Release: April 12, 2011
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DeLuca receives SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence
co-captain honored for accomplishments in and out of the classroom
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Senior first
DeLuca of the BU softball team has been honored with
the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. A ceremony
was held last week at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center
The Chancellors Award for Student Excellence, created in
1997, honors State University of New York (SUNY) students who
have best demonstrated and been recognized for their integration
of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which
may include leadership, athletics, career achievement, community
service or creative and performing arts. The minimum GPA required
for consideration is a 3.25.
The ceremony included all 64 SUNY campuses. There were 260 students
who received the award out of over 500,000 students who attend
schools in the SUNY program.
"I am very happy for Stephanie to have received the Chancellors
award," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "She is so
deserving and sets such a great example for those around her.
She has brought so much to the Binghamton campus and community
and we will miss her next year."
DeLuca is a three-year starter and first-year co-captain for
the Bearcats. She currently ranks second on the squad with a
.328 batting average and has homered twice in the past four games.
Against Siena on April 6, she belted her first career grand slam.
Binghamton is currently 13-11 overall and 4-2 in the America
In April 2009, DeLuca was inducted into the National College
Athlete Honors Society. The following year, she was named to
the America East Conference All-Academic Team. DeLuca has also
been named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll (minimum
3.5 GPA) every semester she has been at Binghamton.
Besides her role with the softball team, DeLuca has been extensively
involved around the Binghamton campus. As a biology major, she
is the current Academic Vice President for the Neuroscience Club.
In the athletic department, she has been involved in both the
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Student-Athlete
Leadership Institute (SALI) since her freshman year.
Furthermore, DeLuca has been actively involved in the greater
Binghamton community during her undergraduate career. She helped
organize the softball team's effort in the Making Strides against
Breast Cancer Walk the past two years. In the fall of 2010, the
softball team was the third highest group to take part in the
walk, in terms of the amount of money it raised for the cause.
DeLuca has also helped out with the Send Santa to the Troop organization,
the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, the Letters to a Fallen Hero
organization, the St. Jude's Research Hospital Fundraiser and
the CHOW Food Drive.
Since her freshman year, DeLuca has been both a math and science
tutor for high school students in the local Binghamton area.
In addition, she was a Softball Instructor for the Diamond Dolls
U-12 Softball Team during the past winter.