GENEVA — Rosie K. Mauk, a longtime champion of volunteer service and director of AmeriCorps, will be the featured speaker at Convocation 2005.
She and Dr. George Abraham '59 will receive the President's Medal in ceremonies starting at 5 p.m. today; the ceremonies will begin in Bristol Gym.
Convocation is when the Hobart and William Smith Colleges community gathers to welcome the new classes of students and hear President Mark D. Gearan describe his vision for the academic year ahead. The President's Medal is presented to individuals for outstanding service to the community, the country and their profession, or for leadership in an academic discipline.
This year's ceremony will begin with the processional led by the Mohawk Valley Pipe Band, faculty marching in academic regalia, and a display of flags representing the nations from which the Colleges students come or where programs are held.
As director of AmeriCorps since 2001, Mauk oversees the national service program that engages 50,000 young Americans yearly in volunteer service in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security and other fields.
Mauk, a native of Toledo, Ohio, and a graduate of the University of Toledo, has nearly 30 years’ experience as an advocate of community service and volunteer in charitable organizations in the Fort Worth, Texas, area.
Besides heading a $5-million fund-raising drive for the YWCA of Tarrant County to build a center to care for homeless children, Mauk has received numerous awards, including the Governor’s Volunteer Leadership Award. She is a former Fort Worth Woman of the Year and a 1999 recipient of the Daily Point of Light Award.
Abraham graduated from Hobart College in 1959 with a bachelor of science degree in math and chemistry.
A graduate of Geneva High School, he was active with the Herald, Little Theater, Schola Cantorum and Canterbury Club while at Hobart. He went on to earn a master of science degree and his medical degree from State University of New York at Buffalo.
Abraham has worked at the University of Rochester since 1969 and recently retired as director of the Wilmot Cancer Research Fellowship Program.
He is a Medical Center Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Microbiology/Immunology and Oncology and a member of the Cancer Center’s board of directors. The author of more than 100 scientific articles, he is past chair of the board of trustees of Garth Fagan Dance and a member of its 35th anniversary committee, serves on the Geneva Arts Development Council and St. Peter's Community Arts Academy boards of directors, and is a member of St. Michael’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Geneva.
Provost Teresa Amott will offer her first remarks to the community since starting in her new job earlier this summer.
The public is invited.