SUNY, CUNY Community College Students Receive 2016 Phi Theta Kappa Awards

March 8, 2016

Albany – Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner today presented 77 State University of New York and City University of New York students with the 2016 PTK All-New York Academic Awards at the New York State Museum in Albany.

A listing of the 2016 PTK recipients is available online.

"Congratulations to the SUNY and CUNY students receiving awards today in recognition of their high academic achievement in community college," said Dr. Tincher-Ladner. "Phi Theta Kappa is proud to honor these students, who have volunteered countless hours of leadership and service to their respective campuses and surrounding communities."

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said, “Each year, Phi Theta Kappa selects community college students from throughout New York State and the nation who have improved their local community in some way. In doing so, PTK also recognizes the immense value of a community college education and the profound impact that our students have on their campuses, in their communities, and on the economy. Congratulations to all of the students honored today in recognition of their outstanding leadership and achievement.”

CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken said, "For almost a century, Phi Theta Kappa has encouraged and represented excellence in community college education across our country and beyond. Nowhere is that clearer than in the students whom we honor today for their academic achievements, leadership abilities and service to their institutions. All of us at CUNY salute today’s honorees from across New York State. They have accomplished a great deal and clearly have a great deal more to give to make our city, our state and our country better places for everyone.

Rockland Community College President Cliff Wood, who chairs the annual PTK event in Albany, said, “We are so pleased to honor an extraordinary group of students, who, in addition to achieving academic excellence, have made important contributions to their institutions and to the greater community. The awardees represent the 37 community colleges of SUNY and CUNY, diverse institutions with diverse student bodies, unified in their mission of providing an outstanding and accessible education to the people of New York."

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education, serving nearly 1,300 colleges in all 50 states and nine sovereign nations. Members of the All-New York Academic Team are recognized for the academic achievements, leadership accomplishments, and engagement in community service.

New York’s 2016 New Century Scholar is Brody O’Connor of Hudson Valley Community College.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors a Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team each year, and recognizes the New Century Scholars, which are the highest scoring students from each of the 50 states, Canada, and each of the six sovereign nations where PTK chapters exist. These students make up the All-USA Community College Academic Team.

The state’s Coca Cola Scholars are Darnell Reed, Bronx Community College/CUNY; Daria Sowa, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY; Yi Jiang, Queensborough Community College/CUNY; Sidra Ijaz, Rockland Community College; Abigail Heins, Suffolk County Community College; Yueli Chen, Queensborough Community College/CUNY; Mark Patrick, Jefferson Community College; Emilie Kane, Mohawk Valley Community College; and Heather Coggin, Broome Community College.

About The City University of New York
The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847, the University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the CUNY School of Public Health. The University serves more than 270,000 degree-credit students and 218,083 adult, continuing and professional education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The University offers online baccalaureate degrees through the School of Professional Studies and an individualized baccalaureate through the CUNY Baccalaureate Degree. Nearly 3 million unique visitors and 10 million page views are served each month via, the University’s website.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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