Faculty Directory A
Yariv Amir ’01
Yariv Amir has been the Associate Athletic Director for External Operations since July 2015. In his role, he 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 & diving. Before coming back to his Alma Mater in the summer of 2015, he served for 14 years in the Department of Athletics at Princeton University. There he served 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 Master of Business Administration from the Rutgers University Business School in 2010, specializing in marketing.
Anthony F. Aveni
A.B. Boston University, Ph.D. University of Arizona
Anthony F. Aveni is the Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy, Anthropology, and Native American Studies, serving appointments in both Departments of Physics & 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 ten 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 voted by the Freshman Class of 1990. Aveni has spoken or written on astronomy-related subjects on the Learning Channel, the Discovery Channel, PBS-Nova, BBC, NPR, The Larry King Show, NBC's Today Show, Unsolved Mysteries and the N.Y. Times, Newsweek, and USA Today
. He has lectured in more than 300 universities around the world. Professor Aveni has been awarded research grants by the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation and various private foundations for work in 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.
Bud Bain ’67
I was raised and reside in Norwalk, Ct. After Colgate and an M.B.A. from Columbia, I worked in the municipal bond business for 30 years, chiefly at Dillon, Read & Co. and Lehman Brothers. At my retirement from Lehman I was the head of the public finance department.I was a Trustee from 1993 to 2002 during the tenures of presidents Neil Grabois and Charles (Buddy) Karelis. My wife Betsy and I celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary this year. We have two children and two grandchildren.
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 at Amherst. He conducts observatory open houses for the public and instructs students in the use of the telescope.
Mike Barnett ’67
Mike graduated from Colgate, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude. Very grateful for all the opportunities Colgate gave him, Mike endowed a scholarship to be used for those students in need of financial aid.
After graduation, he received his law degree from Columbia University and his Master of Science in Hospital Administration, also from Columbia University.
He was a founding partner of the NYC law firm of Barnett, Ehrenfeld, Edelstein and Gross, P.C. which specialized in health care matters in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Florida. Mike is now semi-retired and serves as Of Counsel to the law firm of Lieber & Associates., LLC.
Governor George Pataki appointed Mike to the Board of the public policy and regulatory body known as the New York State Hospital Review and Planning Council where he also served as Chair of the Project Review Committee.
Mike served as the President of Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health Alumni Association. He was also a member of the Columbia University Alumni Association Board of Directors. In 2007, he was one of ten recipients of the Columbia University Alumni Association Medal.
He currently serves on the Board, and was previously Vice Chair, of the BrightFocus Foundation which has provided over $176,000,000 in research grants to scientists in the fields of Alzheimer’s, Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma.
Without doubt, Mike's favorite non-profit is the Fiver Childrens’ Foundation whose immediate impact on youth development is measurable and life changing. In 2008, Mike was the proud recipient of Fiver's annual Richard Adams Leadership Award.
Frank Barrie ’72
Frank Barrie (Colgate, B.A. ’72 & M.A.T. in English ’73), after a legal career as a legal services attorney, NYS Assistant Attorney General & NYS Tax Law Judge (and most important, with 40+ years as a backyard gardener & long term member of the Honest Weight Food Co-op in Albany, NY, one of the oldest co-ops in the U.S. and one of the few which continues to have “working” members) started up in (March 2010) the website, knowwhereyourfoodcomesfrom.com
to promote local and organic food & healthy living in tune with the environment.
Ethan Bennett ’06
Ethan Bennett (Colgate 2006) is a Ph.D. candidate in American history at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to graduate school he taught history at Philips Academy, Andover and other private schools. He also served as a lecturer on military and Native American history at Washington University. He is currently completing his dissertation on federal and Native American diplomatic and military history in the Platte and Missouri valleys between the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Mexican War.
Thomas Bennett ’72 P’06 ’09
Thomas Bennett (Colgate 1972, P ’06’09) is a member of the governing board of the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in Peterboro, NY, as well as the CNY Council for the Social Studies. He recently retired as a social studies teacher at Jamesville-Dewitt (NY) High School. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Social Studies Educator Award from the CNY Council for the Social Studies and the Distinguished Educator Award from the NYS Council for the Social Studies. He also served as an educational advisor to former New York State Senator Nancy Larraine Hoffman’s Civil Rights Connection program that sent high school students to four southern states to study the civil rights movement.
Gabriela Berroa ’15
My name is Gabriela Berroa, Colgate Class of 2015. I graduated with a major in Political Science and a minor in Studio Art. While at Colgate, I was a part of the Cheerleading Team, a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, and a COVE group leader and mentor for Fiver Children’s Foundation. I currently work at Univision Communications Inc., a Spanish TV Network, in their Ad Sales Department as a Sales Planner. I continue to be involved with Fiver as the Development Chair on the Alumni Board. Colgate and Fiver have been two incredible forces in my life and it is amazing to have been able to merge the two while a student and as a graduate.
Kathryn Bertine ’97
Kathryn Bertine '97 is Colgate's first professional cyclist. As a pro athlete, social activist & author/journalist, Kathryn's career in cycling & documentary filmmaking helped change the Tour de France, and furthered equality for female athletes. Find out more at kathrynbertine.com
Carrie Blackmore ’08
Carrie Blackmore ’08 grew up in Pelham, NY. She studied History and German, and was a member of the Outdoor Education Program & the Colgate Resolutions. Her professional life has been largely centered around connecting people and places to and through good food & drink.
Rabbi Dena Bodian
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.
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.
Andrew Brozman ’72
Andrew Brozman, Retired Partner, Clifford Chance LLP. Andrew Brozman was married to Tina for almost 25 years. They lived in northern Westchester County, New York where Andrew still resides. Together they raised three children – Nick, Alix and Wallis – and a large number of Labrador Retrievers. He led the Financial Restructuring Group in the Americas of Clifford Chance, an international law firm. Mr. Brozman graduated from Colgate University ('72) and The New York University School of Law (’75). He is one of the founders of Tina’s Wish and remains devoted to ensuring that Tina’s wish is brought to fruition. Mr. Brozman also is a member of The Director’s Leadership Council of the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center and serves on the advisory board of The Disability Rights Advocates, a public interest law firm.
Antonio (Tony) Bulagay
Colgate’s Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Amber Williams announced that Antonio Bulagay is joining the Raider staff as an assistant coach in August of 2016. In addition to his role as assistant coach, Bulagay also serves as the recruiting coordinator for the program. Before joining the Raiders, Bulagay worked with four different universities, the most recent being Seton Hall. Bulagay served as an assistant coach to the Griffins for one year, where he was responsible for the development of the throwers and multi-event participants.
While at Seton Hill, Bulagay conducted all of the strength and conditioning for both the cross country and track and field teams. He coached two NCAA Division II Provisional National Qualifiers and had two athletes named to the USTFCCCA Atlantic All Region Team. In addition, he handled recruiting duties using NCAA Compliance Assistant and FrontRush.
Bulagay had a one-year stint at Ursuline College before working at Seton Hill. As an assistant coach, he helped the Arrows claim the GMAC Conference Indoor Championship in the 2014-15 season. The Ridgefield Park, N.J. native attended Fairleigh Dickinson University, earning four letters over his tenure with Knights. Bulagay competed in the weight throw, hammer throw and javelin.
While at Fairleigh Dickinson, he worked as a strength and conditioning intern, assisting in the creation, modification and implementation of workouts for the Division I student athletes.
The 2013 graduate received his bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Management/Sports Administration.
Lou Buttino ’66
Three books (history, biography & fiction); twenty-three documentaries with state, regional, or national broadcast; two produced plays; fifty-five articles and feature stories; twenty teaching and academic scholarship awards; twenty academic grants; thirty university lectures (Harvard, Brown and Syracuse among others); the development of fifty courses across four disciplines: political science, communication studies, creative writing and film studies.
Twenty-eight community speeches and lectures; sixty newspaper, radio and television interviews; eight reprints in newspapers and magazines; inclusion in a writing along with James Baldwin, Annie Dillard and Alice Walker.
Twenty-one writing and documentary awards; twelve screenplay and playwriting awards; the New York State award for Best Columnist; the Inauguration of a Special Manuscript & Film Collection housed at William M. Randall Library, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Professor and former chair, Film Studies Department, UNC Wilmington. Retired.
Colgate University, B.A.; The University of Miami; M.A., Colgate Rochester Divinity School, M.A.; The Maxwell School, Syracuse University, PhD.
Teaching Honors & Awards:
UNC Wilmington: Award for Faculty Scholarship; J. Marshall Crews Distinguished
Faculty Award; Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award; Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award; UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence.
St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY: Trustees Award for Distinguished Scholarship, Teaching Excellence Award, Rev. Joseph B. Dorsey Award for Outstanding Faculty Service (twice).
Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and most states in America.
A Cloud for Kate is about love and loss between a grandfather and his adolescent granddaughter. Grieving is hard, but not when the sky can teach things that open up the heart to starting over. Under review.
Shadowboxing the Mob: The Carmen Basilio Story earned ten consecutive screenplay competitions before being optioned by Ridgerock Entertainment Group, Memphis, TE. The Group's executives were a main force behindproduction of Black Mass, the story of Boston's corrupt Whitey Bolger and his manipulation of the FBI (played by Johnny Depp). In production, 2017.
Pray April Comes. A feature-length screenplay based on my biography (third edition published in 2016) of a 12-year-old child wrote who inspired what is today the fourth largest organization in the world that deals with all aspects of childhood trauma -from cancer to gun-related violence.
The feature documentary film Going Home: Memoir of a Small Town is in post-production. I am in the final edit. while simultaneously fundraising and seeking national broadcast and distribution. This story is not about outrage or the outrageous things we do to one another. It is, instead, a reminder that places still exist where caring and community matter, and where even loss can provide perspective and the gift of humility. Now more than ever, it seems, we are in need of such reminders.
The Assassinated and their Children: The Untold Story of Lincoln, JFK and Dr. King.
Being fathers changed Lincoln, JFK and resonated outward into the world: Lincoln at Gettysburg; JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis, and King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." Their children were never free to live lives independent of fathers who in death became larger than life.
A fuller portrait of Lincoln, JFK and King begins with this book. Greater understanding of their children's' plight has its start in these pages. And the writing of American history will never be the same.
Grieving my Own Death: A Memoir. By not accepting death, humans have done some gruesome things to convince themselves they have defeated it. In this experiment on myself I seek to demystify death and see it as a moment that is as sacred as birth. According to writers and relevant authorities, the unwillingness to face death may be the single greatest downfall of our species. My daughter writes the final chapter.
Pasta Faggioli for the Soul! The mission of the multi-million-dollar Chicken Soup for the Soul franchise is, like grandma's soup, to provide comfort. But what if your grandmother's last name ends in vowel? Pasta Faggioli is the perfect dish to depict humor--as much a part of my heritage as cannolis and home-made wine. Laughter is good for the soul, too. The "best" medicine. Voltaire, the great pontificator on human affairs went so far as to say that if humans couldn't laugh they would surely hang themselves.
Rise of the Hybrid. A thriller science "faction" feature film. Science has factually proven that a warming planet is causing the animal kingdom to evolve faster than we humans. Deep in the Maine woods, a new hybrid has emerged which combines the cleverness of the racoon with the fierceness of the Black Bear. The outlook isn't good for the home team.
Orphaned Earth. Another thriller science "faction" feature. The puncturing and plundering of the earth for water, coal, oil, gas, minerals and the like has put the world on the brink of the greatest calamity it has ever known. Fault lines interconnect under cities and volcanoes, and across the ocean floor. Sinkholes begin to swallow cities. Dams the world over are about to break. But that's not even the worse part.
