OSWEGO -- Six SUNY Oswego students recently received
Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence, the highest student honor
offered by the SUNY system.
Oswego students Victoria Baldwin, Renee Bostaph,
Erin Halligan, Erin Naughton, Dessima Niles and Daniel Vacco were among
the 245 students from around the state honored at an April 19 ceremony
at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. Honorees, who
must be graduating this year, are recognized for outstanding
grade-point average and significant contributions to the greater campus
This spring Baldwin, a marketing major from Clifton
Park, was named to "Who's Who Among American Colleges and
Universities," received a Students in Free Enterprise Service Award and
earned Marketing Student of the Year honors. She has been president of
the Oswego chapters of SIFE and the American Marketing Association.
Bostaph is a dual major in psychology and public
justice from Cherry Creek. She received the 2003 Helen B. Daly Memorial
Research Grant, William G. McGarvey Outstanding Senior Award in
psychology and the Outstanding Senior in Public Justice prize. Her
research has been exhibited in poster presentations at meetings of the
National Academic Advising Association and Eastern Psychological
Halligan earned the Helen B. Daly Memorial Research
Grant for 2004 as well as college's Class of 1937 and William R. Tucker
scholarships. The psychology major from Baldwinsville coordinates
Oswego's Adopt-a-Grandparent Program and became the only student
representative on the First-Year Policy Task Force in spring 2003.
A dual major in English and theatre from Rome,
Naughton directed this year's theatre honors production,
"Italian-American Reconciliation." The "Who's Who" honoree has also
earned the Erwin Palmer Outstanding Senior in Literary Studies Award
and Olive Brannan Spargo Leadership Scholarship while appearing in many
campus theatrical productions and musical presentations.
Niles will earn both an MBA and bachelor's in
accounting this month. The Brooklyn resident served as director of
finance for the Student Association and earned a Gates Millennium
Scholarship, the Hubert B. Smith Award and the American Society of
Women Accountants' Central New York Chapter Scholarship Award.
Vacco, a physics major from Rochester, has succeeded
in classrooms and on the baseball diamond, where he is team captain
this season. He earned the Outstanding Physics Major Award this year,
was named to the Verizon All-District Academic Team for Baseball last
year, and is a three-time All-SUNYAC Academic Team member.
"These students are among the State University's
best and brightest," Chancellor Robert L. King said. "Their
commitment not only to academic excellence, but also to serving the
wider community indicates they are likely to emerge as New York’s