Delianne and Harrigan Honored with SUNY Chancellor’s Award

Chancellor's Award
Megan Delianne with Dr. Steven Mauro and Chancellor Deborah Staley along with a headshot of Alec Harrigan (Harrigan spent this semester studying abroad in Italy).

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Alfred State College (ASC) students Megan Delianne and Alec Harrigan have been awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence (CASE).

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Alfred State College (ASC) students Megan Delianne (Bayshore, NY/Digital Media & Animation) and Alec Harrigan (Springville, NY/Architectural Technology) have been awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence (CASE).

Delianne and Harrigan were among 180 students across the state who were honored by SUNY. 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.

"Now more than ever, it is time to celebrate the accomplishments of our students who have helped one another get through this global pandemic and focus on getting the most out of their college education, and this year's CASE winners are at the top of the class," said SUNY Interim Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley. "It is my great honor to celebrate the fortitude, leadership, and achievements of this year's winners, and I applaud their hard work and desire to do more for their campuses and fellow students. I, for one, can't wait to see what they do next."

As a digital media and animation major, Delianne balanced the role of student-athlete, resident assistant, and community advocate in an extraordinarily successful way. It was this investment in her community that secured a mentorship as a technical artist with Walt Disney Animation Studios. As a tutor, Delianne helped others successfully through advanced courses. As a member of the Western Equestrian team, she received the Academic Award for her commitment to academics. Her investment in civic engagement was also evidenced by her support during a restoration project for a historical landmark in Allegany County.

Harrigan, an architectural technology major with a dual minor in construction management and history, is a leader in sustainability and architecture. He has extensive experience in civic engagement through volunteering his time for local communities through the Alfred State STAR (Southern Tier Architectural Resource) Center. With STAR, Harrigan has volunteered his time to help local communities, delivering on projects like a visitor center utilizing a historic train depot.

Each year, SUNY campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews the accomplishments of exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office for a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award.