Awards for Student Excellence

 

OCC's five SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence winners are (left to right) Iga Szczepanik, Jade Lewis, Leighann Bulich, Toni Jones and Dan Quackenbush.
OCC’s five SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence winners are (left to right) Iga Szczepanik, Jade Lewis, Leighann Bulich, Toni Jones and Dan Quackenbush.

Five OCC students received SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence April 5 in Albany. The awards were presented by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher at a ceremony at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. 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 five honorees were:

Leighann Bulich

  • High School: Lake George Jr.-Sr., 2014
  • Major at OCC: Emergency Management
  • Leighann took more than 20 credits each semester, was an RA, an officer in international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and a certified emergency medical technician. She earned her degree in December 2015 and is now attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Toni Jones

  • High School: Corcoran, 1998
  • Majors at OCC: Communication Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences with an Honors minor
  • Toni is a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and a member of the History Club who went on several study abroad trips. Toni is 36-years-old and will graduate this May along with her mother, 58-year-old Sharon Hill.

Jade Lewis

  • High School: Silver Creek, 2014
  • Majors at OCC: Electronic Media Communications and Humanities with an Honors minor
  • Jade was a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa, played on the Women’s Soccer team, was an RA and a member of the Politics Club. She will graduate in May and transfer to Syracuse University.

Daniel Quackenbush

  • High School: Cicero-North Syracuse, 2014
  • Major at OCC: Electronic Media Communications and Computer Information Science
  • Daniel achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average, was a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and the Politics Club. He will graduate in May and transfer to Rochester Institute of Technology.

Iga Szczepanik

  • High School: Bishop Grimes, 2014
  • Major at OCC: Business Administration with minors in Women’s Studies and Honors
  • Iga is an international student from Poland. She’s president of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and a student ambassador. She will graduate in May and transfer to Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Leighann Bulich
Leighann Bulich

Two OCC students will receive statewide honors for their academic excellence and community service. Leighann Bulich and Iga Szczepanik will represent the College at the USA Today Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team Recognition Ceremony Tuesday, March 8 at the New York State Museum in Albany.

Bulich came to OCC from Lake George Jr.-Sr. High School (60 miles north of Albany) where she was a member of the class of 2014. Bulich served her community as a member of the West Glens Falls Emergency Squad and an emergency medical technician. She graduated from OCC in December 2015 after just three semesters on campus. She took more than 20 credits each semester, worked as an RA and was Vice President for Service in the College’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. Bulich earned a degree in Emergency Management with an Honors minor. She is now attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management. Her career goals include becoming an Emergency Manager at a V-A Hospital and a management position with FEMA.

Iga Szczepanik
Iga Szczepanik

Szczepanik is an International Student from Swidnica, Poland. She started learning English when she was in preschool and today speaks the language fluently. Szczepanik came to the U.S. when she was high school aged and graduated from Bishop Grimes in 2014. She’s majoring in Business with minors in both Women’s Studies and Honors. She’s also a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and is President of OCC’s chapter. Szczepanik also works as a student ambassador, going to area high schools and promoting the Honors Minor program. After earning her degree in May Szczepanik plans to transfer to Rochester Institute of Technology and pursue a degree in international business.

 

Leighann Bulich

Leighann Bulich’s life is organized down to the minute. It has to be with everything she has going on. Bulich is an Emergency Management major with an Honors minor who will earn her associate degree in just three semesters. She’s had a significant course load each semester including 21 credits in the fall 2015 semester. Bulich is also an RA and a certified emergency medical technician (EMT). How does she do it all? “My mom has always been organized and it comes very natural to me. I’m a planner. I have everything color coded. I’m good at planning for the week ahead and getting all of my assignments done.”

Bulich came to OCC from Lake George Jr.-Sr. High School (60 miles north of Albany) where she was a member of the class of 2014. During that summer she completed qualifications to become a certified EMT. Throughout high school she had been a junior member of the West Glens Falls Emergency Squad. Her love of emergency services and business brought her to Central New York. “I chose Emergency Management at OCC because this is the only college in the state outside of New York City that offers a hands-on course.”

Bulich’s has gotten the most of her OCC experience. “I love the Emergency Management major. We have a close-knit group. Doug Whittaker is a phenomenal instructor.” Whittaker coordinates the College’s Emergency Management and Fire Protection Technology programs.

Bulich has also fit right in with the College’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and the Honors minor. “Being involved with the Honors program and Jackie Barstow (the program coordinator) has made a huge difference in my experience here. I love being in Phi Theta Kappa.” This semester Bulich is PTK’s Vice President for Service.

Bulich plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management. Her career goals include becoming an Emergency Manager at a V-A Hospital and ultimately a management position with FEMA.