This Torch Medal is given to Lesleigh Cushing, Murray W. and Mildred K. Finard Associate Professor in Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Religion, by Ellie Sher ’12.
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“Professor Cushing is undoubtedly one of the people who made my experience at Colgate so special. Having opened up her office, her home, and her heart, Professor Cushing nurtured me throughout my time at Colgate—providing me with my first taste of a religious studies course as a freshman, and later as my senior thesis advisor. With this medal, I would like to thank Professor Cushing for challenging me, acting as my sounding board for matters big and small, and instilling in me a passion that continues to shape who I am today.”
— Ellie Sher ’12