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Date Released: 4/10/2006

Four students from Purchase College were among the 270 college students from 62 SUNY campuses honored with the 2006 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.  John R. Ryan, Chancellor of the State University of New York, presented the awards at a ceremony in Albany on April 10. The Awards are given out annually to students who earn a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.78 or higher and record a significant contribution to their campus or local community.

Purchase students Melanie Reichwald of Rochester, NY, Caleb White of Philmont, NY, Jeffrey Stein of Lockport, NY and Nicholas E. Bruckman of New York, NY were honored.

“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,” said Chancellor Ryan.

Melanie Reichwald is a literature/journalism double major with a 3.95 GPA. She has received awards for her writing and for her work as a resident assistant, a student editor of The Dispatch, and a scholar-athlete. She also serves as House Captain for the Purchase College Performing Arts Center and is an officer of the Literary Society.

Caleb White is a music major with a 3.78 GPA. He is captain of the volleyball and the cross country teams and is on the baseball team. A member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference All-Conference Team his junior year, he was named Athlete of the Year in 2005 and received the Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award.

Jeffrey Stein is a dramatic writing major with a 4.05 GPA and has served two terms as president of the Purchase Student Government Association. He received the “Humanities Essay Award” and has received several awards for outstanding community service. In 2005, he was recognized by SUNY ACT and received a Student Initiatives Award.

Nicholas E. Bruckman is a new media major with a 4.00 GPA. He has received numerous academic awards and scholarships. He was awarded a prestigious Technos International Week Fellowship to study in Japan and is completing an innovative multidisciplinary project that documents the impact of religious violence, terrorism and military occupation on Kashmir, India.

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.

At the Albany ceremony, each recipient received a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.