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 will be mailed in in the next three weeks. In the meantime, here are a few highlights that will give you an idea of what to expect.

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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)
    • 2016 is Around the Corner - Republican and Democrat possibilities for their Party's Nominee 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
    • 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
  • Tours of Historic Geneva*, Hanley Biological Field Preserve* and the HWS Fribolin Farm*
  • Seneca Lake Excursions on the Colleges’ Research Vessel, The William Scandling*
  • 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
  • “Tour de Finger Lakes” Bicycle Ride*
  • Davis Gallery Featured Exhibit:  Mark Jones '72: A Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Photographs 1969 to the Present
  • Evening Entertainment with Food Trucks, Music and Class Gatherings in and around Geneva


  • Sunrise Fitness (Yoga Lakeside, 5K Run, 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*
  • 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*
  • Fraternity Open Houses
  • Memorial Gatherings for all Classes
  • 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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