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For Immediate Release
April 6, 2010

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Five Brockport Students Named Among Best in SUNY

2010 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence Recipients Announced

Press Release Photo SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, second from left, poses with College at Brockport Chancellor's Award winners Thomas Happell, Alicia Rokenbrod, Tvetsomira Radeva, Patrick Donahue, and Natalie Pilakouta.

Brockport, NY—Five College at Brockport, State University of New York, students were named recipients of the 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and are among 228 SUNY students so honored.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created 13 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 achievements. The Grade Point Average (GPA) for all recipients this year is 3.8.

“The five students selected to receive this year’s Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence embody the College’s strong commitment to student success and academic excellence,” said Anne Huot, PhD, provost and vice president for academic affairs at The College at Brockport.

The College at Brockport students awarded are Patrick Donohue, Thomas Happell, Natalie Pilakouta, Tsvetomira Radeva and Alicia Rokenbrod.

Patrick Donohue, a biological science and chemistry double major from Rochester, NY, also is this year’s President Citation Award recipient for the College. Patrick is a member of two national honor societies and has received numerous scholarships and awards, including the ACS Organic Chemistry Award. Patrick has served as Treasurer and President of the Brockport’s Pre-Professional Club, a tutor and a teaching lab assistant in the Department of Chemistry, and has presented his original research at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. Patrick graduates in May with a 3.89 GPA.

Thomas Happell is a business administration and sociology double major from Silvercreek, NY. Enrolled in the Honors Program, Thomas is a member of three national honor societies, has served as Treasurer of the Honors Club and is a team leader in the Honors Freshman Peer Mentor Program. Thomas also served as President of Circle K and a tutor at the Student Learning Center. In 2008, Thomas received the Department Scholar Award in the Department of Sociology. Off-campus, he also has led and coordinated several community service events and studied abroad in Poland, the Czech Republic and China. Thomas graduates in May with a 3.99 GPA.

Natalie Pilakouta, an environmental science and biology double major from Nicosia, Cyprus, is also this year’s School of Science and Mathematics Award recipient. Natalie holds a 4.0 GPA and is a member of three national honor societies. She has won several awards and scholarships, including the Sigma Xi Award in Undergraduate Research. During her studies, Natalie has served as a tutor at the Student Learning Center, a teaching assistant in the Department of Chemistry, a peer mentor in the Honors Program, and co-president of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. Natalie is the author of two original, scientific works and will begin her doctoral studies in ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale University this fall.

Tsvetomira Radeva is a computer science and mathematics double major from Sevlievo, Bulgaria. She has received several academic honors, including Computer Science Program Scholar, the Interdisciplinary Award in Mathematics, the Computing Sciences Undergraduate Research Award and the Sigma Xi Award for Undergraduate Research. She has conducted summer research at Texas A&M University, interned in the Web Technologies Department at HBO and was selected among more than 500 applicants throughout the nation to attend the 2008 Google Workshop for Women Engineers. Mira graduates in May with a 3.93 GPA.

Alicia Rokenbrod, a nursing major from Hornell, NY, also is this year’s School of Health and Human Performance Undergraduate Award recipient. She is currently employed as a patient care technician in the Emergency Department and Emergency Observation Unit at Unity Health System. Alicia participated in community social and spiritual support programs in Cuba during April 2004 and March 2007, including a day program for children and two meal assistance programs. She also is the recipient of the Dolly Pike Nursing Award. Alicia graduates in May with a 3.97 GPA and will begin her employment as a nurse in the Emergency Department at Unity Hospital in June.

“The 228 students we honor today have excelled academically and taken advantage of what SUNY has to offer outside of the classroom,” said Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “These students are proven leaders, athletes, artists, community servants, and much more. Congratulations to all of the students receiving today’s award and thank you all for your genuine dedication to 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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