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September 2013

Madeline Buckley embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve.  She is an outstanding leader on the William Smith Soccer Team.  Maddy’s dedication to her team and the program are second to none.

In addition to her contributions to the soccer team, Maddy deserves to be commended for her selfless dedication to the B+ (Be Positive) Foundation and their cause.  This is an organization that has made its’ motto “kids helping kids fight childhood cancer” a reality.   The B+ organization aides families struck with childhood cancer, funding cancer research, and spreading awareness.  On her birthdays, Maddy does not ask for gifts, instead she asks people to donate to the foundation.  When you meet Maddy the first thing you notice is the “B+” written in permanent marker on her hand.  It is a reminder of the attitude she has chosen to apply to everything in her life each and every day.  Her choice of being positive is uplifting and contagious for those she comes in contact with.  You simply want to be a little more positive yourself after being inspired by this exceptional young woman.  Her positivity is a key influence to her teammates, coaches, and support staff.  She is a leader that those around her wish to emulate in their own lives.

Through her hard work, dedication, and positivity Maddy is a wonderful example to those she comes in contact with.  She truly embodies the characteristic of positivity and incorporates it into her daily life.  Maddy has made a positive impact.  She is a leader in every sense of the word!


2011 STUDENT LEADERS OF THE MONTH

Celeste Smith and Caitlin Hughes embody the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve.

These two William Smith women were the Co-Chairs for Day of Service this fall. Together they spent many hours of their time volunteering to organize the biggest day of service in recent years with over 300 students and alums participating. A tremendous amount of time and energy was dedicated to organize fundraising efforts and soliciting project sites from community organizations. This is one of the many ways Celeste and Caitlin give back to the HWS and Geneva community.

Celeste Smith is a hardworking member of the EMS student group. She dedicates numerous hours of her free time and weekends to EMS duty to serve her peers. She is an active member of the String Ensemble and has been a stand-out cellist during her time at the Colleges. Celeste can also be seen working in the Café and the ORAP Office.

Caitlin Hughes is a leader on campus as well. She can be seen in her role as a Research Assistant for the Center for Teaching and Learning. Some other areas of involvement during her time at the Colleges include, but are not limited to, participation in the Centennial Leadership Program, a volunteer for Junior Achievement at the Community Center, Alternative Spring Break participant for multiple years, and much more.

Through their hard work and dedication Celeste and Caitlin have made their mark on our campus and more specifically the biggest Day of Service in recent years. They are both leaders in every sense of the word!

Claire Leavengood-Boxer, Loren Marshall, & Alexandra Kress
Claire Leavengood-Boxer, Loren Marshall, and Alexandra Kress embody the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. Together, these women jointly lead the HWS Student Architecture Society and the American Institute of Architects Student Chapter.

Stan Matthews the Architecture Program Director has tried to kick start a student architecture culture for many years with little success. In less than a year, these three student leaders have galvanized the architecture majors into a dynamic campus presence. Professor Kirin Makker was essential in guiding Claire, Loren, and Alexandra through the process of connecting with the American Institute of Architects as well as mentoring them on the development of the architecture society's events. She secured funding from the Art and Architecture Department to send Claire and Alexandra to a leadership conference in Washington, DC hosted by the AIAS. She met with them regularly throughout the process of getting the AIAS chapter started and how to recruit students into the Architecture Society in general. She advised them on programming, including the Buddy System, the Theme House application, and what/how to approach the SGA f

or funding to support events. Makker’s role is an important contribution to the success of the Architecture Society over the last year.

This past fall they organized a variety of programs. An Architecture Majors BBQ where current architecture majors could meet. They also invited first years and sophomores that might be interested in majoring in architecture. Under their leadership they organized a “buddy system” where beginning architecture students are paired with junior and senior mentors, who help them with their beginning assignments. This has proven effective. Intro students seem to hear feedback better from their peers than from faculty. They organized and subsidized an overnight field trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. This made what can be a difficult and expensive trip very easy and affordable for students.

Recently, they invited renowned designer Yoav Liberman, who teaches advanced furniture design, to our campus to present his work. Claire, Loren and Alexandra worked hard to create effective publicity with the successful result of a packed room at the event.

This kind of initiative is a breath of fresh air and has helped to transform the architecture studio culture at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. This is the kind of transformation and excitement that faculty cannot achieve on their own. Due to Claire, Loren, and Alexandra’s efforts they deserve to be honored for creating a strong sense of group identity among architecture majors on our campus!

