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Archive for February, 2016

Our Students Abroad: Jasmine Gonzalez ’17

This week we are catching up with one of our students Jasmine Gonzalez ’17! She is currently studying abroad in Aix en provence, France. Here are some of her reflections thus far:

“Hello from the South of France!  A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting Le Cap Canaille, Europe’s highest sea cliffs located in Cassis, France.  I had a sublime view of the Mediterranean Sea, the town of Cassis, and the beautiful mountains surrounding the town.  The panorama I took of the view doesn’t even capture its stunning quality. It was breath-taking, and not to mention slightly terrifying to stand that close to the edge of the highest cliff drop in all of Europe!” -Jasmine Gonzalez ’17


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Coming Home: Lilliana Mendoza WS ’15

Lilliana Mendoza WS’15 graduated this past year and returned this weekend to campus. She caught up with friends as well as the changes that have happened on campus such as the new building, Gearan Center for Performing Arts. She also met up with Professor Alejandra Molina, Director of the Intercultural Affairs House, and spoke about her job and her life after college.

“I returned to campus for a few days–this time as an alum! Walking on campus again has me thinking about the walks to class and the library, which I do miss. I spent a lot of my time at the IC and it was great to discuss with students about their spring semester. I especially enjoyed the excitement around graduation coming in a few months! I graduated in 2015, but came back in the Fall to completemy student teaching at a local Geneva elementary school. Following student teaching, I returned to NYC where I currently hold a position as an Assistant teacher at a Spanish Immersion Preschool program in Brookly, N.Y. Additionally, I am working towards the completion of my NYS Dual Elementary/Special Education Teaching Certification. Future plans include working in NYC’s public schools and eventually pursuing a Master’s degree in Bilingual Education. My dream job is to teach at the elementary school I attended! I plan to combine my passions and talents to work towards giving back to my community by working with families in and out of school to develop their strengths. I hope to be back for upcoming events hosted by the cultural clubs. I miss HWS and the IC family dearly and am grateful for the support I continue to have despite having graduated!”- Lilliana Mendoza ’15

Liliana Mendoza WS16 y Molina Feb 2016

Alger L. Adams Dinner 2016

It was September, 1928. A young man named Alger L. Adams arrived in Geneva, having traveled by bus half way across the country from Omaha, Nebraska. The Episcopal Bishop in his home parish had arranged, through an acquaintance with then-Hobart College President Murray Bartlett, for the bright and promising young man to receive a scholarship to attend Hobart College. He was the first African American to graduate from Hobart College.

Today, the Alger L. Adams annual dinner recognizes students of various cultures who have overcome challenges to succeed academically. For this year’s dinner, Innis Baah H’10 is a senior consultant at Deloitte & Touche. He had a double major in Economics & Africana Studies.

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“There is a season for everything.
This is the season to study as hard as you can!” -Innis Baah

Cultural Clubs Celebrate!

The Lunar New Year is the most important event in the Chinese lunar calendar. The months of this calendar are determined by the cycles of the moon. The Lunar New Year is also known as the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, depending on the region. The celebration lasts from Feb. 7 until 13. It is traditional for Chinese families to welcome the New Year by spending time with their extended family.

The HWS Asian Student Union (ASU) hosted its annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 13. The event, commemorated the year of the fire monkey, which took place at the Geneva Ramada Lakefront Inn.

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“I always enjoy the food and vibrancy that the students bring with them as well as learning about traditions from the different Asian countries that are represented,” reflects Darline Polanco Wattles ’09, assistant director of the Intercultural Affairs Office.

Cultural Clubs Celebrate!

The Caribbean Student Association raised $1,600 for the Beverly Animal Shelter in Waterloo, N.Y., a privately-owned animal care center in need of financial assistance, through their event, Charity Date Auction.

Utilizing a game-show format and drawing a standing-room-only crowd to the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center, the event was a chance for students and community members to support the local organization while enjoying an evening of comedy and mutual appreciation. Eighteen students – representing various HWS volunteer communities – were “auctioned off” for a date with the highest bidder.


“It’s not the traditional sit-down dinner but is instead an event that is run like a game show with interaction and endless jokes from the contestants, host and audience alike,” explained CSA Prime Minister Shaakir McIntosh-Samuel ’16 before the auction. “This event will give students an opportunity to witness the sense of unity and unselfish love that exists within a school such as HWS especially in time for Valentine’s Day.” 



Middle School/High School Students Campus Visit

Middle School/High School students visited campus this week through a program that Teaganne Finn WS ’16 organized in collaboration with Rural and Migrant Ministry.  It provided them the opportunity to see and learn about college, leadership and the chance to meet and talk with current students, Marisela Palafox WS ’18 and Neill Jaico H’16.

Their visit consisted of the following:

11:00-Meet at CCL (Centennial Center for Leadership)

Introductions: (Alejandra, Teaganne, and Kaylyn)

11:15-12:00- Kaylyn teaches class in CCL room on first floor

12:00-12:30- Tour campus briefly

12:30-1:30-Lunch and speak with Marisela Palafox (Cellar Pub)

1:30-2:00- Go to IC (Intercultural Affairs House) meet Neill Jaico and hang out until they have to leave 


“I was so glad that I was able to bring this youth group on campus. It made me extremely happy to see the smiles and laughs on each of their faces. I think giving them this college experience was just what they all needed to get them thinking about college. They all had a fun time and they got to eat at the pub and meet some stupendous students from IC. Thank you Marisela and Neill for taking time out of your days to meet these students! For these students going to college is a struggle but being on a campus and taking a leadership class with Kaylyn O’Brien really opened up their eyes. The whole day went amazingly and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I am so happy they enjoyed their time on campus and I am really going to treasure that day!” -Teaganne Finn WS ’16

Saturday’s Ski Trip to Bristol

As the weekend approaches, the students are getting ready for the first trip of the semester, Bristol Ski Trip. It will be this Saturday, February 13th from 12 pm to 6 pm. The price is  $25- lift only and  $30 -Rental and lift. It will be led by two Fullbright, Hiba Amro and Yvonne Brieger. We hope you will be able to attend this trip!

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