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Every year, dozens of alumni and Colgate campus community members offer classes for Reunion attendees. Read more about this year’s slate of Reunion College faculty.
Jeff Fager ’77 discusses his colleague Andy Rooney '42 P'74, GP'05 at Reunion College

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Yariv Amir ’01 has been the associate athletic director for external operations since July 2015. In his role, Amir oversees all external operations of the department, including athletics communications, marketing, and corporate partnerships. He serves as the sport administrator for men’s and women’s hockey, men’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, and swimming and diving. Before coming back to his alma mater in the summer of 2015, Amir served for 14 years in the Department of Athletics at Princeton University. There he had various roles, most recently as the assistant athletic director for marketing. Amir was a captain of the men's rowing team at Colgate before graduating in 2001 with a degree in economics and international relations. He earned his MBA from the Rutgers University Business School in 2010, specializing in marketing.

Patricia Apelian (Aitken) ’76 majored in international relations and French and was part of the Dijon Study Group in 1975. She was actively involved in Colgate’s developing female varsity interscholastic athletics program as an athlete, team manager, and student athletic trainer. Professionally, she has more than 35 years in financial restructurings and workouts, corporate turnarounds, banking, and finance. Her focus has been in providing business and financial advice to private and public corporations and their boards, as well as negotiating reorganizations of domestic and international businesses, either out-of-court or through formal bankruptcy court proceedings. Apelian is an elected trustee on the Board of Education of the Manhasset Union Free School District, Manhasset, N.Y. (2005 – present). She serves as the parish council chair and executive board member (2012–present) of her local Armenian church. Apelian’s Colgate engagement includes: Alumni Council member (2013–present); Alumnae Leadership Council (Charter Member 2008–present); President’s Club Membership Council (2007–present); Alumni Admission Program (2001–present), and various fundraising roles as class chair, class agent, Reunion Gift Committee member, as well as leading the Reunion Program Committee for her 10th (co-chair), 35th, and 40th reunions. She lives in Plandome, N.Y. with her husband of 34 years, Iain Aitken, and is the mother of three children: Katherine (29), Peter (26), and Jennifer (23).

Brion Applegate ’76 graduated from Colgate and went on to graduate from Harvard Business School. He is with Venture Capital: Spectrum Group (Palo Alto, Calif.), and resides in Atherton, Calif. Applegate is a current Colgate Board of Trustees member.

Anthony F. Aveni (AB Boston University, PhD University of Arizona) is the Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of astronomy and anthropology and Native American studies, serving appointments in the departments of physics and astronomy and sociology and anthropology at Colgate University, where he has taught since 1963. He has also served in visiting appointments at the University of South Florida, the University of Colorado, Tulane University, and the University of Padua, Italy. Featured in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 10 best university professors in the country, Aveni was also voted National Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Washington, D.C., the highest national award for teaching. At Colgate, he has received, among other teaching awards, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching (1997) and the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society Distinguished Teaching Award in voting by the first-year class of 1990. Aveni has spoken or written on astronomy-related subjects on The Learning Channel, Discovery Channel, PBS-Nova, BBC, NPR, Larry King Live, NBC's Today Show, Unsolved Mysteries, as well as the New York Times, Newsweek, and USA Today. He has lectured in more than 300 universities around the world. Aveni has been awarded research grants by the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, and various private foundations for work on both American continents, as well as in Europe and the Middle East. He has more than 300 research publications to his credit, and has written or edited 35 books. With his artist wife, Lorraine, Aveni resides in Hamilton, New York.


Ken Bader ’71, to the neglect of his studies, spent most of his waking hours at Colgate working at WRCU. It was there that he fell in love with radio. In fact, while still at Colgate, Bader had jobs at two radio stations in Utica. After graduation, he worked at stations in Florida, Iowa, Missouri, Wyoming, Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts; he has also worked on Voice of America, several national programs, and NPR. Bader will bring along audio excerpts from some favorite moments from his career in public radio.

Jerry Balmuth is the Harry Emerson Fosdick Professor of philosophy and religion, emeritus. He graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with an AB from Amherst College, 1950; MA 1952 and ABD 1954 from Cornell University. He served almost 4 years in the U.S. Army, drafted as a private in 1943 and discharged as a first lieutenant (Inf.) in 1946. He specializes in Wittgenstein’s philosophy and influence, history of philosophy, philosophy of language, law and religion, aesthetics, and logic (symbolic and advanced). His interests additionally include epistemology, philosophy of logic, and meta-ethics and their connection with the philosophy of language — Japan, Great Britain, Western Europe. Balmuth’s publications include a contribution to Marxist Social Thought (1968) and articles in Mind.

Thomas Balonek, professor of physics and astronomy, whose teaching specialties include extragalactic astronomy and life in the universe, joined the Colgate faculty in 1985. He has a BA from Cornell University and his MS and PhD from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. He conducts observatory open houses for the public and instructs students in the use of the telescope.

Abe Benghiat ’18 is a peace and conflict studies major and an economics minor. He is the captain of Colgate Club Cycling. Benghiat has raced competitively for six years and is currently on the Central New York Cycling team.

Elisa Benson ’06 received her BA in art and art history, but spent most of her time at Colgate writing for the Colgate Maroon-News (where she launched a terrible column about sex and relationships that attracted more than a few angry letters to the editor — sorry, Colgate!) and for the alumni newspaper (where she wrote obituaries, among other things). Her mother, Nancy Morse, is a Class of 1978 alumna. Since graduating in 2006, Benson has worked as an editor at Seventeen and Cosmopolitan magazines, where she is currently the director of social media. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @elisabenson.

Rabbi Dena Bodian is Colgate’s associate chaplain and director of Jewish life. Ordained by the Hebrew Seminary of the Deaf (a non-denominational rabbinical school with ties to the conservative movement), she spent six years in Chicago before coming to Hamilton. Rabbi Dena, as she is called by the student body, advises both the Muslim and Hindu Student Associations and loves this interfaith dimension of the job.

