Barnabas McHenry Hudson Valley Award given to “exceptional young leaders".
Environmental Studies student Michael Burke received one of the 2017Barnabas McHenry Hudson Valley Awards offered through The Open Space Institute.
The award honors “exceptional young leaders who are working to protect and enhance the Hudson River Valley”. Mike’s four co-awardees are all Bachelor’s or Master’s degree students.
On Tuesday Mike and the other awardees attended a luncheon in New York City at the Metropolitan Club for the 2017 Land Conservation Award, and met former governor George Pataki, among other luminaries at the event. Thanks are due to Biology adjunct professor Dr. Jennifer Costello for identifying this internship opportunity for our students. Jenn not only initiated the process but also helped Mike navigate a circuitous application process. An internship through the Barnabas McHenry Hudson Valley Award has the potential to become an annual opportunity for Environmental Studies, and other, Ulster students, and may add to the longstanding 15-25 annual paid field internships that come about through Biology’s partnership with the DEP.