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Dean's List

The Committee on Standards has established the following standards for this distinction: Students must complete four full credit courses or their equivalent for the academic semester; at least three of the courses must be taken for grades, with no grades below C-; courses taken for CR/NC must receive a grade of CR; no incomplete initiated by the student for non-medical reason may be taken; and a grade point average of 3.5 must be attained.

The Dean’s List is calculated each semester. A notation of this honor is made on the student’s transcript.

Honors Program

The Honors Program is a distinctive feature of the Colleges, open to qualified students who wish to achieve a high level of excellence in their departmental or individual majors. Working closely with an Honors adviser for the equivalent of one course per semester for two semesters, the student designs a project that is a focused scholarly, experimental, or artistic activity within the Honors field. Its basic value is to afford the student an opportunity for sustained, sophisticated work and for growth in self-understanding as the project develops. Results of Honors work are incorporated in an Honors paper and/or an artistic, musical, or theatrical production. Honors students take a written and an oral Honors examination. The oral is conducted by their individual Honors committee, which consists of two faculty members from the Colleges and a specialist in the field, usually from another college or university. Successful candidates receive their degree with Honors, and that achievement is noted in the Commencement program, as well as on their permanent record. All Honors papers, including supplementary photographic materials and videotapes, are kept in a permanent collection in the Warren Hunting Smith Library. About eight percent of graduating seniors earn Honors.

Although “doing Honors” may assist students in pursuing their professional ambitions after graduation, such preparation is not the only objective of the program. During the more than 60 years that the Honors program has been in existence, it has responded to changing educational needs, often anticipating them. In addition to traditional Honors projects in which the Honors “field” more or less coincides with the student’s departmental major, Honors work can be done in interdisciplinary subjects and in areas in which courses are not given. Purposeful off-campus activity, including study abroad, can become part of an Honors project and is encouraged.

2013-2014 Honors Projects

Jennifer L. Abrams, Sociology
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness vs. Peace, Order and Good Governance: Approaches to Urban Revitalization of Low- Income Communities in Canada and the U.S.
James Spates, Adviser

Laura M. Alexander, Writing and Rhetoric
She Asked for It: The Perpetuation of Digital Rape Culture in Social Media
Maggie Werner, Adviser

Shannon M. Beston, Biology
The Ecological Effects of Black Spot Disease on Stream Health in the Seneca Lake Watershed
Susan Cushman, Adviser

Richard Y. Bonney, Public Policy
Hydraulic Fracturing, Environmental Concerns and Policy Responses: How Various State Policy Approaches Should Impact New York’s Future Energy Policy
Craig Rimmerman, Adviser

Sarah R. Buckleitner, Writing and Rhetoric
Finding the Surface
Hannah Dickinson, Adviser

Shan Cao, Studio Art
Movement and Countermovement in the Form and the Color
Michael Bogin, Adviser

Emily S. Dove, Dance
Dance as Resistance: Zulu Identity in South Africa from 1840-1947
Kelly Johnson, Adviser

Melissa E. Freitag, Sociology
A Fading Soul: The Preservation of Traditional Vietnamese Music
Jack Harris, Adviser

Ana C. Garcia, Architectural Studies
From Obscurity to Center Stage: Redesigning Bicentennial Park
Jeffrey Blankenship, Adviser

Rayma G. Garcia-Decena, Architectural Studies
Exploring Urban Cityscapes and Their Spaces Through the Study of Situationist Theory and Laban’s Movement Analysis
Jeffrey Blankenship, Adviser

Meghan E. Gaucher, Writing and Rhetoric
Indigenous Identity-Making: The Turkana, Development, and the Western Aid Culture
Hannah Dickinson, Adviser

Yuqi Ge, Economics
Art Finance and Economic Crisis: A Study of Capital Gains on Art Sales
Warren Hamilton, Adviser

Stephen P. Gemmiti, Media & Society
Sex, Drugs, and the Authentic College Experience: The Story of Young Adulterated
Lester Friedman, Adviser

Grace C. Gist, English
Shotek & Divana
Stephen Cope, Adviser

Benjamin D. Gould, Geoscience
Transition Into the Sun: Perspectives on the Basal Angiosperm Immigration to Sunny Habitats
David Kendrick, Adviser

Michael D. Green, Mathematics
A Mathematical Model of College Friendships
Yan Hao, Adviser

Andrew C. Hellmund, Studio Art
Sculptural Passages: A Convergence of Industry and Nature
A.E. Ted Aub, Adviser

Alexander B. Kent, Public Policy
The Confidence Game
Craig Rimmerman, Adviser

Samuel C. Knopka, Biology
The Spatial Distribution of the Terrestrial Salamander Plethodon cinereus Along a Forest Fragmentation Gradient in Finger Lakes National Forest
Bradley Cosentino, Adviser

Devyn F. LaCamera, Media and Society
What Sex Sells: Examining the Displays of Women in Advertising
Lisa Patti, Adviser

Luke C. Latella, English
Deus ex Modernism - Mythology and Nationalism in the Irish Literary Renaissance
Stephen Cope, Adviser

Guanqun Li, Biology
Characterization of Agrobacterium vitis chvB Mutant
Sigrid Carle, Adviser

Erin K. Minty, Writing and Rhetoric
Rome, Sweet Conqueror Still
Cheryl Forbes, Adviser

Hillary F. Monahan, Environmental Studies
Negotiating with Nature: A Study of Genetic Modification in Food Production and its Cultural Effects on a Central New York Amish Community
Christopher Annear, Adviser

Aaron P. O’Brien, Sociology
Good Kids, M.A.A.D. Culture: How Race, Class and Racial Composition of Home Town Affects a Listener’s Interpretation of and Response to Hip-Hop and Rap
Reneé Monson, Adviser

Dona G. Occhipinti, Biology
Approaches to Cardiovascular Research and Its Future Implications in Translational Medicine
Mark Deutschlander, Adviser

Ava D. Pavao, Political Science
Why Women Deserve a Chance: Breaking the Glass Ceiling for Women in Politics
Iva Deutchman, Adviser

Jacob A. Powell, Economics
The Origins of Crisis - A Marxian Analysis from 1970s to the Great Financial Crisis
Joseph Rebello, Adviser

Nicholas Schmidt, Computer Science
i3: An Environmental Sensor Base Station
John Vaughn, Adviser

Clarissa L. Sullivan, Philosophy
The Hurdles of Prosecuting Rape: The Social Standard of Proof Necessitated by Juries
Steven Lee, Adviser

Arianna C. White, Psychology
Maya Dreams Big: An Examination of Children’s Literature and its Affect on Personal Growth
Daniel Graham, Adviser

Nicole M. Zanghi, Individual in Health Science and Society
Theatre for Social Change in Health and Medicine: A Case Study
Heather May, Adviser

Honor Societies

Phi Beta Kappa is represented at William Smith and Hobart by the Zeta Chapter of New York. Each spring, students from the junior and senior classes of both Colleges are chosen to become members. This is the highest academic honor an undergraduate can achieve and is based on their GPA and breadth of coursework across the divisions.

Other scholastic honor societies are Sigma Xi (scientific research society); Phi Lambda Upsilon (national honorary chemical society); Omicron Delta Epsilon (honorary economics society); Eta Sigma Phi (national honorary classics society); Pi Sigma Alpha (honorary political science society); and Lambda Pi Eta, Nu Omega Chapter (national honorary society in communications).

Hai Timiai is the senior honor society at William Smith. Its members are chosen each year for their outstanding achievements in scholarship, leadership, character, and service by the outgoing senior members.

The Laurel Society is the junior class honor society for William Smith women, which was founded in 1998 to honor the College’s 90th anniversary. Women who are selected for membership have demonstrated a commitment to the community through their involvement on campus, which may include leadership ability, participation in clubs, organizations, or athletics, academic achievement, social awareness, and community service.

The Hobart Druid Society was formed in 1903 to bring together a group of senior leaders to further the ideals of the College: character, loyalty and leadership. According to legend, the Seneca brave Agayentah presented a Hobart student with his oar at Charter Day in the late 1800s as a reminder not to forget those who have come before. The passing of the oar at each subsequent Charter Day, therefore, symbolizes the link between generations of five to seven Hobart men, chosen by their peers, who epitomize those cardinal virtues.

Chimera is the junior honor society, founded also in 1903, to acknowledge those men at the College who, as sophomores, exemplify those same cardinal virtues which set apart those several students selected into the Druid Society. Like their Druid counterparts, Chimerans are inducted on Charter Day.

The Orange Key honor society entered Hobart history in 1923 to honor those rising sophomores who had distinguished themselves in their first year at the College. Nomination is by one’s peers and election by the preceding members of Orange Key.

Endowed Funds and Scholarships

A considerable number of endowed scholarships and prizes are among the memorial and commemorative funds that have been established at the Colleges over the past 150 years. In addition to these endowed funds, grants in support of scholarship aid, prize awards, library support, and other special purposes are received annually from generous friends. A list of endowed funds and awards is listed under Directories.