"Home Away from Home"

Archive for December, 2014

Green Conversations

Judy Cadle, Coordinator of the Geneva Chapter of Bring Your Own Bag NY initiative joined Professor Molina and WS alumna Chelsea Encababian ’14 to chat about publicity and marketing for her initiative. Chelsea is designing the brochure for the initiative.

“This is quite a dynamic activist partnership!” –Judy Cadle


Ending the Semester

Henry Skewes and Felix Dijkstal, exchange students from Germany play one last game of pool at the IC before they go back home.

“Never played pool until I came here.” –Felix Dijkstal

“We love playing pool. We are here all the time. The perfect study break. We will definitely miss the IC.” –Henry Skewes.

Also, Denisse Cotto WS’15 and Christopher Borja H’16 get ready to leave as they will both be embarking upon a journey to Costa Rica next semester.

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Study Time and Breakfast with Miss Wormley!

It’s finals time at HWS and students have been working away this entire week! On Tuesday December 16, Assistant Director of Opportunity Programs hosted a warm breakfast with ready-to-order omelets! Students were very grateful! We also asked students why they chose the IC as their finals’ place of study:

“Easy access to computer, and its more comfortable than the Library.” — Oluwaseum Adetola H’17

“Comfortable and warm, and there are less people here than at the Library.” —Anabel Rosales WS’15

“More food–snacks are great but the food is awesome.”– Denisse Cotto WS’15


Poetry in the Community!

Denisse Cotto ’15, the IC Cultural Weekend Planner intern, created a workshop for kids at the Boys and Girls Club at the Geneva Community Center. It became a session of female empowerment and creativity.


HWS Solidarity with Ferguson

“Black Lives Matter” has been the theme of the past couple of weeks here at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. After the non-indictment of two police officers, a spur of rage and activism has infected the campus. From Facebook posts to Instagram and in person conversations, students, faculty and staff have spoken out. On December 1st students,staff and faculty coordinated a peaceful protest march throughout campus ending with a forum at the Barn.

Then on December 10th, students hosted a “Die-In” in the Scandling Center. Students, faculty and staff “fell to the ground” for 28 minutes (representative of the time–every 28 hours a black man is killed due to police or vigilante justice). Afterward there were speeches by participants of the peaceful protest spoke about their feelings toward the current situation in the US and their desires for action on a micro and macro level. 

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Toward the end of the “Die-In” President of the Geneva Chapter NAACP, Lucile Mallard invited the HWS community to join Geneva community members at the Mt. Calvary Church of God in Christ. So on Sunday December 14, students, faculty and staff  gathered at the campus chapel and marched down to the church and attended the service in solidarity with people of Geneva as well as so many others in the United States. Be on the lookout for this Spring 2015– the fight for justice continues!

“I thank HWS Colleges students and faculty for having the courage to stand up and be heard.”— Lucile Mallard, President of the Geneva Chapter NAACP


Thanksgiving Break @ the IC

Over Thanksgiving Break, the Intercultural Affairs Center hosted a series of events throughout the weekend. These events were sponsored by RHA, Student Activities and the Intercultural Affairs Center. On Wednesday, the student were treated to Dana’s Time Out. On Thanksgiving Day, there was a thanksgiving feast. On Friday, the Intercultural Affairs Center hosted a movie screening with food brought from Main Moon. On Saturday, the students were treated to pizza and a free entry to the Geneva Recreational Center. Here are some pictures and comments from the events,

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“The IC feels like my home away from home. Everyone is so friendly and accepting.” Aislinn Raftis WS’15

“Thank you for providing a Thanksgiving feast!” San-Fan Hong WS’16

“It was great. A real family environment.” Jedidiah Collins H’18


German Presentation about the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Last Monday, the German Club held a presentation on the Fall of the Berlin Wall to commemorate the 25th anniversary since the event. Here are some pictures from the event: