Two Corning Community College (CCC) students have been selected to receive the USA Today Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) – All-New York Academic Award at a ceremony hosted at the New York State Museum in Albany on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
Second-year students L. Trinh and Jane Suhey will represent Corning at the 2018 PTK Award Ceremony, recognizing 82 outstanding community college students from 31 colleges throughout the state.
“I’m psyched about being chosen for the All-New York Academic Award. I really appreciate that PTK, the international society of two-year colleges, values the hard work that I’ve done,” said Trinh, who plans to transfer to Rochester Institute of Technology following CCC.
Suhey plans to transfer to a four-year school in the fall and study geoscience.
Suhey said, “It’s an honor to receive recognition from Phi Theta Kappa and I’m so grateful to my family, my instructors, my peers, and my co-workers for their support and encouragement. I’ve learned so much from all of them and I’m excited to see what the future has in store for me.”
Dr. Matthew Skerritt, a professor in CCC’s Science Department and the College’s PTK adviser, mentioned that the process to apply for the All-New York Academic Award was rigorous.
“The students needed at least 36 credit hours to apply, and the students were chosen in terms of their leadership on and off campus, their community service, and their academic success,” Skerritt said. “Trinh and Suhey were not chosen solely based upon their GPA. It was their well-roundedness in addition to their coursework that moved them to the top.”
Trinh serves in leadership roles in several organizations at CCC. The Red Baron is the public relations director for the Student Activities Board, the president of the International Foreign Language Club, and a student member of the Diversity Council. Trinh also is a member of the Student Association Government Assembly and photography club, and helps organize a plethora of events across campus.
Aside from studying geology, Suhey works seasonally as an environmental educator for New York State Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation where she leads gorge tours in the Finger Lakes region. She also brings the natural history of the Finger Lakes into local schools through outreach programs. Since her freshman year of high school she has volunteered with Reins of Hope, a therapeutic horse-riding program for people with disabilities. She is also involved with the Horseheads-Nakagawa, Japan Sister City Exchange as a host student and traveler.
“Because Trinh and Suhey were selected as recipients of the All-New York Academic Awards, they are in the running for PTK’s All-USA Academic Team. Only 20 students nationwide will win that award,” Skerritt said, expressing his excitement for the formal selection to be announced.
With recruitment help from Skerritt, Corning’s PTK branch has grown to 86 members. More inductees are expected to be initiated throughout the Spring 2018 semester.
Pictured in the below photo gallery is Jane Suhey (left) and L. Trinh (right)