Colgate University is a private liberal arts college in Hamilton, New York. Founded in 1819, Colgate enrolls nearly 3,000 students in 56 undergraduate majors that culminate in a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1817, the Baptist Education Society of the State of New York was founded by thirteen men. Two years in 1819, the state granted the school's charter, the school opened a year in 1820; the first classes were held in a building in the town of Hamilton. Three years in 1823, the Baptist Theological Seminary at New York City incorporated with the Baptist Education Society and subsequently changed its name to the Hamilton Literary & Theological Institution. Among the trustees was William Colgate, founder of the Colgate Company. In 1826, the school's trustees bought farmland that became the focal point of the campus, known as'The Hill'. One year the current students and faculty of the school built West Hall, by using stone taken from a quarry found on the land. Called West Edifice before being renamed to West Hall, it is the oldest structure on campus.
On March 26, 1846, the State of New York granted a college charter to Hamilton's Collegiate Department. C. a fellow Baptist institution. In 1846, the school changed its name to Madison University. In 1850, the Baptist Education Society planned to move the university to Rochester, but was halted by legal action. Dissenting trustees and students founded the University of Rochester. In 1890, Madison University changed its name to Colgate University in recognition of the family and its gifts to the school. James B. Colgate, one of William Colgate's sons, established a $1,000,000 endowment called the Dodge Memorial Fund. In 1912 Colgate Academy, a preparatory school and high school that had operated in Hamilton since the early 1800s, was closed and its facility became Colgate University's administration building; the theological side of Colgate merged with the Rochester Theological Seminary in 1928 to become the Colgate Rochester Divinity School, leaving Colgate to become non-denominational. During World War II, Colgate University was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission.
Colgate became coeducational in 1970. The National Monument at Ellis Island displays a statement by Colgate's eighth President, George Barton Cutten, criticized for its jingoistic anti-immigration sentiment, he warns, "The danger the'melting pot' brings to the nation is the breeding out of the higher divisions of the white race."While Cutten's legacy has been substantively marred by the espousal of what many consider to be racist vitriol, the contributions he made to developing the prestige and facilities of Colgate were significant. Because of this ambiguity, the controversy around Cutten became emblematic of the division surrounding how modern American universities should broker their own history with racism, foreshadowing future controversies in the mid-2010s at universities such as Yale University and Harvard University. Colgate removed the Cutten name from a residential complex located between Whitnall Field and Huntington Gym in 2017; each of the four houses that compose the building — Brigham, Shepardson and Whitnall — is now known by its existing name and street address, 113 Broad Street.
Colgate University is located in the rural village of Hamilton Village, New York. The campus itself is situated on 575 acres of land; the university owns an additional 1,100 acres of undeveloped forested lands. Colgate's first building, West Hall, was built by students and faculty from stones from Colgate's own rock quarry. Nearly all the buildings on campus are built of stone, newer buildings are built with materials that fit the style; the most distinctive building on campus is the Chapel, built in 1918 and is used for lectures, performances and religious services. Old Biology Hall was built in 1884 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Most of the campus's heat is generated from a wood boiler which burns wood chips, a renewable resource. Since the heating facility is fueled by biomass, it produces zero net carbon emissions. All of Colgate's electricity comes from a hydroelectric dam at Niagara Falls; the campus has a Green Bikes program with over two dozen bikes that are loaned out in an effort to encourage students to rely less on cars.
Colgate Dining Services provides organic rice and other dry foods, is working to offer more local foods options. Dining Services take-out containers are made from natural materials, are compostable. "On August 13, Colgate received a perfect sustainability score from the Princeton Review. As a result, it was recognized as one of only 24 schools to make their Green Honor Roll. Colgate founded the Upstate Institute in 2003; the Institute was created to connect the Colgate community to its surrounding region, as well as to give back and help economically and sustain the area. They do research on counties in the area, as well as support outreach and volunteer organizations. Colgate was an initial sponsor of Partnership for Community Development, a local nonprofit organization which seeks to support the community through revitalization of buildings and small business development; the Lo
Cotterell Court is a 1,750-seat multi-purpose arena in Hamilton, New York. It is home to the Colgate University Raiders basketball and volleyball teams, it is named for Wesley M. Cotterell' a two-time letterwinner in basketball and school trustee; the basketball arena was built as the northern half of the William A. Reid Athletic Center, a twin barrel-vaulted complex which houses Starr Rink; the complex is located on the western side of campus next to Andy Kerr Stadium and across Broad Street from Huntington Gymnasium, the school's former athletics facility. It was renovated in 2000-2001; the gym has bleacher seating on three sides, with the main sides being the east and west sides and a much shorter section on the north side. The main entrance to the arena is on the south side, leading into the rest of the athletic center, it hosted the 2019 Patriot League men's basketball tournament finals. On November 4, 1977 the Grateful Dead played here; the Doors and Bob Marley have played here, as well as Phish, who headlined Spring Party Weekend on April 23, 1993.
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