Two Students Receive Chancellor’s Award

April 4th, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

Two SUNY Oneonta students are among a select group of State University of New York students chosen to receive the 2013 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 students we honor today have strong records of achievement as student leaders, scholar athletes, aspiring artists and community volunteers,” said Zimpher. “By exhibiting excellence in class, on campus and in their local communities, these students truly represent the power of SUNY and we honor them with great pride.”

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 two SUNY Oneonta students who received the 2013 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence are:

Emily Hunter of Cooperstown, N.Y.

A history major with a minor in Spanish, Hunter aspires to a career in academic librarianship, and she has taken advantage of several local opportunities to get experience in the field. Last May, she served as moderator during the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, a forum that bring scholars from around the country to Cooperstown to present academic papers examining the sport’s connection to American history and culture. She has also worked extensively in the Special Collections departments of two libraries — the Milne Library on the SUNY Oneonta campus and the New York State Historical Association Library in Cooperstown — through internships, volunteer work and employment.

Hunter has received numerous awards for academic achievement, including two honorable mentions in the college’s Maynard Redfield History Essay Contest, and she serves as treasurer of the college’s History Club.

Dylan Nealis of Delhi, N.Y.

An English literature major with minors in history and art history, Nealis has earned recognition as an outstanding scholar while at SUNY Oneonta. In addition to presenting papers at several academic conferences on campus, he published an article forthcoming in The Thomas Wolfe review, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. 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.

He has received numerous academic awards, including the Honorable Mention Prize for SUNY Oneonta’s Best Research Undertaken by an Undergraduate in the 2011-2012 academic year; the 2011 Goodrich Critical Essay Prize, an English Department award recognizing the best essay in literary criticism for the academic year; and the New York State English Council Award.

In the community, he is one of 12 elected ruling elders at the First Presbyterian Church in Delhi, and he is an inducted member and officer (Marshall) in the Delhi Lodge of the Ancient Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons.

Since 1998 when the Chancellor’s Award program was implemented, 70 SUNY Oneonta students have received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.