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Jim Memmott '64 Honors the Late Sidney Wertimer in Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Column

Jim Memmott '64, a senior editor and columnist at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, wrote about the legacy of the late Sidney Wertimer, long-time professor of economics at Hamilton, for a column in the paper (3/12/05). Memmott noted that Hamilton has been in the news lately because of the Ward Churchill speech controversy. Memmott wrote: "On Feb. 1, the college president canceled the speech, saying that death threats against her and Churchill raised serious issues of public safety.

As it happened, on that same day, Sidney Wertimer, a longtime professor of economics at Hamilton, died. He was 84.

For generations of Hamilton students, and certainly for me, that death was bigger news than the controversy surrounding Churchill.

Controversies, however serious, come and go.

Sidney Wertimer, on the other hand, had staying power," wrote Memmott.

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On-Campus Summer Alumni College

Douglas Ambrose, the Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor of History, will facilitate Alexander Hamilton: The Life and Legacy of Our Most Elusive FounderThursday, July 28, through Sunday, July 31. Ambrose, a member of the Hamilton faculty since 1990, is a recipient of the Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award. His teaching and research interests include American history, biography, early America and the Old South. Ambrose is the author of Henry Hughes and Proslavery Thought in the Old South. In addition, he has written numerous articles, book reviews and encyclopedia entries about Southern slavery and Southern intellectual life. Professor Ambrose will examine Hamilton through his own writing and through recent biographies of him, in an attempt to uncover the man, his accomplishments, and his lasting influence on the country to which he devoted his life.

Alexander Hamilton is one of those fascinating characters who makes us ponder what America was, is, and should be. He is also one of the most intriguing individuals in our history - a foreign-born orphan who rose to the highest levels of American political and social life. Although recent scholarship has established Hamilton's central role in America's founding era, the meaning of his contributions and legacy remain hotly debated. Was he a closet monarchist or a sincere republican? A victim of partisan politics or one of its most vigorous promoters? A lackey for the British or a foreign policy mastermind? An economic genius or a shill for special monied interests? Hamilton, in short, remains in history what he was for much of his life: a person who no one is neutral about.

Most activities for the session will take place in the beautiful Rogers Estate at the edge of the Hamilton campus. The Rogers Estate offers sweeping views of Clinton and the Oriskany Valley. Space in the facility is limited, so we recommend making your reservations as soon as possible. Rooms are comfortable and lounge areas are spacious. Since the Rogers Estate typically functions as a student residence, bathrooms may be shared. Alternate off-campus accommodations are available. One evening will include dinner and a performance at the world-renowned Glimmerglass Opera House in Cooperstown.

The cost is $575 per person or $1,100 per couple and includes books and other reading materials, residence hall accommodations, gourmet meals, opera tickets and transportation to Glimmerglass. The non-resident fee for local attendees is $470 per person. deposit of $150 per person is required no later than April 30, 2005. Full payment is due June 15. For more information about Alexander Hamilton: The Life and Legacy of Our Most Elusive Founder, please contact Bill Brower '84, Executive Director, Annual Giving and Alumni Programs, at 315-859-4027 or wbrower@hamilton.edu or Amy Palmieri, at 315-859-4667 or apalmier@hamilton.edu.  To register online click HERE.  More ...

Alumnus Dies in Tragic Accident

Andrew William Begley, Hamilton Class of 1999 died in a tragic skiing accident on Sunday, January 2, 2005 in Killington, VT.  Andrew, an accomplished skier, lost control and tumbled down a difficult run on the mountain at the resort.  Andrew suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Rutland Regional Medical Center.

 Andy was a valuable member of the Hamilton College Golf team, playing all 4 years at Hamilton while also finding time enough to earn the distinction of Phi Beta Kappa and Honors in Economics.  Since graduating from Hamilton, Andy worked as part of the corporate audit team for General Electric.  His employ took him to the far reaches of the globe including, China, New Zealand, much of Europe and all across the U.S.  Andrew recently moved to a permanent residence in Cambridge, MA after years of travel to evaluate many of GE's different business groups.

 Andrew was an outdoor enthusiast whose passion for golf had been replaced by skiing as his skill increased.  Anytime he was involved in a planned event, Andrew only fuel the flame of fun, yet he was not afraid to go out on his own.  He is survived by his parents Charles and Lois who live in Lockport, NY outside of Buffalo.

 Calling hours will be on Thursday evening 7-9 pm, Friday afternoon 2-4pm and evening 7-9 pm, with an 11am Mass Saturday at St. John's Catholic Church.  

