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Pulteney Street Survey | Winter 2013 Catherine Williams EDITOR, VICE PRESIDENT FOR COMMUNICATIONS Peggy Kowalik ART DIRECTOR/DESIGNER Melissa Sue Sorrells Galley ’05 ASSISTANT EDITOR Jessica Evangelista Balduzzi ’05, Joshua Brown, Rose Cherubin ’15, Edward Crockett ’12, Ken DeBolt, Melissa Sue Sorrells Galley ’05, Madeleine Gearan, Nicholas Howie ’02, Helen Hunsinger ’12, Megan Metz,Dominic Moore ’05, Paige Mullin, Jeanne Nagle, John Norvell ’66, P’99, P’02, Katie Kilfoyle Remis, Sarah Tompkins ’10, Chris Swingle, Andrew Wickenden ’09, Catherine Williams and Lauren Zeitler ’09 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS/EDITORS Kevin Colton CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER Hannah Bishop ‘15, Andrew Markham ’10, Gregory Searles ’13, Jared Weeden ’91 CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Rebecca Frank, Mary K. LeClair, Betty Merkle, Kathy Killius Regan ’82, P’13, Jared Weeden ’91 CLASSNOTES EDITORS Mark D. Gearan PRESIDENT Maureen Collins Zupan ’72, P’09 CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Katherine D. Elliott ’66, L.H.D. ’08 VICE CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Robert B. O’Connor VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADVANCEMENT Kathy Killius Regan ’82, P’13 ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT, ALUMNAE RELATIONS AND NATIONAL REGIONAL NETWORK Jared Weeden ’91 ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT, ALUMNI RELATIONS AND ANNUAL GIVING William Smith Alumnae Association Officers: Chris Bennett-West ’94, President; Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk ’98, Vice President; Susan Flanders Cushman ’98, Immediate Past President; Kate Strouse Canada ’98, Historian Hobart Alumni Association Officers: James B. Robinson ’96, President; Garry A. Mendez III ’96, Vice President; Edward R. Cooper ’86, P’16, Immediate Past President; Rafael A. Rodriguez ’07, Historian VOLUME XXXIX, NUMBER THREE THE PULTENEY STREET SURVEY is published by the Office of Communications, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 639 S. Main Street, Geneva, New York 14456-3397, (315) 7813700. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Pulteney Street Survey, c/o Alumni House Records, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York 14456-3397. Opinions expressed in The Pulteney Street Survey are those of the individuals expressing them, not of Hobart and William Smith Colleges or any other individual or group. Hobart and William Smith Colleges value diversity and actively seek applications from underrepresented groups and do not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, or sexual orientation.
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hirty-two years ago, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Kevin Mitchell married his wife Ellen in St. John’s Chapel. Recalling the event, Kevin notes that those 40 minutes changed the course of their lives. So when the couple recently learned that Dr. George N. Abraham ’59 had gifted the Colleges with four Stations of the Cross created by artist Frances A. Hart, they were inspired to purchase the remaining ten to complete the set. The result is a stunning addition to the Chapel – with each bronze plaque hanging in a window embrasure where, during evening services, they are illuminated by candlelight. As we mark the 150th anniversary of St. John’s Chapel, there is no better way to celebrate the Chapel’s spiritual role on campus than through the addition of this meaningful artwork. Through their generosity, Kevin, Ellen and George have enhanced the Chapel for generations to come.
Here at the Colleges, we observe the passage of time in a variety of ways – the semester with its attendant cycle of classes, papers, mid-terms and finals; the academic The eighth Station of the Cross created by artist Frances A. Hart, in St. John’s Chapel. year with its bookend traditions of Convocation and Commencement; and the four years it takes students to complete their degrees. But it’s also important to pause and look back to see how, over the longer arc of time, the Colleges have evolved and grown – the passage of Title IX which affected the ways that colleges and universities support academic and athletic programs, the changes in curriculum that have shaped who we are as an institution, the creation of the women’s studies and LGBT departments, and the generosity of our alums – like Bill Scandling ’49, LL.D. ’67, whose inspirational leadership and dedication to Hobart and William Smith profoundly altered our future. Every four years during the presidential election, it has been my privilege to co-teach a course on campaigns and elections. In addition to sharing my passion for politics, the experience allows me to understand anew the rigors of the classroom – the kind of commitment to students that my faculty colleagues exhibit every day, and the joy that comes when students are engaged in the subject matter. This semester, I have been especially impressed by the skills of our students; they are accomplished writers and critical thinkers who are passionate about the role that they can and are playing in the future of our nation. And finally, I am proud to reflect on the significant accomplishments of our student-athletes and their coaches. In the water and on fields and courts, they have demonstrated that hard work and cooperation can result in substantial achievements. Recently our football team, ably led by Head Coach Mike Cragg P’13, advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time ever in the history of the program. In addition to finishing the regular season undefeated, the Statesmen have broke several team and individual game and season records. As we mark the end of this calendar year, and in this season of gratitude and giving, I thank you for your continued dedication to the Colleges. With every best wish, I remain
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In their “Elections and Campaigns” class, Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman and President Mark D. Gearan lead a conversation between their students and journalist John King. The CNN Chief National Correspondent telephoned the class to offer his insights on the Presidential race.
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t’s raining outside, but the animated conversation drowns out the patter. Eager hands shoot up as a former White House staffer and a political science professor RXWOLQHWKHLPSOLFDWLRQVRIWKHWKLUGDQGÀQDO presidential debate, ready to answer any curveball questions thrown their way. A voice sounds from amid the excitement. “Excuse me sir, many are saying that while Obama was very aggressive, Romney proved to be competent, showing that he could be a viable leader. But who do you think was the winner?” Far from spin alley, this makeshift news room is a small classroom in Coxe Hall and its inquisitive members of the press are students enrolled in “Elections and Campaigns” co-taught by Professor
of Political Science Iva Deutchman and President Mark D. Gearan. “Well,” begins Gearan, who spent the early years of his career working on political campaigns and later was Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Communications and Strategic Planning in the Clinton Administration. “Why don’t you tell me? Was this a ‘game changer’ for either candidate?” Gearan’s inquiry sparks numerous responses, leading to questions of gaffs and LFRQLFPRPHQWV:LWKWKHHIÀFLHQF\DQG thoroughness of a major news network, students queue clips of a 1988 debate featuring a fumble by Michael Dukakis and a moment in 1976 when then-President Gerald Ford lost his second term with the denial of
‘Soviet domination.’ This is a familiar scene that plays out frequently in the coveted quadrennial course, offered by Deutchman and Gearan just three times to date. An expert on the conservative movement and the religious right who annually accompanies students to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Deutchman has been carefully listening to the dialogue. “But do you think these players have appealed to their bases?” she asks. “Where does passion come too close to losing voters?” At 11 a.m., the conference call phone sitting on the table at the front of the classroom comes to life, interrupting a heated discussion of the seven remaining toss-up states – which the class has slowly watched
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Join the students in â€œElections and Campaignsâ€? by reading the following texts: The Â Polarized Â Public?: Â Why Â American Â Government Â is Â so Â Dysfunctional Â by Alan I. Abramowitz Political Â Consultants Â and Â Campaigns: Â One Â Day Â to Â Sell by Jason Johnson Predicting Â the Â Next Â President: Â The Â Keys Â to Â the Â White Â House Â by Allan J. Lichtman The Â Making Â of Â the Â Presidential Â Candidates Â 2012 by William G. Mayer and Jonathan Bernstein (editors) PHOTO BY KEVIN COLTON
Campaigns Â and Â Elections: Â Rules, Â Reality, Â Strategy, Â Choice by John Sides, Daron Shaw, Matt Grossmann and Keena Lipsitz
Denzel Singletary â€™13 voices his thoughts on the election during â€œElections and Campaignsâ€? held in Coxe Hall.
dwindle from an initial 10 battlegrounds. Gearan answers: â€œWelcome back to Geneva, New York, Governor Dean. You are live in Coxe 8.â€? Immediately, former presidential-Âhopeful and 79th Governor of Vermont Howard Dean â€“ who visited campus for a Presidentâ€™s Forum address in 2010 â€“ has the full attention of the class. Call-Âins like this are a weekly occurrence with some of the most prominent voices in politics today weighing in on the current race and what history may be able to teach the country. Republican Party activist Eric Tanenblatt, popular political commentators Mary Matalin and James Carville, conservative pundit Hugh Hewitt, and journalist John King have all lent their time and expertise to this semesterâ€™s roster. Deanâ€™s words seem particularly poignant to the class, as students take to YouTube and the Politico blog to examine moments from the previous debates and the results of the latest Gallup Polls. â€œThe internet has truly transformed politics and completely changed the political process,â€? explains Dean. â€œWhat made a great campaign in 2000 is completely irrelevant to a campaign in 2012.â€? Gearan makes a small gesture to Kees Nordin â€™13 who sits with his hand patiently
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extended. â€œGood morning, Mr. Governor. I am curious â€“ do you think that the internet is divisive in the world of politics or do you believe that itâ€™s a useful and informative tool?â€? While Dean responds with hopeful remarks about the diverse Millennial and Z generations, it is easy to see that his optimism is well-Âfounded. The 30 students enrolled in the class alternate between listening attentively and offering their own opinions. This is not a classroom divided by partisan politics but instead one that acknowledges difference. These are young people working to explore the cogs and gears that power campaigns and what it means to be a participant in our political system as they SUHSDUHWRFDVWWKHLUYRWHVÂ˛DOOIRUWKHĂ€UVW time â€“ in a presidential election. David Luna â€™14, a co-Âpresident of HWS Votes, helped more than 800 students on campus register to vote or obtain a ballot for the 2012 election, and helped to arrange a FRQJUHVVLRQDOGHEDWHRQFDPSXVÂ˛WKHĂ€UVWWR take place at the Colleges in recent memory. Esther Altomare â€˜13 recently returned to class after a week working as a production assistant for the second presidential debate at Hofstra University. Having previously served as a volunteer canvassing for New York
Representative Michael Arcuriâ€™s campaign, Altomareâ€™s passion for political science is palpable. Kelsey Ferris â€™13 answers a question concerning the Republican platform based on her own experiences attending CPAC, while Kellsey Walls â€™13 shares his adventures phone banking for local campaigns. As the class period comes to a close, Deutchman and Gearan are presented with a question that seems woven into the narrative of the course â€“ and perhaps the United States as a whole: does any of this matter? â€œMy unsurprising answer is: yes, elections matter. Our process is messy and these are challenging times,â€? explains Gearan. â€œHowever, this is also one of the best times to be alive â€“ especially for young people. We live longer, there is more freedom and more democracies than there have ever been. But if you donâ€™t vote, it will affect young people more than any other group. Be more demanding, support just causes, and we will get the democracy we deserve.â€? â€œVoting for the candidate that takes RIĂ€FHGRHVQRWPHDQZLQQLQJÂľVD\V Deutchman. â€œLosing does not mean your YRLFHZDVXQKHDUG(OHFWLRQVDUHZKDWGHĂ€QH DGHPRFUDF\ZKDWGHĂ€QHWKLVFRXQWU\ÂľO
Hobart | ca.1924 WAVELENGTHS
The Great Debate In 1924, Hobart College entered into the realm of intercollegiate debating and never looked back. The team, picked by the faculty advisers of the Hobart Forum, competed a few times throughout the year and faced opponents from Union College, University RI%XIIDORDQG+DPLOWRQ&ROOHJH7KH+REDUWPHQSXOOHGWKURXJKLQWKHÀQDOGHEDWHRI the season winning with a 2-1 decision against Hamilton. The winning men are featured in the image above. Eighty-eight years later – in 2012 – HWS boasts the United States Universities Debate Champions: Gerald Klinger ’12 and Will McConnell ’12.
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JUDITH MCKINNEY AWARDED A FULBRIGHT Associate Professor of Economics Judith McKinney is currently conducting research in Yaroslavl, Russia, as a Fulbright Scholar. McKinney is interviewing women about their experiences at work and at home during the period when the Soviet Union was going through the major changes of perestroika, dissolution and the shift from planning to market relations.
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SmartMoney has again recognized HWS as an exceptional investment in its ranking of “Colleges that Help Grads Get Top Salaries.” Among public, private and Ivy League institutions, HWS rank 40th in the nation. To create the list, SmartMoney collected median pay figures for two age sets of alums: recent and midcareer grads, placing HWS just 10 spots behind Yale University.
HWS VOTES HOSTS CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE
A congressional debate between the candidates running for the 23rd District of New York was held on campus this fall. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Thomas Reed, a Republican from Corning, who later won the race for reelection, faced off against Nate Shinagawa, a Democrat and member of the Tompkins County legislature. Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman moderated the HWS Votes event.
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
HWS students were members of the first, second and third-place teams in the prestigious University of Rochester Simon Business School Early Leaders Case Competition. Students from colleges and universities throughout the northeast competed on teams, each team having just 24 hours to review a case study, develop a solution and prepare a presentation. This year’s case was a study done by Harvard business school about American Express and the company’s use of social media.
FROM PULTENEY STREET TO WALL STREET
Before midterm exams began, Jonathan Lawless ’13 and Nicholas Strang ’13 were offered positions with JP Morgan, one of the most prestigious financial firms in the world. Lawless will join the New York City office’s risk department. Strang will serve at the firm’s Dallas, Texas headquarters. Lawless and Strang follow a growing list of recent grads who have landed coveted positions with the financial giant.
Since 2001, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have moved 16 spots in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, this year coming in at No. 60 in the “National Liberal Arts Colleges” category in its 2013 Best Colleges guidebook. The Colleges’ academic reputation was ranked three points higher this year than last.
PRESENTED IN JAPAN
Associate Professor of Biology Meghan Brown and Eleanor Milano ’12 recently presented their research at the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography’s Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Kyoto, Japan. Brown’s presentation was about the environmental change in Seneca and Owasco Lakes while Milano’s was on her research on Cayuga Lake that she completed while working in The Nelson Hairston Lab at Cornell University.
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KOSHARE IS KING
The Koshare Dance Collective’s annual performance featured 130 dancers, an increase of 28 dancers from a year ago. In addition to having the largest participation of any club on campus, Koshare remains the highest attended show each year with audience members lining up hours in advance. This year, Koshare presented 23 dances, featuring the work of 20 different choreographers.
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Spearheaded by the Office for Community Engagement and Service Learning, the Geneva Community Lakefront Playground was constructed along the shore of Seneca Lake. After leading the effort to raise $100,000 to fund the project, dozens of students and members of the HWS and Geneva communities turned out to construct the playground.
“It just f we can understand the captured mechanism of this process him.” at the molecular level, we can apply what we learn to our understanding of aging and cancer.” —ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY KRISTIN SLADE discussing her work on proteins that have been linked to aging and disease.
“We will learn from those trying to rebuild, to achieve justice and those seeking reconciliation -‐ whether it is with their enemies or their own demons.” —PROFESSOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES MICHAEL DOBKOWSKI, chair of the Genocide Symposium’s steering committee, discussing this year’s lineup of speakers.
—PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF GEOSCIENCE DON WOODROW in the Los Angeles Times, talking about his former student, John Grotzinger ’79, who is now the mission leader and project scientist in charge of the Mars Science Laboratory. According to the article, Woodrow “recalled how the young Grotzinger would read his textbook in a room near Woodrow’s office. An ‘Oh my God!’ would break the bookish quiet, then the sound of running footsteps, and Grotzinger would burst through the door to rave about some new geology factoid.”
Statesmen football is honestly the only thing in the world I would miss Shark Week for. —ELLIOT ADLER ’16, fullback for the Statesmen, via Twitter
“HWS has one of the highest per capita sign-‐up ratios we’ve seen.” —SAM NOVEY, director of partnerships at TurboVote, a non profit organization that streamlines the process of voter registration. More than 800 members of the HWS community used TurboVote to register.
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Beverly (Pete) Causey. He was just so knowledgeable about Asia-European diplomacy and its place in a history major’s skill set. Tough as nails about opening the brain up, taking it for a spin. Zero tolerance if you didn’t and the kindest adviser anyone could ever ask for.
—WORLD-RENOWNED PHYSICIST AMORY LOVINS addressing a standing-room-only audience at the first President’s Forum lecture of the year.
—JACK READY ’75 in response to a question about favorite academic advisers on Facebook.
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The March: Bearing Witness to Hope by Madeleine Gearan
want to tell you about three people I knew for only a short time,” said Sally Was- serman. “My mother, my father and my brother.” Wasserman was a hidden child of the Holocaust. A non-Jewish couple – the Turkins - concealed her in their small apartment for two years and in doing so, saved her life. Mr. Turkin met Sally while doing electrical work in the Polish ghetto where she and her family were forced to live. He wrote to Sally’s mother offer- ing to hide the little girl. Because of the Turkins, Wasserman escaped the fate of her parents and six-year old brother. Her entire family was killed at Auschwitz- Birkenau. Wasserman was one of the Holocaust survivors who accompanied “The March: Bearing Witness to Hope,” a Holocaust remembrance journey that included 40
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Students walk silently through Auschwitz concentration camp, where Nazis killed more than one million people in four and a half years.
students from Hobart and William Smith and Nazareth Colleges. The group visited memorial sites and concentration camps in Germany and Poland and listened to the stories of those who survived. “It was the most meaningful experi- ence of my life,” says Margaret McConnell ’14. “It took my classroom knowledge of the Holocaust to the sites where the atrocities occurred. It was more than just learning history, it was like touching it.” Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski was instrumental in establish- ing the March trip at the Colleges more than 10 years ago. Dobkowski, along with faculty from Nazareth College, has led stu- dents on the March every two years since 2002. This year, the generosity of the Farash Foundation made the March a reality for even more students from both institutions. “We are very grateful to the Farash Foundation for their support of a program that is educational and deeply meaningful for our students,” says President Mark D. Gearan, who also attended this year.
“The students are not just learning about history, but with their physical presence they are touching and indeed entering history, living that history and bringing it forward to inform their pres- ent and their future,” writes Dobkowski in his piece Why We March and Remember. “They are among the last in their genera- tion who will have the privilege of travel- ing with and learning from survivors of the Shoah.” Also on the trip was survivor Henry Silberstern. In 1942, Henry and his mother were sent to Terezin concen- tration camp. Of the 15,000 boys who were sent to Terezin, just 150 survived the Holocaust. Henry and his mother were then sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in 1944, where Silberstern was one of 89 boys selected by Nazi doctor Josef Mengele to be a slave worker. These 89 boys are known as the “Birkenau Boys.” Silberstern was liberated on April 15, 1945 –his 15th birthday. His mother sur- vived the war, but died of typhus during liberation. Silberstern’s daughter, son-in-
WAVELENGTHS law and two grandchildren joined him on the March. â€œIt is important that people remember what happened here,â€? Silberstern explained. â€œThat is why I am honored to be on this trip with all of you. And being here with my fam-Â ily is especially moving for me.â€? Silberstern is the only member of his 54-Âperson extended family to have survived the Holocaust. â€œI think of this time in my life, my years trying to survive here, like the life of a differ-Â ent person,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s easier that way.â€? Walking through the camps with Was-Â serman and Silberstern made the numbers of those who died all the more staggering. â€œThe Nazis murdered six million people during the Holocaust,â€? says Andrew Frolich â€™15. â€œBut being there with Sally and Henry allowed me to gaze into the past and feel the pain of the Holocaust in new and profound ways. These wonderful people were able to transform our collective sorrow into hope and energy for the future with their encouraging words of wisdom.â€? Beth Oâ€™Connor â€™12, who went on the 2010 March and helped Dobkowski organize the 2012 March, notes that these relationships, â€œadd to our understanding through the ap-Â preciation of survivors beyond their victim-Â ization,â€? she says. â€œThe personal testimony offered by survivors, complemented by the lectures and vignettes of tour guides and
professors, makes the March a very unique experience.â€? Devan Mizzoni â€™13, who studied abroad LQ%HUOLQGXULQJWKHVSULQJVHPHVWHUUHĂ HFWHG that as students, â€œwe were surrounded by SHUVRQDODFDGHPLFDQGUHĂ HFWLYHDFFRXQWV from our leaders, community members, and fellow students. This was one of the most valuable aspects of the trip.â€? In addition to Dobkowski and Gearan, Associate Professor of Religious Studies Richard Salter â€™86, Pâ€™15 accompanied stu-Â dents on the March. â€œIt was a privilege to see Ă€UVWKDQGDSURJUDPWKDWKDVPHDQWVRPXFK to our students and faculty for more than a decade,â€? says Gearan. In Berlin, students went to multiple memorials including the site of the Wannsee Conference where Nazis crafted the â€œFinal Solutionâ€? to exterminate the Jews, as well as the newly built Berlin Holocaust Memorial near Brandenburg Gate. Students then journeyed to Poland where they saw the location of the Warsaw Ghetto and other sites commemorating destroyed Jewish life. Participants walked through Auschwitz-ÂBirkenau, Majdanek and Treblinka â€“ three Nazi death camps where millions were killed. Â´,WÂˇVGLIĂ€FXOWWRVWHSRXWVLGHRIRXU comfort zones as young adults. And this trip tested the will and character of many
students,â€? says Henry Rubin â€™13. Despite raw realizations of ethnic intol-Â erance, participants also heard a narrative of hope. In Krakow, the group saw Oskar Schindlerâ€™s factory, made famous by Ste-Â YHQ6SLHOEHUJÂˇVDFFODLPHGĂ€OPÂ´6FKLQGOHUÂˇV List.â€? Schindler saved 1,200 Jewish people by recruiting them to work in his factory. In Warsaw, students met Chesawa Zak who helped her family hide 14 Jewish people in their small Warsaw apartment for the length of the war. Today, the Council of Yad Vashem honors these individuals in Israel as being â€œRighteous Among the Nationsâ€? for their efforts to save Jews during the Holocaust. â€œSurvivors are proof that things can and will get better if we remember our moral ob-Â OLJDWLRQWRĂ€JKWIRUHTXDOKXPDQULJKWVÂľVD\V Emily Surprenant â€™15. â€œAnd now, it is our responsibility to learn from the past, examine the present, and make the change so that genocide is something we only read about in history books.â€? Gearan notes that the students on this trip â€œwere thoughtful and engaged, repre-Â senting the Colleges exceedingly well. I was proud of their interactions with the survivors who joined us, impressed with their under-Â standing of history and the implications for todayâ€™s world, and grateful for their support to one another.â€? O
Students take a moment to reflect on a memorial to those members of the Jewish community who perished fighting in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. About Â the Â author: Â Madeleine Â Gearan Â accompanied Â her Â father, Â President Â Mark Â D. Â Gearan, Â on Â â€œThe Â March: Â Bearing Â Witness Â Â to Â Hope.â€?
Only a few blocks away from historic Brandenburg Gate, the group assembles in front of the recently constructed Berlin Holocaust Memorial.
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Haylee Moyser â€™14 / Perth, Australia
From Near and Far by Melissa Sue Sorrells Galley â€™05
KHQ+D\OHH0R\VHUÂˇĂ€UVWVWHSSHG foot on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus, you could say she was a little jetlagged. After traveling for nearly 26 hours, she arrived in Upstate New York, technically, on the same day that she left Perth, Australia. â€œI gained a day,â€? says the transfer student with a laugh. â€œBut I lose it again when I go back home at the end of the semester.â€? Moyser, who transferred to Hobart and William Smith from Curtin University in Australia, has the distinct honor of traveling the most cumulative miles (about 11,400 as WKHFURZĂ LHV WRMRLQWKH+REDUWDQG:LOOLDP Smith community this fall. Joining her in the annals of students from IDUĂ XQJSODFHV6DQ)DQ+RQJÂˇKDGZKDW VKHFDOOVDÂ´QLJKWPDUHKRXUĂ LJKWÂľIURP
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San-Fan Hong â€™16 / Taipei City, Taiwan
Taipei City, Taiwan, traveling about 7,600 miles to be on campus for Orientation. On the opposite end of the spectrum are QROHVVWKDQFXUUHQWĂ€UVW\HDUVWXGHQWV who call Geneva, N.Y., their home and traveled, between all of them, less than 25 miles to campus. Despite their relatively brief journeys, these â€œlocals,â€? like Geneva Scholarship Associates recipient Michael DeRosa â€™16, have their own stories to tell. â€œI didnâ€™t want to stay close to home, but every time I visited another college, I compared it to Hobart and William Smith. Nothing could top it,â€? says DeRosa. Drawn to the Collegesâ€™ strong leadership development program and commitment to community engagement, DeRosa ultimately couldnâ€™t see KLPVHOIDQ\ZKHUHHOVHÂ´,Ă€QDOO\Ă€JXUHGLWRXW that HWS was where I was meant to be. â€œIâ€™m just like San-ÂFan and Haylee in that respect,â€? he says. â€œI do my own laundry here on campus. I decided not to bring my car. Iâ€™ve only seen my parents twice since classes VWDUWHG,ÂˇPMXVWOLNHDQ\RWKHUĂ€UVW\HDU student.â€? And like every other new student, all WKUHHDUHĂ€QGLQJWKHLUZD\DURXQGWKHLU new home. For Hong, who attended Sandy
Michael DeRosa â€™16 / Geneva, N.Y.
Springs Friends School in Maryland for two years, the transition has, so far, been mostly smooth. â€œI love it here,â€? she says. â€œThe campus is beautiful, and my classes are great. ,QMXVWWKHĂ€UVWFRXSOHRIZHHNV,ÂˇYHDOUHDG\ attended lots of different club events, and I played the piano in the Presidentâ€™s House.â€? Moyser, who initially came to HWS in spring 2012 as an exchange student, wasnâ€™t as LPPHGLDWHO\VXUHWKDW+:6ZDVWKHULJKWĂ€W â€œI struggled for a couple of weeks. Everyone kept telling me to stick it out because Iâ€™d have lots of ups and downs. But once I went â€™up,â€™ so to speak, I never came back down,â€? she says. â€œAll of the sudden, I just knew that this is where I am meant to be. â€œStill, Iâ€™ve struggled with a language barrier that I had no idea I was even going to come up against,â€? says Moyser, who loves what she calls â€™tomato sauceâ€™ on her fries (weâ€™d call it ketchup). â€œEnglish is English, I thought. But it turned out to be a blessing in disguise because itâ€™s given me a new outlook on my coursework in rhetoric and language.â€? â€œI am struggling with my own personal culture shock. I mean, I wore a uniform every school day for years and years. What am I going to wear to class,â€? jokes DeRosa, who
QUICK QUESTIONS What little differences make you crazy? â€œIn Australia, you flick a light switch down to turn it on,â€? says Moyser. â€œI still struggle with that.â€? â€œWhy does everyone in America like things so cold? Everything comes with ice here,â€? says Hong. â€œI donâ€™t think Iâ€™ll ever get used to it.â€?
What differences do you love? â€œForever 21! Clothes here are half the price they are at home,â€? explains Moyser.
