Michael Nelson '16 speaks to guests during the annual Comstock Luncheon.
Michael Nelson '16 speaks to guests during the annual Comstock Luncheon.

It was a sometimes chilly but heartwarming and highlight-filled Fallcoming weekend October 1-4 as alumni, family and friends returned to celebrate autumn on the Hill.

Morris House, the new and most sought-after residence hall at Hamilton, was dedicated on Friday. Charter trustee Robert S. Morris ’76, P’16, ’17 and his wife Mary Helen provided the leadership gift for the $6 million transformation of Minor Theater into an expanded 10-suite, apartment-style hall. The renovated, apartment-style building consists of 10 suites with double and single rooms, housing 52 students. The Morrises, President Joan Hinde Stewart, Dean of Students Nancy Thompson, Hamilton Board of Trustees chairman Steve Sadove ’73, Student Assembly President Andrew Fischer ’17 and Morris family friend Jerrold Newman cut the ribbon for the residence hall that has its first occupants this semester.

Ambassador Thomas Pickering, a career foreign service officer and distinguished fellow, foreign policy, at the Brookings Institution, spoke to a large crowd in the Chapel in a lecture titled “Iran: Deal or No Deal?”  He was later awarded an honorary degree by President Joan Hinde Stewart and Ambassador Bill Luers '51 during the Fallcoming Awards Dinner.

David Solomon ’84, co-head of Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, spoke with more than 65 students on careers in investment banking.

At the annual Fallcoming Awards dinner on Friday night Joel Johnson ’65 was honored as the Jeff Little ’71 Volunteer of the Year. Johnson served as chairman of the trustee Committee on Budget and Finance from 2002 to 2013.  In 2007 he and his wife Beth created the J.W. Johnson Family Chair in Environmental Studies, the largest endowed chair in Hamilton’s history.

Steve Bellona, associate vice president for facilities & planning and assistant indoor & outdoor track & field programs coach, was named the inaugural recipient of the Wertimer - Couper award. It will be given annually to an employee who goes above and beyond in service to students.

The Helen and Doane Comstock ’27 Memorial Luncheon celebrated student scholarship and enabled students to meet the donors who make their scholarships possible.

The Multicultural Alumni Relations Committee (MARC) hosted a Saturday lunch with student leaders in the Days-Massolo Center, providing much opportunity for networking between alumni and students.

Alumni and families also cheered on the Continentals in a NESCAC weekend vs. Wesleyan University as the football, men and women’s soccer, and field hockey teams competed. The always-popular Fallcoming Jazz performance featured Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar, and Hamilton a capella groups performed.

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