Families Create New Memories During Family Weekend 2009

October 19, 2009

Families of Hartwick students descended upon Oyaron Hill in early October. For some, it was the first opportunity to explore the campus since move-in weekend a month ago.

The events opened with a multicultural flavor as families were invited to taste free hors d'oeuvres and meet students from the International Club from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, October 9 in the Chesebro Room. International students discussed their experiences at Hartwick and abroad while showcasing mementos from their travels.

Soon after, the Student Affairs staff hosted a dessert and mocktail party on the second floor of Dewar Union. The event was followed by a free screening of Transformers 2 at 8 p.m. in Johnstone 202, sponsored by the Hartwick Campus Activities Board.

Saturday dawned clear and cool with a Faculty Coffee Hour at 10 a.m. in the lobby of Johnstone Science Center. The Society of Families Brooks' BBQ luncheon was a delectable success as families gathered in Stack Lounge to enjoy the Oneonta tradition. College mascot Swoop Hawk fluffed his blue wings and posed for family photos throughout the day.

Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich, Hartwick College President, highlighted student accomplishments in and out of the classroom during her "Conversation with the President" at 2 p.m. in Slade Theatre.

"Our students were able to achieve some remarkable accomplishments over the past year," Drugovich said. "I'm very proud of them."

After the conversation, parents discussed how they felt Hartwick benefited their students.

"The learning environment in general allows you to go different ways," said Virginia Sanders P '13.

Others remarked on how a liberal arts education enhances student well-being.

"The academic and athletic communities seem to complement each other for the benefit of physical and intellectual development," said James Sanders P'13. "As President Drugovich mentioned at the Conversation, a lot of incoming freshmen have to be prepared for a changing world."

Pine Lake Environmental Campus also provided a variety of entertainment. Families could test their limits on the challenge rope course or watch an apple cider demonstration. Tours of the Strawbale House and hayrides also were offered.

Actor and Comedian Martin Short was the highlight of Family Weekend. The show started at 8 p.m. Saturday in Lambros Arena with the acoustic stylings of Chris Guida '10. Not So Sharp, Hartwick's a capella group, presented a short concert.

Short performed many of his famous characters, including Ed Grimley, as well as celebrity impersonations. His skits were interspersed with montages of his film and television appearances. Short's rendition of Jiminy Glick interviewing Assistant Director of Athletics Eric Nichols was a crowd favorite.

Saturday drew to a close with late-night entertainment at Laura's Café. Families relaxed and reflected on the weekend's activities.

"We arrived yesterday evening in time for the mocktails event," said Barbara Eliasson P'13. "This morning I went to the barbecue with my daughter. We saw Swoop Hawk and went to see Martin Short tonight. Coming here is a nice final touch."

Hartwick athletics also boasted an eventful weekend. Men's soccer prevailed over Florida Atlantic Saturday on Elmore Field, maintaining a perfect 3-0 record in the Mid-American Conference. Women's soccer took the field to claim a 2-1 victory over Elmira on Saturday. Ithaca won women's soccer on Sunday with a score of 0-1 and women's tennis finished the season with a 3-6 loss to Stevens.

Throughout the weekend, parents and students alike commented on the benefits of the close-knit community.

"I like the small campus," said Christina Eliasson '13. "Hartwick had what I was looking for."

By Alicia Walstad '10

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