It is clear that our campus and our architecture major would not be the same without these student leaders. And for these efforts, they deserve the Leader of the Month Award!


2010 STUDENT LEADERS OF THE MONTH

Rebecca Borsuk embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. She is an involved student leader, in her senior year, who is majoring in biochemistry and dance. This unique combination truly reflects her dynamic nature and lends itself to a liberal arts education.

Rebecca's dedication and passion for her interests is evident through her various roles on campus. She is a Teaching Fellow for the Chemistry department, president of Koshare, and co-chief editor of the Public Affairs Journal. During her sophomore and junior years she was the house manager for the Current Events theme house.

Two years ago, Rebecca began researching for Professor Alan van Giessen of the chemistry Department on a project titled "Computer Simulation of Protein Aggregation" which she continues to work on today. This past summer Rebecca took a break from researching for Professor van Giessen to do additional research for Dr. William Kerr of the Microbiology and Immunology Department at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y.

Rebecca is a quiet leader on campus. Many of her friends are surprised to learn of her many accomplishments because she does not publicly talk about them. Rebecca is described by many of her friends as kind-hearted and modest. Her leadership presence is more subtle and discrete here on campus, but nonetheless significant. She listens and supports classmates and friends in their own academic, personal, and professional pursuits. She is a person who inspires others around her to believe in themselves and strive for success in all that they do!

Through Rebecca's hard work and dedication on our campus she has made an impact at HWS. Our campus would not be the same without her. She is a leader in every sense of the word!

2009 STUDENT LEADERS OF THE MONTH

Gibson McCullagh embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. Gibson is the captain of the HWS EMS group on campus. His dedication and leadership to this cause has been instrumental in the success of this group in its inaugural year.

Last year, as a first year student Gibson dedicated himself to organizing a student EMS group for the HWS campus. With a team of supporters around him he put his plans into action at the beginning of this academic year. The interest and participation in the group has grown tremendously since its inception. The number of EMTs has more than doubled since the start of the program.

Becoming an EMS member is a rigorous process that requires students to participate in 120 hours of EMT training in a semester, participate in required classroom sessions, readings, and practical medical training. Through their certification program they are able to provide important medical attention to their peers. The team of student EMTs take calls all hours of the day and night. Oftentimes, the situations they come across can be difficult in nature, but they always remain calm and professional. The student EMTs work closely with our own officers in Campus Safety. The staff in the Campus Safety Office has been especially impressed with Gibson's reliability, professionalism, and integrity. He stops by their office on a regular basis to "check in" and responds to calls in a timely manner.

Gibson truly leads the EMS group by example. He sets high expectations for the students in this important role while being a role model among his peers. He started the EMS group from the group up and has built it into a respectable group on campus.

Overall, Gibson is a leader at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and in the community in every sense of the word. For the dedication that Gibson has shown to making the HWS campus a safe place; we commend him. Our campus would not be the same without him!


Katherine (Casey) Marshall embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. Casey is a top psychology major and a leader in many aspects of campus life at HWS. In addition to her strong 3.6 GPA she is passionately committed to assisting children who are at-risk. To support this cause, she serves as a team leader for the Jumpstart Program.

Throughout her undergraduate career, Casey has led by example tirelessly supporting the youth in Geneva through campus and community based programs. She impresses students, faculty, and staff alike by her ability to successfully balance extracurricular involvement and her academics.

Every Wednesday evening she volunteers for "Neighbors Night" which is a program that provides a hot meal and fun activities for children and adolescents from low income families in the Geneva community. She has also volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club and completed a school psychology internship at a local elementary school.

Currently in her senior year, Casey has been a leader in a community-based research effort sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. Her community based research project is exploring the relationship between the baseline literacy level and family literacy environment for all kindergarten students in Geneva. Throughout this project, she has exhibited professionalism and excellent communication skills with the community collaborators, such as principles and teachers. Through this project she has led data collection and managed a database with information from 115 families. She has presented the results of the project at a SUCCESS for Geneva's Children meeting and to the Geneva City Council.

Casey demonstrates excellent leadership, organizational, and time management skills. These skills have helped her to succeed both in and out of the classroom during her time at the Colleges. Her passion for helping children is contagious through her positive energy! She will be greatly missed after she graduates and moves on to UNC Chapel Hill for a graduate program in School Psychology. Overall, Casey is a leader at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and in the community in every sense of the word. Our campus will not be the same without her!


Amanda Townsend embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. She demonstrates tireless dedication to the Campus Activities Board and student programming on our campus.

