This weekend, the College will pay tribute to its philanthropic founder's passion and advocacy with the Centennial Celebration of the Arts. William Smith students and alumnae are invited to attend various events to pay tribute to William Smith and his generous support.
“William Smith believed in women's education and was a generous donor to the arts. He would be thrilled to see what has become of his generosity,” said Lisa Kaenzig, assistant dean of William Smith College. “The Centennial Celebration of the Arts Weekend is the perfect approach to pay tribute to William Smith and all of the wonderful work that takes place on campus. What has been accomplished over the past 100 years is tremendous, and a feat that all students should certainly celebrate.”
The weekend will begin on Friday, Nov. 30, with a ceremonial dinner for William Smith students, in celebration of the establishment of their College. The Founder's Day Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in Comstock Dining Room. After, those in attendance will walk to Winn-Seeley Gym Theater as a group, to observe a one-act, one-woman play titled “A Lady Alone.” Written by Dr. Nancy Lynn Eckhert P'99, the play depicts the hardships and oppositions that Elizabeth Blackwell overcame during her journey to becoming America's first woman doctor. The one-hour performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a dessert reception immediately following.
The commemoration will continue with a Centennial Celebration Dance Concert on Saturday, Dec. 1. The concert features Ellen Stokes '91, Sharna Fabiano '97, Olive Prince '99, Amanda Herman '03, Kristen DeBottis '04, Emily Lutin '05, Jeannie Schickler Compisi '96, Sue Rainey '02, Susanna Kim '99 and Erin Law '03.
The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in Winn-Seeley Gym Theater, followed by a dessert reception.
In addition to these exciting events, several alumnae will offer dance classes that are open to all HWS students. From modern dance technique to the tango, there is a class for everyone to enjoy. A schedule of the classes is listed below. All of the sessions will be held in Winn-Seeley Dance Studio.
Friday, November 30:
• 10:10 – 11:40 a.m. Chevon Stewart '04, modern dance technique
• 11:50 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Amanda Herman '03, dance ability
• 1:25 – 2:50 p.m. Elizabeth Figura '05, musical theatre and tap
• 3 – 4:30 p.m. Ruth Hyde '50, Romanian folk dance
Saturday, December 1:
• 9 -10:30 a.m. Erin Law '03, modern dance technique
• 2-2:45p.m. Chevon Stewart ’04, choreography showing and feedback session.
• 3- 4 p.m. Sharna Fabiano '97, introduction to tango
• 4 – 5:15 p.m. Colleen Wahl '06, how a dancer's anatomy translates into dance artistry and expression.
All classes and concerts are free and open to the public.
Photo is of Alumna Chevon Stewart '04, leader of one of the master dance classes.