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

Eric Primrose, a 1996 Hobart graduate, will lead educational programming at Finger Lakes Institute.

(Oct. 1, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.—The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is pleased to announce the hiring of Eric Primrose as the K-12 Educational Outreach Coordinator. Primrose will spearhead the Institute's effort to improve community outreach opportunities offered by Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The existing programs focus on Seneca Lake and the surrounding watershed. The K-12 Outreach position was made possible through a generous grant from New York State and the dedicated efforts of State Senator Michael Nozzolio.

In particular, Primrose will work closely with Jim MaKinster, assistant professor of education, Barb Halfman, Science on Seneca coordinator, and John Halfman, director of environmental studies and geoscience, to enhance the Science on Seneca and other K-12 educational outreach programs at the Colleges. The Science on Seneca program allows trained area teachers to take their students out on Seneca Lake using the 65-ft research vessel The William Scandling for a morning or afternoon cruise to perform various water quality, geological, meteorological, oceanographic and ecological studies on the lake.

Primrose will serve as the expert to join teachers and their students on cruises, write lesson plans, and determine how the experience better fits into the guidelines for New York State Regents and other benchmarks of excellence in the New York K-12 educational system. Primrose will be available to give presentations to schools, either in classrooms or at the Finger Lake Institute building on South Main St.

Primrose received a bachelor's degree in geoscience with honors in 1996 from Hobart College. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in education at St. John Fisher College.

For more information about the Finger Lakes Institute K-12 outreach programs and Science on Seneca, contact John Halfman at (315) 781-3918 or, or visit the Finger Lakes Institute Web site,