The class gift is part of our 50th Hamilton reunion celebration on June 5-8, 2014 celebration. All giving from 1964 since our 45th reunion will be added up, enabling us to announce what we hope will be an eye-popping and record-setting five-year total of as much as $5,000,000.
Many of us have loyally given to the Annual Fund, and we urge you to continue to do that this year. Others of us have set up special funds or made specific gifts to the College endowment, or to the innumerable building projects that have been undertaken since we were on the Hill. That support should continue as your interest dictates.
But this year, for our milestone 50th, we propose a significant part of our giving address one of Hamilton’s most important priorities — enabling students to explore career and other post-collegiate opportunities. The College, for example, pledges to provide two internships before graduation to every student who desires them. Most often, these are unpaid internships. In a limited way, the Career Center offers stipends to some students to cover living and other expenses.
We would like to expand that resource to many more students through the Class of 1964 Internship Fund. On the strength of lead commitments from Tom Slaight and Scott Hand, an endowment agreement has been drawn with the College. The fund will be established and generate income in perpetuity to support both internships and networking activities that link Hamilton students with alumni and the parents of other Hamilton students, by profession and by geography. Recipients of stipends from this fund will be encouraged to respond in kind to future undergraduates, as and when they are able.
When we graduated 50 years ago, nearly all of us knew where we were going — typically professional or graduate school, or a beginning job. In today’s environment, only about two-thirds of liberal arts college graduates know where they are going at graduation. Hamilton does better than most, but we need to provide leadership and support to the College and its Board of Trustees with the Internship Fund.
Thanks for your consideration. Please look below for the ways you might best deliver your gift this year.
Most of all, make plans to be with us for reunion in June. It won’t be the same without you.
Art Massolo and Denny Terrell
How to make your gift in tribute to our 50th:
My Hamilton allows alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff to connect and interact easily online.
• CONNECT your LinkedIn or Facebook accounts to update your profile automatically and showcase the Hamilton groups/pages with which you connect.
• JOIN the growing Hamilton Career Network — or sign up for other volunteer roles — by indicating in your profile ways you’d like to help.
• CUSTOMIZE with modules that feature upcoming Hamilton events in your area, College news, your volunteer engagement or even the weather in Clinton.
• CHOOSE the information you’d like to share and hide any items that you prefer to keep private.