Five of Onondaga Community College’s best and brightest students had their moment in the spotlight when they traveled to Albany to receive the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. The awards were handed out April 10 inside the Albany Capital Center.
The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence acknowledges students who have received recognition for distinguished achievements. It is the highest honor which can be bestowed upon a SUNY student. 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.
Before students received their awards they were congratulated by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “I am immensely proud of these students, who have demonstrated academic excellence and dedication to enriching their campuses and communities. From research publications in industry journals to volunteering in hospitals and local clinics to holding leadership roles at their institutions, I am inspired by each student we recognize today. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s award.”
Recipients also heard from SUNY Empire State College Alumna Erin Hamlin. She’s a 4-time Olympian, a 2-time World Champion and a 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist in the sport of Luge. Before her speech a video was played showing Hamlin’s career highlights. She was greeted with a standing ovation as she walked to the podium.
Each of OCC’s SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence winners were called to the stage individually to receive their medal and have their picture taken with Chancellor Johnson and College President Dr. Casey Crabill. OCC’s honorees are:
- High School: Jordan-Elbridge, class of 2004
- Major at OCC: Business Administration with an Honors minor
- Blake spent several years working at Lowe’s 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 winners!