Amanda joined CAB as a first year student in 2005. During this time she took responsibility for jobs that many students did not volunteer for; such as setting up events and running to local stores for supplies all while learning the ropes to campus activities planning. During her sophomore year she gained new responsibilities and insight while she shadowed the Executive Chair, Kyra Tobin.

Since 2007 Amanda has taken full leadership as the Executive Chair of this campus organization. Through her steady leadership the Campus Activities Board grew to over 20 dedicated members. From 2007-2008, CAB hosted over 75 programs for nearly 5,000 HWS students, faculty, and staff. The campus was educated and entertained with open mic nights, Friday Flix, top comedians, speakers, magicians, dances, theme parties and more. Anyone who has planned a program can tell you that hosting one takes vision, many hours of planning, and persistence to see it through. Hosting over 75 with the help of dedicated committee members is an incredible feat!

Overall, Amanda Townsend has shown extraordinary leadership on campus. For her gentle spirit, dedication, attention to detail, and love for HWS Amanda is highly deserving of this esteemed honor as the Leader of the Month. Our campus would not be the same without her!

2008 STUDENT LEADERS OF THE MONTH

Amanda Ward embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. She is an impressive William Smith student who has worked tirelessly for many important causes on campus.

Amanda is involved in a number of clubs and organizations. Amanda has assumed a leadership role as a coordinator for the following groups on campus including HWS Votes, HWS Responds, Amnesty International Legislative Coordinator, Americans for Informed Democracy Treasurer, Rotoract Club Leader, Student Activists for Darfur member, member of the Progressive Student Union, William Smith Congress participant and voting member, participant in the March of Remembrance and Hope, Holocaust Remembrance Day Coordinator, Learn to Lead (L2L) mentor, Laurel Junior Honor Society inductee, and actively involved in her church and other organizations in her hometown of Buffalo, New York. Amanda can also be seen on the Dean's List on a regular basis.

Amanda's service to all of these organizations make her special for the unrelenting passion she shows for everything that she is involved in. She is an unbiased leader on campus and this is witnessed by fellow students through her work. More often than not, it is the example that she sets that makes other students want to work with her on projects.

Recently, she organized candidate Eric Massa's visit to campus. Though Amanda may not have agreed with his politics; she felt that it was important for him to spread his message about youth engagement and the political process. She thought his visit could benefit other students and faculty despite her political differences with him. This is an example of Amanda putting others before herself and this sets her apart from other leaders.

Amanda is also the Bonner Leader for Civic Engagement and Political Activism in the Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning. Through her work she has organized the HWS Votes campus voter registration on campus and has literally put in hundreds of hours tabling, planning debates, assisting with the Millennials and Politics Week, and the Election Night Party. With her dedication along with a group of 20 volunteers they have registered 700 new voters!

As you can see, Amanda Ward has shown extraordinary leadership on campus. She deserves to be recognized for her dedication to the HWS community and to the Geneva community. She is a leader in every sense of the word. Our campus would not be the same without her!

 

Katie Taylor embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. She is an impressive William Smith student and an amazing role model for underclassmen.

Most recently, Katie served as the co-chair for the new and improved "Days of Service" through the Center for Student Engagement and Service Learning. Through this new effort to expand to three days during the fall we enable even more people to serve in the Geneva community.

Katie personifies the best qualities of student leaders at Hobart and William Smith. She has been an integral member of a variety of organizations on and off campus. She serves as the secretary for Hip NotiQs and co-chair of First Book Geneva which fundraises and allocates books to low- income children in our area. Katie is a member of Hai Timiai and is involved in Learn to Lead (L2L), and is a teaching fellow for Spanish and Hispanic Studies.

Over the summer, Katie worked as a program associate for Mobilize.org, a non-profit all-partisan organization, that works to connect youth to public policy and political/community involvement through public policy and activism. Not surprisingly, due to her good work, she was offered a job to work for them full time after graduation this May.

Overall, Katie Taylor has shown extraordinary leadership on campus. She deserves to be recognized for her dedication to the HWS community and to the Geneva community. She is a leader in every sense of the word. Our campus would not be the same without her!

 

William Smith Varsity Rowing Captains Lucinda Keck, Jessica Wojslaw and Jessica Mahon embody the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith student strive to achieve. They demonstrate their leadership abilities on a daily basis, as the rowing team looks to these women for leadership, guidance and moral support.

The captains attend weekly meetings with the coaching staff to help guide team progress and report back as the voice of the team. Over the winter training session, when the coaches cannot aid the team, these women proved invaluable by taking on the role of coach. While preparing themselves to compete in the NCAA Championships, they planned and implemented the training program for the entire squad and also taught and trained the first-year squad, who needed daily coaching and assistance.

