The two are part of a contingent greeting an expected 15 million visitors
(Dec. 6, 2004) Hikone, Japan–While studying abroad this semester in Hikone, Japan, two Hobart students were selected to serve as interpreters at the upcoming 2005 World Exposition held in Aichi. Senior Nandor Forgach of Buffalo, N.Y., and junior Nathaniel Bond of Trumansburg, N.Y., were competitively selected for the eight-month position, greeting visitors and interpreting at the United States pavilion. Only 30 such positions were filled from a highly competitive field.
While their classmates will return shortly from their experience abroad, Forgach and Bond, who are both majoring in Asian languages and cultures, will stay abroad, getting ready for their new jobs. The Expo which is expected to host 15 million visitors opens March 25, 2005.
James Henry Holland, associate professor of Asian languages and cultures, was delighted to hear of their selection. He believes this speaks highly of Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Japanese program, especially students' mastery of the “politeness” language. “It also means they have a strong spoken as well as written ability, which is also rare,” he says.
The theme of the 2005 World Exposition is “Nature's Wisdom.” More information can be found at their official Web site at http://www.expo2005.or.jp
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions located in Geneva, N.Y. The Colleges have one of the nation's top study abroad programs and are noted for their dedication to community service. Home to three Rhodes Scholars, HWS provides an interdisciplinary education, where learning is reinforced through on-campus academic centers and initiatives such as the Finger Lakes Institute, the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men and the President's Forum Lecture Series.