Valentine Renee Bordes and Corrina Stoker Cited by SUNY Chancellor for Academic Excellence

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange students Valentine Renee Bordes and Corrina Stoker each received the most prestigious honor bestowed upon community college students in the State University of New York system today when they were among 228 academic standouts statewide presented with the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

In recognition of their outstanding academic performance, Bordes and Stoker each received a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at Commencement, during a luncheon in Albany.

“The 228 students we honor today have excelled academically and taken advantage of what SUNY has to offer outside the classroom,” said SUNY Chancellor Dr. Nancy Zimpher. “These students are proven leaders, athletes, artists, community servants and much more. Congratulations to all of the students receiving today’s award and thank you all for your genuine dedication to student excellence.”

Bordes, of Middletown, will complete her associate’s degree in accounting this May. She has been a member of the Dean’s List during each of her three semesters at SUNY Orange and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for community college scholars. Bordes is a Student Ambassador, holds the position of secretary of the College’s Business Club and serves as vice president of Phi Theta Kappa. As a Student Ambassador, she assists the College’s Student Services division in a variety of ways, including leading tours of campus and providing a student presence at a variety of College events.

Stoker, of Pine Bush, serves as the Student Trustee, representing the College’s nearly 7,000 students on the Board of Trustees. She is a community college representative to the SUNY Student Assembly and is president of the SUNY Orange Student Senate. She is also a Student Ambassador, has been a member of the College’s student judicial hearing board, and has acted as a new student orientation leader for three semesters. In addition, she volunteers her time as an advisor for her local Boy Scout Troop and with the Women’s Auxiliary of Wallkill. She will graduate this May with an associate’s degree in Education (biology for grades 7-12).

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created 13 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 3.80.

Each campus establishes a selection committee, which reviews exemplary members of that college community 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 465,000 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses.

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