Reunion 2010 General Schedule

This is a general and partial schedule for Reunion 2010. Details are subject to change. A complete and final schedule of activities, with times and locations (including any class-specific events), will be available at registration.

Friday, June 4

  • 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
    All Aboard the William Scandling - Excursion I*

    Three Friday excursions planned! Join Professor John Halfman and students for a working session aboard The William Scandling assessing the environmental well-being of Seneca Lake. Event limited to 20 people - ages 13 and older - no infants or small children, please.

  • 10 a.m.
    Campus Bus Tour*

    What's new at Hobart and William Smith? Has it been five years or more? Proud students are eager to show off their campus. The'll take you by some of the old familiar spots and point out a few new additions to our campus.

  • 11:30 a.m.
    Welcome Luncheon and Volunteer Workshop*

    Our Deans invite all Reunion-goers to lunch to officially kick-off the Weekend. Hear about all that's new at HWS. We'll also invite campus leadership to discuss ways in which alumni and alumnae can help advance the Colleges through various volunteer activities including Admissions, The Annual Fund, Career Services, and Reunion Committees.

  • Noon - 4:00 p.m.
    Archives Exhibit in the Library

  • 1 - 3 p.m.
    U.S. National Health Care Symposium
    The Classes of 1960 have invited all Reunioners to this panel discussion focusing on U.S. National Health Care Reform - the conflicts, the costs, the benefits, the concerns. An all-star panel is being assembled to lead an in-depth and interactive conversation on one of the most critically important and politically charged topics of the day.

  • 1 - 3 p.m.
    Legacy College Admissions Workshop*
    1 p.m. - Welcome session for parents and students The Admissions staff will introduce participants to the college admissions process, review current demographic trends, tips for a successful college search, and planning a productive campus visit.
    2 p.m. - Choice of four workshops
    College Interviews
    This interactive workshop will review the objectives of the college interview, demonstrate good interviewing technique, and offer advice for prospective students.
    The Transition to College
    Moving from high school to college can be challenging for students and their parents. HWS deans will discuss the issues surrounding the adjustment to college.
    Financing a College Education
    The director of financial aid will walk families through the types of aid available and the aid application process.
    Writing the College Essay The essay can play an important role in the college admissions process. Typical essay questions will be shared in addition to tips for writing a successful essay.
    3 p.m. - Mock Admissions Committee
    Members of the admissions staff will lead participants through a review of admissions applications. The exercise will help families better understand how college applications are reviewed by admissions officers and the role that recommendations, standardized testing, the essay, extracurricular activities, and the interview play in the evaluation process.

  • 1 p.m.
    Lakeside Golf Outing*
    Put together a foursome or come on your own and we'll put you with a group. Shotgun start. Play your own ball and keep your own score for this 18-Hole outing at the beautiful Geneva Country Club. Price includes lunch at the course.
    All Aboard the William Scandling - Excursion II*
    (See earlier description.)
    Tour De Finger Lakes*
    Bring your bike to Geneva! A mecca for cycling enthusiasts, the Finger Lakes region is renowned for its cycle-friendly roadways, hilly terrain and scenic routes. See for yourself on our annual 17-mile (rigorous) Reunion spin.
    Historic Geneva and Rose Hill Mansion Tour*
    Rose Hill is considered one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the U.S. Located on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, it's just a skipping stone's throw from campus. This popular Reunion activity will once again be led by Geneva native and Honorary Trustee Barbara Lynch Springstead '57, L.H.D.'90.
    A Walk on the Wild Side*
    Join Professor of Biology James Ryan for a hike through the Colleges' Henry W. Hanley nature preserve, a 108-acre biological field station with 40 ponds, old fields, swamps and marshes.

  • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
    Salisbury Center for Career Services*

    Career Tune Up: Reimagining your future An interactive session for
    career changers or those looking to make their next career move up the ladder. Find out resources available to you and how the Salisbury Center for Career Services can help.

  • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Social Networking and Career Success Leveraging LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter Social media is the new way people network. These tools not only allow you to find and connect with people in hiring capacities, but also those who can offer advice and help guide you. This session will guide you through ways to use social media to produce connections and additional opportunity. For more information about career services offered to alumni and alumnae, visit:

  • 3 - 5 p.m.
    All Aboard the William Scandling - Excursion III*
    (See earlier description.)

