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Laura Fortinsky '02 Featured in Connecticut Newspaper

Laura Fortinsky ‘02 was recently featured in an article in the Pictorial Gazette in Old Lyme, Conn., for her work studying AIDS in Tanzania. Fortinsky spent 10 weeks working with a non-profit organization, Cross Cultural Solutions, to provide AIDS education in schools to help prevent spread of the epidemic. The article highlighted Fortinsky’s trip and her hopes to return to Tanzania within the next six months to continue her work there. Fortinksky is quoted in the article as saying, "I was really impressed with what I saw of the country. I felt a sort of connection to it. I knew then that I had to go back and spend more time with the people."

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Daniel Custódio '00 Receives College Key Award
A group of more than 30 Hamilton alumni, current students, parents and College officials gathered for the Multicultural Alumni Relations Committee (MARC) inaugural event on January 14 in the South Bronx.  Salsa Caterers and Special Events, owned by Hamilton alumus Daniel Garcia ’84, hosted the event. Salsa provided the attendees with superb food and service.   More ...
Mei-Long Hom K'73 Exhibition at Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
In the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler gallery it is possible to walk among the clouds thanks to Kirkland College alumna, Mei-Ling Hom K’73, whose exhibition, “Floating Mountains, Singing Clouds,” is currently on display in the entrance pavilion of the gallery. The exhibition is the first time a living Asian-American has had a solo exhibition at the gallery. "Floating Mountains" will be open through March 5.

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Member of the Class of 2003 Killed in Iraq

First Lt. Michael Cleary, a graduate of the class of 2003, was killed Tuesday, Dec. 20, in Samarra, Iraq. On Tuesday, he had led his unit to a bomb factory which his unit destroyed and was returning from the mission when the unit was ambushed by insurgent forces. Cleary served with E Company, 1st Battalion and 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division and had graduated from Airborne School, Ranger School and Anti-Terrorist School.  More ...

Contributions to Hamilton College Campaign Top $100 Million
At the annual December meeting of alumni leaders in New York City, Hamilton College’s board of trustees announced that the institution has received more than $100 million in gifts toward its $175 million capital campaign goal. Publicly announced at last December’s alumni meeting, the Excelsior Campaign is focused on raising funds for several major initiatives. Campaign priorities include support for new and expanded campus facilities, scholarships and faculty development. More ...
Class of 2006 Senior Gift
2006 Senior Gift Campaign Achieves 60% Participation   The tradition of the Senior Gift is alive and well in the class of 2006. The class blew past their December 9 objective of 50% participation, achieving an unprecedented 60% giving rate ahead of the 2005 winter break.  The effort of the Senior Gift Committee, under the tireless stewardship of co-chairs Zoë Baldwin ’06 and the Katrina Fredlund ’06, supported class results that exceeded expectations and set up the potential for extraordinary and perhaps record-breaking success this spring.   Each year since 1982, the senior class has presented a gift to the College upon graduating. In October of this year, class members worked together to come up with ideas for meaningful contributions to the Hamilton community.  After a difficult voting process, the end decision was to support an internship fund in the name of the class of 2006.  The fund will provide a scholarship each year to an undergraduate who wants to pursue an unpaid internship but would be unable to do so without alternative financial support. The Office of the Dean of Students and Career Center will be responsible for overseeing the distribution of the gift over the years ahead.   Similar in concept to the Joseph F. Anderson ’44 Internship Fund, a strategic component of Excelsior: The Campaign for Hamilton, the class of 2006 Internship Fund holds the promise of being transformative for deserving students. The generosity of the class is emblematic of their enthusiasm and support for our College, and will generate an enduring and tangible legacy for the class as well as the recipients.       The Senior Campaign schedule is defined by four primary participation deadlines set around a generous challenge from the trustees.  This year their goals are to reach 25% by November 17 (completed), 50% by December 9 (completed), 75% by March 3 and 90 % by April 20.  This year, for the first time ever, the committee set the bar even higher with an ideal to achieve 100% participation by graduation.    If you’re interested in contributing to or have additional questions about the class of 2006 Internship Fund, please contact Dave Steadman ’03, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, Regional Events, at dsteadma@hamilton.edu or 315-859-4898.  More ...
Richard Bernstein '80 Participates in USA Today Investment Roundtable
Richard Bernstein '80, chief U.S. strategist at Merrill Lynch, was among five financial experts featured in a USA Today investment roundtable article that provides advice for investors in 2006 (12/19/05). Bernstein, who was also on last year's panel of experts, predicts a carbon copy of last year's call: a flat, go-nowhere market. "Earnings will be OK, but the Fed will still be raising rates. As long as the Fed continues to tighten, there is a risk of the market being down," said Bernstein. More ...
Dr. Larry Weed '45 Featured in The Economist
Dr. Larry Weed ’45 was featured in an article published in The Economist on December 10 titled “The computer will see you now” about his career-long goal of increasing the use of computers and technology to improve the efficiency of healthcare.

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Michael Shapiro '71 Awarded Knighthood in France's Order of Arts and Letters
Michael Shapiro '71, director of Atlanta's High Museum of Art, was awarded one of France's top cultural honors -- a knighthood in the order of Arts and Letters during November. Shapiro was honored for his work in putting together the "Louvre in Atlanta" collaboration that will bring some of the Louvre's collection to the High Museum. It is the first time in the Louvre's 212-year history that the museum has agreed to share entire collections with another museum for an extended period. Shapiro was awarded the knighthood by French Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres. More ...
Lawrence Dodds '89 Named Pennsylvania Rising Star
Lawrence D. Dodds, an associate with the Blue Bell law firm Wisler Pearlstine Talone Craig Garrity & Potash LLP, has been named a “Pennsylvania Rising Star,” appearing in the December 2005 issue of Philadelphia Magazine and in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. Only 2.5 percent of all practicing attorneys in Pennsylvania were selected as Rising Stars, after an extensive survey and peer review conducted by Law & Politics Media in a process intended to distinguish outstanding emerging attorneys in the state.
A member of the firm’s Education Law Group, Mr. Dodds concentrates his practice in the areas of special education law and family law. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a focus on the treatment of adolescents and forensic issues, and prior to entering legal practice he provided therapy and assessment services in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children.
He is a graduate of Hamilton College and received his doctoral degree from Hahnemann University. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the Villanova University School of Law. Mr. Dodds is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, and Montgomery Bar Associations. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for both Methodist Family Services of Philadelphia and Methodist Services for Children and Families. Lawrence is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Drexel University. More ...
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