Two guests with Hartwick mascot, Swoop, during True Blue Weekend 2016

True Blue Weekend 2016 Creates Lasting Memories

October 4, 2016

Nearly 1,000 Hartwick College alumni, family, and friends came back to campus over the weekend to celebrate and attend close to 40 events over the four days of True Blue Weekend 2016.

“We are thrilled with the turnout, and a little rain couldn’t dampen our great time,” said True Blue Weekend Co-chair Alicia Fish ’91. “The feedback we received throughout the weekend was positive, and we can’t wait to start planning for True Blue Weekend 2017.”

The most exciting events of the weekend were not on the official True Blue schedule, she added, as two alumni couples made it official: Kevin Miller ’10 and Nicole English ’10 of Redding, CT, and Katie Pennings ’14 of Middletown, NY and Colin Blydenburgh ’14 of Ilion, NY got engaged on Oyaron Hill.

The Internship & Career Fair held in Lambros Arena on Thursday gave the weekend an early start, and more than 60 employers – including 10 represented by alumni – offered students important work and experiential learning opportunities.

A soggy Friday morning didn’t deter nearly 120 attendees from enjoying the 25th Annual Wick Athletic Association Hartwick Golf Classic at Leatherstocking Golf Course. And while the weather rained out the evening fireworks display, hypnotist Chris Jones kept the audience in Slade Theatre entertained and enthralled. Meanwhile, a dozen guests enjoyed the first-ever Hartwick College Center for Craft Food & Beverage Pairing Dinner downtown at the B Side Ballroom. Under the tent at Elmore Field, President Margaret L. Drugovich toasted the success of the College’s record-setting fundraising Campaign for Hartwick Students.

On Saturday, the College’s Alumni Association presented awards to the following alumni and faculty:

  • Harry Bradshaw Matthews — Outstanding Employee
  • Thom Meredith ’73 — Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • Neal Miller ’72 — Meritorious Service Award
  • Susan Schroeder Warner ’84 — Distinguished Alumna Award
  • Ryan Smith ’06 — Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

Saturday also featured the annual Golden Jubilee breakfast; tours and alumni and parent presentations; a Conversation and Q&A with President Drugovich; Brooks’ BBQ picnic; a Local Trade Fair, and a Canadian Brass Tribute concert to the late Fred Mills ’57.

The new Elmore Field scoreboard was dedicated to the memory of Ed Clough ’60 at a special ceremony that morning. Later that day, the inaugural “Glory Days Grill and Game: Reunion Tailgate and Parade” was held. Reunion classes from 1966 to 2011 gathered at Elmore Field before the men’s soccer game for a tailgate under the tent, and at halftime led a parade complete with class-year banners.

Off campus, the Pine Lake Environmental Campus hosted its own set of activities at its “Fall Fest,” including a horse-drawn hay ride around the lake, apple cider-making, and climbing the high ropes course and platforms.

On the athletic fields, the Hawks split their home matches on Saturday. Men’s soccer topped Bryant University, 3-0, while the women’s squad beat Houghton College, 1-0. The football team, however, lost a heartbreaker to SUNY-Cortland, 50-47, on a last minute field goal. Women’s field hockey also lost a close one, falling 3-2 in double overtime to Houghton.

To close the weekend, the College community paid tribute to nearly 100 alumni, family, and friends who passed away over the past year during its annual Memorial Service on Sunday.

For more information on True Blue Weekend 2016, including the full schedule and photos, visit the website, Hartwick College Facebook page, or contact Sabrina Lawrence at 607-431-4064 or