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For Immediate Release
April 10, 2018

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SUNY Honors Outstanding Brockport Students

Five students receive Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

BROCKPORT, NY—Five students from The College at Brockport, State University of New York, are among the 249 from across the SUNY system who were honored by Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson April 10 with the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

“I am immensely proud of these students, who have demonstrated academic excellence and dedication to enriching their campuses and communities,” said Johnson. “From research publications in industry journals to volunteering in hospitals and local clinics to holding leadership roles at their institutions, I am inspired by each student we recognize today. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s award.”

Brockport President Heidi Macpherson congratulated Brockport’s recipients for their accomplishments.

“We’re incredibly proud of our students who were honored as recipients of this year’s Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence,” Macpherson said. “Their outstanding work inside and outside of the classroom is inspiring. We’re honored to have them represent The College at Brockport.”

Brockport’s honorees are:

Kiara Alfonseca: Kiara has demonstrated a strong commitment to the pursuit of success in the field of journalism, her intended career. The double major in journalism and broadcasting and English already boasts an impressive array of professional accomplishments: she was one of five student journalists of color nationwide named a ProPublica Emerging Journalist, she was selected as a fellow for the Knight Foundation/CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s Diversity Initiative, and she spent the spring semester interning at NBC News. She has maintained a 3.83 GPA in addition to serving in a number of on-campus leadership positions, including editor-in-chief of Brockport’s student-run newspaper, The Stylus, and president of Brockport’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Justin Galardi: Justin represents the integration of outstanding academic achievement with success outside of the classroom. While maintaining a 3.67 GPA as a biochemistry major, he has demonstrated an intense pursuit to extend his knowledge and skills in science through research and laboratory teaching activities. He is a member of Brockport’s Honors College, the recipient of the Organic Chemistry Award, sponsored by the American Chemical Society Organic Chemistry Division, co-author of a research article in the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence and has been accepted into the highly competitive Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Rochester.

Mei La: Mei is described by her nominators as standing out due to her “constant smile paired with her tremendous work ethic, willingness to help others who are struggling and unwavering positive attitude.” She has earned a 3.86 GPA as a nursing major while demonstrating a strong commitment to involvement in her community. She is a member of numerous honor societies including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, and Alpha Chi National Honor Society. She was also the recipient of the highly competitive EXCEL Nursing Internship with the Rochester Regional Health at Unity Hospital and is a multi-year resident assistant.

Cheryl Limer: Cheryl has earned a 3.99 GPA as a computer science and psychology double major and has demonstrated an unparalleled level of potential for future success in her field. She was a Google CodeU Participant, during which she developed a Wikipedia search engine, she was an application development intern at Blue Cross Blue Shield, and has been hired by SRC Inc. as a Science, Technology and Engineering Leadership Rotation Engineer to begin after graduation. Cheryl has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, has been a multi-year research assistant in the Department of Psychology and a research aide for the ITEST grant sponsored by the SUNY Research Foundation.

Melissa Szurgyi: The double major in sociology and women and gender studies boasts an impressive 3.9 GPA and has demonstrated a strong commitment to campus and community involvement through leadership and service. Melissa has been inducted into multiple honor societies including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Kappa Deta, and Alpha Chi. She is a member of Brockport’s Honors College, a Green and Gold Ambassador for the Division of Advancement, a Community Ambassador for the Office of Community Development and has played the flute for the Brockport Symphony Orchestra throughout her college career. She is also one of 10 students pursuing their Capstone Leadership Certificate as part of Brockport’s nationally recognized Leadership Development Program.

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