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Bob Moses '56
Bob Moses '56 Leads Discussion on Social Justice in Education

Civil rights leader Bob Moses, a member of the Hamilton class of 1956, led a discussion on April 19 on social justice in American education. Moses, whose work has included the creation of The Algebra Project to improve quantitative literacy in disadvantaged schools, led students, faculty, staff, and community members in discussing educational inequality in America and how it can be addressed. The event was the first for the new Diversity and Social Justice Project at Hamilton.  More ...

Hamilton Alumna Reports on Adirondack Roundtable

Noelle Short '05, an outdoor writer for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in Saranac Lake, returned to Hamilton to write an article about a forum held as part of the sophomore seminar “Forever Wild: The Cultural Histories of the Adirondack Park” this month. The forum, titled “Development and Preservation in the Adirondacks: The Tupper Lake Debate,” discussed the issues surrounding the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort at the former Big Tupper Ski Area. Panelists included Jim Frenette, Sr. of Tupper Lake, who has been the Intercounty Legislative Committee chairman, Adirondack Park Agency chairman and a Franklin County legislator; Jim Ellis of Tupper Lake, a community specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and a member of the Tupper Lake Planning Board; and Peter Hornbeck, chairman of the Residents Committee for the Protection of the Adirondacks. Sarah Mortati '08 was quoted in the article. “It struck me to see that there are real emotions and real people who this project is going to affect directly,” she said.   More ...

Andy Jones-Wilkins '89 Featured in San Francisco Chronicle Magazine

The March 19th edition of the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine featured Andy Jones-Wilkins in its weekly column Facetime. In the interview Jones-Wilkins comments on various aspects of running  100-mile ultramarathons. In the 2005 season, Andy finished second three times. This season, at the Rocky Raccoon 100-miler in Huntsville, Texas, Wilkins placed second again with a time of 14 hours and 57 minutes.

Running the ultramarathon, according to Jones-Wilkins, is about mental toughness and managing any obstacles the trail might throw at you. “The first 50 miles of a race are about using your strength and training. The second 50 miles are just managing the pain.” At the Western States Endurance Run in June, runners must wade through a 40m stretch of the American River.

After graduating from Hamilton, Jones-Wilkins got into the sport after doing a couple of bike tours with his wife. Now he is addicted. Even if he takes a day off from his morning run, his kids or his wife Shelly tell him to “get out the door and get a run in” as soon as he gets home.    More ...

Mike Farrell ’00 Expert on Maple Syrup Production

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise and The Lake Placid News recently featured articles about Mike Farrell and his work at the Cornell University Uihlein Forest Sugar Maple Research and Extension Field Station in Lake Placid. Noelle Short ’05 wrote both articles. In the article Farrell discusses his recent record breaking day and his expectations for the rest of the Maple Syrup season.

Tuesday March 28, 2005 was a record-breaking day for Farrell and his co-workers at the Uihlein Sugar Maple Station. With temperatures below freezing the night of Monday March 27, followed by highs in the 50s on Tuesday March 28, Uihlein Station had collected 5,000 gallons of sap. “It’s the most ever,” said Farrell of the day’s collection. “It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup, so that averages out to about 125 gallons for us.”

The record breaking day provided Farrell a much needed boost. The season had been a little slow until then. Uihlein was at one fourth of their output goal of 1,500 gallons.
The success of the rest of the season will depend on the weather. Farrell said of the rest of the season “As long as it stays cold enough, we won’t have to worry. Warm weather ends the season because bacteria grow and the tap holes will dry up.” With two to three weeks left in the season Farrell hopes to reach his goal and finish the year on a positive note.

For more information visit Cornell’s Website, The Adirondack Daily Enterprise, or The Lake Placid News.

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Annual Alumni Association Meeting
In accordance with Section 4.1 of its Constitution, the annual meeting of the Alumni Association will be held in the Chapel at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 3, 2006. Highlights will include the reading of the half-century annalist's letter and the presentation of the Bell Ringer Award. More ...
Hamilton College Announces New Alumni Trustees

The Hamilton College Alumni Association today announced the results of its Alumni Trustee election. Ann B. Hutchins '79, Harold W. Bogle '75 and Alexander C. Sacerdote '94 received the greatest number of votes, as certified by Elections USA, an independent firm contracted to manage the election, and will join the College's Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2006. Each year three Alumni Trustees are elected to serve four-year terms on the Board.  A total of 3,345 ballots (19% of alumni) were cast by the March 30, 2006 deadline with the results as follows:

Ann B. Hutchins '79                          2,155 votes

Harold W. Bogle '75                         2,067 votes

Alexander C. Sacerdote '94              1,898 votes

Ben S. Wu '73                                 1,777 votes

Peter D. Brown '73                           1,564 votes

The Alumni Association congratulates the new Trustees and thanks all of the candidates for their interest in serving Hamilton.

