SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher (right) with award recipient Renee Staffeld (left).

Three CCC students earn SUNY Chancellor Awards

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Vice President and Dean of Student Development and Enrollment Management Joan Ballinger (center) with award recipients Ryan French (left) and Renee Staffeld.
Vice President and Dean of Student Development and Enrollment Management Joan Ballinger (center) with award recipients Ryan French (left) and Renee Staffeld.

Three Corning Community College students were among 342 students across the state to be recognized for excellence by the State University of New York. Ryan French and Francis LaLomia received the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and Renee Staffeld received both the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and an award from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The awards were presented at a ceremony held April 2, 2014, in Albany, N.Y.

“Students honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, and those recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, truly embody the power of SUNY,” said Dr. Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York. “As proven leaders and role models, scholar athletes, creative artists, and civic volunteers, each student is recognized not just for academic achievement, but also for the profound impact they have on college campuses and local communities across New York State.”

French, from Newark Valley, N.Y., is majoring in Engineering Science and is expected to graduate May 2014. He served as vice president of the Student Veterans Association, participated and contributed in Research Experience for Undergraduates, and tutored at the Math Learning Center.

LaLomia, from Big Flats, N.Y., is majoring in Business Administration and is expected to graduate May 2014. He was a resident assistant in Perry Hall and assistant scout master after receiving the Eagle Scout with a Bronze Palm. He also received the Student Leadership Scholarship.

Staffeld, from Corning, N.Y., is majoring in Liberal Arts and Sciences and is expected to graduate May 2014. She served as president of Phi Theta Kappa and is a NYS Wildlife Rehabilitator. She was also co-founder and vice president of the Science Club.

“These awards recognize talent, hard work, and passion,” said Dr. Katherine P. Douglas, President of Corning Community College. “We are very proud of Ryan, Francis, and Renee for earning this distinction from SUNY and look forward to many more accomplishments from them.”

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students 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, campus involvement, or career achievement. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.