April 7, 2000 Geneva, NY – A group of talented alumni will highlight the Charter Day 2000 weekend festivities, which this year commemorates the 178th anniversary of the founding of Hobart College. Charter Day 2000 will celebrate the role of Hobart men in highly creative endeavors with a Charter Day symposium panel being held from 4 until 6 p.m. on Friday, April 14, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus.
Each year, the Alumni Association brings to campus Hobart men in leading fields to speak to their experiences and the impact of their liberal arts education on their careers. The 2000 panel is a “Discussion of the Creative Process,” moderated by Grant Holly, professor of English and comparative literature, and featuring Eric Lax '66, the biographer of Woody Allen and Humphrey Bogart; Toby Pugh '67, chief architect for the expansion of Disney Land; Donald Resnick '49, nationally known artist; and Gary DeWitt Marshall '89, actor and comedian who currently is in Stop Kiss at the Geva Theater in Rochester. The discussion will focus on achieving and pursuing creative goals in a variety of settings and circumstances. Each of the panelists will speak to his own creative milieu in the context of individual versus team creativity. The public is invited.
Just prior to the panel discussion, Dick Anderegg, a 1967 Hobart graduate, will present an opening lecture about the Mt. Pinatubo explosion of 1991. When Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines exploded on July 15, 1991, burying Clark Air Base with ash, Anderegg was personally responsible for the safe evacuation of more than 20,000 people. Anderegg recently completed a book for the U.S. Air Force on the eruption of the mountain, and has become an amateur expert in these areas of volcanology. In telling his story, he blends the science of the event with his personal story of being faced with a monumental task of protecting lives. It is a story that often resembles a taught disaster movie scenario, but is true. Anderegg will share his story at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 14, in the Blue Room of Scandling Center. The public is welcome.
Friday's events will conclude with the Charter Day “Benjamin Hale Dinner” for HWS community members with alumnus speaker and Druid Leslie J. Stark '59, senior vice-president and executive producer of D'Arcy/New York.
The weekend will culminate at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, in St. John's Chapel with the official Charter Day Ceremony, which will feature Bishop William Persell '65 as the guest speaker. Persell is the Bishop for the Episcopal Diocese in Chicago. The public is invited.
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