Convocation 2003 included not only the presentation of the Elizabeth Blackwell Award but the official dedication of Stern Hall, the new academic building on campus that was opened in the spring. William Scandling '49 was also named the first trustee chair emeritus. Photos of the event.
Lead donor Judge Herbert Stern '58 acknowledged the graduates who helped make the building possible, the commitment to the Colleges by people past, present and future, and the dedication of the faculty. “Their accomplishments within these walls will define the enduring character of this Hall,” said Stern.
The celebration was held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in front of Stern Hall.
President Gearan named the other donors to the building, and remarked, “The academic commons, large classroom and lab, seminar rooms, classrooms, research room and Asian studies language lab, offices for more than 40 faculty members, a faculty lounge, campus life research room and multi-purpose lounge all serve as testimony to the value and importance of a liberal arts education.”
Scott McKinney, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Endowed Professor of Economics, gave the faculty response, quoting lines from Act I of Shakespeare's “Hamlet.” He concluded, “there are wondrous ways, difficult to analyze, in which this institution uses and coordinates the vision and wisdom, energy and resources of many individuals and groups to create a great environment for learning.”
Trustee William F. Scandling '49 was honored as the first Colleges' Trustee Chair Emeritus. Current Board Chair Charles Salisbury read the resolution. “Bill, you have been a friend to these Colleges for many years, we are fortunate indeed to have you as one of our own,” said Salisbury. “We wish you good health and happiness always, and thank you for your incredible generosity to Hobart and William Smith.”
Loretta C. Ford said she was honored to be given the Blackwell Award. In her speech, she spoke of the enduring friendship between Blackwell and Ford’s “professional ancestor” Florence Nightingale. Despite widely differing approaches to nursing and medical education, she noted that both these courageous women followed their “must”—the thing that drives one toward accomplishment. “For those of you searching for your ‘must,’ you may heed Aristotle’s advice,” Ford told the crowd. “He said, ‘Where your talents and the world’s need cross, there lies your vocation.’ Look no further. You’re on the right track.” Her full remarks are available here.
Student representatives from each College gave Ford gifts. Julia James '04, of Brooklyn, presented Ford with a pine tree, as a symbol of resilience, service, and hope. Gregory Sand '05, of Tonawanda, presented a clock, in appreciation of Ford's accomplishments.
Dean of Faculty and Provost Patricia Stranahan gave Academic Convocation remarks. “As we embark upon this new school year, I would like all of us: students, faculty, administration and friends of the colleges to strive for excellence by doing even better what we do well,” she said.
Chaplain Lesley Adams gave the Invocation, celebrating the new year.