This fall, Stewardson Society Senior Co-Chairs Peter Tardelli ’13 and Nicolette Vairo ’13 will be faced with a challenging task: improving upon the 77 percent participation rate among the Classes of 2012 – the most successful Annual Giving campaign in the Colleges’ history.
“I think that the seniors last year did a phenomenal job – they set the bar very high,” says Tardelli, who believes he and Vairo can draw members of the Classes of 2013 to the Stewardson Society through a combination of outreach efforts and events.
With a gift of $20.13 to the Annual Fund, seniors establish themselves as official members of the Stewardson Society. This donation not only serves to underscore the commitment and legacy of the Classes of 2013, but it allows seniors to gain access to exclusive events and celebrations.
Together, the co-chairs also plan to expand participation through an increased focus on off-campus events. “Off-campus events accommodate a wide variety of students, and are a great way to get everyone involved,” explains Vairo.
Vairo hopes her position as co-chair will help her class remain involved in the Hobart and William Smith community well beyond their undergraduate careers. “I think the biggest challenge will be informing our classmates about why it is important to start a tradition of giving before graduation,” says Vairo. “Student gifts make such an enormous impact!”
“This place has become home for me,” says Tardelli. “Now that I’m a senior, it’s time to give back.”
In addition to his work with the Stewardson Society, Tardelli is a member of the Club Hockey and Lacrosse teams, and President of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity. Vairo serves as a research assistant and a Teaching Colleague.
Named for the first president of the combined Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Stewardson Society brings together members of the senior classes to present a gift to the Colleges in honor of their impending graduation. This tradition, which began in the 1980s, unites the seniors with the alums who have preceded them and supported their experience while also connecting them to the current students who follow.