Reunion 2015, June 5 – 7

The Reunion 2015 event schedule is continuing to grow! As usual, you can look forward to campus tours, the Reunion Parade, dancing on the Quad and Mini College classes, in addition to special celebrations for all Classes from 1940 (75th Reunion) through 2010 (5th Reunion). Registration materials and a complete weekend schedule are included on these pages. Here are a few highlights that will give you an idea of what to expect when you arrive back on campus.

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Schedule Highlights


  • Classes of 1940-1964 50th PLUS Welcome Reception and Dinner*
  • Classes of 1965 50th Reunion Icebreaker Gathering


  • “HWS Classic” Golf Tournament *
  • Friday “Mini College” Classes (Additional classes to be held Saturday)
    • Sex and Power in American Politics with Iva Deutchman - professor of political science
    • Heavy Metal Thunder:  Sabbath, Zeppelin and the Commodification of Great Hair with Mark Olivieri - chair, assistant professor of music
    • Dance, Moving Somatically with Michelle Ikle -  chair, associate professor of dance
    • Changing Perspectives on the Holocaust:  Experiencing, Explaining and Exploiting the Shoah with Michael Dobkowski - professor of religious studies
    • Music at the Movies:  how soundtracks work with images, and work with the viewers with Charity Lofthouse, professor of music
    • Western Civ: What Came Next? What Comes Next? Contextualizing Curriculum for the 21st Century with Deans Baer and Gallouet, along with Professor James Spates
    • Title IX - What that means, Why we have it on Campus, How we are changing the framework of the Office, Who is in Charge, Where we are going led by the Title IX Office
    • Veterans meeting with Veterans with Roland Glenn author of “The Hawk and the Dove – Okinawa and Korea”
  • Tours include:
    • Historic Geneva and Rose Hill Mansion* - Rose Hill is considered one of the finest examples in the U.S. This popular Reunion activity will once again be led by Geneva native and Honorary Trustee Barbara Lynch Springstead ’57, LH.D. ’90.  Included will be a tour of the Smith Observatory and the William Smith Inn, the former home of William Smith.
    • Hanley Biological Field Preserve* - "A Walk on the Wild Side," led by Meghan Brown (Associate Professor of Biology) and Hilary Mosher (Coordinator, FL-PRISM Finger Lakes Institute), is indeed a perfect name for Friday's Reunion Weekend excursion to the HWS Henry Hanley Biological Preserve. With no groomed trails and a plethora of wildlife, a walk through the nature preserve and a stop at a few of its signature ponds, provides the perfect opportunity for alums to reconnect with their alma mater.
    • HWS Fribolin Farm* - Join a small group of alumni for a personal tour of the HWS Fribolin Farm. Aquired in winter 2014, the 34-acre property includes a house, stall barn, riding arena, 2 ponds, and 18 acres of cropland, which has been utilized by a variety or curricular and co-curricular programs. Participants in this tour will learn about the recent use of the property, its unique historical connection to nurseryman William Smith, and its significance to the local and regional food system.
  • Seneca Lake Excursions on the Colleges’ Research Vessel, The William Scandling* (sold out!)
  • Hard Hat Tours of the Performing Arts Center*
  • Luncheon with Hobart and Williams Smith Deans and the Provost*
  • Campus Tours led by our Admissions Guides
    Recommended for high school juniors - or seniors who haven't visited HWS. The Preview Visit takes approximately two hours and includes a presentation by a member of the Admissions staff and a student-guided campus tour.

    This is a great introduction into what the Colleges have to offer through interaction with HWS Admissions Counselors and current students. Each Preview Visit includes an information session led by a member of the Admissions Staff. This is immediately followed by a tour of campus by one of our students.
  • “Tour de Finger Lakes” Bicycle Ride*
  • Evening Entertainment with Food Trucks, Music and Class Gatherings in and around Geneva
    Friday evening will offer a Street Party on Pulteney complete with food trucks, the nostalgic Oaks Bar tent, and a Capella performances from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The food truck selection will include Brick-N-Motor, a fun truck that offers seasonal local foods like vegetable gnocchi and seafood tacos; Macarollin, offering artisanal mac & cheeses; Marty’s Meats, with traditional pork sandwiches; Cheesed and Confused, with creative gourmet and traditional grilled cheese sandwiches; and for dessert the Skippy’s Ice Cream truck will sell ice cream novelties. All trucks will be able to take cash or credit/debit cards for the evening.
    • Saga Food Service - Mug Night and Cash Bar Service at the Oaks Tent
    • Street Performances by The Cool Club
    • Entertainment for the Kids - balloon making, magic tricks
  • Live Jazz at Houghton House and the Grand Opening of this special exhibit: Mark Jones '72: A Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Photographs 1969 to the Present A blend of masterful technique, transformation and love for the way things look is what you will find in the work of Mark Jones. Painstaking craftsmanship creates illusion which talent turns into reality. These are evocative and rewarding artworks well worth the exclamation “spectacular.” The pleasure we receive from looking at this work is a matter of ideas about our world as well as formal aesthetic delight. Mark Jones was born in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1950. He received a Bachelors degree from Hobart College in 1972 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Brooklyn College. He has studies at the Rijks Museum School in Amsterdam, the Art Students League in New York and the San Francisco Art Institute. He has taught at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for the past 30 years. His work has been widely exhibited in museums and commercial galleries through the United States, Europe and Asia.

