Seven Oswego students honored with Chancellor's Awards

Ryan GarneyJohn R. Ryan, chancellor of the State University of New York, honored seven SUNY Oswego students and 263 other SUNY students with the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence at a recent ceremony in Albany.

Two SUNY Oswego winners are from Fulton: Kelly Crahan, a senior majoring in history and women’s studies, and Tammie Sullivan, who received her master’s of business administration and accounting degree in December.

The other SUNY Oswego recipients are Casey Feeney of Port Byron, a graduate student in graphic design; Weston Fellows of Utica, a senior majoring in adolescence education and English; Nora Gannon of Eden, a senior psychology major; Ryan Garney of Webster, a senior majoring in English writing arts; and Todd Wojnowski of Alden, a senior English writing arts major.

“The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence is given to the best and the brightest students across the SUNY System,” Chancellor Ryan said. The awards go to students who earn high grade point averages and record a significant contribution to their campus or local community.

Crahan, Gannon, Garney and Wojnowski are Presidential Scholars, having received the top merit scholarships that SUNY Oswego offers.

Crahan spoke at a Quest panel April 19 on the results of her study, funded by a campus scholarly activity grant, of marriage and its effect on women’s enrollment in college. She has been active in the community service projects of Vega, the women’s honor society, and in the campus Women’s Center. She plans to attend law school.

Sullivan received Oswego’s John Parr Award and a scholarship from the local chapter of the American Society of Women Accountants. She coordinated Oswego’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. She received an award for her part in co-founding the campus chapter of Beta Alpha Psi for accounting students and leading it to the status of “superior chapter.” She is now an associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Feeney’s artwork has been displayed in the Best of SUNY Art Exhibition in Albany and elsewhere. She has received the art department’s Rudolf Scholarship and Aulus W. Saunders Award. She volunteered as Web designer for Preventive Partners for Youth Development in Syracuse. She has presented a workshop for faculty and a talk at SUNY Oswego’s Technology Conference on Apple software.

Fellows received a campus scholarly activity grant to present a paper on post-Apartheid South Africa. A member of the track and cross-country teams, he was the state’s cross-country rookie of the year in 2003. He was Oswego’s most valuable player in 2004. A student-athlete mentor, has been repeatedly recognized as an athlete who excels academically.

Gannon received a campus scholarly activity grant to study the influence of critical thinking courses and spoke at Quest on April 19. She received the psychology department’s William G. McGarvey Award. She holds leadership positions in Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. She is principal bassoonist with the College-Community Orchestra and is a green belt in tae kwon do.

Garney received the English department’s Charles F. Wells Scholarship and St. John Kincaid Screenwriting Award. His plays were twice selected for the campus “New Voices” production. He has been a student orientation leader, admissions representative, resident assistant and peer adviser, among other campus responsibilities. He was also a self-employed magician and illusionist.

A play by Wojnowski placed in a Buffalo Academy of Performing Arts competition and was staged by two theatre groups. He received the English department’s Georgia Barnes Award. He helped design a creative writing program for Springside at Seneca Hill residents. He is editor-in-chief of the Great Lake Review, on the tennis team and active with WNYO FM, among his campus activities.

“Recipients of this year’s awards have excelled academically and, in many cases, far exceeded even their own expectations in their pursuit of higher education and community involvement,” the chancellor said. Each honoree received a framed certificate and medallion.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Oswego achievers—Ryan Garney, a senior English writing arts major, was one of seven SUNY Oswego students recently honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence at a ceremony in Albany.

(Posted: Apr 19, 2006)