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MOSAIC
MOSAIC
Kelechi Oguh '08 (left) is a member of the Alumni Council. She is the Council's representative for Mosaic, which helps to develop student and alumni of color engagement to Colgate.
Career Panels
Career Panels
The Alumni Council is proud to be instrumental in the development of Real World and SophoMORE Connections. Each year, members of the Alumni Council participate in a variety of career panels for students.
Fundraising Efforts
Fundraising Efforts
The Alumni Council supports Colgate every year with 100% participation in fundraising efforts. Here, Melissa Coley ’79 (middle left) and Joe McGrath ’85 (middle right) enjoy the Presidents' Club Gala in New York City.
Inauguration
Inauguration
The Alumni Council was pleased to participate in the inauguration of President Brian W. Casey, Colgate's 17th President in October, 2016. Here, members join the processional.
Homecoming
Homecoming
The Alumni Council is a proud supporter of Colgate athletics and Homecoming Weekend. Members of the Alumni Council are frequent volunteers for students during this favorite annual weekend.

Alumni Council Adopts Strategic Plan to Mark its 100th Year

The Colgate University Alumni Council – a body of 55 elected volunteers who span nearly 50 years of alumni representing you, Colgate’s alumni community – has adopted a new Strategic Plan during the corporation's Centennial year.  The product of several years of alumni feedback, Council review, and dialogue with Colgate administration partners, the new strategic plan refreshes the Council’s commitment to the invaluable role that the Alumni Council must play as champions of our alma mater and as the authentic voice of the alumni body.

Coincident with the Colgate Bicentennial, the adoption of our Strategic Plan marks the exciting start of a new era for the Alumni Council and our ongoing efforts — one guided by new Vision and Mission statements, and facilitated by updated Bylaws, new Committee structures and new Council Member responsibilities.

A Vision statement has been established, focused on a passionate and engaged Alumni Council partnering with the University to advance Colgate’s own mission.

The Alumni Council’s Mission has been updated to reflect our role as promoters – proactive advocates – of broad and deep alumni engagement to help advance Colgate and our increasingly global community.

A copy of the complete Strategic Plan, along with other details, Bylaws, and Member responsibilities can be found on this web page. A description of our new Committee structure and current elected Committee Members can be found below on this web site.

As Colgate University and our 34,000 living alumni base have evolved, the alumni, our University partners and Alumni Council Members have asked about the optimal function and form of the Alumni Council. Today, on the occasion of Colgate’s Bicentennial, we are proud to adopt the new Strategic Plan in pursuit of the alumni body’s optimal contribution to Colgate’s next 200 years.

For more information please explore the entire Alumni Council web page or feel free to email them at AlumniCouncil@colgate.edu.

The Alumni Council

The Alumni Council represents the more than 33,000 living members of Colgate’s alumni body. The mission of the council is to support the university and its strategic plan, promote dialogue among alumni, students, faculty, university administration and the Board of Trustees and to promote alumni engagement. The Alumni Council convenes at Colgate three times per year and is available to share updates with and hear perspectives from the alumni body year-round.
Vision and Mission
Vision - A passionate and engaged Alumni Council works in partnership with Colgate University to advance the University’s mission.

Mission - The Alumni Council promotes enduring alumni engagement and service that supports and advances Colgate University and its global community.
Structure
The Alumni Council consists of 55 alumni leaders who are elected in recognition of exemplary volunteerism, devotion, and consistent support of Colgate. Council members reflect the diversity of the alumni body and its opinions, spanning graduate eras and geographic regions. The Council includes Era Representatives, At-Large Representatives and Regional Vice Presidents. The Council is separate from the Board of Trustees, but six members of the Alumni Council also serve as alumni trustees on the Board of Trustees and are charged with representing Council perspective and facilitating communication between the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Council.

Read more about the council structure and bylaws.

Each member of the Alumni Council participates on one of five programmatic committees: Academic Life, Alumni Engagement, Campus Connections, Career Initiatives, and Communications. In addition, members serve on the Awards and Nominations Committees.
History
Colgate’s Alumni Council was formed in 1919 as the Colgate University Alumni Corporation. Over the years, the Alumni Council has spearheaded and contributed to a variety of initiatives in partnership with the university including “Real World” now known as “SophoMORE Connections” and the Partnership for Community Development.

Alumni Council Members

Alumni Council members include four representatives from each graduation ERA and are considered among different geographies, gender, ethnicity, and occupation.  Most importantly, the Alumni Council members are chosen for their loyalty and service to Colgate and their ability to represent alumni interests back to the university.  

CURRENT MEMBERS

Alumni Awards

Honoring extraordinary service among Colgate alumni and friends.

AWARD WINNERS

2018–19 Goals

  1. Implement the new strategic plan which focuses on active engagement with alums, students, faculty and the administration 
  2. In a year of transition, listen carefully to input from stakeholders
  3. Support President Casey’s vision for the university’s third century
  4. Engage in the university’s Bicentennial
  5. Celebrate the Alumni Council’s Centennial

Meeting Minutes and Summaries

Spring 2018 Meeting Summary
The Colgate Alumni Council consists of 55 alumni nominated for their exemplary volunteer service to Colgate. Its members represent the approximately 34,000 alumni in the Colgate Alumni Corporation, and each member strives to be a "Colgate ambassador": enhancing the experience of all Colgate alumni by becoming deeply familiar with the state of the college; promoting robust communications, interesting and useful programming, and other modes of connection and engagement; and providing venues for alumni to discuss Colgate issues. As noted below, a substantial portion of the weekend’s meeting was devoted to redefining the Council’s vision, mission, and purpose. The result was the adoption of the “Colgate Alumni Corporation Strategic Plan – 2018”. Please read what the Council is working on, follow the links to additional information, and feel free to contact us: we're eager to hear your thoughts and suggestions.


From April 6-8, 2018, the Alumni Council met in Hamilton for its third meeting of the 2017–2018 academic year. The Council's work is conducted through its committees and meetings of the entire Council. Below is a summary of the Council's work.

Reception with Class of 2018 Leaders

The Alumni Council invited 40 members of the senior class to attend a reception to recognize their important leadership. Members from student government, Maroon News, athletic teams, Konosioni, and residential life enjoyed the chance to mingle with Alumni Council leaders. They reviewed the 2017- 18 school year and President Melissa Coley ’79 also informally welcomed the students into the alumni network.

Welcome and Introduction

Following the Executive Committee meeting on Saturday morning, President Melissa Coley ‘79 welcomed Council members to the spring meeting. She highlighted the events of the weekend which included a meeting with President Brian W. Casey, a luncheon with students from Thought Into Action, and the annual retirement dinner. Ms. Coley also asked for a moment of silence for the Colgate student currently recovering from meningitis.
Ms. Coley also alerted the Council to several important votes at the General Session, one of which she took immediately. President Coley proposed that Mr. Christopher Nulty ’09 fill the recently vacated at- large position of Andrew Sweet ’93 who has joined the University’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Joe Doolittle ’67 made a motion, Mr. Bill Baker ’70 seconded, and a unanimous vote was approved.
Ms. Coley announced new committee names and chairpersons for the 2018-19 year. They include Shevorne Martin ’08 (Alumni Engagement), Stephen Rock ’85 (Campus Connections), Jessica Cianciara ’02 (Communications), Richard Burke ’92 (Nominations), and Ed Witz ’85 (Career Initiatives).

Strategic Planning

President Melissa Coley ’79 thanked Stephen Rock ’85 for his leadership and guidance on the Alumni Council Strategic Planning process through the entire year. She also recognized members of the planning committee who put countless hours in to improve the transparency and effectiveness of the Alumni Council.

Mr. Rock led the Council in its final discussions for committee assignments, vision/mission, and feedback from Colgate staff and administration. Finally, new committee chairs began preliminary discussions with their new committees to consider goals for 2018-19.

Meeting with President Brian W. Casey

The Alumni Council was pleased to meet with the President to discuss his ongoing U.S. tour with alumni to discuss his vision for Colgate’s third century. President Casey thanked the Alumni Council Torchlight Working Group for their consultation on important rituals and traditions, while providing an update on his meetings with students. He signaled the communication plan which was intended for the week following the Alumni Council meeting.
Mr. Casey provided updates on a recent racial incident on campus and also a student case of meningitis. He cited the quick response from campus personnel to address these kinds of crises in a timely and deliberate manner.

Thought Into Action Showcase

The Alumni Council was pleased to attend the ninth annual Thought Into Action showcase which included student demonstrations, a Shark Tank competition, and presentation of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Katie Finnegan ’05.

The Arts at Colgate

On Saturday afternoon, President Melissa Coley ‘79 welcomed Professor and Associate Dean of the Faculty Lesleigh Cushing and Director of Art & Humanities and Chair of the Philosophy Department, Professor David McCabe. The two faculty members gave an overview of the research underway to support the arts at Colgate including interdisciplinary courses, extracurricular activities, and facilities.

Bicentennial Preview

Mr. James Smith ’70, historian and author of “Becoming Colgate,” provided a preview of his book on the history of Colgate. Smith, a former member of the Alumni Council and Board of Trustees, will visit 13 cities during the Bicentennial year to offer excerpts of his book and host a traveling exhibit.

Retirement Dinner

On Saturday, April 8, the Alumni Council recognized several members of the council who are retiring in June. They include: James Aston '57, Sean Devlin '05, Carmine DiSibio '85, Ashley Kepping '07, Bob Seaberg '69, and Brian Suiter '00.
2018 retirees who were not able to attend the meeting include Taylor Buonocore '08, Claudia Stephan- Braden '80, Christian Teeter '95, and Andrew Sweet '93. Many have been very dedicated volunteers for Colgate and the Alumni Council thanked them for their service.

State of the ‘Gate

Three different committees were represented during the State of the ‘Gate panel presentation. The Admission Committee was pleased to welcome Gary Ross ’77 (Vice President and Dean) to provide an update on the Class of 2022. He described applications for the class of 2022 up 14% over last year, the median board scores and GPA of accepted students, gender and ethnicity data, and projections for enrollment. Laura Jack (Vice President of Communications) provided an update on Bicentennial branding and communications.

Finally, Veronica McFall ’89 (Assistant Director of Alumni Relations) was invited to provide an update on the Mosaic Initiative with Council members Kelechi Oguh ’08 and Shevorne Martin ’08.

Nominations Committee

Chris Johnson ’02, chairperson, led his committee on a review of the upcoming needs of the Alumni Council. In light of the new committees formed by the Strategic Planning process, the nominations committee discussed ideal profiles of new members and upcoming vacancies in 2019.

Advancement Committee

During this committee meeting, members of the Alumni Relations staff provided an overview of Reunion planning for 2018. Kate Saeger ’09 (Senior Associate Director), Beth Wood-Amir ’00 (Assistant Director), Carolyn Strobel (Assistant Director), and Veronica McFall ’89 (Assistant Director) gave a presentation on different elements of Reunion planning: fees, housing, Reunion College, entertainment, marketing, stewardship, transportation, and student workers. Alumni Council members asked questions and provided suggestions to improve the annual event.

General Session

During Executive Session, the Alumni Council made the following appointments. Because a quorum was not present, these appointments will be ratified at the next meeting of the Council:

  1. Chris Johnson ’02 as Vice President (relieving Carmine DiSbio ’85 who was nominated to the Board of Trustees) – 26 approved, 1 abstention
  2. Denniston Reid ’94 as Alumni Trustee (relieving Robert Seaberg ’69 who retired after one three- year term) – 27 approved
  3. Approval of the Alumni Council Strategic Plan – 26 approved, 1 objection
  4. Tim Mansfield as Executive Secretary for a term of one year – 27 approved
Once the General Session returned to its open meeting, the following reports were shared:

  1. Co Bertsche ’63 (Legal Counsel) reminded members to complete a proxy form for the annual meeting to assure a quorum of 100; Mr. Bertsche also reported that there were no petition candidates for the Alumni Council slate of nominees for 2018
  2. Pat Apelian ‘76 (Treasurer) reported ongoing edits to the IRS 990 which should be completed soon and ready for member review
  3. Melissa Coley thanked Richard Burke ‘92 for his preparations for a possible contested election.
  4. Tim Mansfield (Executive Secretary) reported on Reunion 2018 anniversaries (OUS and Phi Delta Theta), the Alumni Engagement Index (48%), and the spring season of athletic events and Colgate Professional Network events
  5. Chad Cooley ’00 and Patti Spindel ’79 will lead an ad-hoc committee to commemorate the Alumni Council’s Centennial in 2019
  6. Bob Seaberg ’69 (Alumni Trustee) reported on the new searches for the Vice President and Athletics Director and the Vice President of Advancement; he also reported on the successful admission data of the Class of 2022 and the emerging needs of the arts at Colgate.
Winter 2018 Meeting Minutes and Summary
Winter 2018 Meeting Summary
The Colgate Alumni Council consists of 55 alumni elected for their exemplary volunteer service to Colgate. Its members represent the approximately 34,000 living alumni in the Colgate Alumni Corporation, and each member strives to be a "Colgate ambassador": enhancing the experience of all Colgate alumni by becoming deeply familiar with the state of the college; promoting robust communications, interesting and useful programming, and other modes of connection and engagement; and providing venues for alumni to discuss Colgate issues.

From January 18 – 20, 2018, the Alumni Council met in Hamilton for its second meeting of the 2017–2018 academic year. The Council's work is conducted through its committees and meetings of the entire Council. Below is a summary of the Council's work. Please read what the Council is working on, follow the links to additional information, and feel free to contact us: we're eager to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

General Meeting


Strategic Planning

The planning committee gathered input from President Casey and his senior staff, peer institutions, Alumni Council members and other knowledgeable individuals regarding the Council's current work and used those thoughts to draft a new vision statement, mission statement and develop four cornerstone strategies. This work was reviewed by the full Alumni Council in conjunction with a session to identify resulting priorities. The Council provided direction on changes and edits to the presented work, as well as their perspectives on how the Council would enter the '18 - '19 school year. The bulk of the committee's work will be shared after the April Council session.

