SophoMORE Connections

SophoMORE Connections provides second-year students an opportunity to explore their academic and career interests through conversations with alumni, faculty, staff, and upperclassmen.

SophoMORE Connections will be held on January 17–18, 2020

  • Students are permitted to move into their residence halls on Thursday, January 16, or anytime thereafter, utilizing their 'gate Cards and room keys.
  • SophoMORE Connections is free to attend. The cost of all meals during the program, including card swipes into the dining hall, is absorbed at no cost for attendees.    
  • Check-in begins at 1:00 on Friday January 17 in Benton Hall, with the first sessions beginning at 3 p.m.
  • Dress code for this event is business casual.

Meet the 2020 SophoMORE Connections Keynote Speaker

Jon Lopez ’06 is a sports photographer and cinematographer. Nike, FIBA, the NBA, Jordan Brand, Red Bull, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and the New York Knicks are among the brands that have enlisted Jon’s lens to help craft and tell their stories. His cinematography work contributed to award-winning documentary films including Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives.

At Colgate, Jon majored in English with an emphasis in creative writing. He hosted a radio show on WRCU, was active in LASO and Brothers, and served as the president of WeFunk. From the playgrounds of New York City to the Rio Olympics, basketball and photography have led Jon around the world. Today he lives in New Jersey with his wife.

Learn more about all the 2020 panelists

Industries Represented by Alumni

  • Advertising and Communications
  • Business Services
  • Common Good
  • Creative Industries
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Government and Public Policy
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Real Estate
  • Sciences
  • Sustainability
  • Technology and Computing

Past Keynote Speakers


Clarissa Shah

Clarissa Shah ’10
Commercial Sales Attorney at LinkedIn


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Amy Dudley ’06
Chief Spokesperson, Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative


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Jamil Jude ’09
Artistic Programming Associate, Park Square Theater



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Sian-Pierre Regis ’06
Pop-Culture/Millennial Issues Contributor at HLN, Founder of Swagger



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Yee-Ann Cho ’90
Senior Vice President, Colorado Education Initiative



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Lisa Hillenbrand ’79, P ’16
Director of Global Marketing, Proctor & Gamble