The festivities of Senior Week continued for the Classes of 2014 on Thursday, May 15, with the President’s Toast, a star-studded concert by the President’s Garage Band and an opening performance by the award-winning student band Mojo.
“Graduating has led me to be very reflective,” said Laura Alexander ’14 during the evening of entertainment, which was held in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. “All the events this week are an opportunity to say goodbye and enjoy each other’s company.”
In annual fashion before the Garage Band performance, President Mark D. Gearan, Dean of William Smith College and Professor of History Susanne McNally HON’14, and Dean of Hobart College Eugen Baer P’95, P’97, HON’07, each offered their own personalized toast to the Classes of 2014, sending the graduating seniors off on a note of inspiration.
“You’ve made a huge difference on this campus and in Geneva. Come back, and come back often,” said Gearan during his toast to the soon-to-be graduates.
William Smith Senior Class President Hannah Sorgi ’14 and Hobart Class Senior President Stevenson Barnard-Webster ’14 also offered their own words of wisdom to fellow classmates during their portion of the toast.
“Every senior seems to be involved in so many things that this was an opportunity for us to come together as united Classes,” Sorgi said.
Mojo kicked off the night with a range of jam-rock songs as students danced, mingled and played games. Bandmates for the Mojo performance included Dylan Corbett ’14, Louis Padnos ’14, Will Mosto ’15, Vincent Puleo ’13 and Jordan Loretz ’17.
Following Mojo’s set and the President’s Toast, the President’s Garage Band played a range of rock classics, from Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” to “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey. A rendition of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” also had the crowd singing and cheering.
The 2014 President Gearan’s Garage Band included Secretary of the Office of Religious Life Patty Blue ’77, Director of Academic Opportunity Programs James Burruto, Associate Professor of English Rob Carson, Professor of Media and Society Les Friedman, Chair and Professor of French and Francophone Catherine Gallouët, Assistant Professor of Philosophy Rodmon King, Associate Professor of Economics Jo Beth Mertens, Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry Justin Miller, Professor of Sociology Wesley Perkins, friend of the Colleges Paul Quartaro, friend of the Colleges Dave Rogers, Professor of Sociology Jim Spates, Professor of Economics Bill Waller, “Saga Queen” Betty Waltham HON’10, and Associate Professor of Dance Cadence Whittier.
Student Activities collaborated with Sorgi and Barnard-Webster on hosting the evening of events, which also include a game night and food.
In the photo above, the President’s Garage Band rocks the Vandervort Room during the Classes of 2014 Senior Week.