Amy Brennan McCarthy '94

William Smith West Mountain Regional Vice President

Executive Director, Teton Raptor Center
Jackson, Wyo.

William Smith Congress
William Smith Swim Team
William Smith Cross Country Team
Resident Advisor

Majors: Economics and Environmental Studies

Why did you choose Hobart and William Smith Colleges? Out on a college tour, accompanied by my mother and grandmother, we decided to swing by the Colleges. It was an early winter evening, with snow falling softly, when we drove up to the circle and I stepped inside Blackwell House. I don’t know quite how to describe it, but from that very brief encounter came a knowing that I would be back. Fortuitously, I was assigned to Blackwell House as a first-year student and returned to serve as an R.A. there as a junior.

How do you stay connected to the Colleges? Pultney Street Survey, Facebook, and the through the impressive network of life-long friends that evolved from my days in Geneva.

What makes the Colleges special? I am a person who believes deeply in the power of place and while that is part of the allure of the Colleges - its setting along the shores of Seneca Lake and the gorgeous campus, I must say what truly makes the Colleges most special is the people - the community of professors, students, alumnae, alumni and collegiate supporters who collectively give the place a spirit of curiosity and engagement.

Why do you give back to HWS? This question immediately makes me recall the words of John F. Kennedy, “To those whom much is given, much is expected.” My days on the HWS campus were transformative, powerful, meaningful, inspiring and foundational. In sum, they were a gift, and it is important to me to assure that future generations of students, who work hard, who care about contributing something meaningful to the world, and who desire to create positive change on this planet are also able to experience the gift of an HWS education.

What are your goals as a Regional Network volunteer? Personally, to deepen my engagement with the Colleges. For the Colleges, to expand awareness of the value of an HWS education in my community of Jackson Hole and throughout the Rocky Mountains.

What advice would you give to an incoming or current HWS student? Make the most of each and every day - you will be amazed at how quickly the time will go by (I’m still in disbelief that I’m approaching my 20th reunion next year). Show up, engage, explore and participate in all that you can. HWS is a place of experiential abundance. Don’t hesitate….dive in!


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