Finger Lakes Institute Community Outreach Coordinator Named – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Finger Lakes Institute Community Outreach Coordinator Named

Sarah Meyer will coordinate programming and activities

(May 11, 2004) Geneva, N.Y.–Sarah Meyer, of Geneva, recently assumed the duties of community outreach coordinator at the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI), on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The job is a perfect fit for the woman who grew up amid the Finger Lakes and who has, since she was young, been interested in the preserving the environment.

As outreach coordinator, Meyer will provide leadership and direction for the FLI community outreach program, aid in recruiting a regional advisory board for the Institute, assist the director with external support solicitation, manage the Web site and more. The position is funded by a grant from the Triad Foundation in Ithaca, and, through the advocacy of Sen. Michael Nozzolio (R-Fayette), the New York State legislature.

Meyer has worked with the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service in Alaska and upstate New York, and in environmental education for the Great Lakes Research Consortium in Syracuse and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in Albany.

“It really feels like my education and professional experiences to date have pointed me directly to this position,” said Meyer. “I am eager to embrace the challenges and make a difference here at home in the Finger Lakes Region.”

“Sarah will certainly be an asset to the Institute,” said Marion Balyszak, director of the Institute. “She has strong leadership skills and a remarkable sense of purpose that will serve her well as she forms relationships with the faculty and students at the Colleges and our other partner organizations.”

Meyer received her master's degree in environmental science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse in 2003. She received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the same institution.

Initiated in 2002 with a $1 million grant from the State of New York, The Finger Lakes Institute is a world-class research and education center initiated and run by Hobart and William Smith. The Institute, located at 601 S. Main St., is dedicated to the promotion of environmental research and education on the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York and the surrounding environments.

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