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Jennifer Ambrose and Amy Gaffney
New Directors Lead Oral and Written Communication Centers

Jennifer Ambrose and Amy Gaffney have stepped into the roles of director of the Writing Center and Oral Communication Center respectively, filling the vacancies left by two longtime center leaders. Writing Center Director Sharon Williams and Oral Communication Center Director Jim Helmer retired this summer after serving, collectively, more than 60 years at the College.  More ...

Olivia Valcarce '15
Writing Center Tutor Olivia Valcarce ’15 Hones Skills in Literary Agency Internship

Hamilton emphasizes its students’ ability to write and edit effectively, and this summer Olivia Valcarce ’15 is taking advantage of those skills through an internship at Writers House Literary Agency. Valcarce, a Writing Center tutor on campus, is receiving financial support from the Joseph F. Anderson ’44 Internship Fund, administered through Hamilton’s Career Center, to pursue a long-term career interest in editing.  More ...

The Multicultural Peer Mentoring Project held a welcome reception.
Peer Mentors, Counselors Help Ease Transition to College Life

Transitioning to college can be tough for anyone, and international, first-generation, and historically underrepresented students may face additional challenges. Recognizing the possible need for extra support in taking this step into higher education, Hamilton created the Multicultural Peer Mentoring Project (MP²). Peer mentors offer these students more assistance based on their own experiences making the same transition.  More ...

Writing Center director Sharon Williams and Professor John O'Neill, a member of the committee that helped found the Center.
Writing Center 25th Birthday Celebration

The Nesbitt-Johnston Writing Center noted its 25th birthday on March 6 with a festive celebration at the Center in KJ. Writing Center director Sharon Williams, Center assistant Dori Critelli, Writing Center tutors, students and faculty gathered for cupcakes and refreshments.  More ...

With a party going on behind her, Kayla Winters '13 works with a cupcake at hand, during a birthday celebration for the Writing Center.
Nesbitt-Johnston Writing Center Celebrates 25 Years

The year 2012 is certainly one for celebration. It marks not only the 200th anniversary of Hamilton College’s founding, but also the 25th anniversary of an institution that has become virtually synonymous with the College itself: the Nesbitt-Johnston Writing Center. Its presence on campus today embodies a value that College luminaries like former President Melancthon Woolsey Stryker (who once penned a three-page treatise on the value of concise writing using only one syllable words) held dear—the ability to write well and clearly.  More ...

From left, Olivia Wolfgang-Smith '11, Courtney Flint '11, Sharon Williams, Maeve Gately '12, Allison Eck '12.
Writing Center Tutors Present at Conference

Maeve Gately ’12, Allison Eck ’12, Courtney Flint ’11 and Olivia Wolfgang-Smith ’11 participated in a joint conference by the International Writing Centers Association and the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Nov. 4-6 in Baltimore, Md. The students, all peer writing tutors at the Nesbitt-Johnston Writing Center, were accompanied by Director of the Writing Center and Lecturer in English Sharon Williams.  More ...

Kirner-Johnson Building
KJ Achieves LEED Gold Certification

The Hamilton community’s sensitivity to its impact on the environment is reflected in several awards recently granted to the College by two national organizations. The College has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification, established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), for the renovated 40-year-old Kirner-Johnson (KJ) Building.  More ...

Sharon Williams
Williams Participates in Ivy Plus Writing Consortium
Sharon Williams, director of Hamilton's Writing Center, participated in the annual meeting of the Ivy Plus Writing Consortium held Oct. 16-17 at Brown University. More ...
Ten Students Selected as Writing Center Tutors for 2009-10
Ten students have been selected as new writing tutors for the 2009-2010 academic year. They are, from the Class of 2010, Ethan Kamer (history) and Lizzie Marris (sociology); Class of 2011, Rachel D'Angio (environmental studies), Leigh Ercole (psychology), Courtney Flint (history), and Sushmita Preetha (women's studies). Students selected from the class of 2012 are Maeve Gately, Nora Grenfell, Julia Litzky, and Andre Matlock. More ...
Sharon Williams
Williams Presents at SLAC Annual Meeting
Sharon Williams, director of the Nesbitt-Johnston Writing Center, presented a talk at the annual meeting of the Small Liberal Arts Colleges Writing Program Administrators at Lafayette College on Jan. 10. Her talk was titled "Sustaining a successful writing center program across time." More ...