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Benjamin Hale Dinner Marking Excellence

The traditional Benjamin Hale Dinner will be held on Friday, April 12, at 6:15 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. An important part of Hobart heritage, the dinner honors Hobart students who have excelled in their academics, acknowledging their individual achievements in an awards ceremony.

This year, the Hobart Deans Office will welcome alumnus speaker Greg Baker ’00, the principal of Geneva High School, to speak about “Leveraging Your Strengths to Face Adversity and Create Success.”

The dinner is also celebrated with a Hobart student speaker. Addressing his peers this year is Manhattan native Lucas M. Lyons ’13.  The writing and rhetoric major and Ida Johnson Anderson Memorial Scholarship recipient will share his experiences at the Colleges, as well as reflect on his time at the Colleges as he prepares for graduation.

Assistant Professor of Media and Society Leah Shafer will present awards in the humanities, Associate Professor of Psychology Michelle Rizzella will announce natural science awards, and Associate Professor of Political Science DeWayne Lucas will distribute social science awards.

Baker earned his B.S. in physics from Hobart in 2000, and is the only student to have twice won the Albert Holland Prize for public presentations of physics- as a junior and a senior. In 2006, he received his master’s in education administration from St. John Fisher College. Baker is also currently a member of the steering committee for the Geneva 2020 initiative.