Dear Colgate Community,
Welcome to the first week of the spring 2022 semester, and thank you to all of the employees who helped check students in last weekend. Logistical challenges have become the stuff of everyday work since the beginning of the pandemic, but we shouldn’t lose perspective due to the frequency. Our capacity to carry on is remarkable.
I also want to thank all of the students who followed the protocol. During check-in, we identified 49 positive student cases of COVID-19. We now have 23 isolating in our own locations and the remaining 26 are off campus or home. Though their arrival has been delayed, we look forward to having them back in class soon.
If you failed to follow the protocol and have not checked in, do so NOW at Hall of Presidents. Your last chance ends at 5 p.m. tonight. This is not an optional request. It is a requirement of our Commitment to Community Health.
Once the check-in tables are clear, we revert to booster clinics and testing. Pfizer and Moderna will be offered Jan. 26–27 and Feb. 2–3. Watch for testing schedules coming soon. Employees, please upload proof of booster to HR — and should you come down with COVID in the weeks ahead, be sure to report positive tests to HR as well.
Arrival and check-in is a busy time, even under normal circumstances. As students are moving in, B&G employees are keeping our way clear of snow, ITS is making sure our networks are speedy and secure, and the Staff Affairs Council met with the president’s cabinet to discuss ideas and plans for the months ahead. (Staff members, you can reach out to your SAC representatives via their webpage.) I encourage everyone, however, to pause and participate in MLK programming this week. Celebrating his legacy is a highlight of the calendar and a longstanding communitywide tradition — I look forward to seeing you at these events. The full schedule can be found at colgate.edu/mlkcelebration.
Take care and, again, welcome back.
Laura H. Jack
Vice President for Communications
The Live Music Collective is pleased to announce its inaugural concert series. This semester, two Grammy-nominated artists, an energetic punk band from Philadelphia, a gifted composer and jazz pianist, and a banjo prodigy will perform on campus and at venues in our community. To learn more about each artist and for ticket information, please visit colgatelivemusiccollective.org.
CU Employee Focus on Fitness is back for spring 2022. Faculty and staff members, join us and your colleagues for a stress-free lunch-hour workout to promote healthy lifestyles and habits throughout our Colgate community. All classes are free to Colgate employees and their spouses/domestic partners. Non-Colgate participants should contact C.J. Molina or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Classes begin Jan. 31 and are sponsored by the Human Resources Department’s CU Well Program and the Department of Recreation. View classes and register.
Free shuttles to Destiny USA mall are available for students. Shuttles depart on Saturdays from Donovan’s Pub at noon and 3 p.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Face coverings are required. Find out more.
Digital media ecologies, big-data baseball, and feminist computational histories will be the topics explored in this semester’s Horizons Series, the Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology colloquium series. To learn more about the speakers and register for each event, visit colgate.edu/horizons.
In order to properly track and disperse PPE and disinfecting supplies, departments and offices must work through their dedicated supply coordinator to order from the facilities warehouse. Orders received from staff members who are not dedicated supply coordinators will be rejected. If departments or offices are unsure who their supply coordinator may be or need to make a change to their dedicated supply coordinator, then department heads can email email@example.com.
Monday, January 24–Friday, January 28: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 29: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, January 30: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.