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Celebrating The 50th Reunion

Classes of 1970, 1971 & 1972

 

Tuesday, June 7 – Friday, June 10, 2022

Schedule of Events

 

Tuesday, June 7 – Thursday, June 9

7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Robert A. Bristol ’31 Field House Open | Caird Center for Sports and Recreation.

Indoor track for walkers and runners, and a weight room with Cybex and Life Fitness machines are available. Squash and tennis courts are available.


8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Reunion Registration Center Open | Lobby, Scandling Campus Center


8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
50th Reunion Classes Headquarters Open | The Common Room, Scandling Campus Center

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
50th Reunion Classes Memorabilia Display | The Common Room, Scandling Campus Center


9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Barnes and Noble Campus Store Open


9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fun on the Quad – Frisbees, Softball, Cornhole, Bocci Ball, etc.

 

Tuesday, June 7

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Excursion I: The William Scandling Research Vessel | Space is limited. Registration required. Shuttle leaves from Scandling Campus Center at 9:45 a.m.

Professor of Geoscience John Halfman will lead a working session aboard The William Scandling (formerly The HWS Explorer) assessing the environmental well-being of Seneca Lake. Prepare to collect sediment dredges, look for zebra and quagga mussels, and discuss their ecological impact on aquatic ecosystems, nutrient loading problems in the Finger Lakes, and local economies.


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Guided Campus Walking Tour | Tour leaves from in front of The Common Room, Scandling Campus Center.


11:00 a.m. – Noon
HWS Veterans Reception | Gilman Room, Bristol Gymnasium. Sponsored by the HWS Veterans Committee. Registration required.


Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Light Lunch | Scandling Dining Hall. Registration required.


1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Raise the Orange and Purple High | First Floor, Warren Hunting Smith Library

Join Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Tricia McEldowney for a talk and tour of the “Raise the Orange and Purple High” bicentennial exhibit. After a brief presentation on some of the archival artifacts and documents on display—and the stories they tell—wander through the exhibit and see what other stories you discover.


1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Guided Campus Walking Tour | Tour leaves from in front of The Common Room, Scandling Campus Center

Guided Walking Tour of Historic Geneva | Shuttle leaves from in front of Common Room entrance at 1:15 p.m. Tour starts at the statue at Pulteney Park.

Seneca Falls Tour: Women’s Rights National Historic Park and National Women’s Hall of Fame | Shuttle leaves from in front of Scandling Campus Center at 1:00 p.m. Registration required.


2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Film Screening and Discussion: Forgetting Tommy | Sanford Room, Warren Hunting Smith Library

Students enrolled in “Introduction to Social Documentary” this past Spring semester will screen their film Forgetting Tommy and answer questions about their creative process. The film examines parallels of student activisms on campus in the late 60s, early 70s and today. Presented as a visual essay, it also reflects upon the nature of history and memory. The film is dedicated to the classes of 1970, 1971, 1972.


2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Climb St. Mark’s Tower | St. John’s Chapel. Not handicap accessible.

Whether you’ve ascended the tower before or not, we’re sure you’ll want to make time to take in the spectacular views of the campus and the lake. Don’t forget to bring along your camera. Beware—the view could take your breath away and so could the ascent! We’ll take your picture to prove that you made it to the top.


3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
A Conversation and Poetry Reading with Daniel Schonning ’16, the Peter Trias ’70 Postgraduate Teaching Fellow| Wasey Lounge, 2nd Floor Scandling Center.

Registration required.

Daniel Schonning’s poems have appeared in Orion Magazine, Poetry Daily, Poetry Magazine, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. His poem “Aleph with all, all with Aleph” was selected by judge Cyrus Cassells as winner of Crazyhorse’s 2020 Lynda Hull Memorial Prize. He lives in Geneva, New York, where he serves as the Trias Postgraduate Teaching Fellow at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Managing Editor of Seneca Review.

Endowed by Peter Trias ’70, The Peter Trias Residency at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is designed to give distinguished poets and fiction writers time to write. Residents are active, working artists whose presence contributes to the intellectual environment of the Colleges and the town of Geneva.

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Mini Class: Advanced Wound Care with James V. Stillerman, M.D. ’72 | Geneva Room, Warren Hunting Smith Library

Join board-certified general surgeon, Dr. James Stillerman ’72 for a discussion on what a wound is, what wound care centers do, and myths around wound care. Registration required.


3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Excursion II: The William Scandling Research Vessel | Space is limited. Registration required. Shuttle leaves from Scandling Campus Center Lot at 3:00 p.m.

Professor of Geoscience John Halfman will lead a working session aboard The William Scandling (formerly The HWS Explorer) assessing the environmental well-being of Seneca Lake. Prepare to collect sediment dredges, look for zebra and quagga mussels, and discuss their ecological impact on aquatic ecosystems, nutrient loading problems in the Finger Lakes, and local economies.


