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water Mehrnaz Vahid-Ahdieh ’85

Cat Gorman ’15

Managing Director, Global Market Manager, Citibank; Majored in Economics and Sociology at William Smith

First sophomore from HWS accepted as a J.P. Morgan Intern, Asset Management Risk Department; Majoring in Economics; Member of the Lacrosse Team

1. What advice would you give women trying to break into finance? Be confidant and APPLY! The financial industry needs more of us. 2. What qualities do you need to be successful in your business? Strong client relationship management, passion for doing the right thing, knowledgeable about the global economy. 3. How has being a woman impacted your career aspirations? As Hillary Clinton once said “I had to try twice as hard to be thought half as good.” By believing in myself, I have easily overcome those challenges. 4. What’s your best financial advice? Start saving and investing early in your life. 5. What gives you a competitive edge? I am passionate about what I do.

1. What advice would you give women trying to break into finance? Be persistent and do not take no for an answer. 2. What qualities do you need to be successful in your business? Competitive, hardworking, dedicated, good communication skills, and good teamwork ability.


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3. How has being a woman impacted your career aspirations? I want to become more successful than the majority, or all of, the males in this industry to help prove the capabilities of women. 4. What’s your best financial advice? Save now, spend later. 5. What gives you a competitive edge? Being an athlete. 6. What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome? Working three jobs while being a full time student-athlete.  7. What motivates you? Success motivates me.

6. What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome? Guilt from not being at home enough.

8. What quality do you most value in your friends? Loyalty and kindness.

7. What motivates you? My family, my colleagues and my clients. 8. What quality do you most value in your friends? Trustworthiness.

9. If you could start college over and study any subject, what would it be? Economics.

9. If you could start college over and study any subject, what would it be? Economics.

10. What’s your proudest achievement? The internship with J.P. Morgan.

Fog Horns Arthur Dove, Hobart Class of 1903 Depicting sound flowing across water, Fog Horns was selected for inclusion in the United States Postal Service’s 2013 collection of stamps Modern Art in America, 1913–1931. (Oil on Canvas, 1929)

10. What’s your proudest achievement? My daughter!

Inside: Faculty research on Seneca Lake • Potable water issues around the world • Behind the scenes at America’s Cup


Legacies Created. Lives Changed.



Legacies Created • Lives Changed

Lauren Morosky ’12, MAT ’13, a member of the William Smith Swimming and Diving Team, swims laps in Bristol Gymnasium. Photo by kevin colton


have taught here for 38 years, and I feel very strongly about giving back to a place that has been so central in our lives,” says Professor of Economics Alan Frishman P’00. Inspired by their close connection with the Colleges, the Frishman family: Alan and his wife Ronny Frishman P’00, Aaron Frishman ’00 and Lisa Fasolo ’99 Frishman (pictured above with four-year-old Jack Frishman) have created legacies through their estate plans. “I grew up on this campus. It is so much a part of me, and I have a personal commitment to supporting HWS,” says Aaron, an estate attorney with Bond, Schoeneck & King in Syracuse, N.Y. “Hobart and William Smith will always be a part of our family; we got married at Houghton House and even named our dog Houghton,” states Lisa. “We are grateful for the Colleges and all of our experiences here.” Through their planned gifts, the Frishmans want to make it possible for future students to experience a great education and develop a lifelong connection with Hobart and William Smith.

As the Colleges prepare to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Wheeler Society, we encourage everyone to Create a Legacy at Hobart and William Smith. To learn more about how you can make a planned gift, contact Leila Rice, associate vice president for Advancement, at (315) 781-3545 or, or visit Hobart and William Smith Colleges


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Bookshelf ON THE COVER: Fog Horns by Arthur Dove (1929; oil on canvas). A member of the Hobart Class of 1903, Dove was one of the first American abstract painters and is credited with helping to bring modern art to the attention of American audiences. Depicting sound flowing across water, Fog Horns is one of 12 paintings selected for inclusion in the United States Postal Service’s 2013 collection of stamps Modern Art in America, 1913–1931. Copyright The Estate of Arthur G. Dove, courtesy Terry Dintenfass, Inc.

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Dear Friends,


photo by kevin colton

he summer months at the Colleges are an active time for the campus community. It’s a season of discovery, with faculty and students conducting research in the lab and in the field, notably taking advantage of one of our greatest natural resources, Seneca Lake. The engaging and industrious nature of the HWS community does not end there, as staff and faculty colleagues begin work on an important curriculum review designed to broaden our notions of a 21st century education. Work is also underway to make necessary improvements to our facilities as we carefully balance the needs of the physical plant with our academic and athletic programs. Projects include the renovation of Merritt Hall to make the building and its primary teaching space handicapped accessible and the reconfiguration of Eaton and Rosenberg Halls to accommodate research and teaching requirements. In anticipation of the 2014 groundbreaking, significant effort is being made to advance the design of the new Performing Arts Center as well as complete fundraising for the project.    This summer, visits from prospective students to campus have accelerated with families arriving from around the world and the country to tour campus, meet students and faculty, and learn more about a Hobart and William Smith education. The Colleges also host a number of summer camps and programs designed to provide children of all ages with enhanced and professional instruction in athletics and academics, with many of these campers eventually applying to and enrolling at HWS. Summer Academy, a two-week academic program for high-achieving Geneva High School students headed by Professor of President Mark D. Gearan Chemistry Walter Boyer, takes place on campus as does Summer Institute, a longstanding initiative that allows incoming students the opportunity to prepare for life at HWS by taking college preparatory classes in subjects like writing and the sciences. Students from New Jersey SEEDS are also here to take courses and participate in a job shadowing program with faculty, staff and community members. Colleagues across campus are also hard at work preparing for the arrival of the new incoming classes, registering them for classes on an individual basis and preparing for Orientation Weekend. The Classes of 2017 are among the most impressive groups of students in recent memory. Of the students who will arrive this fall, 56 percent have enrolled at HWS through Early Decision, making the Colleges their first and only choice. In addition, more than 20 percent of the incoming classes are from legacy families, the largest amount to enroll in a single year, demonstrating the strength of the vital ties between the Colleges and our network of more than 20,000 alumni and alumnae. These new students join a vibrant community of faculty, coaches, staff members, alums and parents dedicated to scholarship, research, civic engagement, inclusive excellence and sustainability. Many of their accomplishments are detailed on the following pages. This issue of The Pulteney Street Survey pays particular homage to the important work being done to preserve, protect and more fully understand water, whether that water is here in the Finger Lakes or around the world. On the facing page is an image of the Colleges’ research vessel which first arrived on campus in 1976. It was renamed the William F. Scandling on the occasion of Bill’s 80th birthday to honor the devotion that he showed his alma mater, a fitting tribute to a man who spent as much time as possible sailing the world. Among the many things that differentiate the Colleges, our investment in research about water is notable and illustrates the rich and essential connection between HWS and Seneca Lake, the iconic backdrop of the Colleges. In the pages that follow, you will see the prominence of this connection, calling attention to the influence and promise that water has had on the HWS community, and will continue to have in the future. With every best wish, I remain


Mark D. Gearan President

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Research on Seneca | ca.1982


All Aboard! The vessel now known as The William Scandling was built in 1954 for the U.S. Navy, and was originally used to service harbor mines. By the time the Colleges acquired the ship in 1976, it had been used as a small cargo vessel and lobster boat in Stonington, Maine. The Colleges named it Happy K, an apt description of President Allan A. Kuusisto when he went abroad for the first time. Later named the HWS Explorer, in 2002 the boat was renamed in honor of the 80th birthday of William F. Scandling ’49, LL.D. ’67 and his lifetime commitment to Hobart and William Smith.

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Twenty-seven HWS students spent three weeks in Thailand exploring the importance of love and compassion in Buddhist and Thai culture. The trip was the first of a new January-term program offered through the Center for Global Education. Developed by Professor of Women’s Studies Betty Bayer as part of her research and teaching on peace and ecofeminism, the course was co-led by Associate Professor of Art and Architecture Mark Jones.



Cat Gorman ’15, Ruiting “Brezeck” Wang ’14, Adam Green ’12, and Bowen Wang ’14 have each taken a major step toward fulfilling their career aspirations by securing highly competitive internships at J.P. Morgan Chase. This is one of the highest numbers of J.P. Morgan internships of any liberal arts college in the country. The four are in NYC as summer analysts in either the Investment Banking Risk or Asset Management Risk divisions.



For the fourth consecutive year, the Colleges have been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. HWS are among only 10 institutions in New York named.

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Amira Abdulkadir ’14 and Anna Dorman ’14 recently competed in the U.S. Universities National Debate Championships held at the University of La Verne, advancing to semifinals. The pair was one of the top eight teams in the country, beating teams from Harvard, Yale, Bates, Kings College and Cornell.



This year marks an impressive achievement for the Colleges — the most Fulbright Awards granted in a single year. The recipients include: Tatianna Echevarria ’13 (Vietnam), Silene BinkerdDale ’12 (Germany), Molly Krifka ’13 (Peru), Katherine Marino ’13 (Argentina) and Laura Valdmanis ’10 (Latvia). Each was chosen through a highly selective process to represent the U.S. as ambassadors and English instructors for a yearlong assistantship.



A record eight HWS students will serve a two-year term teaching in urban and rural public schools across the country after being admitted through a process that has been described by The New York Times as competitively on par with being accepted to an Ivy League graduate program. They include: Will Abbott ’13 (Louisiana), Megan Brodzik ’13 (Wisconsin), Caroline Dosky ’12, MAT ’13 (Massachusetts), Brianne Ellis ’13 (Florida), Hannah Hood ’12, MAT ’13 (Massachusetts), Jordunn Joubert ’13 (Texas), Robert Nanovsky ’13 (Delaware), and Nicolas Walker ’13 (Hawaii).



The Colleges have again been named among the most environmentally responsible in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The Colleges were included in the fourth annual edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.”



This summer, three students will explore their academic passions across the globe with the assistance of the Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend Award which provides financial support to students pursing internships abroad. Annie Mandart ’14 will be in China with Zinch; Kathryn Middleton ’14 will travel to England and India with Markit; and Samuel Williams ’15 will be in Sweden and Greece studying global climate change.



Five members of the HWS community will be placed around the country for a year of full-time service as part of City Year, an education-focused, nonprofit that unites young people of all backgrounds in efforts to keep students in school and on track to graduation. They include: Reuben Burk ’13, Khalym Burke-Thomas ’13, Kiara Ocasio ’13, Rashid Perkins ’12 and Lindsay Webster ’13.


Overheard at Commencement


lways remember, there’s only one definition of a champion – only one. And the true champion is the one who gets up one more time than they get knocked down.”

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” 1974: Kurt Vonnegut

“As graduates of HWS, standing for truth is part of your inheritance. It’s in the DNA of this place.” 2008: William Whitaker ’73, L.H.D. ’97

“The force that enabled one thing to create another can be available to you. You must extend your education and awareness in directions undreamt by your parents.” 1991: Chinua Achebe

2013: James Carville

“Here’s a goal for real life, worth setting and then striving for daily: to be thankful, whatever your circumstances, every step of the way.” 2012: Savannah Guthrie

“There are whole galaxies that we haven’t discovered yet, stars way out in space and stars within ourselves that are waiting to brighten up our world.” 1985: Fred Rogers

“We stand, I believe, at the threshold of a better day, a happier day, a clearer day for civilization and for America. I have faith in the men and women who are taking up the torch.” 1929: Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Don’t be afraid of starting at or near the bottom rung of the ladder. In fact, I highly recommend it.” 2006: John King

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Speakers Lisa and Bill Mathis P’13 gave a keynote address “Leading Self through Brand Management,” as part of the Centennial Center for Leadership’s Leadership Institute. Lisa is a seasoned business executive who has worked for corporations such as IBM, Pfizer, and JP Morgan Chase. Bill has led high performance teams, including most recently at MasterCard International. Felipe Estefan ’08, a member of The World Bank’s Open Government team, gave a keynote address, “Opportunities to Lead: Citizens as Agents of Change,” as part of the Centennial Center for Leadership’s Leadership Institute. Activist and former NFL quarterback Don McPherson spoke as part of the Hobart College Athletic Department’s Napier Leadership Seminar. Nate Simms discussed “Brunswick,” his film about landscape change, following a showing hosted by the Finger Lakes Institute. John Lucker P’14, P’16, a principal and partner of Deloitte Consulting LLP, delivered a presentation titled “Two Hot Careers for a Liberal Arts Graduate: Insurance and Consulting.” Northeastern Illinois Professor Emerita Sarah Lucia Hoagland delivered the annual Ann Palmeri Lecture in Feminist Philosophy: “Feminist Advocacy Research, Relationality, and the Coloniality of Knowledge.” 6 Pulteney Street Survey | Summer 2013

John Trasviña, assistant secretary of fair housing and equal opportunity in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, joined the Colleges as this year’s John Henry Hobart Fellow in Residence. An Interfaith Panel on Compassion and Reconciliation was moderated by Chaplain Lesley Adams and included Rabbi David Reiner, Trustee Bishop Prince Singh and Professor Pratap Penumala. President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, the Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, gave a talk as part of the President’s Forum Speaker Series in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Michael Costello, director of recruiting for Suffolk Construction, presented a Professionals in Residence talk on “Careers in Project Management.” A Professionals in Residence panel on Federal Security Forces careers included Matthew Chilbert, special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigations; Kristopher Grahame ’04, an intelligence analyst for the FBI; Kevin Haggerty ’02, a supply chain security specialist for the Department of Homeland Security; Dr. Sheldon Rabin ’69, a retired senior operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency; Joseph Testani P’16, P’17, a supervisory special agent with the FBI; and Stephen Foreback ’89, assistant to the special agent in charge of the Dignitary Protective Division of the U.S. Secret Service. Oz Sultan, former social media director for Park51, known as the Ground Zero Mosque, gave a presentation, “Social Media and the Future of Democracy in the Muslim World,”

In addition to concerts, musical recitals, art exhibits, film festivals, plays, carnivals and a myriad of gatherings celebrating everything from outdoor winter sports to Caribbean culture, each semester the Colleges also host dozens of speakers who visit campus to speak with students, share ideas and offer career advice. Below are just some of the speakers who visited during the Spring 2013 semester.

at the opening of the HWS Muslim Student Center. Russ Brownback ’87, former managing director and senior portfolio manager at BlackRock, led a talk on finance as part of the Professionals in Residence Series. Susan Cosentini, a carpenter and general contractor of 30 years, and Michael Governale, an interactive art director at Partners and Napier, presented “Our Built Environment,” as part of the Finger Lakes Institute’s Sustainable Community Development Lecture Series. Wendy Olsoff ’78, co-owner of P.P.O.W. in New York City, talked about her work, sharing valuable advice for artists and future art workers during “Art and the Real World” at Houghton House. Dr. Barry Jaffin ’77 gave an insider’s perspective on the medical school admission process. Professor Rachel McDermott of Barnard College talked about goddess worship in Bengal as part of the South Asia Speaker Series. Renowned author Gary Shteyngart read selections of his work as part of the Trias Residency Reading Series. Christopher Howard, president of HampdenSydney College, gave a President’s Forum lecture, “8 Ways to Accelerate Your Leadership Odyssey.” Svante Myrick, the City of Ithaca’s youngest mayor and first mayor of color, joined the President’s Forum Speaker Series.

David Niedzwiecki ’05 presented a physics colloquium “Nanopore Sensors: Using nanotechnology to produce powerful medical devices.” Professor of Political Science Himadep Muppidi from Vassar College presented a lesson on South Asian dance moves, “Who Dances the Region? Political Struggles in the Periphery.” Eleni Sikelianos, Trias poet in residence, presented a reading as part of the Trias “Week of Poetry.” Andrew Upton ’12 led a talk and discussion after the screening of “Resilience: Protecting Today,” a film shown to commemorate the second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Michael Rawlins ’80, P’16, senior user experience design architect at the ESPN Technology Division, presented a Professionals in Residence lecture. A Symposium on Genocide and Human Rights screening of “Unseen Tears: Native American Boarding Schools in Western New York” was followed by a discussion with the film’s producer, Ruchatneet Printup. Award-winning author Rebecca Newberger Goldstein shared an excerpt of her latest novel, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction as the second Max and Marian Farash Community Lecture. Jim West P’15, Chubb Commercial Insurance senior vice president

WAVELENGTHS and worldwide manager at Chubb Industry Segments, spoke about careers in insurance as part of the Professionals in Residence series. Lawrence H. Summers, the Charles W. Eliot University Professor and president emeritus at Harvard University, presented a keynote address at the seventh annual Round Robin Invitational. Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese civil rights activist and human rights lawyer, provided a keynote address at the Round Robin Invitational. Caleb Campbell ’11 returned to campus for a discussion, “What We Aren’t Talking About: Broadening the LGBT Dialogue.” Mikhail Shishkin, an awardwinning Russian author, joined the HWS community for a talk titled, “In a Boat Scratched on the Wall: Language and Politics in Russia” followed by a short reading from his novel Maidenhair. Jamie Cox ’05, who works in public relations at Zeno, and Kevin Cox ’05 who works in food branding for Clarke’s Standard, returned to campus as part of the Professionals in Residence series. Barbara Applebaum, associate professor in Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University, spoke on “Being White, Being Good, Being Vigilant.” Jeffrey S. Cramer, a leading scholar of the life and writings of Henry David Thoreau, director of the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods and editor of Thoreau’s “Walden,” was hosted by the department of history. Dr. Roberta Barnes Carey ’71, director of the Laboratory Quality Management Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discussed her career as part of the Professionals in

Residence series before accepting the Alumna Achievement Award (see page 90). Douglas Farr, principal of Farr Associates, was hosted by the Finger Lakes Institute for a discussion, “Breaking Down Silos to Make Human Settlements Sustainable,” as part of the Sustainable Community Development Lecture Series. Mary Gaitskill, Trias Writer in Residence, hosted a conversation about “The Art of Fiction,” the basis of which was Vladimir Nabokov’s story, “Signs and Symbols,” and her own story from The New Yorker, “The Other Place.” James B. Steinberg, dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and former deputy secretary of state, spoke as part of the Symposium on Genocide and Human Rights. Claire Lyons ’80, founder and chief catalyst of the Partnerships Advisory, met with students as part of the Professionals in Residence Series. Asma Barlas, professor of politics and director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity at Ithaca College, was hosted by Project Nur for a discussion, “The Qur’an, Sharia, and Women’s Rights.” Judy Shepard, mother of murdered student Matthew Shepard, spoke as part of the President’s Forum Speaker Series and the inaugural Carver Speaker Series, sponsored by Trustee Calvin “Chip” Carver ’81. Trustee Will Margiloff ’92, CEO of IgnitionOne, joined the Professionals in Residence Series to talk about “Entrepreneurism and Digital Marketing.” Timothy Eatman, assistant professor of higher education at Syracuse University and the co-director of Imagining America, presented a keynote at the Spring Engaged Scholarship Forum.

Calvin R. Carver Sr., Judy Shepard, Anne DeLaney and Trustee Calvin “Chip” Carver ’81 at the inaugural lecture.

Calvin R. Carver Sr. Lecture and Endowment Created In spring 2012, the Calvin R. Carver Sr. Lecture and Student Support Endowment was established by Trustee Calvin “Chip” Carver ’81 and his wife, Anne DeLaney in honor of Carver’s father. The first Calvin R. Carver Sr. Lecture took place this spring when the campus welcomed Judy Shepard for her inspirational talk, “The Legacy of Matthew Shepard.” The endowment enables HWS to bring to campus each year one speaker who addresses a topic intended to promote inclusiveness, resiliency, positive mental health and social justice. The fund also assists students who may be experiencing mental or physical health difficulties stemming from developmental, personal or family circumstances. Chip Carver explains the endowment is named for his father because of the work he has done to create a positive difference in the lives of high school students. Following the death of Chip’s brother, their father established a similar lecture series in his memory at their high school to support speakers on topics surrounding tolerance and alcohol and drug use, “both of which affected my brother’s life,” explains Chip. “The creation of this series at the Colleges is my reflection of my dad’s reaction to my brother’s passing and to his memory,” says Chip. He adds the work of the student affairs office was considered when creating the endowment: “Robb Flowers and his staff have the ability to affect kids in such a positive way and it’s a great motivator to contribute funding in that area.”

Farash Community Lecture Launched Distinguished scholar and bestselling author James Carroll was the invited guest speaker of the inaugural Max and Marian Farash Community Lecture. The lecture — “No War is Holy: Saying No to God-sanctioned Violence” — was made possible by the generous support of the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, a Rochester, N.Y.-based philanthropic organization that values the importance of education and entrepreneurship and has deep consideration for religious and civic communities. The foundation provides grants to nonprofits in Monroe and Ontario counties, half James Carroll of which are for projects and programs with ties to Jewish life. At the Colleges, the lectures are a collaborative effort among the Abbe Center for Jewish Life, the Religious Life Office and the Religious Studies Department. In addition, the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation has established a scholarship, currently held by Courtney Franceschi ’16, and provides support for the “The March: Bearing Witness to Hope,” a Holocaust remembrance journey to Germany and Poland. Hobart and William Smith Colleges


The Pitch

Students Compete in HWS Entrepreneurial Contest by Steve Bodnar


here’s much more to becoming a successful entrepreneur than having a great idea. Just ask Zachary Lerman ’13 and Andrew King ’14, this year’s winners of The Pitch, a competition at HWS organized by the Centennial Center for Leadership (CCL) that asks students to develop their best and most innovative plans for changing communities, improving systems, and delivering products or services. For six months of the school year, Lerman and King dedicated countless hours perfecting the business plan for SpaceVinyl, a marketing company that produces stickers for the spacebar of computer keyboards. After impressing the judges and audience at The Pitch finals in March, the SpaceVinyl team was awarded $10,000 in start-up funding to propel their business to the next level. “I’ve learned that no matter what people say, just be confident in what you are doing,” King says. “Everywhere we turn, we get more and more feedback from people offering us different kinds of advice for our plan. It’s important to take all their ideas into consideration, but at the end of the day, you can’t lose sight of what you believe is the strongest path to take.” On the road to the grand prize, the SpaceVinyl duo faced stiff competition from other students, including the following finalists and their projects: Matthew Mead ’13: “Hempitecture,” an environmental design company devoted to the development of hemp-based materials

Rachel Braccini ’15

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after graduation. “In reviewing the first two for architectural applications, using hemp years of The Pitch, we’ve clearly seen how to supplement and replace non-sustainable the competition has been able to raise the design materials. expectations of what students can accomplish Mimi Mahoney ’14: “connect(ABLE) with the right training and support,” Pliner arts,” an organization that connects college says. “If you look at the students and individuals with developmental and Students who make it to way The Pitch contestants talk about learning, you intellectual challenges using the semi-finals of The see that it’s not just about art, music, and dance. Pitch are paired with building entrepreneurs. Rachel Braccini ’15: It’s also about what they “OUTstanding,” a campaign business people in their field – almost always believe in, who they are, aimed at increasing and that they still have a awareness, inclusiveness alums – who volunteer long way to go.” and support for the LGBT to mentor them on community. everything from planning    Thanks to The Pitch, some contestants already Lerman, King and and presentation to what have business-world Mead went on to present success stories to share. their ideas in the state finals it takes to become an entrepreneurial leader. Sara Wroblewski ’13, the of the New York Business 2012 Pitch champion, has Plan Competition (NYBPC). continued to pursue her Mead also competed in the winning idea, One Bead, a nonprofit that prestigious Global Student Entrepreneur markets handmade recycled glass beads Awards (GSEA) northeastern regional semito raise funds to improve education for finals. children and adults in Africa. Sam Singer ’13, Students participating in The Pitch a competitor from the inaugural run of The benefit from engaging in a dynamic Pitch, has since partnered with a company to educational process through which they launch his all-natural chewing gum product begin to understand their entrepreneurial TRAIN, which is comprised of only four potential and capabilities, says Susan Pliner, ingredients. the director of the Centennial Center for Throughout the contest, students receive Leadership and the associate dean for plenty of feedback and guidance as they teaching, learning and assessment. work to develop their ideas into marketable Pliner says The Pitch gives students at proposals. Students who make it to the HWS the platform to build a repertoire of semi-finals of The Pitch are paired with skills that can help prepare them for life

Andrew King ’14 and Zachary Lerman ’13

Mimi Mahoney ’14

Matthew Mead ’13

photos by greg searles ’13


The judges at the second annual student entrepreneur competition, The Pitch, present the winning team of Zachary Lerman ’13 and Andrew King ’14 (SpaceVinyl) with a check for $10,000. The grant enables SpaceVinyl, a company that produces stickers for the spacebar of computer keyboards, to purchase a new vinyl cutter and grow their already expanding business. Pictured are: Stuart Lieblein ’90, Duncan Moore, Lerman, King, Max Henry ’78, Sandy Gross ’85 and Bruce Kingma.

business people in their field – almost always alums – who volunteer to mentor them on everything from planning and presentation to what it takes to become an entrepreneurial leader. Meeting at coffee shops on weekends or taking last minute phone calls to offer words of encouragement, the alums make the student competitors and their respective dreams a priority. “To me, one of the most beautiful things about entrepreneurship is that it relies extensively on your network of support and

The following served as mentors and judges for The Pitch 2013, generously offering their time and energy to support student competitors:

Pitch Mentors: Linda Arrington ’88, chief marketing officer at Carol’s Daughter Chrissy Bennett-West ’94, assistant principal and special education teacher at Canandaigua City School District

mentorship,” Mead says. “While I came up with the Hempitecture concept, I would not be competing on both the state and national level without the tremendous support I have received; great thanks are in order.” Mead says he is grateful for The Pitch competition and for the guidance and support offered by Pliner, CCL Associate Director Amy Forbes, and CCL Coordinator of Leadership Programs Morgan Hopkins ’10, as well as the support of his mentor, Norman “JB” Blanchard ’80, P’17.

