Fittingly honored the same weekend that Hamilton's new Science Center was dedicated, Steve Anthony '59 was named Volunteer of the Year for 2005.
Elected to the board of trustees in 1988, Anthony has chaired the budget and finance committee and currently heads the committee on buildings, grounds and equipment. He was involved with the construction of the new Science Center -- from inception to completion -- and chaired the subcommittee on the building's design. In addition to monitoring the largest construction project in Hamilton's history, he traveled extensively to appraise other college and university science facilities to assure that Hamilton's new center would incorporate the best design ideas.
Boston-born, Anthony returned to the banks of the Charles after graduating from Hamilton and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He soon found employment in the real estate investment operations of New England Mutual Life Insurance Co. In 1982 he became a founding partner of Copley Real Estate Advisors.
In addition to his business activities, Anthony has served as president of Greater Boston Community Development, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedication to providing housing for low- and middle-income residents. He and his wife Barbara regularly serve as welcoming hosts to Hamiltonians whenever they are in the Boston area, whether it be for presidential visits, Rising Star luncheons or Annual Fund breakfasts. The couple often returns to the Hill, where they shared their first date in 1957.
The College salutes the following College Key Award recipients who were honored last spring for a service or activity that directly benefited a volunteer program:
Bob and Kathy Booth P'06 were instrumental in developing The Philadelphia Art Weekend in October 2004. The 56 participants visited museums and the homes and collections of Hamilton families in the area. Kathy and Bob hosted a luncheon where they shared their expertise and passion for collecting. The Booths are members of the Parents Advisory Council, and Kathy is a member of the College's Committee on the Visual Arts.
As a volunteer with the World-Wide Admission Volunteer Effort (WAVE), Geoff Emerson '61 has interviewed dozens of international applicants on behalf of Hamilton. He is credited with single-handedly raising the profile of Hamilton in China; Chinese students have even been known to call the Admission Office asking for an interview with Mr. Emerson!
Class President Tom Griggs '84 maintains consistent communications with classmates via e-mail, letter and telephone. The results speak for themselves: at its 20th reunion, his class boasted the largest turnout of any class, very possibly setting a record for 20th reunion attendance. Giving participation for the class has grown significantly during his presidency (from 48 percent to 54 percent), while Annual Fund dollars have nearly doubled. Griggs also is a long-time admission volunteer.
Anne and Jim Schoff '68, P'94 host 20-25 students and professors each year at Wenonah Lodge, the Great Camp they own on Upper Saranac Lake. The group is comprised of the participants in the Sophomore Seminar "Forever Wild: The Cultural and Natural Histories of the Adirondack Park." In addition to providing meals and lodging, the Schoffs bring to their home park commissioners, public policy experts, naturalists and environmentalists to discuss Adirondack Park issues. Jim is also former president of the Northern Ohio Alumni Association. He has helped Hamiltonians obtain summer employment and has offered training programs and employment opportunities at his firm, Developers Diversity Realty Corp. He is a member of the Leadership Gifts Council for the Excelsior Campaign.
The Volunteer of the Year and College Key awards are presented by the Alumni Council on behalf of the Alumni Association.