PORTLAND, Maine–Hobart and William Smith Colleges are dear to many folks in the Portland area. Nearly 100 people gathered at The Cumberland Club to receive a State of the Colleges Address given by Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark D. Gearan this fall.
Gearan, the former director of the Peace Corps who was named president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1999, presented the gathering with plans to build a $6 million, 30,000-square-foot academic building. Construction on the three-story building will begin in March and will be completed by fall 2003. Gearan said the need for more academic space was identified in a recent planning process.
“The new building sends a signal of the confidence we have in our future and the continued generosity and support of our alumni and alumnae,” Gearan said.
Host of the event was Bob Snyder, of Yarmouth, Maine, a 1966 Hobart graduate and current president of W. L. Blake & Co. Other alums who assisted in the planning included Dan and Hannah Ostrye, of Yarmouth, Maine, 1973 and 1975 graduates of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, respectively; and Chuck Ramsay, a 1992 Hobart graduate and Melanie Sage, a 1995 William Smith graduate, both of Exeter, N.H.
Gearan shared other good news with group: early decision applications have risen about 116 percent during the past four years, the enrolled classes consists of more students from the top 10 percent of their high school classes, and recent speakers to visit campus have included President Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, 2000 Presidential candidate Alan Keyes, and human rights activist Kerry Kennedy Cuomo. Other building plans are also underway for a new art studio, waterfront development (the campus is situated on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes), and an expansion of the student union.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions, located in Geneva, N.Y. The Colleges, which have a combined enrollment of 1,800, are noted also for an ambitious emphasis on international study, and for their programs in community service. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, but maintain separate dean's offices, athletics programs, student governments, and traditions.
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