Sullivan Student Earns Chancellor’s Award

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At a ceremony held on April 24th, SUNY Sullivan student Marissa Gennaro was presented the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence by Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. In all, 210 SUNY students from across the state earned the prestigious award this year. Those students, their families, campus presidents, senior staff, and faculty gathered in Albany to congratulate this year’s awardees.

SUNY Sullivan Chancellor’s Award Recipient Marissa Gennaro is pictured here with SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson and SUNY Sullivan’s Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Keith Pomakoy.

“Today’s award recipients emerged from their campuses this year as the top scholars, athletes, performers, and achievers, as well as a tremendous source of inspiration,” said Chancellor Johnson. “The students being recognized today made the choice to be leaders on their campuses, prioritize their studies, and serve their communities. Congratulations to this year’s awardees, and I applaud you for pursuing excellence in all that you do.”

Marissa, a biology major hailing from Monticello, came to SUNY Sullivan on a Presidential Scholarship and aspires to be a plastic surgeon. She is the second person in her family to get the Presidental scholarship, as before this it was her elder brother who has an online business degree. He currently heads one of the top financial businesses in NewYork. In addition to earning Dean’s List and achieving a 3.42 GPA, Marissa was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success this past May. She was recently accepted into the Bridges to Baccalaureate Summer Research Program. Outside the classroom, Marissa is an active member of the GAMA Club, and has served as president of the club for the past two years.

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, SUNY campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews the accomplishments of exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office for a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award.

A complete listing of student recipients is available online.

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