Hello, Colgate Community. 

This week, the Colgate Together Digest begins its post-quarantine schedule. I’ll be in your inbox on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with updates on testing and other topics.

Right now, as we begin life in Gate 1 and students start to return to area businesses in groups of four or fewer, we have students, faculty, and staff members who are operating remotely. I want to say a particular hello to you today. The sun is shining (for the first time in I-can’t-even-remember) on your other home of Hamilton, N.Y. Here is how Broad Street is looking as I type.

Broad Street from above

This is my way of reminding you that:

1.) You’re missed.

2.) When you can return, the entire community will be here waiting, celebrating the moment when we are Colgate Completely Together.

3.) The freedom you feel in escaping the crazy 5-way intersection will still be dampened by those two crosswalks near the post office.

On-campus community members, look below for an important reminder about surveillance testing. And everyone should keep an eye out for me on Wednesday, when I hope to have initial results.

Take care, and I’ll talk to you then.

Laura H. Jack
Vice President for Communications

Take Note

If you were selected for testing this week, you received an email with instructions on how to sign up for your test. Please schedule your appointment now — using the personalized link in that message — if you have yet to do so. Participation is non-negotiable and part of the Commitment to Community Health. 

“Be proud of who you are. You were raised to be resilient and fearless. Your foundation was built on your family, friends, faith, and culture.” Nia Ahart ’22 wrote a letter to her younger self, as part of Colgate athletics’ celebration of Black History Month. Perhaps some of her words will resonate with you, too. Read the whole note, and express your appreciation. 

New to the Colgate Libraries: meeScan allows you to check out library books for yourself, using your own device or one of the kiosk stations located at the Case and Cooley circulation desks. Download the meeScan app on Google Play or iTunes. Of course, librarians are always available to help you navigate the more than 1 million items in the libraries’ collections.

Colleagues in the recreation department have added new live fitness classes via Zoom in celebration of Gate 1. Build strength and reduce stress with traditional Vinyasa yoga with Kate: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5 p.m. Or, join Assistant Director of Recreation C.J. Molina for beginner’s boxing, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in February at 4 p.m.

A Closing Thought

We’re pleased to announce Sean Kennedy ’23 as the winner of the Winter Wonderland Photo Contest. 


As COVID-19 disrupted normal life, it drove the Colgate community to rediscover its roots. For Colgate Outdoor Education, this meant replacing the Adirondacks with Colgate’s own wilderness. As we climb the very rock that built East and West halls, we deepen our connection to the place we call home here in Hamilton. - Sean Kennedy ’23

Student climbs wall of Colgate rock quarry

Upcoming Events

Does r/wallstreetbets Matter?
Feb. 8
7 p.m.
An approachable conversation unpacking the $GME short squeeze.
Why did GME go up 1600% in a week? What does it mean when your brokerage blocks your trades, and how does a community of 6 million users send the hedge fund space running? Join an enlightening conversation with esteemed alumni guest panelists.

History Conversations: 1066: Three Kings, Making Drama from History
Feb. 9
11:30 a.m.
Guest speaker Mike Punter will discuss his work as a playwright with historical materials.  Punter will talk about his play 1066: Three Kings about the Norman Conquest. This will include a conversation about the way in which a playwright can use and play with the past in ways that may extend and challenge the work of historians.