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Meeting a President

While for many, meeting a former President of the United States is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, for Laura Marino ’06, it’s just another day at the office. 

Marino, assistant to Dr. Henry Kissinger in New York City, and her fiancé Clifford Crain ’05, recently had the chance to meet former President George W. Bush after a meeting with Kissinger, who introduced them when Crain mentioned he was an admirer of Bush.

“He was one of the most charismatic individuals I’ve ever met,” Marino said of Bush, who also took time to meet with other members of Kissinger’s staff and pose for a photo with Crain and Marino, a political science major at HWS.

Recalling the influence of her time at Hobart and William Smith, Marino noted that she stays in touch with Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman. In the spring, Marino plans to return to HWS to participate in the annual panel, “What Can I do with a Degree in Political Science?”

While Marino works with Kissinger, Crain is currently pursuing his MBA at New York University.  After graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in economics, Crain is maintaining a fine academic record in graduate school, recently named an NYU Stern Scholar, an honor awarded to a student who has completed the first 30 credits of the Graduate Division with a grade point of average of 3.7 or higher.  Crain will graduate in May, working in the interim at Moody’s Investors Service in New York City.

While at the Colleges, Marino played rugby and served on the William Smith Judicial Board.  Crain received the Blair C. Currie Prize in Economics and was named to the Omicron Delta Epsilon National Honor Society in Economics.  Having dated since their undergraduate years at HWS, the couple is set to marry in Montauk, N.Y. in September 2010.