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Karl Kirschner
Kirschner Publishes Chapter in American Chemical Society Book
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Karl N. Kirschner recently published a book chapter titled "Incorporation of Carbohydrates into Macromolecular Force Fields."  The chapter was coauthored with Dr. Sarah Tschampel ('00), a former Hamilton chemistry student, and with Dr. Robert Woods from the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center (CCRC) at the University of Georgia.
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Ron Pressman '80 Named President and CEO of GE Asset Management
Ronald R. Pressman, a 1980 graduate of Hamilton College, has been named president and ceo of GE Asset Management, which manages $200 billion in assets. He succeeds John H. Myers, who is retiring after nearly 37 years with General Electric. More ...
Bob Moses '56
Bob Moses '56 Leads Discussion on Social Justice in Education

Civil rights leader Bob Moses, a member of the Hamilton class of 1956, led a discussion on April 19 on social justice in American education. Moses, whose work has included the creation of The Algebra Project to improve quantitative literacy in disadvantaged schools, led students, faculty, staff, and community members in discussing educational inequality in America and how it can be addressed. The event was the first for the new Diversity and Social Justice Project at Hamilton.  More ...

Hamilton Alumna Reports on Adirondack Roundtable

Noelle Short '05, an outdoor writer for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in Saranac Lake, returned to Hamilton to write an article about a forum held as part of the sophomore seminar “Forever Wild: The Cultural Histories of the Adirondack Park” this month. The forum, titled “Development and Preservation in the Adirondacks: The Tupper Lake Debate,” discussed the issues surrounding the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort at the former Big Tupper Ski Area. Panelists included Jim Frenette, Sr. of Tupper Lake, who has been the Intercounty Legislative Committee chairman, Adirondack Park Agency chairman and a Franklin County legislator; Jim Ellis of Tupper Lake, a community specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and a member of the Tupper Lake Planning Board; and Peter Hornbeck, chairman of the Residents Committee for the Protection of the Adirondacks. Sarah Mortati '08 was quoted in the article. “It struck me to see that there are real emotions and real people who this project is going to affect directly,” she said.   More ...

Andy Jones-Wilkins '89 Featured in San Francisco Chronicle Magazine

The March 19th edition of the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine featured Andy Jones-Wilkins in its weekly column Facetime. In the interview Jones-Wilkins comments on various aspects of running  100-mile ultramarathons. In the 2005 season, Andy finished second three times. This season, at the Rocky Raccoon 100-miler in Huntsville, Texas, Wilkins placed second again with a time of 14 hours and 57 minutes.

Running the ultramarathon, according to Jones-Wilkins, is about mental toughness and managing any obstacles the trail might throw at you. “The first 50 miles of a race are about using your strength and training. The second 50 miles are just managing the pain.” At the Western States Endurance Run in June, runners must wade through a 40m stretch of the American River.

After graduating from Hamilton, Jones-Wilkins got into the sport after doing a couple of bike tours with his wife. Now he is addicted. Even if he takes a day off from his morning run, his kids or his wife Shelly tell him to “get out the door and get a run in” as soon as he gets home.    More ...

Mike Farrell ’00 Expert on Maple Syrup Production

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise and The Lake Placid News recently featured articles about Mike Farrell and his work at the Cornell University Uihlein Forest Sugar Maple Research and Extension Field Station in Lake Placid. Noelle Short ’05 wrote both articles. In the article Farrell discusses his recent record breaking day and his expectations for the rest of the Maple Syrup season.

Tuesday March 28, 2005 was a record-breaking day for Farrell and his co-workers at the Uihlein Sugar Maple Station. With temperatures below freezing the night of Monday March 27, followed by highs in the 50s on Tuesday March 28, Uihlein Station had collected 5,000 gallons of sap. “It’s the most ever,” said Farrell of the day’s collection. “It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup, so that averages out to about 125 gallons for us.”

The record breaking day provided Farrell a much needed boost. The season had been a little slow until then. Uihlein was at one fourth of their output goal of 1,500 gallons.
The success of the rest of the season will depend on the weather. Farrell said of the rest of the season “As long as it stays cold enough, we won’t have to worry. Warm weather ends the season because bacteria grow and the tap holes will dry up.” With two to three weeks left in the season Farrell hopes to reach his goal and finish the year on a positive note.

For more information visit Cornell’s Website, The Adirondack Daily Enterprise, or The Lake Placid News.

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Annual Alumni Association Meeting
In accordance with Section 4.1 of its Constitution, the annual meeting of the Alumni Association will be held in the Chapel at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 3, 2006. Highlights will include the reading of the half-century annalist's letter and the presentation of the Bell Ringer Award. More ...
Hamilton College Announces New Alumni Trustees

The Hamilton College Alumni Association today announced the results of its Alumni Trustee election. Ann B. Hutchins '79, Harold W. Bogle '75 and Alexander C. Sacerdote '94 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, 2006. Each year three Alumni Trustees are elected to serve four-year terms on the Board.  A total of 3,345 ballots (19% of alumni) were cast by the March 30, 2006 deadline with the results as follows:

Ann B. Hutchins '79                          2,155 votes

Harold W. Bogle '75                         2,067 votes

Alexander C. Sacerdote '94              1,898 votes

Ben S. Wu '73                                 1,777 votes

Peter D. Brown '73                           1,564 votes

The Alumni Association congratulates the new Trustees and thanks all of the candidates for their interest in serving Hamilton.

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New Composition by Melinda Wagner '79 Receives Acclaim in Washington
"Extremity of the Sky," a concerto for piano and orchestra by Melinda Wagner '79, received rave reviews for its debut by the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. on March 23. In a review of the concert (3/24/06), Tim Page of The Washington Post wrote "Far and away the best music of the night came with Melinda Wagner's 'Extremity of Sky,' a concerto for piano and orchestra that melds high modernism with prismatic color and romantic fancy. It is in four movements, contains a whopper of a part for pianist (here the estimable Emanuel Ax) and combines assertive mantric chiming with soft, neoimpressionist chords. Imagine Elliott Carter and Olivier Messiaen teaming up to write a concerto, add a certain lithe sense of mystery that is Wagner's own and you'll have some idea of 'Extremity of Sky.'" Wagner won a Pulitzer Prize for music composition in 1999.

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New Piano Concerto by Melinda Wagner '79 to be Performed in Washington and NYC
A new piano concerto composed by alumna Melinda Wagner '79, "Extremity of Sky," will be performed by Emanuel Ax and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. on Thursday and Saturday, March 23 and 25, and at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Thursday, April 6. Wagner, a Hamilton trustee, won a Pulitzer Prize for composition in 1999. More ...
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