Annual event to honor Colleges’ president
The Sharing the Light Award, an annual event sponsored by the Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes, will be held tonight, June 7 at Club 86 in Geneva. The award recognizes those who “have given so much of their time and talent to the betterment of the community.”
This year, President Mark Gearan is among those receiving the award.
As many in the Colleges are aware, President Gearan served as Peace Corps director and deputy chief of staff during the Clinton administration. Currently he serves on the boards of Service Corps, AmeriCorps and Global Citizens Circle.
Gearan’s long experience in public office and community service has had a major impact on Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of service programs, including a Habitat for Humanity chapter; Alternative Spring Break; 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, an annual day of service to the greater Geneva community; and more.
In recognition of this, the Colleges were recently featured in the Princeton Review’s “Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement” (Random House/Princeton Review Books).
Anyone interested in attending the presentation should contact Rhonda Zettlemoyer, business director, Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes, at (315) 789-2686, extension 322, or 877-777-2686 (toll free).