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University Delayed Opening

By Contributing Writer on January 31, 2019

Dear Students,

Having met early this morning to assess the current weather conditions, I am writing to let you know that classes will be delayed today. All classes before 9:55 a.m. are canceled. Essential personnel as defined in Colgate’s emergency closing policy should work their normal schedule.

I also want to report that we have been able to add extra vehicles to the Cruiser rotation today, which will help students coming from off the hill to more quickly get to class. We do stress, again, that students should wear appropriate winter attire when outdoors.

Given the significant response to yesterday’s message about the weather, the Weather Decision Group will plan to organize conversations in the near future with SGA to share more information with interested students on how decisions about emergency closures get made.

The Weather Decision Group will continue to monitor the situation throughout the day and will provide updates as needed.

Thank you.
Dan Gough
Associate Vice President for Campus Safety, Emergency Management and Environmental Health and Safety

Weather Advisory: Sunday, January 20, 8 p.m.

By Contributing Writer on January 20, 2019

While Winter Storm Harper has largely passed, wind gusts, low temperatures, and sporadic lake-effect snow may still make travel difficult. Please continue to take caution while walking around campus.

Classes are expected to be held as scheduled Monday. Students who miss class due to travel difficulties are asked to contact their individual professors upon return to campus.

Weather Advisory: Sunday, January 20, 5 p.m.

By Contributing Writer on January 20, 2019

Colgate grounds crews are continuing the work of clearing roads and walkways as Winter Storm Harper winds down. Wind gusts and sporadic lake-effect snow are expected. Please continue to take caution while walking around campus.

Classes are expected to be held as scheduled Monday. The University is continuing to monitor the weather and additional updates will be shared on this page as needed.

Students who miss class on Monday due to travel difficulties are asked to contact their individual professors upon return to campus.

Weather Advisory: Sunday, January 20, 12:15 p.m.

By Contributing Writer on January 20, 2019

Overnight snow accumulations on campus from Winter Storm Harper were significantly less than predicted with official totals between 6 – 9 inches. Light snow is expected to continue with a potential for another 3 – 6 inches. Grounds crews worked on snow removal throughout the night and are currently clearing roads and walkways. The forecast for Sunday night and Monday is for variable light lake effect snow throughout the day with no significant accumulation.

We will continue to closely monitor the weather and will update this page as necessary; however, at this time and based on weather forecasts for Hamilton, we do not anticipate cancelling classes on Monday.

Students are urged to take caution while traveling to campus during inclement weather. If for any reason you find yourself unable to return to campus in time for classes on Monday, please notify your individual professors. The Dean of the Faculty has asked professors to be accommodating with students who miss class due to poor driving conditions and disrupted travel arrangements.

Weather Advisory: January 18, 2019

By Contributing Writer on January 18, 2019

Students are urged to take caution while traveling to campus during inclement weather. If for any reason you find yourself unable to return to campus in time for classes on Monday, please notify your individual professors for information about the missed coursework.

The following message was shared with all students earlier this week.

Dear Students,

As we come to the end of what I hope has been an enjoyable Winter Break, I am writing with an update to our opening hours for the weekend ahead. In light of the winter storm forecasted for our region, a number of changes have been made to open hours and available services this weekend in order to allow more time and flexibility for students and their families to return to campus.


University residences will now re-open on Friday, January 18, 2019 and all ‘Gate card access to residential buildings will be activated. Students moving to new residences or returning to campus from a semester away may pick up their key at the Office of Residential Life in Drake Hall during the following hours:

– Friday, January 18, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
– Saturday, January 19, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
– Sunday, January 20, 12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Students who arrive outside these hours may contact Campus Safety to gain key access to their room, and card access to their building will already be activated.

Food Services

The Coop will be available for brunch and dinner on Friday, January 18, 2019. On Saturday, January 19, the Coop will open from 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and Frank Dining Hall will begin 24/7 service at 4:30 p.m. Sophomores participating in Sophomore Connections should refer to their program schedule for dining hours and locations for their program. Please see below for the full list of dining venue hours for this weekend:

  • Friday, January 18
    • The Coop: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Frank Dining Hall: closed
  • Saturday, January 19
    • The Coop: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    • Frank Dining Hall: 4:30 p.m. – midnight
  • Sunday, January 20
    • The Coop: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Frank Dining Hall: open 24 hours

We wish you safe travels to campus, and look forward to seeing you on campus again! As always, please let us know if you have questions.

