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Guide for New Students

Worlds of Experience. Lives of Consequence.

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Academic 18 Resources

Enhance Your 26 HWS Experience Living at HWS 34 Health and 42 Wellness  Finances 50 Living in Geneva 



Welcome From the President


here have been many moments of great pride in the ten years of my presidency, moments when hard work, passion and dedication have resulted in incredible experiences, opportunities and outcomes for our students. There were several such moments during a series of recent career exploration programs when students and faculty traveled to locations around the country to meet with alums who generously shared career advice in fields ranging from finance to film.

Worlds of Experience. Lives of Consequence.

In Los Angeles, during an on-set visit to the television show “Glee,” co-creator and executive producer Brad Falchuk, who graduated from Hobart in 1993, graciously thanked Professor of English Elisabeth Lyon for her mentorship. He told students that he uses what he learned in her classes every day in his career, and that she instilled in him a belief that taking artistic risks is essential to success. In attending Hobart and William Smith, you join a community of gifted faculty, staff, fellow students and alums. Like Brad Falchuk, you will develop close and rewarding partnerships with faculty members. You’ll be piloted through a rich and varied curriculum and given the tools and support necessary to define and realize your goals. You’ll study in other countries, intern with top companies and connect with the community on the deepest levels. Your experiences will change the way you see yourself and others, and expand your view of the world. Whether you know where you’d like to be in four years or you’re still investigating options, a Hobart and William Smith education will give you the knowledge and skills to exceed your own expectations. You will leave campus with the clarity and confidence to successfully navigate a rapidly changing world and ready to tackle new challenges. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Hobart and William Smith Colleges. I look forward to meeting you on campus this spring and again during Orientation in August. Sincerely,

Mark D. Gearan President

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Your Journey Starts Here



Welcome to the Hobart and William Smith Family!


e’re the First-Year Deans—Associate Dean Lisa Kaenzig for William Smith students and Assistant Dean David Mapstone ’93 for Hobart students— and we can’t wait to meet you during Orientation weekend under the matriculation tent. Our sole responsibility is making sure that your transition to college — both academically and socially — is smooth. During your first few weeks on campus, we’ll meet with you periodically to talk about your classes and residence experience, and we’ll continue to be a resource for you throughout your academic career. The ‘Guide for New Students’ is intended to give you background information on all things Hobart and William Smith. If you have any questions over the next several weeks—questions about packing, courses, the curriculum, roommates, or even how to deal with your parents—don’t hesitate to contact us. Dean Kaenzig can be reached at (315) 781-3467 or Dean Mapstone can be contacted at (315) 781-3300 or We look forward to meeting you! Lisa Kaenzig and David Mapstone ’93 First-Year Deans, Hobart and William Smith

Meet the Deans Associate Dean of William Smith College Lisa Kaenzig assists with academic, co-curricular and residential matters, facilitating the Orientation program and The First Generation Initiative. Kaenzig earned her B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.A. from George Washington University. Her Ph.D. is in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership from the College of William and Mary. She is a member of the Global Education Committee and teaches through the Reader’s College program and HWS Leads.

Assistant Dean of Hobart College David Mapstone ’93 coordinates the Learning Community program and the PreOrientation Adventure Program. He earned a B.A. in psychology from Hobart College in 1993 and was a member of the lacrosse team and senior honor society. He received his M.A. from Syracuse University. As the assistant dean for Hobart College, he is the adviser for Druids, the senior honor society, and serves on the Individual Majors Committee and the Off-Campus Studies Program.

In addition to helping you adjust to campus life during your first days on campus, the Deans will become a big part of your day-to-day life. Each office supports rich and varied campus traditions, including the John Henry Hobart Matriculation Ceremony for Hobart students and the Opening Day Celebration for William Smith students. They also sponsor a variety of required programs for first-year students, including visits from special speakers and common readings.

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What is Orientation? You’ll arrive on Friday, August 26


ll incoming students participate in Orientation, giving you a chance to explore campus, make new friends and learn about the people and services available to assist you as you make the transition to college life. First-year students have a three-day program, and international students have a six-day program. International students should refer to the supplement for International Students included with this handbook for more information. Here’s how the weekend will unfold for first-year students: You’ll arrive on Friday, August 26, and head immediately to the Orientation Tent on the Quad where you’ll shake hands with the President and your Dean, get your room key and meet some important people who will help you transition to HWS. Once you’ve done all of that, it’s time to head to your room, meet your roommate and unpack. Upper class students will be on hand to help you find your room and move in. While you’re moving in, staffers from IT will be in the residence halls to help you get connected to the campus network if you need it. After a few hours your family will go off to participate in some information sessions and you’ll head out to the Quad to meet other firstyear students. Before you know it, it’ll be time to say “goodbye for now” to your family, and you’ll officially be a college student! During your second day on campus, you’ll get out into the community to participate in a service project with upperclass HWS students and local community members. (For more information, check out the Enhancing Your HWS Experience section of this Guide.) You’ll also have an opportunity to meet with your adviser to go over your course schedule and make any necessary changes before classes begin and participate in sessions about time management and campus resources. You’ll receive a full schedule of the weekend’s events in August, and a personalized schedule will be available when you arrive on August 26.




The Orientation Web site By May 15, you will receive a username and password to log into the Orientation Web site at The Orientation Web site is an important source of information and updates, as well as a place where you can provide us with vital information. The information we ask you to provide will be used by our deans and faculty to select the courses, professors and roommates that will be the best possible fit for you so that you’re free to explore everything that HWS has to offer. Once you log on, you can also access a math placement exam (should you need to take it), let us know what clubs you’re interested in and complete the application for the Pre-Orientation Adventure Program.

By May 15, you will receive a username and password

You’ll also be asked to complete a Student Health Form and a Disabilities Disclosure Form, which may require a visit to your doctor. Download the forms via the Orientation Web site, complete them, and mail them back to the Colleges as soon as possible. You will be unable to begin classes until your paperwork is on file. Also, if you plan to work on campus, make sure to take a look at the Employment Requirement task and plan to bring completed W-2 and I-9 forms and any necessary documentation to campus with you on August 26—the Office of Human Resources will be on hand to verify and return your documents. If you are having trouble accessing the Orientation Web site, contact our Help Desk at (315) 781-4357 or If you have any questions about filling out the forms or any of the information on the site, contact the Orientation Office at (315) 781-3041 or Please note: The forms we ask you to complete on the Orientation Web site are called “tasks” throughout the Orientation Web site and this Handbook.

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Pre-Orientation Adventure Program Pack your bags for adventure and set off for four days of exploration before Orientation begins! The Pre-Orientation Adventure Program (POAP) is a five-day outdoor adventure offered to incoming first-year Hobart and William Smith students. If you like to hike, camp and kayak, then POAP is a great chance to meet classmates, learn new skills, ease into the collegiate lifestyle and have fun before classes start. Each trip includes several first-year students as well as two upperclass guides and a staff member. The program is comprised of separate, concurrently-running trips, including backpacking and kayaking adventures in the Adirondack Mountains and the Finger Lakes region. Each outing is designed for different experience levels, so whether you’ve hiked the Presidential Range or only camped out in your backyard one time, you are welcome. In years past, there has also been a trip designed for students interested in engaging in the Geneva community through service and volunteerism. For more information about specific destinations and projects, visit the Orientation Web site in May. The HWS Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Program (ORAP) will be able to provide a limited number of students with backpacks, sleeping bags and two person tents. Equipment will be provided on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to indicate any equipment needs when you apply in May. A limited amount of financial aid is available for students who qualify. More information about each trip as well as cost and financial aid information will be available on the Orientation Web site, and you can sign up for the trip by completing the Pre-Orientation Adventure Program task on the Orientation Web site. Sign up early to ensure a spot on your prefrerred trip. For more information about the program, click the POAP tab on the Orientation Web site or contact Assistant Dean of Hobart College David Mapstone ’93 at or (315) 781-3300.



Timeline and Response Dates April 4 Orientation Web site goes live, including: • Biographical Information task • Medical Information task • Lifestyle task • Sports Medicine task • Employment Requirement task May 1 Enrollment deadline for accepted students May 2 New tasks available on the Orientation Web site, including: • Academic Direction task • Math Placement Exam • Pre-Orientation Adventure Program task • Extracurricular Activities task May 22 • Academic Direction and Lifestyles tasks due Mid-July Course and housing information available online, including: • Academic adviser • Course schedule • Residence hall assignment • Contact information for roommate(s) • Your campus phone number • Your campus mailing address July 11 First fall bill mailed, including: • Student accounts information • Payment plan information (must be completed by August 1) August 1 Payment plan enrollment deadline *Please note: Forms on the Orientation Web site are called “tasks”

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Make the most of HWS

Class in the Blackwell Room.




Academics Our Academic Philosophy


t Hobart and William Smith, we’ve built our education around seeing the world from multiple perspectives. If you can imagine and create connections among numerous spheres of study or thought, then you can manage, enable and even maximize change with confidence. Under the mentorship of faculty and guided by a curriculum grounded in exploration and rigor, Hobart and William Smith students are educated broadly and deeply. You will complete courses that are both disciplinary – deeply focused on a single area of study – and interdisciplinary – reaching across disciplines and drawing on a variety of departments. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to test out what you’ve learned in the classroom in real life through service-learning, internship and job opportunities. Education students are able to teach in local schools. Scientists participate in hands-on research. Environmental policy students work with local governments to enact real change. At Hobart and William Smith, students typically take four courses per semester. Most classes are small—usually only 14 or 15 students—allowing faculty and students to participate in discussions and debates in a small, intimate group. Discussions and assignments are designed to hone writing, speaking, critical thinking and other skills necessary to be competitive when seeking employment. Though there are no courses required of HWS students other than a FirstYear Seminar, there are several requirements that we ask you to complete before you can graduate. The requirements include: • Address each of the institution’s eight educational goals and objectives (more information on page 10) • Complete any potential faculty-mandated writing requirements • Pass 32 courses (including achieving minimum grade and GPA standards) • Complete a major and a minor or a second major. Of the major and minor (or second major), one must be disciplinary and the other interdisciplinary. When you’ll do it: • You’ll declare your major in the middle of your sophomore year. • You’ll declare a minor or second major by early in your junior year. • During your junior year, you’ll work with your adviser to complete a Baccalaureate Plan that describes your progress toward completion of the requirements of the major, the minor and the goals. The plan identifies any additional work needed to complete the degree requirements.

Growing a Great Relationship

Here are some tips for growing a rewarding relationship with your faculty mentor:


Be a great student: get your homework done on time, do the readings and lend an insightful perspective in class.


Stop by your professor’s office hours to talk about coursework, politics, the news, anything really. Keep the lines of communication open.


Ask questions when you don’t understand something to show that you’re willing to learn and are genuinely interested.


Attend out-of-class lectures or discussions that your professor suggests. If your professor leads a Reader’s College course, consider taking it.


Ask if your professor needs a research assistant or any help with an academic project he or she is working on. Let your professor know if you’ve got an idea you’d like to research.

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The Eight Goals Every Hobart and William Smith student works in conjunction with a faculty adviser to fulfill these eight goals before graduation: Goal 1: Develop skills for effective communication, including the ability to read and listen critically and to speak and write effectively.

Design a program that meets your interests and fulfills degree requirements

Goal 2: Develop skills for critical thinking and argumentation, including the ability to articulate a question, to identify and gain access to appropriate information, to organize evidence and to construct a complex written argument. Goal 3: Develop the ability to reason quantitatively, including an understanding of magnitude and proportion, the ability to visualize those abstractions and the ability to apply them to a problem. Goal 4: Experience scientific inquiry and understand the nature of scientific knowledge in both its promise and limitations. Goal 5: Develop an appreciation of artistic expression based in the experience of a fine or performing art. This goal exercises each individual’s capacity for artistic expression through direct participation in a creative artistic endeavor. Goal 6: Develop an intellectually grounded foundation for understanding differences and inequalities of gender, race and class. Goal 7: Acquire critical knowledge of the multiplicity of world cultures, as expressed for example, in their languages, histories, literatures, philosophies, religious and cultural traditions, social and economic structures and modes of artistic expression. Goal 8: Develop an intellectually grounded foundation for ethical judgment and action, deriving from a deep, historically-informed examination of the beliefs and values embedded in our views and experience. The eight goals and objectives can be achieved in the context of many different programs of study, so you must work with your academic adviser to design a program of study that both meets your academic needs and fulfills all of the requirements for a degree. Our curriculum is designed to encourage frequent and in-depth communication between you and your academic adviser. Together, you’ll create a personalized plan that fits your needs and objectives.




Traditionally, disciplinary courses of study include chemistry, economics or English. These are fields that require intense study of one subject to adequately understand the field. Interdisciplinary majors or minors cross those traditional boundaries to visualize a subject from multiple points of view, often creating a whole new way of seeing the world. You can’t study environmental science, for example, without comprehending geology, statistics, economics, sociology and politics. The resulting dialogue about environmental science is therefore interdisciplinary.

At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, everyone must complete a major and a minor (or two majors), one of which must be disciplinary and one interdisciplinary.

The chart below is a planning tool when choosing a major or minor. MA JORS MINORS Majors and Minors Disciplinary | Interdisciplinary Disciplinary | Interdisciplinary Aesthetics Africana Studies African Studies African-American Studies American Studies Anthropology Anthropology and Sociology Architectural Studies Art (History) Art (Studio) Arts and Education Asian Languages and Cultures -Chinese -Japanese BioChemistry Biology* Chemistry* Child Advocacy Classics   -Classical Studies   -Greek   -Latin Cognition, Logic, and Language Comparative Literature Computer Science* Critical Social Studies Dance Development Studies Economics Education English Environmental Studies European Studies French and Francophone Studies   -Parcours Multiculturels Track   -Traditions Francaises Track Geoscience* German Area Studies Health Professions History Holocaust Studies International Relations Latin American Studies Law and Society Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Studies Mathematics* Media and Society Men's Studies Music Peace Studies Peer Education in Human Relations Philosophy Physics* Political Science Psychology* Public Policy Studies Public Service Religious Studies Russian History and Society Russian Language and Culture   -Russian Language   -Russian Area Studies The Sacred in Cross-Cultural Perspective Sociology Spanish and Hispanic Studies Theatre Urban Studies Women's Studies Writing and Rhetoric Writing Colleagues Program * Both B.A. and B.S. degree programs offered.

