Cayuga Community College students Justin Ford and Christina Kosier were among the 249 students from across the 64 campuses of the State University of New York system who received the 2011 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Kosier was also one of 59 students from across all SUNY and CUNY campuses who was honored during the Phi Theta Kappa Award Ceremony. SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher recognized the students Tuesday, April 5 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.
“The students we honor today have excelled academically and taken advantage of what SUNY has to offer in and outside the classroom,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “These students are proven leaders, athletes, artists, community servants, and much more. They represent the future of our state and are perfect examples of The Power of SUNY. I congratulate all of the students receiving recognition today and thank them for the positive impact each of them has had on SUNY and the communities we serve.”
The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created 14 years ago 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, or career achievement. The average grade point average (GPA) for all recipients this year is 3.8.
Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary students. 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 award. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and now a Fulton, N.Y., resident, Ford completed an A.A.S. in computer hardware/software design in December, and is currently working on a second associate’s in liberal arts: mathematics. In addition to being an excellent scholar, Ford has also been very active on campus. He was the founding president of Phi Theta Kappa chapter on the Fulton campus, and has also been involved with the gaming, literary, drama, and tutor clubs as well as the student activities board. He is the student representative on the President’s Cabinet. He intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree after graduation in May.
Kosier, originally from Syracuse and now an Auburn resident, maintains a 3.99 grade point average and will graduate in May with an associate’s degree in business administration. A 1991 graduate of Onondaga Central High School, she decided to pursue an education at Cayuga in 2009 after working in the banking industry. She initially became active in the campus as a peer tutor and now serves as president of the Tutor Club, treasurer of the Student Government Organization, orientation leader, student representative on Library Advisory Committee, graphic designer for the Academic Support Center, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, among others. She intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Albany in the fall, and then work in risk management.
In addition to the Chancellor’s Award, Kosier was recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society that for two-year college students. That awards ceremony was sponsored annually by New York Community College Trustees, together with the New York Community College Association of Presidents and the Faculty Council of Community Colleges. In addition to academic achievement, recipients of the award are also evaluated on their leadership and community service involvement, and are named members of the All New York Community College Academic Team. A complete listing of 2011 recipients can be found here.
Both Ford and Kosier will be the featured student speakers at the College Commencement Ceremonies on May 22 on the Auburn Campus.
A complete listing of 2011 Chancellor Award recipients can be found here.