Professor on Environmental Consortium CommitteeContact: Tarateta, Maja
TARRYTOWN, N.Y.—Roger Panetta, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Marymount College of Fordham University, has been appointed to a three-year term on the inaugural steering committee of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities [http://www.environmentalconsortium.org].
The consortium—with 35 member colleges and universities—is dedicated to environmental preservation through collaboration, education and research. Panetta, co-author of The Hudson: An Illustrated Guide to the Living River
(Rutgers University Press, 1996), will help create an interdisciplinary program aimed at training future environmental leaders.
“By channeling this extraordinary bank of intellect, educational talent and natural activism into innovative education and public service, the consortium will further advance knowledge and understanding of the Hudson River Valley and beyond,” said committee Co-Chair John Cronin of the Rivers and Estuaries Center on the Hudson.
Panetta said he “hopes to approach the river in a new and fresh way” in his courses by having students “unpack the history by going into the field and observing issues firsthand.” He said that research shows that this type of experience transforms students, helping them to become “informed advocates.”
Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 15,800 students in its five undergraduate colleges and six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.