Posted on Sunday, May 17, 2009
On Friday afternoon, alumni, students, faculty and staff gathered together for the annual Hobart Launch at Bozzuto Boathouse to officially welcome the Hobart Class of 2009 into the Alumni Association.
Initiated in 2004, the Launch formally receives the soon-to-be Hobart graduates into the brotherhood of Hobart alumni. During the event, each member of the class is given a replica of the paddle used by Agayentah, the legendary Seneca Indian warrior who died on the lake. Each paddle is engraved with the graduate's name, class year and the Hobart College seal. Afterward, attendees are given the official Hobart College cigar compliments of by Bill '85 and Larry '92 Sherman of the Nat Sherman Cigar Co.
Alumnus speaker Bryan Riehl '96, senior vice president of sales at SunGard Financial Sales, spoke of the gifts Hobart College bestows on each student and alum.
"The diploma that you will receive on Sunday is an accomplishment," Riehl said. "So are the friendships that you have created and will continue to cultivate long after you leave this place."
Riehl encouraged the upcoming graduates to return to HWS and visit, especially when they need to be rejuvenated. "Campus will always be here to strengthen you - you can always come back."
"Hobart alums are everywhere," Riehl reminded the Class of 2009. "Seek them out, shake their hands and talk to them. Share your experiences. The relationships that you form with fellow alumni are priceless."
Senior Will Beckham '09 also addressed the crowd and challenged his fellow graduates to embrace the ideals that Hobart College has instilled in them in their everyday lives.
"We are representatives of Hobart College and what it stands for," Beckham said.
Following the addresses, Dave Quartaro of campus safety was named an honorary member of the Hobart Class of 2009.
"Dave is personable, reasonable and most importantly fair," said Class president Anthony Hobaica '09, who presented the award to Quartaro. "Having Dave as a member of our class is a privilege. He goes out of his way to get to know the students by their first names. He keeps tabs on how we're doing in our classes, sports and activities. The students at HWS look to Dave for guidance, like we would a captain of a sports team, rather than just a rule enforcer."
Quartaro, a Geneva native, has been at HWS for 14 years, initially working in buildings and grounds before joining campus safety three years ago.
"Dave is a very caring and compassionate person and just an all around great guy," said Bill Hastings of campus safety. "He always has a big smile on his face. I wish there were more people like him."
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