Three Farmingdale State College students were recently honored by Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York, at a reception in Albany. They were part of a group of 243 students from SUNY campuses throughout New York State who received the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created 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 achievement. Since 1998, forty-nine Farmingdale students have received this award.
"I look forward to formally recognizing these outstanding students at our 94th commencement in May," said Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen. "Having the opportunity to get to know our students is one of the highlights of the awards season."
Malverne resident Christie Deeks is a recipient of the Betsy Smith Cronin Scholarship, and has been on both the Dean's and the President's Lists, in addition to being a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. A major in Dental Hygiene, she has served as Treasurer of SADHA, the organization for Student Members of the American Dental Hygiene Association. She has provided free screenings for oral cancer at many local events, including Belmont Racetrack, as well as at the nationally-organized Give Kids a Smile Day and Give a Marine a Smile Day. In her local community, she has raised funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and for Autism Speaks.
Jessica Micallef of Smithtown is a member of both the Golden Key Club and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, in addition to being named to the President's List. She is majoring in Professional Communications. While studying at Suffolk Community College, Micallef was Assistant Editor for Lilith Feminist Magazine; she was also a member of the Suffolk County Select Choir, the "Suffolk Singers." Micallef received the Mather Hospital Junior Volunteer Award for having completed more than 300 hours of community service with demonstrated excellence.
Tara Polla of Wantagh, a Nursing major, has been named to the President's List as well as to Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing. As a board member of the Nursing Honor Society, Polla attended global health and nursing strategy lectures at the United Nations. At Farmingdale State College, as a member of the Student Nurse Association, Polla participated in conferences on Quality and Safety Education for Nurses. Polla has also participated in many community service ventures, including volunteering at a Flu Clinic which immunized 400 senior citizens; helping health care workers in a disaster drill at Queens Hospital; and volunteering in Breezy Point to help homeowners recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.