Greeting the Classes of 2013 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Greeting the Classes of 2013

This year’s 2009 Orientation Coordinators, Francesca Antonucci ’10 and Chris Bramwell ’11, are looking forward to welcoming and instilling a sense of spirit within the Classes of 2013.  Throughout the summer months they will organize orientation week for the incoming first-year classes and incorporate a new theme representing the dynamic opportunities that HWS have to offer.

Antonucci, from Florida, is currently majoring in public policy with a minor in education.  With her sense of leadership, she plans to teach and then hopes to become a lobbyist for educational reform.  She is also the promotional director of the Colleges’ radio station, WEOS, and is involved in editing for the Herald. Last semester, she participated in the study abroad program to India. Bramwell, from Kentucky, is a member of the Hobart football team, a resident assistant for Durfee Hall and is a member of the inaugural class in the Leadership Certificate Program.  He is tentatively majoring in writing with a minor in economics. Last summer, he worked for the Secretary of State in Hartford, Conn. 

The orientation coordinators are planning a smooth transition for the new classes and are organizing a comprehensive guide to the resources and services available for new students. 

“We are really trying to develop an orientation program that will not only welcome the incoming Classes of 2013 to the HWS community but will incorporate their wants and needs into the planning process,” they say. “We are bringing together groups of first-year students to gain feedback on how they felt about their orientation experience, talking with past OCs who have been amazing as far as insight into what worked and what didn’t work. We are going to have the incoming classes vote on various aspects of orientation such as entertainment or activities for a particular evening.”

The tentative theme for orientation week is, “Worlds of Experience.” This year’s orientation coordinators are focusing on providing a real glimpse into what college life entails at HWS. Antonucci and Bramwell will be posting videos on the orientation Web site to show prospective students various aspects of the Colleges, including residence halls, extracurriculars, food options, the town of Geneva, athletics and community service. “We want to show incoming students that there are so many experiences available and that they all have the potential to pick any path they want to pursue.”