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More Than 1,200 on the Hill for Reunions 2005
Hamilton welcomed back more than 1,200 alumni and their guests as it hosted its annual Reunion Weekend. Highlights included the dedication of the Delta Kappa Epsilon House in honor of Eleanor and Sidney Wertimer and a keynote lecture, Alexander Hamilton: The Life and Legacy of Our Most Elusive Founder, by Douglas Ambrose, the Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor of History.

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Ernest Williams, center, points out the plant Pussytoes, to Root Glen tour participants.
Alumni Enjoy Root Glen Tour Led by Professor Ernest Williams
On a warm, sunny day made to order for a nature walk, more than 40 alumni and guests enjoyed a tour of Root Glen led by Ernest Williams, the Leonard C. Ferguson Professor of Biology, during Reunion Weekend.
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Wes Cowan, featured appraiser on Antiques Roadshow, led an Alumni College on collecting.
Alumni College, Collecting For Fun and Profit, Attracts Antique Buffs
Among the many guests to accompany alumni to Reunion Weekend was Wes Cowan, an antiques dealer and auctioneer for the past 10 years, star of the PBS television series History Detectives, and featured appraiser on Antiques Roadshow, whose wife, Shelley (Gertzog) graduated from Kirkland College in 1975. On Friday, in the Fillius Events Barn, Cowan gave a talk titled “Collecting for Fun and Profit,” on treasuring the old in the form of antique collecting and dealing, and provided advice to his audience on how to get started with this pastime.

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A.G. Lafley '69 Featured in Wall Street Journal Article
A.G. Lafley, chief executive of Procter & Gamble Co. and a 1969 graduate of Hamilton, was featured in a Wall Street Journal article (6/1/05) about the consumer products company's successful turnaround under him. More ...
Alison Eckberg '02 Among Geologists Featured in Washington Post Article
Alison Eckberg, a 2002 graduate of Hamilton who is working on volcano research at Mount St. Helens in Washington state, is among geologists featured in a Washington Post article (5/29/05) about volcano experts. The article details the U.S. Geological Survey's concern that, because of flat budgets, a lack of hiring of new, young volcanologists will result in a collapse of volcano-monitoring programs. Eckberg is pursuing her master's degree in geology but fears that she will be unable to get a job as a specialist in volcanoes.
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Richard Nelson '72 was named chair of playwriting department at Yale School of Drama
Richard Nelson '72 Named Chairman of Playwriting Department at Yale School of Drama
Richard Nelson ‘72, an internationally acclaimed playwright and Tony-winner, is prepared to touch the lives of many an aspiring playwright when he becomes chairman of the playwriting department of Yale School of Drama on July 1. This appointment is considered one of the most prestigious in the world of theatrical academia, and Nelson will begin his stint at Yale after a 30-year career in the playwriting industry.

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Documentary by David Gaynes '99 Mentioned in USA Today
Keeper of the Kohn, a documentary directed by David Gaynes '99 was mentioned in a USA Today article (5/17/05) about Middlebury lacrosse field manager Peter Kohn, whose life is chronicled in the film. The 73-year-old Kohn has been at Middlebury for 24 years. The film takes its name from the one or two freshmen, known as "keepers," selected each year to look after Kohn and ensure his daily needs are met. Kohn has demonstrated symptoms of mild autism since childhood, although he has never been formally diagnosed. Keeper of the Kohn won the Jury award for best documentary at the Vail Film Festival and the Audience award for best documentary at the Palm Beach Film Festival.
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George Shields
Shields Publishes Article in Journal of Computational Chemistry
Winslow Professor of Chemistry George Shields published an article in the Journal of Computational Chemistry. The article, "First-principle studies of intermolecular and intramolecular catalysis of protonated cocaine," was co-authored with Jaime Skiba '02, Beth Hayes '02, Sarah Tschampel '00, and colleagues at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and the University of Kentucky. The work, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health, was carried out by Skiba and Hayes during summer research and as part of Tschampel's senior thesis project. The research was completed at the University of Kentucky, and outlines two different pathways for the hydrolysis of cocaine by catalytic antibodies. More ...
Reunions 2005

Over 1200 Celebrated Reunions 2005 

Reunions are here! A rich schedule of events makes this a great weekend. There are 23 Alumni Colleges including; guided tours of the campus, the Glen and the Arboretum. Jazz, rock and choral music are filling the air as reunions features a Saturday night dance band, two reunited rock bands from days of yore, the Alumni All Stars and both a mixed voice choir and the John Baldwin choir. Enjoy two Emerson Gallery shows, the State of the College Address by President Stewart, our Alumni Association Annual Meeting and the Half-century Annalist's letter and much more. The complete schedule can be found on our Reunions 2005 site.  More ...
Kay Couper Watrous and Dick Couper receive University medal from Binghamton president Lois DeFleur.
Dick Couper '44 and Kay Couper Watrous Given Binghamton University's Highest Honor
Richard W. Couper '44 and his sister, Kay Couper Watrous, were awarded Binghamton University's highest honor, the University Medal, in a ceremony on May 2. Couper and Watrous, the son and daughter of Edgar and Esther Couper, received the honor in recognition of their abiding interest in and steadfast support of their parents' legacy. Richard Couper is a life trustee of Hamilton. More ...
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