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Morrisville State College Students Receive Top Award From SUNY

MORRISVILLE, NY—Two Morrisville State College students have received one of SUNY’s most prestigious awards.

They were recently honored in Albany with the 2009 SUNY-wide Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence based on their outstanding academic achievement and service and leadership on campus and in their community.

Both students will graduate on May 16 during the college’s commencement ceremony which will be held at 1 p.m. on Drake Field.

Receiving awards were:
• Cynthia Ewing, of Morrisville, NY, a nursing bachelor degree major
• Mathew Maxey, of Delhi, NY, an environmental and natural resources conservation degree major

Ewing has provided significant leadership on the Morrisville State College campus, forming a bachelor of science nursing student government group and developing a campus-based honor society that will be eligible for chapter status in Sigma Theta Tau International. She also lobbied in Albany for improvements in statewide nursing services that resulted in passage of legislation on mandatory overtime for nurses.

An academic scholar, she was named to the Dean’s list and received a Sheila Johnson Institute/Empire State Minority Scholarship and a Greta Sanderson Scholarship through Oneida Healthcare where she works as a full-time nurse. She also works part-time as an early head start health specialist at Community Action Partnership.

A former member of the Morrisville-Eaton School Board and past director of Morrisville AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization), Ewing is also active in her community, mentoring youth in crisis in addition to serving as secretary on the Madison County Children’s Camp Board.

Ewing and her husband, Phil, live in Morrisville. They have two children.

Maxey was named to the Deans’ List, President’s List and Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. He served as president of the Morrisville Outdoor Recreation Club, was a member of the Student Government Organization (SGO), the Conservation Tri-Society, and the Wildlife Society for wildlife professionals.

A member of the American Legion, Maxey has also volunteered at Roger’s Environmental Education Center and received the Coast Guard Achievement Medal while on active duty in October 2006.

He is the son of Mary and Richard Maxey, of Delhi, NY.

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.