Challenges and Initiatives

1797 Challenge Anderson Center for the Arts
The Drive for Scholarships Binder P.E. Center
Faculty Recognition Emerson International Internships

1797 Challenge

If you’ve never given to Hartwick, or you supported the College in the past but not recently, now’s the time. A generous alumnus from the Class of 1973 is challenging all alumni, parents, and friends to join him in support of this great college. Make a gift of at least $5 before June 30, 2016, and this challenge donor will give an additional $17.97 to the Hartwick Fund. In fact, this donor believes so strongly in the power of supporting Hartwick that he has extended his challenge to include gifts from anyone who did not make a gift to Hartwick last year.

The match is capped at $5,000 and hundreds of new or renewing donors have already responded. If you are a new donor, or if you’re ready to resume your support this year, don’t miss this opportunity to see your gift increased by $17.97 (the year of our founding). It’s easy: click here, call our Gift Hotline at 607-431-4011, or contact Matt Metzgar ’10 at or 607-431-4055.


The Drive for Scholarships

If young people cannot afford to enroll at Hartwick and they cannot afford to stay, then they cannot take advantage of the many enriching experiences made possible through gifts to The Campaign. That’s why endowed scholarships are the foundation of The Campaign for Hartwick Students and remain the number one priority.

Scholarship aid is desperately needed by students all across the country; that’s the reality in higher education today. It’s certainly true at Hartwick, where more than $30 million in institutional aid is awarded every year.

To get involved in student support through scholarship, please contact Vice President Gregg Fort at or 607-431-4026. You can establish your own fund or use your gift to grow an existing endowment. You can also designate your gift for a tuition scholarship or to support students’ international experiences.


Faculty Recognition

Hartwick’s scholar-practitioners include many powerful mentors who have made a lasting difference in the lives of their students. Some of these individuals are now preparing to retire and grateful alumni and dedicated colleagues are establishing funds to ensure their legacy.

The faculty who have announced their plans to retire in the next few years include Wendell Frye (German), whose colleagues have started an endowed scholarship fund for J Term study in his honor. This year’s retirees – Mary Vanderlaan (political science), Terry Slade (art), and Susan Carbone (computer and information sciences) – have all asked that gifts in their honor be designated to support scholarships for international study. ’Wick sports enthusiast Tom Sears (accounting) asks that gifts in his name help fund new scoreboards in the Sally Griffiths Herbert ’88 Aquatic Center and Lambros Arena.

You can make a gift in recognition of any professor who made a difference to you, no matter how recently or long ago. Existing named funds include ones honoring David Baldwin (English), Carol Bocher and Earl Deubler H’91 (biology), Ron Brzenk (math), John Clemens (business), Thurston Dox (music), David “Hutch” Hutchinson (geology), Edith Lacey (nursing), Bob Mansbach (religion), Alfred Massari (French), Richard Meeker (English), Behrend Mehrtens ’47 (religion), and Otto Steinbach (chemistry).

To honor a faculty member with a gift, please contact Louis Noce at or 607-431-4432.


Anderson Center Initiatives: Take Your Seat and Recognition Wall

Renovations to the Anderson Center for the Arts continue and your support can still make a difference. With a gift of $500 you will be recognized as a patron of the arts at Hartwick, either with a name plaque on a seat in Anderson Theatre or on a plaque honoring art supporters in the Drogen Lobby.

Either way is a great way to show your support for artists and musicians at Hartwick. Contact Matt Metzgar ’10 at or 607-431-4055 to get involved.


Binder Center: Name a Locker

This summer brings the final phase of renovations to the locker rooms and team rooms in the Binder Physical Education Center. These important athletic preparatory spaces have been named for some of Hartwick’s most beloved coaches and even one of its biggest fans. There is still time to be part of these critical improvements. Make a gift of $1,000 or more and put your name (or that of a teammate, coach, or loved one) on an individual locker in the Binder locker room of your choice.

To support Hartwick scholar-athletes in this way, contact Duncan Macdonald ’78 at or 607-431-4032.


The Emerson Challenge for International Internships

We beat the $250,000 challenge posed by the Fred L. Emerson Foundation, but there is still time to make a gift in support of international internships.

Thanks to the larger endowment built by many gifts, more Hartwick students than ever are working and learning abroad. Next year’s 13 Emerson Internship Scholarship winners will work in accounting, astrophysics, conservation, education, environmentalism, horticulture, human and veterinary medicine, journalism, marketing, and pharmaceuticals while they learn and live in Cameroon, Costa Rica, England, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand, and Spain.

You can add to Hartwick students’ life-changing international internship experiences by contacting Pat Dopazo at 607-431-4020 or


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