Friday, September 22, 2017
Alumni, reunion classes, and families are invited to Hartwick College from October 6 – 8 to celebrate True Blue Weekend 2017.
Members of the Hartwick community will be able to enjoy a wide range of events across the College campus, reunite with old friends, and perhaps make new ones. During the weekend, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy events tailored toward their return to campus, and get a glimpse of student life. From “Hartwick’s Hometown Fair” to dances and social hours to Fall Fest at Pine Lake, there will be something for everyone.
“True Blue Weekend is filled with events that bring together alumni, families, students, faculty, and staff to celebrate Hartwick,” said True Blue Weekend Co-chairs Robin Diana and Alicia Fish ’91. “Hartwick’s faculty and staff make it a place of great warmth, and very personal in nature. We’re certain our alumni and families will experience this personal feeling during the weekend.”
This year, True Blue Weekend will celebrate the conclusion of a major piece of the College’s three-year campus renovation, when President Margaret L. Drugovich leads the “First Walk,” a Saturday ceremony dedicating the new cross-campus walkway. Guests are welcome to attend, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the walkway entrance below Shineman Chapel.
For those looking to start True Blue Weekend early, the annual Internship and Career Fair takes place Thursday afternoon, from noon – 3 p.m. in Lambros Arena, Binder Physical Education Center. Regional, national, and international employers will be offering students experiential work opportunities. A number of alumni will be on hand with their companies, allowing students to network, and develop relationships and future opportunities.
The weekend will open Friday with highlights including the 26th Annual Hartwick Athletics Golf Classic, back at Oneonta Country Club, and hosted by Nick Lambros ’59; the Golden Jubilee Reunion and 50-Year Club Induction Celebration; and “Glow Hawks,” a series of glow-in-the-dark activities taking place on Dewar Union patio.
Saturday will kick off with the Golden Jubilee breakfast, and the annual Conversation and Q&A with President Drugovich. Other Saturday events include “Hartwick’s Hometown Fair” and Brooks BBQ; “Fall Fest” at Pine Lake Environmental Campus; tours of the new residential apartment community; the Reunion Bash and Parade; and entertainment by father-son musical act – and America’s Got Talent performers – The Rudos.
The day culminates with a “Hartwick Hootenanny,” a celebration of folk songs and music from the 1960’s in honor of the 50 Year Club, taking place at 7:30 p.m. in Lambros Arena.
Sporting events again play a major part of the weekend’s activities. On Saturday, football plays SUNY-Morrisville at 1 p.m. at Wright Stadium. Viewing parties will be held in Dewar Hall to cheer on our traveling teams: women’s field hockey takes on Nazareth College at 1 p.m. (in Laura’s Lounge), and women’s soccer play at Houghton College at 2 p.m. (in Stack Lounge).
Hartwick’s alumni athletes will also get to compete over the weekend. Former men’s soccer players can relive past glories during their alumni game on Saturday at 5 p.m. on Elmore Field, while men’s lacrosse graduates can do same at 6 p.m. at Wight Stadium. Men’s and women’s swimming and diving will host their Blue-White Meet for alumni at 9 a.m. in Moyer Pool.
Sunday will conclude the weekend with the College’s annual events: the memorial gathering in the Shineman Chapel House, and the Alumni Association Board Meeting.
Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,200 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.
Contact: David Lubell