Mary Ann Calo
Mary Ann Calo, Batza Professor, Emerita, joined the Colgate University faculty in 1991 as a member of the Department of Art and History. During her 25 years at Colgate, Prof. Calo taught courses on modern and contemporary art history, the arts and public policy, and American art. She also served as Chair of the Art and Art History Department, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Director of the Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts, and Director of the Division of Arts and Humanities. Calo has spent many years living and working in Italy, initially as a student and then later as a professor. She led Colgate’s Venice Study Group and was a visiting professor of modern art at Syracuse University in Florence.
Since 2013, Anja Chávez has been the 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 Chávez 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 nonWestern 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. A member of professional organizations (AAM, AAMG, ArtTable, ICOM, NESCAMA), she is part of AAMG’s Board of Directors (Secretary), the NYS representative of AAMG and a Rotarian.
Praised as a vibrant and compelling conductor who is a born communicator, Marietta Cheng is Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, a widely acclaimed professional orchestra in the Southern Tier of New York State. Reviews have been: " If you weren't there, I send you my sympathy," "an forgettable experience..." and "run, not walk, to get your tickets." (Corning Leader). She is credited with bringing the OSFL to new artistic heights and exceptional organizational growth and fiscal health as the Music Director and Conductor for 13 years. Her exceptional abilities to communicate in live performances have made her concerts unique. She has conducted 83 concerts with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes within an annual five concert subscription series, run outs, pops and educational concerts and she was the pianist in 3 more chamber music concerts. She also conducted the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes Chorus for 7 years in masses and oratorios, for example, having performed Handel’s Messiah with them 15 times. For 9 years, from 1986-1995, she was the Music Director and Conductor of the Corning Philharmonic Orchestra and the Corning Philharmonic Chorus, praised for her “ton of charisma.” She conducted 49 concerts with them in the Southern Tier and northern Pennsylvania.
She is also Professor of Music at Colgate University, Conductor of the Colgate University Orchestra and chair of the music department for 11.5 years. She has received major awards: the Colgate Presidential Scholar from 2002-04, the Colgate 2005 AAUP Professor of the Year and the Distinguished Teaching Award given by the Colgate Alumni Board in 2005. She was chair of the Colgate University Arts Council. She has brought new courses to the music department, most recently The History of Rock, covering the classic era of rock history.
She has guest conducted the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra of the Chautauqua Institution and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Since 2000, she has been invited back each year to conduct an exceptional and model childrens' concert series in upstate New York with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, as given by the Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie, NY. She has been highly praised for her educational concerts. She was the founder and conductor of the Thunder and Lightning Orchestra in 2013, a professional chamber orchestra with alumni from the Julliard School.
From 2007-10, she served as a music panelist/judge for the New York State Council on the Arts, twice as its chair, judging music grant applications for all orchestras/music organizations in New York State.
As a choral conductor, Marietta Cheng was for four years on the conducting faculty of the Aspen Music Festival where she taught conducting, oversaw the choral assignments for the music school students and prepared choruses there for Robert Shaw, Jorge Mester, Fiora Contino and John Nelson. The Brahms Requiem performance for which she prepared the chorus was reviewed by the Aspen Times as the best choral performance at the Aspen Music Festival in thirty years. She conducted the Aspen Choral Institute Chorus in a concert of Bach.
She was also the Conductor of the Colgate University Chorus and Chamber Singers from 1976-94 with four European tours, three professional recordings and one CD to her credit. On the first European Tour, the CU Chorus performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Lyon Symphony Orchestra in 5 summer concerts in France. In addition, she has been the conductor of the professional chorus, the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, which premiered new works and performed 3-4 concerts a year. Ms. Cheng has an extremely wide repertoire, and she has conducted over thirty different oratorios.
As a pianist, she has been soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, performing the Beethoven Fourth Piano Concerto at the Smith College Night at the Pops. She has performed chamber music frequently, having collaborated with the Manhattan String Quartet, the Southern Tier Chamber Players and at Colgate University. Ms. Cheng has been a national spokesman for issues on women. She was interviewed on CNN in 1998 discussing her leadership as a woman conductor. She authored articles on women in music for the New York Times, Apr. 19, 1997; for Harmony, Forum of the Symphony Orchestra Institute; and for major urban newspapers. In 1997, she was chosen as one of a unique group of one hundred women leaders from across the U. S. to add her voice to Lifetime Television's National Summit on Women in the 21st Century held in Washington, D. C..
She was chosen as one of 50 great women conductors worldwide, profiled in a book on Women Conductors by Elka Mascha Blankenburg, published in 2003, by Europaische Alt Verlag in Germany. She is listed in 21 Who's Who type volumes including Who's Who in America, International Who's Who of Music andMusicians, and 2000 Outstanding Musicians of the Twentieth Century.
She is an active lecturer on music, having been a guest lecturer at Carnegie Hall for a Teacher's Symposium on Tchaikovsky. Her breadth of musical knowledge is apparent given the thirteen different courses she has taught at Colgate University: Conducting, The Symphony, Bach, Beethoven, Survey of Music History I and II, Harmony I, II, Introduction to Music Theory, Music Appreciation, The Faust Legend, The History of Rock, and Core China.
She has conducted 28 concerts for the All-State programs of the Music Educators National Conference: the All-Eastern Orchestra, Pennsylvania
All-State Orchestra, New York State String Orchestra, Pennsylvania All-State Chorus and the New York State Women's Chorus, among them. She
has taught and conducted at: Binghamton University, Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College, and at the New England Conservatory of Music Summer School.
“She is a trailblazer and role model…She has done wonders. How fortunate we are to be blessed with the multi-talented Marietta Cheng.” “She clearly shows she belongs with the elite conductors in this country…a national leader for women conductors and music directors in the mostly male world of orchestra music.” (Corning Leader)
Victoria M. “Vicky” Chun ’91, MA’94
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, Colgate has won two titles in football and single championships in men’s lacrosse, men’s rowing, women’s soccer, men’s soccer and volleyball. Men’s hockey also received an NCAA at-large tournament bid for the first time and had a national ranking as high as No. 2 in the country, while women’s hockey had a national ranking as high as No. 5 in the country.
Chun is one of 40 members serving on the NCAA Division I Council and she was elected as the Vice Chair for the Division I Football Oversight committee. Chun also was appointed to the newly created Division I Football Competition committee. In 2015, she was elected to serve a three-year term as President of Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly known as NACWAA). Chun also serves on Harvard University’s Board of Overseers and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation Board.
Under Chun’s leadership, the academic accomplishments by Raiders student-athletes have been stellar, with a 98 percent graduation rate that ranks Colgate third 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 Hall of Honor just three 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 Masters of Arts degree in 1994 (History).
Chris Clifford ’67, P’93
Chris Clifford cofounded Berkshire Partners and served as Managing Director from its founding until 2008. He now serves as a Senior Advisor to the Firm. Chris has more than 35 years of experience in private equity investing including consumer products, retail and industrial products.
Chris supports numerous educational and conservation initiatives. He served on the Board of Trustees at Colgate University from 1999-2011, during which he served as Chairman from 2007-2011. He is also the Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Belmont Hill School. Currently, Chris spends his summers working on a vineyard in Sonoma County, California.
Before cofounding Berkshire, Chris was a partner of the Thomas H. Lee Company for 12 years.
B.A. from Colgate University, M.B.A. from Harvard Business School
Dr. Thomas Cruz-Soto Jr.
Dr. 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, Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity, Senior Compliance Director for Equity and Inclusion, the Vice President for Finance & Administration, and other Dean of the College departments to recruit and support a diverse staff and faculty and is instrumental in shaping campus diversity initiatives, assessments, and programming for students, faculty, and staff. He also provides oversight for the Center for Leadership and Student Involvement (CLSI), the (Interim Director) Office of Fraternities and Sororities (OFSA), and LGBTQ Initiatives.
Assistant Curator, Longyear Museum of Anthropology
Christy is a specialist in global Indigenous material culture and social movements, 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.
Christy 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 (B.A. Johns Hopkins; M.A. Brown) focused on contemporary Native American performance and identity, including the Miss Indian World Contest. She has received research grants from the Fulbright Foundation and the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation.
Tom Dine ’62
Thomas A. Dine '62 has had a 55-year career in American foreign and security policy, serving in a variety of positions in Washington, D.C. and in three different countries.
Upon graduating from Colgate, Tom served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, 1962-1964. Shortly thereafter, he went overseas to India, serving as personal assistant to Ambassador Chester Bowles at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, 1967-1969. The following decade he served in the U.S. Senate, five years with Sen. Frank Church, four years as national security advisor at the Senate Budget Committee under the chairmanship of Sen. Edmund Muskie, and one year as defense and foreign policy advisor to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. From 1980-1993, he was executive director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
President Clinton appointed Tom to an advise-and-consent leadership position at the U.S. Agency for International Development as assistant administrator for Europe and Eurasia, 1993-1997, responsible for overseeing economic technical assistance programs worth more than $2.5 billion per year. Four years later, he became president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague, Czech Republic; his nine-year tenure was the longest serving in RFE/RL history. To ensure the longevity of this broadcasting operation, he changed the paradigm from Cold War programming to news and information utilizing not just radio platforms, but television and internet to Muslim populations in the Balkans, Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan.
In Washington for the past decade, he has led a Track II effort between prominent Syrians and Americans, traveling to Syria nine times before the brutal civil war began. He is now a senior fellow with the Insight Advisory Group, a Dubai-based think tank that analyzes U.S. geopolitical relations with Gulf countries and Syria. He serves on five non-profit boards.
He and his wife Joan celebrated their 50th anniversary in March 2017.
Mary Lee Dinski (Deputy Executive Director) has been with the Fiver Children’s Foundation since 2003. She holds an undergraduate degree in Multi-Cultural Dynamics in Education from Gettysburg College and an M.S. in Social Work from Fordham University. Before joining Fiver full-time, Mary coordinated the after-school program at CAMBA, a Fiver partner organization in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Currently, Mary oversees all staff development efforts and year-round programs. A native of Hamilton, NY, just five miles from Camp Fiver, Mary returns home every summer to serve as director of Camp Fiver. In 2015, Mary received the New York City “Nonprofiteer of the Year” Award from the Young Non-Profit Professionals Network for her innovative and transformational work in the youth development sector.
Steven Englund ’67
Steven Englund retired recently as Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of Antisemitism, Berlin Technical University. Before that, he served five years as NYU Distinguished Professor of History at the American University of Paris. He has also held visiting professorships at UCLA, NYU, and Cornell, and served as a writer for UNAIDS in Geneva, as well as the chief writer of President Carter’s National Agenda for the Eighties.
As a freelance, Englund has written seven books, including Napoleon, A Political Life
(New York: Scribner-Lisa Drew, 2004) Book of the Month Club Featured Alternate; Grace of Monaco, An Interpretive Biography
(New York: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1984) Man Slaughter, A True Story of Love, Death, & Justice in America
(N.Y.: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1983), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; and co-authored with Larry S. Ceplair, The Inquisition in Hollywood: Politics in the Film Community, 1930-1960
, with Larry Ceplair (Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1980; paperback: U. of California Press, 1983; U. of Illinois Press, 2002). He also wrote “Tamar & Amnon,” scenario for a ballet in three movements and five characters, based on a poem by F. Garcia-Lorca; music by George Calusdian; choreography by Martine Van Hamel. Its world premier by American Ballet Theatre was held at the Metropolitan Opera, May 1984.
He held a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007, worked as the Behavior Reporter for TIME magazine, and served in TIME’s Paris bureau as a correspondent. He has freelanced for, among other publications, Le Monde, Sports Illustrated, the New York Times magazine, the New York Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, Outdoor Life, The Readers Digest, and European Travel & Life. He holds a PhD in European history from Princeton University. Englund took his A.B. and M.A. simultaneously at Colgate University, in 1967 – a first in Colgate history – and was also Colgate’s first Marshall Scholar. He spent a year at Cambridge University.
For the past decade, he has been hard at work on a murderously difficult comparative study of political Antisemitism in Germany, Austria-Hungary, and France, 1870-1918.
Bruce Ergood ’52
Bruce Ergood was born in Mt. Holly, New Jersey in 1930. Throughout the 1940s, Bruce was a camper and then maintenance worker at Camp Ockanickon in Medford Lakes, New Jersey, and later a farm worker during the war. While at Colgate, Chaplain Ken Morgan was an important influence in his life. After his African-American friend and roommate was denied a visit and invitation to join a fraternity, Bruce de-pledged. Both Bruce and his roommate joined the Commons Club. As a pacifist, Bruce did alternative service to the draft in Mexico, where he learned Spanish, lived in villages, and formed small bands and jazz combos, some of which were still playing on his last visit to Mexico in 2016! In 1960, Bruce became the College Program Director for American Friends Service Committee and attended Yale Divinity School, where he earned his MRE. He met then married Jane Sanborn (Yale School of Nursing) nine months later. Bruce went on to earn his Ph.D. in Sociology and Latin American Studies at the University of Florida.
He taught at Wittenberg for two years, then in 1970, began teaching at Ohio University.
Since 1975, Bruce has taught in Mexico, had two Fullbright Scholarships to Argentina, earned a Rotary Grant to Brazil, and has visited almost all Latin American countries. He “retired” in 2000, and continues to travel to Honduras with his wife Jane, where they developed a program to train rural Honduran villagers to be primary medical care workers.
Woody Freiman ’77 P’13
Woody Freiman is currently the VP, Production and Programming at the YES Network. The YES Network is the region sports network home of the NY Yankees, Brooklyn Nets and NYCFC soccer.
Woody has been awarded 10 national Emmys and over 3 dozen local Emmys for his contributions to the production of programs including Olympics, World Series, Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby, Monday Night Football, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Yankeeography and NY Yankees Basebal.
In his 38 years as producer, director and executive, Woody has worked with ABC, ESPN, CBS, NFL, YES and Fox. Over that time he has witnessed sports television business grow and mature while being hands on the evolution of new technology and techniques in television production.
Woody graduated Colgate in 1977 with a major in molecular biology. While during his time in the Chenango Valley he was co-captain of the baseball team, a member of Konosioni and sports director of WRCU.
Abby Fuller ’82
Abby teaches sociology at the University of Southern Maine, focusing on inequality, justice, and nonviolent social movements. She has been active in a variety of social movements since earning her Peace Studies degree at Colgate.
John Gillick ’67, P’93,’04
Who would have thought that stepping off a bus outside of East Hall in the summer of 1962 with 40 other participants in the American Legion Boys State program would be the beginning of an over 50-year relationship between Colgate and the Gillick family? But that is what it has become.
My four years as a political science major and three years at Georgetown Law School prepared me well for an interesting career as a Washington-based aviation attorney specializing in regulatory and commercial matters. Over more than 40 years, I was fortunate to represent a wide range of clients, including well-established domestic and international airlines, aircraft manufacturers, and several post-deregulation, new entrant airlines. In addition, I taught aviation law courses for International Air Transport Association member airlines throughout the world as well as an aviation law course at Georgetown for many years.
Shortly after law school, my post-graduate involvement with Colgate began as a participant in the admissions program. Early in the 1980s, my brother Art’s wife Ann (who was in the first class of women to graduate from Colgate and was the first woman to serve on the Alumni Corporation board) nominated me to run for election to the Alumni Council -- back in the days when there was an actual election for that body. I was fortunate enough to win and this began a fourteen-year period of service on the council, as well as the Board of Trustees, in which those bodies addressed a variety of issues for Colgate, including admissions, long-range planning for the college and the role of fraternities and sororities, to name a few. It was an honor and pleasure to serve with a terrific group of Colgate alumni as they dealt with the difficult questions facing colleges in the late 1980s and 1990s. Fortunately, I have been able to maintain these relationships and follow those developments as a lifetime member of the Alumni Council and an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees.
While these activities have surely kept us connected with the college, the most significant connection between the Gillick family and Colgate has been the nine Gillicks who have graduated from Colgate. My graduation with our other 1967 classmates was the first, followed by my brother Arthur’s graduation in 1970, then by his wife Ann’s graduation in 1971 and my brother Bill’s graduation in 1975. After a generational pause, our daughter Megan graduated in 1993, follow by Art and Ann’s sons, Andrew and Chris, who graduated in 2000 and 2003, respectively; our daughter Moira in 2004; and Patrick, son of my brother Bill and his wife Stella, in 2013.
Throughout all of these years, my terrific wife Pat (who has spent more time at Colgate than many graduates) has been supportive of all of our efforts on behalf of Colgate. We look forward to sharing our remembrances when we gather at Reunion next year.
Larry Goldman ’67
Lawrence P. Goldman is presently (since September of 2013) the Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University. He also serves as a consultant in arts management, public policy, and non-profit entrepreneurship.
In June of 2013 Goldman stepped down as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Theater Square Development Company, a subsidiary of The New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Goldman led the subsidiary since June of 2011.
Goldman became the founding President of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in June of 1989. In 1993, he also became Chief Executive Officer. He stepped down after 22 years in June of 2011. The non-profit NJPAC, which opened on October 18,1997, is an $187 million multi-facility Arts Center on a 12-acre site in the heart of the business district of Newark, New Jersey. NJPAC includes the 2,750-seat Prudential Hall, the 514-seat Victoria Theater, a major plaza called Theater Square, a 300-seat restaurant, banquet facilities, and rehearsal space. Future phases are scheduled to include additional cultural facilities and up to 2 million sq. ft. of private development.
Prior to joining NJPAC, Goldman was, from 1980-1989, Director of Real Estate Planning and Development and then Vice President of Carnegie Hall where he was responsible for organizing the restoration, renovation, and expansion of Carnegie Hall and the development of a 60-story tower adjacent to Carnegie Hall. In 1987, he was selected a Crain’s All-Star by Crain’s New York Business for his work at Carnegie Hall.
During the 1970’s, he was Executive Assistant to the President of the New York State Urban Development Corporation and Executive Vice President of the Roosevelt Island Development Corporation in New York City. Prior to that, he held administrative and faculty positions at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Goldman holds MPA and PhD degrees in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and an AB from Colgate University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1999, Goldman received honorary doctorate degrees from Rutgers University, Bloomfield College, and Montclair State University. In February 2008, he was awarded the prestigious James Madison Medal by Princeton University.
He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the following organizations: Teach for America (New Jersey), The Newark Alliance, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, and The Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers University.
He is married to Laurie Chock and has three children, Aron, Jessica, and Shana.
Ann-Marie Guglieri oversees all internal operations of the Colgate Athletic Department, including responsibility for the Division's budget. She serves as the sport administrator for football, men’s basketball, field hockey, women’s lacrosse, softball, and men’s rowing. Guglieri oversaw construction of both Beyer-Small '76 Field and the Class of 1965 Arena, a combined $41 million in new facilities that have changed the look of Colgate Athletics and bolstered the Raider student-athlete experience. The $3.6 million Beyer-Small '76 Field debuted in fall 2014, and the $37.8 million Class of 1965 Arena opened on-time and on-budget in October 2016. In addition, Guglieri oversees the athletic equipment room, compliance office staff, event management staff, and the entire Physical Education & 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. In 2014, Guglieri received the Nell Jackson Administrator of the Year Award from the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, in recognition of outstanding achievements and success working in collegiate athletics. 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.
Digital media explorer. Marketing communications strategist at Colgate University. Arsenal fan, dad, curler. I do communications strategy at Colgate University, mentor students through Thought Into Action and play u60 soccer.
Wills Hapworth ’07
Wills is Executive Director of the Thought into Action Entrepreneurship Program at Colgate University, now in its eighth year. He is also a General Partner in a early-stage investment fund based in NYC, where he is deeply involved in the startup ecosystem.
Ira Haspel ’67
After graduation and marriage to Kathy Keller (KK, sister of Coty Keller ’67) I received a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia School of Architecture. I was licensed in 1974 and have had my own practice since that time. With Kathy as head of Haspel Building Associates we practiced design/build for 30 years. We were fortunate to have designed many building types including the buildings at Camp Fiver in Poolville NY. KK and I were privileged to be founding members of Camp Fiver and our son Max (’95) also became a board member. In 1999 we purchase an abandoned farm on the North Fork of Long Island to get away from our clients on the weekends. When Max and his wife Gaby started having their children (Georgina and William), our grandchildren, KK decided to grow healthy food for the babies. Thus was the start of our biodynamic farm which is still running today. Sadly KK passed away in 2014.
Linda Havlin ’72, P’10
Linda was one of the first 50 women to graduate from Colgate. She received her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Linda’s career was focused on the health care industry.
- She joined the Harvard Community Health Plan’s research group and focused on implementing an electronic medical record system.
- At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, she worked on HMO development and public policy, including health reform.
- Linda became the first female to be the Executive Assistant to the President of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and went on to lead the organization’s Planning and Strategy group.
- As a Partner at Hewitt Associates, she developed their health care strategy group and outsourcing support practice.
- As a Worldwide Partner at Mercer, Linda lead the Midwest Health and Benefits Practice, was a member of the global leadership team, head of global research and specialty practices, and the US leader for health reform.
- Failing retirement, Linda joined a start-up health management firm, Engaged Health Solutions, as their EVP.
Before serving on Colgate’s BOT, Linda was on the Alumni Council. She is a member of UNICEF’s Midwest Board and Impact 100 – a women’s collective that provides major grants to Chicago’s community based non-profits. She also volunteers at The Art Institute of Chicago.
Ron Hoham, Professor of Biology Emeritus,
Ron Hoham 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. Ron 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 Snow Ecology book and participated in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA’s Mars Ice projects. He regularly attends meetings of the Northeast Algal Society.
Rand Hoppe ’82
Randolph Hoppe, class of 1982, has experience in the creative fields of experimental animation, photography, media art, design, and comic book art. After a 13 year career in international banking, Randolph focused his efforts on the merging of the comic book field and the internet. He has enabled publishers, independent scholars, and art collectors in their use of the internet, email, the world-wide web, and social media. For twelve years, Randolph has been spearheading the Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center; the digital archive of which now contains upwards of 12,000 archival-quality scans. Currently in the midst of celebrating Kirby's Centenary via "100 Days of Kirby", Rand's Colgate session fortuitously falls on Day 13!
Curatorial Assistant, Picker Art Gallery and Longyear Museum of Anthropology
Sarah Horowitz is the curatorial assistant at the Picker Art Gallery and the Longyear Museum of Anthropology. 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, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. Sarah holds an M.A. in Art History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a B.A. 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 as Colgate's Fred ’50 and Marilyn Dunlap Head Football Coach, Hunt in 2015 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, New York, 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.
Krista Ingram is an Associate Professor of Biology whose research interests include social behavior, sociogenomics, and behavioral genetics. She teaches courses in evolution, animal behavior and molecular ecology. A graduate of Dartmouth College with a double major in Biology and Russian, she received her PhD from the Dept of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University and conducted postdoctoral research in the Dept of Biology at Stanford University and the Stanford Genome Technology Center.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Colgate University B.S., Marine Biology, University of West Florida (2005) Ph. D, Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington (2011) Post-doctoral researcher, The Ohio State University (2011-2014) Post-doctoral researcher, Loyola Marymount University (2014-2015)
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 28 years so is familiar with current student issues and concerns.
