Admissions Center

The Office of Admissions is located in a renovated historic home overlooking Seneca Lake, and we welcome visitors throughout the year.

Robert Murphy

Vice President for Enrollment/Dean of Admissions

Bob Murphy Email: murphy@hws.edu

Bob came to Hobart and William Smith in 2004 as the director of the Salisbury Center for Career Services. In 2009, he accepted a position as the Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admissions. Bob has a B.S. in education and history from Norwich University as well as an M.Ed. in rehabilitation counseling and C.A.S. in student personnel administration, both from Springfield College. A former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, he worked with Pepsi-Cola, serving as Chief Operating Officer of PepsiCo International in Istanbul among other roles, for 26 years before "retiring" to higher education. He is an honorary member of the Hobart Class of 2006.

John Young

Director of Admissions

John Young Email: jyoung@hws.edu

John graduated from Colgate University with a bachelor's degree in history. He served as an assistant and associate director of admissions at Colgate for seven years, and then made a move to become Director of Admissions at Skidmore College. He joined the HWS staff in 2005.

William Warder '96

Senior Associate Director of Admissions

Bill Warder Phone: (315) 781-3729
Email: warder@hws.edu

Bill graduated from Hobart College in 1996 with a dual major in comparative literature and Greek. He completed a master's degree in liberal studies at Nazareth College. Before returning to his alma mater in 2005, Bill taught English at Avon Old Farms School and served as Head Lacrosse Coach at the University of Hartford. Bill works with a number of individual schools around the country.

"It is very rewarding to introduce Hobart and William Smith Colleges to new faces. As a graduate of HWS, I truly enjoy the opportunity to share the excitement, passion and interconnectedness that comes from being a member of our community. Hobart and William Smith encourage every student to discover and explore new academic paths, practical "real-world" experiences and life-long friendships."

Marylyn Uhnak

Assistant Vice President of On and Off Campus Initiatives

Marylyn Uhnak Phone: (315) 781-3750
Email: uhnak@hws.edu

Marylyn earned a degree in psychology from Wells College, where she worked in admissions for five years after graduation. She joined the HWS admissions team in 2008 and currently oversees all on and off-campus events for prospective students and their families. In addition, Marylyn also works with students from Asia.

"It is in my nature to help people, and that's what we do every day in Admissions. I especially enjoy helping students determine if this community is the right fit."

Caitlin Rogers Connelly '05

Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Northeast Recruitment

Caitlin Rogers Phone: (315) 781-3747
Email: connelly@hws.edu

Caitlin graduated from William Smith with dual majors in environmental studies and geoscience. She worked in the HWS office of admissions for two years before leaving to earn a masters in higher education administration from the University of Michigan. She later worked at a boarding school in Michigan, serving as a college counselor and dorm parent. She rejoined the HWS admissions team in 2010 as its New Hampshire, Essex County, and Boston recruiter.

"Without a doubt, my favorite thing about HWS is the community. Students, faculty and staff members are proud to be a part of the HWS family, and because of that, they all work hard every day to make it a better place. As an alum and staff member, I am proud that I can associate myself with such a wonderful group of people. I love working in admissions because it gives me an opportunity to share the HWS family with many talented high school students."

Jacqueline DeLaFuente

Associate Director of Admissions

Lisa Genovese Phone: (315) 781-3733
Email: DeLaFuente@hws.edu

Jacqueline graduated from Amherst College with a double major in Psychology and Spanish in 2009. Upon graduation, she taught kindergarten and fifth grade in the Philadelphia public school district through Teach for America while simultaneously earning her M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Afterward, she moved to Columbia Journalism School’s Office of Career Services. Jacqueline joined the HWS admissions team in 2013 as the regional representative for the New York metro area.

"I love representing Hobart and William Smith Colleges because it embodies the quintessential small, liberal arts school with an incredibly personable faculty and a truly engaged campus community. Yet, HWS is also dedicated to preparing students for success in the real world by creating opportunities in global exploration, service, leadership, and professional careers. I'm proud to represent HWS, and I feel very fortunate that I get to meet so many unique students everyday who make me optimistic and excited for the future."

Lisa Genovese '03

Associate Director of Admissions

Lisa Genovese Phone: (315) 781-3762
Email: lgenovese@hws.edu

Lisa graduated from William Smith in 2003 with a degree in Economics. While at HWS, she was a member of the swim team as well as coached the local girls high school lacrosse team. Upon graduation, she worked for a national real estate corporation recruiting at the executive level. Lisa returned to HWS in 2010 as the Mid-Atlantic Regional recruiter and now recruits students from Western Massachusetts, Connecticut (with the exception of Fairfield and New Haven areas), and Louisiana. In addition, Lisa works with prospective students from India.

"I love meeting with prospective students, getting to know them and helping them get to know HWS. What's really great about this place is that your HWS experience doesn't end when you graduate. I keep in touch with my professors and I'm constantly running into alums, parents and other HWS community members throughout my travels."

