January 26, 2001
GENEVA, NY-Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark D. Gearan was the keynote speaker at Cornell University's “Faculty Fellows in Service” fourth annual service-learning symposium on January 19. Gearan participated with and was introduced by Hunter Rawlings III, president of Cornell University. Gearan addressed the value and relevance of community service-learning and civic engagement in liberal arts education. He spoke to Cornell University faculty, administrators, community leaders, and alumni.
Gearan is a member of the newly founded New York Campus Compact Executive Committee. Before being named president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1999, Gearan served as the director of the U.S. Peace Corps. Gearan also currently serves on the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the national programs Americorps, Service Corps, and Service Learning.
The annual symposium focuses on community service-learning, community/university partnerships, and civic engagement for faculty and administrators. It provides a platform for faculty to learn of the interesting and creative approaches to service-learning from other faculty, as they include community-based projects, action research, and community development in their courses. The conference was sponsored by the Cornell University Public Service Center.