Five Onondaga Community College students have been named winners of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Honorees demonstrated the ability to combine academic excellence with other accomplishments which may include leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service or creative performing arts.
The awards will be presented by Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson April 10 at the Albany Capital Center. OCC’s five honorees include three graduates of local high schools and two international students.
- High School: Jordan-Elbridge, class of 2004
- Major at OCC: Business Administration with an Honors minor
- Blake spent several years working at Lowe’s home improvement and appliance store before coming to OCC. He became and outstanding student and served as president of the College’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. Blake earned his degree in December and currently works for Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter. In the fall he will transfer to Syracuse University and major in Economics.
- High School: Utica Proctor, class of 2016
- Major at OCC: Mathematics & Science with an Honors minor
- Ifrah is a native of Kenya who moved to the United States in 2003. During her time on campus she was a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and tutored students in math. She earned her degree in December and now attends SUNY Binghamton where she is majoring in Integrative Neuroscience with a minor in Africana Studies.
- High School: West Genesee, class of 1989
- Major at OCC: Human Services
- Matthew grew up in the foster care system and is a veteran of the United States Navy. At OCC he was a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. He earned his degree in December and now attends SUNY Oswego. He plans to become a therapist for foster care children, adopted children and their families.
- Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Major at OCC: Mathematics & Science
- Hien is an international student from Vietnam who is working to become a pharmacist. When he started taking classes at OCC he did not know how to speak English. Today he is a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. After he earns his degree Hien plans to transfer to the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
- Hometown: Valencia, Carabobo in Venezuela
- Major at OCC: Electronic Media Communications
- Fabrizio is an international student from Venezuela. He’s an All-American tennis player, a Resident Assistant in the residence hall and a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. Fabrizio plans to continue his tennis career at a four-year college while pursuing a degree in Marketing.
Congratulations to our 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award Winners for Student Excellence.