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Kirkland Alumnae

Sharon Rippey
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Dear Friends,

Dear Kirkland Friends,

Imagine drinking a cup of fresh apple cider straight from the press and the air filled with the warm smell of apple cider donuts. This was Fallcoming for me!

Lori Richard Reidel K'77

Read the rest of Lori's letter here...

Kirkland Turns 50 — Join the Celebration during the All-Kirkland Reunion

In June 2015, Kirkland alumnae are invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kirkland College and renew connections and friendships during the All-Kirkland Reunion.

This reunion promises to be a spirited one filled with memory-making fun, reconnection and camaraderie. Although you are invited to participate in the comprehensive weekend schedule filled with workshops, films, music, family events and gatherings, Kirkland highlights include:

  • Opening I reception to celebrate the Kirkland Wall in the Kennedy Center. The Wall includes the name of every alumnus who matriculated at Kirkland.
  • Kirkland Echoes, plays written and directed by alumnae
  • Readings from Lost Orchard: Prose and Poetry from the Kirkland College Community
  • Kirkland art show and Kirkland Pioneers posters displayed

Save the dates and make plans to join us June 4-7, 2015. It won't be the same without you!

History of Kirkland College

Kirkland College was the brainchild of Robert McEwen and the Hamilton board of Trustees. Kirkland was to be the first of a cluster of colleges envisioned to reflect the model of the Claremont Colleges in California. Hamilton was an all male school at the time – McEwen and the board felt that creating a women’s college would be a reasonable path in an era in which the concept of co-education was being embraced. Kirkland College was chartered in 1965: its first class entered in 1968. Kirkland brought women to College hill along with a more diverse lifestyle and an innovative philosophy of teaching. Kirkland rounded out the Hamilton curriculum, adding the departments and offerings in the arts, creative writing and social sciences. Students could take courses at either school.

As a brand new school, Kirkland was heavily dependent on Hamilton financially. Without an endowment Kirkland’s finances became more and more precarious. In 1978 Hamilton’s President and Board of Trustees decided to merge the two schools. The curriculum remained the same. The legacy of Kirkland changed the Hill and enriched the Hamilton experience.

Kirkland Archives, Media and Publications

The Kirkland Archives, Media and Publications Committee aims to ensure records and memories of Kirkland College are aggregated, maintained and made available to alumnae and scholars through the auspices of the Hamilton College Library.  Our mission is to identify, document, make accessible, and breathe life into Kirkland's history using new media opportunities.  Kirkland College Interactive Archives

Lost Orchard, edited by Jo Pitkin '78 is available for purchase here. More information...


Kirkland Giving Initiatives

To help perpetuate the Kirkland legacy on College Hill a number of specific initiatives have been established.

Learn more about how you can direct your contribution.


Kirkland College Alumnae Association

Getting involved with the Kirkland College community is truly rewarding: we renew old connections, build new relationships, support young talent, and continue to learn and grow. Please contact me with your ideas, interests, and questions. Contact me lorir@vwg.com

Lori Richard Reidel K'77
President, Kirkland College Alumnae Association and Kirkland representative to Hamilton Alumni Council

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