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Three Students Honored for Excellence by SUNY

Congratulations to seniors Dolan Wells Gallagher, Hayley Restivo, and Joy Marie Thompson for earning the 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson today presented 249 SUNY students from across the state with the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

SUNY students, their families, campus presidents, and faculty convened in the Albany Capital Center to congratulate this year’s awardees.

“I am immensely proud of these students, who have demonstrated academic excellence and dedication to enriching their campuses and communities,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson.

“From research publications in industry journals to volunteering in hospitals and local clinics to holding leadership roles at their institutions, I am inspired by each student we recognize today. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s award.”

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence 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.

Dolan Wells Gallagher '18

Dolan Wells Gallagher

Brooklyn, NY

Literature and History

Dolan Wells Gallagher is candidate for BA degrees in both Literature and History with a minor in Gender Studies. The recipient of several merit based scholarships, Gallagher is active on campus, a radio DJ, Peer Mentor, and member of several PSGA clubs. Her professors greatly admire her intellect, multi-faceted interests and abilities, and especially her joy for learning and sharing knowledge, which has benefited all campus constituents that she has engaged.

Haley Restivo '18

Hayley Restivo

Jamestown, NY

Literature and Music

Hayley Restivo will graduate in May with a BA in Literature and a MusB in Studio Composition. She has excelled academically with a 3.94 GPA, and is a multi-talented student athlete who has been a leader and conscientious contributor to Purchase for the past four years. Restivo has been recognized with several athletic awards including Rookie of the Year in swimming, the Coach’s Award
 for cross country, and the Scholar/Athlete Award. Her music major 
is manifest in her two albums and forthcoming third.

Joy Marie Thompson '18

Joy Marie Thompson

Rochester, PA


Joy Marie Thompson will receive her BFA in Dance in May. She is an exceptional student, dancer, and choreographer who has garnered a number of scholarships and awards. Active on campus, Thompson has served as a Resident Advisor, Student Government Representative, and Student Representative
on search committees and on the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee. She also is involved with numerous off campus activities within the dance world.