Jamestown Community College students Connor Aitcheson of Frewsburg (left) and John Gordnier of Olean (right) were among 248 State University of New York students honored recently with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence for their academic achievement, leadership, and community service. “This award is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to stand-out SUNY students whose achievements reflect their own impressive hard work as well as the support of their families and friends, and SUNY’s world-class faculty and staff,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “The students we honor with this year’s award have excelled academically, become role models on campus, and established themselves as leaders in the community.” Aitcheson, who will graduate with an associate’s degree in adolescence education, serves as president of Student Senate and vice president of the JCC Faculty Student Association Activity Board on the Jamestown Campus.
He has tutored Spanish speaking friends and worked with blind students to better their experiences at JCC. Besides serving as a Student Success Seminar teacher’s assistant, he is involved in the Black Student Union and contributes to the Hispanic outreach program.
Gordnier, who will graduate with an associate’s degree in business administration, is a veteran who was deployed three times, twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq. After returning home, he worked as a recruiter/instructor for St. Bonaventure University’s ROTC program. He is involved with Club Valor, the student veterans’ organization on JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus, and also serves as a peer tutor and a student ambassador.