Hello, Colgate Community.

Last week was an eventful one, both on campus and around the world. Let’s start here in Hamilton, where we currently have 13 active student cases of COVID-19.

The University is out of the Inn (175 Utica Street, formerly the Wendt University Inn), and we will now rely on other locations for local isolation.

All eligible students have confirmed booster compliance. Thank you. Full vaccination is a pillar of our COVID response, allowing us to return to a new normal — which included hosting more than 300 alumni and friends last weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of coeducation. Many thanks to everyone who attended those events and to those who worked so hard to welcome our guests.

Vaccination has also allowed us to return to victory on the ice and the court. Colgateathletics.com has all the latest details on women’s ice hockey, men’s ice hockey, and men’s basketball postseason successes — see below for ticket information. Congratulations to our women’s hockey team, who secured their second consecutive ECAC Tournament championship; men’s basketball for advancing to their fifth straight Patriot League championship game; and our mens’ hockey team, who advanced to the ECAC quarterfinals.

In other news, the HAT has moved to weekly meetings but will still update the dashboard daily. It is going to receive a makeover later this week, so watch for changes. Similarly, the CDC has adjusted its tracking, relying on hospital admissions, occupied hospital beds, and new cases per 100,000 people. These metrics correspond to low, medium, and high categories on their U.S. map, which is updated weekly. Check it out, and note that Madison County is currently at low risk.

Looking beyond the United States, we have all been monitoring developments on the war in Ukraine. Faculty and staff members have hosted forums and appeared in the national press. We have posted links to a variety of resources on the Colgate website, and the chaplains invite you to a campuswide Vigil of Solidarity With the People of Ukraine, tomorrow, March 8, at 11:45 a.m. in Memorial Chapel. I hope to see you there.

Since next Monday marks the start of spring break, let’s plan to reconnect via email on Monday, March 21.

Enjoy your break,

Laura H. Jack
Vice President for Communications

Take Note

Wednesday, March 9, Colgate will welcome Robin Wall Kimmerer, mother, scientist, decorated professor, enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, and author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, which has earned wide acclaim and was chosen as the 2021 Community Read at Colgate University. Find more details on the calendar.

Men’s basketball plays Navy in the Patriot League Championship this Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Cotterell Court. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the first 500 students will receive complimentary admission to the game, thanks to generous alumni and friends of Colgate athletics. Women’s ice hockey will host Yale in the NCAA Regional Final at Class of 1965 Arena this Saturday, March 12, at 3 p.m. Stay tuned for ticket information in the next day or two. Men’s hockey will face Cornell in a best two-out-of-three quarterfinal series in Ithaca this weekend — watch live on ESPN+. 

The March Grant Advisor is now available. Search the Grant Advisor or view upcoming deadlines in 10 categories. If accessing the Grant Advisor from outside the Colgate campus network, you will be prompted to enter your Colgate network credentials.

Testing is available to students by appointment — Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m in the Clark room. Please sign up online. Employees can find free COVID testing at SUNY Morrisville and SUNY Polytechnic.