It is easy enough to talk about the value of being a “well-rounded student” without pausing to consider how much dogged effort it takes to actually become one. Happily, the SUNY system has a great many individuals from across its 64 campuses who are both exceptional students and accomplished athletes – people able to pursue excellence in each arena and to meet with great success in both.
In honor of this achievement, the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award is given each year to those students whose efforts have been particularly noteworthy. Of the 87 individuals so honored for 2017-2018, we can proudly announce that four are from SUNY Cobleskill.
Sophomore Thomas Coene, with a GPA of 3.82 in the Agricultural Business Management Program, earned 2017 All-New York State College Athletic Conference honors in the discus. Rachel Butler, a junior majoring in Animal Science (GPA 3.66) was a member of the Western Equestrian Team and helped the Fighting Tigers win their second consecutive International Beginning Horsemanship Division Regional Championship.
Men’s Cross Country athlete Joe Fitzgerald, a 2018 graduate with a B.S. in Turfgrass Management and a GPA of 3.40, was a two-time All-NEAC Team Selection. Michael Girolamo, a junior and Culinary Arts major (GPA 3.47) was a member of the Men’s Swimming & Diving team and won Second Team All-NEAC honors in freestyle and backstroke, as well as helping the team capture their second consecutive NEAC Championship.
“All of our Fighting Tigers are inspiring,” noted SUNY Cobleskill president, Marion Terenzio PhD. “The skills they develop in teamwork and leadership will serve them well throughout their lives. And I particularly want to extend my congratulations to our four Chancellor Award winners. This is a wonderful tribute to their character and their hard work both in the classroom and in their chosen sport.”
Feature photos of 2018 Scholar Athletes Rachel Butler and Thomas Coene courtesy of Mitch Tomaszkiewicz, Sports Information Director.