Three SUNY Potsdam Students Honored With Chancellor's Awards

2017 Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence Presented to Kate-Nicole Hoffman, Lindsay Johnson and Dana Reid

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Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher presents Kate-Nicole Hoffman with the 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, alongside SUNY Potsdam Executive Vice President Rick Miller.

POTSDAM, NY (04/06/2017) (readMedia)-- Three outstanding SUNY Potsdam students were among those honored with the 2017 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence earlier this week in Albany. Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher presented the awards to 256 SUNY students for academic excellence and leadership from across the state during a ceremony at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

"It is my honor to celebrate the achievements of students who have surpassed SUNY's highest standards of academic excellence and leadership both on and off campus," said SUNY Chancellor Zimpher. "Every student we recognize today has demonstrated a strong commitment to their degree program, home campus, greater community, and much more. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year's award."

The SUNY Potsdam recipients included Kate-Nicole Hoffman, Lindsay Johnson and Dana Reid.

Kate-Nicole Hoffman is a senior from Horseheads, N.Y., majoring in music and philosophy. She has earned scholarships and awards in philosophy, music, and poetry. As a Presidential Scholar, Kate completed research on animal cognition and ethical considerations. She has performed in six campus and community productions as well as being a soloist at Carnegie Hall. Hoffman has served as a resident assistant, on the Honors Advisory Council and as vice president for two clubs.

Lindsay Johnson is a senior from Star Lake, N.Y., majoring in biochemistry with a minor in biology. She has served as a research assistant in organic chemistry and biochemistry and she has presented her work at the American Chemical Society Northeast regional meeting. Johsnon is a varsity athlete on the women's cross country team and she has performed in three campus productions. She is also an engaged student club leader and community volunteer both at home and in Potsdam.

Dana Reid is a senior from Antwerp, N.Y., majoring in exercise science with minors in chemistry and biology. She belongs to two honor societies, Gamma Sigma Epsilon (chemistry) and Alpha Sigma Lambda (adult learners). Reid is a dedicated paramedic and has served with the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Service and with the Indian River Ambulance Service. In addition, she is a member of Health and Fitness Advocates and as an instructor, she has certified 24 students in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator use.

The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to honor students who excel academically and show involvement in leadership roles, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.

Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor's Office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at Commencement.

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges-and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit