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Cato Resident Rob Kronen Earns Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence At SUNY Oswego

OSWEGO, NY – Rob Kronen of Cato, an honors program graduate in music from SUNY Oswego, has received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, the highest student recognition through the State University system.

Five SUNY Oswego students were among the 257 honorees at 64 SUNY institutions across New York state recognized for high grade-point average and extraordinary contributions to the campus and community.

Students graduating between June 2011 and May 2012 were eligible.

SUNY Chancellor’s Award recipients were honored in an April 4 ceremony in Albany.

Kronen, originally from Marcellus, led the college’s Guitar Ensemble from 2008-11, served as music director for performances with country recording artist Cooper Boone, composed original works for the college’s large ensembles, and founded and played guitar for the Soul Patrol student ensemble.

Kronen has performed solo at the Everson Museum of Art and Syracuse Stage.

He also organized and performed music for charitable events, and sold an original composition that has been performed at jazz festivals in the Northeast and Canada.

Other Oswego recipients were Earl Bellinger of Schenectady, Amy LaLonde of Dryden, Eric Wojtanik of Eden and Adam Wolfe of Troy.

Admission to SUNY Oswego is competitive.

U.S. News named it among the “Top Public Regional Universities in the North” for 2012, the Princeton Review and USA Today named SUNY Oswego to their 2012 list of 150 “best value” colleges and universities in the nation, and the Princeton Review included Oswego in its 2012 college guidebook “The Best Northeastern Colleges.”

A 151-year-old comprehensive college in the State University of New York system, Oswego enrolls more than 8,000 students in its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education.