Marsha Friedel, 52, of New Berlin, a SUNY Morrisville Norwich campus student, has received a SUNY-wide award for Excellence & Student Initiative from the State University of New York Association of Council Members and College Trustees.
According to a media release, the award recognizes academic achievements and service to one’s campus and community. Recipients receive $1,000 and an additional $250 to the charity of their choice. Friedel designated her award to the Norwich Campus Human Services Institute.
As further stated in the release, Friedel is married, raised six children and helped run a family dairy farm. After being diagnosed with Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia, a degenerative condition that causes irregular heartbeat and cardiac disease, she decided it was time to go to college.
Passionate when it comes to helping people, particularly upstate farm families, she chose to study human services and became an active participant in the classroom, on campus and in the community, the release said.
Friedel serves as vice president of the campus Human Services Organization and serves as public relations liaison with the campus Student Government Organization.
She spearheaded an agriculture appreciation day to help local farmers and agriculture enthusiasts. She wants to create a resource center for agriculture in Chenango County and surrounding areas.