Ira Goldschmidt ’77, owner of Goldschmidt Engineering Solutions, which specializes in intelligent building Eric Holch ’70, internationally recognized artist and printmaker based in Nantucket, Mass. H. Read Jackson ’66, awardwinning television executive with 30 years of industry experience Susan Lloyd Yolen ’72, vice president of communications and public affairs at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England

“I’ve learned you should always pursue what you believe in with a passion,” Mead says. “Developing Hempitecture has consumed thousands of hours, but when you are passionate about something, the line between work and progress is blurred. I am thankful for all the people I have come into contact with while developing Hempitecture. That network is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life, no matter what I pursue.” ●

Contest Judges: Sandy Gross ’85, founder and managing partner of Pinetum Partners, LLC Max Henry ’78, founder and chief executive officer of Hummingbird Leadership Bruce Kingma, associate provost for entrepreneurship and innovation and professor of entrepreneurship at Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University

Stuart Lieblein ’90, president of the Residue National Corporation Duncan Moore, vice provost of entrepreneurship and professor of engineering and business administration at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester

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ew obsessions, new ideas, new collaborations, new achievements—this year, the

teacher-scholars at HWS have published books and articles, attended conferences, served as expert resources for local and national publications, and received fellowships and awards to further their scholarly endeavors and push the boundaries of their disciplines. ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY Professor of Anthropology Jeffrey D. Anderson’s new book, Arapaho Women’s Quillwork: Motion Life, and Creativity, was published by the University of Oklahoma Press in January. Assistant Professor of Anthropology Brenda Maiale’s manuscript titled Dressing the Part: Refashioning Gender in Oaxaca, Mexico is under contract with the University of Illinois Press.  Professor of Sociology Wesley Perkins was quoted in a New York Times article about “imaginary peers” and social norms, and was invited to give a plenary address at the Fifth International Conference on Alcohol and Harm Reduction held in Frankfurt, Germany. ART AND ARCHITECTURE Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture Liliana Leopardi was quoted in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal regarding her expertise in Renaissance art—particularly precious and semiprecious gemstones. Leopardi also recently presented research at a number of conferences, including “Charming Intentions: Occultism, Magic and the History of Art” at Cambridge University; at the College Art Association conference in New York City; and at the Renaissance Society of America and the 11th International Symposium on the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period at The University of Arizona. Assistant Professor of Architectural Studies Kirin Makker received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship as part of the Winterthur Research Fellowship Program to explore the history and realities of Main Streets across the country— and dispel many misconceptions—in her new book, The Myths of Main Street. Associate Professor of Art and Architecture Nicholas Ruth is one of a select number of artists invited by the Memorial Art Gallery to create works that reinterpret various pieces of its collection as part of the Rochester, N.Y. based museum’s centennial celebration. ASIAN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures Jinghao Zhou was recently a guest

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FACULTY FOCUS essayist for The National Interest and also published in Asian Times on the foreign policy of China’s president, Xi Jinping. BIOLOGY At the annual meeting of the Wilson Ornithological Society, Associate Professor of Biology Mark Deutschlander presented his recent work on the black-capped chickadee, and was also elected to serve as the organization’s second vice president, and eventually its president. Professor of Biology David Droney published an article in the Journal of Chemical Ecology on the mating behavior in the European corn borer moth. CHEMISTRY For the 2013 American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans, Associate Professor of Chemistry Justin Miller co-created a competition to encourage student members to develop science communication and teamwork skills while also learning about chemistry through the lens of Cajun cuisine. With Professor of Sociology Wesley Perkins, Professor of Chemistry David Craig P’05 presented at the Mental Health Division Annual Research Review Meeting of the United States Air Force Medical Operations Agency in San Antonio, Texas. ECONOMICS Assistant Professor of Economics Keoka Grayson participated in the 2013 Summer Institute on the History of Political Economy, a three-week seminar/discussion series to explore episodes in the history of economics in an interdisciplinary way. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and housed at Duke University, the conference hosted Grayson and 25 scholars from eight disciplines and large institutions like Harvard, Florida State and the Ohio State, as well as small, distinguished liberal arts colleges like Pomona, Whitman and HWS. Assistant Professor of Economics Christina Houseworth published a joint work with Jonathan Fisher, “The Reverse Wage Gap among Educated White and Black Women,” the lead article in Volume 10, Issue 4 of the print version of the Journal of Economic Inequality. “Occupation Inflation in the Current Population Survey,” also joint work with Jonathan Fisher, was accepted for publication in the Journal of Economic and Social Measurement earlier this summer. Assistant Professor of Economics Elizabeth Ramey is the author of a forthcoming book, Class, Gender and the American Family Farm in the Twentieth Century (Routledge), which details how “gender and class struggles during important moments in the history of these family farms shaped the trajectory of U.S. agricultural development.”

In July, Ramey and Assistant Professor of Economics Brian Cooper present the continuation of their work on the pluralist economics curriculum at HWS, “Assessing Pluralism: Economics Education in the Consumerist Academy,” at the Association of Heterodox Economics conference in London. The presentation focuses on the “unique, pluralist approach to economics education” offered at HWS—“one that covers multiple perspectives, methodologies, and topics which are not included in conventional undergraduate programs.” EDUCATION Associate Professor of Education Helen McCabe authored an article for the Simons Foundation Autism Research’s “Viewpoint” on her first experience working with a child with autism in China and on the work she has done since. For a second year, Associate Professor of Education Mary Kelly and the Colleges received a $10,000 Challenge America Fast-Track grant by the National Endowment for the Arts to support The Arts Experience: A Festival Celebrating Inclusion and the Arts.  ENGLISH Assistant Professor of English Caroline Manring won the prestigious 2012 National Poetry Review Book Contest for her collection of poems Manual for Extinction. FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies Kanaté Dahouda worked with experts in Francophone studies to publish the yearly journal L’Année Francophone Internationale 20122013. Also, with Professor Selom K. Gbanou of University of Calgary in Canada, Dahouda co-edited the book, Enjeux identitaires dans l’imaginaire francophone (2013), released by German publisher Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier. Professor of French and Francophone Studies Catherine Gallouët, also the department’s chair, was invited to deliver a paper at the University of the French West Indies at a conference on “Black Representation in European and American Literature, History and Art in the 18th, 19th and 20th Century,” the focus of Gallouët’s research for several years. GEOSCIENCE Associate Professor of Geoscience Nan Crystal Arens was invited to speak at the Finger Lakes Forum and recently wrote a piece that appeared on the front page of the online general interest magazine, “Evolution: This View of Life.”

WAVELENGTHS HISTORY Clifton Hood, professor of history and the George E. Paulsen ’49 Professor of American History and Government, was quoted recently in an article about public transportation in the San Diego area in a Union Tribune article. Associate Professor of History Matthew Kadane’s new book, The Watchful Clothier: The Life of an Eighteenth-Century Protestant Capitalist, has been published by Yale University Press this summer. Associate Professor of History Colby Ristow’s book manuscript was accepted for publication this summer by the University of Nebraska Press. MEDIA AND SOCIETY Assistant Professors of Media and Society Lisa Patti and Leah Shafer published an article “Extreme Searching: Multi-Modal Media Research” in Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. Shafer has also recently given talks at the National Association for Media Literacy Education (“Splashtop in the Classroom”) and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference (“Social Media Turn Ons”). Professor of Media and Society Lester Friedman co-wrote the Christian Science Monitor cover story, “Oscars 2013 and Spielberg: The storyteller is part of our cultural DNA.” Friedman was recently quoted in The New Jersey Jewish Standard about Academy Award winning director Steven Spielberg and how his films reflect his Jewish upbringing. POLITICAL SCIENCE AND PUBLIC POLICY Professor of Political Science Jodi Dean has been awarded a 2013-2014 Fellowship with the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University and authored an article, “Occupy and UK Uncut: the evolution of activism,” that appeared in The Guardian (United Kingdom) and ran in the opinion section of the Qatar Tribune.

Assistant Professor of Theatre Christopher Hatch and Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman attended the 25th Anniversary of the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, where the two presented a paper they co-wrote titled, “Too American to Remain Popular? Baseball’s Challenge with Being America’s Game.” Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science Kevin Dunn and Morten Bøås, senior researcher at Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies in Oslo, recently published Politics of Origin in Africa: Autochthony, Citizenship and Conflict (Zed Books). Professor of Political Science David Ost recently authored a review essay, “Journalism and Revolution,” for the Winter 2013 issue of Dissent, a quarterly journal of politics and culture. Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Craig Rimmerman was quoted multiple times in CNN’s coverage of same-sex marriage. Assistant Professor of Political Science Stacey Philbrick Yadav authored an article on Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference. “Best Friends Forever for Yemen’s Revolutionaries?” recently appeared in Foreign Policy. She also launched her new book, Islamists and the State: Legitimacy and Institutions in Yemen and Lebanon at an event at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), housed at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University. PSYCHOLOGY Assistant Professor of Psychology Daniel Graham and his colleagues Simone Stockinger and Helmut Leder from the Department of Psychological Basic Research and Research Methods at the University of Vienna, recently published the results of their study on aesthetic response in Alzheimer’s patients, in the open-access journal Frontiers in Psychology.

Associate Professor of Psychology Julie Newman Kingery was quoted in an article in Carolina Parent which provided advice to parents for “Safe, Sane Sleepovers” for children of all ages. RELIGIOUS STUDIES Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Anthony Cerulli co-edited the book Medical Texts and Manuscripts in Indian Cultural History (New Delhi: Manohar, July 2013) with colleagues from the University of Vienna, Dominik Wujastyk and Karin Preisendanz. In addition to his role as editor, Cerulli contributed a chapter, “The Joy of Life: Medicine, Politics, and Religion.” This year, he was a fellow of both the National Endowment for the Humanities and the European Institutes for Advanced Study, and was chercheur invité at the Institut d’études avancées de Paris. In Washington D.C., Associate Professor of Religious Studies Shalahudin Kafrawi and Associate Professor of Religious Studies Etin Anwar gathered with scholars and experts from across the country for a dialogue about peace and unity among people of all faiths at “Engaging Diverse Voices of Faith for the Common Good,” hosted by the Center for Multifaith Partnerships, a project of the Global Peace Foundation. SPANISH AND HISPANIC STUDIES Assistant Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Fernando Rodríguez-Mansilla and Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies Carlos Villacorta recently presented at the “Visual Manifestations of Cultural Intersections: A Modern Languages Colloquium,” held at Siena College. WOMEN’S STUDIES Professor of Women’s Studies Betty Bayer wrote a recent guest editorial in the Finger Lakes Times on significant moments in women’s history and the women’s movement. ●

Endowed Professorships Announced

Jodi Dean, professor of political Donna Davenport, those classes to help science, has received the Donald professor of dance, has the Colleges recognize R. Harter ’39 Professorship in the been named the John a faculty member who Humanities, created by the friends Milton Potter Professor in has demonstrated the Humanities, endowed and family of longtime trustee excellence in teaching, by the Class of 1949. Harter. scholarship and For the faculty at Hobart and   “It is a deep honor to be   “The endowed professorships service. William Smith, there is no greater awarded the professorship, are the highest academic honor a “There are few honor than receiving an endowed first because my faculty member can receive,” says greater honors you Donna Davenport, professorship. The appointment department colleagues Dean, a member can receive in this professor of dance increases opportunities and financial have nominated me, of the faculty profession that are support for faculty research, and second because those since 1993. “I was from your home institution than an scholarship and academic initiatives sitting in endowed chairs completely thrilled endowed chair position,” says Aub, while celebrating the best and have deliberated with the when I got the call who came to the Colleges in 1981. brightest teacher-scholars at HWS. president to make these from President “I am honored and humbled, and of Thanks to the generosity of many selections,” says Davenport, Mark Gearan. And course very pleased to receive this HWS community members, three who joined the faculty in 1990. I was surprised; special award.” professors have been “Access to additional research I have many Aub plans to use the named this year to funds makes it possible for dedicated and endowed chair to purchase Jodi Dean, professor of receive the honor. me to travel to collaborate talented colleagues. supplies and equipment political science with colleagues at other I was particularly for his upcoming projects, Ted Aub, professor of institutions, present research at honored to receive the Harter to help pay for studio art and architecture, more than one conference each year, Chair because it has been held by assistants, and to fund is the recipient of and pay professional artists with Steven Lee from the philosophy travel to “places I have the Classes of 1964 whom I choreograph, perform or department, who is internationally always wanted to go to Endowed Chair, produce concerts. It will make a big recognized for his important work see great works of art and established in honor difference and is very exciting.” in political and moral philosophy. architecture.” Ted Aub, professor of art of the 40th Reunion of and architecture Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Commencement 2013


onning a baseball cap adorned with the symbol of New Orleans, the fleur-de-lis, and Hobart and William Smith tassels, political commentator James Carville stood on the steps of Coxe Hall and spoke with his trademark candor to the Classes of 2013. “Everybody wants to be a success, but no one wants to stop to understand what it takes to be a success – and what it takes to succeed is to understand that failure is part of the process,” said Carville. “There’s no success without failure. There’s no success without multiple failures. I promise you that.” With an equal mixture of humor and gravitas, Carville delivered a powerful Commencement Address to a generation of students who have seen not only economic downturn and enormous social change, but also the support of an institution that encourages entrepreneurial spirit, a global perspective and volunteerism. The ceremony also honored those who

The 2013 Baccalaureate speaker was Mara O’Laughlin ’66, L.H.D. ’13, former director of admissions and most recently assistant vice president for the performing arts initiative.

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continue to contribute to the Colleges and to the future of society as a whole. The Colleges presented honorary Doctor of Laws degrees to Carville and Maureen Curley, president of Campus Compact; an honorary Doctor of Science was presented to John Grotzinger ’79, mission leader and project scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory; and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Mara O’Laughlin ’66, who recently retired from the Colleges after serving in admissions and advancement. Student speakers Renee Jensen ’13 and Drew Oliveira ’13 addressed the crowd of students, family and friends on the Hobart Quad. “We have been fortunate in our education,” said Jensen. “We did not attend some huge university where we were just one of the many. I can look to the members of my class, and know who you are and what you’ve done.” Oliveira recalled words spoken by Associate Professor of Religious Studies Richard Salter

’86, P’15 during his first year seminar: “You have to give a part of yourself to a place before you can call it your home.” “Now, these years later on this stage looking out toward all of you, I see the home we built here every day,” said Oliveira. President Mark D. Gearan spoke to the strength of the communities these individuals have sought to build, and in his Valedictory Address urged students to transform their passions and ideas into meaningful work – and to listen. “If we are to truly build communities of trust and inclusion – we must listen to one another and to other viewpoints in meaningful ways,” Gearan remarked. “Go forth to serve,” Gearan declared in closing. “Go forth to be active, engaged global citizens. Go forth to lead lives of consequence. And listen – truly listen – along the way.” ● — Sarah Tompkins ’10

William Smith senior Krissy B. Stoner honored Southside High School Retired Spanish Teacher Susan Tryon Rogers P’05 with the Touching the Future Award, and Hobart senior Raphael Durand recognized Raymond Long, his adviser and mathematics teacher at The Governor’s Academy. The Touching the Future Award is given during Commencement to celebrate and honor the many early childhood educators – those with whom graduating HWS students interacted in elementary, middle and high school – who have influenced the graduates and inspired them to pursue an HWS education.


photos by John Andreas, Kevin Colton, Loren Long

Honorary degree recipients John Grotzinger ’79, Sc.D.’13, mission leader for the Mars Science Laboratory; Maureen Curley LL.D.’13, president of Campus Compact; Mara O’Laughlin ’66, L.H.D.’13, former assistant VP for the performing arts initiative; James Carville LL.D.’13, political commentator, and President Mark D. Gearan pose for a photo.

Commencement speaker James Carville LL.D. ’13 points to his baseball hat, which, with a fleur-de-lis and Hobart and William Smith tassels, was a nod to the strong connections between his hometown of New Orleans and the Colleges. HWS students took eight trips to New Orleans to help with postKatrina projects.

Student speakers were Drew Oliveira ‘13 (left) and Renee Jensen ‘13 (right). Oliveira recalled words spoken by Associate Professor of Religious Studies Richard Salter ‘86, P’15 who taught Oliveira’s first year seminar: “You have to give a part of yourself to a place before you can call it your home.” Jensen noted “To be able to look around and know almost all of your class is one of the things that makes Hobart and William Smith so great.”

The Hobart and William Smith Classes of 2013 process side by side down the hill.

Families celebrate during the 2013 Commencement ceremony.

Greg Searles ’13 films the day’s events from his mortarboard. Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Reflecting on



rom the first swing at the HWS Classic Golf Tournament to fireworks on the Quad, Reunion 2013 reflected the deep-seated passion alums hold for Hobart and William Smith and the cherished memories they have of their time on campus. Throughout the weekend, alumni and alumnae celebrated the past and present of the Colleges, partaking in events like the William Smith and Hobart Deans’ lunches, gathering at the President’s Home or attending “mini college” classes, a fun and educational throwback to their days as undergraduates. Importantly, Reunion each year presents the “I came back because it was my opportunity to share in conversation about HWS 30th reunion and so far it’s been the and what has made these Colleges such a wonderful perfect opportunity to catch up with educational environment over the decades. We asked old friends.” 2013 Reunion attendees to reflect on the experience. – Carolyn Leous Singh ’83 — Sarah Tompkins ’10



“When I come back to Reunion it’s a great opportunity to talk to my friends. We all used to spend hours just talking about what we were going to do once we graduated and how we were going to go about doing it, and now to see the success that many of my classmates are having is just a beautiful thing.” – Skip Darden ’87, P’17

“My wife and I were last back in 2009 for the William Smith Centennial. We love coming back as often as we can. As a matter of fact, we moved from Delaware to Newark, N.Y, so we could come back more often to the Colleges.” –Richard Wack ’63 with his wife, Kay Kennedy Wack ’63




1) Buffy Mayo ’64, GP’14, Ruth Gulick, Peter Gulick ’63, and York Mayo ’63, GP’14 pose for a photo during the 50th Reunion dinner for the Classes of 1963 held at the President’s home.  2) Chris Maurillo ’88 and Janet Carlson Maurillo ’88 celebrate their 25th Reunion during the party on the Quad.  3) Jim Koch, husband of Catherine Bacon Koch ’78, lifts his bike before the Tour de Finger Lakes bike ride with Sal Lilienthal ’88, owner and founder of The Bicycle Company.  4) William Smith Field Hockey Head Coach Sally Scatton, Tedd Kidd ’87, HWS Trustee Bill Whitaker ’73, L.H.D.’97, Hobart Golf Head Coach Ken Dougherty P’13, Mish Barbour ’88, and Karl Norman, pose during the HWS Classic Golf Tournament.  5) On the Quad,alums enjoyed live music, food and fireworks during Reunion 2013 festivities. 6) Alums gather for the All Classes Dinner and Reunion Celebration, where their classmates were lauded with honors and awards.

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“I really love it here. It feels good to be back for Reunion, and the campus is just beautiful.” – Miriam Lieberman Doremus ’88


“Some of us barely knew each other and some of us were friends, but it’s always great getting back together.” – Dr. Stuart Kittay ’73

“It’s still such a beautiful campus and everything is just fantastic. It was a great place to be with great friends, and it’s wonderful to be back with them here this weekend.” – George Dilworth ’88


“Our time at Hobart and William Smith – receiving a wonderful liberal arts education – was the foundation for the rest of our lives. I can tell you it prepared us for the world. We love this place and continue to return to watch our grandson play basketball.” – York Mayo ’63, P’14 alongside his wife Elizabeth “Buffy” Mayo ’63, P’14 during the 50th Reunion Dinner at the President’s Home 9) Patricia Freeland and Robert Platten ’68, with their dog, Lenny, join the reception for the Distinguished Faculty Award on the Scandling Campus Center patio.  10) Young alums from an array of different graduating years gather for a group photo.  11) Class Agents gather for a photo after presenting President Mark D. Gearan with a check for more than $4 million in donations from those classes celebrating their milestone Reunions this year. 12) Chinese lanterns are launched from the dock of the Bozzuto Boathouse. Ten in all, the lanterns symbolized each of the Classes celebrating milestone reunions.

7) Alumni and alumnae gather with family and friends at the All Classes Dinner and Reunion Celebration during Reunion Weekend 2013.  8) Art Medici ’71 gives his remarks at the Distinguished Faculty Award ceremony held in honor of late Professor of Music Nicholas V. D’Angelo P’98.

Contributors include: Jose Lamerique ’13, Anna Dorman ’14, Connor Widenmeyer ’14, Avery Share ’15, Nicolas Stewart ’15, Allison Kuklinski ’16, and Joshua Brown

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Members of Seneca Society Gather in NYC


n Manhattan this past May, The Seneca Society held its fourth biennial dinner for donors who have made gifts that have transformed Hobart and William Smith. The Seneca Society was established in 2006 to honor the extraordinary philanthropy of donors past and present. In addition to the dinner held every two years in the spring, names of the members are engraved on The Seneca Society donor wall located in the courtyard on the southwest side of the Scandling Campus Center, creating a lasting

tribute to the important difference they have made. At the recognition dinner, new inductees into The Seneca Society included Trustee Allison Morrow ’76 and Trustee N. Harrison (Pete) Buck ’81 and Nancy B. Buck P’12. Each new member received a tribute from President Mark D. Gearan, sharing details of the member’s commitment to Hobart and William Smith throughout the years. In thanking Trustee Allison Morrow ’76, Gearan remarked, “You have brought your

(Above) President Mark D. Gearan addresses Seneca Society members.

photos by andrew Markham ’10

(Right) Members of the Seneca Society meet actors Tom Hanks and Chris McDonald ’77, following a live performance of their Broadway hit, Lucky Guy.

