Sydney Gomez ’17, Audrey Haener ’17 and Joseph Vertoske ’17, the chairs of the Stewardson Society, are gearing up to break the record of senior giving.
Named for Reverend Langdon Stewardson, the first president of the combined Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Stewardson Society organizes members of the senior classes to present the Colleges with a gift in honor of their graduation. Since the 1980s, the tradition has united seniors with alums who have preceded them.
Throughout the year, the Stewardson Society hosts a range of events encouraging giving, including the senior barbecue, the upcoming “Ugly Sweater Party” on Friday, Dec. 9 at Beef and Brew, and networking receptions with members of the HWS Board of Trustees.
For Haener, a media and society major and psychology minor, the Stewardson Society is a way to “bring the entire senior class together.”
Gomez agrees. The psychology major with a double-minor in Spanish & Hispanic studies and media and society designated her donation to be directed to the Center for Global Education. “I enjoyed my time abroad so much that I want to help other students have that opportunity,” Gomez says.
“A personal goal of mine as a Greek man on campus is to get 100 percent Greek participation,” says Vertoske, a Chi Phi brother who is a political science major with a double-minor in economics and American studies. “Community service and giving back are two staples of Greek life on campus and are very important to the Hobart tradition which makes Stewardson Society and Greek life a great fit.”
Members of the Classes of 2017 can join the Stewardson Society with a minimum gift of $20.17, which will qualify the donor for invites to the special events. A gift of $50 will earn seniors special recognition at the leadership level of the Emerson Society.
Learn more about the Stewardson Society.