5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Classes of 1971 Memorial Service with Reverend Dr. Robert Odierna ’71 Officiating | St. John’s Chapel


7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
50th Reunion Informal Welcome Reception | Houghton House. Registration required.


9:15 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Look Skyward at the Perkin Observatory | One Kings Lane, Houghton House Campus. Not handicap accessible. Additional telescope on the ground. Space is limited. Registration required.


9:15 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
After Dinner Get Together – BYOB | The Common Room, Scandling Campus Center

 

Wednesday, June 8

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast | The Common Room, Scandling Campus Center | Registration required.


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Guided Campus Walking Tour | Tour leaves from in front of The Common Room, Scandling Campus Center

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Guided Walking Tour of Historic Geneva | Shuttle leaves from in front of Common Room entrance at 8:45 a.m. Tour starts at the statue at Pulteney Park.


9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Turbulence and Transformation – The Evolution of Western Civ: 1966-1972 | Albright Auditorium. Registration required.

Join Emeriti Professors Joe DiGangi, Pat McGuire, Jim Spates, Jim Crenner, and our moderator, Jean Ann Linney ’72, as they reflect on the turbulence and transformations at HWS in the late 1960s and early 70s. Like the model of Western Civ discussion groups, we hope to reflect and analyze our lived experience with the benefit of hindsight and the wisdom of terrific professors who entered HWS between 1967 and 1971, along with us and the issues of the day.


11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Welcome to HWS 50 Years Ago | Vandervort Room

Travel the time machine with us, return way back to the 60’s to our arrival on campus. Remember the dismissal of HWS President Holland, as well as what seems to us now as priggish rules, regulations, and norms. Come reflect and laugh at what was expected of all of us at that time! REMEMBER AUG. 13!


11:00 a.m. – Noon
Mini Class: The Rise of the Bystander as Complicit Historical Actor with Dennis Klein ’70 | Geneva Room, Warren Hunting Smith Library. Registration required.

For the class of 1970, the 1960s was rather chaotic and I suppose exciting, but little did we know that our demands for liberation and voice – what was then commonly referred to as “collective responsibility” – was in good part a response to that time’s ascendant bystander incrimination, the growing condemnation of mere onlookers who seemed perfectly indifferent to the plight of others. Victims or their proxy were vocal in their disparagement of neighbors’ inertia. We will take a look at this in two pivotal and momentous U.S. precincts – the Kitty Genovese murder case and the civil rights movement. Significantly, the 1960s simultaneously gave rise to an enormous interest in the Holocaust. In order to understand incipient U.S. pressure exhorting bystander intervention, this presentation, then, argues that Holocaust memory propelled bystander incrimination and the concomitant movement for bystander responsibilities and action.


Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Buffet and State of Athletics Update with Brian Miller, Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics and Recreation | Tent on the Quad. Registration required.


2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The State of Higher Education with President Joyce Jacobsen and President Emeritus Mark D. Gearan | Vandervort Room. Registration Required.


3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Reunion Open Houses

  • Visit “Public Radio for the Finger Lakes” – WEOS and WHWS, the Colleges’ radio stations
  • Fraternities: Fraternities: Kappa Alpha, Chi Phi, Delta Chi, Kappa Sigma, Phi Sigma Kappa, Sigma Chi
  • Residence Halls: Blackwell House, Comstock Hall, Miller House, Sill House, Sherrill Hall, Medbury Hall, Rees Hall, and Bartlett Hall

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Celebration of Geneva’s Finest Barkeepers | At the site of the Oaks on the corner of Pulteney and Hamilton Streets

Dedication of Dutch Venuti’s “The Oaks” Plaque and Remembrances of Cosie’s “Sam’s Bar and Grill”. Come share your stories and tall tales of everything Dutch Venuti and “The Oaks”, and Cosmo Fospero at Cosie’s – “Sam’s Bar and Grill.” Celebrate their lives and our hangouts through our memories and come for the freebies!


3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
What HWS Does Best: Creating New Paths, Spaces, Courses and Environments that Inspire a Transformative Liberal Arts Education | Napier Hall, Room 201

Professor of Biology Kristy Kenyon will provide a behind-the-scenes view of faculty efforts to create academic journeys that prepare students for the diverse and often emerging professions that await them. With an emphasis on the Sciences, she will describe the learning experiences that happen within the halls of Rosenberg, Eaton and Lansing. In the second part of this talk, she will discuss the value of bi/cross-disciplinary courses that challenge students to apply, integrate and debate ideas from different academic disciplines. With Professor of Sociology Renee Monson, Kenyon co-teaches the Politics of Reproduction, course that situates students between two disciplines that are often in conflict. Informed by readings, discussion and lab experiences, students must wrestle with current policy issues raised by technologies of human reproduction. Allie Bonagura ‘22 will join Professor Kenyon to offer her perspectives from taking this course in 2020.


