Sullivan Students Receive SUNY Chancellor’s Award

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State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher presented 256 SUNY students from across the state with the 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, including SUNY Sullivan students Sara Espinosa and Daisy O’Bryan. SUNY students, their families, campus presidents, and faculty convened in Albany to congratulate this year’s awardees.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher

“It is my honor to celebrate the achievements of students who have surpassed SUNY’s highest standards of academic excellence and leadership both on and off campus,” said SUNY Chancellor Zimpher. “Every student we recognize today has demonstrated a strong commitment to their degree program, home campus, greater community, and much more. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s award.”

Steve Levy, ESPN SportsCenter Anchor and SUNY Oswego Class of 1987 graduate, joined Chancellor Zimpher through a video message congratulating the students on their success in college, and providing encouragement for the future. Through hard work and dedication to his craft, along with the opportunities presented at SUNY Oswego, Levy credits his college experience as setting him on a path to what is now a 25-year career at ESPN.

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.

SUNY Sullivan Recipients

Sara Espinosa

Brooklyn, NY
Psychology and Math
Sarah has excelled academically with a 3.91 GPA and is a member of the National Honors Society. She is also the president of the Psychology Club and is a volunteer tutor for students. In addition, she published a book, “Tribute to Mommies” in 2011. Sara plans to pursue a psychometrics and a quantitative psychology degree from Fordham University.

Daisy O’Bryan

Los Angeles, California
Liberal Arts: Humanities
Daisy is a member of the Honors Program, and was instrumental in helping SUNY Sullivan’s Help for Hunger program, planning all logistics and obtaining all sponsorships. In addition, she has traveled extensively abroad, volunteering at refugee camps. Daisy possesses a maturity beyond her years which is evident in her art, her studies, and her actions.

About The State University of New York

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