Geneva, NY—The dinner celebration of William Smith Founders Day was held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, in Comstock Dining Room. Virginia M. Bacheler, a 1973 William Smith graduate, and Njoki N. Njehu, a 1990 William Smith graduate, discussed “Building and Strengthening Community.”
Bacheler is an associate professor and chair of the communications department at SUNY at Brockport, and the executive producer of SUNY Cable News, the weekly student-produced television newscast. She served on the Hobart and William Smith Board of Trustees from 1987 until 1992 and has been an active HWS volunteer.
Njehu is the director of 50 Years is Enough: U.S. Network for Global Economic Justice. Kenyan national Njehu's mother, Lilian Njehu, is a church-based community activist and member of the Green Belt Movement. Prior to joining the 50 Years is Enough Network, Njehu was an assistant to the political adviser for biodiversity and oceans at Greenpeace International.
Each year, William Smith students come together at the beginning of the spring semester to pay tribute to William Smith, founder of the College. The evening consists of social time, dinner, and distinguished alumnae speakers.
Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women-private, liberal arts institutions with a combined enrollment of 1,800-are noted for both their ambitious emphasis on international study and their integrated curricular and co-curricular programs in community service. They are among the top 10 colleges in the nation in participation in off-campus programs. Hobart and William Smith are located in Geneva, at the northern tip of Seneca Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.