Student to lead conversation about service learning
December 8, 1999 Geneva, NY – Michael Harms, a senior at Hobart College, will moderate a campus discussion on service learning, public service, and its role as part of a liberal arts education with Hobart and William Smith Colleges' President Mark D. Gearan as the featured guest. The discussion will be begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 10, 2000, and will be held at the HWS Community Service House, 737 S. Main St. The evening will begin with a conversation with President Gearan and will be followed by an open discussion. Interested members of the Geneva community are welcome to join the Colleges' community for this conversation. A reception will follow.
Based on his record of service and leadership, Harms was identified by Averell Bauder, HWS director of public service, as a student worthy of being named a Templeton Fellow. The Templeton Fellows initiative offers an opportunity for student leaders across the country to interview his or her college president about higher education's civic responsibility and the role of service in character development. Harms is one of only 200 college students in the nation to receive this honor.
Templeton Fellowships are awarded under the auspices of Campus Compact, a coalition of nearly 600 college and university presidents committed to helping students develop the values and skills of citizenship through involvement in public and community service. The Colleges have been partners with Campus Compact for 13 years, and through this partnership, as many as 300 Hobart and William Smith Colleges students participate each term in community service projects through courses they are taking.
“The Templeton Fellows program gives us a forum to recognize one of our truly outstanding student leaders and hear the views of one of the nation's most dynamic new college presidents on the role and effect of public service both in the lives of our students and our larger community,” said Bauder. “Michael has been working hard on planning the evening and we want to bring together both campus and Geneva community members. We envision an opportunity for some genuine discussion among Michael, Mark, and the audience on how service can shape the education of a Hobart or William Smith student and help our community, as well as what the strengths are of our program and where we can improve.
The discussion with President Gearan, the former director of the Peace Corps, will be documented and recorded for broadcast on WEOS-FM, the Colleges' NPR-affiliate station. Highlights of the strongest interviews will be featured in Compact Current, Campus Compact's newsletter, as well as in other publications.
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