Morrisville State’s dairy judging team recently participated in Scotland’s prestigious Royal Highland Show.
The five-student team earned a spot in the show, Scotland’s top agricultural event, after placing second at the World Dairy Expo.
“This was truly a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Justine Deming, assistant professor of dairy science, who led the Morrisville dairy judging team. “Opportunities like this enable students to apply theory and classroom learning to real-world situations and also broaden their views on international agriculture while making connections with actual farmers.”
Alumni Profiles is an ongoing series highlighting successful graduates who, with a SUNY education, achieved interesting and influential careers.
Athena Lazo (Photo: TNT)
Athena Lazo is a performer, contestant, and fitness buff. She graduated from SUNY Morrisville State College in 2011 with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and Communication for Online Media. She has since cheered for the New England Patriots and competed on Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson’sThe Hero.
In a 2012 interview, Ms. Lazo spoke with The Chimes, a Morrisville State College student newspaper, about her experience cheering the New England Patriots to Super Bowl XLVI:
On game day, Sunday, the squad will arrive at the Lucas Oil Stadium five to six hours early in order to practice before lunch and the game. Lazo says, while laughing, that her favorite part of game days, besides lunch, is the player tunnel. The squad lines up on the field and the players run through a large helmet onto the field. “It is such a rush. This year at the AFC Championship game, I stood there as the players ran through and fireworks shot off, and the crowd was going insane, and I started crying looking up at the sky,” she says. “This is my life? I am so blessed.”
Now retired from cheering, Ms. Lazo serves as the Community Relations Director for All-Access Fitness Academy. And as The Hero debuts summer 2013, the entire SUNY family takes the former cheerleader’s role in closing our eyes for a favorable outcome! This SUNY alumna’s uplifting spirit and career-focused drive will continue to propel her to achieve new and interesting heights. Continue reading →
SUNY Mascot Madness is all about SUNY engagement; students, fans, alumni, and community members rally together to boost their favorite SUNY mascot up. But what’s the reasoning behind two hundred thousand votes cast in 2013?
As we approach the end of this year’s competition (which you still have some time to vote in if you haven’t already), we compiled the best mascot quotes from their profiles to explore the differences in personalities between the mascots. After all, who would have otherwise known that some North Country mascots have a longing to meet? Or how each of the 30 mascots joined their SUNY campus? Just like SUNY students, our mascots are diverse, energetic, and passionate!
SUNY athletics play a significant part to each of our campuses. Whether it’s Division I, II, III, or intramural, each sports team is a valued addition to the SUNY community by building school pride through community interaction and student participation. Although some sports overshadow others, successes and accomplishments do not go unrecognized.
We found some big stories from the recent winter sports seasons to share with you. These are great achievements by some SUNY athletic programs that created all new stories of success and recognition. Read below to learn about some of the many accomplishments of the season. Continue reading →
On February 11, dozens of SUNY campuses convened at the Legislative Office Building in Albany’s Empire State Plaza to showcase their individual contributions to their communities as well as SUNY’s collective contributions. SUNY Day is an event where the public, senators, and assemblymen are all welcome to see the latest of what each SUNY campus has to offer. This year’s theme was experiential education.
Generation SUNY is helping bring you a few of those stories in our SUNY DAY 2013 series.