Recognizing students of various cultures who have overcome challenges to succeed academically, the Office of Academic Opportunity Programs and the Office of Intercultural Affairs will host the 14th Annual Alger L. Adams Excellence Award Dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 17.
The special event is named in honor of The Rev. Dr. Alger L. Adams ’32, the first African American to graduate from Hobart College. The dinner will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Common Room.
Assistant Professor of Political Science Justin Rose will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Assistant Director Academic Opportunity Programs Edith P. Wormley, Jericsson Pichardo ’15, and Director of Academic Opportunity Programs James Burruto.
Adams first arrived on campus 1928, having traveled by bus from Omaha, Nebraska. The Episcopal Bishop in his home parish had arranged, through an acquaintance with then-Hobart College President Murray Bartlett, for Adams to receive a scholarship to attend Hobart College.
During his time at Hobart College, Adams broke through racial stereotypes by graduating magna cum laude with three majors, Greek, English and psychology. On campus he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honors society. Adams set the base for students to fight through financial and social issues to achieve their goals.
The photo above features attendees of the Alger Adams dinner in 2014.