Classes of 2016 By The Numbers
Welcome, Classes of 2016
rom across the country and around the globe, enthusiastic first-year students anticipating Orientation shook hands with President Mark D. Gearan on the steps of Coxe Hall. For Tora Bonnier â€™16, of New Albany, Ohio, the journey to campus was electric with excitement. â€œI canâ€™t even say what Iâ€™m looking forward to most this weekend - thereâ€™s just so much,â€? said Bonnier. Led by Orientation Coordinators Nelle Crossan â€™13 and Sean Peer â€™13, and Orientation Graduate Assistant Caroline Dosky â€™12, MAT â€™13, the newest members of the HWS community, including 607 first-year students, received a warm, weekend-long welcome, meeting fellow students, faculty and staff and learning about campus life. On Saturday morning, the first-year students worked at more than 30 sites in the community to tackle service projects and experience the Collegesâ€™ ethic of civic engagement. No strangers to getting involved, nearly a quarter of the incoming classes immersed themselves in service during their high school careers. With diverse backgrounds as editors of their high school newspapers, class officers, student government representatives and community service leaders, more than a third of the incoming students received merit awards and honors. In addition to their exceptional academic credentials, 220 were captains of a varsity sport in high school and, notably, 100 come from legacy families. Students also heard from Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose. Convocation Speaker Charles Best encouraged students to org, a non-profit consider how they can have an impact on their community. organization that allows people to donate directly to specific projects in public schools. As the Collegesâ€™ Convocation speaker, Best invited students to make a difference, giving each attendee a gift card to DonorChoose.org so they could choose a classroom project to support. â€œI am putting the ball in your court,â€? explained Best. As a response to Bestâ€™s impressive work, Gearan issued a charge to students for the academic year: â€œAsk what you can do.â€? A simple, yet immense call to action that ushers in a year dedicated to citizenship and community. O PHOTOS BY KEVIN COLTON
attended DeSales High School in Geneva. Â´+RQHVWO\,DPVWLOOĂ€QGLQJP\ZD\DURXQG Even though I grew up just down the street, I donâ€™t know where everything is. Every day itâ€™s something new that I didnâ€™t even know I didnâ€™t know.â€? For all three of these new members of the HWS family, the Hobart and William Smith liberal arts experience was what drew them to this lakeside campus. â€œIn Taiwan, you have to work really hard to get into college, but once you get in, itâ€™s not as demanding,â€? says Hong. â€œHere in America, you work a ORWKDUGHU7KHFODVVHVDUHPRUHGLIĂ€FXOWDQG your professors expect more from you.â€? Those academic rigors also took Moyser by surprise. â€œDuring my exchange semester, I only took three courses, and I thought I was going to breeze through it, but the expectations are much higher here,â€? says Moyser. â€œFortunately, HWS professors are amazing. Theyâ€™re so accessible and willing to work with me when Iâ€™m struggling. In Australia, itâ€™s so hard to connect with faculty members outside of class.â€? DeRosa, too, is learning about American FROOHJHFODVVHVIRUWKHĂ€UVWWLPHÂ´7KH workload took me by surprise,â€? he says. â€œBut I love that my classes are discussions instead of lectures. Iâ€™m also noticing that all of my classes are interconnected. Iâ€™m studying the same themes and ideas in philosophy and economics. Itâ€™s fascinating and kind of exciting.â€? O
They come from:
within the U.S.
come from legacy families
captains of a varsity sport in high school They practice
applied Early Decision, making HWS their first and only choice They worked at
sites during the Orientation Day of Service
â€œAmerican pop music,â€? says Hong. â€œThere is absolutely nothing like it in Taiwan.â€?
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Families and alums gather on the Quad to listen to the Colleges’ a cappella groups open the evening’s performances.
HOMECOMING & FAMILYWEEKEND
HWS Alums, Family Revel in Returning
Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Montrose Streeter shows some school spirit during Saturday’s football game at the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation.
suppose every time I head to Geneva to see my two children it feels like Homecoming Weekend,” says Brad Williams ’81, P’14, P’16, who was one of 3,000 SHRSOHZKRÁRRGHGFDPSXVIRU+RPHFRPLQJ and Family Weekend 2012. “Seeing how Lucy DQG-DFNDUHÁRXULVKLQJPDNHVPHHYHQPRUH proud to be a part of the community.” For families and alums who visited, Homecoming and Family Weekend 2012 provided opportunities to participate in challenging mini-classes, cheer on the Herons and Statesmen, and catch up with family and friends. “Homecoming truly highlights the vibrancy of the HWS community - and this year’s celebration was the best yet,” says Director of Parent Relations and Stewardship Kelly Young P’16. Events included athletic wins on the home turf, the Fall Nationals soap box derby, a Barnburner lunch and tailgate and a research symposium. O
Full coverage of the weekend is available online: www.hws.edu/homecoming
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At Quad-a-Palooza, families and friends gather for dinner.
Laura Carver Dionne ’13 poses with her grandparents, Calvin and June Carver P’81, GP’13, her mother, Marcey Carver P’13, and father, Marcel Dionne P’13, following the State of the Colleges address on Saturday.
Eleanor Clift, Newsweek contributing editor, author and a regular panelist on “The McLaughlin Group,” delivered a talk on the upcoming election as part of a special President’s Forum during Homecoming and Family Weekend.
Rt. Rev. George E. Packard ‘66 talks about the significance of reflection and the beating heart of St. John’s Chapel, where he spent much time as a student. The retired Bishop of the Armed Services, Packard is a major figure in the Occupy Wall Street movement.
(above) Professor of Geoscience Brooks McKinney discusses Upstate Cobblestone Architecture during his mini-college course in Stern Hall. (right) Nathan Martin ‘13 presents research he conducted on corn borer moths at the New York State Agriculture Experiment Station during the Student Research Symposium.
(l-r) Members of Hope House sit on the steps of their McDaniels House residence. The William Smith students took third in the school spirit competition. The Community Service House took second place in the school spirit competition sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. The members of Kappa Sigma pose in front of their house on South Main Street. The members received the top prize for their decorations.
(above) Racers line up for Fall Nationals. (right) Dean of Hobart College Eugen Baer P’95, P’97, HON ’07 races with Tyler Shepard ’15, who is driving a car for Bampton House. Baer won the heat against Shepard but lost in the following race to Chi Phi brother Marshall Keeton ’14. The Statesmen claimed a 42-12 win over Merchant Marine in an exciting Homecoming game on Boswell Field at the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation. Former Heron field hockey players gather for a team photo on McCooey field following an alumnae game.
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Words from Opposite Ends
ehind the scenes of every political candidate giving a speech at a podium, shaking hands and kissing babies are the many people â€“ advisers, staffers and volunteers â€“ who work to get them elected. Existing in an atmosphere of adrenaline, emotion, rapid-fire decision making and multitasking, these individuals dedicate themselves to ensuring that their candidate reaches office. Among them are many HWS alums including Nicholas Howie â€™02, a political research and policy analyst who worked for the Democratic Party on President Barack Obamaâ€™s re-election effort, and Lauren Zeitler â€™09 who served as director of surrogate scheduling for the Republican Party on former Governor Mitt Romneyâ€™s election effort. As the campaign heat intensified, each took a moment to provide a peak at their political lives.
Lauren Zeitler â€™09 worked for the Republican Party as a director of surrogate scheduling on Mitt Romneyâ€™s election effort.
Lauren Zeitler â€™09
0\Ă€UVWGD\RIZRUN,ZDONHG LQWRWKHRIĂ€FHDQG,KDGDEVR-Â lutely no idea what to expect. I was nervous â€“ sweaty palms, alert and ready to take anything that came at me. Since then, itâ€™s safe to say Iâ€™ve never lost that sense of nervous energy. As days have passed, Iâ€™ve come to live off adrenaline and sometimes seek it. For the days that never seem to end, itâ€™s some-Â times the ONLY thing that helps me get through the 18-Âhour work day. Well, that and knowing that
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the two men Iâ€™m proud to work forâ€“Mitt Romney and Paul Ryanâ€“ work even harder and longer hours than I do. Campaign life is far from glamorous. Behind the â€œattack adsâ€? and rhetoric, thereâ€™s a truly loveable lifestyle rooted in loyalty, camaraderie and patience. And letâ€™s not forget the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and beer. At HWS, I played on the golf team. Trusting my instincts, patience and dedication were all part of the game. Itâ€™s the mo-Â ments where I have to make the split second decision, where I have to trust my own instincts, that I really shine. People ask me all the time, â€œwhatâ€™s a typical day for you?â€? The best part about my job is that there is absolutely no such thing as typical. On a daily basis, Iâ€™ll work with everyone from members of Congress to former and current governors as well as celebrities. It really depends on whatâ€™s going on. Making sure their needs are met, while also balancing the needs of the cam-Â paign, is the top priority. All while making it look effortless. The rawness of the campaign is what is most fascinating. Emo-Â tions and stress run high. Tempers Ă DUH,WÂˇVWKHUDZQHVVRIHPRWLRQÂ˛ this true vulnerabilityâ€“that has made me learn a lot about myself. ,ÂˇOOQHYHUIRUJHWWKHĂ€UVWWLPH,ORVW my temper. After a heated battle, I called the next day to apologize. Within two days, I had a package
on my desk with a handwritten note: â€œLauren, I heard this was your brand. Hope you enjoy it, and I very much look forward to working with you for the rest of the year. We are going to win, and itâ€™s going to be great.â€? The note was propped up against a bottle of Jameson. A few weeks later, after a long day LQWKHRIĂ€FH,VKDUHGWKDWERWWOH of whiskey with some co-Âwork-Â ers. Teamwork, patience and a sense of humor go a long way.
Nicholas Howie â€™02
There is a particular vulnerabil-Â ity, grace, grit and magic that makes politics so captivating. Beyond the public spectacles RIĂ RRUVSHHFKHVELOOVLJQLQJV press quotes in the media, â€œgotcha attacksâ€? at debates, and the handshaking at rallies, it is the collection of quieter, more personal moments that I have come to relish â€“ the snapshots in time that reveal the raw, human, and sometimes ironic nature of politicsâ€™ true essence. Early in 2000, I was an HWS student in a political sci-Â ence course taught by Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Craig Rimmerman. The late Robert Drinan, S.J., a Jesuit priest, law professor, and former U.S. Representative from Mas-Â sachusetts, was a guest lecturer. To my surprise, Father Drinan pointed at me and asked: â€œWhat is politics?â€? Certainly I can
of the Campaign Trail articulate what politics is â€“ my en-Â tire undergraduate experience as a public policy major and a campus leader who organized forums, class trips, and local events, was centered on politics. But instead, my mouth hung open and I was wordless. After a momentary silence, Father Drinan quietly de-Â clared, â€œPolitics isâ€Śwho controls the money.â€? Can the two-Âparty system, FDPSDLJQĂ€QDQFHVSHFLDO interests, lobbying, government contracts, education funding, pensions, and referendums all boil down to that one statement? The brilliance of his explanation was that it made perfect sense on one level, but left us yearning for more. Left us wondering how it really works behind-Âthe-Â scenes and who is involved. The question, â€œWhat is politics?â€? haunted me. :LWKLQZHHNVRIĂ€QLVK-Â ing classes at HWS, I joined the presidential campaign for Vermontâ€™s outgoing governor, Howard Dean. As an assistant of sorts, my duties included ran-Â dom tasks like handling phone calls, checking mail, looking up news articles, organizing internal phone lists, and other assignments WKDWVHHPHGWRĂ€WQLFHO\LQWRWKH category of â€œspecial operations.â€? 2QHRIP\Ă€UVWGHVNVZDVDVWDFN RIEURZQFDUGERDUGER[HVĂ LSSHG upside down at the end of a long hallway stationed in earshot of the campaignâ€™s manager, Joe Trippi. Trippi was a political guru of sorts and had been working on campaigns since the mid-Â1970s. +HZDVĂ XHQWLQWKHODQJXDJH DQGĂ RZRISROLWLFDOFDPSDLJQV an art that I had only begun to understand. On a typical day, 7ULSSLVKXIĂ HGIURPURRPWR room, often pausing in his own
RIĂ€FHGRRUZD\EHIRUHUHPHPEHU-Â ing something that had slipped his mind and shouting a directive toward one of several staffers. One afternoon he stopped at my boxes, rumpled as always, caf-Â feinated, and without blinking, vaguely described an article heâ€™d read and wanted printed out: â€œNeocons. Iraq. I think it was in The Weekly Standard, maybe it was Bill Kristol.â€? He stared at me waiting for acknowledgement that I understood exactly what he was asking for. But I didnâ€™t. I nodded back, half-Âreassuringly, DVKHOXPEHUHGLQWRKLVRIĂ€FH Soon, I was tasked with a UROHWKDWPDQ\Ă HGJOLQJSROLWLFRV before and after me start out with â€“ compiling news clips very early in the day. One cold morning in December 2003, I ZDVDORQHLQWKHFDPSDLJQRIĂ€FH gathering articles before the sun rose. Quickly, news emerged that Iraqâ€™s dictator Saddam Hus-Â sein had been captured by U.S. military forces. Major world news with incredible political implication. I muted the televi-Â sions and called our traveling press secretary who was with Governor Dean on a fundraising swing in the West Coast, where it was the middle of the night. He was half-Âasleep when I told him what had unfolded. We hung up the phone and my heart pounded. I desperately wanted someone to EXUVWWKURXJKWKHRIĂ€FHGRRUVVR that I could share the up-Âto-Âthe minute reports of what had hap-Â pened. But I sat alone in silence for a moment looking out of the window. It was still dark outside. A few years later, I was in a restroom at a convention center. It was a momentary pause in the day as I was getting ready to help manage â€œrapid responseâ€? efforts
for a debate between two candi-Â dates vying for an open seat in the U.S. Senate. I had been on the Democratic candidateâ€™s campaign for several months and we had held numerous mock debates, cre-Â DWHGKXQGUHGVRISDJHVLQEULHĂ€QJ
by them, wishing I had the guts to turn back and see the shocked expressions on their faces. I walked down the large corridor toward my candidateâ€™s debate â€œwar room.â€? It was almost time for both men to make their
Nicholas Howie â€™02 worked for the Democratic Party as a political research and policy analyst on President Barack Obamaâ€™s re-election effort. Heâ€™s pictured here in Chicago, Ill.
material, and poured over poten-Â tial incoming lines of criticism and their counter-Âarguments. It was QRWP\Ă€UVWGHEDWHEXWLWZDVWKH Ă€UVWWLPH,ZDVLQFKDUJHRIWKH research at a debate. Suddenly the bathroom door swung open. The opposing candidate walked in. He didnâ€™t see me as he placed his hands on either side of a sink and leaned over it like he was going to be sick. He took a deep breath and made his way to a stall. Here I was, with the stateâ€™s one-Âtime most SRZHUIXOĂ€JXUHKHDGÂ˛DORQHLOO and nervous, working to gather his nerves. I quickly exited and found two of the former governorâ€™s aides blocking the entrance. They hadnâ€™t realized I was in there. I slipped
way to the stage, and our entou-Â rage was prepared to exit. The conference table was littered with laptops, folders, markers, cookie crumbs, empty water bottles, and paper cups of cold coffee. An aide adjusted the candidateâ€™s tie for the last time. The room was hot. My palms were sweaty. Our candi-Â date tilted his head and chin, and rolls his shoulders like a boxer leaving the dressing room. I clung to a large binder stuffed with â€œde-Â bate prepâ€? materials. There was no more time for practice. O
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ROSENBERG HALL OFFICE – Justin Miller
Associate Professor of Chemistry Justin Miller is an inorganic chemist interested in the organic synthesis of bioactive molecules. Since joining the HWS faculty in 2004, he has helped establish the Chemistry Teaching Fellows program and regularly teaches a popular course on the chemistry of food preparation. Miller received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, his doctoral degree from MIT and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research.
There are two models there. One is a pre-Vitamin D molecule, and the other is a fluxional molecule. I use them in orgo 2.
On my bulletin board, I keep photos of students from my research group. There are also photos of the backyard of my old house in Geneva, one from each of the seasons.
Note From Son
Dear daddy, I hope you have a good lunch. Love, Jonathan I have a whole semester’s worth of lunch notes from my kids.
Thank You Note
This is the coolest thank you note I’ve ever received. It‘s a die that says, “Thank you for writing the letter of recommendation.” My twin brother is a mathematician, so I get a kick out of things like this.
The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum Assistant Professor of Anthropology Brenda Maiale lent it to me two years ago when I first taught the Bonding with Food course. I should probably give that back.
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One morning, I didn’t have a car or a ride to campus, so I just said, “what the heck,” and I rode in. But I haven’t had the chance to ride it home yet.
It was a gift from Kathy Slentz ’94. She gave it to me because she thought my kids might like it. But I like it!
These are the molecules we’re trying to make in the lab right now.
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You really want to know what’s in my fridge? Homemade black raspberry jam. It’s delicious and tart, and it goes great on matzo. There’s also some butter that my students made. They ask me, “what are you going to do with that?” I’m going to eat it, of course! It’s perfectly good butter.
That’s where I keep my cleats and HWS “Seneca Flyers” ultimate shorts and jersey. When I can, I jump into those and play with the Club Ultimate team on the Quad.
My students will all recognize it. It’s where I keep all of my student files—I put all of their handouts, tests and things like that in their folders, then they can just pick them up on their way into class. It takes me a bit more time, but it saves time in the classroom so we get more learning time. There’s so much material to cover in orgo!
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150 Years: Going to the Chapel W
hen Associate Professor of Art and Architecture Michael Tinkler leads students into St. John’s Chapel, he asks them to look up and discover a secret. Rising above the altar, washed in the prismatic light of stained glass windows, the beautiful tracery supporting the glass holds a special meaning for observant students of medieval art. “They’re 14th century style,” Tinkler remarks. “They’re meant to look like windows 100 years older than the ones in the nave of St. John’s itself, which are 13th century.” This is an interesting detail because St. John’s Chapel was built in 1862 and the tower added in 1962, a century apart. As Tinkler shows his students, this age difference was incorporated into the DNA of the building itself. Like the grand Medieval buildings the chapel emulates, construction could happen over the span of decades – even centuries – with the styles, forms and fashions of each era leaving its respective mark in turn. St. John’s Chapel, marking its 150th anniversary in 2012, is one of the oldest buildings on the HWS campus. It was the work of Richard Upjohn, an English-born architect whose American career was as admired as it was prolific. Upjohn is noted for his work on Trinity Church, located on Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y., and President Martin Van Buren’s home, Lindenwald, in Kinderhook, N.Y. Upjohn’s work on St. John’s Chapel is a “nice example of Gothic revival,” says Tinkler. “It’s conscious of its European roots without being a copy. Upjohn was inspired by medieval buildings but adapted those forms for an American context.” A century after its construction, the Chapel changed radically under the vision of Colleges’ President Rev. Louis Hirshson and through the efforts of architects Fredrick Woodbridge and Lewis Adams. During the early 1960s, the Chapel expanded to accommodate the growing ranks of Hobart students (who were required to attend chapel until 1968) and to serve as a vibrant symbol for the campus community.
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The Chapel retains its importance as a touchstone of campus spirituality.
“The lead item in the capital campaign from that time,” Tinkler says, “was the symbolic importance of connecting Demarest Hall, which housed the Colleges’ library, and St. John’s Chapel. It was the union of faith and learning, spirituality and academics.” The result was St. Mark’s Tower, completed in 1962, which brought the two buildings into a cohesive whole. As a symbol, St. John’s Chapel is still a powerful one. On any given day of the week it is likely to be filled with the sounds of classical music as students use it as a performance space or dotted with individuals absorbed in quiet meditation. The Chapel retains its importance as a touchstone of campus spirituality and is an especially evocative space during times of crisis. The Colleges’ Chaplain, the Rev. Lesley Adams, notes that during times of national tragedy, the Chapel serves as an oasis of peace and contemplation. “The night after the September 11th attacks, the Chapel was standing room only,” Adams says. “There was no announcement of a special service, it just happened organically. It was where people wanted to gather to find community.” St. John’s is the centerpiece in a larger mosaic of campus spiritual life that continues to evolve.
Adams’ home, located next door to the Chapel, has also become a center for religious life. Through weekly events like Pasta Night in which students gather to make and share dinner at Adams’ home, students are given an informal opportunity to build relationships and discover a sense of place. At the Abbe Center for Jewish Life, residential living blurs with holistic spiritual practice through weekly Shabbat dinners. Adams also notes the growth and success of the Campus Peer Ministry program, where students are “trained in interpersonal skills, learning how to deepen conversations, engage in self-reflection and communicate empathically with their fellow students.” She also involves students in making a commitment to environmental awareness through participation in “Sustainable Saturdays,” when students, for example, make their own yogurt or visit local organic farms. “These activities go hand in hand with the Colleges’ commitment to service and social justice, helping students become thoughtful, engaged citizens. Even though many of these activities happen outside the Chapel walls, they are part and parcel of the tradition of service and spirituality that the Colleges instill in their graduates. “St John’s Chapel is a symbol,” Adams says. “But it’s also more than that. It serves as the focal point of all those things we have woven into the fabric of this institution: service learning, concern for justice, an ethicallyengaged life. Our goal is not just to pray about those things but to embody them.” O
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40 Years: Women’s Studies W
omen’s Studies affects what we can know about worlds – human Designed by Janet Braun-Reinitz ’73, “When Women Pursue Justice” is a 72 foot and nonhuman – and how to dwell long mural in Brooklyn. The piece, dedicated to Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, features women who, according to Braun-Reinitz, “really stuck their necks out to do here together. Core to any liberal arts something they believe in.” The mural was painted in 2005 by Braun-Reinitz along inquiry, it was the early 1970s when with 11 other principal artists, five Brooklyn-area high school students and more then-William Smith Dean Christine than 30 community volunteers. A. Young (Speer) and Provost Robert Janet Braun-Reinitz ’73 Skotheim turned a critical eye on the Hobart and William Smith curriculum and the lack of courses dedicated to the study Studies was envisioned by a student-faculty many major women’s journals, and the battle of women and, equally noticeable, the absence committee as a kind of stopgap measure, a of Roe v. Wade, it was time for the Colleges to of foundational works by women on matters temporary arrangement to allow the wider join the conversation. of emancipation, citizenship and democracy. curriculum and academic disciplines to catch “It is of the greatest intellectual and In a 1971 article titled “The Woman Student up, if you will,” explains Bayer. “Now, Women’s practical importance to women – and men as Reconsidered,” Young wrote that the Colleges Studies boasts two new tenure-track hires – well – that they be educated concerning the had “…fallen short of the original aims of Jessica Hayes-Conroy and Michelle Baron. history, sociology and psychology of women,” our early guiding spirits…. Clearly we must Today, more than 50 faculty members from wrote Skotheim in 1972’s Quarterly. It is, he broaden the range of careers for women, if not across the Colleges teach courses cross-listed said “…inexcusable not to face it.” eliminate what is suitable for a man and what with Women’s Studies.” By the fall of 1972, a committee of is suitable for a woman.” In addition to its popularity on campus, students and faculty had been selected to Although the Colleges have a rich history today’s HWS Women’s Studies Department is envision what would become one of the first rooted in the women’s rights movement – among the strongest in the country, resting Women’s Studies departments in the country. founder William Smith was inspired to establish upon a solid foundation of theory while The delegation worked through questions of William Smith College by his friendships with a expanding to encompass the contemporary content, scope and format, creating an initial number of local suffragists, and although some concerns of feminist scholars. curriculum. The following spring, the Colleges Women’s Studies courses had been offered at Courses such as Feminist Theory have had their first declared Women’s Studies major. the Colleges since the early 1960s, the HWS remained at the heart of the academic “For a small, liberal arts college, it is curriculum of 1971 was relatively scant of program, but the interdisciplinary major has truly amazing to have been at the forefront,” women’s topics. This was especially troubling now grown to include rich and diverse offerings says Betty Bayer, professor and chair of the given the increasing William Smith enrollment such as Gender and Islam and the Politics of Women’s Studies Department. “The Colleges and a growing global dialogue about the role Health. While taking courses on the histories are seen very much as a leader in this area.” of women in society. In an era that was being of women, students are also delving into The ensuing growth of the department shaped by the rise of the feminist movement, concepts of identity, politics, economics, art could not have been anticipated by its the passage of Title IX, the first publication of and healthcare, among many others. Women’s architects 40 years ago. “Then, Women’s
Janet Braun-Reinitz ’73 is a life-long activist. As Hobart and William Smith’s first Women’s Studies student, she worked with the late Professor of History Bob Huff to design her own women’s studies major to match her interests and ideals – and she graduated just one semester before students could officially declare the major. “I am very proud to be the first women’s studies major,” she says. “It was an idea whose time had come, and there were plenty of faculty members who were sympathetic to my cause. All across campus, they were already teaching courses on women’s history, women writers and women artists. We were so close to Seneca Falls – we knew that part of the story, but there was so much to learn.” Forty years later, Braun-Reinitz is part of a collective of politically-minded mural artists, and teaches mural painting in New York City schools.
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Studies courses allow students to gain clarity about critical concepts of equity, justice, democracy and freedom. “Women’s studies and feminism transformed higher education, not just by offering courses but by digging into the epistemological practices of how knowledge is produced and warranted and also by developing interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship,” says Bayer. Hayes-Conroy, who arrived at HWS in 2011, has found an environment that nurtures research and promotes possibility. “It is an honor to be part of such a long and accomplished history, and to be able to contribute to the ongoing development of our women’s studies program,” she says. “It is also exciting to be one of two new hires in women’s studies, and to take a lead role in expanding the program into new areas of study. Thus far at HWS, I have been thrilled to bring my expertise in food studies and health geography into the Women’s Studies classroom, and to engage both Women’s Studies and health professions students in conversations about the connections between nutrition, feminism, and bodily health. My research trajectory – which has always been interdisciplinary – undoubtedly benefits from my location in a Women’s Studies program, as I continually develop and refine my theoretical and methodological commitments in dialogue with Women’s Studies colleagues and students.” Joining Hayes-Conroy as a new tenuretrack faculty member, Baron sees the 40th anniversary as a period of reinvigoration and inspiration. “This is an exciting time to be entering Women’s Studies,” explains Baron, a performance studies scholar and teacher. “We have a lot to be grateful for – the faculty,
staff, and student pioneers who made the program possible and kept it vibrant – and a lot to look forward to. This is a wonderful time for reflection as well as for envisioning our future. I’m thrilled to be a part of these ongoing conversations, and to help forge new paths for feminist research.” Baron has added new courses in transnational feminism and Chicana arts and feminism, with plans to build her course offerings in feminist and queer performance studies. Channeling the exuberant energy of the Colleges at the advent of Women’s Studies, this year the department created a communitywide 40th anniversary celebration. Former women of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee offered a public lecture on campus, and “Double Vision,” an art exhibit comprised of pieces by women and for women, was housed in the Davis Gallery – a callback to “Eye of Woman,” a show put on in the first year of the Women’s Studies Department. The Theatre Department featured the work of a woman playwright, and this spring the Dance Department will format its popular Faculty Dance Concert to reflect the anniversary – with 40 small installments reflecting on the struggles and triumphs of women. “The ways in which the HWS community engages with commemorating this milestone speaks to the institution’s commitment to not only the discipline of Women’s Studies, but gender equity more broadly,” explains Baron. “I am especially excited by the ways that many different departments on campus have helped us to celebrate by engaging with the arts, from the Theater Department’s production of The Heidi Chronicles – for which I facilitated a postshow roundtable on feminism, history, and the arts – to the art exhibit, and many more.” “With our 40th celebration, we are seeking to wake up that part of campus again and really tap into the passion,” explains Bayer. “Women’s Studies is not just a history: it is how we transform.” O
40 for 40: A collaborative Genealogy of Women’s Studies On the 40th anniversary of Women’s Studies, the members of the Department invite your contribution to “40 for 40: A Collaborative Genealogy of Women’s Studies.” What word or term stands out in your mind as you reflect on Women’s Studies’ 40th? What word best expresses to you the spirit and aims of the past 40 years? Tell us why that term or phrase earmarks the movement. Have your say on what characterizes the past 40 years of Women’s Studies. Forty selections will be exhibited in a webwork of Women’s Studies defined and mapped by you – in words, art, poetry or song. Submissions should be equivalent to 250 words or less. Send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty reflect on teaching courses crosslisted with Women’s Studies “We learn in our classes how to produce knowledge that is inclusive of diverse experiences and perspectives. My course offerings in Women’s Studies engage students in the intersection of the West and the Muslim world on gender, women, and race as part of their learning experience. As we produce knowledge, we look for a pattern of the inclusion of women across cultural and civilizational divides as humans and the commonalities of oppressive practices in private and public spheres.” —Etin Anwar Associate Professor of Religious Studies “Teaching feminist philosophy at HWS is a joy for me. I get to be part of the Women’s Studies community of teacher-scholars who share this passion for learning and exploring new and challenging ideas. I love to see how engaged Women’s Studies students are in creating spaces for debate and reflection.” —Karen Frost-Arnold Assistant Professor of Philosophy “While it might not always be obvious from their titles, all of my classes on African history take gender as a central category of historical analysis. Africanists have used gender as a lens to examine the spread of ironworking technology in pre-colonial Africa, the rise of independent churches in the early 20th century, and the mass nationalist movements of the 1950s and 1960s – to name only a few examples that come up in my classes.” —Elizabeth Thornberry Assistant Professor of History “While I believe that the study of gender is central to all studies of historical experience, teaching Women’s Studies courses (or crosslisted courses) at HWS comes with real, tangible benefits. Primarily, it ensures the presence of a cadre of committed, interested, and curious students in my classroom. In my experience, Women’s Studies students have proven to be among the brightest and most active students on campus. It is a pleasure to have them in my classes.” —Colby Ristow Assistant Professor of History “Many of my upper-level Spanish courses explore the rich tradition of feminist literary production in Latin America, combining Women’s Studies with language learning. In addition to my Spanish classes, I co-teach a bi-disciplinary course on gender and nation building in the Latin American romance novel. I appreciate my students’ ability to engage in critical discussions on gender, feminism, and culture across the curriculum.” —May Farnsworth Assistant Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES
by Dominic Moore ’05
ike many revolutionary ideas, it was seen as controversial, problematic and even dangerous. Associate Professor of English and American Studies Eric Patterson had known faculty colleagues who had lost jobs, failed tenure reviews or been harassed and threatened for even mentioning it. But over and over again in his literature classes, as they engaged with authors and poets, Patterson’s students would begin to dialog about the subject of human sexuality and the lives and experiences of gay and lesbian persons. “I made it clear that I was accepting,” Patterson says, despite the larger culture of silence and discrimination. After arriving at the Colleges in 1976, Patterson became one of the first of a small group of faculty who openly discussed issues of human sexuality, even though the culture of both the campus and the nation made such conversations taboo. “It was not a safe space,” Patterson recalls. Yet he began to forge alliances with forward-thinking and courageous faculty across a spectrum of disciplines. “In particular, I began to find allies in the Women’s Studies Department,” Patterson says. “The whole concept of gender studies was still viewed as socially radical, but over the years good leadership at William Smith continued to insist on equality for women. “Women’s Studies created a model,” Patterson explains. “There was a natural kind of carry over between the work they were doing and the dialog we were beginning to have about lesbian and gay persons.” By the late 1980s and early 1990s the atmosphere was changing. “By 1992–and I remember it vividly–I wrote to William Smith Dean Rebecca Fox and asked about teaching a course on the history of American lesbian and gay people,” Patterson says. The idea was still deemed controversial by many, but Fox immediately understood the importance of the issue. “The Dean’s response was immediate: ‘Let’s do lunch,’ she said, and three hours later 22 Pulteney Street Survey | Winter 2013
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10 Years: Shaping LGBT Studies
we had outlined a proposal for the course.” With old social and cultural barriers of discrimination beginning to crumble in the mid-1990s, a distinct and separate field of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies was beginning to take shape. Professors like James-Henry Holland, Craig Rimmerman, Michael Armstrong, Betty Bayer, Robert Gross, Susan Henking and others each brought their expertise to the burgeoning field from within their respective disciplines. This group worked to organize a retreat to come together with a united purpose: to create a curriculum for LGBT Studies. “It was a time of intellectual ferment,” says Henking, now the President of Shimer College in Chicago. “One of the great things about the Colleges was that faculty collaborated all the time: we were creating new curriculum, co-teaching classes, debating issues and reading books together. That’s when innovation happens.” In 2002, New York State approved the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies curriculum. “When I first came to HWS I could hardly have imagined it,” Henking says. “We became the first college in the country to offer this kind of program. It is a real mark of distinction and it tells the country that Hobart and William Smith are committed to preparing students for a critically engaged life of the mind.” As the LGBT program celebrates its 10th anniversary, it is important to note that the commitment to equality and nondiscrimination doesn’t end at the classroom door. This year, the Colleges were recognized as a leader for LGBTinclusive policies and practices when Campus Pride awarded HWS a score of five out of a possible five stars and a 90 percent rating in its annual LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index. ““Academically, we have long been on the forefront of these issues,” explains William Smith Associate Dean Lisa Kaenzig, who is a member of the HWS Commission on Inclusive Excellence and who leads the Commission’s subcommittee on LGBT issues. “We had the first LGBT undergraduate program in the country and one of the first women’s studies programs. In addition, we have some of the top scholars of these issues working and teaching here. This score validates this notable history while also speaking to the significant efforts currently being done to create an inclusive environment.” A member of the faculty since 1986, Craig Rimmerman, professor of public policy studies and political science, reflects that the good news is thanks to the “hard work of an array of people, some who are still here, and some who have long since departed the Colleges, over many years.”
