Kirkland Alumnae

Sharon Rippey

Kirkland Events for the Bicentennial Reunions

Kirkland alumnae are invited to participate in all weekend activities (see full schedule). The following suggested schedule is intended to help you connect with other alumnae. Of note: A hospitality suite located on the first floor of McEwen on the Kirkland Campus will be our gathering spot throughout the weekend. It offers message boards, coffee/tea/cider, snacks, and a cozy place to meet friends.

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Thursday, May 31

1 p.m.
Bicentennial College — History of Hamilton College

Maurice Isserman, the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History, is the author of On the Hill: A Bicentennial History of Hamilton College, which has a chapter devoted to Kirkland College. 
Sadove Student Center at Emerson Hall 112, #17 on map

6-9 p.m.
Buffet Supper for All Alumni

The Little Pub, #20 on map


Friday, June 1

7–10 a.m. Breakfast

Soper Hall of Commons, #58 on map

9 a.m.–noon
Bicentennial College — Printmaking class

Professors Bruce Muirhead  P’86 and Bill Salzillo, with Amy Buchholz ’80 and Jake Muirhead ’86, will present a hands-on workshop on intaglio printmaking and discuss the formation of Atelier Four and recent exhibitions. After a brief introduction to the art of printmaking and its traditions, participants will execute a dry point print. (Limited enrollment. Contact the Alumni Office at 866-729-0314 to register).
List Hall 226, #11 on map

9 a.m.–noon
College Archives Open House

Burke Library, lower level, #43 on map

9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Alumni Art Show

Artwork will be available for viewing and purchase throughout the day. Alumnae interested in showing their work should contact the Alumni Office at 866-729-0314.
Kirner-Johnson Commons, #14 on map

noon–2 p.m.
Lunch Buffet

Dunham Green Tent

1 p.m.
Bicentennial College — History of Hamilton College

Maurice Isserman, the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History, is the author of On the Hill: A Bicentennial History of Hamilton College, which has a chapter devoted to Kirkland College.
Kirner-Johnson 101, #14 on map

3 p.m.
Bicentennial College — Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army of America in the Great War

Elaine Weiss K'73 will talk about her book in which she tells the story of the  'farmerette' of WWI. The Woman's Land Army of America, did a "man's job", in military-style uniform, on the rural home front during the Great War. During the war she was the toast of Broadway, the darling of the smart set, a star of the wartime cinema newsreel, and highlight of the Liberty Loan parade… And then she disappeared.
Kirner-Johnson 109, #14 on map

4 p.m.
Bicentennial College — Kirkland Pioneers: In Their Own Words

Join Kirkland alumnae for a discussion of their time at Kirkland and the paths their lives have taken. The Kirkland Pioneers Project: In Their Own Words will be on display in List and Café Opus throughout the weekend.
Cafe Opus, McEwen Hall, #13 on map

4-6:30 p.m.
multiple impressions- Print Exhibition Opening Reception

Stop by List Hall's second-floor atrium to view a selection of works from 1972 to the present by Kirkland and Hamilton art students, as well as prints by Amy Buchholz '80, Jake Muirhead '86 and professors of art Bruce Muirhead P'86 and Bill Salzillo. The reception will feature work from the morning's printmaking class.
Second Floor, List Hall, #11 on map

6 p.m.
Cocktails with the '70s

All Kirkland, 72s, 77s, and 70s and friends welcome!
Ferguson Tent

6 p.m.
All-Alumni Buffet Dinner

Dunham Green Tent

8–10 p.m.
A Night of Jazz with Doc Woods and Friends

Kirner-Johnson Commons, #14 on map

9 p.m.
Spectrum Gathering Chaired by Scott Allocco '82

A reception for LGBTQ and allies
Days-Massolo Center, #79 on map

10 p.m.
Bicentennial Fireworks

Royce Baseball Field, #71 on map

10:30 p.m.– 12:30 a.m.
Musical Entertainment at The Little Pub

The Little Pub, #20 on map


Saturday, June 2

7-10 a.m.

