At HWS, service has become more than bagging litter and raking leaves. On Saturday, Aug. 30 from 8 a.m. until noon, the entire first-year Classes of 2012 will go out into the Geneva and surrounding community to more than 25 sites with a broad, engaging range of activities.
The new students may find themselves along the Lodovico Sculpture Trail in Seneca Falls, lending a hand to the staff at the Smith Opera House or helping Dave Roddy and staff at the Keuka Outlet Trail. Other sites include area schools, state parks and vital Geneva buildings.
“We look forward to have students help out on the trail,” said Keuka Trail President Dave Roddy. “Students from Hobart and William Smith have been participating in the care and maintenance on our grounds for a number of years; they are really important to what we do here.”
Roddy and the Keuka Outlet Trail will host 50 first-year students, one of the sites most populated by HWS students. Divided into smaller groups, HWS first-years will get first-hand experience of their new community and will begin their relationship with Geneva by lending a helping hand.
Offering a helping hand as well will be HWS staff members who will be working side-by-side with incoming first-years. Over 30 staff members, including Provost Teresa Amott, Revered Lesley Adams, Director of Career Services Bob Murphy and Director of Human Resources Sandra Bissell, will be getting into the spirit of service at HWS. With a morning full of HWS and Finger Lakes community interaction all around the Finger Lakes, this year’s Day of Service promises to be one of the best service kick-offs in the Colleges’ history.
“As the entry point of HWS Compass, this morning of service is an important introduction to the community as well as a way to demonstrate the ethic of engagement on campus,” said Katie Flowers, assistant director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.
“We’re thrilled to have so many engaged citizens participate, from Mayor Stu Einstein who will welcome to the First-Years to John Collins who is a veteran and long time volunteer at Sampson State Park.”
Through HWS Compass, students are encouraged to explore the many facets of service to society. A three tiered program, Compass provides experiences in Community Service, Civic Engagement, and Civic Leadership that chart the course to a life of Engaged Citizenship. Students are connected with service and engagement opportunities on campus, in the area surrounding Geneva, outside the local region and even internationally. These experiences are meant to help students develop citizenship skills such as leadership, self-awareness, and recognizing societal needs while making a material change that will help meet identified community needs.