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UAlbany Senior Receives Inaugural Norman R. McConney Jr. Award for Student Excellence

Gonzalez is a senior business administration major. (Photo by Scott Freedman)

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 22, 2019) – Marki Gonzalez, a senior at the University at Albany, has received the inaugural Norman R. McConney, Jr. Award for Student Excellence from the State University of New York.

Gonzalez, a business administration major, was among the 42 students from SUNY schools who were recognized in an award ceremony held on Oct. 17 at SUNY Global Center in New York City.

The award is named in honor of UAlbany alum Norman R. McConney Jr. (1946-2016), who graduated in 1971 and had a long career dedicated to improving conditions for the state's underserved populations as the chief of staff for Arthur Eve, the deputy speaker of the state Assembly. The McConney award recognizes students participating in SUNY’s Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) for their academic achievements.

EOP provides supplemental financial assistance and services to students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

Gonzalez said that being the first UAlbany student to receive the award was both a humbling and affirming experience.

“Coming from the South Bronx, I represent kids who’ve gone through the struggle,” said Gonzalez, who plans to graduate this spring with a concentration in marketing and finance from the School of Business. “I will make a change in this world [and] remember the name.”

Around 11,000 students from 48 SUNY campuses are participating in the program this academic year.

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