Torchlight Working Group

In cooperation with President Brian Casey, Robert Tyburski ’74, and Barnaby Evans (artist-in-residence), the Alumni Council has formed a working group to advise the university on its rituals and traditions. The working group met last weekend and has authored a message to alumni that addresses Mr Evans’ work on history of the torchlight ceremony. With feedback from the alumni body, in the coming weeks, the working group will advise Mr. Evans on recommendations for Commencement 2018 ceremonies.

SophoMORE Connections

The January meeting coincided with the annual SophoMORE Connections program. Over 140 alumni participated in the program and the Alumni Council hosted a reception on Friday evening for these returning volunteers.

President Brian W. Casey

The Alumni Council was pleased to welcome President Brian W. Casey who offered an update on several key areas of the university. President Casey has asked Murray Decock ’80 to become the Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives, including arts initiatives at Colgate. A search will begin this spring for a new Vice President for Advancement. Until then, Doug Chiarello ’98 has been appointed Interim Vice President.

President Casey reported a very successful season for Admission. A record number of applicants led to a 13% increase from last year, which is a significant testimony to Colgate’s reputation.

The Alumni Council is hosting ten events nationwide at which President Casey is delivering his vision to alumni and friends. The kick-off event in New York in December drew more than 300 alums. Here is the schedule for upcoming events:
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL (February 15)
  • Northern NJ (February 28)
  • Los Angeles, CA (March 12)
  • San Francisco, CA (March 14 in Palo Alto)
  • San Francisco, CA (March 15 in downtown)
  • Dallas, TX (April 19)
  • Houston, TX (April 20)
  • Boston, MA (May 10)
  • Fairfield, CT (May 23)

Dean’s Luncheon

On Friday, the Alumni Council was pleased to enjoy an informal luncheon with Provost and Dean of the Faculty Tracey Hucks ’87, MA’90 and Vice President and Dean of the College Paul McLoughlin. While they did not offer formal remarks, Deans Hucks and McLoughlin used the time to cultivate a promising relationship with Alumni Council members.

General Session


Admissions Committee

Gary Ross ’77 and his staff met with the Alumni Council to conduct an exercise on the college selection process. Mr. Ross led a discussion on three fictional applicants and analyzed the criteria used for selection. Many Alumni Council members appreciated the opportunity to understand the admission process this way.

State of the ‘Gate

Three different committees were represented during the State of the ‘Gate, which included the Athletics, Advancement, and Communications Committees.

Taylor Buonocore ’08, chair of the Communications Committee, introduced Laura Jack, Colgate’s Vice President of Communications. Ms. Jack offered an overview of the branding and identity work related to the Bicentennial, updates on new staff in her office, and improvements to the Colgate alumni magazine.

Chad Cooley ’00, chair of Advancement Committee, introduced Jennifer Stone, Thirza Morreale, and Andrew Coddington from Institutional Advancement. They offered a summary of fiscal year fundraising and great progress with the alumni giving rate to date. They also led a discussion on how the new tax law may impact philanthropy to non-profit organizations.

Andy Roffe ’68, chair of the Athletics Committee gave a report from the Athletics department on behalf of Ann-Marie Guglieri (chief of staff). Roffe reported on a very successful fall season for men’s soccer and football, and signaled promising starts to the women’s and men’s hockey programs. The overall grade point average for student athletes also surpassed the overall student average (a first for Colgate) while the graduation rate remains second in the nation at 98%.

Trustee Report

Mr. Robert Seaberg ’69, Alumni Trustee, gave a report from the Board of Trustees. Seaberg reviewed the new governance structure of the Board with seven committees:
  1. Finance, Endowment, and Budget
  2. Nominations, Governance, and Trustee Development
  3. Audit, Risk, and Legal
  4. Academic Mission and Programs
  5. Campus Life and Programs
  6. University Resources
  7. University Outreach (Admission, Communications, and Advancement)
Seaberg noted the considerable work underway for the university’s Bicentennial, which included a branding/identity study. He also signaled a review of “Arts & Creativity at Colgate” at the next trustee meeting which will include a panel of alumni artists.

Seaberg also recognized the important role that Alumni Trustees play as liaison between the Board and Alumni Council. He stated that the report of the Alumni Council President to the Board is a valued component of the Open Session.

Executive Session


Nominations Committee

In place of committee chair Chris Johnson ’02, Vice President Carmine DiSibio ’85 reported on the slate of nominees for seven (7) era positions and two (2) at-large positions. These names are posted here and also announced in the winter edition of the Colgate Scene.

DiSibio also presented the three Regional Vice President nominees and called for a vote of approval:
  • RVP Far West: Emily Raiber ’02
  • RVP Southeast: Kevin McMurtry ’88
  • RVP Southwest: David Rea ’82
A motion was made, second, and unanimous vote to approve the three Regional Vice Presidents to begin their term in July 2018.

Awards Committee

During Executive Session, the Alumni Council held a vote to select four (4) recipients of the William Brian Little ’64 Award for Distinguished Service instead of the typical maximum of three. A motion was made, second, and approved unanimously.

Chairman Greg Dahlberg ’98 and his committee concluded their work on the 2018 alumni awards. The Alumni Council is pleased to recognize the following men and women for their outstanding service to Colgate and will be presented their awards on Friday, June 1, 2018 at Reunion:

William Brian Little ’64 Award for Distinguished Service
Mr. Copeland Bertsche ’63, Dr. Robert Raiber ’68, Mr. William Johnston ’73, and Mr. Steven Howe ’83

Maroon Citation (13)
Mr. Peter Browning ’63, Mr. Alan Frumin ’68, Mr. Andrew Roffe ’68, Ms. Susan Mahoney ’73, Mr. William Mahoney ’73, Mr. Robert Relph ’78, Mr. John Hayes ’88, Mr. Andrew Sweet ’93, Mr. Gregory Dahlberg ’98, Ms. Susie Becker Gould ’03, Ms. Kelli Williams ’03, Ms. Taylor Buonocore-Guthrie ’08, and Ms. Kelechi Oguh ’08

Ann Yao ’80 Memorial Young Alumni Award
Mr. William Civitillo ’13, Ms. Margaret Dunne ’13, and Ms. Leigh Herzog ’13

Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Ms. Katie Finnegan ’05 (award presented in New York City during E-Weekend)

Humanitarian Award
Mr. Denniston Reid ’94

Maroon Citation (staff)

Mr. Joseph Bello (capital projects), Ms. Ann-Marie Guglieri (athletics), and Mr. Timothy Mansfield (alumni relations)



The next Alumni Council meeting will take place on April 6-8, 2018.

Winter 2018 Meeting Minutes
The winter meeting of the Board of Directors of the Colgate University Alumni Corporation (the “Alumni Council”) was held on Saturday, January 20, 2018, in Hamilton, New York.

The meeting was called to order at 12:05 p.m. by Ms. Melissa Coley ’79, President. A silent roll call was taken by Timothy Mansfield, Executive Secretary.

The following officers, directors and life member(s) were present: Mrs. Patricia Apelian ’76, Mr. Robert Austrian ’85, Mr. William C. Baker ’70, Mr. Copeland G. Bertsche ’63, Mr. Richard M. Burke ’92, Mr. Robert P. Burke ’85, Ms. Becky Bye ’02, Mr. Karl W. Clauss ’90, Ms. Melissa J. Coley ’79, Mr. Chad E. Cooley ’00, Mr. Gregory M. Dahlberg ’98, Mr. Sean F. Devlin ’05, Mrs. Elizabeth W. DiCesare ’05, Ms. Kathleen A. Dill ’89, Mr. Carmine Disibio ’85, Mrs. Debra Duarte ’81, Mrs. Theresa Donahue Egler ’77, Mr. Robert P. Fenity ’06, Mr. Bruce S. Ferguson ’91, Mrs. Elizabeth Orbe Fischer ’82, Mrs. Susan L. Becker Gould ’03, Mr. Max B. Haspel ’95, Ms. Ashley D. Kepping ’07, Mr. Timothy C. Mansfield, Ms. Shevorne O. Martin ’08, Ms. Kaela A. Mueller ’09, Mr. Ian J. Murphy ’10, Mr. Timothy A. O'Neill ’78, Mrs. Jane Najarian Porter ’74, Mr. Stephen A. Rock ’85, Mr. Andrew S. Roffe ’68, Dr. Robert B. Seaberg ’69, Mr. Robert B. Sobelman ’08, Mrs. Patricia Spindel ’79, Mr. Brian K. Suiter ’00, Dr. Gregory A. Threatte ’69, Mr. Jon D. Tiktinsky ’82, Mr. Priit J. Vesilind ’64 The following directors and life members were present for committee meetings but unable to attend the General Session: Ms. Taylor L. Buonocore-Guthrie ’08, Mr. Alden T. Doolittle ’67, Mr. Scott S. Hague ’96, Mr. Edward P. Witz ’89

The following directors were absent: Mr. James O. Aston ’57, Mrs. Claudia M. Stephan Braden ’80, Ms. Jessica M. Prata Cianciara ’01, Mr. Thomas W. Dempsey, Jr. ’72, Mrs. Christine Cronin Gallagher ’83, Mr. Christian B. Johnson ’02, Mr. Robert C. Johnson ’94, Mr. C. Thomas Kunz ’72, Dr. Elizabeth F. Levine-Brown ’01, Ms. Debra S. LoCastro ’05, Ms. Kelechi A. Oguh ’08, Mr. Denniston M. Reid, Jr. ’94, Mr. Andrew W. Sweet ’93, Dr. Christian B. Teeter ’95

The following life members were absent: Mr. Douglas G. Campbell ’50, Mr. Gus P. Coldebella ’91, Mr. Ronald A. Joyce ’73, Mr. Joseph P. McGrath, Jr. ’85, Mr. Fred C. Meendsen, Sr. ’54, Mr. Scott A. Meiklejohn ’77, Mr. C. Bruce Morser ’76, Mrs. Pamela E. Odeen-LoDato ’81, Mr. Gerald D. Quill ’60, Dr. G. Gary Ripple ’64, Ms. Joanne D. Spigner ’76, Mr. Bruce F. Wesson ’64
It was established that a quorum was present.

WEEKEND OVERVIEW

PRESIDENT BRIAN W. CASEY

The Alumni Council was pleased to welcome President Brian W. Casey who offered an update on several key areas of the university. President Casey has asked Murray Decock ’80 to become the Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives, including arts initiatives at Colgate. A search will begin this spring for a new Vice President for Advancement. Until then, Mr. Doug Chiarello ’98 has been appointed Interim Vice President.
President Casey reported a very successful season for Admission. A record number of applicants led to a 13% increase from last year, which is a significant testimony to Colgate’s reputation.
The Alumni Council is hosting ten events nationwide at which President Casey is delivering his vision to alumni and friends. The kick-off event in New York in December drew more than 300 alums. Here is the schedule for upcoming events:
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL (February 15)
  • Northern NJ (February 28)
  • Los Angeles, CA (March 12)
  • San Francisco, CA (March 14 in Palo Alto)
  • San Francisco, CA (March 15 in downtown)
  • Dallas, TX (April 19)
  • Houston, TX (April 20)
  • Boston, MA (May 10)
  • Fairfield, CT (May 23)

DEAN’S LUNCHEON

On January 19, the Alumni Council was pleased to enjoy an informal luncheon with Provost and Dean of the Faculty Tracey Hucks ’87, MA’90 and Vice President and Dean of the College Paul McLoughlin. While they did not offer formal remarks, Deans Hucks and McLoughlin used the time to cultivate a promising relationship with Alumni Council members.

STRATEGIC PLANNING

The planning committee gathered input from President Casey and his senior staff, peer institutions, Alumni Council members and other knowledgeable individuals regarding the Council's current work and used those thoughts to draft a new vision statement, mission statement and develop four cornerstone strategies. This work was reviewed by the full Alumni Council in conjunction with a session to identify resulting priorities. The Council provided direction on changes and edits to the presented work, as well as their perspectives on how the Council would enter the '18 - '19 school year. The bulk of the committee's work will be shared after the April Council session.

TORCHLIGHT WORKING GROUP

In cooperation with President Brian Casey, Mr. Robert Tyburski ’74, and Mr. Barnaby Evans (artist-in-residence), the Alumni Council has formed a working group to advise the university on its rituals and traditions. The working group met in January and has authored a message to alumni that addresses Mr Evans’ work on history of the torchlight ceremony. With feedback from the alumni body, in the coming weeks, the working group will advise Mr. Evans on recommendations for Commencement 2018 ceremonies.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Nominations Committee
In place of committee chair Christian Johnson ’02, Vice President Carmine DiSibio ’85 reported on the slate of nominees for seven (7) era positions and two (2) at-large positions. These names are announced in the winter edition of the Colgate Scene.

DiSibio also presented the three Regional Vice President nominees and called for a vote of approval at the General Session:
  • RVP Far West: Emily Raiber ’02
  • RVP Southeast: Kevin McMurtry ’88
  • RVP Southwest: David Rea ’82
A motion was made, second, and unanimous vote to approve the three Regional Vice Presidents to begin their term in July 2018.

Admissions Committee
Mr. Gary Ross ’77 and his staff met with the Alumni Council to conduct an exercise on the college selection process. Mr. Ross led a discussion on three fictional applicants and analyzed the criteria used for selection. Many Alumni Council members appreciated the opportunity to understand the admission process this way.

State of the ‘Gate
Three different committees were represented during the State of the ‘Gate, which included the Athletics, Advancement, and Communications Committees.
Ms. Taylor Buonocore ’08, chair of the Communications Committee, introduced Laura Jack, Colgate’s Vice President of Communications. Ms. Jack offered an overview of the branding and identity work related to the Bicentennial, updates on new staff in her office, and improvements to the Colgate alumni magazine.

