March 23, 2000 Geneva, NY – Danilo Minnick, the New York State Peace Corps representative, will visit Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus on Wednesday, March 29. Minnick will be available to discuss the Peace Corps at an information table from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Scandling Center dining hall. Minnick will also give a presentation at 6 p.m. in the Wasey Room on the second floor of Scandling Center. Everyone interested in learning more about the Peace Corps is invited to attend.
Hobart and William Smith President Mark Gearan served as director of the Peace Corps from 1995 until July 1999 when he joined HWS. Peace Corps volunteers travel overseas and make real differences in the lives of real people. Whether the volunteers are teaching children the basics of math, science, and English; working with a community to protect the local environment; or helping people stay healthy, expand their businesses, or grow more nutritious food, volunteers help change and improve the human condition at the grassroots level.
Most returned Peace Corps volunteers, however, will tell you that they received much more than they gave while serving abroad in the Peace Corps-that they learned much more than they taught. They will tell you that their lives were changed. They talk about how living in another country, learning another language, and becoming part of another culture changed the way they see the world and, more importantly, themselves. Today, more than 7,000 Peace Corps volunteers are serving in 77 countries–working in education, the environment, health and nutrition, business advising, and community development.
Several HWS faculty and staff members are returned Peace Corps volunteers, and over the years many students from the Colleges have gone on to serve in the Peace Corps.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are affiliated, private, liberal arts institutions, located in Geneva, N.Y. — the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The Colleges, which have a combined enrollment of 1,800, offer a remarkably broad array of majors and minors, with a cross-disciplinary flavor intended to better inform both professional and intellectual pursuits. The Colleges are noted also for an ambitious emphasis on international study, and for their programs in community service. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, but maintain separate dean's offices, athletic programs, student governments, and traditions.