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The HWS Update

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

The Smith Center for the Arts film club hosted a virtual screening of its latest selection, American Factory, with a discussion moderated by HWS President Joyce P. Jacobsen on Thursday, July 23. The film, which was screened beginning at 7 p.m., follows the reopening of an abandoned General Motors plant in Ohio after its purchase by

It may take a village to raise a child, but as Jim Cecere ’91 found out, it can take the Hobart and William Smith community to build a business. After a successful finance career working for firms such as JP Morgan, BNY Mellon and Vanguard Group, Cecere — a member of the President’s Leadership Council

Like most educators, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies Craig Talmage had to make some adjustments to his “Social Innovation for the Entrepreneur” course this spring when the coronavirus shut down in-person learning. Turning a challenge into an opportunity, Talmage decided to have his students analyze the website for ConnectGeneva, an initiative of the city and

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

Masks, face shields and other personal protective equipment are in high demand amid the pandemic, and HWS faculty members are answering the call — with sewing machines, community collaboration and 3D printers. “It’s a strange time,” as Professor of Biology Sigrid Carle ’84, “but I’m thankful.” An avid quilter, Carle has been culling her fabric

In the theatre world, a ghost light is left on stage when the building is empty. It’s primarily used for safety, but as Associate Professor of Theatre Chris Woodworth notes, “It’s also a symbolic gesture — a beacon of hope, offering the promise of future performances and a return to collective gathering.” The stage and

Mary Herlihy Gearan L.H.D. ’17, P’21, an interim faculty dean of Winthrop House at Harvard University, is one of the 2020 recipients of the John R. Marquand Award for Excellence in Advising and Support. Each year, Harvard’s Undergraduate Council, Advising Programs Office and Dean of Students Office recognize advisers who have positively shaped the Harvard experiences of

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

Campus may be quiet, but the kitchen at Scandling Campus Center is alive with activity. The Colleges are hosting food preparation for the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva, providing hot meals to more than 300 local families during the COVID-19 crisis. The partnership between the Boys & Girls Club, the Colleges and Sodexo was