Hartwick College

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Motto Ad Altiora Semper
"Ever Upwards"
Established 1797
Type Private
President Margaret L. Drugovich
Academic staff 187 faculty members; 104 are full-time
Undergraduates 1,531
Postgraduates 0
Location Oneonta, New York, United States
Campus Main academic campus: 425 acres (1.72 km2) Environmental campus: 920 acres (3.7 km2)
Colors Wellesley Blue and White          
Athletics Division III, (Division I: men's soccer and women's water polo)
Nickname Hawks
Website www.hartwick.edu

Hartwick College is a non-denominational, private, four-year liberal arts and sciences college located in Oneonta, New York, in the United States. The institution's origin is rooted in the founding of Hartwick Seminary in 1797 through the will of John Christopher Hartwick. In 1927, Hartwick Seminary moved to expand into a four-year college and was offered land by the city of Oneonta to move to Hartwick College's current location.[1] The school has 1,500 undergraduate students from 30 states and 22 countries, 187 faculty members and the student-faculty ratio is 11-1.[2]

History[edit]

Memorial Staircase and Bresee Hall

Hartwick Seminary was founded in 1797 through the will of John Christopher Hartwick, a Lutheran minister from Germany who led several mission congregations of early settlers along the Hudson River and the Mohawk River in what is now upstate New York. His dream of establishing an institution of higher learning became a reality shortly after his death, with the founding of Hartwick Seminary in 1797. In 1816, the New York State Legislature incorporated the new school—the first Lutheran seminary in America—as a classical academy and theological seminary in Hartwick, near Cooperstown. The school moved to its present location in Oneonta in 1928, when Hartwick was incorporated as a four-year college. The land for the campus was donated by the City of Oneonta. Bresee Hall, today the oldest building on campus, was designed by noted architect John Russell Pope and built in 1928. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. The college's ties to the Lutheran Church ended in the 1960s and it now carries no religious affiliation.

Academics[edit]

Hartwick College offers 31 majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. In addition, it offers 11 special minors (minors also are available in almost every major); pre-professional programs in law, medicine, engineering and allied health professions; and five cooperative programs in engineering, law, business, and physical and occupational therapy. Hartwick’s three-year bachelor’s degree program allows qualified students to receive a degree in three years, as opposed to the traditional four. Since its launch in 2009, the program has sparked national interest for cost savings and quality.[verification needed]

Steven-Germans Library

Hartwick College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The American Chemical Society also approved the Bachelor of Science degree program in chemistry.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Hartwick College 161st in its 2013 National Liberal Arts College Rankings, with an overall score of 41 out of 100.[3] U.S. News & World Report also ranked it in the first tier of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges[dubious ] and placed it 21st among all U.S. colleges and universities for the percentage of students who study abroad. Hartwick is also consistently featured in The Fiske Guide to Colleges and it is a Princeton Review Best Northeastern College.[citation needed]

January term[edit]

Every year, about 200-300 Hartwick students participate in 15-23 off-campus courses, taught by Hartwick faculty. Nearly every off-campus program is open to new students. All are open to majors and non-majors, with the exception of Trans-cultural Nursing in Jamaica. There are many scholarships available to support students who choose to study abroad during the college’s January Term. Several international study-abroad scholarships are available: the Florence and George Hutman Scholarship, the Dobert Family Scholarship and the Andrew and Betty Anderson Scholarship.

Three-year bachelor’s degree program[edit]

Since 2009, Hartwick has offered a three-year bachelor’s degree program, which allows students to receive an undergraduate degree in liberal arts in three years instead of four. This reduces tuition by about 25%. No summer coursework is required (except for nursing majors), so three-year students can work, intern or travel during summer breaks. There is no required online component, and all courses are taught by Hartwick faculty. Students in the program take on a larger course load in each of their six semesters. Most majors are included in the program.

Independent research[edit]

Hartwick offers students two generous scholarships for independent research:

  • The Duffy Family Ambassador Scholarship, which supports students’ educational travel abroad with awards of up to $5,000. Awards go to students with demonstrated financial need who make a strong case for the value of their proposed program abroad.
  • The Emerson Foundation Scholarship, which offers up to $5,000 for international academic internships or directed study.

Both scholarships are open to sophomore, junior or senior students of all majors who are pursuing an experience for academic credit.

