jimbo and Nigel: Thank you both for the help.
True, sometimes we refer to places of higher education (universities) as schools.
I asked the admin and yes the school does offer free VPN access to the network. Since I couldn't wait for the approval from our department chair, I gave Hamachi another try. I finally was able to figure everything out and it works beautifully! I found the instructions here: Re: How to route all internet traffic through Hamachi? - HamachiČ User to User Support - LogMeIn Community
Here's how I did it. Keep in mind that this is routing everything in your web browser thru the VPN and Proxy, not ALL internet traffic.
1. Make sure Hamachi is installed on your client (we'll call it laptop) as well as your server (we'll call it home computer) and that Hamachi can see the other machine.
2. Download and install FreeProxy on the home computer. You can find it here: :: Downloads
3. Open FreeProxy and double click on the "ports" line item. Name can be anything, Protocol must be HTTP Proxy, Client Port is any port you wish to use (I use 8080 but it's up to you since nobody else will be able to connect to this proxy server anyways). Now here's the important stuff: Local Binding should be set to your home computers Hamachi adapter, and the IP address should be the home computers Hamachi IP. Remote Binding can be set to "use any adapter" and IP can be set to "use any IP".
4. On your client computer configure your web browser to use the home computer Hamachi IP as the Proxy Server and make sure the port matches what you put in FreeProxy for your HTTP Proxy Server port.
-Port 8080 might be reserved for another application. Try to use another port.
-Although not mentioned above, you need to configure your firewall and allow inbound and outbound communications for the port you have selected. Also, make sure that "freeproxy" is added to the exception list.
-Make sure you click on "start/stop" button in freeproxy to establish the service.
-I use "QuickProxy"; a Firefox add-on to switch the proxy on/off.