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SUNY Honors Student Excellence

SUNY Honors Student Excellence

Samuel Parent, center, with awardAn
Alfred State College graduating senior was named State University of New York
(SUNY) 2009 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence winner. Samuel Parent,
Gouverneur, was honored at a reception in Albany in April where he received a
commemorative certificate and a medallion suitable to be worn at commencement
and other special events.  Parent, a senior in the baccalaureate-level
electrical engineering technology program with a minor in computer engineering
technology and information security, holds and maintains a grade point average
(GPA) of 3.79 (out of a possible 4.0).

During his time at ASC, Parent has been involved in the Karate Club, Institute
of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (vice president/secretary) ASC Student
Chapter, SMET (School of Management and Engineering Technology), Student
Advisory Council, and the Student Code of Conduct Committee.

Parent, a familiar name on ASC's Dean's List, was the recipient of a Millennium
Scholarship from Alfred State, which required him to maintain a GPA higher than
3.5.

Additionally, Parent is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Tau Alpha Pi national
honor societies.

Academics are not Parent's only strong suit; he also lends his talents to his
adopted community, helping out at a local soup kitchen, as well as assisting
his academic department during Open House activities, talking with prospective
students about the program at ASC.

Parent also serves as a choir member, Eucharistic minister, and lector at St.
Jude's, the local Catholic church.

Parent also served as a summer intern at the NY Power Authority helping
engineers catch up on back work such as updating and modifying schematics for
various electrical systems.

Parent, a 2005 graduate of Gouverneur High School, is the son of Susan and
David Parent, Gouverneur.

SUNY
recently honored 238 college students from SUNY campuses throughout the state
with the 2009 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, 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, to determine the 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.

The
Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created 12 years ago 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.