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The HWS Update

Writer, teacher and community builder Carrie Lenarcic Firestone ’92 has agreed to host a virtual author talk for the Hobart and William Smith community. The general writing discussion will be followed by a 30-minute “ask me anything” conversation about writing and publishing. The date will be set shortly. Firestone is the author of the acclaimed young adult novels The

Twenty-eight students in the Classes of 2020 have graduated with Honors, demonstrating academic rigor and excellence in written and oral communication. Their research topics ranged from United States foreign policy and energy production in remote areas, to the study of anti-cancer drugs and more. To complete an Honors project at the Colleges, students embark on

Educators Alta Markley ’17 and Alexandra Belden ’15 have received the Success Academy’s Excellence in Education Awards for their work as teachers with the charter school network. Markley, a First Grade Lead Teacher at SA Bronx 2, won an Excellence Award for Achievement, which recognizes teachers whose students perform at the highest academic level based

When Associate Professor of Sociology Kendralin Freeman teaches her senior seminar — a research practicum and overview of the discipline — she asks students to visit a store to experience how cashiers ask customers if they’d like to apply for a charge card. The activity is part of a discussion of organizations’ literature, about how

Professor of Sociology H. Wesley Perkins, a leading expert in social norms research, presented three talks for school districts and community prevention agencies, addressing community approaches to reduce risk behaviors among young people. In March, prior to the “stay in place” directives, Perkins was invited by the “It Takes a Community” Coalition and the Iroquois

William Smith College senior rower Annika Linden was recently accepted into the Peace Corps. The Sherborn, Mass., native was assigned to the youth development program in Morocco. An anthropology major, Linden became interested in joining the Peace Corps after she returned from her semester in Thailand. “I began to take it seriously and really considered joining after I

In a Time magazine article, Associate Professor of Anthropology Christopher Annear discusses some of the underlying motivations people have to wear face masks as states begin to reopen from COVID-19 shutdowns. In “Americans Are Desperate to Go Back Outside. Can Rationing Access to Parks and Beaches Make That Safer?” Annear discusses why people are adhering

For Michael Gantcher ’92 and his family, their Brooklyn neighborhood is more than just a home — it’s an extended family. So when the COVID-19 shutdown forced his friend Medwin Pang to close the doors of his new-American Asian restaurant Hunger Pang, Gantcher continued to support the business by pre-paying for meals. “Restaurants are a

When Samantha “Sami” Foulk ’22 applied for a Student International Initiative Fund (SIIF) grant before beginning her study abroad experience in Spain, the occasional surfer knew she wanted to explore the culture and history of the sport on the coasts of Europe. The sociology major and Seattle, Wash.-native also wanted to expand her worldview through

Kevin Cervantes ’21 and Camille McGriff ’22 have both been offered internships at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. The modern art museum is one of the most important repositories in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century. With the fellowship beginning in the fall, McGriff —