The Fall 2008 Fisher Center lecture series studied the ways that animation impacts our lives. Guests included:
Elaine Scarry - Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University “Thinking in an Emergency”
Colin Milburn - Assistant Professor of English at University of California “Everyday Nanowars”
Richard Move - Director, Choreographer, Dancer and Actor “Martha@The Fisher Center.Dance”
David Mack - Graphic Novelist “The Alchemy of the Art of Alchemy”
For the third time this year, The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has honored Hobart and William Smith. The Colleges’ newly redesigned Web site, launched in November 2007, received a nationwide 2008 Circle of Excellence Bronze Award in the complete Web site category. Earlier in the year, CASE awarded a Gold Medal to the “Campaign for the Colleges” video and a Silver Award to the Centennial Web site.
The fourth edition of the Public Affairs Journal was recently released, featuring an introduction by USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page. The journal, produced by students, features work from several HWS professors, students and alums, as well as students from McGill University and Rice University and a professor from the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science. The journal is available online at www.publicaffairsjournal.com.
This semester, HWS students benefited from the career experience of HWS alums and parents during several Professionals in Residence events. Those participating included: Sandy Gross ’85 on professional etiquette and marketing a liberal arts degree; Brian McMahon P’10 on advertising sales and media buying; Erik Van Slyke ’85 on consulting; Dr. Neil Osheroff ’74 on medical school and scientific research; Gary Johnson P’11 on architecture; Sharon Napier P’11 on advertising; Gary Montanus ’73 on media; Brooke Parish ’84 on finance; John Holtz P ’09, P’11 on building and branding a successful organization; Michael Fudzinski ’96 on sports marketing; and Sandra Rivera ’85 on government jobs.
Honors from Cornell The HWS Debate Team recently sent three teams to the highly competitive Cornell Debate Tournament. John Monaghan ’11 and Dan Maguire ’11 defeated teams from Harvard, Skidmore and Stanford to qualify for the novice finals, where they fell to a team from Brown University. David Hernandez ’09 and Gerald “Buzz” Klinger ’12 defeated teams from Skidmore, Syracuse and Dartmouth on their way to qualifying for varsity quarter-finals. In the quarter-final round, Hernandez and Klinger dropped to a hybrid team from Providence College and West Point. Klinger also won an award for third-place novice speaker.
Hobart and William Smith are once again rated as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review’s 2009 edition of “The Best 368 Colleges.” Hobart and William Smith are also listed in the Princeton Review’s 2007 “Colleges with a Conscience: An Engaged Student’s Guide to College,” which ranks HWS as one of the best institutions for service learning and civic engagement.
After more than 15 years of celebrating Day of Service, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning tripled their efforts, this fall offering three Days of Service focused on the environment, community and area children. In total, more than 500 students joined with community members on these days to make a targeted impact on Geneva.
Hobart senior Austin Kana is one of 20 student-athletes nationwide recently named to the 2008 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) All-Academic Team. The honor acknowledges Kana’s success on the water and in the classroom.
More than 100 students participated in the 24 performances that made up the 2008 Koshare program. The student-dancers performed for standing-room-only crowds, reaching nearly 1,000 people from the campus and Geneva communities.
During the fall semester, HWS students benefited from the cultural and linguistic advice of three foreign language teaching assistants. Najwan Obeidat, a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA), has been working with students interested in learning Arabic. Alla Sadovaya, also an FLTA, leads Russian language labs. Yi-Tung Wu, at HWS on a grant from the Alliance for Language Learning and Educational Exchange, oversees Chinese language labs.
“Press/Pulse: A General Theory for Mass Extinction,” a scientific paper published by Associate Professor of Geoscience Nan Arens and research assistant Ian West ’06 was recently published in the November 2008 issue of the journal Paleobiology. The theory calls on a combination of deadly sudden catastrophes - “pulses” - with longer, steadier pressures on species - “presses” – to explain mass extinctions.
This fall, HWS hosted the 2008 Northeast American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (NEASECS) Conference, drawing nearly 150 attendees from all over the northeast and Canada. During the event, 37 panels examined subjects as varied as women in the 18th century art world, American Indians, race in the classroom and ambiguity in the history, literature and politics of 18th-century France.
Five HWS students are currently serving as honorary executive board members of Geneva community agencies. Martha Beltz ’11 serves on the Boys and Girls Club board; Amanda Hawley ’11 joined the board for Geneva’s Athletic Booster Club; Success for Geneva’s Children added Ryan Kincaid ’11; Molly DiStefano ’10 joined the board of Family Counseling of the Finger Lakes; and the Chamber of Commerce welcomed Lauren Avery Samuelson ’09.
Professor of Political Science Jodi Dean was elected to serve on the governing council of the American Political Science Association (APSA), the world’s leading professional association for political scientists.
2008 Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend awardees Joshua Parks ’09, Kathryn Klutts ’09 and David Fisher ’10 each pursued career goals abroad this past summer. Parks set off to Namibia to implement legal software that makes law information accessible to lawyers across the country. Klutts worked in Hong Kong with Duty Free Shops (DFS), helping with the firm’s expansion into Abu Dhabi. Working at the U.S. Embassy Commercial Services Department, Fisher took his interest in international law to Paris, France.
Nearly 700 parents and family members visited campus during the first weekend in October to reconnect with their students and become engaged in the HWS community. The weekend included an art opening at the Houghton House gallery, mini-college courses, a faculty dance performance and a student Cabaret. Sporting events, including a regatta, Hobart soccer game and William Smith field hockey game, were also popular, with many families seeing their student play for the first time at the college level.
During the fall 2008 semester, Hobart and William Smith welcomed a wide-range of speakers who contributed to the academic vitality of campus. In November, the Colleges welcomed Love Canal activist Lois Marie Gibbs, who lectured and met one-on-one with students about environmental activism and screened “In Our Own Backyard: The First Love Canal,” a documentary about the superfund site. Former political prisoner Dr. Sheila Cassidy spoke about the human rights abuses she witnessed in Chile during the brutal reign of Augusto Pinochet. Anthony Rapp, one of the original cast members of “Rent,” discussed the social significance of the ground-breaking musical. Michael J. Miller ’83, P’09 returned to campus as the 2008-2009 John Henry Hobart Fellow in Residence for Ethics and Social Justice and spoke about ethics and their relation to manufacturing, research and development. Amy Goodman, host of the award-winning news program “Democracy Now!” and one of more than 280 arrested in the coverage of protests during the Republican National Convention, shared her experiences as a journalist.