Hello, Colgate Community.

We have received more than 2,500 results from our second round of on-campus testing. As of midnight last night, we have logged five new positive cases of COVID-19. That means our first round yielded 23 positive cases, and the second round revealed 13 for a total of 36 since arrival day. 

It is important to note that all of these students had a negative pre-arrival test. The 13 cases we have identified in recent days tested negative a week ago. So, as the bankers say, “Past performance is not indicative of future results.” We must remain vigilant. We must renew our commitment to community health every day.

We are doing this together so that we can be together, and our careful adherence to the commitment has kept us on a road to Gate 1 — beginning Sept. 8 at 7 a.m. How does Gate 1 differ from Gate 0? You can compare and contrast on the website.

Talk to you on Monday,

Laura H. Jack
Vice President for Communications

Take Note

Package deliveries end tomorrow. After universal quarantine, packages can be picked up, by appointment only, at the tent outside Mail Services. (Enter the Coop through the upper level and exit the lower level by Mail Services.) If you have a package waiting, you will receive a notification email with a link to register for a pickup time. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we implement this new system.  

Beginning next week, the University will randomly test 6% of the student population and 6% of on-campus employees for COVID-19. If you are selected, you will receive an email notification with location information and a link to a scheduling form. Watch your inbox, and thank you for participating in this latest round of Colgate’s robust testing protocol. 

Dining Services has invited some old friends to join us for dining in Gate 1. Thanks to new partnerships, local food providers like the Colgate Inn, Ray Brothers BBQ, Fojo Beans, and Royal India Grill are popping up in familiar campus locations. To take advantage of these options, every student with a premier meal plan will receive $100 in ’Gate cash per semester, and students with other meal plans may use up to half of their flex dollars at these new locations. Read more about the new ways to eat on campus in our full message, and download the fall 2020 Dining Services newsletter.

The COVE is collecting non-perishable food for donation to the Hamilton Food Cupboard. You’ll find convenient collection bins near the food delivery locations in the residence halls.

Shakespeare penned three plays in quarantine. Do you want to respond to the last six months with new work? The theater department invites submissions of COVID-19-related short plays, monologues, videos, dance, visual art, and any other modes of artistic expression for its virtual COVID Diaries: A Festival Gallery. Selected pieces will be presented in October. Join the orientation and information session via Zoom, September 8 at 11:30 a.m. We are accepting submissions from ALL Colgate community members.

Even in this unusual year, Colgate continues the tradition of welcoming new faculty to University classrooms, labs, libraries, and athletic programs. See their names and specialities at colgate.edu/news.

Gate 1 allows for a return to in-person use of the libraries. Hours of operation at Case-Geyer and Cooley can be found on the libraries’ website. Libraries will feature self-checkout kiosks, funded by the Remote Learning Task Force. Contactless pickup of books as well as support for research and scholarship via the online Ask-A-Librarian service will continue.

Colgate Together Events

Black Lives and the Legacy of George Floyd: A Conversation
Sept. 4
7 p.m.
Explore the shock waves of George Floyd’s death, the Movement for Black Lives, the crisis of policing in America, the meaning of justice, and more with activist, minister, and scholar Nyle Fort and members of George Floyd’s family, including his uncle, Selwyn Jones.

Digital Business Trends: Retail, Entertainment, Social Media, and More
Sept. 7 
7 p.m. 
Alumni host a discussion on innovations and trends as the digital space becomes more important than ever before. There will be time for questions.

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A socially distant - go, ’gate! - from the morning bookstore delivery crew in the new athletics branding