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Student Travels Put Hamilton on the Map


There’s just no one answer to the question: “What are Hamilton students doing over spring break?”

They’re presenting chemistry research at a conference in in San Diego, working in a community garden in Baltimore and climbing mountains in New Hampshire.

Others are learning the ropes of leadership in Washington, D.C., building a Habitat for Humanity home in Virginia or training for spring sports in Florida.

They’re singing in churches in Chicago, Cleveland and Minneapolis, presenting their best Mock Trial arguments in Lancaster, Pa., and building park trails in Kentucky.

There’s just no one answer to the question: “What are Hamilton students doing over spring break?”

Hundreds of Hamilton students are spending part of their break travelling near…. (58.6 miles away – hiking the Adirondacks) and far…. (2,437 miles to Big Sur, Calif.).

 Associate Professor of Chemistry Adam Van Wynsberghe took a group of four selected with 26 others chosen nationally to the Undergraduate Workshop in Computational Chemistry which took place during the 251st American Chemical Society national meeting in San Diego.

Nearly 100 students are participating in the 10 trips of the 23rd annual Alternative Spring Break. They’re heading south to North and South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Tennessee to volunteer with non-profit organizations.

Members of Hamilton’s Global Volunteers and two faculty members are traveling a little farther for their volunteer service – to the island of Nevis in the British West Indies where they’ll work with youth organizations, a local library and an animal shelter. A trip to Alexander Hamilton’s birthplace is also on their schedule.

Twenty-three students, led by retired Ambassador Prudence Bushnell, are taking part in the 5th annual Levitt Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C., and another nine will be competing at the Lancaster Opening Round Championship Series Mock Trial Tournament in Pennsylvania. Another group is traveling to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington, D.C., March 20-22.  

About 165 members of Hamilton’s lacrosse, baseball, softball, tennis and golf teams are in various Florida cities getting a jump on spring competition and 65 members of men’s and women’s rowing teams are training in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

The Curling Team finished 5th overall in the collegiate championship in Chaska, Minn. In addition to the trip to Big Sur and the Adirondacks, Outing Club members are kayaking the Chesapeake Bay and climbing New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

The choir just ended its annual tour with 51 members performing in cities in the Midwest including Minneapolis where David Wippman, Hamilton’s president-elect, heard them sing.

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