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How’d You Do That? Take a look at these three students and how they addressed some of their objectives:

Sarah Burton ’11 Media and Society major Spanish and Hispanic Studies major “I took a Native American religions course during the spring of my first year, sort of as a fluke, but I ended up loving it! It’s the one and only religion class that I took here but I found that it ended up applying to so many of my other courses. Later, as a junior, I took a couple of anthropology courses, and I ended up writing a lot about Native American culture because it had so sparked my interest.”

Kathryn Bowering ’11 English major Dance major Writing Colleagues Program minor “At Hobart and William Smith, I have the freedom to explore many different areas and express myself creatively. After graduation, I’d like to continue dancing with a company while simultaneously building a career that blends my academic interests with helping others. I’m considering law school, specifically victim advocacy. It’s a lofty goal, but I feel that HWS prepared me well for the challenges ahead.”

Nick Batson ’11 Architecture major Classical Studies minor Aesthetics minor “I’ve always known I wanted to study architecture, but I didn’t know that I would study–and enjoy–creative writing. I first took a creative writing class to fulfill a course for my aesthetics minor, but by the end of the semester I was hooked. I love that writing allows me to be creative in a different medium, using words instead of the 3-dimesional tools in my art and architecture classes.”



The First Year at HWS

Faculty Student Relationships

All this talk about goals, requirements and interdisciplinary majors can be a little intimidating, but your first year at HWS is an opportunity to adjust to college-level work, explore the curriculum and discover new interests. Unless you’re interested in a special degree program, like engineering, pre-med, prelaw or education, you likely won’t have to worry about goals and requirements until your sophomore year. (For more information about special degree programs, see page 14.) This summer, you’ll receive a letter or e-mail from your First-Year Seminar professor, welcoming you to the community and telling you about what to expect from your first semester. Your First-Year Seminar professor will also be your academic adviser, providing additional support as you begin to fully explore the HWS curriculum. (Once you declare your major, you can change your academic adviser as necessary.) During Orientation Weekend, you’ll meet face-to-face with your First-Year Seminar professor and classmates, and once classes start, you’ll continue to meet as a class two or three times a week. First-Year Seminars are designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity, introduce academic expectations and engage you without regard for future major or minor choices. The seminar topics vary each year, as do the professors who teach them, so the classroom discussions are always fresh and interesting. In addition to your First-Year Seminar, you’ll be enrolled in three courses from several different areas of study. This will help you establish a foundation for more advanced work, perhaps even laying the groundwork for what will become your major or minor. During spring semester advising and registration in November, you’ll meet with your academic adviser to discuss your academic interests and any majors or minors you’ve been considering. After you’ve met with your adviser, you will register for classes online. Whether you know what you want to major in or not, keep an open mind when considering your courses. This is a great opportunity to try something new. Remember, your first year is for exploring the curriculum and discovering new areas of academic interest. You’ll spend your spring semester completing the courses you selected with the help of your academic adviser. Throughout the semester, make an effort to talk regularly with your adviser about what interests you and where you’d like to take your studies. By the end of the year, you and your academic adviser will have mapped out a preliminary program of study and maybe even started you on the path to a study abroad experience or internship. In early April, during fall semester advising and registration, you should consider moving on to some more advanced coursework and start narrowing your interests. Maybe you’ll also have some ideas about where you want to intern over the summer.

Maddy August ’11 and Assistant Professor of Psychology Jamie Bodenlos Bodenlos hired August to work on research into how ethnic differences impact the association of mood and anxiety disorders with obesity throughout the summer. The partnership was so fruitful that they decided to continue working together through the regular academic year, with August even making submissions to journals and drafting a National Institutes of Health grant for a new study on health behavior change in firstyear students. What August says: “It’s exciting to apply the concepts I learned in class to an actual research project, but it’s especially exciting to work on a project that will eventually be published. I could have gotten the research experience at a bigger school, but not the one-on-one experience and mentoring that I was able to get with Professor Bodenlos at HWS.”

Max Beckett ’11 and Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Stina Bridgeman

After working with Beckett in her Data Visualization Seminar, Bridgeman recruited him to work on an interdisciplinary project. Under the tutelage of Bridgeman, Beckett developed a new visual modeling program that can efficiently and simultaneously present numerous variables, including meteorological conditions, water profiles and sedimentary data, which will be used by faculty in the biology and geoscience departments as they study conditions on Seneca Lake. What Beckett says: “It was an interesting challenge being in charge of my own project. Professor Bridgemen gave me a lot of freedom to create and code the visualization program, but she was also very supportive. Her knowledge and experience were crucial as I worked through the different types of data and struggled to creatively solve the problems I was presented with.”

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Individual Majors

Students who find that their interests extend beyond the traditional majors and minors at HWS are invited to create their own course of study. The Individual Major is as rigorous as regular department majors, consisting of 11 or 12 courses selected by the student in consultation with a faculty adviser and approved by the Committee on Individual Majors. Individual Majors may be constructed around relatively personalized topics (recent examples include ‘Psychological Aspects of Early Education,’ ‘Processes of Perception’ and ‘Contemporary Folk Cultures’) or around recognized fields of study not offered under a formal organizational structure at the Colleges (recent examples include ‘Ethnomusicology’ and ‘Movement Science’). Students interested in pursuing an Individual Major should speak with a faculty adviser about the feasibility of the program being contemplated.

Learning Communities At Hobart and William Smith, we believe that what we learn, how we think and the way we live are interconnected. Our goal is to ensure that you quickly become part of our community, develop friendships and are challenged academically. All first-year seminars are designed to foster those connections; in addition, we offer a limited number of living options called a Learning Community to first-year students. Those students who enroll in a Learning Community live together on the same floor of a co-ed residence hall, take one or more of the same courses and attend lectures and field trips together outside of class. An upper-class peer mentor often also lives on the floor to provide social and academic support. These living and learning environments focus on shared, active learning, allowing you to link academic and out-of-class experiences and develop common ground and strong bonds with faculty and fellow students. Those students enrolled in a Learning Community tend to achieve higher grade point averages, make friends quickly, forge lasting bonds with faculty members and transition into college life smoothly. There are currently two different kinds of learning communities available at Hobart and William Smith, each allowing students to connect their academic coursework with additional academic or social experiences in order to provide students with a more integrated approach to learning during the first year. 1. Linked Course: The First-Year Seminar is linked to a second academic course taken during the fall semester. The professors work together to link the courses through common readings, themes and projects. 2. Linked Pods: The First-Year Seminar is linked to another First-Year Seminar. As a group, the students in each Seminar participate in field trips, lectures and other special events throughout the academic year. If you’re interested in being part of a Learning Community, make sure you list at least one First-Year Seminar connected to a Learning Community on your academic direction task on the Orientation Web site. A complete list of Learning Community courses will be available on the Orientation Web site in early May.

Pre-Professional Programs

Hobart and William Smith offer a variety of pre-professional programs to help you get started on your way to a career in a specialized field. If you are interested in any of these programs, connect with your adviser as soon as possible to learn about getting involved. Pre-Health: Students interested in health professions benefit from the guidance of a pre-health counselor, academic adviser and the Health Professions Advisory Committee. The program places students in clinical internships and community service experiences and prepares them to apply for medical school and fellowships. This accredited pre-health curriculum is recognized by graduate schools and prepares students for admission tests, on and off-campus research positions and a multitude of leadership opportunities. Pre-Law: Hobart and William Smith offer extensive counseling for pre-law students throughout their undergraduate years. Almost any major offered through HWS can provide the skills and knowledge to prepare a student for law school, as long as it is supplemented with coursework in disciplines such as political science, economics, history, English or philosophy. Internship programs in Geneva, Washington D.C., Switzerland and New York City give students opportunities at worksites including the U.S. Supreme Court, the United Nations, congressional and senatorial offices, the Federal Trade Commission, lobbying organizations and public interest groups. Pre-Business: For students interested in business, the liberal arts can be an extraordinarily effective vehicle. Today’s business entrepreneurs and managers need to think creatively to solve 14 


problems. The long legacy of successful Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ alumni and alumnae attest to this fact. HWS offers joint degree programs with The Simon School of Business at The University of Rochester; The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University; Clarkson University; and the Saunders School of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). These programs allow students to complete the requirements for a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree in one year rather than the usual two or more. A Pre-Business Adviser is also available to help HWS students assess the connection between key business competencies and their interests, values and skills. If you are interested in exploring a career in finance, banking or accounting, e-mail to schedule a preliminary appointment with the Pre-Business Adviser. Engineering: HWS offer joint degree programs in engineering with the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University and the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. In general, students in these programs spend three years at Hobart and William Smith, and then two years at the other institution. At the end of five years, the student receives a B.A. or B.S. from HWS and a B.S. in engineering from the cooperating university. Architecture: Hobart and William Smith offer a 3+4 joint degree program in architecture with Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Typically, students study the first three years at Hobart and William Smith and the last four years at Washington University. After seven years, the student receives a B.A. from the Colleges and an advanced professional degree in architecture from Washington University. Teacher Education: The HWS Education Department offers flexible fieldbased programs leading to certification in childhood education (grades 1-6), childhood and children with disabilities (grades 1-6) and several disciplines at the adolescence level (grades 7-12). These programs are approved by the New York State Education Department. By reciprocal agreement, New York State certification is recognized in most other states. Nursing: HWS and the University of Rochester School of Nursing have established a 4+3 program that provides third-year students a guaranteed seat at the University of Rochester in either the one-year post-baccalaureate program leading to RN licensure or the three-year program leading to nurse practitioner certification. For more information about any of these programs, contact your adviser or the Salisbury Center for Career Services at or (315) 781-3514.

With Honors “Doing honors” is one of the most academically challenging and sophisticated paths that HWS students can take. Qualified students work closely with a faculty mentor to create and complete two or three self-designed independent study courses that concentrate on a single academic idea or theory resulting in a research project, critical paper, or its counterpart in the creative arts (known as the Honors Project). In addition to the Honors Project, an Honors candidate takes a written examination in the Honors field and an oral examination that covers both the Honors Project and the written examination. Starting and finishing a sustained work allows students to pursue skills and interests at an advanced level and grow as a scholar and person. The educational benefits cannot be duplicated in regular, semester-length courses.

Faculty Student Relationships

Bob Taylor ’11 and Associate Professor of Biology Mark Deutschlander

Deutschlander and Taylor have been working together since Taylor’s first week on campus. They’ve studied bird migration habits and conservation, and Deutschlander helped Taylor secure an internship with Project Puffin, a program run in coordination with the Audubon Society. During his senior year, Taylor served as Deutschlander’s teaching colleague for his first-year seminar, “Bird Obsessions: Beauty of the Beast” and completed an honors project on the energetic condition and migratory patterns of the Black-capped Chickadee, a common songbird. What Taylor says: “Professor Deutschlander has been very helpful in guiding me over the past few years and in pursuing my chosen field. I was in his first-year seminar, which focused on birds and their role in human culture, as well as the importance of conserving avian biodiversity. His own passion for birds inspired me and provided direction for my academic studies.” 

Lindsey Hagan ’11 and Assistant Professor of Education Helen McCabe

Hagan and McCabe are both passionate about child advocacy, so they teamed up to create a series of autism training videos used to educate teachers and families in China. Hagan, McCabe and the rest of their team spent three weeks in Nanjing conducting a teaching program for instructors at an organization that serves young children with autism and returned to China several months later to create an additional series of videos. What Hagan says: “When I heard about the project in China and the internship opportunity, I jumped at the chance. It was great to work with Professor McCabe and to directly help families. The status of the school when we first got there was drastically different than when we left. Our program helped the teachers to realize their ability and their full potential. The students, as well, showed improvement.”

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Senior Sarah Canavan wrote a book for teenagers called “A Friend, Indeed: A teenager’s guide to facing serious illness in peers,” with support from her adviser Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Cheryl Forbes. Martha Beltz ’11 worked with Dean of William Smith Cerri Banks on a project about education policy. Her paper looks at inequalities in education, the history of education reform and the ‘No Child Left Behind’ and ‘Race to The Top’ policies. Cameron Avelis ’11 wrote “Advanced Methods for Protein Simulation” with his adviser, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Alan van Giessen. His project uses computer simulation to gain insight into polypeptides. Senior Courtney Good wrote a cultural biography of Henry Ford, placing his controversial public and private behavior into historical context. Her mentor is Professor of History Clifton Hood. Anna Rusch ’11, with support from Professor of Art Pat Mathews, studied a group of Jewish artists who worked for the Nazis by day but drew illegal images of life inside Theresienstadt by night.

The Senior Symposium The Senior Symposium allows HWS seniors to present their research and creative projects to the HWS community. The annual Symposium reflects and honors the breadth and depth of the work HWS students are doing across a diverse spectrum of disciplines. The Symposium is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to come together in celebration of the academic rigor and the power and possibility inherent in an HWS education, but it’s also an important part of an HWS education in and of itself. Leading up to the Symposium, HWS seniors take a series of workshops and skillbuilding sessions about public speaking, poster-making and abstract-writing, helping them pull together high-level presentations while learning important skills that will serve them in their future careers. The 2010 Symposium included presentations by more than 80 seniors on topics as diverse as the Iranian Revolution, emerging green technologies, medieval weddings and the impact of social media on student writing.