  • 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
    Athletics at Hobart and William Smith - Then, Now, Tomorrow...
    As we honor the legendary Joe Abraham L.H.D. '81 this Reunion Weekend, we will gather for a panel discussion with Heron and Statesmen alumni, alumnae, coaches and staff. Share highlights of years' past, learn about our new facilities and program enhancements, and discuss plans for next season and seasons to come.

  • 4 p.m.

    Start the weekend off right with a class.

  • 5 p.m.
    Happy Hour & Mug Night at the Oaks Tent

    Cash bar, the Quad
    The original may be gone but the spirit lives on. Bring your own mug or use one of ours.

  • 6 - 9 p.m.
    1960 50th Reunion Cocktails and Dinner at the President's Home*

    The Gearans welcome the 50th Reunion Classes.

  • 6:30 - 9 p.m.
    International Buffet Dinner*

    Some of the best food you've ever eaten on the Quad! (All classes excluding the 50th)

  • 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
    Live Taping of NPR's "Says You"
    Come see the stars of "Says You" record the NPR show live in a twohour extravaganza at The Smith Opera House. Get ready to laugh your way through Friday night as Says You's panelists think fast on their feet and smart on their tongues to keep everyone guessing if that ludicrous-sounding definition for a word is actually real or just calculated to fool everyone!
    Admission is $20 via the Smith's box office (315) 781-LIVE. You may also buy tickets on-line at $50 "All Access" tickets include pre-show cocktails and chatting with the host & panelists.

  • 9 p.m.- Midnight
    The Art of Jazz

    Featuring jazz musicians Bob Masteller '60 and Steve Venuti '71. Join us at our newly expanded arts facilities on the Houghton grounds. View artwork from the Colleges' collection in The Davis Gallery (dedicated last year in honor of Clarence "Dave" Davis '48) and an exhibit by alumnus artist Jonathan White '80. Tour the Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center and Goldstein Family Carriage House. (Cash bar).

Saturday, June 5

  • 7:45 - 9 a.m.
    President's Breakfast*
    President Mark D. Gearan will lead a "State of the Colleges" address, including an update on Campaign for the Colleges.

  • 9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Just for Teens*
    (See description in the brochure)

  • 9:15 - 11:30 a.m.
    Alumni College Classes
    Enjoy a Saturday morning of "classes" guaranteed to stimulate the intellectual juices and expose you to the critical thinking in which our current students and faculty are engaged. (To help us determine classroom space, please indicate course interest on the registration form. Course descriptions can be found online at

  • 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
    Alumni College Classes - Session A*
    Click Here for a list of courses and their descriptions.

  • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    Alumni College - Session B*
    Click Here for a list of courses and their descriptions.

  • 11:40 a.m.
    Alums On Parade
    Alumni and alumnae will march to the Quad with classmates. Prepare your banners, costumes, hats, floats - creativity is encouraged!

  • Noon - 1:45 p.m.
    Lunch and President's Reunion Forum*
    Gather with members of all classes for a wonderful deli lunch, as well as the Alumni and Alumnae Associations' award ceremony and presentations of class gifts.

  • Noon - 3 p.m.
    Oaks Tent Open

  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Archives Exhibit in the Library
    (2:30 - 3:30 - Main Archives Vault open by appointment only)

  • 2 - 3 p.m.
    Admissions Officer for a Day
    Participate in a mock admissions committee session where you get to play the role of an admissions officer deciding who gets in and who doesn't. Members of the admissions staff will lead you through the review of sample applications and your deliberations. For anyone who has an interest in the admissions process, this session will delve into many of the current issues facing today's college applicants.

