During Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ senior week, when the sun goes down, the lights come on and dinner is over, the President’s Garage band tunes up and starts to play.
After the Senior Dinner at Houghton House, with the excitement of Commencement in the air, the Classes of 2010 packed into the Vandervort Room to hear some of their favorite professors, administrators and staff members rock out with classics like Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” and The Supreme’s “Stop in the Name of Love.”
This year’s incarnation of the President’s Garage band included: Assistant Professor of English Lauren Alleyne and Director of Opportunity Programs James Burruto on guitar; Director of Student Activities Robert Pool on drums; Professor of Sociology Wesley Perkins on bass; Professor of Economics Bill Waller P’99, P’04 on trumpet; Professor of Media and Society Les Friedman on lead tambourine; Professor of Sociology Jim Spates P’00, P’09, Associate Professor of Economics Jo Beth Mertens, Professor of Art Elena Ciletti, Assistant Director of Residential Education Dave Reiner, Dean of William Smith Cerri Banks HON’09, Dean of Hobart Eugen Baer HON’07, P’95, P’97, Information Technologist Stan Weaver and Sodexo Employee Betty Walther HON’10 on lead and backup vocals; and President Mark D. Gearan on keyboard.
Rounding out the rest of the set with Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock N’ Roll,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way,” the college classics “Twist and Shout” and “Louie, Louie” and Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me,” Gearan called special guests Dan DeNose and Libby Greene—two of this year’s graduating seniors—to perform, with backup from faculty and staff, an encore of Three Dog Night’s “Joy to the World.”
But first, Gearan raised his glass to seniors.
“On behalf of the faculty, staff and your fellow students, I want to propose a toast to the Classes of 2010, and thank you for the difference you’ve made-on campus, in our local community and around the world,” he said. “Whatever greatness they surely lead to, we hope your paths will eventually take you back home to Geneva.”