News from Hampshire College
    April 2010

This electronic newsletter is designed to inform friends of Hampshire College about news stories involving Hampshire, and about the work and accomplishments of members of the College community. Media releases and announcements are regularly posted at (click on "News & Events").

GREEN: Hampshire is featured in the new Guide to 286 Green Colleges. It highlights schools that do “an especially good job in preparing and placing the next generation of green professionals.” Read more

HIP: The Huffington Post chose Hampshire as #1 on a Top 10 Hipster Colleges list. They used the Urban Dictionary definition: “a subculture of men and women typically in their 20s and 30s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence and witty banter.” See list

HARDWORKING: In response, President Ralph Hexter crafted his own “witty banter” into an Open Letter to the Huffington Post. He pointed out that Hampshire students, professors, and graduates are indeed hip, but also serious and hardworking, frequently accomplishing amazing things. Read letter


Dillon Compton
Student writer Sam Butterfield has an article in the Harvard University-published Nieman Reports, entitled “Are Newspapers Dying? The View of an Aspiring Journalist.” Read article

Comparative literature professor Jeff Wallen’s essay, "Falling Under an Evil Influence," was published in Promoting and Producing Evil, ed. Nancy Billas (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010, pp. 67-94).

Is the world’s future resource map tilting East? Peace and World Security Studies professor Michael Klare’s latest essay, “China’s Global Spending Spree,” is available on Read essay

Sarah Partan
DIVISION III: Dillon Compton (at left) is creating a software application that will allow people with diabetes to use smartphones to monitor their blood sugar. After graduating on May 22, Compton goes to work as a software engineer for QuickBooks, Intuit’s line of small business financial software. Read more

FELLOWSHIP: The Whiting Foundation awarded a fellowship to animal behavior professor Sarah Partan (at right). It will support her groundbreaking biorobotics research, including travel to Castellón, Spain, to develop new collaborations and projects related to animal communication.

PRESENTATIONS: A paper by linguistics professor Mark Feinstein and five students in his Linguistic Variation class was accepted for New Perspectives on Irish English, a conference held at University College, Dublin, in March. Professor Feinstein presented the paper, framing it within a description of Hampshire’s
Constance Valis Hill
educational model and the idea of the “apprenticeship” course. Students Lauren Chisholm, Courtney Dozetos, Jacob Kolpas, Ian McEwen, and Emma Zachurski participated in this collaborative research project and are listed as coauthors.

Students Paul Sawaya and John Schanck presented a project at the 2010 New England Undergraduate Computing Symposium. Sawaya and Schanck were one of four teams chosen from a pool of 45 to present at the symposium.

COMPOSITION: Music Professor Daniel Warner’s Miles After Miles will premiere in a performance by the Mount Holyoke Orchestra on May 2. Read more

INTERVIEWS: Dance professor Constance Valis Hill (at left) was interviewed about her new book, Tap Dancing America, for the New Yorker’s “Ask an Academic” column. Read interview

Philosophy and political theory professor Falguni Sheth was interviewed by Christopher Long of Penn State University about her book, Toward a Political Philosophy of Race. Listen to podcast


Fencing Team
FENCING CLUB: Hampshire’s fencing club recently competed in the 2010 New England Collegiate Club Fencing Championships. Read more

SLAM POETRY: Student poets from Hampshire received the award for Best Writing by a Team at the 2010 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. Read more

Polina Barskova
GRANTS: Polina Barskova (at right), assistant professor of Russian literature, received the first Miriam Slater and David Smith Faculty Development Fund grant. It will support her writing and poetry, as well as research in Russia on the culture of the Siege of Leningrad (1941-44). The fund, established by their Hampshire colleagues, honors the exemplary scholarship and mentorship of emeriti professors Miriam Slater and David Smith. It will support professional development in fields they taught, including humanities, literature, history, and women’s studies. For more information, contact Chief Advancement Officer Clay Ballantine at

Division III students Lydia Mills, Phillip Lorenz, and Julia Buntaine were awarded Earl Ubell Grants to support academic work that makes scientific findings accessible to nonscientists. Read more

A $5,000 grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues support for Hampshire students interning with alumni in the film industry.

GRADUATES GIFT CHALLENGE: $20.10 can pay for a night out in downtown Amherst. For 2010 graduates, it can also raise more than $500 for every donation to this year’s Graduates Gift Challenge. Read more

“THANK YOU!”: In the midst of a difficult global economy, all at Hampshire deeply appreciate the generosity of donors who support the College. Financial aid remains a funding priority, and we ask that you continue to support Hampshire and our students at the level that is possible for you. To learn more about the Hampshire Fund, contact director Henry Eberhardt at

This year’s total for gifts and pledges during phonathons is $104,000 ($16,500 more than last year), with $41,744 of that coming during the spring phonathon earlier this month. First-time givers or individuals who had not given in at least five years are well represented in those totals. The Hampshire Fund staff reports that student manager Andrea Heredia 07F and our student callers did a wonderful job.

Also worth noting is a recent Send Some Love letter writing campaign Ananda Valenzuela 07F organized. More than 40 students participated. Notes mailed to alums paired a request for donations to the Hampshire Fund with personalized glimpses into life at Hampshire today. Read more


Eula Biss, Notes from No Man's Land
SUCCESS AFTER HAMPSHIRE: Did you know that Hampshire ranks first in the nation in the percentage of its graduates who earn doctorates in history, as compared to other colleges and universities? Hampshire’s academic program produces remarkable results. Read more

JOIN THE TEAM: Alumni are encouraged to apply for open positions at Hampshire. Current job openings include two exciting opportunities in the institutional advancement office—a major and planned gifts assistant and an annual giving program coordinator. The human resources website lists College openings as they occur. CORC (career options resource center) is also a valuable resource for career information and opportunities.

Eula Biss 95F received the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism for Notes from No Man’s Land, a collection of essays on America and race. Read more

Reeve Thompson
Inside Death Row, a documentary film by Mark Mannucci 74F, received a Television Academy Honor, a Television Academy of Arts and Sciences award recognizing "television with a conscience." Read more

Valley Advocate readers voting on “Best Local Blog” chose Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser’s 81F Standing in the Shadows. Read more

Featured in the April 16 New York Times: Stephen Petronio 74F and his dance company. Read more

Reeve Thompson 93F (at left) is a videogame producer and cofounder of the software company Department of Behavior and Logic. Read more

Gideon Bok
Rockland Paintings, a solo show of recent work by Gideon Bok 89S, is in the Alpha Gallery, 38 Newbury Street, Boston, until May 5. More images

Deborah Merrill-Sands 70F has been named dean of the school of business at Mills College. Read more

Manuel Castro 03F, director, Comisión Estatal para la Atención Del Migrante Poblano, was a speaker for a roundtable discussion at a conference on “The Mexican Diaspora in New York City: New Identities, Old Challenges,” held in March at Baruch College (CUNY).

Visit the website of popular children’s author Sarah Weeks 73F to learn more about her work. Website

Dancer/choreographer Meghan Frederick 03F is one of 11 artists whose work will be featured in Synesthesia 2010, musical theatre at the Wild Project in New York City (269 East Third Street) April 21-May 1. Read more

40th Anniversary
PERFORMING AT THE 40TH: Hampshire alumni and friends from around the world will attend Hampshire’s 40th anniversary celebration in June. David Cantieni 73F will do what he can to get them all dancing. His band, Wild Asparagus, is one of the weekend’s featured performers. Read more

Visit the 40th Anniversary website and register now to attend.

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