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Orientation ’99 Includes Public Fireworks Display

August 31, 1999 Geneva, NY – Hobart and William Smith Colleges will conclude its three-day orientation for the Classes of 2003 with a fireworks display that is free and open to the public. The fireworks will be held at 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7, on the Smith Green, which is located on the corner of Pulteney and St. Clair streets on the Colleges' campus.

Hobart senior Michael Harms and William Smith senior Jennifer Leshnower, organizers of this year's orientation, said they found the fireworks a fitting conclusion for the orientation events because the fireworks display can be enjoyed by the greater-Geneva community. This year, as in the past few years, the orientation program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges includes trips to various sites in the Finger Lakes region to help orient the new students to not only the campus but to the greater community as well.

“This is a wonderful way to celebrate the opening of the school year with the community,” Leshnower said.

Students from the Classes of 2003 will arrive with their families on Sunday, September 5, and participate in three full days of activities that have been organized by the student orientation team. This weekend will also afford students and their families the opportunity to meet the new president of the Colleges, Mark Gearan, who was appointed to the post this summer. Gearan is the former director of the U.S. Peace Corps.

Gearan is scheduled to meet incoming students and their families from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 5, and then later that day at 1:45 p.m. give an Orientation Community Welcome with Geneva Mayor Joanne Wisor.

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