Hillary Rodham Clinton Visits HWS Campus as Part of President's Forum Series
January 7, 2000 Geneva, NY – Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark D. Gearan has initiated a speakers series titled “The President's Forum,” in which he will invite a variety of speakers to campus to share their ideas with students, faculty, and staff. The first speaker in the series will be First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, who will visit the campus on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 11.
Details of the visit will be forthcoming, but President Gearan announced that Mrs. Clinton will meet with HWS students who are involved in public service initiatives so as to learn about their service projects and what they mean to them and to exchange ideas with them about community service.
HWS has an active public service office that facilitates public service initiatives between students and area agencies. They participate in the national America Reads program and are actively involved in the American Commitments program, which places students in service learning situations in the area through their course work. Students are involved in the very successful Geneva Heroes program, through which students engage with local eighth-grade students in service projects and leadership activities, and nearly 1,000 students, faculty, and staff members join with Geneva residents each spring for Celebrate Service, Celebrate Geneva, a day of service in the Geneva area.
Public Service Director Ave Bauder also assists students in finding other ways to serve, through individual service initiatives and through broader programs like the current effort to establish a Habitat for Humanity chapter on campus.
“The students are eager to exchange ideas with Mrs. Clinton,” said Gearan, the former Director of the Peace Corps. “They are rightfully proud of what they do and eager to learn more about how service integrates with their liberal arts education and their lives beyond college.” Mrs. Clinton's visit follows a day after a special Public Service forum will be held at Community Service House (737 S. Main St.) on the HWS campus. Senior Michael Harms will moderate a campus discussion on service learning, public service, and its role as part of a liberal arts education with President Gearan as the featured guest. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 10, and interested members of the community is invited to attend.
The President's Forum Series, established this Winter Term, will include visits from Robert F. Drinan, SJ, professor of law at Georgetown University and a former U.S. Congressman, who will talk about international human rights; Congressman James Walsh, R-NY, who will address the peace process in Northern Ireland; and Hugh Hewitt, author and PBS broadcast journalist who will discuss presidential politics. Hewitt is the author of the book and PBS series “Searching For God in America,” and was a senior advisor to former Vice-President Dan Quayle.
“The objective of the President's Forum series is to bring a wide range of speakers to campus who will enrich the campus life here while at the same time give our visiting speakers a better sense of the dynamic community we have here,” said Gearan.
More details about Mrs. Clinton's visit will be announced as they are finalized.