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Kirkland Alumnae

Sharon Rippey
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As we prepare for our All-Kirkland Reunion in June 2015, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Kirkland College, just taking a moment to wish you and yours and all things Kirkland... the best for the holidays and the 2015 New Year!

May we all be able to gather together in June,

Peace,
M. Lori Richard-Reidel K'77

Read Lori's Fallcoming 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 reception to celebrate the Kirkland Wall in the Kennedy Center. The Wall includes the name of every alumna 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!


2015 Reunion Weekend Art Exhibition: Call for Art

We invite you to submit your original works of art to be considered for our second annual curated Reunion Weekend Exhibition which will be displayed in the Johnson Gallery in the new Kevin and Karen Kennedy Center for Theatre and Studio Arts. (Read full letter for guidelines.)

Thank you for your interest. Please let me know if you have ideas for future reunion art exhibitions.

All the best,
Kate Spencer '79
Curator All-Kirkland Reunion Weekend Art Exhibition 2015

 

2015 Reunion Weekend Pioneers Project

The Kirkland Pioneers Project helps gather short reflections (and longer curriculum vitae/resumes for the Kirkland Archives) paired with past and current imagery. It highlights the range of career and life choices we made, offering a glimpse into our collective pioneer spirit. (See guidelines for project here)

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

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.

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