Sydni Bond ’18 is part of the OUS (Office of Undergraduate Students) scholar's program and is majoring in astrophysics. She is a part of many clubs and activities at Colgate, including cheerleading and being a community leader within the Ciccone Commons. Before Colgate, she attended Capistrano Valley High School (Capo) in Mission Viejo, Calif., graduating with the Seal of Bi-literacy in Spanish and as an AP Scholar. While she was at Capo, she was in orchestra and was the president of the Black American Club for two years. Sydni intends to go on to graduate school after Colgate and eventually conduct research in the field of astronomy. She enjoys writing, reading, and spending time in the sun in her free time. Sydni resides in southern Calif. with her adoptive family, many cats, and two dogs.

Jennifer Brice is an associate professor of English and the author of two books of nonfiction, The Last Settlers and Unlearning to Fly, as well as essays on the craft of writing. She will lead this fall's Living Writers series with support from colleagues across the university.

Clarence Brown ’76 is the chief operating officer and managing partner of Brown, Curry, Detry, Taylor & Associates, LLC, owners of Heart & Soul magazine, its websites, and its events. As the CEO, he is responsible for the growth and expansion of the 22-year-old brand to ensure its continued success and return on shareholder value. Before becoming CEO of Heart & Soul, Brown was with Black Entertainment Television for 13 years. There, he was vice president of operations and associate publisher for the BET Publishing Group. He was instrumental in the structure and content for the launch of MSBET, a joint-venture website for BET and Microsoft that later became Before his experience with BET, Brown was with Time magazine for 12 years as international production manager; makeup manager for Time International; manager for special advertising sections; and traffic manager for Time U.S. He worked with U.S. and international advertising sales and agencies, as well as international printing plants. Brown has worked with many professional organizations as a consultant to increase their visibility and support their national and local causes.

Tommy Brown ’79
graduated from Colgate and went on to receive his MFA from the Yale School of Art (photography) in 1983. He works as a photographer and has prints in numerous museum collections. Brown helps at reunion, taking all the class photos. Go to to see more of Brown’s work. Scott C. Brown is the associate vice president and dean of students at Colgate University. He was director of the Career Development Center at Mount Holyoke College and held previous posts at the University of Maryland (PhD), the American Association for Higher Education, Dartmouth College, Indiana University (MS), and the University of California-Irvine (BA). He has developed the Wisdom Development Scale, served as an editorial member of the Journal of College Student Development, and was a recipient of the Fulbright Seminar Grant (Germany).

Lucas Burdick
is the assistant men’s track and field and cross country coach. He is facilitating the 5K/1mile Fun Run and the track and field meet-and-greet this year.

Gretchen Burke ’81
graduated from Harvard Business School. She is a current Colgate Board of Trustees member. Burke works as a not-for-profit board leader and resides in New York City.


Pam Cannon ’91 is an executive editor at Ballantine Books, a division of the Random House Publishing Group. She acquires and edits a wide range of non-fiction titles, including the #1 NY Times bestsellers Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini, Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman, Official Bookclub Selection: A Memoir by Kathy Griffin, and From Mama's Table to Mine: A Cookbook by Bobby Deen.

Vaughn Carney ’68 is originally from Chicago, entered Colgate in 1964 as a War Memorial Scholar and graduated in 1968. He was named a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard Law School, graduated with honors in 1971, and worked immediately thereafter at two Wall Street law firms. Carney taught at Howard University School of Law from 1973 to 1978, then re-entered the private sector and practiced with major aerospace corporations for 30 years, specializing in international aerospace and defense finance. He lived and worked in Saudi Arabia throughout the 1980s and ’90s. Carney is now semi-retired, living in Vermont, and practicing pro bono public interest law.

Michael Carrington ’06 is originally from Waterbury, Conn., and is very excited to be back for reunion! During his time at Colgate, “Mikey” was lucky enough to take Core 138S, Advent of the Atomic Bomb with Professor Karen Harpp, and he loved every second of the course. He stayed involved with "the bomb class" at various levels through the years, including traveling to Okinawa, Japan, in the summer of 2004, serving as a teaching assistant for the Advent of the Atomic Bomb first-year seminar in fall 2005, and helping redesign the course over the years via epic e-mail brainstorming sessions with Karen. After Colgate, Mikey attended the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. He currently helps manage his own general practice law firm and resides in Milford, Conn., with his wife, Emily, and their cat, Oliver.

Chris Carsky ’76 majored in English and philosophy and religion, was a member of the Oxford and Coventry Study Group, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She practices law in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in the areas of civil litigation; transactions; and planning for individuals, families, and businesses. Carsky has served as president or board member of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation and other organizations enhancing community arts and culture, and of the Broward County and Adirondack Women’s, and Saratoga County Bar Associations; the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; and Community Hospice Speaker’s Bureau. She lives in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and is the mother of three children.

Anja Chávez is director of university museums for Colgate University. She directs the Picker Art Gallery and Longyear Museum of Anthropology, as well as the university’s envisioned Center for Art and Culture. With an academic background as an art historian, Anja holds MA and PhD degrees from the University of Bonn, Germany, and attended the École Normale Supérieure and the Université de Paris Sorbonne (Paris IV). Chávez brings two decades of museum experience in major international museums (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Lenbachhaus, Munich; MFA, Boston) and liberal arts colleges and universities. In academic museums, she has consistently involved students and faculty from multiple disciplines in the work of Western and non-Western artists. A recipient of international residencies, she worked with major artists of our times (Xu Bing, Steve McQueen, Lawrence Weiner); produced high-profile, innovative scholarly exhibitions; received several AICA awards; and created partnerships across institutions and communities, at regional, national, and international levels. Chávez recently served as an AAM peer reviewer and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. A member of professional organizations (AAM, AAMG, ArtTable, NESCAMA), she is the NYS representative of AAMG and a Rotarian.

Christine J. Chao ’86 is currently general counsel of the Foremost Group, an international shipping company. Chao has extensive corporate and commercial law experience, having worked in senior legal positions for three Fortune 100 companies: GE, Federal Express, and Ultramar Corporation. Chao began her legal career upon graduation from Columbia Law School with the Wall Street law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf, focusing on M&A, U.S. securities, leasing, and project finance. Chao holds a bachelor of arts degree from Colgate University and currently serves as a trustee for her alma mater; for the Foremost Foundation, which strives to help young people access higher education and greater opportunities generally; and for her younger son’s school, Brunswick School, in Greenwich, Conn. She also sits on the board of LitWorld, an organization that promotes global literacy. After living abroad in Hong Kong, China, and London, England, Christine now resides in Greenwich, Conn., with her husband, Jos. Shaver ’86, and their two sons, Benjamin ’20 and Tyler.