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expertise to the Colleges’ Board of Trustees and you inspire us all to set bigger goals for philanthropy. You consistently provide important and thoughtful analysis as well as productive solutions.” In addition to her most recent gift in support of the Performing Arts Center, Morrow has contributed to the enhancement of campus including the Winn-Seeley Gymnasium, Stern Hall, and the Katherine D. Elliott ’66 Studio Arts Building. She has, as well, inspired the establishment of the Allison Morrow ’76 Scholarship Fund to aid students of promise. Pete ’81 and Nancy B. Buck P’12 were praised for their holistic approach to supporting the Colleges through their work with Admissions, Student Life, Academic and Advancement offices. Gearan said, “As both an alum and as parents, you have a unique perspective into the total HWS experience, one that you have correctly identified as being profoundly impacted by faculty.” As a student, Pete found a passion for the study of the American experience guided by his professor and mentor Eric Patterson. Thirty years later, the Bucks’ son Henry ’12 became an American Studies major through his own strong connection with Professor Patterson. In appreciation and celebration of the power of great teaching, the Bucks created The Buck Family Endowed Scholarship in Honor of Eric Patterson. Gearan congratulated them saying, “Pete and Nancy, for the ways in which you are propelling the Colleges through your philanthropy and through your engagement as a trustee and parents, I thank you.” The previous evening, the group attended the Broadway play “Lucky Guy,” starring two-time Academy Award winner and Emmy nominee Tom Hanks in addition to our very own Chris McDonald ’77. The evening included a conversation with Hanks and McDonald after the play and a reception at Sardis. Tom Poole ’61, P’91, L.H.D.’06, Trustee and Seneca Society member remarked, “At the urging of former Board Chair Charlie Salisbury ’63, P’94, L.H.D.’08, The Seneca Society was created to celebrate the great progress of the Colleges and to honor those – past, present and future – who make the Colleges central in their lives and in their philanthropy. We owe Charlie a debt of gratitude for all he has done, and we look forward to adding many new members to The Seneca Society in the future.” ●

Bermuda | ca.1972


Deep Dive In 1972, Professor of Biology Jerry Halpern took a group of students for a two week dive trip to study flora and fauna on the coral reefs of Bermuda. Elliot Eisenberg ’72 (pictured above snorkeling in a mangrove swamp in Bermuda) recalls that the group spent half the day diving and collecting, and the other half in the lab identifying and classifying the collections. “We then spent more than half the night in plain old Hobart type fun,” Eisenberg recalls. Eisenberg received his B.A. in biology at Hobart and his M.S. in environmental biology at the University of New Orleans. A graduate of Logan Chiropractic College in St. Louis, he has been a practicing chiropractor since 1981.

Water 18   The Finger Lakes Ef fect


  Thirsty for Solutions


  Profiles in Water


  A Sailor’s Life


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To look at it scribbled on a scrap of paper, its chemical formula is three, plain characters; the representation of microscopic molecules dwarfed by the enormity of humankind: H20. But water, water is an entity of mystical properties and mythical proportions. It can swallow entire civilizations, keeping us searching for hints at lost Atlantis for millennia. It is oblivion if supped from the River Lethe, but sweet immortality from the Fountain of Youth. The carrier of cholera and bringer of death, it has also propelled the great ships of Magellan and Cortes and cleansed the devoted in the Ganges. Water may be omnipresent in our daily lives, but its atoms transform with new meaning and unfathomable power in each passing moment. It is ineffable; it is life, it is death. Or, maybe just: Water. ­— Sarah Tompkins ’10

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By Andrew Wickenden ’09


he Iroquois creation myth tells us that the Finger Lakes were formed when God gripped the Earth to bless it. Today, the region is known for the blessings it gives back: the natural beauty of the lakes and surrounding rivers and gorges; the ecological diversity found in those habitats; and the wine and agriculture that provide economic opportunity not only for the region but the entire state. For the research scientists and their students at Hobart and William Smith, the Finger Lakes offer a natural laboratory in which to hypothesize and experiment, measure and analyze, protect and progress.

BLURRING BORDERS One of the many creeks running into Seneca Lake.

Whether with other scientists at HWS or with state and federal agencies, for Associate Professor of Biology Meghan Brown, collaboration is key. “Every environmental threat to a lake that might change its biology is interdisciplinary,” says Brown. “There’s no way to address these potential changes to the food web without other pieces. We can’t understand the biological threats, for example, without

“Every environmental threat to a lake that might change its biology is interdisciplinary.” — Associate Professor of Biology Meghan Brown

understanding chemical and physical threats, too.” Brown is working on two major invasive species projects on Seneca Lake. In one, funded by the National Science Foundation, Brown is collaborating with Associate Professors of Geoscience Tara Curtin and Neil Laird and with Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Stina Bridgeman to investigate the reproduction of invasive zooplankton—the fishhook water flea—that arrived in the Great Lakes and Seneca through ballast water and recreational boating traffic. With stress-resistant eggs, quick reproductive processes, various appetites, and potential digestive difficulty to the small fish that consume them, the fishhook water flea represents a serious potential threat to

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the ecology of the Finger Lakes. In order to investigate the establishment of the invasive species, the team must understand and simultaneously document and analyze how the lake’s meteorological conditions, internal currents, and sedimentation processes influence the fishhook water flea’s reproduction. “We’re interested in stopping the movement of non-native species,” says Brown. “In order to do that, we must understand which stages are moving and when they are moving using weather data, the physics of the lake, and the biology of the lake.” Brown is also studying a relatively new invader to Seneca Lake, the bloody red shrimp. Funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Brown’s research focuses on the movement, behavior and diet of the shrimp,

and ultimately attempts to model the potential impact of this invader. “Very little is known about the bloody red shrimp because no one’s really studied it in its native region near the Black Sea,” Brown says. “Part of what we’re trying to do is determine how quickly the shrimp are spreading and how they will interface with the zooplankton and fish of Seneca Lake.” For Brown, the study of invasive species is not only essential to the health of the lakes but a useful tool for understanding processes in ecology and evolution. In addition to the Finger Lakes, Brown has studied invasive species in Lago Maggiore in Italy through a Fulbright, Lake Baikal in Siberia and Lake Superior, among others. “Invasive species are an interesting way to test how environmental changes will impact biology, and how to apply our work to issues of public concern. That collaborative understanding is catalyzed at HWS because that’s what we value, and our students crave it.”


a relatively new invader to Seneca Lake, the bloody red shrimp.

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The Finger Lakes face another threat: nutrient runoff. Nutrients like nitrates and phosphates—originating in septic systems, wastewater treatment facilities and agricultural runoff—cause algae to grow, turning the color of the lakes green.

Nearby Owasco Lake, for example, has recently experienced blooms of blue green algae, which is a significant concern, says Professor of Geoscience John Halfman. Blue green algae are often affiliated with impaired water bodies, and some species are toxic to warm blooded animals. Since he joined the faculty in the mid1990s, Halfman’s research in the Finger Lakes has focused on monitoring and preserving water quality, investigating watershed/lake interactions, and uncovering the impact of land use activities on water quality. Aboard the Colleges’ 25-foot pontoonresearch boat, the JB Snow, or on the 65–foot, steel hulled research vessel The William Scandling, Halfman and his team of students analyze water samples for the amount of dissolved oxygen, alkalinity, pH, temperature, and conductivity, all basic water quality variables. Water samples are also filtered, bottled and taken to the geoscience lab on campus where they are analyzed for nutrient content. “It’s important for people to have information about the fresh water sources they live around,” says Carly Ellis ’14, who has been working with Halfman to test water samples and track nutrients. “I am interested in water quality because of the limited availability of freshwater and would like to work in this field to help resolve these problems.”

The best way to meet these challenges is for everyone in each watershed, regardless of political boundaries and alliances, to band together to find solutions to the issues.”

— Professor of Geoscience John Halfman

The economic impact must also be taken into account, says Halfman. “For example, if nutrient loading continues unabated, the resulting slimy, green lake will not attract tourists to the wineries and other major economic drivers for the region,” explains Halfman, who also holds the Finger Lakes Institute Endowed Chair in Environmental Studies. In discovering sources of lake nutrients, Halfman and his team seek to inform government agencies, watershed protection groups, and concerned citizens of the extent to which organic, agricultural and industrial pollutants are contaminating the lakes. “The best way to meet these challenges is for everyone in each watershed, regardless of political boundaries and alliances, to band together to find solutions to the issues,” Halfman says. “It will take cooperation but solutions exist to find the

PHOTOS ABOVE: (L-R) Associate Professor of Biology Meghan Brown (in blue cap) talks with students before setting off on the William Scandling. Associate Professor of Biology Meghan Brown (left in blue cap) studies invasive species in lakes including the fishhook water flea and the bloody red shrimp. Laura Carver-Dionne ’13, Carly Ellis ’14 and Phillip Hackett ’14, pictured here on Canandaigua Lake aboard the Colleges’ 25-foot pontoon research boat, the JB Snow, are working with Professor of Geoscience John Halfman to determine water quality in the Finger Lakes.

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Both the field project and the research will provide students opportunities to connect professionally with atmospheric scientists conducting research at other places since the field project is a collaboration of researchers from nearly 10 different colleges, universities, and research organizations.” — Associate Professor of Geoscience Neil Laird

resources, and as more people understand the consequences, more people tend to cooperate.”

STORM STORIES Weather in the Finger Lakes seems to have a mind of its own, especially during the winter. Thanks to a recent three-year scientific grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Associate Professor of Geoscience Neil Laird, Assistant Professor of Geoscience Nicholas Metz, and their students will be investigating how to make the weather a little more predictable. Earlier this year, Laird and Metz were awarded an education and outreach grant from the National Science Foundation to bring the Doppler on Wheels (DOW) mobile radar system to campus. Managed and operated by the Center for Severe Weather Research, the DOW has been used to collect measurements of tornadoes, hurricanes and other types of severe weather across the United States and has been featured on

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the Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers.” This coming winter, the DOW mobile radar will be returning to the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario Regions with several additional mobile radars, research aircraft, and mobile weather systems to be part of a multi-institutional atmospheric science field project. The NSF grant awarded to Laird and Metz will allow student researchers to collect data on lake-effect snowstorms and then conduct research using the collected data. Using the collected data and weather research computer models, the group will investigate how Lake Ontario influences the development of lake-effect snowstorms associated with the Finger Lakes. In the summer of 2006, Laird and student researchers began to identify lake-effect snowstorms that had occurred in the eastern Finger Lakes region by examining archived radar data collected for a 12-winter period. “It was amazing,” Laird says. “Virtually nothing was known about the formation and evolution of lake-effect snowstorms on small lakes or how the

conditions that lead to their development compare to conditions necessary for Great Lakes snowstorms.” Two summers and two published articles later, “There was an awareness of lakeeffect snowstorms associated with small lakes and forecasters in the National Weather Service Office were excited because of the application to their winter forecasting responsibilities,” Laird says. Laird and Metz plan to involve numerous students in collecting data next winter using several measurement systems, such as the DOW mobile radars and mobile atmospheric sounding (i.e., weather balloon) systems. Additionally, numerous students will work with Laird and Metz during the summer research program to investigate several aspects of lake-effect snowstorms and weather forecast models. The research has great potential to help weather forecasters better understand and predict winter storms in the Finger Lakes region. “Both the field project and the research will provide students opportunities to connect professionally with atmospheric scientists conducting research at other places since the field project is a collaboration of researchers from nearly 10 different colleges, universities, and research organizations,” Laird says. “This type of collaborative effort is an important part of scientific research, and it is great that our students get to have these opportunities.”

THE BIG PICTURE At the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI), HWS faculty and staff take a holistic approach to the challenges facing the region. From invasive species to water quality to lake and stream ecology to economic impact of the lakes, the FLI has a variety of programs and projects designed to recognize and meet

Finger Lakes Institute Founded in 2004 through the generous support of Senator Michael Nozzolio (R-NY) and former United States Congressman James Walsh, the Finger Lakes Institute was created to advance, coordinate and disseminate scientific understanding of the Finger Lakes to environmental researchers, educators, policy makers and the general public. With a focus on research, education, community outreach and economic development, the FLI is located in a renovated building on South Main Street that was designed by HWS students to operate completely on renewable energy resources like solar, wind and geothermal.

those challenges. To combat the spread of invasive aquatic species, the FLI has initiated a Watercraft Steward Program, in which the stewards assist watercraft users in inspecting their boats for any aquatic invasive species. Stewards are stationed at boat launches throughout the Finger Lakes as well as southern Lake Ontario bays, including multiple NYS Park and DEC boat launches. In collaboration with Cayuga County and with funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, stewards help prevent the spread of hydrilla, European frogbit, water chestnut and other species which have the potential to impede swimming, boating and fishing areas. “As the interface between academic research and the community, we translate the science into practical action and policy to address existing environmental issues,” says Lisa Cleckner, director of the FLI and an expert in collaborative aquatic research, community outreach and administration. In addition to programs like the Watercraft Stewards, the FLI’s longstanding relationships with Senator Michael Nozzolio (R-NY), Cayuga County, the Park Foundation, the Finger LakesLake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance, and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, are essential to research, implementing best practices (continued on page 28)

As the interface between academic research and the community, we translate the science into practical action and policy to address existing environmental issues.” — Lisa Cleckner, director of the Finger Lakes Institute PHOTOS BELOW: (L-R) On the steps of Coxe Hall, Associate Professor of Geoscience Neil Laird introduces students to the Doppler on Wheels, which was on campus throughout the month of February 2013. Augusta Williams ’13 and Elliott Morrill ’15 explore the inside of the Doppler On Wheels during a training session for students who used the truck’s technology throughout the month of February. Sarah Meyer, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Finger Lakes Institute, and Derek Weiss ’12 help Katherine Marino ’12 conduct research on the area’s environment as part of her project to increase public use of the park.

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miles WIDE

Seneca Lake


he lake takes its name from the Seneca nation, one of the six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. “Seneca” is derived from the Iroquois name meaning “place of stone.”




456 square mile watershed

42,243 acres 650 feet deep

4.2 trillion gallons

Water Facts

Because of its length and extreme depth, Seneca Lake completely freezes, on average, just once a century. The last freeze was in 1912. People reported skating 38 miles from Geneva to Watkins Glen.

Seneca attracts more than 600,000 visitors

The large size of Seneca moderates the air temperature, making the surrounding land ideal for growing grapes. Because of this, Seneca Lake has more than 45 wineries and vineyards—more than any other of the Finger Lakes—that produce internationally award winning wines.

Seneca accounts for more than 50% of water found in the entire Finger Lakes Region.


Like many of the Finger Lakes, steamboats and barges were used to transport goods and people in the 1800s. Many of those barges are now at the bottom of Seneca Lake, the majority of which have been preserved for exploration via scuba diving.

Seneca is the source of drinking water for more than

70,000 people.

It is possible to circumnavigate the from Seneca Lake via the canal system which connects the lake to the Atlantic Ocean.


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Because of its depth and relative ease of access, the U.S. Navy uses Seneca Lake to perform test and evaluation of equipment ranging from single element transducers to complex sonar arrays and systems.

Monarch Butterfly


0.1775 oz / 3.9 inches

0.0001 oz / 2.5 inches


Average Weight / Average Wingspan


0.000088 oz / 0.6 inches


14.65 oz / 37 inches


Mallard Duck

0.7 oz / 1 inch

2.5 lbs / 23 inches



5.95 lbs / 6.05 feet

0.00042 oz / 1.6 inches

Something Fishy

What’s down there? Seneca is home to a bounty of wildlife and flora. But it’s the fish that makes Geneva the Lake Trout Capital of the World. For nearly 50 years, Geneva has hosted the National Lake Trout Derby which awards more than $20,000 in prizes.


160 lbs / 5.75 feet

Lake Trout

16 lbs / 36 inches

Rainbow Trout 8 lbs / 24 inches

Brown Trout

2 lbs / 18 inches

Landlocked Atlantic Salmon

Smallmouth Bass

3 lbs / 20 inches

5 lbs / 12 inches

Largemouth Bass 3.5 lbs / 18 inches

Northern Pike

4 lbs / 28 inches


100 lbs / 6.5 feet


Average Weight / Average Length

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Seneca Lake Sea Monster


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n the evening of July 14, 1900, aboard a side-wheel steamboat named the Otetiani, Captain Carleton C. Herendeen and Pilot Frederick Rose sighted what they first took to be an overturned boat, about 400 yards ahead. They were traveling north from Watkins Glen and were only about 15 miles south of Geneva, their destination. Through his telescope, the captain spied an object approximately 25 feet long, with a very sharp bow and a long, narrow stern. But when the Otetiani approached, the “object” turned and began to move away. The captain ordered “full speed ahead.” According to witnesses, the object “rais[ed] its head, looked in the direction of the boat and opened its mouth, displaying two rows of sharp, white teeth.” The creature then disappeared. What happened next remains unclear. A passenger spotted “the long, lithe body of the monster lying on the surface,” according to a newspaper account at the time. Again, the captain ordered full steam ahead and this time, the Otetiani’s paddlewheel struck the creature with enough impact to throw the passengers to the deck. Though passengers reported that the collision killed the creature, it was not recovered. Speculation remains about what the creature was—if indeed it was a creature—and where it came from. A geologist who happened to be aboard described what might be a sturgeon— “very long…armed with two rows of triangular white teeth as sharp as those of a shark.” Although sturgeon are found in New York lakes and can occasionally grow as large as seven feet and 300 pounds, the geologist was adamant that the creature “was about twenty–five feet long…[and] weighed about one thousand pounds.” There have been subsequent instances in which residents along Seneca Lake claimed to witness mysterious fish in the lake, some resembling large carp, others that look like porpoises. Professor Emeritus of Geoscience Don Woodrow P’84, GP’15 attributes these reports to “oversized carp which, when turned over to sun themselves, look bizarre.” Another explanation is that the “creature” is a surviving relative of prehistoric sea serpents. Another relies on the geology of the region: Seneca Lake is 200 feet below sea level and is connected to the Atlantic by way of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Could an ocean–dweller have made it all the way to Seneca? ­— Andrew Wickenden ’09

The Lady Of The Lake


n Geneva’s historic South Main Street, in Pulteney Park, the Lady of the Lake stands sentinel. A stone statue in the form of a bare-breasted woman facing east toward Seneca Lake, her official name is “Peace.” She is positioned in the center of a stone fountain dedicated in memory of the veterans of the Civil War, the SpanishAmerican War and World War I. Legend, however, casts a different light. The Lady’s view of the lake is unobstructed by the row houses on the opposite side of the street that otherwise shield the lake from view. In that gap between the painted row houses, the story goes, another building stood, until it burned down. When another was constructed in its place, it too burned down. Once a third building met a fiery end, it was decided that the Lady’s view of the lake should remain clear. Now, from Pulteney Park, residents, visitors, students, and alums can share the same serene and unobstructed image of Seneca Lake. ­— Andrew Wickenden ’09

The Lady of the Lake was erected in 1939, and was designed and created by Jean MacKay Henrich.

Seneca Warrior


hen we think about rituals and where they take place, we think of synagogues, churches, mosques and temples. It wasn’t until my senior year after I’d spent a semester in India and took a dip in the Ganges River, that I saw water as a holy ground filled with rituals. As an anthropology major, I was not only intrigued by rituals and culture but the presence of them on the HWS campus.   The tragic tale of laurelled Seneca warrior Agayentah (Ah-gay-EN-tah) has been closely associated with Hobart College since the College’s inception. While Agayentah’s story is an eerie one, cloaked in mystery and superstition, I was determined to learn more about the tale and its connection to the Colleges.    Legends of the Seneca warrior Agayentah are reminders of the presence of the Iroquois people who lived in the Finger Lakes and Upstate New York region. It is said that Agayentah sought refuge under a tree during a thunderstorm, but was struck by lightning and killed instantly. Both the warrior and the tree were swept into the stormy, churning waters of Seneca Lake.     The following day, the tree trunk floated upright, as if it was Agayentah’s funeral barge, and the echoes of his cries could be heard through the shadowy mist above the Lake. A reminder of this famous legend, The Echo of the Seneca became the title of the Hobart yearbook in 1858, and the call letters of the Colleges’ radio station (WEOS) reflect the legend.   Around 1840, a Hobart student claimed to have found the paddle from Agayentah’s canoe, and the paddle began to be handed down by the outgoing Druids to their successors at what is now Hobart’s Charter Day. Today, Hobart seniors each receive a replica of the paddle during the Hobart Launch held at Bozzuto Boathouse. The passage of the paddle is a symbolic link between Hobart men now and those who have gone before. — Delvina L. Smith ’09

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PHOTO: Elijah Gleason ’12, Derek Weiss ’12, and Susan Flanders Cushman ’98, director of introductory biology labs and research scientist at the Finger Lakes Institute, study the biology of streams within the Seneca Lake watershed in an effort to determine water quality and the overall health of the systems.