He also notes the need to continue to make improvements. “We must recognize that there is still much work to be done to create a climate where our students who are wrestling with sexual identity issues, as well as members of our administration, faculty, and staff, can feel validated and supported by all aspects of our campus community.” Kaenzig agrees. “Even though we rated very highly, we all believe that there are places where we can improve. If we want to be able to recruit and retain the best possible students, faculty and staff, we need to show how we’ve made diversity and safety a priority. This recognition says something about the priorities of this institution and puts us in a really good place moving forward.” Beyond HWS, graduates of the Colleges’ LGBT program continue to move forward as well, using the analytical skills they learned in the classroom to make a difference in their communities. “Most of the work I’ve done since graduation has involved me in the community, providing education and awareness,” says Kathy Collins ’09, a professional photographer and activist. She has worked in Geneva-area schools on anti-bullying campaigns as well as LGBT education. “My HWS education–and especially my LGBT studies courses–gave me a real passion to fight for social justice and human rights and to be active in my community.” O In an effort to show the widespread diversity on campus and to call attention to the many HWS allies among faculty, students and staff, student Rachel Braccini ’15 (pictured above with Darnell Pierce, an area coordinator in Residential Education) created The Outstanding Campaign. More than 150 members of the Hobart and William Smith community were photographed showing their support for the LGBT community. The photos were shared on Facebook and made into posters that hang across campus. To join the Hobart and William Smith LGBT group on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com and search “HWS LGBT & Friends.”
Athletics Milestones by Paige Mullin
15th Anniversary as a Varsity Sport 13 ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championship appearances 8 ICSA Team Race Championships since 1999, finishing in the top six every time 2 ICSA National Championships (2005 Team Race and Coed Dinghy titles) 11 straight years competing in the women’s national championship event
William Smith Field Hockey
20th Anniversary of First NCAA Championship The 1992 field hockey team posted program records for wins in a season (22) and winning percentage (.957). The Herons’ run to the national championship included a then-record 17 consecutive wins. William Smith played five straight one-goal matches to reach the national championship against two-time defending national champion Trenton State on the Lions’ home field. The Herons secured the national championship with a 1-0 victory. The team boasted National Coach of the Year, Sally Scatton, three All-Americans, and six all-region picks.
20th Anniversary of First NCAA Bid The 1992 soccer team finished the regular season with a perfect 15-0-0 record. Hobart earned eight shutouts in its undefeated season. The Statesmen, who finished the year ranked first in the nation and first in the Empire Athletic Association, earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Hobart faced RIT in their first round match and finished the game tied 1-1, however, RIT advanced on penalty kicks. 40th Anniversary of First ECAC Bid The 1972 Hobart soccer team finished the regular season with a four-match win streak to secure the program’s first winning season since 1963. The Statesmen defeated Cortland 3-2 in its first ECAC tournament game, but fell to Binghamton in the championship. The Statesmen finished the year with a 9-5-1 overall record. Their nine victories were the most in Hobart soccer history at the time.
William Smith Lacrosse
40th Anniversary as a Varsity Sport Coached by Pat Genovese 385-158-1 (.709) record 29 winning seasons 16 NCAA tournament bids 11 trips to national semifinals 5 NCAA Championship game appearances 94 All-Americans, including seven National Players of the Year
85th Anniversary of the start of Babe Kraus’ Coaching Career One of the most beloved players and coaches in Hobart history, Babe Kraus ’24 holds the longest consecutive lacrosse coaching record in the nation (1927-66) and served as the Hobart Athletic Director from 1932-1963. Hobart’s Babe Kraus Award is given annually to the Division III Coach of the Year and the Babe Kraus Memorial Award is presented annually to the College’s Student-Athlete of the Year.
50th Year of Hobart Hockey From humble beginnings as a club team to today’s varsity Statesmen, Hobart hockey has grown into one of the top teams in the nation. Since the 1978-79 season, Hobart hockey has logged a 359-442-43 overall record. The Statesmen have won two ECAC West conference titles – one in the 2003-04 season and the second last year. Hobart has made four NCAA tournament appearances, advancing to the national semifinals in 2006 and 2009. The Hobart hockey team has achieved 10 consecutive winning seasons and five Statesmen have garnered All-American recognition.
William Smith Cross Country
20th Anniversary as a Varsity Sport The William Smith cross country team has been named a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team every year of its existence. In 2011, the Herons had a team GPA of 3.77, which was the highest on the Division III list. In 2000, Amy Young ’03 became the only Heron cross country runner to earn AllAmerica honors. Two William Smith runners, Emily D’Addario ’13 and Y Young, have competed in the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country Championship. O
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40 Years: Title IX
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. â€“ Â Title Â IX Â of Â the Â Education Â Amendments Â of Â 1972, Â Sec. Â 901. Â [20 Â U.S.C. Â 1681] Â (a) William Â Smith Â Club Â Lacrosse, Â 1965.
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ost people think of Title IX solely in terms of giving girls and young women equal access to team sports in school. In reality, Title IX provisions extended much more widely than that, into every kind of educational opportunity for us. Its ultimate impact turned out to be even broader than anyone understood at the time. It became illegal, for example, to do what my college did, which was to say that the â€œcoedsâ€? (that was female students) could not have seconds at dinner, when the guys could. It became illegal to do what my SUNY Ph.D. program did, which was to give male graduate students double the financial support given to female students in the same program, passing the same exams and assisting in the same way. Until Title IX, the men got enough to live on, the women did not. So these were certainly steps forward. Just as important is the way the new fairness rippled out to other aspects of life that were not predicted, either by the people pushing for Title IX nor those resisting it. For example, the long term health of women is improved â€“ for the rest of our lives â€“ if we get more exercise as girls. The people who passed Title IX probably never thought they were fighting breast cancer, but they were. So, whenever we think of this landmark legislation, we should remember first that it functioned for our half-plus of the population on a scale both wide and deep, both individual and statistical, helping you and me and us. And finally we should recall that there is no selfishness in celebrating these gains, because womenâ€™s welfare is inextricably intertwined with the whole society. What is good for women is good for everyone.â€? Susanne McNally Dean of William Smith College and Professor of History 24 Pulteney Street Survey | Winter 2013
s a brother to three sisters, a husband, a father of two daughters and a grandfather to three granddaughters, Title IX carries great significance for our family, and working alongside the William Smith directors and coaches has been a rewarding part of my career. A special benefit within the Title IX story is the growth of opportunities for coaches of women’s sports, and William Smith has been among the best in attracting top flight coaches and in nurturing young coaches. Finally let’s remember those who put their shoulders behind William Smith Athletics and Title IX early on: Mary Hosking P’74, Bill Stiles ’43, Joe Abraham L.H.D. ’81 and Bill Van Arsdale P’83, P’85. Along with others and the generosity of alumni and alumnae, it was their leadership that put William Smith quickly to the forefront of Division III women’s sports.” Mike Hanna ’68, P’99, HON’04 Director, Hobart Athletics
am a Title IX baby, born in 1966. I played Little League baseball on the boys’ team, and I was fortunate to attend a high school with lots of opportunities for women and girls, but my options were not nearly as great as they are today. I recognize that is in large part due to the women who laid the ground work–I had the opportunities I did because of Title IX. In my leadership position, I want to make sure we continue to make progress in all areas, make sure we’re affording women all of the opportunities they deserve. I have a responsibility–and I do see it as a responsibility–to be an advocate for our women and for the women who haven’t yet joined our campus community.” Deb Steward Director, William Smith Athletics
hen I got to William Smith in 1964, Marcia Winn and Janet Seeley were way ahead of their time: they offered a required physical education course for all William Smith women. We joked that we couldn’t stand it, and we moaned and groaned about going to class, but in reality, it was one of the greatest things about my time in Geneva. They cultivated a very supportive atmosphere for athletic women like me.” Dorothy “Mac” McMillan ’68 Retired Community Organizer and Hospital Chaplain
itle IX promised access, fairness and equality for women, not only in athletics but with regard to scholarship, financial aid and all around support. For us, the passage was great news. At William Smith, we had coaches and administrators who did their best to provide us with opportunities to compete, to excel and to be proud of ourselves. We benefited from the dedication and foresight of women like Janet Winn, Marcia Seeley, Pat Genovese P’01, P’03, P’05, P’08 and Mary Hosking P’74. The doors and opportunities that were open to us only opened because those women believed we had the right to walk through them. They paved the way for the Herons of today.” Sally Webster ’74 Senior Leadership Gifts Officer, Union College
remember the day Title IX was passed. I showed up at the gym for practice and everyone was so excited. It was a great day for William Smith because Title IX not only changed women’s athletics, it changed William Smith. Title IX gave us the spark, but the men and women at Hobart and William Smith had the vision, and it’s been so exciting to watch that bloom. My coaches–Pat Genovese P’01, P’03, P’05, P’08 and Mary Hosking P’74–were leaders of women. They were an inspiration to me, and they taught me skills that continue to serve me well in my personal and professional lives.” Jane Sala McWilliams ’75
itle IX forced Hobart and William Smith to walk the walk. Our coordinate system focuses on issues of equity and fairness and the development of fully-realized human beings. Our dual focus – on the development of women and the development of men, with resources devoted to each, is a model that produces excellence and fairness. That is a good thing.” Jack Harris P’02, P’06 Professor of Sociology
hen I was at Hobart and William Smith, I never noticed any inequities in the way men’s and women’s sports were handled. We were coordinate colleges, and I felt like things were pretty equal. Today, I’m very aware of how far things have come; the NCAA didn’t even begin sponsoring championships for women until 1981.”
illiam Smith and the Heron Society have long been committed to advancing women’s athletics and have provided women with opportunities to grow as students and athletes and to prepare them for the world beyond this wonderful place. While I am proud of my personal accomplishments on the field, it is clear to me that none of these accolades would have been possible without the support of coaches, teammates and administrators and the student athletes who played before me.” Courtney Hutchinson Hundley ’92 Director of Admissions, Grace Episcopal Day School
think it is always important to respect the past and where we came from, but what I love about where women’s sports are today, is that today’s young women don’t know any different. Their expectation is that they get a chance to play, and they have a right to that expectation. Forty years later, regardless of what the law says, our society recognizes that gender equity in sports is the right thing.” William “Josh” MacArthur III ’92 Athletic Director, Babson College
y parents always told my two sisters and me that we could do anything or be anything we wanted. We took their advice for granted and had no reason to believe it had ever been otherwise. I remember being quite shocked when I was talking to my aunt to find out that she couldn’t compete because there were no girls’ teams. I couldn’t believe it. It wasn’t until I was a William Smith student listening to Billie Jean King tell her story on the 25th anniversary of Title IX that the reality of how far we’ve come sank in.” Dr. Jaime Van Fossan Kenny ’98 Optometrist, Eye Appeal Master Envision
didn’t really have to think about Title IX as an athlete at William Smith College. You could participate in whatever you wanted, and I think I really took that for granted.” Rebecca Gutwin Coons ’06 Business Manager, Rehabgym
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Ten Years of Global Perspectives
ophie-Ann Price ’12 was thrust into her first traditional Argentine barbeque within hours of stepping off the tarmac. She writes:
Thank You, Mr. Scandling by Melissa Sue Sorrells Galley ’05
en years ago, Hobart and William Smith threw a party. A marching band paraded down Pulteney Street. There was a champagne toast as students, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate. The occasion? The largest single donation to Hobart and William Smith in history. Culminating a half-century of giving, William F. Scandling ’49, L.H.D. ’67 pledged $15 million to Hobart and William Smith in fall 2002. “I am pleased to provide this type of support to a place that is so dear to me,” he said at the time. His announcement was met with a standing ovation. And the aforementioned parade. Since he made that gift 10 years ago, Scandling’s generosity has made a tremendous impact on the campus and its community, contributing to the continued excellence of the academic program and the Colleges’ physical plant as well as providing access for hundreds of students who would not have otherwise been able to afford William F. Scandling ’49, L.H.D. ’67 an HWS education. During a memorial for Scandling in 2005, President Mark D. Gearan reflected on Scandling’s life and legacy, saying: “Bill Scandling’s contributions are beyond philanthropy. At Hobart and William Smith, he built a culture of caring and community. Many people have built up institutions, but few have built an entire ethos that continues to this day.”O
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“The extended family had arrived and we gathered around two tables pushed together … Everything was going well. I managed to introduce myself and kiss all 10 relatives on the cheek. I sat down in the middle of the table smelling of airplane food and feeling like bad breath.” Did she make it through the meal without making some kind of hilarious social gaffe? Of course not. Studying abroad is awash with unexpected and exciting fish-out-of-water moments like Price’s, and The Aleph: a journal of global perspectives is dedicated to capturing and celebrating them all. The annual publication, produced by the Partnership for Global Education, celebrates 10 years this year. “The latest edition of The Aleph is our big anniversary issue and is a retrospective, including pieces that we’ve featured over the past decade as well as new work,” notes Tom D’Agostino, editor-in-chief of The Aleph and executive director of the Center for Global Education. Named after a short story written by Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, the journal gives returning students an outlet to reflect on their travels while allowing the broader HWS community to share in and learn from their experiences. O Read Price’s short story, “Pronounced ’EE-AH- GUH-RAH,’” online at www.hws.edu.
Five Years: Committing to the Climate by Dominic Moore ’05
Sustainability Manager James Landi ’08 and students set up a rainwater barrell to support the local communitiy garden.
t’s 9 a.m. in de Cordova Hall, and with a few clicks of the mouse it becomes clear that the building is running at high efficiency. According to the online HWS Building Dashboard, de Cordova is consuming 36 kilowatt hours of electricity, a nice six percent reduction from the day before. Every few seconds this number is updated, producing an hour-by-hour summary of the energy use across the facility. If someone remembers to turn off his or her electronics or kill the lights when leaving a room, it is immediately visible in real-time on the Building Dashboard, which serves as a cutting-edge web interface for monitoring the energy consumed by campus buildings and evaluating this data over time. Caird, Stern and de Cordova halls are all currently monitored this way, each serving up data that helps HWS students, faculty and staff better understand and reduce their own patterns of carbon consumption. But as impressive as it is, the Building Dashboard pilot project is just one of the latest innovations in a bold and sweeping set of initiatives to make the Colleges a greener place to live, work and study. In 2007, President Mark D. Gearan signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The landmark document made the Colleges a charter member of a forward thinking group of higher education institutions dedicated to reducing their production of greenhouse gases. The signing of the Commitment ushered in a period of swift change. In 2007, the Colleges had no metrics or benchmarks to assess its environmental impact. With a recycling rate of 14 percent and with five percent of electricity coming from wind, the Colleges had no energy efficiency program and only two student EcoReps to help with sustainability programs. Five years later, the Colleges have completed three comprehensive greenhouse gas inventories and have cut energy consumption by 10 percent. Today there are 40 Eco-Reps and a robust composting program that diverts more than two tons of compost from the landfill each week. The recycling rate has increased 42 percent and 100 percent of the Colleges electricity comes from wind power. “We’ve made significant progress,” says James Landi ’08, the Colleges’ sustainability
WE’RE A COOL SCHOOL Sierra Magazine has once again ranked Hobart and William Smith Colleges as among “America’s Coolest Schools.” HWS are ranked 40th in the nation in the sixth annual guide to the greenest colleges in the United States. The Colleges have been rising in the rankings for the past four years, moving steadily from a position of 116 in 2009.
manager. “The transformation has been driven by our institution’s approach to sustainability. We’ve integrated our environmental commitment and made it into a campuswide endeavor rather than a consultantdeveloped project plan isolated to one or two departments. Projects are intentionally developed either by or in collaboration with students to maximize educational value, and then implemented by any number of departments. We’ve changed our campus culture.” The cornerstone of this impressive achievement is the Climate Action Plan, authored by Landi and the members of the President’s Climate Task Force which includes faculty, staff and students. The document lays out a vision for carbon neutrality and practical steps to achieve that goal by the year 2025. This is an ambitious objective, but one that has been enthusiastically embraced by the campus community. “Our Action Plan is unique among colleges and universities,” Landi says. “We’ve done a great deal of work to integrate the plan into every part of the Colleges: academics, student life and administration, while also paying very close attention to the cost. The result is a plan that is fiscally prudent yet also environmentally aggressive.” Because, while the HWS campus may be carbon neutral by 2025, the mission of the institution is broader even than that: to create and cultivate a sustainable future. “We want students involved in every aspect of this because we want them to be informed citizens able to create and cultivate a sustainable future,” says Landi. O
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n honor of the many ways they’ve made HWS a better place during their years here, we asked nine professors to reflect on their time at the Colleges. Their answers range from heartfelt memories to a poem.
Professor of Education Charlie Temple
“In a rickety little Episcopal chapel in the flood-soaked town of Columbia, Va., a young visiting priest was trying his best to wake up a bunch of back-sliding farmers and me. He led us in singing with his guitar. He had us act out the Gospels. He used a theologian’s logic to link God’s grace and the requirements of social justice. A lot of it really worked. Over the fried okra and sweet tea later that evening I asked him how he got so good at so many things. “Hobart and William Smith Colleges,” he said. “I studied at a place that challenged you to get good at things you never thought you would.” That year I was on leave from a teaching job in Texas, writing books and building guitars back on our farm down south of Charlottesville. After talking to that young priest, I vowed to teach in a place like his alma mater if ever the chance arose. The very next month, the HWS Education department advertized a job. I applied and got it. It really doesn’t seem like 30 years, but the time keepers insist that it has been. I have loved every one of them—the variety of opportunities, challenges and exposures here still seem rich beyond measure. I’m eternally grateful to that young priest and to the people who taught him.”
years Dean of William Smith College Susanne McNally “I arrived at the Colleges just in time to participate in an exhilarating decade of curricular conversation. Nearly every faculty member here talked constantly, furiously, hilariously, convulsively and compulsively about what a young person ought to learn here. Now I sense this fascinating intellectual pot coming to the boil again. And none too soon, since the world our students face is so new. How to prepare them and what to take with us into a different future are questions for my younger colleagues to address. But I am so interested and grateful to be able to hear what they will decide.”
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Professor of Music Robert Cowles “Having directed the Colleges Chorale and taught music theory classes for 20 years, I reflected recently on the large number of students I have come in contact with over the years. In the case of Chorale, I have had the privilege of getting to know a large number of students very well, since Chorale members tend usually to return semester after semester (or term after term) to sing. Getting to know the students (and eventually alums) has always been the best part about the job; it has been a pleasure over the years to get to know so many of them so well. That, and it’s a little hard to wrap my head around the fact that my earliest HWS students are now pushing 40 … .”
Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman
“I know that a number of my colleagues believe that the student body at HWS has improved over the years. I strongly disagree. I never thought it was bad to begin with. Thus, I don’t look at the classes over the last 10 years (or five or two) as saviors, responsible for upending the student body and increasing how HWS is ranked. From the time I got here until now, I have seen some wonderful students. And one thing I have noticed about HWS from the beginning of my time here: the Colleges produce the best alums! Seriously. And I am in a position to know. When I email an alum about Day on the Hill or another alum who has just moved to Denver, or Washington, or Chicago… and I ask the alum for help, the answer is always of course, yes, and what more can I do. I guess I should not be so surprised that good students turn into great alums.”
Professor of History Cliff Hood “It’s 2212, and I’m marking my 220th year as a member of the faculty. It’s been a little strange teaching the great-great-great-great grandchildren of my original students, but who knew that my penchant for asparagus and peanut butter sandwiches held the key to long life? If only I’d patented the idea. HWS was reaching a new level around the time of my 20th anniversary, but the big turning point came when we hired Lulu Googler as president and she put her family money to work for us. It was coup enough when she bought Oxford and Cambridge at that remainder sale, but to be the first college with a term abroad on Mars – I still have a hard time believing we pulled that off!”
years Professor and Chair of Asian Languages and Cultures Chi-Chiang Huang “Strive, strive, strive! Without striving, My program wouldn’t even have survived. My students wouldn’t have their needs satisfied. Strive, strive, strive! I must, Or I can’t keep my office, Because I’ll be deprived of my right. I must, For my humble life.”
Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies Juan Liebana “When I think of HWS, I think of transformation. Personally, I’ve been transformed by the connections I’ve made with my colleagues, the staff I’ve worked with through these 25 years and the students. Professionally, I am grateful to work in a place that embraces the pursuit of knowledge and the exchange of ideas. I think of HWS as a place that supports the kind of intellectual climate that inspires human beings to take bold steps in their search for personal and professional fulfillment. For an immigrant like myself and for a gay person like myself, HWS symbolizes an idea of the American dream which is not guided by the pursuit of material gain, but defined in terms of ethical values and the quest for personal freedom. As an educator, my hope is that our students will take those ideas and share them with the rest of the world.”
years Associate Professor of Biology Mark Deutschlander “Ten years ago as a new faculty member, I had plans. Get tenure, establish a new research program on migratory birds, develop new curricula for my courses in physiology and neurobiology, lead an abroad program and more. While I have accomplished many of my goals (most thankfully, tenure!), looking back, what I value most are all the accomplishments and interactions that I did not anticipate. I think fondly about the student and collegial relationships that have led to new friendships some of which were most unexpected. I treasure the learning experiences I have had by teaching First-Year Seminars, participating in Honors projects both within and outside the sciences and mentoring students in research. I take pride in the students who have altered their career plans based on finding new unexpected passions in my courses. I am grateful that I’ve been able to serve on important college committees, like Academic Affairs and our Health Professions program, working side by side with many talented and wonderful staff members on campus. So while I ponder what lies ahead in the next decade, I plan and set my goals cautiously, knowing that what will be most satisfying is the unexpected and the unforeseeable. HWS has become a wonderful place for me grow; it has become a home with a professional family like no other.”
Associate Professor of Economics Jo Beth Mertens
“I am amazed at the changes I have witnessed since arriving at Hobart and William Smith in 1997. At that time, we were emerging from some very difficult financial circumstances, and were, I believe, at a crossroads. Not surprisingly, both the Colleges and Geneva felt a little sleepy. This was a good, solid place to be with dedicated faculty, staff and students, and it was not particularly vibrant. Things have changed. Today, I am continually amazed by our faculty and by the Colleges’ ability to attract world-class scholars and teachers. Both our college community and the Geneva community are vibrant, offering opportunities for cultural, political, social justice and academic activities. When I hear from former students and learn about the differences they are making in their own communities and the world, I am very proud to have been here during this time and am happy that I have been able to do my part to make HWS the strong school it is today.”
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he meaning and relevance of a first job is, like beauty, in the eye of the beholder. For someone who has just landed his or her first job, it is a critical moment that means a paycheck, a little independence and maybe – just maybe – the launch of a lifelong career. For someone considering a first job retrospectively, however, its significance can range from the source of several good laughs to the precious cornerstone of a future. Ultimately, how significant any first job will turn out to be is truly a matter of “wait and see.”
For Heather Crosby Mnuchin ’89, a first job spent working for an iconic publicist with a penchant for yelling provided her the perspective and experience necessary to become a – much quieter and more friendly – senior vice president of corporate communications. Dr. Bill Truswell ’68, P’01 has performed more than 25,000 surgeries as a facial plastic surgeon. While the first job he held as an ice cream man driving a truck from neighborhood to neighborhood would not seem important in the scope of his prestigious career and generous humanitarian efforts, he has a surprising take on how much those summers influenced his relationships with patients. Like Mnuchin and Truswell, the individuals featured on the following pages all created fulfilling and accomplished careers for themselves. How each got there is distinctly different – as is the role the first job might have played in the lives of consequence they now lead.
