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Celebrating SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence are (left to right): Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and Honors Coordinator Jackie Barstow, Professor and PTK New York State Regional Coordinator Dr. Annie Tuttle, Fabrizio Tucci, Blake Carter, Ifrah Hassan, Matthew Honeywell, Hien Lam and President Dr. Casey Crabill.

Five of Onondaga Community College’s best and brightest students had their moment in the spotlight when they traveled to Albany to receive the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. The awards were handed out April 10 inside the Albany Capital Center.

The SUNY Chancellor’s Award ceremony was held inside the Albany Capital Center.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence acknowledges students who have received recognition for distinguished achievements. It is the highest honor which can be bestowed upon a SUNY student. 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.

Before students received their awards they were congratulated by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “I am immensely proud of these students, who have demonstrated academic excellence and dedication to enriching their campuses and communities. From research publications in industry journals to volunteering in hospitals and local clinics to holding leadership roles at their institutions, I am inspired by each student we recognize today. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s award.”

Recipients also heard from SUNY Empire State College Alumna Erin Hamlin. She’s a 4-time Olympian, a 2-time World Champion and a 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist in the sport of Luge. Before her speech a video was played showing Hamlin’s career highlights. She was greeted with a standing ovation as she walked to the podium.

Each of OCC’s SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence winners were called to the stage individually to receive their medal and have their picture taken with Chancellor Johnson and College President Dr. Casey Crabill. OCC’s honorees are:

 

Blake Carter

  • High School: Jordan-Elbridge, class of 2004
  • Major at OCC: Business Administration with an Honors minor
  • Blake spent several years working at Lowe’s before coming to OCC. He became and outstanding student and served as president of the College’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. Blake earned his degree in December and currently works for Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter. In the fall he will transfer to Syracuse University and major in Economics.

 

Ifrah Hassan

  • High School: Utica Proctor, class of 2016
  • Major at OCC: Mathematics & Science with an Honors minor
  • Ifrah is a native of Kenya who moved to the United States in 2003. During her time on campus she was a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and tutored students in math. She earned her degree in December and now attends SUNY Binghamton where she is majoring in Integrative Neuroscience with a minor in Africana Studies.

 

Matthew Honeywell

  • High School: West Genesee, class of 1989
  • Major at OCC: Human Services
  • Matthew grew up in the foster care system and is a veteran of the United States Navy. At OCC he was a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. He earned his degree in December and now attends SUNY Oswego. He plans to become a therapist for foster care children, adopted children and their families.

 

Hien Lam

  • Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Major at OCC: Mathematics & Science
  • Hien is an international student from Vietnam who is working to become a pharmacist. When he started taking classes at OCC he did not know how to speak English. Today he is a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. After he earns his degree, Hien plans to transfer to the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

 

Fabrizio Tucci

  • Hometown: Valencia, Carabobo in Venezuela
  • Major at OCC: Electronic Media Communications
  • Fabrizio is an international student from Venezuela. He’s an All-American tennis player, a Resident Assistant in the residence hall and a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. Fabrizio plans to continue his tennis career at a four-year college while pursuing a degree in Marketing.

 

Congratulations to our winners!

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2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award Winners

 

Five Onondaga Community College students have been named winners of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. 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.

The awards will be presented by Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson April 10 at the Albany Capital Center. OCC’s five honorees include three graduates of local high schools and two international students.

 

Blake Carter

  • High School: Jordan-Elbridge, class of 2004
  • Major at OCC: Business Administration with an Honors minor
  • Blake spent several years working at Lowe’s home improvement and appliance store before coming to OCC. He became and outstanding student and served as president of the College’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. Blake earned his degree in December and currently works for Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter. In the fall he will transfer to Syracuse University and major in Economics.

 

Ifrah Hassan

  • High School: Utica Proctor, class of 2016
  • Major at OCC: Mathematics & Science with an Honors minor
  • Ifrah is a native of Kenya who moved to the United States in 2003. During her time on campus she was a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and tutored students in math. She earned her degree in December and now attends SUNY Binghamton where she is majoring in Integrative Neuroscience with a minor in Africana Studies.

 

Matthew Honeywell

  • High School: West Genesee, class of 1989
  • Major at OCC: Human Services
  • Matthew grew up in the foster care system and is a veteran of the United States Navy. At OCC he was a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. He earned his degree in December and now attends SUNY Oswego. He plans to become a therapist for foster care children, adopted children and their families.

 

Hien Lam

  • Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Major at OCC: Mathematics & Science
  • Hien is an international student from Vietnam who is working to become a pharmacist. When he started taking classes at OCC he did not know how to speak English. Today he is a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. After he earns his degree Hien plans to transfer to the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

 

Fabrizio Tucci

  • Hometown: Valencia, Carabobo in Venezuela
  • Major at OCC: Electronic Media Communications
  • Fabrizio is an international student from Venezuela. He’s an All-American tennis player, a Resident Assistant in the residence hall and a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. Fabrizio plans to continue his tennis career at a four-year college while pursuing a degree in Marketing.

Congratulations to our 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award Winners for Student Excellence.

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Bridges to Opportunity

Ifrah Hassan (left) and Sidrat Rahman (right) spent part of their summer at SUNY Binghamton thanks to the Bridges to Baccalaureate program.

OCC students Ifrah Hassan and Sidrat Rahman enjoyed transformative learning experiences this summer. They participated in paid internships at SUNY Binghamton as part of the Bridges to Baccalaureate program. Rahman focused on chemistry, Hassan on psychology. “I loved the opportunity of being in a lab and getting real hands-on experience,” said Rahman. “I loved my research,” added Hassan. “I learned a lot about psychology and myself. Being around people from other schools made me more outgoing. I’m more confident now when it comes to engaging in conversation.”

The Bridges to Baccalaureate program supports under-represented students interested in pursuing careers in biomedical sciences. The program is funded by a grant from the National Institute of Health and is a collaboration between SUNY Binghamton and three community colleges, including OCC.

Both students have similar life and academic backgrounds. Hassan is from Kenya. She moved to the United States in 2003 and graduated from Utica’s Proctor High School in 2016. Rahman’s parents are from Bangladesh. She was raised in Montreal before coming to the United States. She graduated from Jamesville-Dewitt High School in 2016. Both are Mathematics & Science majors with Honors minors, members of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and strong believers in the college’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP). “I was a little lost when I first came to OCC,” Rahman said. “Once I found the C-STEP office everything worked out. C-STEP is my family!”

During her internship Rahman worked in a lab, trying to figure out how to make a compound more soluble. “I found I really liked the process of figuring things out. Research is definitely a career I am considering now.”

Hassan found the internship also had a significant impact on her. The research she conducted focused on how ethanol impacts the brains of adults and adolescents. “More than anything I learned any part of life can be researched, not just science. Now when I have a thought about something I think, ‘I should do research on that.’ I used to be afraid of research but now I like finding answers myself.”

Hassan will earn her degree this December. During her final semester she’ll serve fellow students in the Learning Center, tutoring calculus and biology. Rahman is on track to earn her degree next May. She’s planning to work as a Student Ambassador with C-STEP throughout the academic year, sharing her success story with fellow students and guiding them. “I know people think community colleges aren’t academically challenging but OCC is. I’m glad I came here and I saved money too!”