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Mason Ashe '85
Mason Ashe '85 Named Adjunct Professor at University of Central Florida

Mason Ashe ’85 was recently named adjunct professor in the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program at the University of Central Florida in the College of Business Administration. He will teach sports law.   More ...

Alumni Council Fallcoming Meetings
From Melissa Joyce Rosen '86
President of the Hamilton College Alumni Association
  Fallcoming Slide Show Science Center Dedication Video   The Fall Alumni Council meetings were held September 30 – October 1 and over 60 Council members returned to the Hill.  The Alumni Council meetings coincided with Fallcoming, the Celebration of Science and the dedication of the new state-of-art Science building.   It was an incredible weekend with a rich array of activities, from productive Council meetings to stimulating lectures and exciting sporting events – including a football win over Wesleyan! The Alumni Council session kicked off on Friday afternoon with the annual Comstock Scholarship luncheon.  This gathering enables Alumni Council members to interact with current scholarship students.  The Alumni Council Committees met on Friday afternoon. A brief summary is noted below.  Please watch for more details from the Committee Chairs in the coming days.   Led by Chair Mark Rice ’73, the Regional Affairs Committee had a great meeting with 80% of the Regional Presidents and GOLD chairs attending or participating in their Committee meeting by phone. They reported on recent Excelsior campaign receptions and also discussed upcoming Alumni College events and new Alumni College ideas.  Although clearly focused on building the Alumni College programs, the committee continues collaboration with the Career Center and MARC and their continuing support of traditional social, sports and arts events as well.  A current schedule of Regional events is posted on the HOLAC.   The Class Leadership Committee was led by Tom Griggs ’84, president of his class, who filled in for Chair Ana Sierra Leonard K’75 who was unable to attend.  He brought humor to the meeting as well as his leadership. The Class Presidents and Agents discussed the following ideas: an all Kirkland Reunion set on a four-year cycle; a bicentennial year celebration in 2012; and the continuing of the Half-Century Alumni Reunion.  Melissa Joyce-Rosen ‘86, president of the Alumni Association, used the Class Leadership forum to present Tom with a College Key Award for his outstanding service to his class.  Through Tom’s leadership, the Class of 1984 had the most Reunion 2005 attendees of any class present.    Led by Chair Imad Qasim ’79, the executive committee of Ad Hoc Multicultural Alumni Relations Committee (MARC) had a very productive gathering.  They discussed different ways to improve communications between multicultural alumni and students.  Various events are under consideration both on the Hill and in the alumni regions.  A representative of the Admissions Office, Assistant Dean of Admission/Director, Diversity Recruitment Nicole Robertson, attended the meeting and explored how the multicultural alumni can help with recruiting.  Finally, Dr. Bernecea Johnson, the new associate dean of students for diversity and accessibility, briefed the committee on her role at the college and discussed how alumni can help her with her work. Members of the committee volunteered to pursue the various initiatives discussed. On Saturday, MARC also hosted a networking reception with current students that was attended by more than 50 students and Alumni Council members.   The Nominations Committee had a very long and productive meeting.  Chair Julie Ross ’84 led the committee through a review of the Alumni Trustee election process; considered and recommended for nomination three candidates for the Alumni Trustee positions that begin on July 1, 2006; considered and recommended for nomination a candidate for President of the Alumni Association for the term beginning July 1, 2006; considered and nominated co-recipients for the 2006 Bell Ringer award; considered and nominated a recipient for the 2006 Distinguished Service Award; and voted to give Key Awards to four individuals for their exceptional service to the College in the 2004-2005 calendar year.   At the Celebration of Science dinner on Friday night, the Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Charter Trustee Steve Anthony ‘59. The Volunteer of the Year award is presented annually to a member of the Hamilton family who has provided a substantial, lasting contribution in a volunteer capacity.  Steve chairs the Board of Trustee Committee on Buildings, Grounds and Equipment and was involved in all phases of the new Science Building.   The weekend was incredible, from start to finish.  Thanks to everyone who joined us.  Mark your calendar for the Spring Alumni Council meetings that are scheduled for April 7 – 8, 2006. More ...
Tribute to the Late Alan McCullough Jr. '64
  Alan (Mac) McCullough, Jr. '64 was an inspiring person who lived his life as a passionate quest for truth and knowledge.  An avid reader on many subjects, he had an encyclopedic memory.  He could call upon his vast storehouse of information to build a socio-cultural or political theory for discussion.  His theories were almost unfailingly controversial or unorthodox, though the freshness of viewpoint they embodied was always stimulating.  Possessing unquenchable intellectual and emotional energy, he would not allow any aspect of an issue to go unconsidered or unaccounted for.  He had no regard for political correctness and hence often shocked people with the questions he posed.  Yet the sincerity and good will behind his questions offset any negative impressions that might otherwise have been created.  In short, he embodied all the qualities in a liberally educated man that we hold dear: insatiable thirst for learning, a driving curiosity, a sincere and gracious open-mindedness, a humility about the quest for truth and infectious sense of humor that kept it all in balance.  The goal of the Alan McCullough, Jr. Distinguished Visiting Chair in Political Philosophy will be to provide as stimulating an intellectual experience as Mac McCullough did himself. More ...
New Fund at Hamilton Will Provide Stipends for Student Internships
A summer internship with the United Nations World Health Organization Liaison Office in Washington, D.C., was exactly what Hamilton College senior Wangechi Thuo was seeking. But the internship was unpaid, and Thuo, a world politics major from Nairobi, Kenya, thought she would have to choose between making money during the summer to offset her college expenses or pursuing a “dream” internship.
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Ivan King '47 showed pictures taken with the Hubble telescope.
Ivan King '47 Took Audience on Tour of Universe With Hubble Telescope Pictures
Ivan King ’47, a research professor of astronomy at the University of Washington, gave a lecture titled “Through the Universe with the Hubble Space Telescope” on October 1 as part of the Science Center dedication weekend. Dr. King took his audience on a “Tour of the Universe” with pictures taken by the Hubble telescope.
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John Werner '92 Mentioned on Education Week Web Site
John Werner '92 was included in <i>Education Week</i>'s "People in the News" column on its Web site edweek.org. Werner was recently named executive director of Citizen Schools Boston. According to edweek.org, "Located in 13 cities, Citizen Schools operate after-school apprenticeship programs at public middle schools. Mr. Werner, 35, has worked with the organization since its inception in 1995. His previous job with the group was as the executive director of Citizen Schools’ 8th Grade Academy and alumni services."

