Philanthropy

Experiences Beyond the Expected

Investments create extraordinary opportunities for Hartwick students. Some H225 priorities are already in place, others require funding to be fully implemented. The focus here is on five of the latter: enabling innovation, merging art and technology, learning from practitioners, developing a worldview, and providing greater fitness opportunities for all. 

Hartwick225 — a student success action plan more than two years in the making. A community effort of identifying, evaluating, and prioritizing initiatives that will be valued by our students now and into the near future.

Ramping up to our major milestone, the Hartwick community will celebrate its 225th anniversary in 2022. Hartwick’s founding in 1797 makes this college one of the oldest in the nation, along with Harvard, William & Mary, Columbia, and other venerable institutions.

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The Latest in Learning by Doing

Hartwick delivers nursing education at its best: intense academics, hands-on practice of essential skills, close supervision by faculty mentors, and invaluable experience in simulated medical situations.

True Blue ’19 coincided with National Healthcare Simulation Week. Perfect timing for nursing alumni and guests to get into the Clark Nursing Simulation Lab and see for themselves what Hartwick students are learning, and practicing, now.

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This Investment in Personal

When need is met by generosity, the results are extraordinary. Such is the case with impressive new field turf at Wright Stadium, an athletics facility improvement that benefits more than half of all ‘Wick athletes.

The previous field dated to 2006 when the stadium was built and dedicated to the generous Wright family, Oneonta community and business leaders and friends of Hartwick College. Planning began in 2017 to replace that surface with state-of-the-art FieldTurf Vertex, an all-weather, two-layer infill system known to reduce the risk and severity of injuries among athletes.

Trustee emeritus and longtime Hartwick supporter Brian Wright H’02 stepped forward to address the need, as he often does. Wright not only made his own leadership gift, he also posed a challenge to other supporters to fund this important facility. They responded, and the new field was installed last summer.

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Our Students are Thankful


Generosity Stimulates Growth

It was another transformative summer for the five students chosen for Hartwick’s Baker-Simpson Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program. Thanks to the generosity of Simon Baker ’93 and his associates Sharon Simpson and the late Barclay Simpson, these exceptional students benefitted from extraordinary personal and professional experiences with San Francisco start-ups.

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Hobson Brings Experience and Insights

Paula Lee Hobson, Hartwick’s new Vice President for College Advancement, appreciates the power of giving.

“As a first-generation college student, my life was changed by a donor’s generosity,” Hobson says. “I have a deep and personal understanding of the transformational impact that scholarships have on students. Beyond the funding, it meant so much to me that someone I never met believed in my potential. I know our students feel the same.” Hobson and her family have created a J Term scholarship at Hartwick College that, she says, “will ensure that our students have every opportunity to expand their point of view and explore their world.”

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