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Wall Street Journal Features Zeller '04 and "No One Left Behind"

In The Wall Street Journal’s The Weekend Interview, alumnus Matt Zeller ’04 discussed the plight of Iraqi and Afghan interpreters who helped Americans during our nation’s engagement in those countries and who now find themselves in great danger in their own countries. The article detailed the non-profit organization Zeller created, No One Left Behind, to get these individuals and their families moved and settled safely in this country.  More ...

The 2015 Tobin Award winners Norm Bramley, Phyllis Breland '80 and Terry Lapinski.
Three Employees Honored With Tobin Awards

The winners of the Beverly S. and Eugene M. Tobin Employee Awards were announced and employees celebrating milestone service anniversaries were honored at Hamilton’s 31st annual employee service recognition luncheon on May 18 on Dunham Green.  More ...

Richard Bedient and Courtney Gibbons
Hamilton Well-Represented in Math Journal

“Grandma Makes Granola,” an article co-authored by Professor of Mathematics Richard Bedient and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Courtney Gibbons, appeared in the January issue of The College Mathematics Journal. Also in the issue, David Richeson ’93 contributed an article titled “Proof Without Words: The Maximum Sum of Inradii.”  More ...

Rob Morris '76
Morris House Named for Generous Benefactors

Hamilton College will name its new residence hall for alumnus and charter trustee Robert S. Morris ’76, P’16, ’17 and his wife Mary Helen. The couple provided the leadership gift for the $6 million transformation of Minor Theater into an expanded 10-suite, apartment-style hall, located directly across Campus Road from the Chapel.  More ...

Adrian Ophals '15
Ben Delia ’05 is Overall Winner of Hamtrek 2015

Ben Delia '05 was the overall winner of the 2015 HamTrek triathlon with a time of  52:42:19, Lauren King ’16 was the top female individual  at 01:01:31 and Team McWhirter won the co-ed relay clocking in at 1:04:59.

Forty-two teams and 83 individuals competed in the 12th annual event on May 1. Participants swam 21 lengths in the pool, biked nine miles and ran 5 kilometers.  More ...

Andrew Jillings and Janelle Schwartz '97 at Adirondack Day.
Schwartz ’97 and Jillings Promote Adirondack Programs

Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Janelle Schwartz ’97 and Director of Outdoor Leadership Andrew Jillings were invited to attend Adirondack Day on April 27 at the New York State Legislative Office Building in Albany, N.Y.  More ...

Mary Bonauto '83, right, speaks to the media with the plaintiffs.
Mary L. Bonauto ’83 Argues For Marriage Equality Before Supreme Court

Pioneering civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto ’83 appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28 to argue Obergefell v. Hodges, a case that could determine whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. Obergefell combines four challenges to same-sex marriage bans, from Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan.  More ...

John Hadity '83
Film Financier John Hadity ’83 is Class & Charter Day Speaker

Hamilton College’s Class & Charter Day celebration, an annual convocation recognizing student and faculty excellence during the preceding academic year, will take place on Monday, May 11, at 4:15 p.m., in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center. This year’s speaker is Alumni Association president John Hadity ’83, a film financing expert and executive vice president for EP Financial Solutions. His talk is titled “The Underrated Element of Surprise.” A live webcast of the ceremony will be available online.  More ...

Millennial Mania Competition Unlocks Grant for Summer Internships

Nearly 500 members of the Classes of 1999 to 2014 participated in a bracket-style competition to earn a $10,000 challenge offered by Dan Fielding ’07. The money will fund four additional summer internship stipends for students through the Career and Life Outcomes Center.  More ...

Front row: Holly Chen, Aleta Brown, Jessica Tang, Sitong Chen, Merisa Dion, Sterling Xie. Back row: John Allen ‘60, Dimitru Kaigorodov, Phoebe Greenwald, Chip Sinton, Connor O'Brien, Jessye McGarry, Jake Blount, Bennett Glace, Zoe Bodzas and Sarah Rahman
John Allen '60 Takes NY Program on Tour of the Highline

Students in the NYC program were given a tour of the Highline, a park/walkway built from the remains of an elevated New York Central Railroad line on April 15. The group’s guide was Hamilton alumnus John Allen ’60 who lives in the Chelsea area with his wife. He had many stories to tell about the neighborhoods surrounding the Highline and the donors who helped make this urban green space possible.  More ...

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 ...

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