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Archive for May, 2016

Coming Home: Justus Bey H’91

Justus Bey H’91 and his daughter Tai-Ling Bey were visiting the campus and he decided to stop by the IC. Tai-Ling will be joining the HWS community in the Fall! Justus Bey is currently the owner of Superior Innovations based in Dallas Texas. Hfounded the Chinese Club and the Kung Fu Club when he was a student and was an active member of Sankofa and LAO! He says,

“While I graduated with an Asian Studies degree, I am currently the owner of an IT consulting company. One of the best skills I learned at Hobart was writing — writing will serve you in all facets of your professional life.”

It was a pleasure to have him at the IC and we hope to see Tai-ling here come this Fall!

Interviews at the IC for Commencement 2016

Students at the IC and their families were asked to be interviewed during their special day. Below is but a bit of what they left behind before they left. We did not let anyone be camera shy on this day!


Come One, Come All!


MLK Scholarship Dinner At HWS

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The annual MLK Scholarship dinner was hosted at HWS by the Martin Luther King Committee of Geneva. Many members from the Geneva community were on hand to commemorate the scholarship recipients. Some 10 students received scholarships of $1000 to $2,5000 towards their education. Moreover, these students were mentored by members of the committee as well. Jordan Meyers, alumna of William Smith College and former MLK scholarship recipient,  was the commencement speaker for the event. She delivered a message of drive, perseverance, and grit. Chanelling part of MLK’s message from his “I Have a Dream” speech, Jordan shared her personal dreams for society moving forward. The scholarship recipients were filled with excitement and emotion, and those there celebrating with them were also thrilled to be part of the event. Till next year!

The IC Welcomes the Families of the Class of 2016


The Intercultural Affairs House (The IC) had the pleasure of welcoming students from the graduating class of 2016 and their families during commencement weekend. It was a fun-filled time with students sharing their monumental accomplishments with family and friends. We came together for dinner the day before graduation and lunch once it was all over.  Our time was spent sharing stories, playing games (Pool), doing interviews, and bumping to the music provided by yours truly,”DJ BNASTY”.  Professor Molina and Mr. Burruto were on hand to welcome everyone. It was obvious that everyone had a great time. I am personally infinitely grateful to have a homey space on campus in which families of the IC family can come together and chill. Everyone seemed comfortable and filled! We as students use the space for many things throughout our four years here at HWS, and getting to share that space with family was obviously an immense pleasure for all. Much love to all of my friends confidently heading into the real world! Congratulations once again Class of 2016!!!! Stay on the look out for the Picassa link to all the photos taken during commencement!

~Life at the IC~


Michael Ortiz H’16 came to say goodbye to his mentors at the Intercultural Affairs House before joining the rest of his class this Sunday for commencement.

Students enjoy pizza night at the IC after a long day of working in preparation of commencement among other things.
“Having something to eat after finals was an amazing way to end the semester! Pizza and friends – there is nothing in the world that can beat that! Emits Mendoza-Gaspar H’17.”

Encounters With Our Alums

Kelly Smith WS ’13 met up with the director of Intercultural Affairs House, Professor Alejandra Molina, at the theater production eclipsed. Eclipse tells the story of five extraordinary women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia. It’s a stirring tale of hope, humor and resilience – and the only new play by a woman on Broadway this season. Also starring Pascale Armand (The Trip to Bountiful ), Akosua Busia (The Color Purple, film), Zainab Jah (“Law & Order: SVU”) and Saycon Sengloh (Motown ).IMG_7591