Steve Chouinard is the assistant athletic director for sport performance. At Colgate for the past 20 years and directing the program since 2008, he oversees Colgate's varsity student-athletes’ athletic health care needs and training to promote high performance as well as injury prevention.

Victoria M. “Vicky” Chun ’91, MA’94 was recognized by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal as a “Game Changer” in 2014 and has earned a stellar reputation nationally as one of the most enthusiastic, involved, and well-respected administrators in intercollegiate athletics. Chun was named Colgate University’s director of athletics and associate professor in 2013 and promoted in 2015 to vice president and director of athletics. Chun’s vision of academic excellence, success at the NCAA Division I level, and commitment to the university has created positive changes and outcomes for the Raiders. During her tenure as director of athletics, the Raiders have won titles in football, men’s lacrosse, men’s rowing, women’s soccer, and volleyball. In 2015, football won the Patriot League Championship and advanced to the NCAA Elite 8 earning a final national ranking of “lucky” number 13. Also, women's ice hockey’s stellar season earned them a final national ranking of 8th. In 2014, men’s ice hockey received an at-large selection to the NCAA Division I Championship tournament, earning a final national ranking of "lucky" number 13. Under Chun’s leadership, the academic accomplishments by Raiders student-athletes have been stellar, with a 98 percent graduation rate that ranks Colgate 3rd in the nation. In June 2011, Chun received the prestigious Maroon Citation. In 2010, Chun was selected as the National Administrator of the Year (FCS Division) by NACWAA. In 1999, Chun was inducted into the Colgate Athletics Hall of Honor, just 3 years after receiving the Howard Hartman Award, given to the Colgate Coach of the Year. Chun earned her bachelor of arts degree from Colgate in 1991 (double major: political science and education) and master of arts degree in 1994 (history).

Diane Ciccone ’74
is a member of Colgate’s first graduating class of women. She is also a 1977 graduate of Hofstra School of Law. Ciccone is a founding member and early president of the Alumni of Color and has served on the Alumni Corporation's Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees, chairing the board's Legal Affairs and Insurance Committee. She has also served on the Women's Advisory Committee and as class reunion chair, and organized class gifts. Ciccone has volunteered for campaigns, advised students on their careers, hosted interns, and created a fund to support the ALANA Cultural Center. She is a recipient of the Maroon Citation and the Wm. Brian Little '64 Award for Distinguished Service. The first residential commons has been named in her honor. She is currently on the Bicentennial Advisory Board. Her most current Colgate project is compiling the stories of Alumni of Color. She is a practicing attorney and administrative law judge in New York. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Daryl McMillan. Their daughter Kali McMillan graduated from Colgate in 2010.

Gus Coldebella ’91
, a member of the National Law Journal’s inaugural class of “Cybersecurity Trailblazers” in 2015, is a principal at the law firm of Fish & Richardson, concentrating on cybersecurity, litigation, and government investigations. From 2007 to 2009, he was the acting general counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, after serving as DHS's deputy general counsel for two years. In that role, he focused on all major security issues confronting the nation, led an office of more than 1,700 lawyers, and served as Secretary Michael Chertoff’s primary legal adviser. Gus currently serves as audit and risk committee chair on Colgate’s Board of Trustees. He received his J.D. magna cum laude from Cornell. He is on Twitter at @g_co. H. Leroy Cody Jr. ’71 entered Colgate in September 1967, majoring in sociology, and graduated with departmental honors. The 18 black freshmen in that class doubled the black student population at Colgate. On the extracurricular front, Cody was active in the Association of Black Collegians and, in later years, served as an officer. He participated in the sit-in of 1968 and the takeover of Merrill House in 1969. When the Black Cultural Center was established in the fall of 1970, Cody was the first manager of the student-operated dining facility it housed. In addition to these activities, Cody was a DJ on WRCU and served as a member of the Student Judiciary Board. Upon leaving Colgate, Cody earned an MBA in finance and accounting at The Wharton School, where he was an officer of the Black MBA Association and a founder of the Whitney Young Conference, which is now in its 43rd year. Cody was elected to Colgate’s Board of Trustees in 2011 and serves as chair of the Student Affairs Committee. He is a member of the Endowment Management and Finance, Institutional Advancement and Communications, and Nominating and Trustee Development committees. Recently retired after a distinguished career of more than 40 years on Wall Street, Cody and his wife, Elaine, reside in South Orange, N.J. They have two sons.

Thomas Cruz-Soto Jr.
is the associate dean for campus life and director of ALANA Cultural Center, committed to developing a community in which students, faculty, and staff are supported as critical thinkers and prospective leaders who value all forms of intellectual rigor and respect the complexity of human understanding. Diversity and inclusivity are among the highest priorities for members of the Colgate family. Cruz-Soto assists the dean of the college in developing an inclusive campus that values, supports, and affirms each member of the community. He works collaboratively with the Office of Human Resources, the university provost, the vice provost for equity and diversity, the senior compliance director for equity and inclusion, the vice president for finance and administration, and other dean of the college departments to recruit and support a diverse staff and faculty. He is instrumental in shaping campus diversity initiatives, assessments, and programming for students, faculty, and staff.


Christy DeLair is the assistant curator for the Longyear Museum of Anthropology. DeLair is a specialist in contemporary indigenous art and identity, with interests in the relation between creativity and tradition, the role of museums in community development and cultural revitalization, and interactions between artists and museums. Christy was a postdoctoral fellow in museum studies and anthropology at Brown University and has had a long affiliation with the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, where she gained experience in multiple roles, including ethnographic collecting, curating, collections management, teaching with collections, and community programming. DeLair received her PhD in anthropology from Brown University for her research on the role of indigenous crafts in the negotiation of identity and community in Taiwan. Earlier anthropological research (BA Johns Hopkins; MA Brown) focused on contemporary Native American performance and identity. She has received grants from the Fulbright Foundation and the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation.

