Lynne Friedlander ’80, P’10

Midwest William Smith Regional Vice President

Curator, Elmhurst Historical Museum
Naperville, Ill.

William Smith Congress
Student Activities Center
Resident Advisor
Study Abroad
Hai Timiai
Chair, Student Phoneathon
Admissions Tour Guide

Major/Minor: American Studies/American History

Why did you choose Hobart and William Smith Colleges? I loved the unique programs: the trimester format, interdisciplinary focus, baccalaureate essay (ability to graduate in 3, 4 or 5 years), lack of requirements (I didn’t have to take a math class). I visited the campus on possibly the most beautiful day of the entire year and everyone was out, smiling, and so friendly. There was lots of action of the quad, and it just felt like the place I wanted to be! I applied early decision and never considered anywhere else!

How do you stay connected to the Colleges? I stay connected by attending reunions and through the William Smith Alumnae Council. I also recently had a son graduate from Hobart, so I visited frequently while he was on campus.

What makes the Colleges special? The coordinate system, the amazing, caring faculty and their accessibility to students, the endless number of clubs/activities/ways for students to get engaged, fabulous Deans, President and administration, a dedicated Board of Trustees, and the most beautiful campus right on Seneca Lake!

Why do you give back to HWS? I owe so much to this great institution both for all it gave me as well as all it gave my son. I hope I can help make it a better place for future students.

What are your goals as a Regional Network volunteer? To get more alums connected to HWS. It’s hard to be in the Midwest, physically removed from the campus, and feel connected. The new Regional Network should help with this.

What advice would you give to an incoming or current HWS student? Take advantage of all of the opportunities available to you, and get to know your professors and Deans. They are there for you and will do a lot to make sure you are successful if you are willing to put in the work. There is an incredible alumni network, take advantage of that too!


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