Sullivan Students Presented with SUNY Chancellor’s Award in Albany

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On April 10th, SUNY Sullivan students Rosemary Guerra and Julia Kehrley were presented, in the Albany Capital Center, with the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence by State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. They were joined by their fellow recipients from other SUNY schools across the State, and by SUNY Sullivan Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Keith Pomakoy.

“I am immensely proud of these students, who have demonstrated academic excellence and dedication to enriching their campuses and communities,” said Chancellor Johnson. “From research publications in industry journals to volunteering in hospitals and local clinics to holding leadership roles at their institutions, I am inspired by each student we recognize today. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s award.”

Chancellor Johnson was joined by special guest Erin Hamlin, a four-time Olympian, 2014 Bronze Medalist, and two-time Luge World Champion. Hamlin made history at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games as the first American (male or female) to win an Olympic medal in singles luge, and was the first U.S. woman to win a medal in any luge discipline at the Olympic Games. The Olympian and world champion earned her A.A. in interdisciplinary studies online from Empire State College.

“As a proud SUNY alum, it is my honor to stand here today as we celebrate a room full of SUNY students and their pursuit of excellence in academics, athletics, and community,” said Hamlin. “Your achievements as SUNY students is just the beginning, and I have no doubt that this determination and dedication you possess will drive you to excel in all of your future endeavors.”

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.

About the Recipients

Julia Kehrley, 2018 SUNY Chancellor's Award Recipient

Julia Kehrley
Barryville, NY
Liberal Arts and Sciences: History Julia has excelled both in and out of the classroom, and she is a member of Delta Psi Omega Theater Honor Society. In addition, Julia is an active member of the SUNY Sullivan Performing Arts Club, and now serves as the Vice President. She also helps with recruitment at the New York State Theater Education Association festival. In addition, Julia has performed in two talent shows, and helped with the World AIDS Day fundraiser, both of which were sponsored by the Performing Arts Club.

Rosemary Guerra, 2018 SUNY Chancellor's Award Recipient

Rosemary Guerra
White Lake, NY
Business Administration Rosemary has excelled academically and is actively involved on campus. She has been a part of SUNY Sullivan’s Student Government Association since her first semester, beginning as Vice President, and assuming the role of President, in January 2017. In the fall of 2017, Rosemary was recognized by the SUNY System Student Government Association as an emerging leader and was elected as the Community College Representative by, and for that body. She was later appointed as Secretary by, and for the SUNY System Student Assembly.

About The State University of New York

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