Alums receive news of the construction of a new academic building and more.
May 29, 2002 DENVER—Todd R. W. Horn, head of school at the Kent Denver School, and his wife, Jane Horn, a history teacher at Kent Denver, hosted a special reception May 28 for alumni and alumnae of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Mrs. Horn is a 1981 graduate of William Smith College, a coordinate college with Hobart College located in Geneva, N.Y.
The reception was attended by Colleges’ President Mark D. Gearan, who gave a State of the Colleges address to more than 50 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 presented 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 said 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 said.
Gearan shared 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 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.