Named in honor of the first African-American graduate of Hobart College, the 11th Annual Alger L. Adams ’32 Academic Excellence Award Dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the faculty dining room.
At a time when racial stereotypes and barriers impeded many students of color nationally, Adams graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with three majors, Greek, English, and psychology. Recognizing his legacy, the dinner honors those students of color and international students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges who have had to overcome major obstacles to become academically successful.
“Alger Adams’ story inspires students to follow their dreams, knowing success is more than possible,” says James Burruto, director of Academic Opportunity Programs.
Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Montrose A. Streeter will offer the keynote address. Streeter joined the Colleges in 2007 as the associate dean of campus safety and student conduct for both Hobart and William Smith. He previously served as assistant dean at Keuka College, director of residence life at Barton College, the assistant dean of admissions at Mary Washington College and the director of multicultural programs at Carson-Newman College. Streeter is an ordained Baptist minister, and active in the Mount Calvary Church of God in Christ.
In addition, Shane Samuel ’13 was chosen to offer his remarks during the dinner. Samuel, a political science and writing and rhetoric double major with a minor in cognition, logic and language, is a member of the Budget Allocation Committee and Hobart Student Court. He also serves as the vice president of Caribbean Student Association and is the house manager and founder of the Domestic Violence Awareness House. Samuel works on campus at the Office of Intercultural Affairs.
The dinner is organized by the Office of Opportunity Programs in conjunction with the Office of Intercultural Affairs.
The photo above features Horace D. Allen ’85, last year’s speaker at the Alger Adams dinner.