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Alumni Association

Mission

The purpose of the Alumni Association of Hobart College shall be to promote the interests of Hobart College and its alumni; to strengthen relations between the College and the alumni; to provide means and methods to enable alumni and the College to better understand and serve one another; and to work with the President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, its Board of Trustees, Director of Alumni and Alumnae Relations, Office of Advancement, and the William Smith College Alumni Association in order to strengthen relations between Hobart College and its alumni.

For more information, please contact Chevanne DeVaney ’95, P’21, P’23, Director of Alumni and Alumnae Relations, at (315) 781-4069 or Kira Cosentino Bennett ’15, Alumni and Alumnae Relations Administrative Assistant, at (315) 781-3771.

 
Declaration Against Racism: A Joint Statement from the Leadership of the Hobart College Alumni Association, William Smith College Alumnae Association, and the Hobart and William Smith Afro Latino Alumni and Alumnae Association (ALAA)August 14, 2020

 

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Committees

Executive Committee
President – Ludwig P. Gaines ’88
Vice President – TBD
Immediate Past President and Association Trustee – Richard S. Solomon ’75, P’10
Member-at-large – Matthew Simpson ’04
Member-at-large – Scott Holden ’84, P’20
Member-at-large – TBD
Historian – TBD
Association Trustee – Frank V. Aloise ’87

See the full list of Hobart College Alumni Association Past Presidents

Honors Committee
The Honors Committee’s objective is to promote the recognition of worthy alumni, alumnae, faculty, administrators, students and friends of the Alumni Association.

Committee Members:
Paul Wasmund ’07, Chair
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Heritage Committee
The Heritage Committee’s objective is to preserve the identity, traditions, history, legends, songs, and symbols of Hobart College.

Committee Members:
John E. Norvell ’66, P’99, P’02, Chair
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Distinguished Faculty Committee (Joint Committee with William Smith Alumnae Association)
The objective of the Distinguished Faculty Committee is to promote the recognition of outstanding members of the Colleges’ faculty, living or deceased, who have been retired for at least five years. View past recipients

Committee Members:
Roxanne Jackson ’81, Co-Chair
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Jenny Quirindongo ’08, MAT’09
Tempe Landi ’11

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Awards

Medal of Excellence: First awarded and presented in 1970, the Hobart Medal of Excellence is the Alumni Association’s highest honor. The Medal is awarded to an alumnus who, by reason of outstanding accomplishments in his business, profession or community service, has brought honor and distinction to his alma mater.
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Hobart Lifetime Service Award: Presented to alumnus who have made exceptional contributions to Hobart College throughout their lives. Presented during Reunion Weekend.
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Alumni Citation: Presented to alumni, alumnae, faculty and staff who have significantly contributed to the goals of the Association and have helped strengthen Hobart College. Presented during Reunion Weekend.
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The Young Alumnus Award: Established in 2006, the award is presented 10-15 years following graduation to an alumnus who has shown exceptional volunteer service and commitment to Hobart College. Presented during Reunion Weekend.
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Hobart Traditions

John Henry Hobart Day*
In honor of Episcopal Bishop John Henry Hobart, John Henry Hobart Day is the opening day ceremony, held usually on the evening prior to the first day of the fall semester classes. The ceremony is marked by the reading, serially, of the names of every new matriculant to the College. The assembly is addressed by the President of Hobart and William Smith, the President of Hobart Student Association, a representative from the Druid Society, Hobart’s Director of Alumni and Alumnae Relations and the Dean of Hobart College.

Blackwell Hale Academic Achievement Dinner*
The Blackwell Hale Academic Achievement Dinner honors Hobart students and William Smith students who have outstanding academic achievements and social contributions to Hobart College and William Smith College. It brings together students and distinguished alumni and alumnae to recognize the best of Hobart’s traditions and William Smith traditions and achievements.

Charter Day*
One of the year’s largest celebrations, Charter Day is help in the spring to commemorate the granting of Hobart’s charter by the State of New York on April 10, 1822. Awards are given to Hobart students in recognition of their academic achievements, community service and leadership and new members of the Orange Key, Chimera and Druid societies are honored.

Hobart Launch
Initiated in 2004, Launch is an annual event to officially welcome soon-to-be Hobart graduates into the Alumni Association.

*In conjunction with the Hobart Dean’s Office

Hobart College Alma Mater

Written in 1876 by Hobart alumnus Edward J. Cook and set to music by Professor Charles J. Rose in 1895, the alma mater closes every formal meeting of Hobart College.

Listen to the Hobart College alma mater

Evermore thy sons shall be, Hip Hobart, my Hip Hobart
Champions bold of liberty, Hip Hobart, my Hip Hobart;
Ever shall thy champions prove, filled with brave unchanging love,
Lifting souls to heights above, Hip Hobart, my Hip Hobart.

Raise the orange and purple high,
Let us shame them never,
Shout the triumph to the sky,
“Hip Hobart, forever!”

Evermore thy fame shall last, Hip Hobart, my Hip Hobart,
Glorious still as in the past, Hip Hobart, my Hip Hobart;
With a faith and courage strong, battling e’er against the wrong,
Honors great to thee belong, Hip Hobart, my Hip Hobart.

Raise the orange and purple high,
Let us shame them never,
Shout the triumph to the sky,
“Hip Hobart, forever!”