To encourage an even closer bond between young alums and the Colleges, Alumni House and Institutional Advancement have launched Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD). This select volunteer group is comprised of alumni and alumnae from the past 10 graduating classes who are dedicated to financially and socially engaging others who have recently graduated from the Colleges.
By serving as representatives, GOLD volunteers encourage higher participation to The Fund for Hobart and William Smith, which is crucial to current and future students. With this added effort by GOLD volunteers, Hobart and William Smith strengthen their already fortified tradition of excellence as a liberal arts institution.
“Being a GOLD volunteer is my small way of giving back to William Smith, having benefited from the numerous opportunities made available by contributions of alums before me,” said Katy Goodrich’08. “It has also been a great way to reconnect with classmates and friends post-graduation.”
Central to the functioning budget of the Colleges, The Fund raises nearly $3 million each year to cover operating costs, ranging from scholarships and financial aid to the heating and electricity costs. To sustain and invigorate The Fund’s yearly contribution, GOLD volunteers solicit classmates while continuously educating other young alums on the importance of giving back. In addition the volunteers encourage and promote Colleges’ events.
“The Hobart and William Smith community is why I make HWS my philanthropic priority,” said Brian Schubmehl ’07. “It was only after graduating that I realized what a special, close knit community the Colleges truly are. To keep our HWS ties strong as we move on from Geneva, I volunteer my time with Graduates of the Last Decade to encourage support for the Colleges’ annual fund.”
As active members of the alumni and alumnae communities, GOLD alums will play a central role in the future of the Colleges.
To become a GOLD volunteer or to find out more about the group, contact Assistant Director of Annual Giving Skylar Beaver ’08 via e-mail at Beaver@hws.edu or by phone at (315) 781-4068.