Minneapolis Alums Receive Update From Colleges President – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Minneapolis Alums Receive Update From Colleges President

Alums receive news of the construction of a new academic building and more.

May 29, 2002 Eden Prairie, Minn.—Stephen L. Cohen, managing director of Learning Solutions Group, will host a special reception tonight (May 29) for alumni and alumnae of Hobart and William Smith Colleges living in the Minneapolis area. Mr. Cohen is a 1967 graduate of Hobart College, a coordinate college with William Smith College located in Geneva, N.Y.

This year, Cohen was elected Alumni Council President. He also holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial organization from the University of Tennessee.

The reception will be attended by Colleges’ President Mark D. Gearan, who will give a State of the Colleges address to more than 30 alums and their guests. Gearan is the former director of the Peace Corps, who was named president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1999. Since his appointment, Gearan has reinforced the Colleges' commitment to global understanding and study abroad opportunities, community service, and service learning.

Gearan will present the gathering with a report of the $6.5 million, 30,000-square-foot academic building that began construction this week on campus. Construction of the three-story building will be completed by fall 2003. Gearan says the need for more academic space was identified in a recent planning process. Other building plans are also underway for a new studio art facility, waterfront development (the campus is situated on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes), and an expansion of the student union.

“The new building signifies the momentum the Colleges are currently enjoying. The construction crews hard at work on campus are a sign of the confidence we have in our future and the continued generosity and support of our alumni and alumnae,” Gearan says.

Gearan will share other good news with group: early decision applications have risen nearly 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 legendary singer Judy Collins who was this year’s baccalaureate speaker and CNN commentator Mark Shields who presented the commencement address.

Other recent speakers include former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, 2000 Presidential candidate Alan Keyes, and former Senator George McGovern. President Bill Clinton, who Gearan served under as the director of communications in the White House, also visited campus for a weekend in the fall.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges have a combined enrollment of 1,800, and are noted 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.