Local residents honored at SUNY Oswego convocation

OSWEGO, NY – Nearly 110 students at SUNY Oswego, including local residents, received awards at the college’s spring Honors Convocation.

Lana K.Slinkard of State Route 176 in Cato, a senior studying studio art, received the Herman Krusi Award. Her future plan is to attend graduate school for fine arts.

Jane M. DeForge of County Route 4 in Central Square, a junior studying childhood education, received the Lucy Wing Scholarship. She is the daughter of Bruce and Glenda DeForge of Parish. She is employed at Tutor Time. Her future plan is to attend graduate school for special education.

Jacob M. Peck of Gansvoort Street in Fulton, a senior studying computer science, received the Oebele Van Dyk Outstanding Computer Science Senior Award. He is the son of Jean Wilcox of Fulton. He is a member of the Honors Program.

Gloria M. Stevens of North Sixth Street in Fulton, a junior studying business administration, received the Eta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship. She is employed by the Oswego County Department of Social Services as a principal social welfare examiner.

Marta L. Mendoza of West Eighth Street in Oswego, a freshman studying French, received the Olive Brannon Spargo ’31 Leadership Scholarship. She is the daughter of Ismael and Lucy Mendoza of California. She is a member of the Educational Opportunity Program, Honor Society and BASIC. Her future plans are to study abroad, attend graduate school and become a translator for a national or international organization.

Jahleh Mohammadi of West Seventh Street in Oswego, a graduate student studying mental health counseling and play therapy certificate, received the Thomas H. Chapman Memorial Award. She is the daughter of Rameen and Rhonda Mohammadi of Oswego. She is employed as a mental health counselor with Integrative Counseling Services.

Ryan C. Navarro of West Seventh Street in Oswego, a senior studying zoology, received the Zoology Senior Award. He is the son of Jun Navarro of Jacksonville, Fla., and Tina Navarro of Altoona, Pa. He is a member of the Central New York Aquarium Society, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program and the Collegiate Science and Technology Program and a presenter at the McNair Scholars Summer Research presentations.

Jordana E. O’Brien of County Route 8 in Oswego, a senior studying mathematics and adolescence education, received the John Walcott Award. She is the daughter of John and Jane O’Brien of Oswego.

Zachariah Schrecengost of County Route 4 in Oswego, a sophomore studying software engineering and applied mathematics, received the Emmet C. Stopher Calculus Award. He is the son of Steve and Kathy Schrecengost of Oswego.

Richard W. DiSalvo of Besaw Road in Phoenix, a senior studying economics and mathematics, received the Outstanding Senior in Economics Award and the Louis R. DeRitter Award. He is the son of Richard and Melody DiSalvo of Phoenix. He is a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon. His future plans are to attend graduate school for economics.

The formal ceremony, complete with a procession of faculty and college officers in full academic regalia, is sponsored each spring at Oswego by Vega, the women’s honor society. The audience included faculty, staff, students and students’ family members.

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.