April 9, 1998
Geneva, NY — The first annual Albert Holland Competition will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 16, in the Napier 201 classroom on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The competition will feature several science students, each presenting a 15 minute lecture in which some significant principle or application of physics is derived and explained. The first prize winner will receive $500.
The lectures will be judged, by faculty members from the departments of English, sociology, and physics, on the basis of oratory skill and the effectiveness with which they are delivered. The model on which this oratory competition is patterned is that of a student giving a public recital of a standard repertory piece.
The competition will be followed by a reception for the competitors and the audience, and the public is invited to attend.
This competition and prize were conceived and endowed by Allan Russell, recently retired professor of physics at the Colleges. Its purpose is to encourage and further the art of physics discourse and to memorialize Albert Edward (Bert) Holland, who was president of the Colleges from 1966 until 1968.