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Archive for March, 2018

Director of our Center Shares her Expertise!

On Tuesday, March 20, the Director of Intercultural Affairs, Professor Alejandra Molina, shared her research on farmworker women and provided suggestions on community engagement with regard to immigrant issues. Students from the College of Brockport, Vassar, and Harvard were all present at the Rural Worker Education Center in Lyons, New York.

HWS offers students with an Alternative Spring Break option in Lyons, New York, focusing on the Rural & Migrant Ministry. This organization works for the creation of a just, rural New York State through: nurturing leadership; standing with the disenfranchised, especially farmworkers and rural workers; and changing unjust systems and structures. HWS students who decide to participate in this spring break trip will get the chance to stand with workers from South and Central American countries (including Mexico, Jamaica, and Haiti), and examine the various power and privilege dynamics between large agribusinesses and the rural workers.

For more information on Alternative Spring Breaks, check out the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning’s website here.

One Stop @ IC and Get the Advice YOU May Need!

The IC is excited to introduce Academic and Career Sundays, now offered every Sunday for the rest of the semester. If you’re looking for help or guidance with any of your academic work, take advantage of your peers with expertise in different departments! A different representative from the Homework Circle, Math Hour, Career Assistance, Writing Fellows, and Q Fellows will all be available to support you with your academic endeavors. Peer learning cultivates community through trust, support, safety, and friendship. Sometimes it’s easier to seek help from a peer, rather than a professor or an adult, so these sessions can benefit your learning in multiple ways.

Sundays are a great day to recoup and organize yourself for the upcoming week, so why not spend some time at the IC doing just that?

“Way more helpful than I thought it would be. Would recommend to any other student!” –Kenisha Ross ’19

Comments from Writing Fellows Session:

Why did you attend?  How will you incorporate the knowledge this session provided to the skills you have acquired so far as a student?

“To have another pair of eyes catch anything that I missed.  Try to implement using filler words.”Isabelle Jeppsen ’21

For more information on peer learning, check out these two articles: The Benefits of Peer Learning and Why peer mentoring is an effective approach for promoting college student success.


Cross Cultural Coffee Hour with Ren Workman

Ren Workman WS’18 spent last fall semester studying in Hanoi, Vietnam through the Center for Global Education at HWS. Prior to leaving for her study abroad experience, Ren applied and was granted a Fund for Education Abroad scholarship, as well as the CGE’s SIIF Grant. Through this award, Ren had the opportunity to learn about the culture of Vietnamese performing arts. She also learned how to play the Dan Day, a three-stringed lute of Vietnamese origin.

During the Cross Cultural Coffee Hour, members of the HWS community listened as Ren shared her experiences living, studying, and working in Vietnam, as well as showed off her recent ability to play the Dan Day.

The IC loves to encourage students to share their experiences from their semesters abroad with the HWS community, to share a different perspective and outlook. Learning about different cultures and countries is a great way to expand your beliefs and learn something new.

For more photos of the event, check out the album here.

Writing Table with Professor Babbitt

Assistant Professor of English and Writing and Rhetoric, Geoffery Babbitt hosted a Writing Table at the IC where he offered HWS students advice during all steps of their writing process. As the semester begins to get busier with assignments, seeking help and advice from professors is always helpful.

Professor Babbitt is an accomplished writer, and just recently published a book of poetry, Appendices Pulled from a Study on Light, published in February by Spuyten Duyvil. According to the HWS Update, “Babbitt’s poems and essays have appeared in North American Review, Pleiades, Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, Notre Dame Review, TYPO, Tarpaulin Sky, The Collagist, Interim, Western Humanities Review and elsewhere. Raised in Boise, Idaho, he studied at Connecticut College and earned his Ph.D. in creative writing at the University of Utah. He joined the HWS faculty in 2012 and currently coedits Seneca Review.” For more information about Professor Babbitt and his work, check out HWS’ article here.

There is another Writing Table coming up on Thursday, March 29 from 8:30-10:00 p.m. Please feel free to stop by with any questions you might have about your writing assignments, from prewriting to drafting and editing.

“This session provided me with new skills I can apply as a student. I was introduced to new grammatical terms.” –Al Sarker ’20

“This session provided me with new skills I can apply as a student.  I learned a technique regarding that my topic sentences reflect my theses.” — Isabelle Jeppsen ’21

 “This session provided me with new skills I can apply as a student. Improved my writing structure.” –Alex Casper ’20

Career Chat with Brandi Ferrara

Director of Career Services, Brandi Ferrara, hosted another Career Chat at the IC. Students met with Brandi to discuss different job and internship opportunities, seek help with their resumes, cover letters, and portfolios, and ask questions about their professional goals. Spring semester is a busy semester for all students, particularly those seeking job and internship opportunities for the summer.

“Will this new knowledge impact my personal values, yes, appreciate and explore my networks for internships.”Christopher Bell ’19 

“I will use this knowledge to apply for an internship.” Daniel Mastromarino ’21

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Career Services is located in the first floor of Trinity Hall and works to provide all HWS students with professional help and advice. The office is constantly communicating with “internal and external partners to facilitate a comprehensive process that assists students in realizing and fulfilling their career objectives.” For more information about the office, or to make an appointment to meet with an advisor, visit their website here.


Self Branding and Effective Communication: A Conversation with Nicole M. Williams

On Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. Nicole M. Williams presented “Building your Personal Brand (and Your Career).” Williams is an accomplished lifestyle blogger, podcaster and branding and communications consultant. During her presentation, she shared personal and professional options to careers, lessons she’s learned, and will be addressing student specific issues, offering guidance, and exploring options to develop an action plan to help students move forward with purpose.

The next day, Williams held one-on-one sessions with students and assisted them with their LinkedIn accounts, resumes and honed in on their presentation of their skills. Students were grateful for the individual meetings, where Williams tailored her advice and help to the student’s specific needs.

For more information about Nicole M. Williams and her work, check out her website here.

I was so grateful to meet Nicole and for her to take the time to meet with me one-on-one. She helped me with my LinkedIn account, as well as my resume and cover letter. It was great to meet someone as accomplished as Nicole, and even more amazing that she was so willing to help me with my future goals. Monika von Brauchitsch, WS’18

For more photos of the event, check out the album here.

Language and Culture at IC! Arabic and Italian Film Screenings

There were two movie screenings at the IC within the past few weeks, both featuring foreign films. Film is a powerful way to learn about a culture and enhance your language skills. Engaging in film screenings provide viewers with a window into a culture, where they can learn more about a different country or region of the world.

One screening featured La vita è Bella, a 1998 Italian comedy-drama film. The movie won the Grand Prix at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, 9 David di Donatello Awards, including Best Film in Italy, and 3 Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Roberto Benigni. This event was sponsored by Parliamone! Italian Conversation Table and the Cultural Italian-American Organization (C.I.A.O). 

The other screening featured Caramel, a 2007 romantic-comedy Lebanese film. This film won three awards at the San Sebastian Film Festival and the Abu Dhabi Black Pearl for Best Actress for Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Al Masri, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisele Aouad, Siham Haddad and Asiza Semaan during the Middle east International film festival 2007.