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April 10, 2013

Chancellor honors SUNY students

Five with local ties among winners

Nine scholars with local connections have been recognized with SUNY’s highest honor for students.

SUNY Oneonta students from Cooperstown and Delhi are among 243 recipients of the 2013 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. The annual awards recognize students for academic achievement and integrated accomplishments in other areas, such as leadership, career achievement, campus involvement, athletics, community service or creative and performing arts.

Emily Hunter, a history major from Cooperstown, and Dylan Nealis, an English literature major from Delhi, were among recipients honored by Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, who presented the awards to students during a reception at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany on Thursday.

Since 1998 when the Chancellor’s Award program was implemented, 70 students from the State University College at Oneonta have been recognized, a media release from the college said.

“We’re delighted that Emily Hunter and Dylan Nealis were chosen to receive SUNY’s most prestigious award,’’ Nancy Kleniewski, SUNY Oneonta president, said in a prepared statement. ``They’ve earned this recognition through scholarship, leadership, and several contributions to our college and community. We’re proud of their accomplishments and the example they set for their peers.”

Hunter, who aspires to a career in academic librarianship, was a moderator in May at the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture in Cooperstown, college officials said, and she has worked in the collections departments of the Milne Library on the SUNY Oneonta campus and the New York State Historical Association Library in Cooperstown. 

Nealis has presented papers at several academic conferences on campus, the release said, and in May, he will present a paper titled “Despair, Hope, and the Ethos of the Lost Generation in the Works of Thomas Wolfe and Ernest Hemingway” at the 35th Thomas Wolfe Society Conference in Boise, Idaho.

Four students from two area SUNY schools also were named Chancellor Award recipients this year.

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