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December 17, 2012

Newsmakers: Dec. 14, 2012

George Moore of George Moore Truck & Equipment Co. received the Boy Scout Adirondack District Good Scout Award at a dinner at the West Side Ballroom, Plattsburgh. Moore founded his company with his wife, Shirley, in 1947 after his 2½ years of service in the U.S. Army in post-World War II Europe. Through the success of the business, the Moores established the George & Shirley Moore Foundation to help children and young adults in need and educational initiatives. The foundation has been a major supporter for the Mission of Hope, Clinton Community College and many other worthy causes in the Adirondack region. Today, George still oversees his company, which is operated by his daughter Carolyn Bowley and grandson Tanner Baraby.

Vivian and Don Papson, who collaborated in founding the new North Star Underground Railroad Museum at Ausable Chasm, were named winners of the 2012 Underground Railroad Free Press Prize. The announcement credits their work in uncovering the hidden stories of individuals and families who helped slaves escape up the Champlain Corridor to freedom in Canada before the Civil War. They also uncovered stories of the former slaves who stayed and made their lives in the North Country. Mr. Papson, a local historian and founder of the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association, has officially stepped down as the group’s president to focus on writing his first book. Papson was succeeded by Jacqueline Madison, first vice president of the association and a long-time leader on the Board of Directors.

Six SUNY Plattsburgh faculty members became associate professors and five full professors Sept. 1. Professors promoted from assistant to associate are William Peters (criminal justice) and Drs. Julia Davis (counselor education), Kurtis Hagen (philosophy), Razvan Pascalau (economics and finance), Edward Sturman (psychology) and David Iasevoli (teacher education). Those promoted to full professor are Kim Hartshorn (Department of Theater chair), Shawn Murphy (Department of Journalism chair), Drs. Tracie Church Guzzio (English), Chuo-Hsuan “Jason” Lee (accounting) and Peggy Snowden (teacher education).

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