On Thursday, April 23, 2015, thirty SUNY Cortland students, one student organization, 12 community members, nine faculty and staff members, and one community group received Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards. Also awarded were seven community service scholarships. In addition participants in the 2014-2015 Judson H. Taylor Leadership House program, Service-Learning Corps, and the Civic Engagement Scholarship program, were recognized with award certificates.
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 Adopt-a-Family program, Loaves and Fishes, Habitat for Humanity, and the Special Olympics. Others volunteer in local afterschool programs, at Randall School and at the YWCA’s Bridges for Kids program where students 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 were:
Adeymi Aderohunmu, Tyler Ballantyne, Hannah Bush, Stefania Buta, Crissana Christie, Katelin Cornetta, Elvis de la Rosa, Nikki Donlick, Miguel Espaillat, Brian Hartrick, Candice Jaimungal, Elise Konikoff, Carlos Lemus, Maranda Maher, Caley Maida, Kristie Mauro, Kathleen Mezzacappa, Brittney Murphy, Lucila Mutino, Matthew Norris, Everett Phillips, Ashlee Prewitt, Kimberlee Roe, Piffany Rosa, Karyn Scott, Melanie Sjoblom, Garrett Smith, Jackie Soranno, Brianna Sullivan, and Patrick Viscome.
Actively Involved in the Community, a student organization on campus also received an award for its many volunteer activities in the community and fund-raising efforts to support área agencies and causes, such as the YWCA and SPCA.
Faculty and Staff recipients were:
Helena Baert, Assistant Professor, Physical Education Department; Barbara Barton, Assistant Professor, Health Department; Valerie Behr, Lecturer, Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department; Kathleen Burke, Associate Professor and Chair, Economics Department; Beth Klein, Professor, Childhood/Early Childhood Department; Janet Ochs, Lecturer, Library; Greg Phelan, Associate Professor and Chair, Chemistry Department; Tim Phillips, Associate Professor, Economics Department; and Gabe Recchio, SUNY Cortland’s NYPIRG Coordinator
Community member recipients were:
Chris Driscoll, Coordinator, Cortland County Children Services Initiative (CCSI); Linnay Harmer, Prevention Specialist, Cortland Prevention Resources; Emma Ignaszewski, Media Specialist with Seven Valleys Health Coalition; Adam Megivern, Executive Director, and Jane Witty, Events Coordinator (Shown in photo at right), of Cortland Downtown Partnership; Susan Osborn, Principal, Lafayette CSD’s Big Picture School; Mary Podsiedlik, Coordinator, Tully Regional Enrichment Program; Peter Reyes, Principal, Barry Elementary School; Kelly Skinner, Executive Director, Cortland YWCA; Norm Stitzel, Founder/Director, Warriors of the Cross; Amoreena Tellaeche, 5th Grade Teacher, Virgil Elementary School; and Matt Whitman, Project Coordinator, Cortland Area Communities that Care.
The Community Group recipient was Access to Independence (ATI), a local agency that empowers people with disabilities to lead independent lives. Executive Director, Chad, Underwood, accepted the award.
Seven students won scholarships that acknowledge outstanding commitment to community and exceptional academic achievement: Piffany Rosa, the BorgWarner Morse TEC Scholarship; Brittney Murphy, the Catherine McDermott Lavelle Scholarship for Student Leaders; Crissana Christie, Katelin Cornetta, and Patrick Viscome,, each won the Judson Taylor Community Service Scholarship; Elise Konikoff, the Lambda Phi Delta Scholarship; and Matthew Norris, the James H. and Dorothy A. Sarvay Scholarship.
Patrick Viscome was also awarded the Cortland Area Chapter of the Alumni Association’s Community Service Award.
Sara Billings and Lia Mistretta were awarded Peter F. Eisenhardt First-Year Learning Community Scholarships for excellence in the Learning (In) Deed learning community.
Sydney Carlucci, Crissana Christie, Madeline Egan, and Regina Gianfreda, were awarded the Excellence in Service-Learning Award for their participation in the Service-Learning Corps. While Madison Kandoth, Tiffany Leone, Nicholas Menedes and Christopher O’Neill each received Civic Engagement Scholarship Awards.
Seven students were recognized with the Vanguard Leader Award in recognition of their participation in the Judson H. Taylor Leadership House: Meryem Akman, Karlene Anderson, Magdalena Gippert, Hein Hofvind, Lisa Ann Quinn, Tyler Rodabaugh, and house manager, Andrea Tirrell.
The Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards and Scholarships event were 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.