The annual William Smith Opening Day Dinner on Friday, Sept. 16, veered away from tradition this year shen the keynote speaker, Jennifer Miller-Goethals '92, appeared in head-to-toe camouflage.
With members of all four classes in attendance, Dean Debra DeMeis opened the ceremony by welcoming the Class of 2009 and speaking briefly about Hurricane Katrina and the importance of the choices we make both as students and members of the world.
Alison Daly ’06 then spoke representing Hai Timiai, and encouraged the audience to exceed the precedents set by the women before them by further involving themselves in the HWS community and beyond. New members of the Laurel Society were inducted that evening by Dean Valerie Gunter, as is tradition. Last year’s members stood watching as each new Laurel’s achievements were listed.
After her introduction by director of alumnae relations Kathy K. Regan '82, Miller-Goethals appeared in the doorway of Comstock Dining Hall with plants stuck in her military camouflage clothing, and a hat complete with a mosquito net.
Her “speech” was accompanied by a power point presentation in a New York accent under the character name of Dr. Moira Muiflingenbingen.
Despite the echoed laughter, Miller-Goethals’ address was in no way a joke. She spoke of the William Smith Heron and provided fascinating information about Herons of the past and present, leaving each member of the audience proud to be a William Smith student.
The ceremony concluded with the singing of the Alma Mater, performed by the a cappella group 3 Miles Lost and by closing words from Chaplain Lesley Adams.