Hello, Colgate Community.

Flu and various other common ailments are making their way across campus, but our dashboard is showing no active student cases of COVID-19. Today, we also received the good news that Colgate will begin offering booster clinics this week. Those opportunities will continue next week and after Thanksgiving break.

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Our community health strategy of vaccinating and masking, while providing regular testing for our most vulnerable populations, continues to pay dividends. Boosters are not required at this time, but please consider signing up — either here on campus or through other local providers. The holiday season is coming, and some extra protection against variants is a gift you can give yourself.

I would like to extend my thanks once again to Student Health Services staff and their volunteers, who have administered 922 flu shots this season. Official flu shot clinics have come to an end, but students can still call Student Health Services to schedule a shot by appointment, and employees should look for opportunities at area pharmacies, stores, and health care providers.

While we are on the topic of best practices and preventing the spread of illness, I’ll remind employees that the University is fully stocked with cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer. Check in with the individual in your department who is tasked with ordering PPE and request whatever you need. 

This email answers the perennial communications conference riddle, “When is a message complete, informative, and sanitized?” We all laugh and laugh. 

Have a great week.

Laura H. Jack
Vice President for Communications

Take Note

Students, this is your last chance to buy books for this semester. The bookstore will return all unsold textbooks to the publishers on Nov. 15.

Nov. 12–13, Colgate will welcome more than 60 alumni, representing a range of class years, backgrounds, and professional interests, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of coeducation. All students are invited to attend alumni-led panels on Saturday, Nov. 13, in 101 Ho. Topics covered will include women empowering women, working toward social justice, and inspiring change in your community. If you are interested in attending any of the three panels, please register using this form.

Men’s basketball has its season opener against Northeastern tomorrow at 7 p.m., and Colgate women’s basketball opens against UMBC this Saturday at 2 p.m. — all at Cotterell Court. Arrive early tomorrow and watch the unveiling of the 2021 Patriot League Tournament Champion and NCAA Tournament banners. The first 250 fans in attendance will receive replica mini banners. In honor of the 50th anniversary of coeducation, the first 100 fans in attendance at the women’s game will receive free Gilligan’s ice cream and a Colgate winter beanie (while supplies last). Faculty and staff may reserve up to three free tickets in advance at colgate.universitytickets.com.

Colgate is offering on-demand transit from Donovan’s Pub to the Syracuse airport and train station (which serves Greyhound, Megabus, and Trailways) at a reduced price of $10 on Friday, Nov. 19, at noon and 4 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 20, at 8 a.m. and noon. Return pick-ups are on Saturday, Nov. 27, and Sunday, Nov. 28, at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. (airport); 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (train). All other times may be serviced upon request at normal pricing via On-Demand. Make reservations via this Google form or by emailing colgate.ondemandscheduling@firstgroup.com no later than Thursday, Nov. 18. Contact purchasing@colgate.edu with any other questions or concerns.

Worried-well testing is available to students by appointment only — Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please sign up online.

First@Colgate Mixer
Nov. 9
11:30 a.m.
Mix and mingle over lunch with Colgate’s first-generation faculty, staff, and students.

Makers and Materials: A Celebration
Nov. 12
5 p.m.
Celebrate the Longyear Museum of Anthropology’s Makers and Materials of the Americas exhibition. Learn from living Haudenosaunee artists and makers with pieces featured in the museum’s hallway case. Food and drink provided by Angela Ferguson, Onoñda’gegá’ (Onondaga) Nation, Eel Clan.

Colgate University Orchestra
Nov. 14
3 p.m.


The Colgate University Orchestra, Marietta Cheng, conductor, performs Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 13.; Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61, with violinist Soo Been Lee, winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions; and Chabrier’s Danse Slave, from the opera Le Roi Malgré Lui (The King In Spite of Himself).