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Opportunity Programs

Phyllis A.H. Breland
315-859-4398
315-859-4912 (fax)

The Opportunity Programs office is located in McEwen Hall 104.

Student News & Achievements

Phyllis Breland '80
Breland ’80 Presents CICU Webinar

Director of Opportunity Programs and Interim Director of Diversity and Inclusion Phyllis Breland ’80 presented a webinar titled “Routine for Learning” on July 15. The presentation was part of the NYGEAR UP summer webinar series presented by The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) in New York.  More ...

Opportunity Program students with David Wippman
Wippmann Welcomes New Students

Having arrived on campus on June 26, members of the Opportunity Program were among the first of the Class of 2020 to meet the college’s new president. David Wippman, who arrived on campus almost simultaneously with the students, joined the group of 39 for a photo followed by lunch on July 5.  More ...

The graduates file into the Field House.
PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel Urges Class of 2016 to “Do What Hasn’t Been Done”

In his address at Hamilton’s commencement, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel told the Class of 2016, “At this time in your life you know fewer limits, fewer taboos and fewer fears than you ever will in the future. So do not squander your ignorance! Go out and do what your teachers and parents thought could not be done, and what they never thought of doing,” he urged.  More ...

Kareem Watson '16
Kareem Watson ’16 Awarded Humanity in Action Fellowship

Kareem Watson ’16, a public policy major at Hamilton, has received the Humanity In Action Fellowship for travel to Berlin this summer. He is the first Hamilton student to receive this award. The fellowship recognizes commitment to social justice and future promise for community leadership. Humanity in Action is an international educational organization headquartered in New York City.  More ...

Amrika Sieunarine '16
Amrika Sieunarine ’16 Awarded College's Bristol Fellowship

Amrika Sieunarine ’16 has been awarded Hamilton’s Bristol Fellowship for her project “Women and Poverty: Uncommon Perspectives on an All Too Common Struggle.” The fellowship is designed to encourage Hamilton students to experience the richness of the world by living outside the United States for one year and studying an area of great personal interest. Sieunarine will receive a $30,000 award and travel to Brazil, Greece, Bangladesh, Thailand and Ghana.  More ...

NY Assemblyman Ron Kim ’02 mingles with parents during a reception in the Taylor Science Center atrium.
Parents Connect at 10th Annual Opportunity Programs Event

More than 60 Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) students and their families reunited for a day filled with information sessions, networking and student performances at the 10th annual Parents’ Connected Day on April 9.  More ...

Ramon Villalona and Rashveena Rajaram
NYC Trip Offers Taste of Positions in Finance

With graduation approaching, it may seem unusual that two senior economics majors have organized a trip to New York City for underclass students to meet with alumni executives at various financial institutions. Ramon Villalona and Rashveena Rajaram, co-presidents of Hamilton’s Finance Club, plan to expand their classmates’ vision of their career options  and assist them in making contacts  during this day-long event.   More ...

Ian Dunning '16 at the 41st annual Northeastern Storm Conference in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Ian Dunning ’16 Presents Research on 2014 Local Tornado

Ian T. Dunning ’16 presented a poster titled “A Deadly Tornado in Upstate New York:  The Smithfield Tornado of 2014” at the 41st Annual Northeastern Storm Conference held in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on March 4-6.    More ...

Students, faculty and organizers of the Global Volunteers service trip to Nevis with Ambassador Everson Hull.
History Meets Service on the Island of Nevis

A student service organization at Hamilton has big plans for Spring Break. Members will be volunteering with non-profit agencies on the Caribbean island of Nevis, birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, from March 19-26.  More ...

Kevin Herrera '16 presented a poster at the Northeastern Storm Conference.
Herrera ’16 Presents at Northeastern Storm Conference

Kevin A. Herrera ’16 presented a poster titled “Lightning Protection: Past, Present and Future on the Hamilton College Campus” at the 41st Annual Northeastern Storm Conference held March 4-6 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. His work was based on his senior thesis with Professor of Geosciences Cynthia Domack.  More ...

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