Without these three women, the team would not have trained as hard or come as far as they have this season. Through their dedication and leadership abilities, they have proven themselves as leaders in every sense of the word.

 

Dan DeNose '10 is an involved leader on campus. Over the past two years, he has not only demonstrated academic excellence, but he has shown committed leadership in a series of significant civic-minded activities.

Early on in his career at the Colleges, Dan impressed the HWS community with his character and charisma. He has been seen by his peers, the administration and the staff as a leader and a Statesman on campus.

He has captivated crowds with his formal speeches and sincere words at various functions including Capital Campaign events in Washington, D.C. and California. He also toasted Congressman John Lewis during Convocation at the start of the 2007-2008 academic year.  Dan has also spoken at Geneva High School, where he presented a seminar on life skills to students.

Dan has completed extensive community service, most notably as a Bonner Leader in the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. In this role, Dan raises awareness and educates the youth of Geneva about local and global issues. He is currently working with a committee of students to raise 1,000 canned goods to be donated to the Geneva Food Pantry.  

In the classroom, Dan has demonstrated his leadership ability by working to create his own major, "Rhetoric and Leadership."

Dan is a leader who does not seek praise or acknowledgement for his actions and involvement. For this, many of his peers have expressed their admiration. Through his efforts to improve the community, he has become a role model to those around him.

 

2007 Student Leaders of the Month

Tyson Reuter embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. He is a psychology and philosophy double major with a GPA of 3.96. Over the past three years here at HWS, Tyson has not only demonstrated academic excellence, but he has shown committed leadership in a series of significant civic-minded activities.

Over the past summer, Tyson served a resident treatment facility working with and caring for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children. Currently, he volunteers in Geneva at the Boys and Girls Club. He can be seen there teaching fourteen and seventeen year old students vital reading skills as part of a rigorous literacy program. Despite his heavy workload, Tyson also works as a teaching assistant in the Political Science Department. In his spare time, he conducts research in psychology helping to design and conduct important studies in the areas of cognition and motivation.

Overall, Tyson embodies many of the best qualities of student leaders here at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. His academic interest and intellectual curiosity have made him an outstanding contributor to the overall classroom atmosphere while his devotion toward the greater good has made him an invaluable asset to our community as a whole. Our campus has truly benefited from Tyson Reuter's vigorous leadership. Tyson is a leader in every sense of the word. Our campus and community would not be the same without him!

 

Sara Wallace embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. She has been dedicated to a variety of activities during her four years at the Colleges.

Sara is an outstanding role model. She is a triple major in Political Science, History, and Russian Area Studies. Her commitment to her studies can be seen through her recent summer internship which took place in the State Department in Washington, DC. Sara is extremely active on campus. She is involved in a variety of organizations. These organizations include being an active member of the William Smith Congress, the secretary for the Russian Society, and the secretary for Americans for Informed Democracy. She can be seen on campus as a Research Assistant for two faculty members and as a senior mentor in the Learn to Lead (L2L) leadership program.

On a daily basis, Sara demonstrates her leadership skills as a third year Resident Assistant in the Office of Residential Education. She is a role model for new RAs on her staff. Her dedication to her residents can be seen by being available to them when they need her . Whether it is a trip to the emergency room or just a home cooked meal. Sara is a student that contributes to the people around her in a myriad of ways. Above all by being a positive role model for her peers.

Overall, Sara Wallace has shown extraordinary leadership on campus. She deserves to be recognized for her dedication to the HWS community. She is a leader in every sense of the word. Our campus would not be the same without her!

 

Rachel Sumner embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. She has been dedicated to a variety of service activities during her four years at the Colleges.

Most recently, Rachel re-created the Common Ground Program through her work with the William Smith Deans Office. Common Ground is a hallmark program to welcome and orient all new first years at the Colleges. Rachel worked for six months to review student evaluations and make improvements to the existing program. She has encouraged Common Ground mentors and instructors to "keep what works" and improve on the rest. Through her work ethic and example, she embodies the Winston Churchill quote, "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."

Rachel personifies the best qualities of student leaders at Hobart and William Smith. She has been an integral member of America Reads for four years and serves as the Bonner Leader for Literacy through the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. Rachel helped start a chapter of First Book, a national non-profit organization, that gives books to children from low-income homes in Geneva. She has also been involved in Big Brothers and Big Sisters and is a member of Hai Timiai, the William Smith senior honor society. Rachel also serves as a peer mentor for Common Ground and the William Smith Sidekicks Program.

