MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced recently the 2015-16 SUNY Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award recipients, naming two from Morrisville State College among 78 selected.
Recognized for outstanding academic excellence and athletic achievement, Jordan Sweeten (Cuba, N.Y.) and Chris Fiore (Staten Island, N.Y.) were selected as the recipients from Morrisville State College.
"Recipients of this award are honored for high achievement in and out of the classroom, accomplishment marked by hard work, dedication and discipline," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "Congratulations to each of this year's SUNY Scholar Athletes, and thank you to the man faculty, coaches and staff across SUNY who mentor and support them."
Sweeten, junior on the western equestrian team claimed three Regional Titles in 2015-16, including IHSA Zone 2, Region 3 Champion in Open Reining, Regional Champion in Open Western Horsemanship, High Point Rider for the region. Her efforts in the riding arena also led to a fourth place finish in open reining and open horsemanship at the IHSA National Semifinals; also finishing 16th among 25 riders at the AQHA High Point Rider competition in the horsemanship category and 13th in reining.
Sweeten also excels in the classroom, maintaining presence on the college's Dean's List while pursuing her bachelor of technology degree in equine science.
"I can honestly say she puts her all into everything she does," said western riding coach Dr. Tiffany Day. "Not only has she been an excellent competitor, an asset as a point rider but a team leader; helping as a coordinator during show setting up for 8+ shows we host each season and as announcer at the shows in between competing in her division."
"As a student she puts that added effort into preparing for class, quizzes and exams, she has learned to apply her knowledge in mock situations in the classroom and also in real-life experiential learning during her internship at the Morrisville Western Barn," she continued.
"Because of her athletic and academic achievements, Jordan is going to become a valuable member to the Western show horse industry and it is an honor to have one of my student-athletes achieve such recognition as the SUNY Chancellors Scholar-Athlete Award."
Fiore is the second student-athlete from the men's lacrosse program to earn the honor, for a second consecutive year.
The senior is a three-time All-Conference selection for the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) at goalkeeper, and is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year selection, also earning back-to-back accolades as the NEAC Tournament Most Valuable Player after leading Morrisville State to two straight tournament titles.
Fiore, one of the most decorated Mustang men's lacrosse players as of late, found his way to the top of the record books following his final season with Morrisville State, ranking first all-time in goals against average (7.69), saves (604), and wins (39). His efforts between the pipes for the Mustangs led the program to its first ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament in 2015, repeating the appearance for Morrisville State in 2016.
Aside from his work on the field and in the classroom towards his bachelor's degree of human performance and health promotion, Fiore has been involved in numerous community service outreach programs throughout his career, all while maintaining presence on Morrisville State's Dean's List.
"We are extremely proud of Chris," said head men's lacrosse coach Jason Longo.
"He is well deserving of this award as was a role model both academically and athletically throughout the campus community and certainly within the men's lacrosse program."
"We are extremely proud of his accomplishments here at Morrisville and wish him the best of luck with his endeavors; he certainly will be missed."
Nominees' academic credentials and athletic accomplishments were reviewed by a panel of athletic directors from across the SUNY system and members of the SUNY provost's office.
SUNY campuses host more than 85 NCAA Division I teams, 290 NCAA Division III teams, 385 NJCAA teams and hundreds of non-competitive clubs.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.