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Derek Jeter Visit, Kennedy Center Opening Top 2014 Local News


Derek Jeter held a press conference at Hamilton before the Great Names event.
Derek Jeter held a press conference at Hamilton before the Great Names event.

The opening of the Kevin and Karen Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Performing Arts and former New York Yankees captain and shortstop Derek Jeter’s visit to Hamilton in December drew a great deal of interest from local media during 2014. Student research and volunteering garnered significant local attention, and faculty members and administrators offered expertise on timely news topics throughout the year.

In January several national and local news outlets reported that President Joan Hinde Stewart attended the White House’s Summit on Higher Education.  The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.), Observer-Dispatch (Utica, N.Y.), and WIBX’s (news/talk radio - Utica, N.Y.) Keeler in the Morning show covered the story.

First-year students John McCaffery and Charlotte Bennett were interviewed on ABC affiliate WUTR about the orientation and community service programs for new students starting at Hamilton in January.

Local NBC affiliate WKTV reported on disbursements from Hamilton’s Town-Gown Fund to non-profit and public safety agencies in the Town of Kirkland.

February brought news of a curriculum development event at the Wellin Museum for local public school educators. Megan Austin, manager of educational programming and outreach, discussed the museum’s program for a WKTV story.

A WUTR news segment announced the selection of Joseph “Peter” Kazickas ’15 to the 2014 Allstate Good Works Team. Kazickas and Men’s Basketball Coach Adam Stockwell were interviewed.

Later that month Professor of Music Michael “Doc” Woods discussed the power of music and its importance to the history of African-Americans for WUTR.

In March John Pitarresi ’70 wrote a Utica Observer-Dispatch (OD) article about what he learned at an Arboretum Association event regarding Hamilton’s record-holding Norway spruce.

There was significant local coverage on March 6 for the announcement that Hamilton and Colgate joined the online learning platform edX in a partnership agreement.  WKTV, WUTR, the Syracuse Post-Standard and Utica OD all covered the story.

As spring break began, articles in the Observer-Dispatch reported that Margaret (Maggie) Rosenbaum ’14 competed in her fourth NCAA Division III swimming and diving championships and broke her own record finishing second in the 200-meter butterfly.
An exhibit at the Wellin Museum, Refocusing the Lens Pranlal K. Patel’s Photographs of Women at Work in Ahmedaba, garnered local media interest in early April. The Rome Observer reported on a visit to the Wellin by the family of the late Pranlal Patel in conjunction with the exhibit.  An article published on the front page of the OD Living section high¬lighted the exhibition and included an interview with Lisa Trivedi, associate professor of history and co-curator of the exhibition. The article included a color photo of Patel’s family visiting the museum.

Perhaps the story that drew the most local interest in the first half of the year was the April announcement that New York Yankees captain and shortstop Derek Jeter would be the next guest in the Sacerdote Great Names series in December. WKTV, the OD, The Post-Standard, Time Warner Cable News, WSYR (ABC affiliate - Syracuse, N.Y.) were among the local media outlets covering the story.
A week later, several local media outlets reported on the announcement that the soon-to-be-completed theatre and studio arts center would be named for Kevin ’70 and Karen Kennedy.  The Central New York Business Journal, Utica OD, WKTV and Time Warner Cable news covered the story.

