Congratulations to three Purchase College seniors who received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award on Thursday, April 4. Each year SUNY recognizes exemplary students from each campus who achieve academic excellence while engaged in co-curricular activities. Christina Blankenship (liberal arts, focusing in dance and journalism; arts management minor),Michael Clark (dance), and Amy Crehore (literature) were among the 243 students presented the award by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and John Delate, director of residence life and associate dean of student affairs.
“The students we honor today have strong records of achievement as student leaders, scholar athletes, aspiring artists, and community volunteers,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “By exhibiting excellence in class, on campus, and in their local communities, these students truly represent the power of SUNY and we honor them with great pride. Congratulations to all the students being recognized today.”
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 year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary students. 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 award. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at the Purchase College commencement.