2009 Family Weekend Gets Under Way on Oct. 29

The Hamilton College Choir will provide Family Weekend entertainment.
The Hamilton College Choir will provide Family Weekend entertainment.
More than 1,700 students and their family members will gather on Oct. 29-Nov.1 for Hamilton's annual Family Weekend. The weekend will give guests a good idea of all the Hill has to offer, as activities are planned to entertain and educate.

Events kick off on Friday with a Summer Research poster session in the Science Center Atrium and in Kirner-Johnson Commons. Last summer, more than 100 students conducted research with Hamilton faculty; science researchers and Levitt Center Fellows will display posters of their work, and Emerson scholars will give oral presentations.

English Department faculty Doran Larson and Tina Hall will read from their recently published works beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Friday in Philip Spencer House, and families can sit in on an open rehearsal for the student theatre production of Moliere's The Learned Ladies at 4:15 p.m. in Minor Theater. Families can also take an Arboretum Tour or view the Emerson Gallery’s three exhibits.

On Friday at 8 p.m. the Hamilton College Choir and College Hill Singers present the musical portion of a program shared with the Department of Dance, featuring choral works and spirituals.

On Saturday morning, families can join Dean of Students Nancy Thompson and the Division of Student Life for a continental breakfast. Following that, President Joan Hinde Stewart will deliver the annual State of the College address at 10 a.m. in Wellin Hall.

On Saturday at 11:30 a.m. visitors to the Hill can participate in the 1812 Heritage Garden Tour. In anticipation of the College's bicentennial in 2012, the Food for Thought course (CS 235) is attempting the re-creation of an early 19th century kitchen garden, one that would have been typical in Clinton at the time of the College's founding. Professors Franklin Sciacca and David Gapp will give a presentation on the establishment of the garden (now two years old) and how this garden plays a role in the Food for Thought course and the celebration of the College's bicentennial.

In separate 1 p.m. sessions for parents of seniors and parents of underclassmen, the Career Center will offer, respectively, a career information session and The Competitive Edge, an overview of the steps necessary for students to be competitive in their post-Hamilton pursuits.

On the lighter side, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Yodapez: Student Comedy Improv offers family-friendly improvisation by Hamilton's own comedic talent, and prize-winning student writers will share their poems and short stories in a reading and reception sponsored by the English department.

At 5 p.m. and again at 5;45 p.m. parents can see what their children experienced on this year's Adirondack Adventure trips as Assistant Director of Outdoor Leadership Sarah Weis presents slides from the popular first-year orientation program. The field hockey and volleyball teams have weekend contests as well.

Evening entertainment includes a concert with the Hamilton College Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, and Choral Rage: Musical Improv Comedy from the Magnet Theatre in New York City. Choral Rage is an ensemble of talented performers who take audience suggestions and then sing and dance their way into an improvised and one-of-a-kind musical.
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