Moriah Brock, Shane Laden and Matthew Romano Cited for Academic Excellence

PHOTO: Moriah BrockMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- SUNY Orange students Moriah Brock, Shane Laden and Matthew Romano today (Thursday, April 2) were presented with the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence during an awards luncheon in Albany.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence recognizes students at each of SUNY’s 64 campuses 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 or career achievement. The SUNY Orange trio was among 256 students honored on Thursday.

In recognition of their having been named a Chancellor’s Award winner, Brock, Laden and Romano each received a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at Commencement.

“It is my highest honor to recognize the achievements of SUNY students who have excelled not only academically, but as leaders on their campuses and in their communities,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “Students receiving this award are to be commended for their excellence as role models, artists, scholar athletes, and civic volunteers. Their leadership can serve as an inspiration to all SUNY students and a tremendous point of pride for the entire SUNY family. Congratulations to all of the students receiving the 2015 award.”

PHOTO: Shane LadenBrock (above), a Mount Hope resident who serves as president of the Middletown campus Student Senate, is the seventh member of her immediate family to attend SUNY Orange, following her father Roland and each of her five older siblings. Her brother Jonah received the Chancellor’s Award in 2008.

Moriah Brock is a member of the SUNY Orange Honors Program and tutors in the College’s mathematics laboratory and library. She is active in the math, chemistry and engineering clubs, as well as the student Board of Activities. Brock is the student representative to the SUNY Orange Foundation’s Board of Directors and was a member of the College’s Presidential Search Committee. She is pursuing an engineering science degree.

Laden (left), of Chester, is president of the SUNY Orange Veterans Club and is as a member of the Middletown campus Student Senate. He recently served on the College’s Veterans Task Force, a group charged with reviewing and expanding opportunities and services for veterans attending SUNY Orange. While holding membership in his local American Legion post and the Nam Knights Motorcycle Club, Laden has been active in a number of community service and fundraising projects to support fallen and injured veterans and their families. He is pursuing a liberal arts degree.

PHOTO: Matthew RomanoRomano (right), of Newburgh, is finishing his business administration degree. He is currently the president of the Newburgh campus Student Senate and has previously served as treasurer of that group. He is treasurer of the Newburgh Business Club, secretary to the Newburgh campus Board of Activities and president of the Sharp Shooters student club. He has been active in many campus improvement projects, advocated for student needs and volunteered for community service events both on campus and within the greater Newburgh community.

Each campus in the SUNY system 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 460,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses with more than 3 million alumni around the globe.

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