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For first-year Posse scholar Isabel Urquiza ’22, of La Mirada, Calif., “The opportunity to go to college with my Posse and be welcomed to Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a mentor reminds me of home and my family.” One of the nation’s most prestigious and successful college access programs, the Posse Foundation grew from

This month, HWS Trustee and Emmy Award-winning 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker ’73, L.H.D. ’97 was awarded the Sidney Hillman Prize for his reporting in the segments “The Whistleblower” and “Too Big to Prosecute.” The Hillman prizes recognize work in the field of socially conscious journalism, this year honoring Whitaker and his colleagues at 60 Minutes and The Washington

As a guest of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, William Samayoa ’19 will cheer on the 90th annual Academy Awards’ nominees, presenters and talent as they walk down the red carpet on Sunday. Samayoa secured his attendance to the black-tie event through his internships at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and

Brandy Vargas ’20 has been awarded a Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellowship for 2018. This prestigious honor is given to students who work to find solutions for challenges facing their community. The fellowship, named for Campus Compact founder Frank Newman, provides training and resources that nurture students’ assets and passions and help them develop strategies

Bandeja Munir ’18 was one of only 10 accomplished performers, choreographers and artists to receive a scholarship from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to attend the 2018 International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference and Festival. Nominated by Benjamin Johnson, director of performing arts at the Department of Cultural Affairs, Munir traveled to

For her outstanding commitment to the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Campus Operations Stacey Pierce has received the Chamber Champion award. The newly created honor recognizes Chamber board and committee members who have shown exceptional dedication to supporting and staying involved in Chamber programs and events. Pierce, who serves

For dance major Lester Gamez, ’19, a short-term study trip in 2016 led to a life-changing experience this summer. Gamez first traveled to Guatemala last summer with a group of students led by Associate Professor of Psychology Brien Ashdown and Associate Professor of Biology Meghan Brown. “The focus was on cultural research in Guatemala,” says

This summer, Leslie Colunga ’19 is working as an estimating intern at Shawmut Design and Construction in Los Angeles, Calif. In the position, she is communicating with subcontractors primarily receiving pricing for projects. A studio art and architecture double major, the internship is providing Colunga with hands-on experience in the field. “An estimating intern requires

William Samayoa ’19 has joined FremantleMedia in Burbank, Calif., as a communication intern this summer, developing insight into the public relations practices essential to working within the entertainment industry. A global leader in entertainment, FremantleMedia creates and distributes programs like Project Runway, America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor, Family Feud and

During Commencement Weekend 2017, one group of talented seniors from Los Angeles made history at HWS as the first cohort of Posse Scholars to graduate from the Colleges. The students – Fernando Banales Mejia ’17, Vincent Creer ’17, Mark Curiel ’17, Cinderella Famutimi ’17, Sarah Garcia ’17, Kimberly Gutierrez ’17, Karly Jeter ’17, Bryan Quezada