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The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, one of the highest honors awarded to graduating students by the State University of New York, has been won by five students in the Class of 2014 at Farmingdale State College.

The Chancellor’s Award is presented to those who have best demonstrated and been recognized for their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service, or creative and performing arts.

“These five students are truly outstanding among the greater population of SUNY students.  They are indeed reflective of so much that is right about Farmingdale,” said President W. Hubert Keen.  “Their community service, academic achievement and commitment to the college are commendable.”

This year’s winners – all New Yorkers - are Jade Truong of Beacon, New York; Kristine Meyer of Dix Hills, New York; Sarina Turbendian of Farmingdale, New York; John Scuteri of Farmingdale, New York, and Joy Grynko of Port Jefferson Station, New York.

Jade Truong, a Biological Sciences major from Beacon, New York, is graduating with a 3.90 GPA.  Lauded for the leadership qualities she displayed through both her campus and community service, Jade graduated with Latin Honors – Summa Cum Laude.  She was named to the President’s List four times, and was Vice President of the Golden Key International Honor Society Farmingdale Chapter.  Last year she completed the internship program at Vassar Brother’s Medical Center.  Her community service included participation in fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, UNICEF, AND THE Nassau County Coalition against Domestic Violence.

Kristine Meyer, a Nursing major with a 3.77 GPA, entered the nursing program with the goal of providing excellent health care to her community.  As treasurer of the campus Student Nurse Outreach Program, she organized campus blood drives, and led efforts to collect toys, coats and shoes for people in need.  She is a recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International Award for academic excellence and outstanding leadership.  Last year she was part of a team that administered more than 400 flu shots to senior citizens as part of New York State Senator Dean Skelos’s Golden Gathering.  Kristine was named to the President’s List three times and to the Dean’s List three times.    Kristine lives in Dix Hills, New York.

Sarina Turbendian, a Professional Communications major from Farmingdale, New York, is graduating with a 3.92 GPA.  Sarina was chapter president of the Golden Key International Honor Society, where she participated in activities on behalf of UNICEF, the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Paws for War, and Open Mic.  Last year she was a recipient of the Eugene P. Link Undergraduate Scholarship from United University Professionals.    Her other activities included a stint as editor of The Rampage, Farmingdale’s online campus newspaper, and membership in the College Activities Board.  Sarina also served as an executive board member of the Armenian Youth Federation.

John Scuteri, a Computer Programming/Information Systems major, is graduating with a 3.90 GPA.  John is a member of the Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society, an honor that is reserved for students ranking in the top ten percent in Farmingdale’s School of Business.  He served as chief justice of the campus Student Government Association, and was vice president of the Student Veterans Club, where he assisted families in need from Hurricane Sandy.  John was named to the President’s List six times between Fall 2010 and Fall 2013.  John lives in Farmingdale, New York.

Joy Grynko, an Applied Psychology major graduating with a 3.85 GPA, is also a previous winner of two other campus awards: the Charles W. Laffin Scholarship and the Campus Fund Award.  Joy has been known across campus for her work with fellow students.  She was a resident assistant and orientation leader for three years, and vice president of the Student Government Association, which gave her the Student Government Association Leadership Award. She also served as president of the Psi Chi International Psychology Honor Society.  Joy is from Port Jefferson Station, New York.