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Sounds of Steak Nite

January 23, 2022

You may have heard this sound at the last Reunions – and the next! We will welcome the band back for the June 2022 event for Charter Class and All-K!

Audio clip of SteakNite playing “Goin’ To Cuba” (circa 197?)

The Glee of Special K

April 22, 2015

Long before Glee took television by storm, singing groups were popular on the Hill. Hamilton had its Buffers. In 1977 or 1978, a handful of enterprising, talented Kirkland students formed their own acappella group, Special K. Founder Kendra Anderson, K’80, provided the following recollections.

A group of us founded Special K (a bunch of us who had been in the choir together): Elizabeth Turnquist, Vicki Furth, Laura Hausman, Mitty Cunningham, Roberta Nelson, Annie Priestly, Barb Gross, Rachel Dickinson and maybe Susie Broadhurst and of course me.  We probably had twelve members with three people on four parts. So there are more I can’t think of. I’m not sure of the year, but it was around 1977 or 78. The second year some of the members changed because of graduation, and we had non-choir members perhaps.

Costume design for Special K supplied by Kendra Anderson, K’79

I sort of “designed” the first costumes we wore. I have a drawing of one of our ideas, which was too elaborate to use. I can’t even remember what we ended up wearing. I think we used a calico print in different colors (blue, red and green) and made vests or something (very nerdy looking!!!!) I liked my original idea better.

I SO remember the songs!!! “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Dream,” “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” (our signature song).

I don’t remember a faculty advisor but it might have been Lee Spear. We practiced in one of the performance centers at Kirkland and in the Chapel. 

It’s so fun to think about again! I LOVED singing in that group, and my husband to be at the time (Lunn Sawyer) sang in the Buffers.

Did You Know?

Special K still lives on at Hamilton College. Today, the group has about 12-16 members. They usually perform concerts on campus during Alumni Weekend, Family Weekend, and Senior Week.

At Kirkland. . .

April 6, 2015

What do you remember about being at Kirkland?

Here’s something to spur your thoughts and memories, in advance of the All-Kirkland Reunion in June 2015.

At Kirkland, edited by Felice Freyer (K’77) and Kathryn Glover (K’75), was published in the fall of 1974. It offers a rare glimpse inside faculty development at Kirkland. Two of the students who attended the 1974 Summer Arts Conference—Isabel Weinger and Julie Weinstein—are contributors to Lost Orchard: Prose and Poetry from the Kirkland College Community (SUNY Press, 2014) and will be on the Hill for the reunion.

Thanks to Constance Halporn (K’78) for scanning and sharing this publication with us.

at Kirkland

The Second Wave Breaks

March 12, 2015

Happy Women’s History Month!

Martha Freymann Miser, Kirkland Class of 1975, graduated with a BA in the newly created discipline of American Studies. She recently donated her 1973 Winter Study paper to the Hamilton College Archives. It’s interesting to read now, especially in light of the announcement that another women’s college—Sweet Briar College in Virginia—is closing at the end of the academic year.

Here is Martha’s typewritten (!) examination of Kirkland’s feminist underpinnings. As Martha says, “As you can see, it’s the perspective of a young twenty-something during the dawn of the second wave of feminism at an interesting point in Kirkland’s history.”

Freymann_Kirkland_Feminist or Anti-Feminist

Martha will be speaking on social innovation in April during the 2015 Spring Volunteer Weekend on the Hill.

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