Hobart and William Smith Colleges will dedicate the newly built conference room overlooking Seneca Lake and honor State Sen. Michael F. Nozzolio (R-Fayette) for his advocacy of this project. The new space, to be named the Seneca Room, will be instrumental to the continuation of the community education and outreach efforts of the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 29 at 11 a.m.
“Senator Michael Nozzolio has been a staunch supporter of the Finger Lakes Institute and its mission to promote, preserve and protect the Finger Lakes since its inception,” says Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. “Senator Nozzolio has been a forceful advocate for the Finger Lakes Institute and we are grateful for his leadership.”
Since it was inaugurated, the Finger Lakes Institute has received more than $6.5 million in external funding for both institutional priorities and faculty research, including New York State backing. This financial support made the construction of the Seneca Room possible and has enabled the Colleges to expand programming and recruit staff and faculty with specialization in lake research. Today, the Institute has active research programs on eight of the 11 Finger Lakes.
“Through the strong leadership of Marion Balyszak and John Halfman, the Finger Lakes Institute has become a critical component of regional efforts to protect the water quality of the Finger Lakes,” Senator Nozzolio said. “It has been a pleasure to help establish and partner with the Institute in working to preserve and protect these prized resources for our area. I am truly excited by the new Seneca Room and the further development and expansion of the Institute and would like to thank President Mark Gearan for his continued leadership.”
The Seneca Room is a two-story, 2,300 sq. ft. brick structure adjacent to 603 South Main St. with a full wall of windows overlooking Seneca Lake. Like the Finger Lakes Institute itself, the Seneca Room contains many environmentally friendly features including high-efficiency heating, carpets made of 90 percent recycled nylon, low flow/high efficiency toilets, and energy costs mitigated by passive solar heat.
“The breathtaking view serves as a fitting backdrop to the partnership between HWS and the greater community as together we actively pursue solutions to the threats to the Finger Lakes,” Gearan said.