The concerns in the Finger Lakes about environmental stressors are complex... The work we do provides a baseline to use for comparison later, so we can look at where species occur, when and why.” —Susan Flanders Cushman ’98, director of Introductory Biology Laboratories at HWS (continued from page 23)

on agricultural lands, waste treatment and education, says Cleckner. “We work with our partners—scientists and students on campus, watershed associations, government agencies on the local, regional, state, and federal levels—to identify which resources to bring to bear.” Cleckner says she’s looking particularly forward to the FLI’s role in New York State’s Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management. As one of only eight hosts in New York State, the FLI will be leading regional initiatives focused on invasive species and the 17-county Finger Lakes Region through a competitively awarded five-year project which, Cleckner says, “allows us to coalesce efforts to support invasive species management across the state.” On the local level, the FLI has instituted educational outreach for students, teachers and community members; set the precedent for green infrastructure with its state-of-the-art “green” facilities; established a sustainable community

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development program in which students can address community challenges through the lens of economics, architecture and environmental studies; and, with the work of the students, FLI staff, and HWS professors like Brown and Halfman, the FLI has helped shape the Seneca Lake Watershed Management Plan. Over the past several years, Susan Flanders Cushman ’98, director of Introductory Biology Laboratories at HWS and a FLI research scientist, has collected samples from Seneca Lake and its tributaries, as well as Cayuga and Owasco Lakes, to document natural aquatic invertebrates, fish communities, and water quality. “I’m trying to get a biological perspective on water quality,” says Cushman, whose recent work includes a project with the Finger Lakes National Forest to restore streams and hopefully repopulate them with brook trout, as well as advising honors students like Shannon Beston ’14. This summer, Cushman and Beston will

examine a naturally occurring parasite in local streams. The parasite moves from a snail host to fish host, encasing itself on the outside of the fish. Once the fish is eaten and passed by a kingfisher, the parasite’s eggs hatch and begin the cycle all over. Cushman and Beston hypothesize that the prevalence of the parasite is, at heart, a water quality issue. “If nutrient pollution levels are elevated in the stream,” Cushman says, “increased algal growth will provide more food for snails, which may promote parasite abundance.” And here, as Halfman’s research suggests, there are direct connections between human use of the land, water quality and naturally occurring parasites. “In a drought, pollutant concentration is a factor,” Cushman says. “The lower the water level, the more concentrated the pollutant might be. Higher nutrient levels, higher water temperature, higher algae, potentially more snails, and thus more parasites.” For Cushman, the research and data analysis all comes back to understanding the natural resources available. “The Finger Lakes residents are very tied to the watershed,” Cushman says. “They want to know where the water’s going because what’s happening on the land is tied to quality of drinking water, recreation, invasive species, and aesthetic quality of the lakes. The concerns in the Finger Lakes about environmental stressors are complex — hydrofracking, climate change, and others. The work we do provides a baseline to use for comparison later, so we can look at where species occur, when and why.” Whether examining mercury levels in fish or introducing young scientists to environmental issues during summer programs, or presenting research findings to interested community members, the reach of the FLI’s impact is as vast and deep as the Finger Lakes themselves. ●


he debate over shale gas drilling in New York State is hard fought, particularly along the state’s Southern Tier—those New York counties that share a border with Pennsylvania and sit atop the Marcellus shale formation. The state of New York, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), local municipalities, and citizens are all weighing in on whether to okay the controversial gas extraction process called hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking. Those in favor look to the jobs and wealth generated in places like Pennsylvania and Texas, and the relatively clean burn of natural gas versus coal. Critics cite water usage, instances of groundwater contamination and surface spills, the greenhouse gas impacts of fugitive methane emissions, and the potential release of radioactive material. Beth Kinne, assistant professor of environmental studies, hopes to provide some practical guidance for both sides of the debate in her book new book, Beyond the Fracking Wars: A Guide for Lawyers, Public Officials, Planners and Citizens, co-edited with lawyer and educator Erica Levine Powers. Beyond the Fracking Wars Beth Kinne, assistant professor of published in August, provides an environmental studies introduction to the technology of unconventional oil and gas drilling, the structure of the oil and gas industry, and the legal and regulatory infrastructure underlying the current “shale gale.” It features case studies from around the country, as well as an international chapter, and is designed “to be a practical guide for attorneys, municipalities, planners and citizens who are figuring out what this type of development looks like and if and how it might be compatible with the future they envision for their communities and their country,” Kinne says. Unconventional hydrocarbon exploration allows for the extraction of natural gas housed in microscopic pore spaces in the rock. The well is drilled vertically until it reaches the target rock formation, at which point the drill is turned horizontally and the bore then runs laterally through the formation for up to a mile or more. This allows for extensive exposure to the target formation. Steel casing lines the well bore. In the horizontal portion of the well, the casing is perforated. Fluids, sand, water and chemicals are then pumped into the well at high pressure to induce microscopic fractures in the surrounding rock and to prop those fractures open. When the pressure is released, much of the water flows back out of the well, and the gas escaping from these fractures flows up and out of the well. Early on in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus drilling boom, “there were a lot of problems caused by lack of baseline data and questionable



industry practices,” says Thomas Drennen, professor of economics and environmental studies. “Well water was not tested before drilling. We need a baseline and that’s where places like the Finger Lakes Institute can play a huge role.” At the Finger Lakes Institute, Director Lisa Cleckner and other researchers are collecting surface water samples for trace metal analysis to establish that baseline in the Seneca Lake watershed. These efforts help inform policy makers, conservationists, and community members as they gauge the potential environmental impacts of hydrofracking, which are still being studied by the DEC and reviewed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The potential productivity of the Marcellus shale in the Southern Tier and in the southern tips of the Finger Lakes has been championed as an economic driver for the region; however, from Governor Cuomo to small municipalities, there is statewide ambivalence—and outright opposition. Groups like New Yorkers Against Fracking and the Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance have submitted public comments and are petitioning the DEC to prohibit hydrofracking. Their concerns include truck traffic, possible contamination of drinking water sources, and sediment and nutrient loading in the watershed. Although Governor Cuomo has promised a legislative decision on fracking by 2014, both critics and proponents are getting impatient. “There’s a lot of pressure to get development in that area,” says Kinne, “but also a lot of opposition. Farmers have a chance to save their farms and send their kids to college. And we’re using natural gas from the Marcellus in New York already—we’re not divorced from this process. But a lot of people are ambivalent. It’s not a low impact activity, but the level of impact depends not only on if we harvest natural gas, but also on how carefully we do it, how effectively we mitigate the impacts. Issues need to be figured out and regulated. And we need to budget for hiring people to enforce those regulations.” The benefit of the de facto fracking moratorium in New York, say Kinne and Drennen, is that it has given the state time to consider the impacts of hydrofracking and more carefully weigh the economic benefits with the environmental challenges, and attempt to design solutions. “New York is lucky that we’ve held off and been able to think about these questions,” says Kinne. “The threat of water use by shale gas developments is promoting much more careful thinking about who takes what water when and for what. It’s about doing things carefully, planning rather than letting the market decide.” “We need to make sure we go after natural gas in a safe manner,” Drennen says. “There’s no reason to rush. Natural gas prices are really low right now. From both an environmental and economical standpoint, it makes sense to take this slowly and get it right.” ● ­ — Andrew Wickenden ’09 Hobart and William Smith Colleges


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wa ter

Using education and innovation to tackle drinking water problems by Chris Swingle


afe drinking water issues affect vegetable, fruit and cattle farmers in upstate New York, families without plumbing in Africa, women running home businesses in India— and all the rest of us. In fact, 783 million people worldwide­—more than twice the United States population—do not have access to clean water. Reliable drinking water sources are being drained faster than they are being replenished. Agriculture accounts for about 70 percent of freshwater use globally; in the United States, about 80 percent of water consumption is for crop irrigation. Americans assume they can always turn on a tap for water, but the nation’s wastewater and drinking water systems are straining to serve a growing population with inadequate infrastructure. “Almost every day, there’s a jaw that drops open,” says Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Beth Kinne of the students in her global water issues classes. “But knowledge is power and you have to be aware of water issues before you can do something about them.”


“When resources are degraded, we start competing for them, whether it is at the local level in Kenya, where we had tribal clashes over land and water, or at the global level, where we are fighting over water, oil, and minerals. So one way to promote peace is to promote sustainable management and equitable distribution of resources.” —Wangari Maathai Sc.D. ’94, P’94, P’96, founder of The Green Belt Movement, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and recipient of the Elizabeth Blackwell Award

Danielle Porter ’10, a religious studies major at HWS, began a two-year term in March as a Peace Corps health extension volunteer in Madagascar, which she says has virtually no safe drinking water. As part of her work, she is teaching residents about safe water storage and how to make water drinkable through filters, boiling, watered-down bleach, or the sun. On this island nation off the southeastern coast of Africa, about two-thirds of people lack access to a latrine toilet, called a kabone, so people deposit their waste outdoors. “A lot of people don’t realize that if they go to the bathroom 30 meters [about 98 feet] from a water source, that their waste has the potential to seep into that water source,” says Porter. Contaminated water causes diarrhea, which results in dehydration, which is a leading cause of childhood mortality. Does education change behavior? Porter has spotted plastic bottles of water on rooftops and along roadsides, indicating solar disinfection. She’s seen wash stations established outside kabones. To reach more people, she is instructing residents chosen by their community to teach others. “It is also useful to give lessons in schools, so that you can reach people while they are still young,” says Porter. Trust is one obstacle, and habits are hard to change. Also, Porter says, “Not everyone has access to water or the materials needed to build As part of her Peace Corps work, Danielle Porter ’10 latrines.” is teaching residents about safe water storage and The problem isn’t always clear to citizens, adds Porter. “Just because how to make water drinkable through filters, boiling, water looks clean does not mean that it is.”

watered-down bleach, or the sun.

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Water CLARITY Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee points to a 2008 Associated Press investigation that found medications from birth control pills, antiseizure drugs and antibiotics in U.S. tap water. Only a small amount of a pill is absorbed and the rest passes through to the wastewater system. And water treatment plants don’t remove all of the pharmaceuticals. The concentrations of medication in tap water were tiny, and utilities insist that the water is safe. But scientists have seen effects on human cells and wildlife and are therefore questioning the long-term effects on health. The EPA has recognized the issue as a growing concern but hasn’t set guidelines for pharmaceuticals in drinking water. “Bottled water isn’t the solution either because it’s less regulated than tap

systems and wells. “People water,” says Magee. “Bottled are getting sick from their own water and home filtration sewage.” systems don’t typically treat When you fertilize a lawn or or test for pharmaceuticals.” wash your car, the runoff ends Another usually invisible up in a river or lake that may be water issue is the condition your drinking water supply, Kinne of underground water pipes. points out. “Like most Americans, Water main breaks this year the majority of HWS students in the United States have have never thought about where canceled school, closed their water comes from or where roads and left homes and Darrin Magee, Associate their wastewater goes.” businesses dry. “The public Professor of Environmental Once they do start thinking needs to be more willing to Studies about their water sources, put money into fixing leaky infrastructure,” students get active. “We’ve had students do explains Magee. “We must support internships at wastewater treatment plants, regulations that ensure good drinking water.” raise funds for water pumps or sanitation When tree roots create cracks in pipes, infrastructure in developing countries, or surface water can infiltrate and spread pursue honors projects related to ground disease, adds Kinne. Private wells aren’t water management,” Kinne says. any less vulnerable, she adds, citing studies of cross-contamination between septic


Before WAC program

After WAC program

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Carrie Davis ’00 got interested in water quality while studying geology and environmental science at HWS. Now she helps protect New York City’s drinking water supply at its source by helping farmers prevent pollution. As the East-of-Hudson region’s agricultural program coordinator for the Watershed Agricultural Council, Davis supervises and assists staff members who identify and evaluate on-farm water quality risks and develop and implement plans to prevent water pollution. Carrie Davis ’00 In her region, 68 of the 200-plus known farms have voluntarily enrolled in the WAC program so far, getting technical assistance and funding for improvements to protect water quality. The changes also indirectly maintain or boost farms’ economic viability. “One farm had a large accumulation of manure about 50 feet from a stream, so potentially polluted runoff entered the water,” says Davis. “After working with WAC, now the farm has a manure compost area on a concrete base, where runoff is directed to a grass filter area, collected and treated. The stream water stays cleaner and the farmer can turn the waste into a valuable soil amendment to use or sell.” Based on water testing by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Davis says, “Our work is having a positive impact on water quality at its source.” The council was formed 20 years ago with funding from the NYC DEP to help meet federal mandates to keep pollutants out of the water supply. Because of this work to protect water at its source, New York City’s drinking water is of high quality and the city has a waiver on building a costly filtration plant for the majority of its water supply, says Davis. Her program also guides farms to test their soil nutrient levels and tailor fertilizer applications to the needs of a crop so that excess isn’t wasted, running off into the water supply. “The work is very rewarding to me in that the water quality improvements are measurable and our efforts benefit farms while we are helping to protect the environment, water quality and ultimately public health,” says Davis. She recommends all people learn about their watershed and take steps to conserve it. “Once farmland is lost or water quality is degraded, it’s very difficult and costly to reverse.”

Water RESOURCES Wanjira Mathai ’94 cites the successful protection of New York City’s watershed when promoting her efforts to restore watersheds and improve the water supply in her native Kenya. “It has been done,” says Mathai, who majored in biology at HWS and went on to earn master’s degrees from Emory University in public health and business administration. The needs are great in Kenya, where 41 percent of people lack access to safe water and 68 percent are without improved sanitation. Mathai has followed in her mother’s footsteps, dedicating her career to providing leadership to a movement that is managing the improvement of their homeland’s ecosystem. In 1977, the late Wangari Maathai Sc.D. ’94, P’94, P’96 founded the Green Belt Movement (GBM) to mobilize communities to plant trees and promote environmental conservation and civic engagement at a time when Kenyan women reported streams were drying up, their food supply was suffering and they had to walk increasing distances to get firewood for fuel and fencing. GBM works with communities, particularly women, to plant trees to bind the soil, store rainwater Wanjira Mathai ’94 and restore biodiversity. By compensating women a small token for their commitment, forested. And the stakes are high. the program has created more than Most water in Kenya flows down from 100,000 jobs. Maathai was also a politician, five forested mountains which are suffering professor and human rights advocate. from degradation. The results are extreme In 2004, for her work in sustainable weather patterns such as droughts, development, democracy and peace, she mudslides and flooding, says Mathai. became the first environmentalist and the Reforestation allows rainfall to trickle down first African woman to the branches of trees receive the Nobel Peace and slowly filter into “More people need to learn Prize. She was awarded underground aquifers, how human activity affects the Colleges’ Elizabeth gradually emerging into the environment and how Blackwell Award in 2008. rivers for drinking water they can make a difference if Her daughter was and hydroelectric power. they get involved.” —Wanjira GBM’s director of “We need more Mathai ’94 international affairs hands on deck, a more from 2002 to 2012. The coordinated effort and we effort has planted more than 51 million need more resources,” Mathai says. The trees, and more families now have healthy problems also need a multidisciplinary environments nearby. But, says Wanjira approach, she adds, including people Mathai, the country needs billions of trees with skills in creative activism and to get to the United Nations sustainability transformational leadership. recommendation of 10 percent of the land

Toward that goal, Mathai is now leading the development of the new Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies, a partnership between GBM and University of Nairobi that will focus less on theory and more on action and practice. The institute has begun a doctoral program focused on stabilizing Kenya by solving forest-related conflicts. The institute is creating master’s degree and international certificate programs. Mathai envisions providing platforms for local farmers, professionals and even children to learn about biodiversity and their role in protecting it. “More people need to learn how human activity affects the environment and how they can make a difference if they get involved,” Mathai says. “Once people understand, their values begin to change. I’m very optimistic.”

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Women in India line up for clean water. PepsiCo’s operations in India have been water neutral for three years.


Water issues cross state and national boundaries and are intertwined with other issues. Kinne, formerly a water rights and municipal attorney, teaches about water rights law, water pollution law and the implications of expanded development of oil and shale gas in the eastern United States. Magee teaches about the interconnected issues of water, energy, fossil fuel pollution and climate change. Water is vital for all thermal power systems, including coal, gas, and nuclear power, which provide the vast majority of the world’s electricity. At the same time, electricity is vital for quenching thirst. “It takes energy to produce water, in the sense of cleaning it and moving it,” Magee explains. Magee specializes in energy and water in China, where much of the world’s manufacturing now takes place. One result is significant pollution. The energy needed to treat polluted water, in turn, produces more fossil fuel pollution, which contributes to climate change. “Businesses that rely on water can play an important role in addressing water challenges,” says Rich Delaney P’15, senior vice president for global operations at PepsiCo, a company that needs water to make its beverages and its Frito-Lay and Quaker food products. “Water is scarce in many places PepsiCo operates,” explains Delaney. “It’s unaffordable to transport water very far, so caring for the environment is integral to the company’s success.” PepsiCo has taken action on conservation, watershed management, sustainable 34 Pulteney Street Survey | Summer 2013

agriculture methods and water stewardship, setting a goal in 2006 to reduce its water use by 20 percent by 2015, which it surpassed in 2011. “We are also working to harvest Rich Delaney P’15 rainwater from roofs or in catch basins and ponds,” says Delaney. “The result is that our operations in India, for example, have been water-neutral for three years.” Six of PepsiCo’s top 10 raw materials are agricultural, such as potatoes, corn, oats and citrus fruits. To avoid overwatering crops, PepsiCo worked with the University of Cambridge to develop an effective humidity meter to check soil. In addition to his duties in global operations, Delaney is on the board of the PepsiCo Foundation, which manages PepsiCo’s philanthropic activities. Committed to developing partnerships and programs in underserved regions that provide opportunities for improved health, environment and education, the Foundation achieved its goal to provide safe, sustainable water to three million people. The new target: six million people by 2015. The Foundation has paid for materials and training for entrepreneurs to build water kiosks with filtered or treated water.

“Those water kiosks have ripple effects,” says Delaney. “One woman in India better manages a home business now that she and her children no longer spend hours a day walking to get water. The result is that her children are now able to attend school regularly.” While progress is being made, the problem grows as the population expands. “The numbers are daunting,” says Delaney. “Everyone needs to do his or her part. If you’re brushing your teeth, turn off the tap. Buy the most water- and energy-efficient appliances. Ask yourself, do you need the greenest lawn on the block?” American homeowners pay about a penny a gallon for water, which doesn’t match its value. “If water cost $3 a gallon, do you think people would use it differently?” Delaney asks. Kinne says it’s fine for people to make changes at home to conserve water, like taking shorter showers, and on a local scale these changes may have significant impact. She adds that people can “…make a much bigger global impact by, for example, buying fewer jeans,” —as well as eating less beef and using more fuel-efficient transportation. “Textiles, meat and gasoline take a lot of water to produce,” Kinne explains.


Felipe Estefan ’08 is supporting efforts to foster citizen participation in the decisionmaking processes happening in communities around the world—including decisions on how to improve water services, where to build water points, and how to resolve problems stemming from water scarcity. Just five years out of Hobart, Estefan holds master’s degrees in international relations and public relations from Syracuse University and works on the World Bank Institute’s open government team, which conducts citizen engagement projects in places Felipe Estefan ’08 like Uganda, Jordan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Near Kinshasa, the capital city of DRC, the team determined where new water points should be located by surveying residents about the cost of water and how far they had to walk to get it. The team’s surprising survey method: text messages. Despite having no water or electricity at home, many residents have mobile phones, which they charge at power strips scattered on the ground and connected to generators. “People will participate if given the

opportunity to help determine the future of their communities,” says Estefan, who double majored in international relations and media and society at Hobart. “Using technologies like text messaging or Caroline Spruill ’12 social networking allows us to understand the opinions and needs of a great number of people in a short amount of time. And when we know that, we can respond appropriately.” The team has worked with mayors who have committed to letting citizens decide how to spend a portion of the municipal budget. Mass text messages invite residents near a particular cell tower to a community meeting to generate project ideas. Citizens vote by text and learn the results—often a water project—via text. The challenges include trust, especially when citizens have historically been shut out of decision making, and literacy, since text messages require reading. Yet, these more inclusive processes are increasing trust between citizens and government, and ensure that government delivers services to citizens in a more effective way. The successes include residents seeing results and getting more involved in solving community problems. As trust increases, some poorly funded municipalities have been able to collect more tax revenue, allowing additional projects to improve the community, explains Estefan. “I’m very excited about the increasing opportunities that emerge when citizens can be part of building a better future for them and for their communities,” he says. Caroline Spruill ’12, another member of the World Bank Institute’s open government team, recently took the lead on publicizing the Jordan Valley Water Forum, an initiative that brings together farmers, government ministers, civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders to jointly manage their limited water resources. Spruill’s role as a communications consultant means she works with the team in Washington D.C. as well as with those in Jordan to coordinate communications materials, including news stories and videos, that explain and promote the importance of this program. “As someone who is passionate about world water issues, I’ve really enjoyed working on this project, and getting to tell people about it,” says Spruill, who double-majored in political science and international environmental policy (an individual major). “This is a hugely important project, as tensions due to lack of water and other resources have historically led to civil unrest in the country. This process allows each stakeholder to sit around the same table and have their voice heard.” ●

Moving Water


opulation growth, agricultural In China, the limited amount of readily intensification, and rapid industrialization available high-quality drinking water is not the have put a tremendous strain on China’s only serious water-related issue faced by the water resources, particularly in its public. There’s also the matter of pollution. “The northern regions. In an attempt to satisfy vast quantities of municipal, industrial and rural demand, the largest water infrastructure plan wastewater are part of the broader public health in the world, the South-North Water Diversion, issue of pollution,” Magee explains. “There’s a is well underway. By 2050, it will divert a clear urgency to address this problem. Pollution staggering 44.8 billion laws work well in theory, cubic meters (or 44.8 By 2050, the South-North Water Diversion but where they fall short is cubic kilometers) of project will divert a staggering 44.8 billion with enforcement.” water per year from cubic meters (or 44.8 cubic kilometers)    Magee has traveled the Yangtze River in the of water per year from the Yangtze River extensively throughout south to dryer areas in in the south to dryer areas in the north. China for periods ranging the north. from a few days to over Affecting hundreds a year. This June, he will of millions of people and presenting massive return as a member of the Public Intellectuals environmental challenges, the South-North Program (PIP) of the National Committee on Water Diversion is one of China’s major United States-China Relations, one of only 20 water-related projects and is of particular scholars selected. In China, Magee will tour interest to Associate Professor of Environmental with other experts and will meet with officials, Studies Darrin Magee. An expert on large-scale members of the media, and business leaders. hydropower development, Magee has spent HWS Associate Professor of Education Helen more than a decade researching and writing McCabe, also a China expert, previously was a about water quality and water infrastructure PIP Fellow. issues in China. As the director of the Asian With water quality challenges affecting Environmental Studies Initiative at HWS, China’s entire population, Magee says there a program supported by The Henry Luce are increasing efforts by activists and NGOs Foundation, Magee is dedicated to bringing to draw attention to the problem, bringing content about Asia into the environmental about incremental changes and even increasing studies program at the Colleges. Since 2007, he transparency. “Fortunately, there are many who has also served as an adviser and consultant on are leading the charge and have managed to China energy research at the prestigious Rocky raise awareness domestically and internationally Mountain Institute. about water quality through their activism. Those “The South-North Water Transfer project is that are most successful find ways to advocate for environmental causes while not threatening a phenomenally complex feat of engineering,” the existing leadership.” ● says Magee. “When it’s complete, it will make — Steve Bodnar the Three Gorges Dam in China—the largest hydropower station of its kind Three Gorges Dam in China on Earth—look like a toy in a sandbox.”

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Aysegul Duru ’06

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f you dream of vacationing on a yacht in the Aegean Sea, Aysegul Duru ’06 can make it happen. She’ll line up a gulet— a motor sailing yacht—that sleeps 12, equipped with snorkeling and fishing gear, windsurfs, wakeboards and kayaks. A crew of four or five, including a chef, will manage the 70-to-155-footlong ketch-rigged boat while you enjoy the water and beaches, dine on fresh-caught seafood, hit the nightclubs on shore or visit 4,000-year-old historic sites accessible only by sea. You’ll wake up in a different sparkling cove each morning.    The bill: At least $10,000 a week. For more luxurious accommodations—think five-star hotel on the water with a film screening room, gym, Jacuzzi and Jet Skis—the price can be up to $200,000 a week. One of the luxury schooners available for $90,000 a week is the Regina, which was used in the 2012 James Bond movie “Skyfall,” including a shower love scene.   Duru grew up in Turkey and is vice president of sales and marketing for Durukos Yachting, a charter and yacht-building business her father started in 1974. “I always meet people at their happiest, and we bond over my favorite topics—the Aegean, yachting, food, the ultimate summer,” says Duru who was a member of the HWS Sailing team. “I’m an Aquarius,” says Duru. “I grew up on the water.”   Duru splits her time between Bodrum, Turkey and Brooklyn, N.Y., never far from the water.    “The sea symbolizes the freedom of pursuing the infinite possibilities life offers for those who are thirsty.” —Chris Swingle

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Katie Bush ’06

Water Research T

he vastness and beauty of the Atlantic Ocean made an indelible impression on Katie Bush ’06 when she vacationed on the Maine coast with her family as a girl. Her love of the ocean, camping and hiking forged an even deeper respect for the treasures of nature and the need to preserve them. A biology and environmental studies major at HWS, Bush remembers the United Nations was beginning debate on whether water was a human right around the same time she was “learning interesting course material” and collecting Finger Lakes water quality data during two summer research projects with Professor of Geoscience John Halfman.

