President Bitterbaum and Peter Perkins, Director of Institutional Advancement, pose with Lambda Phi Delta Scholarship winners; Kaitlyn Perlongo, Francesca Recino, Breanna Washington and Reanna Zappavigna
Institute for Civic Engagement Director, John Suarez opened the 14th annual Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards ceremony and reception, announcing that more than 562 people have been honored at the awards since 2004. The reception was held in the Jacobus Lounge of Brockway Hall at 4:30 on April 26th.
This year, twenty-eight SUNY Cortland students, 4 community members, 1 community group and 2 faculty/staff members, received Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards. Also awarded were nine community service scholarships, two Donald M. Wilcox awards, and the Cortland Area Chapter of the Alumni Association’s Community Service Award. In addition, ten students serving as interns on the Institute for Civic Engagement Action Team were recognized for their work during the spring semester.
These college awards recognize exemplary service in support of community agencies, social change and civic engagement. Following Suarez’s opening remarks, President Bitterbaum, Mayor Brian Tobin, and Director of Institutional Advancement, Peter Perkins each delivered a few words about the value of civic engagement to the audience of 100 people.
Peter Perkins, Mayor Brian Tobin, Leadership Award winner Jordan Pedroza, President Bitterbaum, and John Suarez
Casey Amato, Ismet Cavusoglu, Lizbel Chavez, Carissa Conti, Shannon Cunningham, Emma Cyphert, Patrick Egan, Jessica Goon, Caitlin Kukura, Ursula Mates, Kristie Morris, Ryan O’Neil, Jordan Pedroza, Kayla Perrone, Amanda Polito, Nathaniel Rose, Zachery Saltsman, Matthew Schindler, Kiley Stoj, and Lauren Whitehead.
The Eta Sigma Gamma Sorority received an award for their efforts in securing crosswalk between Prospect Terrace and Tompkins Street.
Faculty and Staff
Award winner Caitie Sidebottom, Coordinator, School of Education is shown left posing with Perkins, Tobin, Bitterbaum, and Suarez. Also awarded for her contributions to the creation and on-going support for the campus Food Pantry, The Cortland Cupboard, was Health Educator, Lauren Herman.
Meryl Fish, Laurie Greene, and Dottie Kelly (shown to right receiving her award) were all awarded for their volunteer work with Cortland YWCA and Brandy Strauf with CAPCO, was honored for her work on behalf of marginalized members of the community.
The Cortland Downtown Partnership received an award for their outstanding efforts in securing the million dollar DRI grant for the Cortland Community and for continuing to communicate inclusively on DRI projects. Director, Adam Megivern accepted the award.
Alex Cicero and Sara Reardon
Nine students won scholarships that acknowledge outstanding commitment to community and exceptional academic achievement: Sunail Luthra, the BorgWarner Morse TEC Scholarship; Alex Cicero, Sara Reardon and Colten Salsburg each won the Judson Taylor Community Service Scholarship; Kaitlyn Perlongo, Francesca Recino, Breanna Washington and Reanna Zappavigna each received the Lambda Phi Delta Scholarship and Matthew Norris won the James H. and Dorothy A. Sarvay Scholarship.
Shannon Cunningham was presented the Cortland Area Chapter of the Alumni Association’s Community Service Award by Maxine Cleveland, Alumni Board Member. Health educator, Lauren Herman, and student, Alex Cicero received the Donald M. Wilcox Award that recognizes outstanding participation in the fight against poverty and hunger.
Alumni Member, Max Cleveland and Shannon Cunningham
Wilcox Award winners Lauren Herman & Alex Cicero
Students, Mariah Asencio, Kaley Decker, Lindsay Dieumgard, Kayleen Driscoll, Shannon Hanmer, Ryann Hudson, Austen Johnson, Nicole Powers, Patrick Schetter were all recognized for their work as interns on the Institute for Civic Engagement Action Team. The team works on projects such as the Cortland Cupboard and Voter Education.
Nicole Powers, Ryann Hudson, Shannon Hanmer, Mariah Asencio, Austen Johnson, Kaley Decker and Kayleen Driscoll 2018 Institute for Civic Engagement Action Team Interns
The Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards and Scholarships event was 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.