The grand reopening of Burke Library’s first floor, a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Fallcoming Jazz, and poster sessions of students’ science and Levitt Center summer research were among the highlights of a Fallcoming Weekend that brought nearly 1,000 family members  and alumni, along with rain and chilly weather, to the Hill, Oct. 5-8.

In addition, the Alumni Association honored Michael Seitzinger ’69 with the Jeff Little ’71 Volunteer of the Year Award, and Professor of Music “Doctuh” Mike Woods received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

Other weekend highlights included:

  • Science and Levitt Center poster sessions featuring students’ summer research
  • A rousing celebration of the 30th anniversary of Fallcoming Jazz, featuring guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli and his trio
  • The grand re-opening of Burke Library, showcasing new spaces such as TECH Lab
  • Football, a cross country invitational, men’s and women’s club soccer, and women’s rugby
  • La Vanguardia’s Latinx Heritage Festival
  • Student performances included a music concert with the College choir, jazz ensemble and orchestra, theatre project readings, a Yodapez performance, and an a cappella concert.

Autumnal Beauty on the Hill

Visitors got a peek at Clinton's foliage during Fallcoming weekend.

Alumni Association Awards

The Alumni Association honored Michael Seitzinger ’69 with the Jeff Little ’71 Volunteer of the Year Award, and Professor of Music “Doctuh” Mike Woods received the Distinguished Service Award.

“From your earliest days on College Hill, you have served your alma mater earnestly and with purpose,” noted the citation for Seitzinger, who has served Hamilton as class president, Career Center volunteer, and as a driving force for the Class of 1969’s 50th reunion gift of more than $5.7 million, which came from 89% of the class and earned him the Hamilton Fund Chair’s Award. He has also spearheaded highly successful efforts to create generous endowments for several men’s and women’s sports teams, including hockey, lacrosse, and basketball. Full Citation 

Woods, a member of the faculty for three decades, is described in his citation as “a devoted teacher and an extraordinarily prolific and trailblazing composer who has written hundreds of compositions for choral, orchestral, chamber, and — most notably — jazz ensembles.” He was honored for helping to cultivate our community’s understanding of African American culture and history. “As an advisor and friend to countless students, including serving as mentor to the Miami Posse Class of 2022, your influence has extended well beyond the classroom and well beyond the campus,” the citation continued. “And you have used your remarkable gifts to speak forcefully against racial injustice to bring change and greater understanding.” Full Citation

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Show and Tell

More than 125 Hamilton students conducted research with faculty this summer, and the results of that work were on display in poster sessions held during Fallcoming. Some student researchers in the sciences and the Levitt Public Affairs Center talked with student writer Dana Blatte ’26 about what they learned.

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