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Hartwick College
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Motto: Historical: Ad Altiora Semper "Always Higher" Marketing: "Connecting the Classroom to the World"
Established: 1797
Type: Private
President: Richard P. Miller, Jr.
Staff: 170
Undergraduates: 1,520
Postgraduates: 0
Location: Oneonta, NY, USA
Campus: Main academic campus: 425 acres Environmental campus: 920 acres
Athletics: Name: Hawks; Division I: (men's soccer and women's water polo); Division III: all other teams
Colors: Wellesley blue and white
Website: www.hartwick.edu

Hartwick College is a non-denominational, private, four-year, third tier, liberal arts and sciences college located in Oneonta, New York, in the United States. Hartwick has 170 faculty members and 1520 students from 38 states and 29 countries, and the student-faculty ratio is 11.5-1. [1]. U.S News and World Report ranks it as a selective third tier college. [2] Image File history File links Hartlogo_large. ... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... 1797 (MDCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 11-day-slower Julian calendar). ... For the film of this title, see Private School (film). ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... This article is about work. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... For other uses, see Oneonta. ... This article is about the state. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... For the film of this title, see Private School (film). ... In the history of education, the seven liberal arts comprise two groups of studies, the trivium and the quadrivium. ... For other uses, see College (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Oneonta. ... This article is about the state. ...



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. Shortly after his death, his dream of establishing an institution of higher learning became a reality with the founding of Hartwick Seminary in 1797. The New York State Legislature in 1816 incorporated the new school--the first Lutheran seminary in America--as a classical academy and theological seminary, in the Town of Hartwick. The school moved to its present location in 1928 with land donated by the City of Oneonta, when it was incorporated as a four year college. The college's ties to the Lutheran Church ended in the 1960s and now carries no religious affiliation. John Christopher Hartwick ( 1714 – 1796 ), Lutheran minister in Colonial America, was born in Germany and educated at Halle pietistical seminary. ... Lutheranism is a major branch of Protestant Christianity that identifies with the teachings of the sixteenth-century German reformer Martin Luther. ... The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk in Mahican or as the Lenape Native Americans called it in Unami, Muhheakantuck, is a river that runs through the eastern portion of New York State and, along its southern terminus, demarcates the border between the states of New York and... The Mohawk River is a major waterway in north-central New York, United States. ... The Town of Hartwick is located in central Otsego County, New York, just south of Cooperstown. ... Image:Oneonta Fall Hartwick Perspective. ...


Hartwick offers 31 courses of study leading to a Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, including four pre-professional programs (pre-law, pre-engineering, pre-med, and pre-allied health professions), five cooperative programs (business, engineering, law, occupational and physical therapy, and nursing), as well as academic minors. The college also offers an education certification program.

Steven-Germans Library
Steven-Germans Library

Hartwick College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National League for Nursing, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. [1] The American Chemical Society also approved the bachelor of science degree program in chemistry. [1] U.S. News & World Report ranked Hartwick College in the third tier for Liberal Arts Colleges.[3] The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools is a voluntary, peer based, non-profit association dedicated to the educational excellence and improvement through peer evaluation and accreditation. ... National Association of Schools of Art and Design, known as NASAD for short, is an organisation of colleges, schools and universities. ... The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a learned society (professional association) based in the United States that supports scientific inquiry in the field of chemistry. ... For other uses, see Chemistry (disambiguation). ... U.S. News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ...

