Reunion

Reunion 2016, June 3 – 5

The Reunion 2016 event schedule continues to grow! As usual, you can look forward to class gatherings, the Annual HWS Classic Golf Tournament, campus tours, the Reunion Alumni Parade, Reunion College classes, and dancing on the Quad - in addition to special celebrations for all Classes from 1941 (75th Reunion) through 2011 (5th Reunion). Registration materials and a complete weekend schedule were mailed the 2nd week of March. Below is the most up-to-date schedule to give you an idea of what to expect when you arrive back on campus.  

Remember, an asterisk *indicates that registration is required.

THURSDAY, JUNE 2


1 – 9 p.m.

Registration and Reunion Headquarters Open
Scandling Campus Center

5 p.m.

Classes of 1966 – 50th Reunion Welcome Reception*
Seneca Room and Centennial Center for Leadership
Pizza will be served for those who prefer to stay on campus for dinner and continue conversations rather than chasing reservations at a restaurant.

5:30 p.m.

Classes of 1936 – 1961 Encore Arrival Reception and Dinner*
The President’s House

7:30 p.m.

Geneva Music Festival Chamber Concert*
Froelich Theatre, Gearan Center for the Performing Arts
This concert features first-time GMF artist Dashon Burton along with returning festival favorite Christopher Janwong Mckiggan for a remarkable pairing that is sure to be an event not to be missed.


FRIDAY, JUNE 3


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. – 12 a.m.

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), lunch and transportation provided to/from campus. Register online or contact Dulcie Meyer at dmeyer@hws.edu for more details.

8 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Classes of 1966 – 50th Reunion Weekend Headquarters
Seneca Room and Centennial Center for Leadership

9 a.m. – 11:15 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. Each Preview Visit includes an information session led by a member of the Admissions Staff. This is immediately followed by a tour of campus by one of our students.

9 – 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 – 11:15 a.m.

Hanley Preserve Tour* - “A Walk on the Wild Side”
Departure from Medbery Parking Lot at 9 a.m.
Join Hilary Mosher, coordinator, FL-PRISM Finger Lakes Institute, and Assistant Professor Brad Cosentino for a walk through the Colleges’ Henry W. Hanley nature preserve, a 108-acre biological field station with 40 ponds, old fields, swamps and marshes. Tour is limited to 24 people.

10 a.m.

Bus Tour of Campus
Departure from Medbery Parking Lot at 10 a.m.

10 a.m.

Guided Walking Tours of Campus
Departure from the Scandling Campus Steps

10:15 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 to:

  • Professor Emeritus of English Roger Farrand ’49, P’78
  • Professor Emerita of Biology Lois F. Nellis ’46
  • Professor Emerita of Mathematics Ann B. Oaks ’74, P’84, P’85, P’89

Vandervort Room, 2nd Floor, Scandling Campus Center
As you return back to campus, enjoy lunch and an opportunity to hear about this year's 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
Whether you’ve ascended the Tower before or not, we’re sure you will want to make time to take in the spectacular views of the campus and the lake. Don’t forget to bring along your camera. Caution – the view could take your breath away and so could the ascent.

1:15 p.m.

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

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. This year’s trek will be led by Ken DeBolt from Athletics Communications and a variety of faculty / staff. For more information about the route, availability of bikes and more, contact Reunion Manager Mary-Ann Rolfe at rolfe@hws.edu or (315) 781-3774.

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Historic Geneva and Rose Hill Mansion Tour*
Departure from Medbery Parking Lot at 1:30 p.m.
Rose Hill is considered one of the finest examples of Greek revival architecture in the U.S. This popular Reunion activity will once again be led by Geneva native and Honorary Trustee Barbara Lynch Springstead ’57, LH.D. ’90 and will end with tea at the William Smith Inn, the former home of William Smith himself.

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Davis Gallery open – Featured exhibit: Your Year in Art
Houghton House
This exhibition will feature an artwork from the Collections of Hobart and William Smith Colleges created in your year of graduation. Every year from 2011 to 1941 will be included. Prints, photographs, paintings and more!

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Reunion College Classes
Locations to be finalized

  • March of Remembrance – Michael Dobkowski, professor of religious studies
  • 2016 Election – Iva Deutchman, professor of political science with DeWayne Lucas, associate professor of political science
  • Saving Geneva's Historic Dove Block, or...What a Professor does in Retirement! – Jim Spates, professor emeritus of sociology and urban studies
  • How many lightbulbs does it take to change China? Efficiency, renewables and carbon in the world’s second largest economy – Darrin McGee, associate professor of environmental studies
  • Empowerment though Embodiment: A Taste of Theatre for Social Change – Heather May, associate professor of theatre and artistic director of Mosaic NY
  • Special class for 50th Reunion and Encore Classes - Supreme Court Justice Nomination – Joe DiGangi, professor emeritus political science

2 p.m.

