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The Trump administration announced last week it will strip international college students of their U.S. visas if their classes are online. The move, which could force many students to leave the U.S., is now the subject of a legal battle. 17 states and the District of Columbia have filed a lawsuit against the administration. New York is not one of the states, but locally, the University of Rochester has filed an amicus brief supporting Harvard and MIT’s lawsuit to block the directive. This hour, we’re joined by local college leaders and international students who discuss the impact of the policy. Our guests:

  • Joyce Jacobsen, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Jane Gatewood, vice provost for global engagement at the University of Rochester, and co-chair of the university’s Coronavirus University Restart Team (CURT)
  • Sreyan Kanungo, Hobart and William Smith student (Class of 2023) from Bangladesh
  • Sakhile Ntshangase, University of Rochester student (Class of 2021) from South Africa, and chair of the UR Student Association’s International Student Affairs Committee

We’re broadcasting from WEOS in Geneva, as we sit down with the new president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Joyce Jacobsen. Jacobsen is the 29th president of Hobart College and the 18th president of William Smith College. She is the Colleges' first female president.

Jacobsen started the job on July 1. We talk to her about her career in higher education, what drew her to Geneva, her vision for the future of HWS, and more. 


(WXXI News & AP) There is a Finger Lakes connection to Saturday’s royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, the first black leader of the Episcopal Church in the United States, was hand-picked by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to address their 600 wedding guests.

It turns out Curry is a 1975 graduate of Hobart College.

Nine months after installing Gregory Vincent as president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, the colleges will be looking to replace him.

Vincent resigned from his post Friday, effective immediately, after allegations that he may have plagiarized portions of his doctoral dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. The announcement of Vincent's resignation came in a message sent to HWS faculty, staff, and students from Chair of the HWS Board of Trustees Thomas S. Bozzuto, and was obtained by WXXI.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva is looking into allegations that its president, Gregory Vincent, may have plagiarized portions of his doctoral dissertation.

Paychex is out with a new survey on what small businesses around the country think about the new tax reform plan. As of late last month, there were some differing opinions.

Also, we recap Xerox CEO Jeff Jacobson's presentation at a financial conference where he points out what the company will need to do to improve revenues, and we highlight a big gift for Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

We take Connections on the road to WEOS in Geneva to meet the new president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Dr. Gregory Vincent began his tenure at the Colleges on Monday, and his welcome was more like a homecoming -- he's an HWS alumnus.

Vincent is a former civil rights attorney and a national expert on civil rights, free speech, social justice, and campus culture. He most recently served as the vice president for diversity and community engagement at the University of Texas at Austin, where he acted as a university spokesman in the case of Fisher V. University of Texas. In that case, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the university's use of affirmative action in its admissions process.

We talk to Vincent about his time at HWS as a student and what brought him back to the campus as its president. We also discuss issues in higher education: the importance of diversity at institutions, accessibility of education, and free tuition at public colleges in New York State.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark Gearan is retiring. Gearan is the former director of the Peace Corps, and we ask for his thoughts on both the Clintons, and the current political climate in this country. We also discuss the cost of higher education, and how to make it more accessible.

We're broadcasting live from our WEOS studio in Geneva.

Our Monthly Science Roundtable looks at gravitational waves. The remarkable story of the first detection of gravitational waves confirms that Einstein was right, which is not exactly news, but in this case it was: Einstein figured these waves exist, but he also figured that we'd never be able to build anything sensitive enough to detect them. So in that sense, Einstein was wrong.

Our panel explains what the waves are, how we detected them, where they came from, and what we might discover next. And there happens to be local connections, which we explain as well. Our guests:

We’re covering the Hobart and William Smith Colleges sexual assault case that was profiled in the New York Times. Hobart and William Smith has referred us to their web statement and are declining to join the program live. The attorney for the student, Anna, has asked us to invite William Smith student Sarah Feldman the new group called Coalition of Concerned Students to join us on air. Also on with us is Mary Jo Marino, program manager from Restore Sexual Assault Services.