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  November 28, 2011
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From President Jonathan Lash

STRATEGIC PRIORITIES: A generous gift from Hampshire parent Eileen Fisher has enabled a team led by Professor Marlene Gerber Fried, senior adviser to the president, to implement Hampshire's new Creativity Center. It will build synergies among DART (Design, Art, and Technology), the Lemelson Center, and the creativity and entrepreneurship of students and faculty from each of Hampshire's five Schools.

We also have been able to move forward on other items that emerged during last year's Strategic Planning process, including expansion of our Health Services facilities; improvements to TheHub, which is our primary software tool on campus; and additional investments in our admissions program.

In the coming months, we plan to implement other recommendations, including creation of a Green Revolving Fund administered by the campus Environmental Committee, development of new summer programs, a collaboration with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, and planning and fundraising for greening and expansion of the Robert Crown Center.

SPORTS: Hampshire students have always found ways to participate in sports, but this year, for the first time, the College is part of an athletic conference. No TV contract, athletic scholarships, or lavish facilities, but we are competing in the Yankee Small College Conference with schools from New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine in men's and women's basketball, cross-country, and soccer. We will continue to compete in fencing as an independent.

Worth noting: In the first semester of conference membership, the Hampshire women's soccer team went undefeated throughout the regular season, and advanced to national tournament play in their division.

blizzard and community
As November opened, an unprecedented Nor'easter shut down much of the region, including the Hampshire campus. Students dispersed to the homes of parents or friends, or moved to the Mount Holyoke College gym, and many of the College's faculty and staff were without heat or power at home for days. When the campus reopened, I felt proud and grateful that our community had responded with resilience and patient goodwill to a very difficult situation. Volunteer crews of students, staff, and faculty helped to clean up debris and broken limbs. The event hurt our campus for several days, but in the curious way of such crises when people work together to respond, it helped our community.

In addition to my gratitude to all on campus who worked, in some cases around the clock, to ensure the safety of our students and buildings, I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to those parents who welcomed their student's friends into their homes. People speak often of "the Hampshire family," and during this storm and its aftermath I saw it in action.

I also wish to thank the Hampshire College Board of Trustees. The board asked for an analysis of ways that we might reduce the impact of such events in the future, and has assured us that they will find the means to pay for the necessary equipment and costs.

JEROME LIEBLING MEMORIAL: Sadly, the storm postponed a scheduled memorial service for Jerome Liebling, the founding professor of Hampshire's film, photography, and video program. Working with Professor Liebling's family, we have rescheduled the memorial service for June 10, 2012, at 1 p.m.


PODCASTS: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Rohde shared his experiences covering the war in Afghanistan, including his kidnapping by the Taliban and seven months in captivity, during a lecture at Hampshire on November 14. Listen >>

Author and Hampshire graduate Jeff Sharlet 90F read from his new book, Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between, on November 8. Listen >>


Div IVPRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION: The inauguration of President Jonathan Lash will be held on April 27, 2012.

DIV IV: Hampshire Forum 2012 will be a Division IV program about social change, held June 8-10. The forum is an annual event that brings together the Hampshire community (alums, current and former faculty, staff, families, and friends) to explore ideas and learn from one another.

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