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May 7, 2003
OSWEGO -- Eight SUNY Oswego students have been honored for their work in and outside of the classroom with the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.
Chancellor Robert L. King lauded Lex Barker, Jenny Boyce, Nicole Darcangelo, Greg Shemkovitz, Amanda Torre, Eric Webb, Rebecca White and Abbey Wurz as "among the State University's best and brightest" at a recent Albany ceremony, which honored 283 students from 61 campuses.
"Their commitment not only to academic excellence but also to serving the wider community indicates they are likely to emerge as New York's future leaders," King said.
Barker, a business administration and economics major from Palmyra, earned SUNY Athletic Conference Commissioner's List recognition for excelling in the classroom and on the track. He also won the campus Donald Snygg Award as a top male scholar-athlete this spring and was selected as "most outstanding peer educator" last spring.
Boyce, an elementary education major from Camillus, was president of the local chapter of the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society, earned the campus Freshman Sheldon Leader of the Year Award and served as director of academic affairs in Oswego's Student Association.
Darcangelo has received a Fulbright grant to study in Canada next year. The human development major from Vestal earned the psychology department's Outstanding Senior in Human Development Award and served as the chapter president of Psi Chi, a national psychology honor society.
An English writing arts major from West Seneca, Shemkovitz earned Oswego's Helen Buckley Award recognizing excellence in his program as well as the campus Girgis B. Ghobrial Award in English.
Torre, who has received the Robert A. Famighetti Scholarship from the Society on Aging of New Jersey for her work with senior citizens, is a human development major from Candor. As coordinator of the campus Adopt-a-Grandparent program at local nursing homes, she raised money, developed programs and recruited volunteers -- and was invited to present a workshop on the program at Cornell University.
A dual major in theatre and English from Schenectady, Webb participated in many theatre productions, served as president of the local chapter of theatre honor society Alpha Psi Omega, received a Phi Kappa Phi grant to stage a reading of a play he wrote and earned the English department's Georgia Barnes Award.
White, a graphic design major from Clinton, won the Jessie E. and Jay D. Rudolph Scholarship for her work in her field, earned an honorable mention in printmaking at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute's juried sidewalk exhibition and was invited to exhibit in the Clinton Alumni Art Invitational at the Kirkland Art Center.
Wurz, an elementary education major from Burnt Hills, earned the campus Hazel F. Hewitt Scholarship for teaching potential, as well as the campus Greta O'Brien Murabito Scholarship and William R. Tucker Scholarship. She also received a campus Innovator Award in field hockey.
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