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The HWS Update

A team made up of HWS faculty and staff took home first place honors in the annual adult spelling bee that raises funds for the nonprofit organization Literacy Volunteers Ontario-Yates. Galeate. Kaddish. With the correct spelling of those two words — the first means helmet shaped or hooded, the second is a 13th century Aramaic

Through the Junior Board Member program, Hobart and William Smith students develop leadership skills alongside community members by serving on local non-profit advisory boards. Community engagement and community leadership play an integral role in the Hobart and William Smith curriculum. Since 2019, the Junior Board Member program has embedded students among the leadership boards of

A new educational resource offers connection and support for the Spanish-speaking community in and around Geneva. With Vamos Geneva 2030, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and partners from Geneva and the greater Rochester area have created a hub “for Spanish speakers to learn, share ideas with each other, and express themselves in Spanish, especially when

For over 30 years, HWS students have been paired with local elementary students for extra reading help as part of the Tutor Corps @ America Reads program, sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL). While social distancing guidelines meant there could be no in-person meetings this fall, tutors were still fully

Hobart and William Smith and the Geneva community innovated rapidly in response to the global pandemic, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies Craig Talmage explains in an article he co-authored with 11 HWS students, faculty and staff. Their interdisciplinary scholarship was published in the International Journal of Community Well-Being and describes acts of resiliency and creativity

For the second year in a row, Hobart and William Smith Colleges number among the top U.S. colleges and universities recognized by Washington Monthly for student voting initiatives. The policy magazine’s 2020 College Guide and Rankings also list HWS as fourth in the nation among liberal arts colleges for service. “Civic engagement is a longstanding

Three members of the Classes of 2024 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges share a special distinction — they are the most recent graduates of Geneva High School to be awarded scholarships from Geneva Scholarship Associates (GSA). The students, Henry Loudon ’24, Makayla McCormick ’24 and Kaya Parara ’24, join 12 additional GSA scholars currently

Thirteen HWS students are spending their summer making a positive impact on the Geneva community through the Summer of Service program. With assignments ranging from assisting at a local food pantry to developing a revised virtual strategy for the Colleges’ HWS Corps @ America Reads initiative, the students are providing important services to many Geneva

Although the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of the 12th annual Community Engaged Scholarship Forum, it didn’t stop the HWS community from celebrating the contributions of individuals and organizations that have made a positive difference in the Geneva region. Selected by members of the Service-Learning Advisory Council, the recipients include Geneva Reads and its Executive

In ordinary times, HWS America Reads tutors meet every school day with elementary and middle school students from the Finger Lakes area, offering support to help children acquire new vocabulary, build comprehension and reading fluency skills. The relationships grow throughout the semester with tutors and children sharing common struggles and successes. Although HWS students and elementary students