April 12, 1999
Geneva, NY — Several science students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges will compete for a $500 prize in physics oratory competition beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, in Room 100, Gulick Hall on the Colleges' campus. Each student will present a 15-minute lecture in which some significant principle or application of physics is derived and explained. The lectures will be judged on the basis of the rhetorical skill and effectiveness with which they are delivered, including good use of the blackboard and overhead projector. The model on which this competition is patterned is that of a music student giving a public recital of a standard repertory piece. The competition will be followed immediately by a reception at which the winner will be announced. The public is invited.
This competition and prize was conceived and endowed by Allan Russell, HWS Professor Emeritus of Physics. 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 to 1968.
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