Hamilton College To Kick-Off Fund Drive

Hamilton College will welcome more than300 trustees, benefactors and friends to campus beginning Thursday, Sept. 18,for a weekend celebration culminating in the announcement of the largestcapital campaign in the college's history.

"This campaign represents our aspirations and ideals as we seek to demonstrateleadership and vision for the liberal arts in America," said Hamilton PresidentEugene M. Tobin.

The New Century Campaign targets five priorities for the liberal arts college.Topping the college's needs are additional endowed funds for studentscholarship aid.

In addition, Hamilton will seek to raise funds for faculty developmentprograms, including the creation of six named professorships; construction ofimproved science facilities, reflecting changes in science teaching methods forthe next century; support of programs sponsored by the Arthur Levitt PublicAffairs Center, Hamilton's unique undergraduate public policy think tank; andunrestricted annual giving, which supports on-going curricular andextracurricular programs.

Many of the activities planned for the weekend are free and open to thepublic.

A special highlight of the weekend will be a ceremony, never before held onthe Hamilton campus, to recognize the current holders of named professorships.The event will be held on Friday, Sept. 19, at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel. AustinE. Briggs, the Hamilton B. Tompkins Professor of English, will offer remarks.During the ceremony, Hamilton will recognize the 26 faculty members whocurrently occupy named professorships and will celebrate teaching excellenceacross the campus.

Also that afternoon, at 4:15 in the Dwight Lounge of the Bristol CampusCenter, members of Hamilton's Board of Trustees will lead a discussion of thecollege's endowment, including strategies for investment.

The majority of special events for the weekend will take place on Saturday,Sept. 20. Beginning that morning at 9:15 in the Science Auditorium, SheilaTobias of The Research Corporation will offer her views of the importance ofscience education now and in the future. Her address will be followed by adiscussion of Hamilton's plans for the sciences, which will be led by DougWeldon, Stone Professor of Psychology. Weldon also serves as the college'sscience curriculum and facilities coordinator.

Later that afternoon, three discussions have been scheduled. This first, at 2p.m. in the Kirner-Johnson Red Pit, will feature Career Center Director GeneRoche discussing "The Next Generation of Alumni Career Services." Roche is anational leader in career counseling at the undergraduate level.

The career center presentation will occur simultaneously with a roundtablediscussion by members of the Kirkland Project. Trustee Richard Couper will leadthe session, which will be held in the Fillius Events Barn. It is titled"Building Diversity and Community: Facing the Educational Challenge."

Following the Career Center and Kirkland Project presentations, members of TheArthur Levitt Public Affairs Center will discuss their programs in theKirner-Johnson Auditorium, beginning at 3:30.

Two special public events will conclude the day's activities. The first, at 9p.m. in the Fillius Events Barn, will feature world-famous jazz artists KennyDavern on clarinet, Bob Rosengarden on drums, Bob Haggart on bass, Ralph Suttonon piano, Dan Barrett on trombone and trumpet, and Joe Wilder on trumpet.

Also on Saturday evening, Marjorie and Robert W. McEwen Professor of TheatreCarole Bellini-Sharp will direct a performance of "Love Letters" in MinorTheatre at 10 p.m. Kirkland College alumna Sandra Faison and Hamilton alumnusAlan Bryce will perform.

For additional information about the weekend's events please call 859-4412.

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