Classes of 2016 Stewardson Committee

Afrika Nora Owes, Chair
Afrika Nora Owes is a social justice activist with a fiery personality and poetic spirit.  She’s also an avid fan of Netflix and all things Harry Potter. Afrika was born in Harlem, N.Y., and graduated from Millennium High School. She is a sociology major with minors in Africana studies and public policy, with a concentration in health care. She is very active within the HWS community as president of Sankofa, the Black Student Union, as a Writing Colleague, and as a student worker for Information Technology Services. Though free time is rare in her busy schedule, Afrika is dedicated to social justice pursuits on campus and in her community of Harlem. Additionally, she is an active poet who also enjoys reading and having both intellectual and light-hearted conversations with her close friends and family. Afrika looks forward to making a difference within the Stewardson Society and giving back a meaningful gift for future Hobart and William Smith students to enjoy.

Alex Oliveira, Chair
Alex Oliveira grew up along the east coast, from Virginia to Rhode Island, and now resides in Boston, Mass. At Hobart, Alex is pursuing a double major in history and media and society, with a minor in English. He was vice president of Chi Phi, a dutiful secretary of the Budget Allocation Committee, and remains a dedicated member of the alpine ski team. After spending his junior spring in Aix-en-Provence, France, Alex is ready to dive back into campus life.

Hannah Cooper, Chair
A third generation HWS legacy, Hannah grew up in Potomac, Md., but has always thought the Colleges felt like home. A history major and American studies minor, Hannah has spent the last two summers interning in the fashion world. On campus, Hannah enjoys writing for The Herald, serving as a research assistant for Professor Clifton Hood, volunteering at the Office of Admissions, playing intramural sports, and cheering on HWS athletics. She is honored to co-chair the Stewardson Society and thrilled to give back to the Colleges, which have given so much to her and her family.

Committee Board:
Chair, Afrika Nora Owes
Chair, Alex Oliveira
Chair, Hannah Cooper
Secretary, Kevin Casey
Club Athlete Liaison, Caeleigh White
Varsity Athlete Liaison, Allie O’Hara
Fraternity Liaison, Connor May
Fraternity Liaison, Harrison Wasserbauer
Intercultural Liaison, Nicole Marie O’Connell

General Committee Members:
David Lawrence
Sam Peterson
Courtney Franceschi
Michael DeRosa
Dana Williams
Colin Pomphrey
Kathryn Busa
Erin Casey
Annabel Cryan

Giving History

The Colleges' senior class giving initiative began in the late 1980s and was formally named The Stewardson Society during the 2006-2007 academic year. The classes of 2012 hold the record for participation with 78.5%.

FY06 Senior Gift
Total Dollars: $3,721
Participation %: 40.6%

FY07 The Stewardson Society
Total Dollars: $5, 571
Participation %: 51.5%

FY08 The Stewardson Society
Total Dollars: $4,500
Participation %: 52.7%

FY09 The Stewardson Society
Total Dollars: $7,014
Participation %: 55.9%

FY10 The Stewardson Society
Total Dollars: $8,293
Participation %: 69.5%

FY11 The Stewardson Society
Total Dollars: $11,717
Participation %: 73.9%

FY12 The Stewardson Society
Total Dollars: $10,510
Participation %: 78.5%

FY13 The Stewardson Society
Total Dollars: $9,565
Participation %: 75.0%

FY14 The Stewardson Society
Total Dollars: $10,486.41
Participation %: 73.5%

FY15 The Stewardson Society
Total Dollars: $9,114
Participation %: 71%


Tempe Newson '11
Assistant Director of the Annual Fund
Phone: (315) 781-3775

Sarah Fonts '14
Assistant Director of the Annual Fund
Phone: (315) 781-4069


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