Local Students Honored at SUNY Oswego Honors Convocation

OSWEGO — Nearly 100 students at SUNY Oswego, including nine local residents, received awards at the college’s spring Honors Convocation.

Jessica B. Halsey, a senior studying geology, received the Outstanding Graduate in Geology Award and the Charles H. Jerred Memorial Award for Outstanding Astronomy Student. She is the daughter of Diane Halsey of Wickham Drive in Brewerton. She was a participant in Habitat for Humanity and her future plans include attending graduate school.

Mark A. Cardinali, a senior studying public justice, received the Outstanding Senior in Public Justice – Law Enforcement Award. He is the son of Cathy Cardinali of West Third Street North in Fulton. He was a member of the Southern Oswego Volunteer Ambulance Corps and his future plans are in the law enforcement area.

Michael T. Koes, a senior studying creative writing, received the Georgia Barnes Scholarship Award. He is the son of Michael and Bernice Koes of Gillespie Road in Fulton.

Zachary M. Primrose, a senior studying history, received the Marion Mahar Memorial Award. He is the son of Douglas and Jacquelyn Primrose of State Route 48 in Fulton. His future plans include attending law school.

Joshua D. Valentino, a junior studying geology, received the H. Lois and Paul Goodwin Memorial Scholarship. He is the son of David and Karen Valentino of County Route 6 in Mexico. He was the Geology Club president, won the Bill Bosch Best Poster Award, and participated in the Artswego Symposium. His future plans are to attend graduate school.

Mary E. Hesler of West First Street in Oswego, a sophomore adolescence education and mathematics major, received the Lucy Wing Scholarship Award. She is the daughter of Joseph and Anne Hesler of Riverglen Road in Liverpool. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She is currently employed as a mathematics teacher and plans to attend graduate school for education.

Daniel J. Lupa of Hawley Street in Oswego, a senior counseling services major, received the Lucy Wing Memorial Fund Award. He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa. He is employed at Hillside Children’s Center as a skill builder. His future plans are to obtain full-time employment in the counseling services field.

Jordana E. O’Brien, a sophomore studying adolescence education with a mathematics concentration, received the Emmet C. Stopher Calculus Award. She is the daughter of John and Jane O’Brien of County Route 8 in Oswego. She is a member of the Butler-Sheehan Academy of Irish Dance and the YMCA Respite program. Her future plans are to attend graduate school.

Jonathan M. Mazza, a senior studying information science, received the Outstanding Senior in Information Science Award. He is the son of Michael and Janet Mazza of Czebeniak Road in Parish.

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 the college a “Top-Up-and-Coming School” for 2010 and includes it in its annual guidebook “America’s Best Colleges.” The Princeton Review counts Oswego among “The Best Northeastern Colleges.”

The comprehensive college 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.