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“It all sort of sealed the deal,’’ Bush recalls. “I knew I wanted to keep doing research and pursuing issues related to water.”       After graduation, Bush landed in Denmark for a Fulbright that allowed her to work with an international research team studying biological and chemical toxins in the Roskilde Fjord. After getting her feet wet in Denmark, she headed back to the States where she received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in environmental health sciences in 2011. For the past year, she’s been an EPA Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Environmental Health Fellow in North Carolina, doing data analysis pertaining to

the benefits of healthy ecosystems in the face of environmental change. This fall, she’ll be headed back north. She and her husband, Jason Cordeira, will move to New Hampshire where he’ll be a professor of meteorology at Plymouth State University and she’ll be an adjunct professor of ecology and global environmental health. “It’s a great transition opportunity. There are lots of lakes there and I am eager to begin new research projects.’’ — Brenda Pittman PHoto: Katie Bush ’06 analyzes data at the Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

John Grotzinger ’79, Sc.D. ’13

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supported microbial life if it had ever originated on Mars,” f one could have looked at Mars from space he says. more than three billion years ago, it would have Scientists have thought that water once flowed on Mars appeared as a pale blue dot, or a checkerboard since Mariner 9 did a flyby of the planet in the late 1960s. of land with small bodies of water scattered The discovery of sedimentary rock on Mars in 2004 around. Playing a large role in uncovering Mars’ convinced them that not only did it flow, but it may have mysterious metamorphosis into the Red Planet is supported life. John Grotzinger ’79, Sc.D. ’13, mission leader and “Sedimentary rocks very often form in the presence of project scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory. water, usually by cementation of loose rock particles to The Curiosity rover—a self-contained science form a rock. As this happens, the chemical composition laboratory about the size of a Mini Cooper—was of the water—and any organic materials in the sediment sent to Mars last year on a mission to find evidence John Grotzinger ’79, Sc.D. ’13 —can be trapped within the cementing minerals and that the planet could have supported microbial life. preserved for billions of years,” explains Grotzinger. A little more than six months after it landed, it sent Ironically, it was conducting research on Seneca Lake as back evidence of a habitable environment. a student that led him to the career in which he’d discover Mars’ ancient “We first got a sense that we were headed in the right direction lake. with the rover when we discovered an ancient streambed very early in “Thirty five years ago as a student at Hobart, I was cruising Lake the mission, after only a month of exploration,” explains Grotzinger. Seneca and measuring the salt content of the sediment and water and “We decided to follow the course of that ancient stream and it led us trying to imagine how the lake became salty,” he says. “I had no way to to an ancient lake—long since vanished—which preserved evidence of know that someday I’d be asking the same question about a 3.5 billion a formerly habitable environment.” year old lake on Mars. But in hindsight these experiences all merge He explains the ancient water would have had abundant chemical into one that is bound by the study of waters, including those from the nutrients and been relatively fresh, with low salinity and not acidic— basement of time.” drinkable by human standards. — Cynthia L. McVey “It’s very analogous to what would be a pond or shallow lake on Earth. The lake may have been ephemeral, meaning it might have dried up from time to time; we can’t tell for sure. But it was wet PHOTO: self portrait of the mars curiosity rover at “john klein” drilling site. long enough to cause a series of chemical reactions that would have

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Jen Hettler ’02

From the Shores of Silver Lake


en Hettler ’02 has always lived near water: from Silver Lake, where childhood summers were spent wakeboarding with her family; to Seneca Lake, where she studied as a William Smith student; to Jacksonville, Fla., where she currently splits her time between a full-time career in advertising and one as a professional wakeskater. Wakeskating, a water sport akin to skateboarding in which the skater uses a board covered in grip tape to do kickflips, shuvits, and other skate tricks, historically has been a male-dominated sport. But Hettler and her

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fellow female wakeskaters are helping to change that. Last year, Hettler competed in The Wakeskate Tour’s first women’s division, armed with “the general kind of confidence and ‘you can do anything’ attitude” that was fostered at HWS. “There’s a lot going for female wakeskating,” Hettler says. “We practice together to ride better and prove that women are supposed to be here.” This year, the four-stop Wakeskate Tour will take her around Florida and into Georgia, and will be more eco-friendly, swapping the traditional boat or PWC used to

pull the wakeskaters for a cable system. When she’s not out on the Pottsburg Creek or the Intracoastal Waterway, Hettler works as a media planning supervisor at an advertising agency, where she leads a team of media planners and buyers. “I’ve had so many amazing experiences in wakeskating, but I could never make a job out of it. I followed a career path that has fortunately allowed me to pursue wakeskating and also work full time,” she says. “The challenge of doing something new, of sticking a new trick, the energy of being out there, riding with other people—it’s a combination of everything that keeps me doing it.” — Jessie Meyers Moore ’10

Peter Kohnstamm ’71

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t’s the middle of the school day in New York City and classrooms from the Bronx to Brooklyn are full. But for many of the city’s 70,000 second graders at more than 130 schools, learning takes place in an entirely different kind of setting: the local indoor pool. Entire classes of second graders have traded in schoolbooks for swim goggles as part of an innovative program to teach swimming skills and improve physical health. Peter Kohnstamm ’71, the director of Swim for Life, is the creator of this groundbreaking public health initiative, pairing New York City public school children with qualified swim instructors and indoor pool facilities. Not only an important skill, the ability to swim can literally mean the difference between life and death. Accidental drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death among children under 14, and the toll is borne disproportionately by minority groups. “I vividly remember the events of the summer of 2010, in which seven children drowned in New York City,” says Kohnstamm. “I

was determined to do something so that those tragedies would not happen again.” Building on a proven model of swimming education, Kohnstamm targeted second graders and worked to build a network of more than 30 participating recreation centers with indoor pools. “It is a good age group to teach children to swim and it is an efficient use of our resources,” Kohnstamm says. “The pools are open but underutilized during the middle of the school day at that time and we can make use of school buses which are already operating.” As a way to overcome fear of the water, entire classes go together. The children are then placed in small groups, six per swim instructor for 10 lessons during 10 weeks of the school year. Drawing on talented staff provided by each recreation center, children rapidly gain proficiency in the water, and when they complete the program successfully, they also receive a free membership in the participating recreation center—an opportunity to continue to use the pool for fun as well as exercise. “Our research shows that in some neighborhoods as many of

40% of the population doesn’t ever exercise,” Kohnstamm says. “We think this is another way to combat childhood obesity.” There are academic benefits as well. “Active kids do better in school,” he says. “The teachers tell us the students in our program are better able to concentrate in class.” But the best reward may be in the new outlook of the kids themselves: the intangible benefits of self-esteem and personal growth. Kohnstamm tells of a letter he received from a teacher in a Staten Island elementary school where the Swim for Life participants were so proud of learning to swim that they wore their goggles for the rest of the school day. They may be an unlikely fashion accessory, but a beloved pair of goggles speaks volumes about a newfound love of water and a confidence in their own ability to jump in the pool. — Dominic Moore ’05 PETER KOHNSTAMM ’71 IS PHOTOGRAPHED ABOVE (RIGHT, HOLDING BANNER) WITH SOME OF THE ORGANIZERS AND INSTRUCTORS OF SWIM FOR LIFE.

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Rachel Calabro ’93

Water–Blogged W

hen Rachel Calabro ’93 declared her major, she was one of less than a dozen in her year to choose environmental studies—a discipline which, at the time, was not an established program but an individual major. “It was cool to be at the beginning of a movement,” she says, of what is now one of the fastest growing majors at the Colleges. “It’s great to see all of these sustainability initiatives that HWS has going on now.” The Rhode Island native who “always wanted to be a planner or policy person, as well as a scientist,” currently serves as a community organizer and advocate for Save the Bay. This watershed protection non-profit in Providence, R.I., safeguards the Narragansett Bay watershed which includes the Blackstone, Taunton and Pawtuxet Rivers, as well as Aquidneck Island and

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the smaller watersheds in between. Calabro’s work has included saltmarsh restoration, coastal beach management and lobbying for legislative and policy issues related to Narragansett Bay and river restoration. Her blog, Watershed Writings, covers topics from climate change to spring fish runs. Dam removal is a particularly popular topic among followers. “Blogging is a really good way to highlight links, news footage, articles and pictures, and it’s a great way to talk informally about issues,” she says. “I connect people with the Bay and help them understand why it’s imperative to protect and restore it.” You can read Watershed Writings at www. — Jessie Meyers Moore ’10

Photo above: On the Mill River in Taunton, fish have been spotted above the Hopewell Mills dam for the first time in over 200 years. This dam was removed last fall and is the first in a series of three dam removals on the Mill River. Because this is a large restoration project, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries has installed a video monitoring station on the river to better understand the population of this run and what fish are using the river. This bar rack directs the fish past the video monitor. It is apparent now that there has been a small surviving run of fish. several hundred herring have been counted, as have many yellow perch and white suckers which also migrate upstream to spawn.

A Hunter-Gatherer at Sea D

uring his time at Hobart, Bill Hayes ’73 read Ken Kesey’s Sometimes a Great Notion, a story of living “a basic life full of passion and heartache”—a life after which Hayes “inadvertently” modeled his own as a captain of a fishing vessel for United States Seafoods. “I am a hunter-gatherer,” explains the former oceanography student. “It’s not like being in an office with the windows shut and the door closed. It’s a very basic lifestyle of ‘if you’re not successful, you don’t eat.’ I like that basic work.” This “basic work” includes four and a half years on a highline crab boat, three years on a pollock joint venture catcher boat and 27 years on the fishing vessel Vaerdal, a 125-foot trawler and processor whose name means “peaceful valley” in Norwegian. Over the past three and a half decades, Hayes’ work has yielded enough fish to feed dinner to 600 million people, about one fourteenth of the world’s population. Hayes, who resides in Edmonds, Wash.,

currently spends about four to five months a year captaining the Vaerdal around the Bering Sea. An advocate of sustainable fishing, he has given testimony before the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council in support of regulatory changes to make fishing safer and more ecological. “One of the biggest pleasures of fishing in Alaska is that the Bering Sea is the gem of the world, fisheries-wise,” he says. “You truly can’t get any better than wild, natural fish. There are no hormones and they’ve been feeding in a really clean environment.” But before the fish reach the dinner table, Hayes and his crew must tackle the challenges that arise in fishing: “day after day of frustration, the agony of the position’s responsibilities that comes down to ‘you’re only as good as your next catch’” and working 16-hour shifts, 7 days a week. It’s not a career for the faint of heart. Hayes remembers that he “quit a thousand

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times” on his first voyage. But the sea called him back with “all its beauty, wonder and splendor.” Hayes recalls one particular night in the Aleutian Islands, “an oily night with no wind, the water calm enough to reflect the island with its volcano spouting shots of lava into the air and big, red streams coming down the side of the mountain.” Wonder and splendor, indeed. — Jesse Meyers Moore ’10

Fishing vessel Vaerdal

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Porter Hoagland ’77, P’13

Ocean Tides I

t covers two-thirds of our planet’s surface. It is a treasury of life, a source of abundant food, and a cradle of biodiversity. It can also be a powerfully destructive force, unleashing energies that devastate property, wreak economic havoc, and cause tragic loss of life. Growing up in coastal New Jersey, Porter Hoagland ’77, P’13 has always been aware of the complicated relationship between the ocean and those who lived by its shores and made their livelihoods from its waters. “As a kid I always wanted to be a marine biologist,” Hoagland says, “My hero was Jacques Cousteau.” A biology major at the Colleges, Hoagland absorbed as much experience on and under the water as he could, learning to SCUBA dive and carrying out lab assignments on The William Scandling (then the HWS Explorer). After graduation, his career path took a different turn when he took a job as a paralegal at a law firm in Washington, D.C. Despite the new setting, Hoagland continued to take courses in the sciences and to nourish his passion for marine biology, but with a new emphasis. “In Washington, public policy is at the forefront,” he says. “And so I began to see a new career for myself, combining science and public policy in some way.” In 1982, Hoagland finished a master’s degree in marine policy at the University of Delaware and the following year was offered

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a position at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). While there, he earned another masters from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Delaware. “I never really left Woods Hole,” Hoagland remarks. And why would he? At the forefront of research in the marine sciences, WHOI provides the perfect place for Hoagland to focus on his passion: understanding the ocean and the ways in which it benefits or impacts humans. “Our work here is really about trying to understand the biology of the ocean—including understanding how humans respond to both its valuable and hazardous aspects.” One recent example comes from the Gulf Coast, where toxic algae blooms, known as “red tides,” can be harmful to humans when the toxins found in these algae are ingested by shellfish, and the shellfish are consumed, in turn, by humans. Hoagland and his colleagues continue to research the subject, analyzing the

potential harms to public health and seeking ways to mitigate the economic and ecological impacts that red tides can inflict. Hoagland’s work has taken a distinctively economic focus in recent years, with the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy and the threat of sea-level rise putting shoreline management and conservation into the public eye. Hoagland studies the best ways to manage the risks of coastal development, involving choices between protecting coastal properties and retreating from the shoreline. “The research we do at Woods Hole finds its way out to people interested in practical issues,” Hoagland says. “Our research is always evolving, reflecting the complex relationship between humans and the ocean.” — Dominic Moore ’05 PHOTO BY CHARLOTTE SUN: THIS PHOTO OF A RED TIDE BLOOM WAS TAKEN IN 1999 OFF MANASOTA KEY, NEAR THE CHARLOTTE–SARASOTA COUNTY LINE IN FLORIDA.

Watershed Moment K errie Gallo ’98 always knew she would end up in the sciences. Intent on becoming a doctor as a William Smith student, she reached a critical turning point on her medical path during a field semester in Hawaii. While studying reef ecology, geology and cultural ecology on the Big Island, Molokai’i and Kauai’i, Gallo had her “watershed moment:” medicine just wasn’t her niche. She switched her focus of study and graduated with a degree in environmental studies. When an opportunity for the Buffalo native to return to her Western New York roots presented itself, she happily accepted a position with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting water quality and quantity. There, she works

Kerrie Gallo ’98

as the director of ecological programs, Now, Gallo says, fisheries are thriving, managing projects to restore and protect the spawning is returning in places once thought Buffalo and Niagara River watersheds. to be dead, and a monumental dredging and “The water carries the remnants of restoration project has been initiated along Buffalo’s legacy,” she the Buffalo River to explains, citing Buffalo’s remediate industrial There’s a direct connection heavy industrialization pollution. between economic revitalization in the early twentieth “I never really and restoring the health and century that filled the thought that change watershed with toxins and integrity of the water. along the Buffalo River pollutants. But now that’s waterfront would happen all changing “from a Rust in my lifetime,” she to Blue Economy,” thanks to investments in reflects. “But it’s happening. There’s a direct green infrastructure, prioritization of natural connection between economic revitalization resource restoration and new sustainable and restoring the health and integrity of the industries entering the community—and of water. We’re getting the toxic stuff out to bring course, Riverkeeper’s efforts to revitalize and back the good things.” protect the watershed. — Jessie Meyers Moore ’10

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Sybil Perry ’64

Painting Water W ater is often the inspiration for artist Sybil Perry’s ’64 dreamy landscapes. Not just childhood memories of scenic spring-fed lakes in northern Wisconsin or the Housatonic River not far from her home in picturesque Cornwall Bridge, Ct., in the heart of the rolling Litchfield Hills, but also time spent, well…showering. “I get my best ideas there—when you relax, you can make miracles,’’ says Perry, whose paintings have won numerous awards in local and national juried shows and are in public and private collections across the U.S. and abroad. Her work has been selected for exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Slater Memorial Museum,

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and the Stamford Art Museum. Having “always been an artist,” Perry took every art course offered while an English major at William Smith before graduating in 1964. After an editor’s stint at a book publishing company and time spent raising her three boys, Perry earned a B.F.A. in painting, summa cum laude, from Connecticut’s University of Bridgeport. Painting ever since, her artistic journey has happily meandered through years of abstract and realistic painting in oils and watercolors, to now focusing on landscapes in pastel.

hudson river sunset, pastel on paper

“My paintings are not just a product of what I see,” she says. “They may at times have a story hidden in them. Sometimes I recognize the story as I am working on the piece.” Also the proprietor of a garden design business, Perry is most enlivened creatively when she paints each morning, especially if the scene includes a lake, stream or river. “I would have no trouble painting only water. It inspires me.’’ You can view more of Perry’s work by visiting — Brenda Pittman

Elizabeth Ban ’86

Sociology of the Sea E lizabeth Ban ’86 left her high-paying job as vice president of J. Walter Thompson advertising agency in Chicago in 1996 for a six-dollar-an-hour internship across town at the Shedd Aquarium—all because of an “epiphany” while snorkeling in the British Virgin Islands. The fascinating and breathtaking underwater world captivated Ban, an HWS philosophy major. But learning how damaged the ocean was becoming propelled her into action and onto a new career path. Equipped only with knowledge gained while working at Shedd, Ban knew she needed much more to become a change agent. Her first step was to get a master’s in Environmental

Management from Yale. Interesting jobs in her new field followed. She’s been a research diver in St. Croix, a marine extension agent in St. Thomas with Sea Grant (part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), and a senior ocean science education specialist at the Smithsonian. Today, she’s managing communications and is a federal program officer with Sea Grant in Silver Springs, Md. Since Sea Grant’s research and outreach programs promote understanding of the need for conservation and better use of America’s coastal, ocean and Great Lakes resources, Ban says lessons learned from Professor of Sociology Jack Harris P’02, P’06 are proving enormously helpful.

“The last thing you want in environmental work is to put people on the defensive,’’ says Ban. “Instead, you must start a conversation, build a rapport, learn from their perspective and determine how to move forward together.’’ Ban’s hopeful her Ph.D. work in Climate Change and Science Communication at George Mason University will buttress her efforts. “Sometimes scientists have a hard time communicating well with the public,’’ she says. “I want to help communicate their ideas so people will understand a healthy planet is what they need.” — Brenda Pittman

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Kevin Stevenson ’03

Easy Oars K

evin Stevenson ’03 fell in love with rowing at HWS and believes he owes both his family and his career to the sport. He met his wife, Julie Deprez Stevenson ’04, when they both rowed for the Colleges. Since 2010, he’s been a mechanical engineer at Concept2 in Morrisville, Vermont, the largest designer and manufacturer of custom rowing oars and indoor rowing machines. Stevenson treasures memories of magical times on the CayugaSeneca Canal, among eight men rowing in perfect unison, “the epitome of teamwork and connectedness,” he says. “You take a stroke, and you feel like the boat will never stop. It’s this very controlled explosion.” Now he tries to provide exhilaration for others by designing and testing carbon fiber oars—a sculling pair starts at $490—and building and maintaining the equipment to manufacture them. Stevenson uses a 3D printer almost daily to create models of new grips, oar blades or other components. He travels to large regattas such as the Head of the Charles in Boston to provide free repairs for Concept2 oars. “It’s an engineer’s dream to have such variety in my day-to-day work,” says Stevenson,

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who received dual bachelor’s degrees in physics and engineering in three years at Hobart and two years at Dartmouth College. Concept2’s customers include rowing clubs, schools and about two-thirds of the rowing competitors at the 2012 Olympics in London. For Quebec’s ice canoe races on an iceberg-choked St. Lawrence River, the company makes extra stiff, durable oars—to which the competitors add metal spikes. Last year, a village in American Samoa bought oars with a custom blade shape and shaft design for its new, 49-person long boat for a Flag Day Fautasi race in Pago Pago Harbor. “We’ll do just about anything which makes the job so much fun,” says Stevenson. — Chris Swingle

Lisa Philippone ’11

Waterlogged “M y interest in water started when I first traveled to India with the HWS program. I researched in Eastern India on the banks of the Ganga River for my independent fieldwork project. I was fascinated as I watched Hindus pollute one of their most revered deities, the river itself. I looked at the environmental aspects of what will come of the river as well as what will happen to religion when the river is so polluted humans can no longer bathe in it. This ignited my interest and I went back to India thanks to the Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship, this time to live in the desert where there was no water. I researched drought and the lack of water in the small desert village I lived in for my Honors Thesis and how having no water affected family life, religion and gender roles. 


After graduation, I went to live in the Himalayas and attended Landour Language School. I worked for the New York State Independent College Consortium for Study in India (the same program I went on through HWS) and established contacts and lecturers for the group before they arrived. I attended six hours of intensive language study through the school every day and met with a private tutor in the evenings. My mind still wrapped around water, I found it enthralling how I could go only a six-hour train ride north from the desert to meet the monsoon season in the Himalayas. It was certainly a different experience as I waded up the mountain in knee deep flowing rivers to get to school each day. My home flooded daily and everything I owned was soon covered with mold and mildew, as laundry never dried and

the rain never stopped. I spent six months up there and surprisingly loved every minute of it. I returned to America and taught Hindi lessons to young children in Rochester, N.Y., before beginning my graduate school applications. All of my experiences led me to an interest in global health. I was just accepted to Duke University’s Global Health Program, and will begin work on my master of science this fall. I fell in love with the program the minute I heard about it. I am excited to be part of a master’s program that fosters not only an understanding of the challenges of global health, but works to resolve them as well. My hope is that the knowledge and experience I will gain from Duke’s Global Health program will allow me to realistically contribute to positive and lasting change in our world.” — Lisa Philippone ’11

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Lisa Millspaugh Schroeder ’78, P’11

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ivers form the soul of Pittsburgh: its geographic center is the point where the waters of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers join to form the Ohio River. The city of Pittsburgh grew up along these rivers, drew from their waters, used them for heavy industry—for the steel mills that powered the city’s economy—and built bridges to cross the numerous waterways that define the urban landscape. Today, Pittsburgh lays claim to more bridges than any city but Venice, Italy. But by the mid-1990s, it had lost half its populations and its downtown, urban landscape had fallen into post-industrial decay. “It was a city waking up from a hangover,” says Lisa Millspaugh Schroeder ’78, P’11. The steel mills which had dominated the riverfront were now dwindling or abandoned and years of abuse had left the water quality depressingly poor. “Morale was quite low when we started our work, but this is a city with a culture of resilience and reinvention.” And reinvention was exactly what was on the table. In 1999, Millspaugh Schroeder moved to Pittsburgh after working on a series of urban redevelopment efforts. Her skills were a natural fit with the nascent Riverlife Taskforce, a project that would create a vision plan for the city, collecting ideas, hopes and dreams for redevelopment of the city’s downtown. After more than 100 public meetings, the taskforce released a plan in 2001, a grand vision that would reshape the heart of the city. Riverlife, which evolved into an independent non-profit organization, would be the coordinator of this urban redevelopment effort, a neutral thirdparty tasked with drawing on experts in landscape architecture, design, environmental mitigation and

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other specialties and collaborating with local businesses and property owners. Millspaugh Schroeder, who would become president and CEO of Riverlife, was given responsibility to implement each crucial phase of the plan. “A project of this scale is like one big jigsaw puzzle,” Millspaugh Schroeder says. “Each component along the planned 13 miles of park has a different use, geography and ownership. Our goal was to be a catalyst, to help connect the fabric of the city to the river.” In order to do that, Riverlife works closely with property owners to help them achieve usable, beautiful park space that benefits the entire community without breaking the bank. Hotels, casinos, stadiums and infrastructure—each element of a vibrant city would need to be carefully interwoven with the parkland and with the rivers themselves. To this end, Riverlife advocates for certain standards: water access, a trail system, a promenade open to the public, and then provides expert assistance connecting the dots. “One whole arm of Riverlife is our advocacy for sustainable and high quality design,” she says. The results of Riverlife’s work are dramatic: 63 new acres of green space now enrich Pittsburgh’s downtown and help make up Three Rivers Park, the crown of a $4 billion revitalization of the city’s dramatic riverfront. In just over a decade, the Steel City has become a city of waterfront parks, a place where pedestrians flock downtown to soak in the beauty of a revitalized urban landscape. “There has been an exponential rise in use of the riverfront,” Millspaugh Schroeder says. “Now it’s becoming a tradition to face the rivers again.” Venice may be sinking, but it’s clear that Pittsburgh is on the rise. — Dominic Moore ’05

Alan Worden ’87

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antucket is believed to be a Wampanoag word meaning “faraway island.” Thirty miles from Cape Cod and the furthest place east in the contiguous United States, this faraway island was once a bustling whaling community so well known that Herman Melville chose it as the fictional birthplace of his most famous character—Captain Ahab. Today, the 15 mile long island is better known as a summer destination of choice for families seeking to reconnect with one another and nature. “It’s a place out of time,” explains Alan Worden ’87, founder and CEO of Windwalker Real Estate and Scout Real Estate Capital, both on Nantucket. “With grey shingled homes surrounded by giant lawns that reach out to the ocean, Nantucket is the kind of place that inspires you to take time to be together with your family and friends. Surrounded by water, there’s a spirit of freedom here.” Water has been important to Worden for his entire life. He grew up in a small town near Cape Cod, chose Hobart as much for its location on Seneca as its academics, and is an accomplished sailor. “To feel at peace, I need to see and smell the water,” he explains. At Hobart, Worden designed his own major in architectural studies, now a permanent part of the curriculum. He spent a year in New York City and Paris studying design and, as he says, “…learned enough to know that I didn’t want to be an architect. Instead, I discovered that I like the idea of coming up with the concept of what can be accomplished and then developing the team to make it happen.”

