Four students from Purchase College were honored with the 2007 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence at a recent ceremony in Albany. The award is given out annually to students who earn a Grade Point Average of 3.78 or higher and record a significant contribution to their campus or local community.
“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 service,” said State University of New York Chancellor John R. Ryan.
The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.
Lindsay Randall, an environmental studies major with a 4.06 GPA, interned at the office of Congresswoman Nita Lowey. She is the founding president of the Environmental Activists Club and a chair of the Environmental Sustainability Committee. She has served as a student senator, a teaching assistant and a peer advisor.
Maria Gervits is a biology major with a 4.08 GPA who has served as a teaching assistant, a tutor, a peer advisor and volunteer at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. A recipient of the NEAC Scholar Athlete Award and member of the Pre-med Club, she will attend medical school.
Molly Gawler a dance major with a 3.94 GPA, is a highly accomplished performer. She has performed all over the world with the Purchase Dance Corps, with the Pilobolus Dance Co. at this year’s Academy Awards, and with the band Childsplay as a fiddler. She released a solo CD in 2005 and performed in Hong Kong and Africa in 2006.
John Howard, a literature major with a 3.84 GPA, is president of the campus Literary Society and a founding editor of The Submission, a publication devoted to highlighting the creativity of the Purchase community. An RA, he was also an assistant manager at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center.