Overall, Rachel Sumner has shown extraordinary leadership on campus. She deserves to be recognized for her dedication to the HWS community and to the Geneva community. She is a leader in every sense of the word. Our campus would not be the same without her!

 

Jake Napier embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. Jake takes pride in being a student at HWS. He has demonstrated his leadership abilities in a variety of ways on campus and in the Geneva community.

Jake has shown his leadership skills through his dedication to a variety of organizations. Jake is an active student leader on campus. He is the treasurer of Hobart Student Government, the vice president of the Inter-Fraternity Council, and is the newly elected president of Chi Phi Fraternity. Through these roles he has demonstrated his commitment and dedication to the Hobart and William Smith community.

Jake has exhibited his leadership skills while facilitating meetings and coordinating events. On a daily basis, he works closely with the treasurer of William Smith Congress to coordinate the Budget Allocation Committee. Jake has served on this committee for the past two years. Currently, in his role as treasurer, he has helped to create processes and procedures for all clubs and organizations who propose to BAC for funding.

Jake can be seen in the Geneva community at Neighbor's Night held at St. Peter's Church; dedicating his time to helping children in the community. As a participant in this program, HWS students share a meal with local children and participate in fun activities, such as singing, reading books, and playing games.

Overall, Jake has shown extraordinary leadership as a sophomore student. He deserves to be recognized for his dedication to the HWS and the Geneva community. Jake is an engaged leader in every sense of the word. Our campus would not be the same without him!

 

Amy Nadel embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. Amy takes pride in being a student at HWS. She has demonstrated her leadership abilities in a variety of ways on campus and in the Geneva community.

Amy has shown her leadership skills through her dedication to a variety of organizations. Amy is an active member of the Campus Activities Board, Women's Collective, and NARAL Pro Choice NY. She has emerged as a strong, dynamic, and competent leader on campus. Amy's peers recognize her leadership qualities through her ability to listen to others. She is always open to suggestions and has gained a great deal of respect from the students with whom she works.

Recently, Amy coordinated the Vagina Monologues sponsored by the Women's Collective. She took initiative and spent countless hours working to create a successful performance attended by the HWS community. No details were left undone. From reserving microphones to ordering t -shirts, Amy happily did it all! The performance raised a substantial amount of money for the Rape Crisis Center in Geneva.

Amy recently became a co-chair for the campus NARAL organization. She has exhibited her leadership skills while facilitating meetings and coordinating events. Amy can be seen on campus helping the Campus Activities Board coordinate and host events and in the Geneva community at the Community Lunch Program dedicating her time to help others.

Overall, Amy has shown extraordinary leadership as a sophomore student. She deserves to be recognized for her dedication to the HWS and the Geneva community. Amy is an engaged leader in every sense of the word. Our campus would not be the same without her!

 

2006 Student Leaders of the Month

Kirra Henick-Kling embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. Kirra takes pride in being a student at HWS. She has demonstrated her leadership abilities in a variety of ways on campus and in the Geneva community.

Kirra is a student with high academic standards. She has a double major in Psychology and Education. In this realm she sets high goals and standards for her academic performance. She aspires to complete the Colleges' MAT program as well as an advanced degree in Psychology. In addition to the time she spends in the classroom, Kirra dedicates time outside the classroom as well. She commits several hours a week working with the youth in the community through the education program and community service. She volunteers her time at the Geneva Public Library and the Seneca Lake Whale Watch program. On campus, she is an active member of the William Smith Congress. In this capacity she stays informed and active with the student activity on campus.

Most recently, Kirra has demonstrated her leadership abilities as the House Manager of the William Smith Honors House. In this role, she works closely with various faculty and staff on campus in order to attain the goals of the house with her residents. Since the beginning of the fall semester, she has been effective in responding to the needs of the residents in the house. In addition to these responsibilities, Kirra also dedicates her time in the Admissions Office where she is a tour guide.

Overall, Kirra has shown extraordinary leadership. She deserves to be recognized for her consistent dedication to HWS and the Geneva community. Kirra is a leader in every sense of the word. Our campus would not be the same without her!

 

Victor Pultinas embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. He is a dedicated student worker in the Public Service Office. He has impressed his peers and the professional staff with his ability to anticipate questions and offer effective responses to people with questions. Victor is also a dedicated tutor through the America Reads program.

