Hamilton's 2012 Local Media Coverage Includes Wellin Museum Opening, Bicentennial
By Holly Foster 315-859-4068
January 8, 2013
A new building and events at Hamilton drew much interest from local media during 2012. The opening of the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art and the all-alumni celebration of Hamilton’s bicentennial garnered significant attention, and faculty members offered expertise on timely news topics throughout the year.
Community service and commitment received media notice in January. Hamilton’s 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service was reported on by the Utica Observer-Dispatch (O-D) which provided a gallery of photographs of students volunteering. WUTR (ABC affiliate) reported on disbursements to eight local agencies through the Town-Gown Fund.
In February History Professor Maurice Isserman was interviewed by the Syracuse Post-Standard about the introduction he wrote for the 50th anniversary edition of Michael Harrington’s The Other America. Alumnus Nat Faxon ’97 was in local news on WKTV and in the O-D as he won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants.
In March WUTR- TV followed third-grade students from an area school as they visited the Taylor Science Center. Biologist David Gapp and other faculty members demonstrated various science experiments. Michael “Doc” Woods was featured in an O-D article about a music program he teaches for local disadvantaged students, and a related op-ed praised the program.
Patsy Couper H’11, widow of Richard W. Couper ’44 and longtime friend to the Hamilton community, was featured in an O-D article as she celebrated her 89th birthday. Alternative Spring Break received much media attention, including a video on the Syracuse Post Standard’s website highlighting Hamilton students working at the Syracuse Rescue Mission.
In April AIDS Hike for Life organizer Adrian Ntwatwa ’12 was interviewed about HIV in his native Uganda for the O-D and in a subsequent piece about the event’s success on WKTV.
In May WUTR featured a story on Josie Jones ’12, the great- great- great- great- great- granddaughter of George Albion Calhoun, Hamilton’s first graduate. May commencement and speaker A.G. Lafley ’69 received local and national media coverage. WUTR and WKTV covered events taking place on the official date of Hamilton’s founding, May 26, including President Joan Stewart ringing the New York Stock Exchange closing bell in celebration of the bicentennial.
In June, the college’s bicentennial celebration wound down with an all-alumni reunion. YNN offered a lengthy overview of the weekend and the O-D website featured a slideshow highlighting Hamilton’s history.
News coverage of the new Wellin Museum opening began in August, with preview articles in the Central New York and Mohawk Valley Business Journals. Prior to the museum’s opening in October, local outlets including The Rome Sentinel, Mohawk Valley Living, the Syracuse Post-Standard, WIBX-AM, The Herkimer Evening Telegram, WUTR, WKTV and the O-D, reported on opening festivities.
In other arts news, Performing Arts Administrator Michelle Reiser-Memmer was interviewed for broadcasts on WUTR and WKTV about an event that provided local elementary school students the opportunity to see a live dance performance at Wellin Hall.
In November WUTR broadcast a lengthy feature about Hamilton’s student EMTs. The largest disbursements ever -- $65,000 from the Town-Gown fund --were featured on WKTV and in the Utica O-D in December.
Local media turned to Hamilton faculty for expert commentary on a number of topics throughout the year. To name just a few, Michele Paludi, the Elihu Root Peace Fund Visiting Professor of Women’s Studies, was part of a WKTV series on teen bullying. The O-D interviewed Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Monica Inzer for articles about diversity in college admissions, scholarships and aid.
Government professor Phil Klinkner spoke to the O-D and The Little Falls Times about Congressional redistricting and its impact on Oneida County; later in the year he weighed in about the presidential election with WIBX-AM, WKTV and the O-D. Career Center Director Mary Evans’ 82 was interviewed by cable station Your News Now (YNN) about college grads taking unpaid internships. Biologist Ernest Williams lent expertise to the Rome Sentinel about blue lupines and to the O-D on summer pests.