Previous Issues - 2013-15

Fall 2015

A Legacy of Access and Opportunity

New and upgraded facilities. Balanced budgets during a global recession. A jump in student applications and selectivity. Yet when Joan Hinde Stewart retires in June after 13 years as Hamilton’s president, she will be remembered most for her commitment to enhancing the College’s reputation as a “school of opportunity.” Read highlights of her tenure and reflections from those who worked with her as she guided Hamilton. More ...

Say it Ain’t So

We asked 11 professors to play mythbuster and give us the skinny on common misconceptions in their fields. Want to know if ignorance truly is bliss or if we could run out of water? You’ve come to the right place. More ...

A Great Big View of the World

William Luers ’51 has served as a U.S. ambassador, president of the United Nations Association and president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. As co-founder and director of The Iran Project, he worked his back-channel diplomacy expertise to advance the nuclear deal approved in July. The word retirement doesn’t appear to be in his vocabulary. More ...

Spring 2015

Athletics & Academics

by Liz Morris '16 and Hannah Withiam '16

Bob Simon, who retired as professor of philosophy in December after 46 years on the Hill, talks about what he’s learned from his years as a teacher and coach, and how athletics and academics are mutually reinforcing. More ...

Faces Behind the Funds

Inventors, mentors, those who died in service to their country, even the first person to make a commercial trip around the world. The individuals whose names grace Hamilton’s endowed student scholarship funds are as diverse as their stories. Here are just a few. More ...

Café Opus Turns 20


With little fanfare — but tons of warm beverages and mango-brie paninis always served with a smile — the eclectic coffeehouse celebrated two decades on the Hill. More ...

Spring-Summer 2014

Turning Tragedy to Treasure


Instead of allowing grief and loss to define her, Patty Dunne Lewis ’88 decided to honor the memory of her husband, Adam Lewis ’87 — and the transformational impact education made in his life — by opening a preschool for low-income children. More ...

The Curtain Closes on Minor


Take a behind-the-scenes look at the last student production to be staged in Minor Theater. Built in 1872, the library, turned infirmary, turned performance space, will enter its next life as a residence hall in 2015. More ...

A Champion for Change


A decade ago this spring the first same-sex marriages took place in Massachusetts, and last year the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. Behind each landmark victory on the road to marriage equality is attorney Mary Bonauto ’83, known as a “giant” in the marriage-rights movement. More ...

Winter 2014

Ideas into Action

by Maureen A. Nolan

Armed with a great concept, the confidence to take some risks and, of course, their newly minted Hamilton degrees, these enterprising young entrepreneurs are leaving their mark in the world of business. More ...


‘The Wonderful Wellin’ Turns 25

Hamilton’s premier concert space, Wellin Hall in the Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts, has hosted hundreds of events since it opened in 1988. Take a look back at some of the highlights. More ...


Returning to his Roots

by Charlotte Hough ’14

From lawyer to White House senior staffer to business executive, John Emerson ’75 has added another title to his already-impressive résumé — diplomat — as the new U.S. ambassador to Germany. More ...

Spring 2013

Social Circles


Friendships, clubs, teams and service trump cliques and isolation — but students find that real bonding takes more than just hanging out. “It’s only when we forget” what an open, engaged community requires of its members, one says, “that it becomes closed.” More ...


Jewels in the Crown


Anchored by, but hardly limited to, three major collections — the Beinecke Collection on the Lesser Antilles; the works and papers of poet Ezra Pound, Class of 1905; and imprints by and about American communal societies — the holdings in Hamilton’s Special Collections and Archives are Burke Library’s gems. More ...


Odd Jobs Revisited


We last wrote about them in 2009, and more keep turning up — those unique careers, professions and gigs that dramatize the breadth and diversity of Hamilton’s impact on the world. This time we visit everyone from a pediatrician in the wilds of Alaska to a comic in the wilds of New York City. More ...

Summer-Fall 2013

The Many Paths to Spiritual Discovery

By Carrie Z. Kennedy ’90 and Alexandra Orlov ’13

Gone are the days of mandatory chapel. Today’s students have options for exploring the religious and spiritual aspects of their lives, including a support system whose mission, as described by Newman Chaplain John Croghan, is to “help kids bounce this important information around and ask, ‘OK, how does this fit me?’” More...

12 Life Lessons from Hamilton Professors

By Bret Turner ’13

As a first-year student, Bret Turner ’13 set out to meet all of Hamilton’s professors. His endeavor made him more than one of the most recognized faces on campus; it led to a collection of insights that he’ll remember for life. More...

Making the Case for the Liberal Arts 

By Allison Eck ’12

As the liberal arts tradition faces a new set of economic, philosophical and technological challenges, Hamilton remains true to its fundamental values and purpose while arming students with the skills they’ll need to succeed after graduation. More...

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