More than 45 Hamilton students and employees took part in the first Alexandra Kogut Memorial 5K charity walk and run on Oct. 12 at SUNY IT. The event was in honor of Kogut, a 2012 New Hartford Senior High School graduate who was killed inside her dorm room at SUNY Brockport last year.
Members of Hamilton’s Womyn’s Center, the men’s and women’s ice hockey teams and women’s lacrosse team, as well as Regina Johnson, Anne Riffle, Karen Prentice-Duprey and Judy May from the Dean of Students office took part in the run/walk. Hamilton’s participation was organized by Johnson, whose son was a classmate of Kogut. Hamilton food service provider Bon Appetit donated 300 purple frosted cookies.
Kogut’s former boyfriend is charged with her murder and awaiting trial.
“I initially asked co-workers to participate in the walk/run and they jumped at the idea. Then I looked to my own student interns who are also athletes to help out and they took the proverbial ball and ran with it,” said Johnson. “We had approximately 50 people from the Hamilton Community and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it.”