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Kayla Cody ’15 and Kiana Sosa ’15 Awarded Bristol Fellowships

Kiana “Kiki” Sosa ’15 and Kayla Cody ’15, both Boston Posse Foundation scholars, have been awarded Hamilton’s prestigious Bristol Fellowship. The fellowship is designed to encourage Hamilton students to experience the richness of the world by living outside the United States for one year and studying an area of great personal interest. Cody and Sosa will each receive a $30,000 award.  More ...

Washington DC Program students with Tom and Christie Vilsack and Assistant Professor of Government Gbemende Johnson.
Vilsacks and Stein Host Hamilton D.C. Students

The Hamilton College Program in Washington D.C. students had the privilege of attending a dinner hosted by Tom Vilsack ’72, P’00, Barbara Stein K’72 and Christie Vilsack K’72, P’00 on April 8. Tom Vilsack is the former governor of Iowa and current secretary of agriculture in the Obama administration. Christie Vilsack is senior advisor for international education at USAID, and Stein is director of strategic partnerships for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.  More ...

Dan Chambliss discusses <em>How College Works</em> at MIT
Chambliss Discusses How College Works with Alumni

Daniel Chambliss, the Eugene M. Tobin Distinguished Professor of Sociology, discussed How College Works at several recent alumni events in New England. The book, which he co-authored with Christopher Takacs ’05, was published in 2014 by Harvard University Press.  More ...

Shelter-in-Place Order Lifted

Update: 5:57 p.m. After conducting a thorough sweep of Kirner-Johnson and adjacent buildings with bomb-sniffing dogs, the New York State Police has recommended that Hamilton College fully lift its shelter-in-place order that was enacted this morning. Since the bomb threat was judged to be unsubstantiated and no evidence exists to validate the accompanying threat of a possible shooter, the police are now focusing on finding the perpetrator of this incident. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. We are also grateful to the approximately 50 local, county and state police officers who responded from across New York State. Several State Police officers will remain on campus tonight and tomorrow.  More ...

Alumni Association President John Hadity '83, President Joan Hinde Stewart and Sam Pellman, Distinguished Service Award recipient,
Professor Sam Pellman Receives Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award

Professor of Music Sam Pellman was honored as the 2015 Distinguished Service Award recipient by Hamilton’s Alumni Association. John Hadity ’83, president of the Alumni Association, presented the award on April 10 during the Alumni Council’s Recognition dinner.  More ...

DHi Films Screened at Hartwick College

Co-Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) Janet Simons, Philippa (Pippa) Schwarzkopf ’16 and John Bartle, associate professor of German and Russian languages and literatures, gave an invited presentation of two short films on April 2 at Hartwick College.  More ...

Sara Carlson ’06 Promoted to Animal Programs and Enrichment Supervisor at the Tennessee Aquarium

As part of Carlson’s new position in Chattanooga, she is in charge of animal training, animal enrichment, and all the programming that happens for the public on the floor of the aquarium. Thus far, Carlson’s main focuses in her promotion have been in the “non-fish” department, working with penguins, otters, and alligators, though she also has some experience working with fish.  More ...

Wei-Jen Chang
Chang Publishes Ich Research Article

An article titled “Molecular Genetic Diversity and Characterization of Conjugation Genes in the Fish Parasite Ichthyophthirius multifiliis,” by Associate Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang, along with six Hamilton students and recent graduates, appears in the May issue of Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.  More ...

New York Program Students Attend New York Philharmonic Premiere

Hamilton students in the New York City Program attended the premiere of a new New York Philharmonic symphony by John Adams, “Scheherazade.2-Dramatic Symphony for Violin and Orchestra,” on March 27 in Avery Fischer Hall.  More ...

Hamilton Observes 150th Anniversary of Civil War’s End

In concert with the National Park Service's call to ring “Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox,” the College's Chapel bell will ring for four minutes at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, to mark the four years of war that ended 150 years ago at Appomattox.  One hour later, at 4:15 p.m., a short memorial program will commemorate the role Hamilton students and alumni played in the Civil War, as well as  in the abolitionist movement that preceded the war. This program is free and open to the public.  More ...

