Hip Hobart, Forever!
This year – 2022 – marks the 200th anniversary of Hobart College, making it one of the 50 oldest colleges or universities in the United States.
On Friday, Oct. 21, we welcomed Gov. Chris Christie, James Carville LL.D. ’13, P’17 and 60 Minutes Correspondent and HWS Trustee Bill Whitaker '73, L.H.D.'97 to the Smith Opera House for the Stern Family Forum. And on Saturday, Oct. 22, we celebrated our Bicentennial with a Gala celebration on campus. This page includes links to the videos that were shown during the weekend as well as some extended videos submitted by alums. Hip Hobart, Forever!
Stern Family Forum
Stern Family Forum with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and political strategist James Carville LL.D. ’13, P’17 in a discussion moderated by 60 Minutes Correspondent and HWS Trustee Bill Whitaker '73, L.H.D.'97.
Bicentennial Gala Recap
PURPLE CARPET INTERVIEWS
Sense of Place
Alger Adams '32, D.D.'83
Alger Adams '32 INTERCULTURAL CENTER ANNOUNCEMENT
Bill Whitaker '73, L.H.D. '97
Guinea Style West African Dance Performance
I AM HWS
- Students pose on the purple carpet.
- Students rock out as the President’s Garage Band sings “Sweet Caroline.”
- The President’s Garage Band sings “Lean on Me.”
- Students and alums sing along during “Don’t Stop Believing.”
- Arriving guests walk the purple carpet. The walkway was lined with a timeline of Hobart history.
- ABC Reporter Andrew Donovan ’12 and Vice President and Dean of Admissions Kathy Regan ’82, P’13 interview Hobart Basketball Head Coach Stef Thompson ’13 and ask HWS trivia questions. Interviews were broadcast on the jumbotron.
- To kick off the evening, President Mark D. Gearan P’21 welcomes guests to the Bicentennial Gala.
- Led by Professor of Music Bob Cowles, Colleges’ Chorale sings the Hobart alma mater.
- Jimmy Steele ’89 plays the opening notes of the Hobart alma mater.
- More than 1,500 people gathered in the Bristol Field House to celebrate the Hobart College Bicentennial.
- Joined by Associate Professor of Dance Kelly Johnson, students performed a Guinea Style West African Dance.
- Director of Alumni and Alumnae Relations Chevanne Devaney '95, P'21, P'23 and Professor of Anthropology Jeffrey Anderson offer a land acknowledgement. Hobart College was built on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.
- Professor of Women’s Studies Betty Bayer shares the story of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in the United States to receive a medical degree. Blackwell graduated from Geneva Medical College, Hobart’s precursor, in 1849.
- HWS trustees, students, alums, faculty and staff gather in the Bristol Field House.
- Board Chair Craig Stine ’81, P’17 announces that the newly renovated and expanded Intercultural Center will bear the name of Rev. Dr. Alger Adams ’32, D.D. ’83, Hobart’s first Black alumnus. Adams’ daughter Patricia joins Stine on stage. The naming was made possible through a lead gift from Stine and his wife, Kathy Stine P’17.
- Vice Chair Cassandra Naylor Brooks '89 celebrates HWS alums who have led lives of consequence.
- 60 Minutes Correspondent and HWS Trustee Bill Whitaker '73, L.H.D. '97 shares a vision for Hobart College’s next 200 years.
- Led by President Mark D. Gearan on the keys, the President’s Garage takes the stage.
- Patricia Adams and Alger Adam’s great grandniece Zinnia Lilly Roehl-Gordon join the President’s Garage Band.
- Lt. Col. Oscar Womack Jr. ’70 and Col. Katherine Platoni ’74 pose for a photo. They were among several veterans who were recognized for their military service at the Gala.