SUNY Chancellor Honors Student Excellence

CrossLorowTwo Alfred State College graduating seniors were named State University of New York (SUNY) 2008 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence winners. Justin Cross, Bloomfield, and Jennifer Lorow, Angelica, were honored at a reception in Albany in April where they each received a commemorative certificate and a medallion suitable to be worn at commencement and other special events.

Cross, an architectural technology major, serves as the president of the Alfred State Architecture Club, and president of the Alfred State Chapter of the American Institute of Architectural Students (AIAS).  He is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Tau Alpha Pi national honor societies, the WINS Club, and the Alfred State College Honors Program.  Cross has also participated in soccer intramurals on both ASC and AU campuses.  The Honeoye Central School graduate is the son of Pamela and Lynden Cross, Bloomfield.

Lorow, a senior in the liberal arts-humanities associate degree curriculum, has served as a student ambassador and head tour guide for the ASC Admissions Office; as co-editor of Ergo, the student literary magazine; as contributing writer to the student newspaper Tor-Echo; and is a member of the International Club.  She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and a recipient of the Eleanor Graves Memorial Scholarship, which is given to an outstanding student in the School of Arts and Sciences, as exemplified by character, citizenship, involvement in college community activities, and scholarship.

The Genesee Valley Central School graduate (who also attended Marathon High School in the Florida Keys, and Titusville High School in Titusville, FL), is the daughter of Michael Lorow, Angelica, and Lou Ann Thurston, Titusville.  She is the granddaughter of Betty Whitehouse, Titusville.

SUNY Interim Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark, who recently honored 275 college students from SUNY campuses throughout the state with the 2008 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, noted:  "A rigorous three-part process that begins at the campus and evaluates each student's performance not only in the classroom, but also in the athletic arena, the art studio, and the community, is used to determine our winners. This year's recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence are among the most gifted and talented students in the entire SUNY system and I congratulate them, their families, and the campuses for all their achievements."

The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized, for the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, or career achievement.

The awards are given out annually to students who earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.78 or higher (out of a possible 4.0) and who record a significant contribution to their campus or local community.

Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary members of their college communities who are graduating. 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 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.