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Office of Communications

Members of the communications team steward Colgate’s reputation and identity and help tell the Colgate story across all media platforms.
We curate and create content for the award-winning Colgate Scene magazine, for digital outlets that include a new mobile app, social media, and responsive-design website, for admission and advancement publications, and through media relations campaigns.

How Can We Help?

Staff members can provide strategic guidance on a range of campus issues including social media practices, marketing campaigns, graphic design projects, and any number of digital projects. We also work closely with journalists seeking information or a faculty expert.

Communications office members are listed below. If you are not sure who might best assist you, please contact Kathy Owen, senior administrative assistant, at 315-228-7407 or

Resources and Tools

The university strives to maintain a consistent public identity and high standards for all communications. We offer the following resources to assist members of the campus community in this important university-wide effort.

Rebecca Downing

Rebecca Downing

Interim Vice President for Communications
During the last 19 years, Rebecca has held numerous positions on the communications staff, most recently as managing editor of the Colgate Scene, as well as having worked in advancement and admission marketing as well as internal communications and media relations. She provides strategic leadership to ensure the continued success of the division at a key moment in Colgate’s history.

Phone: 315-228-7415  E-mail:
Kathy Bridge

Kathy Owen

Senior Administrative Assistant
Kathy is our go-to person for administrative support. She maintains the office budgets, manages meeting requests, and monitors the campus online calendar. She also serves as production assistant for the Colgate Scene, organizing class news and maintaining the mailing list.

Phone: 315-228-7407  E-mail:

Content Strategy

The content strategy team creates and shares the Colgate news that is most relevant to prospective families, alumni, and the wider public. The team also works with journalists and social media influencers to generate coverage of Colgate newsmakers, and successes.
Dan DeVries

Dan DeVries

Admission Marketing and Media Relations Manager
Dan manages content strategy and creation for Colgate’s main external reputational audiences, including admission prospects and the national media. His responsibilities include media relations, publicity, and crisis communications, and he will serve as a liaison to the Office of Athletic Communications.

Phone: 315-228-6395  E-mail:
Matt Hames

Matt Hames

Communications Strategist
Matt is responsible for the planning, measurement, and dissemination of university communications, including digital and social media. He partners with colleagues across the university in incorporating digital strategy into content development.

Phone: 315-228-6637  E-mail:
Aleta Mayne

Aleta Mayne

Managing Editor
Aleta manages editorial workflow and quality control for university communications efforts. She also serves as managing editor of the Colgate Scene and manages the student editorial intern team.

Phone: 315-228-6669  E-mail:
Mark Walden

Mark Walden

Editorial Director
Mark leads outreach, intake, and vetting of story opportunities in Colgate’s core mission of teaching, learning, research, and scholarship. He also serves as liaison to the divisions of dean of the college and dean of the faculty.

Phone: 315-228-6535  E-mail:

Creative Team

The creative team plays a key role in creating official university materials, including digital media, the admission view book, fundraising materials, the Colgate calendar, the university catalogue, and more.

Mark DiOrio

University Photographer

Dave Herringshaw

Dave Herringshaw

Digital Production Specialist
Dave engages Colgate’s audiences, especially alumni, through social media, web content, e-mail marketing, and analytical reporting. He helps campus constituents reach their desired audiences through targeted messaging and emerging technology.

Phone: 315-228-6408  E-mail:
Tim Horn

Tim Horn

Creative Director
Tim leads Colgate’s visual identity and content creation, including design, digital architecture and production, and multimedia.

Phone: 315-228-7462  E-mail:
Jason Kammerdiener

Jason Kammerdiener

Lead Information and Digital Architect
Jason creates and curates content on In addition, he supports the strategic management of the website's information architecture, and trains and coordinates campus users of the university's content management system.

Phone: 315-228-6186  E-mail:
Karen Luciani

Karen Luciani

Senior Designer and Visual Brand Manager
Karen is responsible for creating, producing, and guiding the overall design of Colgate’s visual communications. She assists in project management and builds relationships with vendors and freelance resources.

Phone: 315-228-6660  E-mail:
Katie Mutz

Katie Mutz

Senior Designer
Katie designs print publications, marketing materials, and program graphics. As part of the communications web team, she also designs many university digital and interactive initiatives.

Phone: 315-228-6780  E-mail:
Brian Ness

Brian Ness

Video Journalism Coordinator
Brian creates videos for communications office initiatives and projects and manages student video journalists.

Phone: 315-228-6256  E-mail: