Reunion

PRELIMINARY REUNION 2017 SCHEDULE, JUNE 1 - 4

Below is the most up-to-date schedule to give you an idea of what to expect when you arrive back on campus. Online registration has opened.

An asterisk *indicates that registration is required.

THURSDAY, JUNE 1


1 – 9 p.m.

Registration and Reunion Headquarters Open
Scandling Campus Center

5 - 10 p.m.

Classes of 1967 – 50th Reunion Welcome Reception*
The Café and Café Patio, Scandling Campus Center
Kick off the weekend with an informal, fun reception.  Pizza will be served for those who prefer to stay on campus for dinner and continue conversations rather than chasing reservations at restaurants.  Snacks and beverages at 5 p.m., Pizza dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.


FRIDAY, JUNE 2


6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sports and Recreation Center Open
Exercise facilities open at the Robert A. Bristol ’31 Field House

7:30 a.m. – Midnight

Registration and Reunion Headquarters Open
Scandling Campus Center

7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

HWS Classic*
Clifton Springs Country Club, Clifton Springs, N.Y.
Breakfast, 18 holes of golf (shotgun start) and lunch. Register online in early spring or contact Dulcie Meyer at dmeyer@hws.edu for more details.

8 a.m. – Midnight

Classes of 1967 – 50th Reunion Weekend Headquarters
The Café and Café Patio, Scandling Campus Center

9:15 – 11:15 a.m.

HWS Fribolin Farm Tour*
Departure from Medbery Parking Lot at 9 a.m.
Acquired in 2014, the 34-acre property includes a house, stall barn, riding arena, two ponds, and 18 acres of cropland, which has been utilized by a variety of curricular and co-curricular programs. Participants in this tour will learn about the recent use of the property, its unique historical connection to nurseryman William Smith, and its significance to the local and regional food system. Tour is limited to 24 people.

9:15 – 11:15 a.m.

TOUR OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL* in Waterloo, NY
Departure from Medbery Parking Lot at 9 a.m.
The American Civil War Memorial, dedicated in 2008, was designed by sculptor Pietro del Fabro ’67 who will lead the tour. The memorial is located on Lock Island in nearby Waterloo, NY - the Birthplace of Memorial Day. The Memorial includes individual cenotaphs for each person from Waterloo who died in the Civil War and a North South Cenotaph recognizing all lives lost. The North South Cenotaph is constructed of stones sent from the 36 States which were in existence at the end of the Civil War. The project includes 62 sculptures in limestone and marble including a Women's Cenotaph commemorating the women who served during the war. The memorial was noted by CBS-TV as a Top Five Must-See Civil War Era Site in New York State. Tour is limited to 20 people.

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Admission Preview Visits
The Admissions Center, 629 S. Main Street
Recommended for high school juniors -- or seniors who haven't visited HWS. The Preview Visit takes approximately two hours and includes a presentation by a member of the Admissions staff and a student-guided campus tour. This is a great introduction into what the Colleges have to offer through interaction with HWS Admissions Counselors and current students. This is immediately followed by a tour of campus by one of our students.

10 a.m.

The William Scandling Research Vessel, Excursion on Seneca Lake* Excursion I
Departure from Medbery Parking Lot at 9:45 a.m.
Professor of Geoscience John Halfman will lead a working session aboard The William Scandling (formerly The HWS Explorer) assessing the environmental well-being of Seneca Lake. Prepare to collect sediment dredges, look for zebra and quagga mussels, and discuss their ecological impact on aquatic ecosystems, nutrient loading problems in the Finger Lakes, and local economies. Event limited to 20 people for each time offered—ages 13 and older—no infants or small children, please.

11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Luncheon Buffet* with the Distinguished Faculty Award Presentation
Vandervort Room, 2nd Floor, Scandling Campus Center

  • James Crenner, Professor Emeritus of English 1967 - 2008
  • Benjamin Daise, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy 1970 - 2008
  • The late Maureen Flynn P'09, P'12, P'16, Professor of History 1992 – 2014

Enjoy lunch and the presentation of the Distinguished Faculty Award.  This joint award of the Hobart Alumni and William Smith Alumnae Associations recognizes the importance that graduates of these Colleges place on the contributions of outstanding faculty members of the past – for their impact as teachers, mentors and scholars.