Mr. Chad Cooley ’00, chair of Advancement Committee, introduced Ms. Jennifer Stone, Ms. Thirza Morreale, and Mr. Andrew Coddington from Institutional Advancement. They offered a summary of fiscal year fundraising and great progress with the alumni giving rate to date. They also led a discussion on how the new tax law may impact philanthropy to non-profit organizations.

Mr. Andrew Roffe ’68, chair of the Athletics Committee gave a report from the Athletics department on behalf of Ann-Marie Guglieri (chief of staff). Roffe reported on a very successful fall season for men’s soccer and football, and signaled promising starts to the women’s and men’s hockey programs. The overall grade point average for student athletes also surpassed the overall student average (a first for Colgate) while the graduation rate remains second in the nation at 98%.

GENERAL SESSION

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM THE FALL MEETING

Ms. Coley asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the fall meeting held in Hamilton, New York, in October 2017, previously distributed to the council. Sean Devlin '05 requested amendments to the minutes which include his full participation at the General Session, correction on Thomas Dempsey '72 attendance, and an edit to the Trustee report to read that President Casey has accepted Alumni Council sponsorship of regional events with alumni.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Mr. Carmine DiSibio ’85, P’18 ’21, Vice President, reported that the Executive Committee met twice since the last General Session: December 7 in New York City and January 19 in Hamilton. The committee prepared agenda items for the winter meeting and reviewed standing committee reports.

LEGAL COUNSEL’S REPORT

Mr. Copeland Bertsche ’63, Legal Counsel, reported no legal issues for the Alumni Council. Mr. Bertsche also advised the Council about the timeline for a potential contested election. He reminded members of the new April 1 deadline for petitions and that the actual election takes place at the Annual Meeting over Reunion weekend.

TREASURER’S REPORT

Ms. Patricia Apelian ’76, Treasurer, reported that the Alumni Council accounts were in good order and reminded the Council to complete the Conflict of Interest forms. She also reported her efforts in cooperation with the university accounting office, attorneys, and tax preparers on the 2016 IRS 990 tax forms.

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY’S REPORT

Mr. Timothy Mansfield reported on the SophoMORE Connections program underway in January, drawing 140 alumni and almost 400 sophomore students. He also reported on the following department updates:
  1. Reunion 2018 will welcome back alumni from classes that end in 3 and 8. Phi Delta Theta is celebrating their 100th anniversary and OUS is celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2018.
  2. Bicentennial event planning is underway for 2018-19
  3. Mosaic Weekend is scheduled for March 2-3, 2018.

TRUSTEE REPORT

Mr. Robert Seaberg ’69, Alumni Trustee, gave a report from the Board of Trustees. Seaberg reviewed the new governance structure of the Board with seven committees:
  1. Finance, Endowment, and Budget
  2. Nominations, Governance, and Trustee Development
  3. Audit, Risk, and Legal
  4. Academic Mission and Programs
  5. Campus Life and Programs
  6. University Resources
  7. University Outreach (Admission, Communications, and Advancement)
Seaberg noted the considerable work underway for the university’s Bicentennial, which included a branding/identity study. He also signaled a review of “Arts & Creativity at Colgate” at the next trustee meeting which will include a panel of alumni artists.

Seaberg also recognized the important role that Alumni Trustees play as liaison between the Board and Alumni Council. He stated that the report of the Alumni Council President to the Board is a valued component of the Open Session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

During Executive Session, the Alumni Council held a vote to select four (4) recipients of the William Brian Little ’64 Award for Distinguished Service instead of the typical maximum of three. A motion was made, second, and approved unanimously.

Mr. Gregory Dahlberg ’98, Awards Committee chair, announced the winners of the annual alumni awards, scheduled to be presented during reunion on June 1, 2018. They are as follows:

WM. BRIAN LITTLE AWARD
  • Mr. Copeland Bertsche ’63
  • Dr. Robert Raiber ’68
  • Mr. William Johnston ’73
  • Mr. Steven Howe ’83
MAROON CITATION
  • Mr. Peter Browning ’63
  • Mr. Alan Frumin ’68
  • Mr. Andrew Roffe ’68
  • Ms. Susan Mahoney ’73
  • Mr. William Mahoney ’73
  • Mr. Robert Relph ’78
  • Mr. John Hayes ’88
  • Mr. Andrew Sweet ’93
  • Mr. Gregory Dahlberg ’98
  • Ms. Susie Becker Gould ’03
  • Ms. Kelli Williams ’03
  • Ms. Taylor Buonocore-Guthrie ’08
  • Ms. Kelechi Oguh ’08
ANN YAO ’80 AWARD
  • Mr. William Civitillo ’13
  • Ms. Margaret Dunne ’13
  • Ms. Leigh Herzog ’13
HUMANITARIAN AWARD
  • Mr. Denniston Reid ’94
NON-ALUMNI MAROON CITATION
  • Mr. Joseph Bello (capital projects)
  • Ms. Ann-Marie Guglieri (athletics)
  • Mr. Timothy Mansfield (alumni relations)
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award will be presented during the April 6-8 Entrepreneur Weekend. Ms. Katie Finnegan ’05 has been selected as this year’s recipient.

ADJOURNMENT

Ms. Coley adjourned the meeting at 1:00 p.m. Respectfully submitted,

Timothy Mansfield
Executive Secretary
Fall 2017 Meeting Minutes and Summary
Fall 2017 Meeting Summary
The Colgate Alumni Council consists of 55 alumni nominated for their exemplary volunteer service to Colgate. Its members represent the approximately 34,000 alumni in the Colgate Alumni Corporation, and each member strives to be a "Colgate ambassador": enhancing the experience of all Colgate alumni by becoming deeply familiar with the state of the college; promoting robust communications, interesting and useful programming, and other modes of connection and engagement; and providing venues for alumni to discuss Colgate issues. Please read what the Council is working on, follow the links to additional information, and feel free to contact us: we're eager to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
From October 12 – 14, 2017, the Alumni Council met in Hamilton for its first meeting of the 2017–2018 academic year. The Council's work is conducted through its committees and meetings of the entire Council. Below is a summary of the Council's work.

Meeting with President Brian W. Casey

On Friday morning, the Alumni Council was pleased to welcome President Brian W. Casey who offered a presentation on his vision for Colgate University in its third century. He examined Colgate’s history in the context of other liberal arts institutions, he discussed the challenges and successes that make Colgate distinctive, and laid the foundation for his vision. President Casey answered questions and engaged in a productive conversation with members of the Alumni Council. Feedback was very favorable about his presentation, his leadership, and Colgate’s future.

Welcome and Introduction

President Melissa Coley ’79, welcomed new members to the Alumni Council: Bob Austrian ’85, Becky Bye ’02, Karl Clauss ’90, Beth DiCesare ’05, Debra Locastro ’05, Shev Martin ’08, Ian Murphy ’10, Tim
O'Neill ’78, and Jon Tiktinsky ’82.

Melissa thanked President Brian W. Casey for hosting a reception at Raab House on October 12. Ms. Coley also signaled the beginning of the Strategic Planning process for the Alumni Council, scheduled to conclude in time for the corporation’s 100th anniversary and Colgate’s Bicentennial (2019).

Nominations Committee

Committee Chair Christian Johnson ’02 led his committee on a thorough review of the 2018 Alumni Council nominees. During several hours of deliberation, the committee selected their final slate of nominees. Once the nominees are notified and accept their position, their names will be published in the winter edition of the Colgate Scene.

Awards Committee

Committee Chair Gregory Dahlberg ’98 led his committee in a discussion about the 2018 Reunion Awards. They reviewed criteria for selection, data retrieval, and methods for the committee to vote. Final selections will be made at the January meeting.

Career Initiatives Committee

Committee Chair Susie Becker Gould ’03 introduced Mike Sciola, Associate Vice President of Advancement and Career Initiatives. Mike provided an update on the construction of Benton Hall,

scheduled to open in summer 2018. He also introduced three students who were granted financial support for their summer internships. Each student talked about their experience and appreciation for alumni donors to the internship fund and then answered questions from council members.

District Clubs Committee

Committee Chair Kaela Mueller ’09 led her committee on a review of their annual awards for various district clubs and volunteers. Before award selections, the committee expressed concern that Colgate is not supporting the individual alumni clubs with the same level of support that have grown to enjoy. Ms. Mueller committed to working with the Alumni Relations Office, the Alumni Council, and district club volunteers to evolve with the changing needs of the university. The winners of the 2016-17 District Club Awards include (by category):

Carlton O. Miller ’14 Memorial Cup for Outstanding District Club:
Gateway: Richmond, VA
Small: Chenango Valley, NY
Medium: Seattle, WA
Large: Chicago, IL
Metro: Washington D.C.

Special recognition for sustained excellence was awarded to the London and Philadelphia, PA district clubs. The Boston club was given special recognition for their use of technology (Square) for event payments.
The RuthAnn Loveless MA’72 Award for Outstanding Service was awarded to Becky Bye ’02 (Denver, CO) and Adam Weber ’06 (Albany, NY).

Advancement Committee

Committee Chair Chad Cooley ’00 introduced Jennifer Stone, Assistant Vice President of Advancement and Director of Annual Giving and Professional Networks. Ms. Stone gave a presentation on Colgate’s annual giving rate (46%) compared with fourteen peer schools during the past several years. She noted an upward trend in overall donors, and dollars, raised, along with Presidents’ Club membership versus peer schools who are experiencing some decline in annual giving. She also presented advancement goals for the year ahead.
Ms. Stone also reviewed several strategies her team uses to support the Colgate Fund and other important priorities. They include Ring less Voicemail, Hustle, and Give Campus. Finally, Ms. Stone answered questions and thanked the Alumni Council for serving as strong ambassadors for the Colgate Fund and annual giving.

Intellectual Engagement Committee

Committee Chair Betsy Levine-Brown ’01 introduced three guests to her committee to review Service Learning programs and ways alumni can participate. Ms. Krista Saleet (Director of the Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education) welcomed Associate Professor April Baptiste, Assistant Professor Mike Loranty, and Assistant Professor Danny Barreto. Each panelist spoke about their research and coursework and how they incorporate experiential and service learning into those arenas of work. They also talked about how alumni can help augment their lectures or participate in

service projects off campus and responded to questions from the council on their work.

Athletics Committee

Committee Chair Andrew Roffe ’68 introduced Vice President and Director of Athletics Vicky Chun ’91. Chun was joined by her Chief of Staff Ann-Marie Guglieri, and Assistant Director of Athletics for Academic Support, Angela Marathakis. Following a presentation on programs in place to support our scholar-athletes, the panelists were asked by the Athletics Committee to address athletic scholarships, non-conference scheduling, and the relationship some athletic programs have with Greek-letter organizations.

Rituals and Ceremonies

President Brian W. Casey introduced Mr. Barnaby Evans to the Alumni Council on Friday afternoon. Mr. Evans is a renowned artist based in Providence, RI and is spending the year on campus as artist-in- residence during which Evans will help facilitate dialogue on how the university exercises its rituals and ceremonies. Mr. Evans offered a presentation on how he (and others) developed a ritual incorporating fire, water, music, and culture in the formerly beleaguered city of Providence transforming it into a decades-long world-class celebration enjoyed by the entire city The Alumni Council was asked about the Colgate torchlight ceremony and other on-campus rituals and traditions in which they participated.

Colgate Day

Friday, October 13, marked one of the few occasions when the Alumni Council held its meeting on Colgate Day. The Council participated in a Career Connections luncheon sponsored by the Professional Networks and Presidents’ Club to help students negotiate various career options and internship programs. The evening ended at 13 College Street, where Council member Bob Austrian ’85 hosted the Alumni Council, student singing groups, and other visiting alumni for an enjoyable reception.

General Session

During Executive Session, several votes were made for open ERA positions. Andy Roffe ’68 was appointed to ERA I to fill the unexpired term of Bernie Seigel ’53 which expires in 2021. Dr. Siegel is unable to serve his position due to personal circumstances. C. Thomas Kunz ’72 was appointed to fill the last year of Andy Roffe’s ERA II term on the Council; As he is filling a vacancy, Mr. Kunz is eligible for consideration for his own four-year term beginning in 2018.

During the open General Session, the spring 2017 meeting minutes were approved and each committee chair reported on their session.

Strategic Planning

The Alumni Council has begun the process of developing a strategic plan to guide its operation. The Council last undertook a strategic planning effort approximately ten years ago. As the Alumni Council’s executive team began to examine Colgate’s current position, a broad consensus developed that it was again an appropriate time to take a fresh look at some of the fundamental questions:
  1. What is the mission / essential function of the Alumni Council?
  2. How does the Alumni Council organize itself and operate to fulfill that mission / function?
  3. How do the directors hold themselves accountable to a standard of success?
This work is being chaired by Co Bertsche '63 and Stephen Rock '85 and supported by Kristen Fox '00, a consultant in the higher education field. During our session, the Council spent 2.5 hours developing a consensus view on its current situation and how that position fits with the views of Colgate's senior administration.

Fall 2017 Meeting Minutes
The Fall meeting of the Board of Directors of the Colgate University Alumni Corporation (the “Alumni Council”) was held on Saturday, October 14, 2017, in Hamilton, New York.

The meeting was called to order at 8:01 a.m.

A silent roll call was taken by Timothy C. Mansfield, Executive Secretary.

