News from Hampshire College
  October 12, 2006

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Our community lost two important members earlier this year. Here are the college's plans to remember them and celebrate their lives.

Professor Emerita Nina Payne (1932–2006)

Professor Emerita Nina Payne was one of the architects of Hampshire's creative writing program and championed the role of the arts in a liberal education. She also served as a valued mentor to many faculty, staff, and students. After her retirement, Nina continued writing and teaching, publishing two children's books, Four in All, illustrated by her son Adam Payne, and Summertime Waltz. Her notable work in fiber art was exhibited in local and national galleries. In reality, Nina never really left Hampshire. Working with new faculty and staff, as well as veterans, she served as a writing consultant, collaborator, and friend until the very end, running seminars and critiquing individual manuscripts in the last weeks of her life.

Please join us for a celebration of life to remember Nina. The gathering will be on Sunday, October 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Art Gallery at Hampshire College.

Professor Eric Schocket (1966–2006)

Associate Professor of American Literature Eric Schocket joined the Hampshire faculty in 1996 and quickly emerged as an important and beloved figure on campus. Students sought him out for his creativity and brilliance in the classroom. His colleagues relied on him for his spirited leadership and his innovative solutions to a range of pedagogical and administrative issues. Eric's book, Vanishing Moments: Class and American Literature, will be published by the University of Michigan Press later this year. Eric also was instrumental in organizing last fall's "Marrow Me" campaign to add names to the national registry of potential bone marrow donors. The many names added through that effort continue to help individuals in search of a bone marrow match—yet another of Eric's enduring contributions to our community.

Please join us in a celebration of Eric's life and accomplishments. The gathering will be on Saturday, October 28, at 3 p.m. in the Red Barn at Hampshire College. We are seeking photographs of Eric to use during the program—if you have any to loan, please mail them to Linda McDaniel, School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, Hampshire College, 893 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002. Also, we are gathering writings for a memory scrapbook for Eric's family; should you wish to participate, please email your remarks to by October 20.