Purchase College Students Receive SUNY Chancellor’s Award Winners for 2014

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Congratulations to Purchase College students Lauren Britton BFA ’14, Michaela Ellingson BFA ’14, and Elizabeth Pysarenko BA ’11 and MA ’14 for their selection as recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

On April 2 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher presented 274 SUNY students with the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. “Students honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence truly embody the power of SUNY,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “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. Congratulations to all of the students being recognized.”

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.

Lauren Britton is a BFA candidate in the Purchase College School of Art+Design. Selected as the Outstanding Junior in Painting and Drawing last year, she’s also served as a peer advisor, spent three semesters as a teaching assistant, and completed numerous internships. She’s been a resident assistant and an organizer of many student exhibitions including this year’s Senior Painting Class Senior Show scheduled for presentation at two locations in New York City. Her painting Sinking Ship was chosen for the Best of SUNY Art Exhibition last summer while she spent time in Italy at the Siena Arts Institute Portfolio Development program.

A BFA candidate in the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, Michaela Ellingson has been the class representative for the dance class of 2014 for four years. She’s served as a dance ambassador to prospective students and as a resident assistant for two years. An active dance outreach volunteer, she’s traveled to Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica with JUNTOS Collective to perform at an HIV/AIDS compound, nursing homes, children’s hospitals and orphanages, and art centers, as well as performing for the patients at the Hearthstone Alzheimer Care Facility in New York. Her choreography has been performed in multiple venues on and off campus including the Downtown Cabaret in DUMBO, Brooklyn and at the Salt Dance Fest Showcase.

Elizabeth Pysarenko graduated magna cum laude from Purchase College in 2011 with a BA in art history and continued her studies here in the master’s program in modern and contemporary art, criticism and theory, which garnered her two merit scholarships from the art history board of study. As an undergraduate, she earned the James Greenwood Prize for Best Senior Project in Humanities in 2011 and the President’s Award for Excellence in 2009. In the summer of 2010, she represented Purchase at St. Petersburg State University to explore cultural and social differences between the Russian Federation and the US.

Pictured left to right are Purchase College students Elizabeth Pysarenko, Michaela Ellingson, and Lauren Britton


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