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Hamilton Alumnus’ Award-Winning Documentary to Make TV Premiere
Keeper of the Kohn, a documentary directed by Hamilton alumnus, David Gaynes ’99, will make its television debut on Maryland Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) on Monday, April 3, at 10:30 pm. The film was recently shown at Hamilton College as part of the film and lecture series, “Forum for Images and Languages in Motion.” Last April his film won the Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Vail International Film Festival in Colorado and the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Palm Beach International Film Festival in Florida.
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Election of Alumni Trustees
Ballots must be received by Elections USA not latter than March 31.   Each year, three candidates are nominated by the Alumni Council for four-year terms as alumni trustees.  In addition, alumni may become candidates by obtaining signatures from 25 of our approximately 17,600 alumni. 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 Alumni Council:
Harold W. Bogle '75
Ann B. Hutchins '79
Alexander C. Sacerdote '94   Nominated by Petition: Peter D. Brown '73
Ben S. Wu '73   Ballots have been sent to Kirkland alumnae and Hamilton alumni. The mailing  includes a ballot as well as 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 boards to discuss their candidacies.  Election procedures developed by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Council may be found at Election Procedures.    I urge you to participate in the election.  Please cast your ballot. Ballots must be received by Elections USA not later than March 31.     Melissa D. Joyce-Rosen '86 President, Hamilton College Alumni Association
Additional links: Duplicate Ballot Provisions Candidates Biographical Profile and Statement of Candidacy    More ...
Kamila Shamsie '94 Publishes Op-ed In The New York Times

Kamila Shamsie '94, a frequent visiting faculty member in Hamilton's English department, is the author of an op-ed in The New York Times (2/15/06) on the ongoing Danish cartoon controversy. Writing from her native Karachi, Pakistan, Shamsie says "There is nothing but condemnation here for European newspapers' publication of the cartoons... But there are two separate threads to this condemnation. The first relates to the extreme religious offense caused by the cartoons, which has prompted an increasing number of protests, with a worrying trend towards violence," Shamsie wrote. "The second thread to the condemnation concentrates not on the offense itself, but on the motive behind it. The idea that the cartoons were a deliberate provocation to get us to behave badly is being encouraged by officialdom: various political groups have condemned 'the planned conspiracy by the West to instigate the Muslims'; the Foreign Office has said the cartoons are part of 'sinister agendas...'" Shamsie is the author of the novel  Broken Verses.  More ...

Bill Henderson '63 to Receive National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award
Bill Henderson '63 will be awarded the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) for the publishing year 2005 at the organization's 32nd annual awards ceremony in March. Henderson is founder of the Pushcart Press in Wainscot, N.Y., and editor of the annual Pushcart Prize anthology. Henderson is in good company, as previous Sandrof winners include Studs Terkel, Pauline Kael and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. NBCC is the country's leading organization of book critics and book review editors, with some 500 members. More ...
21 Alexander Hamilton Birthday Party Gatherings

In January the Hamilton Alumni Association gathered in 21 regions to celebrate the 249th birthday of Alexander Hamilton.  From 12 regional parties in 2004 and 10 in 2005, these celebrations have grown in scope, scale and content to the point where they can safely claim to be the College's "signature" Alumni Association social event.  Several components were added to the program mix in many cities this year, including showings of the video for Excelsior: The Campaign for Hamilton College, interaction with current students, Al Ham birthday cakes, trivia contests and prizes.    More ...

Volunteer Weekend 2006: April 7 - 9

Hamilton's annual Volunteer Weekend will be held April 7 - 9. As is our tradition, y, engaged alumni and parent volunteers use this weekend to review current business, conduct new business, interact with students and attend a variety of events.  Two of the groups that meet in the spring are the Alumni Council of Hamilton’s Alumni Association and the Parents Advisory Council. The weekend is also an opportunity for friends of the College to return to the Hill to reconnect with one another, meet with students and enjoy the wide variety of events that are staged for this year’s attendees.

Hamilton volunteers are critically important to advancing the work of the College. Each spring it is our honor to recognize these efforts. On Friday evening, the Alumni Council will present its Distinguished Service Award to retiring Professor of Anthropology Douglas A. Raybeck.

In recent years, it has also been our custom to offer a comprehensive program during Volunteer Weekend highlighting a particular aspect of the College's curriculum.  This year, we will celebrate the visual, studio and performing arts, which are of course central to a liberal arts experience.  We are also in the early stages of planning for building new facilities for the arts to meet the needs of our students and faculty members

As you will see on the schedules, features of the weekend include Council meetings complimented by theatre and dance workshops with accomplished alumni, faculty members and students and a symposium on political cartooning with prominent syndicated cartoonists.

It is most helpful if attendees register for events. An "easy to use" alumni registration site is hyper-linked below. Please register if you plan to attend, and join us as we celebrate the efforts of Hamilton's alumni volunteers and discover the arts at Hamilton.  More ...

Alum Named President of the Vermont Ski Areas Association

The Vermont Ski Areas Association  has promoted Parker Riehle from vice president and general counsel to president. He replaces David Dillon, who is taking a job as president of the Haystack Club in Wilmington. Parker has represented VSAA in legislative and regulatory matters since 1998 except for a two-year hiatus as special assistant and deputy legal counsel to Gov. James Douglas.  A native of South Burlington, he earned his law degree from Vermont Law School. (http://www.vtliving.com/skiing/vsaa/index.shtml) More ...
Alumnus Col. Jeffrey Short, M.D., to Speak at Hamilton
Colonel Jeffrey E. Short, MD ‘81 will speak on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in Science Center G041 about his career in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, emergency medicine, and aerospace medicine.  Short graduated from Hamilton Phi Beta Kappa and summa
cum laude. He has served in Somalia, Jordan, El Salvador, Afghanistan, Iraq, and many other posts in Europe and Asia, and this month he heads to Antarctica. During his medical career, Short received his MPH from Harvard, attended Jump School, flew combat maneuvers in T-37 and T-38 jets, worked for Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson in Washington, D.C. He serves on NASA's Space Shuttle Crash Rescue Team. More ...
Mary Bernardine Dias '98 was presented with an Alumni Medal at the Science Center dedication.
Mary Bernardine Dias '98 Featured in SciDev.net Article

Mary (Bernardine) Dias '98 was featured in a January 30 SciDev.net article titled "Learning to listen: technology and poor communities," about TechBridgeWorld. It is the initiative she founded in 2004 to forge collaborations between Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and developing communities around the world in order to promote innovative ways of using technology in poor communities.   More ...

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."

-- by Molly Kane '09  More ...

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