REUNION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
No specific order here … just some of the questions we hear from you when you are making your plans to return to campus! Don’t hesitate to connect with us at the Alumni Office if you need more details.
- What should I wear?
- Why is there a Registration Fee?
- What is the Refund Policy?
- Where should I stay?
- When do I find out about my Campus Housing Assignment?
- What is included in the Campus Housing?
- Where do I park?
- How do I know if my classmates have arrived? Is there a way to leave a message for a classmate?
- It’s 7am and I’m hungry – where is breakfast?
- Assistance on Campus – what is available?
- My 5 year and 14 year olds are coming with me – what do I do with them?
- Where can I find up-to-date schedule information?
- Are there computers available, or if I bring a laptop, how do I access the internenet?
What should I wear?
Think casual and think college. Dig out those Hobart or William Smith beanies, sweatshirts, T-shirts, caps, etc. and get in the spirit. We just love those colorful photo ops!
Reunion is generally a casual weekend, though some people choose to dress up a bit for the Saturday class dinners. Remember that the weather in June can range from 50 to 95 degrees and you should pack and dress accordingly. Even if the forecast is for balmy weather, we suggest packing a jacket or sweatshirt as evenings on the Quad can get chilly-and you want to be prepared in the event that you're inspired to take a sunrise walk along the lake.
Since there are very few rooms on campus that are air conditioned, we recommend that you dress comfortably.
Why is there a Registration Fee?
The Reunion Registration Fee helps to offset the cost of a number of things throughout the weekend – entertainment, fireworks, receptions, refreshments (excluding alcohol), as well as many other extras. You will note on the Registration Form that there are “special deals” for the 5th and 50th Classes. Most activities listed on the schedule of events are included at no additional cost, unless otherwise noted. If there is an additional fee, in most cases it covers admission to an event and/or transportation.
What is the Refund Policy?
Once registration begins, refund requests must be made via writing or email no later than June 3, and will be issued after Reunion Weekend.
Where should I stay?
We have room for everyone right here on campus. What better way to slip back in time than to spend a couple of nights in a residence hall with your family and friends? Every effort is made to house classes together so you can take advantage of the lounges for impromptu gatherings. Staying in the dorms is convenient and economical, but it is not luxurious! Most residence halls on campus are not air conditioned, so if you are sensitive to heat or have other health-related needs, we encourage you to consider staying at a local hotel, a bed and breakfast, or renting a house. A list of accommodations can be found here.
When do I find out about my Campus Housing Assignment?
Assigning housing is like that 1,500 piece puzzle in your closet - it takes a lot of time and patience to complete. Rest assured that we will do our very best to accommodate your housing requests and to keep the classes together; but we need to receive them in a timely manner. When you arrive on campus, please go to Reunion Headquarters. You will receive your housing information at that time.
What is included in the Campus Housing?
Staying in the dorms is convenient and economical, but it is not luxurious! Dorm rooms are equipped with the basics – two twin beds, sheets, a blanket, small towels and soap. You may want to pack an alarm clock, additional towels, and extra blanket, a fan and anything else you may need to be more comfortable. Families with small children should bring all necessary supplies. June weather in Geneva can be hot, sunny, cold and/or rainy! Most residence halls on campus are not air conditioned.
Where do I park?
While on campus, you may park in any campus parking lot. Handicapped parking is available at all campus locations. Shuttle buses and golf carts will be circulating on campus throughout Reunion Weekend to transport you to events and residence halls.
How do I know if my classmates have arrived? Is there a way to leave a message for a classmate?
When you arrive to campus and come to Reunion Headquarters, we will have arrival screens detailing who has arrived – all listed by class year! If you can’t find your classmate(s), check in at the message board or see us at the Headquarters tables!
It’s 7am and I’m hungry – where is breakfast?
Reunion Headquarters and the Great Hall of Saga will have some food for you! You will enjoy a delicious coffee and baked goods in a relaxing atmosphere in the early morning at Reunion Headquarters. If you want the full breakfast, please note that Saturday breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and Sunday brunch starts at 8:30 a.m.
Assistance on Campus – what is available?
Most campus buildings are handicapped accessible. If you or a member of your family has special health or dietary needs, please indicate this when you complete your registration form or the online registration form so that we may determine how to make your visit most enjoyable.
My 5 year and 14 year olds are coming with me – what do I do with them?
From the Family Festival and Ice Cream Social to just throwing a Frisbee on the Quad, rest assured that there is plenty for the family to do and nearly all activities are open to all ages. Past participants will attest to the fact that Reunion is a blast for everyone. And, back by popular demand- Saturday evening Kid's Camp and Teen Night are again provided on campus.
Family Festival (Saturday afternoon)
Join Reunion families for an afternoon of crafts, games, caricatures, face painting, and other activities for our young attendees. A few of our varsity athletes will be in uniform and ready to play!
Saturday Evening Kid's Camp (Children 12 weeks to 12 years old)
Kid's Camp is being offered to allow parents to enjoy Saturday evening activities with classmates while their children are in a safe and fun environment. The sessions runs on Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Children must be pre-registered by June 4, 2014. Pizza, snacks and beverages are provided. If your child has other dietary needs (e.g. strained carrots, formula, etc.), please bring them along. NO WALK-INS will be accepted.
Saturday Evening Teen Night (13-17 years old; Saturday, 5. - 9:30 p.m.)
We've put together a late afternoon/evening filled with activities to keep the next generation of Hobart and William Smith students busy. Activities include Dinner in Downtown Geneva, a movie at the local theater (popcorn & snacks included) and time to enjoy the celebration on the Quad! Pre-registration is required.
Where can I find up-to-date schedule information?
The HWS Reunion 2015 Schedule webpage will be updated in early spring 2015.
Are there computers available, or if I bring a laptop, how do I access the internet?
Public computers are available in the located on the first floor of Warren Hunting Smith Library. These are accessed using a guest log-in (username and password are available at registration headquarters). The Warren Hunting Smith Library will be open from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on Saturday.
Wireless Internet is available campus-wide. Consult with our Reunion Headquarters staff for log-in information.
50th Reunion Echo and Pine
Classes of 1966: 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.