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Face Value Dr. Bill Truswell â€™68, Pâ€™01 FIRST JOB: Ice Cream Man CURRENT JOB: Physician in private SUDFWLFH$HVWKHWLF/DVHU &RVPHWLF Surgery Center
r. Bill Truswell â€™68, Pâ€™01 learned the medical trade through pretty typical channels: pre-med studies as an undergraduate, medical school and a dual surgical residency at The University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he is now a clinical faculty member. His bedside manner, however, appears to have come courtesy of summers spent driving through the streets of his native New Jersey, ringing the bell of a refrigeration truck and doling out icy treats. â€œThe job that I loved through college and one year of medical school was being an ice cream man, â€œ says Truswell, a facial plastic surgeon based in Massachusetts. â€œInteracting with hundreds of children and adults over five summers was instrumental in learning people skills and shaping my personality.â€? Truswellâ€™s interest in becoming a doctor started well before his medical training or his stint in ice cream sales. As a
â€œThe rewards from my career have been abundant, but the greatest reward has been making people smile.â€? Dr. Bill Truswell â€™68, Pâ€™01
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Dr. Bill Truswell â€™68, Pâ€™01 performing surgery.
child he was drawn to toys with a scientific bent and activities that involved construction and reconstruction. He spent many hours tinkering with Erector and chemistry sets, as well as taking apart the familyâ€™s clocks and radios for the thrill of putting them back together again as much as seeing how they worked. His middle-school interest in becoming a surgeon carried over into his time at Red Bank High School in New Jersey, where he and two similarly-minded friends formed their own Future Doctors Club. When it was time to enroll in college, Truswell relied partly on the advice of a William Smith graduate and family friend. â€œHer love of and enthusiasm for the Colleges was contagious,â€? he says. It also didnâ€™t hurt that the Collegesâ€™ pre-med program had â€œearned the reputation of getting most, if not all, graduating pre-med students into medical school.â€? The medical school Truswell chose was the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. After graduating in 1972, he completed residencies in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, electing to specialize in the latter. Since 1976, Truswell has been in private practice at the Aesthetic Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Center in Northampton, Mass., a clinic he built from the ground up; he also is a staff member at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. As an adult, Truswell has eschewed Erector sets, but that doesnâ€™t mean he lacks for a creative outlet. An amateur artist, he draws andâ€”perhaps while taking something of a busmanâ€™s holidayâ€”creates woodcuts. Obviously heâ€™s pretty good with a knife; a woodcut he carved while in medical school took second prize in a local art show. By his own estimation, Truswell has performed more than 25,000 surgeries during
his 36 years of practice. â€œAs a facial plastic surgeon, I have repaired significant facial injuries from motor vehicle accidents to shotgun and chainsaw wounds,â€? he says. Other aspects of his work involve resections and reconstruction on patients with advanced head and neck cancer as well as cosmetic surgery. Truswell believes that to be successful in his profession a person must not only be a talented surgeon, but also be an all-around caregiver. â€œI have my talent, skills and art,â€? he says. â€œThat yields good results. When the patient is cared for and happy beyond the mirrorâ€™s image, when he or she feels the doctor cares for them, the results are excellent, and the reward is beyond the material.â€? In addition to clinic work, Truswell performs pro bono work for Face to Face, a humanitarian effort sponsored by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Truswell has volunteered with the programâ€™s Domestic Violence Project, helping to heal the facial scars and wounds of battered women. With Faces of Honor, he has performed reconstruction work on uninsured and underinsured veterans, and with Face to Face International he has worked with children around the world who have facial deformities. Working without pay is nothing new to Truswell. At various times during his career he has been paid in produce, quilts and even â€œdressed and frozen rabbitsâ€? by patients who could not afford his services. Thatâ€™s just fine with him. He says he always knew heâ€™d make a good living, but that wasnâ€™t the reason he chose the profession. â€œThe rewards from my career have been abundant,â€? he says. â€œBut the greatest reward has been making people smile.â€? O â€”by Â Jeanne Â Nagle
The Business of the Law Maxine Verne ’76 FIRST JOB: A Part-Time Position as a Lawyer for an Insurance Broker CURRENT JOB: Attorney, U.S. Operations of SCOR
“You have to be a lawyer but also understand the practical business side of the company.” Maxine Verne ’76
axine Verne ’76 had no intention of being a lawyer. Even when she enrolled in law school (thanks to her mother’s nudging), she had “no interest in practicing.” After she graduated, when she needed money for a bar mitzvah present, she took a part-time job as a lawyer for an insurance broker. “I got to do a lot of different things,” Verne says. “Lots of acquisitions, which I didn’t know a thing about at that time.” When the lawyer who hired her left, Verne was promoted to a full-time position and became “the only lawyer in the U.S. for a company that had offices in 13 different states.” She learned about licensing, litigation and a diverse range of tasks that straddle law and business. “I never would’ve chosen insurance on my own but it gave me a lot of opportunities to do things that I wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise.” Verne left the broker when it was sold but continued working as a lawyer in the insurance world. “I’m not well suited to the law firm environment,” she says. “I’m not good in large structures. I like being in-house; one of the allures is that you know the client and their business well, which is something you don’t get at a firm.” For the past 22 years Verne has been an attorney for the U.S. operations of SCOR, a financial services group focused on risk management through insuring other insurers,
or reinsurance. She has served as the company’s U.S. general counsel for the past nine years. “Twenty-two years is a long time to be at the same place,” Verne says, “and there are a couple of reasons: as long as you’re learning something and you think the job is interesting, it’s good. I wanted to work for a publically-traded company. I love doing deals and I don’t do the same thing every day.” That diversity is part of the reason Verne doesn’t work for a firm or as a trial lawyer. As general counsel at SCOR U.S., Verne is responsible “for all legal areas: compliance, transactions, real estate, contracts, employment related matters— take your pick,” she jokes. “It’s all under the general counsel’s bailiwick, which is the beauty of a general counsel’s job. You have to be a lawyer but also understand the practical business side of the company. I prefer the diversity; I wouldn’t want to do the same project over and over again.” O —by Andrew Wickenden ’09
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“I have all these kids looking up to me, so for me it has always been more than just a game. ...I want lacrosse to open doors for them like it has for me.”
More than a Game
Tyler Hill ’10
Tyler Hill ’10 FIRST JOB: Construction Worker on his Reservation
t was awesome being in a movie,” says Tyler Hill ’10, star of “Crooked Arrows.” “Especially this movie.” “Crooked Arrows,” directed by Steve Rash, features Hill as the captain of a fictional lacrosse team whose players rediscover their passion for lacrosse when they embrace the sport’s Native American roots. The movie posits that when played correctly, lacrosse is more than a game. “I have all these kids looking up to me, so for me it has always been more than just a game,” says Hill, who is now in his third year with the Onondaga Red Hawks Box Lacrosse team. “I want lacrosse to open doors for them like it has for me.” Hill, an Onondaga native and member of the Mohawk Nation, feels that, in many ways, lacrosse shapes who you are as a person. “One of the key things about lacrosse is that you have to have a solid mindset,” says Hill. “Lacrosse helps you understand so many things and has personally helped improve many of my skills off the field.” Hill began his college career at Le Moyne College, fresh off an undefeated championship season as a member of the LaFayette Lancers, his high school team. “I just carried on that undefeated mentality from there,” says Hill. “After that championship season I knew what it took to win.” At Le Moyne, he secured a national championship as a member of the 2006 Dolphins team and went on to play for Hobart alum Coach Chuck Wilbur ‘00 as a member of the Lazers at Onondaga Community College.
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CURRENT JOB: Actor and Professional Lacrosse Player, Onondaga Red Hawks
Hill kept that undefeated theme alive with the Lazers, plowing through the 2007 season unbeaten and claiming his second national championship in as many years. “It was good to be a part of the growth of the lacrosse program at Hobart,” says Hill, who witnessed the expansion of the program as a member of the team in 2008 and 2009. “When I first got to HWS, we didn’t have much in the way of facilities. Soon after, we got a new field and a new locker room, and we became even more competitive on the field.” Given Hill’s passion for the game, it came as no surprise that, when offered the opportunity to star in “Crooked Arrows,” he made the most of it. “We need to continue to spread the game of lacrosse so it can be on the same level as other major professional sports,” Hill explains. “To see lacrosse get to that level is a main goal of mine.” O —by Joshua Brown
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Irreplaceable Edith Edith Firoozi Fried ’58 FIRST JOB: Audiovisual Assistant, The Conservation Foundation CURRENT JOB: Retired Copy Editor at Fortune magazine
ust out of college and well before a long career at Fortune magazine, Edith Firoozi Fried ’58 needed to find a job quickly. Meanwhile, the economy was in a bad slump. With no dream job in mind, the Geneva native and European history major decided New York City was where she wanted to be. “I was open to anything that seemed interesting,” says Fried. A job placement agency there connected her with four offers. There was a job in advertising and one at a tile company in Westchester. And Union Theological Seminary needed a secretary. But Fried loves movies, so she said yes to a $75-a-week role as an audiovisual assistant at The Conservation Foundation, which gave her Fridays off in the summer. She had been in a film projector club in high school – which she says was also an attractive way to get out of class – and had seen and enjoyed conservation films made by her new boss, John Chace Gibbs. The job required some shorthand and typing, which was a challenge because she typed fewer than 20 words a minute. But mainly she obtained, showed and reviewed films. Fried also did some rudimentary editing of film sent in from field biologists such as George Schaller, who was studying mountain gorillas in Africa. Schaller’s work showed the public that gorillas are intelligent, compassionate and human-like, contrary to the perception of them as brutes, and he became a key figure in wildlife conservation. In Fried’s three years at the foundation, she learned more about the world. Leading minds, such as Louis Leakey, came by to watch nature and conservation films loaned to the foundation. When Fried met Leakey, the famous anthropologist had already discovered the skull of an ape-like creature that was likely a common ancestor of humans and other primate species. Fried showed him Schaller’s gorilla film, and Leakey told her how Jane Goodall, the British anthropologist, sat still in the wilds for
hours to get close enough to study gorillas. Schaller asked if Fried would be interested in such work. “I thought about it for about two minutes, and I knew I wasn’t,” she says. “I felt itchy just thinking about it.” Despite the era, Fried says she didn’t experience gender discrimination. It may have come up a bit in her first job, but she says she was cushioned by a great boss. When the two of them co-wrote a book about conservation films, the vice presidents at The Conservation Foundation wouldn’t allow Fried’s name to be listed since she wasn’t known in the field. Her boss withheld his name, and the author was listed only as the foundation’s AV Department. Fried’s next jobs were in editing and rewriting, first at Columbia University Press. She was the European history and European literature editor for the Columbia Encyclopedia. While at Columbia, she finished work on a master’s in American history. She was out of the workforce for 15 years while she raised two children and helped run a small alternative school called The Children’s Free School on the Upper West Side. When she returned to work, she spent nearly 30 years as a copy editor with Fortune magazine, even though initially she had no interest in business. “It turned out to be fascinating,” she says. “It runs our lives, so you might as well know about it.” She says copy editing is like a fun puzzle of making sure the sentences say what the writer intended. “It’s also satisfying because you get to finish things and move on.” At the magazine, part of Time Inc., she was active with the Newspaper Guild, advocating for workers’ rights in her softspoken, polite way. Fried retired as deputy copy chief in 2009 during a time of cutbacks. “In retiring, I thought I could save at least one job, maybe two,” says Fried, who’s now 76. She still copy edits parts of the magazine’s annual Fortune 500 issues as a freelancer. Fried also continues as the union’s grievance chairperson as a consultant, providing an understanding of decades of past grievances and arbitrations. In the words of the Guild’s newsletter upon her 2009 retirement, “She is quite literally irreplaceable.” O —by Chris Swingle
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“...copy editing is like a fun puzzle of making sure the sentences say what the writer intended.” Edith Firoozi Fried ’58
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Telling the Delta Blues Erickson Blakney ’87 FIRST JOB in Journalism: Paid Internship, Toledo Blade NOW: Journalist with CBS News Radio and Independent Filmmaker
he story of Erickson Blakney’s adventure is one worth telling, a quest through the country’s Southern roots peppered with larger than life figures: Bill “Howl N Madd” Perry, whose guitar hums with the story of his sharecropper father and his own time spent picking cotton; or James Lewis Carter “T-Model” Ford, a guitarist who transformed a tumultuous upbringing into a raw, honest sound. “Southerners are big storytellers – great storytellers,” says Blakney ’87. “That’s something I’ve always known. But, you have to be able to cut through things, find what is true
“... it is so pure, so raw it strums somewhere curious and deep in your soul.” Erickson Blakney ’87
Alphonso Sanders (left) and James “Super Chikan” Johnson (top) play at the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival in Clarksdale, Miss.
– get at the roots.” As a journalist and filmmaker, getting at the roots is one of Blakney’s specialties. Although he was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, it’s in Clarksdale, Miss., home of the Delta Blues, where Blakney’s story really began. Growing up, Blakney was accustomed to the allegories and fish stories of the customers at his mother’s restaurant, where he delivered food to area factories and offices. From those moments honing an ear for storytelling came a man who pursued journalism during a stint at the Toledo Blade, and now, a writer and reporter with CBS News Radio. However, it was his childhood summers in the South that struck a resonating chord, leading him to create “True Delta,” a film documenting the musicians of one of the blues’ oldest genres – the Delta Blues. A rough, raspy strain of the blues heavy with rhythmic bottleneck slide, the Delta Blues are a near tangible manifestation of an era defined by Jim Crow Laws, field labor and extreme poverty. “My family is originally from Southeast Mississippi, and I grew up spending summers along the gulf,” explains Blakney. “I never knew the rest of the state, but as an adult I became curious about this place that is so rich with so many contrasts.” One visit to the Delta led to another and then another - a mysterious pull to a land of red clay, warm languid days and a slower way of living. It was on a trip to Clarksdale that Blakney stumbled upon the Delta Blues. Escaping the crowds at popular tourist spot Ground Zero blues club – founded by actor Morgan Freeman – Blakney sought out Red’s Lounge, a word-of-mouth establishment on the outskirts of town. “I didn’t even think it was open,” recalls Blakney. “There were rusty barrels scattered around and this little, dim light hanging over the entrance.” Only four people inhabited the dark space presided over by owner Red Paden. “There sat this incredible guitarist, just strumming away – and no one was there listening to him. Where was everybody?” This question plagued Blakney, prompting
him to share his experience with anyone who would listen. “I began talking to people about this story, about this idea of passing on music, about the true blues.” One such person turned out to be Blakney’s former HWS professor Lee Quinby, who served as the Donald R. Harter Chair in the Humanities Professor at HWS for more than 20 years – and who had recently completed work producing a documentary. Quinby guided Blakney through the process of filmmaking, keeping him focused and finding just the right people to help fill in the mysterious notes of these Deep South blues. After learning about the Sunflower Blues and Gospel Festival, Blakney also called friend and photographer Mike Scanlan ’86 to tell him about the need to document the incredible musicians performing there. Before long, Blakney had the beginnings of a Southern narrative on his hands. “Mississippi is this complex interfolding of people, race, land, big stories, sordid truths, love, hate, smells and sounds,” muses Blakney. “The blues haven’t evolved the way other music has – it’s stayed true to its roots.” “True Delta” made its New York premiere in October as part of Mountainfilm Festival New York at Lincoln Center – with a live performance by Mississippi Bluesman Bill “Howl N Madd” Perry himself. The film was met with an overwhelmingly positive response, which Blakney credits in part to the guidance of fellow HWS grads David Holbrooke ’87, the Mountainfilm Festival director, and Josiah Emery ’87, an instructor at Prague Film School. And the experience inspired Blakney to create the True Delta Project, a multimedia, community-based project, recognizing blues musicians, and health and education initiatives throughout the Delta region. “The richness is incredible; when you hear Johnnie Billington or “T-Model” Ford perform, it is so pure, so raw it strums somewhere curious and deep in your soul,” he says. “That is worth supporting.” O —by Sarah Tompkins ’10
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Rocky’s Right-Hand Man Honorary Trustee Richard M. Rosenbaum ’52, P’86 FIRST JOB: Editor, Typist, Machine Operator and Newsboy, The Oswego Daily Club CURRENT JOB: Senior Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP
he fact of the matter is, I was driven. From the beginning, I was out there to make a buck,” says Honorary Trustee Richard M. Rosenbaum ’52, P’86. Quickly advancing to the pinnacle of state politics in the 1970s, Rosenbaum was one-time chairman of the New York State Republican Party, Governor Nelson Rockefeller’s right-hand man and one of the youngest justices to be elected with bipartisan support to the New York State Supreme Court for a full 14-year term (a position now held by his son, Matthew Rosenbaum ’86). Born in 1931 to a Jewish immigrant family in Oswego, N.Y., Rosenbaum loved reading newspapers. When he was about 10, he started his own penny-a-copy neighborhood paper, a one-or two page sheet he called The Oswego Daily Cub—despite the fact that it came out once a week. 38 Pulteney Street Survey | Winter 2013
“I was a brash 28 year old, and I was ready to make my move.” Honorary Trustee Richard M. Rosenbaum ’52, P’86
“I bought a mimeograph machine from a friend for $5 and became the Cub’s publisher, editor, typist, machine operator and newsboy,” says Rosenbaum. “I tried to report on everything that was going on in the neighborhood and wrote a column called “Predictions of Things to Come,” in which I forecast the coming of the war a week before the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.” The paper flourished, earning him well over a $1 a week, until the day he divulged some private family news. Shortly thereafter, his parents made him sell his mimeograph. In high school, still inquisitive and eager to learn, Rosenbaum took a job at a local newspaper making copies and mastering one of the most difficult jobs at the press. After graduating from Hobart in 1952, Rosenbaum attended Cornell University Law School and was elected president of the law student association. Ready to get his legal career started, Rosenbaum tramped the streets of Rochester, N.Y., looking for a clerk’s job—even though he’d learned 48 hours prior that he’d failed the bar exam. He finally found a welcome at the firm of Wilson, Trinker & Gilbert, but he had a confession to make. “There’s nothing like a good start in a job, but in late July 1955, I had to confess to the partners that I’d just learned the bad news: I’d flunked the bar exam,” says Rosenbaum. That hardly bothered the firm’s partners. “I was full of
beans and raring to go, and they threw everything on my desk, every little thing,” he says. He passed the exam six months later. It was in the summer of 1959 when Rosenbaum began cutting his political teeth. “I was a brash 28 year old, and I was ready to make my move,” he says. Rosenbaum rose quickly through the ranks of the Monroe County Republican Party, first serving as Penfield Town Justice and later County Legislator. In 1968 he was elected chairman of the Monroe County Republican Committee, the youngest in the history of the local party, and the first Jewish chairman. By 1970, he had been appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of New York State by Governor Nelson “Rocky” Rockefeller, a valuable connection that gave Rosenbaum entrée into national politics when Rockefeller assumed the vice presidency under Gerald Ford. In 1973, he became the chairman of the New York State Republican Committee under Rockefeller, a position he held until 1977. By that time, Rosenbaum had become a national force in politics. Known as the “Iron Chancellor” for his leadership style, he had a seat on the National Republican Committee until 1988. He would later serve as chair of the New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board, an appointment of Gov. George Pataki until 2006. Rosenbaum’s career took yet another turn when he became spokesman for Governor George Pataki. “It was an interesting job, occasionally a challenge, but challenges have always been my meat-and-potatoes,” Rosenbaum reflects. In 2008 he released a political memoir, No Room for Democracy: The Triumph of Ego Over Common Sense, about his prominent rise in the national GOP. The memoir was an instant success, receiving accolades from the New York Times, the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-Span), and other national news and radio outlets. A member of the New York State Bar for more than half a century, Rosenbaum is currently senior counsel at Nixon Peabody LLP, where he was formerly a partner. He has served as an honorary member of the Colleges’ Board of Trustees since 1990, and served as a board member from 1971-1989. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, given to individuals who, by their conduct, have distinguished themselves through service to country and by enhancing the highest ideals and accomplishments of their ethnic backgrounds. Rosenbaum has no plans to slow down. Today he spends his time between the law office, as a frequent college lecturer, and with his wife Judith, their four children and 13 grandchildren. This spring he’ll take on the role of manager for his daughter’s re-election campaign to town clerk, a business he knows all too well. “I am happiest when I am working,” he laughs. O —by Jessica Evangelista Balduzzi ’05
Logic and Luck Hannah Rodgers Barnaby ’96 FIRST JOB: Retail Sales CURRENT JOB: Author
etail jobs have played multiple roles in the work life of new novelist Hannah Rodgers Barnaby ’96. The day after graduating from William Smith, she and her college roommate – who still had another year of school – drove to Denver to find summer work and enjoy the Rocky Mountains. “We both wanted to see part of the country that we hadn’t seen before,” says Barnaby, who now lives in Charlottesville, Va. The English major found a job at Casual Corner clothing store in Colorado. She also hiked, explored and tried to figure out what to do next in life. When the summer was up, Barnaby returned to her hometown of Albany, N.Y. She continued to work at Casual Corner and then at a law firm dealing with foreclosure proceedings. The lesson: “I needed a change, a job that stimulated my mind and held my interest,” she says. Her childhood love of reading and her college love of studying literary theory and critical analysis prompted her to get a master’s degree in children’s literature at Simmons College in Boston. An internship at Houghton Mifflin Company as assistant to Publisher Anita Silvey became a three-year position that led to an editorial assistant job. Barnaby then got a master’s degree in writing for children and young adults, mostly remotely, through Vermont College, with Silvey’s encouragement. “I think she saw something in me that I hadn’t seen in myself,” says Barnaby. Still unpublished, she was selected as the first Boston Public Library nine-month children’s writer-in-residence, where she wrote the first draft of what eventually became her first book. Wonder Show, a young-adult novel released this March.
“I needed a change, a job that stimulated my mind and held my interest.” Hannah Rodgers Barnaby ’96
Looking back, she sees both logic and luck along her path. She had thought of becoming a children’s author during her time at HWS, inspired and encouraged by passionate storyteller and Professor of Education Charlie Temple. But writing seemed too risky as a first job, and she didn’t feel ready then. Her publishing house experience showed her that first drafts are far from perfect and gave her experience editing other people’s novels. Her master’s degrees taught her the structure and “rules” of children’s books. And her library role gave her 20 hours a week of paid time to write on top of her editorial assistant job. Next came marriage and two kids. She might never have left her editorial assistant job and focused on writing any further except for two pushes. First, Houghton Mifflin eliminated her position, so Barnaby took a job at a book store. That retail work freed up her mental energy to think about other things. Then, an editor from the panel that selected her for the library position asked whatever became of her novel. That prompted Barnaby to revise it and eventually get it to an editor at Houghton Mifflin. Of her career so far, she says: “One thing really flowed into the next thing, even though it didn’t feel that way at the time.” She’s grateful for mentors along the way. Her advice: “Just have some faith that the right opportunity will make itself apparent.” O —by Chris Swingle
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Luminary Designer Wendy Ewen Cooney ’86 FIRST JOB: Drafter, Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design CURRENT JOB: Lighting Designer
“It is an exciting time to be working on energy efficient lighting solutions. ...LED lighting has provided a new building tool and is providing me inspiration in every aspect of my work.” Wendy Ewen Cooney ’86
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er blog says it all: “55 fixtures, one scaffold, two ladders, three days. We hung the system and patched and programmed the fixtures during a record breaking heat wave with no HVAC operational yet. This is one installation I will never forget!” Wendy Ewen Cooney ’86 recently completed this herculean task as the lighting designer for eTown Hall, a live music venue and recording complex located in downtown Boulder, Colo. As the founder of Wendy Cooney Lighting Design LLC, she focuses on architectural lighting design for residential, school, church and restaurant projects as well as historic restorations. Committed to creating innovative, relevant and sustainable lighting design solutions, Cooney has also worked closely with municipalities to develop community lighting policies that address sustainability and light pollution. As part of that commitment, Cooney is currently implementing leading edge LED technology into both her architectural, theatrical and concert lighting systems. “It is an exciting time to be working on energy efficient lighting solutions,” says Cooney, who blogs about her passion on wendycooneylightingdesign.com. “LED lighting has provided a new building tool and is providing me inspiration in every aspect of my work. With respect to quality, color, control, efficiency, longevity and application, LED lighting is an outstanding source when specified appropriately.” It was her faithful use of cutting-edge LED technologies that brought her to eTown Hall, which generates most of its own power onsite with solar panels that cover the roof. “eTown founder Nick Forster contacted me directly and asked me to take a look at the project,” says Cooney, who has been married to Hobart alumnus John Cooney ’85 for 19 years. “My crossover approach, combining architectural and theatrical lighting, appealed to his vision. I love eTown, so of course I said yes.”
To Cooney’s surprise, she was soon working shoulder-to-shoulder with former HWS classmate and friend Sam Berkow ‘84, founding partner of SIA Acoustics and one of eTown Hall’s principal consultants. “Sam and I had initially met my first year at HWS, but I am sure it had been more than 25 years since I had seen him,” she says. “It has been great to collaborate with such an accomplished professional as well as fun to reconnect as friends.” Cooney worked on the venue’s 200seat performance hall, the state-of-the-art recording studio and the community room, a multi-function space that hosts a variety of needs including a café, workshops and intimate performances. “All of these spaces require both architectural lighting as well as separately controlled DMX stage lighting systems,” says Cooney, who runs eTown’s lighting board during live events. “It was and continues to be a tremendously rewarding project.” Before founding her own company, Cooney worked for Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, served as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s exhibition lighting designer for five years and developed the gallery lighting system for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. She credits her HWS education with preparing her for the challenges of her career–even hanging lights in record-breaking heat with no air conditioning. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my HWS education. It taught me how to learn, how to teach myself and how to be a critical thinker. It provided me with everything I needed to move into my career,” says Cooney, who earned her B.A. in individual studies in architecture. “After graduating from William Smith in 1986, I took a drafting job at a lighting design firm in New York City, and as they say, the rest is history.” O —by Helen Hunsinger ’12 and Melissa Sue Sorrells Galley ’05
A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity Savas Abadsidis ’96 FIRST JOB: Administrative Assistant for an architecture firm CURRENT JOB: Co-founder, B magazine; founder, ;< magazine; editor, Tally Ho!; editor-at-large, Escape Republic
fter college, Savas Abadsidis ’96 planned to work in New York City for a year before attending New York University School of Law. Instead, networking and luck took the native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to the helm of a ground-breaking and controversial publication. The English major filled in for a vacationing friend at an architecture firm – and was asked to stay on writing press releases. Through that work, he met Sam Shahid, who ran his own advertising agency serving clients such as Versace, Perry Ellis and Abercrombie & Fitch. Abadsidis became Shahid’s assistant and got to know Mike Jeffries, CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch, whose company’s clothes Abadsidis favored and wore to work. Since Abadsidis was in the targeted collegiate age group, Jeffries asked for his opinions, even having him sit in on interviews with potential editors for a planned A&F magazine. Late one night, the 22-year-old Abadsidis impulsively wrote and faxed to Jeffries a 15-page proposal to lead the combination catalogmagazine himself. He suggested an edgy tone with stories about actors and up-and-coming bands, plus funny graphics. In the morning, Abadsidis questioned his bold move, fearing, “I’m going to get fired.” Yes, his boss was mad. But Jeffries gave him a shot. Just months out of college, Abadsidis became editor-in-chief of A&F Quarterly and held that post for its seven-year run, an exciting, thrilling “once in a lifetime opportunity” that required a steep learning curve. He had to handle contracts, budgeting and other things he’d never done before. “I felt a lot of pressure, and I made some mistakes,” he admits. But Abadsidis hired smart writers he admired and learned from them, as well as from Shahid, Jeffries and fashion photographer Bruce Weber, “all legends in their fields.” In those years, with Shahid as the quarterly’s creative director, the A&F brand was
transformed into a top specialty fashion label and trendsetter. Abadsidis helped come up with advertising campaigns, scouted new talent and produced content. A&F Quarterly became a marketing phenomenon, growing to hundreds of pages and a circulation of 1.2 million. But it also faced protests. Alcoholic drink recipes and drinking game instructions in the 1998 back-to-school issue incensed Mothers Against Drunk Driving. A&F pulled remaining copies and sent apology letters to subscribers. Abadsidis says the magazine’s topics were things he and his peers were interested in then. Elected officials in several states, anti-porn feminist groups and conservative groups called for multiple boycotts over the quarterly’s sexually provocative and nude photographs, porn star interviews and sex advice, which Abadsidis maintains weren’t out of line. All of the publicity “turned out to be a good thing” in the long run, he says. “It put us on the map.” The A&F Quarterly was discontinued in 2003 after the publication of its most controversial issue, whose cover promised “280 pages of moose, ice hockey, chivalry, group sex and more.” Abadsidis recommends that college graduates seek out potential opportunities, network to learn more and pursue what they love. That’s how he found jobs as executive editor at Complex magazine (designer Marc Ecko’s lifestyle publication) and then west coast editor for Wizard Entertainment. More recently he co-founded B magazine for gay youth with Peter Ian Cummings, the
“At the end of the day, it’s all about constructing a narrative, and if you do that well, you can work across any platform.” Savas Abadsidis ’96
founder of XY magazine. B is currently producing its fourth issue. He’s also editor of Tally Ho!, an art magazine scheduled to debut this fall, and is an editor-at-large for the Toronto-based Escape Republic travel blog for Preferred Escapes, which rents luxury villas. The market remains tough though and trying to make anything in print is still an uphill battle. So far, the last couple of years, Abadsidis has ventured into other fields notably marketing, publicity and social media. His clients include Fab.com and AngryPanda.com, Little Studio Films, whose upcoming releases Stealing Roses and Ice Scream he worked on, Kickstart Entertainment and Home Plate Entertainment, where he’s had the opportunity to work with legendary animation producer Bill Schultz, whose Wild Grinders has been a breakout hit on Nickelodeon. “At the end of the day, it’s all about constructing a narrative, and if you do that well, you can work across any platform.” He never did make it to law school. O —by Chris Swingle
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Fateful Encounters Patrick Solomon ’92 FIRST JOB: Associate, Nixon Peabody in Rochester, N.Y.
