A quartet of SUNY Broome students received top honors from the State University of New York system by receiving the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.
The recipients are:
- Steven Burnette of Vestal, a Liberal Arts major. He was awarded Phi Theta Kappa’s Distinguished Chapter Officer award for the New York Region, was recruited to tutor in the college’s math help center and, as a part of the Chemistry Club, performed exciting chemistry experiments at local schools and the college’s child care center. Steve was on the President’s list every semester, served as president of the Philosophy club, and received many honors for work on academic and community service projects.
- Richard Connolly of Vestal, a Liberal Arts – Individual Studies major with a focus in creative writing. He has published articles and served on the editorial board of Breaking Ground, the campus literary magazine. He was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa and in Spring 2015 was elected to the society’s student board. In these roles he was engaged in many campus events, from Convocation Day to the campus ethics conference.
- Kellie Harrison of Vestal, a Liberal Arts major. Kellie is a member of SUNY Broome’s Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa. She has always been eager to get involved both inside and outside the classroom and has been active in internships, charity events and political activism projects. Through her political activism, she found her passion for politics and law and aspires to someday fight injustice as a human rights lawyer. Kellie attributes her many accomplishments to the encouragement of professors and staff at SUNY Broome.
- Chandler Prouty of Oneonta, a Physical Therapy Assistant major. Chandler is fulfilling her passions of playing basketball, studying the human body and learning how to assist others in their times of need. She was named to the SUNY Broome President’s List, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and received the NJCAA National Superior Academic Achievement Award. Chandler served as captain of the women’s basketball team, and was an active member of the SUNY Broome Physical Therapists Assistants club. She was active in several events that benefitted the Binghamton community.
“These four outstanding students are among the most accomplished not only here at SUNY Broome, but throughout the SUNY system statewide,” said SUNY Broome President Kevin E. Drumm, who noted that less than one percent of SUNY students receive the Chancellor’s Award. “They are accomplished both academically and as leaders, and are great role models for all our students, both present and future.”
Harrison and Prouty made the trek to Albany with Dean of Students Scott Schuhert on Tuesday to receive the award. NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly joined SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher in recognizing student achievement, with a video message highlighting the ways in which his time at SUNY Maritime College prepared him for the challenges he faced during his year in space, as well as a successful 29-year career in government.
“This award is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to stand-out SUNY students whose achievements reflect their own impressive hard work as well as the support of their families and friends, and SUNY’s world-class faculty and staff,” said Zimpher. “The 248 students we honor with this year’s award have excelled academically, become role models on campus, and established themselves as leaders in the community. Congratulations to all of the students receiving the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.”
The award 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.