Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Homecoming and Family Weekend 2021

COVID-19 Protocols for Homecoming and Family Weekend:
All visitors to campus - both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals - must wear a face covering while in any campus buildings. Note that friends and families are not allowed in residence halls. Outdoors, please maintain a physical distance of at least three feet or wear a face covering. Face coverings must fully cover an individual's mouth and nose. Gaiter masks are not an appropriate face covering. Vaccination is required for attendance at the Kosher Shabbat Dinner.

Friday, Sept. 24 - Sunday, Sept. 26

This year's Homecoming and Family Weekend will be held September 24-26. The planned schedule of events is below. Current campus COVID-19 guidelines apply. Visit the HWS COVID-19 Information and Data webpage for protocols that are updated often.

If you have questions, contact the Office of Parent Programs or Alumni and Alumnae Relations.

Schedule

All week

William Smith Athletics Baskets or Bust online
Support the William Smith basketball, lacrosse and soccer teams as they enter the 2021-2022 season. These fantastic baskets offer something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway or a basket of Geneva restaurant gift certificates, browse the offerings and then decide which baskets appeal to you. Raffle tickets for $10 baskets are $10 each, 6 for $50. Raffle tickets for $20 baskets are $20 each, 6 for $100.

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Robert A. Bristol '31 Field House, Caird Center for Sports and Recreation
The fitness center and walking track are open to all guests. Upon entering the field house please check-in at the front desk.

Thursday 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.


All weekend

12-5 p.m. Brewery Ardennes Tour
570 Snell Road, Geneva, NY

As the newest offering to Geneva's craft beverage scene, Brewery Ardennes is excited to share the story of their restored historic barn, as well as their Belgian inspired beer and food pairings. Enjoy this 15 - 20 minute complimentary brewery tour every hour with a brief overview of the brewing process and tank samples of beer. Must be 21 to sample, but the tour can be experienced for guests of all ages. Brewery Ardennes also offers NY state wines, ciders and non-alcoholic options - perfect for all guests looking to experience a truly uncommon Geneva and Finger Lakes landmark. Please register in advance.

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 24

9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Art Exhibit - Telluric Transformations
Davis Gallery at Houghton House, 1 Kings Lane

Through abstraction and transformation, artist Rebecca Murtaugh features ceramic sculptures that ask the viewer to slow down to consider our relationship to the natural and human made world. The role of the hand and the history of objects play important roles in the artist's philosophy, as well as gesture and touch. These senses are imparted with immediacy and subtlety in materials with prehistoric origins, and being directly from and of the earth.

Visit Davis Gallery to learn more about other upcoming events.

9:30 a.m. Admissions Information Session and Tour
Thomas Poole Family Admissions Center, 629 S. Main St.

The Office of Admissions invites prospective students to sign up for an information session followed by a campus tour. Please register in advance.

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1:30 p.m. Muslim Friday Prayer Gathering
Coxe Hall, room 8

2 p.m. Admissions Information Session and Tour
Thomas Poole Family Admissions Center, 629 S. Main St.

The Office of Admissions invites prospective students to sign up for an information session followed by a campus tour. Please register in advance.

Register


5 - 7 p.m. Art Exhibit Reception with artist Rebecca Murtaugh
Davis Gallery at Houghton House, 1 Kings Lane

6 - 9 p.m. Quad-a-Palooza
The Quad

This all-campus extravaganza includes a dinner (served 6 - 8 p.m.) and fun family activities for all ages. Campus Activities Board (CAB) will host a live band and HWS talent! Please register in advance for dinner. Children under 5 are free. Registration closed. Meals available to purchase at event.


6:30 - 8 p.m. Kosher Shabbat Dinner
Abbe Center for Jewish Life, 764 S. Main St.

Dinner at the Abbe Center for Jewish Life followed by dessert in the Sukkah on the Quad. Please RSVP for dinner by Sept. 22 as space is limited. RSVP not required for dessert. Alums and families are welcome! Registration closed.


7:30 p.m. Symphoria: Lawrence Loh and Tai Murray
Geneva Concerts at The Smith Center for the Arts
82 Seneca Street, Geneva

Lawrence Loh has been Music Director of Symphonia since 2015 and is very active as guest conductor for orchestras around the world. Tai Murray is an American violinist who made her debut at age nine with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Single ticket prices are $30 for adults and seniors. HWS students are free with ID.

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8 - 10 p.m. Look Skyward!
Richard S. Perkin Observatory, Kings Lane

Stop by the Richard S. Perkin Observatory, a teaching and outreach facility located adjacent to the Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center, to observe objects trillions of miles away from Earth. And, enjoy some S'mores while you wait! (Maximum of 15 ppl every 15 minutes. Not handicapped accessible). Weather permitting.

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 25

8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Breakfast
Saga Dining Hall

Children under 5 are free. Meals available to purchase at Saga Dining Hall.


9:30 a.m. Forum with President Joyce P. Jacobsen
The Quad

10:30 a.m. Admissions Information Session and Tour
Thomas Poole Family Admissions Center, 629 S. Main St.

The Office of Admissions invites prospective students to sign up for an information session followed by a campus tour. Please register in advance.

