Local student honored as presidential aspiring leader

Pictured are the members of the initial group of Alfred State’s Presidential Aspiring Leaders (PAL) Program. In the first row, from left, are Michelle Margeson, Nathan Mattice, Dawei “David” Tao, and Louis Tomassi. In the second row, from left, are Robert Privitera, Cassandra Ryan, Cory Farley, and Elisabeth Wolff. In the third row, from left, are Don Schrader, Bryanna Godfrey, Dillon Fairhead, and Kaieel Ward. In the fourth row are Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan and Executive Assistant to the President Tammy Conrad. (Photo submitted)

GLOVERSVILLE — Cassandra Ryan of Gloversville, a mechanical engineering technology student, has been named an initial member of the Presidential Aspiring Leaders Program at Alfred State University, according to a news release.

The new 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.

In order to qualify for the program, a student must be a senior, 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.

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.