The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges recognized retired State Sen. Michael F. Nozzolio and President Mark D. Gearan for their innovative leadership in establishing the environmental research and education center 15 years ago. Nearly 70 people attended the event on the shore of Seneca Lake on June 14.
“Hobart and William Smith have a very rich history of professors, students and staff conducting research on these lakes. None of this would have been possible without the vision and support of President Gearan and Senator Nozzolio,” said Lisa Cleckner, director of the Institute. “As we look ahead, the groundwork that was established by a fantastic team has enabled investment back into our campus and our community.”
Professor of Environmental Studies John Halfman echoed Cleckner’s praise, detailing the partnership of Nozzolio and Gearan and their dedication to the faculty of the Institute.
In 2002, Gearan, Halfman and other HWS faculty members collaborated on a proposal for the Finger Lakes Institute before presenting the idea to state leaders.