Monday, January 21, 2013

HWS Students Visit LA

On the set of the popular CBS morning show “The Talk,” Supervising Producer Derek Che ’93 and Genoa Boswell ’09 talk with students about what it takes to create a daily program.  Genoa spent 4-years working at WEOS and WHWS.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Lynda Starr Show: Martin Luther King Special!

Join us Thursday January 24th 2013 as our very own Youdlyn Moreau '13 will broadcast the Lynda Starr Show live in the Scandling Campus Center from 6 to 8 p.m. on WHWS 105.7FM. The show can also be heard via the web, at or Moreau will play music honoring King and will be interviewing students and faculty. She anticipates discussing topics such as Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, and raising awareness on campus about racism, gender equality and the LGBT community.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Burke-Thomas Joining City Year

This summer, Khalym Burke-Thomas '13 will join more than a dozen HWS alumni and alumnae serving their communities through the City Year program. A native of South Orange, N.J., he will serve close to his home in New York City. Burke-Thomas says he is thrilled to be able to participate in the New York City program, which targets students who are at-risk of dropping out of school. His motivation stems partly from issues his own high school faced. "This issue is close to my heart because in my school a lot of the lower-level students were neglected," says Burke-Thomas. "I want to give them the attention they deserve so that they can succeed." Entering City Year, Burke-Thomas is well prepared, having gained experience teaching and mentoring in high school and at the Colleges. While in high school, he worked with Foreign Language for Elementary Students, and served as a camp counselor for four years. During his first year at HWS, he has tutored elementary students through the America Reads program. Burke-Thomas is majoring in Asian Studies and minoring in English. He is co-editor-in-chief of THEL Literary Magazine and promotions director of WHWS-FM. In fall 2011, Burke-Thomas studied abroad in Japan. Following his term with City Year, he plans to pursue an MFA in creative writing, with hopes that he will return to Japan to teach. City Year is a nonprofit organization that strives to improve classroom environments and encourage the educational advancement of youth by providing community-based projects. Those who serve in City Year help encourage third- to ninth-grade students to stay in school and remain on course toward high school graduation. The organization's long-term goal is to ensure that students reach 10th grade on track - and on time - and to support the majority of at-risk students in the schools City Year serves. Currently, there are 11 individuals from HWS who are actively serving in the 2012/2013 City Year program. They are: Jess McCue '12 (San Jose), Elizabeth Perry '12 (New York), Lauren Schwarzenberg '12 (Philadelphia), Chad Zimmerman '12 (Los Angeles), Amaury Ramirez '12 (New York), Karina Polanco '11 (Boston), Amy Waddell '12 (Rhode Island), Kyle Sherwood '12 (Los Angeles), Rashid Perkins '12(New York), Mary Jameson '12 (Baton Rouge), and Katherine Cushing '12 (Jacksonville).

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


David Bowie fans have long wondered if the singer will ever return, and now the man who gave the world "Ziggy Stardust" has broken his decade-long silence. To mark the occasion of his 66th birthday , Bowie released "Where Are We Now?" on Tuesday.

The track is the lead single off his upcoming first album in ten years, "The Next Day."
The song and accompanying music video offer a somber, nostalgic vibe that's pleased a number of critics. The Evening Standard called the track "stunningly beautiful," while the Telegraph went even further, describing the "lush, stately, [and] beautifully strange" single as "the most surprising, perfect and welcome comeback in rock history."

The song is available for purchase in iTunes, and "The Next Day" -- which is available for a pre-order on iTunes -- is due in stores in March. WHWS plans to grab the record in March and feature it on air - Stay tuned!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

JJ Accepted For Teach for America

Caroline Dosky '12, MAT '13 and Jordunn Joubert '13 have been accepted to the highly competitive and selective Teach for America program. After graduation, the William Smith students will be placed by Teach for America to work in high-poverty public schools throughout the country. In the past decade, more than 30 HWS students have been accepted to the program.

                                               Dosky                             Joubert

Chosen from thousands of applicants, the women underwent a rigorous selection process that included a lengthy application, a presentation of a lesson plan, a personal interview, a written test and a monitored group discussion with several other applicants.
Dosky will begin her two-year Teach for America term in Boston.

"I grew up in a town with great teachers and great schools, and I realized at a certain point that because of my zip code, I had a very different outlook on education than others," says Dosky, who hopes to use her time with Teach for America to foster academic excitement.

"I want to inspire these kids to have long-term goals - to dream big, and to see college as a real possibility."

Although Teach for America doesn't require applicants to have teaching experience, as part of the Colleges' Master's in Teaching program, Dosky has had not only technical knowledge of lesson planning, but also experience in the classroom. This semester, she spent seven weeks teaching at Geneva's North Street School, and another seven at the Red Jacket Education Center in Shortsville.

While preparing for the application process, Dosky reached out to fellow alums who are currently serving with the organization for advice. "They were incredibly helpful and honest with me," says Dosky. The alums gave her helpful tips, and also discussed the most rewarding parts of their work.

Already, Dosky has reached out to numerous colleges and universities, requesting brochures. With hopes of amassing enough pamphlets from across the country to fill a cardboard box, Dosky plans to keep the box as a permanent fixture at the front of her classroom.

"While my parents encouraged me to go to college, a lot of students don't have that at home," Dosky explains. She believes long term goals are important in inspiring a passion for learning. "I want them to know what it takes - what the requirements are - and also the variety of schools out there."

Dosky also sees her time with Teach for America as a chance to gain new perspectives for her future goal working in policy. "This is a great opportunity to gain a better sense of what I want to do in education, to gain a sense of what problems exist in the education system - and figure out what I can do about them," says Dosky.

Joubert will spend her next two years with Teach for America in Houston, Texas, instructing middle school students.

"Middle school is a very important time for developing better reading and writing skills," says Joubert of her placement. "There are literacy gaps in schools in socio-economic areas like the school I will be serving in - and I want to bridge these gaps."

While Joubert plans on studying education policy in graduate school following her Teach for America experience, she has a keen interest in the program and its mission. An alumna of Miss Porter's Preparatory School as well an alumna of a KIPP school, Joubert has had the opportunity to work as a substitute teacher for students at the ninth grade level in a KIPP charter school. She sees hands-on experience as essential to understanding the struggles of students and schools alike.

Although she had initially planned to head straight to graduate school following graduation, Joubert decided to change paths when she considered the impact she was having on others. "I wanted to be able to say I was making a difference - without hesitation."

Joubert is excited to work to make a difference in the lives of her students, instilling confidence and strong problem solving skills in order to prepare them for high school and college. "It can be intimidating to submit an essay, to essentially say ‘This is who I am' on paper. In the case of something like an application, schools only have that one glimpse of you," says Joubert. "I want my students to develop confidence as readers and writers."

In preparation for her placement, Joubert has been in contact with Houston-area teachers and Teach for America members. "It's incredible to see all of the people reaching out to support me," explains Joubert. "Not only from Corps members, but from parents and other teachers - everyone is trying to make sure everything is going well. The support system is so strong - these are truly dedicated individuals."

Joubert spent a couple of years broadcasting music and stories on WHWS 105.7 fm

Both women will undergo a month-long training process this summer before beginning their terms as teachers. Another round of applications for Teach for America is now underway, with several Hobart and William Smith students submitting their candidacy.