Two Maritime Students Earn SUNY Chancellor’s Award

Posted by Eric Haun
Friday, May 02, 2014

The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College announced Friday that two student cadets, Julia Paxton of Sebastopol, California, and Brandon Baranyar of Fairfield, Connecticut, have been selected as recipients of the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Paxton and Baranyar both are members of the College’s Regiment of Cadets, and both are scheduled to graduate from SUNY Maritime next week.

In a ceremony held at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center last month, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher honored the more than 300 college students from campuses throughout the state, presenting 274 SUNY students with the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, and 68 awards from Phi Theta Kappa, a national honor society.

Julia Paxton is a Marine Environmental Science major – Deck License, with a current grade point average of 3.83. She is a seven-time recipient of the Admiral’s List for academic excellence. Paxton was the Chief Navigator aboard the training ship TS Empire State VI during the 2013 Summer Sea Term, as chosen by the Captain, Chief Mate and Senior Watch Officer. In that capacity, Paxton served as the top cadet in the Regiment of Cadets, responsible for assisting the Captain in all tasks and responsibilities. During summer 2012, Paxton interned with the Military Sealift Command as a Cadet Observer aboard a fleet oiler, learning the duties of an officer. Paxton has passed the grueling seven-module United States Coast Guard Deck License Exam, which allows her to operate ships of any size tonnage.

Paxton was the starting Helmsman/co-Captain and lone female to skipper a team on Maritime’s Dinghy Sailing Team (2010-14); served as a student assistant and volunteer for Maritime’s Admission Office (2010-12); was a squad leader in the Regiment of Cadets (2011-12); served as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee; and was a Deck Training Instructor (spring 2013).

Brandon Baranyar is a Marine Transportation major – Deck License, carrying a current grade point average of 3.8. He is a six-time recipient of the Admiral’s List for academic excellence. Baranyar is the recipient of the Connecticut Maritime Association Scholarship for academic achievement, the Connecticut Women’s Seaman’s Friend Association Scholarship, and the (Maritime College) Faculty Student Association Summer Scholarship (2013). Baranyar was chosen as a Top Three Deck Cadet for the 2013 Summer Sea Term aboard the training ship TS Empire State VI by the Captain and members of the Regiment.

As a Top Deck Cadet, Baranyar served as the face of the Regiment of Cadets, and interfaced with the ship leadership, academic programs, and crew members. Baranyar served as Battalion Commander/Resident Assistant during the 2013-14 academic year, in which he was the top regimental student for one of Maritime’s dormitories. He served as Section Chief/Squad Leader and IDO for the 2011 and 2012 summer terms.

Baranyar served an internship with Alaska Tanker Company (spring 2013) aboard a tanker vessel, working on the bridge and working as a deckhand, earning his PIC endorsement. During the 2013-14 academic year, Baranyar served an internship with Reinauer Transportation, a tug and barge company located on Staten Island. He also has been a Learning Center Tutor (2013-14); an Admissions Ambassador (2011-12); and a percussionist with the Maritime College Band.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.

Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office and are subject to a second round of reviews. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter January 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Furuno Establishes China Subsidiary

FURUNO ELECTRIC CO., LTD. announced that its new subsidiary in Hong Kong has been established and has commenced business operation on February 1, 2016.   The new subsidiary, FURUNO CHINA CO.

Edison Chouest Opening Mississippi Shipyard

Edison Chouest Offshore locating shipbuilding operations, TopShip, LLC, in Gulfport, Miss.   Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Edison Chouest Offshore, an offshore

R&M Group Merges with Sea Level Marine

R&M Ship Technologies USA, Inc. has merged Sea Level Marine, LLC. in efforts to increase the range of services offered to the company’s global client base. By aligning resources,

News

CMA CGM Increases Port Calls and TEU Capacity

French container line CMA CGM has announced imminent changes to its PCRF line service which links Northern Europe with the French West Indies, by adding two new

China's LNG Demand Falls

China's import of  liquefied natural gas (LNG) fell 1.1% in 2015, marking the first year-on-year decline since imports began in 2006, according to a report by

Furuno Establishes China Subsidiary

FURUNO ELECTRIC CO., LTD. announced that its new subsidiary in Hong Kong has been established and has commenced business operation on February 1, 2016.   The new subsidiary, FURUNO CHINA CO.

People in the News

Insights: Benny Cenac, Jr., Owner & CEO, Cenac Towing Company

Arlen “Benny” Cenac Jr. is a third-generation owner of Cenac Towing Company. The firm, originally founded in 1927 by his grandfather, now does business as Cenac Marine Services.

PVA Elects 2016 Leadership

During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2016 held January 23-26 in Crystal City, Va., members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Margo Marks of Beaver Island Boat Company,

First Women's Expedition to the Arctic

Company "MyArctic-expeditions" organize the first women's expedition to the Arctic Ocean. The expedition will start on March 5 in the capital of the Nenets Autonomous

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1240 sec (8 req/sec)