  • 2 - 4 p.m.
    Finger Lakes Institute Open House
  • The Finger Lakes Institute will be open for tours of its Energy-Star award winning "green" building featuring an exhibit on the history of scientific research in the Finger Lakes and at Hobart William Smith Colleges.
    Salisbury Center Open House
    Visit the Salisbury Center for Career Services in the renovated Trinity Hall. Are you looking for a job or do you have an opening in your organization? Want to be part of our career volunteer databank?
    Family Festival
    Join Reunion families for an afternoon of games, caricatures, face painting, hair braiding and other activities for our young attendees. A few of our varsity athletes will be in uniform and ready to play! Bring your sticks and balls - and your game-faces!
    The HWS Open Tennis Tournament
    Singles, doubles - multiple fun!
    Finger Lakes Wine Festival*
    Reds, whites, Rieslings, Gewurztraminers and more! Local vineyards gather on the Quad to offer a taste of the Finger Lakes. Wines will be available to purchase by the bottle or case.
    WEOS Open House
    Visit the "Echo of the Seneca," the Colleges' radio station, now broadcasting student and faculty shows as well as NPR and PRI programs.
    Hillel-Temple Club Open House
    Join us at the Abbe Center for Jewish Life.  This building was renovated and endowed through the generosity of Richard Abbe '92 and dedicated as a center for Jewish living, learning and programming.
    Afro-Latino Alumni & Alumnae Association (ALAA) / Intercultural Affairs Reception
    Greek Open Houses
    The public spaces in Kappa Alpha, Sigma Phi, Kappa Sigma, Chi Phi and Delta Chi will be open.

  • 3 p.m.
    What's the Scoop
    Find out at the Ice Cream Social for reunioners of all ages!

  • 3 p.m.
    William Smith High Tea*
    Join our William Smith Dean for the traditional afternoon tea and a recap of our Centennial Celebration!

  • 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    Reunion Class Photos
    Be sure to check the final schedule upon arrival for the time and location of your Reunion Class photo.

  • 5 p.m.- 12:30 a.m.
    Saturday Evening Kids' Camp*
    (See description in the brochure)

  • 5:00 p.m.
    Classes of 1960 50th Reunion Memorial Service

  • 5:30 - 7 p.m.
    All Classes - Distinguished Faculty Award Presentation and Reception with Faculty*
    Gather with classmates, faculty and staff as we celebrate our revered faculty and warm-up for the weekend's main event. The Alumni and Alumnae Associations Distinguished Faculty Award (DFA) Committee awards Professor Emeritus of Geoscience Donald L. Woodrow P'83 and the late Professor of Physical Education Joseph N. Abraham L.H.D. '81 with the DFA.

  • 7 - 9 p.m.
    Reunion Class Dinners*
    The food is exceptional and the setting is ideal for these festive dinner gatherings with classmates, friends, faculty and staff. (Includes beer and wine.) In keeping with tradition, the 50th Reunion will gather in the Scandling Center and the President will host the 25th at his home. All other classes will gather in designated areas in the main Quad tent.

  • 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
    The Oaks Tent Open
    Martini Bar (cash bar)

  • 9:45 p.m.
    Fireworks and Dessert Spectacular!
    Spectacular! (And the fireworks are great too!)

  • 10:00 pm - 1:00 am
    Afro-Latino Alumni Association "Throwback" Party & Fundraiser
    Come as you are or come in throwback fashion from your era! Dance the night away to nearly four decades of music and fashion. (The proceeds from this event will be donated to the Henderson/Collins Scholarship Fund.)

  • 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
    Quad Party 2010
    Music by Brass taxi will have you dancing the night away!

    Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra in Scandling Campus Center
    Looking for an alternative to Rock and Pop on the Quad Saturday night? How about swinging the night away with the Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra! This 19-piece band performs favorites such as Count Basie and Duke Ellington as well as well-known standards sung by Ella Fitzgerald and Natalie Cole.

Sunday, June 6

  • 7:30 a.m.
    Funday Morning Run

    Meet up with other brave souls for an early morning run.

  • 8:30 - 9 a.m.
    Service of Rememberance

    Interfaith memorial service remembering those members of the Reunion classes who have passed away since your last Reunion; led by Hobart and William Smith Chaplain Lesley Adams.

  • 9 - 10 a.m.
    Special Morning "Toast"

    For Reunion volunteers, Emerson Society donors and Wheeler Society members. By invitation only.

  • 9:30 - 11 a.m.
    Sunday Brunch "Open House"*

    Enjoy brunch while gathering with friends and classmates to say farewell.

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