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Election of Alumni Trustees
  Each year, three candidates are nominated by the Alumni Council for four-year terms as Alumni Trustees. In addition, alumni may become petition candidates by obtaining signatures from approximately 0.1% or 25 of our more than 18,000 alumni. If no nominations by petition are received, a mail ballot election is not required. This year, there are five candidates for three Alumni Trustee terms beginning on July 1 – three candidates nominated by the Alumni Council and two candidates nominated by petition.   Nominated by the Alumni Council: George D. Baker, Jr. ‘74 Nancy Roob ‘87 Torrence D. Moore ‘92   Nominated by Petition: Peter D. Brown ‘73 Ben S. Wu ‘73   Ballots will be mailed in February to Kirkland alumnae and Hamilton alumni. The mailing will include biographical information and personal statements from each candidate. The three candidates with the highest number of votes will be elected to fill the three vacancies for Alumni Trustee.     Candidates may use the HOLAC message board to discuss their candidacies. Election procedures developed by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Council may be found at the link at the end of this article.   The Alumni Association sincerely thanks the three alumni trustees who will retire on June 30. They are Stuart J. Hamilton ’73, Mathew M. McKenna ’72, and Julie A. North ’84. Their four years of volunteer service will be recognized by the Association at the Annual Meeting held on Saturday, June 2 at Reunions ’07.   I urge you to participate in the election. Please cast your ballot when the time comes.   Sincerely, Jon Hysell ‘72 Secretary to the Alumni Association Director of Alumni Relations       More ...
Alexander Hamilton’s Birthday Celebrated in Grand Fashion

Alexander Hamilton, according to many scholars, would have turned 250 years old on Thursday, January 11, 2007.  The academic debate over Hamilton’s actual birth year did not deter the more than 1,000 alumni, parents and friends of Hamilton College from celebrating his bi-sesquicentennial anniversary at regional alumni association events around the world.

Beginning on Saturday, January 6 in Richmond, VA and continuing through Sunday, January 14, in Westchester County, NY, 27 parties were held.  Many of these featured birthday cakes, some with elaborate reproductions of Hamilton’s likeness.  Contests were held to determine who knew the most about the life and work of our College’s namesake and all the Hamilton family universally enjoyed honoring the memory of a great statesman, philosopher, economist, military leader and trustee of our most extraordinary College.    More ...

Richard Bernstein '80 Offers Investment Advice for 2007 in National Newspapers

Richard Bernstein '80, chief U.S. strategist at Merrill Lynch, was interviewed in The Wall Street Journal (1/2/07), The New York Times (1/2/07) and USA Today (1/3/07) about stock performance predictions for 2007. The Wall Street Journal noted: "Richard Bernstein, Merrill Lynch & Co.'s chief U.S. investment strategist and a longtime stock skeptic, has become downright bullish, forecasting a rise of 10.7% for the S&P 500 this year. Mr. Bernstein said he thinks the index will finish the year at about 1570, which would mark its first record since it finished at 1527.46 during the euphoria of March 2000.

"Before stocks reach those heights, Mr. Bernstein said, they could suffer some growing pains.

"'I just don't think everything is going to play out according to the perfect Goldilocks scenario that so many people expect,'" he said. "'People are overly optimistic. Even the average guy is putting money into emerging-market funds.'" 

 In USA Today Bernstein predicted that if the momentum stays positive on Wall Street, the biggest gains may be generated by large-cap stocks.  More ...

New Endowed Professorship is Largest in College's History
Alumnus and charter trustee Joel W. Johnson '65 and his wife Elizabeth B. Johnson have established the largest endowed professorship in the college's history with a $2.5 million gift. The Joel W. Johnson Family Professorship will advance research and teaching in the physical sciences, especially as they pertain to the study of the environment. More ...
Vilsack '72 Appears on The Daily Show
On Monday, Dec. 18, Iowa Governor and Hamilton alumnus Tom Vilsack became the first 2008 presidential hopeful to appear on The Daily Show with John Stewart.  Eric Kuhn '09 was the only reporter in the audience. He wrote about the program and a subsequent reporters' conference for the Huffington Post. More ...
Vinny Strully '69 and New England Center for Children Featured on CBS Evening News
Vinny Strully '69, and the New England Center for Children (NECC), where he is executive director, were featured in a segment on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric on Dec. 19. The New England Center for Children, in Southborough, Mass., is a private, nonprofit autism education center dedicated to bringing out human potential and creating productive lives for children with autism. The news clip is related to the bill to finance autism research (Combating Autism Act S. 843) that was signed by President George W. Bush. News reporter Sharyn Alfonsi visited NECC to look deeper into the school designed specifically to educate children diagnosed with autism.
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John Werner '92 Honored as One of 10 Outstanding Leaders in Boston
John Werner '92, executive director of Citizen Schools in Boston, was honored as one of the 2006 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (TOYL) awardees by the Boston Jaycees. Citizen Schools is a leading national education initiative that uniquely mobilizes thousands of adult volunteers to help improve student achievement by teaching skill-building apprenticeships after-school.  TOYL honors 10 individuals between the ages of 21 and 40 for their exceptional professional and personal achievements coupled with their unwavering commitment to the Boston community. Nominations are solicited throughout Greater Boston and recipients are selected by a panel of distinguished independent judges, who are often past recipients of the TOYL award. Since 1952 the Jaycees have annually recognized young leaders representing a broad cross section of the Greater Boston community.  The awards were presented at a black-tie gala in September at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston. Tripp Jones '88 received the award in 1999.
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Alumni Trustee Candidates
The Alumni Council has nominated three candidates to serve as members of Hamilton's board of trustees. They are George D. Baker, Jr. '74, Torrence D. Moore '92 and Nancy Roob '87. In addition, two petition candidates have been accepted to the ballot -- Peter D. Brown '73 and Ben S. Wu '73. Each alumni trustee to be elected will serve a four-year term beginning on July 1, 2007. More ...
The Making of Josh Simpson's ' 72 Megaplanet to Air on PBS
"Defying Gravity," a PBS documentary about the making of Josh Simpson's '72 Megaplanet will air on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. on WGBY - Public Television for Western New England. The show offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the world's largest glass paperweight. Simpson created the 109-pound megaplanet for an exhibit, "Worlds Within: The Evolution of the Paperweight" at the Corning Museum of Glass, on view through March 18. WGBY is channel 57 in western New England and will rebroadcast the show on Dec. 9 and 10. More ...
Helaman Ferguson '62, Creator of Science Center Sculpture, Featured in Science
Sculptor Helaman Ferguson '62 was profiled in the October issue of Science in an article titled "Carving His Own Unique Niche, in Symbols and Stone." Ferguson, a former mathematics professor at Brigham Young University, crafted the sculpture in front of Hamilton's Science Center. The article notes that after learning stone carving as a teenager, Ferguson wanted to study art as well as math. "He chose Hamilton College, a liberal arts school in upstate New York near where he had spent most of his childhood, where he could do both." The article describes Ferguson's Science Center sculpture: "The work, made of 10-centimeter-thick granite, centers on a pair of massive disks representing the planets Mars and Venus. 'Venus' is exactly 161 centimeters in diameter - the height of the average female Hamilton student, taken from the records of one of the college's psychology professors. 'Mars' is 174 centimeters in diameter - the average male student's height. The disks are inlaid with tiles in a pattern defined by the Poincare and Beltrami-Klein models of plane hyperbolic geometry."  Science subcribers may view the entire article at http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/314/5798/412. More ...
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