Albany – The State University of New York
will recognize exceptional students from across the SUNY system at two awards
ceremonies on Monday, March 28.
L. King will honor 264 graduating students from 60 SUNY campuses with the
Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence. Each of the honorees has
excelled both in academic achievement and in at least one of the following
areas: leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts
or career achievement.
recipients of the Chancellor’s Award have an overall grade point average of
3.75 and include student government leaders, a recipient of a National Science
Foundation Teaching Fellowship, a hospice volunteer, a violinist who has
performed at Carnegie Hall and minority and cultural awareness activists.
recipients of this year’s Chancellor’s Award are not only some of the brightest
and hardest working students in SUNY, but have made major contributions to
their communities,” said King. “They represent the enduring commitment
the university has made to attracting and nurturing a diverse, intelligent
student body. The commitment our students make every day to themselves and
their community is an inspiring achievement. They are our future, and
that future is bright.”
were selected by campus committees, who reviewed exemplary members of their
college communities and submitted nominations to the Chancellor’s Office for
recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.
reviewed this year’s nominees I was once again incredibly impressed by our
students’ achievements, both individually and as a whole,” said Assistant Vice
Chancellor for University Relations Edward Engelbride. “It’s a pleasure
to be able to recognize our students’ successes and know that our campuses
provide excellent opportunities for our students to excel and give back to the
being honored include:
§ Latoya Johashen, a criminal justice
major at the University at Albany with a 3.83 GPA, is a Ronald McNair Scholar
and a member of both Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Beta Kappa honor
societies. An active member of the university community, Johashen
participates in both the University Senate and the Finance Board. She
shares her time with fellow students as an Excel Peer Mentor and volunteer in
Academic Support Services.
§ Avraham Bluestone, an MD/PhD student
at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, demonstrated the feasibility of
3-D volumetric brain imaging by optical tomography in small animals.
Bluestone is first author of three peer-reviewed publications and his thesis
research was presented by invitation in Germany. Bluestone trained high school students for the Intel Competition
and facilitated case-based learning sessions for medical students. He
received a science and engineering fellowship from Brookhaven National
§ Meaghan Leisenfelder, a double major
in mathematics and politics at SUNY Potsdam. Leisenfelder has been
a member of the swimming and diving team for four years and has been captain
for the last two. Leisenfelder holds two school records and teaches
children to swim. During the fall semester Leisenfelder completed an
internship with the United States Supreme Court.
§ Bryan Finnegan, a Marine
Environmental Studies major at Maritime College, who currently serves as the Regimental
Adjutant for the Regiment of Cadets and is third in charge of the day-to-day
organization of over 900 cadets. Finnegan served as Chief Navigator
during the summer training cruise of 2004 and was responsible for the voyage
planning and preparation for the two months spent at sea. Finnegan is
also a member of the varsity sailing team and was co-captain his junior year.
§ James Casasanta, a math/science
major in the Honors Program at Cayuga Community College. Casasanta has a 4.0 GPA and
is the recipient of an Honors Scholarship, the American Chemical Society Award,
and the Hands of Christ Award. Casasanta is an active member of the
Chemistry Club as well as the Engineering and Technology Club. He has
been a community board member for Leadership Cayuga since 2002.
community, technical and junior college students will also be honored on Monday
at the Eleventh Annual All-New York Awards Luncheon of Phi Theta Kappa, a
national community college honor society. Each of the award recipients
has a GPA of at least 3.5 and has a history of scholarly achievement and
outstanding community service.
Kappa recognizes the highest academic achievers at our community colleges,”
said SUNY Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges Carol Eaton. “Today we
are pleased and proud to honor traditional and non-traditional students, many
who come from underrepresented or disadvantage backgrounds and accomplish so
much while juggling jobs, careers and families.”
Theta Kappa award ceremony is jointly sponsored by the New York Community
College Trustees, the Association of Presidents of Public Community Colleges
and the Faculty Council of Community Colleges.
List of Chancellor’s
List of Phi
Theta Kappa Award Recipients
information about Phi Theta Kappa.
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