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The William Smith Centennial began during the annual Founder's Day celebration in December 2006. The events concluded in November 2008 with a weekend of activities designed to celebrate the past and anticipate the future of William Smith College. In between these two events, celebrations were held throughout the country and on campus to commemorate 100 years of Leading Women.

Centennial Gala
November 8, 2008
A weekend of campus-wide events will celebrate the William Smith Centennial.

Opening Day Dinner
September 19, 2008
The 100th William Smith Opening Day dinner and celebration will take place on campus in Comstock Dining Room at 6 p.m.

William Smith Deans Welcome Dinner
August 31, 2008
Join the William Smith Deans in welcoming the William Smith Class of 2012 to HWS! For more information, contact the Deans Office at (315) 781-3467.

Reunion 2008
June 6-8, 2008
Relive your HWS experience, reconnect with old friends and remember the good times during Reunion 2008. There'll be an update on the William Smith Centennial and a High Tea reception.

William Smith Senior Brunch
May 13, 2008
Join members of the WS Alumnae Association as they welcome the Class of 2008 into the alumnae community during a brunch in Comstock Dining Room at 11 a.m.

Moving Up Day
May 2, 2008
The annual Moving Up Day ceremonies and the William Smith Awards ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Melly Academic Center-Warren Hunting Smith Library.

Dancing With the Faculty
April 30, 2008
Come watch the faculty show off their dancing skills to help raise money for the William Smith Centennial at 8pm in Albright Auditorium. Enjoy the show, then and vote for your favorite dancing pair. Votes are $1 each, and you may vote as mant times as you would like.

William Smith Athletics Banquet
April 29, 2008
Celebrate your favorite William Smith athletes at the William Smith Athletics Awards Banquet. Ceremonies will be held at 6 p.m. in Bristol Gym.

Wangari Maathai P'94, P'96, L.H.D. '94
April 24, 2008
Nobel Laureate and founder of Kenya's Green Belt Movement, Wangari Maathai will conclude the President's Forum series for spring 2008 in the Smith Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Maathai will also accept an Elizabeth Blackwell Award. The event will give students the opportunity to meet an internationally recognized figure who is at the nexus the political and environmental progress and has single-handedly changed the way that the world views women and the environment.

Great Heron Road Race and Fun Run
April 12, 2008
The Great Heron Road Race, an annual 5K race and 2-mile walk, will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Bristol Field House. Funds raised from this 11th annual event will support Embrace Your Sisters and the Finger Lakes Breast Cancer Support Group, two local organizations devoted to helping individuals fight breast cancer. Advance registration is $15, Day of Race registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. that day, for $20 per person. Free T-shirts to the first 300 registered participants.

Professionals in Residence: Carol Pappas '71
April 7, 2008
Returning to campus as the next Professional in Residence is neurologist Carol Pappas '71. She will give a talk titled, "A Doctor's Most Excellent Adventure," in which she will discuss how her liberal arts degree has helped her excel in medicine and in working with patients. Her talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Trinity 305.

INSPIRIT Dance Company Residency
April 2-4, 2008
INSPIRIT, a Bronx-based dance company, was in residence at Hobart and William Smith Colleges Wednesday, April 2 through Friday the 4th, 2008. The 12-member company includes Chevon Stewart '04. Raised in the Bronx and Beacon, N.Y., she now lives in Brooklyn and works as a performer, teaching artist and yoga instructor. During the residency, company members will teach a dance technique master class, perform a lecture-demonstration at Geneva Middle School for students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades, and present a concert of original works on Friday in the Winn Seeley Gym-Theater. The company will also meet informally with HWS students to discuss the role of artists in their communities and the relationship between artists and communities around issues of social change.

Alumna Achievement Awards and Famous Women's Dinner
March 28, 2008
The William Smith Alumnae Association will present its Alumna Achievement Award to Col. Kathy D. Platoni '74, Psy.D., to honor her outstanding achievements and lifetime of service to others. The ceremony, which is being combined with this year's Famous Women's Dinner, will begin with a reception at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, March 28 in the Comstock dining room.

Civic Leadership Speakers Forum: "Path to Civic Leadership: Health Care for Women and Children"
March 28, 2008
Susan Yolen ’72, vice president of public affairs and communication for Planned Parenthood of Connecticut, will discuss her role with the health care provider and the steps that got her there. She will also discuss how politics impacts both health care access and reproductive rights issues for women and children. Her talk, which will include lunch, will begin at 12:20 p.m. in the library's Sanford Room.

Salem Witchcraft: Myth and Reality
March 26, 2008
The William Smith Centennial Programming Committee, in conjunction with the Department of History and the Office of the Provost, will host Mary Beth Norton, a world-renowned scholar on women's history and early American history and a Pultizer Prize finalist. The Mary Donlon Alger Professor of History at Cornell University, Norton will speak on "Salem Witchcraft: Myth and Reality" at 7:30 p.m. in the library's Geneva Room.

Reclaiming the Sunlight
March 7-9, 2008
The Women's Collective held its third annual conference, "Reclaiming the Sunlight: From the Roots to the Future Building an Inclusive Women's Movement," as a part of Women's History Month and in celebration of the William Smith Centennial. The three-day conference tackled a broad spectrum of issues involving new feminist movements that promote non-racist, non-hegemonic, non-classist, non-ableist and non-heterosexist attitudes and values. The conference opened with a keynote performance from a Fisher Center co-sponsored guest and the second day will be structured with 19 speakers as part of a speaker series.

