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Hamilton College To Kick-Off Fund Drive

By staff  |  Contact staff
Posted September 11, 1997
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Hamilton College will welcome more than 300 trustees, benefactors and friends to campus beginning Thursday, Sept. 18, for a weekend celebration culminating in the announcement of the largest capital campaign in the college's history.

"This campaign represents our aspirations and ideals as we seek to demonstrate leadership and vision for the liberal arts in America," said Hamilton President Eugene M. Tobin.

The New Century Campaign targets five priorities for the liberal arts college. Topping the college's needs are additional endowed funds for student scholarship aid.

In addition, Hamilton will seek to raise funds for faculty development programs, including the creation of six named professorships; construction of improved science facilities, reflecting changes in science teaching methods for the next century; support of programs sponsored by the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center, Hamilton's unique undergraduate public policy think tank; and unrestricted annual giving, which supports on-going curricular and extracurricular programs.

Many of the activities planned for the weekend are free and open to the public.

A special highlight of the weekend will be a ceremony, never before held on the Hamilton campus, to recognize the current holders of named professorships. The event will be held on Friday, Sept. 19, at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Austin E. Briggs, the Hamilton B. Tompkins Professor of English, will offer remarks. During the ceremony, Hamilton will recognize the 26 faculty members who currently occupy named professorships and will celebrate teaching excellence across the campus.

Also that afternoon, at 4:15 in the Dwight Lounge of the Bristol Campus Center, members of Hamilton's Board of Trustees will lead a discussion of the college's endowment, including strategies for investment.

The majority of special events for the weekend will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20. Beginning that morning at 9:15 in the Science Auditorium, Sheila Tobias of The Research Corporation will offer her views of the importance of science education now and in the future. Her address will be followed by a discussion of Hamilton's plans for the sciences, which will be led by Doug Weldon, Stone Professor of Psychology. Weldon also serves as the college's science curriculum and facilities coordinator.

Later that afternoon, three discussions have been scheduled. This first, at 2 p.m. in the Kirner-Johnson Red Pit, will feature Career Center Director Gene Roche discussing "The Next Generation of Alumni Career Services." Roche is a national leader in career counseling at the undergraduate level.

The career center presentation will occur simultaneously with a roundtable discussion by members of the Kirkland Project. Trustee Richard Couper will lead the session, which will be held in the Fillius Events Barn. It is titled "Building Diversity and Community: Facing the Educational Challenge."

Following the Career Center and Kirkland Project presentations, members of The Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center will discuss their programs in the Kirner-Johnson Auditorium, beginning at 3:30.

Two special public events will conclude the day's activities. The first, at 9 p.m. in the Fillius Events Barn, will feature world-famous jazz artists Kenny Davern on clarinet, Bob Rosengarden on drums, Bob Haggart on bass, Ralph Sutton on piano, Dan Barrett on trombone and trumpet, and Joe Wilder on trumpet.

Also on Saturday evening, Marjorie and Robert W. McEwen Professor of Theatre Carole Bellini-Sharp will direct a performance of "Love Letters" in Minor Theatre at 10 p.m. Kirkland College alumna Sandra Faison and Hamilton alumnus Alan Bryce will perform.

For additional information about the weekend's events please call 859-4412.

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