atrick Solomon ’92 credits his success as a litigator in part to qualities he honed while playing competitive sports, including earning three National Championships with the Hobart lacrosse team. “Through playing lacrosse at Hobart, I learned a lot about the will to succeed, improving yourself and the dedication that is necessary to reach competitive levels,” he says. “Those strengths carry through into my profession,” he continues. “The legal profession is governed by strong ethics. We are zealous in representing our clients, but we also need to be fair.” Fairness is the cornerstone of Solomon’s practice at Thomas & Solomon LLP, in Rochester, N.Y., where he is a founding partner. Currently, he concentrates on national wage and hour, class and collective action litigation. He has represented hundreds of thousands of employees and recovered back wages resulting in tens of millions of dollars for clients. But it wasn’t always that way: his first job out of Cornell Law School was at Nixon Peabody in Rochester, N.Y., where Solomon defended companies in actions brought against them by employees. He remembers one case where he represented an insurance company against claims filed by a 29-year-old with diabetes who really needed his benefits. The insurance company was within its legal rights to deny insurance to the employee, but the experience and outcome were disheartening. “That kind of experience is not rewarding at all, to say the least,” says Solomon. It wasn’t until he accepted an offer to speak at a luncheon about protections offered under the Americans with Disabilities Act as
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“Litigation is, by nature, adversarial and competitive. Yet it also has an element of sportsmanship. The Statesmen taught me that.” Patrick Solomon ’92 a favor to a friend that Solomon realized there was more he could do with his expertise. “At the event, I met a woman who was a teacher and had lupus. She needed to reduce her schedule because of her medical condition. But the district said they would fire her if she couldn’t work full time,” recalls Solomon, who counseled the family about her rights. “Their gratitude was huge and the experience was very moving,” he continues. “And I suddenly saw that I could flip it by representing employees. Instantly, I was helping individuals more than I ever thought I could.” As a result of his efforts, Solomon has received several awards including Rochester Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award, which
honors leaders who have made a significant contribution to the Rochester community, and the Monroe County Bar Association’s President’s Award. The recognition he values the most is the Leaders in Law award by The Daily Record, which he received for his “leadership within the legal community, outstanding achievements within his practice and for demonstrating a selfless and tireless commitment to volunteer efforts and pro bono work.” “The Leaders in Law award was especially rewarding because of the caliber of others who had received it before me,” says Solomon. “I was humbled to be included with them, and to earn it when I was quite a bit younger than most recipients.” But if you’d asked the young man wearing Statesmen purple and orange 20 years ago where he’d end up, employment law was the last thing on his mind. “It’s ironic that I ended up in this field when I thought I had no interest in employment law, and I certainly didn’t think I had the heart for litigation,” says Solomon. “But it makes sense. Litigation is, by nature, adversarial and competitive. Yet it also has an element of sportsmanship. The Statesmen taught me that.” O —by Katie Kilfoyle Remis
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Developing a Personal Brand Kimberly Moore ’00 FIRST JOB: Public Affairs/ Development Assistant, Committee for Economic Development CURRENT JOB: Co-Founder, Bold Beauties
“Something people don’t realize about image branding is that everyone has a brand.” Kimberly Moore ’00
few years after graduating from William Smith, Kimberly Moore ’00 took a job as a social worker at Family Support Systems Unlimited, a foster care agency in the Bronx, where she managed a caseload of 25 adults and children. Moore served as a coordinator, making sure families and children received services, which often meant going to court to hear cases, working with parents to help them navigate the foster care system, parlaying with the administration for Children’s Services, and as she says, “lots and lots of paperwork.” “I was overworked, underpaid, and dealing with people who ran the gamut of emotions,” Moore says. “It was difficult and emotionally draining, but I wouldn’t change it. Even though the job had its downsides, I realized that I was working toward reuniting families. It helped me hone my communication skills, listen to people, be accountable for my actions, and ultimately grow.” Her career has continued in this spirit of service; she has since worked for and volunteered with organizations that focus on education, women’s issues and empowerment, helping women transition back into the workforce through institutions like Dress for Success, New York Cares, and Planned Parenthood. “During this time, I met many women who weren’t confident, didn’t know what they wanted to do with their lives, and basically had no plan in place to help them figure it out,” she explains. When she was working as a fundraiser for EngenderHealth, a global sexual and reproductive health organization, Moore met her future business partner, Melissa A. Browne. At EngenderHealth, they discussed partnering in a business venture but it wasn’t until Moore left the company—“I wanted to do something that was more grassroots, where I could see the tangible reward of all my hard work and effort,”
Moore says—that Bold Beauties began to take shape. That’s when Moore came across a study sponsored by Dove called, “The Real Truth About Beauty: Revisited.” The study concluded that there is “a universal increase in beauty pressure and a decrease in confidence.” That prompted Moore and Browne to develop a business with a focus on women’s self-esteem and success. “Melissa is the person that her family, friends, and our colleagues turned to for image and style advice and I’m the person that my family, friends and colleagues turned to for love, work, and personal advice,” Moore says. “More importantly, we have a shared value of giving back.” In 2011, they launched Bold Beauties, a full service image branding company. By fusing coaching and styling, Bold Beauties enables every woman to be her most authentic self in every facet of her life. “From our work in the non-profit sector, we knew about the issues that women face,” says Moore. “Women wear numerous hats and are pressured to be everything to everyone, which is impossible, and women suffer in trying to attain these unrealistic expectations. We believe that reversing these negative trends will not happen until there is a concentrated effort to focus on these kinds of issues.” In addition to customized services, Bold Beauties provides packages that include branding, styling, wardrobe organization and life planning services. Bold Beauties Signature Package targets “women who are looking to get out of a rut or rediscover themselves.” The three-month process includes a customized assessment of the client’s needs and a four-step process that involves a hair and beauty makeover, an image overhaul and coaching sessions. “Our goal is to help women connect all the dots and make their lives easier,” Moore says. “And confidence is at the heart of connecting those dots,” she continues. “Sometimes that’s getting someone interested in change by helping them see the change first. Sometimes it’s helping someone think of things in a different way. Something people don’t realize about image branding is that everyone has a brand. We help women put plans together to make their brand work in all aspects of their lives.” O —by Andrew Wickenden ’09
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Hobart, Success and Gratitude Jeff Tambroni ’92 FIRST JOB: Youth Lacrosse Coach CURRENT JOB: Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach, Penn State
sk Jeff Tambroni ’92 about his rewarding and successful career as a lacrosse athlete and coach and you will repeatedly hear the words “grateful” and “Hobart.” Tambroni is entering his third season as head coach of the men’s lacrosse team at Penn State. In 2011, he led the Nittany Lions to a 7-7 record and their first-ever Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament berth and was named CAA Co-Coach of the Year. In his second season, the Nittany Lions went 9-6 with a second straight trip to the CAA semi final game. In October 2012, Tambroni was inducted into the Upstate New York Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Prior to joining Penn State, Tambroni spent 10 seasons as head coach at Cornell University where he guided the Big Red to a 109-40 record and three NCAA Final Four appearances, including the 2009 national championship game. He has earned numerous honors along the way, including being named USILA Division I Coach of the Year and Field Turf/NCAA Division I Coach of the Year two times. Tambroni was also the 2004 and 2009 Ithaca Journal Male Coach of the Year and a three-time National Coach of the Week. Out of all his achievements, however, the most meaningful one was earned as a lacrosse player during his years at Hobart College. “By far, the greatest honor was the opportunity to represent Hobart and be part of its national championship team in 1989, 1990 and 1991,” says Tambroni. “There is no greater accomplishment or feeling than being part of something bigger than yourself and sharing that moment with 44 other guys. After the games, we got to come back and share it with the school and the community. That experience will last a lifetime, and I’m so grateful for it.” Tambroni seemed destined at an early age to play and coach lacrosse and to do so at Hobart. The youngest of three boys, he grew up in Syracuse, N.Y., where lacrosse was extremely popular. He played on his first team when he was only seven. In 1986, he attended a fierce matchup between Syracuse University and Hobart College. Both teams were ranked No. 1 in their divisions, and they battled on a picture perfect day on the HWS campus. “It was an amazing experience for me,” recalls Tambroni. “The stadium was so packed 44 Pulteney Street Survey | Winter 2013
“Being a coach has many of the same dynamics as being in a family. It has relationships and elements of human nature. The day doesn’t end at five.” Jeff Tambroni ’92
that I had to sit on the stairwell. It was a battle between David and Goliath, and Hobart won 1613. I was inspired by a smaller Division III school being able to beat a powerhouse. I knew then I wanted to go to Hobart.” He achieved his goal, and as a player at Hobart, Tambroni was named the MVP of the 1990 NCAA title game. He left Hobart tied for seventh on the school’s all-time scoring list with 202 points, graduating in 1992 with his bachelor’s degree in American studies. His first job was as a coach and teacher at the Heaton Mersey Lacrosse Club of the English Lacrosse Union in England. After one year across the pond, Tambroni was fortunate to return to Hobart College, where he served as an assistant lacrosse coach for three seasons, helping the Statesmen reach the 1994 NCAA Division III national championship game. “I was in the right place at the right time, and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity,” says Tambroni. “It was the chance of a lifetime to work under B.J. O’Hara ’75 and Danny Whelan ’85 and also to be a coach at my alma mater.” As Tambroni has moved on to larger
institutions like Penn State, he has tried to recreate the supportive environment that he thrived in at Hobart. “Hobart has a unique atmosphere where a player can get to know every coach and every administrator very well. Creating that same sense of family is more challenging at a bigger school, but I’ve found we can do it on a smaller scale,” says Tambroni. “I share the values I’ve learned about being a great teammate and being accountable to each other. It’s all about 45 guys working together and attempting to create unity within that group. As a coach, that is your goal: to create a family or team out of the people in your organization.” Tambroni carries that sense of family, and all its responsibilities, with him 24/7. “Being a coach has many of the same dynamics as being in a family. It has relationships and elements of human nature. The day doesn’t end at five. If you want to do it well, you need to be available. That is also the beauty of it. You get to take what you learn as parents and bring it to work. You need to tell the kids what they need to hear, when they need to hear it; not just what they want to hear. You need to hold them accountable, regardless of distractions, and hold them to their pursuit of lofty goals.” Tambroni counts his wife and three daughters at the top of his list of blessings. But his experiences at Hobart follow close behind. “I had my most meaningful and memorable relationships while going to Hobart,” he says. “It’s amazing that a school so small in size and numbers was such a powerful experience. I am really grateful for having had it.” O —by Katie Kilfoyle Remis
Potomac Fever Will Cox â€™06 FIRST JOB: Staff Assistant, Former Congressman Robert Simmons (R-CT)
â€œWe worked at least 16 hours a day every single day of the week. ... I had an integral role in shaping his outlook on the issues. I really helped to build a potential member of Congress from the ground up.â€?
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or Will Cox â€™06, the 2012 election cycle was an interesting one. â€œFor the first time in eight years, I sat on the sidelines,â€? he explains. For good reason. The former Republican Capitol Hill staffer and political operative is now a senior associate at Hickey & Associates, a global site selection and public incentive management company, a role in which Cox must remain non-partisan. Since joining the niche firm in 2011, Cox has been assisting big name clients like Bank of America and Lockheed Martin select the best locations to expand, relocate or consolidate, all while achieving vital public/private partnerships to help grow and sustain his clientsâ€™ businesses. Itâ€™s a welcome change from his days on the Hill. â€œI donâ€™t miss the campaign lifestyle,â€? he says. While most of his former Republican colleagues are looking for their next campaign gig, Cox is comfortable in his newly renovated office space. â€œBut I do miss the competitiveness of it.â€? Cox caught his first bout of â€œPotomac Feverâ€? during the Collegesâ€™ Washington, D.C. semester. â€œWe were there in the midst of the 2004 presidential race, and my boss at the time, former Congressman Rob Simmons was facing a difficult re-election campaign.â€? While most of the Congressmanâ€™s staff members were back home campaigning, Cox was left to cover the fort in D.C. â€œIt was just me and the chief of staff,â€? he says. â€œI had to learn my way around the Hill very quickly.â€? Cox joined his colleagues on the ground in Connecticut, his home state, for the final two weeks of the race. When his candidate won with 54 percent of the vote, Cox knew his work had paid off. â€œElection day was and always is a challenge. Win or lose, itâ€™s a culmination of a tremendous amount of work among a group of people that at the end of the day leads to victory or defeat based on variables that are largely out of anyoneâ€™s control. The win was a thrilling experience that helped me believe in the democratic process.â€? Just days after graduating from the Colleges in 2006 with a bachelorâ€™s degree in
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political science, Cox packed his bags and headed back to Washington. Simmons was facing yet another difficult re-election and the campaign needed him. â€œWorking on a campaign for a second time with a candidate that you know and believe in is a great opportunity that does not always happen in politics,â€? he explains. Despite a well-executed campaign, Simmons came 83 votes shy of a win. â€œLosing in the situation where you really believe the candidate is the best representative for his or her constituency is a real let down,â€? reflects Cox. Undaunted, the political insider wanted more. In 2008 Cox became political director for Congressional-hopeful Chris Myersâ€™ bid in New Jersey. It was another grueling campaign. â€œWe worked at least 16 hours a day every single day of the week,â€? he says. As Myersâ€™ political director, Cox shouldered immense responsibility. â€œI set up and maintained his entire office on my own. Thereâ€™s a lot more to that job than meets the eye. And because I had experience in Washington and Myers didnâ€™t, I had an integral role in shaping his outlook on the issues. I really helped to build a potential member of Congress from the ground up.â€? When Myers lost his congressional bid, it was Coxâ€™s cue to take a back seat to politics. Using his network of people heâ€™d met along the campaign trail, he secured a job as a program specialist at Lockheed Martin. There, he spent the next three years working on issues of government affairs. Lockheed Martin then provided him with a platform to land a position with Hickey & Associates. Whatâ€™s next for Cox? For now, heâ€™s enjoying
life as a young Washingtonian, living on Capitol Hill with fellow HWS graduates, Mike Ferrraguto â€™06, associate director at Ocean Atlantic, a commercial real estate company, and Teddy Tanzer â€™10, a research analyst at American Crossroads, the Super PAC cofounded by Karl Rove. As for politics? Heâ€™s comfortable sitting on the sidelines. O â€”by Â Jessica Â Evangelista Â Balduzzi Â â€™05
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Life Through the Proper Lens Judith Ayers Vogelsang ’65 FIRST JOB: Reporter for a daily newspaper in New York City
CURRENT JOB: Independent Filmmaker
s a novice filmmaker and graduate student at the University of Iowa, Judith Ayers Vogelsang ’65 came up against an interesting opponent to cinematic clarity in a surfeit of lenses. “I was using an ancient Bolex 16mm camera that had three different turret lenses,” Vogelsang recalls. “Each time you wanted to change a lens you had to rotate the turret. I was never sure which lens was the one taking the pictures!” Vogelsang did not let her initial foray, or that old camera, get the better of her, as her 35-year-and-counting career in film will attest. She has worked as a director and assistant director for several major studios and television networks, and now produces feature films and documentaries through her own Los Angelesbased production company, Stone Harbor Films. Her film credits include the USA Network feature film “Heartless,” the short documentary “SUV Taggers,” and “Going Green: Every House
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an Eco House” for PBS, which earned her a 2007 DGA nomination for outstanding direction in a children’s program. Additionally, her television work is highlighted by four seasons directing the CBS series “Simon and Simon,” as well as assisting directing the Peabody Awardwinning PBS miniseries “Tales of the City” in the late ’90s. Growing up in Brooklyn and Staten Island, Vogelsang chose to attend William Smith as much for the school’s atmosphere as the Colleges’ excellent academic reputation. “I had attended big-city high schools with many thousands of students and wanted a small, more intimate college experience,” she says. Graduating cum laude with a degree in English, she worked for a summer as a reporter for a daily newspaper in New York City before traveling to Baltimore for graduate school. Her time at Johns Hopkins in the University’s Writing Seminar program is significant she explains, for two reasons: First, it is there that she met her husband, Arthur Vogelsang, a poet. Second, it was while working toward her master’s degree in fiction writing that she came to the conclusion that she wanted to pursue a career in film. “The films of the ‘60s were so thoughtful, immediate and organically a part of my attitudes and intellectual and aesthetic values at the time that going from writing to film was a natural gravitation for me,” she says. When her husband got a teaching job in the Midwest, the couple moved to Wichita, Kan. There, Vogelsang found work as a public relations associate for a nonprofit until she could resume filmmaking. The market for directorial work in Wichita was small—four television stations—but she set her sights on the local PBS affiliate and wouldn’t take no for an answer. After six months of letter writing and phone calls, she was offered a job making short films and directing TV shows. The experience taught Vogelsang many aspects of the business. “I produced the idea, shot it, edited it and rolled it into my live, nightly show, which I also directed. We all did everything at that station, hands-on,” she explains. “Being hired in Philadelphia and, eventually, in Los Angeles was culture-shock. Everything there is hands-off. Unions and guilds strictly control who does what and who touches what,” she says. “All of those rules had to be learned and applied everyday. It was a fascinating experience to go from one extreme to the other and I thoroughly enjoyed both ways of filmmaking. Both work environments gave me a great range of ways to do things and lots of technical expertise I couldn’t have gotten anywhere else.” Vogelsang bemoans the state of movies today, which she feels aren’t as relevant—at least to her own personal experience—as the films of the 1960s that inspired her enough to join the business.
“The films of the ’60s were so thoughtful, immediate and organically a part of my attitudes and intellectual and aesthetic values at the time...” Judith Ayers Vogelsang ’65
“Working there [at that time] was fun,” says Vogelsang, “a thrill at first, like being part of a well-oiled machine where everyone knew their place and role. Efficiency and excellence went hand-in-hand. But the system was creaky and doomed to undergo reform. Accountants became king, not producers or directors or writers. The importance of making money trumped all other concerns, including aesthetics.” Even independent filmmakers often seem to have become more about the bottom line, she observes. It’s the reason why she started her own production company. “We don’t need anyone’s ‘green light’ to do our own projects.” Her latest documentary, “HUMBLE BEAUTY: Skid Row Artists,” is one such project. About how talented homeless people saved their own lives through art, Vogelsang’s film will soon be airing on public television stations across the country thanks in part to several former William Smith classmates. As part of an online fundraising campaign to help pay the bills of national distribution, a mini-network of alums from classes in the 1960s and 1970s (spearheaded by Vogelsang’s good friend and former William Smith roommate, Susan Sharin ’67) contributed generously and became, in part, underwriters for the program which will air for the next three years on local PBS stations. “It was an overwhelming and moving experience to see that those old school ties are still there, more than 40 years later.” O —by Jeanne Nagle
Democracy and Action Rt. Bishop George Packard ’66, P’93 FIRST JOB: Infantry Platoon Leader in the U.S. Army CURRENT JOB: Retired Bishop for the Armed Services, Healthcare and Prison Ministries; Occupy Wall Street activist
s a young man, Rt. Bishop George Packard ’66, P’93, “imagined that when I looked back on my life from my 60s, I’d want it to be filled with something that mattered.” After he graduated from Hobart, Packard enlisted in the Army and later received the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars for his service as an infantry platoon leader in Vietnam. When he returned to the U.S., “haunted by the trauma of the war,” Packard entered Virginia Theological Seminary, which forced him to confront the lingering horrors of his experiences in Southeast Asia. It was here he exchanged the infantry for the chaplaincy. “In seminary, you are trained for clinical pastoral intervention, which introduces you to the discipline – and it is a discipline – of crisis counseling,” he says. “You can’t do that without a supply of self-knowledge in any social interaction. You’ve got to pull all this stuff out of the drawers. I was blessed to do that early on, and it was painful.” During Packard’s civilian ministry he served in Virginia and New York as well as in parts of Asia as an Army Reserve chaplain. After Desert Storm, he rose to the rank of colonel and the Pentagon retained him as an adviser for soldier care policy development. Later, during his time as a Bishop of Federal Ministries, he travelled to four war zones and throughout the world. In 2000, he was consecrated as the fifth suffragan bishop for the Armed Services, Healthcare and Prison Ministries. During the recent Iraq War, he helped reinstitute St. George’s Church in Baghdad. “I am especially proud of that,” he says. “It became a place of refuge and sanctuary for all faiths.”
The Rt. Bishop George Packard ’66, P’93 participating in a 2011 Occupy rally in New York City.
Now at 68 years old, Packard’s energies are consumed by the social issues raised by the Occupy movement. “Occupy has put its finger on something that has developed in our country and that discovery won’t be dismissed,” says Packard. “Effectively, we have no power in a system from which we demand fairness because lobbying and special interests have replaced us. “Representative government has deteriorated, is frozen, and worse, marginalizes the citizenry rendering it voiceless. We elect an official who – removed from us – thinks great thoughts on our behalf, but responds to forces and collectives apart from our interests. We’ve lost any personal agency. It’s a far cry from how it was intended to be. That is where Occupy theory comes in: the only thing one has left is a physical body in physical space making a resistant protest. Impromptu gatherings can reclaim lost power.” Reflecting on his early post-grad years, Packard says, “There’s an irony in the fact that I had no encumbrances whatsoever of unemployment and student debt after Hobart College, and now I work with young women and men so under fire from these two directions.” For Packard, these recent graduates are representative of the movement’s central concerns: debt-loan systems that indenture entire classes, unemployment, and a political system which he claims perpetually favors one percent of the population at the expense of the other 99 percent. “These loan programs were based on an enthusiasm in the 1960s, when we believed that earning always lay ahead,” Packard says. “But in an economy turned sour, young people –the most expendable class – are the hardest hit; that formula won’t work.”
“...That is where Occupy theory comes in: the only thing one has left is a physical body in physical space making a resistant protest. Impromptu gatherings can reclaim lost power.” Rt. Bishop George Packard ’66, P’93
Last December, Packard was arrested when, in his magenta vestments, he vaulted a fence to occupy a vacant lot in Manhattan. In May, Packard was arrested a second time, along with 15 other veterans, during the Occupy demonstrations at New York City’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza. He had only just finished the community service sentence he received as a result of the arrests when he was arrested again on Sept. 17, 2012 – the first anniversary of the movement. With the social and economic injustices at the heart of the Occupy movement still unresolved, he shows no signs of backing down. “The participatory democracy Occupy is introducing holds promise,” he says. “If we put energy into transparency, honesty and shared power, this Movement’s model can revitalize our culture. These good intentions will outlast us all. And that’s hopeful.” O —by Andrew Wickenden ’09
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Marketing Stars Heather Crosby Mnuchin ’89 FIRST JOB: Assistant, Bobby Zarem Inc. CURRENT JOB: Yoga Teacher, Mother and Philanthropist
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“You learn fast because you’re in the trenches.” Heather Crosby Mnuchin ’89
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ou want this job? When can you start?” Heather Crosby Mnuchin ’89 could start the next day. And she did, working for Bobby Zarem, iconic publicist to the stars who was “always looking for new people.” The reason he was always looking, she soon discovered, is that Zarem cursed and screamed at employees. Mnuchin, who’d previously held summer jobs in advertising, found herself working for $21,000 a year as an assistant to an account executive who quit about five days later. Mnuchin stayed for one year – “a lifetime in Zarem years.” She and Jason Weinberg, who became a well-known talent manager, created campaigns to attract press and make performers famous. They sent photos to the Daily News with doughnuts and coffee. They set up dates between their clients, such as a Broadway actress and a New York Ranger. They created a “Best Upcoming Star on Broadway” award, presented by Sophia Loren, another client. Every morning, Zarem led a staff meeting in a muscle shirt, pedaling an exercise bike, “spinning like mad, sweating like a pig,” says Mnuchin. Her desk was in the middle of a chaotic room, where she wrote and rewrote press releases on a typewriter. “You learn fast because you’re in the trenches,” she says. She lived with her mom, brought her lunch to work and cried – as her colleagues did – when their boss chewed them out. “We learned how to work,” Mnuchin says. “You didn’t go home until you were done.” She also learned to take care of clients and to respect veterans in the field. At Carly Simon’s art gallery opening, Mnuchin met Gene Platin, who’d just gotten licensing to open Sesame Street stores. “Hire me,” suggested Mnuchin, who knew the work would be based in San
Francisco, where she was about to move. Platin hired her to oversee publicity and marketing. Her next position was doing publicity and marketing for Planet Hollywood. Planning and overseeing grand openings of the theme restaurants took her around the world. She also had to solve the crises that popped up, such as the time someone at a crowded opening in Moscow fell off a roof while trying to get a good view. Mnuchin, who lives in Los Angeles, majored in art history and minored in religious studies at HWS. She hasn’t used those fields in her work, but says her liberal arts education helped her learn how to figure things out quickly and calmly. When movie stars were photographed being arrested, she’d offer other photos so the press wouldn’t use the damaging ones. When a celebrity arrived in Amsterdam by private plane for a Planet Hollywood opening and forgot his passport, Mnuchin arranged to have the document faxed and provided officials with VIP passes to smooth the border snafu. In 1998, Mnuchin moved to Launch Media, which was sold and became Yahoo Music. She “retired” as senior vice president of corporate communications in 2001 to raise her family. She and husband Steven Mnuchin, chair and CEO of OneWest Bank Group, have eight-yearold twins and a 10 year old. Career-wise, she’s most proud of her work at Planet Hollywood, which she says tested her the most and where she believes she met the challenge. But it all developed from that first job, working for a man who she first met while he was holding a phone to each ear, “yelling at Al Pacino on one line and yelling at Kevin Costner on the other.” O —by Chris Swingle
Hobart | ca. 1929 ATHLETICS
The “H” Club On a winter day in 1929, Statesmen who had earned their varsity letter stand in an “H” formation. The athletic designation was awarded to the men who, in the estimation of their coach, demonstrated varsity caliber.
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First undefeated regular season since 1957, posting a 10-0 overall record and winning the Liberty League Championship and the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Playoffs with a 7-0 record.
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Hobart football goes undefeated in regular season by Megan Metz and Ken DeBolt
he Hobart College football team completed its first undefeated regular season since 1957, posting a 10-0 overall record and winning the Liberty League Championship and the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Playoffs with a 7-0 record. The Statesmen also broke the school record for wins in a season and touchdowns in a season for the 121-year-old program. They entered the playoffs ranked seventh in the nation in both the America Football Coaches Association poll and the D3football.com Top 25, and 19 Statesmen earned All-Liberty League honors. Hobart drew Washington & Lee University in the first round of the playoffs. The Generals brought the nation’s No. 1 rushing offense to Boswell Field, but left with a 38-20 loss. W&L averaged 381.3 yards rushing per game during the regular season, but only produced a seasonlow 188 yards against the Statesmen defense. It was Hobart that put a dominant run game on display, gaining 282 yards on the ground. In the second round, the Statesmen faced their first nationally ranked opponent of the season, Wittenberg University. The Tigers, No. 50 Pulteney Street Survey | Winter 2013
13 in the AFCA poll and No. 24 in D3football. com’s ranking, brought a contrasting style to the Boz, relying more on their passing game (259.2 yds/g) to move the ball. The combination of Hobart’s relentless pass rush and the arrival of Old Man Winter kept Wittenberg in check. Like the Generals, the Tigers were held to a season-low 135 yards of total offense, while the Statesmen minimized the effect of the wind and snow by keeping the ball on the ground, running for 286 yards and five TDs and dominating time of possession (39:02-20:58). Tailback Steven Webb ’14 ran for 130 yards on the day, making him the first 1,000-yard rusher since AllAmerican Doug Blakowski ’07 in 2006. Tailback Bobby Dougherty ’13 gained 85 yards and scored his 19th rushing touchdown of the year, matching Don Aleksiewicz’s 1971 record. The Statesmen’s first appearance in the national quarterfinals was at No. 4 University of St. Thomas. Hobart’s dream season came to an end in St. Paul, Minn., suffering a 47-7 loss. Webb produced another highlight reel run, breaking away for a 66-yard, first quarter touchdown on a fourth and inches play. It was Hobart’s 66th TD of the season. Dougherty was limited to just 39 yards rushing, but it put
him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Webb (1,197) and Dougherty (1,024) are the first Hobart teammates to rush for 1,000 yards in the same season since Ed Cooney ’80 (1,197) and Jack Davis ’78 (1,074) in 1977. On the other side of the ball, linebacker Andrew Klindera ’13 had 12 tackles against the Tommies, raising his season total to 109, fifth on Hobart’s single season list. Defensive end Tyre Coleman ’15 added a sack against UST to finish the year with Statesmen season records in tackles for loss (30.5) and sacks (17.5). Both marks were previously held by Dave Russell ’98. Hobart Head Coach Mike Cragg and his staff were voted the Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year after guiding the Statesmen to their eighth Liberty League Championship and seventh NCAA Playoff appearance. Hobart led the conference in scoring offense, scoring defense, total offense, total defense and 14 other statistical categories. Cragg also earned the AFCA Regional Coach of the Year award for the second time in his career. Coleman was voted the Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous first team all-league pick. Nine members of the offense earned all-
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Football Head Coach Mike Cragg hoists the Liberty League Championship plaque after his team completed Hobart’s first undefeated regular season since 1957.
league praise—Dougherty, Webb, wide receiver Junior Woodard ’13, and offensive linemen Art Garvey ’13 and Ali Marpet ’15 were all named to the first team. Quarterback Nick Strang ’13 and offensive lineman Tyler Garvey ’13 earned second team honors, and tight end Brent Matazinsky ’13 and offensive lineman DeAndré Smith ’15 received honorable mention. Webb led the league in rushing yards and all-purpose yards (1,405) and Dougherty led the league in scoring (9.5 ppg) and ranked second behind Webb in rushing yards. Woodard eclipsed Dan Suozzi's record for consecutive games with a reception, extending the mark to 33 with four catches for 32 yards at St. Thomas. He finished his career third in receiving yards (1,921), fourth in receptions (136), and ninth in receiving touchdowns (12). Strang ended his Statesmen career third in passing touchdowns (36), fourth in passing yards (3,914), and fourth in completions (278). He also raised the Hobart career records for pass efficiency rating (143.6) and completion percentage (58.9). Along with Coleman, defensive tackle Nick Auriemma ’13, outside linebacker Devin Worthington ’14 and free safety Jolyon Davis ’14 were all selected to the first team defense, while Klindera and cornerback Fajri Jackson ’15 were named to the second team, and cornerback Kevin Hearon ’14 and defensive tackle Troy Johnson ’15 both earned honorable mention. Worthington registered 21.5 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks. Punters Josh Neuss ’16 and James Hull ’16 both earned a spot on the All-Liberty League second team. Neuss led the conference in punting, averaging 39.5 yards per boot. Webb also garnered honorable mention as a return specialist. In the classroom, eight Statesmen earned a spot on the Liberty League All-Academic Team, three more were named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 3 first team, and center Michael Green ’14 was tabbed a Capital One second team Academic All-American®. Green Is just the seventh Hobart football player to receive Academic All-Amerca® honors. O
The 2012 season saw the William Smith field hockey team capture its 10th Liberty League Championship and earn its 22nd postseason appearance, including its 20th NCAA Tournament berth. Ultimately, the ninth-ranked Herons finished the season with a 16-4 overall record, including a perfect 8-0 mark against Liberty League opponents. William Smith earned the Liberty Alyssa David ’13 holds her Liberty League Champions shirt high after the William League’s automatic Smith field hockey team defeated University of Rochester. In addition to the bid into the 24-team championship, William Smith earned an automatic bid into the 24-team NCAA tournament by defeating Division III Field Hockey Championship. No. 19 Rochester 3-1 in the Liberty League tournament championship and Rensselaer 3-2 in the semifinals. As the NCAA Tournament’s No. 4 seed, the Herons earned a first-round bye, and met 10th-ranked Tufts in the second round, eventually falling to the Jumbos 4-2. Senior Annie Kietzman was named the Liberty League Offensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous All-Liberty League First-Team selection after leading the William Smith offense with 17 goals, 19 assists, and 53 points. Her 19 assists topped the league and set a new program season record, and she finished the year ranked third nationally in assists per game (0.95). Also a unanimous first-team selection, junior Melanie O’Connor was voted the Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year honors after anchoring a Heron defense that held league opponents to six total goals in regular-season play. O’Connor was among the team’s offensive leaders as well, and wrapped the season with 11 goals and six assists for 28 points.
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The William Smith soccer team notched yet another impressive season, winning its sixth consecutive Liberty League Championship on its way to the program’s 23rd NCAA Tournament bid. The eighth-ranked Herons finished the year with a 14-2-4 overall record, including a 7-1 conference mark. Members of the William Smith soccer team gather for a photo after winning their sixth straight Liberty League Tournament Championship. The Herons earned a 3-2 After defeating Penn victory over Union in the match played on Cozzens Memorial Field. State Behrend 3-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, William Smith’s season came to a heartbreaking end in the second round vs. Cortland. The Red Dragons advanced 5-4 on penalty kicks after the two teams played to a scoreless tie. Six Herons earned spots on the 2012 All-Liberty League teams. Forwards Renee Jensen ’13, Whitney Frary ’13 and Madeline Buckley ’15, were selected to the first team, while defender Olivia Zitoli ’14 earned second team honors. Defender Zoe Jackson Gibson ’16 and goalie Chelsea Dunay ’14 garnered honorable mention. Frary led the team with 25 points (9 goals, 7 assists), Jensen led the team with nine assists (6 goals, 21 points), and Buckley paced the team with 10 goals (4 assists, 24 points). All three ranked in the top-5 in the Liberty League in points, while Jensen led the league in assists. Dunay topped the conference with a 0.53 goals against average. HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES
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HOBART SOCCER The Statesmen soccer team finished the season with a 10-6-0 overall record and an even 4-4-0 Liberty League mark. Alex Kittelberger ’13 led the offense with seven goals and four assists for 18 points. He was also named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Men’s Soccer team for the second year in a row.
David J. Urick is congratulated by Chair of the Board of Trustees Maureen Collins Zupan ’72, P’09 after being presented with the President’s Medal by Mark D. Gearan.
Urick Receives President’s Medal
t the Hobart College Athletics Hall of Fame reception in November, President Mark D. Gearan presented the President’s Medal to David J. Urick. As head lacrosse coach at Hobart, Urick enjoyed unprecedented success, guiding the team to 10 straight NCAA Division III Championships. He went on to become head coach of Georgetown University’s lacrosse team. “Coach Urick exemplifies commitment and dedication to collegiate sports,” said Gearan at the Hall of Fame reception. “In a career that has spanned four decades and that has been marked by successive accomplishments at Hobart and Georgetown, his most powerful impact will always be the relationships he’s built with the people around him. After leaving Hobart, he remained in touch with the Colleges and his former players, as evidenced by the many former students in attendance tonight. He maintained his connections with his many friends here in Geneva and often returns to offer his support and counsel. Our lives have been enriched as a result of his dedication and character.” A 1970 graduate of Cortland State, where he starred in football and lacrosse, Urick joined the Hobart staff as an assistant football and lacrosse coach in 1971. He became head football coach in 1976, earning ICAC Coach of the Year honors. Urick became head lacrosse coach in 1980, and that same year won the Francis “Babe” Kraus Award as Division III Coach of the Year, an honor he would receive again in 1981. In 1987 Urick won his eighth-straight Division III title, surpassing UCLA’s John Wooden for most consecutive championships in a team sport. In 1989 Urick left Geneva to coach Georgetown University. In July 2012, he stepped down from his 23year tenure as head coach of the men’s lacrosse team. Urick brought the Hoyas’ program to national prominence and established GU as one of the elite lacrosse programs in the country. Under his direction, the Hoyas finished with 52 Pulteney Street Survey | Winter 2013
winning records in 21 of 23 seasons—the only winning seasons in the program’s 37-year history of Division I competition. After leading GU to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1997, Urick was the recipient of Georgetown’s 1996-’97 Outstanding Coaching Achievement Award. He was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Coach of the Year in 2000 and again in 2007. The author of Sports Illustrated’s “Lacrosse, Fundamentals for Winning,” Urick has been inducted into five Halls of Fame for his contributions to lacrosse as a coach, including the Cortland C-Club Hall of Fame in 1986, the Hall of Fame of the Upstate New York Lacrosse Foundation Chapter in 1991, the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Potomac Chapter of the United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2005. On Oct. 6, 1990, Urick was inducted into the Hobart College Athletic Hall of Fame. One of Urick’s many honors was being selected to serve as head coach of the 1986 Team USA, which won the gold medal at the World Games in Toronto. Additionally, he served as an assistant on the 1982 USA team that won the gold medal and is the current chair of the USA Team Coaches Selection Committee. Urick is a former chair and member of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Committee and the USILA Rules Advisory Committee. Urick, who lives with his wife, Linda, in Fairfax, Va., will continue to work at Georgetown as special assistant to the athletic director. The President’s Medal is presented to individuals for outstanding service to the community, the country and their profession. The recipients of the President’s Medal embody the values of Hobart and William Smith Colleges: a student-centered learning environment, globally focused, grounded in the values of equity and service, developing citizens who will lead in the 21st century. Past medalists include activist Charles Best, Congressman John R. Lewis and urbanist and writer Jane Jacobs. O
CROSS COUNTRY Jack Warner, William Smith’s longtime coach, retired at the end of the 2012 season. A member of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Warner’s coaching career spans parts of seven decades, including the past 18 seasons as the Herons’ head coach. This fall, he guided senior Emily D’Addario as she led the Herons across the finish line in all 10 races, including a third-place finish out of 284 runners at the ECAC Championships. D’Addario earned AllLiberty League Second Team honors, and five league Performer of the Week nods. Hobart first-year harrier Patrick Hatheway led the Statesmen across the finish line in all 10 races this season. He was named The Liberty League Rookie of the Week twice for his efforts. TENNIS Herons Kiara Ocasio ’13 and Teru Greene ’15 advanced all the way to the championship doubles final in the 2012 USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships, becoming the first William Smith doubles team to make it to the championship final under the guidance of Head Coach Chip Fishback. Ocasio also
won the fifth singles bracket of the New York State Championships this fall as the bracket’s No. 2 seed. Hobart tennis players Bruce Grant ’13 and Michael Fields ’15 advanced to the championship doubles semifinal in the USTA/ ITA Northeast Regional Championships, the first Statesmen to do so since 2004. SAILING The HWS sailing team had a strong fall season, highlighted by winning the MAISA Fall Open, taking second place in both the North Fall No. 1 and No. 2 regattas, and earning a third-place finish at the Kings Point Open. The sailors also notched fourth-place finishes at the War Memorial Conference Championship Regatta and the MAISA Invitational.
THE 2012 HERON HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES (above) include former William Smith Athletics Director Susan Bassett, Jamie Van Fossan Kenny ’98, Kristen Jensen ’82, Rebecca Gutwin Coons ’06, Jane Sala McWilliams ’75, Courtney Hutchinson Hundley ’92 and Elizabeth Flannery Rosenthal ’73. (right) The 1997 Heron field hockey team gathers for a photo after being named this year’s Team of Distinction.
GOLF Dillon Sass ’14 led the Hobart golf team this fall with a scoring average of 79.4. The Statesmen posted a fourth-place finish at the Pitt-Bradford Invitational and notched thirdplace finishes at both the Keuka and Oswego State invitationals. The fall portion of the schedule for the Heron golfers was highlighted by a third-place finish in their own William Smith Invitational, led by sophomore Kara Capstraw’s fourth-place individual finish in the 41-golfer field.
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HOBART HALL OF FAME Seven Statesmen were inducted into the Hobart Athletics Hall of Fame during the Class of 2012 celebration. They include: Andrew D’Eloia ’95, brothers Larry ’82 and Tom ’85 Grimaldi, Andy Horton ’98, Scott Iklé ’84, Chris Teerlinck ’93, and the late Albert “Nick” Iorio ’38.
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Tim Mullally ’92 competes in the Master’s Chester DiBari ’06 III married Emily Buttrey in Washington DC this past April with a large group of HWS alumni and alumnae in attendance. World Championship Highland Games Hammer Throw in Greenville, S.C. He placed 10th in his age group.
John ’66 and Bonnie Norvell P’99, P’02 celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with (standing) Willard Best ’61, Sharon Peckham Best ’62, Richard Knipscher ’66, (seated) Elizabeth Woodard P’88, Joseph Karlson ’66, Amy Norvell Krajci ’99 and Melissa Norvell ’02.
Bob Barrali ’88 shows off a red fish caught on an eight weight fly rod in Padre island, Texas.
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On Sept. 3, 2011, Kelsey Rioux ’09 married Matthew Parker at the Artists’ Covered Bridge in Newry, Maine. The bride and groom are pictured with Lauren Baran ’09, Joy Cagasan ’09, Cordelia Kotin ’09, Katherine Faherty ’09, Matthew Parker, Kelsey Rioux ’09, Katherine Mitchell ’09, Evan Brown ’08, and Christina Kinnevey ’09.
Two Hobart men connected by Peace Corps service meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Charlie Wood Jewett ’66, part of former Peace Corps volunteer group that returned to Ethiopia for two weeks, and Matthew Wilson ’10, a current education volunteer. Drea Lynn Adair was born April 25, 2012, to Deawell Adair ’00 and Cynthia Ajello Adair ’99.
Jillian Oberfield ’01 married Benjamin Fenwick in Media, Pa., on June 23, 2012. In attendance were (L to R): Kevin Fitzgerald ’97, Lester Powell ’01, Bill Oberfield ’67, Sarah Shumway Liu ’01, Portia Alexis ’01, Nate Birjukow ’01, Jillian Oberfield ’01, Benjamin Fenwick, Kate Young ’01, Zach Oberfield ’98 and Lynn Tallmadge Oberfield ’68. The pink flower the bride wore on her gown (shown here) belonged to her late grandmother, Carol Weatherly Tallmadge ’42, who passed away in April 2011.
Michelle Dodge ’07 and Shamar Whyte ’05 show off their daughter, Tennyson Norah Whyte. She was born on February 17, 2012.
Will Gore ’12 is flanked by his uncles, Perry Reith ’81 and John Reith ’88, after Commencement on the Quad.
Reynold Levy ‘66, president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, signs the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Book of Members, a tradition that dates back to 1780. He was among 180 influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors, and institutional leaders who were inducted in October.
Class Correspondent Adam Stuart ’86 poses with his childhood idols.
Kathryn Lawton ’09 was recently married to Jeremy Rockler, and at the reception were four WS classmates and Odells roommates: Marisa Athas Beck ’09, Colleen Carpinella ’09, Sarah Holland ’09 and Michelle Badagnani ’09.
Class of 1976 Sill Housemates Ann Sauer, Christine Buckingham Rolland, Carol Brotman White and Eileen Emerson share memories at Lake Pauline, Ludlow, Vt. Eric Hall Anderson ’59 on a day-long trip, with the historic Post Coach of the 19th century, crossing the Gotthard Pass in the Swiss Alps in August.
Former Hobart Squash Captains Ted Childs ’97 and Jamie Childs ’97 faced off against each other in the River Athletic Club Championship in Essex, Conn. Ted edged Jamie 3-1, all games went to tie breakers. Jamie’s son Mac was on hand to console his Dad and congratulate his Uncle. HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES
Hobart alumni pose during the wedding of Brian Monaco ’10 and Megan Monaco in Buffalo, N.Y. Pictured are Trevor Schutte ’14, Garth Muratori ’12, Andrew Miller ’10, Anthony Shaw ’10, Anthony Guidetti ’10, Brian Monaco ’10, Anthony Coletta ’12, Ryan Robinson ’10, Michael Faracca ’10, Sean Kluber ’10, David Degan ’10 and Angelo Catalano ’10.
Nick Smith ’01 married Kate Smith in Westhampton Beach, N.Y. In attendance are (standing, l to r) Bradford Karl ’01, Jessie Saar ’04, Margo Orr Glidden ’03, Lauren Rodbart ’03, Maurice McCarthy ’07, Kate Smith, Nick Smith ’01, Adam Mandell ’01, Victoria Lynford ’00, Isabel Babcock ’00, Carson Smith ’02, Ross Montgomery ’01, Greg Williamson ’01, Hugh Leoni ’01, (kneeling, l to r) Clare McLean Hedley ’03, Lauren Lynch Flynn ’03, Jeremy Hirshberg ’01, Benjamin Collier ’01 and Laura Mallozzi ’07.
Carter and Avery Tripp, children of Erinne Hagerman Tripp ’98 and Cory Tripp ’96, cuddle.
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Lily and Tess Canada, daughters of Kate Strouse Canada and Chris Canada ’98, pose in front of the College Store with new HWS hats.
Greg Williamson ’01 married Katy Yulman Williamson on April 14, 2012 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla. In attendance were (back row, l to r) Hugh O. Leoni ’01, Stephen Z. Williamson ’95, Benjamin Jones ’01, (front row, l to r) Laura Mallozzi ’07, Jason Magna ’95, Eric Hall Anderson ’59, Lisa Tarpey Jones ’02, Christopher D. Connolly ’01, Keith Barile ’01, Adam Mandell ’01 and David Byrd ’00.
Steve Chabot ’02 married Alison Geer at The Inn on Peaks Island off the coast of Portland, Maine on June 29. HWS alums in attendance were Melissa Roberts ’02, Sarah Barge ’02, Scott Granish ’02, Justin Siuta ’02, Jeff Jordan ’02, Caroline Miller Jordan ’02, Steve Chabot, Alison Greer Chabot, Kate Chabot ’06 and Mark Madden ’06.
Timothy Hunter Kubera, son of Kathleen Sager Kubera ’04 and Kevin A. Kubera ’03, was born on April 3, 2012, in Buffalo, N.Y. Mike O’Brien ’11 with his parents Maureen and Dan O’Brien P’11 after an exhibition game in Charlotte, N.C.
Michael Dick ’70, P’09 and Lindsey Dick ’09, MAT ’10 cradle baby Lucas, Michael’s grandson and Lindsey’s nephew. Should he follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and aunt, he will enroll in the Hobart Class of 2034.
Anna Holland ’09 visits Marcelle Empey ’09 in Cameroon where she is currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Holland just finished her service with Peace Corps in Tanzania.
Amber Kling ’02 married Scott Anderson on September 4 in Buffalo, N.Y. In attendance were HWS alums (l to r) Leah Fitzpatrick ’02, Marleah Tkacz ’02, Anne Erickson Harms ’02, Lisa Vinikoor-Imler ’02 and Casey Post-Sabo ’02.
William Gammell ’09, Leslie J. Stark ’59 and Richard Klein ’08 connect at the New Orleans JazzFest in May 2012.
Ashley Mariel Rosati ’07 married Garett Rosati ’05 on June 23, 2012 in Porto Ercole, Italy! In attendance were HWS alums, including Nicole Balsamo, Kacy Cerasoli, Jenna Gruttadauria, Dan Adler ’07, Pete Pine ’05, Sue Willard ’99 and Aliceann Wilber P’12.
Alums gather to celebrate the marriage of Ayelet Cohen Katz ’07 and Jeremy Katz ’07 in Portland, Ore. In attendance are (back row, l to r) Sterling Collins-Hill ’07, Heather Finlay ’07, Henry Young ’08, Ezie Cotler ’07, Stephen Miles ’08, R. Andrew McDonough ’07, Andrew Hurry ’07 (front row, l to r) Sylvie Lubow ’07, Annie Hibbitts ’07, Ayelet, Jeremy and Jamie Klein ’07.
William Smith women Sue Willard ’99, Barbara Cram-Crabtree ’69, P’05 and Christina Crabtree-Ide ’05 pose for a photo during the Crabtree’s annual Civic Holiday Party in Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Heather Nihart Bock ’09 and Nash Bock were married in Canandaigua, N.Y., on June 9, 2012. Here they’re pictured with Nash’s grandparents Carl Edlund ’49 and Jane Durkee Edlund ’48.
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Obituaries The Colleges appreciate notification of the death of any member of the Hobart and William Smith community. In order to include notice in the Pulteney St. Survey, we must receive notification that is printed and verifiable. If possible, please send a printed obituary or legal notification (as from an estate) of the death. Personal testimonials and remembrances, in written form, are also welcome. Their use in the Survey, though, is subject to length restrictions. Deadlines for obituary submission are the same as for Classnotes.
Hobart Arthur D. Stein Jr. ’36, P’61, of Fairhope, Ala., died on Aug. 4, 2012. Arthur graduated from Hobart with a B.A. in psychology and sociology. He was a Druid, president of Sigma Chi, captain of the lacrosse team, president of Glee Club, vice president of his senior class, a member of Orange Key and participated in football and chimera. Arthur served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and the Korean War. He held a career as a teacher and a coach at the Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, Conn., for many years. A loyal alumnus, Arthur served as class agent for 40 years, class correspondent for six years, as well as an admissions volunteer and reunion chair. For his service, he was awarded an alumni citation in 1986 and to the Hobart Hall of Fame in 2000. He is survived by his children, Susan, Jeffrey and Arthur D. Stein III ’61; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and longtime companion Dottie Martin. Dr. Leo J. Hoge Jr. ’37, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., died on May 4, 2012. After Leo graduated from Hobart, he attended the University of Louisville Medical School receiving a medical degree. While at Hobart, Leo was the senior class president, a member of the tennis and basketball teams, serving as captain of the basketball team in his senior year. Leo served in the U.S. Navy in Europe and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II. He was awarded several honors for his service, including the French Liberty Medal for serving at the D-Day invasion, European Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Star, the AsiaticPacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, and more. After his military service he set up a medical practice in Saratoga Springs, and later joined the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory as a lab physician and was responsible for radiological emergency response. Leo was a founder of the U.S. TransUranium Registry. He is survived by his son, Lee; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. He is predeceased by his wife, Marty. Charles G. Rose ’39, of Victor, N.Y., died on Oct. 24, 2011. Charles graduated with a B.A. in economics from Hobart and an Ed.M. from the University of Rochester. A Word War II veteran, he held a career as a history teacher and guidance counselor at Victor Central School and a guidance counselor at Penfield High School. He served as Victor Town Justice for 28 years, was a member of the Victor Town Board, and served as president of the New York State Magistrate Association, being named Magistrate of the Year. He was predeceased by his wife, Amber; and son, John. Charles is survived by his children, Mary, Robert, Richard and Kathleen; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Alfred A. Brooks Jr. ’43, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., died on July 12, 2012. Alfred received a B.A. in physics and chemistry from Hobart and a Ph.D. in physical and organic chemistry from Ohio State University. At Hobart, Alfred was a member of the Kappa Sigma, played on the football and lacrosse teams, was a member of math club and Epsilon Pi Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies. Alfred had a long career as a chemist and computer professional. He was involved in the early stages of the Manhattan Project at Columbia University, worked as a chemist for the University of Chicago, Standard Oil of Indiana and the Upjohn Company. He served as manager of the computing applications department at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for several years and started his own computer information and software company, Information Interchange. He is predeceased by his wife, Arlene Jepson Brooks ’42; and survived by his children, Barbara and Alfred IV; and two grandchildren. Robert “Bob” M. Burns ’43, of Riverhead, N.Y., died on Aug. 25, 2012. A history major, Bob was a Druid and a member of Phi Phi Delta. He participated in band, Chimera, Echo and played football and basketball. Bob served in the U. S. Army Air Corps in World War II. He worked at Suffolk County National Bank as loan officer, branch manager and vice president; and for 48 years in sportswriting with his weekly column “The Sporting Whirl.” In his community, he served as a Little League coach and was a member of Lions Club. Bob was inducted into the Suffolk County Hall of Fame, one of three inductees in the sports journalism category. As an alumnus, he served as a reunion volunteer. Bob is survived by his wife, Elaine; children, Jerry and Connie; step-children, Larry, Barbara, Patricia and Carol; and several step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren. He was predeceased by former wives, Mary and Lois. Robert W. Silsby ’43, of Kenmore, N.Y., died on June 16, 2012. Robert received a B.A. and a M.A. in history from Hobart and a Ph.D. in history from Cornell University. At Hobart, Robert was a member of Orange Key, Phi Beta Kappa, Epsilon Pi Sigma and the intramural sports board. He served in the U.S. Navy and later taught history at the Colleges from 1946-1952. Robert was a teacher at Kenmore West High School from 1954-1990 and an adjunct professor at the University of Buffalo. At Kenmore West, he chaired one of the largest social studies departments in the state and is the author of a history of the Town of Tonawanda, called “Settlement to Suburb: 1607-1986.” He served as a chief researcher for the Seneca Indian Nation and was president of the Lake Erie Council of Social Studies and served on the New York State Council of Social Studies. Robert received an Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Chicago in 1983. He was predeceased by his wife, Katherine; and is survived by his children, John, Mary, Susan and Charles; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Roger C. Barnard ’44, of Nipomo, Calif., died on Aug. 27, 2012. Roger graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English. He was a member of Phi Sigma Iota, Phi Beta Kappa, the Herald staff, outing club, Orange Key, Christian Association and Little Theatre. He was awarded the Herbert Bayard Swope Prize. Roger also attended Yale University and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. After the war, Roger worked for Pacific Bell Telephone Company, and retired in 1983 as a manager. He was an active member of St. James Episcopal Church, singing in the men’s choir, and serving on the vestry and as a warden. At St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande, and St. Luke’s Atascadero, he worked on prison ministries. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy; children, Martha, Thomas, Daniel and Silva; and eight grandchildren.