4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Groundbreaking for the Classes of 1972 Reunion Gift to the Colleges | Adjacent to Stern Hall

You’re invited to join the celebration as we break ground for the “Classes of 1972 Outdoor Center for Classes and Gatherings”. This project, once completed, will serve as an outdoor classroom and a student gathering place for the enjoyment of live music, student performances, as well as a nice place to discuss issues of the day.


4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Mini Class: A Taste of the Finger Lakes with John Pulos ’70 | Comstock Hall. Space is limited. Registration required.

John Pulos ’70 has worked at Finger Lakes Wineries and Distilleries since 2008. He is currently the wine educator at Wagner Vineyards on Seneca Lake. Wagner’s, a recent New York State Winery of the Year is one of the oldest wineries in the region, named by USA, the Number One wine region in America. He is the author of “Looking at Wine Through a Different Window” listed as an Amazon Best Seller. John will conduct a wine class and tasting of ten of Wagner’s award-winning wines.


4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Close Encounters of the 50th Kind | Tent on the Quad

Pair up with a randomly selected classmate who you may have hardly known. You’ll have 5 minutes to catch up on 50 years. Then on to the next person when the bell rings. A chance to make new connections. It’s never too late.


6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
50th Reunion Classes Dinner and State of the Colleges with President Joyce P. Jacobsen | Vandervort Room, 2nd Floor Scandling Campus Center. Registration required.


8:30 p.m. – Midnight
Open Mic Night with Karaoke | Bartlett Theatre, 1st Floor, Coxe Hall. BYOB

 

Thursday, June 9

8:00 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Continental Breakfast | The Common Room, Scandling Campus Center. Registration required.


9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
1972 Class Photo | Coxe Hall Steps


10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
1971 Class Photo | Coxe Hall Steps


10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
1970 Class Photo | Coxe Hall Steps


10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Guided Campus Walking Tour | Shuttle leaves from in front of Common Room entrance at 10 a.m. Tour starts at the statue at Pulteney Park.

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Guided Walking Tour of Historic Geneva | Tour leaves from in front of The Common Room, Scandling Campus Center. Registration required.

10:15 a.m. – Noon
Excursion III: The William Scandling Research Vessel | Departure from Scandling Campus Center at 10:00 a.m. Space is limited. See previous description. Registration required.


10:15 a.m. – Noon
Classes of 1972 Time Capsule Reveal and Memorial Service | Vandervort Room

Come see what we put into our time capsule at our 25th reunion in 1997. Also, join us to say hail and farewell to 44 of our treasured classmates.


12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch with Special Guest Professor of Philosophy Eric Barnes | Tent on Quad. Registration required.

Join the head coach for the Colleges’ world-class debate team, HWS Debate, Professor of Philosophy Eric Barnes as he shares the secret to the debate’s team continued success.


2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
50th Reunion Classes Film Presentation | Albright Auditorium

“Lives Of Consequence” A film by Henry Lenz ’72. Hosted by 60 Minutes Bill Whitaker ’73.

The story of Bishop Hobart and William Smith, Elizabeth Blackwell and a visit from Bill Heywood, the Class President at the 1922 Centennial. The pictures, music, voices and memories of OUR times. The Oaks, Cosie’s and Pandora’s Box. Lacrosse championships. Our favorite professors and concerts. WEOS, The Herald, Saga and Western Civ. Walter Cronkite and Tommy the Traveler. Vietnam. Man on the Moon. Woodstock. Share laughter & tears as we celebrate our 50th Reunion and the two hundred years of history that connects all of us at HWS.


4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
WEOS Show Remembrance | Coxe 2, 1st Floor, Coxe Hall

Stop in and listen to recordings from “Jan Charles and Mike Rulle’s Reality Hour” radio show. These two on air personalities from the class of 1972 did some silly skits but played some good music as well as some strange music. Other class members also have their voices on some of these memorable shows from the past.


4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
1970 Memorial Service with The Rev. Nita C. Johnson Byrd, Dean of Spiritual Engagement and Chaplain | St. John’s Chapel


5:40 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Parade of Classes

Meet in front of the President’s House at 5:30 p.m. Ends on the Quad.


6:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Dinner – Food Truck Rodeo | Scandling Café Patio – Pay as you go.

  • Bayvista Taqueria
  • Roc City Sammich
  • Tuscan Wood Fire Pizza
  • Chef’s Mobile Kitchen
  • Dessert – Sprinkle Starship Ice Cream Truck

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Reunion Quad Party with Room Service | The Quad. Cash Bar.

 

Friday, June 10

7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Robert A. Bristol ’31 Field House Open | Caird Center for Sports and Recreation.

Indoor track for walkers and runners, and a weight room with Cybex and Life Fitness machines are available. Squash and tennis courts are available.


8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Farewell Brunch | Scandling Café Patio, Scandling Campus Center

Enjoy brunch while gathering with friends and classmates to say farewell.

CONTACT

Office of Advancement
Alumni and Alumnae Relations
20 Seneca Street
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3700
alumrelations@hws.edu