Trio is Among Nearly 250 Students Statewide Heralded for Exemplary Academics, Leadership, Service

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- SUNY Orange students Allyson Andryshak, Elaine Horton and Bryon Imbarrato today (Tuesday, April 5) 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 248 students honored on Tuesday.

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

PHOTO: Allyson Andryshak“This award is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to standout SUNY students whose achievements reflect their own impressive hard work as well as the support of their families and friends, and SUNY’s world-class faculty and staff,” said Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “The 248 students we honor with this year’s award have excelled academically, become role models on campus, and established themselves as leaders in the community. Congratulations to all of the students receiving the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.”

Andryshak (right), of Middletown, will graduate this May having earned a liberal arts degree with a concentration in English. She is a recipient of the full-tuition Honor’s Program President’s Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement. She is a member of the Honors Program; serves as president of the College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for students at two-year colleges; and is involved in the theatre arts as an actress in campus productions. She also serves as treasurer of the Apprentice Players, the on-campus acting ensemble.

Andryshak is actively involved in the community, having served as a kindergarten teacher’s assistant. She also visits her high school to help with set-building for drama productions, and participates in fundraising events including Relay for Life and the annual Orange County Walk for Breast Cancer. Each summer, she volunteers as a youth counselor at Camp Veritas Catholic Camp. At the College, she helps maintain the campus gardens.

PHOTO: Elaine HortonHorton (left), a resident of Westtown, is a member of the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa. She is a visual arts major who will graduate this May. She assists with Honors Program events and fundraisers, and serves as a mentor to five underclass students in the Honors Program. She also serves as treasurer for the College’s Feminism Club, a student club she helped establish. She was recently a presenter at the 2016 Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference, discussing her research into how select symbols have changed in meaning from one society to another.

She is also involved in the College’s art scene, having helped design sets for College plays, working in the box office, assisting the College’s Cultural Affairs director and displaying her art as part of the annual Student Art Exhibition.

A resident of Middletown, Imbarrato (lower right) will graduate in May with a degree from the College’s Jointly Registered Teacher Education Program with SUNY New Paltz. His focus is on elementary education with an emphasis on English. He is a member of the Future Teachers Association and Phi Theta Kappa. He has earned two scholarships while at SUNY Orange and has been a member of the Dean’s List during each of his semesters.

PHOTO: Bryon ImbarratoImbarrato has assisted with the Family Literacy Project and was integral to a fundraising effort that supported an underprivileged child’s education in Haiti for a full year. He has also participated in the Relay for Life and was selected to be the theater director for a local recreation department’s first-ever musical production at summer camp.

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 more than 470,000 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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