Biology students at Medaille will now have 10 acres of wetlands in Amherst to use as a "living laboratory" to study ecology, thanks to a land donation made by Frank and Jeanette Levin. The 10-acre plot of land, which is located at 3725 Millersport Highway and is valued at $43,000, runs alongside the highway and was designated as wetlands by the State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1996. The property will be utilized for hands-on labs in biology courses, allowing students to study the ecosystem and various factors that can affect both the flora and fauna on the site.
In October, Medaille officials were joined by the Levins, faculty, and students to take official possession of the property in an intimate ceremony. The Levins wanted the property to be utilized in a meaningful way, and by donating the property to Medaille, they are assured it will be put to good use.
“On behalf of my wife, Jeanette, and myself, we are very pleased to present this 10 acres to Medaille College,” says Mr. Levin. “We both believe we have an obligation to help make a better world through the education of our youth and in protecting the environment. Happily, this donation allows us to do both.”
“The generosity of Frank and Jeanette Levin will go a long way in providing our biology students with firsthand experience in learning about our environment,” says Medaille College President Kenneth Macur, Ph.D. “Exploration and observation are key components of the educational experience, and the donation of this property will allow our students the opportunity to learn beyond the traditional classroom.”
Assistant Professor of Biology Bernadette Clabeaux, Ph.D., was instrumental in the process of securing the donation. “This property will become a living laboratory for our students,” says Dr. Clabeaux. “Through their experiences at the property, our students will learn to be good stewards of the environment. We also hope to work with Amherst community groups to educate the larger public on environmental organizations.”
View and download photos from the ceremony at media.medaille.edu, and check out local media coverage of the wetland donation by reading the Buffalo News article, reading the Bee Group Newspaper article or watching the news clip on WGRZ.
*Photo by Nancy J. Parisi pictures Frank and Jeanette Levin with Medaille President Dr. Macur, as well as biology program faculty and student representatives.