Erie Community College student and Lackawanna native Samuel Koch has been selected as a recipient of one of this year's SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, which will be presented to him by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, N.Y on April 4th, 2013.
Koch, who'll graduate from ECC this May, found tremendous academic success after completing the college's Pathways to Success Pre-Collegiate Program. Pathways offers free GED classes and pre-collegiate math and English classes to better prepare students for college challenges, increasing their chances of success. Koch successfully transitioned from this Pathways preparation to eventual entry into ECC, acceptance of a SUNY Emerging Leader Award in 2012, and to earn his current GPA of 3.45. Justin Kiernan, director of ECC's Pathways to Success Department, nominated Koch for his forthcoming Chancellor's Award. After being honored in Albany, Koch will be recognized at ECC's Commencement ceremony on May 22nd at Buffalo State College.
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.
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state's SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC's faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership. For more information about ECC's Pathways to Success programs, please call 851-1109 or visit www.ecc.edu.