PRINCETON, N.J.–Pamela Lucas Rew, a partner of KSS Architects, was recently acknowledged as the chief architect of $6 million academic building being built at her alma mater, Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. Rew, a 1981 William Smith graduate, was introduced during an alum Presidential reception at the home of Paul and Helene Gottlieb, of West Windsor, last month. Gottlieb, a 1976 Hobart graduate, is the managing director and chief operating officer of RBC Dominion Securities Corp.
At the reception Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark D. Gearan, the former director of the Peace Corps, presented the gathering with a State of the Colleges Address that included the plans to build the 30,000-square-foot academic building that will house classrooms, conference rooms, faculty offices and student work areas. Construction on the three-story building will begin in March and will be completed by fall 2003. Gearan said part of the planning process was to find a way of expanding without affecting the campus aesthetics.
“We want to be sure we continue to enhance the beauty of the campus. The Hobart and William Smith campus is located in a marvelous setting and has great charm,” Gearan said. The Colleges are located on the shore of Seneca Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes in upstate New York.
Gearan was introduced by the HWS Club of Princeton President Laura Strickler, a program administrator at Princeton University and a 1994 William Smith graduate. Other alums attending included N. Harrison 'Pete' Buck, an investment executive and owner with Yellowstone Capital Management, who is a 1981 Hobart graduate, and David Lenihan, the chairman and chief executive officer of CareGain, Inc., who is a 1972 graduate of Hobart College.
Gearan shared other good news with the 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 studio arts building, waterfront development, 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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