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Honoring Academic Excellence

The Rev. Dr. Alger L. Adams '32 Academic Excellence Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 in Comstock dining room.

Sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Affairs and Opportunity Programs, the dinner annually celebrates the achievements of students of color and international students, and commemorates Adams, the first African-American graduate of Hobart College.

Welcoming remarks will be offered by Edith P. Wormley, assistant director of Opportunity Programs; the invocation will be by Jawad Cipriani '08, and remarks after the meal will be by Akilah Browne '11, Seher Syed '10, Daniel Vallejo '11, Manuel Duran '08, and Joan Grela, operations manager in the district office of Sen. Michael F. Nozzolio, R-54 of Fayette.

Alejandra Molina, assistant dean of Intercultural Affairs, will introduce the featured speaker, Rodman King of the Philosophy Department. The closing salutation will be from James Burruto, director of Opportunity Programs.

A native of Omaha, Neb., Adams received a scholarship to Hobart College, arriving in Geneva in 1928. He graduated with majors in Greek, English, and psychology, magna cum laude, and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After graduating from the New York Theological Seminary, he built two churches: St Francis in Greenburgh, N.Y. (now St. Francis and St. Martha's) and St. Augustine's (now Holy Cross) in Yonkers, N.Y.

Adams wrote two novels, completed 12 oil paintings (10 of which were on display in Houghton House during Reunion 2002), played the piano and the guitar, and was active in a variety of civil rights, professional, and community organizations and initiatives.