Awards, honors, programsSUNY New Paltz student Pamela Loperena of Warwick volunteered in the communiity on Make a Difference Day 2017. The 13th annual Make a Difference Day enjoyed one of the highest student participation rates in the program’s history, as nearly 350 SUNY New Paltz students gave their time and energy on Saturday, Oct. 21, to more than 30 regional non-profit organizations, environmental causes and youth centers.“Colleges and universities exist to educate the next generations of contributing, thoughtful citizens,” said President Donald P. Christian. “But we also exist in a broader community, draw on that community, and have responsibilities to serve our communities. Our students’ volunteer work today helps serves that purpose for New Paltz.”Make a Difference Day is jointly organized by the Office of Student Activities & Union Services and the Career Resource Center. The State University of New York at Potsdam has awarded scholarships, grants and awards to 1,071 students for the 2017-18 academic year. These accomplished SUNY Potsdam undergraduate and graduate students were recognized for their achievements with support for their educational experience.The scholarship recipients included Henry Keller of Warwick, whose major is Engineering (3/2 Dual Degree Program with Clarkson University). Keller received the Alumni Promise Scholarship.Percussionist John Westphal of Warwick performed with the SUNY New Paltz Symphonic Band Concert on Nov. 14 in Studley Theatre.The campus band performed alongside the SUNY Ulster Community Band and Wind Ensemble. The evening consisted of traditional and popular music, with guest conductor Vic Izzo.Joshua Manheim of Pine Island has been named a member of UAlbany’s freshman Living-Learning Communities (L-LC).L-LCs at UAlbany bring outstanding new freshmen into a community of learners.Students live on the same residence hall, take some classes together, build a strong relationship with their L-LC lead professor, and study and participate in co-curricular activities around the theme or intended major of the L-LC.These students are engaged in their studies inside and outside of their classrooms. Student Engagement, housed in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, welcomed approximately 430 new freshmen into L-LCs this fall.