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Morrisville State College Students Receive Top Award From SUNY

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 2008 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 17 during the college’s commencement ceremony which will be held at 1 p.m. on Drake Field.

Receiving awards were:
• Gretchen Cramer, of Vermontville, Michigan, a liberal arts and sciences: humanities and social science associate degree major
• Alexander Parsons, of Pittsford, New York, an architectural studies and design associate degree major
• David Sookey III, of Adams, Massachusetts, an equine science and management, bachelor of technology degree major

Cramer, a resident assistant, played softball at Morrisville State College and was named a National Fast Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American Scholar Athlete. A peer tutor, she was named Liberal Arts Tutor of the Year and was also named to the Dean’s list. A writer for the Morrisville State College newspaper, The Chimes, she also assisted and participated in campus theatrical productions. She is the daughter of Kimberly Cramer of Vermontville, Michigan and James Cramer, of Bath, Michigan.

Parsons was named to the Dean’s list and Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. A student representative to the College Academic Affairs Committee and a peer tutor, he was also manager of the student co-op (supply store) for the American Institute of Architecture Students (A.I.A.S.), played football and was named to the SUNY Athletic Conference All-Academic Team and Commissioner’s Academic List. He is the son of Sarah and Calvin Parsons of Pittsford, New York.

Sookey was the recipient of the Bridget Kate Publicover Equine Scholarship and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Scholarship. Captain of the intercollegiate hunt seat riding team at Morrisville State College and member of the intercollegiate western team, he has also been involved with judging through his work as assistant coach with the Madison County 4-H Horse Judging and Hippology Teams, and was a coach with the New York State National
4-H Judging Team.

A member of the Madison County Cornell Cooperative Extension Board and Finance Committee and a member of the Zone 2 Region 3 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Ethics Board, Sookey was also active in the community assisting with the Arise therapeutic riding and skiing programs.

In 2006, he was the Intercollegiate Hunt Seat Varsity Zone 2 Region 3 winner and qualifier in Novice Equitation on the Flat for Zone 2 Finals. Sookey placed third at the Intercollegiate Hunt Seat Varsity Zone 2 Novice Equitation on the flat division. In 2007, he qualified for Intermediate on the Flat for Zone 2 Region 3 and in 2008, qualified for Novice Fences for Zone 2 Region 3. He is the son of Gail and David I. Sookey Jr., of Adams, Massachusetts.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 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 was 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 associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.