(June 10, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.—Hobart and William Smith Colleges are pleased to announce that Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), Hobart Class of 1969, has been inducted into the Independent Sector Alumni Hall of Distinction. Frelinghuysen joins other members of the 108th Congress who are alumni of New York's independent colleges and universities in receiving recognition this year.
In 2000, the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) began honoring independent sector alumni who use their talents to improve the lives of individuals and communities in New York State and throughout the country. In total, 39 graduates of private colleges and universities in New York State comprise the fourth class inducted into Hall of Distinction.
First elected in 1994, Frelinghuysen currently is serving a fourth term in Congress. As New Jersey's senior member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, he serves on subcommittees with authority and jurisdiction over the Defense and Energy departments. He recently was named chairman of the House Appropriations District of Columbia Subcommittee.
Frelinghuysen, a United States army veteran, received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2001.
An illustrated display describing inductee career achievements, and the role of their colleges in making these goals possible, has been mounted in the Legislative Office Building adjacent to the state capitol in Albany. A new “virtual” gallery honors the class of 2003 at www.cicu.org/alumnihall.php.
CICU represents the chief executives of more than 100 New York State independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges and universities on issues of public policy. Member colleges compose the largest private sector of higher education in the world, and confer most of the bachelor's degrees (56 percent), master's degrees (72 percent), and doctoral and first-professional degrees (79 percent) in New York State.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions located in Geneva, N.Y., the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The Colleges, which have a combined enrollment of 1,800, offer a remarkably broad array of majors and minors, with a cross-disciplinary flavor intended to better inform both professional and intellectual pursuits. The Colleges 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.