Phil Recchio '06

Mid-Atlantic Graduates of the Last Decade Coordinator

Director of Regional Advancement, American University

Silver Spring, MD

Rugby Club
Debate Team
Fisher Center
Intramural Soccer
Jumpstart Program
Common Ground Mentor
HWS Phonathon

Majors/Minor: Political Science and Religious Studies/Social Movements

Why did you choose Hobart and William Smith Colleges? I was very indecisive and surprisingly nonchalant about my college choices. HWS offered a healthy financial aid and merit scholarship package which, in the end, made the real difference. 

How do you stay connected to the Colleges? Many of my closest friends were made at HWS, so we're all now going to everyone's weddings. I also like to stay in touch with professors and attend regional events. 

What makes the Colleges special? The small class sizes, the history, campus beauty and architecture, Seneca Lake, the access and relationships built with faculty and other administrators, and the ability to get involved with anything you are interested in. 

Why do you give back to HWS? Because it gave so much to me. I know the scholarship package that drew me to HWS was supported by previous generations of alumni and alumnae donors, and I want to be able to do that for the next generation of incoming HWS students. 

What are your goals as a Regional Network volunteer? To be a source of community for HWS alums new to the area, to help share networking resources and job opportunities. HWS grads are smart, focused, and hard-working, so let's get them into positions that can make a difference. And have some fun at happy hours, too. 

What advice would you give to an incoming or current HWS student? Go to as many lectures and events as you can. Whether it's because you want to meet a famous author, activist, or entrepreneur, or simply for the free food - I guarantee the event will be better than anything that was on TV that night. 


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