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Hamilton Welcomes Class of 2012

Posted August 22, 2008
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Members of Hamilton's Class of 2012 arrive on campus on Saturday, Aug. 23, to begin five days of new student orientation before classes begin on Aug. 28. Activities will include opening ceremonies, an address by Hamilton President Joan Hinde Stewart, a new volunteer service initiative, advising sessions and academic information meetings, as well as an all-campus barbecue, first-year Field Days and Big Prize Bingo.

On August 26 an annual tradition will continue as members of the Class of 2012 visit the Kirkland Cottage to sign the historic College Register. President Stewart, Dean of the Faculty Joseph Urgo and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Monica Inzer will be there to greet each student individually.

A new component of orientation this year is "Hamilton Serves." The entire Class of 2012 will participate in Hamilton Serves on Aug. 27, a day of service at one of 40 different local non-profit organization sites that include nursing homes, schools, shelters, arts organizations, community centers and youth organizations. They will be performing services that include cleaning, painting, organizing and visiting with nursing home residents and children in summer programs. Specific projects have been identified at each organization with a defined goal.

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Amy James, the coordinator of Hamilton Serves, said, "This day has been planned to help students see 'beyond the hill' and to become a part of the greater community. We are trying to create awareness among the students and provide an entrée into the community."

The purpose of the project is to give the students exposure to the many community service opportunities before they begin their Hamilton experience, to promote civic engagement, to reduce reticence to become involved in these programs and to familiarize the students with the surrounding community.

Another new Orientation event is the Cram 'n Scram tent sale on Aug. 26 and 27. The Recycling Task Force will be selling dorm furnishings and appliances collected from last semester's departing students, including futons, rugs, fridges, microwaves, lamps, shelving and chairs. The sale will take place in North Lot from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. both days. A van will be available to transport large items to student dorms.

Orientation activities will conclude with President Stewart presiding over Convocation, the ceremony that officially opens Hamilton's 197th academic year, on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 4 p.m.

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