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Vandervort Room dedication to occur on Monday On Monday, June 9, at 10:30 a.m., Hobart and William Smith and local community leaders will gather in a construction zone to dedicate the Vandervort Room on the second floor of the Scandling Campus Center and pay tribute to Janet Vandervort Cable ’45 for her dedication to and financial support of the Colleges. An homage to Paul and Grace Vandervort, the parents who made Cable’s education possible, the new multi-purpose room will become a hub of activity on campus, hosting events for students, faculty, staff and the greater community. “The Vandervort Room will serve as a crossroads for the Colleges activities,” says Colleges President Mark D. Gearan. “It will host dinners, performances and lectures and serve as a gracious space for people to gather.” Designed by Pamela Lucas Rew ’81 of KSS Architects, the 4,600 sq. ft. Vandervort Room will accommodate up to 375 people, providing flexible space for many different types of events and will be equipped with the necessary technology to support most multi-media and staging needs. “The new Campus Center will provide even greater access and support to service organizations and the greater community,” says Director of Development for Principal Gifts K.C. Cassell ’82, P’07, P’10. “It will further strengthen the relationship between Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Geneva community, as well as heighten the Colleges’ visibility within the community and beyond.” The new multi-purpose space is part of an overall plan to coordinate campus neighborhoods in a central location and to improve the quality of faculty and student engagement on campus. “The sense of community that distinguishes Hobart and William Smith and will be further enhanced with the addition of spaces that foster more interaction among students, faculty and staff,” says Board Chair David Deming ’75. When the renovation of the Scandling Campus Center is complete, it will provide much needed space for student activities and study needs, campus dining, meetings and other gatherings. It will also include the Student Activities Center, Saga Dining Hall, the Faculty Dining Room, Marketplace (a new café), a newly renovated kitchen, the Post Office, a recreation and game room, and indoor and outdoor seating and meeting areas. Cable, a native of Canton, Ohio, was a member of the Herald staff and played field hockey while at William Smith. In 1998, she established the Grace Galloway Vandervort Scholarship in memory of her mother. This scholarship is typically given to a student majoring in history, reflecting Cable’s appreciation for liberal arts. The dedication ceremony is open to the Colleges’ community.