Michael Dinneen ’11 is the youngest of four brothers from Duxbury, Mass., and the second in his family to go to Colgate (brother Brian ’06). He majored in English literature, participated in intramural sports, sailed with the Colgate Sailing Team, volunteered for the Office of Admissions for four years, and was a brother of the PKT/ATO house and a member of the Konosioni Senior Honor Society. After graduation, Michael worked in development at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston for a year. From there, he moved to Oregon to work at Nike’s World Headquarters. Michael has progressed through four years there, operating in departments ranging from retail to sales to brand marketing. Michael is thrilled to be returning to Hamilton, N.Y. for the five-year reunion to see friends, professors, and classmates.

Kayla Dowd ’18
is from Wenham, Mass., and is double majoring in history and economics. On campus, Kayla is an active member of the Student Committee on Providing Entertainment, Model United Nations, and Gamma Phi Beta. Upon returning from her fall semester in Copenhagen, Denmark, she also hopes to kick-start a student-run data journal. Dowd is thrilled to be joining the Class of 1966 in celebrating their 50th Reunion. As a student caller for the Colgate Annual Fund, she finds enthusiasm for Colgate to be wonderfully contagious!

Amy Dudley ’06 is the communications director for U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia. She previously served as press secretary to Vice President Joe Biden during the 2012 campaign, and as his deputy press secretary in the White House. Before that, she served as press secretary to U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman. Dudley has also worked in the public affairs office of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and as a staff writer for National Journal's The Hotline. She is a member of the Truman National Security Project, an organization in Washington that convenes trainings and events for political, military, and policy leaders on national security issues. Dudley lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and is a native of Brookfield, Conn.

Ishir Dutta ’17
is from New Delhi, India. He is a physics and math double major with an interest in all things related to education. On an average day you may find him in the physics lounge trying to come up with the best way to teach math students about the different levels of infinity, in his lab firing high-power lasers at stuff, or blowing up trash cans to simulate explosive volcanoes.


Joe Eakin has been in the planetarium business for more than 15 years, starting as a console operator at the Sky Theater of the University of North Texas, working on productions, giving shows to school groups, and aiding astronomy labs. After graduation, he was program coordinator for a new planetarium at the University of Texas–Arlington, a Digistar 3 dome where he learned 3D modeling and built his first render farm. Eakin has always dreamed of living in upstate New York with its bitter cold, so after interviewing in a N.Y. blizzard, he joined Colgate as the senior visualization lab designer and technician in 2008. Immersed in our liberal arts setting, Eakin works closely with faculty and students, designing content for many disciplines. Eakin also teaches students how to create content for the dome.


Bill Freeborn will facilitate a spin class on Saturday morning.


Harvey Geller ’66 is the owner of the Geller Company, which sells and services employee benefit plans. He was admissions chair for New York City and Westchester County, for which he received the Maroon Citation and the Admission Chair of the Year Award for his 20+ years of service to Colgate University. He was also a member of the board of the Alumni Corporation from 1990 to 1994.

Naceo Giles ’70 grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and went to the public schools of New York City through 10th grade. With the help of the Boys’ Club of New York, he was awarded a scholarship to Trinity School in Manhattan. Giles graduated from there in 1966 and entered Colgate University. While at Colgate, he was active in athletics, in student life as a resident advisor, and in student politics as a member of the Association of Black Collegians. After graduation, he began a career in higher education, working in special admissions programs first at Hofstra University, then at Wagner College, and finally at the University Scholars Program at Colgate. In 1983, he began studies in the master of divinity program at Union Theological Seminary; however, family obligations required that he leave that program before graduation. Since leaving Union, he has worked as a maintenance supervisor and the vice president of a pest management company. He retired in 2014, but is currently working to organize a worker/owner pest control co-operative.

Alvin Glymph ’91 graduated from Colgate University with BA in religion and holds an MA from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the founder and president of Glymph and Associates, LLC, and Just Joints, LLC. The co-author of the novel Tourist in Your Own Town, he is an entrepreneur and nonprofit leader in Atlanta, Georgia. With more than 20 years of experience in successful transformational community efforts targeting the underserved in Atlanta, Glymph has been a prominent staple within the Atlanta community in the areas of college access and success. He effectively uses his talents as a data geek, pop culture expert, and community activist to interpret findings and make meaning of the data for all levels of stakeholders. He believes that all students need the opportunity to be educated so they can have realistic options to be productive citizens.

Geoffrey Gold ’86 is the managing member and founder of Silver Salar Capital, LLC, a private investment and consulting firm. Currently, Gold splits his time between his private investment responsibilities and various charitable organizations. From 2007 through 2012, Gold was a founder and portfolio manager at Normandy Hill Capital, which specialized in distressed and event-driven investing. Previously, Gold was an original member and partner of Strategic Value Partners (SVP), a hedge fund and private equity platform. Before SVP, Gold spent 14 years at the ING Group, where he started his career following graduation from Colgate. He also lived in London and ran the European and Asian distressed and special situations businesses. Gold has been an active volunteer and contributor to educationally-based organizations throughout his career, including serving on the Colgate University Alumni Council (2004–2011), the Fiver Foundation, the NYU Stern School of Business, the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center, and, most recently, as a mentor for Year Up. Gold graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate with a BA in international relations and German. He received an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1991.

John Golden ’66,
after graduating from Columbia Law School, worked on Wall Street as a lawyer and then as an investment banker, his time culminating as a general partner at Goldman Sachs. Currently, he has his own investment firm. In 1994, Golden was elected to join Colgate’s Board of Trustees, where he served for 13 years, including as board chair from 2001 to 2007. He has been a Hamilton property owner since 1997.

Amanda Gregory ’96
lost her brother to brain cancer in 2013, after his 2-year, courageous fight. She decided to channel her grief constructively; thus, the birth, shortly after, of the Uncle Kory Foundation. The Uncle Kory Foundation's mission is to provide hope to patients and families as well as to advance innovative and collaborative brain cancer research to specifically improve the survival rate and treatment of those diagnosed with brain cancer. She is currently partnering with Duke University, UCLA, the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the University of California–San Diego through various clinical trials, grants, and research support. The foundation’s biggest fundraiser is called the “Tour de Pier,” and is held in May every year on the iconic Manhattan Beach pier in southern California. The event features more than 300 stationary spin bikes outside overlooking the ocean — individuals and teams enjoy the view while taking a 5-hour ride. To date, the Uncle Kory Foundation has raised more than $1.8 million.