He went on to earn a master’s in real estate development from Columbia University and spent a decade in New York City affiliated with the Guggenheim family, where he focused on real estate investments, including founding Guggenheim Realty Funds Management. But something was missing. “I was too far removed from the environment,” he says. “I needed a change.” That change came when he and his then wife purchased a 44-foot sloop and sailed from New England to New Zealand in one year. “It was a big decision. It meant leaving our careers but it was an adventure we would likely never be able to repeat. This was my Everest.” After their successful 14,000 mile trip, Worden returned to real estate in New York. The couple divided their time between the City and Nantucket, where Worden had been summering for more than a decade and where the couple wanted to raise their family. “I thought, why don’t I take my real estate experience to a place I love?” In 2002, Worden launched an advisory and brokerage firm serving Nantucket, naming the company Windwalker Real Estate after the boat that carried him to New Zealand. As that business proved successful, Worden concentrated on broadening his work and bringing it to the investment level. Scout Real Estate Capital, named for the dinghy that Windwalker towed, is now a thriving resort investment and development firm. “The dinghy, Scout, was a courageous little boat that got us to shore where we were able

to interact with the locals and develop strong relationships that last to this day,” Worden explains. “The firm, Scout, is a vehicle for taking hotels and properties, all of them along the water, and turning them into wonderful resorts that allow families to spend the most important time of their lives together—on vacation developing relationships.” Today, Worden lives on Nantucket with his two sons, Henry and Charlie, where the family is involved in a number of community projects, many of them aimed at preserving the island. “When you live on an island, you have to rely on one other,” Worden says. “Residents get together to accomplish goals and to ensure that Nantucket will remain a beautiful place far into the future. On an island, you can’t throw things away because there is no away. Sustainability is critical if we are to preserve this way of life and this island.” — Catherine Williams

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Photo by Amory Ross ’06

Sailor’s Life

Alums promote faster-than-wind America’s Cup to international audience By Chris Swingle

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Amory Ross ’06


nterest in America’s Cup—the pinnacle of international sailboat racing—has never been higher and the 34th competition brings major changes in speed and technology, aimed at making the competition faster, more exciting to watch and easier to understand. Three alums who competed on Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ sailing team are dedicating long work days to promoting this competition and attracting an even bigger and broader Sarah Hawkins ’03 audience. Sarah Hawkins ’03 is digital media manager for America’s Cup, while Amory Ross ’06, videographer, and Kate Wilson ’08, brand manager, work for defending champion ORACLE TEAM USA. Also following the action is Andy Horton ’98, a three-time all-American sailor at HWS and Olympic sailing hopeful who, in 2007, was the tactician strategist on Italy’s sailboat in the 32nd America’s Cup. Ross and Wilson cross paths daily, both based out of their team headquarters in a warehouse on Pier 80 in San Francisco. At times, Ross shoots video from a chase boat driven by Wilson for media and sponsors. Meanwhile, Hawkins works out of America’s Cup headquarters—fashioned from 40-foot shipping containers that were used to ship the sailboats—on Pier 23. The three alums see each other at race events—and online. Wilson says they tag each other in Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to cross-promote each other’s activities. Hawkins, who oversees America’s Cup’s digital communication strategies and works with each team to effectively use social media, also manages the live stream on during races, serves as an online commentator and works closely with NBC Sports

Andy Horton ’98

Kate Wilson ’08

Horton helped coach sailing at HWS after college, where he first met Hawkins. She overlapped in college with Ross and has gotten to know Wilson while working for America’s Cup. “It’s kind of like a touch of home” to work with fellow graduates, says Hawkins.

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“I love when I get to be on the water seeing the reason why we are all here working so hard,” says Wilson.

Photo by Amory Ross ’06

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Andy Horton ’98 from Luna Rossa Challenge and Terry Hutchinson from Emirates Team New Zealand shake before the Louis Vuitton Final.

to televise the competition—coverage that is new for this America’s Cup. Constantly adjustable courses keep the races within broadcast-friendly times. “It’s all around making it a better spectator experience,” explains Hawkins. “The new vision of the America’s Cup is to create a broader audience through television and to bring the racing closer to shore.” Hawkins also promotes new technology that makes the complex sport easier to understand. Graphics identify each boat, its speed and key aspects of the course, overlaid onto live helicopter shots, a first for video from a moving source. The America’s Cup technology director, Stan Honey, also developed the yellow first-down line in football telecasts and the highlighting system used by NASCAR. Broadcasts of the America’s Cup World Series won a 2012 Emmy award for technical innovation. “Television viewers know more than the sailors do at any given moment during racing,” she says. Hawkins previously worked for U.S. Sailing, managing the Olympic and Paralympic sailing teams. The 24 Olympic and six Paraplegic athletes were dedicated and professional, but typically juggled sailing with day jobs. By contrast, she says, the America’s Cup sailors are full-time athletes, their days filled with pumping iron in the gym and practicing on the water, supported by sponsors and backers such as billionaire Ellison. As the winner of the last America’s Cup, Oracle founder and CEO Larry Ellison got to select the boat and location for this America’s Cup. Ellison chose the new class of two-hulled boats with a rigid main sail the size of a Boeing 747, only vertical. The more-than-7-ton and rumored $10 million boat is designed to foil, which means that at certain speeds, both hulls lift out of the water so only the rudders and one or both daggerboards are in the water. The catamarans can fly three times as fast as the wind.

Amory Ross ’06 at work as a media crew member for PUMA Ocean Racing in the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race.

“When you see an AC72 foil for the first time, whether on TV, online or on YouTube, it will leave you with your jaw on the floor,” says Hawkins. Controlling such boats is challenging. Foiling requires balancing the forces of the wind and the hydrofoil moving through the water as wind speed and waves change, explains Horton. “Keeping these boats foiling is a full-time job of adjusting the wing, foil and hull’s trim and angle of attack,” he says. The complexity and danger of this new class of yachts was proven in May when British sailor and Olympic gold medalist Andrew Simpson, the strategist for Swedish team Artemis Racing, died when his AC72 capsized during training in San Francisco Bay. Horton, who crewed a single-hulled boat in the 2007 America’s Cup, notes that safety efforts have expanded since 2007, when he didn’t wear a helmet. The 11 onboard members now wear crash helmets and have sharp knives and mini oxygen canisters on their bodysuits to help if they’re trapped underwater and must cut their way out of the netted trampoline. They’ve practiced safety drills in a pool. Horton majored in biology and loves the physics and problem-solving required of sailing. He is selfemployed as a sailor, working for four to seven teams per year, often with multiple events per team. He has at least a dozen major wins on his resume. At ORACLE TEAM USA, Wilson’s marketing role includes using her architecture-major design background to make sure the sponsors’ brand presence is just right on the catamaran, in the team base and on any media distributed. She helps design, order and distribute the PUMA team clothing worn daily by the sailors, boat designers, builders and support crew on the 120-member team. Wilson watched the 2007 America’s Cup finals from the shore in Valencia, Spain, and she’s thrilled to be part of this contest: “It’s going to be exciting.” The Newport, R.I. native helped ORACLE TEAM USA as a volunteer last summer when the 2011-2012 America’s Cup World Series concluded in Newport.

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Photo by Amory Ross ’06

These days, she enjoys getting out of the office weekly to drive a boat for media and sponsors. “This Ross’ work is on the water and is my favorite part of my job,” says in the air. He shoots video from Wilson, who hasn’t seen any other a chase boat, onboard ORACLE women driving chase boats. “I love TEAM USA’s catamaran, and when I get to be on the water seeing hanging out of a helicopter. the reason why we are all here working so hard.” Ross’ work is on the water and in the air. He shoots video from a chase boat, onboard ORACLE TEAM USA’s catamaran, and hanging out of a helicopter. He got his job through networking and self-taught photography and videography skills. His storytelling began with writing for Sailing World magazine as a teen and benefits from his sailing experience, including “four great years on Seneca Lake.” His senior year at Hobart, he took photos at a regatta in Key West, Fla. He ended up selling several images to magazines. After photographing regattas in France, Italy and Antigua, he snagged a relatively new position as media crew member for PUMA Ocean Racing in the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race—a yacht sailing race around the world. In addition to onboard duties such as desalinating water and preparing the freeze-dried food, he wrote

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stories, took photographs and produced daily videos while immersed in the action. Ross was surprised when Sports Illustrated online designated one of his Volvo Ocean Race photos a Top 50 sports photo of 2012, the only sailing photo chosen. The serene image shows a crew member on the bow adjusting a sail in light wind between Brazil and Florida, a sharp contrast to other photos he captured of sharply tilting boats and wild sprays of water showering the sailors. The nine-month, 39,000-mile race from Spain to Ireland—an incredible experience—led to Ross’ current job. He loves working on the ever-changing seas, but water creates challenges. “It’s not kind to your equipment,” says Ross. He relies on a gyrostabilizer to steady the video when shooting from the support boat. Onboard, he wears a wetsuit, impact vest, helmet and harness. Ross has found that water has a different complexion around the world. The color, feel and taste of an ocean or bay is also distinctive, from the browner waters near Indonesia and San Francisco to the chalky, whitish look off New Zealand, to the dark blue of the Southern Ocean. He loves the salt air and the water on his skin. “If I had to guess, I’ll probably always end up doing something around water,” Ross says. ●

Lacrosse | ca. 1993


20 Year Anniversary On May 30, 1993, in College Park, Md., Hobart defeated Ohio Wesleyan 16–10 to capture the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse National Championship, the Statesmen’s 13th title in 14 seasons. Hobart went 11–3 that year, including a perfect 9–0 against Division III opponents. At halftime of the 2013 Division III Championship game in Philadelphia, the 1993 Statesmen players and coaches were honored in a special ceremony commemorating the 20–year anniversary of their remarkable championship run.

On The Water


Lacrosse Updates


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On the Water By Ken DeBolt


t was another banner year on the water for the Colleges. William Smith rowing finished fourth at the NCAA Championships for the second year in a row. Hobart rowing produced a medal haul that rivals the finest in school history. The sailing team competed in all three spring national championship regattas. And, the swimming and diving team recorded its best finish at the Liberty League Championships in over a decade.

Herons row into national spotlight It’s a challenge to know where to begin bragging about the exceptional season Heron rowing put together. The nation’s coaches knew William Smith’s varsity eight was among the best in the nation, ranking the Herons in the top four all spring. The team won its third consecutive conference championship with gold medal efforts in the 1V and in the second varsity eight. Coxswain Kim Goral ’13 and varsity eight stroke Jess Steketee ’13 represented William Smith on the inaugural All-Liberty League team. The following week at the New York State Championships, William Smith put all four of its boats on the podium, including gold medals for the 1V and novice eight. The Herons completed their NCAA Championship prep by progressing three boats to the grand finals at the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships with the 1V finishing third. In Indianapolis for the NCAA Championship, competitors were met by heavy rains and wind that forced organizers 58 Pulteney Street Survey | Summer 2013

to reschedule, delay, and shuffle the racing schedule throughout the weekend. The 1V and 2V were unfazed by the weather or the changes and finished third in the grand final and won the petite final, respectively. Off the water, the team’s performances were widely recognized. Steketee ’13 was named a CRCA first team All-American, nine Herons earned CRCA National Scholar-Athlete honors, and 14 Herons were tabbed Liberty League All-Academic. Additionally, William Smith collected the Liberty League Crew of the Year, the Novice Crew of the Year and the Coaching Staff of the Year awards.

The More Things Change… Hobart rowing made big strides on the water this spring, while still maintaining a strangle hold on the Liberty League title. The Statesmen collected the Liberty League Boat of the Week Award 10 times this season. Hobart won four medals at the conference championships, including gold in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, and novice eight on the way to the program’s eighth consecutive league title. A week later, the Statesmen collected four more medals at the New York State Championships with the 1V, 2V, and 3V all

The Hobart rowing team celebrated its eighth consecutive Liberty League championship, winning the varsity eight race by more than 15 seconds.

capturing gold. It was the first time Hobart has placed its 1V atop the podium at States since 1996. Hobart wrapped up the season with three medals at the 2013 ECAC NIRC and Head Coach Paul Bugenhagen was named the ECAC NIRC Men’s Coach of the Year. The silver and two bronze medals marked the most won by the Statesmen at that regatta in program history. Coxswain Jessica Dinan ’14 and Robert McNamara ’15 were named to the inaugural All-Liberty League team and Owen Monahan ’15 was tabbed All-ECAC. Five oarsmen were recognized as Liberty League All-Academic while two more earned ECAC All-Academic honors. Like the Herons, Hobart earned all three Liberty League postseason awards, marking the eighth time in 10 years the Statesmen have swept the Crew of the Year, Novice Crew of the Year and Coaching Staff of the Year awards.

Harnessing the wind For the seventh time in the past decade, the Colleges qualified for all three ICSA Spring National Championship regattas. After missing a spot in the women’s dinghy finals last season, the Herons returned to the national stage with a solid showing in the semifinals and finals that put the team 14th in the nation. In team racing, HWS earned the final spot from MAISA into the national championship field. The Colleges sailed to a three-way tie for eighth place after the first round robin. Only eight team’s advance so HWS, Boston College and Navy went to a sail-off with the Midshipmen taking the last berth. The Colleges were ninth in the final standings, an improvement on the team’s No. 12 ranking entering the championship. In the ICSA Coed Dinghy Western Semifinal, HWS looked strong on the waters off Hampton, Va., placing third in a highly competitive field. Unfortunately, when the championship began on Tampa Bay a month later, the Colleges were unable to duplicate their semifinal success, finishing 16th. John Norfleet ’13 and Bridget Nannig ’13 earned All-America honors as a skipper and crew, respectively. HWS sailors have now won a total of 51 All-America awards since 1996. Additionally, the Colleges put six sailors on the inaugural All-MAISA teams.



Climbing the standings, taking down records In the pool, the Heron swimming and diving team logged its highest finish at the Liberty League Championship in over a decade, placing fourth out of 10 teams. William Smith opened the meet on a high note, finishing second in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Lia Duffy ’14, Casey Sherwin ’13, Mimi Mahoney ’14, and Lauren Morosky ’13 hit the wall in 1:42.11. The Herons also closed the meet on that same high note, placing second in 400 free relay with a time of 3:43.97 behind the efforts of Duffy, Sherwin, Samantha Burnett ’15, and Morosky. At the state championships two months later, Sarah Litt ’16 stole the spotlight. On Day 3 of the meet in the morning heats, she qualified for the consolation final of the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:16.04, more than 1.7 seconds behind Heron Hall of Honor inductee Kate Hendrickson’s 1989 record of 2:14.35. In the evening finals, Litt put together an exceptional swim. Her first 50 split was 30.15 and she reached halfway in 1:03.9. Litt swam the final 50 in a slightly faster time (34.75) than her third 50 (34.81) to finish second (10th overall) in a time of 2:13.46, 0.89 seconds faster than Hendrickson’s 24-year-old mark. On the final day of the meet, Litt narrowly missed breaking another school record. Competing in the 200 backstroke, she qualified for the third level final with a morning swim of 2:14.95. Vibeke Hopkinson ’83, a charter member of the Hall of Honor, set the 200 backstroke record in 1983 with a time of 2:12.93. In the evening session, Litt made a run at her mark, finishing third in her heat (19th overall) logging a time of 2:13.21, just 0.28 seconds off the 30-year-old record. ●

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hen the Hobart lacrosse team takes the field in 2014, it will be the dawn of a new era. On July 1, the Statesmen departed the dissolving ECAC Lacrosse League for the Northeast Conference. Next season, Hobart will compete for a league title and NCAA Hobart Lacrosse Head Coach automatic bid against Greg Raymond Bryant, Mount St. Mary’s (Md.), Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, Saint Joseph’s, and Wagner, while maintaining its traditional non-conference rivalries with Cornell and Syracuse among others. The team will be led by Head Coach Greg Raymond, who joined the Statesmen on July 12 after four seasons as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Princeton University. “From his foundation at Corning East High School to leading his college team to a Division I title and from working under some of the very best in college coaching to coordinating one of Division I’s top defenses, Greg Raymond is the perfect fit for Hobart College and our lacrosse program,” says Hobart Director of Athletics Mike Hanna ’68, P’99, HON’04. Raymond is the 19th man to lead the storied program. He replaces T.W. Johnson who accepted a coaching and administrative position at his high school alma mater in Virginia after nine seasons with the Statesmen.


fter serving as the interim head coach of the William Smith lacrosse team for the 2013 season, Brighde Dougherty ’04 was promoted to head coach by Heron Director of Athletics Deb Steward. “Brighde’s loyalty to William Smith, her William Smith Lacrosse Head expertise, leadership Coach Brighde Dougherty ’04 skills, recruiting and work ethic are exceptional,” says her predecessor Pat Genovese, who still serves as an associate athletic director at William Smith. “She will be a positive force for present and future Herons.” Dougherty led William Smith to a 10-7 record this season, marking the program’s first double digit win total since 2009. William Smith’s lineup was honored with an IWLCA All-America, three IWLCA All-Region, and four All-Liberty League awards, including a conference-high three first team selections. In the classroom, Dougherty’s Herons were just as acclaimed, earning eight Liberty League AllAcademic honors. For more on these stories, visit www.

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Photos Professor of Art and Architecture Elena Ciletti (left) and artist Janet Braun Reinitz ’73 (right) open the “Double Vision: Woman as Image and Woman as Imagemaker” exhibit, which features works from the Colleges’ collection to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Women’s Studies at HWS. Emily Czirr Finelli ’08 married James Finelli on September 22, 2012 in Fulton, N.Y. In attendance were William Smith Alums Jaclyn Wagner ’08, Libby Greene ’10, Stephanie Czajkowski ’08, Evie Sessions ’09, and Sarah Rosemarino ’08. Also in attendance but not in the photo was Katharine Sanford ’08.

On April 2, 2013, Heather Erickson ’05 married Jeffery Vaughn in Crestview, Fla. Anne Erickson Harms ’02 was in attendance.

Alumnae Association Immediate Past President Susan Flanders Cushman ’98 and her sons, Thomas and Riley, meet up with Liz Brownold Moretz ’99 and her daughter, Alta in Denver, Colo.

Sarah Cummings ’11, Corey McClintock ’12, Derek Niziankiewicz ’12, Sarah Wilson ’12 and Will Gore ’12 gather for a photo at the Bozzuto Management Awards ceremony in Baltimore, Md. with their boss, HWS Trustee Tom Bozzuto ’68 (third from right). Hans Warner ’81, Chip Weickert ’81 and Brad Williams ’81, P’14, P’16 caught up in Montana last fall, during a fishing trip.

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Lisa Taylor ’08 married Travis Ahern ’07 on Aug. 19, 2012 at St. John’s Chapel on the HWS campus. A reception at Ventosa Vineyards followed. HWS alums in attendance were: (left to right): Katie Smith ’07, Kyle Palmer ’07, Jess Mahon ’08, Matt Przygoda ’07, Kirby Williams ’07, Bree Powers ’07, Travis Ahern ’07, Lisa Taylor Ahern ’08, Hannah Wesley ’07, Brian Murphy ’07, Jacqueline Ingersoll ’07, Ian Cook ’07, Rachel Sumner ’08 and Isabel Olson ’09. Brendan Csaposs ’09 and Claire Hamilton ’11 enjoy lunch at the famous Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, La. Hamilton was visiting the city where Csaposs served as a second grade teacher. Csaposs has since moved to San Jose, Calif., where he is an assistant principal.

Erin Giantomasi ’07, Allison McCartney ’07, Kate Ustach Beyer ’07, Caroline Cooke ’07 and Katelyn Miller ’07 pose for a photo outside of the L.L.Bean store in Maine, where the group recently held a mini reunion.

During the Hobart Hockey 50th Anniversary Celebration, Lawrence Carle ’74 shows Bob Shaddock ’75, P’09 photos from their days as members of the Statesmen hockey team.

Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture Liliana Leopardi meets William Smith alumna Mary Lou Hayes Hughes ’52 following a lecture Leopardi gave at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif. Alison Reindel ’12, MAT ’13 and Chuan “Jenny” Wu ’12, joined by Reindel’s sister, Kristin (far left), enjoy a neighborhood St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Albany, N.Y. Hobart and William Smith Colleges



Kenneth Grossberg ’66 and Bernd Kroell ’10 meet in Tokyo to share stories about their experiences at the Colleges. Grossberg is a professor of marketing and the founding director of the Marketing Forum at Waseda University. Kroell is currently working in Beijing.

Deirdra Evers McGregor ’08 married Collin McGregor ’08 on Sept. 22, 2012. The ceremony was held at Point State Park and a reception followed at the Rockport Art Association in Rockport, Mass. HWS alums in attendance were: (back row) Dylan Wolchesky ’08, Ken Camara ’08, Vince DeFabo ’08, Ryan O’Neil Edwards ’06, Jonah Levy ’08, Peter Kelly ’08, Andrew Siskind ’08, James Wilby ’08; (front row) Alessandra Moore ’08, Elizabeth Costello ’08, Jessica Zippin ’07, Lindsey Farrell ’08, Collin McGregor ’08, Stefani McGregor ’06, Stefanie Novak ’08, Siya Phillips ’07, Cara Bishop Lavallee ’08; (front middle) Deirdra Evers McGregor ’08.

In Washington, D.C., Rachel Johnson ’10, Conor Noonan ’11 and Christina Amestoy ’11 meet Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) (second from right) at an event hosted by Buzzfeed. The recent grads are currently living in the capital.

Christie DeLigny ’12 and her class of kindergarteners learn about the art of the Tibetan Sand Mandala from the Colleges’ the Venerable Tenzin Yignyen. DeLigny, who teaches at Ross School in East Hampton, N.Y., was surprised when Yingyen, her former professor, visited the school to share his work.

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Ed Mancini ’91, Terry Grennon ’89, Tony Conklin ’90, Doug Ackley ’90, Jeff Chaffa ’90, Scott McDonald ’89, Gordon Miller ’89, and Christian Carmody ’89 meet in New York City for a mini-reunion. Not pictured (but also in attendance) are Roger Berger ’89 and Tom Porter ’89.

Tara Van De Mark ’03 and Matthew Simpson ’04 were married in June 2012 in Costa Rica. Derrick Moore ’05 served as best man. Pictured above (from left to right): Shadi Sadeghi, Tara Van De Mark ’03, Matt Simpson ’04 and Derrick Moore ’05.


Former Statesmen soccer players pose for a picture during the annual alumni soccer weekend held on campus last fall. Pictured in the front row (left to right): James Scheider ’76, Brad Williams ’81, P’14, P’16, Jeff Gurian ’78 and David Clarkson ’79. In the back row (left to right): Doug Stewart ’78, Bob Bird ’78, Dave Winship ’79 and Graham Sears ’76.