The following officers, directors and life member(s) were present: Patricia Apelian ’76, James O. Aston ’57, Robert Austrian ’85, William C. Baker ’70, Copeland G. Bertsche ’63, Claudia J. Stephan Braden ’80, Taylor L. Buonocore-Guthrie ’08, Robert P. Burke ’85, Richard M. Burke ’92, Becky Bye ’02, Karl W. Clauss ’90, Melissa J. Coley ’79, Chad E. Cooley ’00, Gregory M. Dahlberg ’98, Kathleen A. Dill ’89, Carmine Disibio ’85, Alden T. Doolittle ’67, Debra A. Duarte ’81, Robert P. Fenity ’06, Elizabeth Orbe Fischer ’82, Christine Cronin Gallagher ’83, Susan L. Becker Gould ’03, Scott S. Hague ’96, Max B. Haspel ’95, Christian B. Johnson ’02, Ashley D. Kepping ’07, Elizabeth F. Levine-Brown ’01, Debra S. LoCastro ’05, Timothy C. Mansfield, Shevorne O. Martin ’08, Kaela A. Mueller ’09, Kelechi A. Oguh ’08, Timothy A. O’Neill ’78, Jane Najarian Porter ’74, Denniston M. Reid, Jr. ’94, Stephen A. Rock ’85, Andrew S. Roffe ’68, Robert B. Sobelman ’08, Patricia Spindel ’79, Brian K. Suiter ’00, Andrew W. Sweet ’93, Jon D. Tiktinsky ’82, Priit J. Vesilind ’64, Edward P. Witz ’89

The following directors and life members were present for committee meetings but unable to attend the General Session: Thomas W. Dempsey, Jr. ’72, Sean F. Devlin ’05, and Elizabeth W. DiCesare ’05

The following directors were absent: Jessica M. Prata Cianciara ’01, Robert B. Seaberg ’69, Christian B. Teeter ’95, Grogory A. Threatte ’69, Robert C. Johnson ’94, and Ian J. Murphy ’10

The following life members were absent: Douglas G. Campbell ’50, Gus P. Coldebella ’91, Theresa Donahue Egler ’77, John E. Gillick, Jr. ’67, Clifford L. Heaslip, Jr. ’50, Ronald A. Joyce ’73, Joseph P. McGrath, Jr. ’85, Fred C. Meendsen, Sr. ’54, Scott A. Meiklejohn ’77, C. Bruce Morser ’76, Pamela E. Odeen-LoDato ’81, Gerald D. Quill ’60, G. Gary Ripple ’64, Joanne D. Spigner ’76, Bruce F. Wesson ’64

It was established that a quorum was present.

Treasurer's Report

Ms. Patricia Apelian ’76 reminded members to complete two forms: the Conflict of Interest form for the IRS 990 tax season, and the Contribution Acknowledgment form located in each packet.

Legal Counsel Report

During Executive Session, Mr. Copeland Bertsche ’63 notified members that the Council needed to vote on two ERA appointments (C. Thomas Kunz ’72 is appointed to replace Andrew Roffe ’68 in ERA II and Andrew Roffe ’68 will replace Dr. Bernard Seigel ’52 in ERA I). Mr. Kunz will be eligible for his own four-year term in 2018. Those votes were unanimously approved.

Executive Secretary Report

Mr. Timothy Mansfield reported on Reunion 2018 planning, Colgate’s Bicentennial, and the new Mosaic Initiative. He also gave an update on the Alumni Engagement Index which calculates the percentage of known alumni engaged with the university. The goal for fiscal year 2018 is 59%.

Trustee Report

Mr. Thomas Dempsey ’72 gave the following report during the General Session:

  1. Construction on Benton Hall and the two new residence halls continue; a design firm has been hired to fortify the architectural and natural landscape during construction.
  2. Board of Trustee Chairman, Mr. Daniel Hurwitz ’86, will deliver an update to the entire Colgate community about the October Board meeting.
  3. Colgate has hired a consulting firm to analyze diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across campus.
  4. Mr. Dempsey announced the hires of Mr. Paul McLoughlin (Dean of the College) and Dr. Tracey Hucks ’87 (Provost and Dean of the Faculty).
  5. President Brian Casey will begin delivering his vision for Colgate and its third century to alumni in 2017- 18 and is excited to use the Alumni Council as sponsors for those events.
  6. The Board of Trustees completed a full governance review to analyze committee structure and operations.
  7. Mr. Dempsey noted President Casey’s ability to motivate and inspire people at Colgate, which is “very encouraging”.

Prior to the Saturday morning General Session, several highlights of the weekend meeting are included below:

President’s Welcome

President Melissa Coley ’79 welcomed new members to the Alumni Council: Robert Austrian ’85, Becky Bye ’02, Karl Clauss ’90, Elizabeth DiCesare ’05, Debra Locastro ’05, Shevorne Martin ’08, Ian Murphy ’10, Timothy O'Neill ’78, and Jon Tiktinsky ’82.

Melissa Coley also thanked President Brian W. Casey for hosting a reception at Raab House on October 12 for the Alumni Council. Ms. Coley also signaled the beginning of the Strategic Planning process for the Alumni Council, scheduled to conclude in time for the corporation’s 100th anniversary and Colgate’s Bicentennial (2019).

Rituals and Ceremonies

President Brian W. Casey introduced Mr. Barnaby Evans to the Alumni Council on Friday afternoon.  Mr. Evans is a renowned artist based in Providence, RI and is spending the year on campus as artist-in-residence during which Evans will help facilitate dialogue on how the university exercises its rituals and ceremonies. Mr. Evans offered a presentation on how he (and others) developed a ritual incorporating fire, water, music, and culture in the formerly beleaguered city of Providence transforming it into a decades-long world-class celebration enjoyed by the entire city The Alumni Council was asked about the Colgate torchlight ceremony and other on-campus rituals and traditions in which they participated.

Colgate Day

Friday, October 13, marked one of the few occasions when the Alumni Council held its meeting on Colgate Day. The Council participated in a Career Connections luncheon sponsored by the Professional Networks and Presidents’ Club to help students negotiate various career options and internship programs. The evening ended at 13 College Street, where Council member Bob Austrian ’85 hosted the Alumni Council, student singing groups, and other visiting alumni for an enjoyable reception.

Strategic Planning

The Alumni Council has begun the process of developing a strategic plan to guide its operation. The Council last undertook a strategic planning effort approximately ten years ago. As the Alumni Council’s executive team began to examine Colgate’s current position, a broad consensus developed that it was again an appropriate time to take a fresh look at some of the fundamental questions:
  1. What is the mission / essential function of the Alumni Council?
  2. How does the Alumni Council organize itself and operate to fulfill that mission / function?
  3. How do the directors hold themselves accountable to a standard of success?
This work is being chaired by Mr. Copeland Bertsche '63 and Mr. Stephen Rock '85 and supported by Ms. Kristen Fox '00, a consultant in the higher education field. During our session, the Council spent 2.5 hours developing a consensus view on its current situation and how that position fits with the views of Colgate's senior administration.



The Council's work is conducted through its committees and meetings of the entire Council. Below is a summary of the Council's work at the fall meeting.

Career Initiatives Committee

Committee Chair Ms. Susie Becker Gould ’03 introduced Mr. Michael Sciola, Associate Vice President of Advancement and Career Initiatives. Mr. Sciola provided an update on the construction of Benton Hall, scheduled to open in summer 2018. He also introduced three students who were granted financial support for their summer internships. Each student talked about their experience and appreciation for alumni donors to the internship fund and then answered questions from council members.

Athletics Committee

Committee Chair Mr. Andrew Roffe ’68 introduced Vice President and Director of Athletics Vicky Chun ’91. Chun was joined by her Chief of Staff Ann-Marie Guglieri, and Assistant Director of Athletics for Academic Support, Angela Marathakis. Following a presentation on programs in place to support our scholar-athletes, the panelists were asked by the Athletics Committee to address athletic scholarships, non-conference scheduling, and the relationship some athletic programs have with Greek-letter organizations.

Intellectual Engagement Committee

Committee Chair Betsy Levine-Brown ’01 introduced three guests to her committee to review Service Learning programs and ways alumni can participate. Ms. Krista Saleet (Director of the Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education) welcomed Associate Professor April Baptiste, Assistant Professor Michael Loranty, and Assistant Professor Daniel Barreto. Each panelist spoke about their research and coursework and how they incorporate experiential and service learning into those arenas of work. They also talked about how alumni can help augment their lectures or participate in service projects off campus and responded to questions from the council on their work.

Nominations Committee

Committee Chair Mr. Christian Johnson ’02 led his committee on a thorough review of the 2018 Alumni Council nominees. During several hours of deliberation, the committee selected their final slate of nominees. Once the nominees are notified and accept their position, their names will be published in the winter edition of the Colgate Scene.

Awards Committee

Committee Chair Mr. Gregory Dahlberg ’98 led his committee in a discussion about the 2018 Reunion Awards. They reviewed criteria for selection, data retrieval, and methods for the committee to vote. Final selections will be made at the January meeting.

District Clubs Committee

Committee Chair Ms. Kaela Mueller ’09 led her committee on a review of their annual awards for various district clubs and volunteers. Before award selections, the committee expressed concern that Colgate is not supporting the individual alumni clubs with the same level of support that have grown to enjoy. Ms. Mueller committed to working with the Alumni Relations Office, the Alumni Council, and district club volunteers to evolve with the changing needs of the university. The winners of the 2016-17 District Club Awards include (by category):

Carlton O. Miller ’14 Memorial Cup for Outstanding District Club:

Gateway: Richmond, VA Small: Chenango Valley, NY Medium: Seattle, WA
Large: Chicago, IL Metro: Washington D.C.

Special recognition for sustained excellence was awarded to the London and Philadelphia, PA district clubs. The Boston club was given special recognition for their use of technology (Square) for event payments.

The RuthAnn Loveless MA’72 Award for Outstanding Service was awarded to Becky Bye ’02 (Denver, CO) and Adam Weber ’06 (Albany, NY).

Advancement Committee

Committee Chair Mr. Chad Cooley ’00 introduced Ms. Jennifer Stone, Assistant Vice President of Advancement and Director of Annual Giving and Professional Networks. Ms. Stone gave a presentation on Colgate’s annual
giving rate (46%) compared with fourteen peer schools during the past several years. She noted an upward trend in overall donors, and dollars, raised, along with Presidents’ Club membership versus peer schools who are experiencing some decline in annual giving. She also presented advancement goals for the year ahead.

Ms. Stone also reviewed several strategies her team uses to support the Colgate Fund and other important priorities. They include Ring less Voicemail, Hustle, and Give Campus. Finally, Ms. Stone answered questions and thanked the Alumni Council for serving as strong ambassadors for the Colgate Fund and annual giving.

General Session

A motion was made to waive the reading of the spring 2017 meeting minutes. After approval, the minutes were approved.

The General Session meeting was adjourned at 8:35 a.m. Respectfully submitted,

Timothy C. Mansfield
Executive Secretary
Spring 2017 Meeting Minutes and Summary
Spring 2017 Meeting Summary
The Colgate Alumni Council consists of 55 alumni nominated for their exemplary volunteer service to Colgate. Its members represent the approximately 34,000 alumni in the Colgate Alumni Corporation, and each member strives to be a "Colgate ambassador": enhancing the experience of all Colgate alumni by becoming deeply familiar with the state of the college; promoting robust communications, interesting and useful programming, and other modes of connection and engagement; and providing venues for alumni to discuss Colgate issues. Please read what the Council is working on, follow the links to additional information, and feel free to contact us: we're eager to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
From April 7-9, 2017, the Alumni Council met in Hamilton for its third meeting of the 2016–2017 academic year. The Council's work is conducted through its committees and meetings of the entire Council. Below is a summary of the Council's work.

Support of Students

On Thursday evening, the Alumni Council joined senior students who are members of the Presidents’ Club for a reception and networking in the Robert Ho ’56 Science Center Atrium. President Joe McGrath ’85 thanked the students for their support of Colgate and provided an overview of the Alumni Council’s work. Madeline Tsao ’17 provided some remarks on the Senior Class Gift and her appreciation for the Presidents’ Club.

Following the reception, the Alumni Council joined students, staff, faculty, and members of the Board of Trustees at the annual Konosioni Auction in the Hall of Presidents. The auction helps support Madison County Gives and raised over $20,000.

Welcome and Introduction

Following the Executive Committee meeting on Saturday morning, President Joe McGrath ’85 welcomed Council members to the spring meeting. He highlighted the events of the weekend which included a meeting with President Brian W. Casey, a luncheon with students from Thought Into Action, and the annual retirement dinner.

Career Initiatives Committee

Committee Chair Susie Becker Gould ’03 introduced Mike Sciola, Associate Vice President of Advancement and Career Initiatives. Sciola provided an update on student traffic in the Center for Career Services (91%), Benton Hall fundraising/construction, and the “Learn to Earn” program. Mr. Sciola also spoke about Entrepreneur Weekend changes and thanked members of the Alumni Council who helped serve on the committee to review summer internship proposals.

Advancement Committee

Harry Horwitz ’76, Committee Chair, introduced Jennifer Stone, Director of Annual Giving and Director of Professional Networks. Ms. Stone gave an update on fundraising progress to date ($4.7M for Colgate Fund (+$685K from last year), 29% alumni giving rate, senior class donors: 63%, and alumni donors: 8,365). Her staff provided information about three new programs in Advancement and Alumni Relations: Pass the Torch, Broad Street Challenge, and Torch Medal Initiative.  Stone also shared how her staff has applied feedback from the Alumni Council

Intellectual Engagement Committee

Committee Chair Pat Apelian ’76 began the meeting with a review of all academic programs that Colgate sponsored in FY17. They include 25 events with Colgate faculty, plus other intellectual programs with alumni specialists. Apelian encouraged members of the Alumni Council to use Livestream to view recorded or live lectures on campus. She then introduced Professor Mary Ann Calo to discuss her travel program to Venice, Italy in October. Calo described how programs like these are more intellectual than “tourist” and offer guests a full immersion into the art, culture, and history of Venice. They are looking to secure 20 registrants by July 15, 2017.

Meeting with President Brian W. Casey

The Alumni Council was pleased to meet with the President to discuss his observations about Colgate after his first nine months, and his priorities going forward. Casey discussed two important administrative positions he is looking to fill (Dean of the College, Dean of the Faculty), his hopes for the capital campaign, and then spent a lot of time discussing his strategic priorities: Colgate faculty, our ability to enroll the best students, the residential experience for students, and the campus itself. President Casey reviewed the plans for the new residence halls on the quad and also addressed recent sexual assault allegations from students.

