Ernest Williams, the Leonard C. Ferguson Professor of Biology, will guide participants along the mile-long red shale path to observe 65 species of trees, many kinds of shrubs and scores of floral varieties. The group will have the opportunity to enjoy the quiet beauty of the glen and catch a glimpse of some of the 75 species of birds that have been spotted there throughout the years.
While the Hamilton Arboretum was founded in 2003, the legacy of the College tree history dates back to the 1850's with planting of the Oren Root group. Arboretum Director Terry Hawkridge P'01, will lead a power point slide presentation on the legacy of the Hamilton trees followed by a tour of the Hamilton Arboretum. This talk will focus on the last 30 years of the Arboretum's history.
Hamilton Alumni Review Editor Emeritus Frank Lorenz has provided epitaphs for the many notable men and women who are buried in the Hamilton cemetery in his 38 years with the college. Frank has a deep knowledge of Hamilton's history and a special skill in memorializing Hamiltonians honed by his years as the author of the Necrology section of the Alumni Review. Frank began his time at Hamilton as head of reference in the Burke Library and has also served as the curator of special collections. He will give a tour of the Hamilton cemetery and share the history of some of its more memorable names.
The past two years have brought much discussion about the performance of the endowment and the impact it has on an institution's fiscal health. Hamilton's Chief Investment Officer Peter Tonetti will discuss the impact of recent market fluctuations and the College's continued focus on long-term performance. Tonetti will be joined by members of the Investment Committee of Hamilton's Board of Trustee for a question and answer session immediately following the presentation.
Career educators will take a look at major developments in public education over the past forty years. Dick Cohen '70, Ting-Yi Oei '70 and Professor Susan Mason will discuss the changes they have witnessed as teachers with over 70 collective years in experience in the educational system. [Watch Video]
The healthcare debate is one of the most provocative issues in the United States today. This panel led by three graduates from the Class of 1970, will give attendees the chance to ask all the burning questions that have gone unanswered throughout this debate. The panelists have careers in different areas of healthcare and are very familiar with the issues, both at home and abroad. Thomas Biancaniello has worked in the field of medicine for 35 years, serving as a pediatric cardiologist and professor at numerous institutions. Mark Kahn is a vascular surgeon out of New Jersey. Donald Stangler is an internist and rheumatologist with his own practice in Connecticut who has served at two healthcare companies, including Oxford Health Plans and UnitedHealthcare. Don has also worked abroad in France at the American Hospital of Paris for 10 years and has a good understanding of the French Healthcare System.
Dark energy is one of the most fascinating recent discoveries in astrophysics and cosmology. This mysterious energy component constitutes close to 70% of the universe and is responsible for the acceleration of the universe's expansion; yet its nature remains unclear. In her talk, Hamilton College Assistant Professor of Physics Natalia Connolly will review how dark energy was discovered, what our present state of knowledge about dark energy is, and what experimental data might help us learn more about it. Born in Minsk, Belarus, Natalia graduated from Kenyon College in 1995 with a B.A. in physics and received her Ph.D. in high energy particle physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2001.
The panel will discuss the current federal estate tax law and proposed changes with their opinion as to what might happen in 2010 and 2011. Strategies will be discussed to maintain flexibility during changing estate tax times. The use of disclaimer Wills and trusts, generation-skipping trusts and taking advantage of gift tax exemption on assets that might increase in value in the future. Charitable giving will also be discussed as a way to reduce future estate taxes. Panelists include Bob Kessler, Bob Pomeroy, and Norm Smith, all members of the Class of 1965.
A diverse mix of class of '80 writers explore the highs, lows and in-betweens of the professional writing life. Damian Slattery served as a reporter at Sports Illustrated for 20 years, and as a longtime documentary and feature film writer. He now works in marketing for TIME Magazine. Sandy Gingras is the author/illustrator of 14 gift books which have sold over 200,000 copies.
