Hillary Rodham Clinton Visits HWS Campus as Part of President's Forum Series
January 8, 2000 Geneva, NY – As the first guest in Hobart and William Smith Colleges' President Mark D. Gearan's “President's Forum” series, Hillary Rodham Clinton will participate in a discussion with students and others about public service on Tuesday, January 11. The event, which is open to the public, will be held in the Robert A. Bristol Sport and Recreation Center on the HWS campus (Hamilton Street, Routes 5 & 20). Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. and the event is expected to begin at approximately 3:15 p.m. (Beginning at 2 p.m., shuttle buses will run between the Sport and Recreation Center and the following stops: Medbery parking lot, corner Pulteney and St. Clair Streets, Geneva Hall and Sill House on South Main Street, and Odell's Village. There will be no parking at the Sport and Recreation Center. )
Mrs. Clinton will discuss community service and the role it plays in a liberal arts education with HWS students who are involved and committed to service through campus initiatives. She hopes to learn more about their service projects and what they mean to them and to exchange ideas with them about community service. The discussion will then be opened to the general public.
HWS has an active public service office that facilitates service initiatives between students and area agencies. Students 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. They are also 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.
“The students are eager to exchange ideas with Mrs. Clinton,” said Gearan, former Director of the Peace Corps. “Many are actively engaged in community service here and at home and they are rightfully proud of what they do. They are 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, is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their ideas with students, faculty, and staff. “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.
Future visitors will include 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.
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