Members of the Colleges and Geneva communities gathered inside the newest addition to the Hobart and William Smith campus on Saturday, Oct. 25, to dedicate the Bozzuto Boathouse.
Named in honor of Charles Bozzuto, father of the project's lead donor, Thomas S. Bozzuto '68, the boathouse will house the Colleges' nationally ranked sailing team and also benefit the Outdoor Recreation Adventure Program.
“My father taught me two very important things: the value of an education … and to always appreciate the water,” Thomas Bozzuto said at the dedication ceremony. “This boathouse helps to accomplish both by opening up the waterfront and providing access for students, who I hope will have as much pleasure learning here as I had.”
Bozzuto, who is a member of the Colleges' Board of Trustees and its buildings and grounds committee, said he was “blown away” by the success of the project. “Thank you for this opportunity to combine my love of Hobart and my love of the water in a memorial to my dad.”
“This boathouse represents the continuation of the partnership between the city and town of Geneva and Hobart and William Smith Colleges,” said President Mark D. Gearan. “We thank the city and town officials, members of the Planning and Historic District Commissions and the many agencies who helped to make this possible. And we particularly thank Tom and his wife, Barbara, for the manifestation of this campus goal of bringing about enhanced student engagement and involvement.”
William Smith Athletic Director Susan Bassett called the new boathouse “a dream from concept to reality. The lake is the defining characteristic of these Colleges, and this boathouse brings the lake to every student on campus, from individual recreation to intercollegiate athletics.”
Scott Iklé, head coach of HWS sailing, sees the boathouse as connecting his team to the campus. He presented Bozzuto with a fishing rod, a reminder of when Bozzuto used to catch fish in Seneca Lake to feed his fraternity brothers. “As the sailors in Australia say, 'Good on ya, mate,'” said Iklé.