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Scholars and Leaders

Winners of the Chancellor's Award inspire through academics, service, sports and the arts 

President Rodríguez, top left, is pictured with UAlbany's nine Chancellor's Award winners. Left to right, front: Teniola Olafuyi, Melissa Ertl, Fu Yee Chua, Subha Tasnim and Nana-Hawwa Abdul-Rahman. In back are Nicholas Gonzalez, Langie Cadesca, Dillon Asmus and Alondra Berroa. (Photo by Michael Christakis)

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 24, 2019) — Nine UAlbany students were awarded the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence Wednesday at the Capital Center in downtown Albany.

“Today’s award recipients emerged from their campuses this year as the top scholars, athletes, performers and achievers, as well as a tremendous source of inspiration,” said Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “The students being recognized today made the choice to be leaders on their campuses, prioritize their studies, and serve their communities. Congratulations to this year’s awardees, and I applaud you for pursuing excellence in all that you do.”

A total of 210 SUNY undergraduate and graduate students from across the state receive the award. Honored from UAlbany were:

  • Nana-Hawwa Abdul-Rahman of Clifton Park, Chemistry (Honors)
  • Dillon Asmus of Ridge, Business Administration
  • Alondra Berroa of New York City, Political Science & Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
  • Langie Cadesca of Brooklyn, Criminal Justice
  • Fu Yee Chua of Flushing, Biology with Honors; Psychology; Economics
  • Melissa Ertl of Park Falls, Wis., Counseling Psychology
  • Nicholas Gonzalez of Brooklyn, Political Science
  • Teniola Olafuyi of West Hempstead, Public Health and Political Science
  • Subha Tasnim of Astoria, Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity; Criminal Justice

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement or career achievement.

Each year, SUNY campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews the accomplishments of exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office for a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award.

A complete listing of student recipients is available online.

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