The presidents of multiple student organizations are thrilled to welcome students, faculty and staff to the Presidents’ Ball, a celebration in honor of President Mark D. Gearan, Mary Herlihy Gearan and their service to the Colleges. The ball, hosted on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Bristol Field House, will include a performance from the jazz and soul band Uptown Groove, dinner and surprises to commemorate the end of an era. There will be a special performance of The President’s Garage Band made up of faculty, staff and community members and led by President Gearan.
“It is a great way to come together and celebrate the past 18 years and what we’ve accomplished as a community before the Gearans depart,” says Director of Student Activities Kristen Tobey. “We want to celebrate our student leaders and recognize the immense commitment and work of the Gearans.”
Student representatives from Student Activities, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, Intercultural Affairs, Residential Education, Greek life and athletic teams are involved in planning the festivities. The semi-formal event will replace Saga dining services that evening. Students are asked to RSVP via the event’s Facebook page and bring their OneCard to the event.
Mary Kubinski ’16, the Geneva 2020 Theme House civic leader, is grateful for the Gearans’ leadership. “Finding how I fit into this community began my first year when Mary Gearan drove me to the Geneva High School Festival of Nations. Connecting with GHS students during the festival is what inspired me to build relationships that expanded beyond campus. Celebrating the Gearans means celebrating that students can find community.”
In August, President Gearan announced to the Board of Trustees that he will conclude his duties as president at the end of the 2016-17 academic year. When he concludes his presidency in July, he will have served for 18 years, leading the Colleges through a period of unprecedented growth.