HOPEWELL — An educator and cancer researcher who started his journey at Finger Lakes Community College will return Saturday to give the commencement address.
Rodney Haring, a 1995 FLCC grad from Cattaraugus County, is a member of the research faculty at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Arizona’s Native American Research and Training Center. He is a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and has led research on cancer among American Indian and Alaskan Native populations.
Haring will give his remarks before an expected crowd of thousands at FLCC’s 49th commencement ceremony. It begins with a processional at 1:45 p.m. at the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center.
The ceremony celebrates the estimated 900 students who will receive degrees and certificates from FLCC between August 2016 and August 2017.
Having set his sights on a career as a forest ranger, Haring attended FLCC because of its renowned environmental conservation and horticulture program.
The college’s close proximity to his hometown didn’t hurt, either — he could easily travel home on weekends to play in a Canadian/ American lacrosse league and volunteer as a bugler for the American Legion Iroquois Post 1587.
“It was also enough distance to go back for a home-cooked meal and a weekend visit with family and friends,” Haring said.
Haring went on to receive a doctorate in social work/social welfare from SUNY Buffalo. His many achievements include being named a National Congress of American Indians scholar, past fellow of the Spirit of EAGLES Program at the Mayo Clinic, and a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections grantee.
He also served as an invited participant on an expert panel to the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy,…