Dave Kellogg ’62
After Colgate, Dave joined the pharmaceutical industry as a microbiologist and eventually became a Director of Quality Control and Quality Assurance. He worked in N.J., Syracuse N.Y. and spent 5 years in Puerto Rico. An interesting assignment involved conferring with the U.S. Ambassador to the Biological Weapons Convention. He has been a Trustee of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation (Women's Rights, Underground Railroad, Native American Rights, Religious Freedom, etc.) and is currently a New York State Ambassador to the Erie Canal. For around 10 years he has been giving presentations on behalf of the Colgate Classics Department to students studying ancient Greek and Roman coinage.
khristian kemp-delisser, Ed.D.
khristian kemp-delisser, Ed.D. is the Assistant Dean and Director of the LGBTQ Initiatives
Connie Klein ’82
Connie is a clinical social worker in private practice in Denver, Colorado specializing in spiritually integrated treatment for depression, anxiety and addiction. She spent time at Standing Rock last fall.
Professor Robert Kraynak
Professor Robert Kraynak is a member of Colgate's political science department and director of the Center for Freedom and Western Civilization. He came to Colgate in 1978 from Harvard University, where he received his PhD in government. He teaches courses in the fields of political philosophy and general education, including courses on American political thought, the history of Western political philosophy, natural law, religion and politics, and conservative political thought. He received the Colgate Alumni Corporation "Distinguished Teaching Award" in 2006, and he directs Colgate's Center for Freedom and Western Civilization.
His published books are History and Modernity in the Thought of Thomas Hobbes
(Cornell Press, 1990); Christian Faith and Modern Democracy
(Notre Dame Press, 2001): In Defense of Human Dignity
, edited with Glenn Tinder (Notre Dame Press, 2003): and Reason, Faith, and Politics
, edited with Arthur M. Melzer (Lexington, 2008). He also contributed to Human Dignity and Bioethics
, published by the President's Council on Bioethics (2008).
Professor Kraynak has served in the U.S. Army Reserves, is the faculty adviser to the College Republicans at Colgate, and is an active member of St. Mary's Church in the village of Hamilton, NY. where he lives with his wife, Sandra, and their four children.
Jack Kupferman ’77
Jack Kupferman, lifelong advocate for older persons, currently serves as President of Gray Panthers, NYC Network; is senior attorney at the NYC Department for the Aging; and is a member of the Executive Committee of the NGO Committee on Ageing at the United Nations.
Globally, Jack has had a key role in assuring that the concerns of older persons are prominently featured in the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. He also co-chairs a small fund to promote innovations in aging services for NGOs in the least developed nations. One project funded microfinance-lending opportunities for older women in rural Pakistan. His leadership and advocacy in building coalitions that work toward a global instrument to protect the human rights of older persons are ongoing and effective.
Through Gray Panthers (Activism and Advocacy Against Ageism), in addition to overseeing daily operations, he has chaired task forces, including one on Emergency Planning concerns for older persons and those with functional needs following Superstorm Sandy; and advocated for improvements in New York’s Nursing Home enforcement mechanisms. Understanding the importance of intergenerational solidarity, he has built an internship program for motivated college students to become agents of change for aging.
Importantly, in his capacity at the Department for the Aging (DFTA), he successfully supervised and enhanced the appeals process for the NYC Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption program – NYC’s $100 million program for rental assistance for seniors – during the period it was administered by DFTA. Among other responsibilities, Jack currently oversees contractors providing legal assistance to NYC’s seniors.
Jack received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University and a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School. A true New Yorker, his childhood was spent at the family owned and run rest home for the elderly in Rockland County, New York. This is where the seeds of his passion were sown.
Janette LaVigne ’82
Janette is a certified group fitness instructor, a RYT200 Yoga Instructor, and teaches yoga, Pilates, and Barre. She is currently finishing up her 500 hour certification for Yoga and has taught fitness classes for almost 10 years. She is also a board certified holistic health coach with AADP, having studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
After suffering with food allergies, hypothyroidism, and a stressful career for years, Janette left the corporate life and found whole healthy foods, and yoga and meditation, that nourished and healed her body. She decided to pursue her passion for fitness and nutrition, and nutritional healing with helping others. Janette works with women who feel the pounds piling on, who have no energy, who have taken care of others for years and now need to care for themselves. She helps the client find the whole foods nourishment that work for their body, exercise that they enjoy, and to reset their metabolism, regain their youthful energy and feel fantastic!
Janette's yoga classes are a slow flow vinyasa-type class, suitable for all levels. She offers accommodations for beginners and makes sure there's enough time for a satisfying and rejuvenating savasana.
Ann LeSchander ’87
Originally from upstate New York, Ann first worked as a singer in theaters and clubs and on film/television soundtracks. After working closely with director Danny Huston to create a creepy lullaby for his horror film The Maddening
, she realized she wanted to be a filmmaker. Ann attended the USC School of Cinema where her first short film, Trust
, won the prestigious Women in Film Crystal Award. Her next film, The Day Before
, garnered the James Bridges Award for Excellence in Directing.
Ann recently wrote and directed the award-winning feature film The Park Bench
whichhas won Best Feature
at six festivals around the world (including Toronto, Barcelona, Los Angeles & Queens) and the Audience Choice Award
at two more (Veracruz, Mexico & Argentina.) The Park Bench
is currently distributed by Dreamscape and is now available on Amazon, GooglePlay, Vudu, iTunes and in libraries across the country. The LA Times calls it “a sweet tale with a smart storytelling device and charming performers!” It recently aired on PBS.
Ann has worked as a Writer/Producer for National Geographic, Discovery, A&E, The History Channel, and Game Show Network and has produced documentaries including The True Story of the 761st, Standing Tall at Auschwitz, Heaven: Beyond the Grave, and Inside Opus Dei.
Ann received a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.F.A. from the USC School of Cinema.
Lee Levitt ’82
Lee Levitt `82 is the Managing Director and founder of the Acelera Group (aceleragroup.com
), a consulting practice focused on improving sales performance for enterprise and emerging technology companies. He brings 30+ years of hands-on sales management, transformation and enablement experience, including five years of sales transformation work at Oracle Corp.
Prior to joining Oracle, he built and managed IDC’s Sales Advisory Practice, launched the first industry research into sales enablement best practices and authored the IDC Sales Productivity Framework. There he worked with leading and emerging technology companies, helping them to improve sales productivity.
Lee ran sales operations for Phase Forward, a clinical trials software company, where he implemented and managed the company's first SFA platform and built a robust demand generation process. As Chief Sales Officer for BAO, a business services firm, he grew revenues by 75% over an 18 month period and closed deals with significant new logos, including CSC, IBM and Oracle. Prior positions include senior level business development, channel management and marketing roles for a variety of venture backed and publicly traded companies.
Lee is a founding member of the Sales Enablement Society and is active in the Strategic Account Management Association. He speaks regularly at a variety of industry and executive sales forums.
Lee is a 20 year participant in the Pan Mass Challenge (pmc.org
), raising money for cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute ($47M in 2016). He is an advisor to the New England Celiac Organization (neceliac.org
) and authored their Spring 2016 College Survey
and College Survival Guide.
Lee holds a Bachelor's degree in economics from Colgate University (’82). He is an avid cyclist, former bike racer, runner (two hour half marathon), hockey player and autocrosser.
Sam Lin ’92
Sam Lin MD is a lucky son of a gun who somehow managed to sneak into medical school. He was able to parlay this lapse of judgement by the admitting committee into a career. He has been employed, owned a private practice, opened a series of offices, delved into the hospital side, nursing homes, board and cares, psychiatric facilities, teaches residents, been the physician at a variety of sporting events, and has been at the forefront of the electronic records age.
Michael Macedon ’19
Mykel Macedon graduated from Camp Fiver in 2015. He is originally from Bronx, NY. He currently studies international relations as a member of Colgate's class of 2019.
Nina Moore is a Professor of Political Science at Colgate University, received her B.A. from Knox College (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. She has held teaching positions at DePaul University, the University of Minnesota, and Loyal University of Chicago. The Princeton Review recently named her one of the best 300 professors in the U.S. Dr. 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 campus-wide initiatives promoting faculty and student research on diversity. Dr. 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. Dr. Moore’s 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, Dr. 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 so than police officers and prosecutors. She is currently completing a book manuscript that argues the need to look beyond conservative ideology in order to fully understand modern U.S. Supreme Court rulings on race.
Mark Murphy ’77
Mark Murphy, possessor of extensive experience in professional football and sports administration, is in his ninth year as the Green Bay Packers’ President and CEO.
Under Murphy’s guidance, the organization continues to rank as one of the NFL’s premier franchises, with highly successful operations both on and off the field. On the field, the team has compiled a 90-50-1 overall record (.642), made seven straight playoff trips and earned a victory in Super Bowl XLV. Off the field, the club continues to perform well in its business efforts, which allows the organization to support football operations. The fan experience at Lambeau Field, a top priority for the organization, continues to be ranked among the best in sports.
It was a direction both Murphy and the organization envisioned when Murphy was elected by the Packers’ Board of Directors as the franchise’s 10th Chief Executive Officer on Dec. 3, 2007. He began his work with the organization as president-elect on Jan. 1, 2008, and then formally took over on Jan. 28, 2008.
“I am honored to have been selected and very appreciative of this tremendous opportunity,” Murphy said the day of his election. “The Packers are one of the great franchises in all of professional sports, with a rich history and incredible fan support. These are successful times for the Packers. On the field they’re performing well, and off the field, they’re in great shape, too. I look forward to being a part of that continued success.
Murphy, who holds a law degree and an MBA in finance, brought a unique and highly qualified background to his role as head of one of the NFL’s flagship franchises, first drawing from a deep understanding and appreciation of the game that comes from an eight-year playing career with the Washington Redskins. Later, he served a combined 16 years as director of athletics at Colgate University and Northwestern University, and was an assistant executive director of the NFL Players Association and a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. More on Murphy's time with the Packers
In addition to his playing career and work with the NFL Players Association, Murphy had maintained his ties to the NFL through his work on the Commissioner’s Player Advisory Committee (1994-2002) as well as the NFL Youth Football Committee (2002-2011). Additionally, his NFL experience includes Super Bowl wins as a player (XVII, 1982) and as a CEO (XLV, 2010), believed to be the first such achievement in league history.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, recognizing the unique experience and skills Murphy brought to the NFL as the Packers’ CEO, in 2008 appointed him to the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee, the NFL owners’ committee whose responsibility was to serve as the bargaining team during negotiations with the NFL Players Association which resulted in a new, 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2011. The position has allowed Murphy to increase his involvement and contributions at the league level, ensuring the organization has a voice in NFL matters.
“Mark’s rare blend of experiences makes him integral to the future of the Packers and the NFL,” said Goodell when appointing Murphy. “His accomplishments as an NFL player, his work with the NFLPA, and now his leadership of the Packers, provide a unique perspective to the league and also to the players. He’s very effective in discussions with NFLPA executives. Mark is a bright and thoughtful individual who understands what needs to get done to create a system that benefits all sides for years to come. He is very reasonable and wants what’s best for fans, the game and players, as we all do.”
In 2012, Goodell added to Murphy’s NFL-level involvement by naming him to the important Competition Committee, the group composed of team executives and coaches that studies all aspects of the game and recommends rules and policy changes to NFL clubs. Goodell also placed Murphy on the NFL owners’ Health and Safety Committee and the College Relations Committee.
Upon joining the Packers, Murphy broadened his knowledge of the franchise, its operations and its standing in the community by meeting with employees, shareholders, fans and members of the Board of Directors, as well as many community groups.
Among his first initiatives was to update the organization’s strategic plan, a process involving all the leadership positions of the organization, including the Executive Committee and football operations. The process created core objectives to serve as a backdrop for all key business decisions. In a move to enhance those objectives, Murphy restructured the management of the organization, which included creating a new senior-leadership staff overseeing administration and finance, football operations, human resources, legal, marketing and fan engagement, and sales and corporate partnerships. The structure reflects the growth the organization has experienced in recent years and gives broader coverage across all operations with more people involved on a senior-management level.
