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The HWS Update

In celebration of the Peace Corps’ 60th anniversary, we checked in with HWS alums who, due to COVID-19, were serving abroad and were called home, or whose plans have been delayed. Carl Weiss ’17 was recalled last March from his post in the Dominican Republic as a Spanish Literacy Volunteer. For 18 months, Carl Weiss ’17

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

The Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning will host a panel discussion with Hobart and William Smith alums who have recently returned from volunteering with the Peace Corps. On Tuesday, March 2, the Center for Community Engagement & Service-Learning will host a virtual Peace Corps event with four HWS alums from the Classes of 2017.

HWS President Emeritus Mark D. Gearan, L.H.D. ’17, P’21 will join other former Peace Corps directors in celebration of the international service program’s 60th anniversary. In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Peace Corps, President Emeritus Mark D. Gearan, L.H.D. ’17, P’21, who now serves as the Director of the Institute of Politics (IOP)

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

HWS commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Peace Corps by asking alums to reflect on their service as volunteers. Lucie Mendelson ’17 shares her experience as a Spanish literacy promoter in the Dominican Republic and what it was like to have her time cut short by the pandemic. On March 15, 2020, Lucie Mendelson ’17

Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host two in-person Commencement ceremonies this spring, celebrating 2021 graduates as well as the Classes of 2020. During in-person Commencement exercises for the Classes of 2021, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will recognize the achievements of graduating seniors and present three extraordinary public servants with the institution’s highest honor.

Kidus Asmare Ayele’ 23 will join UnitedHealth Group as a technological development intern this summer. With a strong academic background in computer science, Kidus Asmare Ayele ’23 will begin a 10-week internship with UnitedHealth Group in Raleigh, N.C., in June. Working on a team of eight summer interns in the company’s software engineering group, Ayele

In “Introduction to Sociology” and “Economics of Caring,” Hobart and William Smith students turned to virtual tools to explore the community issues at stake in the service-learning components of their fall coursework. During the fall semester, HWS students became tutors on Zoom. They were trained on contact tracing and pandemic safety measures, and how to

On Jan. 18, HWS and the Geneva community will march to honor the life and service of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hobart and William Smith will join the Geneva community for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March and Memorial Service on Monday, Jan. 18. The event is organized by the Geneva MLK