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Hobart College Celebrates Charter Day

An accomplished lawyer and a 2004 Olympic highlight celebration

(April 11, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.— Kent Smack, a 2004 Olympic athlete and a member of the Hobart Class of 1997, will return to his alma mater for the 2005 Charter Day celebration this weekend. Smack will give the keynote address at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, at St. John's Chapel on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. During this celebration, the Deans and Alumni Council will honor undergraduates for their contribution to the College, and welcome new members of the Orange Key, Chimera and Druid honor societies. Joining Smack will be senior Paul McNeil, who will reflect on his four years at Hobart.

Smack was on the men’s quadruple sculls crew for the 2004 Olympic semifinals. During his time at Hobart he majored in anthropology and sociology, joined the Hobart crew team, served as a team captain, and helped the Statesmen to the 1996 New York State Championship. He is currently a consultant for Balance Scorecard Collaborative Inc., and is the second employee there to have received the “Spotlight Award.” He holds a master's degree in communication and information studies from Rutgers University. He lives in Cambridge, Mass., with his wife, Amy Wettergreen Smack ’96.

Patrick SolomonOn Friday night, Patrick Solomon, a partner attorney with Dolin, Thomas, Solomon and a member of the Hobart Class of 1992, will offer an address at the Benjamin Hale dinner, which recognizes Hobart students for outstanding academic achievement. The dinner will be held at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, April 15, in the Common Room of the Scandling Center. Senior Joshua VanAuken will give an address on behalf of the students.

Prior to forming Dolin, Thomas & Solomon, P.C., Solomon was an associate of the law firm Nixon Peabody LLP. He is member of the American, Federal, New York and Monroe County Bar Associations. He is also a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Nation, and an Associate Judge for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Court. At Hobart he majored in American studies, and was a four-year varsity goalie for the 12-time Division III championship lacrosse team. He participated in the 1990 World Lacrosse games in Australia as a member of the Iroquois Nationals team.

Sophomore Thomas Baptiste looks forward to hearing from both men.

“It's helpful to have alumni come back and tell students how their skills from classes and social interactions will be used after college,” says Baptiste.

Students and faculty who wish to attend Charter Day events should contact the Hobart dean's office at (315) 781-3300. Alumni should R.S.V.P. to Mary Lou Chilbert at (315) 781-3700.

Hobart College was established in 1822.

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