Available on campus or stop by for pancakes in the Clinton Village Green.
McEwen Dining Hall, #13 on map and Soper Hall of Commons, #58 on map or Clinton Village Green

9 a.m.
Class of 1977 Bicentennial College — Re-union Yoga on the Hill

This gentle, basic yoga class led by Lori Reidel K’77 will focus on breath, meditation and postures to achieve a sense of inner peace. All are welcome. Comfortable clothes should be worn. Mats will be provided.
Multipurpose Room, Blood Fitness and Dance Center, #64 on map

10:30 a.m.
Bicentennial Meeting of the Alumni Association

Gather to mark Hamilton’s 200th anniversary at a Bicentennial meeting featuring remarks by President Joan Hinde Stewart, Alumni Association President Julie Ross ’84 and Chairman of the Board of Trustees A.G. Lafley ’69. Ralph Oman ’62, P’04 will present the half-century annalist letter, continuing a Hamilton tradition established in 1865, and the Bell Ringer Award will be presented posthumously to Patricia Tolles Smalley P’93, who served for many years as a trustee and was an advocate of Kirkland's legacy. The ceremony will also include a showing of the bicentennial film and remarks by Josie Jones ’12, a direct descendant of George Albion Calhoun, Hamilton’s first graduate. Led by the Bagpipes of the Mohawk Valley Frasers, the assembly will parade to a cookout on the Dunham Green following the event.
Wellin Hall

All-alumni parade with bagpipers – wear green (and hardhats, if you have them)

Assemble in front of Kirner-Johnson, #14 on map

noon–2 p.m.
Bicentennial Cookout

Tented area, Dunham Green

1 p.m.
Bicentennial Tour — A Nature Walk in Root Glen

Enjoy the quiet beauty of the glen on a walk led by Ernest Williams, the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor of Biology. Novice and skilled naturalists, as well as anyone in between, are welcome.
Meet at the gazebo behind the Anderson-Connell Alumni Center, #24 on map

2 p.m.
A Life in Politics

Join U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack ’72, P’00 and Christie Bell Vilsack K’72, P’00, a 2012 candidate for U.S. representative for Iowa’s 4th congressional district, as they share insights from their lives in public office. Tom served two terms as governor of Iowa, and Christie worked to raise awareness of issues around literacy.
Chapel, #51 on map

6 P.M.
Cocktail Party

Join Kirkland and Hamilton Graduates of the 70s for pre-dinner drinks and conversation. Tent near Ferguson/DU

7 P.M.
Kirkland Dinner

A shuttle will depart at 6:50 p.m. from the Campus Road near "Cocktails with the 70s" to provide transportation to the residence of Alison "Woody" Root K'72 for a dinner with fellow Kirkland alumnae.

9 p.m.
World-Class Jazz: The Nicki Parrott Trio

Bassist/vocalist Nicki Parrott, with her endearing personality and engaging stage presence, returns to Hamilton. Awarded Best Jazz Vocal Album (2007 and 2008) by Swing Journal, Nicki performs regularly at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City where she was Les Paul’s bassist and vocalist for 10 years. She recently teamed up with pianist Rossanno Sportiello  and drummer Ed Metz to create an intriguing program of tunes covering jazz, the Great American Songbook and a touch of classical music. Visit Nicki's website at www.nickiparrott.com.
Fillius Events Barn, #18 on map

10 p.m.–2 a.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party: The Return of Rogue

During their years on the Hill, “rock” was their mainstay. Many years later, Rogue affectionately refers to that genre as “classic rock.” Join Kevin Barry ’79, Rene Don Boni ’80, Bob Kinkel ’79, Brian Middleton ’79, Tom Porter ’80 and Dave Scofield ’80 as they continue to keep the crowd rockin’ and rollin’.  Check out this preview and, don't forget to bring your dancing shoes!
Soper Hall of Commons, #58 on map

Sunday, June 3

11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Bicentennial Blues & Brunch with MoJoTo

Before heading home, enjoy brunch and upbeat blues by MoJoTo, featuring Monk Rowe, John Hutson and Tom McGrath, at the historic Harding Farm. Just steps from the blinking light at the foot of College Hill and built by Hamilton’s founder Samuel Kirkland in 1794, the farm has been maintained by the Harding family since the 1850s. Take an informal tour of the original Kirkland homestead. More information and directions can be found at www.hardingfarm.com.
The Harding Farm, 3793 Harding Road, Clinton