"Home Away from Home"

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  • Students joined with this year's Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants for an hour of language, culture and food samples. The Teaching Assistants represent five different countries and bring five food samples from five culinary traditions.
  • Venerable Tenzin Yignyen holds a meditation session for students, faculty, staff, and community members at the Intercultural Affairs Center.


4th of July @ American Legion

As part of the Intercultural Affairs Summer 2015 Programs and trip, this 4th of July weekend the IC sponsored a trip to the American Legion in Geneva for students who are spending their summer on campus. Students were able to enjoy a night of music, laughter, food, games and of course, Fireworks!


“The IC always has fun programs and trips for students and I’m happy to have spent my fourth of July surrounded by such awesome people brought together by the IC.”

-Jerlin Garo 17′

“It was so nice to have participated in this awesome community event, got to know Geneva so much better.”

-Genesis Gonzalez 17′ 

4th of July Picnic

As part of the Intercultural Affairs Summer 2015 Programs and Trip, this 4th of July weekend we hosted a picnic at the IC for students on Campus this summer. Students were excited to celebrate with their peers for the national holiday. They enjoyed great food from Bagels & Cakes while talking in anticipation for the night of fireworks ahead.

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Summer @ HWS

Many students spend their summer here at HWS and they are sharing thier expeirnece with us!

Today’s spotlight is on Lesly Rivero 17′, who is double majoring in Psychology and Sociology

with a minor in Social Justice.


“I will be working as a Summer of Service Intern with the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. For most of the summer, I will be working with the Assistant Principal of Geneva High School, Nate Schneckenburger. My responsibilities involve assisting in data collection efforts, conducting reports, proctoring exams, facilitating summer school programs, among other tasks. I will also be working with the HWS Summer Academy, which is a two week program provided by the colleges for low-income students who are driven to pursue higher education. 

After completing a service-learning course that focused on researching the Geneva community, I decided to prolong my involvement. Prior to the community engagement and research the course allowed me to become involved in, I knew very little about Geneva. I find it extremely necessary to learn about the community because our actions affect it everyday and we need to learn how to create positive changes. 
I am excited about remaining involved and helping others no matter the task. Since I have started my internship, I have been applying what I have been learning at HWS to my work and I love it! I look forward to working with my colleagues towards the same goal and learning new things everyday. I appreciate every single “thank you” I receive, and hope to give out just as many.”

Ramadan: Breaking Fast

This weekend our students came together to celebrate Ramadan: the ninth month of the Muslim year, during which strict fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset. To celebrate students gathered at the IC for a sunset breaking fast BBQ, in which they enjoyed some traditional food.

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As the sun began to set students Mohamed Daajneh 16′ and Banan Otaibi 18′ explain a little bit about Ramadan and their own reasons for fasting.

Here are some comments from students who attended the event:

“Awesome!<3″ -Genesis Gonzalez 17′

“Superb” -Olikoye Akanle 16′

Summer @ HWS

Many students spend their summer here at HWS and they are sharing thier expeirnece with us!

First student in this series is Kimberly Gutierrez.

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“This summer I’m interning at the Centennial Center for Leadership as their research assistant. I feel very fortunate to be working with the wonderful staff here at the center. Some cool projects I have been in charge of so far are: updating the CCL’s Impact map, putting together the Annual Report, developing new ways to use the center’s social media outlets and assisting other offices with leadership training.”

Our Recent Alums: Where are they?

Patrice Thomas, a recent graduate from Hobart and William Smith colleges, shares with us his experience of his research in Ethiopia :


Follow his journey through his weekly updates/ journal entries.


NBA Finals at the IC

Students gather at the IC for the NBA Finals: Cavaliers vs. Warriors and enjoy Pizza and Wings during the game. So much excitement and energy as students cheer for their favorite teams.


Really gives a “home” space to hang out in. Love hanging out with good friends & meeting new people.

-Ryan Kan 15′

Thanks to the IC for always thinking and doing so much for the students (^_^)”

-Rose Cherubin 15′

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Reunion Weekend 2015

The IC welcomed Alums to share their experience since they’ve left HWS. There were many who were reunited after many years and many who were getting to know the IC for the first time. It was a wonderful weekend full of laughter, happy tears and smiles.

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Liz Witbeck 10′ shares her experience here at HWS.

The Language Hour

In April, Clara Lowenberg spoke to the Intercultural Affairs about her program the Language Hour. This was a program with the different teaching assistants teaching their native languages. Here are some pictures and comments from the event,

” One of my presentations and both presentation of my friend’s took place there as well. Alejandra Molina, Bonné DiLeo, Darline Polanco and many other, whose names I am afraid to give with a mistake, have always given us their helping hands. So they did it when Clara Lowenberg came up with the idea of the Language and Culture Hour, which was exciting experience for my colleagues and me.” – Sergei Sokolov

My students and I had fun in each single class, and that enabled us to benefit from each other. No matter how tiring teaching to me was, seeing my lovely students improve always made me feel that I am doing a great job.” – Ahmed Mohamed El Moctar

Academically, I’ve acquired precious experience in instructing beginners, intermediate and advanced level students, managed to “run” my own classes, and established friendships with my students. What’s more, the colorful activities on- and off-campus have opened a new gate for me, making me think more about the differences between American and Chinese education systems.” – Yao Li

Moreover, teaching at HWS and living in Geneva has turned out to be the opposite of my initial fears: there are always talks, discussions, performances, cultural events…that you actually struggle to choose what to attend! The image of HWS I will keep with me forever is that of extremely friendly, talented, open-minded, and ambitious students and staff learning from each other in a particularly beautiful town.” – Kelly Adriamasindray

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Buddhist Meditation

Every Monday, at 6:30pm the Intercultural Affairs Center hosts Buddhist Meditation in the second floor in the Conference Room. HWS and Geneva community members come together for one hour of meditation. Here are some comments and pictures of the event:

The main goal of holding meditation in Intercultural house on Mondays is to introduce or remind students to realize material oriented brain education alone is not enough to produce happy individuals and world peace so it is extremely  important  and necessary to Educate our heart to become a warm loving hearted person  through the education of Compassion and Ethical principles without touching any religious ideology as well. Thank you.“- Tenzin

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