On their way forward, awards for four SUNY Orange students

Area students get statewide recognition for Phi Theta Kappa awards. Community health is a focus for two of them.

| 20 Apr 2022 | 03:09

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Four SUNY Orange students—Carly Glassé, Cayden Mangiameli, Glynis Halliday and Alexis Taylor—were among those celebrated yesterday during the USA Today Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Awards in Syracuse, N.Y.

Presented by PTK, the national honor society for students at two-year colleges, the awards highlight outstanding academic achievements by SUNY and CUNY students from throughout the state. Glassé and Mangiameli were named to the All-New York State first team academic list while Halliday and Taylor were listed on the second team. The awards ceremony was held at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena and Events Center.

In March, Glassé was selected as one of just 20 community college students nationally to be named to the All-USA Academic Team, becoming the first SUNY Orange student ever to make that list. She will be recognized during PTK’s Presidents Breakfast, held at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Convention on Monday, May 2 in New York, N.Y. She is also a semi-finalist for the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Student Scholarship.

Glassé, who attended Warwick Valley High School and resides in Goshen, serves as the student representative to the SUNY Orange Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of the Foundation Board’s Alumni Committee. She is also vice president of both the College’s chapter of PTK as well as the Business Club.

In 2019, Glassé was presented with the Rising Star Award from the Orange County Junior League. The award recognizes men and women, between the ages of 21 and 41, who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills in their community, from the public, private, non-profit and/or volunteer sectors. A year later in 2020, she received the Orange County Mental Health Association Volunteer Service Award.

Halliday, a nursing student from Cornwall on Hudson, is a member of the College’s Honors Program and will graduate in December. She serves as president of the Newburgh Nursing Club, is a member of the Honors Program Advisory Board and is a recruiter for the Honors Program. She also serves as a peer tutor, lead tutor for the Honors Program and a nursing tutor. She has also tutored students in psychology and biology. In 2019, Halliday was selected to present the results of a research project at the Northeast Regional Honors Council conference.

When Mangiameli graduates this May with a business administration degree, he will have completed a somewhat non-traditional educational path by having first attained his High School Equivalency (HSE) at SUNY Orange in

2018 before enrolling full-time in 2019. In March, he was among 50 students nationally to be named as 2022 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholars.

Taylor is about to complete her degree in radiologic technology. The Kerhonkson native, who graduated from Rondout Valley High School, holds membership in SUNY Orange’s PTK chapter as well as in the Rad Tech Club.