Study abroad

Hartwick College was recently ranked 10th among colleges and universities nationwide by US News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2006" for the percentage of students who study abroad. Approximately 86 percent of Hartwick students participate in study abroad programs during their four years at Hartwick, with 198 students participating in study abroad programs in 2002-03.[citation needed]

Pine Lake Environmental Campus

Hartwick College acquired the Pine Lake Environmental Campus in 1971 from the Neunzig family. Hartwick currently owns 920 acres in West Davenport, approximately 8.2 miles from the main campus by Interstate 88. There are other parallel roads ideal for bikes also. Eleven buildings including eight cabins are available for student residence during the school year. Bailey (4), Redwood 1 (3), Redwood 2 (2), Outbacks 1,2,3 (2 each), Crossroads (2), Robertson Lodge (8), The Apartment (2), the Farmhouse (4), and the recently completed Hill and Dale 2 (2). Other buildings include the Manager's House, home to the resident manager of 20 years and his family; Strawbale, a straw insulated cabin created by the Architecture of the Sacred course as well as the Cob House. The Vaudevillian is an arched building, which looks similar to a gymnasium in the inside, used for showing movies, contra dances, indoor festivals, and other events. The Lakeside Classroom is a one room building used on occasion for non-science courses. The science courses that come to 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 wood-burning Finnish sauna is right next to Pine Lake's boating area. Interstate 88 (abbreviated I-88) is an interstate highway entirely within the U.S. state of New York. ...

Pine Lake Environmental Campus
Pine Lake Environmental Campus

Living and Learning at Pine Lake

Pine Lake residence is open to all full-time Hartwick students, and a wide range of interests converge at Pine Lake. Common majors include biology and art, although everything including nursing, psychology, business, and outdoor recreation, and religion majors can be found there. Pine Lake residence is different from campus life. The major difference between students living at Pine Lake versus a dorm, is that the Pine Lake residents specifically chose this arrangement away from campus. Reasons for living at Pine Lake vary, but often include: appeal of living in a cabin, living by a lake, being part of a close community, access to hiking trails, and the strong bond between Pine Lake residents.

PL9 - The Pine Lake Shuttle

Pine Lake owns a blue Chevrolet Venture, stickered with the Hartwick College logo and Pine Lake Shuttle, that is seen driving around campus and to/from Pine Lake often. The current shuttle system was relaunched by a Pine Lake resident in the spring of 2005, and continues to be used extensively to this date. PL9 holds 7 (including driver) and shuttles 8-18 students per day (mean 7.8 in 2006, 10.5 in 2007, 13.0 in 2008). Free to use, Pine Lake offers work-study to student drivers that are able to drive the van on a regular basis. The shuttle van follows a schedule to/from the Robertson Lodge at Pine Lake and across from Clark Hall, with new pick-up times determined each semester to accommodate the most people. The Chevrolet Venture was a minivan produced by General Motors from the 1997 to 2005 model years. ...

Shuttle times leaving Pine Lake Robertson Lodge:

Mon Tues Weds Thur Fri Sat Sun
7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 12:00pm 12:00pm
8:15am 8:15am 1:00pm
8:30am 8:30am 8:30am 3:00pm 3:00pm
9:30am 9:30am 6:00pm
11:30am 11:30am 9:00pm 9:00pm

Shuttle times leaving Clark Hall on campus:

Mon Tues Weds Thur Fri Sat Sun
4:00pm 4:00pm 4:00pm 4:00pm 4:00pm 12:30pm 12:30pm
6:00pm 6:00pm 6:00pm 6:00pm 6:00pm 3:30pm 3:30pm
9:15pm 9:15pm 9:15pm 10:15pm 9:30pm 9:30pm


The Robertson Lodge and the Field Station are the only buildings at Pine Lake which offer an internet connection, and both are wireless networks. The Lodge also has a television with media players and a digital cable connection. A pay-phone in the foyer of the Lodge is the only public phone available. The cabins have phone jacks, but only a phone line when activated by the students (this is atypical due to cost and cell phones).

Each cabin is heated primarily by a wood-pellet burning stove, one of the most efficient methods today. Wood pellets are provided by the school at no cost to the students, and are bought from a local furniture manufacturer in Stamford, NY. Each cabin also comes with beds, desks, furniture, a full kitchen including an oven, range and refrigerator, and a bathroom. Students all live in single occupancy bedrooms (with the exception of Crossroads, a studio apartment) and housing costs are similar to a single room on campus. Although Pine Lake cabins are rustic, they all have electricity and running water.


