Our SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence Winners

Five OCC students will receive SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence April 5 in Albany. The awards will be presented by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher during a ceremony in 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 performing arts. OCC’s honorees are all members of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa.

 

Hassina Adams

  • Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Major at OCC: General Studies with an Honors minor
  • Adams works at a refugee center three nights a week and is the head teacher for a class of middle school-aged girls. She plans to transfer and double major in International Relations and Political Science. She wants to become a lawyer who advocates for refugees.

 

Heather Flewelling

  • Hometown: Oswego. Earned her GED in 1999.
  • Major at OCC: Humanities & Social Sciences with minors in Honors and Women’s Studies.
  • Flewelling is a 34-year-old mother who will transfer to Syracuse University. She will pursue a bachelor’s in Public Health with a minor in Medical Anthropology.

 

Ashley Haskins

  • High School: Sandy Creek, Class of 2008
  • Majors at OCC: Nuclear Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Haskins is in training as an equipment operator at Nine Mile Point. She plans to become a licensed reactor operator.

 

Chloe Hoffman

  • High School: Fayetteville-Manlius, Class of 2015
  • Major at OCC: Liberal Arts & Sciences – Humanities + Social Sciences with an Honors minor
  • Hoffman intends to transfer to SUNY Geneseo, pursue a bachelor’s in American History and a master’s in Education.

 

Betheny Witherell

  • High School: Mexico, Class of 2007
  • Major at OCC: Mathematics & Science
  • Witherell plans to transfer to SUNY Upstate Medical University and pursue a degree in Medical Imaging Science/Radiography.

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Congratulations to our five SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence winners!

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.