This week, the Fourth of July holiday lands on a Thursday. For some of us it means a four day weekend; a chance to fire up the BBQ grill and watch fireworks. For others, it’s the chance to reflect on the founding missions of the United States. We here at SUNY would like to recognize some alumni who have made major contributions to our country through the years, giving back to the people and communities that supported them. Read on to learn about just a few of our notable SUNY Alumni in American Service.
One of the most famous alumni of the University at Buffalo, Ellen S. Baker is a doctor, an astronaut, and the Chief of the Education/Medical Branch of the NASA Astronaut Office. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geology from the University at Buffalo in 1974, and since then has gone on to log over 28 days in space.
In 2009, Galson received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Stony Brook University in recognition of his exceptional civic service.
SUNY alumni have a history of positive impact in public service — as shown above and also by each of the 54 New York State Legislators that proudly hail from one (or more!) of our SUNY campuses. While we thank each for their work, both past and present, we look forward to their commitment to SUNY and the people that they continue to serve. To explore a listing of SUNY alumni in government and public service, click over to our Notable Alumni listings.