Guided Walking Tours of Campus
Departure from the Scandling Campus Steps

2 p.m.

A Heritage of Trees – Self Guided Walking Tour
Departure from Reunion Headquarters in Scandling Campus Center
In a nod to the nurseryman founder of William Smith College, the Alumni and Alumnae Associations, together with the Campus Greens student organization, completed a project to label some of the rare and unusual trees on campus.

2 – 4:15 p.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. Each Preview Visit includes an information session led by a member of the Admissions Staff. This is immediately followed by a tour of campus by one of our students.

3 p.m.

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

3 p.m.

Classes of 1966 – 50th Reunion William Smith High Tea
The Centennial Center for Leadership

3 – 4:30 p.m.

Conversations of Consequence – Friday Panel Discussion for 50th Reunion Class
The Seneca Room
“How did you get from There (1966) to Here (2016)?” – The Divergent Paths we have taken and the common threads we share.

4 – 5:30 p.m.

Classes of 1991 – 25th Reunion Welcome Gathering
The Quad

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

FOOD TRUCK RODEO and MUG NIGHT
The Quad
Friday evening will offer a Quad Party complete with food trucks, the nostalgic Oaks Bar tent, and music 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All food trucks will be able to take cash or credit/debit cards for the evening, and there will be entertainment for the kids!

6 – 8 p.m.

Classes of 1966 - 50th Reunion Reception & Dinner*
Katherine D. Elliott ’66 Studio Arts Center

6 – 8 p.m.

Classes of 1976 - 40th Reunion Reception & Dinner*
The President’s House
…with class photo on the historic steps of the home

8 – 10 p.m.

Live Jazz at Houghton House with featured exhibit – “Your Year in Art”
Houghton House
Encore, 50th and 45th Reunion Classes - this exhibition will feature an artwork from the Collections of Hobart and William Smith Colleges created in your year of graduation. Every year from 2011 to 1941 will be included. Prints, photographs, paintings and more!
8 - 9:30 p.m. Dessert Reception with cash bar
8 - 10:00 p.m. Live Jazz

8 – 10 p.m.

  • Classes of 1976 – 40th Reunion Night on the Town at Halsey’s Restaurant, Seneca Street
  • Classes of 1986 – 30th Reunion Night on the Town at Lake Drum Brewing, Castle Street
  • Classes of 1991 – 25th Reunion Night on the Town at Sideshow with Ma, Exchange Street
  • Classes of 1996 – 20th Reunion Night on the Town at Eddie O’Brien’s Grille & Bar, Seneca Street
  • Classes of 2001 – 15th Reunion Night on the Town at Parker’s Grille & Taproom, Seneca Street
  • Classes of 2006 – 10th Reunion Night on the Town at Kashong Creek Craft Cider, Linden Street
  • Classes of 2011 – 5th Reunion Night on the Town at Rylie J’s, Seneca Street

After the Food Truck Rodeo, the fun will continue in downtown Geneva with each of our Reunion Classes having its own gathering location at places that were popular "back then."

8 – 10 p.m.

Classes of 1981 – 35th Reunion Gathering
737 S. Main Street

10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Classes of 1991 – 25th Reunion After-Hours Gathering
775 S. Main Street (the old SigChi House)


SATURDAY, JUNE 4


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
    starting at the Scandling Campus Center Steps

7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Registration and Reunion Headquarters Open
Scandling Campus Center

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast*
Great Hall of Saga, Scandling Campus Center

8 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Classes of 1966 – 50th Reunion Weekend Headquarters
Seneca Room and Centennial Center for Leadership

9 – 10 a.m.

Reunion College Classes
Locations to be finalized

  • Create and Move – Donna Davenport, professor of dance
  • Refugees, Migrants and Gated Nations: The Eritrean Experience – Dan F. O’Connell III '66
  • Building a Better Geneva – John Marks, curator and adjunct instructor, Geneva Historical Society and history
  • New Buildings & Old-Walking Tour: The Campus Architectural Context -Michael Tinkler - associate professor of art and architecture
  • Heavy Metal Thunder-Sabbath, Zeppelin and the Commodification of Great Hair - Mark Olivieri, chair and assistant professor of music
  • Director’s Cut / Excerpts from the film “Humble Beauty – Skid Row Artists” - Judy Ayers Vogelsang ’65, producer/director/writer
  • Times Were Changing Panel Discussion – moderated by Joe DiGangi, professor emeritus of political science

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

President’s State of the Colleges
Vandervort Room, 2nd Floor, Scandling Campus Center
President Mark D. Gearan will offer his annual address.

11:45 a.m.

