Catherine Wellington of Dover Plains Receives Richard Siegfried Student Award for Excellent GPA

Catherine Wellington of Dover Plains Receives Richard Siegfried Student Award for Excellent GPA

ONEONTA, NY (12/13/2023)– Catherine Wellington of Dover Plains, NY, was one of 60 SUNY Oneonta who received the Richard Siegfried Student Award in the fall 2023 semester for earning a total GPA of 3.9 or higher. To be eligible for the award, a student who meets the GPA requirement must either be a full-time first-year or transfer student.

Students received the award on Dec. 5 following the annual Richard Siegfried Junior Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence Lecture. Dr. Matthew Unangst, assistant professor of history at SUNY Oneonta, was this year’s Junior Faculty Prize recipient. He delivered this year’s Richard Siegfried Lecture, titled “Then is Now: History as Politics in Germany, Tanzania, and Beyond,” in the Morris Conference Center on campus.

The award is named in memory of Richard K. Siegfried, SUNY Oneonta Professor of Theatre from 1958 until 1995. Professor Siegfried (or Sieg as generations of students fondly called him) epitomized excellence in his academic life, through imagination, meticulous scholarship and discipline, and through his expectation of the same pursuit of excellence in his students and colleagues. His dedication brought excellence to his work in such historical theater worlds as Aristophanes, Moliere, Ibsen and Chekhov, his rigorous study of the skills of voice and movement, and his leadership in improvisation’s imaginative creativity.

SUNY Oneonta is a public, four-year university in Central New York, enrolling about 5,500 students in a wide variety of bachelor’s degree programs and more than a dozen graduate certificate and degree programs. The university is known as both an exemplary residential campus that values inclusion, service and sustainability, and a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully. Learn more at

Author: Harlem Valley News