(January 29, 2004) GENEVA, NY — Hobart and William Smith Colleges have received a gift in the amount of $250,000 from John A. Ross, Hobart College class of '66. In recognition of the gift, the Colleges will name a classroom in the newest academic building, Stern Hall, after Ross. Among the social science programs Stern Hall houses is the Asian Languages and Cultures program, which includes a research room dedicated to Asian Studies and the Bessette Lab, after Lauren Bessette.
“I spent a lot of my professional life traveling to and working in Asia and I see the area growing politically and economically over the next three to five decades,” says Ross. “I think the construction of Stern Hall is a great way for the institution to build a name for itself in that area because very few schools focus on Asian Studies in the way that it does.”
Ross holds a B.A. in American history from Hobart and an MBA from the Wharton School. He is retired from his position as corporate chief operating officer of Deutsch Bank Group. He is currently a member of the board of directors of DBS, formerly known as the Development Bank of Singapore, and is a member of the International Advisory Panel of Singapore Technologies. Additionally, Ross is a trustee of The Jewish Museum (New York City), the Metropolitan Opera Guild, The German Marshall Fund of the US, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions, located in Geneva, N.Y., the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The Colleges, which have a combined enrollment of 1,800, offer a remarkably broad array of majors and minors, with a cross-disciplinary flavor intended to better inform both professional and intellectual pursuits. The Colleges are noted for an ambitious emphasis on international study, and for their programs in community service. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities and curriculum, but maintain separate deans' offices, athletic programs, student governments and traditions.
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