayne
Aleta Mayne
Managing Editor

Aleta manages editorial workflow and quality control for university communications efforts. She also serves as managing editor of the Colgate Scene and manages the student editorial intern team.

Phone: 315-228-6669  E-mail:
Mark Walden
Mark Walden
Editorial Director

Mark leads outreach, intake, and vetting of story opportunities in Colgate’s core mission of teaching, learning, research, and scholarship. He also serves as liaison to the divisions of dean of the college and dean of the faculty.

Phone: 315-228-6535  E-mail:

Creative Team

The creative team plays a key role in creating official university materials, including digital media, the admission view book, fundraising materials, the Colgate calendar, the university catalogue, and more.
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University Photographer

Dave Herringshaw
Dave Herringshaw
Digital Production Specialist

Dave engages Colgate’s audiences, especially alumni, through social media, web content, e-mail marketing, and analytical reporting. He helps campus constituents reach their desired audiences through targeted messaging and emerging technology.

Phone: 315-228-6408  E-mail:
Tim Horn
Tim Horn
Creative Director

Tim leads Colgate’s visual identity and content creation, including design, digital architecture and production, and multimedia.

Phone: 315-228-7462  E-mail:
Jason Kammerdiener
Jason Kammerdiener
Lead Information and Digital Architect

Jason creates and curates content on In addition, he supports the strategic management of the website's information architecture, and trains and coordinates campus users of the university's content management system.

Phone: 315-228-6186  E-mail:
Karen Luciani
Karen Luciani
Senior Designer and Visual Brand Manager

Karen is responsible for creating, producing, and guiding the overall design of Colgate’s visual communications. She assists in project management and builds relationships with vendors and freelance resources.

Phone: 315-228-6660  E-mail:
Katie Mutz
Katie Mutz
Senior Designer

Katie designs print publications, marketing materials, and program graphics. As part of the communications web team, she also designs many university digital and interactive initiatives.

Phone: 315-228-6780  E-mail:
Brian Ness
Brian Ness
Video Journalism Coordinator

Brian creates videos for communications office initiatives and projects and manages student video journalists.

Phone: 315-228-6256  E-mail: