Posted on Monday, February 02, 2009
Dean Streeter offers keynote address
Alger Adams '32, the first African-American graduate of Hobart College, is recognized as a man who laid the foundation for students to surmount major financial and societal obstacles to attend and excel at Hobart and William Smith. No doubt a key inspiration for many HWS students, Adams will be honored at the Colleges' Eighth-Annual Academic Excellence Award Dinner held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3 in the faculty dining room.
Adams excelled in the classroom, graduating magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with three majors, Greek, English, and psychology. He did so at a time when racial stereotypes and barriers impeded many students of color nationally.
The dinner also honors those students of color and international students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges who have had to overcome major obstacles to become academically successful.
Associate Dean Montrose Streeter will be the keynote speaker. Streeter joined the Colleges in 2007 as the associate dean of campus safety and student conduct for both Hobart and William Smith. He previously served as assistant dean at Keuka College, director of residence life at Barton College, the assistant dean of admissions at Mary Washington College and the director of multicultural programs at Carson-Newman College. Streeter is an ordained Baptist minister, active in the Mount Calvary Church of God in Christ.
The dinner is organized by the Office of Opportunity Programs in conjunction with the Office of Intercultural Affairs. Those wishing to attend should call Opportunity Programs at ext. 3319.