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Brocton’s Kaltenbach among recipients of SUNY Chancellor’s Award

April 14, 2016
Westfield Republican

FREDONIA- Four students at the State University of New York at Fredonia, including a Brocton native, were recipients of the 2016 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. The honor recognizes a student's ability to integrate academic excellence with accomplishments in leadership, athletics, creative or performing arts and community service.

The recipients - Tatianna Baker, of Perry; Kearstin Derrenbacher, Dansville; Olivia Kaltenbach, Brocton; and Caeli Faisst, Morrisville - were among 15 Fredonia students nominated for the award. The ceremony and reception for all SUNY student award winners was held in Albany at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on April 5.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher noted, "This award is our way of saying 'thank you' to stand-out SUNY students whose achievements reflect their own impressive hard work as well as the support of their families and friends, and SUNY's world-class faculty and staff," said Chancellor Zimpher. "The 248 students we honor with this year's award have excelled academically, become role models on campus, and established themselves as leaders in the community. Congratulations to all of the students receiving the 2016 Chancellor's Award for Excellence."

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From left, Vice President for Student Affairs David Herman, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence recipients Kearstin Derrenbacher, Olivia Kaltenbach, Tatianna Baker and Caeli Faisst.

Kaltenbach, who is majoring in Communication Disorders and Sciences, has attained numerous academic accolades. She has been inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society and Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society.

A perennial Dean's List student, Kaltenbach has received five scholarships: Lieutenant General Woods, Marion Sonnenfeld, Walter Gotowka Endowment, Fredonia Alumni and Fredonia Merit.

Kaltenbach has made significant contributions to the New York State Speech Language Hearing Association. She served a year as president and immediate past-president, implemented and oversaw the peer mentor program and organized the trip for 23 students to the association's three-day convention in Rochester. Kaltenbach also served as her department's student representative for the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences search committee.

In two consecutive years, Kaltenbach participated in the Belize Learning Project, engaging in language and literacy skills programs for children. Through Operation Smile, Kaltenbach helped raise funds and increased awareness for children with cleft lip and palate.

In the community, Kaltenbach has tutored children in reading at Brocton Central School, assisted graduate student clinicians at the Henry C. Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders and guided social activities for residents of the Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, and the WCA Home. She has also been involved in the American Red Cross blood drive, Fredonia Graduate Fair, Stroke Awareness Walk and Fall Sweep.

Kaltenbach worked with special needs children during an internship at Brocton Central School. She was engaged in an independent study that involved an analysis of assessment and intervention of child language disorders resulting from a low socioeconomic environment and supported learning activities in a Dunkirk autism classroom.

She developed activities focusing on emergent literacy skills for children through the Agri-Business Child Development Center and engaged in similar classroom learning activities at the Buffalo Hearing and Speech Centers in Fredonia and Angola. Kaltenbach also had job-shadowing experiences in speech-language pathology in Westfield, Fredonia and Lakewood.

Baker, who is also majoring in Communication Disorders and Sciences, is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and Golden Key International Honour Society and has been named to the Dean's List throughout her Fredonia career. Baker has served as president of Alpha Lambda Delta for two consecutive years and also webmaster for Golden Key.

Faisst, who is majoring in Theatre Arts, has been a Keeper of the Dream scholar since 2012, a member of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society and a student presenter at a SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference.

Derrenbacher, a Communication Disorders and Sciences major, has been inducted into Golden Key International Honour Society and Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society and is a recipient of Ann James Manley and Winch Endowment Fund scholarships.

The following Fredonia students were also nominated for the Chancellor's Award: Tyler Brown, Communication Disorders and Sciences; Mark Dudek, Biology; Julianne Foster, Communication-Media Management; Sarah Fuller, Communication-Journalism and Communication-Public Relations; Jeannie Galbraith, Social Work; Krystal Lebron, Biology; Michael Lewis, Computer Information Systems; Tanisha Morrison, Criminal Justice; Meghan Guattery, Communication-Journalism; Stephanie Willis, Communication-Public Relations; and Rianna Seelig, English.



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