Office for Spiritual Engagement

Chapel

Maurice Charles

Maurice Charles

Dean for Spiritual Engagement and Chaplain
Email: charles@hws.edu
Phone: (315) 781-3670

Maurice Charles was appointed chaplain of the Colleges in 2015 and dean for spiritual engagement and chaplain in 2017 after 20 years as an Episcopal priest. The point person for religious and spiritual affairs at HWS, he oversees and holds services in St. John’s Chapel. He is readily available to campus community members, religious or not, for private and group conversations about such things as life transitions, vocational exploration, faith and reason, finding or leaving a religious community. As a confidential counseling resource, he routinely collaborates with the Counseling Center and Title IX Office. Maurice also enjoys a courtesy faculty appointment in the Religious Studies department. He earned his B.A. cum laude, in psychology from Case Western Reserve University, his M.Div. and Ph.D. in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago. Previously, he served as associate dean for religious life at Stanford University, returning to higher education after serving congregations in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay area. He and his partner, Cliff Chan, delight in opening the Chaplain’s Residence (across from Admissions) for dinners and game nights. Students are invited to take off their shoes, shake off the winter chill, and enjoy vintage jazz and warm hospitality.

 

Julianne H. Miller

Julianne H. Miller

Abbe Center for Jewish Life Director and Hillel Adviser
Email: jhmiller@hws.edu
Phone: (315) 781-3385

Julianne Miller has been the director of the Abbe Center for Jewish Life and Hillel adviser since January 2015. Julianne works with the HWS Hillel student board to develop diverse and innovative Judaic programming that encourages students to explore connections between their Jewish identity and their academic, co-curricular, and personal interests. She hosts weekly Shabbat dinners, holiday observances, social justice conversations, tikkun olam programs, and fosters partnerships across campus. Julianne works in the Office for Spiritual Engagement to create opportunities for multifaith dialogue and education. She graduated from Princeton University summa cum laude with degrees in history and teacher preparation, and received a master’s degree in American history from Brown University. Before coming to HWS, she taught at Needham High School (Needham, Mass.), The Frisch School (a Jewish Day School in Paramus, N.J.), Hillel Community Day School (Rochester, N.Y.), and the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester. She also served as the director of education and president of Temple Beth-El in Geneva.

 

Jennifer G. Tufano

Office and Event Coordinator
Email: tufano@hws.edu
Phone: (315) 781-3671

Jennifer Tufano came to HWS in 2015 from Lake Placid, N.Y., where she worked for six years as the director of the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society. As the Office for Spiritual Engagement office and event coordinator, she is the front line contact for students and campus community. She coordinates St. John’s Chapel performance reservations and organizes the HWS Food Pantry, located on the first floor of Demarest. Jenn has a master’s degree in student development administration from Seattle University in Seattle, Washington (2004) and a bachelor’s degree in English literature/marketing from Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. (1994). She served as the director of undergraduate programs for the School of Business, managing academic advising and admissions initiatives, while pursuing her degree at Seattle U. Prior to that, Jenn was the director of admissions at Paul Smith’s College of the Adirondacks in Paul Smiths, N.Y.

 

Mary Ann Hamilton

MaryAnn Hamilton

Colleges Organist in Residence
Email: hamilton@hws.edu
Phone: (315) 781-3671

Molly Hamilton was appointed chapel organist (now Colleges organist in residence) in 2000, upon the completion of her doctor of musical arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. At Eastman, her principal teacher was David Higgs and she also studied improvisation with Gerre Hancock. Previously, she earned a master of sacred music degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and studied with John Weaver. She plays for weekly services in St. John’s Chapel, Baccalaureate, Commencement (carillon), Easter Vigil and other events when appropriate. In December 2001, she inaugurated the monthly organ series called Music, Meditation and Munchies, which offers an organ program during the noon hour on the first Wednesday of the month when classes are in session. Each program features music played by Dr. Hamilton and often includes other musicians in the community. Spoken meditation or poetry complements the music each month and is offered by members of the HWS and greater Geneva community. Each program concludes with dessert or other munchie. In addition, MaryAnn is the parish musician at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Geneva, where she plays for Sunday services, directs the adult mixed choir, and accompanies the junior and denior (high school) choirs.

 

CONTACT

Office for Spiritual Engagement
St. John's Chapel, Room 22
Geneva, NY 14456

Phone: (315) 781-3671
Fax: (315) 781-3348
E-mail: chapel@hws.edu

Abbe Center for Jewish Life
Phone: (315) 679-6924

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