Four from SUNY Geneseo Receive 2011 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

Clockwise from top left: Kerisha Hawthorne, Joseph Giles, Michelle Milkovich and Will Labate.


GENESEO, N.Y. - Four State University of New York at Geneseo students are among those from SUNY campuses across the state who have received a 2011 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

The chancellor presented the award to the following Geneseo students, all seniors:

• Joseph Giles, a biochemistry major from Lockport, N.Y.
• Kerisha Hawthorne, a pre-law major from Montego Bay, Jamaica
• Will Labate, an international relations major from Queens, N.Y.
• Michelle Milkovich, a business administration major from Vestal, N.Y.

"The students we honor today have excelled academically and taken advantage of what SUNY has to offer outside the classroom," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "These students are proven leaders, athletes, artists, community servants and much more. They represent the future of our state and are perfect examples of The Power of SUNY. I congratulate all of the students receiving recognition today and thank them for the positive impact each of them has had on SUNY and the communities we serve."

The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created 14 years ago to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement. The average Grade Point Average (GPA) for all recipients this year is 3.8.

Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary members of their college communities who are graduating. 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 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

Each recipient received a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.

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