SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence Winners

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 Abdel-Razek
Abdel-Razek

Karim Abdel-Razek

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.

 

 

 

Sai Htet Aung
Aung

Sai Htet Aung

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 Bailey
Bailey

Bertina Bailey

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.

 

 

Cerro
Cerro

Alena Cerro

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 Freitag
Freitag

Greg Freitag

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.

 

Guevara
Guevara

Greg Guevara

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.

Greg Guevara

RESIZED Greg GuevaraGreg 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.