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Inaugural Couper Phi Beta Kappa Lecture Features SU Librarian Emeritus David Stam

The Inaugural Couper Phi Beta Kappa Library Lecture was held on Friday, September 9. This annual lecture will honor Hamilton alumnus and trustee Richard “Dick” Couper ’44 for his commitment and contributions to Hamilton College and the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest academic honorary society in America. David Stam, the former Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries at the New York Public Library and Syracuse University librarian emeritus was the speaker for this event. His topic was “An Army without Ammunition: Books and the College Library,” about the trials and tribulations of Hamilton and its library in the 19th century.
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Inaugural Couper Phi Beta Kappa Lecture Will Feature David Stam

David Stam, the former Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries at the New York Public Library, will be the speaker for the inaugural Couper Phi Beta Kappa Lecture on Friday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m. in the Hamilton Chapel. His talk is titled "An Army without Ammunition: Books and the College Library." The Couper Phi Beta Kappa Lecture honors Hamilton alumnus Richard “Dick” Couper ’44 in recognition of Couper’s commitment and contributions to the College and The Phi Beta Kappa Society. Each fall a distinguished speaker will be invited to present topics related to the College’s special library collections or to present an issue related to libraries generally. The lecture is free and open to the public.  More ...

Katrina Aftermath - Alumni Communication
The devastation created by Hurricane Katrina has disrupted many aspects of peoples' lives, especially communication about the status of friends and classmates. Hamilton's alumni office is gathering information concerning the welfare of alumni from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama who may have been affected by Katrina. Alumni are encouraged to use the HOLAC message board as a tool to help reconnect with fellow alumni during the post-disaster recovery period. Contact Jon Hysell with questions or if you want to have the Alumni Office help you in making a connection at 866-729-0314 or e-mail at jahysell@hamilton.edu. More ...
John Werner '92 Named Executive Director of Citizen Schools Boston
John Werner ’92 (Dorchester, Mass.) has been named executive director of Citizen Schools Boston. Citizen Schools is a national network of after-school “apprenticeship education” programs for students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Werner will lead nine Citizen Schools’ program sites, and his primary responsibilities will be to promote a culture of school achievement and to raise the visibility and impact of Citizen Schools’ hands-on learning classes. He will oversee 75 full- and part-time staff serving 800 youth in the city. “I want to make Boston the best city to grow up in,” said Werner, “I think Citizen Schools and our business and community partners can play a significant role in making that happen.” More ...
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