BUFFALO—Erie Community College's Gabrielle Damin and Cody Dynarski have been selected as recipients of the State University of New York's 2014 Scholar-Athlete awards, announced by SUNY officials at the end of April.
Damin, a Clarence High School grad, led ECC's Kats bowling squad to their unprecedented 29th NJCAA title in 2014 while earning a 4.0 in the classroom last semester. West Seneca native Dynarski's on-ice contributions helped the college's rising hockey team while his in-class work scored him a 3.66 GPA. Such balance has not gone unnoticed, especially by Dynarski's coach, Gary Rost.
"As a freshman, [Dynarski's] maturity, sense of responsibility and leadership led us to name him this year's team captain going in to the offseason."
Damin and Dynarski are two of 83 recipients of SUNY's Student-Athlete awards this year. Eventual award-winners are nominated by their campus athletic director and their credentials and accomplishments are then reviewed by a panel of athletic directors from across SUNY as well as the provost's office.
"SUNY scholar athletes are stand-out students who have excelled not only in their respective sports but in our classrooms as well," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “With an average GPA of 3.55 among this year's honorees, we are exceptionally proud of their achievements. Congratulations to each of the students recognized, and thank you the many professors, coaches, and staff across SUNY who support them."
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.