Inspirations of the Fall

We welcomed a talented new group of students to Hobart and William Smith this fall with impressive academic and co-curricular interests. The classes of 2008 join a dynamic student body, talented faculty and dedicated staff to make up our community and enliven our campus life. From 40 states and 17 foreign countries they bring their many talents, selected from an increasingly competitive pool of candidates. Arriving in Geneva like students who preceded them in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries they will benefit from a liberal arts background in an environment committed to excellence.

We also welcomed several new faculty and staff colleagues. The new members of the faculty were selected following national searches and these new teacher/scholars follow a proud history of faculty committed to our students’ success. New staff members in key roles add to the energy on campus and they bolster our efforts to deepen our engagement with students.

As you might expect, this fall also brought considerable political dialogue inside and outside the classroom. The Colleges are fortunate to have active student Democrat and Republican clubs on campus – giving our students and the rest of the campus community an opportunity to debate issues and garner respect for each others' points of view. The commitment and involvement of our students in this year’s election has been energetic and commendable. The HWS Votes campaign committed to registering new voters and encouraging every single voter in Geneva to exercise that right on election day. Campus lectures, debates and student activity is summarized in this edition.

A number of our graduates have been on the campaign trail as well, drawing from their experiences here as students and from the inspiration of their candidates and respective political parties. They are in the arena in important ways and I think you will find their experiences on page three of great interest.

Finally, you will notice that this edition of The Pulteney St. Survey is serving triple-duty: first, as the fall edition of the magazine; second as a report to our donors for the past year; and third, as a unique look at our many planned giving Wheeler Society members. This format provides us with an opportunity to report out and thank our many donors for the difference you make with your gifts to the Colleges. The images taken from yearbooks that date back many years remind us of the value of this dedicated group, and I hope you will enjoy the ‘walk down memory lane.’

The importance of annual giving is particularly critical to the ongoing operation of the Colleges. Alumni and alumnae participation serves as leverage with foundations and other groups and is among the many aspects reviewed and judged by college guidebooks and rankings as an important indicator of institutional strength, confidence and good health. We are grateful to all who consider annual giving to The Fund for Hobart and William Smith an important part of their philanthropic activities, and I hope all alums will consider giving back in this way.

Finally, I’d like to welcome Julie A. Smith, our new editor of the Survey. Julie comes to us from advancement and communications positions at the University of Rochester and Purdue University. She is delighted to present this edition of the magazine and welcomes you to contact her at with comments and story ideas.

With every best wish, I am,

Mark D. Gearan

Mark D. Gearan



Inspirations of the Fall

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Fall 2004 Pulteney St. Survey



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