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From left, Dave Thompson, Cindy Domack, Betsy Jensen, Elaine Heekin
Hamilton salutes four distinguished members of the faculty who retired this year after a combined 152 years of service to the College. They are Cynthia Domack, professor of geosciences; Elaine Heekin, professor of dance and movement studies; Elizabeth Jensen, professor of economics; and David Thompson, professor of physical education and director of campus wellness.
 Cynthia Domack
Cynthia Domack

Appointed to the faculty in 1985, Cindy Domack specializes in paleontology, oceanography, and coastal geology. She is also interested in meteorology. Her research has centered on micropaleontology, specifically the study of Cenozoic Radiolaria, and her papers and articles have appeared in such publications as Paleobiology and the Journal of Geoscience Education. A recipient of the Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award and the Sidney Wertimer Award presented by Student Assembly, she holds a doctorate and master’s degree from Rice University and a bachelor’s degree from Colby College. Domack has served on Hamilton’s Student Fellowships Committee, Americans with Disabilities Act Access Committee, and Committee on Academic Policy, among others.

Elaine Heekin
Elaine Heekin

Elaine Heekin has performed, choreographed, and taught contemporary dance throughout the United States. Having joined the faculty in 1985, she earned a master’s degree in dance choreography at the University of California at Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York at Brockport, in addition to certification in Laban Movement Analysis from the University of Seattle. Her works have been set at numerous colleges and selected for festivals in such cities as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Heekin has published several articles addressing the effects of Bartenieff Fundamentals (body therapy) on older adults, and is a certified instructor in Pilates.

Elizabeth Jensen
Betsy Jensen

Betsy Jensen is co-author of Industrial Organization: Theory and Practice, a leading textbook developed in part from her experiences teaching at Hamilton since 1983. Having earned a doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College, her research interests include economics education, predictors of college academic success, professional standards at liberal arts colleges, and student course choice. Jensen has been recognized as the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor and received the Class of 1962 Outstanding Teaching Award. She has chaired the Economics Department, Faculty Committee on Budget and Finance, and Writing Advisory Committee, in addition to serving on numerous other College committees.

Dave Thompson
Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson came to Hamilton in 1983 as head coach of the swimming and diving program. During his 20-year tenure, he coached 123 qualifiers for the NCAA Division III championships and 49 All-Americans. He led the men to a dual meet record of 113-47 and guided the women to a 100-66 mark. Thompson spent four years as director of athletics and chair of the Physical Education Department before transitioning in 2006 to a broader role as director of campus wellness and the Blood Fitness and Dance Center. A recipient of The Jerome Gottlieb ’64 Fellowship for Exemplary Coaching at Hamilton, he was honored by the Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award. He holds a master’s degree from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University.

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