Home - Center for Learning, Teaching, and Research - Office of Undergraduate Studies - Office of Undergraduate Studies News and Updates
Office of Undergraduate Studies News and Updates

Latest Posts

Chad Johnson ’14 – Student, Athlete, Scholar

By Salote Tenisi '15 on April 8, 2014

Home Town:

  • Atlanta, Georgia



  • Jack Bruen – Most Improved Player Award (2012-2013)

Extracurricular Involvement:

Read more

Newsletter: March, 2014

By Frank Kuan on March 31, 2014

March 2014 OUS Newsletter CoverThe OUS Newsletter highlights the achievements as well as activities of our OUS scholars, faculty, and staff around campus and beyond.

You can download the March issue here.

Jia Zheng ’14: Be An Overachiever

By Timmera Whaley'15 on March 7, 2014
Jia Zheng'14 Australia

Jia Zheng’14 Australia

Born in Fujian, China
Raised in the Bronx, NY

Educational studies
Environmental studies

Awards, Honorable Recognition, and Scholarships:

  • Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence: Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011
  • Stephen ’80 & Gretchen Hoadley ’81 Burke Endowed Scholarship
  • Academic Competitiveness Grant
  • Educational Studies Honor Thesis Candidate


Read more

Newsletter: February, 2014

By Frank Kuan on February 24, 2014

Cover of the February OUS NewsletterThe OUS Newsletter highlights the achievements as well as activities of our OUS scholars, faculty, and staff around campus and beyond.

You can download the February issue here.

Manuel Heredia-Santoyo ’14: “What if?” – an Unexpected Journey

By Salote Tenisi '15 on February 24, 2014

Art and art history with an emphasis in architecture

Women’s studies

Why did you choose Colgate?
I was a member of Summer Search, and I was advised to apply to Colgate. The deadline to apply for Colgate had passed, but I was urged to contact Dean Scott Brown to ask for an extension. I really didn’t want to, but all I remember was this gut feeling of “What if?” The next day, I contacted him thinking I’d be shot down, but I was surprised when he agreed to let me do it. I didn’t want to fill out my application to Colgate – but then I got that “What if” feeling again. I finished my application and sent it away, not thinking much about it. Then the acceptance letters started to come in, and I had completely forgotten that I applied to Colgate. One day, I got a call from FedEx telling me that they had a package from Colgate University. I didn’t want to go get the package because it was a lot of work to get to the post office – but then I started thinking “What if?” The rest is history. Read more

Rossy Brito Trinidad ’14: Never Be Afraid to Ask Questions

By Timmera Whaley'15 on February 10, 2014

Rossy'14: Dancefest

Sociology and Spanish

Kent, CT

Carribean Student Association (CSA) and Colgate Dance Team

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first year student?
Never be afraid to ask questions in any circumstance in life, not just in college. It’s completely fine to be confused about something but always ask for clarification. There is no such thing as a stupid question, so ask away.

What is one class that has significantly altered your perspective?
I took Basic Acting with Simona and Adrian Giurgea, during the Office of Undergraduate Studies’ Summer Institute program. I believe it truly allowed me to be myself. Basic Acting took me out of my comfort zone, which is something I have had to do many times here at Colgate since that class.

What is a leadership position you have at Colgate?
I’m the dance choreographer for a Caribbean dance group on campus (CSA). I have been leading the group for a year and a half now. We practice once a week to prepare for Dancefest, which happens at the end of each semester. Being the choreographer for this group is a wonderful experience, and I hope to continue leading this wonderful group of dancers.

Manuel Medina’17: Growth and Empowerment Through Brown Bags

By Christelle Boursiquot '15 on December 21, 2013
Manuel Medina '17

Manuel Medina ’17

Meet Manuel Medina ’17: for those who know him, he goes by Manny, and in some cases, “Little Manny” (to avoid confusion with another OUS Scholar, Manuel Heredia – Santoyo ’14). As a first-year, Manny is already very  involved in a variety of campus activities. Originally from Washington Heights in New York City, NY, Manny is a student scholar, the Alumni Affairs Coordinator for Brothers, and an intern for the Africana and Latin American Studies (ALST) Program. He is also an active member in the Latin American Student Association (LASO), Caribbean Student Association (CSA), and Sisters of the Round Table (SORT).

On October 10, 2013, Manny brought to fruition his involvement on campus by hosting, through Brothers, his first Brown Bag: The Hispanic Heritage Month Brown Bag. This event was the result of hard work, leadership, growth, and empowerment. Read more

Newsletter: December, 2013

By Frank Kuan on December 20, 2013

Cover of the December newsletter with a student playing guitarThe OUS Newsletter highlights the achievements as well as activities of our OUS scholars, faculty, and staff around campus and beyond.

You can download the December issue here.

Melissa Gámez ’14: “Above all else, listen”

By Christelle Boursiquot '15 on December 20, 2013
Melissa Gámez '14

Melissa Gámez ’14

On October 4, 2013 at approximately 7:12 p.m. the Coop TV room began to fill with the low hum of conversation, laughter, and anticipation. The Black Student Union (BSU) was hosting its first Speak Easy in collaboration with students from Hamilton College. The event attracted many different students who were excited to either perform, share a slice of pizza, or simply listen. A hush filled the space as 25-30 students settled in their seats to take in the words, emotions, and experiences of those who approached the microphone. One of the individuals who performed was OUS Scholar Melissa Gámez ’14.

Read more

Samantha Lee’14: Immersed in Culture

By Timmera Whaley'15 on December 20, 2013
Harvesting rice in Xizhou Village

Samantha Lee ’14


Sociology and Anthropology


  • 2010 Freshman Senator of the Semester
  • ALANA Award
  • Beijing, Chinese speech competition: 3rd place
  • Dean’s Awards


Gilman Scholarship
Lampert Fellowship (2013)

Read more