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Chancellor Zimpher Recognizes Student Success

Upon arrival to The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence ceremony, students were offered the opportunity to record a short clip on why they are the “Power of SUNY.” Each students’ accomplishments were categorized under SUNY’s Six Big Ideas. Stay tuned to the blog for upcoming posts highlighting each.

Last Wednesday, Chancellor Zimpher honored more than 300 college students from SUNY campuses throughout the state, presenting 257 with the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, and congratulating 64 SUNY & CUNY students who received awards from Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for community college students.

Students are honored because they have taken full advantage of the academic and extracurricular programs that SUNY provides both in the classroom and in the community. They are proven leaders, athletes, artists, and civic volunteers truly representative of the power of SUNY.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997. Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary students. 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 award. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.

A complete listing of 2012 recipients can be found online.

The Phi Theta Kappa Award Ceremony recognizes outstanding community college students throughout the state. The ceremony is sponsored annually by New York Community College Trustees, the New York Community College Association of Presidents, and the Faculty Council of Community Colleges.

Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society that recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students. In addition to academic achievement, recipients of the award are also evaluated on their leadership and community service involvement, and are named members of the All New York Community College Academic Team. This year, 54 students will be honored from SUNY Community Colleges and 10 from CUNY Community Colleges.

A complete listing of 2012 recipients can be found online. In addition, this year’s New Century Scholars and Coca-Cola recipients can be found online.

      Written by Megan Wolszczak


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