The William Smith Deans have a long and unwavering commitment to upholding the traditions of William Smith College. Two events that have traditionally been part of the academic year are the Opening Day Dinner to honor new Laurel Society inductees, and the Academic Excellence Dinner. This year, the William Smith Deans have decided to combine these two events to create the Celebrating Excellence Dinner.
Assistant Dean Valerie Gunter says that the move was in an effort to be more inclusive and to continue William Smith’s “commitment to tradition [which] has always included recognizing students who excel in and outside the classroom. We also wanted to host a fun event to celebrate the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year.”
The event recognizes the excellence and achievement of all William Smith women. It will serve as a time to honor the newest inductees into the Laurel Society, the sophomore and junior honor society, as well as to recognize the facilitators of this year’s ARAW program.
According to Gunter, William Smith women are “bright, creative, talented, and compassionate and this dinner will serve to recognize and respect the diverse ways in which they manifest their own excellence.”
Lisa Philipone ‘10 will be the senior speaker and Anna Dorman ‘14 will speak representing the first-year class. The women’s a capella group, 3 Miles Lost, will also perform.
All William Smith students were invited to attend, though RSVPs to the Dean’s office which were due noon Tuesday, Sept. 14.
The dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16 in the Vandervort Room in the Scandling Campus Center.