Two SUNY Canton students have received the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.
Julie Vander Wiel, a Legal Studies major from Malone, and Amy Dufore, a Criminal Investigations major from Norfolk, were selected to receive the esteemed award. SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy joined the students in Albany as they personally received their ceremonial medallion and certificate from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.
“These students are proven leaders, athletes, artists, community servants and much more,” Zimpher said. “Congratulations to all of the students receiving today’s award and thank you all for your genuine dedication to student excellence.”
Vander Wiel maintained excellent grades while volunteering, participating in athletics, and holding leadership positions within the SUNY Canton community. She has been captain of the women’s basketball team for three years, is a student-representative on the College’s Intercollegiate Athletic Board, and has served as the secretary and treasurer for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Vander Wiel has been recognized by the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference as an Outstanding Scholar Athlete for achieving the highest grade point average in the conference. She worked as a tutor to her fellow classmates, volunteered at a New York City soup kitchen, and participated in Make a Difference Day. She currently works as a legal intern at Lekki, Hill, Duprey, and Bhatt Law Firm, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Vander Wiel received the Alden C. Chadwick Endowed Scholarship from the SUNY Canton Foundation.
Dufore is finishing up her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Investigation after graduating from SUNY Canton in 2009 with an associate degree in Criminal Justice. In 2008, she was a team captain for the women’s cross country team and was vice president of the Beta Psi Delta Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association Lambda Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. In 2009, she was the vice president for the Omega Upsilon chapter of the Alpha Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. She also helped her program promote the DVD release of Max Payne, by orchestrating a simulated crime scene and an educational presentation for international members of the media in New York City. Dufore earned resident assistant of the year award and published works in Grasse Roots, the College’s literary magazine. She has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and helped members of the Thousand Island Girl Scout Council earn their forensic science badges. She won one of the SUNY Canton Foundation’s Canino Awards at last year’s Honors Convocation and a scholarship through the St. Lawrence County Sherriff’s Department.
Both Vander Wiel and Dufore will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Canton’s 102nd Commencement Ceremony on May 22.
The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created 13 years ago to recognize students who have best demonstrated the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, or career achievement. The average Grade Point Average (GPA) for all recipients this year is 3.8.
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