PSS Spring '09 - The Houghton House Renaissance

Faculty Ink

Professor of Biology James Ryan

Adirondack Wildlife: A Field Guide, by Professor of Biology James Ryan, was published by University Press of New England. Prior to the book's publication, "Wee Beasties" was published in the January 2009 issue of "Adirondack Life" magazine.

Professor of Media and Society Les Friedman

Professor of Media and Society Les Friedman co-edited Second Star to the Right: Peter Pan in the Popular Imagination with Allison Kavey, associate professor of history at CUNY, John Jay. The title was published by Rutgers University Press.

Professor of Religious Studies John Krummel

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies John Krummel's latest co-translation project, Overcoming Modernity: Synchronicity and Image-Thinking, was published by SUNY Press.

"Listening to Silence: the Art of May Stevens," an essay by Professor of Art Patricia Mathews written in honor of her graduate school mentor and art critic Donald Kuspit, was published in "Philosophical Art Criticism."

Associate Professor of Geoscience Nan Arens

"Press/Pulse: A General Theory for Mass Extinction," a scientific paper written by Associate Professor of Geoscience Nan Arens and Ian West '06, appeared in the November 2008 issue of the journal Paleobiology. Discovery News also reported on the article in February.

Choice Reviews for Academic Libraries recently named "The Lesbian and Gay Movements," by Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Craig Rimmerman as one of their Outstanding Academic Titles of 2008.


HWS Goes Green

Environmental Action

In step with national efforts for environmental action, Hobart and William Smith have designed new initiatives for spring 2009, including:

  • Recyclemania, a competition with more than 500 other colleges and universities to reduce waste and increase recycling.
  • HWS Goes Green for Energy, an institutionwide focus on energy efficiency, including upgrading campus boilers and reducing electricity use.
  • Trayless Tuesdays, an effort to reduce food waste in SAGA.
  • The Waste Audit Competition, a contest between residence halls to see who has the highest rate of recycling and the lowest amount of waste per capita.
  • Student Environmental Advocate Liaisons (SEAL), a team of HWS students dedicated to helping their peers make greener decisions.

Debate Team Takes First Place

HWS Debaters David Hernandez '09 and Buzz Klinger '12 took home the championship title during the Northeastern Regional Debate Championships at Baruch College in New York City this past February. The team of Hannah Zale '09 and Dan Maguire '11 made it to the semifinals. In January, the team also won the UMass arens krummel friedman ryan Debate Tournament. The team will host the Hobart and William Smith / IDEA Round Robin debate tournament in mid-April.

Winter Break Career Events

The Salisbury Center for Career Services hosted five winter break events where students had an opportunity to tour offices, attend panel presentations and network with HWS community members. Students interested in advertising, media, public relations, publishing, art and finance were able to attend events in Manhattan, while students interested in politics attended a Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C., led by Associate Professor of Political Science DeWayne Lucas, Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman and President Mark D. Gearan.

Jody Sperling's Time Lapse Dance Company

Spring Arts

During the spring 2009 semester, the Colleges hosted a variety of events in the arts including: a performance by Jody Sperling's Time Lapse Dance Company; HWS theatre performances of "John Gabriel Borkman" and Neal Bell's "McTeague - A Tale of San Francisco;" and musical acts including Robert Randolph & The Family Band, jazz-pop singer Karen Oberlin, singer-songwriter Jason LeVasseur and hip hop duo Upper Echelon. Houghton House hosted exhibitions by painter Kevin Wixted and photographers Joseph Mougel and Joshua Unikel '07.

Spring 2009 President's Forum

The spring lineup for the President's Forum Series at HWS featured political insiders and analysts exploring President Obama's first 100 days in office. Speakers included Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Stephen Hess, TIME International Editor Michael Elliott and Pakistani Senator Mushahid Hussain.

Professionals in Residence

Spring 2009 Professionals in Residence included:

  • Bryan Calka '00 on sports marketing and advertising
  • Carol Brownstein-Evans on bringing creativity to social work
  • Jack Snow '79 on architecture
  • Monifa Hamilton and Elizabeth Orlando on government careers
  • Chris Coffin '83 on hospitality and event planning
  • Mark Mapstone '89 on academic careers in clinical psychology
  • Dr. Richard Solomon '75, P'10 on child and school psychology
  • David Contis P'11 on commercial real estate
  • Barry Strauber on advertising
  • David Lenihan '72 on international business and entrepreneurship

Senior Symposium

On Friday, April 3, more than 80 members of the Classes of 2009 presented their best academic and cocurricular projects, from scholarly research to service-learning projects in the Colleges' first-ever Senior Symposium. To prepare for the Symposium, seniors worked with faculty and staff on oral presentation techniques, visual aid creation and innovative public speaking - all used in every professional and academic field.

