2019 SUNY Chancellor's Award Recipients

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Nana-Hawwa Abdul-Rahman

A chemistry major and biology minor, Abdul-Rahman has excelled in research, working in Professor Rabi Musah’s lab for the past five semesters. A native of Ghana who now lives in Clifton Park, Abdul-Rahman has been active as a tutor and volunteers at the Muslim Community Center’s food pantry and soup kitchen. She plans to combine her passion for science, medicine, and humanitarianism to effect a positive change in society.

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Dillon Asmus

The Long Island native is a Business Administration major with a minor in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity. He’s been a research assistant in Digital Forensics and is a student assistant for the NYS Office of Information Technology Services. Asmus is a co-founder and an active member of the Mock Trial Club as well as a competitive snowboarder. His future plans include working as an information security officer.

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Alondra Berroa

Advocating for students was a highlight of Berroa’s UAlbany experience. A resident advisor, a member of the UAS board, and a member of the University Council, Berroa graduated in December with a double major in Political Science and Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity. She’s pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration degree at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, with an eye on law school in the future.

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Langie Cadesca

The Student Association President hails from Brooklyn and majors in Criminal Justice with a minor in Africana Studies. An active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and the Capital City Rescue Mission, among others, Cadesca plans to work in the criminal justice field through a nonprofit agency after graduation and before heading to law school.

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Fu Yee Chua

Raised in Hong Kong, Chua moved to Queens before heading to UAlbany, where she majors in Biology, Psychology, and Economics. A member of the Honors College and several honors societies, Chua volunteers at Albany Med, tutors genetics, and tutors physics. After graduation, she plans to go on to medical school.

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Melissa Ertl

A fourth-year graduate student in Counseling Psychology, Ertl will earn her master’s in May and anticipates completing her Ph.D. two years later. Her research focuses on health-related quality of life and health risks in marginalized populations, and her extracurricular activities also focus on health: peer counseling, suicide prevention, the tobacco-free initiative, and student health and wellness.

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Nicholas Gonzalez

A Brooklyn native, Gonzalez is a Political Science honors major with a concentration in public law, and a Communication minor. He’s a Purple and Gold Ambassador, a member of the Student Association Senate, a peer career advisor, and a campus tour guide. Post-graduation plans include working as a paralegal before heading to law school.

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Teniola Olafuyi

A Public Health and Political Science double major with a minor in History, Olafuyi says UAlbany taught her about leadership. She plans to pursue a Master’s in Public Health with the goal of advancing the rights of underrepresented people as a health policy advisor. Eventually, she plans to further continue her education, earning a Ph.D. or a law degree.

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Subha Tasnim

A double major in Criminal Justice and Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity, Tasnim also minors in Political Science and Sociology. From Astoria, Queens, she has been active in the Student Association, leadership and honors societies, and advocacy organizations. Tasnim plans to pursue a law degree with the goal of aiding disadvantaged communities.

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