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Opportunity Program Students in the News

Isabel Dau '15 in front of Andy Warhol's "Early Colored Jackie,1964," at the museum.
The Show Behind the Canvas

Meandering through the placid halls of an art museum, many guests appreciate the aesthetics of the exhibition and its pieces. However, few may realize the amount of fundraising, work and time it takes to procure, produce and put on one of these exhibits. Isabel Dau ’15, a classical studies major, is spending the summer interning at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn., with support from the Richard & Patsy Couper Fund.  More ...

Alessandria Dey '15, right, with Rochester police officer Michelle Velez.
Alessandria Dey ’15 is Intern with Rochester Police Dept.

With mounting security and paranoia in today’s world, general feelings towards the police have shifted from adoring to uneasy. Alessandria Dey ’15, a history major, is working with members of the Rochester Police Department focusing on community outreach. “They hope to build better relationships between police and the citizens of Rochester,” she explained.  More ...

Sawyer Konys,  Shannon Boley and Jasmin Thomas.
From Church to Mosque: Rebirth of Spiritual Spaces in Utica’s Second Ward

Approaching 501 Park Street in Syracuse, a visitor would see what looks like a Catholic church. Though this site was once home to the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, the building is now being converted into a mosque. As neighborhood demographics change, the need for specific religious spaces tends to shift as well. This summer, three students are working on a Levitt Group Research Project, “Sacred Spaces in Transition.”  More ...

Opportunity Programs Welcome Class of '18

President Joan Hinde Stewart welcomed members of the newest Opportunity Programs class of 2018 as they began their summer program. President Stewart joined the students for casual conversation and lunch in Commons and shared her personal experience as a first-generation college student and her journey to becoming president of Hamilton College.

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Caleb Williamson '17
The 21st Century New Negro: An Exploration of Black Identity in the Modern Age

In a world riddled with social injustice, it’s important to discover the tools that can enlighten a population. Caleb Williamson ’17, a philosophy major and government minor, is working with Professor of Philosophy Todd Franklin to determine just that. His Emerson project, “The 21st Century New Negro,” was inspired by Franklin’s course, “The Black Self.”  More ...

From left, LaShawn Ware, Morolake Thompson, Osvaldo Adames, and Leslie Campos.
Hamilton Students Take Part in Advocacy Day in Albany

Four Hamilton students traveled to Albany, N.Y., on Feb. 12 to take part in Student Advocacy Day.  Hosted annually by CICU, this event makes it possible for legislators to hear directly from students on what Opportunity Programs across New York State mean in their lives. Hamilton students who attended were LaShawn Ware ’17, Morolake Thompson ’14, Osvaldo Adames ’15, and Leslie Campos ’15.  More ...

N.Y. Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush visited Hamilton on May 16 and met with students.
N.Y. Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush Visits Hamilton, Meets with Opportunity Program Students

New York Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R-122nd District) visited Hamilton College on May 16. He responded to an invitation made during New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day in February in Albany, N.Y., when a group of Hamilton students visited the state capital.  Director of Opportunity Programs Phyllis Breland ’80 said, “He took the time to show that he cared about the experiences and opinions of our Opportunity Program students.”  More ...

Phyllis Breland '80 with Doris Waiters from the New York State Education Department and William Short, HEOP director at St. Lawrence University, at the TSC awards presentation.
Breland ’80 Receives TSC Alumni Award

Phyllis Breland ’80, director of Opportunity Programs and Pathways, has been named the recipient of the Tri-State Consortium of Opportunity Programs in Higher Education Alumni Award for 2013. She was honored at an award banquet on April 9 in Elizabeth, N.J.  More ...

Galia Slayen '13
Galia Slayen '13 Chosen as FACES Delegate

Galia Slayen ’13, a Chinese and government major, has been accepted as a delegate to Forum for American-Chinese Exchange at Stanford University (FACES).  FACES is an exchange program that sends 20 American and 20 Chinese students to Stanford University and then to China to promote cross-cultural exchange. Forty delegates were chosen from among 316 applicants.  More ...

Hillary Langat '13
Hillary "Kip" Langat '13 Receives Davis Peace Project Fellowship

Hillary “Kip” Langat ’13 has been awarded a Davis Peace Project Fellowship program grant of $10,000.  Through his project titled “Pulling Villages out of Poverty with a Community Tractor in Kenya,” Langat will help to empower people in three Kenyan villages by purchasing a community farming tractor and training them in farming techniques in an effort to break the cycle of poverty.  More ...

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