News from Hampshire College
    May 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").

COMMENCEMENT 2010: We extend hearty congratulations to all of those who will transition from Div III to “Div Free,” and to their families. The full schedule for commencement weekend is available online. Schedule of events For those who will join us on campus, we recommend making time in your schedule to attend as many Division III presentations on Friday as possible—they are a showcase of the culmination of a Hampshire education. Joining poet and translator Peter Cole 77F as participants in Saturday’s commencement ceremony will be student speaker Daniel Scheer, student moderator Akira Céspedes Pérez, staff speaker James Patten, alumni speaker Stephan Jost 87F, and faculty toast presenter Lynn Miller, professor of biology.

LEED GOLD: Hampshire has received LEED Gold certification for the new Ken Burns Wing of the Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography, and Video. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System, overseen by the U.S. Green Building Council, is internationally recognized as one of the highest ratings for sustainable building construction. The 6,700-square-foot Ken Burns Wing, which formally opened for fall semester 2009, is Hampshire’s first LEED Gold certified building. Read more


40th CELEBRATION: The office of alumni and family relations—with the help of alums, faculty, staff, and friends—is crafting a weekend June 11-13 packed with terrific programming you won't want to miss. Preview of events

RCC Mural
RCC MURAL: Over 40 Hampshire students collaborated with visiting artists Seth Gadsden and Seth Curcio, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Matt Phillips 97F, painting a 20-foot mural to transform the Robert Crown Center lounge. media Video

BROWN AWARDS: Josiah Litant 00F, assistant dean of students for new student programs, and Marie Johnson, FICOM (financial committee) office assistant, received the 2010 Carol and Blair Brown Staff Excellence Awards.

THOENES RESEARCH AWARDS: Students Gabe Agree and Matan Cohen received 2010 Sander Thoenes Division III Research Awards. These annual awards honor the memory of Sander Thoenes 87F and support Div III work in international relations, peace studies, or journalism. Read more

SOCIAL VENTURE FUND: Hampshire's newly minted Social Venture Fund and Advisory Network has issued grant guidelines for its 18-month pilot program. Read more


Incident at Tower 37
SHOWING IN FESTIVALS: The Incident at Tower 37, an animated film written and directed by Professor Chris Perry and collaboratively created with his students over four years, was shown in a dozen film festivals during April. To date, it has shown in more than 45 festivals and won 17 awards. The project was featured in a May 7 media story written by current Hampshire student Kelly Wehrle. Read article

Film and photography professor Abraham Ravett’s recent film, non-Aryan, will show at the 64th Edinburgh International Film Festival, June 16-27.

CELL BIOLOGY: Botany professor Lawrence J. Winship has been accepted into the 11th annual Virtual Cell Short Course, sponsored by the National Resource for Cell Analysis and Modeling (NRCAM). Read more

AUTHENTICITY: Theatre professor Djola Branner helps students find their authentic voices. Read more


JOIN THE TEAM: Hampshire is currently accepting applications for an assistant/associate dean of admissions. This position supports recruiting efforts of the College, and provides both an exciting career opportunity and a way for you to make a valuable contribution to Hampshire’s future. A description for this and all other employment opportunities at Hampshire can be found on the human resources web pages. Employment opportunities

Springtime Video
Author Sidney Kirkpatrick's 74F latest book, Hitler’s Holy Relics: A True Story of Nazi Plunder and the Race to Recover the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, is published by Simon and Schuster. Read more

Vitamin D from sunlight must help the learning process. Don’t you think? Springtime at Hampshire video is by Kevin Cline 97F. media Video

Jazz guitarist Alex Martin 81F has released a new CD, Second Life. Read more

Playwright Sarah Saltwick 01F has been awarded a three-year James A. Michener Fellowship in Creative Writing from the University of Texas Michener Center for Writers. Read more

Philly News profiled Meg Ferrigno 00F for organizing Tibet Fest, a cultural celebration and fundraising event to assist earthquake victims. Ferrigno, who completes her master’s degree in international educational development at the University of Pennsylvania this month, lived for two and a half years in Yushu. Hampshire anthropology and Asian studies professor Susan Darlington is quoted about Ferrigno’s work. Read more

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