Athletics Committee

Committee Chair Bob Glendening ’71 introduced several guests to the meeting: Ann-Marie Guglieri (Senior Associate Athletic Director), Kathy Brawn (Women’s Soccer Head Coach), and Dan Hunt (Head Football Coach). Guglieri provided an overview of the past academic year including success on and off the playing field, specifically the opening of the Class of ’65 Arena. Brawn and Hunt gave a recaps of their seasons and expressed gratitude for alumni support of their programs. Among other topics, they discussed recruiting challenges, athletic scholarships, and their commitment to winning.

State of the ‘Gate

Three different committees were represented during the State of the ‘Gate panel presentation. The Admission Committee was pleased to welcome Gary Ross ’77 (Vice President and Dean) to provide an
update on the Class of 2021. He discussed median board scores and GPA of accepted students, gender and ethnicity data, and projections for enrollment. Tim Mansfield (Associate Vice President of
Advancement and Alumni Relations) was invited by the District Clubs Committee Chair Kaela Mueller ’09 to discuss the metrics used to calculate the Alumni Engagement Index, which currently is at 48% toward a 57% goal.

Finally, Taylor Buonocore ’08 (chair of the Communications Committee) introduced Colgate’s new Vice President of Communications, Laura Jack, to the Alumni Council. Ms. Jack gave a brief overview of her career, impressions of Colgate, and goals for her first several months.

Retirement Dinner

On Saturday, April 8, the Alumni Council recognized several members of the council who are retiring in June. They included: Gus P. Coldebella '91, Vaughn E. Crowe '02, Robert L. Glendening '71, Robert S. Grossman '96, Harry A. Horwitz '76, Anne M. Huntington '07, Ronald A. Joyce '73, Guy V. Martin '57, Nancy D. Maynard '05, Joseph P. McGrath Jr. '85, and Eric T. Seidman '84.

All have been very dedicated volunteers and the Alumni Council thanked them for their service to Colgate. Guests who joined the retirement dinner to recognize alumni service to Colgate included: Robert Tyburski (Vice President), Patty Caprio, Professor Tony Aveni (Maroon Citation Award recipient), Tom O’Neill (Maroon Citation Award recipient), Professor Tom Balonek (Distinguished Teaching Award
recipient), Laura Jack (Vice President of Communications), J.S. Hope ’97 (Vice President of Finance), Gary Ross ’77 (William Brian Little ’64 Award for Distinguished Service recipient), RuthAnn Loveless (retired Vice President of Alumni Affairs), Darcie ’98 and David Loveless, and the Alumni Relations staff.

Meeting with Finance & Administration

On Sunday morning, President Joe McGrath ’85 introduced two guests to meet with the Alumni Council. Tom O’Neill, Controller, has served at Colgate over forty years and annually prepares the IRS 990 documents for the Alumni Corporation. He is also a recipient of the Maroon Citation award which will be presented at Reunion this June. Tom described his work in the Accounting Office managing payroll, budgets, and operating expenses for the University.

J.S. Hope ’97 has served at Colgate for six years and currently is the Vice President of Finance and Administration. J.S. provided an extensive look at Colgate’s endowment strategies and how he works with the Board of Trustees to steward Colgate’s resources. It was a very useful presentation and the Alumni Council appreciated learning about Colgate’s solid financial position.

University Relations Committee

Deb Duarte ’81, Committee Chair, introduced several guests to the committee meeting. Ms. Jennifer Marotto-Lutter is the Director of the Partnership for Community Development and she gave a presentation on how her office supports the local economy and works with Colgate. Back in 1999, the Alumni Council was instrumental in forming/financing the Partnership for Community Development.

After the PCD presentation, Duarte introduced Dr. Dawn LaFrance, Director of the Counseling Center and Haven. LaFrance brought two members of her staff who work closely with survivors of sexual assault. They described their services and helped answer questions from Alumni Council members. While the staff was thanked for their important work, Alumni Council members also expressed strong concern for the national trends and alleged violations here at Colgate.

General Session

During Executive Session, the Alumni Council conducted several officer votes that were unanimously approved:
  1. Melissa Coley ’79 as President for a term of two years
  2. Carmine DiSibio ’85 as Vice President for a term of two years
  3. Pat Apelian ’76 as Treasurer for a term of two years
  4. Co Bertsche ’63 as Legal Counsel for a term of two years
  5. Tim Mansfield as Executive Secretary for a term of one year The following director positions were also approved unanimously:
  6. Jessica Prata ’01 as Regional VP - Southeast, effectively immediately, for the unexpired term created by the resignation of Lesley McNamara ‘01
  7. Chris Johnson ’02 as Chair of Nominations Committee for a maximum term of two years
  1. New members of the Nominations Committee: Chad Cooley ’00, Jane Porter ’74, Stephen Rock ’85, Andrew Sweet ’93, Richard Burke ’92, and Ed Witz ‘89
The following bylaw revisions were also approved unanimously:
  1. Changing the name of the Career Services Committee to the Career Initiatives Committee
  2. Moving the date for alumni to file contested petitions from April 10 to April 1
  3. Allow the Treasurer to serve as ex officio member of all committees
The following bylaw revision was unanimously approved with one abstention:
  1. Move the approval of the Alumni Council slate of nominees from the winter to the fall meeting
Once the General Session returned to its open meeting, the following reports were shared:
  1. Melissa Coley ’79 (President-elect) announced new Committee chairs for 2017-18 including Chad Cooley ’00 (Advancement), Andy Roffe ’68 (Athletics), Greg Dahlberg ’98 (Awards), Betsy Levine- Brown ’01 (Intellectual Engagement), and Chris Johnson ’02 (Nominations).
  2. Joe McGrath thanked Eric Seidman ’84 for his preparations for a possible contested election. [N.B. Subsequent to the meeting Tim Mansfield reported that no petition candidates had filed for election to the Council]
  3. Robert Johnson ’94 (Treasurer) reported completion of the IRS 990 and the “Contribution Acknowledgment” forms
  4. Tim Mansfield (Executive Secretary) reported on Mosaic Weekend, Reunion, and Colgate Professional Networks
During the “Beyond the ‘Gate” discussion, the following topics were raised:
  1. Chad Cooley ’00 asked for support of Paul Massey ’82 for his NYC mayoral candidacy
  2. Co Bertsche ‘63 thanked Joe McGrath ’85 for his outstanding leadership as President
  3. Nancy Maynard ’05 requested support for the Fraternity & Sorority Alumni Initiative (FSAI)

Spring 2017 Meeting Minutes
Board of Directors of the Colgate University Alumni Corporation
Sunday, April 9, 2017 Hamilton, New York

The spring meeting of the Board of Directors of the Colgate University Alumni Corporation (the “Alumni Council”) was held on Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Hamilton, New York.

The meeting was called to order at 10:50 a.m. by Mr. Joseph McGrath ’85, President. A silent roll call was taken by Timothy C. Mansfield, Executive Secretary.

The following officers, directors and life member(s) were present: Patricia Apelian ’76, William C. Baker ’70, Copeland G. Bertsche ’63, Taylor L. Buonocore-Guthrie ’08, Robert P. Burke ’85, Gus P. Coldebella ’91, Melissa J. Coley ’79, Chad E. Cooley ’00, Vaughn E. Crowe ’02, Gregory M. Dahlberg ’98, Thomas W. Dempsey, Jr. ’72, Kathleen A. Dill ’89, Carmine Disibio ’85, Debra A. Duarte ’81, Robert P. Fenity ’06, Elizabeth Orbe Fischer ’82, Robert L. Glendening ’71, Susan L. Becker Gould ’03, Scott S. Hague ’96, Harry A. Horwitz ’76, Anne M. Huntington ’07, Robert C. Johnson ’94, Christian B. Johnson ’02, Ronald A. Joyce ’73, Timothy C. Mansfield, Nancy D. Maynard ’05, Joseph P. McGrath, Jr. ’85, Kaela A. Mueller ’09, Jane Najarian Porter ’74, Stephen A. Rock ’85, Andrew S. Roffe ’68, Robert B. Seaberg ’69, Eric T. Seidman ’84, Robert B. Sobelman ’08, Patricia Spindel ’79, Brian K. Suiter ’00, Gregory A. Threatte ’69, Edward P. Witz ’89

The following officers, directors and life member(s) were present for committee meetings, but not present for the general session: Richard M. Burke ’92, Alden T. Doolittle ’67, Andrew W. Sweet ’93

The following directors were absent: James O. Aston ’57, Claudia J. Stephan Braden ’80, Jessica M. Prata Cianciara ’01, Sean F. Devlin ’05, Christine Cronin Gallagher ’83, Robert S. Grossman ’96, Max B. Haspel ’95, Ashley D. Kepping ’07, Elizabeth F. Levine-Brown ’01, Guy V. Martin ’57, Lesley R. McNamara ’01, Kelechi A. Oguh ’08, Denniston M. Reid, Jr. ’94, Christian B.
Teeter ’95, Priit J. Vesilind ’64

The following life members were absent: Douglas G. Campbell ’50, Theresa Donahue Egler ’77, John E. Gillick, Jr. ’67, Clifford L. Heaslip, Jr. ’50, Fred C. Meendsen, Sr. ’54, Scott A. Meiklejohn ’77, C. Bruce Morser ’76, Pamela E. Odeen-LoDato ’81, Gerald D. Quill ’60, G. Gary Ripple ’64, Joanne D. Spigner ’76, Bruce F. Wesson ’64

It was established that a quorum was present.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM THE WINTER MEETING

Mr. McGrath asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the winter meeting held in Hamilton,

New York, in January 2017, previously distributed to the council. A motion was made to approve the minutes, seconded and approved unanimously.

LEGAL COUNSEL’S REPORT

Mr. Copeland Bertsche ’63, Legal Counsel, advised members to complete proxy forms in case they were not planning to attend the annual meeting at Reunion. Proxy forms allow the board to conduct its annual meeting by reaching a required quorum.

TREASURER’S REPORT

Mr. Robert Johnson ’94, Treasurer, reported that the Alumni Council accounts were in good order. He also reported completion of the IRS 990 and the “Contribution Acknowledgment” forms.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

During Executive Session, the Alumni Council conducted several officer votes that were unanimously approved:
  • Ms. Melissa Coley ’79 as President for a term of two years
  • Mr. Carmine DiSibio ’85 as Vice President for a term of two years
  • Ms. Patricia Apelian ’76 as Treasurer for a term of two years
  • Mr. Copeland Bertsche ’63 as Legal Counsel for a term of two years
  • Mr. Timothy Mansfield as Executive Secretary for a term of one year The following director positions were also approved unanimously:
  • Ms. Jessica Prata ’01 as Regional VP - Southeast, effectively immediately, for the unexpired term created by the resignation of Lesley McNamara ‘01
  • Mr. Christian Johnson ’02 as Chair of Nominations Committee for a maximum term of two years
  • New members of the Nominations Committee: Mr. Chad Cooley ’00, Ms. Jane Porter ’74, Mr. Stephen Rock ’85, Mr. Andrew Sweet ’93, Mr. Richard Burke ’92, and Mr.
Edward Witz ‘89
The following bylaw revisions were also approved unanimously:

  • Changing the name of the Career Services Committee to the Career Initiatives Committee
  • Moving the date for alumni to file contested petitions from April 10 to April 1
  • Allow the Treasurer to serve as ex officio member of all committees The following bylaw revision was unanimously approved with one abstention:
  • Move the approval of the Alumni Council slate of nominees from the winter to the fall meeting

GENERAL SESSION

Once the General Session returned to its open meeting, the following reports were shared:
  • Ms. Melissa Coley ’79 (President-elect) announced new Committee chairs for 2017-18 including Mr. Chad Cooley ’00 (Advancement), Mr. Andrew Roffe ’68 (Athletics), Mr. Gregory Dahlberg ’98 (Awards), Ms. Betsy Levine-Brown ’01 (Intellectual Engagement), and Mr. Christian Johnson ’02 (Nominations).

  • Mr. Joseph McGrath thanked Mr. Eric Seidman ’84 for his preparations for a possible contested election. [N.B. Subsequent to the meeting Tim Mansfield reported that no petition candidates had filed for election to the Council]

BEYOND THE ‘GATE

During the General Session, the Alumni Council members reported dialogue from some of their alumni networks about the university. Topics included:
  • Mr. Chad Cooley ’00 asked for support of Mr. Paul Massey ’82 for his NYC mayoral candidacy
  • Mr. Copeland Bertsche ‘63 thanked President Joseph McGrath ’85 for his outstanding leadership as President
  • Ms. Nancy Maynard ’05 requested support for the Fraternity & Sorority Alumni Initiative (FSAI)

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

The Council's work is ordinarily conducted through its committees’ meetings and the General Session of the entire Council. Below is a summary of the committee meetings.

Career Initiatives Committee
Committee Chair Ms. Susie Becker Gould ’03 introduced Michael Sciola, Associate Vice President of Advancement and Career Initiatives. Sciola provided an update on student traffic in the Center for Career Services (91%), Benton Hall fundraising/construction, and the “Learn to Earn” program. Mr. Sciola also spoke about Entrepreneur Weekend changes and thanked members of the Alumni Council who helped serve on the committee to review summer internship proposals.

Advancement Committee
Mr. Harry Horwitz ’76, Committee Chair, introduced Ms. Jennifer Stone, Director of Annual Giving and Director of Professional Networks. Ms. Stone gave an update on fundraising progress to date ($4.7M for Colgate Fund (+$685K from last year), 29% alumni giving rate, senior class donors: 63%, and alumni donors: 8,365). Her staff provided information about three new programs in Advancement and Alumni Relations: Pass the Torch, Broad Street Challenge, and Torch Medal Initiative. Stone also shared how her staff has applied feedback from the Alumni Council

Intellectual Engagement Committee
Committee Chair Ms. Pat Apelian ’76 began the meeting with a review of all academic programs that Colgate sponsored in FY17. They include 25 events with Colgate faculty, plus other intellectual programs with alumni specialists. Apelian encouraged members of the Alumni Council to use Livestream to view recorded or live lectures on campus. She then introduced Professor Mary Ann Calo to discuss her travel program to Venice, Italy in October. Calo described how programs like these are more intellectual than “tourist” and offer guests a full immersion into the art, culture, and history of Venice. They are looking to secure 20 registrants by July 15, 2017.

