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Alfred State announces 2019-20 Presidential Aspiring Leaders

Alfred State announces 2019-20 Presidential Aspiring Leaders

Alfred State College is pleased to introduce this year’s class of academically talented student leaders who have been named to the Presidential Aspiring Leaders (PAL) Program for 2019-2020.

Now in its third year, the Presidential Aspiring Leaders (PAL) Program was created for students who possess a strong work ethic, display commitment and dedication to their studies, are engaged in the community and the college, and are looking to strengthen their leadership skills. Students within the program are expected to become familiar with and abide by Alfred State’s core values of respect, integrity, service, and dedication.

Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “I congratulate the newest group of Presidential Aspiring Leaders here at Alfred State. We applaud their hard work and excellence inside and outside of the classroom, and I am excited to help each of them enhance their leadership capabilities.”

Presidential Aspiring Leaders (PAL) members
Pictured are the members of the Presidential Aspiring
Leaders (PAL) Program for 2019-2020. Front row is
Cassandra Robbers. Second row, from left to right, are
Brianna Swartz and Amanda Gardner. Third row, from left
to right, are Marc Panzenhagen and Collin Stauffer.
Pictured in the last row are Alfred State President Dr. Skip
Sullivan and Executive Assistant to the President Tammy
Conrad. Not pictured is PAL member Jake Martin.

In order to qualify for the program, a student must be in their final year of study, have a 2.5 GPA or higher, and have two faculty or staff recommendations that are supported by the dean of their school and approved by their division’s vice president. The president will make final selection of the nominees.

As a PAL member, students will participate in quarterly dialogues on leadership topics with the president, provide feedback on campus issues, and attend a minimum of six assigned events with Sullivan, other faculty or staff, or alone on behalf of the President’s Office. These events include Accepted Student Days, Homecoming and Family Weekend, local/state/federal legislative meetings, state and county fairs, SUNY special events, various ribbon-cutting ceremonies, and more.

This year’s class of PAL students, along with their major and hometown, includes:

  • Cassandra Robbers, business administration, Almond
  • Brianna Swartz, architectural technology, Fort Plain
  • Amanda Gardner, interdisciplinary studies, Hornell
  • Marc Panzenhagen, electrical construction and maintenance electrician, Oakland, NJ
  • Collin Stauffer, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, LeRoy
  • Jake Martin, heavy equipment, truck and diesel technician, Clarence

Students hold the distinction for the academic year beginning in the fall semester and ending when the spring semester concludes. Upon completion of the program, PAL students will receive a letter of recommendation from Sullivan and will be recognized at the college’s Honors Convocation and Commencement ceremony.