Sai Htet Aung

Sai Htet Aung came to OCC from Myanmar on the advice of his sister who was studying for her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Syracuse University. “She told me come to OCC for my first two years to save money. I wound up getting a lot more than I expected!”

While majoring in Business Administration Aung served on the Student Advisory Council for the new Learning Center, was Vice President of the Student Association and Vice President of the Student Association’s Executive Committee. “My experiences taught me a lot about teamwork, understanding others strengths and weaknesses and how to get the most out of everyone.”

Aung is a member of student honor society Phi Theta Kappa. In April he was honored in Albany as one of only six OCC recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

After graduation Aung will transfer to Utica College and major in Construction Management. He also plans to earn a masters degree before returning to his home country and helping others. “I want to share what I have learned and ensure future generations receive better education.”

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.