Hobart and William Smith students band together to host community service event
GENEVA, N.Y.— On Oct. 4, an estimated 400 volunteers participated in the 11th annual Day of Service, performing volunteer work at more than 30 sites throughout the Finger Lakes Region.
A student-initiated project, Day of Service has become a key component of life at Hobart and William Smith, occurring each October. This event brings Hobart and William Smith staff, faculty and students together with the people of Geneva to perform service projects in the city and surrounding areas.
Services rendered this year ranged from painting and downtown beautification to landscaping and neighborhood cleanup.
Members of the Day of Service planning committee worked since the beginning of the academic year to locate sites, recruit workers and coordinate the day’s events. Their end goal was to increase involvement and inspire volunteers to perform service year-round.
One committee member was Matt Lyttle, a Hobart sophomore from Bridgewater, N.J. Lyttle is a religious studies major with education and public service minors. On campus he is a member of the Hobartones a cappella group and the Chorale and Cantori vocal ensembles. He plays club lacrosse and is active in student government. Lyttle also enjoys rock climbing, playing the guitar and camping. After graduating from Hobart he intends to pursue a Master of Divinity degree and be ordained a priest in the Presbyterian Church.
William Smith sophomore Rebecca Anderson, of New Hartford, N.Y., is a math major and an education minor. On campus Anderson is a member of William Smith Congress, participates in America Reads, America Red Cross blood drives and is a member of the Habitat for Humanity club. She also enjoys cooking, snowboarding, sailing and reading. Anderson intends to pursue a career as a math teacher.
Caterina M. Caiazza, a William Smith junior from Rochester, N.Y., who is a chemistry major with geoscience and environmental studies minors. On campus she is a member of the Koshare Dance Collective and the chemistry club executive board. She is an orientation leader, a first-year advantage mentor and has participated in alternative spring break community service projects. This summer Caiazza worked as an intern for NASA through The Lunar and Planetary Institute. Caizza also enjoys dance, astronomy, singing and playing the violin. She intends to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry.
Jeremy A. Cooney, a Hobart senior from Rochester, N.Y. Cooney is a public policy major with economics and philosophy minors. On campus, he is president of the Hobart Student Government, and a member of the Hobartones a cappella group, Colleges Chorale, College Democratic Club and the Chi Phi Fraternity. Cooney has studied in Germany, Hungary and Romania. In addition, Cooney is interested in foreign travel, boy scouting and vocal music. He intends to pursue a career in public service.
William Smith senior Shannon Mason of Waterville, N.Y., is pursuing a double major in psychology and intercultural communications. On campus, Mason is manager of community service house and an elementary school tutor with America Reads. She also enjoys reading, hockey, basketball, kayaking and camping. She intends to attend graduate school for intercultural training.
Danny G. Nelson, III, of Keene, N.H., is a Hobart junior who is pursuing a double major in English and critical social studies. On campus he is a member of the Ultimate Frisbee club, Chimera honor society and Hobart Student Government. He also enjoys playing the guitar.
Jeffrey T. Talbot, a Hobart senior of Gilbertsville, N.Y. is a biology major and an environmental studies minor. He is a member of the Hobartones a cappella group and of the Orange Key Honor society.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions located in Geneva, N.Y., in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region. With a combined enrollment of 1,800, the Colleges offer a broad array of majors and minors, with a cross-disciplinary flavor intended to better inform both professional and intellectual pursuits. They also are noted for an ambitious emphasis on international study and their community service programs. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities and curriculum but maintain separate dean's offices, athletics programs, student governments and traditions.