Messages to the Community

November 23, 2020

Dear Members of the Hobart and William Smith Community,

I write to deliver this final fall campus update before Thanksgiving and to wish everyone a happy holiday. We will continue to update our campus dashboard as numbers are available, but will forego weekly update memos, given that so many of you will be off campus until January.

Last week (through this morning), we reported 716 negative tests and ten new COVID cases, thankfully none severe and indeed mostly asymptomatic. Most of these cases were tracked to either a small gathering or an interaction with someone from outside the HWS community. These circumstances are a strong reminder of how important it is to remain vigilant regarding PPE use and social distancing, and how vulnerable we all are to contracting the virus. I encourage everyone who may be traveling to visit people or welcoming people into their homes to follow safety protocols.

As we near the time of giving thanks, I firmly believe that even in challenging times there are things for which we can be thankful. When we gather for Thanksgiving dinner, I always ask my family and friends around the table say in turn one thing for which they are thankful. They always act like they hate it (and maybe they actually do) when I put them on the spot like that, but I do it anyway because it’s an opportunity to reflect on gratitude. Since Bill and I won’t be having any guests for Thanksgiving this year, I’m going to say my piece early: despite—or perhaps because of—all the challenges we have had to face together over the past months, I am thankful for having become a member of the HWS and Geneva community. I encourage you as well to think about what you are thankful for, as well as what brings you joy, and what brings you serenity.

With gratitude,

Joyce P. Jacobsen
President

Spring 2021 Opening
Spring 2021 Messages to the Community

Fall 2020 Messages to the Community

Campus update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - November 16, 2020

Campus update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - November 12, 2020

Campus update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - November 9, 2020

Campus update by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - November 2, 2020

Campus update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - October 26, 2020

Winter Break and Spring 2021 Semester by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - October 19, 2020

Campus update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - October 12, 2020

Campus update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - October 5, 2020

Campus update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - September 28, 2020

Campus update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - September 21, 2020

Campus Update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - September 14, 2020

Campus Update on Health and Safety by President Joyce P. Jacobsen and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - September 8, 2020

Campus Update on Health and Safety by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - September 6, 2020

Updates on Fall 2020 Semester by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - August 25, 2020

Fall 2020 Opening by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - August 20, 2020

Update on Fall Reopening by President Joyce P. Jacobsen, Mary Coffey and Robb Flowers - June 24, 2020

HWS Return to Campus Update for Employees Sonya Williams - June 11, 2020

Fall 2020 Study Abroad by Mary Coffey and Thomas D’Agostino - June 5, 2020

Planning Underway for our Fall Opening by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - May 28, 2020

Forward, Together by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - May 12, 2020

Using the CARES Act to Stay on Track for Graduation by John Young - May 12, 2020

Updates from Campus by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - April 27, 2020

An Update to Parents and Family Members of Admitted Students by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - April 27, 2020

Greetings from Human Resources by Sonya Williams - April 15, 2020

Grading for Spring 2020 Semester by Mary Coffey - March 30, 2020

Timeliness and Timelessness of an HWS Education by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - March 27, 2020

Introducing the HWS Student Emergency Fund by Julie Bazan ’93 and Rick Solomon ’75, P’10 - March 24, 2020

Staff Telework Resources by Sonya Williams - March 24, 2020

Message Regarding Commencement by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - March 20, 2020

Postponed: HWS Reunion by Bob O’Connor P’22 - March 19, 2020

Updates Regarding On-Campus Housing by Robb Flowers - March 19, 2020

Updates Regarding On-Campus Housing and Services by Robb Flowers - March 17, 2020

A Massive Natural Experiment by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - March 16, 2020

With Gratitude by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Face-to-Face Instruction Canceled by Mary Coffey and Robb Flowers - March 13, 2020

Follow-Up Note on Colleges’ Response to Coronavirus by Mary Coffey and Robb Flowers - March 11, 2020

From the Dean of Spiritual Engagement by The Reverend Nita C. Johnson Byrd - March 12, 2020

Coronavirus Information and Contingency Planning by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - March 10, 2020

An Update on the Coronavirus by Mary Coffey and Robb Flowers - March 5, 2020

Information on the Coronavirus by Mary Coffey and Robb Flowers - February 28, 2020

CONTACT

General questions and comments should be directed to:

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

Questions regarding health issues should be directed to:

Hubbs Health Center
119 St. Clair Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: 315-781-3600
Appt. Phone: 315-781-4530
Fax: 315-781-3802