Leading Speakers On Campus Hobart and William Smith sponsor a variety of opportunities for students to interact with national and international figures, engaging the leading thinkers of the day in interesting and thought-provoking conversations about everything from politics and world events to career opportunities. Recent visitors to campus have included Nobel Peace Prize recipient Wangari Maathai, former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean and Civil Rights Pioneer and Congressman John Lewis. Below is a list of just some of the speakers who visited campus during the 2010-2011 semester: • Director of the Peace Corps Aaron S. Williams on the power of an idea • NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd on the 2010 midterm elections • Author and professor Thomas Keck, from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, on constitutional politics • Sociologist Dr. Loïc Wacquant on the American prison system • Assistant Professor Nicholas Gresens of the University of Rochester on ancient Greek superstitions • Lawyer Andrew Gaines on careers in corporate law 16 


• Philippe Cousteau Jr., the chief executive officer of EarthEco International and the grandson of the legendary Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, on preserving and restoring water • Award-winning journalist John Hockenberry on reporting with a disability • Nonprofit coordinator George Schaeffer on fighting poverty • Activist Frank Morales ’71 on poverty and homelessness • Professor Rudra Sil from the University of Pennsylvania on post communist labor politics • Author and human rights activist Juanita Díaz-Cotto on Latinas and imprisonment in the U.S. • Bishop V. Gene Robinson, the 9th bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church, on gay rights • Education activist James Emmanuel Roberts ’66 on his work in Liberia • Author Tim Gallagher on birding • Mark Manis ’69, senior policy advisor for the Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, on climate change treaties • The Rt. Rev. Prince G. Singh on cultural untouchables • President and CEO of Daniel L. Rosensweig ‘83 on leadership • Consulting Actuary Vince Cassano ’91 on careers in his field • Brooke Parish ’84, a partner at York Capital Management, on careers in finance • Dr. David O. Carpenter on landfill toxins • Dr. Lisa Parker on feminism and bioethics • Author Karen Russell, reading her fiction • Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Jasmine Alinder on photography of prisons • Dr. Doug Wilcox of SUNY Brockport on the Great Lakes • Mary Zelany, CEO of the Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care Project, on migrant healthcare • Yoav Liberman, a studio furniture architect, on utilizing found and reclaimed materials

First Semester Tips (From HWS Students) Take a few 200-level classes. It’ll give you a better sense of how indepth and specific your courses can be. Start to research study abroad trips as soon as possible. Not all trips go every semester, and it’s a longer process than you would think! Join as many clubs as possible. It’s a good way to meet people, and it looks great on a résumé. Though the first weeks can be scary, everything gets easier. It will all work out. You just need to give it time. Ask questions. Do not ever be afraid to ask questions. The people at HWS are incredibly supportive and want you to succeed. Let them help you!

Read More Books A Reader’s College is a half credit course taught by HWS faculty and staff members. Courses typically meet weekly and share some similarities with a book club: everyone reads the same text and participates in a group discussion about the reading. The difference is, in a Reader’s College, your discussions are led by a faculty or staff expert. Often there is a writing or creative project at the end of the semester. Past topics have included feminist science fiction literature, social relations in Vietnam, leadership in social change and golf course architecture. New topics are offered each semester. The Centennial Center for Leadership also offers the Leadership Reader’s College Series, five half-credit courses that provide opportunities for all students at HWS to explore leadership across contexts and disciplines. The topics change every semester and are taught by a variety of faculty and staff, but are always related in some way to leadership. Past Leadership Reader’s Colleges have addressed such topics as leadership and social justice, environmental leadership, intergroup leadership and public speaking. Reader’s Colleges are a great way to meet other students and campus community members, and they’re perfect opportunities to explore new interests. Reader’s Colleges are typically announced within the first two weeks of the academic semester, so check your e-mail and watch for posters in Scandling Campus Center. 2011 | Guide for New Students   17

Warren Hunting Smith Library

Students collaborate in the Rosensweig Learning Commons.




Academic Resources The Warren Hunting Smith Library


he Warren Hunting Smith Library is home to well over a quarter of a million volumes in all disciplines as well as personal and group study rooms and classrooms.

Professional reference librarians guide campus researchers to print and electronic resources and conduct a vigorous program of course-related research instruction in first-year through upperlevel courses and for the Honors program throughout the year. The online catalog provides access to the Colleges’ print, video and electronic holdings as well as electronic reserve materials for classes. A wide range of Web-based resources are available through the Library’s Web page, including electronic-text databases, Web sites and connections to other library catalogs. Through cooperative agreements with a network of local and national libraries, students and faculty members use inter-library loan services to gain access to a vast array of additional materials. The Library is home to several special collections, including the Hobart and William Smith archives, which safeguards many primary research materials including the official Colleges archives and collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, local history materials and art works.

The Rosensweig Learning Commons This state-of-the-art facility combines services and staff from the Library, Information Technology Services and the Center for Teaching and Learning to create a cohesive environment that supports complex learning, deep exploration and rigorous intellectual pursuit. The Rosensweig Learning Commons has transformed the Library into a space that uses technology to advance formal and informal instruction as well as individual and group research. Students and faculty now have a single site for research and collaboration, mediated by instructional technology, and designed to promote the skills of information fluency. The Rosensweig Learning Commons reaffirms the Library as the heart of our academic community, where learning takes place in a complex environment of print and electronic resources that cultivates the research and technical skills for lifelong learning. The space has more than 130 computers with the availability of both Mac and Windows platforms, including a 24-hour area. Nearly every piece of furniture on the floor—from the lounge chairs to the tables—is wired for power and network connectivity so that students can flexibly move from space to space with laptops.

Information Technology The HWS IT Services Support Center, located in the Rosensweig Learning Commons, offers a full-service Help Desk. The Help Desk services all oncampus technologies from computers and phone service to audio-visual support of multimedia devices in classrooms and public spaces. The Help Desk also assists students in using software and accessing Blackboard and other oncampus learning tools. All students are provided an e-mail account and storage 2011 | Guide for New Students   19

space on the Colleges’ server. The Help Desk can assist with any setup or use of these resources. Additionally, the Help Desk supports student-owned machines and provides all diagnostics at no charge. There are nominal fees for some repair and installation services. Owning a computer is not a necessity at HWS, although it is helpful. If you opt not to bring a computer, there are multiple computer labs available in the Warren Hunting Smith Library and in other academic buildings. Labs are open throughout the day, and there is an all-night study area in the Library, giving students computer access 24 hours per day during the semester. If you decide to bring your own computer, all student residences have full Internet access. You will be required to connect to the HWS network via a network cable for the first time. Please bring a network cable with you to campus. Additionally, all of the academic spaces and residential common areas are equipped with Wireless Internet access. The Colleges have partnered with CDW-G and Apple to offer computers that meet our recommended configuration at a discounted rate. For more information about purchasing a computer through HWS’ partner organizations, visit Additionally, the Help Desk sells some software at discounted rates, per licensing agreements with vendors. Please feel free to contact the Help Desk for a full list of software and prices.


Though you cannot change your HWS username, you can change your password as frequently as you’d like. Visit password. anytime to change your password or retrieve a lost password. Passwords must be a minimum of 8 characters and include at least one number, one uppercase letter and one lowercase letter. You will be required to change your password at least once every 365 days.

Regardless of whether you purchase a computer through one of HWS’ partner organizations or bring your own, it is strongly recommended that you purchase Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) insurance. HWS has partnered with Safeware to offer extended coverage of computers due to theft, accidental damage, etc. Visit for more information. If you choose to purchase a computer from another vendor, please keep the following hard- and software specifications in mind: Recommended Hardware Configuration: Processor: Pentium Dual Core, Core Duo equivalent (PC or Apple) RAM (Memory): 2 GB or higher Hard drive (Storage): 120 GB or higher Disc drive: CD-RW / DVD-ROM or CD-RW / DVD-RW Wireless: Built-in Warranty: 3 or 4 year parts and labor Insurance: Safeware accidental damage protection visit ( hobartwilliamsmith) for more information Recommended Software Configuration: Operating system (PC): Windows XP Professional or Vista Home Premium/Business/Ultimate (XP Pro and Vista Ultimate are available for purchase at the IT Help Desk) Operating system (Mac): Apple Macintosh OS X 10.3, 10.4, or 10.5 (10.5 Leopard is available for purchase at the IT Help Desk) Productivity (PC): Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 (PC) Productivity (Mac): Microsoft Office 2008 (Apple) IT Services offers a variety of part time employment opportunities for students. For more information regarding student computer recommendations or about working for IT, please contact the HWS Help Desk at 

The Center for Teaching and Learning The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers a variety of programs and resources both to promote love of learning and encourage student engagement. CTL provides the academic services students need to succeed in college and beyond. The Teaching Fellow Program offers specially trained Student Fellows to support specific courses 20 


and is currently active in nine departments: anthropology/ sociology, biology, chemistry, economics, geoscience, philosophy, physics, psychology, and Spanish and Hispanic studies. Faculty in these departments work closely with the Fellows in directing instruction, while Fellows keep regular office hours in meeting space provided by the departments. Students wishing to improve their academic performance in a specific academic area may meet with a CTL Tutor, either individually or in a small group, to enhance their understanding of course material and improve their performance on assignments and exams. Those students who need more general guidance can also meet with Study Mentors for help with organization and study skills or with CTL specialists to develop oral communication skills, including preparations for public speaking, poster and Power Point presentations and graduate school and scholarship interviews. CTL Writing Colleagues and writing specialists are available to meet with students who need extra help planning, organizing and writing papers. Colleagues are not tutors or editors; instead, they are there to help students become more confident, conscientious and effective writers. The HWS Writes Web site, originated in the department of Writing and Rhetoric and available on the CTL site, is also a resource for writers. The pages offer strategies for formulating ideas, editing and revising, as well as avoiding plagiarism and tips on writing with others. The site also features One Essay, an anthology of exemplary student writing. Because One Essay features examples from a variety of academic disciplines and assignments, these models are helpful examples of college-level writing for first-year students. Academic services to succeed in college and beyond

Through CTL’s Group Study Tables, established with the assistance of specific course faculty, students wishing to improve their performance in their course work may meet with a group leader, either individually or in small groups, over the course of the semester to enhance their understanding of course material. One-onone Study Mentors are available to assist students who wish to excel academically and hone reading, writing, time management and general study skills. If you have any questions about specific programs or services or would like to make an appointment or learn more about how you can take advantage of CTL resources, contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at or (315) 781-3351.

Writing Colleagues Writing Colleagues are students who have been trained through the Writing and Rhetoric department to lend support and act as a sounding board for student writers. They are attached to a specific course, often a First-Year Seminar, and act as a bridge between students and faculty to facilitate communication and offer on-going writing support. If there is a Writing Colleague associated with your course, you’ll meet with the Colleague on a regular basis to discuss thematic and structural elements and complete multiple drafts of all written work for the course. This peer-to-peer program is a unique service provided to Hobart and William Smith students, and most students find that a Writing Colleague helps them significantly improve their writing skills in a friendly, low-stress setting. 2011 | Guide for New Students   21

Writing Colleagues must go through an application process and then complete the Writing Colleague Seminar, a full-credit course that helps students learn how to provide writing assistance, diagnose papers and discuss the art of rhetoric. For more information or to apply for the course, contact Heidi Beach, writing colleague coordinator, at

Disability Services

Achieve personal growth

Hobart and William Smith Colleges recognize that students differ in their needs and learning styles. In response to those needs, a disabilities specialist is available in the Center for Teaching and Learning for advising, consulting and assuring accommodations for students with all types of disabilities. Our goal is for each student to acquire the skills and achieve the level of personal growth that enables him or her to develop independently. Registered students with disabilities who need academic accommodations or disabilityrelated support services are asked to make their needs known and to file timely request forms each semester with Disability Services. Different types of disabilities require different types of documentation. Please visit the Disability Services Web site at stuaffairs_disabilities.aspx or fill out the Disabilities Disclosure form under the Medical Forms task on the Orientation Web site. Once a disability has been documented, the case will be reviewed to determine the need for appropriate services and accommodations. Common academic accommodations may include: extended time allowed for examinations, computer access for examinations, distractionreduced testing locations, classroom note-takers or assistive technology for writing and reading. Housing and dietary accommodations may also be made when supported by appropriate documentation. Each semester students must formally request accommodations, and each student is expected to discuss the details of his or her accommodations for each course with each professor. Hobart and William Smith Colleges do not provide or pay for testing for learning disabilities, specialized tutors, academic coaching or ongoing support with organizational and life tasks. For more information, contact Disability Services Coordinator David Silver at (315) 781-3351 or

Academic Opportunity Programs Academic Opportunity Programs, which includes the Arthur O. Even Higher Education Program, are special programs designed to provide broad and varied educational experiences to capable students who, due to academic under-preparation and limited financial resources, might otherwise not have an opportunity to attend college. Students accepted to the Colleges through the Academic Opportunity Programs Office attend a five-week intensive summer program, including courses in English/writing, grammar, mathematics, reading/study skills and critical thinking. In addition, group and individual counseling sessions are scheduled to assist students in making the transition to a college environment. Students enrolled in Academic Opportunity Programs have access to a full-need financial aid package. Aid is provided through a combination of grants, loans and work. First-year students also receive assistance in purchasing their books and supplies. In addition to financial aid, the program also provides support services for students, including regular academic, personal, financial and career counseling designed to help students successfully complete their program of study at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. During counseling sessions, academic work is reviewed and discussed to ensure that the student 22 


is effectively using the skill sets learned over the summer. The staff also works closely with students to make them aware of other appropriate campus resources, such as the Counseling Center, faculty advisers, Financial Aid and the Center for Teaching and Learning, when necessary.

Undergraduate Research Many HWS students apply their classroom knowledge to the outside world through field research in their chosen major or minor area. Hobart and William Smith’s unique location in the heart of the Finger Lakes region allows for a wide range of research options. Many students complete an independent study and/or Honors Project, and many present the results of their work at national meetings. Students studying the natural and physical sciences are actively engaged in a research or field study project each semester. They complete their field work in state-of-the-art facilities on campus, with local health practices, with the Finger Lakes Institute, with local environmental organizations or in our superb outdoor laboratory, which includes Seneca Lake as well as Paleozoic-era sedimentary strata and the local glaciated landscapes.

Hands-on research in your chosen field

Students studying the social sciences, like sociology or psychology, are given opportunities to conduct field work starting as early as the first semester. Some recent projects have included a study of literacy rates in local kindergarten students and research about recidivism trends among citizens on probation. Students in the humanities and the arts, like English or studio art, are also encouraged to pursue an area of interest whether through in-depth study of a particular artist or undertaking a significant artistic project of their own. Recent examples include writing a first novel and creating a series of surrealist paintings. The HWS Summer Research Program allows students to work individually with a faculty member on a research project over an eight week period either on campus, at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station or in the Audubon Seabird Restoration Project. Students generally receive a stipend and housing. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to concentrate on a focused research topic with close mentorship from faculty members.

