During Homecoming and Family Weekend 2016, students, families and alums came together on the Hobart and William Smith campus to celebrate their school pride with an exciting lineup of new and old traditions.
On Friday, the annual HWS House Decorating Contest kicked off with unit 18 of the Village at Odell’s Pond winning first place for a scene of a heron’s nest and HWS décor. Brampton Honors House and the Global Perspectives Theme House took home second and third places, respectively. In traditional fashion, the Colleges’ hosted the Fall Nationals race on William Smith Hill, with Theta Delta Chi winning this year’s derby. In addition, William Smith field hockey battled Manhattanville and Lebanon Valley in tournament play, and Hobart football took on Ithaca College.
Over the weekend, faculty members offered a glimpse of academic life at HWS, leading mini-college sessions with topics ranging from Frankenstein and climate change to entrepreneurial leadership and King Arthur. A science research symposium was held to highlight student research.
President Mark D. Gearan offered an annual State of Colleges address followed by a special Homecoming and Family Weekend President’s Forum. The Forum featured Ithaca Mayor and HWS Presidential Fellow Svante L. Myrick and The Echo Group President Dan Fee ’92 who was joined by political strategists Mary Matalin P’17 and James Carville LL.D.’13, P’17, whose cross-aisle marriage has resulted in more than two decades of spirited political commentary.
Other events held in conjunction with the weekend included:
The Davis Gallery at Houghton House featured Associate Professor of Art and Architecture Christine Chin’s exhibit, “Pocket Organs.”
Actress and comic Kim Blacklock ’79 returned to Geneva with former U.S. Congressman Robert Mrazek for a screening of “The Congressman” a new independent film written and co-directed by Mrazek. Nancy Zises P’92, P’93 is executive producer.
The HWS Dance Department hosted a Dance Alumnae/i Weekend offering three days of classes, lecture presentations, panel discussions and performances.
New York Times bestselling author Jeff VanderMeer, who is serving as the HWS Trias-Writer-Residence, offered a talk on his “Southern Reach” trilogy.