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Susan J. Adelson: An idea for Hampshire College to consider

  • The sign in at the entrance of Hampshire College. gazette file photo

Published: 10/10/2019 5:17:02 PM
Modified: 10/10/2019 5:16:52 PM

I graduated from Smith College in the ’70s, and while I never took a course at Hampshire College, I was always appreciative that it was an option.

I liked the Five-College Consortium, and now, still a resident of the Pioneer Valley, I would be disappointed to no longer have Hampshire as a unique educational opportunity for college and college-bound students.

Hampshire should consider asking Valley residents, and perhaps all commonwealth residents, to pitch in with even small donations to keep Hampshire afloat and give it a chance to thrive.

Also, before deciding upon which of the proposed education models is adopted, the board of trustees, faculty and designated “ambassadors” should visit high schools throughout the country to gather input from juniors and seniors (and homeschooled students) to ask what educational challenges would excite them. Students participating in these forums would thus become partially invested in Hampshire’s rise from the ashes and would perhaps become enthusiastic applicants.

I would also encourage Hampshire’s fundraisers to buck the tradition of annually asking alumni for donations of hundreds or thousands of dollars and parts of their estates, but to also request and welcome much smaller donations of $5, $10 and whatever amount they are comfortable contributing.

Susan J. Adelson


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