The Finger Lakes Institute The Finger Lakes Institute (FLI), founded in 2004, is dedicated to the promotion of environmental research and education about the Finger Lakes and surrounding environments. HWS faculty and Institute staff conduct ongoing research of the 11 Finger Lakes to evaluate the state of water quality. To support regional efforts to protect these critical water resources, the Institute widely publicizes the results of its ongoing lake research, working with numerous regional groups to understand the implications of the scientific findings. This research defines the types of impairments causing a decline in water quality and relevant correlations to surrounding land uses. To better understand this relationship, FLI uses geospatial information technology to visualize and interpret patterns and trends between the watershed and lake interactions.   The Institute is a great resource for students interested in the environmental sciences. It offers a range of opportunities each semester, including internships, independent studies, integrative experiences and volunteer projects, as well as paid summer research positions. Students can gain

The Finger Lakes Institute

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Past President’s Forum Speakers

Over the past 11 years, The President’s Forum Series has welcomed some of the most important and recognizable politicians, intellectuals and social activists to campus, including: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Hillary Rodham Clinton Howard Dean Dr. Wangari Maathai Cornel West Sam Donaldson Barney Frank Michael Dukakis George Stephanopoulos Ralph Nader Gwen Ifill Andrew M. Cuomo David Dinkins Jonathan Kozol Carol M. Browner Michael Elliott Tara Wall Adam Nagourney Dr. Anthony Cortese Michael Arcuri Bairbre de Brún Ambassador Swanee Hunt Eric Liu Ray Burghardt Dee Dee Myers Grover Norquist Jim Hightower Helen Thomas Nancy Soderberg George McGovern Kerry Kennedy Cuomo Alan Keyes

experience in the day-to-day operation of the Institute and can also complete a core project focusing on scientific research, environmental education or watershed management.   Additionally, FLI hosts a wide range of programs open to the HWS community and general public, including evening lectures, symposia, exhibits, conferences and public service events. Some recent events include visits from “Mother of the American Food Movement” Frances Moore Lappé and sustainability expert Suzanne Hunt.

The President’s Forum Experiencing a variety of ideas and ideals is an important component in becoming a global citizen in the 21st century, and the President’s Forum, which welcomes high-profile national and international speakers to campus, is one way HWS students gain that experience. Established in 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, the President’s Forum Series invites journalists, politicians, authors, scientists, athletes and academics to share their knowledge with the HWS community, including presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton, Alan Keyes, Howard Dean and Ralph Nader; journalists Helen Thomas, Sam Donaldson and George Stephanopoulos; and activists Philippe Cousteau Jr. and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. In addition to offering a public lecture, Forum guests generally take the opportunity to visit classes or gather with students and faculty members, so students are able to meet and interact with these speakers, often one-on-one. The 2010-2011 series has focused on a variety of timely topics, including the midterm elections, civil rights, environmental preservation, disability in the arts, global citizenship and foreign policy. This year’s guests included: Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director for NBC News Chuck Todd; Bishop V. Gene Robinson, the 9th bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church and a gay rights activist; award-winning journalist John Hockenberry on reporting with a disability; CEO of EarthEco International Philippe Cousteau Jr., the son of Jan and Philippe Cousteau, Sr. and grandson of the legendary Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau; and U. S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer.

The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men Building upon Hobart and William Smith’s long-held commitment to interdisciplinary liberal arts education for men and women, both separately and together, The Fisher Center brings together faculty, students and experts in gender-related fields to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary society. Established in 1998, the Fisher Center supports curricular, programmatic and scholarly projects that address the question: How do we more clearly realize, through our educational program,

The Company We Keep Past Guest Speakers

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former First Lady and current U.S. Secretary of State



Cornel West, Author, Civil Rights Activist and Princeton University Professor of Religion

Dr. Wangari Maathai Sc.D.’94, P ’94, P ’96, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Chuck Todd, Chief Wh Correspondent and Po NBC News

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scholarship, and presence in the larger community, our democratic ideals of equity, mutual respect, and common interest in relations between men and women? The Center was endowed with a significant gift from Emily and the late Richard Fisher, whose son Alexander graduated from Hobart College in 1993. Creation of the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men reflects a perfect intersection of the Colleges’ coordinate history and trends in the study of gender throughout academe. John King, CNN’s Chief National Correspondent and anchor of John King, USA

Featured Speakers HWS students meet with and hear from international speakers throughout the semester during annual and special events. Convocation Convocation officially kicks off the academic year by bringing together faculty, staff and students to hear notable speakers who set forth the tone and theme for the academic year. Past speakers have included Madeleine K. Albright, Congressmen John Lewis, CNN’s Chief National Correspondent John King and Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams.

Georgia Congressman John Lewis, civil rights movement leader

Commencement Commencement is the annual celebration of students who’ve completed degree requirements in the past year. Recent Commencement speakers who have offered their reflections and advice for the future include feminist icon Gloria Steinem and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. The Elizabeth Blackwell Award The Elizabeth Blackwell Award, given to women whose lives exemplify outstanding service to humankind, is named for Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in modern times to receive the Doctor of Medicine degree. Blackwell earned her degree in 1849 from Geneva Medical College, Hobart College’s precursor institution. Hobart and William Smith Colleges confer the Elizabeth Blackwell Award whenever a candidate of sufficient stature and appropriate qualifications is identified. The first award was given in 1958, and most recently in 2009 when it was bestowed to Rabbi Sally J. Priesand, the first woman to be ordained a rabbi in the United States. Other notable recipients include former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai Sc.D.’94, P’94, P’96, professional tennis legend Billie Jean King and anthropologist and author Margaret Mead.

Dee Dee Myers, the first woman to serve as White House Press Secretary

Eric Liu, public intellectual and author

Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York

Gwen Ifill, Moderator and Managing Editor of “Washington Week”

George Stephanopoulos, Co-anchor of “Good Morning America” and Chief Political Correspondent for ABC News

Madeleine Korbel Albright, first woman U.S. Secretary of State

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More than 59% of HWS students study abroad

Using a viewing tube, Alex Pugliese ’12 examines life forms in the water during a reef walk at the Great Barrier Reef on Heron Island.




Enhance Your HWS Experience Centennial Center for Leadership


he Centennial Center for Leadership (CCL) provides students with opportunities to explore and understand leadership theory and practice. Students engage with faculty, staff, peers and experienced leaders to critically analyze leadership in multiple contexts and across disciplines. Through CCL, students shape and reflect upon their conceptions and practices of leadership in relation to elements such as ethics, integrity, social justice, civic engagement, power and inclusiveness. CCL offers an array of learning initiatives mindfully designed to align with students’ needs—initiatives that are academically rigorous, experiential and reflective in nature. Each semester, CCL sponsors Engaging Leadership, a program for first- and second- year students that initiates the dialogue around leadership and stimulates interest in leadership development. In these interactive sessions, students are introduced to basic concepts of leadership, participate in activities that encourage reflection on themselves as leaders, and consider their leadership strengths and challenges. HWS Leads: Minds Wide Open is the Hobart and William Smith leadership certification program. The gateway to beginning the program is enrollment in the semester-long, half-credit HWS Leads Reader’s College (for more information on Reader’s Colleges, see page 17). Interested students may apply for the program in their first or second year. Learning to lead with an inclusive, ethical and values-based approach is foundational to the program. Throughout the semester, students are challenged to examine and broaden their understanding of leadership as they study, read and discuss components and practices of effective leadership from a variety of perspectives. In addition to completing the HWS Leads Reader’s College, earning the certificate requires completion of the half-credit Public Speaking Leadership Reader’s College, 15 hours of community service, biweekly reflective journaling for a communitybased research project or leadership role, and a co-curricular transcript. The requirements for the Leadership Certificate can be met any time prior to graduation once a student is accepted into the program.

Bryan McCorkle ’11, interned with the Vortex2 storm tracking project.

Leadership Fellowships are available for juniors and seniors who have completed the HWS Leads and Public Speaking Leadership Reader’s Colleges. Fellowships are intended to financially support student-leaders as they envision, plan and implement substantial projects on campus, in the Geneva community or in a broader context. To be considered for a Leadership Fellowship, students must be in strong academic standing and submit a comprehensive project proposal. The Leadership Institute is a three-day leadership development program tailored specifically to HWS students who hold leadership roles on campus. CCL leads a collaborative effort with numerous offices and programs across the institution to offer a focused, integrated and common leadership training experience for student-leaders. Along with a foundational understanding of leadership theory and practice, the program is based in ideas and practices that connect leadership to civic engagement, diversity, ethics, inclusion and collaboration, which helps to build an even stronger HWS community. Other leadership development initiatives through CCL include speakers, workshops and programs offered in collaboration with offices and 2011 | Guide for New Students   27

departments across campus, such as the President’s Office, Residential Education, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning and The Salisbury Center for Career Services. For more information about CCL and how to get involved in opportunities for leadership development, contact Caitlin Caron at or (315) 781-4552.

HWS Students Interned Where?!? According to experts,

65% of all jobs come from internships or networking opportunities. In the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development, the staff works extensively with our alum and parent groups to develop career, internship and networking opportunities for HWS students at companies all over the world, including: ABC News American Red Cross Children’s Defense Fund Christie’s Condé Nast Publications Environmental Protection Agency ESPN Fidelity Investments HarperCollins J.P. Morgan Chase Kenneth Cole Fashions Lifetime Network Lockheed Martin MTV National Audubon Society National Science Foundation NBC Studios New York Stock Exchange Octagon Sports Marketing Seattle Seahawks The Smithsonian Institution U.S. Department of Justice U.S. Department of State Yahoo!, Inc


Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development At Hobart and William Smith, career planning isn’t only for seniors; instead you can begin to understand your capabilities and explore your interests as soon as you arrive on campus. Through a carefully cultivated career development model, you’ll discover your interests, explore related career fields, participate in one (or more) of the literally thousands of available internships and take advantage of job shadowing and networking opportunities with an extensive group of HWS alums, parents and friends. Once you’ve decided to pursue a certain area, career development professionals will help you prepare to take the next step, whether that means going to graduate school, applying for fellowships or entering the workforce. If you hope to continue your education, the staff will help you prepare for graduate-level exams, write a personal statement and look into financing options. If you plan to apply for fellowships, the full-time Fellowships Coordinator can help you complete applications, gather letters of reference and prepare for interviews. And, if you’re looking for your first job, you’ll get the help you need preparing your professional resume, practicing interview techniques and learning how to accept, decline and negotiate offers. By the time you graduate, you’ll have the clarity to articulate and realize your goals. HWS alums go on to graduate school, law school and medical school. They win Fulbrights and Rhodes Scholarships. They are pioneers in business, the arts, the sciences and non-profits. If you aspire to a similar future, consider enhancing your HWS experience with a visit to the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development soon after your arrival on campus. They’ll set you off on the path to success. If you’d like more information about available programs or have specific questions about the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development, contact or (315) 781-3514.

Center for Global Education

While only about 2% of students nationwide study abroad, at HWS nearly 60% do so. We believe that immersion in another culture is a powerful way of learning, which is why we encourage our students to study abroad during their time at the Colleges, whether the experience is a semester studying Chinese language and culture in Beijing, taking classes at a university in South Africa, or learning French and completing an internship in Switzerland. As many current students will tell you, immersing yourself in another culture often changes how you view yourself and others while expanding your notions of who you are and what you can become.


The Colleges provide opportunities for off-campus study by sponsoring a variety of programs in different academic disciplines throughout the world. Sophomores, juniors and seniors in good standing are eligible to experience life in another country through nearly 40 semester-long options and several short-term summer programs. You must apply for your program of choice about one year in advance, so you should begin considering abroad programs as early as your first semester on campus. Consult the Center for Global Education Web site at www.hws. edu/academics/global/ for specific program details about academic focus, accommodations, eligibility and approximate costs. If you have any questions, contact the Center for Global Education at (315) 781-3307.

Where Will You Study? • Aix-en-Provence, France This program runs every semester and is great for students interested in French language and culture, art history, European studies and social sciences. • Amman, Jordan Offered each spring semester, the program in Jordan is intended for students with interests in development, social change and political reform, as well as for those with an interest in Islam, Arabic studies or the Middle East. • Auckland, New Zealand This program is geared mainly toward students interested in education, with all participants completing an in-school internship. It also may appeal to students from other disciplines interested in issues of multiculturalism and ethnic minorities. • Bath, England Offered each semester, this program is well-suited for students in the humanities or social sciences. It has an internship component for students interested in architecture, town planning, journalism, museum work and social services as well as community service opportunities.

HWS students study all around the world.

• Beijing or Nanjing, China This program is offered each semester and is geared toward those students who have studied Mandarin Chinese and are seeking to further develop their language skills and learn more about Chinese culture and society. • Brussels, Belgium Offered each fall, this is an exchange program with Vesalius College, an English language division of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Of particular interest to those studying economics, history, political science, peace studies, international relations, and media studies, the program has required internship and language (either French or Dutch) components. 2011 | Guide for New Students   29

Worlds of Experience. Lives of Consequence.

• Budapest, Hungary Based at Corvinus University, this program is designed for students in the humanities and social sciences and will be of particular interest to those in economics, political science and international relations. Internship placements are available. • Carmarthen, Wales Offered every semester, this program is for students interested in studio art, education, English literature, sociology, psychology, theatre, media or creative writing. The program includes an internship or community service component. • Copenhagen, Denmark The program, offered each semester, can accommodate a wide variety of students and is particularly well-suited for those interested in pre-architecture, biology, chemistry, prehealth, education and the social sciences. • Galway, Ireland Offered every fall, this program is based at the National University of Ireland at Galway. It can accommodate students from a wide range of academic disciplines and includes a required community service component. • Geneva, Switzerland Offered every other spring, the program is ideally suited to students studying international relations, public policy, peace studies or French language and has a required internship component. • Hanoi, Vietnam The program, offered each fall, begins with a three-week intensive language program in Ho Chi Minh City before moving on to Hanoi, where students take part in an internship placement or an independent study project in addition to their coursework. The program is designed for students in Asian languages and cultures, urban studies and the social sciences. • Hikone, Japan This program, based near the city of Hikone on the shore of Lake Biwa, is ideal for students interested in Japanese language and culture. • Hong Kong Based at Lingnan University, this program is suited for students interested in Asian studies, business, Chinese language and culture, economics, environmental studies, history, media and society, philosophy or psychology and includes an optional community service component. • Jaipur, India Offered each fall, the program is perfect for students interested in religious studies, the Hindi language or any of the social sciences. • Lampeter, Wales Offered every semester, this is an exchange program with University of Wales Trinity St. David. There is an optional public service component and courses include anthropology, archaeology, classics, creative writing, English, history, Islamic Studies, philosophy and religious studies. • Landau, Germany This exchange program, offered each spring in collaboration with the University of



Koblenz-Landau in southwestern Germany near the French border, offers students the opportunity to take courses in English while developing German language skills. It will be of particular interest to students in environmental studies and American studies. • London, England Offered every other spring, this program accommodates students in the humanities and social sciences and has an internship component. • Maastricht, Netherlands Offered each semester, this program is based at University College Maastricht and is especially suited for students studying math, natural sciences, social sciences or the humanities, especially philosophy. • Mendoza, Argentina This program is based at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo and is offered every other fall. The program can accommodate students from a variety of disciplines and will particularly appeal to those interested in Latin American studies and those seeking to develop Spanish language skills. • Norwich, England Offered every semester, this program at the University of East Anglia, can accommodate students of all academic interests, especially the natural sciences, computer science, mathematics, media and society, American studies, music and drama. • Perth, Australia This exchange opportunity with Curtin University of Technology is ideally suited for students who are interested in the physical and natural sciences, architecture, mathematics, anthropology, and environmental studies. • Pietermaritzburg, South Africa Offered every other spring semester, the program is geared toward students interested in Africana studies, history, literature, sociology, and the natural sciences. An optional community service program is available.

