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Pierce and Flowers Honored by Geneva Community

For their work to make a difference in the HWS and local communities, Associate Dean of Students Stacey Pierce and Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) Katie Flowers were honored this semester by the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce at its first annual Women in Business Honoree Reception. Pierce and Flowers were two of 11 nominees honored at the reception.

The Women in Business Honoree Reception, which replaces former Chamber-sponsored events that honored a single individual per year, extends the opportunity to showcase women in the workplace by recognizing their contributions across the many sectors of the area business community. Representing the category “Women in the Arts,” the Colleges only all-women’s a cappella group, Three Miles Lost, gave a live performance at the event.

“The main purpose that the committee sees for the 2015 Honoree Reception was to serve as the kick-off event for showcasing women in both our personal and professional lives, while featuring their contributions and achievements within the many fields that make up our membership and community base,” explains Mary Luckern, board member for the Chamber and chair of the event’s planning committee. “This event expands upon previous award programs, with a format that now allows for a greater variety of industries and individuals to be acknowledged and honored.”

On campus, both Pierce and Flowers work closely with students, faculty, staff and the Geneva community as they guide and mentor an array of organizations aimed at positively impacting the Colleges and the City of Geneva.  

“Stacey is a tireless advocate for students and noteworthy resource to her peers,” says Vice President for Student Affairs Robb Flowers in his nomination of Pierce. “Her leadership with Residential Education, the Title IX Office, and the Posse Program are instrumental in the co-curricular development of HWS students.”

In addition to her position as associate dean of students, Pierce is the coordinator of the First Generation Initiative (FGI) on campus, which helps first-generation college students reach their fullest potential during their academic careers by pairing them with a faculty mentor that provides guidance and support on things like financial aid and scholarships. Under her leadership, the FGI has expanded to include support for families and parents of first-generation students, while also pairing with student leaders to implement more programs and resources for students.

Pierce is the faculty mentor for this year’s Posse cohort. The Posse program identifies promising youth in public high schools around the country through a process that takes into account academic and leadership potential that may have been overlooked by standard practices. Pierce also served as interim Title IX Coordinator for the Colleges, spearheading new initiatives and campus-wide discussions. She previously served as director of Residential Education.

Flowers was nominated by the members of Three Miles Lost, the Colleges’ co-ed a cappella group. She leads students and community partners in creating sustained, engaged relationships that promote positive community change and enhanced learning. Through her work to further the Colleges’ commitment to civic engagement, she has made a difference in a countless number of individual’s lives both on campus and across the community. She oversees and works closely with many of the Colleges’ most successful and effective community programs, such as Geneva 2020, Geneva Heroes and the Summer of Service initiative on campus. Flowers also played a key role in the designation of Geneva as a 2015 All-America City, representing the City of Geneva at the national conference.

In 2013, Flowers received the Athena Geneva Young Professional Leadership Award, honoring her work to serve as a role model for young women personally and professionally. She is also an advisory board member for New York Campus Compact, the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement.

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