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Summer Events at Hobart and William Smith

GENEVA, N.Y.—Hobart and William Smith Colleges have a robust lineup of events planned for this summer, through which they will welcome several community groups to campus. Once again the Colleges’ athletics departments will host a variety of sports camps, including camps for lacrosse, soccer, basketball, and football. Several Colleges’ departments will combine to offer the Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute, a co-ed residential academic program that focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies, and students will do science research on campus thanks to support from the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and a Merck/AAAS Undergraduate Science Research Program Award.

A partial list of groups holding events on the Hobart and William Smith campus follows:

The Young Ringers Festival, for grades 3-8, will be held from June 26-June 28, culminating in a concert at 3 p.m., Thursday, June 28, in Bristol Gym. This concert is free and open to the public. Between 200-300 young ringers are expected to attend this festival. The Festival Conference for grades 7 to adult will begin on Thursday, June 28, and culminate with the final concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, July 1, in Bristol Field House. Three hundred young English handbell ringers and 600 older youth and adult handbell ringers from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, Canada, are expected to perform.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive, water safety training, and training for students in their STAR/FLYER program at various times during the summer. The STARs/FLYERs give presentations to classes, church groups, and other organizations to increase the knowledge base and change the attitudes of region teenagers in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention and transmission, and to provide them with the skills necessary to translate that knowledge into actions that will place them at lower risk of HIV infection.

The second annual New York State Bus Driver Safety Camp will be held June 22 through June 24. This camp is a training program that promotes school bus safety for veteran school bus drivers. Last year 209 school bus drivers from New York State attended the program.

The Finger Lakes Conference has been educating Episcopalians in Province II and beyond for more than 60 years on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The Finger Lakes Conference will begin June 24 and end on June 29. Attendance has been as high as 225 people, but usually averages 100 people.

Between 200 and 225 cast members of the Hill Cumorah Pageant from several states will again be housed on campus. They perform their pageant in Palmyra, N.Y.

The Smith Opera House “Medley of Tastes” event will be held at Houghton House, with wine tasting and exhibits of art on June 25. A European Poetry Reading will also be held at Houghton House, June 1 and 2.

Those interested in more information on the HWS summer programs should contact Erica Cooney-Connor, director of summer programs, at (315) 781-3103 or e-mail