Spellman Awards Highlight Outstanding Achievements 

The Spellman Awards. (Photos by Courtney D'Allaird)

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 12, 2016) – More than 30 exceptional UAlbany students were honored recently at the 30th Annual Spellman Achievement Awards. The awards are given in recognition of outstanding achievement by students of African, Latino, Asian and Native American heritage in the areas of scholarship, leadership and community service.

The honors are given in memory of Seth Spellman, Jr., who was dean of the University’s School of Social Welfare, serving until 1980. He was also a professor and past chair of the Department of Africana Studies, which he helped establish in 1969.

In 1984 he was awarded the rank of Distinguished Service Professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees. Spellman personified excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership and community service.

The awards are made possible by the generous support of the Yang family and the fundraising efforts of many student groups.

The following students were recognized at the ceremony:

2016 Spellman Achievement Award for Community Service

  • Marina Danielle Infantado
  • Melina Tole
  • Nadely Agenor
  • The Magnificent Mu Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

2016 Spellman Achievement Award for Distinguished Leadership

  • Michael Watts
  • Destiny Anderson
  • Cassandra Edwards
  • Yakima Edwards

2016 Dr. Seth Spellman NIA Scholar Award

  • Langie Cadesca
  • Madeeha Khan
  • Kayla James
  • Carrie Chan

2016 Spellman Achievement Award for Academic Excellence

  • Sharon Kary Amaro
  • Akanksha Atrey
  • Aimee Marina Capellan
  • Oyenike Ilaka
  • Marcos Aurelio Grael Jr.
  • Darius K. Clinton
  • Madeeha B. Khan
  • Dhruv S. Patel
  • Abiram Jeganathan
  • Stacey Magana
  • Hannah Sophia Kabir
  • Alka Goel
  • Cameron Rain Blessing Rivers
  • Deyshawn Jaime Clarke-Wells
  • Larry M. Blocho Jr.
  • Katarina Y. Manzi
  • Nway Nway
  • Alexis Michele Lima
  • Rachel E. Dejean
  • David A. Bunn
  • Edwin Goicochea
  • Yohabet Tejeida Caballero
  • Starasia Fernandez
  • Joshua Jhun Cucueco

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