Ralph Hansmann '40
Life Trustee Ralph Hansmann ’40, P’72 Dies at Age 96

Hamilton College President Joan Hinde Stewart announced the death of Life Trustee Ralph Hansmann ’40, P’72 in an email to the Hamilton community. He died on April 2 at the age of 96.  More ...

Left to right: Professor Karen Brewer, Mia Kang ’17, Rich Wenner ’17, Liz DaBramo ’15, Assistant Professor Adam Van Wynsberghe, Esther Cleary ’15, Jordan Graziadei ’15, Professor Emeritus Robin Kinnel and Tracy Williamson, ’85.
Hamilton Students Attend 249th ACS National Meeting and Exposition

Five Hamilton students attended the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition held in Denver from  March 21 to March 26. Attendees were seniors Esther Cleary, Liz DaBramo, and Jordan Graziadei along with sophomores Mia Kang and Rich Wenner. Students participated in a variety of seminars representing a large breadth of chemistry and networked with industry professionals and representatives of graduate programs.  More ...

Mary Bonauto '83, H'05
Mary L. Bonauto ’83, H’05 WiIl Argue Against Same-Sex Marriage Bans Before U.S. Supreme Court

Pioneering civil rights attorney Mary L. Bonauto ’83 H’05 was selected from a cadre of attorneys to make an historic argument before the U.S. Supreme Court against same-sex marriage bans in Michigan and Kentucky. The court also will hear arguments on behalf of same-sex couples who want the states of Ohio and Tennessee to recognize their out-of-state marriages.  More ...

Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani
Five Ambassadors on Campus this Semester

Hamilton College has a long history of engagement in the Foreign Service  beginning with alumnus Elihu Root, class of 1864, who served as U.S. Secretary of State for four years beginning in 1905. Given this legacy, it is not surprising that one current and four former ambassadors are sharing their experiences and perspectives with the campus community this semester.  More ...

Ryan Serhant '06
Ryan Serhant ’06 Has Film Debut in “While We’re Young”

Ryan Serhant ’06 makes his film debut in “While We’re Young,” a movie starring Ben Stiller and directed by Noah Baumbach, opening in theatres on March 27. Serhant, widely known as one of the stars and real estate agents of Bravo TV’s “Million Dollar Listing New York,” appears in this comedy-drama portraying middle-aged couple (Naomi Watts and Ben Stiller) who befriend a younger hipster couple in New York City (Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver).  More ...

Jane Summer K’76 Celebrates Launch of her New Book Erebus

On Thursday, March 19th Summer will launch her book, Erebus, from 6-8pm at 43 East 20th St. #3 NY, NY 10003.   More ...

50th Anniversary of Kirkland Charter Signing to be Commemorated

Hamilton will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Kirkland charter during Reunions ’15. The New York State Board of Regents approved Kirkland’s charter in March 1965, 153 years after their approval of the original Hamilton College charter. The first class entered in 1968.  More ...

Frank Anechiarico ’71
Anechiarico ’71 Joins Museum Advisory Board

Frank Anechiarico ’71, the Maynard-Knox Professor of Government and Law, recently joined the advisory board of The Museum of Political Corruption in Albany, N.Y. Also on the board is former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout.  More ...

Front: Merisa Dion, Sitong Chen, Holly Chen, Aleta Brown, and Sterling Xie. Back: Phoebe Greenwald, Jessica Tang,Jake Blount, Bennett Glace, Jessye McGarry, Connor O'Brien and Zoe Bodzas.
Hamilton at “Hamilton”

Fourteen Hamilton students in the New York City Program were among those fortunate to get tickets to the hottest show in New York on March 7. They went to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” a hip-hop musical about the rise and fall of Alexander Hamilton, the architect of our nation’s financial system, first Wall St. power broker, and of course, the College’s namesake. The show will complete its run at Public Theater on May 3 and then move to Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre in July.  More ...

Philip Murphy
Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany to Give Commencement Address

American businessman Philip Murphy, the former United States Ambassador to Germany, will deliver the Hamilton College Commencement address on Sunday, May 24, at 10:30 a.m., in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House.  More ...

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