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Provost Briefs

Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL)

Two hundred students enrolled in 14 Community Engaged Learning classes. Two of the six Alternative Spring Break trips were chaperoned by faculty members, South Bronx NY with Prof. Jim Spates and Jamaica with Prof. Laurence Errusard The students prepared for the trip with assigned readings and interactive discussions and earned ½ credit CESL199. Fourty-one students travelled on six Alternative Spring Break trips. 2 were mentioned above and the remaining 4 destinations included Ithaca (Sustainable farming), Lyons (Rural and Migrant Ministries), NJ (Hurricane Sandy relief efforts) and NC (rural education outreach). 25 Civic Leaders are leading co-curricular initiatives including Geneva Heroes weekend service opportunities with middle school students, Habitat for Humanity inaugural “Powerpuff” fundraiser, and weekly commitment to the children served at the Boys and Girls Club locations. During the MLK Jr Day of Service, over 150 students assisted at nine local non-profit agencies.

CCESL co-hosted the Geneva Reads “Community Read” author of “Just Like Us,” Helen Thorpe. Other sponsors included FL Community College, Finger Lakes Health, The Summit Federal Credit Union, and the Geneva Public Library. CCESL Director facilitated round table at NY6 event at Union College on April 1st. For the fourth consecutive year, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Hobart and William Smith are among only 10 institutions in New York named to the Honor Roll with Distinction. Hilary Gove '14 has been named a 2013 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, which honors student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities. On campus and in the Geneva community, Gove has dedicated her time building playgrounds, tutoring local children, and volunteering at food pantries. Gove, a public policy major with minors in art history and women's studies, is one of just 181 students from 36 states to be named a fellow.