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The last time we spoke with Hobart and William Smith President Gregory Vincent, he was in his first week with the Colleges. Since that time, events off campus have given him reason the address the campus community via email over issues of affirmative action in higher education and larger issues of equality and justice after the events in Charlottesville. We asked President Vincent back into the studio to talk about those issues and to look ahead a bit to the upcoming start to his first academic year.

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Nationwide rallies in support of Charlottesville included a gathering Sunday in the City of Geneva. Community members largely filled the seating in Bicentennial Park and listened to speakers condemn the violent gathering of Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists in Virginia. City Council Member at Large Mark Gramling cautioned against complacency on a local level.

The Smith Center for the Arts


The Smith Center for the Arts in downtown Geneva has named a new executive director. Susie Monagan will join The Smith beginning in September. For twelve years, she’s been with the Department of Theatre Arts at Ithaca College. Monagan is an active member of the Ithaca arts community as well including the Board of the State Theatre. She says that live performance is important in a time when there are a lot of divisions in society and people are feeling isolated from one another.


The Geneva Theatre Guild presents their summer musical at The Smith Opera House August 3rd through 6th. It’s a stage adaptation of a much loved film. Mel Brooks adapted his 1974 comedy Young Frankenstein in 2007 and Steve DuPrey has wanted to direct it ever since.

Gabriella D'Angelo


Bicentennial Park on the north side of Geneva’s downtown is often the site for large, organized events. But, some city residents say that it could be better used on a day to day basis. Joe Marone is a founder of the Finger Lakes Skate Club. He would like to see skateboarding move from the small park on Lyceum Street into downtown and he’s worked with Gabriella D’Angelo from Hobart and William Smith Colleges to develop a plan to bring action sports to Bicentennial Park.

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Several months ago, renown Finger Lakes chef Samantha Buyskes announced that she would be joining Three Brothers Winery and Estates in opening a new restaurant in Canandaigua. Opening any new restaurant is a considerable undertaking, so it came as something of a surprise when Buyskes and Three Brothers announced that they would first open a new restaurant on Linden Street in downtown Geneva in the space recently vacated by Cebo.

 

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The Cornell University Summer Research Scholars program brings undergraduates from all over the country to the New York Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. Larry Smart is a professor of horticulture in the School of Integrative Plant Science. He says it’s a rigorous process to be accepted.

Trinity Church, Geneva, NY

For more than 170 years, Trinity Church in Geneva has been a prominent landmark overlooking Seneca Lake on South Main Street. But, its membership has been dwindling while upkeep of the majestic building is growing. Steve Buchiere of the Finger Lakes Times has reported on the challenges facing Trinity Church and a proposed solution. He joined us in studio.


The group Tools for Social Change is launching an anti-poverty project in partnership with the City of Geneva. “Let’s Talk Economic Opportunity” kicks off Tuesday, July 25th at 6:00 p.m. at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. Khuram Hussain is a professor of education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a member of Tools for Social Change.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Dr. Gregory Vincent officially assumed his duties as president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges Monday. I spoke with President Vincent in his office yesterday. As is often the case in a radio interview, I asked him to give me his name and his title at the beginning of the recording. I could not help but ask how it felt to introduce himself as the 27th president of Hobart College and 16th president of William Smith College.

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