President Durgovich cutting ribbon at new residence community opening

Hartwick College Reflects on Strong 2017

January 1, 2018

As 2018 settles in over Oyaron Hill, the College fondly looks back on a year full of growth and achievement, and proudly reflects on highlights from across the Hartwick community.

Campus Highlights
The College formally opened Founders’ Way, the new cross-campus walkway, in a ceremony held during True Blue Weekend 2017. The dedication celebrated the conclusion of a major piece of the College’s nine-year, $57 million campus renovation. Chairman of the Board of Trustees Francis Landrey called the walkway “a centerpiece of the physical transformation of the Hartwick campus.” Additional enhancements completed this year included the new Gateway Project, which improved not only public safety and traffic flow along West Street, but included a rebuilding the staircase leading to it from to the Anderson Center for the Arts, and new signage along the street that creates a stronger brand presence.

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony in late August, the College officially opened its newest residence hall, a $7.1 million living-learning apartment community that can house up to 72 upper-class students. Located between Johnstone Science Center and Oyaron and Hilltop residence halls, the new 31,000-square-foot facility features two- and four-bedroom apartments, gathering and programming spaces, and teaching and study rooms.

The College unveiled its first Makerspace, a collaborative work center for students, faculty and staff to brainstorm, create, learn, and develop ideas. Makerspaces are a growing movement in higher education, most often found on technology-focused campuses. Hartwick is leading the movement of liberal arts colleges incorporating Makerspaces. The Hartwick Makerspace is part of the College’s new Center for Collaboration and Innovation which will include other programming spaces such as the e(ntrepreneurship)-Hub.

VIPs also continued to show their curiosity and interest in the Hartwick College Center for Craft Food and Beverage (CCFB). This year, Senator Chuck Schumer, and executives with the Appalachian Regional Commission and Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board, among others, joined us at the CCFB. Meanwhile, the Center also expanded its facilities during the year, adding additional space in Johnstone Science Center, and brought aboard two alumni as full time employees, Megan Douglass ’16 and Rachel Truland ’17.

Faculty Highlights
The cover story of the September 15 issue of the International Journal of Quantum Chemistry featured research conducted by a team led by Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. John Dudek, assisted by two Hartwick students. The article described the research on detecting carbon sulfur molecules in space. Dudek ‘s team also included professors based in Germany at the University of Cologne Laboratory Astrophysics Group.

New research by Professor of Anthropology Dr. David Anthony, and his spouse/research partner Dorcas Brown, was featured in a host of worldwide publications, including Discover and Newsweek magazines. The research paper, which proposed that 4,000 years ago, “teenage boys became warriors by eating dogs and wolves,” was published in full by the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.

Dr. Stan Sessions, professor of biology, continued to be globally recognized as an expert on the European blind cave salamander (or “olm”). Earlier this year, Smithsonian Magazine wrote of his work studying the olm, and new DNA techniques that could help find olms more easily in their watery, dark, underground habitats.

Assistant Professor of English Julia Suarez Hayes ’72 had a poem published in the February 5 issue of the New York Times Magazine. Her work, “There Was a Great Want of Civility,” ran on the Poetry Page. The poem was first published a year ago in the anthology The Traveler’s Vade Mecum.

Student Highlights
In November, a cohort of four University Innovation Fellows (UIF) — Diana Bechdol ’20, Farheen Fatima ’19, Allison Schroeder ’20, and Robert Shepard ’18attended the UIF Silicon Valley Fall Meetup at Stanford University. The students, led by student mentor Stephanie Sacco ’18 and faculty coach Assistant Professor of Business Administration Pauline Stamp, joined more than 300 students and faculty coaches from 77 higher education institutions around the world for the five-day event. The Hartwick group helped lead the winning effort in the Design Challenge, collaborating and competing with students from schools including the Stanford Design School, Georgia Institute of Technology, Clemson University, the University of Minnesota, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Allison Homler ’18 was named the Hartwick College 2017 Intern of the Year by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. Nominated by Jill Shea-Feury, council director of Girls on the Run – Central New York. Allison played an integral role in researching and pursuing grant opportunities for the organization.

At Honors Convocation, the College also announced its newest group of annual John Christopher Hartwick (JCH) Scholars. This year marked the 50th class of JCH awardees, and the Scholars were Ashley Connolly ’18, Rachel Griffing ’18, Alessandra Ricci ’18, Meghan Shea ’18, John Talbot ’18, and Haixiang Xu ’18.

Anders Harth ’21 earned placement in the MikesBikes Intro Hall of Fame. MikesBikes Intro is an interactive business simulation application specifically designed for use in foundation-level coursework, used at the College since 2000. The simulation teaches users key business skills by running a small bicycle manufacturer. Harth’s company did so well, the results placed him 15th on the all-time worldwide list, earning him a spot in the MikesBikes Intro Hall of Fame (2014 onwards).

Trumpeter Andrew Hsu ’18 participated in the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) national conference in Kansas City, MO. He joined students from 58 other schools around the country for several days of rehearsals with the Small Band Program Intercollegiate Band, culminating in a performance at the Kaufman Center for the Performing Arts on the final day.