Activities are often held at Pine Lake such as Eco-Art Festival, Pine Lake Day, Pot Luck dinners for gallery openings in the Lodge, Solstice parties, Bread and Puppet Theater, Contra Dances, Awakening (the freshmen pre-orientation program), The Annual Chili Cook-Off, the Local Food Cook-Off, and a series titled "Conversations at the Lake." There are often campfires and impromptu gatherings. Boats can be borrowed and used on the lake during the warmer months, and during the summer months there are lifeguards on duty, weather permitting.

Pine Lake's facilities are also available to Hartwick College staff, faculty, their families and their 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. Trail maps for the Lower Tract were made last summer by GPS by a student living at the Pine Lake campus and are available in the office of the Lodge. Three trails lead up the Upper Tract and end at Mud Lake, a slowly enclosing lake surrounded by a bog. Several trails on the Lower Tract go by the swamp, and the "back field", over ridges and through old housing sites. Mountain bikes are also used on the trails, but motorized vehicles are not allowed. The Pine Lake Environmental Campus is a well-conserved and beautiful tract of land so many residents, college students, and local community members make good use of the trails.

The Pine Lake Club installed a disc golf course with nine baskets between the lake and the back field near the Holton Memorial Trail. The course is open year-round with discs available in the Office.

The Pine Lake Lab underwater research facility

Pine Lake hosts a unique classroom experience that no other liberal college can offer - an underwater lab facility. The Pine Lake Lake Lab is approximately forty feet (6.6 fathoms) underwater in the southeast corner of the lake. Nelson Floyd, a former resident of Pine Lake graciously donated $25.6 million to make this project a reality in 2005. The initial contributions funded the original two modular sea-pods: the Morse Aquacenter which is approximately 16 feet in diameter and 7 feet tall in an ellipsoid shape and the smaller Hagenbuch LakeLab helium compression chamber on the north end. A secondary contribution from an anonymous donor funded the Blue Submersible vehicle capable of reaching the bottom of the lake and sustaining two people for 3 hours of research before docking. The donor left an overflowing pizza box with small bills and change with a noted reading, "Peter, thanks for letting me park my van/home at Pine Lake." The newest addition to the Pine Lake Lab will be from the director for the Pine Lake Institute for Sustainability and Environmental Studies, Dr. Brian Hagenbuch. He has ordered the Aquabus (refered to as PL10) which will be available in the Fall term of 2008 for both transporting students to class, and underwater excursions through Pine Lake.

The Pine Lake Monster

The Pine Lake Monster is an alleged animal, identified neither as to family or species, but claimed to inhabit Pine Lake. The Pine Lake Monster is one of the lesser known animals studied by cryptozoology. Popular belief and interest in the animal have waxed and waned over the years since the animal came to the college's attention in 2008. Evidence of its existence is largely anecdotal, with minimal, and much disputed, photographic material and sonar readings: there has not been any physical evidence (skeletal remains, capture of a live animal, definitive tissue samples or spoor) uncovered as of 2008.

A major source of debate regarding the existence of the Pine Lake Monster involves the formation of Pine Lake. Other bodies of water thought to harbor large, unidentified creatures typically form from past oceans, and/or are or were connected to current oceans, facilitating the entry of a yes large marine species. Examples include Lake Champlain and Loch Ness. Pine Lake is a kettle pond and formed from glacial recession, which leads many to question how a larger marine animal could become trapped in such a small body of water. The lake also has no inlets other than groundwater and runoff, and its outlet is constricted by a ~16 inch pipe that would not facilitate the entry of a sea monster. The currently entertained theory is that The Pine Lake Monster is an arctic species of sea monster that was frozen in a glacier. After the subsequent glacial recession and thawing, the monster became trapped in Pine Lake. Further evidence for this theory is present in reported sightings of the monster. Few reports have been made of the monster surfacing during the warmer months; instead, it appears to prefer staying in the deeper, cooler waters of the lake throughout the summer, and only surfaces during winter months. Landsat photo Lake Champlain (French: lac Champlain) is a large lake in North America, mostly within the borders of the United States (states of Vermont and New York) but partially situated across the US-Canada border in the province of Quebec. ... For other uses, see Loch Ness (disambiguation). ... For the television series about extinct sea animals, see Sea Monsters. ... Perito Moreno Glacier Patagonia Argentina Aletsch Glacier, Switzerland Icebergs breaking off glaciers at Cape York, Greenland This article is about the geological formation. ...

