Hamilton’s spring break has begun, and students are hopping on jitneys, buses and planes to begin their adventures.  This year’s break, March 10 through 26, will see them travel near and far.

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The 64-person choir has set off to Italy for a 10-day spring tour. They’ll sing at a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and perform in Venice, Florence and Ravenna.

Fourteen students in Professor Maurice Isserman’s History of Himalayan Mountaineering class are taking an even longer trip - some 7500 miles+ – to Kathmandu, where they will spend 10 days climbing to the base camp of Annapurna in the Himalayas.

Another six students with Associate Professor of Japanese Kyoko Omori are off to Kyoto, Japan, for an exchange visit with Doshisha University.

Back in the United States, seven groups of students will spend a week volunteering with various Alternative Spring Break trips, volunteer service trips. Students will work on Habitat for Humanity projects in Pittsboro, and Greensboro, N.C., Elizabethtown, KY., and Marion County, S.C. Others will work at Land Between the Lakes in Golden Pond, KY., the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development in Baltimore, and on the Cumberland Trail in Tennessee.

A new service opportunity, New York City Urban Project (NYCUP) is hosted by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. It will enable 10 students to spend the week learning what it means to be stewards of their resources, time and influence. 

An Outing Club trip will head to the White Mountains of New Hampshire for backpacking, and Student Media Board members are representing Hamilton at a College Media Association conference in New York City.

The Mock Trial team is preparing its best arguments for the Opening Round Championship Series Mock Trial Tournament in Lancaster, Pa., and 28 students are taking part in the 6th annual Levitt Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. meeting with government leaders, members of the media and nonprofit CEOs.

About 165 members of Hamilton’s lacrosse, baseball, softball, tennis and golf teams will be in various Florida cities getting a jump on spring competition. Meanwhile, back up north the men's hockey team will head to Vermont for a second round NCAA championship game against Norwich University on March 18.

Other students will be presenting academic research at professional conferences such as the Northeastern Geological Society of America Meeting in Pittsburgh and the Society for American Archaeology in British Columbia.

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