Athletics Committee
Committee Chair Mr. Robert Glendening ’71 introduced several guests to the meeting: Ms. Ann- Marie Guglieri (Senior Associate Athletic Director), Ms. Kathy Brawn (Women’s Soccer Head Coach), and Mr. Daniel Hunt (Head Football Coach). Ms. Guglieri provided an overview of the past academic year including success on and off the playing field, specifically the opening of the
 Class of ’65 Arena. Brawn and Hunt gave a recaps of their seasons and expressed gratitude for alumni support of their programs. Among other topics, they discussed recruiting challenges, athletic scholarships, and their commitment to winning.

State of the ‘Gate
Three different committees were represented during the State of the ‘Gate panel presentation. The Admission Committee was pleased to welcome Mr. Gary Ross ’77 (Vice President and Dean) to provide an update on the Class of 2021. He discussed median board scores and GPA of accepted students, gender and ethnicity data, and projections for enrollment. Mr. Timothy Mansfield (Associate Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations) was invited by the District Clubs Committee Chair Ms. Kaela Mueller ’09 to discuss the metrics used to calculate the Alumni Engagement Index, which currently is at 48% toward a 57% goal.

Finally, Ms. Taylor Buonocore ’08 (chair of the Communications Committee) introduced Colgate’s new Vice President of Communications, Laura Jack, to the Alumni Council. Ms. Jack gave a brief overview of her career, impressions of Colgate, and goals for her first several months.

University Relations Committee
Ms. Debra Duarte ’81, Committee Chair, introduced several guests to the committee meeting. Ms. Jennifer Marotto-Lutter is the Director of the Partnership for Community Development and she gave a presentation on how her office supports the local economy and works with Colgate. Back in 1999, the Alumni Council was instrumental in forming/financing the Partnership for Community Development.

After the PCD presentation, Duarte introduced Dr. Dawn LaFrance, Director of the Counseling Center and Haven. LaFrance brought two members of her staff who work closely with survivors of sexual assault. They described their services and helped answer questions from Alumni Council members. While the staff was thanked for their important work, Alumni Council members also expressed strong concern for the national trends and alleged violations here at Colgate.

PRESIDENT BRIAN W. CASEY

The Alumni Council was pleased to meet with the President on Saturday, April 8 to discuss his observations about Colgate after his first nine months, and his priorities going forward. Casey discussed two important administrative positions he is looking to fill (Dean of the College, Dean of the Faculty), his hopes for the capital campaign, and then spent a lot of time discussing his strategic priorities: Colgate faculty, our ability to enroll the best students, the residential experience for students, and the campus itself. President Casey reviewed the plans for the new residence halls on the quad and also addressed recent sexual assault allegations from students.

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION

On Sunday morning, President Joe McGrath ’85 introduced two guests to meet with the Alumni Council. Mr. Thomas O’Neill, Controller, has served at Colgate over forty years and annually prepares the IRS 990 documents for the Alumni Corporation. He is also a recipient of the Maroon Citation award which will be presented at Reunion this June. Tom described his work in the Accounting Office managing payroll, budgets, and operating expenses for the University.

Mr. J.S. Hope ’97 has served at Colgate for six years and currently is the Vice President of Finance and Administration. J.S. provided an extensive look at Colgate’s endowment strategies and how he works with the Board of Trustees to steward Colgate’s resources. It was a very useful presentation and the Alumni Council appreciated learning about Colgate’s solid financial position.

RETIREMENT DINNER

On Saturday, April 8, the Alumni Council recognized several members of the council who are retiring in June. They included: Mr. Gus P. Coldebella '91, Mr. Vaughn E. Crowe '02, Mr. Robert L. Glendening '71, Mr. Robert S. Grossman '96, Mr. Harry A. Horwitz '76, Ms. Anne M. Huntington '07, Mr. Ronald A. Joyce '73, Mr. Guy V. Martin '57, Ms. Nancy D. Maynard '05, Mr. Joseph P. McGrath Jr. '85, and Mr. Eric T. Seidman '84.

All have been very dedicated volunteers and the Alumni Council thanked them for their service to Colgate.

ADJOURNMENT

Mr. McGrath adjourned the meeting at 12:04 p.m. Respectfully submitted,

Timothy C. Mansfield
Executive Secretary
Winter 2017 Meeting Minutes and Summary
Winter 2017 Meeting Summary
The Colgate Alumni Council consists of 55 alumni nominated for their exemplary volunteer service to Colgate. Its members represent the approximately 34,000 living alumni in the Colgate Alumni Corporation, and each member strives to be a "Colgate ambassador": enhancing the experience of all Colgate alumni by becoming deeply familiar with the state of the college; promoting robust communications, interesting and useful programming, and other modes of connection and engagement; and providing venues for alumni to discuss Colgate issues.

Please read what the Council is working on, follow the links to additional information, and feel free to contact us: we're eager to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

President Brian W. Casey

The Alumni Council was pleased to meet with President Casey on Saturday morning. This was the first formal meeting with the Council in President Casey’s tenure.

Casey outlined his impressions of Colgate, his priorities, and expectations for the Alumni Council in a 30- minute presentation, which was received favorably from the Alumni Council. Some excerpts below:

Priorities: “Colgate becoming its most excellent version of itself in all areas.”
  1. The Academic Program: this includes the quality of the faculty, faculty development, curriculum, and library/the arts
  2. The Nature and Quality of Students: this includes a look at retention, aid and the admissions process
  3. Campus Experience: this includes residential life and athletics
  4. Campus (physical space): this includes buildings (new residential halls, Benton Hall, renovations)
  5. Operations: Finance, Advancement, etc.
Challenges:
  1. We are underendowed relative to peers
  2. We have fallen behind in support of faculty (i.e. junior faculty receive one semester of leave while at other institutions they receive a full year)
  3. Our complex culture (residential life) has stress-points that need to be addressed. Finding a way to invest in the *COLGATE* space through ritual, tradition, sports – and as a result, bringing the campus community out of their individual silos/communities
  4. Need to support our Division I athletics program at a higher level (i.e. finding a way to rely less on annual support/operational budget and moving towards endowment).
First Year:
  1. President Casey is taking the time to listen – especially to students and faculty. He does this in formal and casual ways: he has hosted 35 dinners at Raab House in his first few months and has a ritual to walk his dog Emrys around campus each day, and as a result he knows the first year class by name.
  2. Sources & Uses (what capital levers to pull and where to apply)
President Casey asked the Alumni Council to contemplate all of his strategic priorities for Colgate and not any singular interests. Mr. Daniel Hurwitz ’86 (Chairman of the Board of Trustees) was present and thanked the Alumni Council for their work. Hurwitz urged the Alumni Council to support President Casey and his priorities moving forward, acknowledging that a positive student experience is critical for success.

SophoMORE Connections

The Alumni Council meeting coincided with the annual SophoMORE Connections program. Over 400 students and 120 alumni participated in various career panels and workshops to inform and advise undergraduates. The program has proven to be a great success for sophomore students seeking guidance on courses of study, internships, career development, and study abroad opportunities. Jamil Jude ‘09 was the keynote speaker of the event.



From January 19 – 21, 2017, the Alumni Council met in Hamilton for its second meeting of the 2016– 2017 academic year. The Council's work is conducted through its committees and meetings of the entire Council. Below is a summary of the Council's work.

General Session

During the General Session on Saturday morning, the Council conducted some official business that included a vote to approve the Regional Vice President appointment for Upstate New York to Elizabeth DiCesare ’05 and to approve the nomination of two Alumni Trustees (Robert Johnson ’94 and Theresa Egler ’77). Ms. Patricia Apelian ’76 was also named as successor to Robert Johnson ’94 as Treasurer, subject to final vote at the spring meeting.

District Clubs Committee

Kaela Mueller ’09 (Committee Chair) introduced Tim Mansfield, Associate Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations, to provide an update on district club support and events. As of
December 31, Colgate sponsored 66 “signature programs” for alumni including faculty lectures, athletic events, Professional Network events, and affinity/identity programs. There were also 23 events that volunteers sponsored in various district clubs that were social, service, or recreational. Mansfield also provided an update on the Alumni Relations department staff and a sample flow chart for volunteers and event planning. Committee members had questions about how small/medium district clubs are supported alongside Colgate signature programs.

Ms. Mueller also discussed the role of Regional Vice Presidents, possibly renaming the District Clubs Committee to Alumni Engagement Committee, and learning about the Alumni Engagement Index at the April meeting.

Communications Committee

Taylor Buonocore ’08 (Committee Chair) led the Communications Committee on a review of the Alumni Council website. Buonocore showed samples of Alumni Association webpages from peer institutions and stated the timeline for her committee to update the Colgate page (June 3, 2017). Committee members discussed the various possible and realistic audiences for the Alumni Council website, plus ideal elements (videos, images, outcomes, regular updates, Maroon News articles, etc.).

Admission Committee

Before the meeting began, President Joe McGrath ’85 welcomed Gary Ross ’77 (Vice President and Dean of Admission) and announced his William Brian Little ’64 Award for Distinguished Service to Colgate. This was a surprise announcement to Dean Ross and he was deeply moved by the recognition. The
formal presentation will be on June 3, 2017 at Reunion. Mr. Denniston Reid ’94 (Committee Chair) also welcomed Dean Ross and began the meeting.

Gary Ross reviewed the profile of the current first year class and also provided data on Early Decision applicants for the Class of 2021. After Ross’ remarks, the committee asked questions about standardized testing measurements, multicultural enrollment, and financial aid needs for Colgate.

Mr. Reid announced that his committee will participate in a sample admission application review in January 2018.

Career Initiatives Committee

Ms. Susie Becker Gould ’03 (Committee Chair) introduced Michael Sciola, Associate Vice President of Advancement and Career Initiatives. Mr. Sciola and two current students gave a presentation on “Learn to Earn”, a pilot program for students to teach them about personal finance and investing. They also discussed the Business Accelerator program which is held over five days in NYC for Colgate students interested in technology and start-up businesses. Sciola closed his presentation with an update on Benton Hall, the new Center for Career Services, set to break ground in February and open for business in the fall of 2018.

Athletics Committee

Mr. Bob Glendening ’71 (Committee Chair) began the meeting with a review of fall and winter team sports, citing the playoff run for men’s soccer. He also introduced two speakers: Kathryn Saeger ’09 (Associate Director of Alumni Relations) and Brian Grady (Assistant Athletic Director for Advancement). Ms. Saeger provided an update on alumni events on and off campus that support our Division I athletic program (Homecoming, tailgates, reunions, golf tournaments, etc). Mr. Grady gave an overview of the athletic fundraising program and reported $1.75MM raised thus far in FY17. Discussion afterward included ideas to increase the number of donors who were former athletes and ways to build attendance.

Advancement Committee

In the absence of Mr. Harry Horwitz ’76 (Committee Chair), President Joe McGrath ’85 introduced Jennifer Stone, Director of Annual Giving and Director of Professional Networks. Ms. Stone gave a presentation that highlighted the Colgate Fund (+ $459K from last year) and the alumni giving rate (+1% from last year). She also shared some progress on how Colgate is testing new technology to simplify donor participation (Venmo, Give Campus, and Apple Pay).

Tim Mansfield, Associate Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations, gave a brief overview of the Alumni Engagement Index which measures four different forms of engagement (giving, volunteering, attending an event, and online activity). The research has been underway for four years, but Mansfield reported on Colgate’s ability to track this data with greater validity, recognize alumni who are deeply engaged, and identify smarter ways to reach the disengaged alumni.

The Advancement Committee broke into three small groups to help advise the Annual Giving team who presided at each table. Topics included how to engage volunteers, marketing/social media, and stewardship.

Intellectual Engagement Committee

Ms. Pat Apelian ’76 (Committee Chair) was pleased to welcome nine distinguished faculty members to a lunch meeting at the Colgate Inn. At each table, faculty were encouraged to discuss 1) their research and experience at Colgate, 2) their experience lecturing to alumni, and 3) recommendations on how to engage alumni in lifelong learning. Included at lunch were Professors David McCabe, Nicole Simpson, Tim Byrnes, Lesleigh Cushing, Jennifer Brice, Carrie Keating, Krista Ingram, Margaret Maurer, and Provost Connie Harsh.

Committee members collected notes at each table and look forward to engaging more faculty members with their work.

University Relations Committee

Ms. Debra Duarte ’81 (Committee Chair) introduced three panelists including Mark Thompson (Interim Dean of the College), Christopher Wells (Special Assistant to the President), and Thomas Cruz-Soto (Associate Dean of Campus Life). Thompson gave a review of the fall semester for students, including responses to the national presidential election and disturbing exchanges on social media. Cruz-Soto discussed the campus culture for multicultural and international students, and Wells gave an update on the Residential Commons program (now in its second year).

During the second half of the University Relations Committee Meeting, President Joe McGrath ’85 introduced three students from the Student Government Association. The students provided an overview of their proposal for expansion of the Greek-letter system that they introduced to the Board of Trustees last fall.

