Nearly 900 two- and four-year graduates, their families, professors, and friends were on hand Sunday, May 17, as Alfred State College honored its 98th graduating class. Dr. John M. Anderson, college president, presided over the ceremony. One of the highlights of the ceremony is the presentation of the Paul B. Orvis Award for Excellence, presented to the outstanding two-year graduates in each of the college's schools of study, as well as to a baccalaureate graduate. The award, which honors Paul B. Orvis, a former president of Alfred State and State University of New York dean for two-year colleges, is a glass bowl. Recipients must meet four criteria: service, leadership, character, and scholarship. Faculty, staff, and fellow students appraise the first three. Scholarship is determined by an analysis of the student's academic standing in comparison to other students in the academic area. Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented the Award. Tracey Parks, Fillmore, who received her associate in applied science degree in nursing at the ceremony, was selected for the award as the School of Arts and Sciences recipient. Parks is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, a recipient of the Robert J. Love Award, the Hunter Family Scholarship, and a Salvation Army Scholarship. She has maintained a 4.0 grade point average (out of a possible 4.0). This non-traditional student (she holds a BA from Houghton College in psychology and art, holds certifications in dispute resolution and heavy equipment operation, and a NYS hairdressing license) worked as a paralegal and serves as a literacy volunteer. She is the daughter of Hudson and Mary Jane Parks, Caneadea.
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