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JCC Students Receive SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

Jefferson Community College (JCC) is pleased to announce that Kate S. Gehrke, Belleville, and Juliann R. Schindler, Dexter, have received the State University of New York (SUNY) 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. This honor, established in 1997, is bestowed upon students who have best demonstrated and been recognized for the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.  Both students were recognized for their achievements at Jefferson’s commencement ceremony held on May 16, 2014.

Kate S. Gehrke graduated from Jefferson with her associate in applied science degree in business administration.  She is a 2012 graduate of Belleville Henderson Central School where she earned the Jefferson-Can Community Scholars scholarship, which offers free first-year tuition to students who rank in the top 15% of their graduating class. Additionally, Kate received the following community merit-based scholarships for academic excellence: Jefferson Community College Foundation Lewis Merill Scholarship, Northern New York Community Foundation (NNYCF) Peter White Scholarship and NNYCF Ralph Brouty Scholarship.

Kate is a member of the Tau Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was named to the President’s List each semester at Jefferson.  She is a scholar athlete, playing both softball and soccer, and serving as team captain for women’s soccer.  On campus, Kate is a member of the business club and an active participant on JCC’s Relay for Life team.  She has served as a volunteer for the Jefferson Gala and at various events in the community that support Hospice and the Children’s Miracle Network.  While attending JCC, Kate worked at the Regis Hair Salon where she will continue to work after graduation.  In 2013, Kate was named Outstanding First-Year Student by the Enrollment Management and Student Life Division.


Juliann Schindler graduated from Jefferson with her associate in applied science degree in hospitality and tourism with a concentration in hotel/restaurant management. She will soon begin employment as the director of sales and marketing for the Quality Inn & Suites in Watertown. 

Juliann has been named to the President’s List every semester at Jefferson and is a member of the Tau Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  She has served as both president and treasurer of JCC’s Student Government, was a member of the campus life committee and a student representative on the Faculty Student Association board of directors.  Additionally, Juliann is an elected alternate community college representative and a voting delegate for the SUNY Student Assembly.  Additionally, Juliann has been asked to serve as director of communications for the SUNY Student Assembly during the 2014-2015 academic year.  In the community, Juliann served as president of the Clayton Figure Skating Club and regularly volunteers for the Miss Thousand Islands Pageant and the Miss Central New York Pageant.

Ms. Gehrke and Ms. Schindler were among 274 students from across all SUNY college campuses honored April 2 at the annual Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence Awards Ceremony at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.  

“Students honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, truly embody the power of SUNY,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “As proven leaders and role models, scholar athletes, creative artists, and civic volunteers, each student is recognized not just for academic achievement, but also for the profound impact they have on college campuses and local communities across New York State.”

Both Kate Gehrke and Juliann Schindler are pictured above with SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and Jefferson's Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas J. Finch.