Hello, Colgate Community.

Your good work on masking and other measures continues to protect community health. Thank you. Our active cases of COVID-19 have dropped to four, according to the HAT dashboard.

So, why are we still wearing masks indoors? 

First, we keep our numbers low and protect our community by following best practices. Second, there is the New York State HERO Act, passed last May. It requires employers like Colgate to draw up a plan to safeguard employees in the event of an airborne disease outbreak. The University completed its plan during the summer — most of its elements were already in place due to our robust pandemic response.

In September, the governor invoked the act. One of its provisions requires the wearing of masks by all employees in indoor public spaces. To further protect the health of those who work and study here on campus, Colgate has applied the requirement to everyone — students and visitors as well.

We continue to abide by the act, and we continue to act responsibly. We do it for each other and for all those who are unable to receive a vaccine due to medical history or age. And because we are Colgate Together.

Keep up the good work, and enjoy homecoming this weekend. Remember: We expect all guests to be fully vaccinated prior to coming to campus, barring exemption. All individuals are required to wear a face covering while indoors, and all unvaccinated individuals are also expected to wear a face covering in any outdoor setting where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Guests who are ill, regardless of vaccination status, must cancel their visit to campus.

Please also direct your guests to check in and pick up a homecoming wristband at tomorrow’s block party in the Class of 1965 Arena parking lot or Saturday’s homecoming tailgate on the west side of Andy Kerr Stadium. In addition to COVID-19 vaccine/testing documentation, guests must bring a photo ID and acceptable documentation. See colgate.edu/homecoming for details.

Take care, and best of luck to our student-athletes. I’ll talk to you on Monday.

Laura H. Jack
Vice President for Communications
Acting Chief Diversity Officer

Take Note

Free Shuttles to Destiny USA Mall will depart on Oct. 2, Oct. 9, and Oct. 16 from Donovan’s Pub at noon and 3 p.m. (returning at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.). Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions? Contact First Transit Colgate.OnDemandScheduling@firstgroup.com.

Register for Oct. 2 Shuttle
Register for Oct. 9 Shuttle
Register for Oct. 16 Shuttle

Learn how to be a better LGBTIQA+ ally — sign up for Safe Zone Training on Oct. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Rainbow Room. Email Lyosha Gorshkov at agorshkov@colgate.edu to RSVP.

In the latest episode of 13, Director of Sustainability John Pumilio and Assistant Director of Sustainability Pamela Gramlich discuss the use of biomass as the primary heat source for the University, and how burning locally sourced wood chips helped reduce Colgate's carbon footprint on its pathway to carbon neutrality in 2019. Find 13 on your favorite podcast platform, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and Stitcher.

Upcoming Events

Homecoming Comedian: Adam Conover
Sept. 25
9:30 p.m.
Adam Conover, comedian and star of Adam Ruins Everything, will be performing in the Colgate Memorial Chapel. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and Adam will go live on stage at 9:30 p.m. ’Gate Card or wristband are required for entry.

Olivia Lunny and Lisa Heller Homecoming Concert on the Quad
Sept. 24
9 p.m.
SAA is inviting Lisa Heller (Colgate alumna!) to campus to open for Olivia Lunny for Homecoming weekend. There will be free food from local food trucks too! 
Lisa Heller will go live at 9 p.m. and Olivia Lunny will perform at 10 p.m. under the tent on the academic quad.