Selection Recognizes HWS Commitment to Service
(July 8, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–Hobart and William Smith have been selected for inclusion in “Colleges with a Conscience: An Engaged Student's Guide to College,” a new guide for high school students exploring college options. “Colleges with a Conscience” will be published in the winter of 2005 by Princeton Review / Random House and Campus Compact.
The book is designed to help high school students incorporate service and activism opportunities into their college selection process and to showcase campuses that have made an institutional commitment to engagement in their community. The book will include profiles of 70 to 80 colleges with strong community service and/or service-learning programs, support for student activism, and a commitment to civic engagement. Hobart and William Smith were chosen based on strong commitment to service and civic engagement, based in part on staff and student surveys that detailed our programs.
The Colleges offer myriad service opportunities for students, including a Habitat for Humanity chapter; the America Reads and Jumpstart programs in local schools; Geneva Heroes, in which HWS students perform leadership training with eighth graders in Geneva; a Students Organized for Service (SOS) group; participation in Celebrate Service, Celebrate Geneva, and annual day of service to the greater Geneva community; and more. In addition, the Colleges offer a Community Service House for students who have chosen to make service as a large component of their lives to live together, and many classes have a service component to their course work.
“It is especially gratifying to have our commitment to service recognized in this fashion,” said Ave Bauder, director of public service at the Colleges. “Students seeking the right place to spend their college years will be greatly served by this new publication and our inclusion is a real testament to the civic engagement of our students and our institutions' commitment to making service a centerpiece of a liberal arts education.”
Campus Compact is a coalition of more than 900 college and university presidents supporting the public purposes of higher education. Hobart and William Smith Colleges were founding institutions of the New York Campus Compact (NYCC). HWS President Mark D. Gearan currently serves as the chairperson of the national Campus Compact and as co-chair of the NYCC Executive Committee. Bauder is a member of the NYCC Advisory Committee and chair of the Member Services Committee.