SUNY Delhi Students Honored by Chancellor

DELHI, NY (03/10/2012)(readMedia)-- Two SUNY Delhi students have been named 2012 recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

Teresa Bryant, a Nursing major from Newburgh, and George Nassar, a Hospitality Management major from Sauquoit, are among an elite group of students to be honored by the State University of New York on April 4 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

"I am very proud that SUNY is honoring these outstanding students," said President Candace S. Vancko. "Their accomplishments are impressive and show their commitment to academic excellence and community service."

Teresa Bryant's commitment to academic excellence earned her the distinction as a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year academic programs. In 2011, she was recognized with an Emerging Leader Student Life Leadership Award, a scholarship that is given each year to a small number of students in recognition of extraordinary service and leadership. Bryant currently serves as president of three student organizations, the Black Student Union, the West Indian Coalition, and Sigma Omega Epsilon. She expanded her leadership development by becoming a Resident Assistant, an orientation assistant and a student ambassador.

Bryant has also made her mark at Delhi by assisting the college in several roles. She served as a student member of the Middle States Committee, a body that oversees the college's reaccreditation, and currently is a student representative of the college's Conduct Council and a committee member of the RN to BSN Student Board. In addition, Bryant is committed to serving her community, completing 185 volunteer hours, which earns her special recognition through the O'Connor Center for Community Engagement.

Nassar excelled academically while remaining highly engaged in extracurricular activities on the Delhi campus. He was recognized with the Community Service Leader of Distinction Award from the O'Connor Center for Community Engagement for completing nearly 400 hours of community service before his December graduation. He also received an American Red Cross Scholarship for his involvement in the campus's community blood drives and the college's prestigious Merrill Family Foundation Scholarship, which recognizes students for demonstrating significant community service commitment and involvement while at SUNY Delhi.

Nassar's service to the college included membership on the Student Senate committees for Review, Finance and Foodservice, and the college's Middle States Committee for reaccreditation. While at Delhi, he strived to raise cancer awareness as the community service director for Colleges Against Cancer and helped plan and coordinate events for the O'Connor Center as its community service student assistant. He also held leadership positions within Delhi's Hotel Management Society, the Student Programming Board, the Residence Hall Association, Bronco's Fynest, and Upsilon Delta Epsilon. Nassar assisted the college as a student ambassador and orientation leader.

SUNY Delhi is a member of the State University of New York, the largest public higher education system in the U.S. Delhi's seamless approach to education includes over 60 academic programs, which allow students to obtain one-year certificates and two-year associate degrees. Students may also pursue a four-year degree in select programs at Delhi. For more information about SUNY Delhi, call toll-free 1-800-96-DELHI or visit Delhi's web site at