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Christopher Whitcomb '81 Contributes Op-Ed to New York Times

Christopher Whitcomb '81, a former sniper on the F.B.I's hostage rescue unit and now head of a security company, contributed an op-ed to The New York Times (4/20/07), titled "Building a Better Lockdown." In it, he questions how, despite studies, symposiums and the adoption of crisis-response protocols in the days since Columbine, a calamity like Blacksburg can happen. Whitcomb wrote: "The most obvious reason, and one that’s been widely discussed in the days since the shootings, is complacency. Well, we can wring our hands all we want, but to some extent complacency is unavoidable: it’s what sneaks in after all the blame has been handed out, the news media have disappeared, the critics have taken their shots and the political knees have stopped jerking."  More ...

Call for Recommendations: Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award
The Nominations Committee of the Alumni Council invites recommendations for the 2008 Distinguished Service Award. Presented by the Council on behalf of the Alumni Association, the award recognizes an employee who has substantially contributed to Hamilton through distinguished job performance and through involvement in student, alumni, or other activities in the College community. At the time of selection, the recipient must be an active member of Hamilton's faculty, administration, staff, or maintenance and operations. More ...
David Chanatry '80 Honored by Broadcast Education Association Media Arts Festival
Hamilton alumnus David Chanatry '80, a former NBC news producer, has been recognized by the Broadcast Education Association Media Arts Festival for two stories he reported from the Balkans last year. Chanatry, assistant professor of journalism at Utica College, won the audio short form category award for his coverage of an Albanian youth group. He also won the radio hard news category award for a story about lead poisoning affecting Roma refugees in Kosovo. Chanatry reported this year's award-winning stories for Public Radio International's "The World." More ...
Newman Chaplain the Rev. John Croghan Honored With Distinguished Service Award
Hamilton College Newman Chaplain the Rev. John Croghan was presented with the Hamilton Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award during Volunteer Weekend activities, March 30-April 1. Given annually for the past five years, the award recognizes an employee who has substantially contributed to Hamilton through distinguished performance in his or her position and through involvement in student, alumni or other activities in the College community. More ...
Update: Alexander Hamilton Center
At the request of several alumni and parent volunteers, Hamilton Vice President for Communications and Development Dick Tantillo sent a letter clarifying the reasons for the decision not to move forward in establishing the Alexander Hamilton Center. Tantillo acknowledged “the distractions caused by the proposed Alexander Hamilton Center have taken away some of the focus on the exceptional year we are having on College Hill.” He concluded that “Hamilton has enormous momentum.” More ...
Roob, Moore and Baker Win Election
The Hamilton College Alumni Association today announced the results of its Alumni Trustee election. Nancy Roob ’87, Torrence D. Moore ’92 and George D. Baker Jr. ’74 received the greatest number of votes, as certified by Elections USA, an independent firm contracted to manage the election, and will join the College's Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2007. Each year three Alumni Trustees are elected to serve four-year terms on the Board. A total of 3,638 ballots (20% of alumni) were cast by the March 20, 2007, deadline, with the results as follows:   Nancy Roob ’87 - 2312   Torrence D. Moore ’92 - 2182   George D. Baker. Jr. ’74 - 2167   Ben S. Wu ’73 - 1837   Peter D. Brown ’73 - 1497   The Alumni Association congratulates the new Trustees and thanks all of the candidates for their interest in serving Hamilton. More ...
Alumni Trustee Election
The Hamilton College Alumni Association today announced the results of its Alumni Trustee election. Nancy Roob ’87, Torrence D. Moore ’92 and George D. Baker Jr. ’74 received the greatest number of votes, as certified by Elections USA, an independent firm contracted to manage the election, and will join the College's Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2007. Each year three Alumni Trustees are elected to serve four-year terms on the Board. A total of 3,638 ballots (20% of alumni) were cast by the March 20, 2007 deadline. More ...
Jennifer Potter Hayes K '73 Awarded Fulbright Grant to Korea
Jennifer Potter Hayes K ’73 has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to the U.S.-Korea International Education Administrators program. Hayes is currently employed as a program developer and career advisor at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where she works with graduate international students. She was formerly Director of Alumni Programs at Hamilton College and prior to that, Registrar.
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Christopher Abram '04 in South Africa
Christopher Abram, a 2004 graduate of Hamilton College, is currently serving with the Peace Corps in South Africa. Working as an education resource volunteer, Abram, 25, hopes to put his degree in government, and previous community service experience, to good use. “Education is the foundation of society. It sounds cliché, but with education, everything really is possible,” he says. More ...
Grammy Winner Bill Harley '77 Featured in The Boston Globe
Recent Grammy winner Bill Harley '77 was featured in a Boston Globe article (3/9/07) about his life as a children's entertainer. Harley's "Blah, Blah, Blah ... Stories About Clams, Swamp Monsters, Pirates and Dogs" recently won the Grammy for best spoken word album for children. The article highlights Harley's career as a storyteller and notes "he is among the very best at the many things he does." According to the Globe story, "... his education served him well. 'I got a good foundation in myth and story, and that kind of structure is something that still, even today, underlies a lot of the writing I do,' he says. 'I do feel like I'm not just trying to entertain. I want to do that - the first thing you have to do is entertain so they pay attention - but I don't want to lecture.'" More ...
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