Hobart and William Smith Colleges - Homecoming and Family Week 2020
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Homecoming and Family Week 2020

A week of connection and community kicks off on Monday, Sept. 21 with Homecoming and Family Week. This year, the annual tradition invites all alums, students and family members to come together from around the world, on campus and in the comfort of their homes to celebrate their Hobart and William Smith pride.

In anticipation of the weekend, Spirit Week will liven campus with pride for the HWS green and white, orange and purple.

All week long, participate in an HWS spirit photo contest by using the hashtag #hwsspirit on Instagram or by submitting photographs to Student Activities here. In celebration, the College Store will have special sales on HWS swag all week.

A week long Scavenger Hunt will also take place. Clues will be posted by the @HWSactivities Instagram. Other highlights of the week include an Open Mic hosted by CAB over Zoom on Monday at 8 p.m. (all virtual event Zoom links will be sent to students via email), Skippy’s Ice Cream truck, HWS themed desserts in Saga, and a virtual Escape Room on Thursday at 9 p.m.

On Friday, students in Odell’s, Greek, and theme houses are invited to participate in the House Decorating Contest. Houses must incorporate a mystery item provided by the Office of Student Activities. Judges will begin their assessment of houses at 9:30 a.m. The top three houses will receive prizes. Friday evening, CAB will host Friday Flix on the Quad at 9 p.m.

While the week culminates with the State of the Colleges address from President Joyce P. Jacobsen on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m., the lineup also includes videos, Q&As and interactive events featuring discussions with notable alums, updates from the Deans’ Offices and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and explorations of campus programs.

Scheduled programming includes a conversation and “ask me anything” discussion with novelist Carrie Lenarcic Firestone ’92 about her new book Dress Coded; an inside look at the Smithsonian exhibit “Baseball: America’s Home Run” with one of the world’s foremost authorities on baseball history and its artifacts, Stephen Wong ’89; an exploration of current astronomy research on campus with Associate Professor of Physics Leslie Hebb; and Shabbat Together, an online gathering hosted by HWS Hillel and the Abbe Center for Jewish Life.

On Saturday evening, Homecoming and Family Week events will conclude with student entertainment on the Scandling Patio at 5:30 p.m. The programming will also be live streamed. Twilight Trivia will be held on the Quad at 8 p.m.