JCC Student Receives Emerging Leader Award from SUNY

Jefferson Community College student Vidhi V. Udeshi, Watertown, was awarded the Emerging Leader Award, a new honor from the State University of New York (SUNY).

Udeshi is one of only seventeen students to receive SUNY’s Emerging Leader Award in its inaugural year.  The Emerging Leader Award honors students who have best demonstrated significant leadership within their campus and community based on one or more of the six Big Ideas included in SUNY’s Strategic Plan, The Power of SUNY: entrepreneurial century, seamless education pipeline, healthier New York, energy smart New York, vibrant community, and the world. Udeshi was nominated by Jefferson for her efforts relating to the entrepreneurial century.  To be eligible for the award, students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. SUNY announced the recipients of the 2012-2013 academic year award in November.

Udeshi is currently in her second year as the president of JCC’s business club and she is also president of the College’s Tau Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two year colleges.  

As president of the business club, Vidhi helped organize and carry out the College’s collaborative Entrepreneurial Day (E-Day) event, a daylong conference for college and high school students from across the North Country.  The hallmark of E-Day is a business concept competition for high school students, with a potential reward of $1000 to the winning team and $500 and $250 awards to the second and third place teams, respectively.  E-Day also features a keynote address and panel of local North Country entrepreneurs.   Under Vidhi’s leadership, the business club hosted a tropical-themed reception to greet high school students and team participants.  Vidhi welcomed the teachers and team captains to Jefferson, educating them about the business club, and supporting their efforts throughout the competition.   Additionally, the business club developed and managed the concession stand and donated all proceeds to the local American Red Cross chapter.

“Vidhi embodies the Emerging Leader Award through her campus leadership,” said Betsy D. Penrose, vice president for students at JCC. “She motivates her peers with creative ideas, a collaborative spirit, and willingness to work hard to achieve goals. Jefferson is proud of her many accomplishments.”

“We are proud to offer this new award, which recognizes SUNY students who have proven to be leaders in the areas that SUNY has identified as the driving tenets of its own strategic plan,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.  “Our first group of emerging leaders has set the bar high for future honorees. Congratulations to all of our emerging leaders.”

Vidhi is a business administration major at Jefferson.  She plans to transfer and pursue a baccalaureate degree in international trade and development or finance. Eventually she hopes to become an attorney specializing in international or corporate law.