by Jessica Travis
SUNY Cobleskill students Earl Brady and Tracee Schiebel were presented with the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence on Tuesday, April 1, at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher was in attendance to grant both students with their honors and celebrate the outstanding achievements of these young individuals. Upon graduation, Earl Brady, from Columbia, NH, will have earned his Bachelor in Science degree in Animal Science with a 3.61 GPA, while Tracee Schiebel from Vernon, NY, will receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business Management alongside a 3.77 GPA.
The 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. Throughout their academic careers at SUNY Cobleskill, Brady and Schiebel have consistently demonstrated strong academic excellence as well as making positive contributions to campus and community life through leadership positions, campus involvement, community service, creative and performing arts, athletics, and career achievement. Last year, 246 students from 62 campuses received this award.
Brady and Schiebel exemplify the height of dedication and engagement within the college campus that not only represents their power as individual students but also their power to positively affect the community in and out of the classroom.
“Students honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, and those recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, truly embody the power of SUNY,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “As proven leaders and role models, scholar athletes, creative artists, and civic volunteers, each student is recognized not just for academic achievement, but also for the profound impact they have on college campuses and local communities across New York State.
During his time at SUNY Cobleskill, Brady has distinguished himself as not only a diligent student but a dedicated leader, as well. He is the recipient of many campus awards and titles that speak to his admirable work ethic, these include; the award for Outstanding Beef and Livestock Associate Student, membership in Phi Theta Kappa, the Cobleskill Merrill Scholarship and the Matt Tweedie AAPC Scholarship, serving as student member of American Embryo Transfer Club and his being a 4H and Adult Teamster. His leadership experience includes serving as Vice President of the Pre-Vet Club, President of the American Animal Producers Club; time spent as a Youth Program Leader for 4H- New Hampshire Extension and his role as a Resident Assistant on campus. Brady emphasizes campus involvement by dedicating his time to tutoring and being a farm hand. His community involvement includes volunteering at the Granite State Animal Hospital and participating in Earl’s Cosy Caps, a fundraiser established to collect proceeds to aid the Calvary Assembly of God church. His experience as a Small Ruminant Parasitology Field Technician at the University of Vermont Extension and a Genesis Intern at Genex Cooperative, CRI in Shawano, Wisconsin, will surely assist Brady in the coming future, as he is the first student to graduate from the BS Animal Science Degree at SUNY Cobleskill and successfully gain an invitation to attend veterinary school at Cornell University. Brady begins his studies there in January 2015.
Schiebel continuously exhibits the highest levels of academic achievement throughout her college career at SUNY Cobleskill. She has been recognized on the Dean’s List on several occasions for her outstanding GPA of 3.5 or higher. She is a member of Epsilon Pi Tau Honor Society and the Honors Program, as well as the recipient of an array of scholarships including – the Cobleskill Merrill Scholarship, National FFA Scholarship, and the Alumni Legacy Scholarship. Schiebel has been awarded and recognized for her achievements not only within her field of study but also through her time on the basketball court. Her awards and titles include – National FFA American Degree Recipient, North East Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete Award, Student Advisory Council Representative, Senior Resident Assistant, Post-Secondary Agriculture Student Club Secretary, SUNY Cobleskill Women’s Basketball Team Captain, Fighting Tigers Athlete of the Week in Women’s Basketball, and SUNY Oswego All-Tournament Team Member. Her significant contributions to campus and community life include being an on-campus tutor, Earth Day Community Service Volunteer, Coby Challenge Games Volunteer, Soup Kitchen Volunteer, Athletic Sale Volunteer, Regional Food Bank Volunteer as well as being Resident Assistant Programming GOLD. Schiebel participated in the SUNY Cobleskill Scholarship Luncheon as an honorary student speaker and in the Prepared Public Speaking and Prepared Employment Interview Contests at the Post – Secondary Agricultural Student’s National Conference.
On a side note, Schiebel’s sister, Nikki Schiebel, a student at SUNY Plattsburgh, was also presented with a Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence at the same ceremony.
In addition to being presented with the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence both SUNY Cobleskill students were recognized at the 1st Annual SUNY Cobleskill Excellence in Student Leadership Awards. Brady was a recipient of the Excellence in Student Leadership Award, which distinguishes students who demonstrate the positive attributes of student leadership and continually enrich the student life experience and campus community through sustained involvement in campus life through activities, clubs, organizations, service, athletics and/or program development. Schiebel received the evening’s highest honor, Student Leader of the Year, for her extraordinary leadership contributions to the College. These include mentoring of future leaders, leading a wide range of campus activities and demonstrating exceptional service to others within and outside of the community.