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Alumni Travel 2006

The Hamilton College Alumni Office is pleased to continue our alumni travel program in calendar year 2006. In 2005 Hamilton alumni have enjoyed trips with a wonderful mix of education, camaraderie, privacy and entertainment to Costa Rica, Italy, France and China with the alumni associations of Colby and Bates colleges.  Thus far, in 2006, Hamiltonians enjoyed a journey through Vietnam in March.

Due to the overwhelming success of Alumni Travel in the 2005, Hamilton is offering two more international Alumni Travel opportunities to alumni, parents and friends of the College in 2006.

All travel programs will have strong educational component complimenting the professionally managed tours. A fifth summer trip along the Lewis and Clark expedition of discovery trail is in the works for the summer of 2006. Costs and dates are subject to change.

We invite you to request a brochure for any or all of the trips please complete our Travel Interest Survey to let us know what types of programs are of interest to you.

We hope to see you and your family on one of our upcoming trips.

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John Rice '78 has been named a vice chairman of GE.
John Rice '78 Named Vice Chairman of GE, Will Head GE Industrial
Hamilton Trustee John Rice '78 has been appointed a vice chairman at General Electric Company, under a new reorganization of its 11 businesses into six industry-focused businesses. Rice, currently head of GE's Atlanta-based GE Energy subsidiary, will lead GE Industrial. That unit will include Plastics, Silicones/Quartz, Consumer & Industrial, Security & Sensors, Automation, and Equipment Services. In making the announcement GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said "John is one of our best operating leaders. He will accelerate our efforts to improve growth rates, margins and cash in these global businesses." Rice will relocate from Atlanta to GE headquarters in Fairfield, Conn.

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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 ...
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