Hello, Colgate Community.

It is important that we live intentionally in Gate 1. We are watching the dashboard, wearing masks, staying 6 feet apart, grabbing take-out options from the dining halls — that’s all vital stuff. But as we live in the Colgate of today, we should remember what the Colgate of the future looks like. It’s remarkably like the Colgate of last year.

Two students walk up hill in fall sunshine

So keep the faith. Remember that we are doing this together for the best possible reason: so we can be together. Revel in the sunshine, and maybe be a little thankful that we have to wear masks, if only because it will make not wearing a mask — something we used to take for granted — such a lovely experience.

Talk to you on Friday,

Laura H. Jack
Vice President for Communications 

Take Note

Congratulations to Tim Borfitz, Sev Flanigen, and the entire Health Analytics Team. Their dashboard, driven by the data that determine our Gates of reopening, has received an A from We Rate Covid Dashboards. The organization was established by experts at Yale and Harvard. It has reviewed dashboards from colleges and universities across the country, giving only nine the top grade.

The need for volunteers continues across campus. Since this is not a normal year, some staff might have room in their schedules to help the University meet these short and longer-term needs — while learning about other areas of the institution along the way. Current projects include staffing the testing tent (outside): Tuesday 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Wednesday 8–10 a.m., and Thursday 3–5 p.m.; occasional assistance with data entry or building surveys for the HAT; or answering phones, assisting students, and sorting packages in mail services. If you are able to contribute, please email lchlad@colgate.edu to be added to the contact list. We understand that your regular responsibilities will dictate your availability at the time you are called. 

Looking for more ways to get involved in voter registration? Join the Colgate Vote Project and participate in a voter phone drive on September 22 at noon. Participants will call three to five Colgate students and ask them a few questions about whether and by what method they're planning to vote in the 2020 Presidential Election. Volunteers will help students who may still need to register and/or apply for an absentee ballot. No previous knowledge is required; participants will be provided the necessary voting information. Sign up here.

Safe Zone Training, held once a month through November, provides an environment for learning about and discussing sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ+ topics through a system-focused lens. Register via the online form, then plan to attend with an open mind. Bring your willingness to engage with privilege and oppressed identities to expand not only your understanding of systemic oppression but how we as a community can work to dismantle it. Email tlane@colgate.edu with questions.

A Closing Thought

Collection efforts during the universal quarantine generated 60 boxes of nonperishable food items weighing approximately 800 lbs. for the Hamilton Food Cupboard. Small groups of physically distanced students sorted donations in the Sanford Field House during the 9/11 Day of Service, all organized by the Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education.

Living Writers Live Event With Emily Bernard, Black Is the Body
Sept. 17
4:45 p.m.
Prof. Bernard is the Julian Lindsay Green and Gold Professor of English at the University of Vermont. Her essays have appeared in The American Scholar and The Best American Essays. In addition to Black Is the Body, she has published books on figures in the Harlem Renaissance as well as an edited collection about interracial friendship. 

Producing and Creating Unscripted Entertainment
Sept. 17
7 p.m.
Alumni share what it's like behind the scenes of some of television's most popular unscripted shows and documentaries.