PSS Winter '13


10 Years

Thank You, Mr. Scandling

by Melissa Sue Sorrells Galley ’05

Ten years ago, Hobart and William Smith threw a party. A marching band paraded down Pulteney Street. There was a champagne toast as students, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate.

The occasion? The largest single donation to Hobart and William Smith in history.

Culminating a half-century of giving, William F. Scandling ’49, L.H.D. ’67 pledged $15 million to Hobart and William Smith in fall 2002. “I am pleased to provide this type of support to a place that is so dear to me,” he said at the time.

His announcement was met with a standing ovation. And the aforementioned parade.

Since he made that gift 10 years ago, Scandling’s generosity has made a tremendous impact on the campus and its community, contributing to the continued excellence of the academic program and the Colleges’ physical plant as well as providing access for hundreds of students who would not have otherwise been able to afford an HWS education.

During a memorial for Scandling in 2005, President Mark D. Gearan reflected on Scandling’s life and legacy, saying: “Bill Scandling’s contributions are beyond philanthropy. At Hobart and William Smith, he built a culture of caring and community. Many people have built up institutions, but few have built an entire ethos that continues to this day.”

Ten Years of Global Perspectives

Sophie-Ann Price ’12 was thrust into her first traditional Argentine barbeque within hours of stepping off the tarmac. She writes:

“The extended family had arrived and we gathered around two tables pushed together … Everything was going well. I managed to introduce myself and kiss all 10 relatives on the cheek. I sat down in the middle of the table smelling of airplane food and feeling like bad breath.”

Did she make it through the meal without making some kind of hilarious social gaffe? Of course not.

Studying abroad is awash with unexpected and exciting fish-out-of-water moments like Price’s, and The Aleph: a journal of global perspectives is dedicated to capturing and celebrating them all. The annual publication, produced by the Partnership for Global Education, celebrates 10 years this year.

“The latest edition of The Aleph is our big anniversary issue and is a retrospective, including pieces that we’ve featured over the past decade as well as new work,” notes Tom D’Agostino, editor-in-chief of The Aleph and executive director of the Center for Global Education.

Named after a short story written by Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, the journal gives returning students an outlet to reflect on their travels while allowing the broader HWS community to share in and learn from their experiences.

Read Price’s short story, “Pronounced ’EE-AHGUH-RAH,’” online at


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