June 11, 2001
GENEVA, N.Y.—Mark D. Gearan, the president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will present the keynote address at the Synergy of Service Learning Conference today, Monday, June 11, at Syracuse University.
The event sponsored by the Higher Education Program and the Center for Public and Community Service at Syracuse University will bring together faculty, staff, students, and community members interested in exploring academic and co-curricular programming for their campuses. The conference will address issues related to the development and growth of service learning opportunities, as well as specific curricular initiatives.
Before being named president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1999, Gearan served as the director of the Peace Corps. He currently serves on the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees such national programs as Americorps and Service Corps. Additionally, Gearan is a member of the newly founded New York Campus Compact Executive Committee, an organization of college presidents who are committed to the goals of public service, civic engagement, and service learning. And he is a member of the Independent College Fund of New York.
In Geneva, Gearan is a member of the Geneva Rotary, sits on the board of the Geneva Free Library, and aids such organizations as the Community Lunch Program, Habitat for Humanity, and Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes.
While Hobart and William Smith Colleges have always had an active and progressive community service program, under Gearan's leadership the Colleges have increased community awareness to the program and expanded its offerings.
Conference sessions will include topics such as federal programs that support service learning, faculty-student affairs collaboration, writing to enhance service learning, and community partnerships.
The event is co-sponsored by the Higher Education Program and the Center for
Public and Community Service at Syracuse University. For more information on the program contact the Higher Education Program at (315) 443-3130.
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