Nearly 1,700 Hamilton alumni, parents, and friends were welcomed on College Hill by an autumn chill and plenty of sunshine for Fallcoming/Family Weekend, Sept. 23 to 25.
Paul Reichert ’90, Monk Rowe and his wife Rosemary, David Wippman.
Alumni Association Vice President Adriana Schmeling Payne ’92, Alumni Association President John Christopher '83, Monk Rowe and his wife Rosemary, David Wippman. Photo: Zack Stanek

Among the highlights, Paul Reichert ’90 received the Alumni Council’s Jeff Little Volunteer of the Year Award, and Monk Rowe, the Joe Williams Director of Hamilton’s Jazz Archive, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award.

“No sooner had you graduated when you began a new journey of giving back to your alma mater, always with the goal of productively engaging and connecting alumni with each other,” read the citation for Reichert. He has volunteered in a variety of roles for Hamilton ranging from service on several Reunion Gift committees, the Washington, D.C., regional planning committee, and the Admission Office’s HART program. As regional president for the DC area, he hosted alumni and students gathered for the 50th anniversary of the Hamilton Program in Washington in 2019. Reichert’s diverse talents also include contributing illustrations for Hamilton alumni publications.

Rowe has amassed more than 440 video interviews that collectively form a history of jazz during the Big Band Era. He has traveled the U.S. and beyond conducting interviews and sharing information about the archive at such venues as the International Association of Jazz Educators in Toronto, the International Society of Music Educators in Glasgow, and, in New Orleans at the Jazz Education Network. Saxophonist Rowe performs regionally and composes pieces for a variety of ensembles. “In everything you do, you demonstrate a wonderful generosity of spirit,” his citation read. “Always humble and kind — despite your celebrity status — you are a genuine treasure to Hamilton, our community, and beyond.”

David Wippman

Other weekend highlights included:

  • College Update with President David Wippman
  • Science poster sessions featuring students’ summer research
  • A range of performing arts including Professor of Theatre Marc Cryer’s reprisal of Thurgood, his one-man show about the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice that he presented at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer; FallcomingP jazz with Monk Rowe; performances by Hamilton’s five a cappella groups; and a concert featuring the College choir, jazz ensemble, and orchestra
  • “Classes Across the College,” a faculty panel-style conversation on the breadth of Hamilton’s curricular offerings in support of a liberal arts education
  • Varsity sports action featuring football, field hockey, women’s tennis, volleyball, men’s and women’s rowing, and men’s and women’s soccer
  • A celebration of the Wellin Museum’s 10th anniversary, with a panel of past and current student docents
  • Career Center Parent Fair and information sessions

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