Alumni Speakers Bring Expertise to Campus
By Holly Foster 315-859-4068
December 22, 2010
Speakers at Hamilton this fall have reflected a Who’s Who of leaders in many fields, including alumni who returned to campus to share their expertise. Organizations and classes on the Hill have been fortunate to draw from the wealth of experience and knowledge of Hamilton alumni.
Early in the semester Matthew Kahn ’88 spoke to the Hamilton community about his latest book, Climatopolis, as a guest of the Levitt Center Sustainability series. Kahn is a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Public Policy.
Another Levitt series guest, Dr. James Cobey ’65, returned to the Hill in September to lecture. Cobey talked about the efforts he and others have made in pushing for the eradication of landmines across the world.
Economics professor Erol Balkan makes a habit of inviting experts in the financial field to talk with his classes. In October, Rich Bernstein ’80, CEO of Richard Bernstein Capital Management LLC, and former chief investment strategist at Merrill Lynch, visited one of Balkan’s classes.
George Mack ’92, a Barclay’s Capital managing director, visited Balkan’s class on Oct. 25 and also held an informal chat with students about marketing oneself for internships in the field of finance.
Trustee Henry W. Bedford II ’76 spoke to Balkan's class in November. Bedford is a portfolio manager with Moore Capital Management in London and co-chair of the college's investment committee.
Fallcoming provided a rich opportunity to hear alumni speak in their areas of expertise. David Solomon '84, managing director and co-head of global equity capital markets at Goldman Sachs, gave a public presentation on current issues in the financial markets. He also spoke about Goldman Sachs career opportunities in a session with students. Rich Vellante '86, executive chef and executive vice president of restaurants for Legal Sea Foods, discussed why and how a liberal arts education is relevant in the culinary and business world of today. Alumnae authors and poets Jo Pitkin K’78 and Nin Andrews ’80 read selections from their work.
Bob Moses ’56 returned to the Hill in October and made himself available for a full weekend of events sponsored by the Levitt Center. Moses, founder and president of The Algebra Project and a renowned civil rights activist, gave a lecture on “Quality Public School Education as a Constitutional Right,” in the chapel on Oct. 25. He also participated in a community-wide talk on that topic and joined a discussion after the F.I.L.M. Series screening of Black Natchez. To cap off his visit, Moses spent time with Prof. Maurice Isserman’s class, “Recent American History: The U.S., 1941 to the Present.”
The Career Center sponsored many visits by alumni in a variety of fields. Following is a list of other alumni who returned to the Hill for career-related talks and workshops.
Adam Hogan ’01, Goldman Sachs IT division information session; Brian Chiappinelli ’92, Kate Greenough ’09, Kim Giacoppe ’09, Iain Boyer ’90 and Dan Nye ’88, Career Connections Networking Panel; Brendan Ferretti ’02, General Electric information sessions and interviews; Paul Jones ’03 and Brooke Cobb Jones ’97, Hamilton Investment & Finance Series and Morgan Stanley Information Session and Citibank information sessions, respectively; George Mack ’92, Alexandra Leighton ’10, Andrew Ravenna ’10, career chat on Marketing Yourself for Internships in Finance and Barclay’s information session.
Also, Josh Huling ’05, Careers in Advertising and Brand Management; Alison Blank ’07, Andrew Matlack ’03 and Karl Mellander ’00, Careers in Math Education Panel, co-sponsored by the Mathematics Department; Li Qiu ’09 and Lindsay Repp ’10, CIGNA's actuarial development program information session; Roger Berman ’76, Alumni Talk: Entrepreneurship - Risks and Rewards; Jeff Ogden ’80, Eric Kaplan ’04, Alexandra Leighton ’10 and Andrew Ravenna ’10, employer information session on Barclay's Summer Internships.