The autumn weekend brings a good mood – news

Nearly 1,700 Hamilton alumni, parents and friends were greeted on College Hill by an autumn chill and plenty of sunshine for Fallcoming/Family Weekend September 23-25.

Alumni Council Executive Committee Member Adriana Schmeling Payne ’92, Paul Reichert ’90, Monk Rowe and his wife Rosemary, David Wippman. Photo: Zack Stanek

Among highlights, Paul Reichert received the Alumni Council’s Jeff Little Volunteer of the Year Award in ’90 and Monk Rowe, Joe Williams director of Hamilton’s Jazz Archive, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award.

“As soon as you graduated, you began a new way of giving something back to your alma mater, always with the aim of productively involving alumni and networking with one another,” says Reichert’s justification. He has volunteered for Hamilton in a variety of capacities, from service on several Reunion Gift Committees, the Washington, DC, Regional Planning Committee and the Admission Office’s HART program. As regional president for the DC area, he hosted alumni and students who gathered in Washington for the 50th anniversary of the Hamilton program in 2019. Reichert’s diverse talents also include contributing illustrations to Hamilton alumni publications.

Rowe has collected more than 440 video interviews that together form a history of jazz during the big band era. He has traveled the US and beyond conducting interviews and sharing information about the archive at venues such as the International Association of Jazz Educators in Toronto, the International Society of Music Educators in Glasgow and in New Orleans at the Jazz Education Network. Saxophonist Rowe performs regionally and composes for a variety of ensembles. “In everything you do, you demonstrate a wonderful generosity,” he said. “Always humble and kind – despite your celebrity status – you are a real treasure to Hamilton, our community and beyond.”

David Wippman

Other weekend highlights were:

  • College update with President David Wippman
  • Science poster sessions with summer student research
  • A range of performing arts, including reprisals from Professor of Theater Marc Cryer Thurgut, his one-man show about the first African American Supreme Court Justice, which he presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer; Fallcoming P Jazz with Monk Rowe; performances by Hamilton’s five a cappella groups; and a concert featuring the college choir, jazz ensemble and orchestra
  • Classes Across the College, a faculty panel discussion on the breadth of Hamilton’s curriculum offerings to support liberal arts education
  • Unisport action includes soccer, field hockey, women’s tennis, volleyball, men’s and women’s rowing, and men’s and women’s soccer
  • A celebration of the 10thth Anniversary, with a panel of former and current student lecturers
  • Career Center parents’ fair and information events

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