Tradition dictates that on Charter Day, the deans and the Alumni Council of Hobart College honor undergraduates and welcome new members of the Orange Key, Chimera and Druid societies.
Therefore, on Charter Day, Saturday, April 19, students were presented with non-academic dean's awards. Garry Mendez '96, a member of the Hobart Alumni Council, was the alumni speaker. The celebration began at 10:45 a.m.in St. John's Chapel.
Mendez is the director of marketing and communications for the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, an organization that offers professional services for members of the public-safety community. As director of marketing and communications, he manages the organization's marketing efforts and manages their trade magazine.
Most recently Mendez was the program director for One Economy, a global nonprofit organization that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information to low-income people, giving them valuable tools for building better lives. As program director, he oversaw the entire New York division and focused on marketing the program. He has also been a web producer for The Baltimore Sun online and worked on Horizon online magazine at The Enterprise Foundation.
An English major while attending Hobart, Mendez also holds a master's degree in publications design from the University of Baltimore. He was a member of the Hobart football team, received the Martin Luther King Grad Scholarship and worked at WEOS.
A prelude to Charter Day festivities, the Benjamin Hale Dinner, which honors outstanding academic achievement and social contributions to Hobart College, began at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, April 18.
Departmental awards in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences were presented at the dinner. Andrew Celli Jr. '87, an attorney in New York City, spoke at the event.
A founding partner of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff and Abady LLP, Celli maintains a diverse practice representing institutions and individuals in commercial, civil rights and civil liberties matters in courts around the country.
He holds his law degree from New York University School of Law, and has written and lectured widely on civil rights and civil liberties issues, appearing at the National Association of Attorneys General, Harvard Law School, New York University School of Law, Albany Law School, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and as a legal commentator on Court TV. In February 2004, he was appointed to serve as a commissioner of the New York State Temporary Commission on Lobbying; he is now the Commission's Vice Chair.
While at Hobart, Celli was a political science major who graduated magna cum laude, was a resident adviser, a Druid, and a member of the Herald and Phi Beta Kappa. He also served as Student Trustee on the Colleges' Board of Trustees. He is married to Ellen Unterberg Celli '85.