GENEVA, N.Y.–Hobart senior David Shellard was recognized by New York Campus Compact for his contributions and service to Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the greater Geneva community at a Campus Compact meeting held at Pace University campus in New York City this fall.
Campus Compact is a national organization of more than 700 college and university presidents who are dedicated to encouraging public service, service learning, and civic engagement on their campuses. The New York chapter was inaugurated as the 26th state compact this year. Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark D. Gearan was instrumental in the creation of a New York State chapter and serves as the co-chair of the New York Campus Compact Executive Committee, along with SUNY Geneseo President Christopher Dahl.
Shellard, of Wyckoff, N.J., has been active in a number of community service projects, including twice serving as executive coordinator of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Day of Service, a day dedicated to performing volunteer projects in the greater Geneva community. He also participates in the Geneva Heroes Youth Service Corps, which teaches team building and leadership skills to local eighth graders by having them join the Colleges' students in community service work.
Shellard lives on campus in the Community Service House, a residence which requires students to give five hours of community service per week in addition to house service projects. He is the coordinator for the American Red Cross blood drives on campus and volunteers at a community lunch program in Geneva on a regular basis.
In addition to his service projects, Shellard works as an HWS orientation coordinator and is president of the campus' Chi Phi Fraternity.
Ave Bauder, director of public service at the Colleges and a member of the Campus Compact advisory committee, believes the recognition is well deserved. “It is important to recognize the importance of service and the role it plays in shaping our future as a nation,” Bauder said. “The dedication and caring of President Gearan, David Shellard, and so many of our students has made Hobart and William Smith a leader in public service.”
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