When she was looking forward to her 30th reunion, Renata Scott ’80 decided she’d like to make this milestone event a little different from other reunion years, not just for herself, but for fellow alums and future students. So, for more than a year, she has been working with members of Alumni House and the Afro-Latino/a Alumni Association to host a Throwback Party as part of Reunion 2010. The Throwback Party is part of a networking tool to allow more alums to get involved in activities on campus, as well as a benefit for the Collins and Henderson Scholarship Funds, both of which benefit students of color at the Colleges. The Throwback Party will be held Saturday, June 5, from10 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Hirshson ballroom.
Attendees will be sporting clothing from the 1960s through today, while listening to music also representative of the past several decades. DJs for the night are Jeff Devaney ’93 and Rick Wallace ’91. Food is also being served.
“I am really excited about this event and I am hoping that this will be the beginning of more events that are sponsored by alums of color,” says Scott.
The Dean James Henderson ’75 Merit Award Scholarship is given to a student of color who embodies the spirit of Dean Henderson and his love of learning and athletics. Henderson spent 24 years as a dedicated educator at HWS, serving as a counselor in the Office of Minority Affairs; the first Director of the Developmental Learning Center (later renamed the Center for Academic Support Services or CASS); Assistant to the Dean for Academic Support Services; and Assistant Dean of the Colleges in the Office of Intercultural Affairs. As a young man, Henderson became a phenomenal basketball player. However, it was only later in life that he developed a true appreciation for athletics, and he then spent his career instilling enthusiasm for education in students – many of whom say they will forever be inspired by his advice and encouragement. Following his retirement, he remained highly dedicated and involved in the Geneva community. After years of commitment to the youth of Geneva and students at HWS, Dean Henderson passed away on January 26, 2007, and the Henderson Merit Award Scholarship was created to continue his work to help students in need, and reinforce that “Talent makes you good, but knowledge makes you great.”
The Lillian E. Collins Distinguished Service Award Scholarship is presented to a student of color who has demonstrated commitment to the Geneva community through service and leadership. Collins began working at the Colleges immediately after graduation from Geneva High School and has spent her entire career at HWS, working in Alumni Relations. Over the years, she has held many positions, including secretary in the Office of Alumni Relations and administrative assistant in the Office of Development. The majority of Collins’ tenure at the Colleges was spent as an assistant to the vice president for development. Currently she works with Karen Ilacqua Reuscher ’88 as a senior research specialist in the Office of Advancement Services. She is known not just for her work, but also for the tireless hours she has contributed across the entire campus. She has volunteered at various campus activities, as well as being a “mother-away-from-home” figure to many generations of students at HWS. Receipt of the Lillian E. Collins award is a high honor among students, showing a dedication to the community that Collins wishes all members of society would work toward.
Scott is featured in the photo above during Reunion 2010.