Two Hamilton Students Receive Award for Creativity

Hamilton College seniors Philip Poh and MeghanUlrich have been named winners of the Steven Daniel Smallen Memorial Fund forStudent Creativity.

The Smallen Fund was established at Hamilton in 1993 by his parents, David andAnn of Clinton, to honor the memory of their son, who attended Haverford andHamilton and was the 1990 valedictorian at Clinton High School. Steven died in1992 of leukemia.

The Smallen Fund promotes creativity among Hamilton students by providingmoney for projects that display originality, expressiveness and imagination.It is intended to be an incentive for students to stretch themselves to createsomething that can be shared with the Hamilton community.

Poh is currently conducting a year-long independent study titled, "Comics: AnExpressive Medium to Access Culture." The result of his study will be atwo-volume graphic (cartoon) novel detailing ways in which cultures andethnicity contribute to the formation of personal identity.

Ulrich's proposal entails the construction of three-dimensional weathervanes,an adaptation of folk art that will also serve as her senior project in art.

Hamilton President Eugene M. Tobin called the fund, "a poignant and enduringtestimonial to Steve's impact on the lives of those he touched. It representsan innovative and greatly appreciated means of cultivating the creativeimagination and inspiration of Hamilton's students."

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