Kristen Grossman ’96
graduated from Colgate with a major in psychology. She spent her first several years after Colgate in marketing consulting, working at large and boutique agencies in New York and Boston. She went to business school and earned an MBA in ’06 from Babson College, a school that emphasizes entrepreneurship. In 2014, Grossman decided to do something completely different and went into business for herself. She identified her town, Hingham, Mass., as a potentially strong market for a dedicated spin studio and began developing the concept, capital, and lease. Her husband, Josh ’96, (whom she met her first day at Colgate!) has been her biggest supporter and business lawyer. Cycle Town opened its doors in January 2015, using a method of riding to the beat of the music. Classes are high-intensity, music-infused, and great fun. Grossman is the sole owner and operator, and also an instructor. She has an amazing team of instructors and a loyal community built around positivity and feeling good.

Bruce Guernsey ’66
is a distinguished professor emeritus at Eastern Illinois University, where he taught creative writing and 19th-century American literature for 25 years, subsequent to earning a PhD from the University of New Hampshire in American literature. In 1993, he was designated “professor of the year” by the State of Illinois Board of Governors, the highest award in that state system. His poems have appeared in such scholarly publications as The Atlantic Monthly and The American Scholar, and he is a former editor of The Spoon River Poetry Review.

Ann-Marie Guglieri
oversees all internal operations of the department of athletics, including responsibility for the division's budget. She serves as the sport administrator for football, men’s basketball, field hockey, women’s lacrosse, softball, men’s rowing, and women’s soccer. Guglieri oversaw the construction of the university’s $3.6 million soccer complex and its opening in August 2014. She also is currently serving as the project manager for the $37.8 million Class of 1965 Arena, opening in October 2016. In addition, Guglieri oversees the athletic equipment room, compliance office staff, event management staff, and the entire physical education and recreation area of the division, while serving as the department’s liaison to the university’s general counsel and admissions office. Nationally, Guglieri chaired the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Committee in 2013 and 2014, and served on the NAAC Reasonable Standards Committee. On campus, she serves on the university’s Faculty Affairs Committee, the Committee on Academic Standing, the Committee on Athletics, and the Faculty Affirmative Action Committee. A 2004 graduate of Syracuse University, Guglieri was a three-year starter on the Orange field hockey team. In May 2006, Guglieri earned her master’s degree in education with a concentration in athletic administration at Springfield College. While earning her master’s, Guglieri served as an assistant coach for the field hockey team in the 2004 and 2005 seasons and helped the team to conference championships both years.


John Halenar ’71 is a consultant and environmental writer based in Ridgewood, N.J. He has completed projects for Amtrak, the Gaia Institute, the Environmental Business Association of New York, and Scenic Hudson, among others. His most recent project was coordinating the College Council program of the New York State recycling association. He has served on the board of that organization as well as on the board of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. For 12 years, Halenar was a manager of environmental issues for Verizon Information Services, the directory publishing arm of Verizon Communications, where he was responsible for establishing directory recycling programs throughout the United States. Before joining Verizon, Halenar worked as an editor and reporter in print and electronic publishing. He graduated from Colgate with a degree in political science and has a certificate in strategic environmental management from New York University.

Zachary Helft ’11
hails from Hoosick Falls, N.Y. Matriculating at Colgate University in 2007, he soon found himself majoring in cellular neuroscience. At Colgate, he was a Phi Delta Theta, participated in the NIH Study Group, and performed undergraduate research under professors Bruce Hansen, Douglas Wacker, and Xiawei Xao. He was an Alumni Memorial Scholar and executed a research project in Peru. After graduating, Helft began a job working for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, helping to launch Eyelea, a treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration. In 2011, Helft was accepted into a PhD graduate program in vision science at the University of California-Berkeley. He is currently working in the laboratory of Richard Kramer, researching vision restoration using light-sensitive chemicals that can be injected into the eye. A year into the program, he was approached by Christy Sheehy to co-found C. Light Technologies. He sits on the board of Beyond Academia, an independent organization aimed at providing graduate students with information, skills, and resources to succeed in the job market. Helft spends his weekends fixing and riding his motorcycle, backpacking in the Sierras, and kayaking on the Russian River.

Karen Harpp
has been teaching at Colgate since 1998. She’s a member of the geology department (where her research focus is volcanoes) and the peace and conflict studies program (where her teaching specialty is weapons technology). So, clearly she has a fondness for large, unpredictable systems that release huge amounts of energy suddenly…

Yukari Hirata
is a professor of Japanese and linguistics. She teaches courses on Japanese language at all levels and Core 115S: Brains and Tongues — How Do We Acquire Language? and specializes in speech science and second-language acquisition.

Ron Hoham
is a professor of biology emeritus. He taught introductory biology, plant evolution, phycology-macrophytes, and a research course on extreme environments. He earned his BA from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, MS from Michigan State University, and PhD from the University of Washington. Hoham started the Colgate-affiliated Montana study program at the Flathead Lake Biological Station in 1982 and was director of the marine-freshwater science topical concentration. When chair of the Colgate Research Council, he instituted the student wage grant. He edited the book Snow Ecology and participated in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA’s Mars Ice projects. He regularly attends meetings of the Northeast Algal Society.

Lynn Holcomb ’92
received a master of arts degree in education and human development from George Washington University in 1996. After some time in graduate admissions at George Washington, Holcomb found herself back at her alma mater promoting what she truly believes in ... a liberal arts education. Holcomb has been at Colgate for nearly 19 years and currently serves as a senior associate dean of admission.

Sarah Horowitz
is the curatorial assistant for the Picker Art Gallery and Longyear Museum of Anthropology. Horowitz comes to the Picker Art Gallery and the Longyear Museum of Anthropology with a strong background in curatorial work in museums and galleries throughout New England and in New York City. She has contributed to numerous exhibition- and collections-related projects at a wide variety of institutions, including the University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. Horowitz holds an MA in art history from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and a BA in art history and museum studies from Marlboro College. Her areas of research interest include 19th- and 20th-century architecture in Europe and America, 19th-century European painting, and ancient Roman art and architecture.