Rob Reinheimer ’07 (right) is pictured with Fire Controlman 2nd Class Mark Davis aboard the United States Navy USS Decatur (DDG-73) in the Arabian Gulf during an 8-month deployment. Davis’ uncle played Hobart lacrosse in the 1980s.

Bryan ’03 and Kristen Mogilnicki Good ’03 welcomed future Statesman Jackson Benjamin Good in March 2013.

Team “Green Goddesses” members Caroline Wenzel ’05, Brighde Dougherty ’04, Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk ’98, Jane Erickson ’07, Susan Flanders Cushman ’98, Kathy Killius Regan ’82, P’13 and Tempe Newson ’11 pose for a photo after finishing the Seneca 7, a 77.7 mile relay race around Seneca Lake.

Eric Hall Anderson ’59 (second left) gathers with Lucas Lyons ’13 and his family following the 2013 Commencement ceremony on the Quad. Lyons is the recipient of the Ida Johnson Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Associate Professor of Biology Mark Deutschlander, Christine Eldredge ’10 and Bob Curry, Eldredge’s graduate adviser at Villanova University, gather for a photo during the Wilson Ornithological Society meeting held at the College of William and Mary. Deutschlander and Eldredge each presented separately on chickadees.

Former Statesmen squash team members Roland Lemay ’82, Chris Smith ’98 and Jamie Childs ’97 gather for a photo following championship games at the Union Boat Club in Boston. Lemay won the 50+ Division while Childs won the Hardball Division. Smith serves as the squash professional at the club.

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Obituaries Barbara. He is survived by his six children, Sharon, Sandy, Robert, JoAnn, Stephen, and MaryLou; 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Frederick L. Edwards ’51, P’77, P’79, GP’10, of Vernon, Conn., died on March 1, 2013. Frederick graduated from Hobart with a B.A. in mathematics. On campus, he was a member of the Canterbury Club, the Debate team, Gamma Omicron Tau Honor Society and was named to the dean’s list. Frederick was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was an associate of the Society of Actuaries and retired after more than 20 years with the Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company. He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, mentored inner city children, and contributed to Rockville High School as a member of the school’s accreditation committee. Frederick is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley; children, Allie Secor ‘77, F. Kenneth Edwards ’79, Keith and Kevin; and eight grandchildren, including James R. Secor ’10. Lee C. Gibson ’51, of Naperville, Ill., died on April 20, 2013. Lee served in the U. S. Navy in World War II aboard the USS Blue and was honorably discharged in 1954 after continued service in the Naval Reserve. Lee spent three years at Hobart where he was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity, captain of the golf team and a member of the basketball team. He also attended Iona College. With a passion for athletics, Lee spent his career employed as a sales representative and sales manager for MacGregor Sporting Goods Company. In his community, he founded the Larchmont Little League and served as its first president. He served as president of the Bonnie Briar Golf Club, president of the Cross Creek and Naperville YMCA swim teams, on the Board of Directors of the Cress Creek Country Club, and was a founding member of the St. Thomas Apostle Church in Naperville. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Anne; children, Bob and Marilee; and eight grandchildren. Louis “Bud” M. Renz ’51, GP’15, of West Harrison, N.Y., died on Feb. 26, 2013. Bud graduated from Hobart with a B.A. in economics. He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, played baseball and basketball, and served on the intramural board. He went on to lead a successful 35-year career as director of corporate insurance for Avon Products, Inc. Bud is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marie “Mitzi”; sons, Timothy, Jonathan and Richard; and seven grandchildren, including Jennifer K. Renz ’15. John T. Dwyer ’52, of Jackson, N.J., died on Feb. 12, 2013. John graduated with a B.A. in biology and chemistry, and was a member of the Phi Phi Delta fraternity. He was a member of the Newman Club and Little Theatre, inducted into the Epsilon Pi Sigma Honor Society, and named to the dean’s list. Following graduation, John obtained a M.D. from the University of Bologna in Italy. He served as the chief radiologist at Helene Fuld Hospital in Trenton, N.J., where he worked for 30 years. John also served his country as a reservist with both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marines. He was a member of the American Medical Association. John was predeceased by his brother, Thomas J. Dwyer ’51 and cousin, Harry J. Branigan Jr. ’48. He is survived by his wife, Febe; children, Shane, J.C. and Jeffrey; and three grandchildren.

The Rev. Jack H. Thorn ’52, of Morris Plains, N.J., died on April 7, 2013. Jack graduated from Hobart with a B.A. in English. On campus, he served as president of St. John’s Guild, was a member of the Canterbury club and worked for the Herald and WEOS. Jack went on to receive a M.Div. from the Philadelphia Divinity School. He became an Episcopal priest and spent the majority of his time at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boonton, N.J., where he served as rector for more than 30 years. As an alumnus, Jack served as a career services volunteer and a reunion volunteer. He was predeceased by his wife, Charlotte; and son, Peter. He is survived by his children, John, Lisa and Joanne; and seven granddaughters. David P. Penhallow ’57, of Richmond, Va., died on Feb. 25, 2013. David studied at Hobart for one year and attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He served in the New York Army National Guard, the Virginia Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army Reserves before retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel with 30 years of service. David also worked a number of years for several Department of Defense contractors as an IT instructor. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughters, Sarah and Anna; and four grandchildren. George H. Rowsom ’57, of Orient, N.Y., died on March 24, 2013. George received a B.A. in biology from Hobart, where he served as treasurer and president of the Kappa Alpha fraternity. He was a member of the Canterbury Club, Little Theatre, Schola Cantorum, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, the lacrosse team, and served as vice president of the Interfraternity Council. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army before embarking on a career at S.T. Preston & Son, Inc., where he eventually became president. As an alumnus, he served as reunion chair in 1982. George is survived by his wife, Andrea; four sons, Christopher, Michael, Peter and Andrew; six grandsons and a great granddaughter. He was predeceased by a daughter, Melanie. Donald H. Weber ’58, of Naples, Fla., died on Feb. 27, 2013. Donald graduated with a B.A. in economics from Hobart, where he belonged to the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, was a member of the baseball team and served on the intramural board. He later graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. Donald began his career with Dutchess Bank and Trust Company, where he started as a banker and worked his way up to executive vice president. Donald then became president and chief executive officer for Central Trust Company and Endicott Trust Company. He was also chair and chief executive officer of the Endicott Trust Division of M&T Bank. Active in his community, Donald volunteered with the United Way, Chamber of Commerce, United Health Services, Inc. and the New York Business Development Corporation. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia; children, Terry, Craig and Kenneth; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Sandor “Sandy” J. Engel ’59, of Long Beach, N.Y., died on May 8, 2013. Sandy earned a B.A. in American history from Hobart, where he graduated with honors, was a member of the wrestling club, wrote for the Herald and served on the intramural board. After serving in the U.S. National Guard as a sergeant, he entered the family business, Roxanne Swimsuits.

He later spent 14 years as vice president of sales for Swimwear Anywhere. Some of his charitable involvements included the Arkansas Cancer Research Center and Inwood Charities. In 2010, he was honored with the United Jewish Appeal Community Leadership Award. Sandy is survived by his wife, Sue; daughters, Valerie, Randi and Jennifer; and seven grandsons. William L. Claiborne ’60, P’94, of Carlton North, Australia, died on Jan. 3, 2013. William graduated from Hobart with a B.A. in English. On campus, he belonged to the Kappa Sigma fraternity, worked for the Herald and was a member of the ski club. For nearly three decades, William served as a foreign and national journalist for The Washington Post, working on four continents covering several wars and revolutions in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. He also was a national desk staff writer and bureau chief for The Washington Post, working in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. Honored for his work, William was the recipient of several journalism prizes including the Frank Tripp Memorial Award and the New York Publishers Association Award, for exposing slumlords in Rochester, N.Y., and the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild Front Page Award, for writing about appalling prison conditions in Washington, D.C. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1972 and 1982. He is survived by his wife Alma; daughter, Lisa B. Claiborne ’94; and three granddaughters. James E. Pascoe ’61, of Sandusky, Ohio, died on March 6, 2013. James graduated with a B.A. in economics from Hobart, where he served as president of the PreLaw Society, a member of the Judicial Board, Board of Control, Schola Cantorum, Interfraternity Council, and was a member of the Tennis team and the ROTC band. Additionally, he served as president of the Sigma Chi fraternity and was inducted into the Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society. James later graduated from The University of Munich Germany and obtained a law degree from Columbia University Law School. He enjoyed a career as a stock broker for Oppenheimer & Co. in New York City, N.Y. He is survived by a daughter, Cynthia; brothers, Charles M. Pascoe ’58 and J. Thomas Pascoe ’66; and companion Sally Brown. Glenn R. Puro ’70, of Slingerlands, N.Y., died on Jan. 21, 2013. Glenn graduated from Hobart with a B.A. in political science. He served as a senior programmer for the New York State Department of Civil Service. Glenn was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Israel Puro. John N. Wisbach ’72, of Duxbury, Mass., died on Feb. 15, 2013. John graduated with a B.A. in economics and political science, was a member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity and played soccer and lacrosse. He established a career as a business executive, working as assistant zone manager for Chrysler Corporation, founder of Boston Computer Systems of Norwood, and senior vice president for Medical Manager Corp. Active in his community, John served as a member of the Duxbury Economic Development Committee and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. A loyal alumnus, John served as a career counseling volunteer. He is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Julia, Allison and John; and two grandchildren.

Stuart T. Kleinman ’77, of New York City, N.Y., died on April 22, 2013. Stuart graduated with a B.A. in English and served as chair of the film society. Following graduation, he attended graduate school at New York University, studying film and television, and went on to work in California as a writer and art director on various productions. He later graduated from Yale Law School. Early in his career, he was an entertainment and corporate lawyer in New York, representing numerous motion picture production companies and individuals. Stuart spent more than two decades as a leader in the entertainment industry working on hit movies such as “Home for the Holidays” and “Nell.” He was known for joining with Academy Award winning actress Jodie Foster to form and serve as president of Egg Pictures, a production company funded by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. Aside from being a producer and industry executive, he also spent time as a writer, director and mentor of new filmmakers, including Mathieu Kassovitz. A loyal alumnus, he served as a career services volunteer and returned to Geneva to offer a talk about pursuing life’s passions at the Smith Opera House in 1995. He is survived by his brother, Andrew and sister-in-law, Noela; niece, Julia and nephew, Alex. Dr. Stephen A. Pap ’86, of Natick, Mass., died on March 12, 2013. Stephen graduated with a B.S. in biology, minored in physics, and played golf and rugby. He received an M.D. from the University of Massachusetts and became a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. In addition, Stephen traveled to third world countries to operate on children with deformities. As an alumnus, he served as a career services volunteer. He is survived by his wife, Holly. Nicolas B. Richardson ’01, of Silver Spring, Md., died on Feb. 8, 2013. Nicolas graduated from Hobart with a B.A. in political science. He was the recipient of the Benjamin Hale Award and Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society Award. Additionally, he was a Durfee Scholar and a recipient of the Maynard Smith Prize. He was predeceased by his mother, Lucille. Nicolas is survived by his father, Alvin; brother, Miguel; and a niece.

William Smith Alice Burt Weston Rounds ’32, of Red Banks, N.J., died on March 18, 2013. Alice graduated from William Smith with a B.A. in French and Latin, cum laude. On campus, she was a member of Little Theatre, the Christian Cabinet, Ridge, the basketball team, and served as class treasurer and president of the Chest Club. Following graduation, she taught high school English, French and Latin and served as school librarian. She is survived by her children, Helen and George; stepchildren, Sari and Robert; 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Alice was predeceased by her husbands, Gifford of 43 years and Philip of nine years. Ruth Glaser Lowe ’43, of Falls Church, Va., died on Jan. 24, 2013. Ruth earned a B.A. in history from William Smith, where she was a member of the outing club, international relations club and the debate team. She went on to receive a M.A. in international law from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Following graduation, Ruth worked as a research analyst at the Office of Strategic Services and later earned real

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Obituaries estate licenses in Maryland and Washington, D.C. She served as vice president and program chair of Bethesda Chevy Chase Chapter of Hadassah. She is survived by her children, Jeanette, David, Karen and Michele; 10 grandchildren; and a greatgranddaughter. She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest.

Society. As a proud alumna, Bobbie served as a class correspondent and on the Class of 1951 reunion committees. She was predeceased by her father, HWS Chemistry Professor Ralph Bullard. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, John A. Ford ’53; children, John, James and Daniel; and seven grandchildren.

Constance Dean Adair ’45, P’71, of Mansfield, Ohio, died on Jan. 24, 2013. Constance graduated cum laude in English from William Smith, where she was involved in many campus activities, including the Athletic Association, Little Theatre, the Herald, yearbook, and the Dance Club. She was also inducted into both the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Sigma Iota honor societies. After graduation, she worked for University Hospital in Cleveland and later served as an officer for the Richland County Medical Society Auxiliary and on the board for the YMCA. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Dr. Charles V. Adair ’44; sons, Allen and Richard D. Adair ’71; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and nephews, Brian A. Adair ’71 and Robert L. Adair Jr. ’67. She was predeceased by her parents, Ernest and Gladys Campbell Moyer Dean ’12; siblings, Raymond, Margaret D. White ’43, and Walter; a granddaughter; and in-laws, Donald R. Adair ’42 and Robert Adair ’40.

Jane Popper Zorek ’54, of New York, N.Y., died on May 13, 2013. Jane earned a B.A. in sociology at William Smith where she served as vice president of the Temple Club. She went on to work as a bookkeeper for William Real Estate Co., Inc. In her community, Jane volunteered for the American Red Cross and as vice president of the New York chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She was predeceased by her husband, Warren. Jane is survived by her children, Jennifer and Michael; and four grandchildren.

Dorothy Holzer Berger ’46, of Shillington, Pa., died on April 6, 2013. Dorothy graduated from William Smith with a B.A. in business administration. On campus, she served as president the Athletic Association, Houghton House and the Outing club. She was a member of Little Theatre, Christian Cabinet, Schola Cantorum, and worked for the Herald. Dorothy went on to become an accountant, working at Penn Honda, Horrigan BMW, Zeswitz Music, and American Equipment Handling. Deeply involved in the community, she was a member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ, Shillington Women’s Club, and was a Cub Scout den mother. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Gerald; and daughter, Marcia. She is survived by her sons, Gerald and Telford; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Lillias MacGregor Tufts ’46, of Lewistown, N.Y., died on Feb. 21, 2013. Lillias graduated from William Smith with a B.A. in biology and chemistry. She went on to work in a research laboratory at Hooker Chemical Corporation. She also spent more than 50 years as a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lewiston and was a member of the Tattler Club. She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Lewis; and a sister, Helen MacGregor Elwell ’45. She is survived by her children, Scott, Joan, Alan and Roger; seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Barbara “Bobbie” Bullard Ford ’51, M.S.’54, of Fairport, N.Y., died on March 7, 2013. Bobbie earned a B.A in modern languages from William Smith, followed by an M.S in education from HWS. On campus she was a member of Little Theatre, French club and Schola Cantorum. She was also class president and was inducted into the Beta Kappa and Phi Sigma Iota honor societies. Bobbie taught French at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Del., before shifting her primary focus to art. She was an independent watercolor artist and was a member of the Irondequoit Art Club, the Rochester Art Club, and the Niagara Frontier Watercolor

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Margaret “Peggy” DeWaters Bassel ’56, of Bonita Springs, Fla., died on April 11, 2013. Peggy earned a B.A. in philosophy from William Smith, where she served as junior class president, house president, sophomore class secretary, and was a member of the field hockey and basketball teams, the Yacht club, Ridge, the Big Sister committee, and the judicial board. She was inducted into the Hai Timiai honor society. Peggy later earned a M.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania and was an elementary school teacher in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Following a four-year stint abroad, Peggy lived in Gunnison, Colo., for more than 30 years and later in Bonita Springs, Fla., where she served as an acolyte and lay Eucharist minister at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, and volunteered for Hospice. As a dedicated alumna, Peggy served as a 50th reunion volunteer. She is survived by her sons, Andrew, David, Michael and Charles; six grandchildren, and life partner, Denise Witkop. Barbara Wilson Vogel ’60, of Fort Mill, S.C., died on April 24, 2013. Barbara earned her B.A. in English from William Smith, where she was a member of the cheerleading squad, field hockey team, Little Theater, and worked for the Herald. She was elected into Phi Delta, a member of Schola Cantorum, named to the dean’s list and a recipient of the Buffalo Alumnae Scholarship. Barbara later earned an M.B.A. in finance from Niagara University. She established a career in broadcast journalism before operating an insurance business, Barbara Vogel and Associates for many years. Barbara was involved in several professional memberships including Buffalo Life Underwriters, Niagara Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Business Expansion Network, Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc., and Ask Women. She is survived by her husband, Leo; sons, Kristofer and Kurt; and a grandchild. Arlene R. Agar ’63, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died on Jan. 28, 2012. Arlene studied at William Smith for two years before going on to establish a successful career as a realtor. She is survived by her children Hallie and Jeff; six grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Sue Riley Bennitt ’68, of Mars, Pa., died on Feb. 3, 2013. Sue graduated from William Smith with a B.A. in German. On campus, she was a member of Campus

Chest, Schola Cantorum and was named to the dean’s list. Sue later earned a M.S. from La Roche College, and worked as a college counselor at Butler County Community College for 20 years. In her community she served on the boards of directors for the League of Women Voters, the VNA of Western Pennsylvania, the VNA Hospice, the Butler Public Library, the BC3 Education Foundation and more. Sue was the founder of the Butler County Day Care Center and served as president of its board of directors. In 2012, she was presented with the Women of Legacy Award from the Butler Health System. She is survived by her husband, Fred Y. Bennitt ’66; sons, Peter and Thomas; and three grandchildren. Janet G. O’Donnell ’78, of Cohasset, Mass., died on March 3, 2013. Janet studied for two years at William Smith, where she was a member of the lacrosse team. Later she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, and an M.B.A. from Boston University. Janet pursued a career as a commercial banker, beginning at the First National Bank of Boston, and retiring as a senior vice president of Bank of America. An equestrian, she was a member of the American Hunter-Jumper Association and the Norfolk Hunt Club. She is survived by her husband, Chris; children, Israel and Julia; stepchildren, Emily and Eric; and a grandson. Marita M. McGough ’79, P’11, of Philadelphia, Pa., died on June 16, 2013. Marita graduated from William Smith with a B.A. in economics. She went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Establishing a successful career as a bank executive, Marita landed her first job at Mellon Bank as a college trainee. From there, she worked her way up the ranks, eventually becoming a commercial loan analyst for the company. Marita most recently served as vice president in loan review for First National Bank of Pennsylvania. She is survived by her mother, Jane; children, Trevor and Olivia A. H. Carb ’11; and three siblings. She was formerly married to Robert F. Carb ’79. Bonny Levy-Vitali ’80, of Kennebunkport, Maine, died on May 4, 2013. Bonny graduated from William Smith with a B.A. in sociology, performed Honors work, and was a member of the sociology club. Bonny established a career as an account executive, working for Cox Enterprises. In her community, she served on the boards of United Way, Maine 411 and was active with Consolidated School’s PTA. She was a Girl Scout Leader for Kennebunkport’s Troop. Bonny was also dedicated to giving back to the Colleges, serving as a career counselor for many years. She is survived by her husband, Louis; daughter, Emily; and cousin, Lizabeth B. Kulick ’84. Bonnie L. Mackiewicz ’81, of Phelps, N.Y., died on March 20, 2013. Bonnie earned her B.A. in studio art from William Smith, where she was named to the dean’s list. She went on to work for Inovhalon Corp. as a computer analyst, and was a member of the Maranatha Baptist Church. With a deep passion for art, Bonnie was an independent artist and enjoyed photography, sculpting and building wood furniture. She was predeceased by her father, Charles; and brother, Charles Allen. She is survived by her mother, Jeannette; and several nieces and nephews.

Holly Cohen Osman ’81, of Scarsdale, N.Y., died on June 14, 2013. Holly graduated from William Smith with a B.A. in sociology. On campus, she participated in Koshare Dance Guild, tennis, and the William Smith Congress. Holly went on to become founder of her interior design firm, Holly Osman Designs. Additionally, she volunteered with the American Cancer Association, as well as with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Richard; children, Sarah and Eric; father, Murray; and two siblings. Holly was predeceased by her mother, Joyce.

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In the pool

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On a hot spring afternoon in 1970, four friends cool off on the Quad.

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Alumni and Alumnae News Upcoming Events August 1 Boston, Mass. Red Sox vs. Mariners Game Outing

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August 4 Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Day at the Races August 7 San Francisco, Calif. Giant vs. Brewers Game Outing August 11 Syracuse, N.Y. Syracuse Chiefs vs. Pawtucket Red Sox Game Outing August 13 Rochester, N.Y. William Smith Chapter of Rochester Summer Gathering August 23-25 Geneva, N.Y. Student Orientation Classes of 2017 September 20-22 Geneva, N.Y. Homecoming and Family Weekend For more information about these and other upcoming events, visit us at or call Alumni House toll free at (877) 497–4438.

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Dr. Roberta Barnes Carey ’71 offers thanks after being presented with the Alumna Achievement Award for her work as the director of the Laboratory Quality Management Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Honoring Dr. Roberta Barnes Carey ’71 By Kristyna Bronner ’14


he William Smith Alumnae Association presented the Alumna Achievement Award to Dr. Roberta Barnes Carey ’71, director of the Laboratory Quality Management Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on Thursday, April 4. The Alumna Achievement Award is the Alumnae Association’s highest honor, and is awarded to an alumna who, by reason of outstanding accomplishments in her particular business, profession or community service, has brought honor and distinction to her alma mater. In her role as director of the Laboratory Quality Management Program and interim director of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) at the CDC, Carey is responsible for oversight of the quality management system for the CDC infectious disease laboratories. She joined the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the CDC as chief of the Clinical and Environmental Microbiology Branch in 2004. In that capacity, she served as acting director for the Division of Laboratory Systems, which provides oversight for the regulations that set the federal quality standards for the nation’s clinical laboratories. After graduating from William Smith cum laude with a degree in biology, Carey received a Ph.D. in microbiology from Cornell University

Graduate School of Medical Sciences and completed a post–doctoral fellowship in clinical and public health microbiology at Temple University. She has been a diplomat of the American Board of Medical Microbiology in Public Health and Medical Microbiology since 1985. “Dr. Carey has made a difference in the world, shown an unbelievable work ethic and has ultimately, honored William Smith College with what she has accomplished,” said Kristin Ohms–McNamara ’77, chair of the Alumna Achievement Award committee. Carey attributes the success of her career to the well–rounded education she received at William Smith. “William Smith is very special—I could have gone other places. I could have stuck my nose in science books and never branched out but that’s not what we do in any of our careers now,” she says. “In science or in anything else, we have to be men and women of many facets. In order to translate science you have to appreciate other people’s backgrounds. William Smith always did that for me.” The Alumna Achievement Award ceremony began with a welcome reception in the Blackwell Room, followed by dinner and presentation of the award. Carey then gave a Salisbury Center for Career Services’ Professional in Residence Lecture in the Seneca Room. ●

President of the Hobart Alumni Association James B. Robinson ’96 delivers the welcoming address at the annual Hobart Launch at Bozzuto Boathouse.

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Behind Smith Hall, the women of William Smith wait to help plant a pine tree as a reminder of the college’s founder, nurseryman and philanthropist William Smith.

