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April 9, 2003
OSWEGO -- About a hundred SUNY Oswego students will receive awards at Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 23. The annual ceremony, complete with a procession of robed college officials and department chairs, will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the ballroom of Hewitt Union.
The guest speaker for this year's occasion will be Melina Carnicelli, mayor of Auburn and a SUNY Oswego alumna.
Honors Convocation takes place each year during Quest, a daylong symposium devoted to the scholarly and creative pursuits of the college's faculty, staff and students. Family and friends of the students to be honored traditionally attend the formal ceremony along with many members of the campus community. Vega, the undergraduate women's honor society, sponsors the convocation.
"Melina Carnicelli offers our high-achieving students a first-rate example of public service and commitment to lifelong learning," said President Deborah F. Stanley. "She has served her community as a dedicated teacher, a tireless volunteer and an honored public servant."
In 2000 the New York State Senate named Carnicelli a "Woman of Distinction," and in 2001 she was a Community of Color Leadership Award recipient. She is the first woman to be nominated and elected to serve as mayor of Auburn.
A 1970 graduate of SUNY Oswego in education, she also holds a master's degree from SUNY Brockport and is currently completing coursework at Oswego in educational administration.
Carnicelli was a classroom teacher in Auburn for 17 years. She later formed Treble Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in workplace and professional development training.
She has held many volunteer community positions over the years and cites the creation of the Central New York TomatoFest and Leadership Cayuga as among her community accomplishments. She was instrumental in creating Auburn's Harriet Tubman Freedom Park. In 1999 she received both a Central New York NOW Unsung Heroine Award and a Sharing the Light Social Justice Award from Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes.
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