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Farmingdale State Students Receive Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

July 2, 2012


Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher honored four Farmingdale State College students as recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence at a ceremony in Albany.

The four Farmingdale State College students included:  Jaimie Dorr, a Shirley resident and a graduate of Business Management; Salvatore Hanusiewicz, a Massapequa Park resident, who earned dual degrees in Computer Programming and Information Systems and in Applied Math; Amy Olenick, a Lake Ronkonkoma resident and Nursing graduate; and David Olivo, a resident of East Elmhurst and Dental Hygiene graduate.

Dorr, Hanusiewicz, Olenick and Olivo were among the 300 college students from SUNY campuses throughout the state who were presented with the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. 

Since implementation in 1997, forty-two FSC students have received this award for excellence. “Every year, I am impressed with the caliber of our students and how they find time to excel in their studies while contributing to the community,” said President W. Hubert Keen.

“The students we honor today have taken full advantage of the academic and extracurricular programs that SUNY provides both in the classroom and in the community,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “These proven leaders, athletes, artists, and civic volunteers truly represent the power of SUNY.  I congratulate all of the students being recognized today and thank them for the positive impact each has had on New York State, our university system, and the communities we serve.”

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence , created in 1997, has been given out annually to high achieving students. Recipients of this year’s award have an overall grade point average of 3.8 or higher and record a significant contribution to their campus or local community.  It recognizes students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.

Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary students. 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 award. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.