Most recently, he has been involved in a grassroots national campaign challenging every American to help all children learn to read. Victor is also the co-founder of a new initiative named "Lunch Bunch." This is a program where Hobart and William Smith students visit first grade children from our local elementary school during lunch. The HWS students provide these children with the much needed one-on-one attention that they need from caring adults. It is Victor's passion for working with children and his attention to detail that has allowed him to start this program. He has tirelessly worked with the professional staff at the elementary school, recruited friends to join the "Lunch Bunch," and solved transportation issues for the program, just to name a few.

Overall, Victor has shown extraordinary leadership. He deserves to be recognized for his dedication to his cause and to the HWS community. He is a leader in every sense of the word. Our campus would not be the same without him!

 

Kyra Tobin embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. She is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of student involvement on campus through her work as the Campus Activities Board (CAB) Coordinator. The Campus Activities Board is the student organization charged with providing students with social programming on campus. This organization has grown tremendously with Kyra's leadership, hard work, and dedication over the past two years. She continuously strives to build bridges on campus with various faculty, staff, student clubs, and organizations. She truly sees the value in providing a variety of opportunities for students to take advantage of in order get involved on campus.

Kyra is not only a leader with the Campus Activities Board, but with Habitat for Humanity as well. She truly cares about the cause of the organizations with whom she works. The reason that Kyra is so successful is her eagerness and willingness to learn. She is an approachable leader who is eager to hear other people's ideas and make them a reality. The theme throughout her work with the Campus Activities Board is one that always welcomes questions, concerns, and comments. "Your voice matters to CAB!" can be found in anything that she does on behalf of the organization. Even though she is always learning and taking something away from her experiences she in turn teaches these lessons to others in order for them to be more successful. This is a quality that makes her stand out in a group.

Overall, Kyra Tobin has shown extraordinary leadership on campus. She deserves to be recognized for her dedication to her cause and to the HWS community. She is a leader in every sense of the word. Our campus would not be the same without her!

 

Rafael Rodriguez embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. Rafael is dedicated to promoting diversity on campus through his leadership role with the Latin America Organization, better know as LAO. This organization works hard to build and develop the Hispanic community on campus. Through their efforts they have become a leading cultural club within our community. Rafael has not only earned respect from the members in his own organization, but has been recognized by students in other groups on campus as well.

Most recently, Rafael has proven his commitment to working with a variety of other student organizations on campus. He has successfully collaborated with many student organizations in order to maximize finances and promote student activity. Through the efforts of the Latin America Organization, they have collaborated with diverse groups of students and bridged the gap between students from different ethnicities and backgrounds.

Overall, Rafael has shown extraordinary leadership. He deserves to be recognized for his dedication to his cause and to the HWS community. Rafael is a leader in every sense of the word. Our campus would not be the same without him!

 

2005 Student Leaders of the Month

Katie McMenaman embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. Katie has worked over the past year as part of HWS Connect. She has worked as a caller for the past two years. In this position, Katie has been very successful in reuniting alumni and alumnae with the Colleges and providing them with information and updates from campus. She has also raised more than $27,000 this year for The Fund for Hobart and William Smith which provides for financial aid, technology and laboratory equipment, and many other important needs.

Most recently, Katie has gone above and beyond her duties by filling in for other callers, sometimes working as much as double her normal schedule. She continually meets the expectations of the HWS Connect staff while also interning at the hospital, participating in extra curricular activities, and maintaining a rigorous course load.

Overall, Katie is a leader at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and in the community in every sense of the word and our campus would not be the same without her!

 

Meredith Trainor embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. Meredith is a senior who majors in Environmental Studies and Political Science. She will also receive a minor in Latin American Studies. During her career at William Smith, she has been an active participant in many of the traditions of the college such as Moving Up Day, William Smith Congress, Famous Women's Dinner, among other events. Meredith has many accomplishments, in the form of being a Helen Heath Scholar, was a member of the Laurel Society, was recognized via the Women's Hall of Fame in March 2004, and received the Richard Reinitz Award in the Spring of 2004 at Moving Up Day for "outspoken Humanitarianism."

Throughout her college years, Meredith has been a cooperative house manager, an active member of Refuse and Resist/Progressive Student Union, and Women's Collective. In her sophomore year, she was the president of the Campus Greens organization and an organizer of Refuse and Resist/Progressive Student Union. Most recently, Meredith's efforts can be demonstrated through the newest alternative student newspaper on campus. She is a contributing co-founder of the Martini.