1 - 3:30 p.m.

St. Mark’s Tower Open
Take in the spectacular views of the campus and the lake. Caution – the view could take your breath away and so could the ascent. Getting up and down the tower steps can be rigorous!

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.

The William Scandling Research Vessel, Excursion on Seneca Lake* Excursion II
Departure from Medbery Parking Lot at 1:00 p.m.
See Excursion I description.

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Tour de Finger Lakes Bike Ride*
A mecca for cycling enthusiasts, the Finger Lakes region is renowned for its scenic and cycle-friendly roadways. Led by Ken DeBolt from Athletics Communications and a variety of faculty/staff. Bring your own bike, or contact Geneva Bicycle Center to rent one for the day.  Info@genevabikes.com or (315) 789-5922

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Davis Gallery open –Spectacular Gifts: From the Alumni and Alumnae of Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Houghton House
This exhibition is a selection of gifts from HWS alumni and alumnae to the Collections of the Colleges. Ranging from an alumna who graduated in 1918 through to the present, these artworks cover American and International artists as well as styles from the representational to the abstract. Our art collection has benefited in so many ways from the support of the alumni both in gifts of art and material support for acquiring art.

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Walking Tour of Geneva
Led by Kevin Dunn and Katie Flowers of HWS, and Matt Horn and Rhonda Everdyke from the City of Geneva. Walking tour of the city of Geneva and many of its growing businesses, followed by a presentation about Geneva’s past and future at the Smith Opera House.

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Reunion College Classes

  • Trumps Effects on the Republican Party - Iva Deutchman, professor of political science
  • Bonding with Food? A short excursion into Food Chemistry - Justin Miller, associate professor of chemistry
  • Decarbonizing China: Challenges and Opportunities for Greening China’s Power Sector - Darrin Magee, associate professor of environmental studies
  • Writing in the Disciplines - Hannah Dickinson, assistant professor of writing and rhetoric

2 p.m.

Guided Walking Tours of Campus

3 - 4:15 p.m.

The William Scandling Research Vessel, Excursion on Seneca Lake* Excursion III
Departure from Medbery Parking Lot at 2:45 p.m.
See Excursion I description.

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion with Current Students
Led by Classes of ’67 and moderated by Hobart Dean Eugen Baer HON’07, P’95, P’97
A discussion with current students to draw comparisons between various campus and societal issues from 50 years ago and today.

3 p.m. - Midnight

Classes of 1972 – 45th Reunion Weekend Headquarters
The Seneca Room and the Centennial Center for Leadership

4 - 5:30 p.m.

Alumnae (and Alumni) Gathering* at the William Smith Inn
Who is William Smith? Philanthropist. Astronomer. Spiritualist. Nurseryman. Women’s rights activist. Founder of William Smith College. After a careful and dedicated renovation, the William Smith Inn opened its doors to guests in June 2009. Spend time with alumnae (and a few alumni) from each of the decades hearing more about this historic home. Beverages and light snacks. Event is limited to 60 people.

5 – 8 p.m.

Reunion Cafe and Mug Night
The Café will be available, the nostalgic Oaks Bar tent will be open, and music will be played. All options in the cafew will be able to take cash or credit/debit cards for the evening, and there will be entertainment for the kids! (cash bar)

6 – 8 p.m.

Classes of 1967 - 50th Reunion Reception & Dinner*
at the home of President Mark D. Gearan and Mary Herlihy Gearan

8 – 10 p.m.

Live Jazz at Houghton House with featured exhibit – Spectacular Gifts: From the Alumni and Alumnae of Hobart and William Smith Colleges
This exhibition is a selection of gifts from HWS alumni and alumnae to the Collections of the Colleges. Ranging from an alumna who graduated in 1918 through to the present, these artworks cover American and International artists as well as styles from the representational to the abstract. Our art collection has benefited in so many ways from the support of the alumni both in gifts of art and material support for acquiring art.

8 - 10 p.m.

AFTER DINNER GATHERINGS - The fun will continue with each Reunion class having its own gathering location in downtown Geneva. Shuttles will run from campus and the main Geneva hotels until 2 a.m. for your convenience.

