Five students receive SUNY Chancellor's Awards

Five SUNY Oswego students have earned the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, the highest student recognition through the State University system.

This year’s honorees are Nicole Dean, Michelle Hamann, Adam King, Courtney Lupton and Joshua Valentino. The award honors students receiving degrees between June 2010 and May 2011 who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives.

Nicole Dean

Nikki Dean.Dean of Lansing, is the captain and a record-setting member of the Laker women’s swimming and diving team. She has made the SUNY Athletic Conference All-Academic List the past three years, and recently was selected to receive the Oswego State Women’s Scholar-Athlete Award.

Among other academic honors, Dean has received a Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee grant for research with a professor and the Doug Halliday Research Fellowship, which allows students to conduct independent research during the summer. She spent six weeks doing research in South Africa, and served as an intern at Big Cat Rescue. She is a member of Tau Sigma, the transfer student honor society. She is applying for Peace Corps service.

Michelle Hamann

Michelle Hamann.Hamann of Peru, Maine, is a graduate student in the MBA/bachelor’s program in accounting. She is president and past treasurer of Omicron Delta Kappa, an honor society for student leaders. Among her other organizations are WTOP-TV, finance director; Financial Management Association, treasurer; and Vega, peer adviser; along with Beta Alpha Psi, Phi Beta Lambda and Beta Gamma Sigma, all honor societies in the School of Business, and Phi Kappa Phi, an all-discipline honor society.

Hamann’s scholarships and awards include the ACT Student Initiative Award, Maroney Family Newman Center Scholarship, Olive Brannan Spargo ‘31 Endowed Leadership Award and Charles Turner Graduate Award, among many others.

Adam King

Adam King.King, of Houston, Texas, is a political science major who has been very active in the Student Association, the Office of Judicial Affairs, ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) Student Leadership Conference and other organizations and activities.

He has represented SUNY Oswego at state and Northeastern Political Science Association conferences, presented research at Quest and McNair Scholars conferences, served as a lab residential assistant at the Institute for Risk Analysis and Risk Communication and as a teaching assistant in political science. King won the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award of Alpha Phi Alpha and helped plan Oswego Debate Society events. He would like to intern at the United Nations and eventually work for the State Department or in international consulting for nongovernmental organizations.

Courtney Lupton

Courtney Lupton.Lupton, a Central Square senior majoring in human development, has interned with a project jointly sponsored by the college and the Oswego school district in which she worked with children in a preschool last fall and with children in individual sessions this spring using play therapy techniques. Lupton was accepted into the college’s psychology honors program, which includes an intensive research project with a faculty sponsor.

She has worked with the college’s Office of Community Service and Service Learning and Head Start and as a resident assistant on campus. She has received a college President’s Volunteer Service Award, Head Start Volunteer Award and Rising Star Award for her service as a resident assistant.

Joshua Valentino

Joshua Valentino.Valentino of Mexico, N.Y., is a senior studying geology. The SUNY Faculty Senate has twice chosen his research projects for presentations at the state Capitol. He has received the Top Student Award at the Great Lakes Research Consortium annual meeting, and has been the only student on the panel at the New York State GIS Conference. He authored a 15-page entry for the New York Geological Society of America field trip guidebook, has been president of the Geology Club since 2009 and gave a seminar on GIS to Artswego.

Among Valentino’s other accomplishments have been Web and management support for Quest; four Quest presentations, with two Best Poster Awards; and seven presentations at four regional Geological Society of America conferences.

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(Posted: Mar 16, 2011)

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