Women's soccer player Clauss receives Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence


Women's soccer player Kate Clauss (Bloomfield, N.Y. / Bloomfield) has been named a 2014 recipient of the Chancellor Award for Student Excellence.

Accompanied by her parents Doug and Kristin Clauss, woman's soccer coach Mark Misiak and SUNY Potsdam Dean of Students Chip Morris, Kate was recognized on April 2 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher honored more than 300 college students from campuses throughout the state, presenting 274 SUNY students with the award, and congratulating 68 SUNY & CUNY students who received awards from Phi Theta Kappa, a national honor society.

"Students honored with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence, and those recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, truly embody the power of SUNY," said Chancellor Zimpher.

"As proven leaders and role models, scholar athletes, creative artists, and civic volunteers, each student is recognized not just for academic achievement, but also for the profound impact they have on college campuses and local communities across New York State. Congratulations to all of the students being recognized today."

The honor marks the second consecutive year in which a Potsdam student-athlete has received the award.    There have been five students from SUNY Potsdam to receive the award in the past two years.  Two of which were athletes.  Woman's hockey player Katie Komsa was the other in 2013.

The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.

Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor's Office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.

Clauss, who is majoring in psychology, plans to become a clinical psychologist.  On the field, the junior midfielder started in all 16 games for the Bears during the 2013 season.
"As one of our captains, she has been a fantastic role model for our younger players," coach Misiak said.

"She's at the forefront for all our community endeavors whether it's leaf raking, funding for the renewal house, being involved with the St. Lawrence psychiatrist center, or tutoring at the psychology department.  She has been super welcoming to the new players.  She goes out of her way to make everybody feel comfortable and encourages them to continue to work hard.  Players gravitate to her."   

Clauss is planning on returning to SUNY Potsdam for one more semester to expand her portfolio and to play another season of soccer.

As a team, the SUNY Potsdam women's soccer team was awarded with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Gold Team Ethics Award for not being penalized with a single red or yellow card over the course of the entire 2013 season.

Coach Misiak attributed much of the high ethical standing to Clauss with the way in which she conducts herself on and off the field.

"She has a high moral code and she's a major reason why we've been good citizens off and on the field, coach Misiak said.

"It's just a combination of everything.  She's been able to tackle a lot of different things at the same time.  She's been a one-man band if you will."