International Women's Day Tea
March 7, 2008
The Office of Intercultural Affairs and the William Smith Deans invited William Smith and local community members to discuss shared experiences over tea.

Silda Wall Spitzer
March 5, 2008
The First Lady of New York visited campus as part of the President's Forum series to speak about "The Role of Service in Fostering Community and Economic Revitalization in New York State." Spitzer outlined the progressive history of New York, citing instances of New Yorkers initiating change in racial, sexual identity- and gender-related and contexts, including Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell.

Autobiography of Resistance
Feb. 25, 2008
On June 16, 1978, Caroline Setsiba and thousands of other black students from schools in the Soweto area of Johannesburg, South Africa, marched to protest that country's National Party and its apartheid rule. Setsiba, now the Speaker of the Randfontein Municipality of South Africa, will present a talk titled the "Autobiography of Resistance: My Life as a Woman Leader in South Africa," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 in the library's Geneva Room.

Centennial Celebration Dance Concert
December 1, 2007

The concert featured Ellen Stokes '91, Sharna Fabiano '97, Olive Prince '99, Amanda Herman '03, Kristen DeBottis '04, Emily Lutin '05, Jeannie Schickler Compisi '96, Sue Rainey '02, Susanna Kim '99 and Erin Law '03. The event began at 7:30 p.m. in Winn-Seeley Gym Theater and was followed by a dessert reception.

"A Lady Alone"
November 30, 2007

The William Smith Centennial Celebration Committee and the William Smith Dean's office presented a stage production of "A Lady Alone," by N. Lynn Eckhert, P '99, at the Winn-Seeley Dance Theater. The one-woman play offers a personal glimpse into what life at the Geneva Medical College was like for Elizabeth Blackwell in the 1840s.

Founder's Day Dinner
November 30, 2007

The annual Founder's Day Dinner began at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 in the Comstock Dining Room.

William Smith Centennial Dance Classes
November 30, 2007

Three master classes, taught by alumnae, were scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30 in the Winn-Seeley Dance Studio, as part of the celebration of the Centennial of the founding of William Smith College. The first, "Intermediate Modern Dance Technique," was from 10:10 to 11:40 a.m., taught by Chevon Stewart '04; followed by "Dance Abilities Workshop," taught by Amanda Herman '03 from 11:55 a.m. to 1:25 p.m. The final session of the day was "Romanian Folkdance," taught by Ruth Hyde '50, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Summer Research Symposium
October 26, 2007

A summer science symposium was held in the Napier foyers and Rosenberg hallways to celebrate the hard work of HWS student researchers. Students who participated in summer research with a number of faculty presented their work and spoke with visitors.

William Smith Centennial Pizza Party
October 21, 2007

As part of the Heron Hall of Honor weekend, William Smith Athletics hosted a William Smith Centennial Pizza Party in the Heron Hall of Honor at Winn-Seeley Gym.

Heron Hall of Honor Inductions
October 20, 2007

The sixth class was inducted into the Heron Hall of Honor. Ceremonies includes a live and silent auction.

William Smith Centennial High Tea
June, 2, 2007

The Centennial High Tea drew a crowd of alumni and alumnae to the future home of the William Smith Centennial Center for Leadership at 603 South Main Street. Alumnae Council President Susan Lloyd Yolen '72, Vice Board Chair Maureen Collins Zupan '72, P'09 and Dean of William Smith College Debra DeMeis spoke about the hopeful future of William Smith College.

Elizabeth Blackwell Award Ceremony
April 27, 2007
Dr. Priscilla A. Schaffer '64, Sc.D. '94, an internationally recognized expert in the pathogenesis of DNA viruses, was honored as the 35th recipient of Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Elizabeth Blackwell Award. The award was presented in conjunction with William Smith College’s Moving Up Day ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 27 on the Stern Lawn. Dr. Schaffer is the first William Smith alumna to receive the award. Learn more about Schaffer >>

"Street Girls With No Future?: Black Women Coming of Age in the City"
April 16, 2007

Paula Massood, an associate professor of film studies at City University's Brooklyn College, spoke about the representation of black women in film at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 16 in the Comstock Dining Room.

Senior Choreographers Concert
March 30 & 31, 2007

Each year, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Dance Department seniors choreograph their own concert, learning a great deal about putting together a show while simultaneously entertaining the public.The concert celebrated William Smith women in the Arts in Winn-Seeley Gym.

Celebrating The Sunlight
March 23 & 24, 2007

In conjunction with the William Smith Centennial Celebration, the Women's Collective sponsored its second annual conference on women's issues. The Collective kicked off the program on Friday, March 23, with a lecture by activist author Cristina Page (How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America) at 3:00 p.m. and a performance by activist and artist Toshi Reagon at 7:30 p.m., both in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The next day, the Geneva Room was filled with speakers in the morning, workshops in the afternoon and an art and activism festival in the evening. The annual conference strives to initiate dialogue, motivate action and work toward expanding the women's movement in new directions so that our world might move towards peace, justice and equality.

William Smith Lacrosse Alumnae Game
Feb. 24, 2007

Lacrosse Coaches Pat Genovese and Lindsey Breese invited all William Smith Lacrosse Alumnae to return to campus for an Alumnae Game on Saturday, February 24, 2007. The game was played on McCooey Field from 1-4 p.m. Following the game, there was a reception in the Heron Hall of Honor, located in Winn-Seeley Gym.

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