New Zealand, France, Egypt and India: the HWS campus spans the globe.

• Prague, Czech Republic This program is based at Charles University, the oldest university in Central Europe, and is well-suited for students in both the humanities and social sciences. It will be of particular interest to those in economics, political science, history, international relations, film studies and the arts. • Quebec, Canada The Québec program is an exchange program offered through Université Laval, the oldest French-language university in North America. It will be of particular interest to students in French and Francophone studies, as well as those interested in developing French language skills. • Queensland, Australia Offered each fall, the program is designed for students interested in field 2011 | Guide for New Students   31

sciences, like biology, geology and environmental studies. It includes excursions to a variety of ecosystems throughout Eastern Australia and New Zealand. • Rome, Italy Offered each spring, the program is suited for students interested in studio art, art history, European studies and Italian language and culture. • Russia Select from three sites in Russia, each in a different part of the country, each offering a different view of Russian life. Offered each semester, this program is ideal for students who speak Russian and are interested in further studying the language, culture and history of the country. Students interested in biology may find the program in Siberia particularly interesting. • São Paulo, Brazil Offered every other fall, this program is of interest to students studying economic development, social planning/public policy, Latin American studies and film studies. • Seoul, Korea Offered each semester, the Korea program is suited for students interested in Asian studies, economics and business, international relations, religious studies and sociology. • Seville, Spain Based at the Universidad de Sevilla, this program is designed for students seeking to develop their linguistic skills and learn more about Spanish culture and society. • South America (Ecuador/Peru) Offered every other spring, this program is of particular interest to students of Latin American studies, environmental studies, economics, biology and Spanish language and culture. • St. Louis, Senegal Offered every other spring, this program is based at the Université de Gaston-Berger and includes a required community service or independent study component. All courses are taught in French, and students also take a course in Wolof, the local language. • Taipei, Taiwan Offered each semester, the program is best suited for those who are interested in Chinese language and in learning about Taiwan and its complex relationship with mainland China. • Tuebingen, Germany This program is offered each spring, but students also have the option of studying in Germany for a full year. •


Washington, D.C. Offered every other fall, this program is ideally suited for students interested in public policy, politics or economics. The program requires a full-time internship that enables the student to be completely immersed in the public policy process.


Community Engagement and Service Learning At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a liberal arts education is more than a major and a minor; it’s about becoming a person who has the experience and skills to be an engaged leader. The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning unites students with the greater community and then provides opportunities to build the skills necessary for active citizenship through a variety of on- and off-campus events, including service-learning classroom opportunities throughout the school year and during breaks. Students may also complete a community-based research project during their junior or senior year. These projects are a sustained, semester-long commitment to the exploration of a local issue in conjunction with a community partner. For example, last spring, Beth O’Connor ’12, Lauren Morosky ’12 and Jessica Cook ’10 teamed up to create and run “Geneva Girls on the Go,” a mentoring program that pairs local middle school children with HWS students, faculty and staff. The program helps all of the women stay active while the mentors share their love of running, commitment to healthy living and the importance of self-respect. Throughout your time at HWS, you’ll connect the classroom to the community and cultivate the leadership skills to make a difference. Maybe you’ll travel to Nicaragua during Alternative Spring Break, lead an American Reads team or build a house with Habitat for Humanity. Whatever your involvement, you’ll further develop the kind of character that will act as a compass for life. If you’d like more information about community service opportunities available through HWS or have questions about service-learning, contact the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at or (315) 781-3825.

Got Service?? During Orientation Weekend, you’ll join your peers and upperclass mentors to work on a community service project at one of more than 25 sites in the Geneva and surrounding communities. During last year’s Orientation, the Classes of 2014 helped out at the Geneva Community Center, got to know residents from the Geneva General Living Center, cleared brush at the Koshong Conservation Area, and prepared the Geneva Little League Complex for the winter months. This morning of service is an important introduction to the community as well as a way to demonstrate the importance of engagement on campus. In fact, that ethic is so deeply engrained in our community that it even has a name: The Geneva Partnership. Offering a helping hand, many Geneva community members and HWS faculty and staff members work side-by- side with incoming students each year, getting into the spirit of service and showing their commitment to the community, too.

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Living on Campus

HWS community members walk past Medbery Hall, a popular residence for Hobart students.




Living at HWS Residence Life


irst-year students are housed in double, triple or quad rooms in co-ed and single-gender buildings across campus. You cannot request a residence hall or roommate during your first semester, but upper class students select rooms and roommates through a lottery process during the spring semester in preparation for the upcoming academic year. Whether you live on a co-ed floor or in a single-gender residence, you’ll be provided with a desk, chair, dresser, closet or wardrobe and bed as well as window shades. The beds are elevated so that you can store items under them, but you can also request that your bed be lofted (lifted about 6 feet off the ground, like the top bunk of a bed). Once the bed is lofted, you could put your desk or dresser under it to save space. We recommend extra long twin sheets. Each first-year residence hall also houses Resident Assistants (RA). This team of peer leaders is charged with developing a sense of community in the residence halls. The RAs plan fun and informational events throughout the year, like pumpkin carving at Halloween or discussions about social justice. They are trained to field questions on any issues, including personal, academic and student life concerns. You can ask them about pretty much anything; if they can’t help, they’ll be able to direct you to someone who can. You’ll be paired with a roommate based on the information you provide on the Lifestyles Information task on the Orientation Web site. We try to bring together students with similar living habits, and your roommate may also be in your FirstYear Seminar, so you’ll have something in common right away.

Your Own Fridge Though most residence halls have a small kitchen area intended for cooking snacks and occasional meals, each student is also allowed a small mini-fridge, which can be brought from home or rented from the Refrigerator Leasing Company at (607) 431-9525. More information about leasing will be mailed to you over the summer.

Packing for College

To Pack • alarm clock • athletic clothes or equipment • batteries • backpack • bike • bulletin board • calculator • calendar • clothes hangers • coins (quarters for laundry) • computer • desk supplies (tape, stapler, etc.)

• dictionary and thesaurus • fan • flashlight and batteries • lamps - no halogen lamps • laundry bag or basket & detergent • mugs, glasses, cups, silverware • network cable • pencil sharpener • phone • pictures, posters or decorations • pillows and pillowcases • poster putty • power cord for

computer • radio or stereo • raincoat/ umbrella • sheets, blankets and comforters • single-serve coffeemaker (like Keurig brand) • surge protectors (UL-listed only) • toiletries basket or bucket • towels • trash bin • winter clothes (scarves, hats, gloves, boots, coats)

Not To Pack • Candles/open flame devices • Incense • Extension cords/ ”Octopus plugs” • Multi-plug adapters • Cooking appliances (toaster ovens, hot pots, coffee pots, Foreman grills) • Microwave ovens (except for Colleges-

approved microfridges) • Large refrigerators (above 3 cubic feet) • Fireworks/ pyrotechnics • Building lofts and other wood structures • Firearms and/ or weapons (including air guns, bb guns, paintball guns, pistols, knives, etc.) • Any pet that is not a fish • Any fish tank more than 10 gal.

This list is a guide; it is not all inclusive. If you are unsure about a specific item, please contact Res Ed ( or 315-781-3880).

HWS students live and learn in a variety of technologyrich spaces.

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Top Ten Most Popular Foods in Saga 1. Vegan Tacos 2. M&M Brownies 3. Chicken Noodle Bowl 4. Made-to-Order Belgian Waffles 5. Roasted Sesame Salmon with Green Beans 6. Tofu Pad Thai 7. Homemade Macaroni and Cheese 8. Pumpkin Ravioli 9. Turkey Cutlets with Garlic Mashed Potatoes 10. Portobello and Gorgonzola White Pizza

Eating at HWS At Hobart and William Smith, all students are required to have a meal plan. Meal plans are for use in Saga Dining Hall, located in Scandling Campus Center, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. You’ll have a variety of choices at each meal, from the salad bar and delicious healthy entrees to pizza, fresh-baked desserts and, yes, Captain Crunch all day. Dining Services also offers several vegetarian and vegan options at each meal, and the staff is willing and able to accommodate students with special dietary requirements. In addition to Saga, there are three other on-campus eateries, the Café, Cellar Pub and de Cordova Café, where you can use cash, snack money or one-swipe meals to score a fresh-made taco lunch, a delicious smoothie, a late night quesadilla or a variety of salads, cold sandwiches, fresh-baked pastries, snacks and Starbucks beverages. You can add additional snack money to your account at any time during the year by either visiting the Dining Services Office (in the Saga Dining Hall), calling (315) 781-3092 or submitting a deposit along with the Snack Money form you will receive this summer. Snack money is nonrefundable and must be used by the end of the academic year. If you have questions about dining on campus or special dietary needs or restrictions, don’t hesitate to contact Dining Services at (315) 781-3092.

••• Saga-lebrities •• • Saga-lebrity Profile

Saga-lebrity Profile

“Showtime” Joe Hatfield

Betty Wathler

You’ll find Showtime Joe holding court in the center of The Great Hall of Saga, cooking up hot meals to order and surrounded by a group of students waiting for their order to come up. “He’s a good cook, he cares and he’s charismatic,” says Lynn Pelkey, Dining Services general manager. “A lot of times, students wait in line just to talk with him!” This staple of the Sagalebrity diet has been a cook all his life, but he came to HWS just seven years ago. He’s an honorary member of the Hobart Class of 2008 and was recently honored with Sodexo’s “Circle of Customer Excellence Award” for the Northeast region for his outstanding customer service.



Within your first 48 hours on campus, you’ll meet Betty. Before long, she’ll be swiping your meal card and calling you “honey.” Pretty soon you’ll find yourself lining up, card in hand, to tell her about the test you aced or the awesome care package you got in the mail. “Betty just loves us,” says graduating senior Oliver Meeker. “If you open up to her, she’ll open up to you, and you’ll feel that connection every time you go into Saga.” In her spare time, Betty is also Hobart’s Number One Hockey Fan (she’s only missed a single game and that was so she could attend the William Smith Centennial Gala event!) and she provides backup vocals for President Mark D. Gearan’s Garage Band. (Oh, yea, our President has a rock band.)


Student Activities


At Hobart and William Smith, learning doesn’t stop at the classroom door. As you meet people, join clubs and start to craft your HWS experience, you will become a part of a community that never stops thinking, never stops learning and never stops questioning.

3 Miles Lost (women’s a capella) Alpine Ski Team Americans for Informed Democracy Anime Central Architecture Society Arts Collective Asian Student Union Basketball Club Break Dancing Club        Campus Activities Board Campus Greens Campus Peer Ministry Caribbean Student Association Chinese Culture Club Chi Phi Fraternity Close Knit Club Soccer College Democrats College Experience Outreach College Republicans Colleges Against Cancer Days of Service Debate Team     Delta Chi Fraternity Echo and Pine (Yearbook) EMS Corps Episcopal Fellowship Equestrian Club Fencing Team Field Hockey Club Figure Skating Club Finance Society Fishing Club French and Francophone Club Habitat for Humanity Health Professions Club Herald (Newspaper) Hillel HIP - NOTIQS (Step Team) HIV / AIDS Collective Hobartones (men’s a capella) Hobart Ice Hockey Club Hobart Rugby Club Hobart Student Government Hot Spot (Geology club) Hugs Across America Human Rights Collective HWS Cheers

There are more than 80 student groups at HWS that address a broad range of interests, including politics, performing and studio arts, community service, activism, media and sports. Between club activities, performances and volunteer opportunities, there are many ways for you to explore your interests, have fun and make a difference. The HWS Club Fair, which will be held on Friday, September 2, is a great opportunity to explore what HWS has to offer. During the event, each club has its own table set up on the Quad, and first-year students can meet the club advisers and find out what’s planned for the semester. Club activities vary somewhat from year to year in response to student interests, and students are encouraged to start their own club, with help from the Office of Student Activities, if a club that covers their interests doesn’t exist.

Fraternity Life Almost from its foundation in 1822, Hobart College has had a fraternity system. By 1860, Hobart men had discovered the powerful bonds of brotherhood through membership in the Kappa Alpha Society (1844) followed by Theta Delta Chi (1857) and Chi Phi (1860). The twentieth century witnessed an explosion of fraternities throughout the nation. At Hobart, three more chapters (still active today) were founded: Kappa Sigma (1935), Delta Chi (1948) and Phi Sigma Kappa (1950). Today, these 6 chapters provide a band of brothers, supporting one another through the rigors of college life, staying active in service to the community and taking on unique leadership opportunities.

Campus Activities Board The student-run Campus Activities Board (CAB) organizes on- and off-campus events, hosting parties, concerts and trips throughout the academic year. During the 2009-2010 academic year, CAB planned nearly 50 events, including regular open mic events and a recently-released movie every two weeks. Special events included a Battle of the Bands, a bus trip to Darien Lake Theme Park and a campus-wide game of capture the flag.

Intercultural Affairs The Intercultural Affairs House (IC) provides opportunities for all HWS community members to celebrate and explore cultural heritages and promote inclusive excellence. The house is home to support services like opportunity programs and international student services, but it’s also a place for students to hang out, study and celebrate cultural events. IC has several quiet study areas and a dedicated computer lab open to any student, anytime, and staff members are always on hand to offer academic advice. Students are encouraged to hang out in the homey atmosphere even after their homework is done with free snacks, a big screen television and a well-stocked game room.

