Four SUNY Oneonta students are among a select group of State University of New York students chosen to receive the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher presented the awards to the students at a reception in their honor today at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.
The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence is the highest honor that SUNY bestows upon students. It is presented annually to SUNY students who demonstrate academic excellence and integrate it with accomplishments in other areas, such as leadership, career achievement, campus involvement, athletics, community service, or creative and performing arts.
The four SUNY Oneonta students who received the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence are:
Raymond Boss of Macedon, N.Y.
An adolescent education-mathematics major who has maintained a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average, Boss is a two-time participant in the national William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition and a student member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State. He has been very involved in campus life, including serving as a resident advisor, vice president of the Association of Secondary Educators, musical director for the Voices of Serenity Gospel Choir, treasurer of the Jazz Appreciation Society, Poetry Slam Association performer, and drummer for the Funk Band and Jazz Orchestra. Community service activities include raising money for cancer research as a member of St. Jude’s Giants and a Relay for Life team captain, and serving as a volunteer tutor at the Oneonta Job Corps Center.
Kaylee Herzog of Delmar, N.Y.
Herzog is a biology major and aspiring marine biologist who has accumulated an impressive record as an undergraduate scholar. She applied for and received a grant for research on a new species of stingray tapeworm, drafted a manuscript for publication to a peer-reviewed scientific journal and presented her research at the American Society of Parasitologists meetings in Quebec City. She was also awarded a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Fellowship and a summer internship at the Biological Field Station in Cooperstown. Herzog is president of the Biology Club and has volunteered with the club every year to clean up invasive plant species at a local wetland. She has also played viola in the college’s Chamber Orchestra and was a member of the field hockey team.
Ashley Ly of Walton, N.Y.
Ly is a biochemistry major who has worked on several research projects as a member of the SUNY Oneonta’s BLONDES (Building a Legacy of Outstanding New Developments and Excellence in Science), including one that she presented at a national American Chemical Society conference in Dallas. During her SUNY Oneonta career, she has worked as a teaching assistant, high school chemistry tutor, resident advisor, resident manager for the Morris Conference Center, Call Center agent and campus tour guide. She is also first-chair violinist and concert master for the college’s Chamber Orchestra and has played violin for other campus productions, including “The Fairy Queen” opera in January and “Of Thee I Sing” last spring. Ly plans to continue her studies at Wingate School of Pharmacy in North Carolina this fall.
Mifuyu Otsuka of Tokyo, Japan
A mass communication major, Otsuka is an international student who has been very active on campus. He was the co-founder, organizer and host of the college’s annual Global Movement Festival, and he serves as public relations officer for the Multicultural Student Council, student member of the President’s Council on Diversity and president of the Japanese Society for All. He has also been an orientation leader and resident advisor. In spring 2013, he led a Japanese Society for All effort to provide tsunami relief to Japan. raising more than $2,000 for the Japan Red Cross and filming and directed a short video clip, “Smile Video Project,” that was distributed to several organizations in Japan. Otsuka will begin his career as a business/marketing professional at SoftBank Telecom Inc. in Tokyo this fall.
Since 1998 when the Chancellor’s Award program was implemented, 74 SUNY Oneonta students have received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.