A Commitment to Excellence
The stunning photograph of our nationally ranked sailing team on the beautiful waters of Seneca Lake graces the cover of this edition of The Pulteney St. Survey. The accompanying excerpt from William Butler Yeats' The Lake Isle of Innisfree has always been one of my favorites. It now has special meaning for me living here in Geneva near the lapping shores of the lake. At Commencement, I cited the Irish poet's words as a reminder to our graduates to always take Hobart and William Smith with them in life. In this edition of the Survey, you will read of many HWS graduates who have taken the benefit of their experience here and kept it in their "deep heart's core." They have excelled in a variety of professions and found great meaning and satisfaction in life.
In May, Hobart and William Smith Colleges witnessed a tangible demonstration of our HWS 2005 initiative when three orange backhoes, a crane, and dozens of workers in hard hats descended on the area adjacent to Smith Hall. Our new academic building, which had previously been a concept in words and blueprints, was suddenly very real. A direct result of the findings of HWS 2005, the start of construction represented the Colleges' continued dedication to excellence in academics.
Made possible through a generous lead gift from Herbert J. Stern '58, LL.D. '74, P'03, the new academic building, which will bear his name, will serve as a core for some of our most heavily enrolled programs, including economics, sociology, anthropology, political science and our new department of Asian languages and cultures. Virtually every Hobart and William Smith student will take a course in this new, three-story building that will house one-third of the Colleges' faculty and 25 percent of its classrooms. Construction will be complete by fall 2003. For more information on the new academic building, see page 2.
The momentum generated by HWS 2005 could also be felt during Commencement and Reunion weekends. Both events provided wonderful opportunities for alumni, alumnae, parents, faculty and students to connect with one another and the Colleges. In the span of one month, we graduated 381 students and welcomed over 800 graduates and their guests to campus. It was exciting to see so many Hobart and William Smith community members engaged in conversations about the successes of the past and hopes for the future. It is this engagement that is responsible for the renewed intensity of our alums giving back to their alma mater through the donation of time and resources. For example, the annual fund raised the largest amount of money in the history of the Colleges. I am grateful to all the volunteers and donors who insured this success.
This energy and momentum of strength has the capacity to enact positive change. It permeates and informs our conception of the Colleges as a true center of excellence.
Mark D. Gearan
A Commitment to Excellence
Summer 2002 Pulteney St. Survey