One of the hallmarks of a Hartwick education is faculty-student collaboration on research. Each year, many student present their work at regional and national conferences. Every spring, the college host a Student Scholar Showcase, a day-long event that highlights student-based research.

Student life[edit]

Dewar Union

Hartwick offers many student-run activities through over 75 clubs and organizations that cover a wide variety of topics. The student governing body, Student Senate, oversees the constitutions and budgets of every club. There are a variety of honor societies and a variety of special-interest clubs ranging from academics to extracurricular activities. The Hartwick College Activities Board (HCAB) and SUNY Oneonta’s student activities board host the downtown OH Fest carnival/concert each year for families and college students.

Greek Life at Hartwick College is based in a rich history dating back more than 80 years. During this time fraternities and sororities have been a valuable segment of the college experience. Fraternities include: Alpha Sigma Phi, Tau Kappa Epsilon; sororities include: Alpha Omicron Pi, Gamma Phi Delta, and local Phi Sigma Phi.[4] A chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa, itself originally the local fraternity Phi Sigma, is dormant on the campus.

Many Hartwick class events are organized by the Student Alumni Association (’Wick S.A.A.), including the OozeFest mud volleyball tournament, freshman sundae, sophomore barbecue, junior pig roast, and senior banquet. The campus newspaper is Hilltops, which is published weekly. Columns include Minds of the Roundtable, Athlete of the Week, The Comic Book Corner, and DSquared. Hartwick also operates a student-run radio station, WRHO 89.7 FM.

Pine Lake Environmental Campus[edit]

Hartwick College acquired the Pine Lake Environmental Campus in 1971 from the Neunzig family. Hartwick owns 257 acres (104 ha) in West Davenport, 8.2 mi (13.2 km) from the main campus by Interstate 88.

The campus has 11 buildings, including eight cabins that are used as student housing during the school year. The Vaudevillian, an arched building, is used for movies, contra dances, indoor festivals and other events. Science courses that are taught at Pine Lake often use the R.R. Smith Field Station, which has a small classroom area, a computer lab area, and two lab rooms. A shuttle bus transports students to and from Pine Lake, and living at the environmental campus is an option for all full-time Hartwick students.

Many of Hartwick’s activities are held at Pine Lake, including the Eco-Art Festival, Pine Lake Day, potluck dinners, Solstice parties, the Bread and Puppet Theater, contra dances, the Awakening freshmen pre-orientation program, the annual chili cook-off, the local food cook-off, photo contests and the Conversations at the Lake discussion series.

Boats and kayaks can be borrowed and used on the lake during warmer months. Pine Lake's facilities also are available to Hartwick staff, faculty, families and guests, as well as public members. There is an extensive trail system around the lake and on the northern side of the road, also called the Upper Tract. The Pine Lake Club installed a disc golf course with nine baskets between the lake and the back field near the Holton Memorial Trail.

Pine Lake sees more than 3,000 visitors a year and is open to the public through membership and summer rentals.

Athletics[edit]

Hartwick College's teams are known as the Hawks, its official mascot is Swoop the Hawk, and its colors are Wellesley Blue & White.

The college is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and competes at the Division III level for most sports as a member of the Empire 8 Conference.

Hartwick competes at the Division I level for two sports. The Hartwick women's water polo team is a member of the Collegiate Water Polo Association.[5] Hartwick's Men's soccer won the NCAA Division I National Title in 1977; it has been an affiliate member of the Mid-American Conference but will move to the Sun Belt Conference in 2014.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

Listed alphabetically:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FROM SEMINARY TO LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE". Hartwick College. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "About us". Hartwick College. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hartwick College U.S. News Rankings". U.S. News and World Report. 2013. 
  4. ^ Not to be confused with the national fraternity of that name.
  5. ^ Staff (April 7, 2011). "There Can Be Only One: Western Division Championship Finale Set for This Weekend at Bucknell University". College Water Polo Association. 
  6. ^ Staff (February 11, 2014). "Sun Belt Men's Soccer to Re-Debut in Fall 2014". Sun Belt Conference. 
  7. ^ "Ambassador George C. Bruno '64 to Receive President’s Award for Liberal Arts in Practice". Hartwick College. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ "10th President of Plymouth State: Harold E. Hyde". Plymouth.edu. 2007-04-18. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
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  12. ^ "Mississippi Governor John Anthony Quitman". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Our Company - United States". Lenovo.com. 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 

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