SUNY Chancellor honors seven Oswego students

imageFrom organizing a statewide voter registration challenge to researching antibiotic peptides to working on community projects in the Himalayas, SUNY Oswego’s seven recipients of this year’s SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence have excelled both in the classroom and in a public pursuit.

The seven award winners are Antoine Dufour, a chemistry major from Cap-Rouge, Quebec; David W. Johnson, a biochemistry major from North Chili; Lynn Halloran, a double major in history and secondary education major from Great Valley; Michael Nirsberger, a music major from Clifton Park; Paul Perrier, a chemistry major from Aurora, Ontario; Jennifer Pufky, a broadcasting major from Endwell; and Carrie Scrufari, a double major in adolescent education and English from Lockport.

In all, 264 graduating seniors from 60 State University campuses were honored recently with the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Each excelled both in academic achievement and in at least one of the following areas: leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.

Together, Oswego’s seven award winners have an average grade point average of 3.72. Dufour, Johnson, Halloran and Perrier are all Oswego Presidential Scholars and varsity athletes.

Dufour and Perrier are members of ice hockey team and have been active community volunteers. Dufour will present his research on an antibiotic peptide at Quest, the college’s annual research symposium, April 20. He plans to attend medical school, according to ice hockey Coach Ed Gosek.

Perrier received the 2001 Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, presented by a member of Britain’s royal family, for excellence in five areas of achievement. At Oswego, was selected to attend the 2004 NCAA Student Leadership Conference. At home, he is active in the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation, which involved him in community projects in the Himalayas.

Johnson has been the Lakers’ starting baseball catcher since his freshman year and was named the best catcher in the SUNY Athletic Conference in 2003. He received a Native American Scholarship from Eastman Kodak Co. and an Empire State Minority Scholarship. He was a summer scholar at the University of Rochester School of Environmental Medicine. He plans to pursue a doctorate in biochemistry.

Halloran, captain of the women’s soccer team, was a member of Oswego’s Intercollegiate Athletic Board. A nationally certified peer educator, she has been an active community volunteer. She has received numerous scholarships and plans to pursue her master’s in education.

After graduating from Le Moyne College with a degree in mathematics and working for Syracuse Research Corp., Nirsberger enrolled at SUNY Oswego for a degree in music. He received academic awards in both mathematics and music. A December graduate, he was president of Oswego’s Jazz Orchestra and a guitar instructor at the college’s Summer Jazz Institute. He is pursuing his master’s in math education.

In her last semester at Oswego, Pufky is studying abroad in London and interning in the Labour Party’s press office. At Oswego, she was active in student government, serving as a senator on campus and with the SUNY Student Assembly, where she organized the statewide voter registration challenge. She was vice chair of NYPIRG’s board and assistant news director of WTOP, the campus TV station. She interned last summer with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s office in Washington.

A December graduate, Scrufari is pursuing her master’s in education in Maryland. At Oswego, she was a Sheldon Leader award winner; president of Vega, the women’s honor society; and vice president of the Newman Club, organizing many community activities in these capacities. She was a writing tutor and a resident mentor. She student taught in Australia.

“The recipients of this year’s Chancellor’s Award are not only some of the brightest and hardest working students in SUNY, but have made major contributions to their communities,” Chancellor Robert L. King said. “The commitment our students make every day to themselves and their community is an inspiring achievement. They are our future, and that future is bright.”

The awards were presented March 28 at a ceremony in Albany. Each student received a framed certificate and a medallion that may be worn at commencement.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Scholar athlete—Dan Johnson, who has excelled in the classroom and on the baseball diamond, is one of seven Oswego students who earned SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence recently. He was later named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District One baseball team, which encompasses New York and New England.

(Posted: Apr 06, 2005)