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Colgate Embraces the Full Range of Your Philanthropic Agenda

Presidents’ Club members carefully choose their philanthropic priorities. Many know that Colgate’s unique approach to higher education allows them to show leadership support for undergraduates while investing in causes that can change lives around the world.
That’s because our bright students team up with innovative faculty, seeking out groundbreaking answers to the globe’s most pressing questions. Here are just a few examples.

News from Afghanistan makes the front page almost daily as elections take place and the United States draws down its military forces. Meanwhile, Professor Alexander Nakhimovksy has launched Project Afghanistan, an initiative that is helping to build the community's awareness of the issues confronting this nascent democracy.

Some Colgate faculty focus on social issues; others are addressing medical conundrums that have stumped physicians for decades. Biology professor Geoffrey Holm and his student researchers are making significant advances in their effort to understand the immune response to reovirus and other pathogens. Biology professor Engda Hagos investigates the cellular and molecular biology of cancer cells, and chemistry professor Ernie Nolen is mimicking carbohydrate features unique to tumor cells — research projects that could one day be applied to a wide variety of cancer treatments.

Combining higher education, social issues, and science, Colgate’s Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs has spent this year welcoming a series of scholars to campus. They have met with students to discuss topics like the use of the human genome in disease treatment and prevention, the challenges of international humanitarian medicine, and the connection between socioeconomic status and individual health. During the summer of 2013, eleven students made use of Lampert Fellowships to pursue individual research exploring a range of topics, including current challenges to health in China, the legacy of the military junta in Argentina, and the connection between state policy and gender norms in Sweden.

Colgate has long held to a tradition of learning by doing. Yes, that “doing” has an impact on the academic experience, and it builds practical, real-world knowledge into the curriculum. But it also extends the university’s reach beyond the hill in Hamilton, to Asia, Europe, Africa and even your own doctor’s office around the corner.

So if you’re looking for a one-stop shop that can fulfill your philanthropic agenda, look no further than Colgate. Wondering if the university directly or indirectly addresses an item on your list? Call Presidents’ Club Director Jen Stone at 315-228-6928 or e-mail