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Two Tompkins Cortland Graduates Recognized by SUNY Chancellor

April 10, 2013

Two Tompkins Cortland Community College graduates have been recognized with the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence by the State University of New York. Sara Moreno Lopez and Ignacio Saldana were among the 243 students honored from the 64 SUNY campuses. Moreno Lopez is from New York City and graduated in December with a degree in international business. Saldana graduated in December with a liberal arts and sciences-general studies degree. He is from Staten Island and is now a student at Cornell University.

“The students we honor have strong records of achievement as student leaders, scholar athletes, aspiring artists, and community volunteers,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “By exhibiting excellence in class, on campus, and in their local communities, these students truly represent the power of SUNY and we honor them with great pride. Congratulations to all the students being recognized.”

The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement. Students need a minimum grade point average of 2.95 to be nominated, but both Moreno Lopez and Saldana graduated with a GPA better than 3.8.

In addition to grade point average, Chancellor's Award nominees must have demonstrated significant contributions to the campus community. Each nominee was reviewed by a campus selection committee and then subjected to a second round of review at the chancellor's office before being recommended to Chancellor Zimpher.