Murphy also is directing the organization’s master plan involving Lambeau Field, the Lambeau Field Atrium, the practice facilities, and property the organization owns adjacent to the stadium. Lambeau Field and the Atrium recently underwent a $312 million, five-year expansion and renovation that included a new distributed-audio sound system (2011), two new HD video boards and the new Bellin Health Gate on the north end of the stadium (2012), 7,000 additional seats in the south end zone served by the Shopko Gate (2013), a larger Oneida Nation Gate and new football facilities (2013), the American Family Insurance Gate, a redeveloped Harlan Plaza and new Packers Pro Shop (2014), and a new Packers Hall of Fame and restaurant, 1919 Kitchen & Tap (2015). The Packers recently started work on a two-year, $55 million project to renovate Lambeau Field’s suites and club seats.
To support the Lambeau Field project, Murphy directed the Packers’ fifth stock sale, an effort that netted the organization more than $64 million. More than 268,000 shares were sold during the offering, from Dec. 6, 2011, through Feb. 29, 2012, with more than 250,000 new shareholders joining the Packers’ ownership. All stadium improvements were financed without public tax money.
In 2015, the Packers announced plans for the Titletown District, a new development to the west of Lambeau Field, with the first phase including an engaging public plaza. The development will build upon the success of the renovated Lambeau Field and complement the vibrant business and hospitality clusters in the area that have experienced enhancement in recent years. Titletown should become a destination for visitors and residents alike. In 2016, ground was broken on the public plaza as well as for Lodge Kohler, a four-diamond hotel; a Bellin Health Sports Medicine Clinic; and Hinterland Restaurant and Brewery. This first phase is expected to be completed by the start of the 2017 NFL season.
Among the other initiatives Murphy has directed is the enhancement of the organization’s retail operations, including the purchase of a new warehouse for the Packers Pro Shop and the establishment of a customer relationship management (CRM) program, with both efforts upgrading customer service to Packers fans.
Murphy also has worked to increase the number of outside events utilizing Lambeau Field, including Kenny Chesney concerts in 2011 and 2015, and LZ Lambeau in May 2010, a welcome back for Wisconsin Vietnam veterans. In September 2016, Lambeau Field will host a college football game for the first time since 1981, in the Lambeau Field College Classic, presented by Carmex, when the LSU Tigers play the Wisconsin Badgers. Additionally in the community, Murphy has ensured the organization remains a strong community partner, with a charity impact of approximately $6.5 million in the past year.
Inside the organization, Murphy continues to grow and develop the team’s human resources, with new programs for employees such as leadership development.
The 61-year-old Murphy joined the Packers after 4½ years (2003-07) as director of athletics at Northwestern University. At the Big Ten Conference school, Murphy oversaw a 19-sport program with a $40 million budget and 160 full-time employees. During his tenure, the school won eight individual national championships and three NCAA team titles. Additionally, the university won nine conference team championships and 34 individual Big Ten titles. A total of 49 Wildcats earned first-team All-America distinction. On the football field, the Wildcats participated in two bowl games during Murphy’s tenure after playing in just four previous such contests in the program’s history. In 2006-07, Northwestern finished 30th in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup standings with a school-best 626.5 points. The Wildcats ranked among the top 30 in the standings for the last three years of Murphy’s tenure and in 2007 finished sixth among Big Ten schools for the third straight year after previously not placing higher than ninth.
The school’s athletic success under Murphy was achieved while its student-athletes continued to excel off the field. The NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data released in October 2007 reported Northwestern’s rate at 98 percent, tying it with Notre Dame and Navy for tops in the nation.
Prior to his tenure at Northwestern, Murphy served as director of athletics at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. (1992-2003), the school from which he graduated in 1977. During his 11 years at the helm, the university experienced a renaissance of its football program, going from 0-11 in 1995 to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. In 2003, the year after Murphy’s departure to Northwestern, the team made it to the championship game; the achievement of that squad – a non-scholarship program – remains one of Murphy’s proudest moments.
Colgate’s other teams experienced success as well, with men’s basketball, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, women’s softball and men’s ice hockey teams making NCAA Tournament appearances. The school also achieved graduation rates among the highest for student-athletes in Division I during Murphy’s tenure. A proud alum, Murphy had the honor of delivering the address for the university’s 2012 graduation ceremony.
A former All-Pro safety for the Washington Redskins, Murphy enjoyed an eight-year career (1977-84) after originally signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 1977. He was a co-captain from 1980-84, a period that included two Super Bowl teams (1982-83). He enjoyed his finest season in 1983, leading the NFL with nine interceptions and earning consensus All-Pro honors as well as a trip to the Pro Bowl. Murphy was named as one of the Redskins’ “70 Greatest Players,” as well as one of the “80 Greatest Redskins,” and also is a member of the club’s 50th Anniversary Team.
Joe Gibbs, the Hall of Fame former coach of the Redskins who led the team during Murphy’s 1981-84 seasons, was appreciative of the player’s contributions and lauded the Packers’ hiring of Murphy.
“Mark meant a lot to the Redskins organization the years he was here and played,” Gibbs said. “He was a great person along with being one of the brightest and most competitive people we’ve had here at the Redskins.”
Gibbs had an influence on Murphy as well, as the Packers’ CEO attributes much of his leadership style to what he learned from the successful Redskins coach.
“He had many leadership traits that I admired and tried to incorporate into my own leadership style,” said Murphy. “He had a very natural way about him with the way he related to people, and he tried to be accessible. He was a very effective communicator, too, as most great leaders are. And when he worked with you, he was very fair and sincere. All those skills and traits fueled his awesome ability to motivate his teams.”
A natural leader among his teammates, Murphy served as the Redskins’ player representative to the NFL Players Association from 1980-84, including the position of vice president of the players union (1983-84). While a representative, he served on the players’ bargaining committee during the 1982 players’ strike. Those experiences have served him well in his role on the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee.
During his days with the Redskins, Murphy earned an MBA in finance from American University in Washington, D.C., attending classes full-time in the offseason and evening classes in-season. Upon completion of his playing career in 1985, he joined the NFL Players Association as assistant executive director. While with the NFLPA, Murphy served on the bargaining team, including during the 1987 players’ strike, developed the agent-certification system and strengthened the PA’s degree-completion and career-counseling programs.
While with the NFLPA, he started work on a law degree from Georgetown University and ultimately finished his studies full time after leaving the Players Association. Upon receiving his law degree in 1988, he worked at a Washington, D.C., law firm (Bredhoff and Kaiser) before becoming a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in 1989.
During a four-year career with the Department of Justice, he primarily represented government agencies in trials. Then, in 1992, his alma mater called and he returned to the sports realm.
At ease in public settings and with the media, Murphy enjoyed hosting a weekly radio show during his playing days and later became a sports commentator for National Public Radio (1983-92) and the Anheuser-Busch Radio Network (1986-88), offering his insights into football and sports-related legal issues in general.
Born July 13, 1955, in Fulton, N.Y., Murphy spent some of his formative years in the Houston area before moving back to the Buffalo-area community of Clarence. He was a three-sport star (football, baseball and basketball) at Clarence Central High School and was named the best all-around athlete in Western New York during his senior year. His baseball talents drew attention from major-league scouts. In 2002, he was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his achievements both on and off the field. In February, Mark returned to Clarence Central High School to present a golden football as part of the NFL’s 50th Super Bowl celebration.
Murphy and his wife, Laurie, who also is a Colgate graduate, have been involved in the communities in which they’ve lived. Over the years the couple has donated their time to numerous organizations, including local schools, the United Methodist Church in Hamilton, N.Y., and the First Congregational Church of Evanston, Ill. Also, while in Chicago, Murphy served on the bid committee for the 2016 Olympics, which eventually were awarded to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While at Colgate University, Murphy formed the Hamilton Youth Basketball League and served as its commissioner. Heavily involved in the community while with the Redskins, Murphy was named the team’s “Miller Man of the Year” in 1984 in honor of his work off the field.
In Green Bay, Murphy continues a busy schedule of meeting with fans and shareholders, as well as speaking to a variety of business and community groups. He also has given his time to several community organizations to help their causes, including Big Brothers Big Sisters. Murphy also serves on University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s council of trustees and co-chaired the school’s most recent capital campaign. He is currently honorary chair of the capital campaign for the Jackie Nitschke Center. Additionally, Murphy serves on the advisory board of the Positive Coaching Alliance, an organization created to transform the culture of youth sports to give all young athletes the opportunity for a positive, character-building experience, as well as on USA Football’s board of directors.
Mark and Laurie are active supporters of foster-care services in Brown County and have had the pleasure of serving as foster parents in the community. Laurie is involved in a number of national and local organizations whose missions support hunger relief, as well as housing and education for underserved populations. In addition, Laurie established “Ladies of Lambeau,” an inclusive group of women who are associated with the Green Bay Packers. The group hosts an annual hands-on event at Lambeau Field which benefits a variety of nonprofit organizations.
Mark and Laurie have four children: Katie, 33, a graduate of Harvard who played basketball for the Crimson and lives in New York City with her husband, Eugene Kornel, and son, Richard, and works at Credit Suisse; Emily, 31, a 2008 graduate of Middlebury (Vt.) College with a degree in Chinese who lives with her husband, Robert Kraynak, and daughter, Louise, in Ann Arbor, Mich., where Emily and Robert both attend graduate school at the University of Michigan; Brian, 27, a graduate of Amherst (Mass.) College who played football for the Lord Jeffs and now lives in Austin, Texas, where he is in business school at the University of Texas; and Anna, 25, a graduate of Northwestern University who now works for Korn Ferry in New York City.
Away from work, Mark enjoys playing golf, fishing and participating in various forms of exercise, including bicycling, cross-country skiing and jogging.
Mike Murphy put together quite an impressive opening five years as head coach of Colgate Men's Lacrosse.
Murphy already has posted a pair of Patriot League regular season championships, one postseason title and two trips to the NCAA tournament. In 2015, Colgate tied Navy for regular season honors and then swept to the Patriot League championship on the Midshipmen's home field. The Raiders knocked off Army 11-8 in the title game.
Colgate in four seasons under Murphy has a 45-34 record, including a 24-19 mark against Patriot League competition. The Raiders under Murphy twice have finished the season ranked among the nation's top 15.
Named to his first head coaching position on July 20, 2011, Murphy led the 2012 Raiders to a Patriot League regular-season title en route to the best campaign in program history. Colgate finished 14-4, including a 6-0 road mark, a 6-2 record against nationally-ranked opponents, and a win over undefeated No. 1 Massachusetts in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
The NCAA bid was Colgate's second postseason appearance and its first as an NCAA at-large recipient. The Raiders also secured their first tournament win and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time in school history.
The 2012 team set a total of 29 individual and team records, including 13 program marks, 15 Patriot League records and one NCAA season mark with junior Robert Grabher attempting a total of 433 faceoffs in the season. Murphy also coached the first Colgate and Patriot League player to win the Tewaaraton Award with junior Peter Baum, who also received the Enners Award and set eight individual program and league records.
Murphy had five members named to the All-Patriot League teams, including 2012 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and the league's Rookie of the Year. He had two players named All-Americans, with Baum earning first-team honors and Jeff Ledwick landing a spot as honorable mention. Team records set during the season were the Colgate records for most points (365), goals (236) and assists (129) in a season, as well as most wins for a team and a first-year head coach (14), and the highest national ranking in program history with the No. 8 spot in the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
The team also broke Patriot League Tournament records for most team assists in a game (11), most two-game team points (45), total shots (84), man-up goals (6), and fastest back-to-back goals with five seconds in the championship game. Murphy was selected as an assistant coach for the North Team in the USILA/Lax World Division I-II North-South Senior All-Star Game.