HWS Votes Interfraternity Council International Student Association Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship Kappa Alpha Society Kappa Sigma Fraternity Karate Club Kink (Advertising) Koshare (Dance Collective) Latin American Organization Libertango (Tango Club) Martini (Alternative Newspaper) Mathematics and Computer Science Club Media Club NARAL Pro Choice New York Native American Student Association ORAP (Outdoor Club) Perfect Third (co-ed a capella) Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity Phoenix Players Power Lifting Club PRIDE Alliance Project Eye to Eye Project Nur Rotaract Club Russian Society Sankofa: Black Student Union Soccer Club South Asian Culture Club STAND The Circle (Philosophy Collective) Theta Delta Chi Fraternity Ultimate Frisbee William Smith Congress William Smith Ice Hockey Club William Smith Lacrosse Club William Smith Rugby Club Women’s Collective

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Promoting social justice and ethnic pluralism, the house also fosters interaction between different cultures by hosting cultural events, as well as providing opportunities for cross-cultural conversation during regularly scheduled coffee hours, faculty fireside chats and opportunities to meet with local community members.

Get Involved!

Many cultural clubs, including Caribbean Student Association, Women’s Collective, Latin American Organization and Asian Student Union, meet in the house regularly as does the weekly Buddhist meditation study. Cultural clubs often host special events in IC. Recent events have included an Iftar dinner, Dilawi festival celebration, henna painting and a Latin-themed open mic.

Getting Around Campus The Hobart and William Smith campus is small and within easy walking distance of many services that you may need, like the grocery store, banks, restaurants and a movie theatre. Because of its central location many students find that they don’t really need a car on campus, and ‘by-foot’ is by far the most common mode of campus transportation. However, if you would like to bring a car to campus, you should know that all student vehicles must be registered at the Campus Safety Office within three business days of the first day of class each semester in order to park on campus. To register a vehicle, you must complete a registration form at the Campus Safety Office, show a valid student I.D. and state registration and pay the appropriate fee. For first-year students, the 2010-2011 fee was $60/semester or $100/year. Once registered, you will receive a parking decal that must be promptly and properly installed on the vehicle. The first-year parking permit allows you to park in the first-year lot, the Houghton House lot as well as several other designated student lots. To reduce congestion, first-year students who park on city streets surrounding the campus will be ticketed. For students who don’t have a car but are concerned about getting around, there are campus shuttles that operate seven nights a week on a pre-set route from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. or later, transporting students around campus and to several off-campus sites, including the grocery store. As part of the HWS Goes Green Transportation Initiative, designed to reduce on-campus driving, HWS introduced an additional shuttle last year: a purple and green biodiesel trolley that runs on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Bikes are also a popular form of transportation, and many students either bring their own bike or borrow one of ours. The HWS Bike program, sponsored by the HWS Goes Green Transportation Initiative, allows students to lease one of the Colleges’ bikes for the semester for a small, refundable deposit. Bikes are leased on a first-come, first-served basis, and they tend to go quickly. If you’re interested in the bike program, you can sign up once you arrive on campus at the HWS Bike Shop in the garage behind 141 St. Clair Street. If you have any other questions about getting around campus with a car or shuttle, contact The Campus Safety Office at (315) 781-3656. For more information about the HWS Bike program, contact Sustainability Coordinator Jamie Landi ’08 at



HWS Goes Green At Hobart and William Smith, light bulbs are going off over the heads of students, faculty and staff all the time – it just so happens that more and more of them are the eco-friendly, compact fluorescent variety. When President Mark D. Gearan signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment [ACUPCC], he made Hobart and William Smith a charter member of an effort to reduce emissions of gases responsible for global warming. Since formalizing our commitment, sustainability has become a big part of campus culture. The dining hall and café feature three trash bins-one for compost, one for trash and one for recyclables. Refillable water bottles are increasingly popular. And compostable serviceware made from corn and potato are popping up all over campus. If environmental activism is your thing, there are plenty of ways to get involved on campus, from studying ecology in the classroom to advocating for sustainability as a member of the Campus Greens to helping coordinate Earth Week events. Our Environmental Studies program, shaped largely by a student initiative that began in the 1970s, is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing from many different subject areas. So, even if you don’t want to major in sustainability, you’ll find a variety of courses on that theme, like ‘Architecture and the Wider Environment,’ ‘Environmental Economics’ and ‘American Environmental History.’ Environmental awareness and activism have been the focus of strong individual academic projects. Some recent examples of academic projects include converting a carbon-heavy truck into an electrically-powered vehicle, developing a new recycling program for the campus and auditing the City of Geneva’s energy efficiency. There are also opportunities each semester to raise awareness and educate new community members about the importance of our commitment. Colleges’ Sustainability Coordinator Jamie Landi ’08 organizes a variety of competitions and events, including an HWS Goes Green picnic lunch during Orientation Weekend. Other recent HWS Goes Green programs have included a student-organized organic garden, “tray-less” Tuesdays in the dining hall, a contest between residence halls to reduce carbon emissions and Recyclemainia, which challenged the campus community to reach a 30 percent recycling rate.

Social life at HWS is rich and varied.

More information about all of the Colleges’ green initiatives and programs can be found on our Web site at

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Religious Life At Hobart and William Smith, we believe that the life of the spirit and the life of the mind need not be separate or mutually exclusive, but in fact may be profoundly interrelated and rewarding. The Office of Religious Life supports and encourages the practice and exploration of spiritual traditions through services, programming and mentoring that provide hospitality and advocacy for students of all religions and cultures. Religious Life staff members Lesley Adams, chaplain; Lorinda Weinstock, director of the Abbe Center for Jewish Life; and the Venerable Tenzin Yignyen, Buddhist adviser, organize a variety of special religious events during the semester as well as a slate of weekly campus events. The Religious Life Office also supports student clubs like Project Nur, a Muslim group; the Newman Club, a Roman Catholic group; InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an Evangelical Christian group; and the Episopal Fellowship, which celebrates the Anglican Heritage. Regular non-denominational events, including the Wednesday Pasta Night dinner, Campus Peer Ministry and the Closeknit handwork group, provide opportunities to gather for conversation and fellowship. Events like Buddhist Meditation, Bible Study and Kosher Shabbat Dinners allow students to celebrate their own faiths or explore new faiths.

St. John’s Chapel

St. John’s Chapel, the on-campus center of religious life, hosts regular services for Catholics, Episcopalians and Quakers. The local community is also home to a variety of religious communities, including Baha’i, Baptist, Jewish, Unitarian, Methodist and Presbyterian. Jewish Life at HWS is especially vibrant and is based in the Abbe Center for Jewish Life, a student residence hall located across the street from Temple Beth-El. The home’s spacious dining room, living room, conference room and separate kosher-style and true kosher kitchens make it an ideal space for Shabbat and other traditional gatherings. Hobart and William Smith accept the responsibility of making available to each student who is absent from class because of religious obligations and practices an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study or work requirement missed. Students should make every effort to tell their professors in advance if they must miss class in order to practice a religious tradition. If you’d like more information about Campus Peer Ministry or specific religious events, contact Chaplain Lesley Adams at or (315) 781-3671 or Lorinda Weinstock at or (315) 781-3385. For more information about local religious services, visit Weekly Religious Life Events The Office of Religious Life oversees a variety of non-denominational events for students who are interested in fellowship and friendship. Drop in or make an appointment anytime—their offices are located in St. John’s Chapel. • Pasta Night: Join HWS community members for conversation, fellowship and a home-cooked meal in the Chaplain’s Residence every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. • Closeknit: Knit, crochet or embroider with other students and Religious Life staff in the Chaplain’s residence every Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. • Sustainable Saturdays: Join Chaplain Reverend Lesley Adams on a variety of field trips to local orchards, farms and mills to learn about locotarianism and food justice. • Candlelight Night Prayer Service: The weekly service is held in St. John’s Chapel on Tuesday nights at 10:15 p.m.



Religious Life Staff Chaplain Reverend Lesley Adams can often be found standing over a boiling pot of pasta sauce, knitting in the Scandling Campus Center, or leading students on an adventure at an organic farm. Since 1995, Chaplain Adams has been the spiritual center of campus, leading the Hobart and William Smith community in interfaith celebration, reflection and guidance. She helps members of the HWS community cultivate a reflective life. Chaplain Adams was ordained an Episcopal Priest in 1988 and earned her B.A. from Smith College and her M.Div. from Harvard University. As director of both the Abbe Center for Jewish Life and the HWS Hillel program, Lorinda Weinstock helps students experience the cycle of Jewish life. The Jewish community at HWS represents a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds and experiences, and Weinstock helps foster the closeness of the community by organizing and facilitating regular and special events, like Friday night Shabbat dinners and Holocaust Remembrance Week. She holds a master’s degree in Hebrew culture from New York University and has a long history of leadership experience in Temple Beth-El and the wider Geneva community. The Venerable Tenzin Yignyen, Hobart and William Smith’s Buddhist student adviser, teaches courses on Tibetan language and culture as well as a course on building sand mandalas. He also leads a weekly Buddhist meditation session and has led several pilgrimages to Mongolia and India. A member of the personal monastery of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Tenzin has constructed sand mandalas in many different venues throughout the world. He was ordained as a monk by His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama and received the monastery’s highest degree, “Master of Sutra and Tantra,” the equivalent of a Ph.D. degree.

Religious celebrations are an important part of campus life.

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Living Well

The Scandling Campus Center is central to campus life.




Health and Wellness Hubbs Health Center


ubbs Health Center delivers health care and health education to the HWS campus community. The Center strives to provide high-quality, low-cost, clinically-appropriate services in a nonjudgmental, compassionate and timely manner. The Center is staffed by a health-care team consisting of a full-time board certified nurse practitioner, a part-time board certified internist, a full-time board certified physician assistant, several licensed professional nurses and a full-time secretary receptionist. The Center is an appointment-only health care facility, open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling (315) 781-4530. To support the health of the campus community, the Center provides a wide spectrum of services, including, but not limited to: • Specialist referrals • Full-service women’s health clinic, including annual exams, contraception and pregnancy testing • Allergy injections • STD counseling and testing, including HIV testing • Medications and pharmaceutical supplies • After-hours contact • Sports medicine • Assistance to students with special needs, including but not limited to, adult attention deficit disorders, eating disorders and tobacco addiction • Evaluation and treatment of illnesses and injuries • Assistance/maintenance of students with chronic physiological disorders such as asthma, diabetes, HIV, hypertension, cancer and physical handicaps • Influenza vaccinations • Immunization updates • Health recommendations for international travel • Physical exams for graduate and professional schools and employment • Promotion of wellness through health related brochures, formal and informal presentations and discussions on health education issues It is mandatory for all HWS students to be enrolled in a health insurance plan which covers services while at the Colleges. Hubbs does not charge for visits and health care services provided by Hubbs. However, laboratory tests, throat cultures and prescriptions are an additional service and considered billable to the student’s health insurance plan. All students will be required to present a health insurance card at Hubbs Health Center during each visit. If the student has no card, there may be a delay in medical services outside of the Health Center. Hubbs Health Center recommends that each student consider purchasing the additional health and accidental injury insurance coverage offered by HWS 2011 | Guide for New Students   43

to cover costs for any medical care and services considered by the student’s primary insurance plan as “Out of Area” and rejected or those services that may be needed but  are not provided by Hubbs Health Center. This includes off-campus referrals, emergency room treatment, ambulance transportation from the campus to the hospital emergency room, laboratory services, care provided by specialists, prescription co-pay coverage and hospitalization. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule prohibits the release of any medical or health information to parents, outside medical professionals, college officials and all others without the student’s written consent. In the case of a lifethreatening emergency, the Hubbs staff consults with the Vice President of Student Affairs, who will ultimately decide whether to contact a student’s family. If you would like Hubbs Health Center to share information about your medical care with your family, you can visit Hubbs Health Center anytime to fill out the Medical Authorization Form. The form is also available on the Hubbs Health Center Web page at health_center.aspx.

Group Therapy Sessions In addition to oneon-one time-limited counseling sessions, The Center for Counseling and Student Wellness offers small-group sessions. Group therapy provides a safe environment to identify and explore feelings and give and receive support and feedback.

Please note that New York State Public Health Laws require all students to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) as well as the date of their meningitis immunization or their signature indicating receipt of information about meningitis. We ask that students submit this important medical information on the Student Health Form, which can be downloaded on the Orientation Web site, as soon as possible. For questions regarding immunizations, call (315)781-3600. Prescription Medicines Hubbs Health Center has a small formulary which includes over the counter pain medications, some commonly prescribed antibiotics, cold and allergy relief medications, topical ointments, several popular brands of contraceptives, emergency contraception and others. These are either billed to the student’s college account or in some cases sold directly to the student. Prescriptions can also be written by the Hubbs Health Center staff at the time of a Hubbs visit by a student. For more information on medications available and prescriptions generated by Hubbs Health Center, please call the health center at (315) 781-3600.

The Center for Counseling and Student Wellness The Center for Counseling and Student Wellness (CCSW) strives to enhance the wellbeing of students by facilitating their emotional, interpersonal and intellectual development. CCSW provides free, confidential services for HWS students, including group counseling, individual time-limited therapy, crisis intervention services and psycho-educational outreach programming. In addition to offering seven-day/24-hour emergency services, the CCSW staff sees students on an appointment basis and seeks to create a safe environment that is welcoming of all students. Additionally, CCSW staff members serve as consultants to the greater campus, promoting an informed, prepared and safe community, and offering psychological consultation to students, faculty, staff or parents who are concerned about a student. Laws and medical ethics prohibit the release of any medical or health information to parents, outside medical professionals, college officials and all others without written consent. In the case of a life-threatening emergency, the Center’s staff consults with the Vice President of Student Affairs, who ultimately decides whether to contact a student’s family. Confidentiality may not apply if the counselor believes that someone is in clear and imminent danger of harm, if a student provides information indicating that someone under 18-years-old is being abused or if the student is under 17 ½-years-old. In such cases the counselor may be legally required to notify proper authorities or may feel that it is in the student’s best interest to contact their family or HWS officials.



For more information about services offered by CCSW, visit counseling.

