Hobart and William Smith Colleges anticipate that nearly 900 alums and their families will return to Geneva this weekend.
June 5, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—The Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus is abuzz with activity in preparation for Reunion 2002 this weekend, June 7-9. This year, the Classes of 1932, 1937, 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, and 1997 will be celebrating their 5th – 70th anniversaries.
|A Reunion group goes for a trip on the HWS Explorer|
Seven tents, spanning nearly 12,000 square feet, have been erected on the Hobart Quadrangle. Dining services is set to prepare 80 pounds of chicken, 200 pounds of steak chili, 84 pounds of Caesar salad and more for one buffet dinner alone. The Colleges are also prepping rooms for some 500 guests who will stay on campus.
Reunion activities kick off at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 7, with a golf outing to Geneva Country Club. Other activities throughout the weekend include an excursion on the Colleges’ research vessel, the HWS Explorer, as well as an art show at Houghton House Gallery featuring the work of the late Rev. Dr. Alger Leroy Adams, a 1932 Hobart graduate and the Colleges’ first graduate of color, and Mark Jones, associate professor of art at the Colleges and a 1972 graduate of Hobart College.
|Coaches Carol Weymuller and Matt Kerwick ’90 with L. Thomas Melly ’52 at the Reunion Golf Tournament|
Alums also will take excursions throughout the Finger Lakes, visiting places such as the Women's Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, Rose Hill Mansion in Fayette and several area wineries.
The public is invited to attend a fireworks display held at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, on the Smith Green, off of Pulteney Street. In past years, many area residents have chosen to view the display from the hill on Pre-Emption Road.
Kathy Regan, director of alumnae relations and a 1982 graduate of William Smith, said she is excited about the wonderful turnout and looks forward to celebrating her own 20th reunion.
“This is a spectacular time on campus,” Regan said. “The high turnout says a great deal about the affinity alums feel toward the Colleges, each other and the Geneva area.”
Reunion 2002 will conclude with a Sunday morning brunch in the Scandling Center.
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