Suzanne Willard '99

Associate Director of Admissions

Suzanne Willard Phone: (315) 781-3865
Email: willard@hws.edu

Sue earned a bachelor's degree in history from William Smith College in 1999 and completed the education program. After earning a master's degree in history and serving as a graduate assistant soccer coach at Washington College, she returned to William Smith as assistant coach for the Herons in 2001. From there, Sue went on to coach soccer at both the NCAA Division I and III levels, before rejoining HWS in the Office of Admissions. In addition to being the athletic liaison for William Smith Athletics, Sue recruits students from Westchester County, N.Y., Fairfield County, Conn., and New Haven, Conn.

"At HWS, we care about our prospective students on a deep level. A prospective student will never just be a number to us! In fact, HWS students are some of the most creative, interesting and fun people you will ever meet."

Rebecca Arnold

Associate Director of Admissions

Rebecca Arnold Phone: (315) 781-3868
Email: arnold@hws.edu

Rebecca earned her B.A. in communication from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y., and an M.S. in higher education from Syracuse University. She joined the admissions team in 2009 and currently oversees recruitment of prospective students in the Ohio, Minnesota, Buffalo, Rochester, and Pittsburgh. Rebecca also works with all transfer students. Before coming to HWS, Rebecca worked as an admissions counselor at Wells College.

"It's so rewarding to see a student through the entire admissions process, and then watch them on campus in the fall, finding their niche in the community. That's really the best thing about this place; when I came to HWS, I immediately felt a great sense of community, and I know my students feel it, too."

Jim Ryan

Associate Director of Admissions

James Ryan Phone: (315) 781-3768
Email: jwryan@hws.edu

Jim graduated from St. John Fisher College with a bachelor of arts in history with a minor in education. Before joining the Admissions Office, he spent ten years as a teacher, most recently at a Syracuse-based alternative school, where he ran a computer-based learning program. Jim has coached college football at Morrisville State and Hobart College. He joined the HWS admissions team in 2011 as an Associate Director of Admissions and recruits students from Vermont and New York State, specifically Syracuse, St. Lawrence, Adirondacks, the Capital District, and the Catskills. Jim lives in Liverpool, N.Y. with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children, James Jr., Mikaila and Zachary.

"Being a native of the Rochester area, I really feel I am able to connect and relate to the students and families that I work with to provide an authentic experience of HWS."

Katelyn Cassell '07

Associate Director of Admissions

Katelyn Cassell Phone: (315) 781-3731
Email: kacassell@hws.edu

A dual major in international relations and Spanish and Hispanic studies at HWS, Katelyn moved to China after graduation, where she taught English and traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia. She also held a position in health care benefits consulting. Katelyn returned to her alma mater and joined the HWS admissions team in 2009. She is currently responsible for recruiting in New Jersey.

"I grew up in Colorado, so I know what it's like to come from afar to attend college—that's why I love working with prospective students who aren't from the New York area. I've always felt a really strong connection to HWS, and I enjoy helping students find that connection, as well!"

Kate Ustach Beyer '07

Associate Director of Admissions, New England Regional Representative

Kate Ustach Beyer '07 Phone: (207) 577-3821
Email: beyer@hws.edu

Kate graduated from William Smith in 2007 with a bachelor of arts degree in individual studies – Diversity in the Workplace. Following graduation, Kate was the first AmeriCorps VISTA member at HWS, serving with the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. She later worked at Massachusetts Campus Compact, where she was the coordinator of student initiatives. Kate returned to HWS in 2012, accepting a position as a New England regional representative. Currently, she recruits in Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

“HWS is a very special place. As an admissions counselor and alum, I love telling prospective students about all it has to offer. The coordinate system is the best of both worlds. It allows students to experience a coed campus, while empowering men and women and providing them with unique leadership opportunities.”

Claire Criniti '13

Assistant Director of Admissions

Claire Criniti Phone: (315) 781-3730
Email: criniti@hws.edu

Claire graduated from William Smith with a major in sociology, and a minor in public policy with a concentration in health. She played three years of soccer for the William Smith Herons. During her senior year she joined the admissions staff and worked as a tour guide and panel speaker. She is currently responsible for recruiting from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Northern Virginia, and all international students besides those from Asia.

"My experiences at HWS gave me the opportunity to charter my own path and feel confident in my pursuits. I will forever have a deep appreciation and connection with this place because of how much I grew. I couldn’t be more excited to be able to share those experiences with prospective students and help them envision their own potential as a Hobart and William Smith Student."

Taylor Jones '13

Assistant Director of Admissions and Communications Coordinator

Taylor Jones '13 Phone: (315) 781-3749
Email: tjones@hws.edu

Taylor graduated from Hobart College in 2013 with dual majors in public policy and English. He was a member of the Hobart soccer team for four years and spent three years as a tour guide with the Office of Admissions. In addition, Taylor served as president and Liberty League representative of the Hobart Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and as the Statesmen Athletic Association (SAA) student director. Taylor works with students from the Finger Lakes region, while also serving as the communications and marketing coordinator for the office.

"The four years I spent as a student at HWS was the most dynamic and engaging time of my life. My hope is that every prospective student I speak with will gain the same sense of passion I have for the Colleges. Having the opportunity to serve the institution that has provided me with so much is a responsibility I truly cherish and hold in high esteem."

