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MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—Three Morrisville State College students have received one of SUNY’s most prestigious awards.

They were recently honored in Albany with the 2007 SUNY-wide Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence based on their outstanding academic achievement and service and leadership on campus and in their community.

All three students will graduate on May 19 during the college’s commencement ceremony which will be held at 1 p.m. on Drake Field.

Receiving awards were:
• Mary Jo Middaugh, of New Woodstock, N.Y., a dietetic technician major
• Julio F. Torres, of Bronx, N.Y., an architectural studies and design major
• Gregory Wood, of Moravia, N.Y., a diesel equipment technology major

Middaugh is active on campus as a member of the American Dietetics Association and a peer tutor in the college’s Academic Support Center. She has participated in numerous campus activities including as a presenter at college career fairs and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Health Fair. In addition to her campus service, Middaugh has excelled academically, having been named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and a recipient of the Home Bureau of Central New York Scholarship for academic excellence.

Outside of the classroom, she is a volunteer at the Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center in Syracuse and the Sitrin Home in New Hartford. She has also participated in community-related events including Peace Inc., a multi-cultural event that teaches children about culture and community, and has demonstrated Flamenco and Middle Eastern dance for Red Creek School’s International Day.

A graduate of Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Middaugh and her husband, Daniel Deinhart, live in New Woodstock. She is the daughter of Mark and Deana Siegel of Clay, N.Y.

Torres is a member of the Morrisville State College Architecture Club and the American Institute of Architecture Students, Morrisville State College Chapter. He serves as president of the college’s Latin American Student Organization (LASO) and was a member of the college’s basketball team.

Torres excelled academically being named to the Dean’s List and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, receiving the Tony Patane Award in recognition of academic excellence, The Architectural Portfolio Award, Architecture Alumni Award, School of Science Technology Award, and an award from the New York State Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force for his work with a New York State Senate Session Project.

A resident assistant and a peer tutor in the college’s Academic Support Center, he was named a Sheila Johnson Institute Fellow, a fellowship which offers meritorious students opportunities to learn skills that will help make them successful in the workplace and in life, and is a member of the college’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP). He participated in the college’s Hurricane Katrina Walk-a-thon, the American Institute of Architecture Students/International Corrugated Packaging Foundation Competition, and was a holiday bell ringer for the Salvation Army. He is currently participating in the Google Sketch-Up Build Your Campus in 3D Competition.

Torres resides with his aunt, Julia Torres, of Bronx, N.Y.

A peer tutor in the college’s Academic Support Center, Wood was awarded the Caterpillar/Milton CAT Scholarship and completed a successful internship at Milton CAT, working as a diesel technician. He was named to the President’s and Dean’s List and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Active in his community, Wood obtained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and volunteers for the Moravia Food Pantry. Additionally, he assists the Moravia Rotary Club with various fundraising projects.

Wood is the son of Carol and Stuart Wood, of Moravia, N.Y.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers programs in business, computer technology, office administration, liberal arts/education transfer, nursing and early childhood to Chenango County area residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.