Six Onondaga Community College students will receive SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence April 2 in Albany. The awards will be presented by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher at a ceremony at the Empire State Plaza. Honorees demonstrated the ability to combine academic excellence with other accomplishments, which may include leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service, or creative and performing arts. OCC’s six honorees are all members of student honor society Phi Theta Kappa. They are:
Karim is a native of Egypt who came to OCC from Syracuse’s Nottingham High School. In December 2014 he earned a degree in Architectural Technology. He is also pursuing a degree in Engineering Technology.
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Sai is a native of Yangon, Myanmar majoring in Business Administration. He is vice president of the Student Association and the Student Association Executive Committee. He is also a student advisor on the Learning Center Student Advisory Council and treasurer of the College’s International Club.
Bertina graduated from Marathon High School and is earning degrees in Criminal Justice and Humanities while serving the campus as a Resident Advisor. Her goal is to become a psychological profiler.
Alena came to OCC from Liverpool High School. While majoring in Electronic Media Communications she has served as an officer in Phi Theta Kappa, an Honors Program Student Ambassador and an Honors Program Committee Student Representative.
Greg is a Hospitality Management major from Olympia High School in Greece, NY. He is a 55-year-old father of seven who maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average while working multiple jobs. He has medaled in the Empire State Senior Games and this summer will compete in the National Senior Games in Minneapolis.
Greg is a Liberal Arts & Sciences major from Allynwood Academy in Hancock, NY. He is past president of Phi Theta Kappa and received a Study Abroad Scholarship to study Mayan Medicine and Culture in the Yucatan Peninsula.
“We are so proud of each of our students who will be honored by SUNY and Chancellor Zimpher for excellence at a statewide level. Their accomplishments both in the classroom and in the community make Central New York a better place for all of us and we congratulate each of them,” said OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill.