President’s Award

President Drugovich with Liberal Arts in Practice Award Recipient Captain Joan E. Darrah ’73
The Hartwick College President’s Award for Liberal Arts in Practice

Initiated in 2009 by Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich, the President of Hartwick College, this award is presented to an alumna or alumnus of the College who extends the values that are inherent in a Hartwick education into their life work, to the benefit of others.

A Hartwick education prepares individuals to face the responsibility of freedom, liberating them through the knowledge they posses and their ability to leverage their understandings to make new knowledge.  Hartwick achieves this by combining study in the liberal arts with experiential learning, thus affirming that it is in the interplay of theory and practice that we are best able to develop knowledge, understanding, and judgment necessary for choosing well and exercising personal freedom.

This award goes to an alumna/alumnus who:

  • demonstrates her/his commitment to learn by bringing theory and practice together to generate new knowledge and new understandings, and encourages others to do the same
  • continually develops her/his capacity for critical thinking, ethical action, and reflection, and fosters this development in others
  • seeks to build a deeper understanding of similarities and differences, across time and space, and encourages others to do the same
  • values and applies diverse approaches to building knowledge, and encourages others to do the same
  • expresses the significance and importance of both individual and collective actions
  • encourages others to take inspiration from the products of human ingenuity, including the sciences and the fine arts, as well as the beauty and workings of nature
  • is known to maintain a passion for learning
  • nurtures creativity
  • has made meaningful contributions to present and future communities, locally and/or globally
  • honors others

The first President’s Award for Liberal Arts in Practice was presented in the fall of 2009.  Awards are given at the discretion of the President from a pool of nominees.  A suitable memento of the honor is presented to each awardee and s/he is recognized through inclusion on a centrally located display on the college campus.

To submit a nominee for the President’s Award for Liberal Arts in Practice contact the President’s Office.
Phone: 607-431-4990
Email: president@hartwick.edu


Past Recipients of the President’s Award for Liberal Arts in Practice

Ambassador of the Untied States George C. Bruno, ’64, H’96, Retired
Captain Joan E. Darrah ’73
Ms. Sharon D. Dettenrieder ’65, MSN,RN
Ms. Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell ’91
Dr. Carol J. Woodard ’50, H’91 
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