Alumni return to the Hill for Volunteer Weekend events

By Erin McCulloch '16

The Volunteer Weekend is an opportunity for alumni, parents and members of the Hamilton community to come together and plan events for the upcoming year. This past weekend from April 4 to 6, the Alumni Council, the Hamilton Alumni Recruitment Team (HART), the Parents Advisory Council, the Multicultural Alumni Relations Committee (MARC), the 1812 Leadership Circle, the Committee for Kirkland College, the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) and the Reunion Planning and Career Center volunteers all met on the Hill for meetings and events.

Weekend highlights included talks by Vice President of Administration and Finance Karen Leach, Dean of Students Nancy Thompson and Vice President for Libraries and Information Technology David Smallen. Participants also attended an information session hosted by HART, discussions sponsored by the Levitt Center and Writing Center and meetings to plan next year’s reunions. Furthermore, Senior Director of Visual Communications Catherine Brown received the Alumni Association’s 2014 Distinguished Service Award for her involvement in the Hamilton community.

“I am very honored to have received this award  because of the acknowledgement of my work and that of our communications group, but also, and perhaps more importantly for me, for the recognition of the critical role of visual design,” Brown said.

Volunteers interacted with current students as well this weekend during guided art exhibit visits, campus tours and a choir concert for committee members.

The volunteers also supported the “What’s Your Number” campaign by posing for photographs showing their donor numbers.

Seventy percent of volunteer donations support financial aid, helping Hamilton to admit quality students regardless of financial background. Volunteer committees and organizations are responsible for many of the major progress our community continues to see.


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