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
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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
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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.

Students Earn Statewide Honors

Two OCC students will be honored for their academic excellence and community service at a statewide event in Albany.cropped ptk logo The USA Today Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team Recognition Ceremony will take place Monday, March 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the New York State Museum. All SUNY Community College Presidents will be in attendance along with elected officials. Speakers will include SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and Dr. Rod A. Risley, Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa.

OCC’s student honorees are Alena Cerro and Greg Freitag.

Alena Cerro
Alena Cerro

Cerro is an Electronic Media Communications major, is vice president of public relations for the College’s Alpha Sigma Zeta chapter and serves as an Honors Program Student Ambassador and Honors Program Committee Student Representative. She has earned President’s List status each semester on campus, received numerous scholarships and awards and participated in service learning projects. Cerro is an intern in OCC’s External Relations and Marketing & New Media departments. She is a 2013 graduate of Liverpool High School.

Greg Freitag
Greg Freitag

Freitag is a Hospitality Management major. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA while volunteering for campus events, working several jobs and raising seven children. He works full time on the overnight shift as a Plant Utilities Engineer at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Freitag also works in the hospitality industry at the Courtyard by Marriott in Armory Square where he has been named employee of the month. In 2014 he medaled in the Empire State Games Track & Field competition. This summer Freitag will be one of 12,000 participants in the National Senior Games in Minneapolis. He is a 1977 graduate of Olympia High School in Greece.

“We are so proud of Alena and Greg and all they have accomplished,” said OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill. “Their stories are a wonderful example of the opportunities available here at OCC and on community college campuses across the nation through Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. A student who graduated from high school two years ago and a seasoned adult student making a career change are both succeeding at high levels and preparing themselves for outstanding careers. We salute both of them and look forward to honoring their achievements during this ceremony.”

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