During the February City Council Meeting, Geneva Mayor Stu Einstein made Wednesday, Feb. 2, a very important day for the HWS community. “We declare February 2, 2011 to be Hobart and William Smith Day,” announced Einstein.
Fifty years ago to the day, the return of four HWS students to Geneva prompted a parade through the City’s streets. Only days before, on Jan. 21, Jerry Levy ’63, Marcia Berges Hodges ’61, James Zurer ’63, and Joseph Rishel ’62 defeated students from Baylor University in the nationally televised G.E. College Bowl, a nationwide tournament that asked the country’s brightest collegians to answer questions in a wide range of categories, including sports, art, logic, history, music, physics and math.
“HWS Day is celebrated in recognition of this event and the many since then that bring pride to Geneva,” stated Einstein, reading the official proclamation.
At the meeting to accept the proclamation, was President Mark D. Gearan, Director of Alumni Relations Jared Weeden ’91 and Director of Alumnae Relations Kathy Killius Regan ’82, P’13. “I would like to thank Geneva for our great partnership and for continuing to be a great host to the Colleges,” remarked Gearan. “This is truly an honor, and we at the Colleges are grateful for any opportunity to thank Geneva for all of the outreach and services it has provided our campus and our students.”
For more information on the 1961 tournament that saw HWS best Baylor in a 245 to 140 victory, visit http://www2.hws.edu/article-id-13812.