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Jenna Serio of Pawling and Kevin Knox of Stormville receive Academic Achievement Awards

ONEONTA, NY (05/01/2019)– SUNY Oneonta recognized more than 50 outstanding students during an Academic Achievement Awards reception during a reception on May 1. One to three students were chosen from each of the college’s academic departments and programs to receive the 2019 Academic Achievement Awards. Each student selected one faculty guest to accompany them to the recognition event.

In addition to their excellent work in the classroom, students were honored for distinguishing themselves in many ways, including research, activism, mentoring, athletics, involvement in campus activities and volunteerism.

Kevin Knox of Stormville – Kevin is the top student in the physics program, and has dual majors in physics and mathematics. He has been exemplary academically, as a student athlete, and through generous service contributions via tutoring, lecturing, and outreach activities. He was a nationally ranked wrestler, and was accepted into competitive summer research programs. He spent one summer at Notre Dame University engaged in research in Nuclear Physics. Kevin was accepted into five top graduate programs, at UNC, USC, MSU, UC Irvine, and Boston College, and will matriculate at one of these in Fall 2019 in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Physics.

Jenna Serio of Pawling – Jenna Serio is a double major in Child and Family Studies and Computer Science. Jenna’s academic and community activities demonstrate the integration of her love of children and her passion for computer science. In her CFS internship, she splits her time between assisting the Headstart Director by developing and maintaining data bases for Headstart’s reporting and working directly with children in the classroom. She has completed her capstone project where she designed an educational program for seniors to learn about computers and fraud entitled, “Fighting Back Against Elderly Fraud Victimization.” Jenna’s work was an exquisitely designed program to serve an important need in our community because seniors are often targeted for fraud. Jenna was invited by CFS faculty Jacinta Brennan and Theresa Russo to help implement an educational program at Milford Central Schools for 8th graders. “Baby Think It Over” was developed to build life skills related to parenting and family relationships. Jenna also collaborated with staff from the SUNY Science Discovery Center and NYCM Insurance to develop “An Hour of Code” program to teach young children about coding and technology. She is a member of the Computer Science Honor Society, where she has served as historian and treasurer.

Located in the Leatherstocking Region of New York State, SUNY Oneonta is a mid-size, public, liberal arts and sciences college with a pre-professional focus. The college enrolls approximately 6,000 students in a wide variety of bachelor’s degree programs and a number of graduate certificates and degrees.