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HWS Gets $300,000 Nod from Triad Foundation

President Mark D. Gearan announces receipt of new grant to support staff and programming at Finger Lakes Institute.

(May 3, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y. –President Mark D. Gearan announced today that the Triad Foundation in Ithaca, N.Y., has awarded a grant of $300,000, to be paid over three years, to the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The funding will cover the costs for two key administrative positions at the FLI, the director and the community outreach coordinator.

This is the second grant FLI has received from the Triad Foundation in as many years. The first grant, along with funding from the State of New York, allowed for the initial hiring of both the FLI director, Marion E. Balyszak, and the FLI community outreach coordinator, Sarah A. Meyer, for one year's time. Due to the success of the initial project, the Triad Foundation has now awarded another, larger grant to continue funding for both administrative positions for the next three years.

The positions funded through this grant are instrumental to the success of the Finger Lakes Institute, especially its community components. The director provides overall leadership to the FLI and works closely with the Colleges' administration and faculty, as well as with local and regional planners, business leaders, government and water quality officials, and community groups. The community outreach coordinator develops and maintains outreach activities and materials for the Institute.

“The continuing efforts of the Triad Foundation will enable the Finger Lakes Institute, under Marion Balyszak's direction, to build upon the exceptional work she and her staff have accomplished during this past year,” said Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. “We greatly appreciate the Triad Foundation's willingness to assist our efforts to enrich the academic experience of our students while preserving and promoting our greatest natural resource — the Finger Lakes.”