To commemorate their final academic year at the Colleges, recently-named Stewardson Society chairs Aloysius Kolubah ’15, Sarah Feldman ’15 and Christopher Troy ’15 have planned a host of events for the senior classes. The three have committed to brainstorming ways to continually increase the rate of gifts made to the Colleges by graduating seniors.
“Whether it is coordinating events or meeting with different groups and people, the chair’s role is to get everybody on board with our mission,” says Troy, a double major in Chemistry and Spanish and president of Theta Delta Chi fraternity. “This role is one that allows me to demonstrate how much I love HWS. I initially sought out this role to be able to give back before even leaving.”
The Stewardson Society’s most celebrated events will make a comeback for seniors this year. The annual senior kickball tournament was held on Saturday, Oct. 4 and offered the classes a chance to reconnect as well as give back to HWS even before graduation. Also planned for this semester is an Ugly Sweater party during the holiday season. Throughout the year, there will be further exciting events such as a mimosa brunch and networking opportunities.
“A lot of seniors have a sort of HWS bucket list of things they want to do before they graduate. Our goal is to plan events that make this possible,” explains Feldman, a public policy major as well as vice president of the Health Promotions Club and core member of the Coalition of Concerned Students.
“I love the concept of collectively giving back to the Colleges as a class. I think there is something to be said about working together with your entire class to give a gift to the Colleges that would not only benefit current students but future classes to come,” adds Kolubah, who majors in media and society and is a choreographer and dancer for the Koshare Dance Collective.
The chairs represent many diverse aspects of the Colleges and hope to include their classmates with a wide variety of events. This year, the Stewardson Society aims to reach a higher participation level than any of the previous class years, with each senior donating $20.15 in order to join in the giving society.
Members will be tabling in Scandling Campus Center throughout the semester, and gifts can be made online at www.hws.edu/srgift. Seniors who might not have cash or a check immediately on hand may also request that the $20.15 gift be deducted from their on-campus pay check.
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.