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Echo & Pine Yearbook Goes Digital

In the technological 21st century, everything from letters to literature is going digital. At Hobart and William Smith, the yearbook, Echo & Pine, is no exception. For the very first time it will be available in a “soft” or digital form, readable on a personal computer. Not to worry—you can still get your hands on a good old printed copy as well! The new, digital Echo & Pine is available thanks to Taffy Smith Sibbett ’50, an alumna volunteer lending a hand in Alumni House. Sibbett has been hard at work scanning copies of the Echo & Pine yearbooks so that they may be available both through the Colleges’ Web site and on CD. The first copies that will be scanned and accessible on the website will be those of the reunion classes of this year. The idea was brought to the attention of Jared Weeden ’91 and Kathy Regan ’82, directors of alumni/ae relations respectively, by Sibbett. After debating how the project would be undertaken and by whom, Sibbett volunteered to begin the process. “Having these yearbooks cataloged electronically will allow us access to class-specific photographs for use on the Colleges’ Web site, slideshows and other various alumni-related publications,” says Weeden. “We also hope to one day offer entire yearbooks for viewing on class Web pages. This will be especially helpful for our alumni and alumnae who may have lost their yearbooks.” Traveling from her home in Florida, Sibbett has been on campus for the past two weeks working on scanning the pages of the yearbooks for this year’s reunion classes.“This is very exciting for me as a volunteer,” Sibbett says. “Jared and Kathy took an idea I had and helped me fly with it. They deserve most of the credit. Without them, it was just an idea. “I wanted to help get alums excited again about their time at HWS and get them excited about what’s going on now.” “We hope to have all books available by the end of summer,” Weeden says. “There are still many more books to scan and a lot of cropping and image adjusting to do. But we are hoping to at least get yearbooks for classes celebrating major five-year reunions (all classes ending in three and eight) up on the We bsite before Reunion Weekend in June as a way to build excitement for the big weekend.”