Dan Hunt has engineered Colgate football’s return to national prominence. In his second year (2015) as Colgate's Fred ’50 and Marilyn Dunlap head football coach, Hunt guided Colgate to its second-best postseason in history. The Raiders won a Patriot League championship and then won twice in the NCAA playoffs to finish among the top eight teams in the Football Championship Series. Hunt was named Coach of the Year by both the ECAC and the Patriot League, and was a finalist for national honors. He guided the Raiders to a perfect 6–0 conference record for their eighth Patriot League title. Born in Canajoharie, N.Y, Hunt graduated from Springfield in 1992 with a degree in physical education and earned his master's degree in athletic administration from Springfield in 1995. Dan, his wife, Susanne, and sons Ryan and Sean make their home in Hamilton. He is hosting the football reception at his home in Hamilton.



Robin Jaycox ’53, MA’57 was director of student aid at Colgate. He retired in 1993 after 35 years of service to the university.

Jane Jones
is assistant director of the Shaw Wellness Institute where she oversees Colgate's Alcohol and Drug Services. She has been at Colgate for 27 years, so she is familiar with current student issues and concerns.


Spencer Kelly is a professor of psychology and neuroscience. He teaches courses such as Pyschology 355: Language and Thought; Nueroscience 170: Introduction to Neuroscience; and Core 113S: How to Build a Baby. Kelly specializes in hand gesture and its relation to language.

Ben Kelsey ’18
is a French and Japanese double major as well as a Benton Scholar. He speaks 4.5 languages (English, French, Italian, Dutch, and Japanese) and lived in Europe for nine years. Kelsey is in a leadership position in just about every gaming-related organization on campus. The Bomb Class (as Core 138S: Advent of the Atomic Bomb is affectionately called) has been his favorite class in his two years at Colgate.

Lauren Kerby ’11
is a PhD candidate in religious studies at Boston University, where her research focuses on American religion and politics. At Colgate, she majored in religion and minored in classics. She also worked in the Writing and Speaking Center and co-founded the Colgate Ballroom Dancers. She currently teaches in the Boston University Writing Program and works on the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard University.

Rich Kern ’66
began a 40-year career as a wildlife filmmaker and lecturer after serving with the US Navy in Vietnam. He has produced films about Africa, Indonesia, and Central America, but has specialized in the Everglades, which are close to where he resides in southern Florida. Kern and his wife, Judy, have also been active in educating Miami schoolchildren on the importance of the environment. Today, their son carries on their work in the wild.

G. Bruce Knecht ’80
is a journalist and the author of three previous books: Grand Ambition: An Extraordinary Yacht, the People Who Built It, and the Millionaire Who Can't Really Afford It; The Proving Ground: The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race; and Hooked: Pirates, Poaching and the Perfect Fish. A longtime reporter and foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, Knecht has also written for The Atlantic Monthly, New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, National Review, Barron's, Conde Nast Traveler, and Men’s Journal. Knecht earned an MBA from Harvard University and was awarded a Reuters Fellowship at Oxford University. An avid sailor, Knecht raced across the Atlantic Ocean in 2005 on the yacht that broke the 100-year-old transatlantic race record.

Ellen Percy Kraly
, the William R. Kenan Jr. professor of geography, is currently director of the environmental studies program at Colgate University. In February, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Curtin University in recognition of her role in the return of aboriginal children’s artwork to Western Australia. She served as director of Colgate’s Upstate Institute, an initiative to promote community based research (2006–2011) and editor-in-chief of the International Migration Review, an interdisciplinary peer reviewed journal. She is member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration. Kraly was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Immigration Statistics and has prepared reports on topics including international migration data for the United Nations Statistical Commission, the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. At Colgate, she teaches courses in population geography, international migration and refugee studies, medical geography, environmental studies, and research methods. Within the upstate region, she serves on the board of directors of several organizations including the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, the Central New York Community Foundation, the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Oneida Community Mansion House. She serves as a strategic advisor to the Sustain for Life Foundation, an international charity working to empower people to create sustainable livelihoods, and as a manager for projects in Uganda supported by the Indigo Foundation.

Professor Robert Kraynak
is a member of Colgate's political science department and director of the Center for Freedom and Western Civilization.


Cathy Law ’81 has taught environment, biology, and geology classes for more than 20 years at New Paltz High School in N.Y. and at Lincoln Sudbury High School in Mass. Law has also taught physical geology at State University of New Paltz for 10 years. She double majored at Colgate in geology and biology and received her master’s in science education at Tufts University in 1995. Law is also a world traveler and has been to 56 countries. Law traveled solo, by bicycle and foot, to explore pristine and out-of-the-ordinary wild areas. In 1991, Law traveled around the world alone for a year and a half and discovered that, yes, it is round and very hilly. Law ran the London marathon twice, raced mountain bikes and competed in Ultimate Frisbee, winning second in the USA in 1981. Law wrote Zippy Gourmet and Vegetarian Thai Cooking. She started the Courtyard Gardens at New Paltz High School in 2008, inspired by the Highline in New York City. The Courtyard Gardens is an outdoor living laboratory in which students study nature. It holds more than 200 different kinds of plants in 15 themed gardens including Zen, culinary, medicinal, bird thicket, and butterfly gardens.

Reed Lewis ’96
has lived in Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., since graduation. His first job out of Colgate was working at Paradise Bakery in downtown Aspen. In 2001, he purchased his liquor store, the Daly Bottle Shop, from Richard Kelley '58, for whom he had worked for three years. Lewis moved the store in 2005 and added Grain Fine Food to complement the Daly. In 2010, he opened 81615 T-Shirt and Gift Shop and currently runs all three on the Snowmass Mall. Lewis has stayed active in the community over the years in the Rotary Club and Town Marketing Board, on the AspenOUT Board of Directors, and as a volunteer for the Forest Service. He has served four years on the Snowmass Village Town Council. In his free time, Lewis skis, paddleboards, mountain bikes, hikes, travels, and enjoys live music.


Ed Macias ’66, after earning his PhD in chemistry from MIT, became a professor of chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis where he also served as provost and chief academic officer and executive vice chancellor until 2013. Macias was a member of the Colgate Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2006.

