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More Than 350 Students Earn Degrees from ESF


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) will celebrate its 1998 Commencement Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10, in joint ceremonies with Syracuse University.

ESF will confer more than 350 degrees: some 300 bachelor's degrees, about 40 master's degrees, and 15 doctoral degrees.

The valedictorian for the Class of 1998 is Angela M. Blair of Harpursville, N.Y., who majored in Environmental and Forest Biology. The salutatorian is Peter L. Fry of Gabriels, N.Y., a Landscape Architecture major.

Commencement weekend festivities begin with the annual Year in Review slide show hosted by the senior class. The show will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in the auditorium in Marshall Hall. Receptions for degree candidates, family, and faculty members will be 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at two locations on the ESF campus.

The college's traditional Commencement Convocation will be at 2:45 p.m. Saturday in the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University. Baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral candidates will be honored.

During the convocation, Faculty Honors will be bestowed upon the top two students in each of the college's discipline areas.

On Sunday, a continental breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. in Alumni Lounge, Marshall Hall, followed by a recognition ceremony for advanced degree candidates.

ESF's Commencement exercises will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Carrier Dome, in conjunction with those of Syracuse University. Degrees will be conferred upon ESF graduates by College President Ross S. Whaley and ESF Board of Trustees Chair Curtis H. Bauer.

Class Marshals leading the ESF degree candidates in the Commencement procession are Daniela J. Shebitz of Nyack and Michael W. Wichrowski of Attica, both of whom majored in Environmental and Forest Biology.

Founded in 1911, ESF serves more than 1,800 graduate and undergraduate students in its nine program areas: Chemistry, Construction Management and Wood Products Engineering, Environmental and Forest Biology, Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Landscape Architecture, Paper Science and Engineering, and the dual program in Environmental and Forest Biology/Forest Resources Management.

The college also awards associate in applied science degrees at its Ranger School in the Adirondack community of Wanakena. Forty-four students will receive those degrees during a ceremony May 23 in the Wanakena area.

ESF's 1998 Faculty Honors students are Penelope J. Houston of Honeoye Falls, N.Y., and Amber K. King of Camillus, N.Y., Environmental Studies; Blair and Shebitz, Environmental and Forest Biology; Jason A. Rodrigue of Gloversville, N.Y., and Jason A. Pieklik of Syracuse, dual program in Environmental and Forest Biology/Forest Resources Management; Michael R. Lippacher of Barneveld, N.Y., and Benjamin C. Pokon of Hancock, N.Y., Forestry; William G. Palmer of Syracuse and Robert E. McBride of Rochester, N.Y., Paper Science and Engineering; Denise R. McCoskery of Syracuse and Thomas F. Rogers II of Monroe, Conn., Construction Management and Wood Products Engineering; Frank P. Sidari III of Bath, N.Y., and Thomas D. Parmiter of Homer, N.Y, Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering; Michael P. Schramm of Syracuse and Josef W. Kaser of Marcellus, N.Y., Chemistry; and Fry and Jeffrey M. Uryniak of Canastota, N.Y., Landscape Architecture.