In 2002, Meredith was the central organizer of the HWS Colleges' attendance at the October protest against the then oncoming war in Iraq in Washington, DC. In 2004, she was the co- organizer along with four other campus clubs, of HWS' attendance of the March for Women's Lives in April of 2004.

Overall, Meredith is passionate about the causes she believes in. She is an organizer, who sees things thorough to the end. Not only is she involved with all of the above mentioned organizations on campus, but she also holds a work/study position in the social sciences department as an office assistant.

Meredith is a leader at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and in the community in every sense of the word and our campus would not be the same without her! When she graduates this year, hopefully she will continue to be involved with various organizations in an effort to spread her passion for the cause.

 

2004 Student Leaders of the Month

Nika Manner embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. Nika is a student who has taken advantage of many opportunities here are HWS. She is involved in numerous activities including: America Reads, the Community Lunch Program, Campus Greens, WS Congress, and is a member of the Ultimate Frisbee team. Not to mention her involvement as the William Smith Junior Class President and the contributions she makes in the Public Service Office.

Nika is an amazing America Reads Coordinator at West Street School. She is responsible for 23 students and 23 tutors. This is the largest of the America Reads sites. She has both the respect and admiration of the elementary school students, the teachers at the school, and the tutors in the program. She goes out of her way to make others feel comfortable, whether scrubbing dishes at the Community Lunch Program, as a member of Campus Greens, or the William Smith Congress.

The Public Service Office would be lost without Nika's fun loving personality that somehow always puts others first. She is a servant leader in the truest sense of the word and deserves to be commended for her efforts.

 

Leanne Roncolato embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. Leanne is one of those people who are hard to come by in life. In terms of her accomplishments and activities outside of classroom, Leanne is a very active member of HWS' Women's Collective and the Latin American Organization.

Often when one thinks of a student leader it is because of their leadership skills as the president or head of a club or organization. In this field, Leanne is anything but lacking. She definitely knows how to take command and effectively communicate her ideas to others. She is a true leader because of the way in which she leads. She leads by example. Instead of dictating commands to others in order to accomplish a task, she has the ability to calmly and clearly communicate what her ideas are and why others might be inclined to join any such cause. An important part of being a leader is giving those with whom you work the freedom and opportunity to make up their own minds about certain issues, Leanne does this. Leanne is an open minded person. Although she has strong beliefs about everything from politics to women's rights, she is open minded enough to accept the fact that others are entitled to their own opinions from which they do not need to be swayed.

Leanne is a unique individual because of her strong concern and compassion for those less fortunate. She has traveled on various occasions to Nicaragua; this summer as a part of an independent study project where she gained an insight into the lives of the people there.

Overall, Leanne is a leader at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and in the community in every sense of the word. She is an outstanding leader who sets an example which is hard to surpass, but does it with modestly and humbleness. HWS would not be the same without her!

 

Mariza Pereira embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. Mariza worked over the summer at HWS with Kay Kelly, the International Student Advisor, to prepare for the orientation of new international students. Her contribution to this effort made a difference to their experience. Throughout the summer, Mariza prepared artwork for presentation folders given to each student which included images of diversity that convey to our international students how HWS is made stronger by the celebration of differences that they bring to our community.

She welcomed students as they arrived, both day and night; made sure they were comfortable, and worked tirelessly for a week straight answering questions, touring campus, helping students relax and feel safe. She became the person that these students could rely on. Following the orientation program, she has been unfailingly available to these students in a cheerful and helpful manner.

Mariza has only been a member of the Hobart and William Smith community since the spring semester of 2004. She has used her experiences to help others integrate more easily and smoothly. As a result of her work, we have a happy and closely bonded group of diverse international students.

Overall, Mariza can be admired for her quiet form of leadership at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She is a leader in every sense of the word and our campus would not be the same without her!

 

Stephanie Feinman embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. As a first year student, Stephanie has launched the campus NARAL Pro Choice chapter. She has all the qualities of a truly great leader, including a belief and faith in those around her. She is non-hierarchical, organized, committed, dedicated, affirmative, enthusiastic, and she has almost single-handedly set the Hobart and William Smith campus afire with reproductive rights initiatives and interest. The NARAL meetings routinely draw large crowds of committed young men and women.

Most recently, Stephanie organized a group of HWS students to attend the March for Women's Lives in Washington, DC. This is a unique educational opportunity for students, which would not exist if it were not for Stephanie's efforts to coordinate the involvement of various organizations on campus to participate in this venture. Stephanie is a true leader on campus which is demonstrated by her tireless efforts. As a feminist activist, she shows that academic excellence can go hand in hand with dedicated service and total commitment to worthy causes and social justice. Overall, Stephanie is a leader at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and in the community in every sense of the word and our campus would not be the same without her!

