Hamilton's Family Weekend will take place on campus from Oct. 28-31 with 1,500 family members and friends expected for the annual event. The weekend will give families a good idea of all the Hill has to offer, as activities are planned to entertain and educate.
Events kick off on Friday with a Summer Research poster session in the Science Center Atrium and in Kirner-Johnson Commons. Last summer, more than 100 students conducted research with Hamilton faculty; science researchers and Levitt Center Fellows will display posters of their work and Emerson scholars will give oral presentations.
For evening entertainment, the Hamilton College Choir and College Hill Singers present the musical portion of a program shared with the Department of Dance, featuring choral works and spirituals. The second part of the performance is dedicated to the Department of Dance and Movement Studies with original works performed by Hamilton students. The program begins at 8 p.m. in Wellin Hall.
On Saturday morning President Joan Hinde Stewart will deliver the annual State of the College address at 10 a.m. in Wellin Hall.
Visitors to the Hill can participate in the 1812 Heritage Garden Tour on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. In anticipation of the College's bicentennial in 2012, the Food for Thought course (CS 235) is attempting the re-creation of an early 19th century kitchen garden, one that would have been typical in Clinton at the time of the College's founding. Professors Franklin Sciacca and David Gapp will present on the garden's establishment and how it plays a role in the Food for Thought course and the upcoming bicentenntial celebration.
In separate 1 p.m. sessions for parents of seniors and parents of underclassmen, the Career Center will offer, respectively, a career information session and The Competitive Edge, an overview of the steps necessary for students to be competitive in their post-Hamilton pursuits.
A Family College will feature English Department faculty readings at 2:30 p.m. in the Wellin Atrium, Science Center. Naomi Guttman will read from Wet Apples, White Blood which won the Adirondack Literary Award for Best Book of Poetry, 2007. Tina May Hall will read from her collection of short stories, The Physics of Imaginary Objects, which won the 2010 Drue Heinz Prize for Literature and was released in September.
Cap off the day with a performance by the Hamilton College Jazz Ensemble, led by Mike "Doc" Woods at 8 p.m. in Wellin Hall. The ensemble will perform new tunes and jazz standards in a program shared with the Hamilton College Orchestra.