Alcohol and Other Drugs In keeping with federal, state, and local laws, Hobart and William Smith encourage and support good judgment in the legal use of alcohol for those who choose to use it and prohibit the possession, use, manufacture, and distribution of controlled substances. Complete drug and alcohol policies are outlined in the Handbook of Community Standards at community_standards.aspx The Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Programs takes a proactive approach to providing the education and counseling necessary for students to make responsible choices concerning alcohol and other drugs. The Office provides a variety of educational outreach programs throughout the academic year, and all first-year students participate in a workshop designed to help students evaluate their choices and examine their misconceptions regarding alcohol and other drug use among their peers. One-on-one counseling is available to students who are at risk of developing alcohol and other drug-related concerns as well as for those who are impacted by another persons’ abuse of substances. Students seeking assistance for themselves or a friend are protected under federal confidentiality guidelines. For more information about the available programs, contact the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Programs at (315) 781-3844 or

Campus Safety The Office of Campus Safety is responsible for maintaining a safe, secure environment by enforcing the rules and regulations set forth by Colleges authorities, maintaining order, keeping the peace, safeguarding lives and property, preventing and detecting crime and helping those in need. The Office maintains a series of outdoor emergency telephones that are marked by blue lights. The blue light phones are located throughout the campus along commonly used routes. Pushing the button on an emergency phone connects you to Campus Safety, who will immediately dispatch a uniformed officer to the phone. All emergency telephone calls are recorded. The Office of Campus Safety annually publishes Living Safely, a handbook outlining their policies and procedures as well as reporting campus crime statistic data. The handbook is available online at studentlife/pdf/living_safely.pdf. Hobart and William Smith also have several procedures in place to address emergency situations as they arise on campus and work regularly in conjunction with officials from the City of Geneva and Ontario County to maintain and update emergency preparedness plans.

Community Standards Our goal is to provide an environment in which all members are treated and treat others respectfully. The Handbook of Community Standards is published annually, and all students are expected to know and follow the behavioral guidelines outlined in the handbook. You can find a copy online at studentlife/community_standards. aspx. The Colleges also keep an upto-date sexual misconduct policy on the Community Standards Web site.

In accordance with National Fire Protection Association and local fire-safety codes, HWS conducts fire drills in all student residence halls and classroom buildings periodically to make sure that occupants are aware of exit locations and emergency-response personnel know their respective and mutual responsibilities. Residence staff will check residence rooms during fire alarms. 2011 | Guide for New Students   45

Students who fail to exit a building when the fire alarm sounds will be fined $50. HWS use an emergency notification system that allows voice mail, text and e-mail messages to be sent simultaneously to all campus constituencies in the event of an on- or off-campus emergency. This work was completed in consultation with members of the campus community, local municipal agencies and emergency experts, and the system is tested annually. Students will be contacted about adding their information to the system early in the fall semester.

Recreation and Wellness The HWS Wellness Program is located in Bristol Field House and emphasizes eating a healthy diet, exercising moderately and practicing various relaxation techniques to promote a healthy lifestyle. The Field House includes a fitness center, indoor track, athletic courts and group exercise rooms. The program supports several free body-conditioning, aerobic and balance-promoting exercise sessions weekly as well as a variety of special contests and programs throughout the semester designed to teach students about wellbalanced nutrition and an overall healthy lifestyle.

Typical Wellness Schedule

The HWS Wellness schedule changes each semester, but here’s a peek at the spring 2011 schedule: Monday 12:20 p.m.: Spin and Core 12:20 p.m.: No Sweat Fitness 7 p.m.: Active Yoga 8 p.m.: Zumba Tuesday 5:30 p.m.: Indoor Cycling (spinning) 6 p.m.: Cardio Kick 7 p.m.: Core Connections Wednesday 12:20 p.m.: Spin and Core 12:20 p.m.: No Sweat Fitness 5:15 p.m.: Pilates 7 p.m.: Active Yoga 7:30 p.m.: Indoor Cycling (spinning) 8 p.m.: Zumba Thursday 12:10 p.m.: Active Yoga 5:30 p.m.: Indoor Cycling (spinning) 6 p.m.: Boot Camp 7 p.m.: Core Connections 7:30 p.m.: Tae-Kwon-Do Friday 10 a.m.: Spin and Core 8 p.m.: Zumba Sunday

12:15 p.m.: Indoor Cycling (spinning) Additionally, students who are struggling with their 8 p.m.: Zumba exercise program or nutritional choices are encouraged to contact Program Director Russ Hess, who provides one-on-one counseling to students striving to get healthy and fit.

The program also offers regular Red Cross CPR and first aid trainings throughout the semester for students interested in becoming certified or maintaining a certification. For more information about any of these wellness initiatives, contact Russ Hess at (315) 781-3901 or

Intramurals & Athletics



More than 80 percent of HWS students are involved in some kind of athletic activity, whether it’s intramural or intercollegiate athletic teams or outdoor recreation programs, like hiking and camping. Those who wish to enjoy the fun and competition of athletics without the time commitment of playing on a team often join one of the many intramural leagues or club sports teams on campus. Students, individually or in teams, can sign up to play flag football, tennis, wallyball, soccer, golf, badminton, alpine ski, basketball, bodybuilding, soccer, cycling, fencing, field hockey, volleyball, table tennis, baseball, lacrosse, rugby, gymnastics, paintball, track and field, Nordic ski, dodgeball, floor hockey, ice hockey, squash and softball. Those who wish to get active outdoors can get involved in the Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Program (ORAP), located in the Sport and Recreation Center. ORAP sponsors a variety of day and overnight excursions and activities in the Finger Lakes, including hiking, rock and ice climbing, rafting, snowshoeing and camping. The group also maintains a student-built climbing wall and offers a variety of equipment for rent. Those who wish to compete at the top of their sport become members of one or more of the Colleges’ 22 varsity teams, many of which are regular contenders for conference and national titles. Athletics is a large part of the campus culture, even for those students who never step foot on the field. There is a sense of community and pride surrounding the Hobart and William Smith athletics teams, and many students cheer on the teams during home and away games. And, when the weather is nice, it’s not unusual for a pickup game of softball or Frisbee golf to overtake the Quad.

• Hobart Basketball: The 2009-10 season marked the 100th varsity season for Hobart basketball. The Statesmen produced one of the best records in the program’s history and brought back nearly its entire roster for the 2010-11 season. • Hobart Cross Country: Long-time Head Coach Ron Fleury had a talented and deep squad. Included in the team’s season highlights was a second consecutive team championship in the Hobart Invitational.

More than 80% of HWS students are involved in some kind of athletic activity.

• Hobart Football: The oldest varsity sport on campus, Hobart began competing in football in 1891. In more recent years, the Statesmen have won five of the past eight Liberty League Championships, earning six postseason bids since 2000. Champions in the classroom as well, recent graduate Brian Monaco ’10 was a two-time Academic All-American. • Hobart Golf: For close to 100 years, Hobart golfers have competed on area links. In recent years the Statesmen have begun to gain regional recognition. • Hobart Ice Hockey: The Statesmen stepped on the ice for their first varsity season in 1978-79. Hobart competes in the ECAC West, arguably the 2011 | Guide for New Students   47

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toughest conference in Division III. That hasn’t slowed the Statesmen, though, as they’ve posted a program record nine consecutive winning seasons, made four NCAA Tournament appearances, and reached the nation semifinals in 2006 and 2009 under the watchful eye of Coach Mark Taylor. • Hobart Lacrosse: For more than 100 years, Hobart lacrosse has been synonymous with excellence. The Statesmen, who boast 16 national championships, are one of only two lacrosse programs to earn NCAA Tournament bids in all three divisions. Today, as a member of Division I, Hobart has a national schedule that takes the Statesmen from Syracuse to Baltimore to Denver. • Hobart Rowing: Under the leadership of Head Coach Mike Alton, the Hobart rowing team has won five consecutive Liberty League Championships. His Statesmen have won 13 medals at the New York State Championships, the varsity eight has reached the ECAC grand final three times, and the varsity four without coxswain won a silver medal at the 2007 Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships. • Hobart Soccer: Over the past five seasons, the Hobart soccer team has posted a record of 64-19-15, earned four NCAA Tournament bids, and won a Liberty League regular season championship and a Liberty League Tournament Championship. The 2008 Statesmen produced an amazing 18-1-3 record and advanced to the third of the NCAA playoffs for the first time in school history. • Hobart Squash: Head Coach Carol Weymuller has guided the Hobart squash team to backto-back Liberty League Championships (2003-04 & 2004-05) and the Conroy Cup (2006-07). The 2010-11 team will feature a blend of young talent and experienced veterans. • Hobart Tennis: The Hobart tennis team will look to improve on its fourth place Liberty League finish. Head Coach Carol Weymuller has more career wins than any previous Statesmen mentor and will welcome back all but one starter from last year’s team.

• William Smith Basketball: Since 1990-91, the Heron basketball team has posted 13 20-win seasons and finished atop the conference standings 13 times. Head Coach Lindsay Drury has won more than 60 percent of her contests, directing William Smith to the postseason in each of her first three seasons. • William Smith Cross Country: The Heron cross country team has excelled on the run and in the classroom. William Smith has been named a National All-Academic Team by the cross country coaches association ever since the program was founded. Coach Jack Warner guided the Herons to their first conference championship in 2006 and has also tutored AllAmerican Herons.



William Smith Field Hockey: Under the leadership of Head Coach Sally Scatton, William Smith field hockey has never suffered a losing season, while bringing home three national championships. The Herons have finished atop the Liberty League standings 10 times since the conference was founded in 1995.

• William Smith Golf: The youngest of the Colleges’ athletic programs, William Smith golf played its sixth varsity season in 2009-10. The Herons have made steady progress on the links, becoming more competitive each season. • William Smith Lacrosse: The William Smith lacrosse program is led by Pat Genovese. No Division III head coach has more career wins than Coach Genovese. She has led the Herons to 16 NCAA Tournaments and winning seasons over the past 29 years, including a 13-4 mark in 2008. • William Smith Rowing: The William Smith rowing team has won three conference championships and earned eight invitations to the NCAA Championships. Under Head Coach Sandra Chu, the Herons have had 11 oarswomen earn All-American honors. • William Smith Soccer: With 27 consecutive winning seasons, 24 consecutive postseason bids, eight NCAA semifinal appearances, and one national championship, the William Smith soccer team is one of the most dominant in the nation. The Herons, under the direction of fourtime National Coach of the Year Aliceann Wilber, went 18-3-3 last season, winning the Liberty League Championship and advancing to the NCAA semi-finals. • William Smith Squash: In little more than a decade as a varsity sport, the William Smith squash team has grown into a nationally respected program. Head Coach Chip Fishback has directed the Herons to a pair of Walker Cup Championships and an Epps Cup Championship. • William Smith Swimming & Diving: The Heron swimming and diving team has posted a winning record in five straight seasons and nine of the past 10. Head Coach Kelly Kisner, the program’s all-time leader in wins, has tutored student-athletes to record-setting performances and All-American status. • William Smith Tennis: The William Smith tennis team posted its 15th consecutive winning season in 2009-10. The Herons went 12-3 last season under Head Coach Chip Fishback. With a pair of victories in the fall of 2009, he broke the Heron record for career coaching wins.

The Colleges have 22 varsity teams.

• Hobart and William Smith Sailing: Led by Head Coach Scott Iklé ’84, the HWS sailing team is perennially ranked in the top 20 in the nation. The Colleges’ sailors captured national championships in the coed dinghy and team race disciplines in 2005. Since 1996, HWS has competed in 40 national championship events, including the 2010 coed and women’s dinghy championships.

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Finances Estimated Fees Below, we’ve provided an outline of the estimated fees for the 2011-2012 academic year. A schedule of the finalized fees will be mailed to your home later in the spring. 2010-2011 Estimated Tuition, Room and Meal Plan Charges (Per Semester) Tuition $21,007 Room Standard Room 2,907 Odell’s Village 2,952 Board Gold meal plan 2,816 Basic meal plan 2,519 Silver meal plan 2,658 45 meal plan 583 100 meal plan 1,250 Fees Student Activities 133 Health Fee 122.50 Insurance Fee 152.50 Technology Fee 195 Health Services and Insurance Fee The Health Services Fee is required of all students. The Colleges provide a broad range of fee-free general health services including visits to the oncampus Hubbs Health Center, drug and alcohol counseling and mental health counseling. Some items, such as laboratory tests and prescriptions, will be charged to the student or the student’s primary health insurance carrier. Proof of health insurance is required of all students. Students who do not provide proof of acceptable private health insurance coverage by the date requested will be enrolled in the school’s health insurance program and be required to pay the insurance fee. Details on the insurance fee waiver procedure will be mailed to your home at a later date. Matriculation/Institutional Deposit The institutional deposit is to cover either damage incurred to property of the Colleges or other expenses incurred by the student. At the Colleges’ discretion, it may be used to pay for expenses incurred by the student that remain unpaid when the student leaves the Colleges permanently. Tuition Stabilization The Colleges offer a stabilization benefit for those students who wish to prepay their entire college tuition. Tuition Insurance The Tuition Refund Plan, offered by A.W.G. Dewar, Inc., is an insurance plan to protect your tuition and fees if a withdrawal is necessary due to personal illness or accident. A mailing describing this plan will be sent to you during the summer. Coverage and application information is available online at www.

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If you have questions about grants, student scholarships or loans, contact the Office of Financial Aid at (315) 781-3315 or

Other Programs The cost of attending certain off-campus programs may exceed regular tuition, fees, room and board.

Bills The academic year is divided into fall and spring semesters. Bills are mailed in the student’s name to the permanent home address at least two times each term. Anyone wish­ing bills to be mailed to another address should notify the Student Accounts Office in writing (to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Student Accounts Office, 300 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY 14456 ) of that preferred billing address. If necessary, statements will be sent monthly to bill incidental charges or reflect other changes in account activity. An academic transcript hold will be placed on all accounts for amounts billed but not paid by the due date. Fall 2010 Spring 2011

Initial Bill Mailed July 1, 2011 Dec. 1, 2011

Payment Due Aug. 1, 2011 Jan. 6, 2012

Payment Options When you receive your bill, there are two ways to pay. Information about these payment options are listed below and will be included with your first fall billing. You may also opt to sign up for a monthly payment plan, which allows you to spread the fees over the course of several months. 1. Return check or money order made payable to “Hobart and William Smith Colleges” with remittance in enve­lope provided with bill. (If you lose the envelope, mail payments to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Student Accounts Office, 300 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY 14456.) 2. Transfer funds directly from a U.S. checking or sav­ings account. Go to, Quick Links, “Pay Student Bill.” You can also pay monthly by enrolling in the TuitionPay plan admin­istered by Sallie Mae. No interest is charged on the un­paid balance, but an annual enrollment fee is required. You may set up recurring credit card payments with this option, however a convenience fee will be charged. If you enrolled before bill generation half your annual contract amount has already been credited to your bill as a payment. For more information, visit or call 800-6350120. Have your financial aid award letter available. Do not include work study in the calculation for a payment plan or parent loan. Work study is not credited as a payment to the student ac­count; students will receive a paycheck instead. If you are unable to pay the balance due in full by the due date or if the monthly payment amount is too large, please contact the Office of Financial Aid to ensure that you have explored all available sources of financial aid including parent loans, additional student Direct loans, and alternative loans. Additional Direct loan amounts are available to students whose parents have been denied a parent loan for credit reasons. Students whose bills are not paid in full nor approved for a full or partial deferment by the due date will not be allowed to register for the upcoming semester; students already registered will have their registration canceled. Students should not arrive on campus and expect full services without first making acceptable payment arrangements by the due date. Transcripts and diploma will be withheld until the student accounts balance is paid in full. In cases where registration is cancelled and later rein­stated, the Colleges will make every effort to honor the student’s original selection of courses on a space-available basis. We cannot, however, guarantee that selection.



