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Annual Awards Convocation

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The Annual Awards Convocation is a cherished time of year as we award scholarships to deserving students, recognize outstanding academic performance and pay tribute to students who have most enhanced student life on our campuses.


Honors Program
Darius Beckford
Sydney Parkin
Jessica Vargetto

Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa
Tristan Katzmann
Sydney Parkin
Elisheva Slomiuc


Biology Department
Chantal Fairclough
Cristian Espada
Casey Trone

Business Department
A.A.S. Accounting
Vince Giuga
Markee Glover
Christina Gravel
A.S. Accounting
Nayara Ferraro-Marques
Misty Jackson
Kyle McCarey
A.S. Business Administration
Jose Alvarado
Christopher Clark
Ashlynne Demshick
A.A.S. Business Management
Tiffany Hernandez
Fady Twal
Devyn Windle
A.A.S. Marketing
Colin Kavanagh
Dorothy Sanchez
A.A.S. Medical Office Assistant
Isabella Skoufis
Accounting Certificate
Anna Hennelly

Computer Science & Technology Department
Computer Science
Eric Chuang
Camerin Figueroa
Ted-Elijah Torres
Computer Information Technology – Networking
Joseph D’Alo
Ernest Uduehi
Cyber Security
Erin Fanning
Liam Tunnell
Kyle Villano

Mathematics Department
Wenxin Lu
Kazuhiko Okasaki
Entela Pupi

Science, Engineering & Architecture Department
Erin Ackerly
Alexi Amarill
Spencer Lincoln
Joseph Conway
Mikayla Dieterle
Justin Mellion Solomon


Arts and Communication Department
Elizabeth Kyle
Aubrey O’Brien
Nicholas Kanan
Autumn Kimble
Chang Hong He
Kevin Hyppolite
Florence Ruckdeschel
New Media
Owen Bramble
Mariel Lopez-Castro
Dylan Parkinson

Behavioral Sciences Department
Sean Janes

Human Services
Ryan Dembeck
Sara Eichelberger
Ashlyn Deegan
Breyalyn Spinning
Melissa Guevara
Jennifer Powers
Jessica Ortega

Criminal Justice Department
A.A.S. Criminal Justice
Justin Delgado
Maria Lopez
Roman Pianka
A.S. Criminal Justice
Lauren Biel
Alyssa Coonrod
John Dizon

Education Department
Early Childhood Development and Care
Sara Elizabeth Nunemaker
Kaitlyn Yennie
Teacher Preparation
Sherley Pita
Elizabeth Scioletti
Isabella Voelker

English Department
Natalia Hernandez
Zoe Maxfield
Jack Wyman
Aideen Dempsey
Sara Eichelberger
James Reilly

Global Studies Department
Global Studies
Vanessa Grisales
Natalia Hernandez


Clinical Laboratory Science Department
Medical Laboratory Technology
Meralis Dilone
Volodymyr Nakonechnyy
Lauren Wilson

Dental Hygiene Department
Dental Hygiene
Aryn Bates
Deanna Gaglio
Jenna Sorrentino

Movement Sciences Department
Exercise Studies
Alexander Rykowski
Adam St. Germain
Albert Terwilliger
Physical Education
Sierra Barbiani
Conor Donovan
Public Health
Makayla Stepp-Davis

Nursing Department
Lauren Boland
Megan Enson
Jennifer Zimmerman

Occupational Therapy Assistant Department
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Courtney Fisher
Joy Miladinovich
Jasmine Pagan

Physical Therapist Assistant Department
Physical Therapist Assistant
Mary Colabattista
Olivia Guh
Kasey McCormick