Hallock “Bud” Luce III ’44, P ’71, of Riverhead, N.Y., died on April 19, 2012. Bud graduated with a B.A. in biology and chemistry, was president of Phi Phi Delta, a member of the Druids and Chimera, played lacrosse and football, served as junior class treasurer and on the yearbook committee. He later attended Long Island College of Medicine and joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Following his service, he worked as a licensed insurance agent and established the insurance business, Lupton and Luce, Inc. Bud served on the board of directors for the Suffolk County National Bank for 39 years and was an active member of the Riverhead Rotary Club, receiving the Paul Harris Fellow award. As an alumnus, he volunteered for Campaign for the Colleges, was a charter member of the Statesmen Athletic Association and the Emerson Society. He is survived by his children, Hallock IV, Karen, and Linda Luce Swiatocha ’71; and five grandchildren. He is predeceased by his wife, Arlene. John C. Chapple Jr. ’45, of Homer, Alaska, died on June 23, 2012. John attended Hobart for two years and was a member of Kappa Sigma. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a chief aerographers mate on a weather ship during World War II. John owned and operated the Adirondack Liquor Store for more than 30 years. He was active in his community, and was a member of the Elks Lodge, VFW Post 3357 and the Lions Club of Lake Placid. In Homer, Alaska, John worked for Leo Rollins Crane Service and for Alaskan Seafoods, and continued to be involved in his community, including the Lions Club and the American Legion. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth; and daughter, Victoria. John is survived by his children, Rebecca, Alex, Jessica and John; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-greatgrandchildren. Mark H. Klafehn ’45, of Brockport, N.Y., died on July 6, 2011. Mark was a part of the U.S. Navy V-12 College Training Program as a student at Hobart. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He later earned a law degree from the University of Buffalo Law School and was a practicing attorney in Brockport for more than 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Joan; daughters, Mary and Lynn; and four grandchildren. Jerome “Jerry” S. Rosenthal ’47, of Rockville Centre, N.Y., died on April 19, 2012. Jerry served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. At Hobart, he earned a B.A. in mathematics, was a member of Sigma Chi, Board of Control, yearbook committee, Temple Club, and the football and lacrosse teams. After graduating, Jerry worked as a contractor for several companies including Belkey Maintenance Corp. He is survived by his wife, Bernice Breenberg Rosenthal ’50; children, Cindy and Margie; and three grandchildren. Seth L. Ford ’48, of North Palm Beach, Fla., died on June 10, 2011. Seth graduated with a B.S. in biology and chemistry. As a part of the V-12 program, Seth served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and as a lieutenant during the Korean War. He then established his own business, Seth Ford Carpets in Lake Park. He retired in 1987. Seth is survived by his wife, Alyce; four children, Daniel, Carol, David and Eileen; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Gregory. Warren S. Hyman ’48, of Williamstown, Mass., died on Oct. 18, 2011. Warren received a B.S. in chemistry and an MBA from City College of New York. At Hobart, Warren was involved in science club, Little Theatre and Temple Club. He had a long career as a
public accountant. He had a wife, Barbara; children, Matthew, Andrew and Lauren; and nephew, Keith D. Hughes ’83. Dr. J. Philip Keeve, ’48, of Arlington, Va., died on Aug. 16, 2011. Philip earned a B.A. in chemistry, was vice president of Epsilon Pi Sigma and president of science club. After Hobart, Philip received a M.D. from New York University and a M.P.H. from Yale University. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and remained in the U.S. Naval Reserve once the war was over. He worked as a physician for the U.S. Agency for International Development in health nutrition before moving into civilian practice for the Atlantic Refining Co. He is survived by his former wife, Margaret Anchorstar Keeve ’48. Raymond E. Kataja ’48, of Glastonbury, Conn., died on May 20, 2012. Majoring in mathematics, Raymond was a Druid, captain of the lacrosse team, served on the board of control and played basketball and football. He served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. After Hobart, he earned a master of arts from Syracuse University. He held a career in the data processing industry, working at Hamilton Standard, IBM and Computer Assistance. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Frymire Kataja ’50; sons, David and Andrew; and four grandchildren. Dr. Charles C. Lobeck Jr.’48, of Green Valley, Ariz., died on July 20, 2012. Prior to attending Hobart, Charles served in the U.S. Army Air Force. At Hobart, Charles majored in biology and chemistry, and was a member of Sigma Phi, Schola Cantorum and Epsilon Pi Sigma. He later earned a medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1958, and served as chair of the department for 10 years. Charles then served as director of clinical affairs of the University Hospitals and associate dean for clinical affairs of the medical school. In 1975, he became the dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He returned to Madison and served as professor of pediatrics and associate dean for academic affairs in the medical school. Charles became professor emeritus of pediatrics and preventive medicine in 1991. He also served as a medical consultant for Project Headstart, a member of National Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation, on the board of trustees for the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, and Wisconsin’s Rural Health Development Council. A loyal alumnus, he volunteered for career services and donated to the Colleges throughout his life. He and his wife, Isabelle, had four children: Charles, Anne, Sarah and Jane. William A. Farnsworth ’49, of Spencerport, N.Y., died on May 5, 2010. Before attending Hobart College, William attended Rochester Business Institute and served for three years in the U.S. Navy. While at Hobart, he earned a B.A. in economics and was actively involved in Little Theatre. After graduating, William earned a M.A. in education from Syracuse University. He became a high school teacher in Spencerport where he taught for 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Farr Farnsworth ’49; five children, Robert, Carol, Susan, James and Jeffery; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Edward L. McCabe ’49, of Kennebunk, Maine, died on July 14, 2012. Edward graduated from Hobart College with a B.A. in economics. He served as captain of the lacrosse team, a member of Kappa Sigma and Interfraternity Council, and earned Chimera and Gamma Omicron Tau honors society recognition. Before Hobart, Edward served as a staff
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Obituaries sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in New Guinea and the Southern Philippines during World War II. After the war, he worked in New York City as a shipping executive for Nedlloyd Lines, Barber Blue Sea and Wilhelmsen Lines. Edward is survived by his wife, Claire; children, Kevin and Joan; and a grandson. Geoffrey E. Plunkett ’49, of Middlebury, Vt., died on June 26, 2012. Geoffrey served in the U.S. Army with a cavalry unit in New Guinea, India, and in several U.S. locations during World War II. After the war, he attended Hobart, earning a B.A. in biology and being a member of Sigma Chi, science club and ski club. He later earned a M.A. from the University of Delaware and attended Cornell University. He held a career as a microbiologist, working for the Long Island Biological Association in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., the Biological Research Foundation in Newark, Del., the University of Vermont, and the Vermont Department of Health. In the Milton community, he served as a member of the planning commission, as the health officer, chair of the pond study committee, the forest committee, and the conservation committee. He is survived by his wife, Connie; children, Kathleen, Christine and Stephen; and nine grandchildren. William A. Allen Jr. ’50, of Geneva, N.Y., died on April 3, 2012. William served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and attended Hobart for one year. He served as plant manager of Hulse Manufacturing Co. He was a lifelong volunteer firefighter with the Hydrant Hose Co. in Geneva, and was a member of the board of trustees and former treasurer of the Geneva Historical Society. William is survived by his wife, Elsa; children, William III and Susan; and four grandchildren. Richard P. Weinberg ’50, of Boynton Beach, Fla., died on Aug. 24, 2010. Richard earned a B.A. in economics, was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa, yearbook committee, sports editor for the Herald, served on the intramural board, the Echo, and played baseball. After Hobart, Richard attended Amphibious Warfare School, Little Creek, Va., and Command and Staff College, Quantico, Va., and served in active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, and as a reserve officer for nearly 30 years. After his service in the Korean War, Richard retired from the Corps with the rank of Colonel. He worked in the publishing business for 40 years, with 20 years as editor-inchief/publisher at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. Richard had a wife, Rita; children, Amy and Susan; and four grandchildren. Roderick “Rod” A. Guerdan ’52, of Georgetown, Ky., died on Aug. 14, 2012. An English and history major, Rod was a member of Phi Phi Delta, Little Theatre, WEOS-FM and the football and boxing teams. He served as a major in the U.S. Marine Corps, and worked in broadcast sales, helping to start WLBG-TV in Lexington and serving as general sales manager of WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. In his community, he was a member of Rotary, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He also volunteered at the Kentucky Horse Park, the Lexington and Georgetown history museums, and for Habitat for Humanity. Rod was a 20-year member of the Civil War Round Table. As an alumnus, he served as a reunion coordinator. Rod was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Carol; children, Andrew, Melissa, Michael and Suzanne; 12 grandchildren; brother, David G. Guerdan ’55; sister, Connie; and in-law Edith Peck Guerdan ’58. Richard M. Hornbecker ’52, of Broomfield, Colo., died on March 19, 2012. Richard majored in biology and participated in WEOSFM, Schola Cantorum, Newman Club and outing club. He also was a member of Delta
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Chi fraternity. After Hobart, Richard served as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and earned a master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Colorado. He served as director of clinical laboratories at Medical Laboratory Services, Inc., in Broomfield, Colo., and as partner and director of Physicians Technical Services in Wheat Ridge, Colo. He was married to Jane, and had three children, Kurt, Barbara and Nancy. Dr. Burton J. Polansky ’52, P’76, P’79, of Stoughton, Mass., died on June 30, 2012. At Hobart, Burton graduated cum laude with a B.A. in biology and chemistry. He was a member of Sigma Chi, Orange Key, Board of Control, Phi Beta Kappa and Epsilon Pi Sigma, and also was a cheerleader. He later graduated from Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons. A cardiologist, Burton served as chief of medicine and cardiology at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital for more than 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Faye; children, Ellen, Dr. Andrew D. Polansky ’76 and Scott P. Polansky ’79; step-daughters, Jennifer and Stefanie; and 10 grandchildren. Howard F. Smith ’55, of McComb, Miss., died on Aug. 28, 2012. Howard was a history major, Phi Phi Delta brother, played football and baseball, and was a member of the Newman Club and ROTC. As an alumnus, he was inducted into the Hobart Hall of Fame as a member of the 1954 football team. He served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, was stationed at Greenville Air Force Base in Miss., and served as the recreation director for Dover Air Force Base. Howard worked as a sales representative for Hankins Container Company, vice president for leasing at Commercial Developers for 10 years, and as recreation director of the City of McComb for 20 years. In his community, he served as a volunteer coach and established a youth football program. He was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. Howard is survived by his wife, Gere; and daughter, Lisa. John “Jack” F. Terry ’55, of Fairfield, Conn., died on May 7, 2011. Jack attended Hobart for two years and received a B.S. in industrial management from the University of New Haven. He served in the U.S. Army, and worked as a dental technician and a self-employed carpenter. He also served the Fairfeld City Chapter of the American Production and Inventory Control Society in a variety of roles, including treasurer, vice president and president. Jack is survived by his wife, Margaret. David A. Dudley ’57, of Meridian, N.Y., died on June 8, 2012. David graduated with a B.A. in American history. On campus, David was involved in the French Club and participated in Little Theatre. He worked for many years as a sales representative for Lord and Taylor in Syracuse, N.Y. He is survived by several cousins. Alexander “Al” J. Eucare Sr. ’58, of District Heights, Md., died on May 18, 2012. Al served in the U.S. Army in World War II, the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and as a commander in the U.S. Navy. At Hobart, he earned a B.A. in economics, was a member of Beta Sigma Tau, Spanish Club, Newman Club and the rifle team. He later earned an MBA in finance from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. As an alumnus, Al was president of the Hobart Club of Washington, chair of phonothon, a development committee member and a reunion volunteer. He received an alumni citation for loyal service to Hobart in 1983. Al was an accountant and worked at Vitro Corporation in Rockville, Md., and for the federal government in Washington, D.C., for many years. He is survived by his wife, Donnalee; children, Alexander Jr., Robert, Teresa, Patricia, David and
Christopher; four step-children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Michael E. Fidlow ’58, of Goleta, Calif., died on July 2, 2011. Michael earned a B.A. in English, was a member of Little Theatre, Beta Sigma Tau, editor-in-chief of the Herald, manager of the baseball team and played lacrosse. Michael served as president of The Fide Group in Goleta and the president of Accudata in Santa Barbara. Earlier in his career, he served as creative promotion director and writer for Doubleday & Co. He was married to Mimi; and had a daughter, Susan. E. Duane Meyer ’58, of La Porte, Ind., died on Aug. 21, 2012. Before attending Hobart, Duane served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 - 1954. Majoring in English and philosophy at Hobart, Duane was a member of Delta Chi, and participated in Motet Choir, St. John’s Guild, Schola Cantorum, Little Theatre, Canterbury Club, WEOS-FM, Phi Delta Kappa, and was editor of Hobart Review and Seneca Review. As an alumnus, he was an admissions volunteer, career service volunteer and a member of the Distinguished Faculty Committee. Over the years, he served Delta Chi as a Regent for Northeast and in other capacities. Duane later earned an Ed.D. from Syracuse University and served on the faculty at Colgate University, as headmaster of the McBurney School in New York City, and as honorary chair of the board at Miller & Stone in New York City. He is predeceased by his wife, Mary; and survived by a brother, niece and great-nephews. Bradford “Brad” G. Watson ’58, of Birmingham, Ala., died on July 26, 2012. Brad earned a B.A. in history and was a member of Sigma Chi and the Newman Club. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Iceland. Brad worked in sales for RT French Company, Bama Foods and Alabaster Industries, and founded Brad Watson & Associates. He is survived by his wife, Diane; children, Stephen, Jennifer, Patricia and Jamie; and several grandchildren. James R. Graham ’59, of Syracuse, N.Y., died on Aug. 4, 2012. James was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy. At Hobart, he earned a B.A. in economics, was a member of Sigma Chi and worked on the Echo. He was a devoted Episcopalian, serving as a vestry person and warden of St. James Episcopal Church in Skaneateles, on the standing committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York and as a board member of the Episcopal Cottage at Chautauqua. He held a career as a small business owner. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Kurt, Adam and Paula; and a grandson. Gerald “Gerry” Goold ’60, of Winthrop, Maine, died on July 10, 2012. Gerry received a B.A. in economics and psychology, played on the lacrosse and football teams, and served on the board of intramural sports. He later received a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Vermont and was the director of continuing medical education at the University of Vermont and then served as the medical care development continuing education coordinator in Augusta. A passionate sports lover, Gerry was the director of the UMA Over 30 Softball League and the Winthrop Over 30 Softball League and served as a referee/umpire in softball, basketball, football and lacrosse. He is survived by his wife, Jan; children, Jacqueline, Jerrett and Garrick; and three grandchildren. J. Trumbull Rogers ’61, of New York, N.Y., died on Sept. 4, 2012. Trumbull earned a B.A. in English and education, was a member of Phi Kappa Tau, and participated in Little Theatre and Rifle Club. As an alumnus, Trumbull was an admissions volunteer, career services
volunteer, editor of the Review, a member of Interfraternity Council and the Herald. He held a career as a freelance editor and author of several short stories. John C. Dorofi ’62, of Staffordville, Conn., died on Jan. 9, 2012. Majoring in sociology, John was a member of the Phi Phi Delta and the Newman Club. For several years, he worked as manager of the Strathmore Paper Company, specializing in industrial and specialty papers. He is survived by his wife, Aleksandra; sons, Jon, David and Jaime; and three grandchildren. His former wife is Barbara Bryant Snow ’63. George Hartman ’62, of Glenmont, N.Y., died on Aug. 5, 2012. George served in the U.S. Air Force. An economics major at Hobart, George participated in the Arnold Air Society, St. John’s Guild, fencing and golf clubs, WEOS-FM and the Little Theatre. He held a career as a banking executive, working at what is now Bank of America for 40 years. In his community, he served as a member and chair of the board of directors of Albany Memorial Hospital, and as a member of Cyprus Temple Shriners. A loyal alumnus, George served as campaign volunteer, on the Albany Steering Committee, and contributed financially to the Colleges annually. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; children, Dorothy and Brink; and four grandchildren. C. Webster “Wes” Johnson Jr.’62, of New Castle, Del., died on Sept. 11, 2012. Wes attended Hobart for two years and was a member of Kappa Alpha. He worked in New Castle County and Delaware State government positions for several years, and had been active with the Republican party. He is survived by a sister, Suzy and her family; step-children, Cammie and Mac Phalan; and several nieces and nephews. He was married to Lynda. Donald A. Capron’63, of Gilbert, Ariz., died on July 14, 2012. Donald attended Hobart for one year, and played on the basketball team. He went on to earn a B.A. from SUNY Oswego, a master’s in Russian history from the University of Vermont and an MBA in finance from San Francisco State University. He worked as vice president of western regional operations for Dansk International Designs, vice president of securities analysis at Smith-Barney Securities, Inc., and as an associate professor of business administration at the University of Massachusetts. He is survived by several friends, including George Busher. Andrew B. Schoedinger, ’65, of Boise, Ind., died on April 23, 2012. Andrew graduated with a B.A. in philosophy, and was a member of Kappa Alpha. He later earned a master’s and Ph.D., in philosophy from Brown University. Andrew served on the Boise State University faculty and helped create its philosophy department. He was a respected professor emeritus, author, and presenter. Andrew is survived by his wife, Karleane; and sons, Jed, Gregg, Justin and Ryan. J. Michael Barnes, ’66, of Neenah, Wisc., died on May 6, 2012. Michael graduated with a B.A. in American history and was a member of Phi Kappa Tau and Interfraternity Council. He established a construction company upon graduation. In his community, Michael volunteered at the local soup kitchen, for the Salvation Army, at his daughters’ schools and on local political campaigns. Michael is survived by his wife, Ada; and daughters, Mel and Annie. John D. Clemen ’66, of River Vale, N.J., died on July 30, 2012. John graduated with a B.A. in European history, was a member of Sigma Chi, Interfraternity Council, president
Obituaries of Arnold Air Society and ROTC. He went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam as a captain and later graduated cum laude with a J.D. from Seton Hall Law School. John held a career as an attorney serving as clerk to Honorable Morris Pashman of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, associate and partner at Shanley & Fisher in Morristown, N.J., for 24 years, and was admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court. As an alumnus, he served as an admissions volunteer. He is survived his children, Elizabeth and Jennifer; a granddaughter, and Judith A. Davis ’68, whom he was married to from 1967 to 2007. David G. Montgomery ’67, of Athens, N.Y., died on June 1, 2012. David earned a B.A. in political science, was a member of the Kappa Alpha, served as president of the hockey club, and played on the football team. David served in the Vietnam War and following the war he pursued a career as an antique dealer and artist. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; niece, Erika E. Eklund ’01; and nephew, Stephen A. Eklund ’96. James A. Logan ’68, of Salem, Mass., died on Sept. 16, 2012. A sociology and anthropology major, James was a member of Theta Delta Chi, captain of the lacrosse team, a member of the Interfraternity Council, played soccer and received the Lt. John Vandererg ’50 Award. He later studied at Boston College. James held a career working for Brine Lacrosse and helped form and coached the original Brine Lacrosse Club and the Boston Bolts team in the 1970s. He also coached at Merrimack College, Holy Cross, Salem State College as well as at local high schools and clinics. For the past 13 years, he has led Logan Marketing & Management, focusing on the textile industry. In his community, he served on many boards for the City of Salem, and established the Dead Horse Beach Athletic Club in Salem and volunteered at the YMCA recently being named volunteer of the year. As an alumnus, he was an admissions volunteer. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; and two sons, Robert and Sam. He was married to Susan E. Garsoe ’69. Douglas “Chip” W. MacKelcan Jr. ’71, of Sanibel, Fla., died on July 30, 2012. Chip majored in history, was a member of Delta Chi, co-editor of Echo and Pine, captain of the baseball team, played basketball, and was an admissions tour guide. He later earned a master’s in liberal studies from Wesleyan University. Chip had a career in education that began at Oak Grove-Coburn School in Maine and continued at the University Liggett School in Michigan where he taught history, coached and began head of the upper school. He went on to serve as head of school at Louisville Collegiate School in Kentucky, Columbus Academy in Ohio, Durham Academy in North Carolina and Sanford School in Delaware. As an alumnus, he was an admissions volunteer, served as class agent and career counselor, and on the reunion gift committee. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Deborah; and children, Douglas III and Matthew. Wallace C. Damon III ’72, of Waterbury, N.Y., died on March 28, 2012. While at Hobart, Wallace earned a B.A. in psychology. After Hobart, he became a case manager for Go Apartments and Services for people with disabilities. He later became self-employed and worked in antique restoration until he retired. Wallace was survived by his companion, Julia; and his sisters, Melanie and Barbara. William “Bill” L. Quarles ’72, of Greendale, Wis., died on July 18, 2012. Bill earned a B.A. in history and studio art and was a member of the sailing team. He is survived by his wife, Kathie; daughter, Katie; stepchildren, Katie, Meg, Tom, Mike and Gerise; and five grandchildren.
Duane W. Kight ’77, of Philadelphia, Pa., died on April 29, 2012. Earning a B.A. in French, Duane was a member of Seneca Singers, Chapel Choir, the club volleyball team and Schola Cantorum. He later earned a Ph.D. in French from the University of Pennsylvania and was a professor of French at Haverford College for more than 25 years. He was active in his community’s Choral Society and often traveled to perform with the group. Duane is survived by his longtime partner, Lewis; and a brother, Brian.
John C. Povejsil ’85, of Minneapolis, Minn., died on June 26, 2012. John attended Hobart for one year. He later earned a B.A. from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md., and a J.D. from Hamline University in St. Paul. He held a career as a real estate lawyer and entrepreneur, founding Minnetitle and Real Source Title companies. John was a guitarist, active in local politics, a member of the Federalist Society, and a volunteer for AA. He is survived by his children, Bruno, Max and Nora; and dear friend, Paula Farell.
Brian E. Wilcox ’78, of Lutherville, Md., died on July 18, 2012. Brian graduated with a B.A. in economics, was a member of the football team and participated in intramural sports. He was a surety bond expert and former partner in HMS Insurance Associates. Brian also worked for Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Maryland, and Alexander & Alexander. As an alumnus, Brian was a Baltimore Alumni Club Officer and an admissions volunteer. He is survived by his wife, Eileen; children, Christopher, Timothy, Michael and Mary-Sean; father, Paul E. Wilcox ’50; nephew, Chad C. Wilcox ’04; and cousin, Kevin D. Griswold ’04.
David M. Hoelzer ’89, of Arnold, Md., died on May 8, 2012. At Hobart, David majored in history, was a member of Kappa Alpha, and played squash. He is survived by his wife, Kelly.
Edward I. Howard ’79, of Princeton, N.J., died on June 16, 2012. Edward earned a B.A. in history, served as a captain of the lacrosse team and received numerous awards, including the Kraus Memorial Trophy as Hobart’s most outstanding senior athlete and the Graham Award as the team’s best defenseman that season. Edward was also a member of the basketball team. He was induced into the Hobart Hall of Fame in 2003. As an alumnus, he volunteered with the offices of admissions and career services. Edward was a member of the SAA Board of Directors and the President’s Advisory Council. After attending Hobart, Edward received a certificate of insurance for executive development from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He started his career with Aetna as an account analyst and became a casualty manager for Hartford Specialty Company and Swiss Re America. Since 2000, he served as vice president at Chubb and Son. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Donna; three daughters, Darius, Ashley and Lindsey; and two grandchildren. David M. Kozlow ’81, of Philadelphia, Pa., died on July 25, 2012. David earned a B.A. in history and religious studies from Hobart and a J.D. from New England School of Law. He held a career as a criminal defense lawyer, serving as an assistant federal defender, receiving the Outstanding Federal Defender of the Year citation in 2010 from The National Association of Federal Defenders. David started his career as a prosecutor in Massachusetts, and then served as assistant public defender for Philadelphia courts from 1989 to 1992. He also served as an adjunct law professor at Temple University. David is survived by his wife, Maria; stepsons, Eddie and John; and five step-grandchildren. Charles J. Csirip ’83, of Scranton, Pa., died on April 10, 2012. After Charles attended Hobart, he became a Catholic priest, attending Savonarola Theological Seminary of the Polish National Catholic Church in Scranton. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1992, and was assigned as assistant to the pastor of the Cathedral Parish of St. Stanislaus Polish National Church in Scranton. Charles is survived by his mother, Patricia; friend and caregiver, Carol; a brother and sister and many longtime friends. James P. VanBlarcom ’84, of Blue Bell, Pa., died on June 5, 2012. James majored in history, was a member of Kappa Alpha and the ice hockey team. He is survived by his children, Emilie, Kathryn and Elizabeth; and sister, Elizabeth VanBlarcom Butler ’86.
Thomas H. Roberts II ’93, of Warwick, R.I., died on June 13, 2012. Thomas majored in English and comparative literature, was a member of the Delta Chi and played on the football team. After graduation, Thomas taught history at the Providence Country Day School, and served as the head football coach and head girls lacrosse coach, as well as the lead academic adviser and chair of the Providence Country Day Judicial Board. Thomas was enrolled in the Graduate School at Providence College and was pursuing a master’s degree in history in addition to a secondary teaching certificate. He is survived by his wife, Dawnette; and children, Liam, Shannon and Cian. Robert R. Dedrick ’98, of Canandiagua, N.Y., died on June 13, 2012. Robert graduated with a B.S. in geosciences, completed Honors work and received the Sutherland Prize in Natural Science. He also earned a graduate degree from the University of Rochester. As an alumnus, he was a career service volunteer. He held a career as an earth science teacher and a track and soccer coach at Canandaigua Academy. As an alumnus, he hosted several teacher education students, served as an adjunct instructor in the education department, and was the associate director for the K-6 afterschool program. He is survived by his wife, Mandy; children, Jack and Macie; and sister, Elizabeth “Liz” Dedrick ’02.
William Smith Elizabeth Fordon Vogan ’33, GP’15, of West Seneca, N.Y., died on June 13, 2012. Elizabeth earned a B.A. in English and French, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and played basketball and field hockey. After William Smith, she completed library courses at Geneseo State Teachers College. She taught English at Mooers High School for a few years and then served as librarian at Mooers Free Library for 40 years. She is survived by her children, Robert, John, Carolyn, James and Pamela; 12 grandchildren, including Kaytlynn E. Lynch ’15; 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is predeceased by her husband, Paul. Ethel Seeber Hill ’34, of Middletown, N.J., died on April 16, 2012. Ethel attended William Smith for one year when the Depression required Ethel to leave school to support her widowed mother and siblings. During her time at William Smith, she was a math major, and a member of student council and the hockey, tennis, and gymnastics teams. Ethel had a career as a legal secretary, law clerk and administrative assistant; she worked for both private legal firms and state and county judges and was an engaged community member throughout her life. Ethel is predeceased by her husband, R. Lester; and survived by her children; Richard and Susan; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Lucile Holtby Harford ’34, of Englewood, Fla., died on March 29, 2012. Lucile graduated with a B.A. in English, was a member of Press club, served as class vice president, and as secretary of the Student Association. After William Smith, she continued her education and graduated from Ontario Business Institute. She worked as a secretary for William Smith College as well as Cornell University. Lucile retired from her position of administrative assistant at the New York State Experiment Station. Lucile authored a book on the history of Geneva titled, “Country Cousins,” in 1976. She was an active part of the Geneva community and served on the first committee on aid to the handicapped, and other committees. Lucile is predeceased by her husband, Richard. Clara I. Campfield ’40, of Denville, N.J., died on April 29, 2012. Clara attended William Smith for two years and also attended Ontario Business School in Geneva, N.Y. After her time at William Smith, Clara had a long career in federal service. She worked for Syracuse Army Airbase in Syracuse, N.Y., Marine Corps Personnel in Washington, D.C., Guffins Air Force Base in Rome, N.Y., and retired from Picatinny Arsenal in Dover N.J., where she worked in the finance and accounting departments. She volunteered for many years at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum and at St. Clare’s Hospital. Clara is survived by her nieces and nephews. Jacqueline “Jackie” Gillies Armstrong ’41, of Franconia, N.H., died on June 7, 2012. Jackie earned a B.A. at William Smith and held a career as a librarian, serving as the first full-time librarian at Littleton High School for 18 years. She was a member of All Saints’ Church in Littleton, and was an accomplished artist and writer. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles F. Armstong ’41. Jackie is survived by her children, Susan, C. Roger and Andrew; six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Elizabeth Baker Bellinger ’41, GP ’93, of Sodus, N.Y., died on April 14, 2012. Elizabeth graduated with a B.A. in English, was a member of Echo, Pine, international student club, and served as junior class president. As an alumna, she served as editor for the Pulteney Street Survey for several years, class agent, class correspondent, alumnae council-historian, served on the reunion social committee and received an alumnae citation in 1991. Elizabeth was an English teacher for the Sodus school system for 15 years; and the librarian at Sodus Central School for 20 years. Elizabeth is predeceased by her husband, Maynard; and her daughter, Ann. She is survived by her son, James; grandchildren, Laurie, Andrew, and Robin Hutton Argentine ’93; and eight greatgrandchildren. Mary Stuart Lux ’42, of Olympia, Wash., died on March 18, 2012. Mary graduated with a B.A. in biology from William Smith, and later earned an R.N. degree from Johns Hopkins University, a M.S. degree in neuroanatomy from Cornell University, and a M.A. in psychology from Pacific Lutheran University. Mary also joined the U.S. Army Nurses Corps during World War II serving as a second lieutenant. She was active in her community and served as a city councilwoman and ran for Congress. She has been retired from nursing for several years. She is survived by her children, James, Wendy, Gretchen, Anne and Sarah; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; cousin, Esther Reid Roscoe ’40; niece, Martha Stuart Jewett ’68; nephew, Peter J. Stuart ’70. Mary is predeceased by her father, Donald C. Stuart ’15; brother, Donald C. Stuart Jr. ’44; and cousin, Harvie A. Bull ’43. Marian Machemer Rose’42, of Buffalo, N.Y., died on July 4, 2012. At William Smith, Marian earned a B.A. in biology and participated in field hockey, badminton, and Schola Cantorum. As an alumna, she served on the William
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Obituaries Smith Alumnae Council. She worked at the University of Buffalo, serving as secretary to the treasurer, assistant secretary to University Council and director of clerical personnel. She is survived by her children, Gregory and Susan; and predeceased by her husband, Louis. Lucia Lowe Wheeler ’42, of Penn Yan, N.Y., died on May 19, 2012. An English major, Lucia participated in the Pine, Schola Cantorum, Little Theatre, the Ridge, Big Sister Committee, international relations club, and played field hockey. As an alumna, she served on William Smith Alumnae Council, the reunion social committee, and as reunion chair and class agent. Lucia held a career as a high school English teacher and retired from Penn Yan Academy in 1979 with 28 years of service. She was a charter member of the Alpha Tau chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and an active community member who received numerous public service awards for her volunteerism. She received the inaugural Community Service Award from the HWS Board of Trustees. She is survived by her daughters, Sarah, Susan and Katy; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Lowe Anderson ’47; and cousins, Jessica Warder Ellis ’96, Kathryn Lyon Graham ’74, Patricia Ann Rickard ’63 and William S. Warder ’96. She is predeceased by her husband, Frank G. Wheeler Jr. ’42; and father, Harold T. Lowe ’17. Phyllis Roberts Bryant ’43, P’70, of Concord, N.H., died on July 29, 2012. A history major at William Smith, Phyllis was a member of the Pine, Schola Cantorum and Little Theatre. She later earned a master’s degree in history from Cornell University and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from Northeastern University. Phyllis taught in several school districts, serving as teacher and principal for 17 years for the Nashua School District. She is predeceased by her husband, Edward C. Bryant ’41; and is survived by her children, Jane and Edward R. Bryant ’70; a granddaughter; and four great grandchildren. Barbara Hequembourg Hoover ’44, GP’09, of Tonawanda, N.Y., died on June 2, 2012. Barbara earned a B.A. in business administration and participated in Little Theatre, served as president of the Athletic Association, president of outing club, played hockey and basketball and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Sigma Iota. As an alumna, she has served as class correspondent, reunion volunteer, and received an alumnae citation in 1994. She is survived by her husband, Don R. Hoover ’46; David, Debbie and Darcy; seven grandchildren including Mark D. Owen ’09; a great-grandson; and in-laws, James A. Hoover Jr.’50 and Joan Papae Hoover’52. Ruth Reynolds Huestis ’44, of Hague, N.Y., died on July 13, 2012. Ruth graduated cum laude with a B.A. in business administration. At William Smith, she was editor of the Pine and a member of outing club and Phi Sigma Iota. Ruth worked with her husband, George, in the surveying business and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ticonderoga. In her community, she also volunteered for the chamber of commerce, the Mohican Home Bureau of Hague, and as a girl scouts leader. She was predeceased by her husband; and survived by her children, Jacqueline, JoAnne, Mark and Glenn; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and brother, William G. Reynolds ’49. Eugenia Fonda Johns ’44, of Olmsted Falls, Ohio, died on April 1, 2012. Eugenia earned a B.A. in biology and chemistry, participated in Christian Association, Big Sister Committee, the Pine and the Herald. As an alumna,
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Eugenia served as an admissions volunteer, and as president of the Geneva and New York chapters of the William Smith Alumnae Association. She later studied economics and corporate finance at the Graduate School of Business at New York University. She worked as assistant to the executive director at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, recorder for William Smith College, and in several capacities on the staff of FMC Corporation in Chicago. She is survived by relative, Lois Fonda Nellis ’46, and predeceased by her husband, John; sister Anne Fonda Pflock ’42 and brother-in-law Emil H. Pflock ’42.
vived by her husband, Robert; children, R. Fred III, Sanford, Lisa, David, Laura and Timothy I. Watt ’93, and 10 grandchildren. She is the daughter of the late Alfred C. Arnold Jr. ’40.
