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Four NCCC Students Honored with Chancellor’s Award

April 17, 2014

Four students from Niagara County Community College were honored recently with the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence in Albany.  They are Jessica Dolansky (Newfane), Reid Okoniewski(Ransomville), Linda Seefeldt (East Amherst) and Joshua Wooldridge (Niagara Falls).

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students within the State University of New York who have best demonstrated the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.

Dolansky’s academic record is exemplary, maintaining an overall GPA at NCCC of 4.0.  She has been on the Dean’s List each semester and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  Dolansky is President of the Student Nurses Association and has coordinated fundraisers for Carolyn’s House, the Seneca Babcock Community Center and Niagara Hospice. 

Okoniewski, who is a Public Communication major, served as President and Treasurer of the NCCC Student Senate, as well as President of the Student Programming Board.  Okoniewski was a member of the NCCC Intercollegiate Golf team as well as a Student Ambassador.  In addition, he has been involved in numerous community service projects and church activities including running retreats and youth group meetings.

Seefeldt is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society with a 4.0 GPA, which she has maintained throughout her college career.  She has served as President and secretary of the NCCC Human Services

Association, raising money for the Community Missions Compass House and participating in the Clothesline Project to bring awareness of domestic violence.  Seefeldt served as a volunteer for the NCCC “Promise for Tomorrow” program, where she managed the social media for the program that works towards reducing suicide and suicidal ideation. 

 Wooldridge is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society with a 3.75 GPA.  He served as President of the NCCC Physical Education Major’s club and was selected as “Physical Education Major of the Month” on two occasions.    He was the volunteer coordinator for the successful “Run for Rob”, a fundraising event held on the NCCC campus last spring that raised over $700 for a NCCC student afflicted with e-coli poisoning. 

The Chancellor's Award is the highest honor bestowed by SUNY upon a student.  Dolansky, Okoniewski, Seefeldt and Wooldridge were among 274 students from SUNY campuses throughout the State to be awarded this honor for 2014.

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