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ESF Bestows Graduate of Distinction Awards

Anne Papageorge and David M. Hickok

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and its Alumni Association bestowed Graduate of Distinction honors on two of its alumni during convocation ceremonies Dec. 9.

Honored for contributions to their communities and ESF were Anne Papageorge and David M. Hickok.

A 1983 graduate of ESF’s landscape architecture program, Papageorge is currently involved in the reconstruction of Lower Manhattan following the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

As senior vice president for memorial, culture and civic development with the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Papageorge has been entrusted with a pivotal role in memorializing those killed in the attacks.

Papageorge also has a long history of service to ESF. Following her graduation, she helped recruit students in the New York City area. She has served as president of the Landscape Architecture Advisory Council helping guide the program to meet the needs of the profession. Over the years she has served as mentor and guide for many students in their pursuit of careers in landscape architecture.

Hickok has dedicated much of his career to promoting the application of science to support wise public policy and resource management in Alaska.

A 1947 graduate ESF, Hickok used his knowledge and expertise on the Arctic and associated environs to help formulate the United States Arctic Science Policy. He has been involved in developing the framework for more than 15 federal and state natural resource management laws. He has derived common sense solutions to difficult problems effectively communicating complex scientific issues to the general public.

Hickok helped found the Alaska Academy of Engineering and Sciences and he assumed leadership roles on the Alaska Council on Science and Technology and the Arctic Division of American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.

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