On Saturday afternoon, William Smith alumnae gathered together for the annual High Tea at Hillcrest House to celebrate Reunion 2009.
William Smith women from all different class years enjoyed tea, fresh fruit and desserts on the porch as they shared their memories of HWS and chatted about how much the campus has changed, and stayed the same, since they graduated.
“I forgot what it was like to climb up that hill!” said Susan Meade ’79.
Dean Cerri Banks welcomed the women back to campus and Hillcrest House, noting that some of the alumnae in attendance had lived in the house when it was a women’s residence hall.
The Kirchner sisters were among those who had called Hillcrest House home as students and they were eager to see their old rooms.
“When I walked in the door, my first instinct was go up the stairs to my old room,” said Catherine Kirchner Roth ’42. “I wonder if it still looks the same.”
Jane O’Hare ’74 also shared stories of how she and her friends had arranged the upstairs of Hillcrest House into suites when they lived there.
Banks shared the history of Hillcrest House and the many purposes it has served on the campus.
“Most importantly, Hillcrest House is about community,” she explained. “It’s been a privilege for me to maintain that sense of community by always opening the house for campus events like parties, student and faculty gatherings and alumnae events.”
Last year, alumnae gathered in a construction site, which is now the new Centennial Center for Leadership, to have tea and hear about the plans for the new facility. This year, Dean Banks expressed her excitement to be hosting the annual William Smith High Tea at Hillcrest House.
“The High Tea is a great tradition of William Smith College and here is where it belongs, at the home of the William Smith Dean.”