November 18, 1999
Geneva, NY – Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark D. Gearan took the message that “College Is Possible” to about 75 middle school students at the T. Aaron Levy Middle School in Syracuse yesterday as part of National College Week. Gearan joined hundreds of other college presidents across the nation in the effort to bring that message to students in middle and high schools who might otherwise feel that, for them, college was not an option.
“You need to start thinking about college now, before you begin high school, so that you can make wise choices in course selection throughout high school,” Gearan told the students. “And you need to understand that there are many, many options when it comes to paying for college – the financial aid that colleges like Hobart and William Smith offer can put that education within your reach.”
Gearan urged the students to talk to their families about college now, and to share the message that College Is Possible to them.
Gearan also talked about the Peace Corps, having recently left the post of director of that organization to become president of Hobart and William Smith. He told the students that they could make a difference in the world through the Peace Corps as well as through activities like volunteering in their own neighborhoods.
After his visit to the middle school, Gearan participated in a panel discussion about the future of higher education on WCNY's “Central Issues” television program. He was joined by Syracuse University Chancellor Kenneth Shaw and SUNY Cortland president Judson Taylor. The show will air at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, November 19, on channel 24 in Syracuse.
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