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Reunions '11

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Hamilton College
198 College Hill Road
Clinton NY 13323

Alumni Relations
alumni@hamilton.edu
866-729-0314
315-859-4648 (fax)

Annual Giving
giving@hamilton.edu
866-729-0315

Frequently Asked Questions

Pricing

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Q: What is all-inclusive pricing and how does it work?

Q: If I register as a "single" attendee for the weekend, do I have an option to bring my spouse or other guest to my class dinner?

Q: What if my spouse or guest is coming to Reunions, but only attending the class dinner? (She will be shopping with friends, out with area relatives, ... etc)

Q: What if we are arriving Thursday, but arriving after the dinner hour?

Q: My child cannot commit to the date just yet. Is it possible to add them simply for the cook-out as it gets closer in time?

Q: I want to sign up for Friday and Saturday, but plan to have dinner off-campus with friends Friday night. How is that handled?

Q: What exactly does the all-inclusive pricing cover? Is there a schedule of meals and events that are covered?

Q: About weekend charges...

Q: What is my most economical option?

Q: I am only interested in attending my class dinner-can't I just buy a ticket for the dinner and bypass the rest of the registration information?

Q: Is it possible to pay for my package in installments?

Q: What if my plans change? Can I get a refund?


Additional Information

Q: Who is attending?

Q: Where can I get a reunion schedule?


Housing

Q: What is in the dorm rooms? / What do I need to bring?

Q: What if I need a private bathroom?

Q: What if I need a handicapped bathroom?

Q: What if I would like to stay with a group of my classmates?

Q: What if I need to make a hotel reservation?


Child Care

Q: Will child care be available during Reunion Weekend?

 

Pricing

Q: What is all-inclusive pricing and how does it work?
A: By offering an "all-inclusive" rate for attendance at Reunions, each alumnus/a has the option of selecting a plan that best fits his/her personal preferences for the number of days they want to attend and participate in the outstanding array of programs and activities offered by the College. The all-inclusive pricing enables a person to take full advantage of all the activities on each of the days he/she chooses to attend without having to pay for each of them separately.

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Q: If I register as a "single" attendee for the weekend, do I have an option to bring my spouse or other guest to my class dinner?
A: Yes, of course you are welcome to bring a guest for your class dinner, but if you register under the "single" option, you will need to contact the Office of Alumni Relations to make provisions to pay for the extra dinner for your guest. The Office of Alumni Relations can be reached at 866-729-0314.

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Q: What if my spouse or guest is coming to Reunions, but only attending the class dinner? (She will be shopping with friends, out with area relatives, ... etc)
A: If you'd like your spouse or guest to stay on campus with you, you should register for the double Saturday package. This will provide housing with 2 beds and includes Saturday class dinner for both of you. If you plan to stay on campus but your spouse is going to stay elsewhere, you may register for the singles package and contact the Office of Alumni Relations to pay for the class dinner separately. The Office of Alumni Relations can be reached at 866-729-0314.

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Q: What if we are arriving Thursday, but arriving after the dinner hour?
A: If you arrive on Thursday after dinner, register for the 3-day package in addition to the $90 fee you pay for on-campus housing which will allow you to stay all three nights.

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Q: My child cannot commit to the date just yet. Is it possible to add them simply for the cook-out as it gets closer in time?
A: If a guest joins you for one or more events during the weekend, but is not part of your registration package, you will need to contact the Office of Alumni Relations, 866-729-0314, to get reunion pricing tailored to your unique situation.

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Q: I want to sign up for Friday and Saturday, but plan to have dinner off-campus with friends Friday night. How is that handled?
A: You are certainly welcome to have dinner off-campus with friends on Friday night but, since your 2-day package includes all meals and entertainment charges, we will not be able to refund you the cost of the All-Reunion Buffet on Friday evening.

