This weekend, Homecoming and Family Weekend will celebrate all that makes HWS special to alumni, alumnae, parents and students. A variety of entertaining and educational events for all ages will take place across campus. Among the many activities planned for the weekend are mini-college sessions on diverse and timely topics, Fall Nationals, Quad-a-Palooza, campus open houses and sporting events at home. The Colleges also will welcome two national radio personalities to campus and showcase the talents of faculty artists through a group exhibit.
“More than 3,000 people participated last year, and the Colleges are on track to see another highly-attended Homecoming and Family Weekend,” says Director of Parent Relations Kelly Young P’16. “Members of the HWS community will find great events around campus all weekend long.”
Events kicked off on Friday, Sept. 26 with open houses at the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, Center for Global Education, Abbe Center for Jewish Life, Finger Lakes Institute, Caird Center for Sports and Recreation, the Goldstein Family Carriage House and The Katherine D. Elliott ’66 Arts Center.
While on the Houghton House Estate, HWS students, alums and families are invited to the Faculty Art Showing, a group exhibit that features current work from the Department of Art and Architecture faculty. Works and works-in-progress include fine art, architectural competition work, and applied art, and are in a variety of media including photographs, paintings, prints, digital renderings, fashion, jewelry and sculpture.
The Intercultural Affairs Center is also welcoming Homecoming and Family Weekend guests to stop by and learn about students’ leadership experiences in clubs, community-service, off-campus activities and more.
In addition, the Quad has been a hub of activity with the return of the popular Quad-a-Palooza Barbeque with fun activities for all ages, and the student talent show CABaret.
Helping to launch the weekend activities was the annual house decorating contest, bringing together residences from across campus for a competition that’s all about showcasing HWS school spirit.
“It’s a great way to show school spirit and I think it ties in well with the whole school spirit week,” said Sima Rana ’15, who decorated her Odell’s unit with her housemates. “It’s a chance for students to show their pride and how much they love their school.”
With numerous groups competing, students said it has been an opportunity to really get in the spirt of the weekend.
“We wanted to use this as a chance to bring a bigger Hope House presence to campus and let people know what the purpose of the house is while raising awareness for our cause,” said Sarah Friedman ’16, who helped to decorate Hope House. “We also thought it’d be a great bonding experience for the house.”
As students, their families and alums arrived from across the country and around the world on Friday afternoon, Bradley Grayson ’18, along with his parents Peter and Josephine, of Rumson, N.J., enjoyed the spectacular fall weather on campus. Together, they stopped by the Abbe Center for Jewish Life and Temple Beth-El. They said they were looking forward to Quad-a-Palooza and tailgating on Saturday.
Students and their families also took time to enjoy Seneca Lake along historic South Main Street. Taking in the view from the benches overlooking the lake, Amanda Rimsa ’15 chatted with her parents about senior year and preparing for graduation in the spring.
On Saturday, Sept. 27, the “Political Junkie Road Show” will join HWS as part of the President’s Forum Series. The “Political Junkie” segment that was a favorite among NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” listeners has hit the road for the 2014 election season, hosted by “Talk of the Nation” host Neal Conan and “Political Junkie” Ken Rudin. The Road Show will take place from 11 a.m. to noon in Albright Auditorium and is presented in conjunction with WXXI Public Broadcasting.
Established in the winter of 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, the President’s Forum Series is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty and staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members. The most recent guest of the President’s Forum was Victor Simpson ’63, former Rome Bureau Chief for the Associated Press.
At noon on Saturday, cheer on your favorite soapbox driver at Fall Nationals before taking in the Tailgate Lunch and rooting for some of your favorite Herons and Statesmen teams. Athletic events include William Smith tennis in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Tournament, Heron cross country, field hockey and soccer, and Statesmen football. Also on Saturday, the William Smith Athletic Association will sponsor the Baskets or Bust Silent Auction, with winners announced at halftime of the football game.
Saturday afternoon presents the opportunity to visit and learn more about the Abbe Center for Jewish Life and the fraternities on campus, as they host open houses. In the Vandervort Room, hear students share the results of their research projects at the Student Research Symposium.
Some events require advance registration. Registration, and the full schedule for Homecoming 2014, is available online. The Scandling Campus Center will serve as Homecoming and Family Weekend headquarters from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
New this year, the Homecoming and Family Weekend schedule is available through the Guidebook app, which is a simple way to get events and important information about schedule changes. The guide also features helpful information like a map of campus, a link to the HWS Mobile app, off-campus dining options, weather alerts, and more. Download the app through the App Store, search for HWS Homecoming 2014, and you’ll have the weekend schedule at your fingertips.