Record support anticipated for the largest campaign in the institution’s history
Hobart and William Smith Colleges will celebrate the Campus Launch of Campaign for the Colleges on Saturday evening, Nov. 4, in Robert A. Bristol ’31 Field House.
The $160 million capital campaign will support HWS 2010, the strategic plan that includes creating a Performing Arts Center, expanding the Scandling Student Center, and renovating athletics facilities, as well as raising the endowment to top $200 million, increasing scholarships and more.
With more than $90 million in gifts and commitments, President Mark D. Gearan is energized by the response from the Hobart and William Smith community.
“This is a plan that builds upon our heritage by providing more access to students of talent and promise, establishes more facilities for teaching and learning, enhances our athletic and residential space, and invests in our faculty,” Gearan said. “We are moving these Colleges forward so that future generations of students will continue to have the benefit of a world class education.”
Organizers anticipate that more than 1,000 enthusiastic supporters will attend the event. Some of the featured speakers include Board Chair David H. Deming ’75, Emmy Award Winning CBS News Correspondent and Trustee Bill Whitaker Jr. ’73, Yahoo! COO Daniel Rosensweig ’83, Rhodes Scholar Julia James ’04, Associate Professor of Art Elena Ciletti, and Associate Professor of Economics Thomas Drennen.
“This campaign presents us with an opportunity to secure the gains we have made in recent years and underwrite the position of Hobart and William Smith among the ranks of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges,” Deming said.
He noted such projects as Stern Hall, the newest academic building; renovating Trinity Hall for offices for global education, public service and The Salisbury Center for Career Services; placing a renewed emphasis on the arts with the opening of The Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center and The Goldstein Family Carriage House; establishing the Finger Lakes Institute; remodeling the Admissions Center; constructing McCooey Field House and Bozzuto Boathouse; and building two new residence halls, de Cordova and North halls.
The evening will include a dinner reception for invited guests followed by a short program and the campus premiere of the campaign film. The group will then be invited to dessert and dancing to live music.
Campaign for the Colleges kicked off on Sept. 21 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The Colleges will host gatherings around the country, including a ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
More information on Campaign for the Colleges and photos from the Sept. 21 event can be found at the Campaign for the Colleges Web site.