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A Place for Students to Be Students

Scandling Center

The Colleges dedicate the Scandling Campus Center

At the beginning of the fall 2008 semester, HWS faculty, staff and students gathered outside the newly renovated Scandling Campus Center for the building’s official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.

“The kick off for this new space goes back to conversations with the late Bill Scandling, first and foremost recognizing the real need for a community center and a space for student activities,” said President Mark D. Gearan. “In dedicating this building today, we honor Bill Scandling and the many alums who have made this project possible. We thank them for their support because the Scandling Campus Center reflects the sense of community that’s at the heart of these Colleges.”

The new space adds more than 17,500 square feet to the original building and includes a student activities commons, game room, lounge areas, new marketplace café, outdoor terrace and the Vandervort Room. The renovations were designed by Pamela Lucas Rew ’81 of KSS Architects in Princeton, N.J.

As the HWS community walked through the doors of the Scandling Campus Center, they found themselves instantly at home. “There’s so much more natural lighting,” said Corson Fidler ’09 during lunch with friends in the new Café. “It’s really relaxing.”

“The new center is inviting and feels comfortable yet it doesn’t feel too institutional,” said Associate Professor of Economics Jo Beth Mertens. “Students can spill out into all of the open spaces throughout the building to work on projects or to open a box from home. It’s a place for students to be students.”


Dedication and Honor

Seneca Room

Hobart and William Smith dedicate outreach center

In front of the sprawling floor-to-ceiling windows of the Seneca Room overlooking Seneca Lake, HWS community members dedicated the Seneca Room, the latest addition to the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI), and honored long-time HWS and FLI supporter State Sen. Michael F. Nozzolio L.H.D. ’07 (R-NY).

“Senator Nozzolio’s commitment to the Finger Lakes Institute is unsurpassed,” said President Mark D. Gearan during the dedication. “He could have easily contributed to the Institute in its opening and allowed that to be the end of his work with us. Instead, he has supported the Institute’s cause throughout all four years of its presence in the Finger Lakes.”

The Seneca Room, a two-story, 2,300 sq. ft. brick structure, will primarily host FLI conferences and research gatherings as well as events open to area researchers, residents and other institutions.

“The Seneca Room will now provide an exceptional space to welcome school children, educators, undergraduate students and the general public who participate in these programs,” said Rayza Santiago ’09, the FLI’s Bonner Leader for Environmental Education and Outreach. “The beautiful view of Seneca Lake exemplifies the importance of preserving the Finger Lakes and that students of the Colleges can have an important role in this through active participation in the efforts of the Finger Lakes Institute.”

Since it was inaugurated, the Finger Lakes Institute has received more than $7 million in external funding for both institutional priorities and faculty research, including New York State backing. This financial support made the construction of the Seneca Room possible and has enabled the Colleges to expand programming and recruit staff and faculty with specialization in lake research. Today, the Institute has active research programs on eight of the 11 Finger Lakes.