The 2015 championship season saw the Raiders picked to finish fifth in the Patriot League before the year began but compile a 6-2 record that tied Navy for top honors. Colgate then swept past Bucknell and Army in the conference tournament for their first automatic berth since 2008.
All-Star performers from the team were Matt Clarkson and Ryan Walsh, who both earned USILA All-American honorable mention nods in addition to their All-Patriot League First Team and Patriot League All-Tournament Team status. Walsh also was named MVP of the Patriot League tournament. For the season, Clarkson led the Raiders with 30 assists and 51 points, while Walsh topped the squad with 33 goals to finish his career with 139 goals and 203 points. Those numbers placed second in both categories in the Colgate records book.
Other key figures were All-Patriot League Second Team members Matt Yeager, Cameron Williams and Brandon Burke. Rookie of the Year honors went to Anthony Abbadessa -- the third such Colgate honor in the last four seasons. Academically, Yeager and John Baker made the Academic All-Patriot League Team, and Yeager also picked up USILA Scholar All-America honors.
Murphy joined the Raiders after serving as an assistant coach at Army. In his seven seasons with the Black Knights, Army was consistently ranked among the best defensive teams both in the Patriot League and nationally under his mentorship, during which he also guided some of the most prolific goalkeepers in Academy history.
In the 2011 season, under his direction, Army placed third in the Patriot League in scoring defense (9.31 gpg). The Black Knights held Syracuse down during a 9-8 upset victory over the two-time defending national champions in the first round of 2010 NCAA tournament. Murphy helped Bill Henderson win Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors, and Henderson also collected All-Patriot League First Team plaudits and was tabbed an NCAA All-American (Honorable Mention). Tim Henderson, Bill's younger brother, earned first-team honors as well. Bill Henderson and Army goalkeeper Tom Palesky both earned honorable mention All-America honors.
In 2009, Army finished third in the Patriot League in scoring defense (9.06 gpg), while two members of the unit were named all-conference selections. Bill Henderson lauded first-team honors, while younger brother Tim Henderson landed on the second team in his first season with the squad.
In 2008, the Black Knights finished sixth nationally in scoring defense, allowing only two teams to score more than 10 goals en route to a 7.13 average. First-Team All-Conference selection Adam Fullerton capped his career with third-team All-America honors and two-straight Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year awards and was selected one of two goalkeepers on the U.S. National Team. The 2008 season also was highlighted by two of Murphy’s defensemen, seniors Jay Larson and Craig Massie, being named All-Patriot League honorees.
In 2006, Murphy's molding of senior Matt Luyster was made complete as he was named an honorable mention All-American, the first All-American under Murphy's watch.
Luyster was a first-team All-Patriot League selection and the Defensive Player of the Year in the conference, while Nick Doerr earned second-team all-league honors as well. Murphy also guided Fullerton when he was pressed into starting duty early into his freshman season and watched him run off seven consecutive victories in the cage, setting an Academy record for consecutive wins by a plebe goalie.
In 2005, Army's man-down defense ranked 14th in the country, killing off 81 percent of opponents' EMOs. Goalkeeper Matt Darak set an Academy record for saves in a season as the Black Knights allowed only 165 goals during the campaign that saw Army qualify for the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive season.
Murphy joined Army after spending two seasons at Division III Denison in Granville, Ohio, where he was in charge of the Big Red's defensive unit, goalies and faceoff personnel. He also served as an assistant on Denison's football coaching staff and held a position in the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation as an instructor.
Prior to his work at Denison, the University of New Hampshire graduate served as head assistant coach/defensive coordinator at Wingate from 1999-2001. The Beverly, Mass., native helped the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Division II National Semifinal appearance in school history as the squad posted a 27-17 record in Murphy's three seasons on its sideline, while 14 players garnered All-Deep South honors. His 2001 defensive unit finished the season among the national leaders in scoring defense (12th), winning percentage (7th) and goals-against average (10th).
Murphy also enjoyed one-year stints at Pfeiffer and Merrimack after his graduation from the University of New Hampshire in the spring of 1996, where he was a three-year letterman for the Wildcats.
Murphy is a member of the USILA Division I All-American Committee as well as the USILA Division I Poll Committee. He serves as chair of the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Committee, and also serves on the IMLCA Division I Coaches Advisory Board.
Murphy and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents of two children: son, Colin; and daughter, Dylan Emma.
Pete O'Brien ’67, P’98
Peter O’Brien grew up in New Jersey, graduated from Colgate University in 1967, spent two years in the US Army from 1967-69, graduated from Columbia Business School in 1971, and joined Merrill Lynch upon graduation. He retired as a Managing Director of Merrill Lynch in 1999 after working in the Equity Capital Markets area for 28 years. During that time, he created the Equity Transaction Group in 1985, and helped launch Merrill Lynch’s global effort with the establishment of a London based Equity Capital Markets Group. He had primary responsibility for the pricing of all equity and convertible new issues managed by Merrill Lynch and was also recognized throughout the industry for his work with Power and Utility companies as well as Real Estate companies.
Peter and his wife, Patti, have been Riverside, CT residents since 1975. They have three children; Terry, 41 and Colgate class of ‘98, works in New York City for Stifel Financial, Jenny, 38, resides in Venice, FL and is the owner of a Camp Bow Wow franchise, and Kate, 24, is living in Tampa, FL and currently attending cosmetology school.
Peter is a member of the Innis Arden Golf Club in Old Greenwich, CT and TwinEagles Golf Club in Naples, FL. He is a Trustee Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Colgate University, having served on the board from 1996 to 2005, a member of the Boards of Directors of the Legg Mason Family of Mutual Funds, the Royce Family of Mutual Funds, TICC Capital Corp., The Bridges School, and a member and former President of the Board of Directors of Hill House, Inc., a congregate care facility for low income elderly residents in Riverside, CT.
Ben Oliver is the 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. Their programs allow students to develop leadership skills, strong interpersonal connections, an adventurous spirit, and a sense of place within Colgate, Central, and Upstate New York. The student staff complete an extensive nine-month training program that encompasses a wide range of teaching, facilitation, and outdoor activity skills. For reunion, the student staff look forward to helping alumni get outside on land, on the water, and "up in the air" at the Angert Family Climbing Wall.
Kevin Padian ’72
Kevin Padian ('72, MAT '73) is Professor of Integrative Biology and Curator in the Museum of Paleontology at the University of California, Berkeley. He works on how large-scale changes in evolution get started, and is also interested in Darwin, the history of biology, and the connection of nature to Victorian literature, all interests that began at Colgate.
John Palmer is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Studies at Colgate University. He has two books out: The Dance of Identities: Korean Adoptees
and Their Journey toward Empowerment
, The University of Hawai’i Press and the lead editor of a volume entitled 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. John currently resides in upstate New York with his wife Woolim and sons David Mingyu, Jonathan Minhoo, and Henry Minjoon.
Bobby Pennington is the head coach of the Colgate University Men’s and Women's Tennis teams since 2006, has garnered players to be named all-league 22 times and earn seven Player of the Month awards. Pennington reached his 200th win this season, with a record for the men now at 109 and 101 with four straight winning seasons. Pennington is the second winningest women’s tennis coach and third winningest men’s coach at Colgate. He has coached both a Patriot League Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Pennington is the Director of Nike Tennis Camps at Colgate and also serves as Chair of Mens’ Tennis for the Patriot League. also serves on the ITA Division I Men's Northeast Rankings Committee.
Natalie Ramirez, ’19
Student Curatorial Assistant for the Picker Art Gallery
Natalie is currently in her junior year at Colgate and is a double major in Art History and Classical Studies. She began working at the Picker Art Gallery the fall of her freshman year spurred by her passion for museums and eagerness to learn more about curatorial work. Since then she has created and helped run a student docent program increasing campus-wide and community outreach, assisted with curating upcoming exhibitions, and worked on various collections research projects at the Picker.
Natalie is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority serving as the Body Image Coordinator encouraging physical and mental health among women in the chapter. She is also on the Inclusivity Committee promoting diversity and equality in Delta and around campus.
Jason Rand ’07
Jason '07 grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and majored in Political Science and Art & Art History at Colgate. He has worked for Twitter since 2012, partnering with Forbes 250 brands to execute their marketing strategy on the platform. He is concurrently pursuing his MBA from the University of California, Davis - Graduate School of Management, focusing on general management and marketing. Prior, he worked for three Bay-Area based tech startups in various operations and marketing roles. Jason enjoys running marathons, collecting art, world travel, skiing and being with his family.
Gary Ross ’77
I have been at Colgate since 1985, was director of admission in 1993, and became Dean of Admission in 2000 and Vice President and Dean of Admission in 2007 and that eventually turned into my current position as Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid. I am a Colgate graduate and I then went on to receive a Master's Degree from the University of Southern California. After I received my Master's Degree in counseling and higher ed from USC, I wanted to do something completely different before I pursued a career in college administration so I moved to Colorado, went to the police academy where I was president of my police academy class and I became a police officer for four years in Vail, Colorado. All of that was great preparation for eventual use in a career in highly selective college admissions!
Beth Roy is the General Manager of the Colgate Community Garden. Beth joined the Colgate Community Garden team as Garden Consultant in 2013. She is a graduate of Union College, and has been a life-long home gardener. She has taken several horticulture courses and is currently registered as a Horticultural Therapist. Since 2013, Beth has led students through major flooding issues, created a strong relationship with the Hamilton Food Cupboard, and increased the garden's presence on-campus. Beth was instrumental in establishing the garden's move to its new location.
Evey Schweig ’82
Evey Schweig, AADP, Colgate ’82, is a certified Holistic Health Coach with a degree in biology and certification in integrated nutrition. She works with clients as a personal guide to help them achieve more energy-filled, pain-free lives, and is a staunch advocate of eating nutritious whole foods to improve health and maintain optimal weight. She publishes a monthly blog and newsletter on healthy eating and lifestyle at eveyschweig.com
As Colgate University’s Associate Vice President of Advancement and Career Initiatives, Mike oversees Career Services, Thought Into Action – Colgate’s Entrepreneurship Program, and the Robert A Fox '59 Management & Leadership Skills Program. A noted presenter and thought expert in student development, career program innovation, strategic planning, and cross-institution collaboration, Mike is frequently quoted in the national press. In particular, Mike has been a long-time champion of the benefits of aligning Career Service and Advancement. Mike has been a long-time member of the NACE Management Leadership Institute faculty presenting strategic leadership of career services and has received numerous awards from CASE, EACE, NAACP and others for his commitment to student success.
Before coming to Colgate in 2012, Mike was director of Career Services at Wesleyan University, worked in career services at Brown University and the University of Rhode Island, and held a variety of student affairs positions at the University of Rhode Island, the California State University, Fresno, and the University of New Hampshire. Mike is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a BS in gerontology and an MS in human development, counseling, and family studies.
Shasheen Shah ’92
Texting. Posting. Chatting. Sharing. Liking. Commenting. We live in an era where new forms of communication arise every day, and yet one thing remains constant; the most important conversations rarely take place at all.
For more than 20 years, Shasheen has delivered breakthrough results to successful leaders around the world, navigating business outcomes and the personal challenges that go hand in hand with the journey.
From risk taking entrepreneurs, to the senior ranks of Fortune 500 companies, when the stakes are high, they rely on Shasheen as their most coveted trusted advisor.
Shasheen’s razor sharp intuition, combined with his unique ability to tactfully navigate and address life’s most confronting conversations separates him from the rest, allowing him to cut through the barriers that stand in the way of his clients.
A native New Yorker with roots in India, Shasheen currently lives in Telluride, Colorado. During the winter you will find him somewhere in the backcountry of Colorado or Utah. As a philosophy major from Colgate University, Shasheen remains a student and continues to feed his insatiable appetite for understanding the human experience every day, incorporating, integrating, and applying new insights and awareness into breakthrough results for himself as a way of life.
