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SUNY Honors UAlbany Students for Academic Excellence

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UAlbany graduate student Jacob Crawford, '09

UAlbany's Jacob Crawford (center) receives his 2009 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence from SUNY Vice Chancellor John O'Connor (left) and UAlbany Provost Susan Phillips (right).

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 9, 2009) -- State University of New York Vice Chancellor and Officer-In-Charge John J. O'Connor has honored 238 college students from SUNY campuses throughout the state, including 11 University at Albany students, with the 2009 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

"A rigorous three-part process that begins at our campuses evaluates not only each student's academic, artistic and athletics performance, but also their service to the community," said O'Connor.  "It is my pleasure to congratulate this year's recipients, their families and the campuses for their remarkable achievements. These students are truly the best of the best at SUNY today."

The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created 12 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 3.77.

UAlbany student Kareema Pinckney

Senior Kareema Pinckney was among 11 University seniors who have best demonstrated the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.

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 Chancellor's Office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. 

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

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

  • Jacob Crawford of Cleveland, N.Y.
  • Courtney D'Allaird of Scotia, N.Y.
  • Alexandra Eaton of Howard Beach, N.Y.
  • Carla Neckles of Brentwood, N.Y.
  • Katharine Neer of Baldwinsville, N.Y.
  • Madeline Page of Niskayuna, N.Y.
  • Kareema Pinckney of Mt. Vernon, N.Y.
  • Katie Reed of Medford, N.Y.
  • Whitney Sperrazza of Niagara Falls, N.Y.
  • Jamie Tedesco of Airmont, N.Y.
  • Brian Tregerman of New York, N.Y.

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 440,000 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses.

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