OSWEGO — The SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence honored five Oswego students succeeding academically as well as in the arts, athletics, community service, leadership and research.
Millie Goble of Mexico, Daniel Lupa of Oswego, Lacey McKinney of Clay, Laura Murphy of Fulton and Rachel Ventresca of Bridgeport were Oswego’s 2010 winners for SUNY’s highest honor for students.
A senior dual major in global and international studies and political science, Goble has shown a desire to help the less fortunate around the world. Her honors thesis researches mutual misconceptions between the Western World and Middle East. For a previous research project on women in post-Communist Romania, she conducted interviews in the country. Goble also has worked in an orphanage for disabled children in Shanghai.
Goble has displayed her musical talent, often harmonizing with sisters Maggie and Maynah in the group Closer Still. With the band and solo, she has performed a number of charity benefit shows for nursing homes, underprivileged children and special-needs individuals. She has served as creative arts director for the Outpouring Church, a non-denominational student-led effort at Oswego.
Lupa, a graduate student in school counseling, has provided leadership in a number of campus efforts. As president of Oswego’s Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, he earned an opportunity to become one of 40 national participants in this summer’s “Campus Leaders Today, Community Leaders Tomorrow” program in Phoenix.
The McNair scholar has served as president of the Society for Human Resource Management, secretary of the School of Business Student Advisory Council to the Dean, and vice president of Sigma Tau Chi fraternity. Also earning his bachelor’s degree in business at Oswego, Lupa participated in the college’s first Alternative Winter Break in Jamaica last year, helping teach children and create infrastructure in a developing region.
McKinney, who is completing her master’s degree in art, has work in “From Paint to Pixels: Master of Arts Thesis Exhibition,” currently showing in Tyler Art Gallery. Her work appeared in venues including the ISE Cultural Foundation Gallery in New York City, the “Best of SUNY” exhibition in Albany, and the Rochester Contemporary Art Center members’ exhibition, where her work earned best-in-show honors and notice in Rochester City Newspaper.
Earning a bachelor’s in graphic design from Oswego, McKinney in 2008 earned the college’s Jesse E. and Jay Rudolph Award for graphic design excellence while her work garnered a Presidential Purchase Award. She also won a SUNY Oswego Festa Graduate Leadership Fellowship Award with a placement at Syracuse’s Delavan Art Gallery. As a freelance designer, she currently serves a number of clients around Central New York.
Murphy, who will earn a combined master’s/bachelor’s degree in accounting, has demonstrated skill and leadership in the business program. She served as president of the Beta Alpha Phi honor society and co-president of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides free tax-return service especially benefiting low- to middle-income filers in Oswego County. She has taught Accounting 201 and 202 labs and served as a first-year peer adviser.
Honors for Murphy have included the John Parr Outstanding Senior in Business Administration Award, an American Society of Women Accountants scholarship, and both a Career Preparation Award and Academic Achievement Award from the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. She also is a member of the Tau Sigma and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies.
Ventresca, who earned her bachelor’s degree in childhood education in December, excelled in her field of study as well as on the lacrosse field. She won Oswego’s Outstanding Women’s Senior Athlete Award in 2009, when she ranked second in both overall points and assists in the SUNY Athletic Conference. Her numerous school records include most points in a season (94), most assists in a season (36, in a campaign where she also scored 58 goals) and most goals (9) and points (14) in a single game.
Despite playing only three seasons, opting to graduate early, Ventresca ranks third in Laker women’s lacrosse history in career points (188) and fourth in both career goals (130) and assists (58). She earned recognition for classroom excellence on the SUNY Athletic Conference Commissioners List plus three seasons on the conference All-Academic team.
Oswego’s five Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence winners and honorees from across the SUNY system will be recognized at a ceremony in Albany in April. Oswego winners also will be saluted at an April 19 reception on campus during Honors Week.