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A gift from Dr. Edward Franks ’72 endows a permanent fund in memory of Professor of Religious Studies Richard Heaton, in recognition of the late professor’s contributions to awareness of human rights. The Heaton/Franks Endowed Professorship in Human Rights and Genocide has been established by Dr. Edward Franks ’72 in memory of his former mentor,

Living is also about your unconscious experiences, Jillian Crocetta ’21 explains about her nonfiction work “Salamander Literature.” “How you live is not only about your conscious experience, but your subconscious and unconscious experiences,” says Jillian Crocetta ’21, who explores this and other themes in “Salamander Literature,” which was published in the fall edition of Guesthouse

A labyrinth will offer the HWS community a new site for spiritual restoration. As envisioned by the Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Office of Spiritual Engagement, a labyrinth on campus will bring visitors into closer contact with nature and with their own spirituality, whatever form it takes. Professor of Geoscience Nan Crystal Arens, who is

Sarah Walters ’19 Lands Post with Hillel at University of Rochester As the newly appointed Director of Jewish Student Life for Hillel at the University of Rochester, Sarah Walters ’19 is promoting engagement and developing and facilitating programs for undergraduates as well as building engagement among graduate students. She says she’s looking forward to creating meaningful

Rev. Charles Cloughen Jr. ’64 is the author of One Minute Stewardship: Creative Ways to Talk about Money in Church.   An Episcopal priest for more than 50 years and the Planned Giving Officer at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Baltimore, Maryland, the Rev. Charles Cloughen Jr. ’64 lends his insights on giving to his

Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski has been named the John Milton Potter Chair in the Humanities. A member of the Colleges’ faculty since 1976, Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski has been named the John Milton Potter Chair in the Humanities. Dobkowski is a scholar of the American Jewish experience, Holocaust Studies, religion and

A year after graduating, the Classes of 2020 returned to campus to celebrate their Commencement in person. Like the Greatest Generation, the Classes of 2020 have been “formed and forged in a crucible of hardship,” as the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry ’75, D.D. ’20 told graduates in his Commencement address. Curry, the Presiding Bishop and

“As Hobart and William Smith Colleges approach the Hobart bicentennial in 2022 and to honor the centennial of the ratification of the 19th amendment in 2020, we are taking stock of our history and the foundations — literal and figurative — from which the Colleges have emerged,” says President Joyce P. Jacobsen.

During Commencement weekend, graduating students, their families and members of the HWS community took time to celebrate, reflect and give thanks during the annual Baccalaureate ceremony. With prayer and music, the 2021 Baccalaureate ceremony highlighted the personal and spiritual journeys of members of the HWS community. In her keynote Baccalaureate Address, Associate Professor Emerita of

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the HWS community held a candlelight vigil on April 7.  Hobart and William Smith Colleges stood in solidarity with Jewish people around the world to observe Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. HWS Hillel and the Abbe Center for Jewish Life also held two events to honor lives lost