Four Genesee Community College students have been named as 2007 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 Amanda J. Adams of Holley, NY, Jennifer Martins of Mississauga, ON, Lisa Nucci of Rochester, NY, and Tracy Wangelin of Olean, NY.
Amanda J. Adams is pursuing a Fine Arts degree at Genesee, and holds a 3.5 average. She was selected by peers to serve as Art Club President in Fall 2006, responsible for planning meetings and trips as well as listening to fellow students and communicating what they would like to see happen in Genesee’s Art Department. Many of her pieces have been featured in College shows, including her ceramic artwork in Fall 2006 and a drawing in Spring 2006. Amanda plans to transfer in the fall for a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education so she can pass the joy of art on to others.
Ms. Adams has been active in the community as well. She has participated in the Holley High School food drive, Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless, and the Rake and Run program. Her community service also includes serving as a Teacher’s aide in Bernabi Elementary School in Spencerport, NY. In addition, Amanda was a member of Holley High School’s Women’s Soccer team for four years.
Jennifer Martins exemplifies all the characteristics needed for a well-rounded student. She holds a 3.65 average and is a General Studies major specializing in Athletic Training. She excelled both academically and athletically by winning the President’s Award and serving as President of the Physical Education Club. She was named second team All American and Region 3 Player of the Year for Volleyball during her 2006 season.
Ms. Martins volunteers in her community doing food drives, coaching, and life guarding while on breaks from Genesee Community College. From October 2006 to May 2007, Jennifer is serving as a member of Genesee Community College Association, which includes voting on important school issues that will improve the College.
Lisa Nucci is a single parent who returned to college after an established 24-year career. She is pursuing a Physical Therapist Assistant degree and has a GPA of 4.0. She has been named to the President’s List for each of the past three semesters. As PTA club president, Lisa organized a trip to Toronto to visit the Body World Exhibit, which deepened understanding of physical therapy and anatomy. Lisa exemplifies leadership in her role by encouraging participation in PTA club activities, offering advice to first year PTA students, and organizing fund raising efforts for future club events. She was the recipient of the Jerry Reinhart Scholarship and the Physical Therapist Assistant Scholarship in the Fall of 2006.
Ms. Nucci has a long record of volunteerism and community involvement. She participated as United Way coordinator for her employee group and volunteered at various Day of Caring events. Lisa was elected a board member for the Lambda Network at Eastman Kodak in Rochester NY, an organization of employees that assisted in maintaining a supportive work environment for all individuals regardless of their sexual orientation. She participated in Ride for Missing and Exploited Children and has coordinated community events such as leaf pickups and food drives for her son’s Cub Scout pack.
Tracy Wangelin is a teacher education major. She holds a 3.73 average and has made the President’s List twice. She was awarded the Citizenship Scholarship in 2005, which helps offset the cost of student housing at College Village, and recognizes leadership and citizenship qualities. Tracy is the captain of Genesee’s Women’s Basketball team and was selected to the All-Tournament Team during Genesee’s Tip-Off Tournament. She received the 2006 Coach’s Award in recognition of her sportsmanship, dedication, and her strong work ethic.
Tracy is very active in her community as well. She volunteers her time teaching Sunday School for children at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and works as a summer camp counselor at LCLC Camp, which is also sponsored by the Episcopal Church. Tracy volunteers as a teacher’s assistant in sign language and hopes to continue her ASL studies in the future.
Genesee’s four awardees will have the opportunity to attend the awards ceremony and reception on April 18 at the Empire State Convention Center in Albany, NY, which recognizes and honors the best and brightest students across the state.