In the Spring 2010 issue of “The Independent Sector,” a publication of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, the Colleges are featured in a number of articles. The publication recognized the Colleges partnership with Geneva, outreach through the Finger Lakes Institute and volunteer efforts through such programs as Geneva Reads, as well as its unique position among the “New York Six,” upstate colleges that “share deep commitments to liberal arts education.”
In “All Together Now,” a story about economic development and partnerships between private colleges and their public municipalities, Hobart and William Smith are noted for the Geneva Partnership.
“Visible changes in the struggling parts of cities motivate the partnership between Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Architecture Department and the City of Geneva,” the article notes. It points to the Office of Neighborhood Initiatives and the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center created through this pairing and quotes Kirin Makker, assistant professor of architecture, “We specifically want to involve architecture students in community engagement so we have not only political, social and cultural change in Geneva but noticeable, physical changes too.”
The FLI was featured in another article for recognizing “the community’s interest in its wealth of research on the geography of the region.” The piece noted the Colleges’ workshops and public outreach programs. “These events range from planting erosion control gardens to making your home environmentally friendly. Public lectures span topics from paleontology to oceanography.”
An article on the Finger Lakes opens with a photograph of research aboard the William Scandling research vessel and notes the FLI’s “Energy-Star building is now a hive of activity devoted to fostering environmentally-sound development practices.”
In “A Priceless Service,” which focused on community service, the Colleges participation in Geneva Reads is featured, noting it is a program “to raise the level of literacy in people of all ages and to increase the importance of reading and the reader in the community.”
The New York Six are featured in “Campus Collaborations” as a consortium that “focuses on broadening opportunities to help their students thrive in a fast-changing, global society.”
The full issue is available online: http://www.cicu.org/CMT/reports/TheIndependentSectorSpring2010.pdf