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SUNY Chancellor Cites UAlbany Students for Academic Excellence and Leadership

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

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Kimberly Moonan accepts Chancellor's award

UAlbany student Kimberly Moonan accepts the Chancellor's award from, left, UAlbany Vice President for Student Success Christine Bouchard and SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 21, 2010) -- SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher honored 228 college students from SUNY campuses throughout the state, including 11 students from the University at Albany, with the 2010 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

"The 228 students we honor today have excelled academically and taken advantage of what SUNY has to offer outside the classroom," said Chancellor Zimpher. ďThese students are proven leaders, athletes, artists, community servants and much more. Congratulations to all of the students receiving todayís award and thank you all for your genuine dedication to student excellence."

The Chancellorís Award for Student Excellence was created 13 years ago to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement. The average Grade Point Average (GPA) for all recipients this year is 3.8.

Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary members of their college communities who are graduating. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellorís Office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the Chancellorís Award for Student Excellence.

The following students were recipients of the University at Albany Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence:

Daren Pon accepts Chancellor's Award

UAlbany Vice President for Student Success Christine Bouchard, left, and SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher flank Chancellor's Award recipient Daren Pon.

  • Erin Duffy of Medford, New York
  • Fareed Haddad of Latham, New York
  • Olivia Jarem of Clifton Park, New York
  • Jayson Kratoville of Riverhead, New York
  • Kimberly Moonan of Trumbull, Connecticut
  • Francelina Morillo of Queens, New York
  • Janelle Murphy of Kingston, New York
  • Kyra Newman of Whitestone, New York
  • Julita Patrosz of Yonkers, New York
  • Daren Pon of Lagrangeville, New York
  • Benjamin Spear of North Bellmore, New York

Each recipient received a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.

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