Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards and Scholarships

NOW accepting nominations for

2018 Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards

Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards

Use the link above to nominate (or self-nominate) a group or individual for:

 Leadership in Civic Engagement Award

 Don Wilcox Award (focused on Hunger and Homelessness)

 Alumni Association's Community Service Award (Individual only)

SUNY Cortland students, faculty and staff, and Cortland community members are all eligible for these non-monetary awards. The deadline to make nominations is Monday March 5. The Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards reception will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 4:30 in Jacobus Lounge of Brockway Hall.

2017 Leadership In Civic Engagement Awards and Scholarships Reception


Taylor O'Halloran, Thomas "TJ" Keegan, President Bitterbaum, and Alyson Nilsen at the 2017 Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards and Reception

The Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards and Scholarships recognize exemplary service in support of  campus projects,  charity events, community agencies, social change, and civic engagement by SUNY Cortland students, alumni, faculty and staff, and by Cortland community members.

Institute for Civic Engagement Director Mary McGuire opened the 13th annual awards ceremony and reception by praising the extensive and valuable contributions made by the awards recipients.

SUNY Cortland President Erik Bitterbaum and Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin echoed this sentiment in speeches to the audience of 75 people, commending the value of the volunteers’ work to the college and the local community.

Twenty SUNY Cortland students, five community members, one community group, and four faculty/staff members received Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards. Also awarded were six community service scholarships, the Donald M. Wilcox award, and the Cortland Area Chapter of the Alumni Association’s Community Service Award.

In addition, two participants in the Service-Learning Corps were recognized.

Leadership in Civic Engagement student recipients::  Mariah Abel, Jocenelle Alcime, Pavel Bondarenko, Andrew Burdo, Andrea Canale, Dillon Chichester, Anna Gorall, Sarah Halioua, Jacquelyn Hulse, Tariqu Hussain, Thomas ”TJ” Keegan, Julia Lovaglia, Taylor Lynch, Sunail Luthra, Alyson Nilsen, Taylor O’Halloren, Gabriella Park, Sarah Piacentini, Kara Smith, and Brianna Zinger.

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President Bitterbaum presents Associate Provost Carol Van der Karr with her award

Carol Van der Karr, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs, was recognized for her support for campus civic engagement activities and for her personal support for the local community. Also, Jim Miller, History Lecturer; Susan Wilson, Associate Professor Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department, and Jeanine Rose, Academic Tutor with ASAP, were all awarded for the long-term dedication and support for the annual Crop Walk fundraiser for local food banks and kitchens.

Community member recipients: Alex Offner.sm

Conni Bentley, currently an advocate for seniors and elderly residents, and retired from Cortland County Social Services;  Katie Couture, a Cortland High School student who volunteers throughout the community; Alex Huntington-Ofner, with Cortland County Mental Health; Stacey Goldyn-Moller, local artisan and owner of Magpie Custom Creations, and  Kelsey Ryan, Director of Development for Cortland YWCA.  Frank Kelly accepted the Group Community member award for Cortland’s Environmental Advisory Committee.

Alex Huntington-Offner of Cortland County Mental Health accepts her award

Lambda Phi Member Phil Eppolito poses with Scholarship winner Sunail Luthra and President Bitterbaum

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Six students won scholarships that acknowledge leadership and commitment to campus and the local community as well as exceptional academic achievement:; Matthew Norris, the Catherine McDermott Lavelle Scholarship for Student Leaders; Andrew Busch, Anna Gorall, and Tariq Hussain, James. H. Taylor Community Service Scholarship;  Sunail Luthra, the Lambda Phi Delta Scholarship, and Nicholas Vachon, the James H. and Dorothy A. Sarvay Scholarship. The scholarships were presented by Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Peter Perkins

Matthew Norris was also presented the Cortland Area Chapter of the Alumni Association’s Community Service Award by Maxine Cleveland, Alumni House Board Member.

Brittney Murphy was awarded the Donald M. Wilcox Award, which recognizes outstanding participation in the fight against poverty and hunger.

Kelly Veit and Connor Vick were awarded the Excellence in Service-Learning Award for their outstanding performance as Service-Learning Corps Interns.