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Tompkins Cortland Students Honored by SUNY Chancellor

April 6, 2017

Two Tompkins Cortland Community College students have been recognized with the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence by the State University of New York. Christina Carden and Brigid Jackson were among the 256 students honored by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher at a reception in Albany this week.

“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.”

Carden, a native of Cortland, graduated in December with a degree in human services and a 4.0 GPA. She is a member of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa as well as the National Society for Leadership and Success. Christina, who is legally blind, interned with Access to Independence of Cortland County and volunteers at their fundraisers and events.

Jackson, a resident of Oneonta, is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa and has made the Dean’s List every semester at Tompkins Cortland. An early childhood education major, she is a member of the Student Government Association, the Theatre Society, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Brigid is a resident assistant, a member of the Panther Welcome Crew, and supports the athletic teams by singing the national anthem at many home games.

The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.

Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office and are subject to a second round of review before finalists are recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.

Photo of Chancellor Zimpher, Christina Carden, and Dean of Student Life John Bradac

Photo of Chancellor Zimpher, Brigid Jackson, and Dean of Student Life John Bradac