Greg Guevara has turned a semester of success at OCC into success the whole community is benefiting from. “When I came here I wasn’t very confident about what I was capable of. My family kept motivating me and I wound up getting a 4.0. That success gave me confidence and motivated me. Because of that I’ve tried to take advantage of every opportunity I can.”
Guevara has become president of student honor society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and credits the faculty members who run the organization with putting him in a position to succeed. “Annie Tuttle and Jackie Barstow have given me a lot of opportunities to develop myself outside of class organizing events and doing public speaking. Through PTK I’ve learned how much I enjoy working with the community.”
Guevara has a lengthy list of community accomplishments:
*Helped organize a pediatric cancer fundraiser on campus which raised $700 for Paige’s Butterfly run and the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.
*Volunteered with events and organizations such as Ten Tons of Love, Special Olympics, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
On campus Guevara tutors several subjects at the Learning Center. Prior to that he was a disability note taker for meteorology students.
Guevara came to OCC from Allynwood Academy in Hancock, NY (Catskills region). While majoring in General Studies with a minor in the Honors program he’s received recognition at the highest levels:
-Won the Faculty Award for Academic Excellence Endowment Scholarship.
-Nominated for a 2014-15 SUNY Chancellors Award.
–Is conducting a chemistry research project on enzymatic reactions of dopamine as it relates to Parkinson’s disease.
Guevara will graduate in December 2014. He’s earned a scholarship which will allow him to study abroad in the Yucatan Penninsula where he will focus on ancient Mayan traditional Medicine. He plans to transfer to a four-year school in time for the fall 2015 semester.