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
Click here to see the full schedule!
Save the dates and register** to join us June 4-7, 2015. It won't be the same without you!
**To register online you will need to make a myhamilton account. If you would prefer to register over the phone, please call us at 866-729-0314.
We hope you enjoyed this once-in-a-lifetime celebration as we look forward with enthusiasm for Hamilton's third century!
Sharon Rippey P'12
Director, Alumni Relations
Professors Bruce Muirhead P’86 and Bill Salzillo, with Amy Buchholz ’80 and Jake Muirhead ’86, presented a hands-on workshop on intaglio printmaking and discussed the formation of Atelier Four and recent exhibitions. After a brief introduction to the art of printmaking and its traditions, participants executed a dry point print.
Elaine Weiss K'73 talked 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.
Kirkland alumnae discussed their time at Kirkland and the paths their lives have taken. The Kirkland Pioneers Project: In Their Own Words was on display in List and Café Opus throughout the weekend.
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 were on view in List Hall. The reception featured work from the morning's printmaking class.
This gentle, basic yoga class led by Lori Reidel K’77 focused on breath, meditation and postures to achieve a sense of inner peace.
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, shared 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.
Twenty-four years ago, Susan Hartman K’74, reporting for The New York Times, profiled a group of talented jumpers on her troubled Brooklyn block. During the past few years, Hartman worked with six award winning photographers and filmmakers on a multi-media project documenting the amazing young women. On November 30, Hartman presented her project at the Brooklyn Public Library.
Hartman has written for The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Newsday, often following her subjects for months. She is the author of two books of poetry, Dumb Show and El Abogado, and a chapbook, Satyr. She teaches journalism at New York University, and is also on the faculty of the International Center of Photography (ICP).
Refreshments and savory treats were provided by Danny Garcia '84, Salsa Catering
Kirkland and Hamilton graduates -- including three couples who met while matriculating at the school -- attended a performance of William Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, R.I.
They were joined by other members of the Hamilton community; current students and their parents were also in attendance. Current members of Special K, a female vocal group founded by two Kirkland women, also performed at the reception. The production featured Samuel F. Babbitt as Polonius. Both Sam and Natalie Babbitt joined the joyous pre-theatre reception, which included an invigorating discussion on the Kirkland decade led by Sam Babbitt and American Studies Prof. Maurice Isserman.
On Saturday, April 2, 2011 the Kirkland Mentoring Committee, chaired by Susie Hartman, joined Hamilton students in Cafe Opus for a New Orleans-style brunch and reading by New Orleans poet Nicole Cooley. The Hamilton women met with Kirkland alumnae to connect in specific career fields, discuss career and graduate school options, internships, or summer plans.
AMP kicked off bicentennial-related efforts by encouraging interest in the history of women on the Hill, through two distinct workshops held during Spring Volunteer Weekend. Efforts to document and preserve personal history led to a lively discussion of the preservation of correspondence in a digital age.
Hamilton Professors Katheryn Doran (Philosophy), Maurice Isserman ( History) and Bill Salzillo (Art) were joined by students, alumnae, and community members for a journey that inspired conversation and narrative writing. Prof. Salzillo, initially a Kirkland College faculty member, discussed using any medium to tell your story, while sharing his memory of the vibrancy of Kirkland College students. Prof. Doran shared contrasting styles of historic narratives, while Prof. Isserman read from letters found in the Kirkland Archives. Those letters highlighted the warm, personal engagement that existed between students, parents, and Kirkland College president, Samuel Fisher Babbitt.
At Spring Volunteer Weekend, Saturday, April 4, 2009, the Committee for Kirkland College organized a special afternoon of events to recognize the 40th anniversary of when women arrived on the College Hill. Read more or View Slideshow..
On Sunday morning of Fallcoming, Kirkland alumnae met with Hamilton students to offer a career advise and networking opportunities. Read the journal entry about the event by Kate Northway '11.
On Sunday morning, the Committee for Kirkland College held its first event to introduce Kirkland alumnae to Hamilton. More...
A reunion of 231 alumnae, faculty and friends of Kirkland was held in June, 2007. More...