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HWS 2017 Commencement at the IC!

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Once again the Intercultural Affairs house hosted students and their families for lunch and dinner during commencement weekend. Students brought their families, got their photos with IC staff, shared stories, and food. It is always a pleasure getting to share with families such momentous and meaningful accomplishments. We had good weather and so families got to be outside which is always a plus. Until next time graduates! We are sure you will visit us when you come back and visit. Best wishes on the journeys you are to embark on!

CGASJ Clubs Spring Clean Up!

Board members of the Cultural, Global Awareness and Social Justice Clubs got together on Sunday, April 30 at the IC and dug through things old and new. Together, they looked at all the stuff they have left over from the year and cleaned up all material left over from their events. The objects not used will be donated to the annual HWS Community Barn Sale!

For information about the Barn Sale click here!

It was great to get all of the students leaders together in one space thinking about the material items which they have and how they could reduce, reuse, and recycle. It also felt like we were all bonding over a common project! — Darline Polanco Wattles, Assistant Director Intercultural Affairs

HWS Students in the Community

Members of the Latin American Student Organization (LAO) participated in Geneva’s West Street School’s Festival de Primavera. The festival was held Tuesday evening and kicked off with Spanish language songs and poetry. Activities after the performance included maraca painting, paper flower making, a costume photo booth, games, and food from El Morro, a local Puerto Rican restaurant.

For more information about this event, check this link!

“It was a great festival where all the kids and their families got together to see amazing visual and vocal performances.  And it was beautiful to see many young and older faces learning and enjoying such a great festival that promoted LatinX cultures.”  Yesica Bello

Trip to Canandaigua’s Rheinblick Restaurant

Friederike Jandewerth, the Julius G. Blocker ’53 Teaching Fellow for the German Area Studies, and the German Area Studies Department organized a trip to Canaindagua’s Rheinblick restaurant. Students enjoyed a delicious authentic German dinner to celebrate the beginning of summer and the end of classes.


The food was delicious and I really enjoyed the company! Jared Ratzel H’18

Event was so good! Amazing experience! Learned a lot! Huruizhen Qin H’19

Poetic Installation

On Thursday, April 27 Spanish and Hispanic Studies Professor Manuel Portillo organized a Poetical Installation and Conversation with students of SPAN 460. Students shared thoughts on their favorite contemporary poets from México. One of the poets students presented about was Dolores Dorantes, who actually visited the HWS campus to present her own poetry.

Poetry is an artistic, literary way in which people share emotion and experiences. By looking at international poetry, we can gain an understanding about the culture and society in which in was published. April is actually National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world.

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I loved having the opportunity to present my work on a Mexican woman author. Also, I think it’s very effective that we invited the public so that they could enjoy and learn on the different poetic installations.

Me encantó la oportunidad de presentar mi trabajo sobre una autora mexicana. También, me parece muy efectivo que lo invitamos el público para que pudiera gozar y aprender sobre todas las instalaciones de los autores. Micaela Carney WS’18

While reading the poetry of the contemporary Mexican poet, Luis Felipe Fabre, I was especially struck by the way he used humor and irony in his poetry in a manner that we had not been exposed to with the other poets that we studied in class. This intrinsically motivated me to keep researching his story and his work even further and helped shape the installation into what it became.  Daniel Magin H’18

Trip to Rochester Restaurant

Malik Al-Masoodi, Fulbright Arabic Foreign Language Assistant and Political Science Professor Stacy Yadav organized a trip to Sultan Lebanese Cuisine & Bakery for students as a closing to the academic year. Students enjoyed spending time off campus and a delicious meal to celebrate the end of classes and finals. The group enjoyed authentic Middle Eastern classics such as shawarma & savory flatbreads in a warm & casual surrounding.

For more information about Sultan, check out their website.

Being an Arabic Fulbright FLTA, I am trying to make the most of this sharing-culture-opportunity. Thanks to Professor Stacey Philbrick Yadav, the Middle East Studies and Professor Alejandra Molina, the Intercultural Affairs, the HWS Arabic students went on a trip to an Arabic restaurant restaurant in Rochester. As we are approaching the end of the semester, the trip was an outlet and a wonderful goodbye event. It was an excellent opportunity to put the students’ Arabic in real practice, learn about the Arabic recipes and culture, try Arabic food, and have fun outside the classroom setting. — Malik Al Masoodi, Arabic Fulbright FLTA

I really enjoyed being able to experience Arabic food in an authentic Arabic environment. The food was good and I was able to listen to a lot of people speaking Arabic. — Julia Dexter WS’17

This was a fantastic event! The food was delicious and it was an excellent way to end the semester. — Ryan Skinner H’19

I really enjoyed the trip! The food was delicious and made me even more excited to study abroad in the Middle East. — Jennifer Hekking WS’19