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The HWS Update

A year after graduating, the Classes of 2020 returned to campus to celebrate their Commencement in person. Like the Greatest Generation, the Classes of 2020 have been “formed and forged in a crucible of hardship,” as the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry ’75, D.D. ’20 told graduates in his Commencement address. Curry, the Presiding Bishop and

Dr. Chris Beyrer ’81, epidemiologist and professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, was interviewed on PBS News Hour Weekend on the 40th anniversary of the first documented cases of HIV/AIDS. An epidemiologist who has been on the frontlines of COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS, Dr. Chris Beyrer ’81 discussed the uneven parallels between the pandemics,

Brian Hoffman ’21 accepts position on Leads Generation team at IHS Markit. Graduating cum laude in economics, Brian Hoffman ’21 will start a post-graduate position at IHS Markit as an associate sales specialist in their Graduate Program for Financial Services later this month. He will work with the company’s Leads Generation team in Manhattan. IHS

Hobart basketball alumnus Jeff Stapleton ’83 was recently named the next director of athletics at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. Jeff Stapleton ’83, current deputy director of athletics for the Hawks, has been named Director of Athletics at Monmouth University. He will begin his new role on July 1. At Monmouth University for

Per tradition, members of the graduating Classes of 2020 returned to Saga for a champagne toast and remarks from a member of the faculty.  On the eve of their commencement, the Classes of 2020 returned to the Saga Dining Hall to reminisce, toast and receive well wishes from President Joyce P. Jacobsen, Chaplain Nita Byrd,

“As Hobart and William Smith Colleges approach the Hobart bicentennial in 2022 and to honor the centennial of the ratification of the 19th amendment in 2020, we are taking stock of our history and the foundations — literal and figurative — from which the Colleges have emerged,” says President Joyce P. Jacobsen.

HWS will present Professor Emeritus of Sociology James L. Spates P’00, P’09 with the Distinguished Faculty Award at Reunion 2021. Nineteenth century social critic, artist and early sociologist John Ruskin once wrote, “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” A leading scholar of Ruskin, Professor Emeritus of Sociology James L. Spates P’00, P’09 has invested

Join Dorothy Wickenden ’76, L.H.D. ’14 during Reunion 2021 for a virtual discussion of her new book exploring three central figures in the movements for abolition and women’s rights. During this year’s virtual Reunion celebration, HWS will host a discussion with Executive Editor of The New Yorker and former Hobart and William Smith Colleges Trustee Dorothy H.

The new standing committee on the HWS Board of Trustees underscores the Colleges’ commitment to ensuring a sense of belonging, valuing diversity and fostering equity. During the spring meeting of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees, members voted unanimously to approve the formation of a new Committee for Belonging, Diversity and Equity.