OSWEGO — The State University of New York will bestow its 2011-12 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence on five SUNY Oswego students who have demonstrated academic success with significant accomplishments outside the classroom.
Oswego’s recipients this year are Earl Bellinger, Rob Kronen, Amy LaLonde, Eric Wojtanik and Adam Wolfe. SUNY will honor Chancellor’s Award winners from around the state in an April 4 ceremony in Albany, while the Oswego students will be recognized on campus during Honors Convocation on April 20.
Schenectady native Bellinger — an honors program dual major in computer science and applied mathematics — published research on variable stars in the journal of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and in Astrophysics and Space Science. He also attended the 2011 Stellar Pulsation Conference in Granada, Spain, and twice earned awards to do research at SUNY Oswego Global Laboratory partners in Brazil. Bellinger has been active in fundraising for the St. Baldrick’s program to find cures for childhood cancers, and works on a family-run horse rescue farm when he is home. He plays stringed instruments, piano and percussion, and has composed more than 50 scores.
The future: “I’ve been offered an internship this summer with NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech. I’ll be developing software for the Cassini satellite, extended in its mission to Saturn till 2017.”
A December honors program graduate in music, Marcellus native Kronen, now of Cato, 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. He organized and performed music for charitable events, and sold an original composition that has been performed at jazz festivals in the Northeast and Canada. Kronen has performed solo at the Everson Museum of Art and Syracuse Stage.
The future: “I have a couple of jobs lined up at Merry Go-Round Playhouse as a musician in the pit.” Kronen said his ideal job “probably would be as a composer for soundtracks in films, and session work.”
An honors program applied mathematics major, LaLonde, of Dryden, is president of the Future Alumni Network. She helped develop SUNY Oswego’s Green and Gold Day to spin off National College Colors Day, and is a student representative on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. LaLonde was president of the Math Club, a teaching assistant for mathematics courses, alumni relations officer of the Financial Management Association and student manager of the campus fitness centers. LaLonde has attended the Cornell Summer Math Institute, raised funds for Special Olympics and, with her family, annually organizes a Christmas Day community dinner in Dryden and at Cornell.
The future: “I’m toying with graduate school decisions right now. I’ve been accepted at the University of Rochester. I would like to get into biostatistics for the pharmaceutical or public health industries — I want to use my degree for real-world applications.”
A dual major in cinema and screen studies and creative writing, Wojtanik, of Eden, is a former captain of the men’s cross country team and former track team member. He has contributed to 20 film projects, including as writer and assistant director for “Ned: Chronicles of a Serial Killer,” which opened at several Central New York theatres. He has won or placed high in the Dean’s Writing Awards, the New Voices 10-minute-play competition and others. His community service has included co-writing a film, “Blazin’ Barrels: Beg Borrow and Steele,” for a Boys & Girls Club of Eden fundraising event. He served as a creative writing mentor at the Springside at Seneca Hill adult residence.
The future: “I’m going to be finalizing a project with a former employee (Mary Wall) of ‘The Office,’ a documentary about Buffalo Sabres fans. My ultimate dream job is to write for television.”
Editor-in-chief of The Oswegonian and chief justice of the Student Association, Wolfe, of Broadalbin, is an honors program dual major in journalism and economics. He is a board member of Auxiliary Services, former Student Association senator and tutor for students in economics courses. Wolfe has won top awards in economics and in the journalism program. He served as an environmental reporter for WRVO-FM, performed with an improvisational comedy troupe, wrote a comprehensive survey of Student Association legislation since the 1960s and assisted three journalism faculty members in research about domestic violence coverage.
The future: “I am applying to law schools right now.” Among Wolfe’s dreams: “I’d love to have a show like (legal correspondent) Nina Totenberg on NPR.”