Patrick Shaw ’92
Patrick Shaw (’92) is a partner of Ehrenkranz Partners and chairs the firm’s investment committee. Previously, he was an associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (New York, NY) in the tax department. He received a J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law and a B.A. from Colgate University, graduating with high honors. Patrick serves as a volunteer advisor to Colgate’s Endowment Management and Finance Committee. He is also the chairman of the board of Fairfield Country Day School and a trustee of the Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island, New York. Patrick and his wife Finley (’95) have four children and live in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Walt Shepperd ’62
Walt Shepperd has read poetry at colleges and cultural centers throughout Central New York as well as New York City’s Lincoln Center, City Center, Nuyorican Cafe, and the Poetential Unlimited Theater of Harlem. With Stewart Brisby, on a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, he edited and published Born into a Felony
, the first national anthology of contemporary American prison writing.
Mr. Shepperd is Executive Producer for the Media Unit and Senior Editor at UrbanCNY. He is a three-time winner of the New York Press Association Writer of the Year Award and a recipient of the Syracuse Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award.
A graduate of Colgate University, with graduate work at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, he has served on the faculties of Colgate, SU, Onondaga Community College, Madison Jr. High, EOC at Jamesville Penitentiary and the maximum security prisons at Auburn and Attica where he conducted poetry workshops.
He served for eight years as a panelist on Time Warner Cable’s Reporters Roundtable. For three decades, his Media Unit’s Rough Times Live teen-produced weekly television program has been broadcast in Syracuse, Binghamton, Ithaca, Rochester and New York City. It has been cited with the Golden Mic Award as “America’s Best Local Television Program in the Interest of Youth,” and three New York State Golden Mics.
A recipient of the New York Civil Liberties Kharas Award, Shepperd received a Golden Apple Award from the New York Teacher’s Association for educational reporting and an Impartial Citizen Award for reporting on race relations. Past President of the Syracuse Press Club and past President of the Cultural Resources Council Board of Directors, he has served on the boards of the Central New York State chapter of the National Organization for Women, the Westcott Youth Organization and the Equal Opportunity Center, the advisory board for the Great New York State Fair, and the Mayor’s advisory board on cable television.
Author of Conjuring a Counter-Culture
, Essays on the Sixties
, and I Dreamt I took a Two Week Vacation in an Audrey Hepburn Movie
, a chapbook of poems, he was Associate Director on Chris Powell’s Home Town News, founding editor and publisher of Nickel Review, founding editor of the Syracuse Gazette, and Senior Editor for 35 years at the Syracuse New Times. Shepperd’s work has also been published in the Berkley Barb, Newsday, the Post-Standard, Scholastic Teacher, and HomeFurnishings Daily. His weekly column appears in The Syracuse Eagle.
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.
Fatima Sowe ’12
Fatima Sowe ('12) is an arts education administrator working in Chicago, IL. Her programmatic interests include; professional leadership development with recent graduates, as well as programming that bridges the gap between the arts and non-arts industries. Fatima is a teaching artist with a focus on teaching social development through dance and movement to young adults. She also is a freelance director/choreographer and dramaturg. At Colgate, Fatima studied Art History and French.
Chad Sparber is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Economics Department at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He also directs a program on economic freedom for Colgate’s Center for Freedom and Western Civilization – an organization that seeks to promote intellectual diversity and discourse on campus by providing a platform for the representation of conservative voices. Chad joined Colgate in 2006, and has been an external research fellow at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration at University College London since 2009. He received his PhD in economics from the University of California – Davis in 2006, and his BA in economics at Western Washington University in 2000.
Chad’s research examines the economic causes and consequences of immigration. His recent work has focused on immigrants who are seeking or have obtained a college degree. His research on these issues has been published in The Review of Economics and Statistics
, The American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
, The Journal of Labor Economics,
and The Journal of Urban Economics
. It has also been discussed in the Economic Report to the President
and cited by the Council of Economic Advisors, The Wall Street Journal
, and The New York Times
. He has provided a Capitol Hill Briefing at the invitation of Senator Orin Hatch (R, UT), and Senate Judiciary testimony at the invitation of Senator Chuck Schumer (D, NY).
Chad teaches courses in the Economics of Immigration, International Economics, and Urban Economics. He led Colgate’s London Economics Study Group in Spring 2009 and Spring 2013, and he will do so again in Fall 2017.
Katie Sullivan ’12
At Colgate, Katie double majored in Economics & French. She was a member of the lacrosse team, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Link Staff, and SAAC. Upon graduating in 2012, she moved to New York City, where she worked at a branding and design agency for 3 years. After suffering a life-threatening accident, Katie decided to make her passion her career and is now the Director of Brand & Marketing for SWERVE Fitness in NYC.
Alex Thompson ’02
Born a Pisces and always trying to plan her next great escape to surf and sand, Alexandra Thompson graduated from Parsons the New School for Design and worked in merchandising and design for such iconic brands as J.Crew and Lily Pulitzer before launching Persifor in 2011.
Jennifer Tomlinson is an assistant professor of Psychology. She completed her Ph.D in Social and Health Psychology at Stony Brook University and did a postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University before settling in Hamilton in 2013. She is originally from Albany, NY and is happy to be back upstate.
Tom Tucker ’67
After graduating Colgate in 1967, Tom served in the Navy and worked in several businesses before joining Lehman Brothers in 1977. He left Lehman in 1996 and founded Fiver Children's Foundation in 1998. Originally a summer camp for disadvantaged New York City and upstate New York children, Fiver became a year-round youth development organization in 2002. The program, which serves kids for 10 years, has changed the lives of over 1300 children.
Bob Turner is Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Colgate University and Associate Editor of Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. He holds an AB degree from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. from MIT. His research is currently focused on valuation of benefits provided by U.S. national parks and on the effect of art on environmental attitudes and behaviors. Among the journals he has published in are Journal of Public Economics, National Tax Journal, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Land Economics, Journal of Economic Education, and Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. He is also co-author of a textbook on mathematical economics. Bob lives with his wife and dog in Clinton, New York; they have two grown children.
Bob came to Colgate’s economics department in 1983 and in 2004 was part of the inaugural class of senior joint appointments. Over the years he has taught introductory economics and courses in statistical and econometric methods as well as topical courses in public economics, mathematical economics, and environmental economics. In the environmental studies curriculum he has taught an introductory-level social science course; a community-based learning, interdisciplinary joint project course; a senior seminar; and, with Paul Pinet of the geology department, an elective investigating complexity theory and public land management. Bob has served on many university committees and has been economics department chair, environmental studies program director, and social science division director.
Ted Vaill ’62
Ted grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut and Chatham, N.J. After graduating from Colgate University in 1962, he earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1965 and was a National Honor Scholar. During the summers of 1962 through 1964, he was a park ranger at Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. He served as a legislative assistant to New Jersey Congressman Peter Frelinghuysen from 1965 to1966. From 1966 to 1969, Ted was a US Navy JAG Corps Lieutenant stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, and in Guam and the Mariana Islands. Following his military service, Ted became an associate of the law firm of Adams, Duque and Hazeltime in Los Angeles. He was legal counsel for three different Los Angeles corporations between 1971 and 1995. He became partner at Shaub & Williams, LLC, in Brentwood, California in 1995, where he worked until retirement in 2004. Ted has been a resident of Malibu for 43 years. He was a five term delegate to the California Democratic Convention and Central Committee and Vice President and President of the Malibu Democratic Club. Ted is also the author of around 50 articles in the LA Progressive and Hollywood Progressive. Between 1983 and the present, Ted has produced 10 documentary films for Jambeyang Films, including "Tower of Challenge (1983), "Surviving the Malibu Wildfire" (1994), "Hiking Malibu From End to End" (2002), "Journey to Everest" (2004), "Stalking Rhinos" 2004), "Zhopu" (2005), "Finding Shangri-La" (2006), and "Return to Shangri-La" (2016).
Nikita Watson ’02
Nikita S. Watson is currently a Senior Regional Site Manager for PAREXEL focusing on oncology clinical research. She has played a contributory role in bringing innovative therapies to market for leukemia, breast and ovarian cancer. Prior to her role at PAREXEL, Nikita was the Lead Clinical Research Associate at SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s Minority Based Community Clinical Oncology Program (MB-CCOP), an NCI/NIH funded project where Nikita developed services to reduce health disparities in clinical research.
Nikita graduated from Colgate University in 2002 with a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and received her Master in Public Health in 2004. Nikita has a passion to help the underserved and has spent the last 15 years establishing programs to help at-risk youth. In 2007, she collaborated with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). This is a state agency responsible for the incarceration or placement of juveniles under the age of 16 at the time of arrest. This collaboration allowed Nikita to empower these youth to go beyond their environmental and social constraints in order to make better choices and live productive lives upon release. She is a natural and persuasive communicator recognized among colleagues for her keen ability to energize and inspire. She is an international speaker who uses her influence to motivate all to live out their fullest potential.
Nikita currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is an avid book reader and world traveler.
Christopher Wells is Senior Adviser to President Brian Casey. He has worked with President Casey for over a decade, beginning at Harvard, where he was an academic affairs dean, and continuing at DePauw, where he served in numerous roles, including Vice President for Communications and Vice President for Student Life. He received a PhD in English literature from Brandeis University. He lives in Hamilton, close to campus, with his wife Anastasia and their son PJ.
Curator of Collections, Picker Art Gallery
Nicholas West is the Curator of Collections for the Picker Art Gallery. Nick recently joined Colgate University and comes to the position with fifteen years of professional and academic experience as a curator and arts administrator. He has worked with several museums in the Los Angeles area, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the City of Lancaster Museum of Art and History and the University of Southern California’s Fisher Museum of Art. In each of these institutions, Nick has worked closely with collections to conduct art historical research, realize exhibitions and develop new public programs. As an administrator, Nick has managed the USC Fisher Museum of Art’s successful application for reaccreditation with the American Alliance of Museums and played a lead role in the planning and design of a new museum facility for the City of Lancaster Museum of Art and History.
Nick holds MSt and DPhil degrees in Archaeology from the University of Oxford, where he conducted research on the collection of Greek and Roman bronze statuettes at the Ashmolean Museum, along with an M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management from Claremont Graduate University. He was the recipient of the Mougins Ashmolean Museum Fellowship at Wolfson College and was the co-organizer of the Art in Antiquity
lecture and workshop series, funded by Lorne Thyssen Research Fund for Ancient World Topics. His research interests include the history of collections and the post-antique reception of Greek and Roman art.
Jeff White ’67
Following graduation I took a commission in the Air Force. The Air Force sent me to Tokyo, Japan for three years, where I basically worked as an event planner, arranging visits of high-level American dignitaries to the Japanese government during the Vietnam War.
After a year in San Antonio, where I was a Squadron Commander to over 900 enlisted technical school instructors, I left the Air Force and enrolled in a graduate international relations curriculum in Monterey, CA. But before I finished the degree, the State Department offered me a job. After six months of Serbian language study I spent two years (1973-75) in Tito’s Yugoslavia in Belgrade. After that I had ten months of Russian language training and two years (1976-78) in Kiev, USSR, opening the second American Consulate in the Soviet Union. Then it was back to Washington for four years.
In 1982 I went to Bern, Switzerland and spent three glorious years (’82–’85) skiing and hiking the Oberland. Then the payback--two years (’85–’87) in Moscow, USSR, during glasnost and perestroika, the “spy dust” incident, the explosion of the nuclear reactor in Chernobyl (some 50 miles from where I had been ten years earlier in Kiev), and the alleged Marine Corps spying incident.
The reward for Moscow was three years (’87–’90) in Stockholm--unexciting but very pleasant. Then back again to Washington and a year at the National War College. With the independence of the Soviet Republics, I became the first American Ambassador to Turkmenistan, and in 1992 led the opening of the first American Embassy there. But with government service having lost a good deal of its allure, I retired in 1994.
