Four students from Purchase College were recently honored with the 2008 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence by SUNY Interim Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark. The students were part of a ceremony that recognized 275 college students from SUNY campuses throughout the state. Each recipient received a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.
The Purchase students were Patricia Gaetna, Niagara Falls, N.Y., Sade Greene, Bronx, N.Y., Brandon Jackson, Staten Island, N.Y., and Rayden Sorock, Glyndon, Md.
“This year’s recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence are among the most gifted and talented students in the entire SUNY system and I congratulate them, their families and the campuses for all their achievements,” said Interim Chancellor Clark.
The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created 11 years ago 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. The average Grade Point Average (GPA) for all recipients this year is 3.75.
Patricia Gaeta is a painting and printmaking major in the School of Art+Design with a 3.57 GPA. A two-time recipient of the Athletic Leadership Award, she has played on the basketball team, served as captain of the cross country team and was a peer advisor. Ms. Gaeta’s work was highlighted at last fall’s School of the Arts Gala in New York City, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of Purchase College.
A political science major with a 3.55 GPA in the School of Natural and Social Sciences, Sade Greene has served as a peer advisor, a student ambassador, a club president and a student government senator. She was a Community Outreach Coordinator for Governor Spitzer’s campaign, a Camp David participant and a College Success Mentor for Harlem’s Children’s Zone.
Brandon Jackson is a biology major in the School of Natural and Social Sciences with a GPA of 3.89. He is a resident assistant and a peer tutor. A soccer player, he received the Northeast Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete Award. He was also the recipient of a William Schlutow Scholarship for excellence in biology. In the fall, he will attend dental school at the University of Connecticut on a full scholarship.
Rayden Sorock is a literature major with a 3.84 GPA in the School of Humanities. He is a member of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgendered Union (GLBTU) and founded Transaction, a student group committed to the rights of transgendered students. He interned for Gender Studies and for the Association for Gender Rights Advocacy and has served as a Pride Volunteer.
Chancellor’s Awards involve a rigorous three-point process. Campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary members of their college communities who are graduating. 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 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.