50th through 70th - Houghton House
45th - The Cellar Pub for Open Mic Night (9 p.m. - Midnight)
40th - Halsey's
35th - Beef & Brew
30th - Lake Drum
25th - SideShow
20th - Eddie O'Brien's
15th - Parker's Tap House
10th - Kashong Creek
5th - Rylie J's

9 p.m. - Midnight

Looking at the Stars – an Observatory Tour
Stop by the Richard S. Perkin Observatory, a teaching and outreach facility located adjacent to the Katherine D. Elliott '66 Student Arts Center, to observe objects trillions of miles from Earth.

9 - 11 p.m.

Pandora’s Box - Open Mic Night, sponsored by the Classes of 1972
This event is open to all Classes – performers and spectators of all ages! Instrumental, singers, storytellers, poets, you name it! A cash bar will be available through the evening.

10 p.m. - Midnight

Classes of 1982 - 35th Reunion Gathering at 737 S. Main Street (Class Headquarters)

10 p.m. - Midnight

Classes of 1992 - 25th Reunion Gatheringat 775 S. Main Street (Class Headquarters)


SATURDAY, JUNE 3


6 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sports and Recreation Center Open
Exercise facilities at the Robert A. Bristol ’31 Field House at the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation will be open and available to all guests.

7:15 – 8:15 a.m.

Sunrise Fitness

  • Yoga with Leigh Principio Pitifer ’84, P’13, P’18
    Bozzuto Boathouse
  • 5K Run through Campus and Geneva with Alumni House Staff
  • Tennis Courts are available throughout the weekend

7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Registration and Reunion Headquarters Open
Scandling Campus Center

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast* at the President’s House Tent
(storm plan: Vandervort Room, Scandling Campus Center)

8 a.m. – Midnight

Classes of 1967 – 50th Reunion Weekend Headquarters
The Café and Café Patio, Scandling Campus Center

8 a.m. – Midnight

Classes of 1972 – 45th Reunion Weekend Headquarters
The Seneca Room and the Centennial Center for Leadership

9 – 10 a.m.

Reunion College Classes

  • What is Culture, Really? And why does it Matter? – Brien Ashdown, assistant professor of psychology
  • Kingfishers, Big Browns and Estrogen: Fish Tales from the Finger Lakes – Susan Cushman '98, director of introductory biology laboratories
  • 1968 - 1972: Momentous Times at HWS, sponsored by the Classes of 1972 - Joe Digangi, professor emeritus
  • Meet the Monster: The Classic Frankenstein Movies – Les Friedman, professor of media & society
  • Distant Worlds: What we know about extra-solar planets and their potential for habitability – Leslie Hebb, assistant professor of physics
  • In Pursuit of Privilege: A History of New York City’s Upper Class and the Making of a Metropolis – Clif Hood, professor of history
  • Saving Geneva's Historic Dove Block, or…What a Professor does in Retirement! – James Spates, professor emeritus of sociology
  • Defining Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century: A Historical Look at Modern Examples – Craig Talmage, visiting assistant professor of entrepreneurial studies

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

President’s State of the Colleges
President Mark D. Gearan will offer his final annual address.

11:45 a.m.

Alums on Parade
Alumni and alumnae will march to the Quad with classmates and the Savannah Cellarsavers Marching Band.

12 – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch* and Reunion Forum
Enjoy lunch on the Quad, and a presentation of the Alumni and Alumnae Associations annual awards. Reunion classes will also announce their fundraising achievements.

12 – 3 p.m.

Oaks Tent Open (cash bar) on the Quad

1 - 3:30 p.m.

St. Mark’s Tower Open
Take in the spectacular views of the campus and the lake. Caution – the view could take your breath away and so could the ascent. Getting up and down the tower steps can be rigorous!

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Davis Gallery open – Spectacular Gifts: From the Alumni of Hobart and William Smith Colleges
This exhibition is a selection of gifts from HWS alumni to the Collections of the Colleges. Ranging from an alumna who graduated in 1918 through to the present, these artworks cover American and International artists as well as styles from the representational to the abstract. Our art collection has benefited in so many ways from the support of the alumni both in gifts of art and material support for acquiring art.

