November 22, 1999 Geneva, NY – W. Averell H. Bauder was recently appointed the Director of Public Service at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. A former executive director of the American Red Cross in the Finger Lakes, he is a 1981 magna cum laude graduate of Hobart and holds a master's degree in higher education administration from Syracuse University.
As director of public services, Bauder oversees the connection of students on campus with volunteer service opportunities in the community. The public service office oversees such activities as the America Reads program, through which more than 200 students in local elementary schools were tutored last year; American Commitments classes, in which students perform service as part of their course work; and Celebrate Service, Celebrate Geneva, during which approximately 1,000 students and community members join together on various service projects throughout the area. In addition, Bauder facilitates the coordination of student volunteers with various projects and agencies on a more individual basis, attempting to match student interests with meaningful volunteer service.
“I am very excited about returning to the Colleges at this time in their history, with a new president and the institutional commitment to become a leader in the nation in public service,” said Bauder. “What a person learns from volunteer service is core to a liberal arts education and I want to build the office into a central one on campus.”
During his seven years with local Red Cross chapters, Bauder began the national-award-winning Seneca Teens Accepting Responsibility (STAR) and Finger Lakes Youth Encouraging Responsibility (FLYERS) HIV/AIDS teen peer education programs in area high schools. Prior to joining the Red Cross he held positions at Syracuse University, Bradford College, and Keuka College. He is married to Tina Coville-Bauder, seventh grade social studies teacher at South Seneca Central School, and has a one-year-old son Nathaniel. The family resides in Romulus.
Organizations or agencies interested in working with students from the Colleges should contact Bauder at 315: 781-3825 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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