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HWS President Dr. Joyce Jacobsen
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Joyce Jacobsen’s tenure as the president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges began Monday morning. She comes to HWS from Wesleyan University in Connecticut where she was Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. Jacobsen is an economist with degrees from Harvard, the London School of Economics, and Stanford University. And, so I asked her why an interest in administration rather than a life spent on research and in the classroom.

Boys and Girls Club Summer University students on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus
Boys and Girls Club of Geneva


  Students generally look forward to the arrival of summer and the end of the school year. Days spent outside the classroom can be fun. But, two months away from a structured learning environment can also result in what’s referred to as the “Summer Slide.” It’s a tendency to lose some of the academic progress students make over the course of the school year.

HWS President Dr. Joyce Jacobsen
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

It was an historic day on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Friday afternoon as Chair of the Board of Trustees Thomas Bozzuto announced the new president of the Colleges.

“Dr. Joyce Jacobsen has the vision, fortitude, experience and character to lead Hobart and William Smith to a new level of excellence. When she assumes the presidency on July 1st, she will be the first woman in the history of the colleges to hold that role.”

HWS Holds Community Sale

May 31, 2018

 

"One year there was like a five foot tall Scooby Doo stuffed animal. It was enormous, we didn’t know what to do with it. So there’s always something silly, there’s always some little treasure you’ll find like why would someone not want this?"

The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning holds its 13th Annual Community Sale at the Geneva Rec Center Thursday, May 17th. CCESL's Associate Director Jeremy Wattles organizes the sale.

HWS Opens Food Pantry

Feb 28, 2018
The Pass the Plate Open House
Greg Cotterill / Finger Lakes Public Radio

In late January, Hobart and William Smith Colleges opened a food pantry. Pass the Plate came about when Chaplain of the Colleges Maurice Charles passed a report on food insecurity on college campuses to Jennifer Tufano in the Office of Spiritual Engagment.

On Friday, Hobart and William Smith Colleges announced John Grotzinger, the mission leader and project scientist for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, the speaker for the 2018 Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 13th. The student newspaper The Herald was the first with the story and Alex Kerai, the paper's Editor-in-Chief joins us in studio.


Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio


On a recent weekday afternoon on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus, students, faculty and staff gathered to help a visiting print artist install his work. They were on the lawn outside Houghton House where a pair of telephone poles had been sunk into the ground and a broad panel was being raised on a large boom lift.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

College basketball was rocked recently by a scandal involving bribes and corruption including coaches from a number of programs. Hobart and William Smith President Gregory Vincent came to the Colleges from a Division I school and played sports when he was a Hobart student. Finger Lakes Public Radio's Kelly Walker asked President Vincent to offer his perspective on college athletics.  

  Poet John Ashbery died on September 3rd. He was born in Rochester and raised in Sodus. His impact on American letters was wide-ranging and the acclaim for his work included the Pulitzer and many, many other awards. We asked Hobart and William Smith Colleges professor and poet James McCorkle to offer some perspective on John Ashbery.


Higher Education leaders from around the state are expressing their support for those with DACA status and their concerns over President Trump's decision to end the program. The presidents of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium, including Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Gregory Vincent, issued a statement as well as Cornell University’s President Martha Pollack. The complete texts of those statements are below.

Letter from the Presidents of the New York Six

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