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Hobart History Celebrated

Highlighting two of its own, Hobart College will celebrate its 180th anniversary during two events this weekend.

April 8, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.— Hobart alumni Henry R. “Hank” Holden, managing director at the Commonfund, and Mark Jones, associate professor of art, will be the featured speakers at two events this week commemorating the 180th anniversary of the founding of Hobart College.

Holden, of Rowayton, Conn., is a 1963 graduate of Hobart College and a trustee of the Colleges for the past seven years. He will be the featured speaker of the Benjamin Hale Dinner held at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, April 12, in Comstock Dining Room. Holden joined the Commonfund, an endowment investment firm in 1997. Previously, he was vice president for NatWest Bank, USA, Marine Midland Bank and at Chronogram Corporation. Earlier, Holden served in various executive capacities in the textile industry and in diverse combat and operations assignments with the United States Air Force. At Hobart, he received his B.A. in English, and recently has served as a trustee on the Investment Committee and as chair of the Honors Committee.

Jones, of Lodi, N.Y., a 1972 graduate of Hobart College and associate professor of art at the Colleges since 1985, will be the keynote speaker at The Charter Day Ceremony held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, in St. John’s Chapel. The ceremony will include student inductions into the Orange Key, Chimera, and Druid honor societies.

An award-winning photographer, Jones’ photography is frequently exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions. In addition to his regular teaching duties at HWS, he has been a leader in the Colleges' Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute, led the HWS off-campus semester in Los Angeles, and served as an assistant dean. Jones also holds the M.F.A. from Brooklyn College.

Charter Day festivities are an annually celebration sponsored by the Alumni Association honoring the founding of the College. Each year, the Alumni Association brings to campus Hobart men in leading fields to speak of their experiences and the impact that their liberal arts education has had on their careers.