On Friday morning, Reunion goers were already retracing the familiar sidewalks of Pulteney Street, as alums lined-up in the Scandling Campus Center to check-in for a weekend of nostalgia and enjoyment. The campus was alive with excitement as the Hobart and William Smith Reunion Weekend 2013 kicked-off.
Commencing a busy weekend, alums boarded a bus to tour campus, stepped aboard the William Scandling for a cruise on Seneca Lake, and carted across Bristol Harbour Resort golf course for an afternoon on the green.
Kristen Mogilnicki Good ’03, who arrived on campus with her husband, Bryan Good ’03, returned to catch up with her friends for their 10-year reunion and to relive “the old days.” “My four years at HWS were great,” says Good. “Even though many of us now have kids, just being back on campus reminds me of how much fun we had.”
Although some time has passed, since she was an undergraduate, Good felt at home on campus. “We had a lot of fun over the years – hanging out in dorms, playing lacrosse or attending athletic events, Frisbee on the Quad,” she recalls. “For a small school, it’s a tight network and I always seem to be bumping into other alums that I didn’t know while I was there. It’s quite a community.”
As the afternoon commenced, both Hobart and William Smith formally welcomed Herons and Statesmen back to campus with coordinate lunches. Alums had the chance to hear firsthand how their alma maters have grown – yet remain unchanged and rooted deep in tradition.
Kay Kennedy Wack ’63 and Richard Wack ’64, of Wilmington, Del., were eager to return to campus. This year, Kay is celebrating her 50th Reunion. “I’m hoping to see a lot of my friends this weekend, it’s always wonderful to see familiar faces,” she explains.
In fact, it was the Colleges that brought the couple together. In 1965 while singing together in a choir in Elmira, N.Y., Kay noticed the Hobart ring Richard was wearing, and the rest is history – the couple was married the next year. Richard says he is excited to return to campus next year for his 50th Reunion.
“We still just love it here,” says Richard, who says the campus has changed quite a bit over the year. “In fact, we wanted to be closer to Geneva to come back more often for events just like this, so we just bought a house in Newark.”
Across campus, alumni and alumnae are settling into residence halls and preparing for the weekend ahead. Mini-College courses, which run Friday and Saturday, give attendees the chance to head back to school, to catch-up with favorite faculty members, and to experience the updated facilities. Daring alums can climb St. Mark’s Tower to take in the stunning view of campus, and those who want to keep closer to the ground are slated to take a walking tour of campus in full spring bloom.
Tomorrow’s festivities are already the talk of the campus, with the annual Alum Parade set to wind its way down Pulteney Street; alums are encouraged to look for their classes’ banner. A 25th Reunion luncheon will give the Classes of 1988 a chance to catch up, and families are invited to celebrate HWS together at the Family Festival.
After a long day of activities, Reunion Weekend is set to go out with a bang with a Quad party on Saturday night. Herons and Statesmen will have a chance to visit the popular “Oaks” Tent – featuring the original Oaks sign – get their pictures snapped at a photobooth, and complete the night with a fireworks display.
Follow along with the Colleges’ live social media coverage at http://www.hws.edu/reunionsocial.
The complete schedule of events can be found at http://www.hws.edu/alumni/activities/reunion.aspx.