Kirkland Alumnae

Sharon Rippey

Dear Kirkland Friends,

As Chair of the Committee for Kirkland College, Jennie Morris K’72 has put in monumental effort to keep us connected to the college and to each other. She wrote letters, oversaw committee conference calls and reminded the college through her words and deeds that as long as our Kirkland alumnae exist, we will continue to inspire women on the Hill.

Many of you who have sat on committees would agree, I’m sure, that change is good for both for the Chair and for the Committee. Jennie’s shoes are very difficult to fill, and I hope that as our new chair I can live up to her expectations. Thank you, Jennie, for the time you have given us and all the work you have done to help us hold true to Kirkland's pioneering spirit. May I continue with your blessing; your guidance is priceless.

Earlier this year, with the aid of Hamilton College, I sent out a letter to all Kirkland alumnae, along with a survey. Many of you responded, and I continue to look forward to the mail each day in hopes that another survey will be delivered. As indicated by your responses, notes, updates and various other tidbits of interest will be emailed or mailed to you. Also, your mail preferences and how you wish, or do not wish, to be involved with the Hill will be shared with the Alumni Office in order to inform and involve you in the comings and goings of campus as you wish. If you have not already, I would encourage you to fill out the survey. It's always a pleasure to hear from you.

In our last committee meeting, we discussed whether we should remain the Committee for Kirkland College or if we should consider renaming ourselves the Kirkland College Alumnae Association. Please let me know what you think! We have worked diligently for recognition on and off campus, and the respect that Kirkland alumnae garner in the Hamilton community demonstrates our success. We remain coordinated, yet distinct from the college, and I believe we will continue to lead and inspire the young men and women on campus far into the future.

A few updates from on and off the Hill:

Campus construction projects continue apace. The big one is the new Theatre and Studio Arts building which is going up at the corner of Campus Hill Road and Green Apple Way. It will be a major addition to our arts facilities and will complement the beautiful Wellin Art Museum across the street. When we successfully complete the Kirkland Arts Challenge , generously funded through a matching challenge by Carol Travis Friscia K’77 and her husband Tony, the names of every woman who matriculated at Kirkland will be incorporated in one of the new arts buildings in a holistic, artistic way that expresses the spirit of Kirkland – a lasting tribute to all Kirkland women.

In New York City earlier this year Jo Pitkin K'78 headlined at a Bard event on the American circus which included a reading from her new book Cradle of the American Circus. Gina Werfel K'74 hosted alumni to an afternoon of art in Chelsea and friends gathered at the Bronx Museum to celebrate the opening of Solace on the Line by Susie Hartman K'74. Please read more in Kirkland Matters . Please consider sending your news and event ideas to alumni@hamilton.edu.

I sadly shared with some of you the notification of the passing of Life Trustee Fran Musselman’50, H’05, PK’75. Thank you for your expressions of support for a dear friend of Kirkland College. Remembering other important people in our history, the family of Comfort and Channing Richardson invite you to a memorial service, 11 a.m., June 30 in Hamilton College Chapel.

June 6-9, 2013 is Reunion Weekend and while all alumnae are invited, I offer my congratulations to the Kirkland classes of 1973 and 1978 on your 40th and 35th! I hope you will make it to the Hill to join the celebration and participate in panel discussions, concerts, fireworks and opportunities to revel in the beauty of campus. The alumni art show in Kirner- Johnson is being curated by our own Kate Faison Spencer K'79. For information or help registering, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 866-729-0314.

If there is something you wish to share with me, please contact me at lorir@vwg.com or mail me a note at 3195 N. Farmcrest Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45213.

Welcoming the spring and all its beauty in the Glen and on the Hill,

M. Lori Richard Reidel K’77
President, Kirkland College Alumnae Association

Save the Dates:

June 4-7, 2015 All Kirkland Reunion