News from Hampshire College

June 19, 2013

Hampshire CSA manager Nancy Hanson with Bon Appétit Management CEO Fedele Bauccio


When students return to campus this fall, they will be welcomed back to a totally changed approach to food on campus. From seed to table, Hampshire's Healthy Food Transition involves questioning everything that is currently done and every practice that has become routine in college dining. In addition to great tasting and healthy options, food on campus will be used to teach students, communicate values, and experiment with new models of production and delivery.

Our new food service provider, Bon Appétit Management Company, was selected through an extensive process designed to find just the right partner to understand and use Hampshire as an innovation lab. Long recognized as a leader in providing fresh, cooked-from-scratch, and responsibly sourced food to college students, Bon Appétit will build menus around products harvested on the Hampshire farm. More »

At right, above— Hampshire CSA manager Nancy Hanson with Bon Appétit Management CEO Fedele Bauccio: "A lot of what we do here comes from student ideas."


Hampshire has ceased mowing about nine acres and is converting them into managed meadows. The ecologically diverse meadows are attractive, create wildlife and plant habitats, and produce savings on fuel costs while also providing teaching, learning, and research opportunities. Projections suggest this choice, recommended by sustainability-minded students, will reduce CO2 releases by up to 12,000 pounds annually. Staff time previously used for mowing, around 16 hours a week for 28 weeks each year, will be freed for other important tasks on campus. More »


Photographs by founding faculty member Elaine Mayes are on view at the American Art Museum in Washington D.C. through January 2014. In featuring the exhibition, Time says: "Mayes has influenced generations of photographers while quietly, steadily and tenaciously pursuing her own vision as a creative artist." More »


Hampshire celebrates class reunions during the second weekend in June each year. The entering classes of 1973, 1988, 1993, 1998, and 2003 gathered this year. If your entering year is 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, or 2004, make plans now to attend your reunion June 6-8, 2014.

Reunions coincide with Div IV weekend. This year's theme, Culture, Mind, and Body, celebrated 43 years of interdisciplinary explorations at Hampshire as well as ten years of the Culture, Brain, and Development program. Reunion and Div IV weekend photos » reunion and div IV


Photos of commencement and videos of all the speeches are available online. (If you weren't present, one "don't miss moment" is 4:12 into the video of the conferral of honorary degrees to Chuck and Polly Longsworth.) More »

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