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UAlbany Students Honored as SUNY 2008-09 Scholar Athletes

June 12, 2009

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Nasim Siddeeq

Nasim Siddeeq, a junior from West Hampton, N.Y., recognized for outstanding athletic and academic achievements.

Four University at Albany students have been honored as Chancellor's Scholar Athletes by State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. The award recognizes academic excellence and athletic achievement at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I, Division III and NJCAA levels.

The UAlbany students recognized are Katie Neer, a senior women's lacrosse player from Baldwinsville, N.Y; men's soccer player Steward Ceus, a senior from West Haverstraw, N.Y.; Nasim Siddeeq of men's track, a junior from West Hampton, N.Y.; and women's track standout Kamilah McShine, a senior from Spring Valley, N.Y.

"It is an honor for me to recognize these students not simply for their distinguished athletic accomplishments, but for their substantial academic achievements," said Chancellor Zimpher. "These exemplary student athletes are winners on the field, and more importantly in SUNY classrooms across New York.  My heartfelt congratulations go to all 72 State University scholar athletes."

Kamilah McShine

Senior Kamilah McShine of Spring Valley, N.Y., one of four UAlbany students honored by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher for accomplishments on the athletic field and in the classroom.

"We are immensely proud of the academic achievements of our student athletes," said Interim President George M. Philip. "Our program stresses academic development, accomplishment in sports and community engagement, all qualities that build success. These four students have succeeded on all levels."

Scholar athletes are nominated by campus representatives and are reviewed and approved by SUNY System Administration and athletic directors representing SUNY Division I programs, Region 3 and Region 15 of the NJCCA, the State University of New York Athletic Conference, and from independent SUNY institutions participating in Division III programs.   Recipients of this year's award include 72 student athletes from 28 SUNY campuses participating in 29 different sports.

 In order for a student to be considered, their athletic accomplishments must be recognized at the conference level or by the NCAA.
 
With an average GPA of 3.69, the student-athletes combine exceptional accomplishments in the classroom with athletic achievement. In addition to high GPA, academic accomplishments may include being named to a conference All-Academic team or the Commissionerís List.

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Rabi Musah
UAlbany Faculty

"It is an enriching experience for me to observe people as they come to recognize something for the first time."

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