Alexander Mahon and Ross Pavelka Presented with All-New York Academic Awards by Phi Theta Kappa

PHOTO: Alexander MahonMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- SUNY Orange students Alexander Mahon and Ross Pavelka have been selected as recipients of the Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Award in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements. The pair was among 77 students honored during a luncheon at the New York State Museum on Tuesday (March 8).

Presented by PTK, the national honor society for students at two-year colleges, Tuesday’s ceremony celebrated the outstanding SUNY and CUNY students from throughout the state. PTK CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner presided over the ceremony along with SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

“Each year, Phi Theta Kappa selects community college students from throughout New York State and the nation who have improved their local community in some way. In doing so, PTK also recognizes the immense value of a community college education and the profound impact that our students have on their campuses, in their communities, and on the economy,” Zimpher said. “Congratulations to all of the students honored today in recognition of their outstanding leadership and achievement.”

Mahon (at right)resides in Newburgh and will graduate from SUNY Orange in May. He is a member of the College’s Honors Program and serves as treasurer for the Alpha Nu Chi PHOTO: Ross Pavelkachapter of Phi Theta Kappa. He is a member of the SUNY Orange team that participates in the Orange County mosquito surveillance project, and he has worked with professor Mike McCoy and the Puppy Up Foundation’s comparative cancer research initiative. After completing his degree, with a focus in English, he plans to transfer to a four-year university to study English.

Pavelka (left), who resides at West Point, is an Army veteran with two deployments to Afghanistan. While earning a bachelor’s degree in history at Iowa State prior to joining the Army, Pavelka was a member of the ROTC program. He has a wife, currently an instructor at West Point, and four children. Pavelka will graduate in May with an Engineering Science degree and intends to transfer to the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering with hopes of being admitted into the integrated BME/MS program for mechanical engineering.



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