With Commencement only weeks away, the Classes of 2014 will gather for the Stewardson Society Networking Reception, a new tradition that unites seniors as they take a major step toward leaving a collective legacy by making a gift to HWS.
The networking reception will take place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. At the reception, students will meet with members of the Board of Trustees and other members of the HWS community as they enjoy time with classmates in one of the final class-year celebrations before graduation.
“The Stewardson Society is not about dollars, but about participation,” says Perry Ostheimer ’14, one of the tri-chairs of the Stewardson Society. “I’ve had an amazing four years here, and I have truly grown into an adult; Hobart and William Smith have given so much to me. Now I want to give back.”
Reception attendees can make a gift at the door. In addition, online giving to the Stewardson Society is also available.
The event will honor the members of the senior class who have made their gift. Ostheimer, and tri-chairs Kieran Grogan ’14 and Kelsey Landers ’14, have been working hard to get the Classes of 2014 to reach their goal, and organized a similar event in the fall. Together, they spent the past year working to reach the goal of an 80 percent participation rate, a higher participation level than any of the previous class years, with each senior donating at least $20.14 in order to join in the giving society.
As of early April, approximately 62 percent of the Classes of 2014 have made a gift.
“It is important that the Classes of 2014 know that their money is integral for future classes to experience all that they have,” says Ostheimer. “These experiences that they’ve gained – professors, friends, athletics, study abroad – would not be possible without contributions from alums.”
Named for the first president of the combined Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Stewardson Society brings together members of the senior classes to present a gift to the Colleges in honor of their impending graduation. This tradition, which began in the 1980s, unites the seniors with the alums who have preceded them and supported their experience while also connecting them to the current students who follow.