Update: April 27, 2015
Dear Students, Faculty, Guests and Friends of Chapel House:
Please find below the new Chapel House Vision Statement. This was arrived at after a systematic review of all your comments, letters, e-mails, and the four fora we had on the future of Chapel House. The statement has also been approved by Colgate Administrative leaders. I believe we have a vision that is based on the Deed of Gift, congruent with the legacy built by past directors, and able to guide Chapel House policies, programs, and activities in the future.
As you know, we will be undergoing a renovation to the building in the next year. Most of the work will be focused on upgrading the mechanical systems and the external envelop of the building as well as making the building fully accessible to people with disabilities. The renovation will be guided both by the new vision statement and by a commitment to preserving the unique modernist architecture of the building. When an architect is chosen and has produced plans for the renovation we will be holding an open forum for input from Colgate and the Chapel House communities. But let me assure you now that no radical changes to the building are being planned.
As some of you know, we are temporarily understaffed. We appreciate your patience while we make arrangements in order to resume full operations. In the meantime, we are currently able to welcome guests on the weekends and most weekdays; and I anticipate being fully open for all days in the summer months. To make reservations please e-mail Clara Lantz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 315-228-7675.
I want to thank all of you for your comments, concerns, and clear affection for Chapel House. I believe the conversations on our vision statement were very productive in clarifying what is essential to Chapel House as we imagine its future.
Best Wishes, Steven Kepnes