As the Classes of 2017 await their acceptance letters, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have begun planning Orientation Weekend 2013. Abigail Evans ’14 and Weston Traub ’14 have been selected as the fall 2013 Orientation Coordinators. The two have the exciting task of welcoming the new Classes of 2017 and coordinating a fun-filled weekend focused on uniting the new classes and promoting civic engagement. Evans and Traub will guide a team of more than 100 orientation leaders and mentors, and structure activities that introduce the incoming students to each other, the HWS campus, and greater Geneva.
Through activities such as “Battle of the Colleges,” which pits Hobart men against William Smith women in a competition for campus bragging rights, Evans and Traub will showcase their knowledge of both HWS and Geneva. There are also plans for a buffet-style culinary sampling of all of Geneva’s finest food-spots, allowing incoming first-years to choose their favorite grub. One of the most worthwhile events of Orientation Weekend is the annual Day of Service, in which groups of students head off campus and lend a hand, volunteering for local non-profits, schools and community groups.
“My love for HWS and campus involvement led to my interest in the position,”says Traub, an international relations major, and a triple minor in economics, Spanish, and Latin American studies. Recalling his first-year orientation in 2010, Traub remembers “interacting with classmates from all over the country and making new friends.” The Minnesota native spent last semester studying abroad in Barcelona, where he ran with the bulls and traveled throughout Europe. At HWS, he is a member of the cross country and ski teams, along with club lacrosse and HWS Leads, and is a volunteer at the Community Lunch Program.
Evans, who is currently studying in Durban, South Africa, is excited to begin work with Traub coordinating the special weekend. “It will be an exciting journey and I cannot wait to get started,” she says. A student trustee, Evans has been involved with the Orientation program for the past two years. The double major in anthropology and Africana studies recalls last year’s “Paint Blitz” during orientation , describing it as “essentially a giant paint fight…it became our favorite part of the weekend and turned into one of the most fun activities we planned.”
To the Classes of 2017, Evans says: “I cannot wait to work on designing your orientation to be the best it can be and to welcome you to these amazing Colleges and Geneva, New York. Enjoy your senior year and don’t forget to take lots of pictures!”
Members of the Classes of 2017 are invited to join https://www.facebook.com/groups/262778250521875