Patrice Wiley, Philip Dreyhaupt Cited by SUNY Chancellor for Academic Excellence

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange students Patrice Wiley and Philip Dreyhaupt were among 238 State University of New York students selected to receive the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, it was announced last week.

In recognition of their outstanding academic performance, Wiley and Dreyhaupt each received a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at Commencement, during a luncheon in Albany April 7. The Chancellor’s Award is among the most prestigious awards distributed to students within the SUNY system.

PHOTO: Patrice Wiley receives Chancellor's AwardJJohn J. O’Connor, SUNY vice chancellor and officer-in-charge, described the selection process and impressive accomplishments of the awardees, “a rigorous three-part process that begins at our campuses evaluates not only each student’s academic, artistic and athletics performance, but also their service to the community. It is my pleasure to congratulate this year’s recipients, their families and the campuses for their remarkable achievements. These students are truly the best of the best at SUNY today.”

Wiley, of Middletown, will complete her associate’s degree in mathematics this May. During this current academic year, Wiley has served as president of the Student Senate and chair of the student Board of Activities. She has represented the College as a Student Ambassador and has been a new student orientation leader for the College’s Student Activities Office. She has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and SUNY Orange’s annual Adopt a Family campaign.

Dreyhaupt, of Greenwood Lake, will graduate this May from SUNY Orange’s renowned Physical Therapist Assistant program. He, too, has been an orientation leader and Student Ambassador. He is president of the PTAcer’s, a club comprised of students within the Physical Therapist Assistant program. He has been on the Dean’s List during each of his three semesters at SUNY Orange. Within the community, Dreyhaupt is an active member of the Greenwood Lake Volunteer Ambulance Corps, where he was named “Junior Member of the Year” in 2007. He holds the rank of Eagle Scout and currently mentors younger Boy Scouts.

PHOTO: Philip Dreyhaupt receives Chancellor's AwardThe Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created 12 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 was 3.77.

Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary members of their college communities who are graduating. 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 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 440,000 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses.

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