Co-curricular Awards

All 4 Jesus Christian Club -Tatyana Ferrer
Apprentice Players - Natalie Bronson
Architecture Club - Sabrina Innamorato, Ashley Patzelt, Christopher Reilly
Biology Club - Ryan Adler, Alexi Amarilla, Casey Trone 
Board of Activities - Hanna Gallagher, Annalise Isola, Danna Nieves Velazquez
BRIDGES Club - Johanna Formisano
Business Club - Christopher Dzurak, Aquasia Griffin, Michelle Levant
Chemistry Club - Adam Ballard, Sarina Hamling, Timothy Krupinski
COTA Club (Changing Outlooks Through Activities) - Heather Burakowski, Tammie Fredell, Taylor McKnight
Engineering Club - Sarena (Salix) Corkey, Mikayla Dieterle, John Loulo
Future Teacher’s Association - Steven Grisales, Maggie Hayes, Emily Zaferiou
Magic the Gathering Club - Jesse Coberly
Med Lab Tech Society - Meliza Antonio, Jessika Fasce-Hernandez, Korie Hilsmann
Multicultural Club - Chantal Fairclough
Newburgh Board of Activities - Diana Giron
Newburgh Business Club - Kimberly Coddington, Leslie Juarez, David Russell
Newburgh Criminal Justice Club - Ariana Zambrano Bonilla, Kelli Merry, Eliot Perez
Newburgh Multicultural Club - Olivia Martinez
Newburgh Sexuality and Gender Alliance - Alisha Kohn
Nursing Club - Jessica Gurda, Rebecca Hauburger, Stephen Richert
Physical Therapy Assistant Club - Jovanny Aviles, Steven Rodriguez, Rachel Rossi
S.A.D.H.A. (Student American Dental Hygiene Association) - Brianna Chimento, Deanna Gaglio, Caysi Mckenzie
Sexuality and Gender Alliance - Danielle Barbour, Alicia Crespo, Kazuhiko Okasaki
Student Senate - Danna Nieves Velazquez
Wrestling Club - Ethan Wixtrom


Eleanor Roosevelt Community College Emerging Leaders (ECCEL) Program - Brianna Einhorn Alisha Kohn

I Am A Leader - Christopher Dzurak, Chantal Fairclough, Austen Hrynda


The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence honors State University of New York students who have best demonstrated and been recognized for their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service or creative and performing arts - Giovanna Cala, Chantal Fairclough, Jennifer Zimmerman.



Scholarships for Graduating Students 2019-2020 


Alford Biology Scholarship - Cristian Espada
Awarded annually to a graduating student, who exhibits the qualities of a successful scientist. Award selected by the Biology Department faculty.

Amy Bull Crist Scholarship - Julianna Noone
Awarded annually to graduating and transferring student(s) in honor of the late Mrs. Crist, an original trustee of the college and former president of the Orange County Community College Association.

Audrey A. Reilly Memorial Music Scholarship - Darius Beckford
Established through the generosity of the late Professor Emeritus Charles J. Reilly in memory of his wife, Audrey. Awarded to a Music student for further studies.

Charles J. Reilly Business Education Scholarship - Tiffany Hernandez
Established by the late Professor Emeritus Charles J. Reilly. Awarded to a graduating student of the Business Department interested in teaching business education.

Chris G. Chachis Alumni Scholarship - Conor Donovan
Awarded annually to a graduating student, who has participated in athletic sports at SUNY Orange, and plans to continue their education.

Christine M. Morrison Scholarship - Chantal Fairclough
Awarded annually to a graduating student in honor of Christine Morrison and the Morrison family, who donated their estate for the establishment of Orange County Community College.

Christopher J. Basta Memorial Scholarship - Albert Terwilliger
Awarded annually to a graduating student continuing their studies in Health, Physical Education or Environmental Science.

Colonel John T. Westermeier Award - Eileen Crisostomo
Established and generously supported in memory of Col. John T. Westermeier. Awarded annually to a graduating student recommended by the English Department.

David Kotler Memorial Scholarship - Camerin Figueroa
Established in memory of David Kotler. Awarded annually to a graduating student who intends to continue their education, preferably in Mathematics.

Dr. Cortland R. Mapes Biology Scholarship - Cristian Espada, Casey Trone
Awarded annually in honor of SUNY Orange faculty member Dr. Cortland R. Mapes to a graduating student(s), with a Biology major and continuing their education in Biology.

Dr. Hannah Vuolo Memorial Scholarship - Brianna Einhorn
Awarded to a graduating student, planning to continue their education at an institution of higher learning.

Dr. Marvin Feman Scholarship - Darius Beckford
Established in honor of former Arts & Communication Department Chair, Dr. Marvin Feman. Awarded annually to a graduating student recommended by the Arts & Communication Department.

Elizabeth Parkhurst Memorial Scholarship - Zoe Maxfield
Awarded annually to assist student(s) who transfer from Orange County Community College to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution.

