Hartwick College Opening Convocation

Opening Convocation At Hartwick: The Tradition Lives On

August 31, 2012

The Hartwick Community gathered today to welcome new students during this year's Opening Convocation. The time-honored ceremony, held in Lambros Arena of The Binder Physical Education Center, marks the official start of the 2012-13 academic year and the first full day for incoming freshman and transfer students at Hartwick College.President Drugovich, Opening Convocation

"I hope that this day feels a bit like a holiday that you have been anticipating - it has been a long time in coming, you had to take a trip to get here, and now, finally, the day has arrived," Hartwick College President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich said in addressing students during the ceremony. "I hope that, like me, you are eager to begin."

As parents and families looked on in support as their children began their Hartwick careers, President Drugovich asked students to pause to stop and think, and urged all in attendance to consider the future cost of the actions that we take.

"When we wait, even if for a moment, we allow ourselves to pair our analytic and reasoning skills with our intuition that is informed by our experience, and values," said President Drugovich. "Waiting - pausing for a moment or an hour or a day - allows you to bring to your final decision what you, uniquely, because of your experience, because of what you have learned, because of the values you embrace, can bring to bear to make the right decision. Everything that is important is not fast."

Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing David Conway along with Student Senate Vice President Katie Pennings '14, Christian Scibetta '16 and Tiffany Metty '16 then presented all 500 members of the incoming class to the Hartwick Community.Vice President David Conway, Opening Convocation

Conway commended their academic preparation and achievements, and their selection from among more than 7,200 applicants.

This year's class comes from 26 states, 15 countries, and five continents. Among the incoming class, Conway said, are writers, musicians, actors and painters, Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients and a champion unicyclist. One has sung with a choir at the Vatican, one sailed for a year between Maine and the Bahamas, and another is the sixth member of their family to attend Hartwick College.

"You are among the brightest and most academically talented students to be welcomed to Hartwick in more than 215 years of its history," he continued.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Michael G. TannenbaumDr. Michael Tannenbaum, Opening Convocation and Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Meg Nowak also addressed students and their families, welcoming them to Oyaron Hill.

"All of us here at Hartwick are committed to your individual success," Tannenbaum said. "We expect great things from you all, as you are now in the driver's seat. Be responsible, be alert, and plan your journey, as no one else can plan it for you."

"We hope that you will all experience life changing moments here at Hartwick," Nowak said.

In addition to Tannenbaum and Nowak, new students were welcomed by Pennings '14, who encouraged them to explore, to challenge themselves and to never stop learning.

Dr. Andrew Piefer, Opening ConvocationThe ceremony also gave students a glimpse into an example of student/faculty research. Brie' Levesque '13, Patrick Faughnan '14, and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Andrew Piefer discussed their examination of bacteria. The experience served to demonstrate to new students the types of collaborative research they can expect to participate in during their academic careers at Hartwick.

Throughout the ceremony, the College's music programs were showcased, with a Steel Pan Ensemble playing a selection of Caribbean Music as led by Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Jason Leo Curley and performed by Sean Carpenter '13, Sean Degan '11, and Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Ann Deisler.

Opening Convocation closed in Hartwick tradition as Resident Artist in Voice Dr. Stephen Markuson Opening Convocation 2012along with Peython Echelson-Russell '16, Rachel Hill '13, and Kaitlin Esford '09, led those gathered in the College's alma mater, Oyaron, Hill of Dreams.

As the newest Hartwick students concluded their first college ceremony and congregated together for their class photo, others in attendance applauded the accomplishments that brought them to Hartwick, and the journey upon on which they are about to embark.

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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.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031