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Archive for December, 2013

The Grand Finale!

As always, finals week is a blur for students, where their lives become consumed with papers, exams, and everything academic.  

???????????????????????????????During this time, Miss Edith Wormley hosted a Finals Warm Wednesday Breakfast, where many hungry students who had been up late studying or writing papers were able to regain some energy to continue with finals with Miss Edith’s home cooked meal. Breakfast included, scrambled eggs, sausages, toast, home fries, orange juice, cranberry juice, coffee, tea, and cereal. ???????????????????????????????Also during this week Professors Alex Janney and Geoffrey Babbitt held extra sessions of the Writing Table to help students preparing for or in the middle of writing their final papers.

All in all, during the last week of school, the IC became a study zone where you would find students in any corner or space available studying or finishing up papers and exams. But the IC also became a support space where everyone was there with one mission and helping each other to reach it successfully.So if you’re looking for a space like this in the Spring, stop on by– there will always be friendly faces, food and space!

“I really appreciate Ms. Wormley taking her time off to make us breakfast. It really pushed me to wake up early and gave me lots of energy to power through the day. The food was delicious! Thank you! ” – Sima Rana ’15

“It was amazing! Not only did her wonderful breakfast fill me up, but also replenished and fully recharged the energy needed to continue the day and study. Thank you! There should be more events like this!” – Emmitt Mendoza-Gasper ’17

“I have only been to the IC office a few times. And it was really great to get a fresh breakfast while studying for finals no questions asked. Thank you so much, it is appreciated,” – Nick Donofrio ’14

Going to the Tropics and Celebrating Kwanzaa!

Ending the semester for student programming, the Caribbean Student Association hosted a Trip to the Tropics that was definitely tropical! Their event featured student performances and special performance by “Shemeka and the Steel Band,” bringing in an array of Caribbean music and gymnastic talent to HWS.

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Right before the holidays, Sankofa organized a Kwanzaa dinner event. They included the traditional candle lighting ceremony where student club representatives spoke about what the Kwanzaa principles meant to them. Special performances included Rochester’s Bush Mango, an African drum and dance troop, the HWS Gospel Choir, community members and students. Professor Justin Rose was the keynote speaker for the evening.

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Ending the Semester…

Although things typically calm down toward the end of the semester, here at HWS students, faculty and staff are still dynamic with programs. The last week of November we hosted our final International Student Dinner for the semester. Students got together around Chinese food and shared winter break plans and debriefed over how their semesters went. These students will also be participating in the IC’s first Winter Break travelogue contest! Check us out on Instagram @HWS_IC and tell us about your best winter break activity #ICWinterStory

After Thanksgiving break, Miss Patricia Blue joined us for a Warm Wednesdays event to talk about her experiences being an HWS student and a Geneva Community member to now being an HWS employee and what it has been like to create the first ever HWS Gospel Choir.

Darline Polanco along with representatives from Student Activities joined the Cultural, Global Awareness and Social Justice clubs for an end of the semester dinner with all the Club Presidents and Vice Presidents to debrief on highlights of the semester, things that could be improved upon and upcoming events for the spring.

Finally, during out Cross Cultural Coffee Hour, Eliss Manon ’14, Casey Crisco ’14, Ariel Trent ’14, Emily Miller ’14 and Carly Petroski ’15 presented on their experiences in South Africa. They displayed photos and videos of their time travelling around the country.

Thanksgiving at HWS

This year, Miss Edith Wormley and Bonne Dileo helped create the Thanksgiving basket that would be donated to the Geneva community for a family in need.

Also, while most of campus closed for the holiday, the IC remained open for students needing a place to hang out and eat for the break. Activities organized were: a thanksgiving dinner (with turkey!),  Movie Night Out, and catered dinner from El Morros Puerto Rican cuisine.

“Thank you for providing a home away from home!”–Aminata Dansoko ’15

Life at IC: Regular Day

On a regular day at the IC, clubs will host meetings, students will do homework and socializing (and occasional naps) will occur. Regardless of what occurs, there are always friendly faces awaiting at the IC! The IC is also the storage place for many clubs’ supplies that are used for events on campus. From time to time, things may get a bit unorganized which means students have to have a “Spring Cleaning” and go through their bins and sort out what they do not need versus what they do need. LAO Bin Organizing F2013