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April 30, 2013

Students: April 30, 2013


Four SUNY Plattsburgh students are recipients of the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence: Rory Carroll of Plattsburgh, Michelle Haynes of Keeseville, Mackenzie Kilkeary of Plattsburgh and Timothy Maggio of Palmyra. Carrol will graduate with a degree in biology. He held an internship in forest ecology at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Md., is the founding president of the SUNY Plattsburgh Wildlife Club, which is dedicated to research and inquiry-based learning in wildlife biology and ecology and has had a research paper published in a peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal. Haynes, the 2012 winter commencement student speaker, graduated with majors in art history, English literature and anthropology. She has extensive volunteer experience with organizations in Israel. Including work at an archaeological site that led to her senior thesis in art history. She presented that thesis at the national conference of the Paleopathology Association. Kilkeary graduated in December 2012 with a degree in biology and participated in a DNA research project on Maya skeletons that led to presentations at both the national conference for the National Association of Biology Teachers and the Northeast Sigma Xi Research Symposium. In addition, he co-created the Mitchell Kilkeary Scholarship Fund, awarded yearly to two students at Plattsburgh High School in memory of his late younger brother. He helped start an annual golf tournament that raised more than $10,000 last year for the scholarship. He co-founded the college’s ukulele club, the Uke-A-Dooks, and teaches students how to play. The group plays at local charitable events. Maggio will graduate in May with a degree in public relations. He served as the firm director for Cardinal Public Relations, a student-run public-relations firm within the public-relations major, and president of the SUNY Plattsburgh Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. He is serving as an intern in the Office of Public Relations and Publications this summer.

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