To celebrate generations of Hobart and William Smith tradition and an enduring connection to their alma mater, hundreds of alums are returning to Geneva, N.Y. for Reunion 2019. The event, which kicked off on Thursday, May 6, offers three days filled with opportunities to learn in classes with the Colleges top-ranked faculty and to explore new buildings, restaurants and programs that have evolved on campus and in the local area.
As Ohio resident Mary Mars ’64, who is returning to campus for her 55th Reunion year, says alums will also “take part in the camaraderie with new and old friends.” To follow along with media coverage of the weekend, including photo galleries, shared photos and posts on social media and stories visit the Reunion 2019 page.
Reunion Headquarters, located in Scandling Campus Center, will be open for check in and registration from 7 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday; and 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday. For general information, the schedule of events is online.
Among numerous events on Friday, alums can partake in lake excursions on the William Scandling research vessel; a tour of the American Civil War Memorial designed by sculptor Pietro del Fabro ’67 in Waterloo, N.Y.; a tour of the Colleges’ Hanley Nature Preserve or the HWS Fribolin Farm and class gatherings throughout the evening.
Also on Friday, alums will have the opportunity to bond through sports and athleticism with the HWS Golf Classic, featuring an 18-hole scramble at Clifton Springs Country Club (registration required). Get into the game by participating in a softball pick-up between all class years on Stern Lawn at 3 p.m., or participate in a bike tour of the Finger Lakes taking off from the Scandling Campus Center at 1:30 p.m.
Bryan Carter ’94, a former cornerback for Hobart football and second baseman for Hobart baseball, is looking forward to touring the newest addition to the HWS campus — the Stiles Field at the Thomas B. Poole ’61 and Family Sports Dome. The facility will be open all day Friday and Saturday for alums interested in working out or exploring the newest addition to campus.
Saturday will include the annual President’s State of the Colleges address, featuring Interim President Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D.’12 as well as incoming President Joyce P. Jacobsen; book signings with six alum authors; local wine, beer and food at the Taste of the Finger Lakes event; Family Fest on the Quad; and classes led by HWS faculty, open houses and more. The evening will conclude on the Quad with live music and fireworks.
Clifford Hapgood ’69, who remembers being on campus when JPR – known as “Superdorm” was first opened – is excited to see the progress the institution has made. “My favorite part of being back is walking around and meeting students and seeing the facilities. The Colleges are thriving.”