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ESF honors students and faculty for community service

Cheryl S. Doble, Megan Scott & Engineers Without Borders
12/21

(Syracuse) – “Community service is a priority for the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF),” said President Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D. announcing the 2005 recipients of the President’s Awards for Community Service. The award is presented annually to one faculty or staff member, one student and one student organization.

The President's Award for a faculty or staff member recognizes the efforts of an instructor to incorporate service-learning into their course curricula and/or the efforts of a staff member to involve students in community service. Recipients of this honor:

  • Have been nominated by ESF faculty and/or staff member(s), or students;
  • Have developed a course in which service-learning is a major component or have otherwise facilitated opportunities for students to engage in community service;
  • Have facilitated their classes or activities in a way that the community impact and the student impact are mutually beneficial;
  • Have provided a vehicle for students to reflect on their experiences of civic participation and service;
  • Have consistently championed the benefits of community service through their actions and activities.

The honoree in the faculty/staff category is associate professor Cheryl S. Doble in the faculty of Landscape Architecture who co-founded and directs the Center for Community Design Research. The Center coordinates SUNY’s contribution to the NY State Quality Communities design.

Dr. Murphy said, “Professor Doble’s approach to teaching seamlessly integrates her commitment to service and her community based value system.”

The President's Award for Individual Service by a student recognizes significant volunteer service to the local community. Recipients of this honor:

  • Have been nominated by ESF faculty and/or staff member(s), or students;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better;
  • Have served the community (beyond ESF) in a significant way by helping to meet identified community needs;
  • Have consistently championed the benefits of community service through their actions and activities.

The student honoree is senior Megan Scott, an Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering major, who co-founded the ESF Chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

Scott helped lead the Engineers Without Borders on their first project during winter break 2004-2005. They traveled to the Caribbean island of Dominica where they installed a micro-hydro turbine to supply electricity to the Archbold Research and Education Center. She has also worked extensively on school-based nature trails that provide both fun and instruction.

The President's Award for Student Organizations recognizes the significant volunteer service of an ESF-recognized student group. Recipients of this honor:

  • Have been nominated by ESF faculty, staff and/or a recognized ESF student organization;
  • Have been an ESF recognized club/organization for at least one year;
  • Have served the community (beyond ESF) in a significant way by helping to meet identified community needs; going above and beyond their organization's expectations/mission;
  • Have consistently championed the benefits of community service through their actions and activities;
  • Have met all the administrative requirements of the Office of Student Activities and the Undergraduate Student Association.

The student organization honored with the President’s Award for Community Service was Habitat for Humanity whose membership is made up of ESF and Syracuse University students.

“This group has much to be proud of and we are fortunate to have them as one of our student organizations at ESF,” said Murphy, noting that as many as 300 students have participated in Habitat for Humanity projects including renovation of a home at 134 Annetta Street in Syracuse.

Murphy continued, “This fall they started building a house at 719 Marcellus Street on Syracuse’s near west side. They’re not only building the house but they also did the fundraising to make it a reality.”

The President’s Awards for Community Service were presented in ceremonies December 3, 2005.

Last year, ESF students, faculty and staff contributed in excess of 65,000 hours of service to Central New York.

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Release No. 36, December 21, 2005


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