FM students receive SUNY’s Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

by Amy Radik

SUNY’s Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence acknowledges students who have received recognition for student excellence. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by the University. This year, 248 students from 64 campuses received this award including FM students Winnie Blackwood and Taiwo Ekundayo.

Winnie Blackwood, a native of Johnstown, is a Communication and Broadcast Media major.

Blackwood became involved in communication and broadcast media by delving into work on the college newspaper, The Gateway, as the editor. She was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa-Alpha Alpha Upsilon and is a recipient of the Hadley “Stretch” DePuy Scholarship and the Fulmont Association of College Educators Scholarship.

“It is an absolute honor to have been chosen for the Chancellor’s Award, especially out of so many nominees,” said Blackwood. “I am very proud of my accomplishments and I am thrilled that SUNY feels the same way.”

Taiwo Ekundayo, a native of Lagos, Nigeria, is a Radiologic Technology major.  Ekundayo came to study at FM in the Spring 2012 semester as an adult International student from Nigeria.

He had previously earned his baccalaureate degree from his home country and wanted to pursue higher education in the healthcare field. He has been very involved on campus by participating in clubs and committees.

Ekundayo was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa-Alpha Alpha Upsilon and is a recipient of the Fulmont College Association of College Educators Scholarship in May 2014.

“This award is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to stand-out SUNY students whose achievements reflect their own impressive hard work as well as the support of their families and friends, and SUNY’s world-class faculty and staff,” said Chancellor Zimpher.

“The 248 students we honor with this year’s award have excelled academically, become role models on campus, and established themselves as leaders in the community. Congratulations to all of the students receiving the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.”

“I congratulate Winnie and Taiwo on receiving this prestigious recognition; I’m very proud of their accomplishments,” said College President Dr. Dustin Swanger.

Photo submitted by Amy Radik From left to right, FM President Dustin Swanger and SUNY Chancellor’s Award Recipients Taiwo Ekundayo and Winnie Blackwood.
Photo submitted by Amy Radik
From left to right, FM President Dustin Swanger and SUNY Chancellor’s Award Recipients Taiwo Ekundayo and Winnie Blackwood.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence acknowledges students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, campus involvement, community service, creative or performing arts, athletics, and career achievement.

Blackwood and Ekundayo were presented their awards during the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence Ceremony at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on April 5.

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