Three Genesee Community College Students Receive SUNY Chancellor's Award

Three Genesee Community College students have been named as 2006 recipients of the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. This prestigious award is conferred annually on a small number of students at SUNY's 64 campuses who demonstrate outstanding leadership and achievement.

Genesee's recipients include Stacy R. Donnelly of Varysburg; Christina M. East of Holley; and Shelly S. Spears of Middleport.

Stacy R. Donnelly is pursuing a Teacher Education Transfer degree at Genesee, and holds a 4.0 ("straight A") average. She is a recipient of the Genesee Community College Foundation's President's Scholarship, and she is a member of Alpha Iota Upsilon, Genesee Community College's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for junior and community college students. Ms. Donnelly was instrumental in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts at Genesee, and organized Education Club members in support of Katrina victims. She is an active participant in the President's Leadership Program, an in-depth leadership training program for current and future leaders.

Ms. Donnelly has been active in the community as well. She has participated in community seminars on child abuse and disability awareness. Last fall she received the Stevens Memorial Award from the Stevens Library in Attica for volunteer service. Ms. Donnelly is also a dedicated runner, and completed the Rochester Marathon last fall.

Christina M. East is pursuing a degree in Accounting and holds a 3.24 ("B") average. She has been an active participant in the President's Leadership Program, dedicated to fostering leadership among students at area colleges. Since Fall 2004, Ms. East has been president of Genesee's Survival Club. The Club helps students succeed in college, and student members provide ideas and information on academic success to their peers. Ms. East founded a Weblog to share information with students. She helped create the "Fireside Chat" at Genesee, an opportunity for students and faculty to informally discuss current events.

Ms. East has been active in recent years in her high school and in the community. She was an organizer of the Holley Central School District food drive to benefit needy individuals living in the Eastern Orleans community. She was also member of the Holley High School yearbook staff and a member of the National Honor Society at Holley.

Shelly S. Spears is pursuing a Teacher Education Transfer degree and hopes to become an elementary school teacher. She holds a 3.7 ("A-") average. Ms. Spears is best known as the student representative to the College's Board of Trustees. She has chaired several major student events at Genesee, including Christmas in the City and the student blood drive. She was an active member of the Distinguished Professor Selection Committee and the Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union Dedication Committee. She has already received a scholarship to Roberts Wesleyan College, where she plans to enroll after graduating from Genesee.

Ms. Spears has a long record of school and community involvement. She was recognized by the Royalton-Hartland School District for achieving four consecutive years of honor roll grades. She was president of the Honor Society at Royalton-Hartland. She received a high school merit award for poetry and won third place in the Holocaust Writing Contest sponsored by the Holocaust Resource Center in Buffalo. She was president of the Senior High School Concert Band and won a varsity letter for her participation on the Royalton-Hartland Softball Team, which she captained in 2004. While at Royalton-Hartland, she also organized a rainforest preservation awareness and fund raising campaign, and a Huddle Bible Club prayer rally. Business First newspaper recognized her in 2004 as one of Western New York's distinguished students.

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Editor's Note: A photograph of this year's SUNY Student Chancellor's Award recipients is available at:

Photo caption: The three Genesee Community College SUNY Student Chancellor Award winners are as follows: standing in the back is Christina M. East from Holley, NY; on the left Stacy R. Donnelly from Varysburg, NY; and Shelly S. Spears from Middleport, NY is sitting in front.