Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards and Scholarships
2014 Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards and Scholarships
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.
Sylvia Hahn Berman
Sarah E. Nickerson
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
Students of COM 335, Issues in Digital Culture
Students of COM 350, New Communication Media
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.
Five students were recognized with the Vanguard Leader Award in recognition of their participation in the Judson H. Taylor Leadership House:
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.