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Outstanding Alumni Awards

The CALS Alumni Association and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences honor alumni of the college who have achieved recognized success in their businesses, professions, or other avocational endeavors; have been actively involved in, worked for, and demonstrated leadership on behalf of the college and Cornell University; and, have made significant contributions to the betterment of society through humanitarian and charitable endeavors.

Outstanding faculty and staff are also recognized for significant contributions in teaching, research, extension, or administration.

 

Lynn A. Calpeter

Lynn A. Calpeter ’86

Lynn A. Calpeter '86 is executive vice president and chief financial officer of NBC Universal, a role she has held since May 2004. She is responsible for NBC Universal's financial planning and operations and plays a key role in the company's strategic business initiatives. She reports directly to Jeff Zucker, the chief executive officer of NBC Universal.

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Edwin D. Fessenden

Edwin D. Fessenden ’54

When Edwin "Ed" Fessenden decided to join his father in operating the family's farm in King Ferry, New York, he represented the fourth generation to enter the family business. At that time, Fessenden Farms had 20 milking cows and a small number of pigs, sheep, and chickens. Ed leveraged his Cornell education and the success of three generations before him to grow the farm into a progressive, sustainable 120-milker dairy and 700-acre crop farm. The farm remains in the family and has seen steady growth to its present size of 600 milking cows and crops on 1200 acres.

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Frederick R. Frank

Frederick R. Frank ’79

Frederick R. Frank '79 is president of Dr. Konstantin Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars, a position he has held since 1993. After graduating from Cornell, Frederick worked for Banfi Vintners in sales from 1979 to 1982, before attending the Geisenheim Research Institute for Viticulture and Enology in West Germany in 1982 - 1983. He then became the managing director of Old Brookville Vineyards at Banfi from 1984 to 1993.

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Jules Janick

Jules Janick ’51

Jules Janick is widely regarded as one of the world's most highly respected and best known horticulturists. Jules has led a distinguished career and continues to teach undergraduates, edit publications in horticulture and plant breeding, and participate in research on fruit breeding and horticultural history and iconography.

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Joseph A. Manelski

Joseph A. Manelski ’56

Joseph Manelski retired in 1997 after a long and successful career as chief executive officer, owner, and founder of American Realty Tax Services, a privately held corporation based in Vienna, Va. Manelski shares the bounties of a successful business career and his large home for charitable causes such as Rotary International and Cornell University.

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Scott K. Belsky

Scott K. Belsky ’02

Scott Belsky is the founder and chief executive officer of Behance LLC, a company that develops products and services for creative industries. Behance oversees the Behance Network, the world's leading online platform for creative professionals; The 99%, Behance's think tank and annual conference devoted to execution in the creative world; and Action Method, a popular online/mobile productivity application and line of organizational paper products. Scott is also the author of the national best selling book Making Ideas Happen. He graduated cum laude from CALS and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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David M. Galton

David M. Galton

David Galton has been a member of the CALS faculty since 1981, when there were just 25 undergraduates enrolled in the dairy management program. Today, there are more than 140 students enrolled in the program, which has become one of the premier undergraduate teaching programs in dairy science and management in North America.

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Peter J. Trowbridge

Peter J. Trowbridge

Peter Trowbridge is currently the chair and a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture. He has been engaged in planning, design and implementation of works of landscape architecture for more than 35 years. His innovative professional methods and techniques include the most contemporary and best "green" environmental practices and technologies as well as forward looking implementation strategies. He brings these technologies, practices, and strategies into the classroom, influencing the next generation of teachers and practitioners.

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Outstanding Alumni Awards