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Welcome, Entering Class of Fall 2010!

Friday, September 3, 2010

The entering class of fall 2010, 465 strong, hail from 41 states and 22 countries, including the Czech Republic, Jamaica, Nepal, and Sweden. Students transferred to Hampshire from Reed, Smith, Brown, Cornell, the University of Limerick in Ireland, and Nanjing University in China. Within this class is the ability to communicate in 35 languages, including American Sign Language. High school guidance counselors and teachers have described these students as "wildly creative" individuals who kick obstacles out of the way and keep on going, voracious readers, and people who want to lead lives of intention and meaning.

Some were high school valedictorians. Many received recognition in a variety of academic areas. Others are talented artists, musicians, thespians, and dancers. Some are aspiring scientists; prior to arriving at Hampshire, one had already interned in a neuroscience lab, examining the inner workings of the ear. One helped build houses in Guatemala, another helped rebuild homes destroyed by Katrina, and another worked on projects to eliminate child soldiering.

Members of this class also hear and heed the call of physical fitness and adventure. They have surfed the gnarly waves, climbed the slippery crags, snorkeled at the Great Barrier Reef, and tagged whale sharks in Baja Mexico. Many have been captains and MVPs of sports teams.

We welcome you all! We are glad that you are here, and we look forward to working with you.

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Returning students arrived on campus September 6. Fall semester classes at Hampshire began September 8.


The new academic year formally opened with Convocation on September 7. Our 2010 Convocation speaker was author and Hampshire alumna Patricia Klindienst 71F. Klindienst received an American Book Award in 2007 for The Earth Knows My Name, which tells the stories of 15 ethnic Americans who transmit their cultural heritage through their gardens. She completed a doctoral degree in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University. She began her career as an interdisciplinary scholar, and prior to becoming an award-winning author was an award-winning scholar and teacher at Yale University.

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