Anthony Arnone | May 05, 2022

Graduating Student Leaders Earn Top Honors

Meet the Class of 2022 graduates who have been honored with the college’s most prestigious student awards.

Matthew Too and his family at the 2021 Honors and Awards Ceremony

The Annual Honors and Awards Ceremony (April 22) and Student Leadership Awards Ceremony (April 25) recognized a number of graduating seniors for their outstanding achievements at SUNY Brockport.Matthew Too,Zachary Scott Ayers,Tanajah (Tee) Malachi,Hunter Czajkowski, andRhonda-Lee Forbesreceived the college’s highest honors.

The Class of 2022 will continue its celebrations at in-person commencement ceremonies including Graduate Commencement on Thursday, May 12 at 5 pm and Undergraduate Commencement on Friday, May 13 at 9 am (School of Arts & Sciences) and 2 pm (School of Business & Management and School of Education, Health & Human Services).

President’s Citation Award


Matthew Too with President Heidi Macpherson

Matthew Too (left) and President Macpherson (right)

Matthew Too

Matthew Too她完成了生物化学和数学的双学位(主修统计学),以及心理学和专业前健康的双学位副修,平均成绩为4.0。作为荣誉学院的一员,他在完成化学和生物化学系的荣誉论文后获得了化学荣誉学位。他获得了许多奖学金,包括查尔斯·w·巴登、跆拳道、伊丽莎白·莫尔·布雷顿和埃德蒙和蒂娜·亨特奖学金。他还获得了2018年的NYS学术优秀奖学金。他的奖项包括纽约州立大学校长优秀学生奖、荣誉学者奖、美国化学家研究所2022年学士学位学生奖、东方分析研讨会学生研究奖(2021年)、2021年分析化学奖,以及2018-2019年ACS有机化学奖。他获得了莫里斯化学夏季研究奖学金,于2019年夏天在德国达姆施塔特进行为期六周的研究。

Too has tutored at the college for the entirety of his undergraduate career and worked as an EOP Peer Tutor for Math, as an ASC math tutor for 15 different math courses, and as an ASC Organic Chemistry I and II tutor. He also has volunteered both on and off-campus, including service as a volunteer tutor for a high school student in pre-calculus and AP Chemistry, helping with COVID-19 pool testing, and volunteering at Crossroads House Hospice Care.

Future Plans

Too is applying to medical schools and hopes to get accepted into either an MD or an MD-Ph.D. program. His career goal is to become a physician/researcher and specialize in diagnostic radiology.

Graduate Distinguished Scholar Award

This award recognizes an exceptional graduate student with a record of outstanding academic work and scholarship. To be considered for the award, a nominee must be a graduating master’s level student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.85 and outstanding scholarship or creative activity in their field of study.

Zachary Scott Ayers at the Honors and Awards Ceremony

Zachary Scott Ayers

Zachary Scott Ayers

Zachary Scott Ayersis completing his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (with research emphasis), with a 3.94 GPA. During the 2021-22 academic year he was the Lab Coordinator forDr. Jan Gillespie’s Positive Psychology Lab. He is a member of the Brockport Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa and the National Leadership Honor Society, and has been a guest Lecturer in Psychology 424 (Positive Psychology) and Psychology 482 (Community Psychology) at SUNY Brockport. His Master’s Thesis was on applying the best possible self-exercise to reduce COVID-19 related stress and anxiety.

Ayers presented at the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy 2021 Conference and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Division 9 of the American Psychological Association) 2021 Virtual Conference. He will be specializing in Adult Behavior Disorders and working withDr.Matthew W. Gallagher在他的休斯顿焦虑恢复和治疗实验室。他于2017年获得the University of Rochester心理学、商学学士学位。

Future Plans

Ayers career goal is to become a clinical psychologist. He has accepted an offer to attend the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Houston beginning in fall 2022.

Marion Schrank Student Leadership Award

This award is the pinnacle of student leadership awards at SUNY Brockport that recognizes an outstanding student who demonstrates scholastic achievement, exemplary leadership, and a commitment to the college through leadership in a student organization and/or student employment. Applicants must demonstrate a record of exemplary leadership, scholastic achievement, and commitment to the college community through various modes of involvement, including campus organizations, leadership positions, peer mentorship, engaged learning, and community service. Recipients of this award exemplify integrity and civility, demonstrating a commitment to citizenship and the creation of an inclusive Brockport community.

Tanajah (Tee) Malachi at the Student Leadership Awards Ceremony

Tee Malachi (right) and Lorraine Acker (left)

Tanajah (Tee) Malachi

Tee Malachi is completing a Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a 3.78 GPA. As a student leader on campus, she has held many positions that represent her commitment to inclusivity on campus and underrepresented individuals on and off-campus including Brockport Village Hall Volunteer, Student Health Advocate, Advocacy External Coordinator with Brockport Student Government, and Youth Advocate for the NYS Office of Children and Family Services.

玛拉基在布罗克波特期间获得了一些证书和执照,包括金绿领导证书、心肺复苏和急救,以及Phi Alpha荣誉协会。She has also participated in and led training includingCreating Inclusive Spaces,Working with International Students,Responding to Mental Health Situations, andConsider Accessibility and Ableism in Your Community.

Future Plans

Malachi plans to attend graduate school at Binghamton University where she will earn a dual degree in Social Work and Public Administration. Her career goal is to be part of the United Nations where she can impact policy and government standards.

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence acknowledges students who have achieved excellence. We seek nominations of students who have best demonstrated and been recognized for their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include: leadership, community service, arts (creative or performing), athletics, and/or career achievement. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by the college.

Hunter Czajkowski, Rhonda-Lee Forbes & Matthew Too

Hunter Cjazkowski at the Honors and Awards Ceremony

President Macpherson (left), Hunter Czajkowski (center) and Jose Maliekal (right)

Hunter Czajkowskiis completing a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a 4.0 GPA. She is also a member of the Honors College, the President of the Rotaract Club, Treasurer of the Pre-Professional Health Club, and a member of the gymnastics/track team. Her hard work and determination resulted in her being on the President’s List (Fall 2019-Fall 2020) and on the Dean’s list with Honors (Fall 2020 and Spring 2021). She has worked as a research assistant with an Orthopedic surgeon at a local hospital for over four years.


Future Plans

Czajkowski plans to pursue a Master of Science in Community Health Education. She aspires to attend medical school and become an orthopedic surgeon that works with military veterans.

Rhonda-Lee Forbes

Rhonda-Lee Forbes

Rhonda-Lee Forbesis completing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a 3.7 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List every semester she has been at Brockport. She is involved in the Brockport Women in Technology Club, Brockport Student Government as a Student Court Justice, and Lead Student Desktop Technician of the IT Service Desk. She has earned the Vishal Anand Memorial Scholarship and the Community in Mathematics, Computing Sciences, and Physics Scholars Scholarship.

Forbes is passionate about implementing technology to make the world a better place through quantum computing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. She has been involved in two major projects in the field of Computer Networks. She presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in 2021 and 2022 and was part of the 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

Future Plans