SUNY Cobleskill Students Honored with Chancellor's Award

March 30, 2011

SUNY Cobleskill students Krysten Zummo of Patchogue, N.Y., and Claire Reynolds of Schenectady, N.Y., are the recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Zummo and Reynolds were honored for their many accomplishments academically and civically and will be presented with the award during a ceremony on Tuesday, April 5, at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, N.Y.


Zummo, studying Wildlife Management, is an honors student and past recipient of the Outstanding Wildlife Student of the Year award. She is president of SUNY Cobleskill’s student chapter of The Wildlife Society, an Orange Key Society member and chair of the College’s Wildlife Festival. She also serves as coordinator for the Northeast Wildlife Conclave, scheduled for April 8-10 at SUNY Cobleskill.


In addition to representing SUNY Cobleskill at the National Wildlife Quiz Bowl, Zummo has conducted research and presented her findings on the Northern Parula Warblers in Missouri and at the Wildlife Conference in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., as well as presented breeding bird research at the Angora Project, where she served as an Avian Field Technician. She has served as a wildlife intern with the Missouri Ozark Ecosystem Project, and volunteers at local animal shelters and at the Berkshire Bird Paradise Sanctuary.


Reynolds, pursuing a degree in Biotechnology, is an honors student and recipient of the Outstanding Student in the Biotechnology Program award. She was an intern in the Wadsworth Research Laboratory Undergraduate Research Program, where she characterized a novel ricin IGG antibody.


A member of the Dairy Cattle Judging Team, Reynolds has placed first in the Eastern States Exposition for Ayreshire and Brown breeds and in the World Dairy Exposition International Postsecondary Dairy Cattle Club contest in the registered Heifer category. She also serves as a Student Ambassador and is a member of SUNY Cobleskill’s track & field team.


Reynolds volunteers her time as an assistant soccer coach for the 12 Girls Soccer Program and the Latham Circle Soccer Club and is a substitute teacher’s aide in the North Colonie School District.


The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence honors SUNY students who have best demonstrated and have been recognized for their integration of academic excellence with leadership, athletics, career achievement, community service, or creative and performing arts.