Three Alfred State Students Receive 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence
On April 2, 2014, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher honored more than 300 college students from campuses throughout the state, presenting 274 SUNY students with the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, and congratulating 68 SUNY and CUNY students who received awards from Phi Theta Kappa, a national honor society. Three Alfred State students received a 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence—Joshua R. Altemoos, of Buffalo; Rachel Howard, of Pittsford; and Carley S. Youngman, of Spencerport.
“Students honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, and those recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, truly embody the power of SUNY,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “As proven leaders and role models, scholar athletes, creative artists, and civic volunteers, each student is recognized not just for academic achievement, but also for the profound impact they have on college campuses and local communities across New York State. Congratulations to all of the students being recognized today.”
“When I learned that I would be a recipient, I was shocked and humbled. All of the work that I have done for the Alfred community I have not done to be recognized or rewarded for; I did it for the students of this campus,” said Josh Altemoos. Josh is a student in the Computer Information Technology Department and serves as president of the Student Senate, student director of the Auxiliary Campus Enterprise Services Board of Directors, and as director of information services & technology for the SUNY Student Assembly.
Rachel, a student in the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, served as president of the Veterinary Technology Club and was a supplemental instructor for Anatomy & Physiology of Large & Small Animals. Rachel volunteered weekly at the Hornell Humane Society.
Carley, a student of both architectural technology and construction management engineering technology, served as team captain of the Design Build Team at the American Schools of Construction Region 1 Student Competition, where the team placed second. Carley was also a project intern at LeChase and served as captain of the volleyball team.
The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.
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.