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Q: What exactly does the all-inclusive pricing cover? Is there a schedule of meals and events that are covered?
A: When you select one of our all-inclusive packages, you are paying for all meals, activities and entertainment that you and your guest(s) will attend during the course of the weekend excluding child care and kids camp. If you choose to stay on campus, you will be charged a flat rate regardless of the number of nights you stay, so it is to your advantage to stay as many nights as your schedule will allow. When you arrive on campus and check in at reunions registration headquarters, you will receive a registration packet that will contain tickets for all your meals and a master schedule of events for you and any guests you may bring along.

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Q: About weekend charges...
A: Reunion Weekend is the single largest alumni program offered by the College and, as you can imagine, requires considerable planning and personnel in order to provide the scope of events and programs that take place over a four-day period. Hamilton subsidizes nearly 50% of all costs associated with this large scale celebration. In order to prepare and present an exceptional weekend of activities for alumni and their families, it is necessary to ask attendees to contribute toward the overall cost of the weekend based on the number of guests they bring and the number of days they will participate in Reunion activities. We make every reasonable effort to manage costs as carefully as possible in order to encourage strong attendance without compromising the quality of the celebration.

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Q: What is my most economical option?
A: The minimum package choice to participate in Reunions is $100 for the single 1-day package. We recommend you select the single, 1-day package and stay with a friend or your old professor in town. The other most economical options:

  • Select the single 2-day package for $162, add $90 for on-campus  housing and participate in all Saturday and Sunday meals.
  • If you can share a double package with a friend choose a double 2-day package and split the cost ($162 including room)

If have extenuating financial circumstances, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Sharon Rippey, reunions@hamilton.edu, 866-729-0314.

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Q: I am only interested in attending my class dinner-can't I just buy a ticket for the dinner and bypass the rest of the registration information?
A: While we hope that you will take advantage of the full array of activities throughout the weekend and the many other chances to meet and mingle with classmates, you are certainly welcome and encouraged to attend your class dinner. You will need to contact the Office of Alumni Relations to arrange a ticket to your class dinner.

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Q: Is it possible to pay for my package in installments?
A: Yes, the College can arrange to bill your credit card in regular monthly installments. The amount billed will be divided equally based on the number of months before June 2011 and the package that you purchase. The last date this option can be selected is April27, 2011. When you register, select the Recurring Payment option. Call the Alumni Office at 866-729-0314 with questions.

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Q: What if my plans change? Can I get a refund?
A. Refunds for alumni events may be requested 72 hours prior to the event.

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Additional Information

Q: Who is attending?
A: Registered attendees will be posted on the Web in the See Who's Attending link. Alumni need to be registered Hamilton users to view the list. If you are not already registered please login at:
www.hamilton.edu/alumni

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Q: Where can I get a reunion schedule?
A: A reunion brochure including a full schedule will be mailed to your home in early April. In support of our efforts to be environmentally green, please bring your brochure with you. A limited supply of printed schedules will be available at the reunions registration desk. Weekend highlights, Alumni Colleges and schedule are also available online by using the links in the right column on the Reunions '11 website.

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Housing

Whenever it is possible, classes are housed together. Specific housing assignments will be given at registration headquarters upon arrival for the weekend. You can reserve your on-campus housing on the registration form. On-campus housing is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Q: What is in the dorm rooms? / What do I need to bring?
A: Guests may want to consider bringing a fan and an additional reading lamp as these are not available in the rooms. Packages with the following items will be provided in rooms (one package per person): two towels, one washcloth, top and bottom sheets, one blanket (you may want to bring an extra one in case of cool weather), one pillowcase, one pillow, two soaps and two disposable cups. A limited number of cribs are available at registration headquarters.

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Q: What if I need a private bathroom?
A: Due to the limited number of private bathrooms on campus, we cannot guarantee you will be housed in a room with a private bath. However, we will try our best to accommodate your request. Add a note in the Special Housing Needs section of your reunions registration form indicating your request. Having a room with a private bath may mean that you will not be housed with the rest of your class.

