Cited for Student Excellence and Campus Community Service

PHOTO: Jonah Brock MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange’s Jonah Brock is one of 275 State University of New York students selected to receive the 2008 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, it was announced today (April 7) by Interim Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark.

Brock and his fellow honorees were feted at a special awards luncheon in Albany, N.Y., with the Chancellor and SUNY administrators who presented each recipient with a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.

Brock, of Mount Hope, occupies the College’s top student leadership post, serving as student trustee to the College’s Board of Trustees. In that role, he represents the College’s 6,500-plus student body at board meetings while also providing a student perspective to the trustees tasked with charting SUNY Orange’s future.

A 2005 graduate of Minisink Valley High School with an advanced Regents degree, Brock is majoring in engineering. He has been an active presence on campus during his time at the College, having served as treasurer of the SUNY Orange Student Senate during the 2006-07 academic year. He also was the student representative on three College committees: campus safety and security, curriculum and cultural affairs.

During SUNY Orange’s Fall Convocation, held this past September, Brock was presented a trio of scholarships: John J. McMahon Leadership Scholarship, Orange Sullivan Chapter NYS Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship and the Ottaway Scholarship. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.

“A rigorous three-part process that begins at the campus and evaluates each student’s performance not only in the classroom, but also in the athletic arena, the art studio and the community, is used to determine our winners,” Clark said. “This year’s recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence are among the most gifted and talented students in the entire SUNY system and I congratulate them, their families and the campuses for all their achievements.”

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created 11 years ago 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. The average grade point average (GPA) for all recipients this year is 3.75.

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 427,000 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses.

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