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Orvis Award Winner - Parks

Orvis Award Winner - Parks

Dr. Ronald R. Rosati presented the Paul B. Orvis Award for Excellence to Tracey Parks.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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