Awards Committee

During the Executive Session of the General Session, Mr. Robert Johnson (in place of Ms. Anne
Huntington ’07 - Committee chair) announced the winners of the annual alumni awards, scheduled to be presented during reunion on June 2, 2017. They are as follows:

WM. Brian Little Award
Mr. William H. Browne ’67
Mr. G. Peter O'Brien ’67
Mr. Gary L. Ross ’77

Maroon Citation
Mr. Howard O. Colwell ’52
Dr. Alan C. Brown ’67
Mr. Paul C. Parshley ’72
Ms. Elizabeth Buchbinder ’77
Mrs. Lee M. Woodruff ’82
Mrs. Elizabeth Orbe Fischer ’82
Mr. Neil A. Torpey ’82
Mr. Patrick James C. Shaw ’92
Mr. Timothy C. Seamans ’02
Mr. Vaughn E. Crowe ’02
Mr. Christian B. Johnson ’02
Mrs. Emily R. Radovic ’02
Ms. Anne M. Huntington ’07

Ann Yao Award
Mr. Samuel C. Donaldson ’12
Mr. Alexander J. Doering ’12
Ms. Erin L. Nash ’12

Distinguished Teaching Award
Professor Thomas Balonek - Physics and Astronomy
Professor Maura Tumulty - Philosophy & University Studies

Humanitarian Award
Dr. Charles Evarts ’53

Non-Alumni Maroon Citation
Mr. Daniel Rosensweig Mr. Thomas O'Neill Professor Anthony Aveni

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award will be presented during the April 7-9 Entrepreneur Weekend. Oak Atkinson ’87 has been selected as this year’s recipient.

Winter 2017 Meeting Minutes
Saturday, January 21, 2017 Hamilton, New York
The winter meeting of the Board of Directors of the Colgate University Alumni Corporation (the “Alumni Council”) was held on Saturday, January 21, 2017, in Hamilton, New York.

The meeting was called to order at 11:35 a.m. by Mr. Joseph McGrath ’85, President. A silent roll call was taken by Timothy Mansfield, Executive Secretary.

The following officers, directors and life member(s) were present: Patricia Apelian ’76, James O. Aston ’57, William C. Baker ’70, Copeland G. Bertsche ’63, Claudia J. Stephan Braden ’80, Richard M. Burke ’92, Jessica M. Prata Cianciara ’01, Melissa J. Coley ’79, Chad E. Cooley ’00, Vaughn E. Crowe ’02, Gregory M. Dahlberg ’98, Sean F. Devlin ’05, Kathleen A. Dill ’89, Carmine Disibio ’85, Alden T. Doolittle ’67, Debra A. Duarte ’81, Robert P. Fenity ’06, Elizabeth Orbe Fischer ’82, Robert L. Glendening ’71, Susan L. Becker Gould ’03, Robert S. Grossman ’96, Scott S. Hague ’96, Max B. Haspel ’95, Harry A. Horwitz ’76, Robert C. Johnson ’94, Christian B. Johnson ’02, Ronald A. Joyce ’73, Ashley D. Kepping ’07, Timothy C. Mansfield, Nancy D. Maynard ’05, Joseph P. McGrath, Jr. ’85, Kaela A. Mueller ’09, Kelechi A. Oguh ’08, Jane Najarian Porter ’74, Denniston M. Reid, Jr. ’4, Stephen A. Rock ’85, Andrew S. Roffe ’68, Eric T. Seidman ’84, Robert B. Sobelman ’08, Patricia Spindel ’79, Andrew W. Sweet ’93, Gregory A. Threatte ’69, Priit J. Vesilind ’64, Edward P. Witz ’89

The following directors and life members were present for committee meetings but unable to attend the General Session: Taylor L. Buonocore-Guthrie ’08, Robert P. Burke ’85, Anne M. Huntington ’07, Elizabeth F. Levine-Brown ’01

The following life members were absent: Douglas G. Campbell ’50, Gus P. Coldebella ’91, Thomas W. Dempsey, Jr. ’72, Theresa Donahue Egler ’77, Christine Cronin Gallagher ’83, John E. Gillick, Jr. ’67, Clifford L. Heaslip, Jr. ’50, Guy V. Martin ’57, Lesley R. McNamara ’01, Fred C. Meendsen, Sr. ’54, Scott A. Meiklejohn ’77, C. Bruce Morser ’76, Pamela E. Odeen- LoDato ’81, Gerald D. Quill ’60, G. Gary Ripple ’64, Robert B. Seaberg ’69, Brian K. Suiter ’00, Christian B. Teeter ’95, Bruce F. Wesson ’64

It was established that a quorum was present.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM THE FALL MEETING

Mr. McGrath asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the fall meeting held in Hamilton, New York, in October 2016, previously distributed to the council. The motion was made, seconded and approved unanimously.

EXECUIVE COMMITTEE

Ms. Melissa Coley ’79, Vice President, reported that the Executive Committee met twice since the last General Session: November 29 in New York City and January 20 in Hamilton. The

committee prepared agenda items for the winter meeting and reviewed standing committee reports.

LEGAL COUNSEL’S REPORT

Mr. Copeland Bertsche ’63, Legal Counsel, called for a vote to approve the appointment for the Regional Vice President of Upstate New York to Elizabeth DiCesare ’05 and the nominations of two Alumni Trustees (Robert Johnson ’94 and Theresa Egler ’77) beginning in July 2017. A motion for all the positions was made, seconded, and approved unanimously.

Ms. Patricia Apelian ’76 was also named as successor to Robert Johnson ’94 as Treasurer, and Carmine DiSbibio ’85 was named as nominee for Vice President. Both positions are subject to final vote at the spring meeting.

Mr. Bertsche also advised the Council about the timeline for a potential contested election. He reminded members of the April 10 deadline for petitions and that the actual election takes place at the Annual Meeting over Reunion weekend.

TREASURER’S REPORT

Mr. Robert Johnson ’94, Treasurer, reported that the Alumni Council accounts were in good order and reminded the Council to complete the Conflict of Interest forms. He also reported his efforts in cooperation with the university accounting office, attorneys, and tax preparers on the 2016 IRS 990 tax forms.

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY’S REPORT

The Alumni Council meeting coincided with the annual SophoMORE Connections program. Over 400 students and 100 alumni participated in various career panels and workshops to inform and advise undergraduates. The program has proven to be a great success for sophomore students seeking guidance on courses of study, internships, career development, and study abroad opportunities. Mr. Jamil Jude ’09 was the keynote speaker of the event.

NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

Mr. Carmine DiSibio, chair of the Nominations Committee, reminded the Council of the 2017 Alumni Council nominees, previously approved at the fall meeting. Pending any petition candidates and election, these candidates will be voted into position during the annual meeting in June, 2017.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

During the Executive Session of the General Session, Mr. Robert Johnson (in place of Ms. Anne Huntington ’07 - Committee chair) announced the winners of the annual alumni awards, scheduled to be presented during reunion on June 2, 2017. They are as follows:

WM. BRIAN LITTLE AWARD
Mr. William H. Browne ’67 Mr. G. Peter O'Brien ’67 Mr. Gary L. Ross ’77

MAROON CITATION
Mr. Howard O. Colwell ’52 Dr. Alan C. Brown ’67
Mr. Paul C. Parshley ’72
Ms. Elizabeth Buchbinder ’77 Mrs. Lee M. Woodruff ’82
Mrs. Elizabeth Orbe Fischer ’82 Mr. Neil A. Torpey ’82
Mr. Patrick James C. Shaw ’92 Mr. Timothy C. Seamans ’02 Mr. Vaughn E. Crowe ’02
Mr. Christian B. Johnson ’02 Mrs. Emily R. Radovic ’02 Ms. Anne M. Huntington ’07

ANN YAO ’80 AWARD
Mr. Samuel C. Donaldson ’12 Mr. Alexander J. Doering ’12 Ms. Erin L. Nash ’12

DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARD
Professor Thomas Balonek - Physics and Astronomy Professor Maura Tumulty - Philosophy & University Studies

HUMANITARIAN AWARD
Dr. Charles Evarts ’53

NON-ALUMNI MAROON CITATION
Mr. Daniel Rosensweig Mr. Thomas O'Neill Professor Anthony Aveni

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award will be presented during the April 7-9 Entrepreneur Weekend. Oak Atkinson ’87 has been selected as this year’s recipient.

PRESIDENT BRIAN W. CASEY

The Alumni Council was pleased to meet with President Casey on Saturday morning. This was the first formal meeting with the Council in President Casey’s tenure. Casey outlined his impressions of Colgate, his priorities, and expectations for the Alumni Council in a 30-minute presentation, which was received favorably from the Alumni Council. Some excerpts below:

Priorities: “Colgate becoming its most excellent version of itself in all areas.”
    1. The Academic Program: this includes the quality of the faculty, faculty development, curriculum, and library/the arts
    2. The Nature and Quality of Students: this includes a look at retention, aid and the admissions process
    1. Campus Experience: this includes residential life and athletics
    2. Campus (physical space): this includes buildings (new residential halls, Benton Hall, renovations)
    3. Operations: Finance, Advancement, etc.
Challenges:
  1. We are underendowed relative to peers
  2. We have fallen behind in support of faculty (i.e. junior faculty receive one semester of leave while at other institutions they receive a full year)
  3. Our complex culture (residential life) has stress-points that need to be addressed. Finding a way to invest in the *COLGATE* space through ritual, tradition, sports – and as a result, bringing the campus community out of their individual silos/communities
  4. Need to support our Division I athletics program at a higher level (i.e. finding a way to rely less on annual support/operational budget and moving towards endowment).
First Year:
  1. President Casey is taking the time to listen – especially to students and faculty. He does this in formal and casual ways: he has hosted 35 dinners at Raab House in his first few months and has a ritual to walk his dog Emrys around campus each day, and as a result he knows the first year class by name.
  2. Sources & Uses (what capital levers to pull and where to apply)
President Casey asked the Alumni Council to contemplate all of his strategic priorities for Colgate and not any singular interests. Mr. Daniel Hurwitz ’86 (Chairman of the Board of Trustees) was present and thanked the Alumni Council for their work. Hurwitz urged the Alumni Council to support President Casey and his priorities moving forward, acknowledging that a positive student experience is critical for success.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

The following committee reports were compiled after the January meeting and distributed to members. These reports were not reviewed during the General Session meeting on January 16, 2016:

District Clubs Committee
Ms. Kaela Mueller ’09 (Committee Chair) introduced Tim Mansfield, Associate Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations, to provide an update on district club support and events.

As of December 31, Colgate sponsored 66 “signature programs” for alumni including faculty lectures, athletic events, Professional Network events, and affinity/identity programs. There were also 23 events that volunteers sponsored in various district clubs that were social, service, or recreational. Mr. Mansfield also provided an update on the Alumni Relations department staff and a sample flow chart for volunteers and event planning. Committee members had questions about how small/medium district clubs are supported alongside Colgate signature programs.

Ms. Mueller also discussed the role of Regional Vice Presidents and learning about the Alumni Engagement Index at the April meeting.

Communications Committee
Ms. Taylor Buonocore ’08 (Committee Chair) led the Communications Committee on a review of the Alumni Council website. Ms. Buonocore showed samples of Alumni Association webpages from peer institutions and stated the timeline for her committee to update the Colgate page (June 3, 2017). Committee members discussed the various possible and realistic audiences for the Alumni Council website, plus ideal elements (videos, images, outcomes, regular updates, Maroon News articles, etc.).

Admission Committee
Before the meeting began, President Joseph McGrath ’85 welcomed Gary Ross ’77 (Vice President and Dean of Admission) and announced his William Brian Little ’64 Award for Distinguished Service to Colgate. This was a surprise announcement to Dean Ross and he was deeply moved by the recognition. The formal presentation will be on June 3, 2017 at Reunion. Mr. Denniston Reid ’94 (Committee Chair) also welcomed Dean Ross and began the meeting.

Mr. Ross reviewed the profile of the current first year class and also provided data on Early Decision applicants for the Class of 2021. After Ross’ remarks, the committee asked questions about standardized testing measurements, multicultural enrollment, and financial aid needs for Colgate. Mr. Reid announced that his committee will participate in a sample admission application review in January 2018.

Career Initiatives Committee
Ms. Susie Becker Gould ’03 (Committee Chair) introduced Michael Sciola, Associate Vice President of Advancement and Career Initiatives. Mr. Sciola and two current students gave a presentation on “Learn to Earn”, a pilot program for students to teach them about personal finance and investing. They also discussed the Business Accelerator program which is held over five days in NYC for Colgate students interested in technology and start-up businesses. Sciola closed his presentation with an update on Benton Hall, the new Center for Career Services, set to break ground in February and open for business in the fall of 2018.

Athletics Committee
Mr. Robert Glendening ’71 (Committee Chair) began the meeting with a review of fall and winter team sports, citing the playoff run for men’s soccer. He also introduced two speakers: Ms. Kathryn Saeger ’09 (Associate Director of Alumni Relations) and Mr. Brian Grady (Assistant Athletic Director for Advancement). Ms. Saeger provided an update on alumni events on and off campus that support our Division I athletic program (Homecoming, tailgates, reunions, golf tournaments, etc). Mr. Grady gave an overview of the athletic fundraising program and reported $1.75MM raised thus far in FY17. Discussion afterward included ideas to increase the number of donors who were former athletes and ways to build attendance.

Advancement Committee
In the absence of Mr. Harry Horwitz ’76 (Committee Chair), President Joe McGrath ’85 introduced Jennifer Stone, Director of Annual Giving and Director of Professional Networks. Ms. Stone gave a presentation that highlighted the Colgate Fund (+ $459K from last year) and the alumni giving rate (+1% from last year). She also shared some progress on how Colgate is testing new technology to simplify donor participation (Venmo, Give Campus, and Apple Pay).

Mr. Timothy Mansfield, Associate Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations, gave a brief overview of the Alumni Engagement Index which measures four different forms of engagement (giving, volunteering, attending an event, and online activity). The research has been underway for four years, but Mansfield reported on Colgate’s ability to track this data with greater validity, recognize alumni who are deeply engaged, and identify smarter ways to reach the disengaged alumni. The Advancement Committee broke into three small groups to help advise the Annual Giving team who presided at each table. Topics included how to engage volunteers, marketing/social media, and stewardship.

