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Ninth Graders Visited HWS

More than 180 ninth-graders from Geneva High School visited campus to take part in mini-classes led by Hobart and William Smith faculty, learned about admissions and financial aid, and saw college through the eyes of Hobart and William Smith students.

This is the second group of students from the Geneva City School District to participate in a program offered through the Geneva 2020 initiative. The ninth-graders visited on Friday, March 16.  Last month, sixth-grade students visited campus for tours and panel discussions about college. HWS students again volunteered to provide tours of campus to the students and address questions. HWS students who are graduates of Geneva High School met with the visiting students throughout the day.

“The Colleges are thrilled to be able to provide Geneva students a firsthand view of the opportunities a college education offers as well as information on accessibility,” explains Katie Flowers, director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. “We are in a unique position to share insights and advice with the students of Geneva that will help demystify higher education for them and hopefully at the same time provide inspiration.”

Students also participated in a series of mini-classes taught by HWS faculty including Associate Professor of Education Jamie MaKinster, Assistant Professor of Education Khuram Hussain, Professor of Education Pat Collins, Visual Arts Curator Kathryn Vaughn, Instructor of Philosophy Rodman King, Director of Career Services Brandi Ferrara and Amy Forbes, associate director of the Centennial Center for Leadership. The day began with a welcome by President Mark D. Gearan and Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Montrose A. Streeter.

During the spring and summer of 2011, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Geneva City School District held a series of meetings with community leaders from both the nonprofit and for profit sectors in an effort to align the greater Geneva community around the strategic priorities of the school system. Calling its efforts Geneva 2020, the group seeks to harness the resources of the Colleges and the Geneva community to provide assistance in four key areas identified by the Geneva City School District as being critical to the future of Geneva’s children: graduation rate, career and college preparedness, literacy, and communications.