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Opportunity Knocks


Each summer, Opportunity Programs welcomes to campus a cohort of incoming students for an intensive academic college transition program.  The newest group, members of the Class of 2022, arrived on July 1.

The five-week program, directed by Phyllis Breland (HEOP) '80, introduces students to Hamilton’s academic rigor and assists them in building a personalized foundation for success, including an opportunity to fulfill College graduation requirements in quantitative and symbolic reasoning and in physical education.

After an Orientation program on Sunday night, the group got right into academics. Students are introduced to coursework that includes an emphasis on written and oral communication and critical reasoning. Courses include government, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, and science. The program also exposes students to time management skills, research methods, and library resources to assist in the development of a personalized routine for learning.

Hamilton faculty teaching this summer include Karen Brewer (Chemistry), Peter Cannavo (Environmental Studies), Wei-Jen Chang (Bioinformatics), Mark Cryer (Oral Communication), Cindy Domack (Geology), Todd Franklin (Philosophy), Jon Hind  ‘80 (Athletics), Rob Kantrowitz ‘82 (Math), Phil Klinkner (Government), Bill Pfitsch (Biology), Margaret Thickstun (Writing). The students also met with President David Wippman, who joined them for lunch on July 2.

Fourteen Hamilton students are serving as tutors for the program. 

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