As the semester drew to a close, students and members of the Hamilton community shared the spirit of giving and enjoyed some festive holiday events.
Students delivered gifts and food bags donated by Hamilton employees, athletic teams, and student organizations to Upstate Cerebral Palsy, Johnson Park Center, House of the Good Shepherd, and the Siegenthaler (Hospice) Center. The annual holiday gift drive was organized by Community Outreach and Opportunity Project (COOP) Senior Fellows Devin Herbert ’20 and Renee Varga ’20, who shopped and delivered gifts.
The men’s soccer team continued a tradition of generosity to Golisano Children’s Cancer Hospital in Syracuse. Over the past three years the team has raised more than $48,000 for the holiday gift program (gift cards and presents for each child), a gift cart loaded with gifts for children getting treatments, and support for family needs such as paying bills, travel, and hotel rooms. Coach Perry Nizzi said the team raises money collaborating with the Go4thegoal organization, which helps sponsor the Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer annual soccer game, this year against Bates College.
HAVOC hosted its annual Mitten Tree through which students picked a "mitten" and granted a wish for children ages 2 to 16. Gifts included clothes, games, puzzles, trucks, and dolls.
Women’s basketball shared the spirit of giving at the Johnson Park Center, delivering gifts to residents. Team members and staff donated money and went shopping together to purchase the gifts before they went home for break.
Students gathered to trim a tree and enjoy some pizza in the Chapel on Dec. 5, and the annual Citrus Bowl hockey game brought a large and enthusiastic contingent of Hamilton fans to Sage Rink on Dec. 6. Attendees enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies at the game, as well as a 1-0 Hamilton win over #13 Williams.
The annual Paws to Relax fetched students from their studies to the Fillius Events Barn to meet and greet furry friends. The event gives them the opportunity to interact and play with dogs in order to recharge and destress before finals week. Staff and faculty “donated” their dogs’ time, and all funds raised from the event were donated to Spring Farm Cares, a local animal shelter and nature sanctuary.
The second annual Light Our Village brought out a cheerful group on a snowy evening. The event focused on what light means to different people and different cultures. Attendees lit sparklers and enjoyed hot chocolate, s’mores, and cookies, and listened to performances by a cappella groups outside Sadove Student Center. The highlight was a group singing of Carissima.
As exam week started, Late Nite Breakfast featured some familiar faces in new roles. President David Wippman, Dean of Students Terry Martinez, and Vice President for Libraries and Information Technology Joe Shelley served up an evening breakfast of bacon, eggs, French toast, fruit, and bagels to students preparing for finals in the library.
On Dec. 12, a cappella groups presented their traditional holiday concert in the Chapel, and entertained not only with singing but with festive holiday attire. As finals week wrapped up, Sadove Programming hosted a study break with chair massages, hot chocolate, jewelry making, and cookie decorating.