Book Fest 2009 was a smashing success with 650 community members in attendance. The theme of the event was Judy Sierra’s “Wild about Books,” the story of a librarian who drives her bookmobile into a zoo, helping animals “to learn all about this new something called reading.” Book Fest activities included sponge prints, face painting, mask making, and bookmaking to increase the children’s curiosity for reading and learning in a fun, hands-on way.
Immediately following Book Fest 2009, the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning recognized students who have been engaged and dedicated to service in the 2008-2009 academic year. The Compass Award, given to seniors who have had a consistent and significant impact on the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning (and therefore also the Colleges and extended community), was presented to the Days of Service co-Chairs Kathleen Taylor ’09 and Jillian Petrella ’09. These students took an existing and impressive program and, through an innovative and pioneering approach, created an even greater impact on the community.
Amanda Ward ’11 and Caitlin Evans ’09 were both awarded the Civic Leadership Award in recognition of valuable contributions to Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Geneva communities through dedicated service and engagement as a civic leader. This award is presented to students who have excelled in community service endeavors and become personally invested with related social justice issues, becoming civically engaged. Their ongoing involvement with The Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning programs have impacted and empowered others and therefore left a legacy upon the campus and extended community.
Among the honored volunteers were tutors Katherine Giglio ’11, Cameron Regan ’10, Gary Anthony ’11 and Michelle Badagnani ’09. The Engaged Student Scholar Award was given to Casey Marshall ’09, and Lynn Cutter ’09 was recognized as the Zonta Female Leader for her embodiment of Zonta International’s mission statement: “working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.” Also recognized for their exceptional service to Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the extended community were Rayza Santiago ’09 and Jacquelyn Sands ’09.
“These students make up our ‘varsity team’ of Community Service,” says Assistant Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning Sarah Entenmann.