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Joining Tradition

After a weekend filled with activities, Orientation 2010 came to a close Sunday evening with Hobart men participating in the John Henry Hobart Dinner and the William Smith women attending the William Smith Dean’s Welcome Dinner.

Before dinner, students had a busy day of getting to know their new home. First-year students met with class officers to discuss student government, learned how to start their own club, and discovered the avenues for help available through the Center for Teaching and Learning. The afternoon brought with it Pizza Wars and an introduction to the campus’ rich religious life from Chaplain Lesley Adams.

President Mark D. Gearan shared a few reflections with the Classes of 2014 before their respective dinners, imparting the importance of hard work, making good choices, moving outside one’s comfort zone, and, of course, having fun. 

The men of Hobart met on the steps of Coxe Hall for a matriculation ceremony led by Dean of Hobart College and Professor of Philosophy Eugen Baer P’95, P’97, HON’07, who called on the students to get involved on campus and to explore the power of an idea.  The newest members of the College also received a certificate of matriculation and touched Agayentah’s paddle – a Hobart tradition performed in remembrance of a Seneca warrior who symbolizes the characteristics of the ideal Hobart man.

At the John Henry Hobart Dinner that followed Assistant Dean of Hobart David Mapstone ’93 conveyed what it means to be a Statesman, emphasizing the call for courage, discipline and inspiration. “A Statesman serves others and acts with integrity,” concluded Mapstone.

Vice President of the Hobart Alumni Association James B. Robinson ’96, an attorney for Tyco Electronics, sees the Statesmen in much the same light. “The men of Hobart are willing to give their time to others,” said Robinson. “This College attracts and produces good people who are willing to share their time and stories.”

The women of the William Smith Class of 2014 convened for the traditional procession to Bristol Gym for the Dean’s Welcome Dinner.  Having recently celebrated William Smith’s centennial, the evening commenced with talk of legacy and traditions. “You have joined a community of tradition,” said Associate Dean of William Smith Lisa Kaenzig, who told the students about the traditions of Moving Up Day, Dean’s dinners, and Convocation.

 “Live your life in a deliberate way,” encouraged Dean of William Smith and Assistant Professor of Education Cerri Banks HON’09, sharing the accomplishments of William Smith women of the past who chose paths of purpose and meaning throughout their lives and college careers.

Assistant Professor of Biology Susan Flanders Cushman ‘98, Director of Alumnae Relations Kathy Killius Regan ‘82, P’13, Dean of Faculty and Provost Teresa Amott, and William Smith Student Government President Caroline Spruill ’12 also welcomed the incoming first-years to campus.

Before adjourning for a night of settling in and preparing for classes, the women received advice for finding happiness on campus from Kaenzig. “Nice matters,” stated Kaenzig.  “Be nice to everyone.”


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