I did a number of things in the Washington area and then moved to Bend, OR in 2000, where I am now and where I plan to stay. I volunteer as a citizen board member who reviews all of the foster care cases in our county every six months. I also sit on a citizens’ council for improving health care and lowering healthcare costs of Medicaid recipients in Central Oregon. I sit on the board of a non-profit that rescues herding dogs. And I sing in two choruses, one of which is a professional-level auditioned group. I also study and practice Tao, and go to yoga class three times a week. Our dog Blue, an Aussie/border collie mix, rescued from a cattle ranch in eastern Oregon, is a delight of our lives. In the summer we enjoy cocktails in our back yard. Our health is good, and we eagerly anticipate the future.
Amber Williams was promoted to Colgate Director of Cross Country and Track and Field in June 2016.Williams joined the Colgate staff in 2015 and served as the sprints and horizontal jumps coach. Her efforts have helped lay the foundation for a bright future, with the 2016-17 Colgate team roster expected to number in the upper 30s on both the men's and women's sides – an all-time high. Williams arrived at Colgate after a four-year stint as the assistant women's track and field coach at her alma mater, Ball State. While at BSU, she was responsible for sprinters, hurdlers and horizontal jumpers. She coached her first MAC champion for the Cardinals in the heptathlon in 2012.
A four-year letterwinner for Ball State, Williams was an eight-time MAC Champion over five events: 60-meter hurdles, 100-meter hurdles, 60-meter dash, 100-meter dash, and the 200-meter dash. She was also a three-time MAC MVP.
During her time in Muncie, Williams was an NCAA All-American in the 100-meter hurdles while also holding a world ranking in the short-hurdle event during the 2007-08 season.
Williams took a year off from collegiate action after she qualified for the 2008 Olympic trails. She then competed in the 2008 Indoor USA Championships, placing fourth.
The 2009 graduate received her bachelor's degree in general studies with a concentration in psychology. She then earned her master's degree in sports science from the U.S. Sports Academy in 2013.
Doug Wilson ’57
Doug Wilson spanned the globe with ABC Sports for half a century. A 1957 graduate of Colgate University, he began his career in television as an NBC page in New York. He moved to ABC the following year. Starting at ABC’s Wide World of Sports as an associate director in 1963, Wilson covered 51 different sports across five continents at events ranging from figure skating in Beijing, to wrist-wrestling in Petaluma, to auto racing on the streets of Monaco, to Ping-Pong Diplomacy in Detroit.
Wilson also participated in the production of ten Olympic Games telecasts, beginning with Innsbruck, Austria in 1964. At the Calgary Games in 1988, he directed the world feed for the figure skating competition and the Closing Ceremony. In 1996, Canadian Television invited Wilson to direct the television coverage of the World Figure Skating Championships in Edmonton, Alberta. He became recognized world-wide as the premier director in figure skating.
Wilson won 17 Emmys and was honored by the Directors Guild of America in 1994 with its Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports. He was also honored by the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation for his production of the 1979 International Special Olympics. In 1995, the United States Figure Skating Association presented Wilson with its Spirit of Giving Award, and he was inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2003.
Over the past decade, Wilson has performed “An Evening with Doug Wilson,” a one-man show about his 50-year odyssey with ABC Sports, at various venues around the county. Wilson has also guest lectured at Colgate University, Ithaca College, the University of Southern California, the U.S. Naval War College, William and Mary, and American University.
Wilson has three sons and three step-children, and lives in Irvington and Saugerties, New York with his wife, Betsy. They have eight grandchildren.
Doug Wilson ’88
Douglas M. Wilson has worked in television since he graduated from Colgate in 1988. He continues to produce television in Los Angeles where he lives with his two teenage daughters.
Lee Woodruff ’82, P’13
As co-author of the New York Times best-selling In an Instant
, Lee Woodruff garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. Appearing on national television and as keynote speakers since the February 2007 publication of their book, the couple has helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning Iraq war veterans.
They have founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation
to assist injured service members and their families heal from the wounds of war. To date, the non-profit foundation has raised more than $40 million and invested in grassroots organizations and programs around the country that are helping veterans reintegrate into their communities.
Woodruff is a contributing reporter for “CBS This Morning.” Her best-selling book Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress
, was followed by her first novel Those We Love Most
, which became a New York Times Best-Seller.
A freelance writer, Woodruff has penned numerous personal articles. She is the mother of four mostly fabulous children and an alumnus of Colgate University.
Heather Young reached a pair of milestones in her 10th season at the helm of Colgate Women's Lacrosse.
Young in 2016 topped the 100 career victory mark and also became the winningest Colgate coach in program history when the Raiders outlasted Binghamton 13-11 on April 12. She ended the season with 87 Colgate wins, bettering the previous record of 82 set by Cathy Foto from 1990-99.
Young's record at Colgate now stands at 87-85 over her 10 Colgate seasons, and 104-115 counting a three-year rebuilding project at Davidson from 2004-06. Even more impressive is the 49-31 (.613) record Young has fashioned against Patriot League competition, including back-to-back Patriot League championships in 2008 and 2009.
Young's teams have made the Patriot League Tournament in nine of her 10 seasons and advanced to the championship game three times. For her efforts, Young twice has been named Patriot League Coach of the Year.
During her time in Hamilton, she has tutored 24 All-Patriot League First-Team performers, eight IWLCA All-Region members, two Patriot League Tournament MVPs, two PL Defensive Player-of-the-Year selections, one Patriot League Rookie-of-the-Year honoree and two of the top-five points scorers in Colgate history.
The 2015 campaign saw Young’s squad post double-digit wins for the first time since the 2009 campaign with a 10-6 overall mark. The Raiders also posted their best Patriot League mark in four seasons with a 6-2 record. For her efforts, Young was named Patriot League Coach-of-the-Year for the second time in her career.
Individually, freshman Haley O’Hanlon was named Patriot League Rookie-of-the-Year as she ranked among the top 10 players in the League in goals, assists and points. O’Hanlon and senior Jenna Frost were both IWLCA All-Region selections, giving the Raiders two all-region picks in the same campaign for the first time since 2011.
In 2012, Young led the team to a 4-2 Patriot League mark and the second seed in the Patriot League Tournament. The Raiders really came back in the second half of the season and won five of their last seven regular-season contests to earn a spot in the tournament. Young helped coach Courtney Miller to 241 career points for third on the all-time list and third in career goals with 168.
She coached the team in 2011 to their fifth Patriot League Tournament under her tutelage and the Raiders made their third PL Championship game with Young as coach. Colgate earned five wins conference wins for the third time under Young and had a winning season for the fourth-straight season. She helped Christina Roa earn PL Defensive Player of the Year award.
In 2010, she coached the Raiders to their third-straight Patriot League Tournament and finished with a 9-8 record overall. Colgate went 4-2 in league play and earned the third seed in the tournament and fell to second-seeded Navy in the semifinals. She saw senior Meghan Lawler eclipse the career assist record at Colgate as she finished with 86 in four years. Lawler also ranks four in total points with 210.
Bolstered by a top-10 ranked defense and the 14th-ranked scoring offense in the nation, Young, the 2009 Patriot League Coach of the Year, guided the Raiders to a 14-5 record and the program’s fourth NCAA appearance. The 14 wins broke the single-season record at Colgate, which was formerly held by the 2004 and 2005 teams that posted 13 each. The Raiders recorded a convincing 17-4 victory over Navy in the league’s title game to advance to the NCAA Tournament to play second-ranked Maryland in the opening round. Six players went on to receive all-league honors, including five being named first team recipients. Young coached Maddie Kearns and Colleen Bubnack to second team all-region accolades. Kearns became the fifth player in the program’s history to be named the league’s defensive player of the year.
In only her second season, Young piloted the Raiders to their third Patriot League title in a four-year span and another trip to the NCAA Tournament. After falling in the regular-season to league rival American 13-10, the Raiders rebounded and downed the Eagles 13-8 in Washington for the right to play state rival Marist in the NCAA play-in game. Colgate prevailed over the Red Foxes 19-18 for the right to play second seeded Pennsylvania in the opening round. The Raiders fell to the Quakers 16-7 to finish the season with an 11-10 mark. Young coached five all-Patriot League performers, including three first-team selections.
Young was named Colgate’s seventh head coach in program history in August 2006. She arrived from Davidson, where she served as the head women’s lacrosse coach for three seasons. During her final year with the Wildcats, Young led Davidson to a 9-7 overall record that tied the school record for wins. She coached goalkeeper Leslie Smith, who broke the school record with 25 saves in a single game, as well as three IWLCA all-academic team selections.
Young took over the program in February 2004, two games into the season, after serving as the assistant coach, and guided the team through a challenging schedule as the interim coach. Under her watch, senior Lauren Williams and freshman Alicia Zahn earned all-conference second-team honors.
Young has coached at numerous camps for all skill levels, including camps held at Duke and Hofstra. She has also worked as a field marketing representative for Cascade Lacrosse in Syracuse.
The former Fayetteville-Manlius High School standout graduated in 2003 from the University of Connecticut, where she became the Huskies’ first IWCLA Regional All-America honoree as a freshman. Bliss was a four-year starter at UConn, where she tallied 119 points (98 goals, 21 assists) in 59 outings.
She currently ranks fifth in career goals (98) and sixth with 119 career points. During her career, she produced a 26-game point streak (Mar. 3, 2000 to Apr. 18, 2001), which is tied for second all-time at UConn and a 19-game goal scoring streak (Mar. 30, 2000 to Mar. 14, 2001) which is tied for third. In 2000, she tallied 43 goals, which is third for a single season at UConn and her 48 points that season ranks tied for ninth all-time. She also ranks tied for ninth with 21 career assists and is fourth with 263 career shots. As a senior, Young served as captain of the Huskies team that earned the school’s first-ever national ranking in lacrosse. She was a two-time member of the dean¹s list and the Big East Academic Honor Roll, and was named a New England Scholar in 2003.
Young holds a bachelor’s degree in human development and family relations with a concentration in childhood and adolescence. She married Colgate assistant football coach Chris Young on July 4, 2009. The couple has three daughters, Ela, Mia and Charli, and a son, AJ.
Tayumika Zurita ’02
Tayumika Zurita is a seasoned top performing professional with over 10 years of progressive experience within the Public Health, Non-Profit and governmental sectors. Her passion is to enable and empower individuals to become healthy and productive members of their community. Tayumika is currently a Program Manager for the Department of Youth and Community Development’s (DYCD) Comprehensive Afterschool System of NYC (COMPASS), which is comprised of over 800 programs serving young people enrolled in grades K-12. At DYCD, Tayumika manages over 20 contracts and provides policy and communication support to contractors and vendors to ensure that all paperwork, terms and procedures are in order and completed with accuracy and integrity. Additionally, she evaluates contract performance reports, as well as agency fiscal documents to ensure compliance.
Before joining DYCD, Tayumika worked at the SLE Lupus Foundation for 8 years, where she spearheaded the development and opening of this facility in order to target the underserved but highly affected lupus community. She also coordinated the development of the accredited Lupus Aquatics Program with Long Island University which resulted in an immediate increase in patient mobility and decrease in joint and muscle pain. Tayumika also worked as a Public Health Advisor for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Tayumika received her Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University in 2002 and Masters of Public Health from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 2007. While at Colgate, Tayumika was a part of Konosioni, the Disciplinary Board, African-American Student Alliance, Manchester Study Group and Colgate Christian Fellowship. She is an alumna of the We are All Brooklyn Fellowship for young Brooklyn leaders. She has been featured in the Daily News, the Today Show and on BCAT’s HealthBeat Brooklyn. On her spare time, Tayumika loves to travel, shop and help others look their best as a fashion consultant.