Register


10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Campus Resource Fair
The Quad

Stop by and check in with our campus partners and have your questions answered. The following offices will be available: The Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Learning; Office of Student Engagement; Office of Parent Programs; Office of Campus Safety; Dining Services; Office for Spiritual Engagement; The Center for Community Engagement and Service-learning; Office of Title IX Programs and Compliance; and more.

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Dove Block Project Open House
465 Exchange Street, Geneva

Take a walk downtown as The Dove Block Project invites you, members of the Finger Lakes Community and their guests to offer input and explore the first floor of the historic Dove Block. The future gallery and community art space is headed by managing director Joe Hayes '18 and HWS faculty members on its board of directors include: Gabriella D'Angelo, Stan Mathews, Anna Wager, and Professor Emeritus James L. Spates P'00, P'09. All ages are welcome and refreshments will be provided. To learn more about this project visit HERE.

11 a.m. William Smith Lacrosse Alumnae Game
Thomas. Poole '61 and Family Sports Dome

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. All Campus Lunch
The Barn parking lot

Children under 5 are free. Registration closed. Meals available to purchase at the Barn.


11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. HWS Wine Tasting and Private Cellar Tour
Ravines Wine Cellars, 400 Barracks Road, Geneva, N.Y.

In collaboration with Ravines Wine Cellars, two Hobart and William Smith - private label wines were created: Boathouse Red from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and the Pulteney Reserve Dry Riesling. Visit Ravines and their newly renovated slate roof barn and wine cellar, built in 1898, for a private cellar tour and wine tasting. Must be 21 or over to participate in the tasting. $20 pp

To learn more about this partnership or to purchase wines separate from this event visit our website.

Register


12 p.m. Hobart Lacrosse Alumni Game
Boswell Field at David J. Urick Stadium

12 p.m. William Smith Field Hockey vs. University of Rochester
H.J. McCooey Memorial Field

Livestream available here.

12 - 6 p.m. Taste of The Finger Lakes
Vinifera Wine Bar, 44 Linden Street

Enjoy a specially priced flight of wine at Vinifera, a new wine and tasting room owned and operated by Hobart alum Jim Cecere '91. Make sure to use the special password "HWS" to gain access to the secret tasting room! Private event. No registration necessary. Special discounts on bottles and glasses of wine.

2 - 3:30 p.m. Student Research Symposium
Vandervort Room, Scandling Campus Center

Students share the results of their research projects through poster displays and conversation.

2 - 4 p.m. Chili Pop Up Concession Stand
Cozzens Field Patio

A la carte menu

2:30 - 4 p.m. HWS Wine Tasting and Private Cellar Tour
Ravines Wine Cellars, 400 Barracks Road, Geneva, N.Y.

In collaboration with Ravines Wine Cellars, two Hobart and William Smith - private label wines were created: Boathouse Red from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and the Pulteney Reserve Dry Riesling. Visit Ravines and their newly renovated slate roof barn and wine cellar, built in 1898, for a private cellar tour and wine tasting. Must be 21 or over to participate in the tasting. $20 pp

To learn more about this partnership or to purchase wines separate from this event visit our website.

Register


3 p.m. William Smith Soccer vs. Skidmore College
John H. Cozzens Jr. '41 Memorial Field

Livestream available here.

4 - 5 p.m. Dance Department Informal Showing
Deming Theatre, Gearan Center for the Performing Arts

An informal dance performance of composition, improvisation and modern dance featuring students studying performance and choreography hosted by Professor of Dance Donna Davenport.

4:30 p.m. Hobart Football Tailgate
Bristol Field House parking lot

Sponsored by the Statesmen Athletic Association (SAA). Say hello to old friends and meet new ones! Food, fun, and football! HWS College Bookstore will be selling merchandise at the tailgate. Free for SAA members. Registration closed.


5:45 - 7:45 p.m. Theatrical Walking Tour
From Beyond: Geneva's Unheard Voices

HWS Theatre and Historic Geneva have co-produced this new addition to the 'From Beyond' local history series. HWS Theatre students Anthony Bray '23, Samari Brown '24, Sal Fabio '22 and Christina Roc '24 conducted archival research on the history of African Americans in Geneva, translated the stories of these un- and under-represented figures into a series of monologues and short scenes to be performed outdoors, in downtown Geneva by HWS and community actors. Audience groups of 10-15 people will depart every 15 minutes. The performance lasts approximately 75 minutes and will travel the distance of approximately two blocks. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets will be free for all students (K-12 and college) but will still need to be reserved in advance. All proceeds benefit Historic Geneva.

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6 p.m. Hobart Football vs. Keystone College
Boswell Field at David J. Urick Stadium

Livestream available here.


SUNDAY, SEPT. 26

10 - 11 a.m. Bagels and Lox Open House
Sukkah on the Quad

Join HWS Hillel for light refreshments to start your day!

4:30 p.m. Roman Catholic Mass
St. John's Chapel, S. Main Street, Geneva, N.Y.

7 p.m. Protestant Episcopal Eucharist
St. John's Chapel, S. Main Street, Geneva, N.Y.


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