January 20, 2000 Geneva, NY- Jennifer Leshnower, a senior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, joined First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in a conversation about public service during a forum at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on January 11. Leshnower of Brighton, New York, sat on stage and conversed with the First Lady during the 90-minute forum. She was joined by HWS President Mark D. Gearan and fellow student Michael Harms of Scotia, New York. The First Lady visited Hobart and William Smith Colleges as the first speaker in a series of invited guests that President Gearan will bring to campus as part of his “President's Forum.”
In front of a crowd of more than 2,000 people that filled the Colleges' Sport and Recreation Center, Leshnower discussed with Mrs. Clinton the role community service holds in a liberal arts education. She was selected as one of the two students to join the First Lady due to her extensive community service work at the Colleges.
Leshnower, the daughter of Ms. Elaine Leshnower of Rochester, New York, has been very involved in service and leadership activities on campus. She is the William Smith student trustee on the HWS Board of Trustees and is a member of the Student Life and Leadership initiative, which works with about 18 students from the two colleges to help train them as leaders. Leshnower also leads the campus delegation of Campus Democrats. She is a political science major with minors in American studies and public service and peer education in human relations.
Leshnower is also a leader in the Geneva Heroes program, which places about 20 HWS students together with 20 eighth-grade students from the local school. The group meets every Saturday during Fall Term to take part in a service project in the morning, eat lunch on campus, then participate in leadership or other activities in the afternoon. At the end of the term, participants “graduate” and many of the younger students return in years to come to work with the program further.
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