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Wednesday, August 25, 20108/25/2010Aug252010429First-Year Convocation 2010The 2010 First-Year Student Convocation, held Wednesday, August 25, gathered students new to both college and to Buffalo State.</p> <p>The brief ceremony featured speakers President Aaron M. Podolefsky and 2008 Outstanding First-Year Student Scholarly or Creative Achievement winner Watoii Rabii.</p> <p>The convocation also included the presentation of awards to three individuals: </p> <p>Elizabeth Handley, Class of 2013, received the Outstanding First-Year Student Scholarly or Creative Achievement Award, recognizing academic work that achieved not just a high GPA (grade-point average) but also achievement beyond the traditional measure of grades, such as participation in scholarly, creative, or community service activities.</p> <p>Melissa Kabak, Class of 2013, received the Outstanding First-Year Contribution to Student Life Award in recognition of her involvement in college life and her contribution to a student organization, club, or program.</p> <p>Amitra Wall, associate professor of sociology, received the Outstanding Faculty Contribution to First-Year Student Success Award in recognition of her dedication to, and excellence in, teaching first-year courses.</p> <p>2010/08/20100825_900_fyc2010.mp38/25/201000:42:5451.57 MBSpeeches4Academic1