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For Immediate Release
May 5, 2010

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College at Brockport Students Receive SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award

Tom Rispoli, wrestler, and Christina Scaffidi, gymnast, take top honors.

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Press Release Photo Christina Scaffidi '11

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Press Release Photo Tom Rispoli '11

Brockport, NY—Two students from The College at Brockport, State University of New York, were announced among the winners of the 2009-10 Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award. Presented by State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, the award recognizes academic excellence and athletic achievement at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I, Division III and NJCAA levels.

The College at Brockport student recipients are:

Tom Rispoli ’11, a physical education major from East Meadow, NY, who holds a 3.93 GPA. Rispoli helped The College at Brockport wrestling team to its 48th consecutive winning season and a second place finish at the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference (ECWC) Championships. He won his weight class at the John Summa Invitational Tournament and took second place at the ECWC Championships. Additionally, he placed sixth at the Spartan Invitational Tournament at York College.

Christina Scaffidi ’11, a communication major from Oak Creek, WI, maintains a 3.90 GPA. Scaffidi has earned President’s List honors in one semester and Dean’s List with Honors accolades in four different semesters. She helped the College’s gymnastics team to its third Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship in the last four years and helped the team to the No. 1 ranking in the national polls for the fourth straight year.

“Tom and Christina exemplify the true Division III student-athlete,” said Linda Case, director of athletics at The College at Brockport. “They have both excelled in the classroom and in their sport. The College at Brockport is proud to have two such outstanding scholar-athletes.”

This year, Chancellor Zimpher honored 75 students from across the SUNY system.

“As we approach the end of the academic year, I have the pleasure of honoring many SUNY students and faculty for their hard-earned achievements,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “The SUNY scholar athletes’ accomplishments are indeed impressive, as they have excelled in our classrooms and in our athletic programs. With an average GPA of 3.63 and a number of championship competitions among them, this year’s scholar athlete awardees are to be commended.”

Scholar Athletes are selected by the Athletic Directors at each level of play and are limited to student-athletes that advance to conference, region or national championship competition as well as the All-SUNYAC squads for their particular sport.


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