SUNY Cobleskill seniors Mary Greagan (Wildlife Management) and Jaimee Lord (Applied Psychology) received the 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence at an event held April 10 at the Albany Capital Center. “I am immensely proud of these students, who have demonstrated academic excellence and dedication to enriching their campuses and communities,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “From research publications in industry journals to volunteering in hospitals and local clinics to holding leadership roles at their institutions, I am inspired by each student we recognize today, including Mary Greagan and Jaimee Lord from SUNY Cobleskill. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s award.”

Johnson recently identified four themes for SUNY, and two in particular resonated with Greagan and Lord. “Research was key for me,” says Greagan, crediting SUNY Cobleskill with supporting her creation of an innovative, more humane method for nuisance wildlife control. She plans to develop her idea further in graduate school. “Individualized education,” was valuable for Lord, who integrated her experiences working with traumatized children into her studies. She will pursue a career as a clinician in the mental health field.

“We are delighted that Mary and Jaimee have been honored by the Chancellor,” said SUNY Cobleskill President Dr. Marion A. Terenzio, PhD. “They have already achieved so much as scholars, leaders, and caring citizens. Our students will design the future, and I look forward to the impact these two young women will have as they direct their talents to the world around them.”

At the award ceremony, Chancellor Johnson was joined by special guest Erin Hamlin, a four-time Olympian, 2014 Bronze Medalist, and two-time Luge World Champion, who earned her A.A. in interdisciplinary studies online from Empire State College. “As a proud SUNY alum, it is my honor to stand here today as we celebrate a room full of SUNY students and their pursuit of excellence in academics, athletics, and community,” said Hamlin. “Your achievement as SUNY students is just the beginning, and I have no doubt that this determination and dedication you possess will drive you to excel in all of your future endeavors.”

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