April 17, 2008
Spellman Awards Reflect Strength of Campus Diversity
Interim President George M. Philip said the honorees have distinguished themselves through their fine academic records, leadership, and community service.
Your spirit and your energy make our University a better place. You truly contribute to the success of our community, and in so doing, you are charting your own paths to success, said Philip, adding, You also reflect a great strength of our campus, as well as our state and our nation our diversity. In todays global society, there is no doubt the success of our communities depends on our understanding of, and respect for, other races and cultures.
The Spellman Awards were created in memory of the late Dr. Seth W. Spellman, Jr., dean of the School of Social Welfare from 1975 to 1980. Spellman was a professor and past chair of the Africana Studies Department, which he helped to establish. In 1984, he was named a Distinguished Service Professor by the State University of New York Board of Trustees. Spellmans son, Torin, and his wife, Susan, were special guests at the event.
Interim Vice President for Student Success Christine Bouchard said the award for leadership honors those who are recognized as student leaders and role models by peers, faculty, and administrators.
Recipients of the Leadership Award were:
The Asian American Alliance
Bouchard said the Community Service Award honors students or groups who have unselfishly worked to improve campus life; have dedicated great time and energy to projects that help others; and who have given of themselves consistently to improve the UAlbany community.
Recipients of the Community Service Award were:
Sigma Iota Sigma Multicultural Sorority, Inc.
Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Success D. Ekow King presented the Academic Achievement awards. To be eligible, honorees must have a 3.0 or better after two consecutive semesters, or after one semester for freshmen. King said, This year we are very proud to announce that approximately 37 percent of the students of African, Latino, Asian or Native American descent have met these criteria.
Top honorees for Academic Achievement were:
For more information about the Office of Multicultual Student Success, go to: http://www.albany.edu/multicultural/ .
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