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The HWS Update

For the past decade, a dedicated group of Hobart and William Smith families have supported a host of HWS programs through generous gifts totaling more than $9 million. Established in 2012 in honor of Lyn and Lang L.H.D. ’12 Cook P’99, P’05, The Cook Parents Circle recognizes non-alum families who make a long-lasting commitment to

Blocker Fellow David Pessin ’23 examines sustainability practices in Freiburg, Germany. David Pessin ’23 is a 2021 recipient of the Julius G. Blocker ’53 Fellowship, which enables students to study abroad in Germany while researching a cultural studies project of their interest. A geoscience major with a concentration in atmospheric sciences, Pessin says sustainability offered

Jamey Mulligan ’07 has been selected as a judge for the $100 million XPRIZE for carbon removal, a global competition designed to fight climate change by rebalancing the Earth’s carbon cycle. A senior scientist at Amazon, Jamey Mulligan ’07 is serving on a panel of 12 judges for the four-year XPRIZE competition for carbon removal,

Through seven internships and an independent study project, Shayna Riggins ’22 has explored the fields of advertising and media. Since attending an advertising camp in high school, Shayna Riggins ’22 says she has been drawn to the field that holds the power to influence beliefs, opinions and behavior—and makes the world a more equitable place.

The Trustee Community Service Award was presented this month to Betsy Hacker Dexheimer ’57, GP ’18 for her decades of service in Western New York communities. Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Board of Trustees recognized Betsy Hacker Dexheimer ’57, GP ’18 as the ninth recipient of the Trustee Community Service Award. The Board voted unanimously

The Entrepreneurial Endeavors podcast wraps up its first season. Matt Nusom ’23 is the host of “Entrepreneurial Endeavors,” an Entrepreneurial Studies Department podcast featuring interviews with alums who have launched a company or venture. The season finale, shared on Dec. 8, features an interview with Honorary Trustee Thomas Bozzuto ’68, L.H.D. ’18, chairman and co-founder

One of the Herons top athletes, Madeline Buckley’15 has been named head coach of women’s soccer at Macalester College. Currently serving as the top assistant soccer at Bowdoin College, Madeline Buckley ’15 was recently announced as the next head coach of the women’s soccer team at Macalester College. As a Heron, Buckley had a decorated career

Launching a career in diplomatic relations, Denzel Degollado’19 has been awarded a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship that provides $90,000 in benefits, two internships and employment in the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. Following a highly competitive national contest, Denzel Degollado ’19 has been selected as a 2022 Charles B. Rangel

Students discuss branding with HWS Media and Society alums who work for Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Food52 and NBC’s Peacock. The alums hold advanced degrees from Cornell, Dartmouth and Emerson. During the Media and Society capstone class on branding, Associate Professor of Media and Society Leah Shafer facilitated a Zoom panel with her seniors and

A gift from Dr. Edward Franks ’72 endows a permanent fund in memory of Professor of Religious Studies Richard Heaton, in recognition of the late professor’s contributions to awareness of human rights. The Heaton/Franks Endowed Professorship in Human Rights and Genocide has been established by Dr. Edward Franks ’72 in memory of his former mentor,