From a biography of one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century, to a history of professional ice hockey in Clinton, New York; from guides on music and record collecting, to the thrilling world of gambling on dart games, the published works of Hamilton's Class of 1985 are both extensive and diverse. In this panel, several of the class's authors will offer their observations on getting first books published, the research and fact-checking necessary, working with your editors versus self-publishing, the thrill of seeing your first book come off the press, and other instructions and anecdotes from the published world. The panel includes author-screenwriter Frank Baldwin (Balling the Jack, Jake and Mimi), author-columnist Amy Biancolli (Fritz Kreisler: Love's Sorrow, Love's Joy, House of Holy Fools: A Family Portrait in Six Cracked Parts), author-historian Fred Zalatan (The Clinton Comets - From the Chenango Canal to National Championships), author Scott Sipprelle (The Golden Dog) and author-photographer Chuck Miller (Warman's American Records 1950-2000, Ghost Signs of the Capital District). Mark T. Sullivan is a former investigative reporter and the author of seven critically-acclaimed and internationally bestselling novels, including The Purification Ceremony, The Serpent's Kiss, and Triple Cross. Read more about this Alumni College...
Join award-winning Pastry Chef Stephen Durfee, '85, for a cooking demonstration featuring everyone's favorite ingredient: chocolate! Renowned for creating memorable desserts as the Executive Pastry Chef at The French Laundry in Yountville, California, Chef Durfee has spent the last nine years educating future generations of chefs at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Greystone, where he teaches courses in Pastry and Confectionary Arts. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the world of pastry from an expert instructor and national culinary competitor, who is sure to lend inspiration to your pursuits in the home kitchen. [Watch Video]
The Class of 1975 was the first freshman class eligible to vote in a presidential election. From the election in November 1972 through the end of the century, youth participation and political engagement declined in nearly every cycle. College students today are in a very different place, participating as much as college students did back in 1972. Bill Purcell '75 will review a decade of youth polling by Harvard's Institute of Politics and talk about what it means for elections, government, and the rest of our lives (more or less). Bill is the Director of Harvard's Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Neal Pilson, Class of 1960 and former President of CBS Sports, will talk about the Business (and the Joy) of Television Sports. He will address the questions as to why sports is such a huge entertainment industry and how television coverage has impacted the business of sports. He will also have videotapes of program highlights that he used when he spoke to Hamilton students in the 1980s and 1990s. Neal is now President of his own sports media consulting firm, Pilson Communications, and in recent years has represented NASCAR, the IOC, the Rose Bowl, the World Series of Poker, the Kentucky Derby and many other clients. He has worked in television since 1969 and during his 40 year career has negotiated over $15 Billion in sports rights agreements.
From sports for children to intercollegiate and professional teams, ethical issues arise at all levels of athletics. Hamilton Athletic Director and Professor of Physical Education Jon Hind '80, Marjorie and Robert W. McEwen Professor of Philosophy Robert Simon P'91, 94 and Assistant Professor of Physical Education Patty Kloidt will address selected issues arising at different levels of competitive sports, including questions that arise in the context of intercollegiate athletics, especially Division III. [Watch Video]
The admission process at Hamilton has evolved to match the times yet holds true to the ideals of the College. Jay Bonham '93, the associate dean of admission, will discuss the Hamilton admission process, emphasizing the key attributes admission professionals look for in successful applicants. Jay will also put today's prospective students in a historical and competitive context, and discuss "legacy" applicants and the growing impact of the Internet.
Insurance and care are fundamental issues in the healthcare debate today. One of the issues making this a hot button topic are differing views and opinions at many levels and from many angles. This panel will feature three members of the Class of 1965, including Michael Sheahan, the emeritus clinical professor of medicine and rheumatology at Case-Western Reserve University, former medical director of QualChoice Health Plan, and past president of Cleveland Physicians Inc. He will be joined by Samuel Havens, who spent 28 years with Prudential in various positions, including president of the HMO subsidiary, then president of the Employee Benefit Division. Since retirement, he has served on several boards, including that of Rhode Island Blue Cross. Douglas Roberts is a cardiologist and the president of the Cardiology Group in Williamsville, NY and has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Curious about the nature of campus life since he had graduated, Barrett Seaman '67 set out to learn firsthand what had changed since he graduated from Hamilton and why. Using the journalistic tradecraft developed over a thirty-year career at Time Magazine, Seaman explored the culture of student life at 12 colleges and universities, Hamilton among them. By living in college housing and interviewing hundreds of students, administrators and faculty from 2003 to 2005, he was able to draw a detailed and often disturbing picture of an undergraduate culture that was profoundly different from his own four decades earlier. In his Alumni College talk, he will discuss how he researched and wrote Binge: Campus Life in an Age of Disconnection and Excess and what he learned about social pressures, dating and sex life, drug and alcohol use, racial and ethnic diversity and the relationship between students and professors outside the classroom on America's college campuses.
