Stewardson Society tri-chairs Allison Magnarelli ’18, Molly Neureuter ’18 and Chad Tokowicz ’18 are working hard this year to break the record for senior giving. As part of their effort, all donations raised will go toward a scholarship for the incoming Classes of 2022, unless otherwise designated.
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.
Since the summer, the tri-chairs have been planning and hosting events and strategizing ways to reach the largest percent of the student body. The Welcome Back BBQ was an extremely successful event, raising $2,319 in September. Already, 150 students have made a donation to become Stewardson Society members, a participation level that is more than double from previous years.
For Magnarelli, a sociology major with a double minor in entrepreneurial studies and public policy, the Stewardson Society is “about giving back to the Colleges that have provided me with amazing opportunities all four years.”
A geoscience major and entrepreneurial studies minor, Neureuter believes that “so many opportunities and experiences at HWS are made possible because of the generosity of our alums.” She hopes to encourage all students to donate, not only seniors.
“This year my hope for the Stewardson Society is that we can reach out to more members of the HWS community to show the value we can bring to campus,” says environmental studies major and political science and entrepreneurial studies double minor Tokowicz. “We are particularly excited about hosting Alum career talks that are available to all.”
On Oct. 18, Stewardson Society partnered with the Salisbury Center for Career Services to host a Professionals-in-Residence event with Jordan Cushman ’12. Cushman is the district manager for Aldi’s and came to campus to speak about a paid internship with his company.
Members of the Classes of 2018 can join the Stewardson Society with a minimum gift of $20.18 here, which will qualify them for invites to all special Stewardson events. A gift of $50 earns special recognition at the leadership level of the Emerson Society.