GENEVA, NY – The Hobart Dean’s Office was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation to further the Hobart Heritage Series. The Heritage Series is a series of lectures and discussions devoted to men’s development, which aims to foster a sense of community among the Hobart student body.
Hobart is a men’s college in a coordinate relationship with William Smith College for women. In recent years, the Hobart deans have become more intentional about the College’s mission as a men’s college by developing programs that speak and listen to the educational needs of men. This academic year, the Hobart Heritage Series has sponsored talks and programs on friendship, careers and success, the traditions of Hobart College, and social history and ethics through a consideration of the Holocaust.
The $10,000 grant will allow the program to expand in three areas. First, a retreat will be scheduled for Hobart students to discuss what issues are of greatest concern to them. Second, in the Winter Term, a program devoted to men’s health will be held, inviting William Courtenay, a noted expert in college men’s health to address the students. Finally, the series will sponsor an evening devoted to discussion of the negative stereotypes about fraternities.
Hobart Dean Clarence E. Butler said the Hobart Heritage Series draws both on the College’s historical mission, which is dedicated to ushering young men into responsible adulthood, and also instills in our male students a sense of the challenge and the value of becoming the sort of men who can take on those responsibilities with an increased awareness of community, of their place in a society of diverse and equally deserving people.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are two private, coordinate institutions of higher learning in the liberal arts located along the western shore of Seneca Lake in Geneva, New York. Hobart College was founded in 1822 and currently enrolls 870 men. William Smith College for women was founded in 1908 and currently enrolls 966 women. The coordinate system allows the two colleges to share faculty and facilities and provide coeducational classes. However, each college awards its own degrees, has its own dean and admissions office, and maintains its own student government and athletics programs.