SUNY Oneonta News

April 7, 2010



ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Four seniors at the SUNY College at Oneonta are among a select group of State University of New York students chosen to receive the 2010 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher presented the awards to the students yesterday at a reception in their honor at the Empire State Plaza Convention
Center in Albany.

The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence is the highest honor that SUNY bestows upon students. It is presented annually to SUNY students who demonstrate academic excellence and integrate it with other qualities such as leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, entrepreneurship, or career achievement.

The four SUNY Oneonta students who received the 2010 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence are as follows:

  • Claire Albertson, Communication Studies and Art major, from Albion, NY

Claire is Vice President of Lambda Pi Eta, the SUNY Oneonta chapter of the national Communication & Media Honor Society. She has been recognized as one of SUNY Oneonta's "Best and Brightest," and she has made the Dean's List for six semesters. Claire serves as the President of the Terpsichorean Dance Company, and she served previously as the
company's publicist and primary designer for all promotional materials. An active choreographer and dancer with the company, she has performed in over 30 dance numbers. Claire has participated in the College's Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, and her original artwork is in the College's permanent student collection.

  • Wilkin Cabrera, English major, from the Bronx, NY

Wilkin is an outstanding writer and student leader who has volunteered hundreds of hours to serve the community both on and off campus. He has received two scholarships, been on the Dean's List for three semesters, been recognized as a "Best and Brightest" student, and been inducted into four honor societies. His exceptional writing ability earned him entry to a highly selective practicum led by Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler. Wilkin has served as President of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and as President of the 2006-07 freshman Educational Opportunity Program class. At the College, he has also served as a peer counselor, resident advisor, and teaching assistant.

  • Julie Ann Dewey, Biology major with a Pre-Medicine Concentration, from Horseheads, NY

Julie is very active in campus life, having served as a resident advisor, academic tutor, emergency medical technician, Student Director of the College at Oneonta Foundation Board of Directors, and a student member of the Presidential Search Committee. A dean's list student who has been honored as one of the College's "Best and Brightest," she is the recipient of a variety of campus awards and scholarships, and she has been inducted into several honor societies. In a summer internship with Johnson & Johnson's Advanced Technologies and Regenerative Medicine LLC, she assisted in research and development for the synthesis group and took responsibility for lab work and documentation of projects.

  • Kelly Wasilewski, Mass Communications and Business Economics major, from Newtown, PA

Kelly is the President of Lambda Pi Eta, the national Communication & Media Honor Society. She has worked to direct, produce, and edit many campus productions as well as productions for the local community. She has served as President of MacDuff Hall Government and captain of her intramural volleyball team. Kelly has been recognized twice as a "Best and Brightest" student, appeared on the Dean's List every semester, and received a Presidential Scholarship from SUNY Oneonta. She is an active volunteer in the community and serves as a peer tutor for six students per semester in various courses. After completing a hands-on television internship, she hopes to pursue a career in television production and management.

Since the program was implemented in 1998, sixty SUNY Oneonta students have received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

A liberal arts college with a pre-professional focus, the SUNY College at Oneonta features outstanding and accessible faculty, students committed to academics and community service, exceptional technology, a modern fieldhouse and athletic facilities, and a beautiful campus. The College enrolls over 5,800 students in its academic programs, several of which are nationally accredited.




For more information about the College, please call the Community Relations Office at (607) 436-2748 or send e-mail to Hal Legg, Director of Communications.

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