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Thirteen Suffolk Students Honored by SUNY Chancellor

Thirteen distinguished Suffolk County Community College students were presented with the 2015 Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence at an Albany ceremony hosted by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on April 2.

SUNY Chancellor Awards
Suffolk County Community College Chancellor Award winners who travelled to Albany on April 2, back row: Larissa Ellerman, Steven Curcio. Front Row: Tricia Wildman, Brianna DiPaola, Julie Heitleband, Carmeline Jean-Francois, Brittany Improte, Satoko Matthews.
We are proud of our students who SUNY has publicly proclaimed its pride in,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. “The students selected for this honor are role models within the College and SUNY community," Dr. McKay added.

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. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.

Suffolk County Community College recipients of the 2015 Chancellor's Awards.

Student Name


Melissa Burmester

East Moriches, NY

Nicholas Contess

Smithtown, NY

Steven Curcio

Patchogue, NY

Brianna DiPaola

Bayshore, NY

Larissa Ellerman

Sayville, NY

Julie Heitleband

Patchogue, NY

Brittany Improte

Lynbrook, NY

Carmeline Jean-Francois

Brentwood, NY

Victoria Lohwasser

Farmingdale, NY

Satoko Matthews

East Patchogue, NY

Raymond Page

Sayville, NY

Emily Rooney

West Islip, NY

Tricia Wildman

Huntington, NY