Cayuga Students Win Prestigious SUNY Award

ALBANY — Two Cayuga Community College sophomores have received the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, a prominent honor recognizing students for their work inside and outside the classroom.

Receiving the award Tuesday at a ceremony in Albany, Cayuga students Glyn Davenport and Mitchell Phillips were praised for their stalwart academic performances and their extensive efforts helping other students and the surrounding communities.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence is issued to students with stellar academic histories who also excel in categories including leadership, campus involvement, athletics, community service and the arts. A total of 249 SUNY students received the award this year, and they were honored Tuesday by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson and 2014 Olympic Bronze Medal winner Erin Hamlin, a graduate of the SUNY system.

Glyn Davenport and Mitchell Phillips
Glyn Davenport and Mitchell Phillips each receiving the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, a prominent honor recognizing students for their work inside and outside the classroom.

“I am immensely proud of these students, who have demonstrated academic excellence and dedication to enriching their campuses and communities,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “From research publications in industry journals to volunteering in hospitals and local clinics to holding leadership roles at their institutions, I am inspired by each student we recognize today, including Glyn Davenport and Mitchell Phillips from Cayuga Community College. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s award.”

“Glyn and Mitchell are both outstanding students, and they combine that determination and success in the classroom with an equal verve for helping other students and our neighboring communities,” said Cayuga Community College President Brian Durant. “Everyone at the college is thrilled that Glyn and Mitchell were honored with the prestigious Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. I know they deserved it.”

Phillips and Davenport, who are finishing their studies at Cayuga this year, said they were honored to receive the award.

“I think it’s an awesome award. I wasn’t sure that I would win. I knew I had some distinguishing factors, but when they sent out past applications, I looked at the past winners, and I wasn’t sure I stacked up with them,” said Phillips. “I was relieved and honored to find out that I won.”

“I know that I’ve worked very hard in my two years at Cayuga, but I also know that so many of my peers do as well,” said Davenport. “I had to push very hard to maintain my standards, so it’s really validating to be recognized for my efforts.”

Phillips, who will graduate in May with a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics and Science, has served as president of the Student Government since the Fall 2017 semester. As president of the Student Government, Phillips organized and promoted multiple blood drives for the American Red Cross.

Phillips has also served as a student ambassador, is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and is a tutor helping fellow students in English, math, chemistry, and physics.

Phillips will attend SUNY Buffalo and has been accepted into the university’s chemical engineering program.

Davenport graduated in the Fall 2017 semester with an Associate of Science Degree in Liberal Arts and Science Mathematics and Science but continued to take courses in the Spring 2018 semester.

Davenport is a certified tutor and served as Auburn Campus chapter president of Phi Theta Kappa. He was also an assistant helping high school students learn about Geographic Information Systems technology.

He also served as a young adult advisory delegate from the Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery to the Synod of the Northeast in 2016 and served on the Synod Mission Committee. The committee assesses the missions of Presbyterian churches across the Northeast and determines where Synod can provide financial support.

Davenport is transferring to Rochester Institute of Technology this fall and will major in Applied Mathematics and American Sign Language Interpreting.