Hartwick College Welcome Weekend Greets New Class and Returning Students
The Hartwick College experience began this week for new students. As they moved in, they took in new sights, made new friends, and began taking part in a variety of Welcome Weekend activities.
New students living on campus began the check-in process Wednesday morning, as they moved into residence halls and attended Welcome Weekend activities and events, all designed to acclimate them to the college environment. Residential students were able to settle in before a complimentary BBQ lunch was offered to students and their families on Frisbee Field.
Commuter students also started their experience Wednesday, with a customized welcome meeting, and will participate in all Welcome Weekend activities and events.
The new class also individually signed the Matriculation Book with president Margaret L. Drugovich, an annual College tradition, on Wednesday.
Returning student move-in begins at 8 a.m. on Sunday, August 27.
Yesterday, Opening Convocation marked the beginning of the new academic experience; the ceremony included a procession of new students, faculty, staff, and administrators in full academic regalia, and remarks by president Drugovich.
The new student festivities continue today and throughout the weekend. Other social highlights of Welcome Weekend include:
- Men’s Soccer Game vs. Vermont – 7 p.m., Friday. Elmore Field
- Wicked Friday Night (multi-activity event) – 7 p.m., Friday. Frisbee Field
- The Extreme Magic of Eric Wilzig – 8 p.m., Saturday. Slade Theatre, Yager Hall
The full schedule of events, which includes important academic and technology sessions, as well as ‘Wick 101 classes, can be downloaded here.
The College’s incoming class boasts an academically accomplished and diverse group of more than 400 students:
- They are residents of 22 states and 13 countries;
- 58 are in National Honor Society;
- 160 participated in community service;
- 11 served as editors of their school yearbook, seven were editors of their school newspaper; 21 students had a lead role or directed a drama production;
- 11 served as student-body or class presidents;
- 219 students were involved in a varsity sport, with 101 having served as captains of their team;
- Many are world travelers, having been to: El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Galapagos Islands, Europe, Germany, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, Italy, Czech Republic, Columbia, Japan, Ukraine, and Jamaica;
- 17 indicated they were all stars, all state or all-region in musical groups;
- One student writes/speaks five different languages;
- One student sang at Carnegie Hall;
- One student wrote computer code for their Microsoft Xbox;
- One student was named All Conference in football, and led his state with 96 tackles.
“Talented high school seniors and transfers continue to find Hartwick attractive due to our unique focus of melding a traditional liberal arts curriculum with experiential learning opportunities,” said Director of Admissions Lisa Starkey-Wood. “Our students recognize that when they finish their studies here, they will have been prepared well to meet any challenge as they pursue their career goals.
“We always look forward to welcoming the new class, and we are excited to see where their Hartwick journey takes them.”