President Drugovich leads the

Hartwick Opens Founders’ Way

October 18, 2017

Hartwick 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.

President Margaret L. Drugovich led the “First Walk,” a guided tour along the new footpath, pointing out highlights of the project along the way. Nearly 150 alumni, trustees, students, faculty, family, and friends took the tour with President Drugovich on Saturday morning, October 7, starting at the walkway entrance below Shineman Chapel and culminating with a formal ceremony at the newly constructed amphitheater outside Johnston Science Center.

“Our founders chose well when they moved Hartwick to Oneonta in 1927,” Drugovich said. “They partnered with community leaders who raised money and donated land upon which the College sits today.  They were as committed to this college then as we are now. Together they created something wonderful and we stand here today because of them. We honor their legacy by dedicating this walkway with the name Founders’ Way.”

At the ceremony, President Drugovich thanked the architects, The Collaborative Inc, the FAHS construction company, and the on-campus committee students, faculty, and staff that guided the project. She added a special expression of gratitude for Vice President for Student Affairs Meg Nowak for her leadership of the project.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees Francis Landrey called the walkway “A centerpiece of the physical transformation of the Hartwick campus.” Joseph Ziegler ’18, a member of the Student Senate E-Board and scholar-athlete, spoke briefly about the overall increased safety of the campus, and pointing out the new crosswalk on West Street, which makes it easier for students to cross this busy thoroughfare.

A rendering was also unveiled, showing new lettering which will be mounted on the wall at the start of Founders’ Way at Hartwick Drive.

“This college on a hill has always been beautiful,” Drugovich said. “Now that we can pause and see it, and more fully appreciate it, our campus is unforgettable.”

For photos of the “First Walk” and ceremony, please visit the College’s Facebook page.