HWS Reunion Weekend 2005 was a huge success. The weather was warm and mostly sunny—-perfect for afternoon and evening festivities on the Quad, around campus and the greater Geneva area.
“This year was successful with a capital ‘S,’ with more than 650 alumni and alumnae in attendance and nearly $2.4 million donated to the Colleges, it was a whole lot of fun, too,” says Kathy Regan, director of alumnae relations.
While former roommates and teammates, lab partners and study partners get together to reminisce about their days on campus, the alumni and alumnae relations staff takes the opportunity to show off the exciting things happening at the Colleges.
As Jared Weeden, director of alumni relations described, “Reunion at Hobart and William Smith is our chance to bring classes together in this awe-inspiring environment. Mission accomplished again this year,” he mused. “It really takes a village to pull it off, but I’d say we’ve got some of the best townsfolk anywhere.”
Returning alums often comment on how they look forward to director of food services Paul Zaroogian’s booming, “Hello!” and grounds manager John Fik’s tree tours, professor of sociology Jack Harris’ alumni college class and hearing President Mark Gearan's State of the Colleges address.
Several students make an appearance on campus during Reunion Weekend. They are invaluable volunteers who help with tasks from A to Z. One of the most memorable experiences involving students this year included the Conklin twins (Mark and Michael) ’06, from Hobart’s varsity lacrosse team. They donned their uniforms and played catch with children of alumni and alumnae during the Family Fun Fest on the Quad—-perhaps inspiring a future Heron or Statesman to play lacrosse.
“Faculty and staff—and students—really come together every year to make this event the success that it is,” says Weeden. “We can’t wait to get started on the planning of 2006.”
Click here to view the Reunion 2005 photopage.