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For Immediate Release
April 7, 2009

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Brockport Students Named Among Best in SUNY

Five Receive Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

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Press Release Photo Cassandra Hayes and Leah Barrett, assistant vp, student affiars

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Press Release Photo Juan Casteneda and Leah Barrett, assistant vp, student affairs

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Press Release Photo Milan Nikolov and Leah Barrett, assistant vp, studnet affairs

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Press Release Photo Michael Steves and Leah Barrett, asst vp, student affiars

Brockport, NY – Five College at Brockport, State University of New York, students are among the 238 selected statewide to receive the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

They include Juan Casteñeda, a senior psychology and sociology major from Brockport, NY; Cassandra Hayes, a senior nursing major from Batavia, NY; Milen Nikolov, a senior computer science and mathematics major from Varna, Bulgaria; Michael Steves, a senior computer science and mathematics major from Fort Ann, NY; and Jacqueline Tibbett, a senior chemistry major from Binghamton, NY.

“We’re certainly proud to have five students among those selected to receive this year’s Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence,” said Anne Huot, provost and vice president of academic affairs. “They embody The College at Brockport’s strong commitment to student success and academic excellence.”

Created 12 years ago, the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence recognizes students with outstanding accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, and career achievement.

Enrolled in the College’s Honors Program, Juan Casteñeda is a member of four honor societies, two service-based scholarships and is a tutor, teaching assistant in the College’s Migrant Education Opportunity Program. He has presented his original research at two national undergraduate research conferences and he was selected to participate in the prestigious National Science Foundation Summer Research Program for Undergraduates. He carries a 3.72 GPA.

Cassandra Hayes is a campus leader and a member of the College’s Honors Program. She is a member of two national honor societies, is a resident assistant, and is a member of the Student Leadership Panel to the President of the College. She carries a 3.87 GPA.

Milen Nikolov has won academic awards from the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics and Delta College. He also has been awarded the Computer Science Department's Undergraduate Research Award. He also was named one of the winners of an international research essay contest conducted by Symbian Software, Ltd. of the UK. He is active in the Information Technology Service group and the Brockport Student Government.

Michael Steves is the recipient of the Computer Science Departmental Award and the Undergraduate Research Award, the Interdisciplinary Mathematics Award, and the Distinguished Scholar-in-residence Scholarship. He is active with Amnesty International, the Brockport Newman Center, and the Brockport Chorus. His 3.99 GPA has kept him on the Dean’s List or President’s List every semester.

Jacqueline Tibbett’s career of academic excellence includes her recent election to the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, an honor reserved for the top ten percent of undergraduate college students. She has participated in undergraduate research in the areas of neurobiology and neurology. She also has served as a tutor and laboratory assistant in a number of biology and chemistry courses. She participated in a study abroad program in Thailand and is active in the College’s Sankofa African Dance Ensemble.

Each year, 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.

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


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