Honors Top Students with Awards of Excellence
by Greta Petry
State University of New York Chancellor Robert
L. King recently recognized the University’s most
outstanding students with the Chancellor’s Award
for Student Excellence. In all, 245 students from
61 State University campuses, representing five
foreign countries and nine states with an average
GPA of 3.74 were honored.
Eleven students from the University at Albany
were honored. They are:
- Akintokunbo Akinbajo of Rosedale
- Lindsey Booth of Hyde Park
- Peter Calabria, III of Albany
- Victor Camacho of New York
- Betsy Cherian of East Meadow
- Jason Gitter of Centereach
- Tania Petrina of Yonkers
- Timothy Quill, Jr. of Cayuga
- Kimberly Shalvey of Cutchogue
- Lisabeth Sore of Plymouth, Mass.
- Mallelin Torres of Bayshore
“These students are among the State University’s
best and brightest,” said King. “Their commitment
not only to academic excellence, but also to serving
the wider community, indicates they are likely
to emerge as New York’s future leaders. I am enormously
proud of these students and very pleased to be
able to recognize their accomplishments.”
Chancellor’s Award nominees were screened through
a rigorous selection process. First, a campus
selection committee reviewed outstanding graduating
students. The surviving nominations were then
forwarded to the Office of University Life in
Albany for a second round of review. Finalists
were then recommended to the Chancellor.
In addition to grade point average, candidates
for the Chancellor’s Award must have demonstrated
significant contributions to the greater campus
While most of the honorees are New York State
residents, several are international students
who come from Greece, Germany, India, Japan, and
Dominica. Other SUNY students honored come from
Pennsylvania, Georgia, Massachusetts, California,
Ohio, West Virginia, New Mexico and Illinois.
“Good students from all over the country and
all over the world recognize the quality of the
education available at the State University of
New York,” noted King.
The awards were presented at a ceremony at the
Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.
Each student received a framed certificate and
a medallion that may be worn at commencement.
Campus presidents, legislators, State University
trustees, Student Assembly President Stephanie
Gross, Officer-in-Charge at Rockland Community
College William J. Murabito, and Assistant Vice
Chancellor for Enrollment Management Joiel Ray-Alexander
joined King at the ceremony.
More than 1,500 friends and family of the student
award recipients attended this prestigious event.
The State University of New York is the largest
comprehensive university system in the United
States, with 410,000 students enrolled in 6,688
fields of study on 64 campuses.