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.
"Everybody wants to be a success, but no one wants to stop to understand what it takes to be a success -and what it takes to succeed is to understand that failure is part of the process," said James Carville, one of America's best-known political commentators and a leading citizen in the revitalization of post-Katrina New Orleans, as he delivered the 2013 Commencement Address at Hobart and Willia...
"Why are you here?" asked Chaplain Lesley Adams at Saturday's Baccalaureate Ceremony. "Stop for a moment, and take the time to appreciate the change taking place."
Hobart and William Smith faculty and staff members gathered with the members of the Classes of 2013 and their families to pause in the midst of the whirlwind of Commencement weekend for the traditional Baccalaureate Ceremony held in T...
For their dedication to academic excellence, members of the Classes of 2013 had their moment of recognition Saturday morning during the annual Academic Achievement Awards Ceremony held this year at the Robert A. Bristol '31 Field House.
"We warmly welcome all of our students who will be acknowledged here this morning and we congratulate them for their hard work," said President Mark D. Gearan dur...
Hobart Dean’s Office
Smith Hall, First Floor
Phone: (315) 781-3300
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 especially involved in programming events for sophomores and is an advisor to the Hobart Student Government and the Orange Key honor society. Dean Baer is a professor of philosophy who enjoys giving courses in Semiotics and Kant. He was born in Switzerland, where he returns annually on lecture tours.
Rocco "Chip" Capraro is Senior Associate Dean of 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 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.
Dean Mapstone works primarily with the first-year class. 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, and the Back on Track academic support program. 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 is the general assistant to the deans 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. Roberta has recently assumed responsibility as lead person for the Sophomore Respect Forums. When not in the office, you can find her with husband, Walt, on the farm, Seneca Vegetables.
Karen is the secretary to the Deans of Hobart College. With her pleasant and welcoming manner she is always available to help a student in need whether it be with academic questions or personal concerns. Karen also serves as the Chair of Charter Day, and assists with the Pre-Orientation Adventure Program and the Men’s Lives Series. You can also find Karen at HWS sporting events as she is the advisor to the HWS Cheerleaders as well as supporting the teams.