The Alfred State College Council this year established a new award for students to be presented at the college’s annual honors convocation. The Student Leadership through Civic Engagement Award, will be presented to those students who have (co)led exemplary academic and/or co-curricular initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to engaging in the community—locally, nationally, or globally—through service, volunteerism, or some other form of activism. This year’s award was presented to Bryonna Albrecht, Dryden, veterinary technology ; and Stacy Lord, Livonia, veterinary technology, for their willingness to travel to Haiti  last summer to help that island nation rebuild following the devastating January 2010 earthquake. Also receiving the award, Rina Taguchi, Chichibu, Japan, business administration, for her efforts in spearheading relief activities for those people affected by the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear events in her native Japan; and to Andrew Catlin  and Nicolas Tier for their work in New Orleans and Bay St. Louis, MS , helping rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. Pictured here, l-r: Patricia K. Fogarty, chair, Alfred State College Council; Lord; Albrecht; Taguchi; John Richardson, College Council member; and Dr. John M. Anderson, president, Alfred State College.