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Tompkins Cortland Community College Students Honored by SUNY Chancellor

April 8, 2014

Three Tompkins Cortland Community College students have been recognized with the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence by the State University of New York. Cheyenne Gorton, Audrey Kate Ordway and Taylor Policay were among the 274 students honored by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher at a reception in Albany this month. Gorton is a Lansing High School graduate and a hotel and restaurant management major; Ordway is a Dryden High grad and a nursing student; Policay is from Lansing High and is a sport management major. Each is scheduled to graduate from Tompkins Cortland in May.

The ceremony also served as an opportunity to honor 68 members of the Phi Theta Kappa All New York Academic Team 2014. Two Tompkins Cortland students were named to the third team; Policay and Mario Zaja. Zaja is an Army veteran who is majoring in liberal arts and sciences: math/science major.

“Students honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, and those recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, truly embody the power of SUNY,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “As proven leaders and role models, scholar athletes, creative artists, and civic volunteers, each student is recognized not just for academic achievement, but also for the profound impact they have on college campuses and local communities across New York State. Congratulations to the Tompkins Cortland Community College students being recognized.”

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. 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.

The Phi Theta Kappa Award Ceremony recognizes outstanding community college students throughout the state that are members of Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society that recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students. In addition to academic achievement, recipients of the award are also evaluated on their leadership and community service involvement, and are named members of the All New York Community College Academic Team.

Photo of Chancellor Zimpher, Cheyenne Gorton, and Dean of Student Life Amy Trueman

Photo of Chancellor Zimpher, Audrey Kate Ordway, and Dean Trueman

Photo of Chancellor Zimpher, Taylor Policay, and Dean Amy Trueman