 Donations can be made in Andrew’s memory to the Memorial Fund at Hamilton College:
The Hamilton College Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund
198 College Hill Rd.
Clinton, NY 13321

Cards can be sent to:
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Begley (Lois)
21 Spruce Street
Lockport, NY   14094

He will be missed.  God rest his soul.  
Darren B. Fuller ‘98

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Tsunami Global Impact Felt in Hamilton Community
In a Pittsburg Post-Gazette artice, James Henry's father Reg Henry writes about the relief his family felt following news that James survived the impact of the devastating tsunami. A link to the article follows: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05004/436655.stm More ...
Alf Evers, 99, Historian of the Catskills

Alf Evers, who died last Wednesday at age 99, was the town historian of Woostock, N.Y., and the author of several exhaustive works of local history,including "The Catskills: From Wilderness to Woodstock."    A charismatic figure, Alf often spoke before local groups regarding the need to limit development in the Catskills, Evers seems to have been preserved into a lucid old age by his dedication to his work. In the days before his death, he put the finishing touches on his final book, "Kingstonon-Hudson: An American Historical City," another massive production, which he wrote with the secretarial assistance of Ed Sanders, a poet and friend. It is scheduled to be
published this spring.  "He was singing when he passed," Mr. Sanders said. "Bemusement, that's how he lived so long. The divine comedy passed over his eyes."


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Mary Bonauto '83 Among Boston Globe "Bostonians of the Year"
Mary Bonauto '83 was named one of the Boston Globe "Bostonians of the Year" for 2004 and featured in the newspaper's Sunday magazine (12/26/04). Bonauto was the lead counsel in the landmark 2003 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision that ruled to allow gay marriages. She is the civil rights project director for the Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD). More ...
Richard Bernstein '80 Featured on USA Today Panel
Richard Bernstein '80, chief U.S. strategist at Merrill Lynch, was among five financial experts featured in a USA Today investment roundtable article that provides advice for investors in 2005 (12/20/04). More ...
Welcome to Hamilton's Online Alumni Community

Welcome to HOLAC. The Office of Alumni Programs staff is here to serve you.

Bill Brower '84 - Executive Director, Annual Giving and Alumni Programs
e-mail: wbrower@hamilton.edu Telephone: 315-859-4027

Jon Hysell '72 - Director of Alumni Programs
E-mail: jahysell@hamilton.edu  Telephone: 315-859-4606

Amy Hunt - Assistant Director, Regional Programs
E-mail: ahunt@hamilton.edu Telephone: 315-859-4004

Laurie Russell - Assistant Director, On-campus and Special Events
E-mail: lrussell@hamilton.edu  Telephone: 315-859-4642

Nikki Barbano - Senior Assistant
E-mail: nbarbano@hamilton.edu  Telephone: 866-729-0314

Jackie Thompson - Staff Assistant
E-mail: jdthomps@hamilton.edu  Telephone: 866-729-0314

The Office of Alumni Programs manages Alumni Association regional events, Fallcoming, Family Weekend, Volunteer Weekend and supports special programming on and off the Hill. We also are in charge of Alumni Travel, content on the Alumni Website (HOLAC,) liaise with Alumni Council committees and provide a variety of other support to Hamilton and Kirkland alumni/ae.

We encourage you calls and e-mails to us. We welcome the opportunity to support alumni on and off the Hill.

Personal regards,
Jon A. L. Hysell '72  More ...

Michael Granof '63 Contributes Op-ed to Chronicle of Higher Education

Michael Granof '63, a professor of accounting at the University of Texas at Austin's McCombs School of Business, wrote an op-ed on high textbook prices for The Chronicle of Higher Education (Nov. 26, 2004). Granof, who is also chairman of the board of the University Cooperative Society, the University of Texas's bookstore, wrote: "Students and their parents and legislators have a legitimate complaint. Textbooks are overpriced. But the causes aren't price gouging by bookstores, unscrupulous professors who force students to buy the texts they wrote, unnecessary and too-frequent revisions, or bundled supplementary materials. Those are all symptoms, not the disease."

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Andrew Conway '04 Presents at Annenberg School of Communication at USC
Andrew Conway '04 was among presenters at the Undergraduate Honors Conference, held at the Annenberg School of Communication at USC in November. His paper, “Information Technology and its Effect on Nations and Their Peoples,” examined the global influence of information technology from an uncommon perspective.  Using Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities and Anthony Smith’s Nationalism, the paper explored the contemporary notions surrounding the nation and nationalism.  Then, based on these concepts, the paper claimed that because of how information technologies are developed and disseminated they actually change and evolve the idea of a nation and nationalism. More ...
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