During her first year on campus, Hobart and William Smith Colleges President-Elect Joyce P. Jacobsen is leading a community-wide initiative to engage the campus with the history, ideas and people that make HWS such a vibrant place.
With #ExploreHWS, Jacobsen is asking members of the HWS and extended community to follow along with her as she explores the Colleges. From the curriculum and academic departments, to study abroad and public service, to the lives and careers of alums, to the Colleges’ coordinate system and commitment to diversity, Jacobsen says she plans “to learn all I can about the institution and to engage the community in the Colleges’ multidimensional history, the vital work happening on campus today and the promise of the future.”
Alongside meetings with HWS groups and community members, the yearlong theme will be supported by a number of events and resources, including:
- the 2019-20 Convocation speaker, Matt Lamanna ’97, associate curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History who has received international attention after discovering a number of new dinosaurs across the globe;
- the #ExploreHWS video series premiering this fall;
- a webpage documenting Jacobsen’s journey exploring the Colleges;
- and the Pulteney Street Podcast, launched earlier this year, in which Jacobsen interviews members of the community, including Executive Editor of The New Yorkerand former HWS Trustee Dorothy H. Wickenden ’76, L.H.D. ’14 and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Beth Kinne. Subscribe to the Pulteney Street Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your podcast app of choice with the RSS feed.
Throughout the year, Jacobsen invites members of the HWS community to suggest avenues to explore. Submit an idea to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about visit her webpage at https://www2.hws.edu/president/