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New Composition by Melinda Wagner '79 Receives Acclaim in Washington
"Extremity of the Sky," a concerto for piano and orchestra by Melinda Wagner '79, received rave reviews for its debut by the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. on March 23. In a review of the concert (3/24/06), Tim Page of The Washington Post wrote "Far and away the best music of the night came with Melinda Wagner's 'Extremity of Sky,' a concerto for piano and orchestra that melds high modernism with prismatic color and romantic fancy. It is in four movements, contains a whopper of a part for pianist (here the estimable Emanuel Ax) and combines assertive mantric chiming with soft, neoimpressionist chords. Imagine Elliott Carter and Olivier Messiaen teaming up to write a concerto, add a certain lithe sense of mystery that is Wagner's own and you'll have some idea of 'Extremity of Sky.'" Wagner won a Pulitzer Prize for music composition in 1999.

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New Piano Concerto by Melinda Wagner '79 to be Performed in Washington and NYC
A new piano concerto composed by alumna Melinda Wagner '79, "Extremity of Sky," will be performed by Emanuel Ax and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. on Thursday and Saturday, March 23 and 25, and at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Thursday, April 6. Wagner, a Hamilton trustee, won a Pulitzer Prize for composition in 1999. More ...
Tim Berbenich '02 Moves from the NY Jets to Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On Thursday, the Bucs announced the hiring of seven new assistant coaches, including two who have left the USC staff to jump to the NFL. Ten years after hiring Rod Marinelli to coach their D-Line and shortly after Marinelli left to become the Detroit Lions new head coach, the Buccaneers have filled that position with the Trojans’ Franklin. The team’s new defensive backs coach, Greg Burns, is also fresh off that USC staff; he replaces Mike Tomlin, who is now the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings.

After seeing their coaching staff raided by four other organizations, the Bucs also filled six additional openings, including one from within. Jimmy Lake is the new assistant defensive backs coach, replacing Raheem Morris, who took the defensive coordinator position at Kansas State. Tim Berbenich and Nathaniel Hackett are the new offensive quality control coaches, replacing Kyle Shanahan, who joined Gary Kubiak’s new staff in Houston, and Chris Wiesehan. And Casey Bradley is the new defensive quality control coach, filling the vacancy left when Joe Woods followed Tomlin to Minnesota.

Berbenich comes to the Buccaneers from the New York Jets, where he was a quality control coach last season and an offensive assistant in 2003-04. Shultz spent the last two seasons as the strength and conditioning coach for the Minnesota Vikings. Lake, Hackett and Bradley, though, are three more NFL first-timers making the jump from the NCAA. Lake has coached at Eastern Washington, Washington and, most recently, Montana State. Hackett, the son of Buccaneers Quarterbacks Coach Paul Hackett, was on Stanford’s staff the last three years, serving as a specialists coach and recruiting coordinator in 2005. Bradley spent the last decade at North Dakota State, holding the defensive coordinator position for seven of those 10 years.

Berbenich spent three seasons (2003-05) as a member of the Jets coaching staff, including one season as a quality control coach in 2005. He served as an offensive assistant coach during his first two seasons (2003-04). Berbenich originally joined the Jets as an operations assistant for the 2002 season after interning in the operations department during training camps from 2000-01. From 1998-01, he played wide receiver for Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.
2006 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coaching Staff
• Jon Gruden, Head Coach
• Monte Kiffin, Defensive Coordinator
• Bill Muir, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
• Richard Bisaccia, Special Teams Coordinator
• Art Valero, Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs
• Joe Barry, Linebackers
• Tim Berbenich, Offensive Quality Control
• Casey Bradley, Defensive Quality Control
• Greg Burns, Defensive Backs
• Jethro Franklin, Defensive Line
• Jay Gruden, Offensive Assistant
• Paul Hackett, Quarterbacks
• Nathaniel Hackett, Offensive Quality Control
• Paul Kelly, Assistant to the Head Coach/Football Operations
• Aaron Kromer, Senior Assistant/Offensive Line
• Jimmy Lake, Assistant Defensive Backs
• Richard Mann, Wide Receivers
• Rod Middleton, Tight Ends/Assistant Special Teams
• Mike Morris, Head Strength and Conditioning
• Kurt Shultz, Assistant Strength and Conditioning

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Joe Howard '70 Appears in Film "The World's Fastest Indian"

The Kirkland Art Center (KAC) will be sponsoring a showing of Roger Donaldson's THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN Thursday night, March 16, at 7:00, at the Marquee Cinemas in New Hartford. Alumnus Joe Howardd '70 has a role in the film.

The KAC describes the film as follows: "Anthony Hopkins gives perhaps his most endearing, least showy performance in this film about a kind of heroism that has gone out of style. THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN, directed by Roger Donaldson, is based on the true story of New Zealander Burt Munro. Burt is a man in his 60s who has spent years tinkering with a 1920 Indian motorcycle. In 1967, Burt thinks the Indian may be ready to travel to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and take part in the annual Speed Week. The officials lack the heart to turn him away. Underfunded, without the support of a team and against all odds, he not only makes it to Bonneville, he sets a national land speed record, not once, but repeatedly."

The showing is the eighth in the KAC's "Bleak Winter Film Series." The series receives funding from the New York State Council on the Arts and is co-sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature. More ...
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