Hamline News

An Amazing Year

From community action to global outreach, Hamline leads the way


What an amazing year it’s been at Hamline! In July, we launched the What Would Justice
Look Like? project, a collaboration with neighbors and community partners to encourage difficult conversations with proposed actions, in response to the shooting of Philandro Castile.

In November, Hamline was noted as one of the leading institutions in the nation for voter participation.

One of our strategic goals is excellence in academics and student life. The many conversations in which our students engage throughout the year are influenced by the work of our faculty, such as religion professor Deanna Thompson, who teach students how to think creatively, use evidence to support arguments, and communicate effectively.

At Hamline, we’re preparing our students to be global citizens. Through our work with English language learners, study abroad, and cross cultural learning, we are making a difference; we are leading. 

The stories shared by Nur Mood, Muhammad Bashir Imady ’19, and other immigrants remind us that we live in a great nation and that Hamline is a place where everyone—regardless of race, class, religion, sexuality, gender, and more—can realize what’s possible.

In December, the university lost a dear friend, leader, and mentor in President Emeritus Charles “Chuck” Graham. I met Chuck several times, and he was ever present at university events. He was the prototype of a great Piper—a leader, a teacher, a benefactor, and a loyal friend. He will be deeply missed by our community.

We also lost several dedicated alumni this year. Their gifts to Hamline will allow us to create new and innovative programs as well as provide scholarships and an endowed professorship (. 

Soon we’ll bid farewell to our 2017 graduates as well as retiring faculty and staff, including Dean of Students Alan Sickbert. We thank you for all you’ve done for Hamline.

Class of 2017, congratulations! We are very proud of you and welcome you to the Alumni Association.

Fayneese Miller
President, Hamline University