If having a private bath is a necessity for you, we recommend that you make alternative reservations at a local hotel in case we are not able to accommodate you on-campus. Be mindful that most hotels will charge for reservations canceled within a certain number of hours prior to the arrival date. Your hotel can let you know what their policy is. Prior to canceling your hotel room, please call the Office of Alumni Relations at 866-729-0314 to see whether or not we were able to accommodate your request.

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Q: What if I need a handicapped bathroom?
A: Please help us determine if there is a real need (ex. wheelchair-bound). We will do our best to accommodate you but there are a limited number of rooms with handicapped-accessible bathrooms. Please add a note in the Special Housing Needs section of your reunions registration form indicating your request. Having a room with a handicapped bath may mean that you will not be housed with the rest of your class. If it is a medical need, we recommend that you make alternative reservations at a local hotel where you can cancel before the hotel cut-off date if Hamilton is able to accommodate your request. You can call the Office of Alumni Relations at 866-729-0314 during the week of May 30 to see if we were able to assign you a room with a private bath.

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Q: What if I would like to stay with a group of my classmates?
A: Do you want to stay near your old roommates, teammates or choir friends? Coordinate your efforts and sign up for group housing (8-10 alumni per group) to let us know. Please list all names on the housing form. Groups will be assigned neighboring rooms only after we receive registration forms for all individuals in your group. We will do our best to accommodate you.

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Q: What if I need to make a hotel reservation?
A: If you prefer off-campus accommodations, please directly contact one of the hotels where blocks of rooms have been booked for Hamilton Reunion '11 guests. To get the booked rate, please book by April30.

For a list of other local accommodations please consult the accommodations page.

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Child Care

Q: Will child care be available during Reunion Weekend?
A: Hamilton’s on-campus childcare provider, Clinton Early Learning Center, will provide child care on Friday, June 1 from 6 – 11 pm and on Saturday, June 2 from 5 p.m. – 12 a.m for children under 6 years. If a family has older siblings that the parents would like to have included with the younger, they will be accommodated as well. Please contact them directly and see details on the form provided as a link  on your class  web page. For children over the age of 6, please contact the alumni office directly at 866-729-0314 or reunions@hamilton.edu for information. Older children are invited to enjoy the tennis courts, athletic facilities, the computer center, large-screen video games as well as supervised outdoor activities.

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Additional Information


Class Dinners

Class dinners will be held on Saturday evening. Specific times and locations will be available at the registration desk when you check in for the weekend.

The class dinners are usually more formal gatherings than other meals during the weekend. Semi-formal attire is recommended. You will be most comfortable dressed in a jacket and optional tie for men, and dress slacks or a dress for women.
 

Directions

Around Campus

Maps of the college will be available at the Reunions '12 registration desk at registration headquarters during Reunions '12.

To and from Hamilton College

View driving directions to campus.

 

Public Computers and Internet Access

Public computers are available in the Sadove Student Center lobby and Information Commons (IC) located on the first floor of Burke Library, and the Nesbitt-Johnston Writing Center on the first floor of Kirner-Johnson. These are accessed using a guest log-in (username and password are available at registration headquarters). Burke Library will be open from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Wireless Internet is available campus-wide. Consult the Reunions Information Desk 315-859-4811 and 315-859-4911 for log-in information.

 

Transportation

Clinton Taxi: 315-853-3355 (reservations required)

Brognano Limousine (limo and taxi service): 315-736-9601

Rides/Carpooling: Alumni can post and/or respond to messages to the topic on the class webpage message boards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note the following important phone numbers:

 
Public Phone
On Campus
 
General Information  315-859-4444   4444  
Campus Safety (non emergency)  315-859-4141  4141  
Registration Headquarters  315-859-4911     4911  
       
EMERGENCIES
     
College Switchboard (911) 911 4000