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ESF to Confer 426 Degrees


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Commencement 2000 will serve as a transitional moment for the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), with the attendance of both outgoing President Ross S. Whaley and his successor, Cornelius B. Murphy Jr.

Whaley's last day as president will be May 14, when ESF celebrates its commencement in joint exercises with Syracuse University.

Murphy, chairman of the board of the Syracuse-based O'Brien & Gere Limited, will take over leadership of the college May 15. Whaley will move into a position as a SUNY university professor. He will focus on the field of sustainable development, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses at ESF.

During commencement, ESF will confer 426 degrees: 350 bachelor's degrees, 65 master's degrees and 11 doctoral degrees.

The college also awards associate in applied science degrees at its Ranger School in the Adirondack community of Wanakena. Forty-one students in the forest technology program will receive those degrees during a ceremony May 20 at Clifton-Fine High School.

Commencement weekend festivities in Syracuse begin with the annual year-in-review slide show hosted by the senior class. The show will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13. It can be seen at that time in both Marshall Hall Auditorium and in Room 5, Illick Hall. A reception for degree candidates, their families and friends, faculty and staff members will be at 1:30 p.m. in Moon Library.

The college's traditional Commencement Convocation will be at 3 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 student 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 Whaley and ESF Board of Trustees Chair Curtis H. Bauer.

Class Marshals leading the ESF degree candidates in the commencement procession are Gregory M. Robinson of Fulton, N.Y. and Rebecca B. Wilkins of Cortland, N.Y. Valedictorians are Michael J. Aitkenhead of Milford, Conn., and Carl Soffler of New City, N.Y.

Faculty Honors will be bestowed upon the following students:

  • Aitkenhead and Soffler, environmental and forest biology;
  • David J. Andros of Binghamton, N.Y., environmental resources and forest engineering;
  • Scott J. Burnetter of Clifton Park, N.Y., construction management and wood products engineering;
  • Andrew M. DeMaio of Baldwinsville, N.Y., paper science and engineering;
  • Jill E. Ferguson of Carthage, N.Y., dual option in environmental and forest biology/forest resources management;
  • Lucas I. Lorenz of Seneca Falls, N.Y., environmental studies;
  • Nicole M. Martin of Syracuse, chemistry;
  • Jonathan B. Peet of Rochester, N.Y., landscape architecture;
  • Wilkins, forest resources management.