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Awards to Honor Civic Engagement Efforts

 Awards to Honor Civic Engagement Efforts


Nearly 40 people will be honored with SUNY Cortland Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards on Thursday, April 24.

The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 4:30 p.m. in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge.

The group of honorees includes 26 students from the College, eight faculty and staff members and three community residents as well as a local organization and two SUNY Cortland classes. Those recipients, along with 10 scholarship winners, will be recognized for their support of community agencies, social change and civic engagement.

The participants of the 2013 Judson H. Taylor Leadership House Program and winners of the Peter F. Eisenhardt First-Year Learning Community Scholarships also will be recognized.

The students to be honored are involved with a wide range of projects, from tutoring and mentoring programs to health and wellness services to environmental work. The majority of their work supports Cortland County residents, the area’s school systems and several human service organizations.

SUNY Cortland’s Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards are supported by the College’s Institute for Civic Engagement, the Cortland College Foundation, the Cortland Fund, and the divisions of academic affairs, institutional advancement and student affairs.

Individual award winners are listed below.


Michael Adams
Ryan Aldrich
Danielle Ben-Horin
Sandra Bindrim
Kelli Carsten
Crissana Christie
Boyan Cox
Courtney Crisci
Emily Diliberto
Michael Doris
Leah Gelblat
Lauren Guardino
Sylvia Hahn Berman
Melissa Howard
Elise Konikoff
Nicole LaFreniere
Jenna Mrozinski
Sarah E. Nickerson
Anthony Schiotis
Kayla Sheldrick
Amanda Sibbitts
Lorena Silva
Abigail Stewart
Jeffrey VanZant
Nicholas Vachon
Patrick Viscome

Judson Taylor H. Taylor Leadership House Program participants

Michael Adams
Rachel Andrews
Banu Bozkurt
Anderson Briggs
Michael McCarthy

Faculty and staff members

Connie Biviano
Philip Buckenmeyer
Devin Coppola, M.D.
Karen Downey
Paula Giroux
Caroline Kaltefleiter
Catherine A. Smith
Sandra Wohlleber

Community members

Heather Marzullo, a teacher at Hughes Elementary School in Syracuse, N.Y.
Kirsten Parker, Women Infants and Children/Family Development Director for the Cortland County Community Action Program, Inc.
Sara Watrous, former AmeriCorps member and coordinator for Sustainable Cortland


Sustainable Cortland
Students of Communication Studies 335: Issues in Digital Culture
Students of Communication Studies 350: New Communication Media

Scholarship winners

Michael Adams, the Judson H. Taylor Presidential Scholarship
Boyan Cox, the Catherine McDermott Lavelle Scholarship for Student Leaders
Courtney Crisci, the Community Scholarship for Student Volunteers and Interns
Emily Diliberto, the BorgWarner Morse TEC Scholarship
Lauren Guardino, the Judson H. Taylor Presidential Scholarship
Elise Konikoff, the Judson H. Taylor Presidential Scholarship
Nicole LaFreniere, the Lambda Phi Delta Scholarship
Amanda Reyes, the Anthony R. Moon Jr. ’86 Internship and Field Work Study Scholarship
Amanda Sibbitts, the James H. and Dorothy A. Sarvay Scholarship
Jeffrey VanZant, the Institute for Civic Engagement Scholarship

Peter F. Eisenhardt First-Year Learning Community Scholarship recipients

Jaime Gannon
Amber Lennon

Don M. Wilcox 2014 Civic Engagement Award

Hannah Haggerty
Molly Haggerty