6 Receive Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence
by David Henahan, director of communications, SUNY Empire State College
Six SUNY Empire State College students from across the state – two graduate and four undergraduates – have been selected as 2017 recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, SUNY’s most prestigious student award.
They are Daniel DeBrucker, of Syracuse, N.Y., Kristina Kwacz, of Stuyvesant, N.Y., Robyn McGee ’15, of Patchogue, N.Y., Lori Mould ’14, of Delevan, N.Y., Scott Rachon, of Marcy, N.Y. and Jawana Richardson ’16, of Hempstead, N.Y.
Created in 1997, the award honors students who have demonstrated and achieved recognition for integrating academic excellence with accomplishments in several areas including:
Creative and performing arts
“The depth and breadth of our students’ inspiring personal and academic accomplishments are remarkable,” said Merodie A. Hancock, president of the college. “Our Chancellor’s Award recipients, all of whom are working adults, not only share a powerful motivation to complete their degrees, but also an unsurpassed commitment to improving their lives, the lives of their families and the livelihood of the communities where they live and work. My congratulations go to Daniel, Kristina, Robyn, Lori, Scott and Jawana, for achieving this tremendous honor and for serving as positive examples and role models for the entire SUNY Empire and SUNY system communities.”
"It is my honor to celebrate the achievements of students who have surpassed SUNY’s highest standards of academic excellence and leadership both on and off campus," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "Every student we recognize today has demonstrated a strong commitment to their degree program, home campus, greater community and much more. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s award.”
See interviews with DeBrucker, Kracz and McGee: