Reunions This Weekend
Kirkland College Commemoration, Service of Remembrance Planned
By Holly Foster 315-859-4068
Contact: Tracy Rueckert 315-859-4656
June 3, 2002
Hamilton College will welcome back more than 700 alumni, plus their guests, when it hosts its annual Reunion Weekend, this year on Thursday-Sunday, June 6-9. Highlights of this year's reunion will include a Kirkland College Commemoration, with the inauguration of the new Chuck Root '40 Kirkland College Lecture series, featuring a lecture by Samuel Fisher Babbitt. He served as the president of Kirkland College from 1968-1978. Also on tap is the groundbreaking for Hamilton's new science building, unveiling of the Kirkland Marker, and a Service of Remembrance dedicated to the three Hamilton alumni who lost their lives on September 11.
Other activities will include Alumni College classes, including a guided tours of Root Glen; An Insider's View on United State Democracy, with Edward "Ned" Walker '62, former ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Egypt and currently president of the Middle East Institute; a panel on the Modern Middle East; and a Kirkland College faculty panel discussion. Singer/songwriter Bill Harley, a 1977 graduate of Hamilton, NPR "All Things Considered" commentator, and one of America's finest performers for families will offer "Songs & Stories for Everybody."
The College's Bell Ringer Award will be presented on Saturday to Donald Gingras '50 of Hopewell Junction, NY. The Bell Ringer Award is presented each year in recognition of contributions made to the College, its alumni and the community.
Hamilton's only all-male a capella music group, The Buffers, will hold a reunion, culminating in a concert with current Buffers, in the Chapel on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Reunion classes will celebrate at class dinners and hold class meetings.