DCC Students Receive SUNY Recognition

April 12, 2011 – Eight DCC students were invited to Albany recently to receive honors from SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. Five students received the 2011 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, while three were presented awards from Phi Theta Kappa.

Students Alteronce Gumby of Poughkeepsie, Heather Haneman of Dover Plains, Jonathan Hill of Red Hook, Kelly Tripp of Gardiner and Jessica Ramos-Sena of Poughkeepsie were among the 249 students from 64 SUNY campuses presented with the Chancellor’s Award. The average Grade Point Average (GPA) for this year’s recipients is 3.8.

Each year, SUNY four-year and community college presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary members of their college communities who are graduating. Nominees are then reviewed by the Chancellor’s Office and recommendations are made to the Chancellor.

“The students we honor today have excelled academically and taken advantage of what SUNY has to offer in and outside the classroom,” said Zimpher. “These students are proven leaders, athletes, artists, community servants and much more. I congratulate all of the students receiving recognition today and thank them for the positive impact each of them has had on SUNY and the communities we serve.”

In addition, three DCC students were honored for individual achievement by international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. Jeffrey Ulrich of Hyde Park and Devon O’Brien of Beacon were chosen for the All-Academic Second Team, and Shantel Gordon of Poughkeepsie was named to the All-Academic Third Team.

“I’d like to extend congratulations to our students who have achieved these tremendous honors,” said DCC President Dr. D. David Conklin. “Their hard work and dedication, combined with the opportunities afforded by a DCC education, provide the foundation for their continued success.”