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Hobart Dean and Student

The mission of the Hobart Dean's Office is to guide and assist each Hobart student to reach his fullest potential as a Hobart Statesman during his years at the College. Hobart College for men was founded in 1822 by Bishop John Henry Hobart. As we approach the bicentennial of the College, we take pride in our long-standing traditions and especially in knowing young men and what it takes to help them meet the ever-changing challenges of higher education.

We are easily accessible and encourage every Hobart student to introduce himself to us. We know the entire campus and its resources well and can assist students with any question they may have. While most of our work focuses on monitoring and advising individual students on matters of academic progress, we are always mindful of each student's larger history and aspiration toward a successful future and welcome an opportunity to discuss issues of concern with parents.

The office also serves as curator of venerable Hobart traditions and as advisor to the Hobart Student Government and the Hobart honor societies. The deans work to integrate academic, social, and personal aspects of student life by creating programs like the pre-orientation adventure program, learning communities, men's lives series, sophomore forums and similar programs that are aimed at the whole person.

"Hobart College" Stands for Success

"Hobart College" stands for success for men of all walks of life. The deans welcome a chance to get to know students from different backgrounds and to introduce them to the global world of Hobart Statesmen. Everything we do is aimed at making it possible for students to take full advantage of a "Hobart Experience" and the life of consequence it stands for. Thousands of Hobart alums nationally and around the world stay connected to the College and are an inestimable resource moving the College forward.


Benjamin Hale Event Welcomes Stephens '00

Bringing together students and distinguished alums to recognize the best of Hobart College's traditions and achievements, the annual Benjamin Hale Dinner will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. In annual fashion, the dinner will celebrate the academic accomplishments and critical social contributions made by Hobart students...
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Capraro Publishes Men's Studies Essay

Senior Associate Dean of Hobart College and Assistant Professor of History Rocco "Chip" Capraro recently wrote about the experience of male students and the impact of men's studies in an essay published by Inside Higher Ed, a leading website for news about higher education. The essay, titled "Taking Male Students Seriously," centers on how male students, in general, are faring nationwide in colle...
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Matriculation for Hobart Class of 2018

As their first weekend on campus drew to a close, the Hobart Class of 2018 gathered in Albright Auditorium on Sunday evening for the Hobart Matriculation Ceremony where they were officially deemed members of Hobart College and welcomed into the community by HWS faculty, alumni and fellow students. "You join today the many thousands of men, who have since 1822 been proud to have studied at Hobart ...
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Official Start for the Classes of 2018

Following their first day at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Classes of 2018 gathered with families and friends on Stern Hall Lawn where they were officially welcomed to campus at the traditional President's Welcome Ceremony. "Under the mentorship of faculty and guided by an interdisciplinary curriculum grounded in exploration and rigor, the next four years will give you the confidence and...
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Charter Day Honors Hobart Heritage

Gathering in annual fashion to celebrate the history and heritage of Hobart College, students, alums, deans and other members of the HWS community convened at St. John's Chapel for the 192nd Charter Day ceremonies. Honoring Hobart's founding in 1822, this year's Charter Day welcomed back distinguished alumnus The Honorable Jeffrey L. Amestoy '68, P'11, P'14 to receive the prestigious Hobart Medal...
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Hobart Dean’s Office
Smith Hall, First Floor
Phone: (315) 781-3300
Email: HobartDean@hws.edu
Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday


Eugen Baer

Eugen Baer, Dean of the College

Dean Baer is responsible for the overall care of each Hobart student. As part of the President's senior staff he oversees policies, services, initiatives, and support staff of the College. He is the face of the College at major events, and advisor to the Hobart Student Government and Orange Key honor society. Dean Baer is a professor of philosophy who enjoys giving courses in Semiotics and Kant. He received his PhD from Yale University in 1971 and has been a member of the HWS faculty since then. Dean Baer is the author of eight books and numerous articles in the field of semiotics and spirituality. He was born in Switzerland, where he returns annually on lecture tours

Chip Capraro

Rocco L. "Chip" Capraro, Dean of Studies

Rocco "Chip" Capraro is Dean of the Studies at the College. He joined the HWS community in 1981 as a professor in the history department and a few years later was appointed as a Hobart dean. Chip is dean for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors at Hobart. He coordinates the Committee on Standards and is the founding director of Men's Lives, a series of four required workshops for Hobart students focusing on sexual assault prevention, health and wellness, careers, and diversity among men. He is also advisor to Bampton House and Chimera, the Hobart heritage and honors house and the junior honor society, respectively. Chip teaches a variety of courses in cultural studies, including such areas as: rock music and gender, golf course architectural history, the history and sociology men and masculinity, and the emotional life of wealth. He earned his BA in history and philosophy from Colgate University and his Ph. D. in British and European history from Washington University. Chip served on the Geneva City Council for a number of years. He is the father of two adult sons and he lives in Geneva with his wife, photographer Jan Regan.

David Mapstone

David Mapstone ’93, Dean of First-Year Students

Dean Mapstone works primarily with first-year and continuing first-year students. He develops strong individual relationships with students as well as coordinating a variety of universal programs in his approach to help young men make a successful transition to Hobart College. Dean Mapstone directs the first-year Learning Community Program, the Pre-Orientation Adventure Program, the Back on Track academic support program, and the Short-Term summer study abroad program in Wales. Mapstone serves on the Individual Majors Committee, the Accreditation Steering Committee, the Committee on Athletics, serves as the advisor to the Druid Society, and is engaged in research on college athletics, student-athlete identity, and youth sport culture. He lives with his wife, Kara, William Smith ’92, and three children at Mapleton Farm, a small sustainable farm just east of Geneva

Roberta Whitwood

Roberta Whitwood, Assistant to the Dean

Roberta is the general assistant to the dean and office supervisor. She is caring and friendly and with her years of experience in the office is willing to assist students, parents, faculty and staff on academic policies. Roberta is the office representative to the Division of Student Affairs meetings. With a degree in Organizational Management, she is more than qualified for the role of coordinator of the Benjamin Hale dinner and matriculation ceremony. When not in the office, you can find her with husband, Walt, on their farm, Seneca Vegetables.

Karen Vanderlinde

Karen Vanderlinde P'18, Administrative Assistant

Karen is the administrative assistant to the Deans of Hobart College. Students know her for her caring and outgoing nature and go to her with academic questions as well as personal concerns. Many students refer to her as their "school mom." Karen is the chair of Charter Day, and the assistant coordinator for the Pre-Orientation Adventure Program and the Men’s Lives Series. She also works closely with all three Hobart Honor Societies and is an avid supporter of all Hobart and William Smith athletic teams. Karen is the mother of two and resides with her husband in Lyons.