Stacey Millard
Director of Residential Life

Message from the President

By Contributing Writer on October 31, 2018

Dear Colgate Community Members,

The events of the past week have deeply affected this nation and have touched many members of our community. The terrible violence at the Tree of Life congregation in Pittsburgh, the shooting that took place in Kentucky after a failed attempt by the gunman to enter a black church, and the pipe bombs mailed to political leaders, media outlets, and others are direct attacks on the highest values of this nation and the Colgate community. On behalf of the Colgate community, I want to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the congregations and families affected.

Our collective work as educators, teachers and learners is ever more important during these difficult times. It is our essential work, and our contribution to the world. All of us at this university contribute to supporting, creating, and transmitting knowledge. We seek to do so with care, humility, empathy and understanding. We seek to know truth, and to align ourselves with its pursuit. In doing so, we are developing leaders needed to repair the rifts that are currently dividing our country. While we still experience divisions, tension, and failures of community, we must continue to do the hard work necessary to help create a world less driven by fear, ignorance and hatred. This aspiration is at the very heart of our identity as an institution of higher education and a residential academic community.

Let us acknowledge and applaud how the Colgate Jewish Union and other organizers of the candlelight vigil this week composed a program that was steadfast in answering hatred with care, division with community, and violence with a brave faith in humanity. Their efforts epitomize how this Colgate community faces adversity and comes together at a time of profound tragedy and loss.

Brian W. Casey

Colgate Inn launches new website

By Contributing Writer on August 8, 2018

Dear Colgate community,

We are excited to announce that a brand new website for the Colgate Inn is now live at innatcolgate.com.

The Colgate Inn, now under the management of Charlestowne Hotels, is excited to host guests and accommodate future events. Our restaurant, The Tavern, will also begin serving a brand new menu for lunch on August 13th and dinner on August 16th. Reservations at The Tavern can now be made online at innatcolgate.com/drinks–dining.

Anyone with existing inn reservations from October 1st and beyond should confirm their bookings by calling 315-824-2300. For information regarding specials, future offers and happenings at the Colgate Inn, please sign up for our email list by visiting innatcolgate.com.

We look forward to seeing you at the Colgate Inn soon.

With regards,

JS Hope ’97
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Investment Officer

The Colgate Inn will be under new management

By Contributing Writer on June 5, 2018

The Colgate Inn will be under the management of Charlestowne Hotels starting July 1.

Current staff members of the inn will be invited to continue working as employees of Charlestowne Hotels.

The new agreement is a result of a thorough evaluation of options for future management of the inn. The university conducted this review as part of a continued effort to evaluate long-standing contracts to ensure that our friends, family, and neighbors are receiving the very best of what the market has to offer. The selection committee unanimously selected Charlestowne Hotels from a strong pool of applicants due to the company’s extremely successful experience in operating similar university-affiliated lodging destinations, and for their tailored, community-focused approach to hotel management.

“I want to thank members of the committee who reviewed the strong proposals that were submitted to operate the inn. We know that, under Charlestowne Hotels, Hamilton’s premier lodging destination will continue to make Colgate alumni, parents, and friends feel at home when they visit campus,” said Joseph Hope, Colgate vice president for finance and administration. “We are working closely with the Charlestowne team on a seamless transition. As a member of the local community, I am also confident that Charlestowne will ensure that residents of Hamilton will continue to feel at home at the inn whether enjoying lunch or dinner, a drink in the tavern or attending a function hosted by the inn and its caring staff.” Hope continued, “I would like to thank Ben Eberhardt for his management of the inn over several years.”

Founded in 1980, Charlestowne Hotels has a wealth of experience operating small inns and lodges, with a number of properties near college campuses, including: The Autumn Inn, Northampton, Mass., Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, Ala., Inn at Carnall Hall, Fayetteville, Ark., The Abernathy, Clemson, S.C., The Inn at Elon, Elon, N.C., The Sewanee Inn, Sewanee Tenn., Deer Path Inn, Lake Forest, Ill., The Collector Inn & Gardens, St. Augustine, and the French Quarter Inn, Charleston, S.C.

