Penn Yan and Prattsburgh students among 274 across New York State to earn award

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
From left, SUNY Chancellor's Award recipients Carly Shick of Prattsburgh, Kelly Broderick of Canandaigua, and Sean Murphy of Penn Yan with FLCC President Barbara Risser.

Three Finger Lakes Community College students are among 274 students from across New York state who have been awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

Kelly Broderick of Canandaigua, Sean Murphy of Penn Yan, and Carly Shick of Pratts-burgh were honored at a ceremony in Albany Wednesday, April 2. Created in 1997, the award recognizes students who have excelled as leaders in areas that include athletics, community service, the arts, campus activities, or in the workforce.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said the honorees “truly embody the power of SUNY.”

“As proven leaders and role models, scholar athletes, creative artists, and civic volunteers, each student is recognized not just for academic achievement, but also for the profound impact that they have on college campuses and local communities across New York State. Congratulations to the FLCC students being recognized today.”

Broderick, Murphy, and Shick will graduate with associate degrees in May.

Sean Murphy leads FLCC’s Horticulture Club, and is the fundraising coordinator for the Alpha Epsilon Chi chapter of the national honor society Phi Theta Kappa. He has also been involved with the college’s Viticulture Club.

He plans to transfer to a four-year college for his bachelor’s degree, and then pursue a master’s degree. He aspires to open a greenhouse that operates like a supermarket. He’s also interested in working in research at Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva.

Seasonal jobs at the experiment station – growing peas and beans and collecting data, and selling collector’s items at the Windmill Farm & Craft Market in Penn Yan – have helped Murphy gain hands-on experience. The latter position has proven especially beneficial in business classes, he said. “Everything just falls into place,” he said.

He owes his interest in horticulture to his grandmother, who passed away in 2008. He helped her tend a garden that included strawberries and onions, and she gifted him an African violet, which continues to thrive.

Carly Shick will leave FLCC as a registered nurse and pursue work in a hospital while continuing with her education. She hopes to receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

She has served as an orientation leader, a member and chair of the Campus Activities Board, and is currently an executive member of the college’s Habitat for Humanity team. Shick and fellow Habitat volunteers recently returned from a week-long trip to Bridgeport, Conn., where they helped build homes for low-income families.

Shick also serves as the student member of the college’s Board of Trustees, a role she was elected to by her peers at the start of this academic year. “I have gained a lot of confidence in my leadership skills and my ability to collaborate with others,” she said of the position.

“I’m very honored to receive this award,” said Shick. “I’m happy to have worked with people at FLCC, from my advisors in the Student Life Office, to my instructors. Without them, there’s no way I would have grown as I have.”

Kelly Broderick echoed her sentiment. “”I was honored to get the award – I was glad my hard work paid off,” she said.

She has successfully juggled her liberal arts major with athletics in her two years at FLCC.

Broderick played soccer her first year and basketball both years. Last year, she received an award for superior academic achievement from the National Junior College Athletic Association. She has also received a scholarship from the Omega chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

Broderick has participated in the Student Athlete Advisory Board, which is focused, in part, on community service. Her basketball team, for instance, provided Christmas gifts for several needy children this past holiday season.

Broderick is also a member of PTK. She plans to study psychology at a four-year college. ”I’m happy with what I’ve done,” she said. “I have something to strive for.”