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Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards and Scholarships

2014 Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards and Scholarships

Boyan Cox Leadership Awards

Public Relations Director Fred Pierce presents Boyan Cox with
her Civic Engagement Award and Lavelle Scholarship

On Thursday, April 24, twenty-six SUNY Cortland students, three community members, eight faculty and staff members, one community group and the students of two campus classes received Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards at a reception held in the Jacobus Lounge of Brockway Hall. Also awarded were ten scholarships. In addition, the participants in the 2013-2014 Judson H. Taylor Leadership House program were recognized, as were the Learning (In) Deed learning community’s top two students, each of whom won a Peter F. Eisenhardt First Year Learning Community Scholarship. 

These college awards recognize exemplary service in support of community agencies, social change and civic engagement by SUNY Cortland students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members.

Student recipients are involved with a wide variety of activities, including leadership roles in raising funds for the Wickwire Pool Project, Loaves and Fishes, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Others volunteer in local afterschool programs, at the Cortland Youth Bureau and at the YWCA’s Bridges for Kids program where students tutor and mentor children and involve them in physical activities that improve health and help build self-esteem. The vast majority of activity supports Cortland County residents, the public school system and numerous human service organizations.

Student recipients: 

Michael Adams

Ryan Aldrich

Danielle Ben-Horin

Samantha 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 LeFreniere

Jenna Mrozinski

Sarah E. Nickerson

Anthony Schiotis

Kayla Sheldrick

Amanda Sibbitts

Lorena Silva

Abigail Stewart

Jeffrey VanZant

Nicholas Vachon

Patrick Viscome

Faculty and Staff recipients: 

Connie Biviano, Registered Nurse

Professor Philip Buckenmeyer, Associate Professor and Chair, Kinesiology

Dr. Devin Coppola, Physician

Karen Downey, Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Paula Giroux, Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Caroline Kaltefleiter, Associate Professor, Communications Studies and Coordinator, Women’s Studies

Catherine A. Smith, Health Educator

Sandra Wohlleber, Assistant Director, Campus Activities and Greek Affairs

Community member recipients: 

Heather Marzullo, a 5th Grade teacher at Hughes Elementary School, Syracuse, NY

Kirsten Parker, WIC/Family Development Director for CAPCO

Sara Watrous, Former AmeriCorps Member and Coordinator, Sustainable Cortland

Group recipients: 

Sustainable Cortland

Students of COM 335, Issues in Digital Culture

Students of COM 350, New Communication Media

Members of Sustainable Cortland

Community Group winner, Sustainable Cortland; Beth Klein, Jared Popoli, and Sara Watrous

Molly and Hannah Haggerty won the Don M. Wilcox 2014 Civic Engagement Award for outstanding participation in the fight against poverty and hunger. They led protests against cuts to the nation’s Food Stamps program. 

Ten students won scholarships that acknowledge outstanding commitment to community and exceptional academic achievement:

Emily Diliberto, the BorgWarner Morse TEC Scholarship

Jeffrey VanZant, the Institute for Civic Engagement Scholarship

Boyan Cox, the Catherine McDermott Lavelle Scholarship for Student Leaders

Michael Adams, the Judson Taylor Presidential Scholarship

Lauren Guardino, the Judson Taylor Presidential Scholarship

Elise Konikoff, the Judson Taylor Presidential Scholarship

Nicole LeFreniere, the Lambda Phi Delta Scholarship

Amanda Sibbitts, the James H. and Dorothy A. Sarvay Scholarship

Courtney Crisci, the Community Scholarship for Student Volunteers and Interns

Amanda Reyes, the Anthony R. Moon Jr. '86 Internship and Field Work Study Scholarship

Two students were awarded Peter F. Eisenhardt First Year Learning Community Scholarships as the top two students in the Learning (In) Deed learning community.

Amber Lennon

Jaime Gannon

Five students were recognized with the Vanguard Leader Award in recognition of their participation in the Judson H. Taylor Leadership House:

Michael Adams

Michael McCarthy

Anderson Briggs

Rachel Andrews

Banu Bozkurt

The Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards and Scholarships event is sponsored by the college’s Institute for Civic Engagement, the Divisions of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Institutional Advancement, as well as the Cortland Foundation and the Cortland Fund.