For Immediate Release
November 19, 2012
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BROCKPORT, NY—Laura Clark, a senior at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, is one of 17 students from across the SUNY system to become the first recipients of the SUNY Emerging Leaders Award.
“We are proud to offer this new award, which recognizes SUNY students who have proven to be leaders in the areas that SUNY has identified as the driving tenets of its own strategic plan,” says SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, PhD. “Our first group of emerging leaders has set the bar high for future honorees, decreasing campus energy use, promoting a charitable blood drive, and even helping usher local students through the GED and community college enrollment process. Congratulations to all of our emerging leaders.”
Clark, who is majoring in Women & Gender Studies and Spanish, has a demonstrated passion for human rights. In March, she coordinated a program for International Women’s Day in which she shared key statistics about women with fellow students and encouraged them to create a postcard advocating for women’s rights. She sent all of the postcards to the White House, and received a reply thanking her for sharing student concerns with the President of the United States. Clark, a resident of Marcy, NY, has held a number of leadership roles at Brockport, including as a resident assistant, Vice President of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Living Learning Community mentor, and as a participant in Brockport’s study abroad and leadership development programs.
The award honors students who have best demonstrated significant leadership within their campus and community based on one or more of the six Big Ideas included in SUNY’s Strategic Plan, The Power of SUNY: SUNY and the Entrepreneurial Century, SUNY and the Seamless Education Pipeline, SUNY and a Healthier New York, SUNY and an Energy-Smart New York, SUNY and the Vibrant Community, and SUNY and the World.
The award is meant to recognize current emerging leaders and provide an incentive for them to develop their leadership skills throughout their college career and beyond. To be eligible, students must have had a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and be nominated by leadership on their campus.
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