Three SUNY Potsdam Students Honored with Chancellor's Awards


Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher (left) honored SUNY Potsdam Tanasia Betts for earning the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Three SUNY Potsdam students were recently among those honored with the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher presented the awards to 243 students at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on April 4.

“The students we honor today have strong records of achievement as student leaders, scholar athletes, aspiring artists, and community volunteers,” said Chancellor 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 today.”

The SUNY Potsdam award recipients included:
• Tanasia Betts, a senior from Brooklyn, N.Y., whose major is sociology, with minors in theatre, women’s and gender studies and human services
• Celina Furman, a senior from Norwich, N.Y., whose major is psychology
• Katelyn Komsa, a senior from Sault St. Marie, Ontario, whose major is biology

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to honor students who excel academically and show involvement in leadership roles, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.

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Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.