SUNY Optometry’s Kyra Dorgeloh Receives 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

April 24, 2019

Class of 2019

ALBANY, April 24, 2019 – State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson today presented 210 SUNY students from across the state, including SUNY Optometry’s Kyra Dorgeloh, with the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, at the Albany Capital Center.

Kyra Dorgeloh, Class of 2019
Kyra Dorgeloh, Class of 2019

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement or career achievement.

Ms. Dorgeloh is a native of Apex, N.C., and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before joining the College community. Her strong academic record, merit-based scholarships and clinical experiences reflect her commitment to excellence in optometry. As a SUNY Optometry student, she has dedicated time to working as an academic tutor and serving on the board of the National Optometric Student Association and as an active member of the Beta Sigma Kappa honor society.

“Today’s award recipients emerged from their campuses this year as the top scholars, athletes, performers and achievers, as well as a tremendous source of inspiration,” said Chancellor Johnson. “The students being recognized today made the choice to be leaders on their campuses, prioritize their studies and serve their communities. Congratulations to this year’s awardees, and I applaud you for pursuing excellence in all that you do.”

Each year, SUNY campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews the accomplishments of exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office for a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award.

A complete listing of student recipients is available online.

About SUNY Optometry
Founded in 1971 and located in New York City, the State University of New York College of Optometry is a leader in education, research, and patient care, offering the Doctor of Optometry degree as well as MS and PhD degrees in vision science. The College conducts a robust program of basic, translational and clinical research and has 65 affiliated clinical training sites. SUNY Optometry is regionally accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; its four-year professional degree program and residency programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association. All classrooms, research facilities and the University Eye Center, which is one of the largest optometric outpatient facilities in the nation, are located on 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in midtown Manhattan.

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