Martin Luther King Week Events

In February, the Colleges sponsored 'Youth in Action: Awakening the Dream,' a weeklong series of events to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the importance of youth activism, and the inauguration of then- President-Elect Barack Obama. In addition to participating in the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, HWS community members attended the annual Martin Luther King Jr. memorial march, service and fellowship dinner with keynote speaker Dr. Fay Maureen Butler '84. Other events included a screening of the inauguration of President Barack Obama and a forum about youth activists in the Geneva community.

Seneca Review Published

Hobart and William Smith's national literary magazine Seneca Review released a new issue focused on blurring the line between poetry and essay. Featuring work by 19 authors, the latest issue is online at

Photo of Carrots

Growing Sustainability

Seniors Prabighya Basnet and Jenny Zhao are coordinating a rooftop garden project as part of their Senior Integrated Experience in environmental studies. The pair hopes to plant gardens on rooftops of any new buildings or retrofit some existing buildings to accommodate vegetable and herb gardens.

Spring Break with a Purpose

Spring Break with a Purpose The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) organized Alternative Spring Break Trips across the country and globe. In addition to annual domestic trips to Louisiana, Virginia and North Carolina, two new experiences were offered this year. During a trip to Nicaragua (above), students worked on housing and educational issues while several students opted to remain in Geneva, volunteering with the Community Lunch Program, Catholic Charities, American Cancer Society and Beverly Animal Shelter.

S.O.U.L. Week

In honor of Black History Month, Sankofa hosted S.O.U.L. Week, celebrating "Stories of Untold Lives." Activities included a soul food dinner, a screening of "Race, Power of Illusion" and Harlem Nights, a celebration of the Harlem Renaissance. Sankofa rounded out Black History Month by hosting the annual Charity Ball, which supported this year’s Nicaragua Experience Trip and the Henderson/Collins Scholarship Fund.

Professors at the Top of Their Game

Professor of Political Science Jodi Dean was named the Erasmus Chair for the Humanities in the Faculty of Philosophy at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Professor of Art Patricia Mathews was announced as a new member of the College Art Association Board of Directors. Professor of French and Francophone Studies George Joseph was elected director of the African Literature Association.

On Animation

Exploring how animation impacts our daily lives, the spring 2009 Fisher Center Series included lectures by: Associate Professor of Sociology and of Society and Genetics Hannah Landecker (University of California, Los Angeles) on Cinema of the Cell; Writer Shelley Jackson on Words and Other Bodies in Motion; Professor Roland Kelts (University of Tokyo, Sophia University and the University of the Sacred Heart Tokyo) on Pop Culture from a Multipolar Japan; Artist Astrid Hadad performing La Cuchilla; and Fisher Center Predoctoral Fellow Jillian Burcar on (Re)Animating the Cyborg. In conjunction with Kelts' talk, the series included a four-day event on Japanese anime and its impact on Western culture, with showings of "Grave of the Fireflies" and "Tekkonkinkreet."

Experiencing History

Two students participated in the inauguration of President Barack Obama firsthand at various events in Washington, D.C. Parker Boundy '11, a graduate of the Culver Military Academy Troop, accompanied high school students on horseback in the inaugural parade. Brian Kilduff '10, who worked on the Obama campaign, was invited to the Swearing-In-Ceremony and the Western States, Youth and Staff Balls.

Building Community and Envisioning

The Social Justice Collective and Women's Collective sponsored 'Building Community and Envisioning Possibilities,' a conference about gender differences and issues. The three-day event included workshops, an art and activism forum, and a sustainable lunch as well as a session with alumna Wendy Puriefoy '71. The event culminated in a visit from Invisible Children, a non-profit working to educate students about the crisis in Uganda (co-sponsored by Amnesty International and the Genocide Speaker Series).

Public Affairs Journal

The Spring 2009 issue of the Public Affairs Journal was released by Chief Editor Ross Green '09 and the editorial staff on April 20. The issue includes an introduction by President's Forum speaker and TIME International Editor Michael Elliot as well as special sections on stem cell research and service-learning.

Honors in Denmark

Ben Ryan '10 attended the Carbon Market Insights 2009, one of the forerunning international conferences on carbon markets, held in Copenhagen, Denmark. During the event, Ryan, already in Copenhagen with the abroad program, shared his honors work in carbon markets with some of the world’s most central climate change figures.


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