Returned Checks A returned check fee of $20 is assessed when checks are re­turned to the Colleges as uncollectible when presented. Re­turned checks result in the loss of check-cashing privileges. Refunds of Overpaid Amounts Refunds of overpaid amounts will be mailed to you upon request, except when otherwise required by Federal Title IV regulations. Late Payment Penalty Charge Tuition and other charges not paid when due may be sub­ject to a latepayment charge. The late charge is computed at a rate of 1 1/2 percent per month on any outstanding balance from the due date until paid in full. This equals an annual rate of 18 percent. A minimum monthly penalty of $50 may be assessed upon any late accounts. Should a student’s unpaid balance remain outstanding 90 days after the due date, the Colleges reserve the right to transfer the account to a professional collection agency and pass along any additional costs of collection to the student’s account.

Financial Aid The Office of Financial Aid administers scholarships, grants, work study and loans. Scholarship and grant aid are considered gifts and do not need to be repaid. Loans are serious commitments that do need to be repaid. Work study is a way for students to earn money while on campus. All students who have submitted the required paperwork should have received a financial aid package along with this mailing. This information will also be reflected on the bill sent from the Student Accounts office in July. Additional information concerning grants, scholarships, loans and work study can be found at It is important to file your financial aid forms each year and to adhere to the deadlines set forth by the Office of Financial Aid.


If you have any questions regarding the financial aid process or your financial aid award, contact the Office of Financial Aid at (315) 781-3315. If you have questions about tuition, fees or billing, contact the Student Accounts Office at (315) 781-3344. If you have questions about the monthly payment plan, contact TuitionPay at 1-800-635-0120 or visit If you have questions about housing and meal plans, contact the Office of Residential Education at (315) 781-3880.

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Working on Campus Many students work an on-campus job to begin to develop professional skills and earn extra money. At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, there are a variety of employment options for students. HWS does not place students in jobs. Instead, students conduct their own job search to identify opportunities that best fit their interests, skills, and class schedules. If you plan to work on campus, you should follow the instructions on the Employment Requirements task on the Orientation Web site. You must download and complete the W-4 and I-9 forms as well as present the necessary documentation to the Colleges. Staff from the Office of Human Resources will be under the matriculation tent during Orientation to review your documents. Current available on-campus job opportunities across campus are listed on the Office of Human Resources Website at Jobs and internships outside of HWS are advertised through the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development. For additional information or to apply for a specific job, please contact the job supervisor directly.

Top 5 Campus Jobs 1. Dining Services The highest paying job on campus is also the most versatile: make burgers, wash dishes or serve meals. It’s not glamorous, but it is good money and the people are terrific! 2. Student Writer in Communications Write, edit and see your work published on the HWS Daily Update. Your mom will be so proud. 3. Teaching Assistant for Various Departments Think you know your stuff? Wait until you’re bombarded by questions from your fellow students! 4. Admissions Tour Guide Learn how to walk backwards while meeting lots of great people. 5. Annual Fund Student Caller Connect with HWS alums and hear some great stories about the Colleges while you earn a pay check.



Making Money While Giving Back Students who are federal work study eligible have a unique opportunity to make money while giving back to the Geneva community through America Reads and America Counts. America Reads tutors work one-on-one and in small groups on reading skills with students from six local elementary schools, while America Counts tutors work with Geneva Middle School students on basic computation and math skills. Tutors, who typically make a year-long commitment to the program, need no previous teaching experience, although students who are interested in America Counts should be proficient in advanced math. Transportation to the school sites is provided. Hobart and William Smith are ranked 12th in the nation among those institutions that support community initiatives through federal work study.

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Welcome to Geneva, New York

The HWS campus is right in the heart of Geneva.




Living in Geneva Geneva, NY Hobart and William Smith are located on a spectacular 188-acre campus along the northern tip of Seneca Lake in the City of Geneva. The birthplace of the women’s rights movement and the heart of the Finger Lakes region, this area is rich in history and natural beauty. It serves as a spectacular living and learning environment. Hobart and William Smith Colleges maintain a close relationship with the City of Geneva through The Geneva Partnership, allowing students to partner with community members and groups to test what they’ve learned in the classroom while simultaneously making Geneva a better place for all who work, study and live here.

What’s in a Name? Check out some of the many nicknames Geneva has gone by throughout its history: • The Lake Trout Capital of the World: The largest and deepest of the Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake is the host of the National Lake Trout Derby.

Top 4 Coolest Things About Geneva and the Finger Lakes


• Kanadasaga: The Seneca Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy made the area now known as Geneva the location for their settlement, called Kanadasaga. • Place of Stone: The word Seneca is derived from the Indian name “Assiniki,” which means “place of stone.”


• Gateway to the Finger Lakes: Because of its central location and great amenities, Geneva is a common starting point for visitors touring the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and the Finger Lakes region.

Local Banks If you plan to use a personal checking service, it is strongly advisable to open a local account. There are several commercial banks in Geneva, most within walking distance of campus, and there are two on-campus ATM machines.


Please note that, as a small city, Geneva may not have branches of national or international banks you may have used in the past. Students coming to HWS from other countries especially should plan ahead by bringing enough cash to campus or making sure you have an ATM card that works in the U.S. Students may also cash personal checks for up to $20 at the College Store, Monday through Friday. There is a 10¢ charge per check for this service. Five Star Bank Main office: 2 Seneca Street, (315) 789-2300 Branch and drive-thru: Town & Country Plaza, (315) 789-3300 Drive-thru bank: 65 Elizabeth Blackwell Street ATM: Scandling Campus Center, HWS campus


History Trace the area’s history from the settlement of the earliest Seneca Indians to the graduation of Elizabeth Blackwell and beyond. The area is brimming with wonderful stories and beautiful architecture. Adventure From waterfalls and hiking areas to snow-shoeing, fishing and camping under the stars, the Finger Lakes region is a great starting point for adventure in every season. Beauty Rocky gorges, stony waterfalls, rolling drumlins, rare trees and other naturally beautiful features will take your breath away as you explore everything the area has to offer. Women’s Rights During the mid-1800s, this area was a hotbed of women’s rights activists and suffragists. Today, that spirit lives on, as Geneva and Hobart and William Smith are known for celebrating and empowering both women and men.

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First Niagara Bank Main Office: 470 Exchange Street, (315) 789-1049 Branch: Pyramid Mall, (315) 789-6004 ATM: The College Store, HWS campus

Shopping The College Store stocks many commonly needed items, but if you need to purchase additional items or groceries, there are several locations in and around Geneva.

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Wegmans (grocery store and pharmacy) 300 Hamilton St Geneva, NY 14456 (315) 781-5800

Waterloo Premium Outlets (outlet center) 655 Route 318 Waterloo, NY 13165 (315) 539-5518

Tops Market (grocery store and pharmacy) Pyramid Mall Routes 5 & 20 Geneva, NY 14456 (315) 781-7777

Peebles (department store) Town and Country Plaza Hamilton St. (Routes 5 & 20) Geneva, NY 14456 (315) 781-2241

BJ’s Wholesale Club (members-only warehouse store) 3635 Berryfields Rd. (off Routes 5 & 20) Geneva, NY 14456 (315) 789-7777

Wal-Mart (department store) West of Geneva on Routes 5 & 20 Geneva, NY 14456 (315) 781-3253

Storage Many students do not remain on campus during summer break, and the Colleges do not allow belongings to be stored on campus during the break period. You are responsible for either transporting your belongings home or storing them in Geneva. There are several private mini-storage facilities around the Colleges, and you must provide your own transportation to the storage location. There are two facilities in Geneva that offer truck and trailer rental. Alternatively, Simply Storage (1-800-StoreIt) is a storage company that works with college and university students by supplying boxes and arranging a pick-up and delivery date. Storage Locations in Geneva: Geneva Mini-Storage Suite 450 Liberty Commons 789 Pre-Emption Road Geneva, NY 14456 (315) 789-2656 West River Road Mini Storage 50 West River Road Waterloo, NY 13165 (315) 789-7756



Seneca Movers Mini-Storage 2915 Route 96 Waterloo, NY 13165 (315) 539-2806 JRB Mini Storage 582 County Rd. 6 Geneva, NY 14456 (315) 789-8161

Truck and Trailer Rental in Geneva: U-Haul Co. 1 North Exchange Street Geneva, NY 14456 (315) 789-7470 Seneca Movers 2915 Route 96 Waterloo, NY 13165 (315) 539-3432

Hotels Below, we’ve provided a list of several local hotels. Belhurst Castle, 4069 Lochland Road (Route 14), Geneva, NY 14456, (315) 781-0201 Best Value Inn, 473 Hamilton Street (Routes 5 and 20), Geneva, NY 14456, (315) 789-7600 The Bragdon House, 527 South Main Street (Route 14), Geneva, NY 14456, (315) 781-6320 Chapman House, 562 South Main Street, Geneva, NY 14456, (315) 781-1847 Clark’s Motel, 824 Canandaigua Road (Routes 5 and 20), Geneva, NY 14456, (315) 789-0780 Geneva-on-the-Lake, 1001 Lochland Road (Route 14), Geneva, NY 14456, (315) 789-7190 Hampton Inn, 43 Lake Street, Geneva, NY 14456, (315) 781-2035 Microtel Inn, 520 Hamilton Street (Routes 5 & 20), Geneva, NY 14456, (585) 248-2440 Motel 6, 485 Hamilton Street (Routes 5 and 20), Geneva, NY 14456, (315) 789-4050 Ramada Geneva Lakefront, 41 Lakefront Dr., (Routes 5 and 20), Geneva, NY 14456, (315) 789-0400 William Smith Inn, 600 Castle Street, Geneva, NY 14456, (315) 521-9167

What’s Appetizing in Geneva? There’s a slew of cool coffee shops, restaurants and local hang-outs in Geneva, and we’ve already scouted them out and are giving you the inside track… The Red Dove | 30 Castle St. Cool: Check the chalkboard to see what’s cooking, but don’t look for chicken wings here. You’re more likely to find hummus, oysters and curry. Plenty of organic and local produce, and a funky variety of dinner and cocktail specials. Drool: The menu is varied making it a culinary lottery that keeps on giving. Opus Espresso and Wine Bar | 486 Exchange St. Pick-me-up: The top-notch baristas serve up freshly roasted espresso beverages and a variety of constantly changing homemade granola, sandwiches, pastries and other desserts. Slow-me-down: It’s a faculty magnet; tread softly if you’re wearing your PJs. The Captain’s Room | 372 Exchange St. Top Secret: Not too many students know about this diner on north Exchange St., so come here to rub elbows with colorful locals and sample some of the best, low-cost meals in the area. Open Book: Try the superlight pancakes, monstrous breakfast sandwiches and awesome specials. Don’t forget to get a Captain’s Card—buy ten meals, get the 11th free! Club 86 Bagels and Cakes | 476 Hamilton St. New: This Geneva-area institution recently opened in a new location with more seating and faster service. Old: The menu includes many of the same favorites – breakfast specials, distinctive sandwiches and fabulous desserts – that made their old location so popular with locals.

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For more information about area restaurants visit admissions/places_ to_stay.aspx

Ronnie’s Cedar Inn | 3583 Lenox Rd. Waffle Iron: Okay, they don’t serve waffles, but they do serve up your standard bar food in addition to a constantly changing array of comfort-food-inspired specials. Grid Iron: Come for the atmosphere as much as the food. The décor has to be seen to be believed and two 40 inch HDTVs are always tuned to the big game. Port’s Café | 4432 West Lake Rd. Sustainable: A surprisingly long list of nightly specials, beautiful cuts of meat, and local, farm fresh fruits, veggies and cheeses make Port’s a standout. Grab a window seat for a great view of the lake. Unattainable: This place is so popular that it’s often packed, even on weeknights. Make reservations ahead of time or prepare to wait.

Heading Home Hobart and William Smith offer shuttle services to Rochester Airport and bus service to Manhattan for Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break and Spring Break. You will receive an e-mail in September detailing the dates and the times of those shuttles and can begin booking seats on the shuttle then. The Parents and Families Web site also has up-to-date information about shuttles and buses, which you can access at There are also several companies that offer shuttle services to the Rochester or Syracuse Airports: • Finger Lakes Limo provides one-way, sedan and van service to both the Rochester and Syracuse airports, and they often run specials around breaks. They can be contacted at (315) 789-7272 either on or before the day you intend to travel. • Mr. Dependable provides one-way transport to the Rochester and Syracuse airports. They offer a discounted rate for students traveling in groups of three or more. You can contact them 3-5 days in advance of your intended travel at (585) 264-0925. • Sunset Limousine offers one-way and roundtrip fares to both Rochester and Syracuse airports. Please contact them at least 3 days in advance of your intended travel at (315) 539-5297. • Quality Transportation offers one-way fares to both Rochester and Syracuse airports. They offer a discounted rate for students traveling in groups of three or more. Contact them at (585) 455-8294 on or before the day you intend to travel.



Fall 2011 Academic Calendar August 23-25, 2011 Orientation for new international students August 26-28 Orientation for all new students (including first-year, international and transfer students) August 29 First day of classes September 2 Last day to drop/add courses October 8-11 Fall recess October 21-23 Family Weekend October 31-November 4 Spring semester advising November 7-16 Spring semester registration November 23-27 Thanksgiving recess December 9 Last day of classes December 10-12 Reading period December 13-16 Final examinations December 17 Residences close at noon December 18-January 15, 2012 Winter break


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