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Kirkland Events

All-Alumni Bicentennial Reunion

May 31-June 2

What a grand celebration it was! More than 2000 alumni and guests gathered on College Hill for Reunion Weekend as we toasted Hamilton's 200th birthday. The festivities included Bicentennial Colleges, receptions, dinners, musical and sporting events, as well as plenty of opportunities to renew ties with friends.

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

Lucy Gluck K'80 talks as Kirkland Alumnae lead a discussion, "In Their Own Words."
Professor of Anthropology Emeritus Doug Raybeck tells a funny story during the Kirkland alumnae discussion.
Christie Bell Vilsack K'72 talks about her first days at Kirkland College.
Jake Muirhead '86, right, gives tips during a printmaking workshop.
Jane McAllister '77, rear, and Sara Jolin Bedford '77 etch their designs into a copper plate during the printmaking workshop.
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Kirkland Events at the All-Alumni Bicentennial Reunion
Bicentennial College — Printmaking class

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.


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

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.


Bicentennial College — Kirkland Pioneers: In Their Own Words

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.


Multiple Impressions — Print Exhibition Opening Reception

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.


Class of 1977 Bicentennial College — Re-union Yoga on the Hill

This gentle, basic yoga class led by Lori Reidel K’77 focused on breath, meditation and postures to achieve a sense of inner peace.


A Life in Politics

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.

Alexander Hamilton Birthday Party with Maurice Isserman

Saturday, January 14

Hosted by Judy Silverstein Gray '78 and Rich Gray
Tampa, Florida

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Festivities included food and memorabilia from both Hamilton and Kirkland at the Al Ham celebration held Jan. 14,  in Tampa, Fla.<br />
Festivities included food and memorabilia from both Hamilton and Kirkland at the Al Ham celebration held Jan. 14, in Tampa, Fla.
A few of the Al Ham revelers show the diversity of classes representedat the party. Standing (L to R):  Ron Seaman, H’53,  Ben Madonia  H’74  Seated ( L  to R): Judy S. Gray, K’78, Amanda Smithson, H’00, Susan Skerritt, K’77, and Dr. Maurice Isserman.
A few of the Al Ham revelers show the diversity of classes representedat the party. Standing (L to R): Ron Seaman, H’53, Ben Madonia H’74 Seated ( L to R): Judy S. Gray, K’78, Amanda Smithson, H’00, Susan Skerritt, K’77, and Dr. Maurice Isserman.
A very special cake delineated the bicentennial birthday. In the background, Ron Seaman H'53 regales Susan Skerritt, K’77 with stories.
A very special cake delineated the bicentennial birthday. In the background, Ron Seaman H'53 regales Susan Skerritt, K’77 with stories.
Nancy  Wickens, the aunt of Nicole Davidson Goodman, H’99, finds the Kirkland College narrative riveting.
Nancy Wickens, the aunt of Nicole Davidson Goodman, H’99, finds the Kirkland College narrative riveting.

Jump Rope Girls Project with Susan Hartman K'74

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Brooklyn Public Library
Brooklyn, NY

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


Rhode Island: William Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Featuring Kirkland College President Sam Babbitt as Polonius

Saturday, November 12, 2011

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.

Natalie and Sam Babbitt
Natalie and Sam Babbitt
George Nehme '79 Rhode Island Regional President making remarks
George Nehme '79 Rhode Island Regional President making remarks
Special K and Kendra Anderson, one of the founding members
Special K and Kendra Anderson, one of the founding members
Jean McGavin and Pamela Stubbs Decolo
Jean McGavin and Pamela Stubbs Decolo
Kate Chamberlin K'72, Jennie Morris K'72, and Natalie Babbitt share a moment
Kate Chamberlin K'72, Jennie Morris K'72, and Natalie Babbitt share a moment
Kirkland alumnae from five states
Kirkland alumnae from five states
Sam Babbitt reflects
Sam Babbitt reflects
Greg Pepe, Ann Baker Pepe, Greg Marsello, and Melinda Foley-Marsello
Greg Pepe, Ann Baker Pepe, Greg Marsello, and Melinda Foley-Marsello
Alumni and current students at the reception
Alumni and current students at the reception
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Mentoring Lunch

Spring Volunteer Weekend, April 2011

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.


Kirkland Archives, Media and Publications

Spring Volunteer Weekend, April 2011

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.

For more information on AMP efforts to preserve history, log on to www.kirklandalums.org or email us at karchive@hamilton.edu.

Jennie Morris, K’72 and Carol Travis Friscia K’77, share a hand-out on narratives at the  Telling Tales workshop sponsored by AMP, April, 2011.
Jennie Morris, K’72 and Carol Travis Friscia K’77, share a hand-out on narratives at the  Telling Tales workshop sponsored by AMP, April, 2011.


Longtime friends and Kirkland College enthusiasts Ellie Wertheimer and Patsy Couper shared their memories of the early days of Kirkland College at the second of two workshops sponsored by AMP in April, 2011. Wertheimer and Couper were Hamilton faculty wives who emphatically stated their delight at the arrival of the first degree-seeking women on the Hill.


Spring Volunteer Weekend, April 2009

40 Years of Educating Women

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..


Inaugural Mentoring Brunch

Fallcoming, October 2008

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. 


Introducing Kirkland

Spring Volunteer Weekend, April 2008

On Sunday morning, the Committee for Kirkland College held its first event to introduce Kirkland alumnae to Hamilton. More...
 

All-Kirkland Reunion

June 2007

A reunion of 231 alumnae, faculty and friends of Kirkland was held in June, 2007. More...

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