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SUNY-ESF Employees Honored by Chancellor

Rathman, Zhang and Nicholson recognized for dedication to SUNY and ESF

SYRACUSE - Three employees of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) were honored by Chancellor Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher for their service to the State University of New York.

Lawrence Rathman, a maintenance supervisor at ESF's Ranger School in Wanakena and Cranberry Lake Biological Station (CLBS), was awarded the inaugural SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service. The award is given to University Classified Service staff who have consistently demonstrated superlative performance within and beyond their position.

Rathman joined the Ranger School and CLBS in 1977. For more than three decades, he has annually moved his family to the biological station, which is accessible only by boat, in the spring and back to their winter house before Thanksgiving. During the summer session at CLBS, he rarely leaves the property on nights and weekends because he is the emergency medical technician and the boat pilot and serves many other functions.

Dr. Lianjun Zhang of the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management, received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. The award recognizes the consistently superior service contributions of teaching faculty.

Zhang was recognized for his dedication to both students and faculty. Zhang provides individual consultation and voluntary assistance with statistical methods to faculty and students. In addition, he has been an exemplary model in a more traditional faculty service role as an active and energetic leader of professional organizations of regional, national and international significance.

William J. Nicholson was honored with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service. The award recognizes consistently superior professional achievement within and beyond the position and those who serve as professional role models for a university system in the pursuit of excellence.

Nicholson has been with ESF since 1982 and is the coordinator of sponsored programs within the Office of Research Programs. His helpfulness, creativity, patience, diligence and attention to detail have helped secure millions of research dollars for ESF scientists.

Nicholson also served as a volunteer and coordinator for the colleges annual SEFA-United Way Campaign and has coordinated ESFs participation in the Chase Corporate Challenge.