Alumni Highlights
New York State Senator James L. Seward ’73, H’99 delivered the annual Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture in April, then joined the faculty as an adjunct professor of political science for the fall semester.

In April, e-Commerce Expert Bonin Bough ’99 came back to the College to speak on “Hackonomy: Lessons from the Largest Brands in the World.” Bough is the host of the television program Cleveland Hustles (with LeBron James as executive producer) on CNBC, and the author of Txt Me: Your Phone Has Changed Your Life. Let’s Talk About It.

Actor Geno Carr ’99 made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-Winning Musical Come From Away. Carr is one of the principal performers in the musical drama about how the 9/11 attacks forced 38 planes and 6,579 passengers to land in the tiny town of Gander, Newfoundland. Many members of the College community have attended performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre to cheer Geno on.

Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva ’01 spent a day on campus, meeting with students and presenting in the new Makerspace, as well as giving a presentation called “Leadership and the Art of Reinvention: How to Reinvent Yourself, Your Team, and Your Organization” at Stevens-German Library.

Program Highlights
In October, the College unveiled the Hartwick College Founders’ Award, a new guaranteed tuition grant of $10,000 per year. The grant will be awarded to each newly enrolled first-year and transfer student who is a resident of New York State beginning in the fall of 2018.

In March, the College announced that the New York State Education Department has approved Public Health as the fifth new major to be offered to students beginning in the fall 2017. The B.A. degree program, which will also be available as a minor, joins Criminal Justice (B.A.); Environment, Sustainability, and Society (B.A.); Actuarial Mathematics (B.S.); and Global Studies (B.A), which were announced in November 2016. A Creative Writing major (B.A.) was announced in June 2017.

In a partnership with the Peace Corps, Hartwick established New York State’s first college-level preparatory program. The Hartwick Peace Corps Preparatory Program will prepare interested Hartwick students for careers or volunteer service abroad. Students from all majors are eligible to participate, and upon completion will earn a certificate from one of only a few dozen such higher education curricula nationwide.

The College announced the formation of a new intramural program, eSports@WICK. Starting in spring 2018, Hartwick will be part of the first wave of institutions nationally to move into competitive collegiate eSports. Further, a steering committee has been formed to determine the feasibility of adding eSports as a varsity sport.

This summer, the College hosted the Foothills Opera Experience, an opera camp for graduate, undergraduate, and some gifted high school students going into opera performance. This was the first year the Foothills Opera Experience has been held outside of Binghamton, and a return of major summer music programming to the Hartwick campus.

Athletic Highlights
The women’s soccer team claimed a share of its first Empire 8 Conference championship in the program’s history this season. The team ended up in a shootout to determine the Empire 8’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, but fell, 3-2. In his first season as head coach, Brian Knapp guided the squad to a record of 13-5-2. The win total is tied for the second-highest since the program’s inception in 1980. The Hawks’ 13 shutouts in 19 games now stands as the program’s benchmark. Assistant Coaches Jocelyn Ortega, Mike Murphy, and Avery Proctor also played major roles in the team’s success.

The College celebrated the 40th anniversary of the men’s soccer team’s NCAA Division I National Championship. In December 1977, the then-Warriors defeated the defending champion and heavily favored San Francisco Dons, 2-1, at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, CA.

The Hartwick College Athletics Hall of Fame committee voted to induct the 1988 Men’s Basketball Team into its Hall of Fame in a February 2018 ceremony. That team tied for a Hartwick-record 23 victories, a feat which has only been accomplished three times in the 87-year history of the program. The Warriors made an unprecedented run in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the NCAA Division III Final Four for the first time. The ceremony will mark just the second time an entire team has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The 1977 ’Wick Men’s Soccer Team, which won the national championship, was inducted in 2011.

Administration Highlights
Thanks to the generosity of almost 4,200 donors, including Trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, friends, and students, the College celebrated another successful year for Hartwick through the Hartwick Fund. A total of $2,005,368 was raised, far exceeding the $1.91M annual fund goal. FY2017 also marked the first time annual giving exceeded $2M in a year without a special annual fundraising initiative. In addition, total cash giving for FY2017 was $5,979,049, 31% above the three-year average.

President Margaret L. Drugovich continued her active involvement in national and state education associations, including the American Council on Education (ACE). This year she served as the chair of ACE’s Women’s Network Executive Council, and presented the organization’s State Network Leadership award for the Advancement of Women in Higher Education at the ACE Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. She also received the 2017 Catalyst Award from the New York State ACE Women’s Network, an award that recognizes an outstanding woman leader in the field of higher education who best exemplifies ACE’s mission.

To round out the year, the College held its annual Quinquennial Awards ceremony, which recognized faculty and staff for their time dedicated to the College in five-year increments. President Drugovich gave special recognition to Aramark Facilities Services Facility Manager Anne Moriarty for her 45 years of service to Hartwick.

“The College accomplished important strategic objectives in 2017, our students excelled both in and out of the classroom, and our faculty continued to lead by example as mentors and scholars,” said President Drugovich. “We also took great strides to enhance the quality of life of on campus. It is exciting to watch our students leverage these resources as they strive to reach their personal goals for success.”

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