Beyond the Classroom

Life Beyond the Classroom

By Karen McGrath, vice president of enrollment management & student experience

The Lambros Arena crowd went wild as first year student Bryce VanCott sunk a half-court shot at Hawks’ Night Fever 2019 to kick off True Blue Weekend. Contrast that to the sound over the valley of Phi Mu Alpha singing our alma mater, Oyaron Hill of Dreams, at First Walk, the concluding event of Welcome Weekend 2019. Though these events were so very different, they share the commonalities of bringing our students together and celebrating our traditions, history, and pride.

At Hartwick, events and organizations sponsored by the Hartwick College Campus Activity Board (HCAB), the Student Experience team, and the Student Government Association are designed to provide all students with opportunities for engagement, leadership, and FUN. With more than 80% of students involved with clubs, organizations, Greek Life, and athletics, today’s Hawks are making Oyaron Hill come to life while making an impact on the community both on and off campus. We offer students more than 1,000 programs each year.

This fall HCAB made it their top priority to create opportunities to bring the community together. Can you imagine 300 Hawks playing bingo, 150 Hawks stuffing pillows for their rooms, or students going through a corn maze on campus at Fall Fest? HCAB made that happen. Just ask Natalie Migliore ’20. “HCAB gives students opportunities to get involved, especially first year students. I am a peer leader and I strongly feel HCAB is a chance for them to branch out and to meet new people. And it’s a great way to spend their time since the events are usually super fun! I have developed so many important skills and relationships with members of the staff and faculty through my leadership role with HCAB and I know that my Hartwick experience has been more fulfilling because of my campus participation.”

HCAB and Student Experience are also committed to fostering community and civic engagement. Whether donating time on Day of Service, turning Johnstone Science Center into a Halloween Haven for local children, organizing a run for Colleges Against Cancer, participating in Habitat for Humanity, or being part of Clean Up Oneonta, our students are making connections and having an impact on the community around them.

Today’s classroom reaches far beyond desks and whiteboards when our students see that every activity is an opportunity to engage; learn about others; and build on the pride, traditions, and spirit of this place we fondly call Hartwick.

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