Alums on Parade
Starting on Pulteney Street at Scandling Campus Center
Alumni and alumnae will march to the Quad with classmates. We ask that all participants gather on Pulteney Street in front of the Scandling Campus Center. Look for your Classes' banner!

12 – 1:15 p.m.

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

12 – 3 p.m.

Oaks Tent Open (cash bar)
The Quad

1 - 3:30 p.m.

St. Mark’s Tower Open
Whether you’ve ascended the Tower before or not, we’re sure you will want to make time to take in the spectacular views of the campus and the lake. Don’t forget to bring along your camera. Caution – the view could take your breath away and so could the ascent.

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Davis Gallery open – Featured exhibit: Your Year in Art
Houghton House
This exhibition will feature an artwork from the Collections of Hobart and William Smith Colleges created in your year of graduation. Every year from 2011 to 1941 will be included. Prints, photographs, paintings and more!

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.

Vietnam Veteran Memorial Dedication
Memorial Flagpole near the Chapel

2 – 4 p.m.

Book Signings with Alum Authors
The College Store

  • Eritrean Refugees – Dan F. Connell III '65
  • The McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona; An O.K. Corral Obituary – Paul Johnson '71
  • Nothing Here is Real – Matt Bindig '98

2 – 4 p.m.

Finger Lakes Wine, Microbrew, Spirits and Cheese Festival*
The Quad Wine Tent
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: Beek and Skiff (cider and gin), Finger Lakes Distillery
Artisan Cheeses: Muranda, Lively Run

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. A few of our varsity athletes will be in uniform and ready to play!

2 – 4 p.m.

Special Gatherings and Open Houses

  • Finger Lakes Institute Open
  • Intercultural Affairs Open House – Story Sharing Project
  • Hillel – Atid – Temple Club Open House
  • LGBT, Allies and Friends Affinity Group Gathering
  • WEOS and WHWS 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
  • Caird Center for Sports and Recreation Open House
  • Classes of 1966 Former Hobart Athletes Gathering – with Mike Hanna ’68, P’99, HON’04

2 – 4 p.m.

Swimming Pool and Tennis Courts Open

3 p.m.

Guided Walking Tours of Campus
Departure from the Scandling Campus Steps

3 p.m.

Classes of 1966 – 50th Reunion William Smith High Tea
The Centennial Center for Leadership

3 – 4:30 p.m.

Conversations of Consequence – Friday Panel Discussion for 50th Reunion Class
The Seneca Room
“How did you get from There (1966) to Here (2016)?” – The Divergent Paths we have taken and the common threads we share.

5 – 5:45 p.m.

Chorale Reunion Performance
Froelich Theatre in the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts with Alumni and Alumnae, led by Bob Cowles

5:30 – 7 p.m.

All Classes Reception with Faculty, Staff and Coaches and an Open House for the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts

5:45 – 7:15 p.m.

All Classes Pictures
taken in the McDonald Theatre, Gearan Center for the Performing Arts

  • 5:45 p.m. Classes of 1971, 45th Reunion Class Photo
  • 6:00 p.m. Classes of 1981, 35th Reunion Class Photo
  • 6:15 p.m. Classes of 1976, 40th Reunion Class Photo
  • 6:30 p.m. Classes of 1996, 20th Reunion Class Photo
  • 6:45 p.m. Classes of 2001, 15th Reunion Class Photo
  • 7:00 p.m. Classes of 2006, 10th Reunion Class Photo
  • 7:15 p.m. Classes of 2011, 5th Reunion Class Photo
  • 7:30 p.m. Classes of 1986, 30th Reunion Class Photo

7 – 9 p.m.

Classes of 1936 – 1961 Encore Reunion Cocktails & Dinner*
The Common Room, Scandling Campus Center

7 – 9 p.m.

Classes of 1966 - 50th Reunion Cocktails and Dinner*
Bartlett Theatre, Coxe Hall
…with class photo on the steps of Coxe Hall

7 – 9 p.m.

Classes of 1991 – 25th Reunion Cocktails and Clambake*
The President’s House
…with class photo on the historic steps of the home

7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Reunion Celebration 2016*
The Quad
Grand Buffet Dinner, Dessert, Fireworks, Music, Photo Booth and the Oaks Tent - what more do you need! Enjoy the music on the Quad with the band Nik Light this year! (cash bar)


SUNDAY, JUNE 5


8 a.m. – 12 p.m

Registration and Reunion Headquarters Open
Scandling Campus Center

8 – 9 a.m.

Worship and Memorial Service
St. John’s Chapel
Interfaith Service led by Chaplain Maurice Charles with The Reverend Dr. Helen R. Beasely ’66 participating in the celebration.

8:30 – 11 a.m.

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

9 – 10 a.m.

Special Morning “Toast”
The President’s House For Reunion volunteers, Emerson and Wheeler Society members. By invitation only.


 

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