In May Lauren Brady ’14 and Joe Jensen ’15 were featured in an OD article about college students who balance academics while participating in multiple sports.
Many Mohawk Valley and Rochester news outlets reported on the hiring of Alfred University’s Dave Murray as Hamilton’s football coach. They included WKTV, WUTR, Daily Sentinel (Rome, N.Y.) and the Utica OD.
Events Administrator for the President’s Office Sue Campanie was interviewed for a WKTV segment about Commencement. The Observer-Dispatch (Utica, N.Y.) also reported on the event.
A late May Syracuse Post-Standard review on “In Context,” an exhibition at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, was complimentary, calling the show “compelling.”
Philip Klinkner, the James S. Sherman Professor of Government, discussed advertising tactics and campaign spending patterns in a local Congressional primary race in several local papers on numerous occasions prior to the election.
Ernest Williams, the William R. Professor of Biology Emeritus, was featured in a WRVO (NPR affiliate – Oswego, N.Y) June 2 segment in which he discussed environmental threats to the monarch butterfly.
A Herkimer Evening Telegram June article focused on the funded research in which Nicole LaBarge ’15 was engaged. Her project involved the examination of the environmental, social and economic benefits of consuming locally sourced food.
The College’s annual emergency drill in June received extensive local coverage including WUTR, WKTV Warner Cable News, news radio WIBX, the Utica OD and Clinton Courier.
Professor of Music Michael “Doc” Woods penned an opinion piece “ Justice should be colorblind,” in response to the crisis in Ferguson, Mo., and similar events for the Aug. 16 Utica OD.  And, in an OD front-page article on Aug. 20, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Amit Taneja was quoted about educational inequities in the secondary school system.
In a Utica OD article headlined “STUDY: Student debt can affect happiness, health, well-being,” Professor of Economics Stephen Wu discussed research that demonstrated the negative effects debt can have. Kristy Nole ’99 was also quoted about her positive experience at Hamilton.

As the new academic year began, several local media outlets reported on the annual volunteer event Hamilton Serves. Group leader Bryan Ferguson ’17 was interviewed on TV news segments for WKTV and WUTR. The Rome Daily Sentinel also covered it.
WUTR featured students participating in a new pre-orientation program called eXploration Adventure and the station also covered the “Off the Hill Challenge,” an event created by store owners in the Village of Clinton to encourage students to spend time in the village shops.
Head Football Coach Dave Murray discussed his coaching philosophy and the upcoming football season in a story in the Utica OD and WKTV also interviewed him prior to the opening of the 2014 season.
Faculty made the news as well. A WKTV news segment announced that a poem by Associate Professor of English Jane Springer would be published in The Best American Poetry anthology; Professor of Music Michael “Doc” Woods commented on the power of music in an ODS article titled Study: Music helps energize students’ developing brain; and 
Philip Klinkner, the James S. Sherman Professor of Government, speculated on the reasons behind the low number of Republican candidates running in local political races in separate Utica OD articles and on WKTV in September and October.
A September WKTV segment on a local performance of Annie noted that Hamilton alumnus Tom Meehan ’51 was the playwright for Tony award-winning musicals.

WKTV and WUTR on Sept. 22 and 23 featured the 10th annual Eat Local Challenge that featured food originating within a 150-mile radius of campus.

An Oct. 13 WUTR news segment reported on a “Wellin Kids” program at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art. Manager of Educational Programming and Outreach Megan Austin and School and Family Educator Amber Spadea were interviewed.
As the featured guest for the WKTV News Talk daily news segment, Dan Chambliss, the Eugene M. Tobin Distinguished Professor of Sociology, discussed the book he co-authored, How College Works.
Performing Arts Administrator Michelle Reiser-Memmer commented on a special dance performance that brought 500 students from four local schools to campus on Nov. 7 on WKTV.

Fallcoming, the opening of The Kevin and Karen Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts and the introduction of a new mascot generated broad local media attention in advance of and during these events. Outlets that featured Hamilton activities during Fallcoming included The Daily Sentinel, the Clinton Courier, WUTR, the OD and WKTV.

To close out the year there was extensive local coverage related to the Sacerdote Great Names program with Derek Jeter. Prior to the event articles and news segments reported about ticket information and announced that MLB broadcaster Harold Reynolds would be the event moderator. Outlets included the OD, The Syracuse Post-Standard, WIBX-AM (Utica), WUTR, WKTV The Telegram, WLZW-FM (Utica/Rome), WTVH (Syracuse CBS affiliate) and WSTM (Syracuse NBC affiliate). Those same outlets covered a pre-event press conference with Jeter on Dec. 10 and then the question and answer format Great Names event.

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