Seneca Society Welcomes New Members

by Margaret Popper

A starlit evening on a terrace in Manhattan served as the setting for the fifth biennial dinner of The Seneca Society, celebrating a group of donors whose gifts have transformed Hobart and William Smith. Established in 2006, The Seneca Society honors the extraordinary philanthropy of donors past and present and recognizes new members at the dinner every other year. A permanent engraving of Seneca Society names is located outside the Scandling Campus Center.

At the dinner, President Mark D. Gearan welcomed those gathered, highlighting the newest inductees to The Seneca Society: Trustee Thomas S. ’68 and Barbara Bozzuto and Trustee Craig R. ’81 and Kathy Hay Stine P’17.

New Seneca Society Members
The Bozzuto Boathouse, dedicated in 2003, was named in honor of Charles Bozzuto, Tom Bozzuto’s father. At its dedication, Tom Bozzuto stated: “My father taught me two very important things: the value of an education … and to always appreciate the water.” On the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary and in honor of her husband’s commitment to education, Barbara Bozzuto established the Thomas S. Bozzuto ’68 Endowed Scholarship Fund. Most recently, the Bozzutos made a leadership gift in support of the Performing Arts Center. At the Seneca Society dinner, President Gearan praised the Bozzutos for their philanthropic endeavors in their hometown of Baltimore and for their enduring support of the Colleges.

At the time the Stines established the Craig R. Stine ’81 Endowed Scholarship Fund in Economics, Craig Stine said: “I have interviewed and worked with many HWS economics undergrads, and I have really enjoyed it. I’ve been blessed, and I want to ease the burden for students. If I can be of help, I want to be.” Recently, the Stine’s gift to support the Performing Arts Center helped trigger the momentum that led to the completion of fundraising. In his remarks at the Seneca Society dinner, President Gearan acknowledged the Stine’s deepening relationship with HWS as parents of Jack, a Hobart junior.

Young Alums Show Pride and Thanks
Prior to this year’s dinner, two young alums – Michael Barlow ’11 and Augusta “Gussie” Williams ’13 – addressed the group describing the remarkable opportunities they have experienced as a result of their HWS educations.

Barlow, from Phoenix, Ariz., earned a prestigious internship at J.P. Morgan that led to a permanent position when he graduated. He emphasized the way he learned to approach problem solving at the Colleges.

“HWS teaches a framework of thinking, an ability to question, to dig deeper, to find out why things are done the way they are. The ability to connect disparate ideas, to think creatively and pragmatically can be applied to literally any occupation or problem in today’s business and social climate,” Barlow stated.

Williams, who grew up in Carthage, N.Y., has just completed a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University and is now in the Ph.D. program at the Harvard School of Public Health. She was told by her future Harvard adviser that they liked her application for her diverse academic interests, her extensive research experience and her interdisciplinary education – all things she experienced at Hobart and William Smith.

“Whenever I think of Hobart and William Smith, my heart swells and fills with the pride and love I have for my alma mater,” Williams said.

President Gearan also shared stories of this year’s graduates who have excelled at the Colleges. He echoed the sentiments of both Williams and Barlow stating: “You – all of you here tonight – have made these stories possible, and many more to come. Thank you for all you do.”


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