In 2007, former Pine Lake director Patrick Drohan developed a 6 month, $250,000 research proposal to search for physical evidence of the Pine Lake Monster. The initiative involved a detailed study of the lake's subsurface features, utilizing sonar technologies owned and operated by the Pine Lake Lab underwater research facility. While the proposal was initially included as an appendix in Drohan's report on the history and future of Pine Lake, subsequent editing by higher college administrators had the section removed. Drohan's departure from Hartwick College shortly thereafter was accompanied by speculation he was pressured into doing so due to his involvement with the Pine Lake Monster initiatives.

Recently, there has been an exponential increase in monster sightings at Pine Lake. While most cite global warming as the major cause of the increased monster activity, other theories abound. These include, but are not limited to the impeding Apocalypse, the Second Coming of Christ, and aliens. The monster has developed a cult following in recent months; many senior residents interpret the increase in monster activity as a reaction to a "loss of tradition and social history at Pine Lake." "The monster," they say, "has returned to restore the true spirit of Pine Lake." A Facebook page has been created by residents to honor the Pine Lake Monster. Sighting reports are posted weekly, with a large increase expected around the beginning of April. Global warming refers to the increase in the average temperature of the Earths near-surface air and oceans in recent decades and its projected continuation. ... St. ... This article refers to the religious usage of the term. ... Aliens in the plural may refer to more than one of several types of aliens, such as extraterrestrial beings or those foreign to a place The Aliens was the name of Roky Ericksons backing band Aliens is a 1986 film starring Sigourney Weaver and the sequel to Alien Aliens... This article does not discuss cultist groups, personality cults, or cult in its original sense of religious practice. See cult (disambiguation) for more meanings of the term cult. A cult following is a group of fans devoted to a specific area of pop culture. ... Facebook is a social networking website that was launched on February 4, 2004. ...

Environmental Awareness

On May 14, 2004 Hartwick signed the Talloires Declaration with involves a broad range of institutions worldwide all working on sustainability in higher education. One of the 10 points on this declaration is to "Practice Institutional Ecology," where Hartwick fails significantly. Currently, a limited amount of recycling containers are located on campus, and of those, few are used by students due to their inadequate quantities, poor location choices, and lack of creative labeling. While it is state law in New York to recycle, the facilities staff of Hartwick have been interviewed and attest to the fact that even materials from the recycling bins are combined with the regular trash (except for cardboard and refundable cans and bottles).

The new academic building, Golisano Hall, is an extraordinary building of “greenwashing”. Two drastically different promotional articles have been published about this new facility. One states that it is the only LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building in the city of Oneonta and county of Otsego, while the other expands on the "electronic classroom" concepts of using electronic-whiteboards that are constantly using power to upload documents to the web instead of using dry erase markers or chalk, which are far more sustainable options.

Campus activities

Hartwick offers students many student run activities, through a variety of clubs (approximately 60) with a wide variety of topics. The student governing body known as Student Senate oversees the constitutions and budgets of every club. Some of the most well known clubs include Student Union, which hosts weekly events on Fridays in Laura's Cafe and weekly movies on Sunday nights in the Anderson Theater; a variety of honor societies for various majors and minors, campus activism groups for topics like Fair Trade, local environmentalism and School of America; and a variety of special interest clubs for a large variety of interests ranging from academic to leisurely.

