Family Weekend 2009 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Family Weekend 2009

HWS Family Weekend begins Friday, Oct. 23, and continues throughout the weekend with an assortment of activities, including athletics, academics and the wide variety of outlets for art that the Colleges offer.

Hundreds of parents and family members are due to arrive between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. 

“As always, this is going to be a fantastic weekend,” says Director of Parent Relations Kerry Cassell P’07, P’10, P’12.  “Family Weekend is a tradition we all look forward to.  Between the sporting events, art exhibitions, mini-college classes and the HWS Cabaret, there will be something for everyone-families and students alike.”

On Friday night, the opening reception for artist Emily Kenas’s exhibit, “Works on Paper,” will be held in the new Davis Gallery at Houghton House.  “Eurydice,” Bartlett Theatre’s fall production of Sarah Ruhl’s play, will run Friday and Saturday night.  Musician David Binder will perform classic songs from legends such as Crosby, Stills and Nash; The Who; David Bowie and The Beatles.

Saturday touts a plethora of great events for students and families: a variety of 50-minute classes taught by HWS faculty and staff; President Mark D. Gearan’s report to families; lunch with the first-year deans; great athletic competitions, as the Herons and Statesmen take on lacrosse, soccer, football, hockey and field hockey teams.

Saturday night will round out with a performance of the ballet Anastasia by the company Ballet Jörgen at the Smith Opera House, and the annual HWS Cabaret, featuring a showcase of sizzlin’ student talent and fun for the whole family.

Worship services and family breakfasts will be held on campus on Sunday.

Tours and open houses of campus facilities like the Salisbury Center for Career Services, the Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center and the Finger Lakes Institute, which is celebrating its 5th anniversary, will be running throughout the weekend.

For the full schedule of activities or registration and lodging information, visit the Family Weekend 2009 Web page.