The Rev. Dr. Corey MacPherson
, DMin, is associate university chaplain and protestant campus minister at Colgate University. MacPherson is the founding pastor of North Shore Church in Stony Brook, N.Y., where he served on the federally mandated Institutional Review Board at Stony Brook University. Before arriving at Colgate, MacPherson served as vice president for spiritual development and church relations at Eastern Nazarene College. MacPherson has written numerous devotionals as well as articles on preaching and servant leadership. He has spoken at university chapel services across the country. A driving agenda for his work is helping keep young adults connected to the church.

Shevorne Martin ’08
is a graduate of New York University's master’s in higher education program. After working for more than five years in higher education and the nonprofit sector, Martin transitioned to the field of production and communications at BlueprintNYC in New York City. She currently serves as a chair for Colgate’s Alumni of Color organization and is an active member of the Colgate community. Martin also continues to be involved in sports and mentoring programs throughout New York City.

Alonzo McCollum ’72, MA, ’73
has served as the director of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at the College at Old Westbury for more than 35 years. The goal of EOP is to make college possible for needy students who have potential to do well in college. While at Colgate, McCollum participated in many leadership roles, such as chair of the Association of Black Collegiates and chair of the Arts and Lecture Committee, and for a short period he was a Division I football player. McCollum lives on Long Island, N.Y., with his family and is very active with the Colgate Club of Long Island.

Matt McDonnell ’06
has a passion for experiential education, which began with the Boy Scouts and grew with his experiences with Outdoor Education at Colgate, as an elementary school teacher, and as a sailing and sea kayaking instructor for Outward Bound. Even though he holds a MBA from the College of Charleston and a JD from the University of Texas–Austin, by far his most valuable learning experiences have been the result of his own journey as an entrepreneur. He became interested in entrepreneurship after co-founding two nonprofit dropout-prevention programs in Charleston, S.C. Working as the vice president of operations and chief operating officer of Famigo, a mobile content distribution platform for telcommunications and original equipment manufacturers, showed him what an amazing educational tool startups can be. McDonnell is currently a partner at Notley Ventures, where he’s busy building the next generation of educational institutions.

Joseph P. McGrath ’85 P’15’20
has been co-head of banking within the Investment Bank at Barclays, based in New York City, since 2014. McGrath was appointed co-head of Global Finance and Risk Solutions in 2012, jointly overseeing the firm’s finance and risk solutions product teams, including equity capital markets, debt capital markets, leverage finance, loans and risk solutions. Before joining Barclays, McGrath held several leadership positions at Goldman Sachs in the leveraged finance and credit syndicate businesses. In addition to his BA in economics from Colgate University, McGrath has an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Christine W. ’84, have two Colgate daughters: Sarah ’15 and Kimberly ’20. McGrath has served eight years on Alumni Council, including six on the Executive Committee as athletic committee chair, vice president, and president. During his career in investment banking, he has assisted in the hiring of more than 50 Colgate students to various Wall Street firms. Along with Christine, he has consistently supported Colgate University financially for the past 30 years. McGrath is a member of various athletic support groups and serves on the Maroon Council Board. He and Christine were founding members of the Raiders for Excellence Program and generous donors for the John Beyer men’s soccer chair and the Class of 1965 Arena. They recently became members of the James B. Colgate Society.

Nina Moore
, a professor of political science at Colgate University, received her BA from Knox College (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and her MA and PhD in political science from the University of Chicago. She has held teaching positions at DePaul University, the University of Minnesota, and Loyala University–Chicago. The Princeton Review recently named her one of the best 300 professors in the U.S. Moore has served in various campus leadership posts, including appointment to the endowed Arnold R. Sio Chair in Diversity and Community for 2009–2011, as part of which she spearheaded campuswide initiatives promoting faculty and student research on diversity. Moore serves on the editorial board of the Ralph Bunche Journal of Public Affairs, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, and the Advisory Commission on Underage Alcohol Consumption and Substance Abuse. Her research focuses on the dynamic relationship between race and institutional process, and she has written various articles and papers on Congress, the Supreme Court, and public policy matters. Her book, Governing Race: Policy, Process and the Politics of Race, is the only multi-decade study of civil rights policymaking and procedures in the U.S. Senate. Shifting her focus to what is now America’s fastest growing institution — the criminal justice system — Moore’s most recent book publication by Cambridge University Press, The Political Roots of Racial Tracking in American Criminal Justice, helps to explain how racial profiling and the over-criminalization of blacks are the making of the public and policymakers, more than police officers and prosecutors. She is currently completing a book manuscript that argues the need to look beyond conservative ideology to fully understand modern U.S. Supreme Court rulings on race.

Lawrence Kevin Morrison ’92
majored in economics and is a managing partner of Morrison Group LLC, a diversified company with interests in training and business development in several industries. As members of a sought-after organization for emerging market business development, company leaders initially traveled to Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Kenya, Swaziland, Botswana, and South Africa through state sponsored trade missions starting in 2010. Since that time, the company has returned to several countries, developing business opportunities — with a recent focus on Kenya and South Africa — for local agriculture, hair care products, tourism, motorcycle parts, apparel and accessories. A successful entrepreneur, Morrison has compiled more than 20 years of experience and knowledge in the areas of sales, marketing, customer service, and leadership. These skills were honed at multinational corporations including Merrill Lynch, Northern Telecom, and Xerox Corporation. Recognizing a need in the marketplace for international business development, Morrison Group seeks to establish stronger connections between the African and North American markets. Morrison is an experienced speaker with appearances as a panel member and or lecturer domestically and internationally. Recent activities include FHI360 Entrepreneurship and Mentoring Conference (Gaborone, Botswana), Housatonic Community College Male Leadership Program, the “You Can Do It Program,” The WorkPlace, Inc. Health CareRx Academy, The Partnership CDC (PA), Manchester Community College, the National Association of Student Affairs’ Professionals Conference, Fairfield University, Central Conn. State University, INROADS Incorporated, AmeriCorp, Metropolitan District Corporation, The Hotchkiss School, New England Tour of Success, and Kingswood Oxford School.

Bruce Morser ’76
went on to receive his MFA from the University of Washington. He is an illustrator for National Geographic, and resides on Vashon Island, Wash. He was a Board of Trustees member from 2001 to 2007.