 

Sabra Williams is an outstanding nominee to be awarded the Student Leader of the Month Award. Sabra has exhibited her leadership abilities through her involvement in a variety of activities at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her commitment to the Asian Student Union (ASU) has been witnessed by her dedication to this small group which led to ASU's revival in the Fall of 2001. Hobart and William Smith does not have a large population of Asian and/or Asian American students on campus, hence the membership to ASU is small. However, there is a great interest in Asian cultures within the non-Asian student population. Through ASU's efforts to keep the spirit of this organization alive and thriving on campus, they are able to educate other HWS students about their cause.

In the Spring of 2003, Sabra was unanimously elected to become the President of the Asian Student Union. At this time, Sabra was a fresh voice to this particular position and was able to use this energy to make an impact on the other students with whom she works. Sabra's commitment and genuine interest in the Asian Student Union is seen through her involvement and dedication in involving the other members of her organization when planning, organizing, and executing their programs and events.

In addition to Sabra's leadership of the Asian Student Union, she is a member of the Colleges' Woodwind Ensemble, participated in the Koshare Student Dance Concert, a member of Anime Central, lay-out editor of SCRY!, not to mention being a strong student academically.

Overall, Sabra is a student leader at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She is a student who sees the value in making a difference on campus. I enthusiastically, award Sabra Williams the Leader of the Month Award for the month of March 2004.

 

2003 Student Leaders of the Month

Cait Allen embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. Her positive energy and poise have made her a motivating and influential vehicle on our campus. Cait's enthusiasm, dedication, and leadership have led to great things. To give a complete list of her involvement on campus would not do her justice.

An example of Cait's dedication and service to Hobart and William Smith Colleges can be seen through the time that she has volunteered and given of herself to others in Geneva. Her dedication to build a program to support unwed teenage mothers is one example of these efforts. Although this situation and population was unfamiliar to Cait in the beginning, she continued to persevere in order to institute this community program. She has viewed this challenge as an opportunity and has embraced it in order to assist others. By working in this capacity to reach out to the greater Geneva community, she has built bridges to foster our institution's relationship with the community. Cait has been a model of what a student at Hobart and William Smith College embodies; a dedicated change-agent who is a concerned and active community member. Overall, Cait is a leader at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and in the community in every sense of the word and our campus would not be the same without her!

 

Sabra Williams is an outstanding nominee to be awarded the Student Leader of the Month Award. Sabra has exhibited her leadership abilities through her involvement in a variety of activities at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her commitment to the Asian Student Union (ASU) has been witnessed by her dedication to this small group which led to ASU's revival in the Fall of 2001. Hobart and William Smith does not have a large population of Asian and/or Asian American students on campus, hence the membership to ASU is small. However, there is a great interest in Asian cultures within the non-Asian student population. Through ASU's efforts to keep the spirit of this organization alive and thriving on campus, they are able to educate other HWS students about their cause.

In the Spring of 2003, Sabra was unanimously elected to become the President of the Asian Student Union. At this time, Sabra was a fresh voice to this particular position and was able to use this energy to make an impact on the other students with whom she works. Sabra's commitment and genuine interest in the Asian Student Union is seen through her involvement and dedication in involving the other members of her organization when planning, organizing, and executing their programs and events.

In addition to Sabra's leadership of the Asian Student Union, she is a member of the Colleges' Woodwind Ensemble, participated in the Koshare Student Dance Concert, a member of Anime Central, lay-out editor of SCRY!, not to mention being a strong student academically.

Overall, Sabra is a student leader at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She is a student who sees the value in making a difference on campus. I enthusiastically, award Sabra Williams the Leader of the Month Award for the month of March 2003.

 

Katie McMenaman embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. Katie has worked over the past year as part of HWS Connect. She has worked as a caller for the past two years. In this position, Katie has been very successful in reuniting alumni and alumnae with the Colleges and providing them with information and updates from campus. She has also raised more than $27,000 this year for The Fund for Hobart and William Smith which provides for financial aid, technology and laboratory equipment, and many other important needs.

Most recently, Katie has gone above and beyond her duties by filling in for other callers, sometimes working as much as double her normal schedule. She continually meets the expectations of the HWS Connect staff while also interning at the hospital, participating in extra curricular activities, and maintaining a rigorous course load.

Overall, Katie is a leader at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and in the community in every sense of the word and our campus would not be the same without her!