Dalke will study and compare the effects of river regulation and recreation on the Zambezi River in Africa and the Buller River in New Zealand. She plans to kayak, canoe and raft both rivers in order to discover the different communities and cultures that each supports and how these contexts have affected or ought to affect river management and regulation.
An English concentrator with a minor in biology, Dalke is a Dean's List student and a writing tutor at the Nesbitt-Johnston Writing Center. She was a member of the women's varsity cross country team that competed in the 1995 NCAA Division III national championship in Wisconsin and has served as captain of the team her last two years. Last fall, she was named all-academic.
An avid photographer, Dalke expects to use her interest in photography documenting her findings during her year abroad. She also enjoys fly fishing, mountain biking, skiing and hiking. Her honor's thesis in English analyzes Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.
The Bristol Fellowship for International Travel was created by the family of William M. Bristol, Jr., a 1917 Hamilton graduate. It is designed to encourage discovery of self and the world, to ensure greater appreciation and understanding of people and culture, and to enable individuals to act on great ideas through a year-long program of independent study outside the United States, according to Katheryn Doran, associate professor of philosophy at Hamilton and a member of the on-campus selection committee.
"It is through the application process," Doran said, "and then living and learning abroad for one year that the fellowship hopes to foster the passion in learning about the world, the self-confidence to develop an idea fully, and the self-reliance to pursue it."
Dalke is the third winner of the fellowship. The inaugural recipient of the award, Philip Poh, spent a year in Hong Kong creating a cartoon-illustrated account of the transition of the British colony to China. His work is a traditional Chinese storytelling form that blends text with detailed illustrations.
The 1997 winner, Victor Rodriquez, has spent the year studying the roots and the steps of the Brazilian martial art dance form called the Capoeira. The Capoeira has its roots in African slave culture and is a very athletic, highly formalized martial arts dance performed to music. Rodriquez has pursued the dance's roots in Brazil and in the Caribbean.
Fellowship winners receive a grant to support themselves for a year abroad studying an area of special interest. Proposals are reviewed by a committee and are judged on the spirit of inquisitiveness and the potential for adventure that they demonstrate.
William Bristol, Jr. was the son of a founder of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. He worked for 40 years for the company, heading the international division at the time of his retirement.
Mr. Bristol was also a great friend of Hamilton, serving on the Board of Trustees and as president of the Alumni Association. Through his work at Bristol-Myers and into retirement, Mr. Bristol traveled widely and believed strongly in the importance of learning languages and experiencing different cultures. The Fellowship is a living tribute to that spirit, Doran said.
Hamilton is a highly selective, residential college that offers its 1,650 students a rigorous liberal arts curriculum. It is the third oldest college in New York State and is named in honor of U.S. statesman Alexander Hamilton, a charter trustee of the college's predecessor, the Hamilton-Oneida Academy.