Intellectual Engagement Committee
Ms. Patricia Apelian ’76 (Committee Chair) was pleased to welcome nine distinguished faculty members to a lunch meeting at the Colgate Inn. At each table, faculty were encouraged to discuss 1) their research and experience at Colgate, 2) their experience lecturing to alumni, and 3) recommendations on how to engage alumni in lifelong learning. Included at lunch were Professors David McCabe, Nicole Simpson, Tim Byrnes, Lesleigh Cushing, Jennifer Brice, Carrie Keating, Krista Ingram, Margaret Maurer, and Provost Connie Harsh.

Committee members collected notes at each table and look forward to engaging more faculty members with their work.

University Relations Committee
Ms. Debra Duarte ’81 (Committee Chair) introduced three panelists including Mark Thompson (Interim Dean of the College), Christopher Wells (Special Assistant to the President), and Thomas Cruz-Soto (Associate Dean of Campus Life). Thompson gave a review of the fall semester for students, including responses to the national presidential election and disturbing exchanges on social media. Cruz-Soto discussed the campus culture for multicultural and international students, and Wells gave an update on the Residential Commons program (now in its second year).

During the second half of the University Relations Committee Meeting, President Joe McGrath ’85 introduced three students from the Student Government Association. The students provided an overview of their proposal for expansion of the Greek-letter system that they introduced to the Board of Trustees last fall.

ADJOURNMENT

Mr. McGrath adjourned the meeting at 12:15 p.m. Respectfully submitted,

Timothy Mansfield
Executive Secretary
Fall 2016 Meeting Minutes and Summary
Fall 2016 Meeting of the Alumni Council, September 29 - October 1, 2016
The Colgate Alumni Council consists of 55 alumni nominated for their exemplary volunteer service to Colgate. Its members represent the approximately 34,000 alumni in the Colgate Alumni Corporation, and each member strives to be a "Colgate ambassador": enhancing the experience of all Colgate alumni by becoming deeply familiar with the state of the college; promoting robust communications, interesting and useful programming, and other modes of connection and engagement; and providing venues for alumni to discuss Colgate issues.

Please read what the Council is working on, follow the links to additional information, and feel free to contact us: we're eager to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

From September 29 – October 1, 2016, the Alumni Council met in Hamilton for its first meeting of the 2016–2017 academic year. As part of Inauguration and Homecoming activities, the Council conducted its work through its committees and meetings. Below is a summary of the Council's work.

A Special Weekend
The Alumni Council was pleased to participate in a variety of events surrounding the Inauguration of President Brian W. Casey, including a special dinner on Thursday night with trustees, faculty, and guests. Members also processed in the formal ceremony in the Chapel on Friday, September 30.

Homecoming Weekend also included the dedication of the Class of 1965 Arena and the Alumni Council was included at the formal ceremony and reception.

Welcome to New Members
New members to the Alumni Council include: Patricia Spindel '79, William Baker '70, Chad Cooley '00, Robert Burke '85, Ed Witz '89, Stephen Rock '85, Richard Burke '92, Andrew Sweet '93, Betsy Levine-Brown '01, Priit Vesilind '64, and Robert Sobelman '08.

Nominations Committee
The Nominations Committee met on Monday, September 26 in New York City to consider its recommendations for nine nominees for election as directors of the Alumni Council (one candidate from each of the seven Eras and two At-Large candidates), and one Regional Vice President to be appointed by the Council. The Committee considered the qualifications of hundreds of nominees for each director and Regional Vice President position. At the end of the meeting, the Committee had a slate of final nominees for all ten Council positions, along with two alternates for each position in the event one of the final nominees declines. The chair of the committee, Carmine DiSibio ’85 presented the nominees at the General Session on Saturday, October 1 where a vote was taken to approve the slate.

Once candidates accept their nomination, their names will be listed in the winter edition of the Colgate Scene.

Awards Committee
Led by Anne Huntington ‘’07 (Chair), the committee began its annual review of nominees for alumni awards. During the fall meeting, the nominees for Maroon Citation, William Brian Little ‘64 Award, and Ann Yao ’80 Young Alumni Award were discussed

District Clubs Committee
Kaela Mueller ’09, chair, led the committee in a discussion about institutional support for district club volunteers and their programs. Tim Mansfield, Associate Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations, provided an overview of Colgate’s Signature Programs and collected feedback from the committee on how to communicate with club volunteers.

We then voted on the three annual awards given by the committee, the Carlton O. Miller '14 Memorial Cup for Outstanding District Club Achievement, the Harold S. Merrell '42 Memorial Award for Most Improved District Club Achievement, and the RuthAnn Spear Loveless Award for Distinguished Individual and Special Recognition.

The Colgate Clubs of Boston, Philadelphia, Albany, the Chenango Valley, and Louisville won the Miller Award; Atlanta and St. Louis won the Merrell, and Paul Lobo '89 (DC) and Karl Fries '10 (Boston) won the Loveless award. The Colgate Club of New York won a Special Recognition for Sustained Excellence, The Club of the Rockies won a Special Recognition for Creative Programming, the Club of Maine won a Special Recognition for Creative Outreach, the Club of Pittsburgh won a Special Recognition for Revitalization, and the Club of Richmond won a Special Recognition for Innovative Excellence.

Advancement Committee
At the Advancement Committee meeting, Jennifer Stone, Director of Annual Giving and Professional Networks, gave a presentation on the alumni giving rate. The alumni giving rate is important as it impacts our rankings in US News and World Report. Thanks in part to the work of the Alumni Council, Colgate was able to increase its alumni giving rate by 3% (to 43%) from FY15 to FY16. Our goal is to reach a 50% alumni giving rate by FY19. The Alumni Council will be called upon to play a role in reaching this goal in the months ahead.

Career Initiatives Committee
Susie Becker Gould ’03 reports that the committee changed its name to describe all aspects of career initiatives at Colgate - Career Services, Thought Into Action, the Fox Management and Leadership Skills Program, the Investment Studies Program and the Colgate Professional Networks. She invited Mike Sciola, Associate Vice President of Advancement and Career Initiatives to provide an update on the growth in companies that hire our students - a huge jump in the last few years. Sciola also provided images of the new Benton Hall - breaking ground soon and due to be complete in the beginning of 2018.

Finally, Mr. Sciola gave an update on Colgate’s financial literacy programs and focus for the committee this upcoming year.

Athletics Committee
Joe McGrath ’85 introduced two guests to the Athletics Committee meeting: Christina Turner from Physical Education and Recreation Sports, and Taurian Houston from Athletics. Ms. Turner presented an overview of the various physical education, intramural, and outdoor programs at Colgate. Mr. Houston provided an overview of recruitment and scholarship practices that Colgate follows for its student athletes.

State of the ‘Gate
Joe McGrath ’85 welcomed guests to the State of ‘Gate luncheon, which invited members of the Admissions Committee and University Relations Committee. They were joined by Dean of Admission Gary Ross ’77 and Dr. Mark Thompson, Interim VP and Dean of the College. Dr. Thompson has served at Colgate for nineteen years as Director of the Counseling Center until he was asked to serve in this capacity for one year.

Thompson discussed a variety of topics including his new responsibilities and about the campus climate for students. He was asked about the Residential Commons, which he expressed as a work in progress but mostly successful. There was a vigorous discussion about the Alumni Council experience at the April meeting at the commons and members expressed their opinion that their experience was far from satisfactory. He spoke briefly about the SGA proposal to the Board of Trustees about Greek Life and clarified that this was a board decision and not within his purview. Finally, the discussion also touched on the sexual assault prevention programs on campus and agreed that this needed further discussion.

Dean Ross reviewed enrollment statistics from the Class of 2020, the current first year class. Ross shared data about their average high school GPA, standardized test scores, and home origin. This class has a slight decrease in Latino/a students but an increase in Chinese students. 9% of the Class of 2020 is from a non-U.S. country. Ross also discussed financial aid resources and emerging regions for new U.S. applicants (Denver, Seattle, Texas, and Illinois).

General Session
On Saturday morning, the Alumni Council held its General Session for all Directors. During that meeting, Co Bertsche ’63 (Legal Counsel) noted several bylaw changes that were under consideration and requested comments prior to the Winter meeting and in advance of formal proposals. The proposals under consideration and explained by Bertsche include: eliminating Life Member voting rights in those instances where approval of a majority of the full Council, including all 13 of the current Life Members, is required, while retaining their right to fully participate and vote in committee and other Council endeavors; advancing the deadline for online elections by one week; assuring the ability to provide for solely electronic voting for directors; moving the date for approval of director nominees from the Winter to the Fall meeting; and changing the name of the Career Services Committee to Career Initiatives Committee. It was requested that comments on these and thoughts regarding any other bylaw changes

be submitted to Mr. Bertsche directly or through Tim Mansfield well in advance of the Winter meeting so that they may be considered and voted upon at that meeting.

Sean Devlin ’05 proposed a resolution for the Alumni Council to support the recent action by the Student Government Association, to request the Board of Trustees explore the expansion of Greek life at Colgate. Since the SGA resolution has not been seen by the Council, it was agreed to table its consideration until the January meeting

Two new director appointments were proposed by President McGrath and approved by the Board as follows: As ERA II director, Jane Porter ’74 replaces Amr Nosseir ’76 who regretfully submitted his resignation due to the demands of his job. As Era IV director, Robert Burke ’85 replaces John Hayes ’88, who has been elected in his own right to the University Board of Trustees.

President McGrath also announced his appointment of Debra Duarte ’81 to replace Vaughn Crowe ’02 as the Chair of University Relations Committee. Vaughn had requested to step down as chair due to the demands of his job; he remains a director.

Mr. McGrath also announced the Executive Committee recommendations for Alumni Trustee, namely Terry Egler ’77 and Robert Johnson ’94 to succeed Gus Coldebella ’91 and Ron Joyce ’73 whose terms expire in June. The Council will officially vote on their selection at the Winter meeting, whereupon the selections will be referred to the Nominating Committee of the University Board of Trustees for its consideration.

Carmine DiSibio ’85, Nominations Committee Chair, announced the Committee’s nominations for ERA and At Large director positions (plus 1st and 2nd alternates) to stand for election at Reunion weekend 2017. The slate was unanimously approved. He also announced the Committee’s nominee (plus 1st and 2nd alternates) for RVP-Upstate New York, Executive Secretary (Tim Mansfield), and Council President (Melissa Coley, current VP) to be voted upon at the Council’s Winter meeting.

Melissa Coley ’79, acting as interim chair of the Nominations Committee (Mr. DiSibio having excused himself), announced the Nominations Committee recommendation of Carmine DiSibio ’85 as the next Vice President of the Alumni Council. The official vote will be held at the Winter meeting.
Past Meeting Minutes and Summaries

Spring 2016 meeting of the Alumni Council, April 8 - 10, 2016

April 2016 Meeting Summary
April 2016 Meeting Minutes

Winter 2016 meeting of the Alumni Council, January 14 - 16, 2016

January 2016 Meeting Summary
January 2016 Meeting Minutes

Fall 2015 meeting of the Alumni Council, September 17 - 19, 2015

September 2015 Meeting Summary
September 2015 Meeting Minutes

Spring 2015 meeting of the Alumni Council, April 10 - 12, 2015

April 2015 Meeting Summary
April 2015 Meeting Minutes

Winter Meeting of the Alumni Council, January 15 - 17, 2015

January 2015 Meeting Summary
January 2015 Meeting Minutes

Fall Meeting of the Alumni Council, October 9 - 11, 2014

October 2014 Meeting Summary
October 2014 Meeting Minutes

Annual Meeting of the Alumni Council - At Reunion 2014

2014 Annual Meeting Minutes

Spring Meeting of the Alumni Council, April 11 - 13, 2014

April 2014 Meeting Summary
April 2014 Meeting Minutes

Winter Meeting of the Alumni Council, January 17 - 18, 2014

January 2014 Meeting Summary
January 2014 Meeting Minutes

Fall Meeting of the Alumni Council, September 6 - 8, 2013

September 2013 Meeting Summary
September 2013 Meeting Minutes

Annual Meeting of the Alumni Council - At Reunion 2013

2013 Annual Meeting Minutes

Spring Meeting of the Alumni Council, April 13 - 14, 2013

April 2013 Meeting Summary
April 2013 Meeting Minutes

Winter Meeting of the Alumni Council, January 18 - 19, 2013

January 2013 Meeting Summary
January 2013 Meeting Minutes

Fall Meeting of the Alumni Council, September 14 - 15, 2012

September 2012 Meeting Summary
September 2012 Meeting Minutes

Annual Meeting of the Alumni Council 2012 - At Reunion 2012

2012 Annual Meeting Minutes

Spring Meeting of the Alumni Council, April 14-15, 2012

April 2012 Meeting Summary
April 2012 Meeting Minutes

Winter Meeting of the Alumni Council, January 20-21, 2012

January 2012 Meeting Summary
January-2012-Meeting-Minutes

Minutes for meetings held prior to January, 2012 may be obtained by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 315-228-7433

Upcoming Meetings

Date Location
January 17 - 19, 2019
Begins on the evening of Thursday, January 17
 Hamilton, NY
April 5 - 7, 2019
Begins on the evening of Friday, April 5
 Hamilton, NY
June 1, 2019
Annual meeting at Reunion*
 Hamilton, NY
October 3 - 5, 2019
Begins on the evening of Thursday, October 3      
 Hamilton, NY

January 16 - 18, 2020
Begins on the evening of Thursday, January 17 
Hamilton, NY

April 3 - 5, 2020 
Begins on the evening of Friday, April 3              
Hamilton, NY

May 30, 2020
Annual Meeting at Reunion*                               
Hamilton, NY

October 15 - 17, 2020
Begins on the evening of Thursday, October 15     
 Hamilton, NY
January 14 - 16, 2021
Begins on the evening of Thursday, January 14
Hamilton, NY

April 9 - 11, 2021 
Begins on the evening of Friday, April 9               
Hamilton, NY
June 5, 2021
Annual Meeting at Reunion*                                 
Hamilton, NY


*Council members are not required to attend the annual meeting. Those on campus for Reunion are encouraged to attend.