Four Onondaga Community College students have been named 2019 recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. The awards are handed out annually to students who have best demonstrated the integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives which may include leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service or creative and performing arts. This is the highest honor which can be bestowed upon a SUNY student. OCC’s students will be recognized during a ceremony at the Albany Capital Center Wednesday, April 24. The honorees are:
High School: Fairfax in Los Angeles, class of 2013
Major at OCC: General Studies – Liberal Arts & Sciences
Bae was born in Korea, moved to the United States at age 16 and served in the United States Army at Fort Drum before coming to OCC. He was a member of the college’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa, an officer in the Student Association, a VA Work-Study in OCC’s Veterans office, a Peer Connector in the Advising Center and a First Year Experience Mentor. He was also a Social Media Reporter and blog contributor for the college’s media channels. Bae completed his studies in December and now attends Harvard University.
Burroughs is a member of the college’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa, is one of only three OCC students to be named a NASA Scholar, has served the campus community as a member of Student Patrol and as an RA. He will earn his degree in May. Burroughs plans to pursue a master’s degree in either Mechanical Engineering or Engineering and Management.
Major at OCC: Humanities & Social Sciences with an Honors minor
Grainger is a member of the college’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa, has done community outreach teaching people of all ages about technology and social media, and has served as president of Brothers and Sisters for Christ. She will earn her degree in May. Grainger plans to pursue a Ph.D. in history and become a professor.
Maxwell is a member of the college’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa, an officer in the Student Association and a member of the national champion Men’s Lacrosse team. He will earn his degree in May and plans to transfer to a four-year school and continue his lacrosse career while pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
Congratulations to our 2019 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence honorees!
OCC’s championship lacrosse tradition brought Petey Maxwell all the way from Colorado to Central New York. During his time on campus he’s taken full advantage of everything the college has to offer.
Maxwell graduated from high school in 2016 with the goal of playing college lacrosse. “I sent Coach Wilbur a video, he invited me out for a visit and I decided to come here. OCC has a strong reputation nationally with all of its championships.”
Maxwell started in the Mathematics & Science major with an emphasis on Biology. His outstanding coursework led to his induction into the college’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. Despite his strong performance, something wasn’t right. “Last fall I was trying to figure out what I would be doing this fall. I decided to switch majors to Exercise Science. It meant I would be staying here another year.”
The switch in majors led Maxwell to decide to sit out a year of lacrosse, meaning he will use his sophomore year of eligibility this coming spring. Maxwell has taken advantage of his third year on campus and become involved as an officer in the Student Association. “It’s been a good leadership experience for me. I’ve been pushing myself to do things people aren’t asking me to do.”
Maxwell will earn his degree next May and he’s hoping to be a part of the Lazers 12th national championship before continuing his lacrosse career elsewhere. “OCC was the right choice for me. I’ll be able to play a higher level of lacrosse coming from here than I would have had I gone to a four-year college right out of high school.”
Meet the new team of Student Officers! They were elected to their positions during the spring 2018 semester. During the academic year they will provide support for Student Clubs and Organizations, the Student Government Association, the Lazer Lounge, student leadership development and campus-wide activities.
In their roles the student leaders will meet monthly with OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill. One of the students is also a member of the Board of Trustees and will be involved in decision making at the highest level.. The 2018-19 officers are:
Leigh-Ann Dence, President
High School: Central Square, class of 2016
Major: Architectural Technology & Interior Design
Liam Stewart, Vice President of Clubs and Organizations
High School: Saratoga Springs, class of 2015
Seth Bae, Vice-President of Media
High School: Fairfax in Los Angeles, class of 2013
Major: General Studies: Liberal Arts & Sciences
Breanna Cherchio, Vice-President of Entertainment and Programming
Home schooled, from Camillus
Major: American Sign Language
Allison Guzman, Student Representative to the Board of Trustees
High School: Westhill, class of 2017
Major: Mathematics & Science
Calli Giron, Student Representative to the OCCA Board
High School: Chandler HS in Arizona, class of 2015
Major: Criminal Justice with a minor in Liberal Arts General Studies
Petey Maxwell, Student Representative to the OCCA Board
High School: Windsor HS in Colorado, class of 2016
Major: Exercise Science
The Student Officers are headquartered in the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement which is in room G114 in the Gordon Student Center.
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