    The event will feature renowned jazz musician Steve Venuti '71 and friends, along with an elegant Dessert Reception (cash bar).  Location:  The Davis Gallery at Houghton House


  • Sunrise Fitness (Yoga Lakeside, 5K Run, Spinning, Tennis)
  • President’s Annual “State of the Colleges” Address
  • Saturday “Mini College” Classes
    • Declining Water Quality in Seneca Lake - a 20 year View with John Halfman- professor, geolimnology and hydrogeochemistry; FLI endowed chair in environmental studies
    • Weather Disasters 2014-2015 with N. Metz- assistant professor geosciences
    • Geneva's Architecture and its Preservation hosted by John Marks - curator and adjunct instructor, Geneva Historical Society
    • U.S. Macroeconomic Policy in the 21st Century with Alan Frishman - professor of economics
    • Amazing Grace:  Curating the Collections of Hobart and William Smith Colleges with Kathryn Vaughn - visual arts curator, art and architecture
    • Sexual Assault, Rhetorical Analysis and the "Teachable Moment" with Susan Hess '85 - Writing and Teaching/Learning Specialist and assistant director of the first year seminar program
    • Director's Cut - Excerpts from the film Humble Beauty, Skid Row Artists hosted by Judy Ayers Vogelsang '65 - producer/director/writer
  • All Classes Lunch* and President’s Forum on the Quad
  • Alumni Association and Alumnae Association Awards
  • Class Gift Presentations
  • Finger Lakes Wine and Microbrew Festival on the Quad*
    Wineries: Hosmer, Red Tail Ridge, Fox Run Vineyards, Ventosa, Swedish Hill, Anthony Road, Zugibe, White Springs and Billsboro
    Breweries: Saranac, White Springs, Climbing Bines, Lock 32
    Hard Cider and Distillery selection: Beak and Skiff, Finger Lakes Distillery
  • Family Festival on the Quad, St. Marks Tower Open
  • Open Houses at Centennial Center, Intercultural Affairs, Hillel-Atid-Temple Club, Finger Lakes Institute, WEOS and WHWS,
  • Fields of Food Cooking Class at HWS – Fribolin Farm* (sold out!)
  • Fraternity Open Houses
  • Memorial Gatherings for all Classes:
    • 5th Reunion, Classes of 2010 - JPR Courtyard
    • 10th Reunion, Classes of 2005 - Mini Quad
    • 15th Reunion, Classes of 2000 - Grassy Area between Stern/Library/Bristol
    • 20th Reunion, Classes of 1995 - Admissions Building
    • 25th Reunion, Classes of 1990 - Carr-McGuire
    • 30th Reunion, Classes of 1985 - Heron Hall of Honor, Winn-Seeley Building
    • 35th Reunion, Classes of 1980 - Caird 1st floor Common Room
    • 40th Reunion, Classes of 1975 - Grassy area between Caird/deCordova/Emerson
    • 45th Reunion, Classes of 1970 - deCordova 1st Floor Common Room
  • Saturday evening Kids Camp* and Teen Night*
  • 45th Anniversary of HEOP/AOP* (invite only event)
    Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP/AOP) celebrates 45 years of access to higher education and academic excellence. HEOP Family and Friends are welcome to celebrate and reunite.
  • All Classes Reception and Wheeler Society 25th Anniversary
  • Class Dinners* (All Classes under the Quad Tent, with special event locations scheduled for our 25th, 50th and 50th PLUS Reunions scheduled)
  • Reunion Celebration with Dessert, Fireworks, Photo Booth Fun, with Live Music and dancing on the Quad


  • Interfaith Service at St. John’s Chapel
  • Sunday Brunch* on the Quad
  • Special Morning “Toast” (invite only for donors and volunteers)

50th Reunion Echo and Pine

Classes of 1965: Take part in a 50th Reunion tradition by sharing your reflections with your classmates and commemorating this milestone year. Fill out the online form here.

Click here to download the 50th Reunion Echo and Pine form as a PDF.


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