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A $1 million gift from the Midgley Foundation establishes a permanent fund to support summer research projects focused on environmental conservation. Summer research collaborations between student scholars and faculty mentors are a hallmark of scientific education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Beginning in the fall of 2021, HWS students will have access to new

At the Hobart Launch, alumni celebrate members of the Class of 2021. On Friday, May 14, the Hobart College Alumni Association will officially welcome graduating seniors at the annual Hobart Launch. The traditional celebration, which begins at 1 p.m. on Stern Lawn, includes the presentation of senior gifts and remarks from HWS alum leadership. “This

Elizabeth “Liz” Hawes ’19 has been accepted into a Ph.D. in medical and clinical psychology at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Since graduating from Hobart and William Smith, Elizabeth “Liz” Hawes ’19 has been working as a research assistant at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. Beginning this fall and under the

 At the annual William Smith Toast, alumnae celebrate members of the Class of 2021. The William Smith College Alumnae Association will officially welcome graduating seniors at the 44th annual William Smith Toast on Friday, May 14. The celebration, which begins at 10:30 a.m. on the William Smith Hill, includes the presentation of senior gifts and

The Hobart Alumni Association will award Retired Air Force Colonel C. Richard “Dick” Anderegg ’67 the College’s highest honor during Reunion 2021. Retired Air Force Colonel C. Richard “Dick” Anderegg ’67 has been selected as the next recipient of the Hobart Alumni Association Medal of Excellence. The award — Hobart College’s highest honor — will

Brandi Taylor ’19, MAT ’21 is the recipient of a 2021 U.S. Student Fulbright Award to Kenya, following a 2020 award cut short due to COVID-19. With the support of a Fulbright Award, Brandi Taylor ’19, MAT ’21 will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Kenya beginning in January 2022. Taylor, who earned a

A new comedy from executive producer Daniel Webb ’13 explores the pratfalls of social media and “going viral.” Eat Wheaties! follows Sid Straw, played by Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Veep), who is asked to plan his college reunion, only to see his life unravel as he tries to prove that he was friends with movie star Elizabeth

Trustee Bill Whitaker ’73, L.H.D. ’97 will serve as a guest host on the iconic television game show Jeopardy. The category: HWS Alums. The answer: This HWS Trustee will serve as a guest host on Jeopardy for a two-week run starting May 3. The question: Who is Bill Whitaker ’73, L.H.D. ’97? Whitaker, an Emmy

LGBTQ+ seniors and allies celebrate Commencement at the 2021 Lavender Graduation. On Saturday, May 1, the annual Lavender Graduation will celebrate the Colleges’ LGBTQ+ community and allied students who are graduating this year. Sponsored by the LGBTQ+ Resource Center, the Lavender Graduation ceremony will include a presentation featuring keynote speaker Felipe Estefan ’08. The ceremony,

Charter Day marks the launch of a yearlong celebration of the 1822 founding of Hobart College and the two-century history of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Each spring, while honoring student achievements, service and leadership, the Colleges observe the institution’s history and the granting of Hobart’s charter by the State of New York. This year’s