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Bill Purcell '76 Selected as one of America's "Public Officials of the Year"

Bill Purcell ’76, mayor of Nashville, Tenn., will be honored as one of nine “public officials of the year” from across the country, a prestigious award for effective leadership, by Governing magazine. David Ewing, senior vice president for government relations and community improvement at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, nominated Purcell for the award based on the mayor’s work on education, public safety and economic development. Purcell, formerly a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, took office in 1999 and is credited with “…Nashville’s emergence as one of the top business locales in the country” in the November issue of Governing magazine.  More ...

Two Hamilton Alumni Among 'America's Best Leaders'
Two Hamilton alumni are included on a short list of individuals recognized as the nation’s foremost leaders. Now in its second year, U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Leaders” edition (Oct. 30, 2006) recognizes the achievements of A.G. Lafley ’69, CEO, Procter & Gamble, and Robert Moses ’56, founder of The Algebra Project.

Conducted in collaboration with the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University, honorees were selected by a committee of government, community and private sector leaders. Chosen were men and women who, among other things, inspired a shared vision, challenged established processes and achieved measurable results in their respective fields.

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Video/Digital Work by Samuel Pellman and Lauren Koss '00 to be Presented at Cologne Festival
"Vaporis congeries magnae," a video/digital music collaboration by Professor of Music Samuel Pellman and Lauren Koss '00 has been selected for presentation by the Cologne Online Film Festival. The festival, which opens on October 13, features an international group of artists whose works explore the relationships between sound and video and how they each use the dimension of time. See link below for more information about the festival and the Pellman/Koss work. More ...
Brian Sweeney '06 Presents Paper at Classical Association of the Atlantic States Meeting
Brian Sweeney ’06 presented a paper at a meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS) on Euripides’ Medea and the movie "Kill Bill." Sweeney originally did the paper for Professor of Classics Barbara Gold’s Greek class last year. Gold and Carl Rubino, Edward North Professor of Classics and president of the CAAS, attended the meeting. Sweeney is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Chicago. More ...
Jordan Shedlock '06 Publishes Russian Poem in Journal
Jordan Shedlock '06 published a poem titled "Narkomu Pakhomovu," in the journal The Birch: A Journal of Eastern European and Eurasian Culture (Spring 2006, p. 26), a publication of Columbia University. The poem was dedicated to a cruise liner named after a People's Commissar of the 1920s. Shedlock's was one of the only works published in Russian.  The poem was inspired during his 04-05 year in Russia, when he studied on the Bard College/Smolny Academic Year Program in St. Petersburg. Shedlock finished his degree in Russian Studies (with honors) last spring. More ...
Study by Edward Deci '64 Cited in USA Today Editorial About Good Deeds
The results of a study by Edward Deci ’64, a psychologist at the University of Rochester, were summarized in a September 5 USA Today editorial titled “A damaging lesson for college-bound kids: Good deeds require a payoff.” The editorial is about teenagers working on community service projects for the sole purpose of adding it to their college applications. Deci’s study “investigated ‘What happens when you pay people for an activity they enjoy?’   More ...
Fallcoming '06 Held October 13 - 14
Hamilton's annual Fallcoming Weekend will be highlighted by the dedication of the Charlean and Wayland Blood Fitness and Dance Center and the Little Squash Center. Athletic naming donors will gather on Thursday evening, and the weekend begins in earnest on Friday with Alumni Association and Trustee programming. Fallcoming is a traditional time for alumni to reconnect with classmates and friends in our beautiful autumn campus environment. More ...
"The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton" Draws 300 to New-York Historical Society

About 300 Hamilton alumni and guests attended a New-York Historical Society event featuring historian Richard Brookhiser, Douglas Ambrose, the Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor of History, and Associate Professor of Government Robert Martin on September 26.  “The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton,” took place at the Historical Society’s Manhattan building and was co-hosted by New York University Press. It was part of the New-York Historical Society Series "History and Current Affairs."   More ...

John Hewko '79 Addresses U.N. on Social and Economic Development of Least Developed Countries
John Hewko '79, vice president of operations for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, addressed the United Nations on Sept. 18. He spoke at a meeting about social and economic development of least developed countries. Hewko said, "In Monterrey, President Bush announced a path-breaking program, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, or MCC. The MCC’s single focus is to provide support to those poor countries which are indeed taking steps to invest in their own people, to promote economic freedom and opportunity, and to encourage accountable and inclusive governance, where individual rights and free expression are respected.

MCC’s mandate is to reduce poverty through sustainable growth. We work with partners whose own performance makes reaching that goal a real possibility. The MCC is already engaged with 23 countries whose policy performance, measured by independent, objective indicators, has made them eligible for MCC funds. Among them are 12 Least Developed Countries."
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Kevin Maynard ’88 Writes for Showtime Series
Kevin Maynard, a member of the Class of 1988, is a lead writer on “Dexter”, a critically acclaimed new series on Showtime about a charismatic serial killer. The show premiers on Sunday, October 1 at 10 p.m. "Dexter" web link on the Showtime site:
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