Preparing for the Classes of 2016 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Preparing for the Classes of 2016

Only one week into their summer jobs as Orientation Coordinators and Nelle Crossan ’13 and Sean Peer ’13 are building an opening weekend centered on service, sustainability and plenty of fun.

“We want the incoming students to be as prepared as possible for college, but it’s important to maintain a fun, light atmosphere,” says Crossan.  “Letting them have time to settle in and feel at home is important.”

They have been working since the spring semester to hire staff and coordinate different offices on campus. Now, with help and guidance from Director of Student Activities Robert Pool and Orientation Graduate Assistant Caroline Dosky ’12, they’re planning the details of an event-packed and environmentally-friendly three-day welcome for the Classes of 2016.

“Even though we are only one week in, we already have some very exciting ideas circulating. I am focusing on the details. Details will take us from good to great,” Peer says. “We’re looking forward to building and improving upon the foundation already set and making this year’s Orientation the best it can be.”

For this year’s Orientation Day of Service, the Coordinators have teamed up with  James Landi ’08, sustainability coordinator, and Katie Flowers and Jeremy Wattles from the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning to prepare a series of sustainability-driven projects, which will allow first-years to learn more about their new home and the importance of green initiatives on campus.

“Sustainability is an integral part of life at Hobart and William Smith,” Crossan says, adding that a sustainable lunch and discussion will drive home the lessons learned after the service projects. “We want to introduce that important aspect of campus life to the Classes of 2016 early.” 

On campus, Crossan is an environmental studies major with a minor in studio art. In addition to working in the William Smith Deans Office, she is a member of the William Smith a cappella group, Three Miles Lost, which performed as the opening act for Ben Folds during his 2011 concert in Geneva.

Peer, a history major and member of the Teacher Education Program, is a member of the winningest basketball team in Hobart College history. He has interned with both the intramural athletics and varsity athletics programs and is a Statesmen Scholar.

A student member of the HWS Board of Trustees, Dosky has served on the committee for Relay for Life and the Board of the Koshare Dance Collective. She spent her junior fall studying abroad in Argentina, and will join the HWS MAT program in the fall.