Mary Conners Rogers ’44, of Marlborough, Mass., died on May 6, 2012. Mary earned a B.A. in economics, was a member of the Ridge staff, international relations club, Newman Club, Delta Phi Alpha, Epsilon Pi Sigma, and served as sophomore class president. As an alumna, Mary served as reunion co-chair, class agent, 35th reunion newsletter editor, reunion coordinator and participated in the Geologic Tour of Summer in 1979. After William Smith, Mary received a M.Ed. from SUNY Geneseo and became a teacher at Skoi-Yase Elementary School in Waterloo, N. Y. She has been retired for several years. Mary is survived by her husband, Charles; children, Charles, Brian, Jay, and Jonathan; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Clare.
Alison Stevens ’81, of Omaha, Neb., died on May 10, 2012. Alison graduated with a B.A. in fine arts, participated in WEOS-FM, Koshare, and completed honors in dance. After William Smith, Alison earned a M.A. in movement from the Gallatin Center at New York University and a B.S. in physical therapy from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She became a physical therapist and participated in many different dance companies in New York City. In 1995, she founded Ronin Physical Therapy and later RoninWest Physical Therapy in Nebraska. Alison was also one of the first female students to achieve the rank of Sandan in the art of Aikido. She is survived by her husband, John Macy.
Antoinette Wujcik Szczesny ’45, of Batavia, N.Y., died on June 25, 2012. Antoinette majored in mathematics, and participated in outing club, math club and home economics club. After William Smith, she earned a master’s degree in mathematics from Columbia University Teacher’s College. As an alumna, she was a career counseling volunteer. She worked as a case worker for social services. She is survived by her husband, Joseph; children, Thomas, Mary, Walter, Veronica, Timothy and Joseph; and seven grandchildren. Solveig Helleland Cook ’48, of North Andover, Mass., died on July 4, 2012. Solveig attended William Smith until the death of her father required her to support her family. She raised her children and served as a librarian for the New Milford Public Library in New Jersey. While living in Geneva, she was a member of The Presbyterian Church and the Geneva Historical Society. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Richard D. Cook ’49; sons, Eric and Bruce; three grandchildren; and nephew, James P. Mulvey ’83. Mary Burns Foley ’51, of Annapolis, Md., died on May 7, 2012. Mary graduated with a B.A. in sociology, was a member of the Herald and WEOS-FM. She went on to serve as the Crownsville State Hospital social worker in admissions and geriatrics, and has been retired for several years. Mary is predeceased by her husband, Daniel. She is survived by her children, Dan, Steve, Anne and Kate; and five grandchildren. Ellen Arnold Groff ’67, P’93, of Lancaster, Pa., died on July 28, 2012. Ellen was an English major, played field hockey and lacrosse, and served on student council. After William Smith, she was awarded an L.H.D. from Franklin and Marshall College in 2008, after serving on board of the College for several years. She worked as an artist and freelance designer, and later served as vice president at Fred F. Groff, Inc. As an alumna, she served as class correspondent, career services volunteer, campaign volunteer and was awarded an alumnae citation in 2007. Ellen also served in her local community on numerous boards and was a founding member and president of the Cultural Council of Lancaster. She is sur-
Joanne G. Petrie ’77, of Garden City, N.Y., died on July 9, 2011. Joanne graduated from William Smith with a B.A. in history. She later earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She worked as a senior attorney for the U.S. Department of Transportation and for the General Counsel Office for the Civil Aeronautics Board in Washington, D.C. The daughter of George and Grace Petrie, Joanne was married to Vladimir Ankvdinov.
Rebecca A. Kerlan ’89, of Geneva, N.Y., died on Aug. 18, 2012. Rebecca graduated cum laude with a B.S. in biology and was selected Sweetheart of Sigma Chi. After graduation, she worked for Pfizer Pharmaceutical Co. in Parsippany, N.J. She advanced from laboratory technician to product packaging manager for Visine North America and Puerto Rico. At that time, Rebecca was one of a few women in the managerial ranks at Pfizer. She is survived by her parents, Midge and HWS Professor Emeritus of Biology Joel Kerlan P’89; a brother, Joshua; and sister-in-law, Sonya. Heather Frazer Boyum ’93, of Fairport, N.Y., died on July 29, 2012. Heather graduated with a B.S. in biology, performed Honors’ work, and was a member of the swim team. She received the Winn-Seeley Award. After William Smith, Heather earned a M.S. Ed. from the University of Rochester and held a career as a high school science teacher. At Fairport High School, she served as a biology and chemistry teacher for 10 years. She also worked as a part-time HWS diving coach from 2001-2005. As an alumna, she served as a volunteer for admissions and career services. Heather is survived by her husband, Eric; and children, Frazer and Paige. Corrections: An obituary in the summer 2012 issue of the Pulteney Street Survey misidentified the industry in which David A. Polvino ’78 worked. Polivino, of Cary, N.C., was president of Stock America, a leading manufacturer and supplier in the food processing industry. The Colleges regret the error. An obituary in the summer 2012 issue of the Pulteney Street Survey on Lois London Hutzler ’58 contained incorrect information. Lois, of New York, N.Y., is survived by her husband Joel, of 48 years. Lois had significantly served The Browning School as a trustee since 1982, board officer as secretary, and as editor of school publications. The Colleges regret the error.
The Twin Oaks Restaurant|ca. 1965 ALUMNI AND ALUMNAE NEWS
Meet Me at the Oaks From the late 1940s until July 28, 1986, the corner of Hamilton and Pulteney Streets was home to a small building called “Twin Oaks Restaurant,” that served as a place for students to, as their advertising said: “kick back’: be with friends, sink a few beers…”
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Alumni and Alumnae News Upcoming Events DECEMBER
Portland, Maine Holiday Gathering at Grace Restaurant
Washington D.C. Post-Election Discussion Panel with Professor Emeritus of Political Science Joe DiGangi, Associate Professor of Political Science DeWayne Lucas and Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman. Hosted in conjunction with Day on the Hill
December 12 Washington, D.C. Holiday Gathering Co-hosted with Colgate, St. Lawrence and Union Colleges
December 12 Boston, Mass. Holiday Gathering at Vose Galleries
December 18 New York City, N.Y. Holiday Gathering at the Cornell Club
December 19 Philadelphia, Pa. Holiday Event at JG Domestic
The brothers of Phi Phi Delta pose with President Mark D. Gearan in front of their former fraternity house.
Los Angeles, Calif. New Year’s Celebration Hosted in conjunction with the HWS L.A. Behind the Scenes Program
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January 15 New York City, N.Y. Young Alum Event Hosted by Trustee Will Margiloff ’92 FEBRUARY
January 9 Baltimore, Md. New Year’s Celebration
February 6 Miami, Fla. Reception
For more information about these and other upcoming events, visit us at www.HWSalumni.com or call Alumni House toll free at (877) 497-4438.
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by Cynthia L. McVey
hi Phi Delta is the oldest local college fraternity in the United States and this year marks the 110th anniversary of its founding. Members of the former Phi Phi Delta fraternity at Hobart College returned to what was their fraternity residence in Geneva this summer during Reunion to place a plaque on the house, now a private residence, in commemoration of their legacy at the Colleges and sustained brotherhood over the years. “We are a band of brothers who truly love each other,” says fraternity brother and Honorary Trustee Richard M. Rosenbaum ’52, P ’86. He and other alums helped to establish the Phi Phi Delta Scholarship Award in order to continue the memory of Phi Phi Delta and benefit an outstanding Hobart student. During the dedication, Jarrid Blades ’12, the two-time recipient of the scholarship, spoke. “Thank you for helping to make possible my education here at Hobart and William Smith. I am so grateful for your generosity,” he said. While at HWS, Blades was a member of the Statesmen football team, acted in a Bartlett Theatre production and volunteered in the Geneva community, being named the 2012 Happiness House Volunteer of the Year. He is currently earning his J.D. and MBA at Syracuse University. The Phi Phi Delta fraternity was remembered during the event as having been an all-encompassing community of leaders, athletes and scholars. “Phi Phi Delta opened its doors to anyone. We were very diverse, and we had a lot of fun,” said Peter W. Chamberlain ’62, of Rockport, Texas, who returned to see his friends for the dedication and stayed for Reunion weekend. Len De Francesco ’56 also spoke with pride about the fraternity’s
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legacy. “My years in Phi Phi Delta were very significant ones for me,” he said. De Francesco recalled that Phi Phi Delta brothers were known to be “great in academics, outstanding athletes on the field and leaders across campus.” The Blessing Trophy, for both best academics and athletics, was awarded to Phi Phi Delta for many years. “We won it all four years from 1952 to our graduation in 1956,” said Jerry W. Angell ’56, of Redlands, Calif., and Stanley W. Cohen ’56, of Canton, N.Y., former roommates, lacrosse teammates and football and basketball athletes respectively. “It was a wonderful group and it still is a great community of people who come together as often as they can,” said Jacqueline Savits ’57, P ’82, P ’87, P ’90, GP’16. Her husband, Joel M. Savits ’56, P’82, P’87, P’90, GP’16 was a member of the fraternity and recalled the leadership that it brought to campus. “In my senior year all of our class officers were Phi Phi Delta brothers.” During the ceremony, the members sang the words of their official fraternity song from memory, “Our hearts are filled with true devotion... the bonds of Phi shall never die.” O
scholarships. If a legacy applicant receives a scholarship greater than $5,000, they will keep that scholarship, in lieu of the Legacy Scholarship. Legacy students who enroll in the Pathways program their first semester at HWS are also guaranteed internships through the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development. If you have a high school student in your family who would be a perfect fit at Hobart and William Smith, contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 252-2256 or admissions@ hws.edu to learn more about the Legacy Admissions Program. O
Legacy Admissions Program Created by Cynthia L. McVey
very year during Commencement, Hobart and William Smith Colleges award degrees to students who, in walking across the stage, are following in the footsteps of one or more relatives. Each of these students has been inspired by another who graduated from Hobart or William Smith to experience the traditions, opportunities and academic caliber of HWS. As they apply to attend the Colleges, these prospective students are referred to as legacies – the children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins or siblings of alumni, alumnae and current students. Understanding the deep ties families such as these have to the Colleges, Hobart and William Smith have developed a legacy admissions program built upon the loyalty, tradition and pride of alumni and alumnae. The program is designed to help prospective legacies determine if HWS is right for them. For those who are admitted and enroll, the program offers financial and academic support, intended to help students make the most of their HWS education. During the application process, legacies are assigned a personal admissions counselor who remains with the student throughout the admissions process. The counselor is available to help families resolve any questions that may arise, as well as help students connect with faculty and coaches. Throughout the year, legacy families are invited to Legacy-only Open House events, admission application workshops and off-campus receptions. Once an application for admission is submitted, legacy applications automatically rise to the top of the decision pile. Admitted legacy students receive an automatic $5,000 scholarship. Top academic legacy students are eligible for one of five Legacy Scholarships worth an additional $20,000. HWS also encourages legacy applicants to apply for merit or need-based
“Through different decision paths, many of my family members and I arrived at Hobart and William Smith. My grandparents, Henry Hobart Tallmadge IV ’42 and Carol Weatherly Tallmadge ’42, my parents, Bill Oberfield ’67 and Lynn Tallmadge Oberfield ’68, my brother Zach Oberfield ’98, and I each came to the Colleges for various reasons,” explains Jillian Tallmadge Oberfield ’01. “Though we had different experiences, we share a fondness for the Colleges and agree that it served us well. Clearly, the atmosphere at HWS, the emphasis on liberal arts, a diverse student population, the opportunity for leadership and the focus on character development and service drew us all. Attending HWS provided us a wonderful shared experience and has been a great gift.” “My wife and I have been active members of the alum associations and always come back for Reunions. For our daughters, HWS became almost like a second home before they even applied, and we didn’t dissuade them from coming here. I know that the education is great, and I know that they’ll find a job after graduation. There are so many great networking opportunities and so many alums who help students get internships and jobs.” –Dr. Richard Cytryn ’75, P’14, P’16, father of Courtney Cytryn ’14 and Jennifer Cytryn ’16
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Vietnam During July and August, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology Jack Harris P’02, P’06 and his wife Deb Harris ’73, P’02, P’06 led 16 HWS community members on a 13-day tour of the culture and history of Vietnam. “This was the trip of a lifetime,” says Lynne Friedlander ’80, P’11. “Jack and Deb made the trip so unique and different because they know the people and culture of Vietnam so well. We attended a private performance by a young dancer, and later, we saw his photo in an inflight magazine among the country’s best dancers. They did such a great job of creating an authentic experience.” The group toured both Hanoi, considered the ancient north, and Saigon, called the modern south to experience the full range of Vietnamese life. “It was one of the most meaningful experiences of our lives,” says former Chair of the Board of Trustees David H. Deming ’75, who went with his wife, Jamie. “We saw places, met people, and learned things about the country that we never would have been exposed to on a typical tourist junket. We were thrilled to participate and look forward to booking our next HWS alum and parent trip.”
The Food and Wine of Mendoza, Argentina May 26, 2013 - June 5, 2013 (9 nights and 10 days) Tour Leader: Richard Salter is an associate professor of religious studies at Hobart and William Smith, where he has been teaching since 1998. He is also a 1986 graduate of Hobart, where he studied political science. Join us as we explore Mendoza – Argentina’s wine capital, gateway to the Andes, and growing center of bodega architecture and gastronomy. In addition we will walk in Aconcagua Provincial Park (the base of the tallest mountain in the Americas), visit Puente del Inca (the farthest point south of the Incan Empire), and stay for a night in the Tupungato Valley (home of some of the best known bodegas in the country). Cost: $2,840 per person for double occupancy and $3,590 per person for single occupancy. We can accommodate a maximum of 20 people on this tour, so book early to ensure your place. Our past alum/parent trips have filled up quickly! In order to reserve a place on the trip, you must fill out a booking form online. We will accept reservations on a first-come-first-served basis. We suggest that you reserve as soon as possible, as we expect this trip to sell out. Please note that HWS alums and parents have priority in booking this trip. Once we reach the 20-person maximum, we will start a waiting list. For more information
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An intrepid group of alums takes to the waters of Vietnam during an alum/parent trip led by Professor of Sociology Jack Harris P’02, P’06.
Ireland This past fall, Professor of Economics Patrick A. McGuire HON ’10, L.H.D. ’12 and his wife, Sandy, who previously led students on two abroad trips in Ireland, invited alumni, alumnae and parents to join them in an exploration of all Professor of Economics Patrick A. McGuire that the island has to offer. HON’10, L.H.D. ’12 stands on top of one of the 14 “We have visited many passage tombs at Carrowkeel Megalithic Cemetery countries, yet Ireland touched our in County Sligo. The cemetery dates from the late souls in a special way,” says James Stone Age (3000 - 2000 BC). W. Beers ’68 and Dr. Carol S. Beers ’66. “Each experience changed our prior perceptions and feelings, whether the experience was learning about the history or the language, visiting archeological ruins or watching a hurling match in a local pub. In light of all we learned, we were impressed by the indomitable spirit and “joie de vivre” of the Irish and will never view Ireland in the same way. We’re ready to go back!” “People ask me what the best part of the trip was and I cannot single out one particular thing,” explains William E. Lanigan ’74. “How do you pick between spectacular views, being where ancient to modern history took place, sharing the hurling championships with the locals in a pub and drinking Guinness. Pat and Sandy made sure that we experienced the real Ireland and it was all I had hoped for. I want to go back, maybe forever.”
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Connect with alums in your area by attending an HWS Club event! Visit www.hwsalumni.com for upcoming event information.
Trustee Christopher Welles ’84, P’12, P’15, George Welles ’15, Christopher “Whit” Welles ’12 and Rene Whitney ’83 Welles P’12, P’15, join President Mark D. Gearan in celebrating Whit’s recent graduation during an alumni and alumnae event in Boston. On Friday, November 16, HWS alumni, alumna and friends fathered in Atlanta, Ga., for a luncheon with President Mark D. Gearan.
Sean ’78 and Jane McCooey P’08, P’12 receive an award recognizing their dedication as co-chairs of the Parents Executive Committee during a Westhampton alum event at their home.
On Thursday, November 15, alums and parents in the Charlotte, North Carolina area gathered for a reception hosted by Trustee Bill ’83 and Sharon Green. William Smith alumnae gather at the Annual HWS Day at the Races at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Hobart alums gather for a Hobart Hockey Alumni Golf Outing at the Lake of Isles golf course in North Stonington, Conn.
Alumnae from the Classes of 1997 reunite in Bay Head, N.J., to catch up, share stories and reminisce. In attendance are (top, l to r) Jennifer Joinnides, Kelly Carmichael Rotkiewicz, Rebecca Soskin, Megan Terry Wallace, Polly Gibbons-Neff Ortlieb, (middle, l to r) Kate Frederick Webber, Stephanie Miness Begnal, Ashley Sexton Oleyer, Shannon Leary Morton, (bottom, l to r) Jessica Friedman, Julie Madsen Zarou and Allison Joyner Brown.
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The Juju Rules by Andrew Wickenden ’09
art Seely ’74 can’t help but help the New York Yankees and juju is his means. Juju is “an anecdotal science rooted in the theory that every living being has a cosmic purpose,” Seely writes, “and yours just might involve a couch and a channel changer.” Seely’s hilarious new book, The Juju Rules: Or How to Win Ballgames from Your Couch, tracks his frustrated love affair with the New York Yankees and his unflagging attempts to will wins for them. Part memoir, part instructional manual, part satirical homage to the national pastimes of baseball and winning, The Juju Rules includes everything you’ll ever need to know about racking up wins for your team without actually playing – from showing the proper respect to your TV set, to the ineffectiveness of lucky shirts, to God’s role in a win (“Never ask God to choose sides in a sporting event”). Seely is an award-winning reporter for the Syracuse Post-Standard. His humor and satire have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, National Lampoon and on NPR. He is the editor of Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld and coeditor (with Tom Peyer) of O Holy Cow! The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto. He lives in Syracuse, N.Y., with his wife and children.
Where did you start with The Juju Rules?
I originally set out to write a 300-page Shecky Green monologue about the Yankees. It was the sorriest thing you ever saw. No soul whatsoever. So, like a B-movie scientist who drinks the lizardregeneration serum, I inserted my life story into the narrative. This process consumed about 18 months. Somewhere in the second year, I honed in on “juju” – the magical thinking I’ve done all my life, consciously and unconsciously, to help the Yankees win games. After that, “The Juju Rules” – all 27 Hart Seely ’74 of them, playing throughout my life – began to write itself.
The Juju Rules is laughout-loud funny. What molded your sensibilities about humor writing?
Richard Nixon taught me to appreciate humor. Before Nixon, I believed jokes about matters such as the President of the United States could only be a little funny – tisk-tisk stuff – always maintaining some fundamental level of decorum. Then came Tricky Dick, who not only inspired the harshest satire I ever saw but who then validated it by getting booted from office. Not only were the jokes funny,
but they were right. For me, after Nixon, humor changed. It became dangerous. It could defeat a President. And ever since, nothing has been sacred, as long as it makes people laugh. Some readers will shake their heads at this. They’ll say it’s a long downhill slide when respect for institutions such as the Presidency fly out the window. But I think without ridicule, democracy is dead. Our ability to mock the Thurston Howells and Charles Montgomery Burnses is one of the few great things we preserved for our grandchildren (along with our t-shirt collections). On my deathbed, if I can recall Nixon drunkenly talking to the portraits of Lincoln and Jefferson, I will go to the next stop smiling.
also known as a “Charging of the Mound.” At the time, the Yankees were floundering. They quickly won 20 of the next 25 games. I’m not making this up. The Yankee season was saved. Of course, some would have you believe the turnaround resulted from improved pitching and hitting. Those people are Cub fans. After that … well, you’re right about Rule No. 1. Frankly, I see no reason to reveal to this publication – which circulates to known Redsockleaning operatives – secrets of the Yankee juju machine. What happens in our war rooms is not meant for the ears of Dustin Pedroia’s radical followers. I’m keeping quiet.
Who are your favorite humor writers?
My favorite comedy writers are the ones nobody calls comedy writers. I never read a book by Kurt Vonnegut or Richard Russo that didn’t make me roar with laughter. No great writer – from Philip Roth to James Lee Burke – gets there without being funny. The funniest stuff comes with a side dish of sadness.
With the caveat that by asking this question, I’m breaking Rule 1 of juju (“Don’t ask anyone what they’re doing”), what kinds of juju have you been up to this season?
What are you working on next?
If the Yankees win this year – and I’m not predicting they will (Juju Rule No. 21) – I hereby claim credit. On May 21, my Yankee reality blog (http:// johnsterling.blogspot.com/) launched an international Juju intervention, which is
Wish I knew. This fall I plan to launch another book project. But whatever I start will likely morph into something else. Maybe I’ll write a tell-all about my years at Hobart – naming names, settling scores, holding old-but-still-twitchy feet to fires. I’ll have the option of publishing it – or keeping quiet. Here’s a question for the ancient ones, the Hobart alumni circa 1974: How much is silence worth to you?
Nightstand: What are you reading? AMY ALVORD ’95 Lacrosse Director, Westport Youth Coach
SCOTT IKLÉ ’84 Head Coach, Hobart and William Smith Sailing Team
One of the many books on my nightstand is Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. It reminds me to enjoy myself, to help my players have fun, to be real and to remember that expectations I put on myself and my players are not as important as what’s going on with them at any given moment.
The greatest moment in sports of the 20th century belongs to a team of amateurs and a coach who together beat the greatest Soviet hockey team ever assembled. That’s the story behind Wayne Coffey’s The Boys of Winter. Call it a fairy tale, a Cinderella story, but it is a story that makes us believe in miracles and reminds us of the best that sports has to offer.
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LAUREN READ ’09 Sports Clerk, Burlington Free Press I am currently reading The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman. I have a history degree from William Smith, so I read anything I can to keep up with my love of history. My job takes care of my other love, sports.
hen Ira Goldschmidt â€™77, owner of Goldschmidt Engineering Solutions, Inc., is asked about the most VLJQLĂ€FDQWFODVVKHKDVHYHUWDNHQKHUHSOLHVZLWKRXWKHVLWDWLRQÂ´,QWURGXFWLRQWR9DOXH7KHRU\WDXJKWE\ Professor of Philosophy Eugen Baer.â€? Â´,WZDVWUDQVIRUPDWLYH,WFKDQJHGWKHZD\,WKRXJKWDERXWWKHZRUOGDQG,VWLOOUHĂ HFWRQWKH discussions with Professor Baer and classmates. I am grateful that my experiences at Hobart gave me the communication and analytical skills to differentiate myself as an architectural engineer,â€? Goldschmidt concludes. An avid skier and biker, Ira Goldschmidt has led an active and successful life in Colorado, and for more than 25 years heâ€™s given back to his alma mater with gifts to the Annual Fund. Now, Goldschmidt is creating a lasting legacy by naming the Colleges in his estate plans, DGGLQJKLVQDPHWRWKHJURZLQJOLVWRIQHZ:KHHOHU6RFLHW\PHPEHUV+LVEHTXHVWIXOĂ€OOVKLV personal goals of taking care of his loved ones while providing for the institution that made such an impact on his life.
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Keeping active: Architectural engineer Ira Goldschmidt â€™77 enjoys biking. His idol, current Hobart Dean Eugen Baer, enjoys riding around campus in a different kind of vehicle.
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Whether just starting out in a career or near retirement, anyone can make a meaningful planned gift in support of Hobart and William Smith. To learn more about Creating Your Legacy, contact Leila Rice, associate vice president for advancement at (315) 781-Â3545 or email@example.com, or visit www.hws.edu/legacy.
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Attorney at Law at Parsons Behle & Latimer where she concentrates on water law and environmental and natural resource litigation
International relations and environmental studies double major with minors in Middle Eastern studies and economics; attended the Clinton Global Initiative 1. When did you first develop an interest in environmental advocacy? Â In high school when I competed in the Canon Envirothon competition.
2. Do you spend a lot of time outdoors? Whenever I am not at work, I am in the mountains climbing, skiing, biking, or running around with my dogs.
Do you spend a lot of time outdoors? Â I love hiking and wish I had more time to be outside!
3. What do you think is the most important global environmental issue? Water resources and water quality. Itâ€™s the most fundamental environmental issue plaguing the world. 4. Whatâ€™s the most beautiful place youâ€™ve ever been? Â Nepal. I went during my junior year in college and I fell in love with the mountains. 5. Who was your favorite professor? Donna Keuck, my sociology professor. She was the best! 6. Whatâ€™s your favorite dessert? Ice cream, specifically Talenti Carmel Sea Salt, YUM! 7. Cat person or dog person? No question: DOG person! Just ask my boyfriend. 8. Whatâ€™s the most adventurous thing youâ€™ve ever done? Mountaineering in Peru, going back to law school, or doing the Grand Traverse through the Tetons. 9. Who are you most inspired by? Some people I admire for their grit, others for their dedication to making a difference in their communities and others for seeming to have found genuine peace.
1. When did you first develop an interest in environmental advocacy? During High School. I was always in love with the outdoors and being in the mountains made it a natural fit.
3. What do you think is the most important global environmental issue? Issues of water quality and availability. Water is fundamental to human development issues. 4. Whatâ€™s the most beautiful place youâ€™ve ever been? Wadi Mujib, a gorgeous desert nature reserve that I visited while studying abroad in Jordan. 5. Who was your favorite professor? No way am I answering this! Iâ€™m still a junior. 6. Whatâ€™s your favorite dessert? Coffee ice cream with gummy bears (preferably the mini ones). 7. Cat person or dog person? I love dogs, though some cats are pretty cool and make the cut. 8. Whatâ€™s the most adventurous thing youâ€™ve ever done? Every time I have ever been abroad has been an amazing adventure. Studying in Jordan changed the way I look at the world. 9. Who are you most inspired by? I am most frequently inspired by kids, whether from something truly mind blowing that they say in passing or a desire to give them a better world.