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  • 2017-05-02
  • John Follaco

Brockport Salutes its Finest Students

Rashana Lydner, Cara Johnson, and James Luckman have been honored with the College's most prestigious student awards.

The Class of 2017 will transition into the ranks of Golden Eagle alumni during three commencement ceremonies taking place May 12-13. In the weeks leading up to graduation, SUNY Brockport recognized three outstanding students for excellence at the undergraduate level, at the graduate level, and in student leadership:

President’s Citation Award: The College’s highest award for a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding scholastic merit (a GPA of at least 3.75), a strong record of co-curricular activities, significant contributions to the College and community, and evidence of professional promise.

Rashana Lydner is majoring in French and Spanish and minoring in psychology, with a 3.88 grade point average. As a McNair Scholar, she completed a research project entitled “Patwa Is a Language: No Ifs, Buts or Maybes,” which she presented at the 2016 McNair Conference at the University at Buffalo and at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research in Tennessee this spring. She has served as a resident assistant, president of the Foreign Language Club, treasurer of the Association of Latin American Students, and secretary of the African Student Union, and she has assisted with Summer Orientation for the past three years. She has volunteered at an orphanage in Chile, with Salsa4Water in Lyon, France, and as a teaching assistant with the Rochester International Academy.

Graduate Distinguished Scholar: Recognizes an exceptional graduate student with a record of outstanding academic work and scholarship. To be considered for the award, a nominee must be a graduating master’s level student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.85.

Cara Johnson will receive a Master of Science in Education in Counselor Education, with an emphasis in school counseling, in which she has maintained a 4.0 GPA. She is certified as an Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee. Her capstone research project is an exploratory study entitled “Supporting Middle School Students with School Refusal Behavior.” She also has conducted research on non-suicidal self-injury in adolescents, which she presented at the Western New York School Counselor Consortium. She completed a counseling internship at Twelve Corners Middle School in the Brighton Central School District. She previously earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music and currently works as a private piano instructor and collaborative pianist.

Marion Schrank Student Leadership Award: The College’s highest leadership honor is presented to a student who is selected on the basis of scholarly achievement, exemplary leadership, and a commitment to the College through leadership in a student organization and/or student employment.

James Luckman has made outstanding contributions to Brockport’s Leadership Development Program, Residential Life/Living Learning Communities, and Delta College. He has also made a significant impact on the lives of others through various community service initiatives, in his role as an undergraduate tutor, and during a study abroad experience at The University of Ghana. He has served as a peer mentor, orientation leader, student ambassador, Living Learning Community mentor, resident assistant, and co-chair of the Golden Eagle Senior Council. James maintains a 3.87 grade point average, while majoring in sociology and minoring in women and gender studies and African and African-American studies.

Last Updated 7/29/21

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