2 – 4 p.m.

Book Signings with Alum Authors

  • Pietro del Fabro '67 - Savages Station
  • Robin Pulver '67 - Axle Annie (in paperback), Saturday is Dadurday, Punctuation takes a Vacation and ME FIRST! Prefixes Lead the Way
  • Anne Rowley Breneman ’77 – Women in the New Millennium: The Global Revolution and Like Pure Gold: the Story of Louis G. Gregory
  • Carrie Lenarcic Firestone '92 - The Unlikelys
  • Les Braunstein '67 - A Lucky Monkey on the Hashish Trail and I'm in love with the Big Blue Frog

2 – 4 p.m.

Finger Lakes Wine, Microbrew, Spirits and Cheese Festival*
Reds, Whites, Rieslings, Gewürztraminers and more! Porters and Hops! Goat Cheese and Blue! Local Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries and Farms gather on the Quad to offer a taste of the Finger Lakes AND they will have their good for sale by the bottle, case or wedge! (Wine shipping may also available, though not permitted to some states.)

Wineries: Hosmer, Red Tail Ridge, Fox Run Vineyards, Ventosa, Swedish Hill, Anthony Road, Zugibe, White Springs, Billsboro
Breweries: Saranac, White Springs, Climbing Bines, Lock32
Ciders & Distilled: Finger Lakes Distillery
Artisan Cheeses: Muranda Cheeses

2 – 4 p.m.

Family Fest on the Quad
Join Reunion families for an afternoon of games, face painting, bounce house, and other activities for our young attendees.

2 – 4 p.m.

Special Gatherings and Open Houses

  • Finger Lakes Institute
  • Intercultural Affairs – Story Sharing Project
  • Hillel – Atid – Temple Club Open House
  • LGBT, Allies and Friends Affinity Group Gathering
  • WEOS and WHWS Open House
  • Caird Center for Sports and Recreation Open House
  • Fraternity Open Houses
    • Chi Phi - 573 South Main
    • Delta Chi - 574 South Main
    • Kappa Alpha - 600 South Main
    • Kappa Sigma - 584 South Main
    • Theta Delta Chi -737 South Main
    • Phi Sigma Kappa - 704 South Main
    • Sigma Chi - 775 South Main

2 – 4 p.m.

Swimming Pool and Tennis Courts Open

3 p.m.

Guided Walking Tours of Campus

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Hobart and William Smith Athletics Gathering
With Athletic Directors Mike Hanna ’68, P’99, HON’04 and Deb Steward, along with current Statesman and Heron Coaches – time to chat about the current state of our Athletic Teams

5 p.m. – Midnight

Kids Camp*
Children ages 12 weeks to 12 years old. An evening of activities for your children in a safe and fun environment. Pizza, snacks and beverages provided. Pre-registration required.

6 – 9 p.m.

All Classes Reception, Dinner and Celebration of President Mark D. Gearan and Mary Herlihy Gearan*
Robert A. Bristol '31 Field House, Caird Center for Sports and Recreation
… 2 hours open beer/wine/soda bar, buffet dinner and entertainment included in the evening.

9 p.m. – Midnight

Reunion Celebration 2017 on the The Quad
Dessert, Fireworks, Music, PhotoBooth and the Oaks Tent - what more do you need?  Enjoy the music on the Quad with the 8 piece Silver Arrow Band this year!  (cash bar)


SUNDAY, JUNE 4


8 a.m. – Noon

Registration and Reunion Headquarters Open
Scandling Campus Center

8 – 8:45 a.m.

Worship and Memorial Service for the Classes of 1972 - 2012
St. John’s Chapel
Interfaith Service led by Chaplain Maurice Charles.

9 - 9:45 a.m.

Worship and Memorial Service for the Classes of 1967
St. John’s Chapel
Interfaith Service Led by Chaplain Maurice Charles with clergy from the Classes of '67 participating in celebration.

8:30 – 11 a.m.

Sunday Brunch*
The Quad
Enjoy brunch while gathering with friends and classmates to say farewell.

10 a.m. - Noon

Classes of 1972 – 45th Reunion Gathering
A “redux” of a Western Civ class centered on The Prince by Machiavelli.


 

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