Fraternities and sororities

Hartwick College currently has 6 registered Greek Life groups:

Fraternities: Alpha Delta Omega, Alpha Sigma Phi, Tau Kappa Epsilon Alpha Sigma Phi (ΑΣΦ, commonly abbreviated to Alpha Sig) is a social fraternity with 68 active chapters, colonies, and interest groups. ... Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE or Teke, pronounced T-K-E or IPA , as in teak wood) is a college fraternity with chapters in the USA, and Canada, and affiliation with a German fraternity system known as the Corps of the Weinheimer Senioren Convent (WSC). ...

Sororities: Alpha Omicron Pi, Gamma Phi Delta, Phi Sigma Phi Phi Sigma Phi is a fraternity. ...

It is important to note that during the past several years, the continuation of Greek life at Hartwick has been threatened. This comes due to lack of positive reputation and multiple policy violations. At least three Greek Life groups exist at Hartwick that are no longer recognized by the institution.

Notable alumni

Listed alphabetically:

  • Scott Adams '79, creator of Dilbert
  • T.J. Allard '96, actor
  • George Bruno '64, Ambassador to Belize, 1994-97, appointed by President Bill Clinton
  • Mike Burns '93, former professional soccer player
  • Charles D. Cook '56, former New York State senator (1935-2001)
  • Stephen L. Green '60 Chairman of SL Green Realty Corp, the largest landlord in NYC.
  • Tyler Hemming '07, professional soccer player (Toronto FC midfielder)
  • Harold E. Hyde '33, 10th President of Plymouth State University (NH)
  • John W. Johnstone '54, former chairman & chief executive officer of Olin Corp, a Fortune 500 Company
  • Clarence MacGregor, former justice of the New York Supreme Court and United States representative (1919-1928)
  • Harold Clark Martin '37, 14th President of Union College (NY)
  • Nancy Morris, '74, Secretary of the US Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Glenn "Mooch" Myernick '77, professional soccer player and coach
  • James L. Seward '73, New York state senator
  • Erick Sprague '94, Lizard Man, a freak- and sideshow performer

Scott Raymond Adams (born June 8, 1957) is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip and the author of several business commentaries, social satires, and experimental philosophy books. ... Dilbert (first published April 16, 1989) is an American comic strip written and drawn by Scott Adams. ... Mike Burns (born September 14, 1970 in Marlborough, Massachusetts) is a retired professional and United States national team soccer player, currently Director of Soccer for the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer. ... Soccer redirects here. ... Tyler Hemming (born May 9, 1985 in London, Ontario) is a Canadian soccer player who currently plays for Major League Soccer side Toronto FC. In his junior year at Hartwick College he was the 2005 Atlantic Soccer Conference Player of the Year, and in his senior year he was the... Toronto FC is a Canadian professional soccer club located in Toronto, and the first non-American team in Major League Soccer (MLS). ... Plymouth State University, formerly Plymouth State College, is a regional comprehensive university located in Plymouth, New Hampshire and part of the University System of New Hampshire. ... Clarence MacGregor (September 16, 1872 - February 18, 1952) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. ... The Supreme Court of the State of New York is the basic New York State trial court of general jurisidiction. ... Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party... This article is about the Union College in New York. ... Glenn Mooch Myernick (December 29, 1954 – October 9, 2006) was an American soccer player and coach of several teams from 1993 to 2006. ... Erik Sprague (June 12, 1972 –) is a freak and sideshow performer, better known as The Lizardman due to his sharpened teeth, full-body tattoo of green scales and bifurcated tongue. ...

External links

  • Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York
  • WRHO-FM, 89.7, 'The Voice of Hartwick College'
  • Hartwick Digital, the Digital Art & Design dept in the Hartwick School of Art
  • HDVTV.org is Hartwick Digitals Virtual Television Station

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