Charlestowne Hotels regularly receive industry accolades on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List and Readers’ Choice Awards, Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, and top standings on TripAdvisor. Charlestowne properties are known for becoming cornerstones of pride in their respective communities.

“We are very thankful to have been selected by the university. From the beautiful geography of upstate New York to the inn’s affiliation with one of the nation’s top liberal arts schools, the Colgate Inn is a perfect reflection of the locale, the university, and is also a source of civic pride. The inn and the restaurant are important parts of Hamilton — and we are honored to have the opportunity to be a part of their story,” said Charlestowne President and Chief Operating Officer Michael W. Tall. “We pride ourselves on the quality of service we provide to the communities we join, and we especially look forward to welcoming Colgate Inn employees to our Charlestowne team.”

A Note to the Colgate Community from Vice President and Dean of the College, Paul J. McLoughlin II, Ph.D.

By Contributing Writer on March 28, 2018

Dear faculty, staff, and students,

Last night, racist graffiti was discovered on the door of one of our residential commons. The vile markings are a complete affront to Colgate’s vision and practice of inclusive excellence. Diversity, inclusion, and equity are essential to the well-being of our campus culture and acts that are an affront to these principles will not be tolerated here.

Campus safety immediately launched an investigation into this discriminatory act, and the residents who discovered the message were offered support from several faculty and staff members last night. We will do everything to identify the perpetrator of this act and hold them accountable according to the university’s disciplinary process.

Discriminatory incidents like this are hurtful and harmful to the fabric of our community. I know that we are better than the ignorance and intolerance this message represents. The acts of kindness and compassion I have witnessed in our community since joining Colgate last summer are evidence of our strengths and potential. Nevertheless, this incident should serve as a reminder that we continue to have important work to do in becoming a more inclusive community.

To colleagues who have supported these students and the communities impacted by this act, thank you. I expect our response in the coming days will reflective of a caring and supportive community and I look forward to working together for the inclusive excellence to which we aspire.

Sincerely yours,

Paul J. McLoughlin II, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean of the College

Campus Peer Tutoring

By Contributing Writer on January 24, 2017

Dear Students,

Peer tutoring is available free of charge to Colgate students who are experiencing difficulty in one or more of their current courses. The Center for Learning, Teaching, and Research (CLTR) maintains a list of Colgate undergraduates who have been nominated by their professors – and have agreed – to serve as tutors.

While the CLTR is available to help in some subjects, many departments on campus have their own tutoring or homework help sessions. At the present time, our service is mainly limited to introductory courses in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, and Physics. For help in other subjects or in higher level courses, contact the department directly, refer to the CLTR Spring 2017 Tutoring Opportunities brochure, or feel free to contact me directly at kgbelanger@colgate.edu.

Tutoring is not a substitute for regular participation in class or direct interaction with your instructors. Before assigning a tutor, we will contact your instructor, and (a) inform that instructor that you have requested a tutor, and (b) ascertain that you are attending class regularly, keeping up with assignments, and taking advantage of office hours, homework help sessions, and other academic support generally available to all students in your class. We want your professor to know that, while you may be struggling with some part of the course, you are working hard to improve your understanding and mastery of the course material. Your professor may be able to pinpoint a particular topic that you need help with, or even recommend the most appropriate tutor.

To arrange for a tutor, simply complete and submit the CLTR Peer Tutor Request Form. After contacting your instructor, we will respond by providing contact information for one or more potential tutors. You should email the tutor immediately. If you do not hear from the tutor after 48 hours, please notify me (kgbelanger@colgate.edu).

All students need a little extra academic help sometime during their undergraduate career. Experience shows that the earlier you get that help, the better. To the best of our abilities, we will assist you in finding that help.

Best wishes for a successful and fulfilling semester,

Karyn Belanger
Associate Director of CLTR
Center for Learning, Teaching and Research
101A Lathrop Hall