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Alma Mater, ever dear

WS_Welcome_1On Friday afternoon, William Smith seniors were welcomed by nine generations of alumnae into the William Smith Alumnae Association, joining a community of women who have made an impact on the world as professionals, volunteers, leaders and change makers in their fields.

“You are graduating at an incredible time in history, and particularly in the lives of women. Today we are unified as a group, with the power to confront obstacles that have not been addressed in decades,” said Sandy Scherzer Gross ’85, P’18, founder and managing partner of Pinetum Partners, LLC. “You grew up with technology, online classes, online books and social media. Use this opportunity to be the impetus of change. It is this unique class that is standing together for so many important causes. When you graduate on Sunday, take your unbridled enthusiasm and curiosity with you.”

The Alumnae Welcome also featured remarks by Associate Vice President of Advancement Kathy Regan ’82, P’13 and Director of the Abbe Center and Hillel Adviser Julianne Miller.

Alta Boyer ’36, the oldest living graduate of William Smith, shared with the Class of 2018 her college memories, including traditions, conversations with Warren Hunting Smith and the role of William Smith College in shaping opportunities for women then and now.

Vice President of the Alumnae Association Julie Bazan ’93 presented seniors with gifts, including a pine tree charm and a William Smith embossed mug. Bazan described how the charm is symbolic of two important William Smith traditions: each year, the senior class plants a tree to commemorate their bond as a class, and it marks a revival of the “good luck tree” tradition that dates back to the College’s founding, in which William Smith women would touch a special tree on The Hill for good luck.

WS_Welcome_GrossBazan also presented the Elizabeth Herendeen Odell ’22 Book Award to Dominique DeRubeis ’18 and Quinn Cullum ’18 in appreciation of their contributions to the Alumnae Association. She presented the Judith Haslam Cross ’51 Award to Miranda Smith ’18 for her volunteerism and its positive impact on the institution.

William Smith Dean Lisa Kaenzig P’22 quoted both Maya Angelou’s poem “Phenomenal Women” and lyrics by Beyoncé, inviting members of the Class of 2018 to take their power into the next chapter of their lives. “Go out into the world, take the power you have earned and most certainly deserve,” she said.

Vice President of the Alumnae Association Julie Bazan ’93 presented seniors with gifts, including a pine tree charm and a William Smith embossed mug. Bazan described how the charm is symbolic of two important William Smith traditions: each year, the senior class plants a tree to commemorate their bond as a class, and it marks a revival of the “good luck tree” tradition that dates back to the College’s founding, in which William Smith women would touch a special tree on The Hill for good luck.

Bazan also presented the Elizabeth Herendeen Odell ’22 Book Award to Dominique DeRubeis ’18 and Quinn Cullum ’18 in appreciation of their contributions to the Alumnae Association. She also presented the Judith Haslam Cross ’51 Award to Miranda Smith ’18 for her volunteerism and its positive impact on the institution.

William Smith Dean Lisa Kaenzig P’22 quoted both Maya Angelou’s poem “Phenomenal Women” and lyrics by Beyoncé, inviting members of the Class of 2018 to take their power into the next chapter of their lives. “Go out into the world, take the power you have earned and most certainly deserve,” she said.

As Class President, Michaela Carney ’18 encouraged her peers to “slow down and live thoughtfully” and to “be comfortable with the uncomfortable.” She also presented Sodexo employee Shirley Hanson and Boyer with proclamations identifying them as honorary members of the Class of 2018.

Following the luncheon, all were invited to a tree planting ceremony behind Smith Hall. Each member of the class took her turn picking up a shovel to help plant a pine tree in honor of college founder William Smith.

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