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The Hobart Class of 2013 began the next chapter of their lives as they were welcomed into the ranks of alumni during the Hobart Launch at the Bozzuto Boathouse in May. Following tradition, the graduating seniors were presented with replicas of paddles used by the legendary Seneca Indian warrior Agayentah (see page 27 for more). “Leaving the sunny shores of Seneca Lake, on Sunday or Monday, does not mean that you can just leave it all behind and move on,” keynote speaker Scott Mason ’81, P’13 told seniors. “You can’t, and I’m sure you won’t. That’s because Hobart is now part of you and has made its way into your DNA.” As part of the ceremony, Class President Raphael Durand ’13 announced that Darnell Pierce was named Honorary Class Member for 2013. Inducted in light of his many contributions to the HWS community, Pierce is an area coordinator for Residential Education, resident director of the Higher Education Opportunity Program Summer Institute and works extensively in sports education. Pierce also serves on the Committee on Fraternal Life and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network for the HWS community. Andrew Oliveira ’13 was elected class correspondent and Sean Peer ’13, Jordan Printup ’13 and Samuel Schneider ’13 were selected as Class Agents. President of the Hobart Alumni Association J.B. Robinson ’96 congratulated the Class of 2013. “Stay connected to the part of you that you leave here, stay connected to this place,” Robinson said. “Hobart College doesn’t just happen. It happens because people like you, people like me, and other graduates that you see around you stay connected to this place.” After the presentation, seniors gathered for a cigar reception with “Hobart” cigars provided by Bill ’85 and Larry ’92 Sherman, owners of Nat Sherman Cigar Company.

The William Smith Class of 2013 was officially welcomed into the rich tradition of the Alumnae Association during the Annual Senior Welcome Brunch in May. Kathy Ford ’80, P’13 served as this year’s distinguished alumna speaker. Ford, whose daughter, Molly Krifka ’13 graduated this year and whose grandfather Bob Ford ’54 graduated from Hobart, reflected on the Colleges. “The passion I gained at William Smith has reverberated through my life ever since.” She offered the seniors the following advice: “Recognize what makes your heart beat fast. Let that be a guide to you as you pursue your own path.” President of the Alumnae Association Chrissy Bennett-West ’94 commended the women while distributing the association awards. Recipients included Sarah Cifaratta ’13, who earned the Judith Haslam Cross ’52 Award; Faith James ’13, who was presented with the Elizabeth Herendeen Odell ’22 Book Award; and Kazia Berkley-Cramer ’13, who was elected Class Correspondent. Class President Brianne Ellis ’13 also addressed her classmates. “We have experienced so much in such a short period of time; and so we begin a lifelong exploration of who we are – and what we will become,” said Ellis, who also named Sodexo employee Shirley Hanson as an honorary member of the William Smith Class of 2013. Hanson was chosen for the support and mentorship she has given students. Following the brunch, each member of the class participated in the planting of a class tree in honor of college founder William Smith. “When you came here, I imagine what you thought you’d find answers, but what you found were questions,” remarked Chaplain Lesley Adams. “I hope that we planted these questions in your hearts and minds - and that we have given you hundreds of sisters to help you explore these questions forever.”

Ben Wattenberg ’55, L.H.D. ’75 Named a Druid Acclaimed syndicated columnist and television show host Ben Wattenberg ’55, L.H.D. ’75 was inducted into the Druid Society at St. John’s Chapel during the annual Charter Day ceremonies held in April. Founded in 1903, the Druid Society works to further the ideals of Hobart College by promoting the values of character, loyalty and leadership. “Charter Day is one of the great events at the Colleges,” Wattenberg says. “For me, it’s an honor to be inducted into the Druid Society.” Wattenberg is the co-author of the book, The Real Majority, and for more than 15 years he was the moderator of the PBS television show, “Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg.” During his career, he was an aide and speechwriter for President Lyndon B. Johnson and served as an adviser to Senator Hubert Humphrey’s Race for Senate in 1970 and Senator Henry Jackson’s contests for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 1972 and 1976. Wattenberg also received several presidential appointments throughout his career. President Jimmy Carter appointed Wattenberg to the Presidential Advisory Board for Ambassadorial Appointments and as a public member of the American delegation to the Madrid Conference on Human Rights. He also was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the Board of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. President George H.W. Bush appointed him to the Task Force on U.S. Government International Broadcasting. Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Ripple Effect The 2012-2013 Annual Fund Campaign came to a successful close on May 31.

MORE donors MORE dollars MORE worlds opened

Here’s to making waves in this year’s Annual Fund campaign June 1, 2013 – May 31, 2014. Join us.

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Reunion 2013: A Time for Celebrating Achievement

attaining the rank of captain. In 1973, he earned College, in recognition of Mrs. Odell’s devoted an M.B.A. from Loyola College. service to William Smith and to Hobart and From 1970 to 1993, Salisbury held a variety her many years of leadership, counsel and of positions at T. Rowe Price Associates, where friendship,” said Kathy Killius Regan ’82, P’13, he eventually was named president and chief assistant vice president for Alumnae Relations investment officer of the T. Rowe Price Trust and National Regional Network. Company. In 1994, Salisbury joined the United As a student, Shapiro excelled at her Asset Management Corporation where he was studies, pursuing a major in mathematics with eunion offers an opportunity to recognize elected executive vice president. an English minor. An Honors student, she was the achievements of Currently he owns and directs on the Dean’s List and was a Phi Beta Kappa alums who have lived Salisbury Broadcasting Company in member. Shapiro went on to earn a master’s remarkable lives and have Baltimore, Md. degree and a Ph.D. in English from Harvard generously given back to    Salisbury is a member of University, as well as a J.D. from the University Hobart and William Smith. the Wheeler Society and Seneca of New Mexico. Following a successful law At this year’s celebration, Society, and is a Statesmen career, Shapiro went back to school, receiving Henry “Hank” Holden ’63, Lifetime member. He was the lead a B.F.A. As a dedicated alumna, Shapiro has P’84, P’89, who formerly donor for the renovation of Trinity served as a class agent and reunion volunteer served on the Board of Hall, which houses the Salisbury several times. Trustees, and Barbara Center for Career Services, a In addition, a number of other awards were Petersen Shapiro ’63, also destination point for all HWS announced and presented by the Alumni and a former Board member, students and a differentiator Alumnae Associations. Recipients for William were each honored for for the Colleges among peer Smith include: Barbara Krongel ’68 (Centennial Henry “Hank” Holden ’63, P’84, P’89 lifetime service. Presented institutions. In 2006, the Board of Bowl), Trustee Carolyn Carr McGuire ’78, Sarah during the President’s Trustees introduced the Charles Walsh Dieter ’83, Julie Bazan D’Angelo ’93, Reunion Forum, Holden Salisbury Award. His generosity Mary M. Collins ’78 and Talley Gerace Hargrave received Hobart’s also established The Charles H. ’88. Young Alum Award recipients include: Distinguished Service Salisbury Jr. Summer International Kristen Mogilnicki Good ’03, Mara Zimmerman Award for Lifetime Service Internship Stipend. ’03, Kirra Henick-Kling Guard ’08, and Madeline and Shapiro received the    Following the Hobart L. Brooks ’08. Elizabeth Herendeen Odell Recipients for Hobart include: Pete Harter Distinguished Service Award ’22 Award. In addition, announcement, Shapiro was ’68, Howard Mulcahey ’78, Trustee William Honorary Trustee Charles recognized by the William Smith “Boo” Green ’83, Rich Reynolds ’88, Trustee H. Salisbury Jr. ’63, P’94, Alumnae Association for her Bill Whitaker ’73, Brendan Neary ’93 and Adam L.H.D.’08, who was unable achievements. “The Elizabeth Goldstein ’08 (Young Alum Award). to attend Reunion and who Barbara Petersen Shapiro ’63 Herendeen Odell ’22 Award served on the Board from was created as the Alumnae 1991 to 2007 including Association’s highest honor for service to the as chair from 1998 to 2006, also received the Distinguished Service Award. “The Alumni Association presents the Distinguished Service Award to an alumnus who Professor of Music Nicholas V. D’Angelo P’98, HON ’59 has demonstrated exemplary service to his alma Receives DFA mater throughout his life,” said Jared Weeden Barbara Riley and Paul ’91, assistant vice president for Alumni Relations D’Angelo ’98, the children and Annual Giving during ceremony. “This of late Professor of Music award is only given on the occasion that truly Nicholas V. D’Angelo P’98, exceptional recognition is merited. This is such HON’59 accepted the Alumni an occasion.” and Alumnae Associations’ As a student, Holden served as wing Distinguished Faculty Award commander in the Arnold Air Force Society of on behalf of their father the ROTC Program. He was a member of the who was honored during football team and the first hockey team. Upon Reunion. Professor D’Angelo graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force during was posthumously bestowed the Vietnam War, publishing a book, Moonglow, the award in recognition of about his experiences. his lasting influence, noted As a volunteer and father of two Hobart scholarship and unwavering alums, Holden has served on reunion dedication to his students. committee celebrations and as an admissions He began his career at volunteer, as well as serving on the boards of HWS in 1955, serving as chair of Music Department, a leader on several faculty committees the Statesmen Athletic Association and the and facilitator of abroad programs in London. Gifted in musical composition, he was the Alumni Council. In addition to his generous recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the First Prize at the New American support of the Annual Fund, he sponsors the Music Festival, the Sheena Meeker Memorial Award for a new work for chamber orchestra, Holden Award, given annually to a member of the University of Georgia Bicentennial Prize for new chamber work, and the Michigan State the Hobart Hockey team. University performance award. During the DFA ceremony, James Steele ’89 expressed the Also a member of the Class of 1963, influence D’Angelo had on him as both a teacher and dear family friend. “Nick will always be Salisbury played varsity lacrosse and served as a remembered for his compositions, but he will most importantly be remembered for his passion member of Advanced ROTC, among many other for music,” Steele said. “Nick always said: music is the soul’s way of expressing itself. Thank activities. Following graduation, Salisbury was you, Nick, for sharing your soul with us.” commissioned in the U.S. Air Force, eventually


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Regional Events

The Quake Returns Players Step Up and Swing for the Annual Fund


he Quake on the Lake once again shook the shores of the Seneca. In its second year, the social media-driven HWS Annual Fund challenge pitted the men of Hobart against the women of William Smith in an epic boxing match for school pride – this time with an 8-bit twist. John Henry “The Rock ’em, Sock ’em Reverend” Hobart and William “The Towering Pine” Smith faced off in a 24-hour battle for bragging rights to see which college could garner the most alum participation before time ran out on the fund year. The blow-byblow coverage could be seen on the Colleges’ Facebook and Twitter pages, and alums took to these social media sites to be included in the action – earning points for their college with tweets and Facebook “likes.” Although Hobart had golden gloves in 2012, the women of William Smith proved a formidable force this year, handily claiming this year’s title of champion. By the time Game Over was called at midnight, the Office of Advancement had received more than 200 online donations with nearly 400 alumni and alumnae fighting for their alma maters. All participants were also entered into a drawing for a prize pack featuring HWS apparel, an HWS coffee table book, and a personalized voicemail from none other than Hobart Dean Eugen Baer. For those who missed the chance to duke it out with our founders – you can still check out this year’s coverage of the challenge online ( And never fear – there’s always next year to sting like a bee! – Sarah Tompkins ’10

The family of Heron attack Abigail West ’15 – Benjamin West, Margaret and James West P’15 – cheer on the William Smith lacrosse team during a game at Bard.

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Members of the 1993 Hobart lacrosse team gather at the 2013 NCAA Division III Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their championship season. Back row: (left to right) Bill Warder ’96, Tony Gray ’94, Jeff King ’93, Mike O’Connor ’94, Chip Knutson ’94, Bill Palmer ’94, BJ O’Hara ’75 (Coach), Mike Higgins ’93 and Matt Crowther ’96. Front row: (Left to right) Eric Curry ’96, Cabell Maddux ’94, Bryan Riehl ’96, Tim Watt ’93 and Brett Leary ’94.

Before the William Smith lacrosse team takes on Skidmore, members of the William Smith Alumnae Council and members of the Heron Society Board pose for a group photo on Boswell Field.

Leo Rhodes ’01 and Anthony Liuzzi ’02 at a reception hosted by Trustee Steve Cohen ’67 in Minneapolis.

HWS alumni, alumnae, parents and staff gather at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA on May 29th for a showdown between the Phillies and the Boston Red Sox thanks to the generosity of HWS Trustee, Pete Buck ’81, P’12. Pictured from right to left: Lou Guard’07, Peter Yaverbaum ’96, Jason Rubin P’13, Andrew Mason’13, Lynne Mason ’80 P’13, Scott Mason ’81 P’13, JB Robinson’96 and his daughter Lily, and staff members Michael Hoepp’05, Ben Foster’95, and Jamie Landi ’08. The group also met with Brain Mahoney ’91, Director of Advertising Sale for the Phillies.


Connect with alums in your area by attending an HWS Club event! Visit for upcoming event information.

Young alums in Rochester and the Finger Lakes catch up at TRATA in Rochester, N.Y. during a gathering hosted by the Alumni and Alumnae Associations.

The Alumni and Alumnae Councils gather for a photo during a meeting on campus. Bottom Row (l-r) Kathy Killius Regan ’82, P’13, Caroline Wenzel ’05, Susan Lloyd Yolen ’72, Jane Erickson ’07, Chris Bennett-West ’94, Eric Hall Anderson ’59, Adele Schlotzhauer ’83, Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk ’98. Second Row (l-r) Rick Solomon ’75, P’10, Ed Cooper ’86, P’16, Jared Weeden ’91, Lisa DeLucia ’04, Jessica Indingaro ’99, James Baker ’96, Julie Bazan D’Angelo ’93, Derrick Moore ’05, JB Robinson ’96. Top Row (l-r) Susan Flanders Cushman ’98, Jeremy Cushman ’96, Rafael Rodriguez ’07, Garry Mendez ’96, Amanda Shaw ’11, Kristin Ohms-McNamara ’77.

James F. ’56, L.H.D.’12 and Cynthia L. Caird L.H.D.’12, whose lead gift made possible the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation, join players from the 2012 Hobart football team to celebrate the Statesmen’s undefeated season during the football banquet at Belhurst Castle.

Ralph A. Pica ’56 and Jane Massey Pica ’58 talk with President Mark D. Gearan during a reception for San Francisco area alums and parents hosted at the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel by the Picas.

Kathy Regan ’82, P13 and Alta E. Boyer ’36 at the William Smith Senior Brunch.

Joe Stein ’86, David Jewell ’86, Eric Stein ’89 and Ryan Moore ’17, the nephew of the Stein brothers, pose for a photo with the Hobart victory belt, created by James Baker ’96 in celebration of the football team’s undefeated season. Thanks to the generosity of alums, each member of the undefeated team received a Hobart Football Ring.

Betsy Saunders Oski ’81 and Peggy McGee ’81 at the HWS Harry Connick Jr. event in Boston. Chair of the Board of Trustees Maureen Collins Zupan ’72, CBS news correspondent and HWS Trustee Bill Whitaker ’73, L.H.D. ’97, Vice President for Student Affairs Robb Flowers, and others gather for a photo with the incoming members of the Classes of 2017 who are Posse Scholars. The Posse program recruits talented public high school students for college. Hobart and William Smith Colleges


BOOKSHELF How knowledgeable on the topic were you before you wrote the book? I didn’t have a clue. In many ways I was our perfect reader. I was afraid and had the same uninformed views and fears. What were your goals in writing the book? We wanted to share the facts about how radiation affects our lives in every way and clearly explain what the dangers are and what the benefits are. We tried to make it as accessible to readers as possible, even putting a summary section in the end for those who felt compelled to jump past the science.

by Cynthia L. McVey


orld–renowned radiation biology expert Dr. Robert Peter Gale ’66 and bestselling author Eric Lax ’66 have set out to demystify the science and dangers of radiation in Radiation: What It Is, What You Need to Know, a nonfiction book that’s been commended for its in–depth information on radiation and how it affects the earth. Classmates and friends, the two were compelled to write the book to dispel the myths and false information being circulated following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. They begin with an historical account of the discovery of radiation and explain how humans themselves are all radioactive. “Sleep next to someone, and your bedmate will get a dose of radiation from you,” they write. They examine the myriad of radiation’s benefits, from safely sterilizing food to what’s described as a relatively low–risk fuel alternative of nuclear energy. They also outline what the real risks are and how they are derived, debunking fears of explosions at nuclear power plants as well as cautioning against blind faith in all forms of medical radiation. A visiting professor of hematology at Imperial College in London, Gale

Dr. Robert Peter Gale ’66 and Eric Lax ’66

is one of the world’s leading experts on radiation. His career has focused on the biology and therapy of bone marrow and blood cancers and he is widely recognized for his humanitarian activities, having led medical response teams to nuclear disasters, including the Chernobyl nuclear power station accident as well as those in Brazil and Armenia. In 2011, Gale was called to Japan to advise on medical consequences of the Fukushima nuclear power station accident. He is the author of 22 medical books and articles that have appeared in the press around the globe. A New York Times best–selling author, Lax is the author of numerous books, including Life and Death on Ten West, an account of one of the foremost cancer research units in the world, at UCLA, of which Gale was chief clinical physician at the time. His book Woody Allen: A Biography, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The Mold in Dr. Florey’s Coat, about the development of penicillin, was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year.    At right, Lax shares some insight on writing Radiation with Gale.

Nightstand: What are you reading? CAITLIN CROSSETT ’15

Geoscience and Environmental Studies double major I am reading A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, which explores the lives of two Afghan women. I chose this book because in high school I read Hosseini’s The Kite Runner and I really enjoyed it, so his next book seemed like an obvious choice. It’s important to learn about different cultures and how their beliefs and norms differ from my own.

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How are we exposed to radiation? About half of the radiation we normally receive comes from natural sources called background radiation. There are two major sources of background radiation: cosmic radiation, which comes from the universe, including our Sun (cosmic radiation increases when there are solar flares) and supernovas (that fling out particles when they explode); and terrestrial radiation, which comes from radionuclides in the Earth’s crust. An additional component comes from radiation in our body. We live in a sea of radiation. The other half of the radiation we receive is from man– made sources such as consumer products and the nuclear fuel cycle, as well as medical tests and treatments. What are some of the benefits of radiation? Radiation saves lives every day. It makes smoke detectors work; helps illuminate some exit signs; tests the structural integrity of airplanes, bridges and skyscrapers; and sources of radiation are used to diagnose and treat cancers. If you had to sum it up in one concise message, then, what would it be? The things people worry about most are not the things we should worry about. For example, people worry about backscatter radiation from airport scanners, but insist that their doctor prescribe a CT scan ’just to make sure’ about something. In reality, it’s the computed tomography (CT) scan they should be more concerned with. CT scans are the major contributor to our man–made radiation dose; they deliver about two times our normal annual natural and man–made radiation (often more for whole body scans). And the number of CT scans is rapidly rising (a three–fold increase between 1996 and 2010). In many parts of the country it is virtually impossible to leave the emergency department without a CT scan; some call it the new physical exam. We call unnecessary CTs a danger. Ask your physician why he/she is recommending a test and about the balance of risk and benefit and the dose of radiation you will receive. So how has this newfound knowledge changed your life? Having written the book, I realized I have some good practices and habits already – I don’t smoke and I use sunscreen. Ironically, for the first time in my life I had a CT necessary scan just after publishing the book!

We asked students doing research on Seneca Lake this summer to tell us what they’re reading.



I’m currently reading The Good War by Studs Terkel. This book provides firsthand accounts of World War II, depicting the struggles and triumphs of people who were involved in the war, whether in combat or working back in the States. Terkel illustrates the good, the bad and the gruesome of WWII in a way that you cannot find anywhere else.

I am currently reading Solo: A Memoir of Hope, by Hope Solo who is the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. She shares stories about her experiences as a professional female soccer player and the many obstacles she has overcome. As a player myself, I admire her perseverance and attitude because I know how hard it is to constantly be pushing yourself to get better.

Geoscience major with double minor in Mathematics and Environmental Studies

Biology major and Health Professions minor


Legacies Created. Lives Changed.



Legacies Created • Lives Changed

Lauren Morosky ’12, MAT ’13, a member of the William Smith Swimming and Diving Team, swims laps in Bristol Gymnasium. Photo by kevin colton


have taught here for 38 years, and I feel very strongly about giving back to a place that has been so central in our lives,” says Professor of Economics Alan Frishman P’00. Inspired by their close connection with the Colleges, the Frishman family: Alan and his wife Ronny Frishman P’00, Aaron Frishman ’00 and Lisa Fasolo ’99 Frishman (pictured above with four-year-old Jack Frishman) have created legacies through their estate plans. “I grew up on this campus. It is so much a part of me, and I have a personal commitment to supporting HWS,” says Aaron, an estate attorney with Bond, Schoeneck & King in Syracuse, N.Y. “Hobart and William Smith will always be a part of our family; we got married at Houghton House and even named our dog Houghton,” states Lisa. “We are grateful for the Colleges and all of our experiences here.” Through their planned gifts, the Frishmans want to make it possible for future students to experience a great education and develop a lifelong connection with Hobart and William Smith.

As the Colleges prepare to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Wheeler Society, we encourage everyone to Create a Legacy at Hobart and William Smith. To learn more about how you can make a planned gift, contact Leila Rice, associate vice president for Advancement, at (315) 781-3545 or, or visit Hobart and William Smith Colleges


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HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES 300 Pulteney Street Geneva, New York 14456 This publication was printed using FSC Certified paper which enables the environmental savings equivalent to the following: 209 trees preserved for the future 768,457 L of wastewater flow saved 11,640 kg of solid waste not generated 30,257 kg CO2 greenhouse gases prevented 342 Gigajoules of energy not consumed 90 kg NOx noxious gases not produced

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Cat Gorman ’15

Managing Director, Global Market Manager, Citibank; Majored in Economics and Sociology at William Smith

First sophomore from HWS accepted as a J.P. Morgan Intern, Asset Management Risk Department; Majoring in Economics; Member of the Lacrosse Team

1. What advice would you give women trying to break into finance? Be confidant and APPLY! The financial industry needs more of us. 2. What qualities do you need to be successful in your business? Strong client relationship management, passion for doing the right thing, knowledgeable about the global economy. 3. How has being a woman impacted your career aspirations? As Hillary Clinton once said “I had to try twice as hard to be thought half as good.” By believing in myself, I have easily overcome those challenges. 4. What’s your best financial advice? Start saving and investing early in your life. 5. What gives you a competitive edge? I am passionate about what I do.

1. What advice would you give women trying to break into finance? Be persistent and do not take no for an answer. 2. What qualities do you need to be successful in your business? Competitive, hardworking, dedicated, good communication skills, and good teamwork ability.


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3. How has being a woman impacted your career aspirations? I want to become more successful than the majority, or all of, the males in this industry to help prove the capabilities of women. 4. What’s your best financial advice? Save now, spend later. 5. What gives you a competitive edge? Being an athlete. 6. What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome? Working three jobs while being a full time student-athlete.  7. What motivates you? Success motivates me.

6. What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome? Guilt from not being at home enough.

8. What quality do you most value in your friends? Loyalty and kindness.

7. What motivates you? My family, my colleagues and my clients. 8. What quality do you most value in your friends? Trustworthiness.

9. If you could start college over and study any subject, what would it be? Economics.

9. If you could start college over and study any subject, what would it be? Economics.

10. What’s your proudest achievement? The internship with J.P. Morgan.

Fog Horns Arthur Dove, Hobart Class of 1903 Depicting sound flowing across water, Fog Horns was selected for inclusion in the United States Postal Service’s 2013 collection of stamps Modern Art in America, 1913–1931. (Oil on Canvas, 1929)

10. What’s your proudest achievement? My daughter!

Inside: Faculty research on Seneca Lake • Potable water issues around the world • Behind the scenes at America’s Cup

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