Greg Warmt '12

Assistant Director of Admissions

Greg Warmt '12 Phone: (315) 781-3732
Email: warmt@hws.edu

Greg graduated from Hobart College in 2012 with a double major in classics and European studies. On campus, he served as the Hobart Student Government vice president, the Inter-Fraternity Council president and served on the Committee on Standards. Greg returned to campus in October of 2012 and currently recruits in much of the Midwest (IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI) and Southeast (WV, TN, NC, SC, GA, FL, KY, AL, MS, AR, OK, TX).

"Hobart and William Smith afforded me so many opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. The amazing sense of community I experienced as a student, as well as the great sense of confidence I gained, makes me want to help prospective students realize all the great experiences this campus has to offer."

Ellie Blase '13

Assistant Director of Admissions for Visitor Relations

Ellie Blase '13 Phone: (315) 781-3778
Email: blase@hws.edu

Ellie graduated from William Smith in 2013 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, and minors in child advocacy and art history. During her four years at HWS, she was a member of the club equestrian team as well as the Colleges' Chorale and Cantori. In her sophomore year, she joined the residential education staff as a resident assistant, and in her junior year was able to continue her passion for community service abroad in Galway, Ireland. It is her goal to assure that prospective students and families get the most out of their visit to HWS. Ellie works with students from San Diego, Calif., Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Montana, Utah, Idaho, Alaska, and Hawaii.

"The enthusiasm that students and faculty have for this campus and what it can provide students in their time here is contagious. HWS has encouraged me to realize my passions, become confident academically, and has given me a place to call home. I love seeing new faces of prospective students and families walk through the door, and as a recent alumna, sharing my experiences with them so they can gain a sense of the special community here at HWS."

Rebecca Lampson

Campus Events & Visit Coordinator

Rebecca Lampson Phone: (315) 781-3738
Email: lampson@hws.edu

Rebecca graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in new media marketing. She was a four-year member of the Tigers' lacrosse team, and recently joined the William Smith community in 2013 as the part-time assistant lacrosse coach. In the Office of Admissions, Rebecca assists with the development and implementation of all admissions events.

Luke Latella '14

Assistant Director of Admissions

Luke Latella '14 Phone: (315) 781-4514
Email: latella@hws.edu

Luke graduated from Hobart College in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in English and minors in both art history and European studies. He developed his concentration in modernist Irish literature while studying abroad in Galway, Ireland. While on campus, Luke worked for four years as a tour guide in Admissions and served as a Writing Colleague. He was also an active member of the Hobart club rugby team and the male a cappella group, the Hobartones. Luke is based in Portland, Oregon and works with students throughout the Pacific Northwest and West Coast.

"From the small, highly engaging classes to the close-knit community outside the classroom, an HWS education enables students to grow in confidence and character as they make invaluable academic, personal, and professional connections. As a recent graduate, I have experienced first hand the immense opportunities available at HWS, and I am very fortunate to be able to represent the Colleges through the Office of Admissions."

Devin Worthington '14

Admissions Intern

Devin Worthington '14 Phone: (315) 781-3735
Email: worthington@hws.edu

Devin graduated from Hobart College in 2014 with a bachelor of arts degree in media and society and minor in history. He was a member of the Hobart football team for four years and participated in various extracurricular activities. He joined the HWS admissions team in 2014 as an intern, where he will be recruiting in the New York metropolitan area.

"Hobart and William Smith Colleges is not only a wonderful institution, but is also a special community that ensures students that it has their best interests in mind. I am so thankful to have attended HWS because of the many opportunities that it provided me academically, socially, and athletically. It is truly a joy to have an opportunity to share my experiences with prospective students and their families, so they can gain a sense of why HWS is such an exceptional school."

Tom Elder '14

Admissions Intern

Tom Elder '14 Phone: (315) 781-3737
Email: telder@hws.edu

Tom graduated from Hobart College in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minor in Media and Society. He was a member of the Hobart Football team for four years, serving as team captain his senior year. Tom was also a volunteer in the Geneva 2020 program while he was a student. Tom works with prospectives students from a number of specific schools spread throughout the Northeast. In addition to his responsibilities in Admissions, Tom currently serves as an assistant coach for the Hobart football team.

"HWS provides students with so many opportunities that allow them to grow and become better people. As a recent graduate, I feel that the experiences I gained from the resources provided at HWS have helped me to grow not only as a student, but also prepared me for life as a professional. Working with prospective students allows me to help others gain access to the breadth of offerings that an HWS education entails."


Feel free to contact us individually or e-mail the Office of Admissions if you have any questions.

Mailing address:
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Office of Admissions
629 S. Main St.
Geneva, NY 14456

Phone: (315) 781-3622 or
(800) 852-2256

Fax: (315) 781-3914

International Students Students from Asia should contact Marylyn Uhnak. Students from India should contact Lisa Genovese '03. Students from Europe and South America should contact Claire Criniti '13.

Transfer Students should contact Rebecca Arnold.

Depending on the time of year, a representative may be in your area visiting high schools, conducting interviews or attending college fairs. You may contact any member of the Office of Admissions with questions via e-mail or phone.