Hobart and William Smith Colleges has burst with activity again for Reunion 2007. Hundreds of alumni and alumnae are back on campus this weekend for the annual event, which is packed with activity, friendship and the shared memories of life at the Colleges.
Friday afternoon marked an important milestone in the Colleges’ history with the dedication of Caird Hall, the latest in a series of enhancements to the institution’s residential life. The event included tours of the state-of-the-art facility. Its sister building, de Cordova Hall, was dedicated at last year’s reunion.
The evening’s festivities continued with “The Art of Jazz, featuring musicians Bob Masteller ’60 and Steve Venuti ’61. Held at the newly expanded arts facilities on the Houghton House grounds, visitors viewed artwork from the Colleges’ collection while touring the new Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center and Goldstein Family Carriage House.
Saturday provides dozens of options for Reunion participants, including golf and tennis tournaments, an ice cream social, wine and beer tastings, a picnic lunch and other activities. But when the mercury rises, alums will probably want to head inside for one of the many well-loved “Alumni College courses offered by HWS faculty. These mini-classes will explore topics from biology to crime scene investigation and they give a sampling of the rich academic subjects on offer at the Colleges.
Saturday culminates in a spectacular fireworks show over Seneca Lake and continues on the quad with the music of Brass Taxi. The band’s must-see performance lights up the stage with a combination of high energy sounds from rock and funk.
The good times will wind down on Sunday morning with a farewell brunch and a service of remembrance.
A complete listing of activities can be found on the Reunion Web site.