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Six SUNY Erie students honored with 2018 Chancellor’s Award recognition

Article by: Michael Farrell

BUFFALO—State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson honored six SUNY Erie Community College students with the 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence during a celebration for all SUNY student award winners in the Albany Capital Center in Albany, NY on April 10.

This year’s SUNY Erie honorees are as follows:

• Rakia Akter

Hometown: Buffalo. Major: Liberal Arts and Science – Childhood Education.

• Priscilla Green

Hometown: Niagara Falls. Major: Paralegal.

• Amanda Hart

Hometown: Hamburg. Major: Liberal Arts and Science - Social Science.

• Aashish Khadka

Hometown: Buffalo. Major: Engineering Science.

• Chelsea Simmeth

Hometown: Hamburg. Major: Liberal Arts and Science - Social Science.

• Garry Turner

Hometown: Buffalo. Major: Liberal Arts and Science - Humanities.

These students will also be honored at SUNY Erie’s commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 23 at SUNY Buffalo State College.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by his or her SUNY college or university. This year, 249 students from 64 campuses received award recognition.

“I am immensely proud of these students, who have demonstrated academic excellence and dedication to enriching their campuses and communities,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “From research publications in industry journals to volunteering in hospitals and local clinics to holding leadership roles at their institutions, I am inspired by each student we recognize today, including these six honorees from SUNY Erie Community College. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s award.”

Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.

Since 1946, SUNY Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides innovative, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, SUNY Erie’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership. For more information, visit www.ecc.edu or call (716) 851-1ECC.