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The HWS Update

The founder and director of the Geneva Music Festival Geoffrey Herd reflects on musical education, the festival’s 10th anniversary and his 300+ year old violin. For 10 years, the Geneva Music Festival has presented acclaimed international artists in venues throughout the Finger Lakes and brought culturally diverse programming and educational concerts to local school districts.

Associate Professor Emerita of Africana Studies Marilyn Jiménez P’12 will deliver the Baccalaureate address to the Classes of 2021. The Baccalaureate tradition creates space for the graduating classes, their families and members of the HWS community to come together for prayer, gratitude and music during Commencement weekend. The event will take place on Saturday, May

The Colleges’ popular Community Sale has been transformed for 2021 into the HWS Donation Effort. This year, instead of inviting community members to shop donated clothing and supplies, students from Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Robin Lewis’ “Sustainability, Consumption and Commodities” seminar created a plan to redistribute items directly to community partners. Additionally, 16 student volunteers will

“Everything happening nationally is happening locally, and we need these discussions about nonviolent communication and capacity building so we can be stewards of public good. This workshop is an important step toward cultivating understanding across political and ideological differences on how we approach issues of racial justice.”

Geneva’s downtown businesses have a new avenue to reach their patrons thanks to a collaboration between HWS graduates and community members. The Geneva Business Improvement District, led by Executive Director Michael Mills ’96, offers a new interactive technology to engage visitors and boost local businesses through a partnership with Brightr Travel, the destination experience and

For her Honors project, anthropology major Carly Kelly ’21 studied the formation of Syrian Christians’ ethnoreligious identity in Geneva. Throughout her academic career, Carly Kelly ’21 has specialized in the geographic area of the Middle East with an aspiration to become an anthropologist. As an Honors project, she dove deeply into understanding the Syrian Christian

Edie Falk ’21 has been accepted into City Year, a nonprofit organization partnered with AmeriCorps, that provides student support to high need urban schools. In August, Edie Falk ’21 will begin work as a mentor and teacher’s assistant for AmeriCorps’ City Year at a school in Buffalo, N.Y. In the position, she will provide classroom

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