In honor of National Ice Cream Day, a few friends and I drove out to Sherburne to eat at Gilligan’s Island. (And no, it is not themed around the TV show). It’s a local hot spot that even has a special flavor in honor of Colgate: raider passion. It’s a delicious combination of cake batter ice cream with crushed oreos and pieces of red velvet cake. All of their ice creams are homemade and absolutely wonderful! (Even though Gilligan’s is about 15 minutes away, we have it often on campus during finals weeks or at sporting events for free and it’s never something to be missed!)
Last Thursday, July 17th, I attended a poster fair for research students on Colgate’s campus this summer. The fair was held in the Robert H. N. Ho Science Center and students across all academic disciplines were there to present posters about what they have been working on so far this summer. There were many natural science posters focusing on dog genetics, zebra fish, and even plants used in traditional Native American medicine. Social sciences were also represented by students researching topics in sociology and education, including the multicultural impact of studying abroad. I definitely learned more about what summer opportunities Colgate has to offer, and the included pizza lunch also helped to draw in a large crowd!
I managed to get myself out of bed early one day this week to go for a run on the trails in town before work. I love running in the morning when the town is still waking up and it hasn’t gotten too warm yet. There is a network of trails behind the village that are great for running, walking your dog (more likely your professor’s dog!) or just getting out to enjoy nature a bit. It’s definitely one of my favorite ways to enjoy the summer in Central New York!
This past winter break I had the amazing opportunity to travel with Professor Catherine Cardelus and five Colgate professors and two other Colgate students to Ethiopia to research the conservation of Ethiopian Church Forests. Getting to travel to a foreign country to do field research was one of the most incredible experiences I had at Colgate and one of my favorite parts was that it was not just three weeks in the field but an experience that followed me back to campus. I spent this spring doing lab research on the soils I collected and just last week two of our collaborators made the long trek from Ethiopia to come to visit us here in Hamilton! Alemayehu and Izabela were here to work with our professors on planning our future conservation project, but we also had a great time showing them what life is like in small town America.
On the last day of the conference, Professor Cardelus hosted our whole crew over to her house for a send off dinner. Joining us was Professor Cardelus’ family and another Biology professor, Engada Hagos, who is originally from Ethiopia, and his family. Mrs. Hagos treated us all to her homemade Ethiopian cooking with injera, lentils and lamb that brought me right back to our time in the country. We even had a traditional Ethiopian coffee roasting ceremony right on the back deck! It is so great that even though I got back from my trip 6 months ago, I can still be so involved and connected to this project and the people who made it happen right here from Hamilton.
Professor Engda Hagos laying out our beautiful banquet of Ethiopian and Indian food.
Today after work I stopped by the Colgate Community Garden’s farm stand. Alex and Quincy are two students managing the garden this summer along with other student volunteers and they had set up a table full of fresh and organic produce from the garden including peas, parsley, squash, zucchinis, and cucumbers. I bought peas and a small zucchini and along with my purchase they gave me a free slice of delicious zucchini bread and a list of recipes to make with my veggies. This is not the first time I’ve had food from Colgate’s garden. The University has committed to being carbon neutral by 2019, so to help with that the school tries to buy from nearby farms and gardens in the area. Over 20% of the food at Colgate is locally grown and some of that percentage is from the garden. Needless to say I am very happy with my purchases and pleased to support sustainable farming and my fellow students!
Yesterday a few of my friends who are also involved in the Colgate Dance Initiative went to Chittenango Falls to begin filming for a video that we are aiming to complete by mid-August. The video will use music composed by Nathan Fritz ’16, and we are hoping to include him as well as other musicians within the film to showcase the collaborative nature of our initiative. Lloyd Sarpong ’15 is directing/filming/editing/making the magic happen and after seeing some of his raw footage, I am extremely excited about what the final product will look like. Danielle Iwata ’15, Jane Trask ’16, and myself served as dancers and traversed through the reservoir to make sure we were able to get some really majestic shots. A huge shoutout to Caitlin Sackrison ’15 for scouting out the location and driving us all there. The falls, which are only about twenty minutes away from Colgate, are a great place to hike around and apparently film a dance video!
There was an impromptu bonfire tonight in the field behind Andrews Residential Hall. Complete with a fantastic view of the sunset, good friends and some delicious s’mores, it was pretty much the ideal summer evening. Exchange students from Xiamen University in China who are staying at Colgate for the summer also came and some of them tried their first ever s’mores.
I love parades and Hamilton certainly goes all out on July 4th. We started out the day by going to the parade in downtown Hamilton. The streets were crowded for the parade which included multiple marching bands, tractors, acrobats and gymnasts, stilt walkers and animals of all shapes and sizes!
What better way to celebrate the 4th than with a preemptive barbecue? Human Resources hosted a lunch for everyone at Colgate for the summer and the entire community came to celebrate, resplendent in their red, white, and blue. With everyone chatting and catching up over burgers, potato salad, and strawberry shortcake, this was a perfect way to get excited for tomorrow’s holiday.
By Mac Baler '15 on July 2, 2014
During the day, our new Hurwitz Admission Center (recently opened and dedicated) truly allows us to best showcase what makes Colgate so extraordinary, and why we love it here so much. However, yesterday, we put our new facility to extra good use, watching the USA v. Belgium World Cup game after hours. Current students, Admission Officers, and prospective families were all getting in on the action, watching the game (with pizza!).