Laurie Loewenstein Moyer ’76
studied history at Colgate. She has been a reporter for small daily newspapers, worked in public relations, tutored college students in writing, and, in 2014, published a novel about a 1917 woman’s dress reform advocate set in the Midwest (Unmentionables, Akashic Books). She is president of the James Jones Literary Society and a judge of its First Novel Fellowship award, and she volunteers at the National Archives.

Mark Moyer ’86
has provided career coaching and professional development advice to hundreds of professionals for more than two decades, and has succeeded in guiding them towards the jobs and careers they most desire. During the Great Recession a few years ago, he found that his executive search candidates in the financial services industry were turning to him for career advice and job search strategies, as they were dissatisfied with the solutions offered by others in the coaching industry. This demand led him to become certified as a career coach and found Compass Points Advisors, LLC to share with his clients the information and expertise he’d gained during those many years of combining recruiting and coaching skills. Moyer graduated from Colgate University with a degree in economics and remains very active in the school’s alumni affairs group and career services center. He’s been a keynote speaker and panelist at career seminars and has been quoted in a wide array of publications, spreading the word that you can absolutely be that person that gets the job offer you truly want. In addition to being a serial advice provider and idea generator, Moyer enjoys playing ice hockey, softball, golf, guitar, and piano, and recently performed stand-up comedy routines at New York City’s famous Gotham Comedy Club. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and three amazing children.


Mark Nozette ’71


Ben Oliver is Colgate’s director of outdoor education. He and his staff will run the Hamilton Amazing Race. Colgate outdoor education provides learning and teaching opportunities through diverse outdoor and experiential outings. Its programs allow students to develop leadership skills, strong interpersonal connections, an adventurous spirit, and a sense of place within Colgate and central and upstate New York. The student staff completes an extensive nine-month training program that encompasses a wide range of teaching, facilitation, and outdoor activity skills. For reunion, the student staff looks forward to helping alumni get outside on land, on the water, and "up in the air" at the Angert Family Climbing Wall.


John Palmer is an associate professor and the chair of the Department of Educational Studies at Colgate University. His publications include authoring The Dance of Identities: Korean Adoptees and Their Journey toward Empowerment, University of Hawai’i Press, and being the lead editor of a volume titled The Internationalization of East Asian Higher Education: Globalization’s Impact, Palgrave MacMillan Press. Currently, he is researching North Korean resettler (refugee) students attending South Korean schools. Palmer currently resides in upstate New York with his wife, Woolim, and sons, David Mingyu, Jonathan Minhoo, and Henry Minjoon.

Bobby Pennington
has been the head coach of the Colgate University men’s and women's tennis teams since 2006 and has garnered players who have been named all-league 22 times and earned seven Player of the Month awards. He has coached both a Patriot League player of the year and a rookie of the year. Pennington also serves on the ITA Division I Men’s Northeast Rankings Committee.

Jason Petrulis
is the bicentennial research fellow and a visiting assistant professor in the history department at Colgate. He has held postdoctoral fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and has taught at Bowdoin, Colby, and Oberlin. He is currently helping to rewrite the history of Colgate in preparation for Colgate’s 2019 bicentennial celebration, and is teaching a course on the history of Colgate. His research and teaching interests include histories of U.S. and global business, capitalism, and trade; war and memory, especially World War II and the Cold War; wigs (!) in the 1960s-70s; and Colgate's lost and forgotten stories, people, places, and things.



Beth Roy is the general manager of the Colgate Community Garden. Roy joined the Colgate Community Garden team as garden consultant in 2013. She is a graduate of Union College, and has been a lifelong home gardener. She has taken several horticulture courses and is currently registered as a horticultural therapist. Since 2013, Roy has led students through major flooding issues, created a strong relationship with the Hamilton Food Cupboard, and increased the garden's presence on-campus. Roy was instrumental in establishing the garden's move to its new location.


Krista Saleet, in her role as director of the Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education, guides her team in engaging students in learning through service, producing students who are engaged in community-based work and graduates who are active, global citizens. Saleet draws on more than 15 years of experience in higher education administration at the University of Chicago, Dartmouth College, University of Massachusetts–Amherst and Chatham College. In addition to her position at Colgate, Saleet currently serves on the New York Campus Compact advisory board. Saleet also sits on the NASPA Public Policy Board and the NASPA Region II Executive Board. Saleet’s professional interests include the impact of civic engagement on student success outcomes, higher education-community partnerships, and millennial community engagement. Saleet holds a bachelor’s of urban planning and development from Ball State University and a master’s of public policy and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

Bruce Selleck ‘71 is the Thomas A. Bartlett chair and professor of geology at Colgate University. He received his AB from Colgate in 1971, and holds a PhD from the University of Rochester (1975). Selleck has been a member of the faculty in the department of geology at Colgate University since 1974. He has served as chair of the Department of Geology, associate dean of the faculty, dean of the faculty and provost, director of the Picker Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Sciences and Mathematics, director of the Upstate Institute, and interim dean of faculty and provost. He has been a member of the Colgate University Alumni Council, the President’s Club Membership Committee, and has received a Maroon Citation for service to Colgate. Selleck is a fellow of the Geological Society of America. Selleck’s teaching responsibilities include courses in introductory geology, environmental science, and energy resources, and upper-level offerings in hydrogeology, stratigraphy and sedimentation, and ancient marine environments.

Mark Shiner
has served as Catholic campus minister at Colgate since 2003 and university chaplain since 2005. He is an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church.

Rebecca Shiner
is a professor of psychology and has served as chair of the psychology department and the scientific perspectives program. Her research is on personality development, especially in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

Constance Soja
has been a member of the Colgate geology faculty since 1992. A paleontologist, she has involved Colgate students in research on the Colgate dinosaur egg and on how dinosaur eggs became preserved in the fossil record. She has also pursued field research on four continents (North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia) that links the evolution and extinction of ancient reefs to the widespread decline in modern reefs around the globe today. She is the recipient of numerous NSF, National Academy of Science, and other grants; has just published her 35th senior-authored paper; has supervised more than 50 student research projects; and has been a university professor (for the first-year seminar and Core Distinction and High Distinction programs), Presidential Scholar, and Phi Eta Sigma Professor of the Year. In 2013, Connie received Denison’s Alumni Citation, the college’s highest award honoring alumni.


Peter Tschirhart