Hamilton College Names Ghiané Jones '07 as the First GOLD Scholar
By Erika Klar
Contact: Erika Klar
December 20, 2006
Hamilton College has named Ghiané Jones, a senior from South Holland, Ill., as its first GOLD Scholar.
Jones is an economics major with a minor in philosophy. Her thesis, Ethnic and Economic Heterogeneity: Possible Barriers to Sustainable Development in U.S. Cities?, focuses on environmental policies in 277 American cities and the implications that ethnic and economic diversity have on those programs. Jones has also served as a Levitt Scholar since her sophomore year, presenting research titled The Evolution of Soul Food and the Effects on African-American Diet and Nutrition.
Outside the classroom, Jones is involved in a number of leadership roles. Since her first year on campus, she has helped organize the C. Christine Johnson Voices of Color Lecture Series, then chaired by Keturah Brown '04. Jones served as co-chair with Kristofer Rios '05 during her sophomore year and has chaired it since, bringing World War II Navajo codetalkers to campus last year.
Jones was especially pleased with the most recent speaker, actress and AIDS activist Rosie Perez. "She [Rosie Perez] is a very humble and thoughtful woman, and it was truly our pleasure to have her be our presenter for this year's 5th annual Voices of Color lecture. Following her lecture, she even took pictures with audience members and autographed posters, while also listening to and sharing personal stories with each person. I was very happy to see so many members of the Hamilton community in attendance. It speaks volumes about the concern that students and the greater community have for AIDS prevention and awareness."
Jones also served as vice president of the Black Student Union (BSU) her freshman and sophomore years, and she chaired the fashion committee for the organization's fall '06 Fashion Show. "While the Fashion Show was time-consuming, I really enjoyed it … coordinating the runway, the models, the music – all of it. I liked working with all the different pieces … and voicing my opinion when needed." The show also struck a special chord with Jones; she is thinking about a career in fashion merchandising.
Academically and socially, Jones has made Hamilton her own. "When I think about what makes Hamilton so special to me, it's been the opportunities to participate in committees and groups," she said. "Hamilton is the kind of place where you can embrace your passions."
After graduation, Jones plans to work at Goldman Sachs, where she interned last summer.
GOLD Scholars is an initiative supported by the Annual Fund, which has always provided direct support for the College's most important current priorities, especially scholarship aid. Starting this year, gifts from the GOLD Group – Graduates of the Last Decade – will specifically support students on campus. With each $15,000 increment collectively contributed, the College will select a student as a GOLD Scholar for 2006-07.