Evening Nursing Scholarship - Dorinda Moran
Awarded annually to a graduating student of the Evening Nursing Program. Award based on academic merit and recommendation of the Nursing Department faculty.

Faculty/Staff Graduating Scholarship - Trevor Volpe
Established though the generosity of SUNY Orange faculty and staff. Awarded annually to a graduating student who is continuing their education at an institution of higher learning.

George F. Large Scholarship - Sabrina Innamorato
Awarded annually to a graduating student of the Architecture program who intends to continue their education at an institution of higher learning. Award based on recommendation of the Architecture Department faculty, merit, and leadership skills.

H. Seeley McClure Memorial Scholarship - Lauren Biel
Established through a bequest from H. Seeley McClure. Awarded annually to a graduating student who is transferring to an institution of higher learning.

Helen K. and George R. (Bucky) Bartlett Jr. Memorial Scholarship - Nina Zylberberg
Awarded annually to a graduating Liberal Arts student who is continuing their education at a four-year college.

Herbert M. Sussman Biology Scholarship - Chantal Fairclough
Awarded annually to a graduating student majoring in Biology and transferring to a Bachelor’s program.

Ivan Medina Memorial Scholarship - Andriena Machuca
Awarded annually to a graduating student from a minority or underrepresented group in the Criminal Justice or International Studies programs.

John B. Parkhurst Creative Writing Award - Seth Jones
Awarded annually to a graduating student by the English Department for creative prose or poetry. This year’s recipient is recognized for a selection of short stories.

June M. Simpson Nursing Award - Jessica Gurda
Awarded annually to a graduating Nursing student who demonstrates excellence in nursing practice. Awarded upon recommendation of the Nursing Department.

Manuel Rosenblum Theater Scholarship - Autumn Kimble
This scholarship is in honor of Dr. Manuel Rosenblum, deceased Professor Emeritus. Award based on academic merit and recommended by the Arts & Communication Department faculty.

Max H. Golub Memorial Scholarship - Zachary Perry
Established in memory of Max Golub. Awarded annually to a graduating student from the Business Department, who is majoring in Accounting and who will be transferring to an institution of higher learning.

Minden Architecture Faculty Award - Christian Cardona
This award was established by the late Ms. Roslyn Minden in honor of the Minden family and in memory of Mrs. Mabel Minden. It is given to an outstanding architecture student who plans to continue their studies toward a baccalaureate degree in Architecture.

Newburgh Nursing Student Faculty Award - Courtney Mekulik
Awarded annually to a graduating student majoring in Nursing at the Newburgh campus, who has displayed excellence in academics and selected by the Nursing Department faculty.

Odell S. Hathaway Scholarship - Natalia Hernandez
Awarded annually to an Orange County Community College student who desires to continue their education in the field of History.

Orange County Master Gardener Scholarship - Trevor Volpe
Awarded annually to a graduating student who majored in horticulture, botany, or landscape design. Award based on academic merit.

Orange County Society of New York for Collegiate Study Scholarship - Julianna Noone
Awarded to graduating student(s) for study beyond Orange County Community College.

Patrick B. Sweeney Annual Scholarship - Kristina Van Dalen
Awarded annually to a graduating student who is interested in studying the social sciences, preferably counseling, at a bachelor degree granting college or university.

Retiree Council 14 of the NYS United Teachers Scholarship - Kaytlin Matthews
Offered by the New York State United Teachers Retiree Council 14. Awarded annually to a student who plans to pursue their education to become a teacher.

Ruth Pollack Memorial Scholarship - Darius Beckford
Awarded annually to a graduating and transferring student in the Performing Arts area.

Trustee Edward P. Dougherty Memorial Scholarship - Tahaliah Michel
Awarded annually to a student actively involved in academics and campus life, who best exemplifies the excellent citizenship practiced by Trustee Dougherty.

Walter Albrecht Memorial Scholarship - Sydney Parkin
Awarded annually to a graduating student continuing their education at an institution of higher learning. Award based on merit.

William O. Bell Sr. Memorial Scholarship - Christopher Knight
Awarded annually to a graduating Electrical Engineering student, with a 3.0 GPA, who is continuing their studies in Engineering.