Members of the Class of 2005 and leadership of the alumni organization Graduates for a Greener Hamilton, Peter Holzaepfel in particular, will be joined by members of the College administration and faculty, including Associate Vice President for Facilities and Planning Steve Bellona and Assistant Professor of Government Peter Cannavo, to discuss ways Hamilton is becoming a more environmentally conscious institution. [Watch Video]
How did "The Hamilton Experience" emphasizing writing, speaking and critical thinking land an unlikely candidate behind the wheel of the fastest sport in the world? Gillian Zucker '90 explores how a Hamilton education can fuel a career in anything. Zucker became the fourth president of Auto Club Speedway (formerly California Speedway) on June 23, 2005. She is the first female president of a track that hosts two of auto
racing's most popular event, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Lessons from Accidental Entrepreneurs will be of interest to all alumni who have ever considered starting their own ventures, who are currently engaged in entrepreneurship or who just enjoy stories "from the trenches." None of these Hamilton/Kirkland alumni envisioned themselves as entrepreneurs when they left the Hill, but through inspiration and opportunity that is where they found themselves. The presentation will include panelist thoughts on delegating from day 1, now you're in business-how to stay in business; how to start-it is possible to know too much? And why starting up in bad times is a good time. The panelists will include Gretchen Grad '85, Blake Darcy '78, Jennifer Morris K'72 and Scott Sipprelle '85. The panel will be moderated by Nathana Josephs '80.
We will discuss what Bon Appétit has done and will continue to do to lower the "carbon footprint" of our cafés. Specific examples and situations will be reviewed and carbon friendly snacks will be available.
Gamelan music is a shimmering blend of slow-moving melodies and interlocking melodic elaborations punctuated by gong strokes and intricate drumming patterns. This music, both hypnotic and energetic, is used to accompany shadow puppetry and dancing in Indonesia, and Western classical composers (e.g., Debussy, Poulenc, Britten) have drawn on its distinctive sound for inspiration. Hamilton College owns a Javanese gamelan, an ensemble that consists of approximately 25 instruments: metallic keyed instruments similar to xylophones, hanging gongs, pot gongs, and drums. Led by Professor of Music Lydia Hamessley, this interactive session will give people the opportunity to play a gamelan piece and learn about these instruments and the culture from which the music comes. No previous musical experience is required.
Join writer and jazz producer Greg Thomas and documentarian Carol Bash for a fun and educational jazz discussion. Carol, who began her career at 60 Minutes, is completing a documentary on jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams titled "The Lady Who Swings the Band." 2010 marks the centennial of Williams' birth. Greg, a consultant with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem whose byline has been featured in publications ranging from Salon.com and the Village Voice to American Legacy and London's Guardian Observer, will show excerpts from the online jazz TV series that he hosts, Jazz it Up!, which recently completed its second season of 10 half-hour episodes. In addition to the formal presentation, Monk Row, the Joe Williams Director of the Jazz Archive and a lecturer in music performance will delight the audience with a brief musical interlude.
Laura Wilder graduated with a BA in Studio Art from Hamilton College in 1980 and from commercial art trade school in 1982 before becoming a commercial artist. In 1994 she started her own business to fulfill a dream. Laura will discuss finding her vision and compromising this vision to earn a living. She will explore the delicate issue of balance to make a living and questioning whether the choices made were necessary while taking us on light-hearted journey of her life. She will also share anecdotes about how she got into dog portraits without intending to, the building of relationships with her clients and how to can get back on track once you've experienced burn-out.
Maryline Damour is a Hamilton graduate from the Class of 1990. She and her partner founded Bomba Cucina at the insistence of friends who wanted to hire them to cater their events. Today, Bomba Cucina offers a range of services from cooking classes to wine consultations, as well as catering dinner parties and other events. Damour's discussion will focus on a range of Italian cow and sheep's milk cheeses and discuss how to best pair them with condiments and Italian wines.
Over the course of Reunions ’10 Weekend, the speakers at the 30+ Alumni College events informed alumni on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the most pressing concerns on an international scale to the history and current debates of Hamilton itself. More ...