Hundreds of Alumni Return for Homecoming & Reunion

October 15, 2010

Several hundred Hartwick College alumni and their families returned to Oyaron Hill October 8-10 to take part in the weekend festivities planned for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend 2010. Framed by brilliant blue skies and the bright hues of upstate New York autumn, alumni took part in all manner of on- and off-campus activities.

Among the dozens of events, alumni turned out for a kick-off barbecue on Friday night staffed by notable campus "personalities," packed athletic fields for a number of contests, enjoyed back-and-forth during "conversations" with President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich, attended classes with favorite faculty and dined on an Oneonta favorite - chicken dinner from Brooks' House of Bar-B-Q.

"The weather was absolutely spectacular, and the company was too," said Duncan Macdonald '76, Director of Alumni Relations. "It's always a pleasure to see so many Hartwick alumni gathered in one place, and when that place is our beautiful campus it's even better. We're gratified that so many returned again to join us for another fun, exciting weekend. It's barely over and we're already looking forward to next year!"

The Hartwick Jazz Ensemble provided music for the traditional Jazz Lunch on Saturday, during which the annual Alumni Awards were presented. Emory Ford '62 and Gil Smith '59 were each presented a Distinguished Alumnus Award for their career accomplishments, while Shelley Lynch '00 was presented the Outstanding Young Alumna Award, and Professor of Biology Stanley K. Sessions received the Outstanding Employee Award.

"Thanks to all of my coworkers - faculty, staff, maintenance, administration, trustees - for making Hartwick College such a wonderful place to work," Sessions said. "I feel deeply honored just to work here."

"I am truly indebted to Hartwick for the life that I have," Lynch said. "With the exception of my family, all the riches in my life stem from my four years at Hartwick: my nursing career, my friends, my love of travel, and my husband."

Saturday afternoon, a "Celebration of Diversity at Hartwick" was held. The event attracted a large crowd of alumni and students to mark the contribution of Hartwick's diversity initiatives and participants through the years.

"I was very pleased with the Celebration of Diversity," said Associate Dean and Director of U.S. Pluralism Programs Harry Bradshaw Matthews. "It provided a great opportunity for students who have helped to bring about a change in diversity at Hartwick to see each other and make pans for their future contributions to the college."

From Stack Lounge to Elmore Field, from The Depot to the tent on Frisbee Field, those in attendance spoke of the joy or reconnecting with old friends, the timeless beauty of the Susquehanna Valley, and of the enduring impact Hartwick College has had on their lives.

"What another great weekend in Oneonta!," said Stephanie Lavenberg '92. "The skies were blue and the valley was in full bloom. It was fantastic to have so many alumni come back to take part in some awesome activities like the alumni college classes, the Jazz Lunch, class reunion events, and all of the sporting contests. The college put on a wonderful series of events, perfectly timed and coordinated. I'm already looking forward to next year!"

To see more photos from Homecoming & Reunion Weekend 2010, visit Hartwick College on Facebook.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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