On Thursday evening, several members of the Classes of 2013 and their parents gathered in the Cellar Pub with members of the faculty to celebrate Hobart and William Smith legacy. The event, hosted by Alumni House, was held for those new students whose parents or grandparents also attended Hobart and William Smith. This year, twenty-one members of the first-year classes are legacies.
HWS alums shared memories of their time at the Colleges and expressed excitement about their children attending their alma mater. The event united three generations of the Ford family. Bob Ford ’54, GP’13 explained that he and his brother, Theodore ’66, attended Hobart, and his daughter, Kathy E. Ford ’80 attended William Smith. This year, his granddaughter, Molly Krifka ’13 of Amherst, Mass. will be a third generation HWS student. “I couldn’t be more pleased that Molly is coming here,” says Ford.
Molly remembers being on campus for the first time for her mother’s reunion when she was 10 years old. “It’s kind of surreal that I’m going here now,” she says.
“HWS was pretty much the first college campus I’ve ever been on,” says Rebecca Ditchek ’13 of Brooklyn, N.Y. Her mother, Amy Batterman Ditchek ’79 and aunt, Jane Batterman ’84, attended William Smith. “I never thought that I’d actually come here, but as I started applying to college it became clear that I wanted to go here,” she says.
Ditchek celebrated her 30th reunion on campus in June and is “thrilled, excited, and very happy” that Rebecca has decided to attend William Smith. Her excitement extends to her parents, as they knew their daughters were happy and are optimistic that their granddaughter will be happy here, too.
For Marie Louise Herkert Bogdanovics ’83, bringing her daughter, Henrietta ’13 of Litchfield, Conn., to college was a reunion of sorts. “I haven’t been back since I graduated, but all the memories came back,” she says. “It’s really great to be back.” She and her husband, Dr. Egils Bogdanovics ’82, are both excited that their daughter is attending William Smith. Egils, a physician, joked that he’d “cancel all his appointments to be able to stay on campus an extra week.”
The Bogdanovics are featured in the photo above.